This past week my partner has been on vacation , which is the only time we really get to spend with each other. We really don’t venture too far from home , because he hates to to travel, so we’ll do a lot of things locally. One of his/our favorite things to do, is browse through vintage and alternative clothing stores. There are several scattered throughout the city. The Haight and upper Market street have some of the best. They’re basically high-end thrift stores that specialize in clothing and shoes from the 70’s ,80’s and 90’s ,as well as current fashions you’d find in European countries. Sometimes you can find really cool, one- of- a kind items. Another thing we like to do, is drive up along the coast , just above San Francisco ,stopping at different Antique stores along the way. We’ll usually make a whole day of it and then loop back down to the city where we’ll spend the late afternoon roaming the financial district or the waterfront. Nothing better on a cool spring evening, than grabbing a burger at Taylors Refresher on the Embarcadero and watching the people go by. When dusk approaches we’ll race over the hill to Ocean beach to watch the sunset. Yeah, it’s a tough job, but someones gotta do it!
I think this is the first time in 4 years, that Ive gone an entire month without working out or training for…. something. And you know what? I can’t say that I’m missing it all that much. Of course, I’m still doing my routine 5 mile walks 3 or 4 days a week, but I haven’t done any long distance walks or spent a single day in the gym since the Boston marathon. My metabolism has slowed so much in fact, that Ive actually gained 5 lbs.
Is this withdrawal from exercise a trend? Not really. It’s more of a self-imposed temporary disconnect from anything related to heavy “training”. The Boston and Rome marathon trips took a lot out of me, and that little side trip to Mass General didn’t help matters. My lung function hasn’t been that great lately and Ive also been having a lot muscle weakness and pain in both my legs and my arms, so I think I owe it to my body , to cool it for awhile. It’s almost summer anyways, and there’s nothing really happening on the race scene until late July. I’ll start gradually ramping back up in a week or so for the SF marathon.
With all this spare time, I finally got a chance to frame and mount some of my favorite race photos ,which have been sitting in a pile in my closet for the past 3 years. I’m slowly turning the guest bedroom into my personal trophy room. That’s right, if you stay at my house, you’ll be forced to look all my race memorabilia… lol