Active Commuting Adventures

Since my recent relocation to Portland, my commute has changed. A lot. Instead of a mile to campus for teaching, or driving to different neighborhoods in Tucson for the mobile clinic, now I’m heading from NE Portland to Marquam hill most days. It’s no fun to drive, and parking is a non-starter. And I hate spending a lot of time driving in the city anyway. The trip takes a while, either way, so I have to make my commuting time count for more than just transportation. Those two-ish hours every day count against the 24 I’m allotted, no matter how you slice it. Is it coming out of my exercise time? My professional reading time? My sleep?!? So I’ve been testing out my commute options! So far, I’ve been. . . Continue reading

being injured blows.

you know that song “how can i miss you if you won’t go away”? or how about that old aphorism “absence makes the heart grow fonder?”

Either way, I miss running, and I love running. And I can’t run for 6 weeks. That’s right, friends, I have the dreaded scourge of runners everywhere. . . a stress fracture. Of the second metatarsal, to be exact. (Warning: There will be some photos of my poor foot after the jump).

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Fitbits and garmins and jawbones, oh my!

Do you use fitness gadgets? There’s a lot of chatter about all these doodads. David Sedaris wrote a hilarious essay about his FitBit obession recently. They make a gold-plated version of one of them (I saw it in vogue or something). I guarantee someone in your office wears some kind of activity tracker (FitBit, Up, Nike. . . ) And lots of people have opinions about them. Life-saver? Glorified pedometer? Status symbol? I was curious about them myself, and I bought a Jawbone Up back in January. I haven’t tried the new version (Up24) or the other ones like the FitBit, so I can’t and won’t comment on which device is best, but more just on the general coolness of such a device.

yes, it does match my nail polish, because i'm awesome.

yes, it does match my nail polish, because i’m awesome.

True to predictions, I wore it regularly for about 6 months, and I thought it was very interesting. I realized just how far I have to walk to get 10,000 steps, and I realized that a short morning jog doesn’t guarantee I’ll make it. I realized that I should walk when I’m doing errands less than a mile away (duh). I realized that I should go to bed already because sleeping 6 hours or less makes me feel crappy. I also really dig the feature that lest you set an inactivity alarm– hey, dumbass, you’ve been sitting still for 30 minutes, get a move on! I think that might have been the most informative for me. I still wear it sometimes, but not every day– because I learned those things. I might need the extra motivation if I know it’s a week when I’m busy and might not fit in all the moving I want, but in general, now I know. Did I get my 99 bucks worth, even if I never wear it again? I’d say yes. I did feel a little goofy wearing it to work sometimes. . . depends on my outfit, I guess?

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Bike riding for growunups

Or, how to bike to work without ruining your “look”.

Sometimes the best way to be active is to just build it in to the things you do. That way, if you don’t make it to the gym, or yoga, or whatever, you still used your muscles that day. If you do make it to the gym, you’re superman/woman. Superbeing? Let’s keep thinking on that one, shall we?

I have a hard time making myself do this sometimes, since I have such a cute car (Hi Andy the mini cooper!). And I live in Tucson— so it’s dynamite from October through April, and then. . . Dante comes to mind. (high today: 106?? low: 75???) But, when it comes down to it, it feels good. I get there clear-headed, fresh-aired, and feeling good about myself. And sweaty.

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