This morning I went out for a jog around the neighborhood, and there were a few things different about today’s run. First, there was a light rain. I almost turned back and went home because the skies were threatening to unleash a downpour, but the temperature was warm so I decided to carry on thinking it would be a good experience, at least, to see what the challenges of running in the rain would be. Who knows, it could be rainy on marathon day, right?
Another thing that made this morning’s run different was that there were no cars on the street. I ran for 51 minutes, and only saw one gardener’s truck parking at the front of a house to do some work. The lack of cars was both refreshing and eerie. I could run down the middle of the street (and did so a few times) without worry.
Lastly, as I was lamenting the fact that the rain washed away all of the sidewalk and driveway chalk art, I came across the dinosaurs in the photo above, wearing their masks and practicing proper social distancing. That put a big smile on my face!
After powering up the small hill near the house, I finished the run and felt really good. I was wet from the rain, and my feet were soaked through, but I felt totally energized. 😀
The past few weekends I’ve been upping my long run mileage bit-by-bit, and seeing how my body reacts. One thing that I find interesting and fun, is when I separate my mind from my body, which sounds a little strange, but what I mean is that I am able to think rationally and evaluate my physical condition without that condition affecting my thinking. Does that make sense?
In the past I’ve imagined my brain to be like the pilot of a giant robot, who evaluates the gauges and dashboards, then adjusts things like the level of effort, body position, smoothness of running motion, where I hold my arms and hands, etc. If I feel a leg muscle getting tight, it’s like a warning light starts flashing in the cockpit, so I adjust a lever and ease up a little. This is kind of a fun way to keep my mind active and also to make sure I don’t push too hard. I generally have four sets of gauges: muscle fatigue, heart-rate/cardio, temperature level, and joint condition.
These days, the cardio warning light rarely comes on, and temperature level is similar. These two are not difficult to regulate, so if the light does come on, I can simply slow down. Muscle fatigue is pretty consistent in its depletion level (think of a bar gauge with percentage slowly getting smaller), and the joint condition is probably the one gauge I watch most closely. My foot has felt a little sore the past couple of runs, but felt good on the most recent outing. Still, it’s something that can really derail my efforts if I am not careful. At 51 years old, I need to definitely not push myself too hard.
However, I’m still enjoying getting out there and practicing mindfulness while running. It’s one of life’s little joys.
Today’s photo is of the State Flower of Texas, the Bluebonnet. They are starting to bloom! I enjoy seeing them when running, although this photo was taken while I was out birding. Tweet tweet! 🐦
This morning I helped a friend by taking some photos for her restaurant. Food photography is not easy, but luckily the location had plenty of space and the skies were overcast which made for some pleasing light. And as a bonus, we ate lots of sushi! ❤️🍣 Today’s photo is of some of the props we had on hand (but didn’t use). It’s purely a “just for fun” photo and edit.
I took about 300 exposures, bracketing most of them, and culled it down to 70. Next up will be the post-processing. Fun fun fun.
In the evening, I went for a nice, long run – 6.98 miles is a manageable distance for me, but at my slow pace I was wondering if I would finish it before the sun went down. My pace on the last run of 6.75 miles was a leisurely 12:52/mile, so it took just under an hour and a half. Checking Google, I still had an hour and 35 minutes til sunset, so I was off!
I ended up going a little farther and a little faster, finishing with a 11:40/mile pace and a 1:21 overall time. I felt really good on this run, and could see myself running around this pace for the marathon next year. If so, then I would complete the race at 5:06. Not too bad!
Tonight some friends came over for dinner. Two of them ran the Austin Marathon in the morning, and they were very hungry, so they brought over a lot of food! It was a combination of Chinese dishes and Korean fried chicken, and most of it was really spicy, which I loved! They know I love the spicy fish from Asia Market, so they made sure to order it, and I would have been satisfied with just that and rice, but all the other food was wonderful as well. And the Korean chicken was on fire! Yummy.
Speaking of the Austin Marathon, I’ve always wanted to run it, but the cost always turned me away. Well, I finally bit the bullet and signed up for the 2021 marathon! It turns out that it costs $99 right now, which is less than what I was expecting. Mariko told me that the price goes up later in the year, and those prices were what I looking at before. Anyways, I guess it’s time to start running more. I’m pumped!
Today the sun was shining brightly so I decided to head on out for a short run. I haven’t gone out running for a few weeks now, but it’s time to get back to it. Especially with summer coming up and vacations planned, I need to get my touring legs back in shape. 😄 On the run, I stopped and took a few photos of the wildflowers because there were so many of them. I always enjoy the running route, but that extra splash of color makes it even more special.
In the evening, we went and watched Avengers: Endgame. Maybe it was because of the excessive hype, but I didn’t think it lived up to my expectations. Yes, it was epic and the action scenes were really cool, but the supposedly emotional parts of the story had no effect on me. On the other hand, the teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that they showed before the Avengers movie had my heart pumping! Rey’s slow-motion jump over the tie-fighter that cuts to the epic music really struck a chord with me. Now that was moving! I guess it’s because I’ve been a huge fan of Star Wars ever since I was a kid that I have a lot of feelings tied to the franchise. Conversely, I’ve never been a huge fan of any superheroes or Marvel comics so I tend to view those stories from a distance. That’s just my theory.