There is Shiny

For a so called, introverted home body, this has been a very social week. Tuesday night, I met up with a good friend who I have not seen in way too long for dinner.   It was great catching up.  Then, last night, I took my mom to see Riverdance.  I had won tickets at work.  😃🎉.

Growing up, I remember watching the performances on tv with my mom and grandparents, we used to love them.   Every time we watched I was left wanting to both dance like them and learn to play the violin.   They made violin playing look so damn cool.    When I won the tickets I was stoked but also worried that they wouldn’t live up to my memories.    I had nothing to be worried about, it was freakin’ awesome.  Seriously the moves they can with their legs and the sounds?  Amazing, if you have the chance to see them, do it. 💃


The inside of the PAC is pretty cool

Once again, I was left wanting to dance like them.  And learn to the play the violin again.  😀.  But seriously, they have hip-hop inspired dance classes and Zumba- so why has there never been a Riverdance inspired fitness class?!

Social fun aside, I’ve been a serious slacker in the fitness department.    I was looking forward to getting in a good run at the gym tonight but it was more of a farce.

My knee still twinges at odd times so I was planning to take it slow.  I was going to try watching a show on my phone while on the treadmill.  When I say watching, I really mean listening.  I knew there was no way I was going to be able to see the phone comfortably without jacking up my stride.    I am way behind in Grey’s Anatomy so I figured it was worth a shot.   After a nice walking warm up I set the treadmill to an easy 11 minute pace and got running.

I was aiming for a super easy run as I’ve only jogged 3 miles since Big Sur.  Also my leg still has moments where something feels off.   I was feeling pretty good and looking forward to solid hour run.  That was the time goal I set for myself and mileage didn’t matter.   Listening to the show worked pretty well for 20 minutes.  The the feed just died and I couldn’t get it back.  Ok fine.   Then 37 minutes in, my stomach cramped in a very bad way and I bailed off the treadmill.

I was ticked because my stomach has been really good the past 2 weeks.  I also have barely run the past 2 weeks.  I refuse to see a correlation.

Once I took care of that issue, I knew more running was unlikely.  I was already at the gym so I figured I would try one their stationary bikes.   The first one I sat down on was dead.  No amount of pushing the start button or pedaling was bringing it to life.  So I moved over one.  Someone had to show me how to start it.  😭  Finally I was pedaling though.    Only to find that the thing was off balance and made a clanging sound with every pedal rotation. Oh and the computer didn’t really work.   It said I was pedaling a consistent 11.8.  No matter how fast or slow my cadence was.   I made it 15 minutes before I bailed.

So yeah, tonight seems more #gymfail than win.   However, I’ve been in an odd funk lately and I am actively trying to break it.  So, like the title (and one of my goals for 2015) says- there is some shiny.  37 minutes on the treadmill and 15 on the bike is 50+ more minutes than yesterday.  And the day before.   I got to wear my new shoes-that’s always a plus.  My leg only twinged a bit during those 37 minutes too.   That’s a good sign right?

And while Tuesday and Wednesday were lacking workouts, they were spent having fun and making memories.   Those are always shiny.😃

Oh, and I am one day away from vacation.  That may be the shiniest of all.  😛

What was your “shiny” this week?

Anyone racing this weekend? Maybe an early Turkey Trot?

12 thoughts on “There is Shiny

  1. I think you’re on to something with the river dance fitness classes. Some times I like to pretend that I’m flexible and can dance like they do on SYTYCD. I end up running around the house, leaping through the air like a falling cow. It’s not pretty.


  2. I’m glad you are actively working to break out of the funk… it’s okay to have them and feel them, but I’m glad you aren’t taking up residence there… and dude, still so stoked you got to see Riverdance!! That is just awesome! I may need to look up and see if they are coming to us anytime soon – my mom would LOVE it!

    I wasn’t feel it this morning, but knew I had to run because our freezing weather (48 dg) is about to actually hit freezing… so I put on my running pants. and then long compression shorts over them. then my long sleeve shirt. and my jacket. and my ear muff/forehead wrap thing. and took off, I put on a story run for a nice slow run, I take more walk breaks with the story run, and I was trying to honor my body… and boy did I take some walk breaks! But, I got in 2.5 miles, with my slowest time in awhile, and after a few minutes stretching and contemplating, I figured it was okay. I moved. I got in exercise and it was okay if it wasn’t “normal”, it was still good! 🙂 And that’s how I see your day – it might not have been normal, but you honored your body and it was good. It was shiny!


    1. It was so awesome! I seriously wanted to dance afterwards- too bad I have two left feet! It was a great evening!
      Our mornings have hit the high 30’s these days- I am such a big baby when it comes to the cold! Nice work getting out there! I am trying to come up with some plan for mornings or lunches since getting to the gym seems to be harder than I thought. Well then I had hoped. 🙂 Walk breaks are my bread and butter these days.
      I hope you are liking your new shoes so far!!

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  3. Like Jane said above, I think you’ve got something there with your Riverdance inspired fitness class idea! You should pitch that to a gym… I bet others would be interested! 🙂

    My shiny this week was that I FINALLY ran for the first time since mid-August! 😀 It was short, it was slow, but I got my butt onto the treadmill and tested out my foot. And I think it’s okay. Which means I gave myself the OK to do an informal turkey trot with my running club on Thanksgiving morning. Shiny!!! 😀


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