Sunday, December 21, 2014


Last day in Cayman. 40min as 4:1 (15min warmup, then last :20 hard at the end of each run interval)

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Not a long one - really just trying to get out there every day. 40 min as 2 x (6min jog, 1min walking recovery), 3 x (4min jog, 2min hard, 1min walking recovery), 5min jog cooldown

Friday, December 19, 2014

The "vanity of human wishes" theme....

I am laughing at myself, I am an idiot - on Wednesday I was telling myself and Coach Dave that I was going to shoot for a mini-streak and run every day between now and the end of the month. Then on Thursday I overslept, didn't go to hot yoga and didn't get out at the end of the day either for a short run! (I was a little underfueled, and it is also very hot here by late afternoon - couldn't quite face it.)

This morning I was not full of vim, and idiotically although I never did go back to sleep kept on resetting and/or snoozing the alarm. Did finally get up, in knowledge that it really would be too hot if I left it till later, and had a nice little run after all.

:36 as 3:1 jog-walk, with :16 warm-up and then 5 x (2:30 jog, :30 hard, 1:00 walking recovery)

Much better start to the day, really, than not exercising! B. will be home soon so that we can go and pick up Coach Jerry from The Pines and take him out for a good breakfast at the Waterfront Diner....

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hot yoga!

That was slightly overwhelming - seemed far hotter than yesterday - but I seem to have survived it!

1hr hot yoga


It seemed dreadfully early to get up - it's not so hot at this time of year (a phenomenon known as the "Christmas breeze" - alas, there is also the phenomenon of "Christmas beef," those nice reddish-brown cows I see on my long bike rides during the summer now going into the pot!), but still high 70s, so I am huffing and puffing pretty quickly. Just did 40min as 4:1, will go to midday hot yoga as well.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hot yoga!

Got safely to Cayman yesterday, only completely exhausted and temporally discombobulated: I never sleep much the night before that early flight, took a huge deep nap here in the afternoon and then slept solidly again overnight only with spells of wakefulness. Snoozed the alarm a couple times, but had the sense to realize c. 8:15 or so that my day would go much, much better if I got up and made it to 8:45 hot yoga than if I continued to lounge.

It was great to be back at Bliss - the 1hr class is also a good way of easing back into it.

1hr hot yoga

Sunday, December 14, 2014

10K yesterday, easy 30min today

Overwhelmed now with tasks to do before leaving town very early tomorrow morning for the week! Beautiful 10K in Prospect Park yesterday (Joanna's fundraiser); just did 30min easy just now in the park, would have gone longer but waited too late and wasn't warmly enough dressed to stay out after dark....

c. 6.8mi (c. 1:20)
+ 30min easy jog

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Glorious Paris run-walk!

I took a very impractical route, because I just had a burning desire (I do not know how to make accents in blogger) to run down the Champs Elysees! Which is immensely crowded particularly once one encounters the street fair.... I was on the clock while jogging and basically then just stopped it whenever I had to walk for a while. Did then get to the running path along the river, which is very nice - hit the base of the Eiffel Tower, crossed back across the bridge of locks (they are starting to accumulate again - they were cleared last year as the bridge was so overladen it threatened to collapse!) then back up towards the Arc de Triomphe and 'home.'

Tomorrow I should be able to have a more consistently running sort of an expedition - I think getting to the river and going along the path is the way to go. But it was beautiful today: 50 and sunny, I wasn't wearing gloves and I wasn't cold at all (though now I really must get in the shower!).

c. 50min jog, c. 90min total

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Short Invalides run

No internet where I'm currently staying, so this is a brief and belated update, but it was nice that I actually did get out this morning for a scant half-hour run - just down the hill from where I am near the Pasteur Metro to Les Invalides and back up the hill. The dissertation defense was today and I was anxious to leave downtime in case I got lost, had other logistical trouble, etc. etc. but tomorrow I am more leisurely and should be able to take the next step and get to the Eiffel Tower!....

:30 easy run (with random pedestrians offering "Bonne chance!" and other comical words of exhortation)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lizard run!

Sundays don't seem to have been good for me for exercise this semester: too much work and general feeling of fatigue. But I am pleased that I made it out just now for a short easy "lizard run" (christened as such by Coach Dave): vent-to-snout loop in my bit of park. It is 62F and I was much too warm in a long-sleeved shirt!

Dismayed, in other random planning-related news, to realize that my spring course which I thought I was teaching Thursdays 11-12:50 has unbeknownst to me been moved to Thursday 4:10-6, which will prevent the rare books librarian from sitting in with us and will also mean I can't do Thursday sessions of this class I was hoping to sign up for!

Feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the needs of the next couple days: I should just focus on getting today's stuff done (observe a class, do office hours, teach my graduate seminar, write and submit one letter of recommendation) and worry about tomorrow tomorrow morning!

:31 lizard run

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Extremely happy to be back at Chelsea Piers for Joanna's spin class, though I fear it will be WEEKS more now before I am back there again. There was only a 10am class scheduled, because of the holiday, so she very generously gave us a good extra chunk of time. Don't feel woefully out of shape actually, though I could feel my leg muscles walking up the subway stairs....

1.25hr spin!

Friday, November 28, 2014


Nice but short: I had a long sleep last night that made lungs today feel much better than lungs yesterday, and didn't want to mess that up. Also it is cold: same absolute temperature as yesterday I'd say, but dry and windy makes it a lot tougher esp. on tender lungs. Just did the nice vent-to-snout loop in my little bit of the park.


Thursday, November 27, 2014


Off to a rather late start (in retrospect it was unrealistic to think I was going to get up early and do work - I'm running below par and need the extra sleep, and I think this cough suppressant is making me sleepier even than usual!). Fat flakes of snow falling down out of the sky, but really it's in the high 30s and nothing is sticking underfoot. Nice damp air for tender lungs! Got to the Boat Basin at least - hoping lungs will clear up soon for longer running.

48 min as 5:1 easy jog/walk

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


That stands for Very Short Run - or Very Slippery Run as the case may be. Lungs still not quite right, thought I should properly wait for tomorrow, but there was a small window of afternoon before darkness falls and an awareness on my part that there is nothing like even a short run to turn mood around for the better! Snow this morning turned to freezing rain, but actually I sort of love running in freezing rain - except, that is, for how slippery it gets underfoot. Regretfully decided as I hit the point where you transition down to the river that it was not worth the risk of going longer and falling on slush/ice - but I will look forward to having a nice one tomorrow morning, hopefully it will be above freezing and less slippery (if it's too cold for tender lungs, I will go to hot yoga instead).

20 cobweb-clearing minutes!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Still not at 100%, so I will be very cautious re: duration and intensity, but there is nothing like an illness-enforced layoff to make you feel ABSURDLY grateful for even a short slow run! Beautiful weather, too - strange to say, it is almost 60, sunny and mild. A particularly good day for a run along the river....

:50 as 4:1 jog-walk