Running in the Cold

I think I’ve finally hit on a combo I like for running in dry, not too windy conditions between 20-40 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a mix of stuff I’ve had in my closet (fleece tops from Christmases past, a summer running tank, a spring/fall running long sleeve) and a couple extras I had to get for colder conditions (breathable gloves, something to cover my ears). Base layer: My favorite running bra; a long, sweat-wicking tank top; sweat-wicking running tights; Balaga socks; running shoes with enough tread to handle patches of snow. A little extra warmth layer: A wicking, long-sleeved running…
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Eye of the Tiger

I spent two hours last night tearing through every bit of pack-rat nonsense I’ve hung onto since grade school. I found everything from my middle school BFF’s only squeaky-clean discipline card to my award-winning 4th grade short story about a poet and a dragon. Why did I submit myself to dust, belly button lint and mouse droppings for two hours? To find my inner tiger! My senior year of high school, I decided that I wanted to get fit, learn some self defense and have a little fun. I joined what was then called Tiger Kung-Fu Academy (now Zai Martial…
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6 Reasons to Run in the Snow

Fleece shirt collecting snow

Hello, world! Have I ever told you that deadlines steal your soul? And your blogging schedule? And sometimes your wallet, those dirty bastards? Anyway, moving on… The Big Sur Marathon is 16 weeks away, which means I am long overdue to start training! However, I’m really stoked about it, and feeling empowered, so I went out for a run today in near-blizzard conditions.* *In Reno, “near-blizzard conditions” means a couple snow flurries and a lot of confused drivers. Seriously, check out this snow accumulation. And also, remind me to cut armholes in a trash bag the next time I want…
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I ran a freaking half marathon.

Finish

Hey guys. I’m still in shock here. It’s been several days — long enough for my muscles to recover from their rigor mortis-like stiffness — but I still can’t believe that I ran (jogged? pseudo-walked? nearly crawled?) an entire 13.1 miles. Yes, a half marathon. Especially considering that my training took a serious nosedive way back in August, and my last run before the half was a 3.5 mile jog exactly one month in advance. I decided to think of it as a three-month taper period and see what happened. I was partially expecting to collapse halfway through and wake…
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Home Yoga Retreat

Tatami mat

I’ve been working on a little project. And no, the project isn’t “How to take really shitty iPhone photos and then Photoshop them to death because you can’t correct the color.” The project I’m talking about is “How to turn that spare room into a yoga retreat while you can still enjoy it, i.e., before said room and your life are completely overrun by your hypothetical future progeny.” I feel incredibly lucky to have the mythical, Virginia Woolf room of my own. The problem is that computing alone is lonely, and it’s annoying to have to shout taunts all the…
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