Be nice, it’s free! Happy Monday! Happy Miles to You!!
Be nice, it’s free! Happy Monday! Happy Miles to You!!
It’s hard to believe I’ve only been in D.C. a little over a month. It seems a lot longer and when I look back at all the progress I’ve made from moving into a new place, starting a new job and just getting back into the swing of things it’s a little surreal.
I’m ready for Spring! How about you? There is a lot of push and pull in the weather. This past week has shown some nice temps with Saturday reaching 87 degrees according to my thermometer and now it’s in the 50s and raining!
This week was an improvement in miles ~ and that’s what it is all about! I was able to take a few walks at lunch time when the weather is good. Sometimes it’s hard for me to pull away from what I’m doing and leave during lunch. I’m sure a lot of you do the same thing. But it’s important to get away from that computer and if nothing else take that walk to clear the mind and stretch the legs. Now if I can just eat my lunch away from my desk I’ll be doing well!
This weeks mileage was a good combination of treadmill, walking and running. The nicer weather had me out after work with a few runs in my local area. I have been slowly pushing the length of each run trying to get to a nice solid running mileage during the week and then pushing for the longer runs on Saturday. I started with 2.5 and then a 2.75 during the week and ended with a 3 mile run on Saturday. For the most part feeling pretty good.
I was so pleased with Saturday’s run. First time in a while I took the water bottle and gels with me. The best part about the run, well the two best things, the trees and the weather. It was so wonderful to hear the leaves rustling the wind, the birds singing and the sun shining on the water. It put me in a great mood. Even better my pace for this run was 10:04. Haven’t seen that for a long time! Overall felt good and a positive end to the week. Something to smile about!
You can see the trail and winds 8 miles both ways. I can’t believe I got a shot and no one was in it. There are a lot of people on the trail. Looking to practice on this running and cycling. I completed 12.53 for the week, up four. I am very close to breaking 6K! It’s going to happen people. I have 6048.34 miles gratefully waiting. I hope this post finds you “spring” ready! Happy Miles to You!!
Spring always gives me Fever…..
Happy Sunday everyone! Don’t you hate it when it seems like the weekend just flies by? One minute you’re heading out the door after the bird says go:
And the next minute you’re back at it:
Still a newbie here in DC my weekends are filled with getting my routine down and things to uh…live. So I’m running when I can, permitting somewhat decent weather, time and always on the lookout for new paths.
and gents! Let’s just pause for a moment to look at this handsome cat…I mean.. golf clap here. I venture out when I can at work for small walks to pick up some mileage and then slide on to the Yellow/Blue line home to hit the streets or the treadmill if it’s a crappy weather day. Today I hit the jackpot! Right down the road from me is Mt. Vernon and the awesome Mt. Vernon trail! I have found my first off-road trail that is paved for walking, cycling and running. This afternoon was great and I went out to explore a bit. Some scenes from today.
Not sure why I can’t get my pictures to line up, but hey we’re going to go with it!! As you can see it’s a very nice path and quite scenic. I think it’s 8 miles one way, hey I’ll take 16 with a turn around! There was a stop and drop at mile two. If you have to go to the bathroom…might I suggest no. For those who don’t know what a stop and drop is…well I just coined the phrase. There is no flushing. Are you getting the picture? Hmmm. No? Well, maybe this will help you out…
Yeah, can you hear me now?
There was a small little irritant. Cyclists. What, you say!! I am one..and..can I just say, the douche meter was off the chart today. Extreme red ~ douche encounter was imminent. There are all sorts of people doing all sorts of things on the path. If you’re a cyclist, you don’t own the road. You don’t. Don’t get pissy when people can’t hear your little bell. If you see someone walking ~ hmm let’s see mother with a baby or an older person walking…if you have a little bell and those people don’t get out-of-the-way for you…speak up and slow down. Don’t continue to barrel down the path at your full speed, because you can’t be bothered to slow down, and get irritated said person didn’t get out-of-the-way for you. You look foolish and like a novice. If you don’t want your pace interrupted, might I suggest the road? I wonder if any of the cyclists will read this? Hmmm, if a tree falls in the woods does anyone hear it? Most likely not. All in all I had a great experience and I can’t wait to run and ride on the path.
This week consisted of running and walking. I was able to pull out 11.97 miles this week with 6060.87 gratefully remaining. I hope this Sunday finds you well and full of hope. Happy Miles to You!!
I dedicate this song to all the cyclists out there!
Happy Easter to all, and yes it is also April Fool’s Day too!
Over the years I stopped buying greeting cards. The biggest reason was because of all the crazy stuff written inside. We all have been there, stalking the different cards. Serious, funny, and really stupid cards. I have looked for a card for 15 minutes once. So frustrating. I would say about 95% of the time, most of the cards say things that I neither felt or would ever say. Overly sappy and well, a lot of times, not true. My card would say:
“Happy Birthday to a wonderful person….50% of the time“. Love you, Laurel. Or, “Roses are red, violets are blue…uh never mind“. Not so sincerely, Laurel. Yeah, you’re not going to find any of those cards. And then there is the protocol of greeting cards. Do you write a small message or do you just sign your name? What does it say about you when you DON’T write a small message? Does the person on the other end go…that’s lame? Because you know the card isn’t saying exactly what you wanted it to say or maybe it was an oh crap moment, I need a card as you dig through cards you have had for about five years. At one point in my life I used to buy cards in advance. If I saw one that I liked, I would pick it up. Over the years I have collected quite the treasure chest of greeting cards and have helped many in their time of greeting card crisis.
Then something wonderful happened. The greeting card companies got smart and started printing blank inside cards. Genius. Pick out a card with a flower…own message ~ “you are as pretty as a flower”. A garden spade ~ “may your garden be fruitful” or some other saying that comes to mind. Bottom line it’s YOUR message. You can say what is really in your heart to the receiver.
In my previous post I had said I moved to DC for a job opportunity. If you read my posts often, you might be thinking WTH? The bottom line, Phoenix wasn’t for me. I am one who finds beauty in all things, but the desert wasn’t what made my heart sing. I had needed a change, but this wasn’t the right change. I can remember years ago hearing about how if you had arthritis or health issues move to Phoenix! Well, let me tell you that’s not 100% true. The valley has changed drastically over the years with increased population that causes pollution and non-indigenous plants causing the atmosphere to be much more polluted with allergens. While there I developed allergies that affected my skin and had made me boarder-line asthmatic. I was on an inhaler, Singular™ and allergy meds to keep everything in line. My breathing capacity went down to about 60% at one point and made running and cycling harder. So, it was time to look for greener pastures and that’s what I did. It took me 9 long months. The whole month of March has been a whirlwind of moving and starting over in another state. It’s never easy, but with hard work I’m making it happen.
This brings me back to the greeting cards. I received a great card from my sweet parents. They read my blog, so I know they will see this post! I am very thankful. My parents still send me a surprise every now and again in a card. I still get that excitement when I see it, the same feeling as when I was 15! It’s something that never gets old. Aside from the surprise inside (and thank you very much) was the card itself. It was perfect. Does that mean I have to eat my words on greeting cards? I won’t go that far, but this was the perfect card. There was a standard card saying but the personal notes from my parents are worth more than any surprise in the card. Maybe that was the surprise. The card said the following:
“You have dreamed and good things happened”.
“You have worked hard and achievement happened”.
“You have persevered and accomplishment happened”.
“You have believed in yourself and success happened”.
Dream, work hard, persevere, believe. It can happen.
I finished March with 41.98 miles completed. Most of the miles were accomplished on the treadmill, stationary bike and walking. I was lucky to get out and start to discover some of the green ways around me. I have 6067.61 miles gratefully remaining. I keep on keeping on….
Happy Easter. I hope this finds you in a good place…peace. Happy Miles to You!!
Hello all! Long time no blog…
There is a good reason for my absence. I have moved to Washington, DC for a new job. It came up fairly quickly and I had a good deal of planning to do which minimized my blogging. I have settled in and will be up and going in no time at all. The obvious is the weather change. Baby it’s cold outside! So a very quick recap today. I was able to finish February with 86.82 miles and so far for March I have completed 31.75. There was a lot of hotel treadmill running and incumbent biking. If you travel, you know what I’m talking about.
Grateful for a new work opportunity. I have 6088.07 DC miles remaining. Hope this finds you well. Happy Miles to You!!
This week has been particularly cold in Phoenix. I guess you could say we are experiencing the one week of winter we get each year. Lows in the 30s and highs in the 50s. That being said, it makes for good cycling weather.
I’ve been on Instagram for a while now and I had an account for my blog and then a personal account. For some strange reason, everyone just migrated over to my personal account. Most likely because my name is easier to memorize rather than the blog name. I have dropped the 11315miles Instagram account and just post every now and again on the personal one. I enjoy seeing people all around the world cycling, running or sharing all their cooking dishes. It’s easy to blow a cool 30 minutes scrolling sometimes. I try to make sure I don’t let social media control too much of my time. I do like the virtual “diary” if you will while I’m trying to complete all of these miles.
Some people can just take great photos. They’re sleeping…looks great. Eating spaghetti…looks great. Awww, just came out of the porto potty…looks marvelous. Me? Well, I usually look like I’ve just plowed the back 40. Great. Maybe one out of every thousand photos, there might be a keeper.
I love to see the “action” selfies. Sometimes they’re phenomenal. I even asked a gal one time how she took these cool action shots. Did she have someone follow her around? Some were taken at 6am! Some people are just media geniuses. I know there are all sorts of things you can do, such as time delay, using your apple watch, etc. But, I haven’t mastered the art of the action selfie. You know the cool photo where I’m riding…there’s an awesome background (not someone photo-bombing) and I have this concentrated far-off look like I’m contemplating the price of rice in China. You know the one. Kinda like this:
I was out for a ride and thought…hey…wouldn’t it be cool to take a selfie…said no one ever! Believe me, I’m not a big selfie person, but a couple of “proof of cycle” photos never hurts the mileage cause. This was my awesome action selfie. I was on mile 9 in a rural neighborhood and thought this is a pretty place. Do you like how I got in the background? Don’t I look like I’m concentrating hard? Whatever Baby! This is how I roll!
Was happy with my mileage this week, because I slightly edged out last week. I would have done more, but I had a chemical facial peel (another story) and it stung a bit. Not good to be out in the sun and sweating for a long time. I put 30.65 on the books this week. Looking pretty good for the month. I have 2973.23 remaining for this years goal and 6114.82 gratefully remaining in my journey. Sending positive vibes your way. Happy Miles to You!!
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