Well that’s November underway! I’m not out of the blocks on the running front yet, and won’t be until Friday, but I did do 25 minutes of yoga. Today was a level 2 Yang class, a good focus on strength, which I am finding is a great help on long runs. The more I can increase my leg and core strength the more stable I will be. This in turn should help minimise fatigue and keep me out on course for longer.
I wasn’t really feeling the “chill” today though, so rather than fight a wandering mind by continuing with my planned Yin class I gave it up and got back to work. There are times that I find yoga really helps me and I can enjoy the break away from life and settle into the moment, and there I times when I just find myself clock watching. Today was one of those days and so I knew it wasn’t the time to be sitting in a stretch pose for 3 minutes any a time…..that really isn’t fun as it seems never ending!
I’ve also started to expand my planning. I’ve been using mix of the Notes app on my phone, my Gmail calendar and some spreadsheets to keep track of key dates (races), where I need to be (hotels for races) and stuff I need to do (sign up for races). I stumbled across the Bullet Journal website and had a good read. It seemed to make sense as a way of tracking things without tying me into a standard calendar/diary format and with a bit of cunning thought (and reuse of existing stationery) I’ve even managed to develop both an analogue and digital way of keeping everything I need logged. So far I have settled into using my Livescribe Pen and Moleskine Livescribe journal for actual handwritten notes, and then set this to sync to OneNote so that I can access my notes when on the move, or when I don’t have pen and paper handy. The beauty of this is that I can also add in digital notes, save and incorporate web clippings and general make it into an all encompassing cluster of useful stuff no matter where I am.
As I get to grips with Bullet Journalling and digitisation of notes I’ll try and share some of my findings here. I’ve even started developing my own digital inserts/printouts (which I won’t actually be printing but will use as OneNote backgrounds), so once I have some I like I’ll share them too.
Do you Bullet Journal? Have you gone down the traditional, minimalist route? Or have you embraced the world of Washi tape and gloriously artistic trackers with high-grade art work? Let me know in the comments.
I was also scheduled for a 59 minute TrainAsONE economy run today but given the heat and the fact I have a 12 hour race on Sunday I decided to skip it.
My plan is to do my intervals on Friday and then cover off Saturday’s pickup run and today’s run during Sunday’s race. That said I may just end up not doing much on the pickup pace because there’ll be hills and 12 hours is a lot longer than 2!