working on the discipline

I’ve been really good the last several years when it comes to doing my walking on a regular basis. I have long kept a spreadsheet, which helps to keep me honest. That discipline flagged somewhat over the holidays and into the new year. We had our short encounter with the rain and a number of cold days. That gave me an excuse to get sloppy. If the temperature got below 60° I decided it was too cold to go out. (Don’t ask why I didn’t elect to use the treadmill in the gym at the lodge.)

Then I noticed something. People in the Four Seasons community were out walking when it was much cooler than sixty. I saw men and women much older than me out there when the temperature was in the low fifties. That got me back on track.

So much for excuses.

return to routine

So here we are.

The house has a serious semblance of order. There are no boxes inside the house. All of our artwork is on the walls. The heavy lifting is done until we can get some cabinets built and move the remainder of our kitchen tools and utensils back inside.

It was February when I last took a walk with my ancient iPod and listened to a lecture from The Great Courses. I know that because that’s what my Excel spreadsheet says. That was when we began packing up for staging and set this whole process into motion. Remember staging? Now part of our past I am delighted to say.

Monday I downloaded a new course. It’s called Great American Bestsellers and covers bestsellers from colonial times to the present. I took my first walk since February.

I missed Tuesday because there were errands to be run and we had a concert to attend at my nephew’s daughter’s middle school. I returned to my walking on Wednesday.

So slowly I’m resurrecting at least one part of my routine.

I like that.

a different routine

Given my changing circumstances, I was rather restless one morning a couple of weeks ago. After getting out of bed a few minutes before my normal 7:00 a.m. time and feeding Tasha, I threw on my clothes and went for my walk. Turns out I liked doing it.

I’ve been doing it since. It makes a nice start to the day, I don’t have to worry about the heat, and I don’t have to worry about fitting the walk into my day later on.

That works.

walking the 5k

Terry and I walked the Mushroom Mardi Gras 5k on Saturday. This was no small matter.

MushroomMardiGrasbibSaturday is my one day for sleeping in. And I really love taking advantage of this time. To get to the race location, get parked, and get registered for the 8:05 start (the 10k began at 8:00), we had to get out of bed at 6:15. On a Saturday.

But we had both registered in advance and paid our money. We had both been training, and I had done two walks in excess of 5k over the past month. So we did it. We were near the end of the pack, but that was fine. It was a nice walk along a pleasant trail, and we enjoyed it.

There is something rewarding about making a commitment and following through.


Great Courses update

I haven’t written about The Great Courses for quite some time, but I am listening to those courses as much as ever. Since I have shifted my exercise preference from the treadmill to walking outside, it’s been a while since I bought a DVD set, but I continue to listen to audio downloads on my ancient iPod while I’m out walking.

I thought I’d mention a few of the courses I’ve listened to over the past several months.

Most recently, I finished Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity. Much of this was material that I knew, but it was nonetheless an excellent review. Kenneth Harl is a great lecturer, and he gave equal treatment to the pagan perspective, which one usually doesn’t find in surveys of the period.

Myth in Human History — This was an enjoyable overview of world mythology. Grant Voth not only discusses the well-known Greek, Roman, and Scandinavian myths, but he brings in stories from North and South America, Africa, and the Pacific. He divides up the course into what he calls units (a good old pedagogical term!) covering such themes as Heroes, Gods and Goddesses, and the Trickster.

The Western Literary Canon in Context — John Bowers takes us through what he admits is his own personal set of selections for the western literary canon. A good set it is, though. He starts with The Epic of Gilgamesh, and takes us up through the The Lord of the Rings. It’s a great survey.

I do love The Great Courses. Really good stuff.

I am training for a 5k

I wrote a while back about how I wasn’t training for a 5k. I am now. Terry and I have both registered for the Mushroom Mardi Gras Fun Run on May 24. We’ve done it before and it’s a very enjoyable semi-rural course along the southern end of Coyote Creek trail.

It’s always good to have a goal to head towards.

I am not training for a 5K

That may seem like a silly thing to say, but there is a point here.

Terry has been training for the AAUW Wildflower Run. The reason that I am not is that the run is on Palm Sunday. Once upon a time it was on a Saturday, but for the past several years it has been on Sunday, and most years on Palm Sunday. I wrote an email to one of the organizers complaining about that, and got a long response back explaining all the factors that went in to determining the date, and telling me that as it worked out most years Palm Sunday was the best date. This year Easter is quite late, but last year it was unusually early. The run (or walk for Terry and me) was not on Palm Sunday and I was able to participate. Not this year.

I suppose that there is nothing stopping me from behaving as if I were training for the 5K, but there is something different about having the actual goal to work towards.

There is the Mushroom Mardi Gras Fun Run the Saturday before Memorial Day. That’s something to look ahead to and train for.