So I am clipping away in the speed training. After talking to some running friends, I jumped ahead in the program to the point where I felt I was physically. The first three weeks were SO slow. So I'm now doing week 4 and even if I don't gain major speed, I feel like I'm regaining form.
I'm thinking that next, I'll be adding weight training to my workouts, like I used to do in Arlington, where I would be out biking or running and would stop into the gym, do a 20 or 30 minute weights and stretch circuit, and finish my workout biking or running or walking home.
While at a work event, there was a silent auction, and I won the Bikeshare package. Oh, of course, I had to pay for it. That's the purpose of an auction, right? But I WON THE AUCTION! And it was a full package to a year's subscription to Capital Bikeshare. I've been thinking about trying Bikeshare for a while now, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity.
Besides, the package came with a helmet, socks, a t-shirt, a seat cover, and a really cool bike tote bag that is marketed as a helmet purse. Personally, I don't care who sees my helmet (it seems to almost be a status symbol to tote a helmet around this town!), so I use the bag as a nice smallish work tote. It holds my lunch and my iPad, and my personal stuff, and it's freaking adorable. It looks like a little red Cyberman!
Don't you think? Bag here. Cyberman here. Mine is a red small bag. It's the sort of thing that I would not have bought on my own (without a ton of dithering and months of debate) but that I would have wanted badly. So getting both bag and Bikeshare membership... it was a great deal!
I've already been riding all over the place, trying bikeshare in all sorts of shoes (I rode today in heels, with my afternoon errands in the front basket!). It's already proved it is worth it. I have managed to get around some terrible traffic, and avoid a metro fire/shutdown, and it's erased any reservations I had about going to, say, Whole Foods for a speciality ingredient. It was SO FAR AWAY. But on a bike, it's about 10 minutes instead of 25.
Finally, one month of ¾ time work was plenty for me, and I swiftly lost my mind with all the spare time. The first few weeks, I slept a little more and cleaned the apartment and cooked and shopped and then I died of boredom.
What with one thing and another, I decided I either needed a part time job or a volunteering gig to get me out to see PEOPLE. I went to check out an animal shelter (because puppies, people. Let's be real) and fell in love with a puppy. As I was considering whether to adopt her, I wandered into this brand new pet store near my home and next thing I knew, I was applying for a part time job there. So this week I start at the Wylie Wagg! I'm really excited, not just because it's a job (and extra money means vacation fund) but because I really like the team and the philosophy.
I start Thursday, and I'm really thrilled to have a totally non-religious form of income for the first time in, oh, forever.
It'll be fun.