Two posts in two days?? What is this world coming to? Just kidding…what usually happens is I have an idea for a blog post, then I get a little too wrapped up in thinking about how to write it that I don’t end up writing it. If you go back to the beginnings of this blog, the posts were pretty short and to the point instead of forever rambling about one thing (or catching up on everything all at once). So maybe we’ll try that.
I was looking at my FitBit data last week, and I realized that I wasn’t even coming close to hitting 10,000 steps per day. This is usually something I do easily. On my days off, I’m used to running and then doing some errands that easily add up to a bunch of steps. When I work, I bike to and from work, so that adds up, plus walking around work, plus maybe a short walk mid-shift if we can get away from the unit. However, last week, I apparently didn’t do much of anything. The data speaks for itself:
Last week, I was in the midst of studying for an exam on Wednesday, which meant that I was going through flashcards like crazy. It was a test on antibiotics which lots of little things to know, so I spent a lot of time studying. It’s also our third exam out of four for our pharmacology class, so I likened it to the third lap of the mile. Lap one goes well because it’s the first (and you’re in trouble if you don’t feel good in the first lap), lap two is pretty good because you’re almost halfway there, lap three is the WORST because you’ve been pushing but aren’t close to being done, and the fourth lap hurts but the finish line is in sight. That’s how this exam felt. Lots of studying to do for the last exam, but the class will be over when I’m done, so piece of cake, right? (Maybe I’ll have cake to celebrate.) So anyway, I didn’t move off the couch much for that.
I also wasn’t running much, and if I did run, it was only a couple miles. Then I sat on my couch to study. And for the days that I worked…well….we’ve been a little bit slow at work. Which is a good thing because that means people aren’t getting burned, and I never complain about a slow day – but it definitely means sitting around more. (Or floating to another unit, did that on Sunday…) Of course, the days that I’m super busy doesn’t necessarily equate to more steps since moving around within one room doesn’t give a ton of steps. But anyway.
I realized that I wasn’t really moving much, so I made an effort as the days went on to move more. Instead of riding a bike home from work, I walked. (I get more steps that way. I guess it would burn more calories too? Unclear.) That definitely helped. I walk a little bit before and after my runs, so that helps too. Yesterday really blew this whole “I don’t walk much” idea out of the water. I started with Refine Method, then did a three mile run, then headed to softball (the directions to get to the ball field were “Take the subway two steps, then walked 20 minutes.”), then played catcher at the game, and came home. 26,000 steps for the win!!
I’m interested to see what my steps will be like post-surgery. Will I even hit 1,000? I’m torn between using it to note progress and not using it at all because I don’t want to push myself just to hit a certain number. We’ll see…
on the bike
Maybe it was all that walking (I hope not), maybe it was Refine Method (so many squats), maybe it was playing catcher (squats on squats), but my legs were a little sore when I woke up this morning. I already had planned to not run today and ride my bike instead, so that took care of that. I thought I messed up my tire when I was pumping them up (I really should take a bike class despite having done a half Ironman…), but we were good to go. Headed outside and rode down to the Hudson River, which is a great place to ride since there’s no traffic. (Unless you count the people who somehow manage to take up the entire path, but that’s fine.) I used Strava on my phone to check my distance/time mostly just to keep track because I’ve never been a speed demon on the bike.
Although I’ve been running for years, I’ve really only ever been on a bike for fun, so I don’t necessarily know what it’s like to push myself a ton. Of course, the only event I’ve trained for while on a bike is a half Ironman, and that’s pretty endurance based, so I wasn’t setting records there either. Add in city riding and my fear of crashing, and I don’t exactly go fast. (I can kill it in spin class though, I think…) I rode up to the Little Red Lighthouse and then down to Chelsea Piers, which come out to about 16 miles, which is pretty solid. It took me a little over an hour so my speed was 15.3 miles per hour. WOOOO. I think my triathlon training rides were usually at 14.5-ish (getting to and over the GW and back slows you down a bit). Pretty solid. Obviously not winning anything here (especially at 11am by myself), but it’s fun to push myself and compare a bit. My right hip didn’t bother me at all and my left hip was noticeable but not painful, so that’s a plus.
I still love running more, of course.
This bike earned me about 5,000 steps, so we’re full circle here! Time to get ready for class…