Week of June 10, 2012:
Monday: Yoga (Gentle Hatha #3)
Tuesday: Off (rained out!). I snuck in some push-ups and crunches before bed.
Wednesday: Bike commute
Thursday: Short run (favorite 30-minute loop)
Tonight there was a clear sign that I have acclimated to Texas. It was sunny and 90+ degrees F when I set out for my run, and as I settled into a rhythm, I thought, It’s not too hot out tonight!
Let me repeat: Sunny. 90+ degrees. And somehow that was okay! Amazing, I tell you. Okay, I will confess that there was a gentle breeze and lots of shade for the first half of my run, and the shade especially was quite lovely.
Today I think I needed a run because I’m feeling a bit down and frustrated about my experimental results. Things were going so well, but now as I am finishing up the final set of animals, the data are unraveling. Dammit! I’m not sure if it’s a numbers issue, if I’m just seeing outliers that are throwing off the averages and the stats, but I am not enjoying this dip in my progress. I can feel my motivation slowly draining away as my momentum feels like it’s being halted right in its tracks. But at least tonight I had a good run, and I ate pan-fried quesadillas and steamed kale while drinking a very tasty Malbec. I’ve also (mostly) cleaned up the kitchen, packed my lunch, prepped for breakfast, and now I’m typing in my pajamas. I wanted to watch a film about turtles called Turtle: The Incredible Journey, but I seem to have run out of time tonight.
Since the film is about animals, and I am a biologist, do you think it would be okay if I watched it at work tomorrow? I mean, all the men are watching soccer games this week, so can I watch a turtle movie instead? Yes?
Bonus photo: my encounter with a real-life turtle last year, a day before my birthday. I caught her trying to cross the road and felt compelled to whisk her to safety.