Weekly Update #7

This week was pretty damn good. I started jogging on a regular basis again and only got on the bike once. My plantar fasciitis seems to be bothering me less and I’m so glad it’s getting better. PT really sucks! 

This week I met with a wellness coach for the first time. It was like a therapist session but for exercise 😂😂😂 We went over what I’ve been doing for the past 4 months and my ‘best me’. There are some goals written on paper. And we’re coming up with a strategy for the cold season in New England. 

Winter has been my nemesis when it comes to exercise. Any progress I make during the summer gets erased during the winter. This year I’m determined to change this pattern.

Weekly Breakdown:

Monday: 3.76 miles – I procrastinated and went out at 11:15 pm!

Wednesday: 4.48 miles – I went to Breakheart with a friend and we followed the Couch to 5K app for the first 30 minutes. Then we jogged up all the hills. 

Thursday: 14.6 miles on the bike – I didn’t push hard at all. It was an easy hour and 18 minutes of sight seeing. 

Friday: 3.8 miles – this was the exciting hour entry. It was sooo hot.

Im off to a party for beautiful 1 year girl. It’ll be a blast I’m sure! I might sneak out early and jump on the bike for an easy Sunday evening ride. Then again I could always do nothing and just stuff my face with food. We’ll see which one wins 🤔🤔🤔

Thanks for reading and hope you had a great weekend!

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Exciting Hour

Today I decided to sneak in a jog after work and before going the movies. I did however significantly underestimate the heat. I knew I was going to eat/drink with friends later in the night, so I was trying to offset calories.

I did my usual 3.8 mile loop close to my house in exactly 1 hour. I should have turned around right away as the heat was terrible. But I’m not very smart 🙂


As I started walking to warm up, I revisit The List of Lists from SRG to review objects to spot. I was on the hunt!

Within five minutes I spot a bicycle just laying outside of a school. I had to go back half a block to get into the school area to grab a shot.

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Two minutes later I spot the cart! It’s by the bus stop just waiting for me. I crossed to street to get a close up shot.

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I made my way to Revere Beach and my feet were cooked from jogging on pavement in the 95 degree weather. I quickly made my way to the sand! This is where I got a picture of the bird! 

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Turns out that Revere Beach is hosting a festival this weekend with sand sculptures, music and some rides!

If you have 2 minutes, watch the quick video.

On the way back home I saw a cool not so rusty little machine!

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On the rusty machines front, I went by the rusty car again and took a day picture. It’s a pretty cool challenger!

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Close to my house I found a recent accident. I didn’t investigate, but here is a 30 second video of it!

I intended for this to be published before going to the movies, but it’s getting posted AFTER and it’s Saturday 1:20am!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Spotted: The Rusty Machine

Here’s my Rusty Machine submission for the “Spotted Challenge”. If you don’t know what it is, please refer to SlowRunnerGirl’s Spotted: The List of List for an explanation, rules, and a list of objects to spot during runs or bike rides.

The car is my official entry because I captured it while running 🙂 I was out running around midnight, thus the picture is pretty terrible! Soooo below are some other rusty machines I captured during the weekend while playing miniature golf with my friend, her daughters, and my son! Hope you enjoy! See if you spot the second object 😉

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Weekly Update #6

I’ll try to keep this entry short and sweet. I have a few highlights from the week. The main activity for the week was cycling. I was able to get out on the bike four days of the week.

  • Sunday: 10 miles to test out the bike along the beach on flat streets
  • Monday: 16 miles for fun along another beach; aslo flat streets
  • Wednesday: I jogged the hills of Breakheart Reservation to get a gauge my plantar fasciitis and test out my new shoes. It was a nice and slow 3 mile activity which was great for spotting/hunting objects; I captured 3!
  • Thursday: 5 miles on some pretty steep inclines @ Breakheart Reservation
  • Saturday: 15 miles with my friend Jose who was coaching me and encouraging me along the way. These 15 miles were pretty intense and included some ‘nice hills’ and some flat areas.

Tuesday and Friday were my recovery days. Today, Sunday was my cheat day! We had so much fun!!!


I replaced the bike rack for my car with the Saris Bike Rack. It feels sturdier and is easier to load and secure the bike. Those extra 30 seconds really add up!


I received a gift from Jose on Saturday before heading out. It’s the Quad Lock bike mount for my phone! Now I can easily check my Strava stats AND catch Pokemon while going for leisurely rides 😂😂😂. Thank you brother! All joking aside, this gadget is a life saver. It’s easy to attach and remove which makes a world of difference.

That’s the week in a nutshell, Sunday to Sunday. Going forward I’ll try to cover from Monday through Sunday. But then again it’s me and typically plans my plans change.

My learnings this week:

  • I need to continue chipping away at my fitness or lack there of
  • I like biking
  • I’m not ready for serious hills on the bike yet
  • I was reminded that fun with family and friends is the most important activity. Don’t loose track of the ultimate goal which is: You’re getting healthier to spend more quality time with your son! Family and friends is your second ultimate goal.

Thanks for reading. I hope you had a great week as well!

Addendum:
I’m adding this entry to the Spotted Challenge. I realized my “Super Coach” is my buddy Jose. He has been instrumental in my biking efforts and we took our first ride together this Saturday. He’s in the first image with me 🙂

I’m Not Ready for Hills

On my last entry I mentioned that my buddy Mike wanted to test out the bike during my hunt yesterday. What I didn’t mention is that he was dead by the time he was done. We thought it was due the heat, humidity and perhaps the bike was the wrong size for him. 

Today I decided to go out on the bike for what I thought would be a few laps around the Breakheart Reservation. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious! The place is comprised of an inner loop with modest inclines and an outer loop with a lot more steep inclines. Both loops converge as one once you get close to the parking lot.

I figured I’d do the inner loop to get warmed up. Boy was I wrong! Right out of the gate the modest inclines got me winded! I knew I was going to have a hard time.


Earlier this week I was reading an article by Jim from Fit Recovery where he defines the Baby Ring. I was reading and thinking ‘I should stay away from the baby ring!’ Nope!!! I was on the baby ring for about three quarters of today’s 5 mile ride.

Today was my third time on the bike. 

  1. 10 miles to test the bike from Swampscott to Nahant
  2. 16 miles along Revere beach to Deer Island in Winthrop
  3. 5 miles at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus

This means I’ve ridden 30 miles this week. My buddy Jose rides 30 miles in one afternoon for fun! His last entry on Strava this weekend was 55 miles! 

I’ll stay away from Breakheart Reservation for a while. I need to get some endurance under my belt before trying it again. 

Why is the bike by the bushes? Because I couldn’t finish climbing one of the more steep inclines. I got off and walked to the top. My legs were burning! I had to stretch and take a couple of minutes before continuing. 

Why was I on the baby ring for most of it? Because I needed it for the inclines and didn’t pedal on the way down. 

Needless to say that I didn’t go around multiple times. I only went around each loop once! Now I have a new challenge. 

Spotted: Rocks, Bike, and Chimney

I’m not a runner nor a biker but I play both on the internet! About three months ago I simply made the decision to get healthier. Problem #1 – I love food! Problem #2 – I don’t like exercise! When you combine these two problems you’re in big trouble; by “you’re in trouble” I mean I’m in big trouble!

I don’t want to spend hours at the gym, so given option between the gym or exercise out in the open, the latter will always win. I’ve tried to lose weight in the past but after a month or two I usually stop. In an attempt to keep me honest and keep me going I started this blog.

This blog is intended for me to go back and look at what I’ve accomplished and what I’ve done to get healthy. It has, however, become an outlet for more than tracking activities. I’ve found a super supportive community who share ideas, values, stories, tips, and overall motivate each other to keep going.

With that long introduction out-of-the-way, let me get to the meat of “The Hunt” or “The Spotted”! SlowRunnerGirl and others turn exercise such as running, jogging, and biking into a sort of game or challenge. During your activity keep an eye out for certain objects. For a full list of objects and rules visit her entry; she does a much better job explaining whole concept.

Yesterday my buddy Mike and I went on out to Breakheart Reservation in Saugus for a leisurely walk/jog/cycling session. He wanted to try out my new used bike! I wanted to try jogging on my new new shoes.

It was a wonderfully hot and humid day! I didn’t want to get hurt so I walked over 50% of the route. I jogged up the hills and also jogged for two 5 minutes segments on the flat sections. Today I was not crying from pain, so I’m thinknig the new shoes are doing their job!

I was ready to “Spot” a couple of objects from the list. I knew that I was going to see rocks because I’ve been there before, is that cheating?! So figured I’d combine two objects in one shot, the bike and the rock. While I was looking for some cool rock formations, I came accross the chimney! So below are pictures from yesterday. Hope you enjoy!

 

The Bike & The Rock

 

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The Chimney & The Rock!

Motivation which pushes you past your perceived limits

I have to preface this entry with a disclaimer – I’m a huge procrastinator! Why do it now when I can do it next week?

I hope the title of the entry isn’t too misleading. 

Last night, Monday, I decided to go out for my first-ish bike ride. And as previously mentioned why go right after work when I can go waaaay later at night, smh!

Around 8:30pm I load the bike on the car rack; drive to one end of Revere Beach; park my car; unload the bike and got going on my Monday night ride. 

I ended up riding for 16.2 miles in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Not bad for my first ride. I’m getting used to gears and the breaks. 

As I’m making my way back to the car, a couple miles away in the distance I see flashing lights, I was able to make out police and tow trucks. I realized that there are different parking rules for the end of the beach where I parked this time. I typically park on the OTHER end of the beach when I run. And of course I didn’t bother to read the signs!

Those last couple of miles I was pedaling so hard I don’t know where the energy was coming from. I was very tired but I had the proper motivation to go beyond what I thought I could do. In this case the motivation was very self serving. I didn’t want to spend several hundreds of dollars to get my car out of the tow yard or pay any other police fines. I simply wanted to avoid  all the hassle of this process. 

What I’m trying to get to is that motivation comes in all shapes and sizes. For me, at the end of my ride my motivation was avoiding getting towed. Earlier in the ride I had a different motivations. I imagined myself fitting in 34″ waist pants. I imagined myself cycling for 100 miles in a day and completing one of those weekend cycling challenges. I imagined myself holding my grand children and playing with them. I saw myself happy and healthy. 

I feel motivation doesn’t have to be something grandiose. It just needs to be enough to get you through today and just enough to try again next time. I’m a terrible golfer, but I enjoy the game. When I’m out in the course I just need to hit one great drive. That is enough motivation me to bring me back. 

My first ride was pretty interesting. Lots of learnings, such as … 1) I need to get a front and rear light, especially if I’m riding at night. 2) I shouldn’t ride on sidewalks, I went over bike to avoid a pedestrian who jump in front of me. I landed as gracefully as a walrus. Thankfully I didn’t get hurt and the bike didn’t get damaged (I think).

I didn’t mean to create a cliff hanger. I did get to my car just as the tow truck was  backing up to lift it. I rode up to the state trooper, out of breath, told the that it was my car. He stopped the tow from continuing and now I have this great story to tell!