Monday, February 23, 2009

Ohio Adventure

Time: 1hr 6 minutes
Distance: Somewhere north of 10k
Route: Random

A few thoughts:
  • Streetlights aren't that popular here. Porch lights, moreso; but they create just enough "light polution" to prevent one's eyes from adjusting to the dark. Step high!
  • I love Calgary's snow-shoveling bylaw. People complain about it, but you sure appreciate it when you go somewhere that doesn't require residents to shovel their sidewalks. And maybe it's the hour that I'm running, but I don't see nearly as many people out on the streets here as I do back home. (This one's from my last trip down. Sidewalks were pretty clear this time, thanks to Mother Nature)
  • I love getting lost. Not too lost, mind you. I like to think I have a pretty good sense of direction, and I love exploring neighborhoods. I love to study a map of a place, to get a feel for the landmarks, but once I get out onto the streets, I just weave my way around. Out-and-back if I'm feeling a little less confident, but generally try to make a random loop that will push me a little beyond my comfort zone. It tends to force me to go a little longer, and a little faster once I realize I'm on the home stretch.
  • I need a headlamp. Badly.
  • I miss my iPod, but not too much. It's missing right now-- I think I might know one or two more places to look but I'm a little worried.
General Update
Again, despite the neglect of the blog, I've been doing pretty well with the training. UCTC is awesome, very challenging-- both the workouts and getting to the workouts.
Haven't weighed myself recently, but I feel much fitter than a few months ago, and can go for longer already. Changed athsma meds, too, and refocused on taking them regularly, which has been a huge help.

I've got more to write about the plans for racing season, but I'll save that for another post.