Archive | February, 2012

Roll, Rabbi, roll!!!

28 Feb

WOOO!!!!  Day 1 of bike commuting – CONQUERED!!!

Los Angeles is not exactly one of the most bike friendly towns (ahem, it’s really not bike friendly at all) but it totally should be.  There is so much traffic everywhere and just too many cars in general.

So, I took the plunge and joined the commuting revolution.  Here is what I learned after today’s first commute:

1 – I need to slather sunscreen on my cheeks.  I’m like a little tomato now.  Oops!

2 – Side streets are a commuter’s best friend.

3 – I am super out of shape.

I only got one angry honk on the way to school and one guy almost opened his door right into my bike.  But I made it there and back in one piece.

How do I feel?  Fantastic.  My normal commute takes around 30 minutes door-to-door but biking takes about 50.  I feel energetic and pumped from getting such good exercise already!

Now we’ll see how long I need to wait before I can get on a bike again.  My bum is definitely sore.  🙂

Happy and sweaty commuter!!!

The husband and I have decided to ACTUALLY start living a healthy lifestyle again so this is just one part of my recommitment.  The other part is that we’ve planned a menu for the week and are logging our calories in LoseIt!, my favorite online and smart phone app for logging calories.

I’m commuting for more than just weight loss and health benefits though.  I’m sick of using my car to drive 7 miles to school and one or two miles to the store.  Gas is almost in the $4.40 range (waaaaahhh!?!?) and I refuse to waste any more money sitting in LA traffic.  This is a tiny way that I can try to cut down on pollution.

There’s a bike commuting revolution in many parts of America.  Do you commute?  How’s your commute going?!

I’m a runner. Just accept it and bugger off.

4 Feb

After an unsettling snippet of conversation last night, I almost gave up on running entirely. It went something like this:

Friend at Shabbat table: Oh, you run!? In our neighborhood!? Let’s run together!!!

Me: Oh…well, I do run around here but I’m REALLLLLY slow. Like very slow. I wouldn’t want to hold you back…

Friend: No! That’s totally cool. I’d love to have a running buddy sometime.

Husband: No, she’s REALLY slow. Like REALLLLLLYYYYY SLOW.

Me: Uh, that’s not very nice.

Husband: I’m not saying it to be mean, it’s just you’re really slow…

Yes. Thank you. I think I got the point. Everyone now knows that I’m REALLLLY SLOW.

I was incredibly discouraged. Although my (darling?) husband didn’t really mean this offensively, I was hurt. He and I had run together for a few months this fall and even though we ran pretty slowly at times, I offered MILLIONS of times to run separately because of my snail pace. Each time, he said no, insisting that running together was more fun.

I’ve been trying to become a runner for over a year now. I started running with the Couch to 5k app on my phone July of 2010. I’ve run three 5k’s now, none of my times were stellar but I ran each of them without walking. I wasn’t exactly athletic while growing up. I did things like gymnastics, karate, and swimming when I was pretty young but I was a bowler in high school (not much cardio going on there) and didn’t start to work out in college until halfway through. I grew up with asthma and never became what I thought of as a “real” athlete.

Last year, I learned that running is mostly mental. It’s partly physical, obviously, but if I can get over the fact that my body may yell at me for about 5-10 minutes before becoming more comfortable, I’m golden. The rest is all about pushing myself mentally to say, “I can do this. I can finish this run. Even if I run at only a slightly faster pace than my walk, I can still do it.”

So, naysayers be damned, I’m a runner. I may be the slowest one at the 5k (realistically, I’m not, I can see the times) and I may be slower than you but that doesn’t mean I’m NOT a runner.

Now, I’m going to go lace up and take a nice, slow, Shabbat run. By myself. (Insert raspberry here.)