Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How did it get to be Wednesday already?

I missed my Monday weekly check in by two days, but better late than never.  I've been taking part in a 21 day movement challenge.  It's been interesting because there have been some days lately that have been challenging - I just want to come home from work and sit on the couch, or I know I have something going on after work and won't get to the gym.  On those days, I just make a point of going for a short walk.  All movement counts!

I also did a 5k on Sunday - the Mermaid 5k.  I can't count how many times I've done this event at this point.  It's become a tradition!  My usual race buddy Meredith was there - although somehow I neglected to take a picture with my phone. Christina and Myla and Myla's little boy were also there.  Meredith coached a group of "Mini-Mermaids" across the finish line.  Christina ran.  And Myla & I walked with her son in the stroller.  It was a typical beautiful November San Francisco morning - if a little foggy.

The fog trying to burn off.

The Golden Gate Bridge trying to break through the fog.

The finish line. 
The top of the bridge has broken through.

It was a nice day and I don't mind walking these events so much when I've got someone to walk with - so I was grateful to have Myla there for company.  And even though she was pushing a stroller, we still beat our time from last year by over two minutes.

New favorite race shirt.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Not Bad, for a Monday

Happy Monday?  I'm not sure I can wish you a happy Monday and be sincere about it, but so far this day has been pretty good.  Thanks to the time change, I was able to bet up early to swim this morning.  And I got to work to find out that I'm in the running for some money in the office football pool.

But how was last week?  Well, the Giants won the World Series, so of course that was great!  I went to a Sharks game on Saturday night and they won.  And Dan painted a wall in our dining room yesterday and I love the way it turned out!

The yellow wall really makes the colors in the tapestry POP!
Oh, I guess I should mention how was last week for me health and fitness-wise, and not just how happy I am about the above mentioned fun things.  Although fun things are good for one's mental health!

So, I did get in two walks, one swim and a spin class last week.  I would have liked to have done more but between the Giants and Halloween, I feel like I lost three nights last week.  I am also down 1.6 lbs. this week, which made me very happy.  Nice to know I didn't avoid the Halloween candy for nothing!

Also, one of the local event companies released their 2015 schedule, so I'm starting to make plans for next year.  I know for sure that I'm going to do the Catfish 1.2 mile open water swim in June.  I wanted to do the 1.2 mile swim this year, but just never trained for it due to the uncertainty of the venue thanks to the lack of rain.  But now that I know exactly where and when, it's time to join masters.

However, Catfish is probably going to fall on the same weekend as the Mermaid triathlon that I like to do each year.  So now I'm looking for other events.  I'm seriously considering the Vineman Monte Rio event.  I have a friend who has already signed up for the sprint so I'd know someone there...always a plus!  And they have a sprint and an olympic distance on the same day, so I don't have to decide on distance just yet.  It's a little far, but I could always get a hotel the night before.

I've also got a 50% off race entry that I could use for the CA Sprint or Olympic triathlon.  It's the same venue as the See Jane Run triathlon so I'm familiar with it.  I could also use the coupon for Catfish, but it would be worth more to use it on one of the triathlon events.

I think for now I'm just going to wait and see how my early season training goes and how my hip feels before making and concrete plans.