Graduation, Hiking, and Mental Health

Although today was suppose to be a rest day, I needed to get out of the house and process some feelings. Today is graduation day for the Class of 2020…or at least it would’ve been in another time. There are three awesome people who plan the Senior Lock in each year and I am oneContinue reading “Graduation, Hiking, and Mental Health”

How To Trick A Book Nerd Into Working Out

Last May I happened to Google search “Urban Noir Fantasy Books” because I am writing a novel that roughly falls in the oxymoronic genre called “fantasy realism.” I’ve been told that wise authors read other novels in that genre if only to see what had been done before/already. So from 2018-2029, I read the EddieContinue reading “How To Trick A Book Nerd Into Working Out”

Rest Day: What I Eat In A Day (Part 1)

Well, the weather didn’t agree with me this weekend and I had a two-day long rest from cardio. I did my bodyweight circuit today so that’s something. Whenever bad weather strikes, I’ve decided to show off a picture review of what I ate that day. Why? Because diet is 80% of fitness. I wish IContinue reading “Rest Day: What I Eat In A Day (Part 1)”

That Metric Half-Century Is So Close That I Can Taste It!

Today’s bike ride was an LSD day and I started out with no agenda other than ‘bike for as long or as far as you want.’ Well, I ended up biking 30.14 miles today, and I feel pretty damn good. Around this time last year, I was dying just biking 10-12 miles in one trip.Continue reading “That Metric Half-Century Is So Close That I Can Taste It!”

So…Bike Sprints/HIIT Isn’t THAT Bad

After Wednesday’s rain, I was forced to push my bike sprints forward another day. I finally got out there yesterday (Thursday) and got ’em done. After a brief Google search, I stumbled onto Cycling.com and their HIIT circuit for biking. I made a few small modifications since I’m on a hybrid/gravel bike and not aContinue reading “So…Bike Sprints/HIIT Isn’t THAT Bad”

It Gets Easier

One of my favorite inspirational quotes comes from season 2 of the adult animated comedy/drama television show Bojack Horseman. In the show, the titular character Bojack (who is an anthropomorphic horse) takes up running to help him prepare for a movie role in which he would play the horse Secretariat (also anthropomorphized) who was hisContinue reading “It Gets Easier”

Encountering and Overcoming My “Blerch”

Feel free to take a look at The Oatmeal comic that I reference to fully understand “The Blerch”: https://theoatmeal.com/comics/running I weigh-in twice a week, once on a Monday and once on a Friday and I record the lower of the two weights. Today’s weigh-in showed no weight loss. In fact, since I started training overContinue reading “Encountering and Overcoming My “Blerch””

A Long-Slow Distance Day with My Sister

Long-slow distance days were my favorite days in Cross Country running when I was in high school. I was already a slow runner so having a day where it was okay to be “slow” was a boost to my morale. Ego aside, the science behind long-slow distance (LSD) days lends well to my current andContinue reading “A Long-Slow Distance Day with My Sister”

A Bad Case of the “I Don’t Wannas”

I’ve been in a difficult headspace these past two days. Yesterday’s rest day was indeed restful, but I spent most of the day feeling guilty that I should be “doing more.” I should be doing more as a teacher, as a wife, as an athlete in training. I shouldn’t have half a chocolate bar. IContinue reading “A Bad Case of the “I Don’t Wannas””

Let’s Talk About Rail Trails

If you’re like me, the term “rail trail” may sound self-explanatory and also highly obscure at the same time. When I first heard the term, I had no idea that the trail I had been using for the past year and a half is just that…a rail trail. So what is a rail trail? SimplyContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Rail Trails”