Sunday, August 7, 2011

August, with Ambition

August 2011 Star Chart

Star Chart Ready for Action

Week of August 7, 2011:

Bike: Sunday

I’m back from an easy Sunday afternoon of bike riding, shoe shopping, and food procuring.  At Shoe Carnival, I found a nice pair of black flats, which I’m wearing around the house now so that I can break them in slowly.  I also found a terrific pair of brown sandals, which have this wonderful rubbery sole, and I think they are going to be very comfortable for walking and running around.  At work, I spend a lot of time on my feet, so when I buy shoes, I’m always thinking about how comfortable a pair will be at 4 PM after I’ve walked up and down the hallway 200 times.

Earlier today, I drew up my star chart for August, which you can see above.  The star chart worked so well for July that I thought I’d do it again this month.  The new star chart is a little different from July’s: I’ve made yoga a twice-a-week goal, bumped the biking down to twice a week, and added a Wild Card (WC on the chart).  I like having flexibility in my schedule, and the Wild Card reflects that.  Any moderate amount of activity can fill the Wild Card slot, so I can decide to take an evening walk instead of doing something more strenuous.  I love evening walks.

This month, I want to be a little more ambitious with my running.  For one of those two weekly work-outs, I’d like to do a 20-minute run.  I’d also like to spend some time running 8:30 miles on the treadmill, just to keep myself from getting bored while I run in place.  I like doing speedwork, but I hardly ever do it.  This month seems like the perfect chance to experiment with it a bit while I wait for fall’s cooler temperatures to arrive.


  1. Riding a bike and shoe shopping?!? Sounds like a fabulous way to spend a weekend afternoon!

    I need to get in a bit of speedwork this month, myself.

  2. It was quite the lovely (though very hot!) afternoon. I love Shoe Carnival.

    We can be speed demons together, Raquelita. I did my first "speed" work tonight--an 8:30 mile on the treadmill. It was fun! I think I'm going to like this speedwork month.