I went outside for “a bit” yesterday and the bit ended up being ~20 minutes long. 20 minutes is about how long it takes me to sunburn. So I’m currently a literal redneck. It feels like the sun never sets in the middle of summer here – I don’t think I could live somewhere that is actually true. Sorry Alaska, I’ll only visit. Anyway, apart from the sun, here’s what happened last week:
Added some new & old forms of activity to my week.
Monday: Rest day.
Tuesday: Took Kara to a group dog walk/hike hosted by the local pet store. It was on a flat trail, but adding a dog very excited to be walking with other dogs really ups the difficulty. Also ~20 minutes of yoga.
Wednesday: Played 2 softball games. Some of my husband’s coworkers have a team and they were short a couple players so I filled in. Many people argue that softball/baseball don’t count as exercise; I was wearing an activity tracker so I know I covered ~2.5 miles during these games. Combo walking/jogging/sprinting = speedwork, right? Also if you haven’t swung a bat in a few years your obliques and mid back will be super sore the next day.
Thursday: 2 easy miles. See above: I was sore and it was hot.
Friday: 1.5 easy miles plus something I’ve never done before…a workout at a crossfit gym. A local crossfit place hosted a women’s workout event benefiting Girls on the Run. The workout they had us do was exhausting (80 situps whyyyy) but also fun, and as I don’t have a university gym membership during the summer I’m thinking about pretending to be a crossfitter for a couple months. Or maybe the sun is frying my brain?
Saturday: Active rest day. That’s a euphemism for yard work.
Sunday: ~4 mile hike. Somehow all my photos from this hike turned out blurry…really, I was hiking while taking this picture, not running.
Slogged through 7 scientific journal articles. I’m trying to read articles in topical groups to help me keep the topics straight. It works, but…I’m currently working through a bunch of articles on molecular microbiology, which is so not my area of expertise. Slog.
Wrote 3 blog posts. I don’t remember the last time I managed 3 in one week.
Went to the library booksale. (Different library than last time.) Between the 2 of us we came home with 16 books. I found the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion, which I’m very excited about. I also managed to buy a book we already had, because of course.
Made THE BEST vegan cheese sauce. Recipe here. And the main ingredients are vegetables, so it’s totally reasonable to eat it by the spoonful….not that I did, but I did.
Learned that turnip greens regrow after you cut them. I cut some turnip greens and spinach to see if this would happen – no go for the spinach, but the turnip greens are back!
How long does it take you to sunburn?
Softball/baseball: counts as exercise, or nah?