Hadn't been to the Palace of Fine Arts in years -
Saturday's Post Parkrun Brunch walk put us there. With Friends. How great!
Eventually, I just learned that my preoccupation with death, and the likelihood/proximity of it for myself and everyone I knew was not, like many of the ways I viewed the world, "normal." But, it does motivate many of the choices I make.
Doing our sabbatical year while we were both young and healthy was very important to me. My *life-is-short* concept is always pushing me to do the things I want to do while I can. I'm so grateful we were able to take the time off and enjoy visiting all of the friends, family, and foreign places we enjoyed.
|The beaches of Portugal -- one of many sabbatical experiences I cherish.|
Often, this means I just don't have the same level of drive to outperform myself or PR than I otherwise would. After last week's fiery smoking down week, I had big plans to run from Emeryville out to Yerba Buena Island on the bay bridge and back on Monday. But, when I went outside, the smell of smoke and limited view of the Oakland hills quickly changed my plans. Instead I walked easily for 4 miles in the poor air quality and then tacked some hard short speedwork on the TM interspersed with free weights and calisthenics in the hotel gym. Life is much too short to struggle through a run in nasty air quality that will likely negatively affect me more than missing a workout.
|Liquor store in North Beach, SF|
Wednesday, I had a big work day, so I just worked and took a rest day (and let the soreness from the yoga keep me from too much physical activity). My new desk treadmill arrived, so I now have a fully functional sit/stand/treadmill desk configuration (minus the swiveling monitor). It's so nice to have an ergonomically awesome home office situation -- my old set up was a desk I bought 15+ years ago when my only criteria was cheapness, a broken office chair purchased from a startup I worked at that went out of business, and whatever else I cobbled together over the years. It all went the way of Goodwill, the dump, or curbside free pick-up when we packed up. And now, thanks to E doing all the research and acquiring most of the components (other than the treadmill) I'm excited to have a fancy functional workspace that will allow me to walk while doing non-seriously demanding work/life tasks.
|I almost never splurge on *stuff* - the new office set up is a BIG DEAL for me.|
Friday, I was in a hotel for work and fit in a super short 0.5 mile interval workout with weights and medicine ball efforts between ladders from 10mpm down to 9:19 mpm at 1% incline. It was less than half an hour, but better than nothing.
One of the most beautiful finishes for a run.
Also, what a flattering picture -- do I look excited to stop my watch or what?
Sunday was a gloriously lazy day. I did 4 very easy miles @ 12:27, followed by 15X30 seconds hard with 90 seconds walking recovery for 6.4 total miles. E and I had lunch downtown, I went grocery shopping for the week, and a friend visiting from Texas came over to grill rib-eyes for dinner. Lazy easy Sundays at home are definitely one of the best things about being back in our regular life. And life is definitely too short not to take advantage of them and appreciate them when they are available.