Action 465 – Spend Time With Family.

One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older. There’s a comfort in being with people that have known you all your life.

Action 465 – Spend Time With Family.

I’m here in Texas for my Grandfather’s 90th birthday, and family has come in from across the country to help him celebrate. In addition to my aunt, uncle and cousins that live here in Austin, my uncle and aunt are here from Washington and another uncle is down from Dallas. Add other cousins and my Mom, and it’s a houseful of family.

It’s funny, but when I was younger, traveling meant being on the go the whole time and checking in with as many friends as I could. These days, I’m perfectly content hanging out with family.

This is good stuff.

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Action 464 – Fly The Friendly Skies.

Not a surprise to anyone that knows me, but I’m pretty comfortable meeting new people. And yesterday, it paid off.

Action 464 – Fly The Friendly Skies.

I was on a Southwest flight to Austin, Texas, and I chose the very last aisle seat. I figured, I checked a bag, so there’s no rush to deplane, right?

I noticed one of the flight attendants in a heated conversation with one of the passengers. From what I could hear, the attendant was insisting that the passenger couldn’t leave her bag in the aisle during take-off. Simple, right?

By the time the attendant made her way to the back of the plane, she was obviously frustrated. She looked at me and I said, quietly, “people are idiots, aren’t they?

And just like that, she and I were besties. We spent the next two hours laughing at the stupid people… and I spent the next two hours enjoying free cocktails.

And since I had WiFi on the plane, I took the opportunity to update my Facebook status.

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Life is fun. And sometimes, it’s surprising, too.

Action 463 – Prepare For The Heat.

The Marathon is close enough now that the extended weather report is available.

Action 462 – Prepare For The Heat.

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Oh, man. The high for the day is 80 degrees. For someone who has been training in cool San Diego weather, this is going to be tough. I need to sort out now how I will handle the heat.

Extra water all week long. Plan to stop at every water station. And carry my new water bottle with me. It’s going to be hot, but I’ll be ready.

Action 462 – Travel Wisely.

Airports can be difficult to navigate if you’re trying to watch what you eat. Food choices are expensive and usually calorie-heavy.

Action 462 – Travel Wisely.

A little planning made the difference. Instead of eating at the airport, I packed a few snacks in my bag to eat on the plane. I had a low-cal protein bar, a baggy full of baby carrots, and a water bottle that I refilled after I made it through security.

McDonald’s? No, thanks. I’m traveling light!

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Action 461 – Scream If I Wanna Go Faster.

Yes, it’s true. I’m paraphrasing the title of a Geri Halliwell song. But it’s the best way to describe this morning’s workout.

Action 461 – Scream If I Wanna Go Faster.

I only had thirty minutes to run this morning before I had to get showered and off to work, so I made the most of it on the treadmill. I decided to start at 6.5 mph and then kick the speed up every half mile… and a big boost at the end!

  • Mile 0.0-0.5 at 6.5mph
  • Mile 0.5-1.0 at 6.6mph
  • Mile 1.0-1.5 at 6.7mph
  • Mile 1.5-2.0 at 6.8mph
  • Mile 2.0-2.5 at 6.9mph
  • Mile 2.5-3.0 at 7.5mph
  • Mile 3.0-3.5 at 8.0mph

It felt pretty great. I really did feel stronger with every increase. And at the end of the thirty minutes, I was a sweat-covered big-grinning running fool.

And that’s how to start the day.