Ship’s Log–January 9th, 2015


I woke up today eager to hit the trails for a 5 mile run. The forecast was for the temperature to creep just above freezing this afternoon, so I was sure that I would be able to do it safely and somewhat comfortably.

I was not prepared to the snow that started falling furiously at 8 am. We got a fresh inch before it slacked off. It coated all my possible running surfaces: roads, sidewalks, and trails. It was still there at 3 in the afternoon, when the sun came out and made a feeble attempt at melting it.

I didn’t run.

I know there are plenty of runners out there who might shrug off that inch of slippery snow and hit the trails anyway. I’m not one of them, not anymore. Last year a family friend’s daughter had done just that, and several miles into her run she slipped, breaking her leg badly. She hadn’t brought her phone with her. She had to crawl, freezing and in severe pain, for help. I no longer think the risk is worth the few off-season miles, even with a New Year’s goal.

I can and will make those miles up next week. Today I did a vigorous 30 minutes of bootcamp style training inside instead. I did consider going to a local gym and paying a one day fee to use the treadmill, but that’s not in the spirit of the lower budget I’m trying to follow, especially when I have already paid for the fitness equipment I used for my at-home work out and can get a pretty decent fitness session in for free. I am bummed that I will have missed my weekly mileage target, but the weather is, sadly, beyond my control.

Distance to goal weight: 22.6 pounds


  • 10 push ups, sit ups, and squats
  • 30 minutes MMA Fighter Fitness training (alternating weight work with the kettle bells, cardio on the mini tramp, and balance training on the bosu)


  • Whole grain tortilla with scrambled eggs, guacamole, a few shreds of Daiya cheddar, broccoli, roasted red peppers, salsa, and sriracha
  • Whole fruit juice: banana, pineapple, blackberries, cara cara oranges, frozen cherries, flax and chia seed, and water
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk

Morning Snack:

  • Tea with honey and lemon


  • Faux “beef” burger on whole grain English muffin with Daiya provolone, pickles, tomato, mixed greens, and BBQ mayo
  • Sautéed carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli in olive oil with Old Bay seasoning
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk

Afternoon Snack:

  • Apple with toffee pecan honey butter
  • Tea with honey and lemon


  • Several slices (too many, probably) of homemade pizzas: one with vegan pepperoni and mozzarella Daiya, and the other with BBQ sauce, vegan chicken, and cheddar Daiya
  • Clean Slate Riesling
  • 4 Oreos (movie snack)

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