week 5 day 2

i put it off long enough (the last time i ran was saturday), so i knew that i *had* to get up this morning. in preparation, i went to bed a little earlier. but, between you and me, i’m tired from aunt flo’s pending arrival and the only reason i didn’t go to bed at 8 is that my delivered dinner hadn’t arrived yet.

so, recalling saturday’s run, i knew i needed to make it from the duck house* to the chicken house* and then i could walk. as i neared walter street (where the chicken house is), i thought, “i’m probably misremembering.” and when i ended up on dennett, still running, i glanced at the app. all i could see was that the clock was red, which means it’s nearing the end. finally, she says i can start walking. by now, i’m wondering if my strides are just so much better that i got so much farther than before and i need to figure out a new route, otherwise i wouldn’t have an opportune place to turn around at the halfway. after a short time walking, the app beeps and tells me that i’m halfway.

this makes no sense to me since the increments on saturday were 5/3/5/3/5. i took off the new iphone-holding armband and read the description of today’s run. 8/5/8. eight minutes running! i said aloud, “jerk! you tricked me.” then i felt a little pride for running 8 minutes straight without a) checking the time, or b) wanting to stop.

the last 8-minute run was as fine as the first until i was nearing the corner with the baby, where the app usually tells me that there’s “ONE MINUTE LEFT”, a warning that came a half a block later than usual.

i walked back home during the cool down and heard this really weird noise from the creek. like someone was controlling a barn fan and turning it on and off in 2-3 second increments. i could hear the normal frogs croaking in their weird pattern, but had never heard this other noise before.

i got to the bridge and saw the biggest frog i’ve seen in a long time. i could only assume it was him asserting his presence. i took a picture which probably won’t do him justice.

i said, “thank you.” and he went, “brrrrrrp.” i think he was saying, “you’re welcome.”

week four is over

i’m halfway “done”. i woke up at 6:15 and was pretty grumpy and tired, but i said, “this run isn’t going to run itself.” so, i put on my new shorts (turns out shorts made for activity are way better to wear than shorts that are not) and left the house. the walking parts didn’t last nearly long enough, but i didn’t feel as much like stopping during the running parts as i did on saturday.

afterward, i grabbed breakfast with matt at the diner and went back home to start working. i then ran off to a meeting at 10 and came to work.

my caloric intake is off schedule now because i don’t normally have breakfast and i forgot to pack my afternoon snacks. i also just realized that i forgot to brush my teeth. and it’s hot AF out.

starting to worry

i ran on saturday, which means the next day should be monday. but i didn’t feel like it (the 95% humidity may have had something to do with it) and told myself that i *had* to run on tuesday. but, this morning, there was a lovely thunderstorm rolling around outside at between 5 and 7 am (prime running time), so i skipped it again.

this means i *really* *have* to run tomorrow morning. otherwise, i risk having to backtrack a couple days in the schedule. while this isn’t the worst thing in the world, it’s not the most super.

up down up down

by the end of last week, i had significant cankles from standing most of my work day, so i’ve opted to start sitting a little more, maybe less than half of the time that i’m at my desk.

since our desks are motorized, i have to hold a button while it goes up and down and, while the down position is easy because it’s the lowest one, the standing position is more difficult. so, i made a marker on the wall to indicate when to stop going up. only the line is visible from my height at my keyboard at the place that it should be, so this will help speed up my transitions.

israeli couscous circle salad

i just spent way too long searching my blog for this salad, which i want to make for lunches next week.

israeli couscous circle salad

i will also put the ingredients here in case tablespoon ever goes away

1 cup Israeli couscous
1 can chickpeas
1 1/2 cups peas
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 package grape tomatoes
1 package pearl mozzarella
3 lemons
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 handful parsley
1 small onion
1 clove garlic

week four

today was painful. after the warm-up walk, 3 minutes of running was almost unbearable, but then only 90 seconds of walking and then 5. WHOLE. MINUTES. of running. i stopped and pulled my phone out of the holder that makes it impossible to see the screen and it said 2:47 left of running and i said, “you’ve got to be f&#)*ng kidding me.”

but i finished the 5 minutes. and i walked 2.5 minutes and ran 3 and walked 90 sec and ran 5. this is nothing new, but she (the app on my phone) gleefully states when there’s “one minute left” of whatever activity before the cool down 5-minute walk. it’s supposed to encourage you to go full-boar for that last minute. as i was running and finishing up the final 5-minute stretch, she tells me the good news and i say, “if you think i’m going to run any faster than i am right now you’re crazy.” i hope the family on the corner of hargrove and starkweather didn’t hear me.

in other news

i’ve started a bullet journal. i used to be amazed at my friend Colin that he would have to write down events and appointments in order to keep everything straight.  i know that i can keep loads of info in my head, but i think this is a good time to start *not* having to do that before it becomes a memory issue.

so, i got myself a new notebook (maybe it was just an excuse to do this) that doesn’t have lines or squares, but dots! it also has page numbers which are helpful for filling out the index.

it’s set up with a “year at a glance” page, and then each month gets a page with 1-3n and days of the week going down the left and another page with open tasks, events, etc. to be taken care of or rescheduled for another month. the pages following are a daily log, but i’m using it more for an actual journal of events as opposed to things that need to be scheduled. such as meals, exercise, notable happenings.

i’m five days into it, so i’ll probably make modifications to the system as time goes on to fit my needs. in the mean time, it’s provided a good excuse to get more pens. :)

week three is over

it’s nice to not really have a schedule for this running business. i’ve been trying to do it at least monday and wednesday, allowing for leeway on friday; meaning i’ll probably sleep in and run on saturday when i can be leisurely about it.

so, being a monday, i woke up a little before the alarm and enjoyed laying awake for a short while. then hopped up and dressed in the running gear and headed out the door (the dogs are still confused and upset by this). i ran walked ran walked and made it back home. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

i’m pretty convinced that if i run in the morning, it’s as if it never happened because it’s time that i would normally be sleeping, so it’s not like it’s taking away from a part of my day.

the rest of week two

i’ve deduced that i cannot run after work. something about biking 8 miles and then standing all day and coming home to run doesn’t agree with my legs. my shins were so sore that i could barely lift the front of my feet to propel myself forward.

monday morning, however, was almost pleasant. so, i’m done with week two. wednesday will mark the start of week three, which is 90 sec run/90 sec walk, 3 min run/3min walk. i have no idea how i’m going to be able to run for 3 minutes straight. i imagine i’ll probably die and then come back to life when the 3 minutes are up.