Some of you probably cringe when I talk about my “favorite” track workouts. I hated them too when I was in high school, but these days they are one of the things that most remind me of that time with my teammates. At 42, I revel in still being able to do this.

Today was 12x400m with 200m jog recovery. As close as I get to a flat out sprint in any of my training. I set the goal at 78, which at 5:12/mi is way below what I can do in a 5K, but you’re not going to improve by taking it easy.

I tried to focus on higher turnover starting with the fifth interval. Whether mental or physical, it was mostly working as I started dipping into the 76s at that point:

78.9 77.9 77.6 78.1
76.8 77.1 77.7 76.4
77.6 76.3 76.8 77.7

I lucked out with cool 55F weather and was generally feeling good. A little sore from the crossfit WOD yesterday, but my hamstrings and glutes are feeling looser now that I’ve started putting more attention on stretching in that area.

I overhauled my Diamond Python enclosure today. It is the top segment of a three-tiered lawyers bookcase. Their section is 4'x2'x2’, with a divider slightly off center. I used one piece of the shelf as a ledge for basking spots.

Seeing as fall is mostly here, photoperiods have begun to shorten, and ambient air temperatures have dropped during the day and night. Once October hits, basking temperatures will go down, and they will go off feed until March. November will see night temperatures drop to around 55F.

These overall cooler temperatures, extremely cold winter conditions (for a snake), and winter fasting are an essential part of keeping Diamonds. They have slower metabolisms and are meant to function in a cool region. If kept too warm, and/or fed too much, they over exert themselves, often reducing their lifespan to around 7 years.


I didn’t bring enough food with me to work, so when I got home, I was ravenous. You understand the constant need to feed, I know, so you do not blame me for making myself supper at 5:30. Really, I should have just made a singular piece of toast and headed out for W2D1 (3x [15 min run, 1 min walk]). Instead, I ate 3 eggs and a bunch of sautéed broccoli slaw and two slices of toast. I waited an hour, but it wasn't really long enough. I may or may not have thrown up in my mouth after the second interval; you’ll never know for sure.

Anyway, just as I was about to head out the door in my t-shirt to enjoy a crisp 55F/13C run (do you like that I convert the temperature for you?), I realized that the weather report had lied. Either that, or my house falls into a mathematically impossible zone wherein it can rain given a 0% chance of precipitation.

Cue about face. Cue warm Patagonia quarter-zip instead of cotton tee. Cue reflective gear. Cue rear-blinking light. Cue headlamp. Cue sexy.

Anyway, I covered 3.99 miles in my 48 minutes, and I was annoyed that at one point I had stopped to tie my shoe, losing me precious seconds and at least one one-hundredth of a mile. (Because not tying my shoe would have been totally rational.)

I’m getting really cold sitting here in my wet clothes, so I’m going to go draw myself a hot lavender bubble bath, climb in with Emma,* and reshave the parts of my legs that I missed this morning before I had the benefit of corrective lenses.

First Monday is almost over. We did it.

lucidpursuit  asked:

I might be moving to Washington over the next year or so. I'm from TX and have a German Shepherd and Chihuahua. I know my shep will be fine during the winters but do you have any suggestions on keeping my little one warm? Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.

Just like a baby; They need warm clothes, blankets, and boots. They shouldn’t walk around outside if its any colder than 35F, and I’d say they should be in a sweater from 35-55F. But some chihuahuas shiver all the time, so it will be a learning process. Their feet should be protected from snow, and you should cuddle them to sleep under your blankets. Yes.

Thankfully, Washington doesn’t get too cold, but definitely colder than Texas.