Day 283 – Brick Trails

May 13th, 2017 – With my triathlon training coming up in 3 weeks I figured it’s time to get use to doing a brick(running right after biking). This morning I put in a long bike session heading towards Mississippi Regional Park. I docked my bike then went for a trail run across the river. After snapping a few pictures I got back on my bike and headed off.

I still had some energy left in me, so after showering off I put in a half-hour practice of double unders. I managed to successfully get 4 in a row, a new personal best! Hoping to at least get 12 in a row before next Saturday.

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Day 282 – The Early Morning Mile

May 12th, 2017 – Today marks the day I cross off two challenges on my list: Waking up at 7 AM or earlier for 30 days, and walking a mile in the morning for 30 days. These are two new habits I wanted to get into as a way to get my mind and body moving straight away in the day.

It was a fun little experiment, but after 30 days of waking up early and going for a walk, I felt that I wasn’t really seeing that much of a change in my productivity. To be honest, it actually felt like I was sacrificing things I valued more(i.e. Yoga and meditation) in favor of the morning walk. As a result of not doing these important mindfulness activities I felt a drop in my productivity these past 30 days.

While these walks were very nice, I did not feel like they ended up being the right way for me to start my days. Still, was a very enjoyable experiment.

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Day 281 – Bryant Lake Trail

May 8th, 2017 – With classes finished up, I’m excited that I can modify my triathlon training program to be more suited with my other workouts. Gone are the Mondays of driving half an hour away just to put in my laps. I can instead start fitting in a workout that can essentially be done anywhere: running.

After Krav Maga I stopped by a park close to the Academy called, Bryant Lake Regional Park. I went for a relaxed trail running to explore the new area. Their unpaved trail was very lush and wild making the run very lovely. This is another area that was too big to fit one solid run in. Had to put it on my list of places to come back and explore.

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Day 280 – Cultural Festival

May 7th, 2017 – The St. Paul Cultural festival has been an event that I’ve been wanting to go to for quite some time. With finals finishing up I thought this would be a good little celebration for making it through another semester. Plus it gave me some time to hang out with a buddy of mine whom I haven’t hung out with in quite a while.

The festival had a lot of awesome festivities going on for it, ranging from food, merchandise, and dancers. During the expo my friend and I went to the Eastern Indian booth where a volunteer asked if we wanted to get our photo taken.

Day 279 – The Lakeside Trail

May 1st, 2017 –  Despite my love for running, I found it to be really tedious going through the same routes over and over again. To cope with this, I started to branch into trail runs. Exploring new, unexplored territories has been an excellent way for me to rekindle my love for running.

After Krav Maga I hit up a trail close to a lake side. The pathway was plentiful with different pathways and I ended up not being able to explore every route. However, that just means more reason to come back and explore some more

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Day 278 – American Karate

April 29th, 2017 – This week involved a very tight schedule with finishing up finals and projects. With such a busy week, I ended up missing my Monday’s Krav Maga class. To make up for my missed Martial Arts class I decided to sign up for a trial class at a nearby studio.

I went to the Minnesota Karate & Fitness Studio and took an intro American Karate course. I ended up getting quite the sweat going on for me by the end of the course. I really enjoyed the class and the passion of the instructors. I felt both Eric and the rest of the staff are building an environment where the dedication and knowledge of the sport are the most important focuses of their business.

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Day 277 – 50’s Night

April 21st, 2017 – This evening was the first Friday night in a while where my fiancee and I had nothing going on. Not wanting to waste the day, we decided to go out on a “50’s” themed adventure. Our adventures involved going to a retro soda pop shop called the Blue Sun, playing 18-holes of mini-golfing at Goony Golf, then sharing a malt at the Hi-Lo Diner.

We ended the night with a a round of bowling. A very memorable night out.