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This is a good time of year for jogging here. The temperature is reasonable and there's just enough daylight that I can go after work if I leave there before 5:30.

Also, the last political lawn sign finally disappeared a couple weeks ago.
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The last lone holdout McCain sign in the neighborhood is still there. But some of the Christmas lawn ornaments have already come down. My family tradition specifies that Christmas decorations stay up until New Years. [livejournal.com profile] creed_of_hubris's tradition says that they stay up until Three Kings Day, which is January 5th. What about you? Do you (or your family) have holiday ornaments (indoors or out) and if so, when is the usual time to take them down? I think we will go with [livejournal.com profile] creed_of_hubris's tradition in our joint household as we were rather late in putting decorations up this year and that will give us more time to enjoy them.

Also, I am pleased to note that after a week of no exercise at all due to holiday travel, I was able to jog my half hour today. It took me over six months to work up to jogging half an hour at a go, but my body appears to be retaining possession of the cardiovascular clue even when given a week off.

Milestone

Nov. 24th, 2008 08:22 pm
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Today, for the first time ever, I ran for 30 minutes straight without a break. Ok, jogged, but it still counts. The plan now is to stick with 30 minutes of jogging until it starts to feel easy then work on getting faster. The medium term goal is to make it all the way through a 5K without having to walk.

I was looking forward to fall because earlier in the year I had to run before work or not at all as it got too hot by 9 or 10 am. It's pleasantly cooler here now, but I still mostly have to run before work or not at all because it's dark by the time I get home in the evening. But I can do a run in the afternoon on the weekend, which is nice.

Signs

Sep. 13th, 2008 10:49 pm
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There were two new Obama yard signs on my jogging route today and one McCain sign on an extension to the route that I was testing out, bringing the score to:

Obama: 8
McCain: 3


But I'm not sure whether to continue counting the third McCain sign since I'm not going to keep the route extension and thus won't be passing that sign in the future. I'm trying out ways to add a couple blocks to my route as I'm upping the time spent jogging so that I don't run out of route before time is up and have to double back. But today's test extension comes with a barely restrained, viciously barking dog. The dog is behind a fence, but the fence has a hole in it. The dog appears to be larger than the hole, but there is room for doubt on that point. So I'll be looking for a different route extension.
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I restarted my couch-to-5K running program. This is the 3rd or 4th time I've tried this. The first time I stuck with it for quite a while, but I felt like I never quite got the aerobic conditioning down and was overexerting myself in most workouts. It always felt hard and I always felt like my lungs weren't keeping up. My subsequent attempts at running only lasted a few weeks and never really developed momentum. But now seems like a good time to try again since I have relatively limited travel for the next three months (one work trip per month and only one of them longer than four days). Basically, I'm starting from total couch potatohood with little in the way of stamina and aerobic conditioning and the goal is to work up to running a 5K, perhaps around New Years.

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