Janathon days 4 and 5

Last night I did only a mile run because I got started after dark.  There’s a point on my route where it gets creepy after dark, so that’s where I turned around and ran back.  Then I curled up on the couch with my knitting and Buddy the dog, and watched the USA premiere of Downton Abbey season 5.  What a great episode!

Tonight I got out slightly earlier, but it still got dark on me.  I managed to cover 1.5 miles to add to this morning’s 15-minute yoga session.  I’ve said it before, but I love running at night.  I don’t know why.

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Bicycling, my way

These past few months I’ve had to curb my running.  So, I dedicated myself to becoming a part-time bicycler.  I found some awesome cycling blogs for those of us who don’t wear awesomely embellished colorful spandex and otherwise look like we’re in the Tour de France.  I’m not mocking those serious athletic cyclers; it’s quite the opposite.  I’m in awe of their hard-driving ability, and I love the outfits.  But, I don’t see myself ever achieving that level of cycling ability. I’m just not good at it.  Plus, I’m afraid of the speed.  So, I was happy to find that there is a growing support structure for those of us who use cycling to get from Point A to Point B, or who bicycle for reasons other than extreme athletic development.  The cool theme of these blogs comes across in their names, although I don’t think they are affiliated with each other:

  • Cycle Chic (My fave cycling blog, and the leader of a “Cycle Chic” network. Check out the links to many companion blogs on the right side of the home page.)
  • Cyclist Chic (A compilation of cycling blog posts, some of which are political rants about cycling laws and attitudes toward cyclists, and overall, a very informative blog.)
  • Cyclechic Shop (Lovely cycling clothing and accessories.  And I do mean lovely.)

I bought a new spare bicycle online on Black Friday.  (How could I resist a 26″ women’s 18-speed bike for $48?)  At that price, I’m not expecting a durable, trouble-free biking experience, but a spare to keep on hand.  After struggling through the bike assembly last night, and concluding to my relief, that it is in fact a complete bicycle for that price, I took it out for a test ride.  I rode a mile, bundled up from the cold breeze.  I would have gone farther, but it was dark out.  So for Janathon day 3, I was a biker.

 

New year, new Janathon

How many emails did I get this week that said “New Year, New You”?  Each one offered a product:  makeup, exercise plan, clothing; a literal makeover inside and out.  No thanks.  I’m doing fine.  I resolve to be more organized this year, and to otherwise keep doing what I’m doing.  And blog more regularly.  It’s been awhile…no, okay, it’s been months.  But I’ve been busy while I was away.  I’ve missed blogging, though.

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My first two days of Janathon were identical and routine for me:

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I am finally reading On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.  I’m forming my own clear opinions on this book.  I’m not sure I will have the courage to write a review when I finish reading it.  But I’ll try to say something; knowing whatever I say about it has probably been said before.  It is quite a polarizing piece of literature.  I now see why.