In my job, I focus on inefficiencies in the way we work and finding ways to smooth them out. I rely a lot on really talented data scientists and engineers to help build tools that make everything run better. So imagine how excited I was to see how my Garmin running watch is proving to be a super duper useful tool in highlighting MY OWN inefficiencies when I run! Eight miles today (I forgot to hit "Run" for the first .5 miles) at an average 10:32 pace. I am all over the place with my speed... going from 9:30 to 12:30 minute mile paces. I need to focus on this. Any tips on how to level out your pace? I know it doesn't help that I zigzag a lot running in the city.
This is a different hot pink running shirt and I'm not sure why I lean toward that color. It's not conscious! Look how happy I am before I go out and feel the burn.
I really love all the overhanging trees where I run. Every block has its own beauty to it and I especially enjoy seeing all the people in their garages or playing out front with their kids. Whenever I think (just for a millisecond) about leaving city life, I think of these kinds of things -- not seeing all the character and culture in just a small space. People are friendly here but in a different way than Ohio.
What really drew me to San Francisco -- and what stood out to me in contrast from my hometown in Ohio -- was how important healthy living and exercise is to the folks who live here. My mom pointed it out once and her words stuck with me ever since that on any given day and any given hour (even night time), you'll see people of all ages and abilities outside enjoying life here. People on bikes (unicycles, really old fashioned bikes with massive front tires, motorized bikes, regular 2-wheel bikes), people running or hiking, people swimming in the ocean or surfing. If you'd told me 20 years ago that I would be training for a marathon I'd have said you have the wrong person, my friend.
But being around other people who get out there and break a sweat makes me want to do it too. I get inspired by all the people. I've seen a woman running with no hair, recently finished with chemotherapy. I've seen kids no older than ten out there running laps around me. I've seen blind runners. One-legged runners. I've seen a man with no lower limbs, pushing himself in a hand-powered bicycle down The Embarcadero. Just tonight when I was getting my miles in, I saw a woman probably in her 70s riding a road bike up a steep hill like a beast. I love it. Everything is possible -- no excuses!
Tell me how your weekend was and if you got outside.
What inspires you to stay active?