On The Turn…

26 09 2016

Summer has lasted beyond its usual life in Cincinnati this year. Temps were still high over the weekend, but today has seen a change with daytime highs dipping down into the 70’s. At last.

I did utilise the Streetcar instead of my feet on one journey today. The crazy thing is I still could have walked to my destination quicker and its very evident that the service still has many kinks to iron out before it becomes the reliable, regular transportation it needs to be.

The horrible old sinusitis went away but then return again as the weekend drew to a close, waking me up this morning with a horrible headache. Again – and I sound like a worn-out record with this – there was no rhyme or reason attached to its return.

This weeks mileage = 5.61 + 8.00 + 5.68 = 19.29

2016 Total to date = 1176.38 miles
Number of marathon-minimum distance weeks in 2016 = 30

Current number of consecutive marathon-minimum distance weeks = 10





Dirty Thirty

25 09 2016

Third marathon-distance weeks in 2016 achieved.

Weekend still to go.

Sinusitis issues a little better.

Weight stable/stagnant. Willpower lowered as week progressed.

This weeks mileage = 6.24 + 6.37 + 5.65 + 4.31 + 3.79 = 26.26
+ weekend mileage of 5.80 miles = 32.08

2016 Total to date = 1157.10 miles
Number of marathon-minimum distance weeks in 2016 = 30

Current number of consecutive marathon-minimum distance weeks = 10





Sinusishit

19 09 2016

Today surprising 6.24 miles comes on the heels of a horrible weekend where my sinus issues suddenly returned with a vengeance.

As before, a rhyme and reason-free attack of congestion, pain and extreme discomfort. No obvious dietary or intake markers to blame it on. Weird.

Today has proved slightly better but not much, hence my surprise at seeing that mileage on the pedometer this evening, especially as I had to really push myself to leave the building on more than one occasion. However, heading to a neighbours workshop to do some shelf sanding and painting must have earned me a greater distance than I realised.

I’ll hope for a better condition tomorrow.

This weeks mileage = 6.24 + 6.37 + 5.65 + 4.31 = 22.47

2016 Total to date = 1147.51 miles
Number of marathon-minimum distance weeks in 2016 = 29

Current number of consecutive marathon-minimum distance weeks = 9





.2 Short yesterday

16 09 2016

I could’ve had my marathon distance yesterday had I realised I was just .20 miles short!

Still, no worries. Whizzed past it today with the weekend still to go.

The extremely comfortable weather this week made it easy and I even managed a pair of cross-river interstate forays into the bargain. If the Cincinnati weather was like this every week, life – and walking – would be easy.

In weight news, my switch to using calorie counting and the LoseIt! app is working out with mixed results. it most definitely IS helping me guage where my wasted calories go every day (mainly: snacks) but it sems my weight fluctuates quite a bit. Maybe I’m “bedding in”? I’ll continue to try it.

A friend has mentioned the alternative 16:8 diet to me, saying she has lost over 30lbs from trying it, so far. So far! This one revolves around only eating for 8 (consecutive) hours in a day. She consumes nothing but water from 10am until 6pm every day. I realised I would need to do it with a later morning start and a later evening finish. Maybe 1pm until 10pm. However, as this is a 7-days-a-week diet it woukd involve me not drinking or eating things at the pub on my weekend “football mornings”. Something I’m far from convinced I want to sacrifice. We’ll see.

This weeks mileage = 8.55 + 4.54 + 7.20 + 5.71 + 3.44 = 29.44
+ weekend mileage 5.20 miles = 34.64

2016 Total to date = 1124.94 miles
Number of marathon-minimum distance weeks in 2016 = 29

Current number of consecutive marathon-minimum distance weeks = 9





Streetcar Bonus

12 09 2016

I had much to do, many places to go, today.

“I’ll use the streetcar to do some of it” I thought. Naively.

Seems like the system still has some bugs that need working out, namely the frequency of operation. I waited at the library stop to head for Carew Tower, only to discover the wait time was 35 minutes. Ridiculous.

So I walked. “No problem” I decided, “I’ll get the streetcar back”

The stop at the Richter Building told me a 25 minute wait.

So I walked home.

Still, the upside – when combined with a glorious 5+ mile walk in the morning (in glorious weather) – was an 8.55 mile distance achieved for the day. My best Monday in quite a while!

This weeks mileage = 8.55 + 4.54 + 7.20 + 5.71 = 26.00

2016 Total to date = 1116.06 miles

Number of marathon-minimum distance weeks in 2016 = 28
Current number of consecutive marathon-minimum distance weeks = 8





Streetcar Schmeetcar…

9 09 2016

Well, seems like the Cincinnati Streetcar (officially called the “Cincinnati Bell Connector” – a shitty name thanks to sponsored branding) made no difference to the end of my week as feared. Indeed it only enhanced it, the name of the game being walk to somewhere, get the streetcar back. Or, get the streetcar somewhere, walk back. Resulting in 6.80 miles today, squeaking me past 26.2 miles for the week… by…. umm… 0.01 mile.

BUT, there is still the weekend to pile on a few more miles and take me to a more “substantial” figure.

This weeks mileage = 2.37 + 6.71 + 6.05 + 4.28 + 6.80 = 26.21
+ Sat (1.75) + Sun (2.44) = 30.40

2016 Total to date = 1090.06 miles

Number of marathon-minimum distance weeks in 2016 = 28
Current number of consecutive marathon-minimum distance weeks = 8





Could Break the Run…

5 09 2016

I think this week will/may break my (so far) 7x consecutive marathon-minimum distance week

The reason?

Well, for one, today was Labor Day. So, the missus didnt go to work. So, I didnt get to walk there with her and kickstart my week. The library – and everything else – was closed so there was nowhere to walk to. Ergo, I wimped out at a mere 2.37 miles.

Two, this coming Friday sees the launch of the Cincinnati Streetcar. The very thing that has regenerated the downtown and OTR finally starts it daily service, taking people to/from Findlay Market and The Banks with all points in between. There are streetcar stops both in front and behind our building so I expect to be riding it regularly, especially as both me aand the missus purchased “founder passes” allowing us free rides for the first two months of operation.

So, less walking, more streetcar action. At least for a while.

This weeks mileage = 2.37 + 6.71 + 6.05 + 4.28 = 19.41

2016 Total to date = 1078.86 miles


Number of marathon-minimum distance weeks in 2016 = 27
Current number of consecutive marathon-minimum distance weeks = 7