Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It Shouldn't Have Taken This

A year ago, I would have told you that I've always believed in the important of political involvement. That true patriotism is telling your government what you want them to fix, how to make your country better.

A year ago, I couldn't have told you with 100% certainty who my Congress members are.

I've always voted, usually third party. (I did not vote third party for the presidential election. The higher the level of government (local versus national), the more I view it as truly a "waste" of a vote, and there are definitely times where risking a waste of vote can have disastrous consequences. Alas, we got that disastrous consequence anyway.) But beyond that... I've never really bothered to get involved. 

I did start attending meetings for the Citizens' Climate Lobby a couple years ago. Its has a goal of promoting a specific bipartisan solution to climate change. I've sporadically attended, but often let life get in the way of fully participating. 

But now I have to do something. 

I've attended one march (the Women's March), but didn't put forth the energy and time to attend others, including the March for Science, or more frequent (such as BLM) events that frequently take place in Portland. Sometimes that's because I fear they will veer closer to violence than I'm comfortable with (not that such violence is unwarranted in some cases - especially in Portland when it's obvious that the police/government approaches events like BLM much differently than events like the Women's March). Sometimes it's just because I don't want to go out and be in a crowd. 

I've done a fair amount of slacktivism, for whatever that's worth. (Not much.)

I've done some writing of postcards to members of congress, and attended one town hall meeting. That might be worth a tad more than posting something on facebook.

I wrote most of the above in January, before attending the Women's March. I was so distraught for the future of our country, and I knew I had to take action.

Then, life happened. I'm privileged enough that I can just let life happen, gradually reduce checking in on specifically what's happening, what opportunities for activism there are, and just, not really worry about. I worried about it, but I didn't have to do something. 

Now, Charlottesville. And I have to do something. 

I cannot be silent. I cannot be complicit.

We're planning to go to the Eclipse Hate rally this upcoming Friday in Portland. But I know there's more required than that.

This article really speaks to me about the ways it really needs to be ingrained in everyday life to fight white supremacy. If you benefit from privilege, you're complicit in the oppression of the unprivileged. We have to be deliberate to fight against it. Being silent - even if you think there's no one directly in your life that you have to fight against, even if you don't think you're being silent in the face of anything overt - is not ok. Racism is part of our society, and you can't be silent against it. The specific events of Charlottesville may not be something we see every day, but the underlying sentiment, the same beliefs in smaller, but not less harmful, form, happen every day. I wish it hadn't taken this for me to be forced to acknowledge that. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

NROLFW Phase 2 Week 1


Monday: Run 1.55 miles (16:07 pace, 84* and dusk, 9:00 pm) + yoga (10 min)

Tuesday: NROLFW phase 2 workout A

Friday: Stroller run (16:51 pace, 68* and warm, 10:00 am) + yoga (15 min)

Saturday: NROLFW phase 2 workout B (45 min weights + 15 min intervals), incl intervals on bike trainer - 3 min wu, 4 x 1 min int, 2 min rec (2.45 miles, 9.8 mph, 62 rpm)

Sunday: Stroller run 1.35 miles (17:10 pace, 61* and overcast, 9:30 am)

Total running: 3.95 miles
Total biking: 2.45 miles
Average daily steps: 8,653
Weight: +39 (no change)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Week of July 31 - Aug 6


Monday: Fartlek run 1.65 miles (16:00 pace, 86* and dusk, 9:00 pm) + yoga (10 min)

Wednesday: Run 1.4 miles (17:28 pace, 93* and effing hot, 9:00 pm)

Friday: Run 1.4 miles (16:59 pace, 81* and sunny, 10:30 am)

Total running: 4.45 miles
Average daily steps: 7,729
Weight: +39 (no change)

Though I know I still have a lot of room for improvement in terms of what I'm eating, it's really frustrating to see it not drop (when I have made some improvement in eating compared to when the weight was going on! As well as getting exercise back into the routine). I even try to take into account body measurements - i.e., actual size, not just weight (especially when getting back into weight lifting, so building muscle). But even that, is virtually unchanged from the beginning to the end of the first phase of NROLFW (just finished last week) The one that showed progress was my low waist (belly button level) - that actually did drop 1.5 inches! I think that's the portion of the abs that would be most impacted by diastasis recti, and although I wasn't focusing on that area specifically (as one can and drop inches - see this link bait-titled NPR article that's been making the rounds the past couple of days) and didn't have significant DR issues that I was aware of, I probably had some mild separation that was improved by just doing consistent ab work as part of NROLFW. So, yay? I guess that's something. 

I am reasonably happy with my progress on the actual weight lifting part of this first phase of NROLFW: postpartum edition. I reasonably close to the weights I was using at the end the first time I went through it, and arm strength body weight movements (which feel particularly significant for me) such as assisted pull-ups and push-ups went form like "ha, nope!" to feeling like I was doing something decent. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

NROLFW Phase 1 Week 8


Monday: NROLFW phase 1 workout B (25 min)

Last "regular" workout of phase 1! (What remains is a benchmark version of each of the two workouts to test progress since the first week.)

Tuesday: Run 1.1 miles (16:46 pace, 82* and dusk, 9:20 pm)

Friday: NROLFW phase 1 special workout A (25 min)

Sunday: NROLFW phase 1 special workout B (25 min)

Total running: 1.1 miles

Monday, July 24, 2017

NROLFW Phase 1 Week 7


Monday: Run 1.2 miles (18:03 pace, 70* and warm, 8:30 pm)

Wednesday: NROLFW phase 1 workout B (25 min)

Thursday: Stroller run 1.1 miles (19:01 pace, 73* and sunny, 5:15 pm)

Friday: NROLFW phase 1 workout A (25 min)

Total running: 2.3 miles
Weight: +39 (no change)

In the midst of unpacking and getting settled in a new house (in addition to feeling stressed about work - not just in spite of, but partially because, of taking vacation days for the move), I guess that's not too bad.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

NROLFW Phase 1 Week 6


Tuesday: NROLFW phase 1 workout A

Then Thursday and Friday were a mess of trying to close on a house; we finally got ownership Friday afternoon, and spent the weekend painting (I think that counts as a workout! I have some sore muscles, in any case.)

And this post is also going to count for the subsequent week (that finished almost a week ago), as there were no formal workouts (but I believe I've posted some variation of workout post every week since I started this blog, can't give up the streak now!). Just painting packing, and unpacking.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

NROLFW Phase 1 Week 5


Monday: Run 1.2 miles (16:05 pace, 64* and dark, 9:45 pm)

Tuesday: NROLFW phase 1 workout A (25 min)

Saturday: Bike trainer 3.05 miles (12.1 mph, 55 rpm)

Sunday: NROLFW phase 1 workout B (25 min)

Total biking: 3.05 miles
Total running: 1.2 miles
Average daily steps: 7,039
Weight: +39 (no change)
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