The Lyon Street steps were my gym today! No membership fees, no lines, and you cannot beat the view!
I left work after a jam packed day. Wow, what a day. I felt like the human version of a top being spun around and around from one meeting to the next. The highlight of my day was speaking on a panel to a group of education professionals who were visiting our company to understand the kinds of things they should be teaching K-8 graders to prepare them for a career in tech.
One thing I focused on is not just teaching kids the specific skills they need to write code or design a product (those are actually less important because they are always changing) but I stressed the importance of building a growth mindset and approaching learning with excitement. Because if you're excited about learning or trying something new, it opens up a whole other set of doors within yourself.
I remember feeling so very scared to learn to swim as an adult, thinking it would be embarrassing or I wouldn't be able to pick it up because it's like teaching an old dog new tricks, etc etc. But then I switched my mindset into one of an academic approaching the swimming issue like a problem I had to solve. I read books. I watched videos. I talked to friends who swim. I visualized myself doing it. And then all that other stuff—the fear, the embarrassment, the doubt—fell away.
As I get older I definitely become more self-aware of how I learn things and how working on my mental health is equally if not more important than my physical health. I love working on my brain because so much of our battles when we're running are inside our heads. Our bodies can handle so much more after our brains tell us to quit.
My workout plan called for 6 x hill runs for 2.5 minutes each. I actually kind of like running steps and hills...call me crazy. I think living here as long as I have, the constant walking/riding/running/driving up and down steep hills has become like second nature. I used to do a body bootcamp every morning at 6am before work and we did one workout a week at these stairs.
I have completely mastered the art of changing clothes in strange places, and a parked car is no exception. Before. After.
Running steps is a great way to boost your aerobic fitness. You engage and strengthen different leg muscles than you do when you run, and it's easier on the joints too. A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that walking up 200 steps twice a day, five days a week, for eight weeks, can cause a 17 percent increase in VO2 max!! As a runner, we love that because V02 is how much oxygen your body can use during exercise. More oxygen = happier running.
Today I did fast sprints up the hill seven times, with my only break being the jog back down again (plus 15 seconds). I've run these Lyon Steps so many times that I could probably do them blindfolded. They're really popular here on the weekends.
If you want to try a stair workout and you're a noob, here's a good suggestion:
I love the symmetry of the stairs and the shrubbery. The sky was doing some weird and cool things, and the cloud/fog cover gave the perfect amount of briskness.
I sing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" every time I go past this.
This meme is making the rounds on all the running blogs but I love it because I use this Oprah move all the time at home to make things sound exciting.
I like to match my shirt with my shoes and my hand weights. I actually do this subconsciously all the time!
I say this all the time! Find the people everyone is calling a nerd and sit down and learn from them! Cool!
The Dude has been having some trouble hearing out of one ear so I took him in to get it checked out. I made him stand for a picture because this is the hospital where he was born :)
The good news was that it wasn't an ear infection. The gross news was that it was because there was a lot of gunk so they irrigated his ears (poor guy) and I will never speak of what I saw during that whole escapade! Instead I'll end on this photo of my child's nice almost brand new running shoes that are completely destroyed in the toes. It's like the shoe companies don't have kids of their own. My kids slide toes and knees first into everything.
Big, big, big run ahead for me this weekend!! The big 2-0!! My first time running that number, but I'm feeling confident after last week's 18 miles going better than I thought.
Tell me what your plans are for the weekend!
Do you ever incorporate stairs into your workout routine?
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.