Monday started rainy, luckily that is now spin day! I parked in the garage at work. The rain was sideways and really I had no desire to fight the wind an umbrella, my purse, briefcase, and gym bag the 1/4 of a mile to my desk. Of note: I also got a funky new running gadget, what was that Mikey's running friends were talking about, you know the REAL runners, the ones that break 8 minute miles. Oh yeah, they were talking about posers, guess you could say that's me, but really I love gadgets and data. (I've been assured they weren't talking about me, of course, I know! I'm not self absorbed enough to think any one gives two extra thoughts about me. Despite my imaginary husband calling this blog narcissistic.) I know my place and my pace and I'm mostly content with where I am and when I'm ready I'll start working on getting better, I will. I'll do it for me, not anyone else. In all the bags and walking the even longer way to my desk my funky new gadget got lost!! Oh shit.
Spin class was good. Addy is an excellent instructor. I record my HR and not sure how to sync the cadence meter with the new watch so there are two entries in Strava which have confused both the imaginary husband and at least one follower who is always one to ask clarifying questions. Love that someone actually wants to clarify what they are looking at rather than blindly Kudoing something! Anyhow I probably should keep that private, it really is for my information. I'm a curious data whore.
Gus and I had a great time ohhing and ahhing at lights on our walk.
|Olaf, on the other hand was overwhelmed!|
All that aside, I had a great run around the usual course. Not a lot of effort and I got a nice comfortable pace and enjoyed myself, that really is what it is all about.
Both the Boyz got a walk. We made it about 2 miles before Jax was completely not interested in walking. So we went home. Read: Jax became an asshole I couldn't bear.
What the hell happened Wednesday? Hmmm why didn't I run at lunch? Better go check my work calendar, odd.... I did Spin at the Arcadia Y. Finally got the right digits for Jennifer so she met me there!!! Kim was her usual un-understandable to my mid-western ear. We did Tabbata, I LOVE this, 20 seconds high intensity 10 second rest. It is awesome. Fortunately the music cues the starts and stops and I just had to translate what we were doing.
Oh I didn't run at lunch because I had training. I also made the mistake, glad Mikey doesn't read this any more, of talking to one of the super runners at the site. Ah well, I KNEW you guys weren't talking about me but the "poser runner" came up just as I passed through your group and started my watch for the GPS and HR search. It was classically funny. Well at least I thought so.... my humor was lost on him, oh well... silly mid-westerner...
|Ok so not retracing at the beach...|
Off to NYC on frigid Thursday, the wind was blowing and when I got off the train, out of Grand Central Terminal, and on to Lexington and 43rd the snow was blowing. Honestly, it was frigging awesome. There really is something about stepping outside of Grand Central in to a snowy NYC street that is so cool in that 1950's classic movie sort of way. My mind was playing Frank Sinatra and my feet were marching me across Lex towards my office in mid-town, hoping there would be an awesome secretary there to hand me my coffee and then pour me a scotch at 4 p.m. Oh wait, I'm a girl... I'm supposed to be pouring the coffee and Scotch ala Joan Holloway. Ha! HARDLY! Roger can pour me my scotch and I'll fling my pumps across the room for him to shine. ha ha ha
Someone once said they'd like to take a whirl around whatever goes on in my mind.... enjoy.
We had a great meeting and a productive work session and I was on the 5:22 home armed with some new beers from The Beer Table.
Ugh, are you serious, I have to get up and shower and go to work today? Friday, yep a work day. I managed to wiggle out of a 2 p.m. meeting, so no prep for that and a fairly easy day of cleaning up the previous week and setting up for the final week of the year. Did Addy's Stability and Core class. Lisa and I agreed running was far easier, however these things are necessary and would I like to go to a Shred class with her on Monday? Ummm I don't think we are taking about cheese over taco sort of shred, are we? Friggggg.... I am so out of shape it isn't even funny. Running is so. much. easier.
Met up with Faith when the weather was a balmy 24F and no wind, to take a lap around Bluff Point. Nice run, I need the push and then the tolerance to let Ms. Asthmatic catch her breath and relieve a side cramp. Friggg I forgot to dose with my Albuterol. We jibber jabbered the whole time, Faith more at ease as this was an easy run for her, me, not so much, a push like that for 3.6 miles is good for me. I'm not exactly sure what I want to do with my running. Maybe nothing maybe something, for now I'm back to enjoying it and taking it for a nice way to spend time with friends, be outside, or be completely alone and have a quiet mind.
|Gus likes his hat, Jax, not so much!|
|Let the Christmas decorating begin!|
The tree went up, first time in years, I don't think I've been home for Christmas in a few years, while the tree was very dusty it was nice to put it up and decorate. This is the year I finally donate the Frank's Nursery and Crafts tree I bought for my second Christmas in my Ann Arbor house, that would be 1995. I remember because I got an ornament with my first tree, a live tree I cut down with friends, that was 1994 and I was sick as a dog for a year after that, probably from the fresh cut tree in my wee tiny house! So that tree is 21 years old, holy crap, it's old enough to drink!
|From my first tree!This started the tradition for me to do this each year. Most are labeled and all have some significance to me (or me and Dave) for that year.|
Feet: 22.1 for a yearly total of 1,617.3 against my B goal of 1,702 and C goal of 1,660
Saddle: 30 for a yearly total of 1,530.7 against my B goal of 1,644 and C goal of 1,590
Beth, wondering why there is such a discrepancy with Strava on my mileage, it is more than I would expect...