C25K and the week ahead

Welcome to the fourth consecutive week of Due by Friday! OK, you may not be that impressed, but I certainly am. Not only does this mean that I’ve remembered which day of the week it is on a continual basis, but it also means that I’ve stuck with something for a month. No small feat here. And speaking of sticking with things, that brings us to this week’s big project of note.




For those who don’t punish themselves on the regular, C25K is short form for Couch to 5K race. I am by no means a runner (save when being chased by something bigger and/or hungrier than me), but I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming into doing the C25K program. As it fits into my overall goal for 2016 of getting back into a shape that is not quite so round, I’ve decided to go along with this program. It’s not too tough yet, which makes it easy to keep up. three times a week I go for a run. Each time, the runs get progressively more challenging. Currently I’m only running for a minute or two, and then walking for a minute or two. So fairly easy stuff. But it gets me out exercising three times a week, so it’s a win. I don’t know if I’ll actually work towards getting a decent 5K run time at any point, but I won’t rule it out. For now I’m just enjoying the fact that I’m getting some exercise. And, of course, it’s giving me something to post here. So win win!


Next week


For this next week, I’ll be focusing on a sort of housekeeping project. Over the next seven days, I plan on test-driving some different blogging software. Specifically, I’ll be playing around with MarsEdit, Blogo, and DeskPM. And if I’m feeling extra squirrelly, I may even write up a review of them here to share what I’ve learned. So do stay tuned, especially if you are thinking about doing some writing yourself and are interested in what programs are out there to help you out. I know I’m curious.


And that’s that! Here’s to a great next seven days for all of us. Until then…

Damn you, New Years Resolutions

So not too much to highlight this week either. The biggest accomplishments were that I finished a fun class over winter term and I started running again. The class was a great intro to botany for gardeners course that I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did. It was offered as an online course through UMass Amherst’s Stockbridge School of Agriculture. As I said, I didn’t expect to enjoy it this much, but I was happily surprised by both the information I learned (did you know there is a 4000 year old tree in California!?!) and the material that was assigned for reading (some great essays as well as an excellent textbook, The Botany of Desire). If you’re even the least bit interested in learning more about the world around you, give the class a gander. You can read more about it here

And so that brings us to the running. As part of my goals for 2016, I started running again. To say anything more would likely be to jinx it, so I’ll leave it at that. 

Again, not much to put forward here, but only because I’ve been real-life busy. Now that the hectic winter session schedule is complete, prepare yourself for imminent awesomeness! Until next week, Internet.