Friday, August 16, 2019

August 5 - 11: Half Marathon Training Week 4/12

Chugging along with the training. Fitting in a bit more bike transportation. Even did some yoga - need to get back to that. 


Tuesday: Run 2.7 miles (14:11 pace, 84* and quite hot, early evening) + tap class (60 min)

Wednesday: Bike 4.7 miles + swim 750 yards

Friday: Long run 6.2 miles (14:08 pace, 63*, mid morning, 160 spm) + bike 3.6 miles + restorative yoga (10 min)

Saturday: BALG group run 4.05 miles (13:07 pace, 61* and very pleasant, morning, 168 spm)

Sunday: Run 2.0 miles (13:56 pace, 61*, morning) + yoga (10 min)

Total swimming: 750 yards
Total biking: 8.3 miles
Total running: 14.95 miles
Average daily steps: 13,165

Monday, July 29, 2019

July 22 - 28: Half Marathon Training Week 2/12

My legs felt particularly fatigued by the second half of the week, but running still went fine. Not great, but fine. 


Monday: Run 2.0 miles (13:53 pace, 75*, late evening)

Tuesday: Tap class (60 min)

Friday: Long run 5.15 miles (13:30 pace, 72* and already warm, morning, 166 spm)

Saturday: Run 3.1 miles (14:04 pace, 72* but oddly pleasant, mid day)

Sunday: Bike 4.0 miles

Total biking: 4.0 miles
Total running: 10.25 miles
Average daily steps: 13,176

Friday, July 26, 2019

July 15 - 21: Half Marathon Training Week 1/12

What could be better to kick off half marathon training than a combination head cold plus a stomach bug?! Monday was a complete non-starter; Tuesday was iffy but decided better to take it easy. 

Wednesday: Run 2.3 miles (13:56 pace, 72*, late evening)

Friday: Long run 4.0 miles (13:59 pace, 63*, mid morning, 162 spm) + bike 4.0 miles

Saturday: Run 3.1 miles (13:02 pace, 75* and still freaking hot at 9 pm, late evening)

Sunday: Bike 3.3 miles

Total biking: 7.3 miles
Total running: 9.4 miles 
Average daily steps: 11,610

Sunday, July 21, 2019

July 8 - 14


Tuesday: Run 2.25 miles (14:17 pace, 63* and rainy, late evening, 162 spm)

Wednesday: Run 3.55 miles, including hill repeats 3 x 0.25 (13:36 pace, 70*, late evening) + SL 5x5 A (35 min)

Friday: Bike 5.0 miles 

Saturday: Cargo bike 2.6 miles+ bike 4.8 miles + SL 5x5 B  (30 min)

And then Sunday morning I woke up with a cold, and by Sunday afternoon had a stomach bug! Not quite the lead-in to starting half marathon training that I would have hoped for. 

Total biking: 12.4 miles
Total running: 5.8 miles
Average daily steps: 11,975

Thursday, July 11, 2019

S Game Night: Summer Saturday

Slightly a Sad Showing, with Swamped Summer Schedules only Karey was able to make it. But we were Simply Satisfied to Spend time with her! 

Seven & Seven (Suspicious - as the whiskey wasn't Seagram's and the Soda wasn't Seven Up)
Shirley Temple

Sapota in Syrup
Salad with Strawberries, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Sorrel, Sunflower Seeds, and Shallots
Seasoned Seaweed
Sushi with Shittake mushrooms, Sweet potato, Squash, Saffron rice, Sesame Seeds, with Soy Sauce
Succotash with Sweet corn and Sage
Sour Sharks
Strawberry KitKats
Samosadillas with Salsa, Serrano pepper

Spot it
Stack Up

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July 1 - 7

After a 10k at the end of June, I have a couple weeks off before I need to start a training plan for my fall half marathon (and interim 5ks and 10k). Long runs not too long, but just keeping a base and trying to fit in things I enjoy. 


Monday: Yoga (10 min)

I had every intention of bike commuting to work this day, but N started getting sick the prior afternoon, and I ended up not getting to sleep until 2 am, primarily listening to him cough and trying to figure out what I could do (just set up the humidifier and give a dose of tylenol around midnight). Instead made this my rest day for the week, with just some yoga. 

My "annual" do-yoga-every-day only lasted through April, but I definitely noticed some muscle tightness since I stopped, so I'm trying to do it every day in July to get back into the habit. 

Tuesday: Run 2.50 miles (13:34 pace, 68*, early evening) + tap class (60 min) + restorative yoga (10 min)

Wednesday: Run 2.3 miles (14:26 pace, 66*, late evening, 162 spm) + SL 5x5 A (35 min) + yoga (2 min)

Thursday: Bike 10.3 miles (10.6 mph) + restorative yoga (15 min)

Friday: Run 4.75 miles (13:03 pace, 59*, mid morning, 168 spm) + bike 5.15 miles + swim 500 yards + yoga (2 min)

Saturday: Bike 4.5 miles + tennis (10 min) + SL 5x5 B (30 min) + yoga (10 min)

Sunday: Rest

Total swimming: 500 yards
Total biking: 19.95 miles
Total running: 9.55 miles
Average daily steps: 15,008

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Work/Life Alignment

We know work/life "balance" isn't really a thing. Or, if it is, it only means in the long term and not in the short term (you can have it all, just not all at once). But maybe we can have work/life alignment. 

I recently (re)discovered Katy Bowman on instagram (I have one of her books on my to-read list, and I think I recall finding some information by her when I was first getting into minimalist shoes), and realized she has a podcast. I like to go back to the beginning of a podcast when I'm starting to listen, and the first episode discusses the meaning and importance of "alignment" in regards to movement and the body. 

My takeaways from the episode, in regards to body alignment and movement, were:
  1. Alignment matters in movement, not really when you're still. The impact of "bad alignment" or "bad posture" is not how you sit still per se, but the forces of that alignment when you move.
  2. Alignment varies body by body. What's appropriate and prevents injury for one person may not quite work for another person. 
  3. Alignment for a particular skill may not be the same as good alignment for general health. It may be worth prioritizing alignment that improves efficiency in sport even at a cost of detriment to health down the road - so long as you're making a conscious decision to that effect, then that's ok. What harms people might be if they don't realize that's the trade-off they're making. 
So, first of all, I think those are all important things to keep in mind for movement. But they also struck me as a really interesting mindset in regards to the push and pull of work versus non-work.

Alignment isn't static.

Life doesn't stay still. I love planning and organizing (objects or routines), and I would love to organize something, then sit back and enjoy my fine-tuned schedule playing out for eternity. 

But that's not how life works - even more not how life works with a kid. As soon as you establish a routine that works for the moment, something will change and you'll have to sort it out all over again. This means keeping in mind that having the best balance of work and non-work is a moving target, not something you just set once. You have to be flexible and creative to continue to make life work for the current phase you're in. 

Alignment is personal. 

I sometimes assume I'm a lazy slob when I feel overwhelmed by my schedule which is already (1) a reduced workload (outside of tax season) and (2) heavily supported by a non-working spouse and a MIL who provides copious child care. I know there are tons of people with both spouses working full-time jobs and no family nearby. Maybe those people are actually just feeling stressed and unhappy about it, though.

Or, maybe those people just have different needs and abilities, and it works fine for them. (Ok, I think there are cultural issues that mean this is unlikely for the majority, but I'm sure there are also some people who thrive on this.) And wouldn't work fine for me. We're different people, it's ok. If I've found what works best for me within the constraints of the resources available to me, then good for me. If other people have done the same for themselves, good for them. 

Alignment can serve different purposes - but make it intentional. 

This is kind of the same idea as "you can have it all, but not all at once." If you have the ability to choose to work a lot, or a little, or not at all - you will have some current pros and cons, as well as long-term pros and cons. 

I started my reduced schedule long ago in part due to mental health struggles. I'd previously "chose" the default of a full-time schedule, and it was simply too much for me, had too many trade-offs. I had the privilege to choose a reduced schedule in the off-season, and that's what made the hectic busy season be manageable for me. 

There are, of course, trade-offs to my reduced schedule, like having a pro-rated salary and slowed advancement. If I didn't find those trade-offs acceptable, I would figure out other ways to deal with life to take on a full workload. But the key would be having that be a choice, and that's what would create the mindset to be able to figure out how to handle it. It was having a full workload that was by default and not truly a choice that was too difficult. 
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