I met up with a buddy of mine today to catch up and shoot the shit. During our conversation which touched on work, common friends, and general insanity, he mentioned he just joined an adult dodgeball league. Let me repeat that, an ADULT DODGEBALL LEAGUE. Bad assed!
He tells me it is run by the San Francisco Recreation Department, and will go for 10 weeks starting tonight. It goes from 7:30-9:00 on Friday nights at the newly remodeled gymnasium about a mile from my house. So, of course I had to look it up online. Low and behold, it was not only NOT FULL, but it only cost $27.00. You got it, $2.70 a week to run around like a kid and throw balls at people. AWESOME.
Now here is the part that blew me away; I went to the Parks and Recreation website and was stunned. They offer all sorts of great classes for kids through seniors. Everything from art classes to fitness classes to sports to ballroom dancing to theatre. Again…AWESOME. And they do it cheap! All you have to do is join the parks and recreation site (Free to join) and then start choosing places and classes. You pay for the classes you want to take.
I HIGHLY recommend anyone in SF who is looking for something fun to do, to visit this site.
Because of a conversation with a friend, tonight I was throwing balls at strangers and having a great time. And the other people playing had as much fun as I did. Good times. Very good times. (and rather spontaneous)
I wonder what I will try next?
You are reading this because you are one of the normal people who wants to get more fit. I say “get more fit,” because some people want to lose weight, some want to add definition, and some of you want to put on muscle mass. All of you want to improve your fitness level, and are looking for that “magical something” to make it happen.
Well, here’s the secret. 99% of you already have what it takes to get more fit. You are reading this, and this shows me you have the desire to make a change. Now we have to make that desire an action, then a habit.
WHAT: Come celebrate the partnership between Manduka and Lululemon with a complimentary yoga flow class taught by the founder of Manduka, Peter
Sterios. It will be a strong and invigorating evening filled with Peter’s guidance and teachings to help you get a jumpstart for the holiday season!
WHO: Lululemon Athletic and Manduka
WHEN: Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
7:30 - 8:30 PM
WHERE: Lululemon Athletica (Cow Hollow)
1981 Union Street (between Laguna and Buchanan)
San Francisco CA 94123
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My hat is off the the people at Plum Dragon herbs! They are life savers!
I have been training in martial arts since I was 14 years old. (WOW, that means it has been 21 years. Insane.) At some point I was introduced to Dit Da Jow, and I learned that if you get the right recipe, this stuff really works. Most of the time I would receive bottles from friends who had their “family” recipe batches, and they would keep me pretty well stocked. (A little goes a long way) So picture this, I am getting ready to leave for the most intense training trip I have ever been on, and I AM OUT OF JOW! So, what to do?
I’ve been back at Bikram a few times a week for about 3 weeks now, due to my stress fracture. I used to do Bikram 4+ times per week for nearly a year at a stretch. It used to always be a constant struggle against the clock. “Can I make it through the 90 minutes?” Often, the answer was “no,” and I’d sneak out early. Not always from heat but often from boredom.
I conquered my second day of recovery Bikram last night. While I was victorious over the physical challenges, I continue to be astounded by the severity of the hygiene FAILS in the room. Last night, I sprayed the top of my towel with some Egyptian Cotton linen spray, so at least during the face-down postures, I smelled that instead of the vinegary twang of unwashed feet. Still, though, I left the studio with my stomach somewhere firmly between my uvula and esophagus, wishing for all the world that our shower had a steam-clean and sand-blast attachment.
Yeah, yeah, so… I broke my foot. Technically, I have a “stress fracture of the second metatarsal.” Which I’m thrilled to report is also called the “Beckham Bone” after one David Beckham who broke his in a slide tackle trying to win the World Cup. I just broke mine being a dumbfuck.
Here’s the thing… everything you read says, “Don’t increase running by more than 10% of total mileage per week.” “Yes, but I am doing so WELL! Certainly such rules don’t apply to ME!” I think I might have even read something that said, “Even if you are doing well and don’t think this rule applies to you, IT DOES!” It’s not like I intentionally packed on mileage, but I did exceed the recommended rate of increase, and now I’m paying for it.
So, let me put it this way… I have magical powers and can tell that YOU, yes YOU dear reader, should not increase your mileage by more than 10% per week, no matter how great you feel. Trust me. Jesus passed me a note in study hall with your name on it.
Sure, it figures that I would be writing something like this after being sick for the last 5 days. (and if you go back to Saturday you will find me tending the fire at the BBQ a bit to long, and inhaling way to much smoke) The long and short of it, my system was over run by “cold” germs. I felt it coming on late Saturday night, and it really hit me after soccer on Sunday. (Would having had taken Airborne helped? Who knows. Should have tried.) What I got out of it was a nice 5 day rest, and 3 days of working from the house. (I am not one of those evil bastards who likes to take a DayQuil, then drag his infected ass to the office to start a plague.) Still not at 100%, I am choosing to listen to my body, take it easy for one more day, and then get back to my regular work out routine!
Last week started rough, workout-wise. The 5:30 AM commute for Pilates had me sleepy all day, not energized. My Saturday run involved outpacing myself, hitting a wall, and thinking if I couldn’t do five miles, how would I ever do 13? Lingering jet lag, a newly busy schedule, and fitting in exercise had me feeling zombie-like by the time I laid down at night. I’m not running enough. I’m not doing enough strength training. I’ll never get through my half-marathon.
I made several decisions: