Shivering on the 49th Parallel
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
You may not have the RiskMaster 3000 that Reuben had in Along Came Polly, but you've been weighing options and deciding on a course of action (right or wrong) your whole life... Reuben may have wanted to run "Will my wife shag our scuba instructor on our honeymoon?" through there before he got married, but that's another story.
Tuesday, 31 July 2007 19:54:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [2] | Rants | Underwater#

Yeah Yeah, I know. It's been five or six weeks now. I was on vacation last week, so I didn't do any running, plus I was waiting to get some new shoes as my old ones seemed to cause shin splints. I bought some new shoes while I was in Vancouver (enough shoes that I thought I was starting to grow a vagina and Bank of America actually called/emailed me and cut off my card because of "irregular activity" on the card! I hadn't bought shoes in 7 or 8 years, so I did actually need new ones. New Doc Marten's, new work shoes, and a new pair of trainers for running.

I tried on about 20 pairs of runners before narrowing it down to a pair of Asics, a pair of New Balance and a pair of Nikes. In the end I went for the Nike Air + Pegasus. They felt good AND they had the little hole in the bottom to put the Nike+ iPod transmitter. Being a nerd, I opted for the iPod integrated shoes. :)

I worked late last night and didn't go for a run, so I left early (6ish) while it was still light out, put the transmitter in the shoe, jacked in the receiver to my Nano and shoved it into my armband and went for a run. Unfortunately I didn't TURN ON THE WORKOUT so it didn't register anything! Bunch of arse.

It was kind of noticeable right from the beginning the difference between my seven year old gorilla-glued-together Adidas. My feet hurt, pretty bad at one point on the outsides of my feet but I wrote that off to "new shoes" and pressed on. No pain just below my knees like before, but I've also not been running for nearly two weeks. I could actually feel the springiness in my step. I also finished above pace and ended the last interval right by the Texaco in Hell. I'm hoping to run again Thursday and Saturday and start week two next week. Like I haven't said THAT before!

Tuesday, 31 July 2007 17:36:56 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Tech#
Monday, 16 July 2007

OK so I should be in week three now, it didn't happen. I originally intended to do week one twice and that didn't really happen. Last Monday was a holiday and I went for a 2-tank dive on the north wall midday, so I didn't want to go running right away after that, plus I was tired. Diving didn't seem so hard a few years ago when I did it every day! Wednesday I did go for a week one run, and then Friday I worked late... into early Saturday actually, so I missed that one. Saturday I put in another 11 hours at work and Sunday another 9.5. Suddenly it was Monday again and after putting in another ten hour day, I was riding home wondering what I was going to do that night.

I got home and went for a run! Week 1, run #5. I felt good. My knees hurt with each step for the first interval or two but then I warmed up and I must have picked up my stride because I finished the cool-down period in the carpark in front of my apartment, rather than around the corner! I missed last night because I... wait for it... worked late again. I worked late again tonight but I vowed to leave before it got dark. I came home, stripped off the work clothes and got right into my running shorts and a t-shirt, and hit the road.

I was sitting at the bar at Legendz Saturday night after going for another week one run and showing James and John where it hurt when I was running, and they both said "shin splints" almost simultaneously. I'd heard of them before, but didn't really know what they were. I asked James how you get them and he said "well it could be from your shoes..." and John started laughing. John's come home and seen me with the gorilla glue out gluing my shoes back together. The soles are literally falling off them, one piece at a time and I've been gluing them back on. The right shoe I can actually feel a lump behind the baby toe where there's too much glue, so I said "Do you think that might have something to do with it?" and they were both like "uhm,,, yEAH?" so so much for those shoes. They still look pretty new, even though they're six years old because I never ever wore them except if I was going to the gym or going for a walk or run on one of the other many times I've started too hard and given up.

Tonight I worked late (surprise), tomorrow night is the big Ex-Soto's boys fond-farewell and Kevorkian Burger chow-down at Durty Reid's before they close and the building is knocked down, Wednesday Zac's playing at Bed and then Thursday I'm out of the loop as well, so I might as well just wait until I get a new pair of shoes and then start over again at the beginning.

At least I got a little intro to it this time around and I know I can do it and progress at least to week two next time. :)

Monday, 16 July 2007 20:22:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Misc#
Friday, 06 July 2007
I think I've actually used this post title before...

My last roomie MJ gave birth to a little girl last night (what, you were expecting a turtle or a puppy?) named Oceane who weighed in at 7lbs and 1oz at the George Town hospital! Congrats to Robert & MJ!

Which leads me to the next thought: G & Darlene have two little girls, Matty & Jules had a little girl, Jim & Julie had a little girl, Mike & Melissa had a little girl, My co-worker Everton and his wife had a little girl, Nadine who I know from back home has two little girls... ARE MEN BECOMING OUTNUMBERED OR WHAT?? is there something in the water causing everyone to have little girls? I already know that karma has little girls in store for me when I get around to it, but holy cow... I better get on the prilosec now, so that by the time all my friends' girls and my future girls become teenagers I'm prepared for the stress of it...

Either that or start honing my target-knife-throwing skills. :)

Friday, 06 July 2007 09:02:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [5] | Misc#
Wednesday, 04 July 2007
As we lingered over espresso we realized that we were going to miss our train to Venice, so we decided to order some profiteroles and a slice of fresh fruit tart and catch the next train. As good as the chocolate profiteroles were, we both agreed that the fruit tart, with the light custard and fresh strawberries, kiwi fruit, grapes and plums with a glaze over it was the better of the two.
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 18:23:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Pictures | Travel#
Sunday, 01 July 2007
I'm SURE that this wasn't going through their heads when they decided to pull a prank on a friend's car in the long-term parking lot at the airport, but it's what happened as told to me by someone who talked to the perps last night:
Sunday, 01 July 2007 15:55:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [3] | Cayman | Misc | Pictures#
I've fallen off the wagon for the past four or five months. I was doing Pilates a few times a week but I started skipping it and before I knew it, I had a new routine: not exercising. I've been looking for something new to do and I always hated running. I thought I would give it a try, see if I could make myself like it.
Sunday, 01 July 2007 12:01:26 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Sports#
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