Archive for the ‘ Fitness ’ Category

Of Muay Thai and Life Lessons

Battered, Bruised, but Better I’m coming up on nine months of Muay Thai, and I feel like there’s a tale to tell. So gather ’round, kids. It’s story time. As y’all know, I started Muay Thai classes because I won an auction at my son’s school. I had no intention of winning the auction. I just bid to bump […] Read More

Nothing Fits

Nothing Fits When You’re Taller Than Average There are many good things about my current workout plan of Muay Thai and Pilates. There are also drawbacks. Namely that nothing fits me anymore. Houston, we have a problem. See, I’m taller than average. And not just taller than the average woman. At 6’1″ (185 cm), I’m also […] Read More

Even More Muay Thai

I Did It Well, guys: I did it. I signed up for a monthly membership to continue doing the Muay Thai/MMA classes. Last week, my hair stylist said that this seemed like the first thing in a long time (fitness-wise) that’s really inspired me. I’m not sure that “inspired” is the right word. “Terrified” is […] Read More

Jello Arms

Sweat and Hard Work I missed the Monday session at the gym because I wasn’t feeling well, but came back on Wednesday with enough oomph to give myself Jello arms. This time, I was paired with someone extremely skilled, who also happened to be a good teacher. If I wasn’t getting the rhythm face-to-face, she’d […] Read More

The Fitness Budget

Making the Numbers Work I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my fitness budget, both in terms of time and money. There are lots of things that I want to do, but there are only so many hours in the week or dollars I’m willing to spend. And with new options appearing on […] Read More

Muay Thai Comedy

Yes, I’m Having Fun I’m now four sessions into my month of Muay Thai — I’ll be going to #5 today — and here are a few things I’ve learned. I have a surprisingly hard time reconciling “this is a good, full-body workout” with “oh, this is actual fighting.” There’s a poster in the locker room […] Read More

An Introduction to Muay Thai

UFC, Here I Come (hahahaha, no.) So I’ve started Muay Thai training. What? What’s Muay Thai? Honestly, I had no idea either. And this is far, far outside my comfort zone. Let’s take a step back. For the past year, The Assistant has been taking Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes at Crispim BJJ. He loves it, and […] Read More

The Top of the Hill

When in doubt, hike The boys were away on a camping trip this weekend, and instead of running, I slept in until 8:00. That’s the equivalent of college me sleeping until noon. Needless to say, I didn’t get up in time to meet my running buddy at 7:30. (Sorry, Michelle!) I had about umpteen thousand […] Read More

Ditching the Race

The DNS Run I ditched a race today. Instead of a “did not finish” (known as DNF), I went with the DNS: “did not start.” Admittedly, I’ve felt a bit mediocre this week, but not really bad enough to skip it. I was feeling pretty ambivalent about it… well, ever since I signed up for […] Read More

My Worst Race Ever

Watch Your Speed Saturday’s Livermore Half Marathon was, without a shadow of a doubt, my worst race ever. This is through no fault of the lovely people who host the race, and more of a commentary on my inability to stick to a reasonable pace. I always start out a little too fast. I get […] Read More