Archive for the ‘ Training ’ Category

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Time to Find a Race

One Week in Deutschland Midway through my week-long business trip to Germany, I got an email from a friend with a newborn baby, asking if she would have enough time to train for the Tinkerbell half marathon in January (yes), and whether I would be interested in joining her (maybe). Tinkerbell has never been high […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: My Slow-Down Sunday

Walking and Hiking for Fitness I had a night of insomnia after the tiny beach motel’s smoke detector started chirping at 11:45. And, of course, being a tiny beach motel, there’s no one on site to replace the battery until morning. I ripped the chirpy beast off the ceiling, yanked out its battery, and then […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Try It

Kid With the Comeback The other day, at school dropoff, one of the kids came up to The Assistant: “Why do you ride your bike every day? That’s so┬ástupid.” He practically spit out the last word. “And you’re a stupid dumbhead for doing it.” I was enraged. I was defensive. I wanted to scream, “Nuh-uh! […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: How Far?

Bike Errand Distances I’ve had quite a few of you email me and ask questions about the bike riding. Things like: “Riding your bike? Don’t you live in the suburbs? That can’t be practical.” The flatter roads of my town seem vastly more practical than riding the hills of San Francisco, but that doesn’t stop […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Ride On

Replacing the Car with a Bike I feel like I shouldn’t call the Sunday night posts “training” anymore. I’m not really training for anything, although I am registered to run two 5k races in Dallas next weekend. Like a crazy person. What I have been doing is riding my bike daily. I’ve gone 74.8 miles […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Skip the Runs, Run the Races

I Like Racing Better Than Training I have been an abysmally bad runner lately. Sometimes I struggle to think of myself as a runner when I can’t drag my butt out for even the shortest training run.┬áNaturally, I have registered my ill-prepared self for three 5k races this month. Wait, what? Naturally? Hey, I like […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: The Social Media Diet

Obsessing Over Breaking News Hell of a week, eh? Ever since noon on Monday, my week has been pretty much limited to work, steering the Tiny Kitchen Assistant away from all news sources while simultaneously obsessing over every incorrect bit of breaking news, and snacking like my life depended on it. The latter was the […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: The Ride/Walk Challenge

Everyday Exercise I’ve been trying to remain faithful to The Assistant’s goal of walking and riding more frequently. This past week, I had two days where the car never once backed out of the garage. This is a pretty significant accomplishment out here in suburbia where people look at your strangely if you’re not in […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: These Boots Are Made for Walking

You might have noticed that I haven’t posted about training in a few weeks, partly because I haven’t been training, but mostly because I was traveling overseas for business and didn’t feel like doing battle with the spotty wi-fi connections. Last Saturday was the Where’s Wally (Waldo) charity run in London’s Victoria Park. More than […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: The Road to San Francisco

A Short Workout is Better Than No Workout Several of us committed to the Rock and Roll San Francisco half marathon on a whim, sight unseen. No, really unseen: I registered in 2012 and the course map was only released earlier this month. And when I met with my group of Team in Training alumni […] Read More