Tuesday flush out run

Just a short, slow run today, to flush out my legs and get some fresh air. 3.4km, 24mins.
I recently read a Reddit response about “No Zero Days” which outlined four simple rules:

  1. No Zero Days – every day do something to further your goals or dreams.
  2. Be grateful to the three you’s – past, present, and future you. Thank past you for the achievements that make you today. Do favours for future you, like furthering your goals. This cycle of gratitude and favours make present you productive and grateful.
  3. Forgive yourself.
  4. Do exercise and read books.

This post is simple and awesome. I’m implementing it. 

Today I ran. Thank you past me.  I’m really glad you ran. I feel so much better for it. 

Thank you past me, for doing our physio exercises yesterday. All of them. I forgive you for being lazy about them recently. Future me: I’m going to do better. We are going to heal the hole in our abs!

Now I’m going to go read a book: How to Run Your First Ultra by Krissy Moehls and do my physio.

Monday speed session

6.48km, just under 39mins.

Run observations:

  • Frogs chirruping by the pond already
  • $1.40 in empties seen (poor form Huron County)
  • 37km/hr wind at your back is awesome
  • Turkey vultures are f*cking huge and scary
  • Thrumming of the safety wires on the radio tower is a bit unnerving
  • My calves are weak
  • Gary Robbins is a beast

Three runs last week!

The Hoodlet ran with me. She did the heavy lifting. She was pushing the stroller, with 17.4lbs(!) of Little Bear inside.

The Hoodlet ran with me on Tuesday too. We shared the work, with her pushing half and me pushing half.

Wednesday, I flew solo with the stroller.

It was a good week.

Tuesday’s run

I went over the bridge on Tuesday to see what there was for trails at Priddle Park. Unfortunately I didn’t have my trail shoes and it was really muddy and wet, so I didn’t venture very far.

Looking forward to seeing what’s back there for running.

I bought the Woolwich trails book. This year, I going to use it on my explorations!

Reading prompt #5: A book by a person of colour

Trevor Noah is incredible. He is so much more than just a comedian.

His childhood is legitimately wild. Noah was “naughty as shit” and got into trouble he was smart, worked hard and was “given a fishing pole.” The circumstances he grew up in easily could have sucked him into a very different life, a much darker path. Apartheid, gangs, theft, arson, attempted murder, it’s all here. Read this book. It’s good.

Books completed: 10/52

What’s that? A post about running on a running blog?!

Hoodieruns ran! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!

@bigbrnz challenged me on Garmin Connect to do a running challenge last week. Even a competition barely snapped me out of my funk and got me running. 

Since about December, I’ve had a hard time making fitness a priority. Part of it has been the time of year and weather but a bigger issue has been the way I’ve been feeling: my brain is like an overcast day. Making that overcast day worse was failing to get a regular hit of endorphins to help lift my mood. My endorphin hit of choice has been bootcamp but I will be returning to work and I won’t be able to continue with the class. Even though I’ve really enjoyed bootcamp, I find myself making excuses and missing too many classes. Running, it’s time for you to step up and fill the endorphin void. 

Saturday, I ran 3.2km. It felt great. It felt like more. 

Making the run on Saturday even better was company. @robinsonshan, thank you so much for running with me and sharing your listening ear and empathy.

Tuesday, I ran for more than 30 minutes. I got muddy and happy.

It’s not a pattern yet but running is on my mind a lot lately. I hope it means I translate all that thought into action.

One of my goals for the month is to create and follow a home strength program, in addition to running. I’ve found a 12 week strength program that focuses on hips and glutes called Strong Curves. There is a home variation that doesn’t require a lot of equipment. This program will target a weak area for me and compliment my running nicely. Goal: in progress.

Run goals: I am going to run. As much as I can. I will be tracking by time and perceived exertion rather than trying to get that x.0kms on my watch. @bigbrnz, I will be participating in your challenges… Keep poking me.

Upcoming races: Run the Falls (10km), Rugged Maniac (5km)

Anyone want to do Cottage Country Ragnar as part of an 8 person team?

Reading prompt #4: An audiobook

Of course there would have to be some Neil Gaiman in my reading challenge. 

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, was fun, as only Neil Gaiman can be. This particular audiobook was read by the author himself, making the recording actually bearable. I’ve discovered I generally hate audiobooks because the orator adds annoying inflections or vocal ticks that distract me. This edition though, was so good. Hearing what the author intended people to sound like is so awesome. From now on, I’m only listening to audiobooks read by their author.

This genre, fantasy, isn’t my favourite but every now and again I dabble and usually have a great experience. This was no different. London Below was full of interesting characters and provided a foreboding setting for Richard and Door’s quest. I enjoyed this tale, especially the way London landmarks and tube stations were woven into the narrative. So good.

If you have to do an audiobook, do this one, as read by Neil Gaiman.

Number of books completed: 9/52