So many strong women on my mind this week. Friends, family, icons. So much has been done, yet so much remains.
I had such fun reading this Run to the Finish post as I wrap my head around how Apple Watch data differs from Garmin’s. I have the added layer of different because I never wore my Garmin all day and the old Fitbit model I had didn’t track heart rate and such.
This was my favorite amusement as I wasn’t remotely working out, but rather going to pick up dinner on Thursday night. I guess we do walk quickly here. So far it’s a fun toy and less aggravating than Garmin even when I accidentally lost the first half of my run Saturday.
Darlene raised some good points on why Peloton isn’t for her. I think this is the biggest thing it has delivered for me so far. I said in January that I wanted to start strength training, and Peloton has helped me achieve that goal. Biggest credit is really to Matty’s challenges because it’s accountability. It’s a free challenge, but I said I was going to do it and there’s a group of people I can see daily in the workouts, plus it’s fun to check in on what people thought about the workouts. Can I eventually transition to the free YouTube videos? Sure, I already incorporate Marcia’s amazing videos, but for me I need the crutch in building the habit.
The other workouts really do tell a story too. I prefer podcasts or straight music for walking, I don’t have an interest in coached power walk, although that might be different if I were using a treadmill. Although I have learned a few moves, I will probably never be a yoga person. As I come up on a year of shutting down running due to the lingering IT Band, I’m impressed at how many stretching classes Peloton offers so I have some variety there that will keep me in good habits. Had some ankle stiffness likely due to too much sedentary time while quarantining, and the active recovery for my feet was just perfect.
My goal this week was to do mostly women coaches for my runs since I’m still doing Matty’s strength classes. Luckily the library of classes to choose from is seemingly never-ending.
- never miss a Monday: a fast, sunny, brisk morning with amazing Peloton soundtrack: Selena Country Women’s Playlist and Rebecca Kennedy’s 80s. Reba! Dolly! Madonna! Can’t not speed up to that, and it was so much fun to run with Liz and Darlene. May this be a pandemic tradition that continues.
- Terrific Tuesday: an absolutely gorgeous day that began and ended in Central Park with two walks. Originally thought I couldn’t fully do Kim’s Pi challenge because I’m not a streaker, but instead turned it into a run/walk streak and was glad to have it to push myself to walk just a little further on days off.
- Wednesday: happy hump day. Sunny, no hat, one shirt. Hello fake spring, I love you.
- Thursday: another absolutely gorgeous day and couldn’t resist twinning with Eat Pretty’s mascot at the end of my run. If we can’t have some silliness in our lives, are we really living?
- Friday: the best day of all this week, weather wise and was able to meet a friend after work for a walk and talk around Central Park. For the first time in months, being outside was about the beautiful weather and not (just) Covid safety. On the one year anniversary of working from home, it was nice to have this day of in person human connection. It was also the fourth anniversary of my turning into a Frozen Penguin. Crazy how much March weather can swing.
- Saturday: there were all sorts of plans for this run, but I struggled to get out the door. Eventually headed to Central Park to do however long I felt like for the No More Week 5K and on 102, felt myself pulled north. While NoMore targets domestic violence, this area has always been poignant. 30 years ago it wouldn’t have been safe to run (or walk, or be) there solo and it’s amazing to see the work that has been done not only by the Central Park Conservancy, but the city broadly to reclaim the park. While Randalls Island would have been a fun run, Central Park was clearly where I needed to be for this 6.5 ish miles.
- Sunday: running back to back days to give Kim some birthday pi(e) and enjoy one last warm-ish day before March comes back.