Tuesday, February 14, 2012

are you in your 30s?

I took Friday off, a much needed break from work and headed up to Vermont for a little ladies weekend. The running joke of the weekend was shit 30 year olds say, which included some conversations about marriage, name changes, how to manage money, household labor, as well as food sourcing, buying Lands End dresses at Sears and how to make your hair voluminous. We did a wine tasting and bought eggs and meat at a local self serve farmstand. And butter, lots of sweet Vermont butter slathered on NYC bagels.

I thought about it compared to weekends spent together in our 20s, marathons of SATC, devouring gossip magazines, sunbathing. At one point, someone brought up a thing someone had posted about getting your body back after having a baby. Before it could get discussed, it was, let's put that away! It's not a healthy conversation, the person who posted that has serious body image issues! We're a fit group, of baby making age- but knowing how a post like that can create divisions and heightened insecurities- it just had no place, and we were at a point to recognize that.

So Vermont, you were lovely. Just the small bit of wide open spaces we needed to reconnect.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

my husband is rad. he built an iphone app.

One of the benefits of moving from NYC is more free time. Since we landed in Boston, Bryan bought himself a new laptop, a coding book and has been teaching himself how to make apps.

He recently finished his app, the NYC Graffiti app and entered it into the NYC BigApps contest. It combines public data from the Department of Sanitation regarding graffiti slated for removal with the camera function, allowing users to document this part of NYC.

Obviously, it's great, and you should download it and try it out. It's only for NYC and iphones, but he's working on something else right now. It's great.
And vote! His goal is to at least beat the bottle service app!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January 2012 Running Recap

One of the fab things about the Garmin systems is the ability to set goals and watch your progress. I’ve wanted to hit 1000 miles in a year for awhile now, but haven’t quite gotten there. So, 2012 the year is happens. It’s about 83.3 miles a month or 2.7 a day. Less than a 5k, under a half hour. Doable.

So, I set up the yearly goal and would make a monthly goal as well. For Jan through March the plan was to hit at least 80, given the weather issue in Boston.
January saw only 43 miles in ten workouts, just over half of the goal of 85. Let’s call it the sickness that would not die, but miraculously, once I started running again, I felt great! Sore throat gone! All the cheese and wine I drank from Christmas to New Years melted away. Had I started off Jan 1 with a run out the door, I may have hit the goal. Not to fret, according to Garmin, I’m ahead of schedule? How this math works, I’m not sure. Does she know I’ll get more mileage as the weather warms and I start training for more half marathons? And compared to the measly two runs and 9.45 miles I clocked last January, I have no excuse. Remember last January? Holy snow storms. This year, at least 4 runs in a running skirt.

So, here we go, a new month, a new set of running goals. I'm challenging myself to reach 80 this month and to find an April half marathon to run.