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New, news, news. [Nov. 17th, 2012|06:54 pm]
kyle cassidy
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[music |the yeah yeah yeah's]

In photo news, depending upon what a famous magazine you all know and read says in the next day or so you may or may not see photos from my shoot with Steven Severin in the next week or so. Those of you who are making noises like an over-boiling kettle are my coolest friends.

In project news, it's looking like I will be doing the chip-in thing where we buy starter gym memberships for people -- I'm thinking we could also do DVD's for people who wanted to exercise at home. This is all pending a volunteer to manage the project. It'll be mostly clerical, keeping track of names and places and how much money we have and the like.

In my own news ... I ran today -- three miles. Which is the most I've ever run in my life. I feel like someone shot me in both legs, but I am alive. When I got home I waddled up the stairs like a penguin. I'm glad you didn't see it. I ran three miles in 47 minutes with an average speed of 4 miles / hour. I now know how far I can go before the zombies get me. In some weirdness, the treadmill says I burned about 1/3 the calories I usually do in the same time on the bike. One must be over or under estimating. The bike's probably overestimating which makes me a bit sad. But, blah blah blah, I'm working out.

Sooooon this gym posting will end and we'll get back to whatever we were talking about before. So far I've lost six followers since I started posting about fitness, I find myself wondering just what it was that made them bail now. If you've about had enough of this & are about to hang up the phone on this blog, let me know why before you do, I'm just curious.

Anyway -- do something splendid. I was planning on cleaning the bedroom, but my legs don't work anymore. So I'm going to sit on the sofa and brush cats until the gangrene sets in.





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[User Picture]From: elsewhereangel
2012-11-17 11:57 pm (UTC)
I think your running three miles today is awesome. Keep it up and keep blogging about it too, it gives me hope :)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-11-18 03:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's been an interesting trip. I'd say "I feel better" but at the moment I feel like a truck ran over me, but I know it will eventually lead to feeling better...
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[User Picture]From: tsarina
2012-11-18 12:15 am (UTC)
I would love to help with this project! :D Hell, I will even donate my exercise dvd collection to kick this off.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-11-18 03:09 am (UTC)
excellent! email with what you have and we'll see if we can't find happy homes!
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[User Picture]From: redmorlock
2012-11-18 12:31 am (UTC)
Never count followers!

Also, if you're going to keep running, be sure you have great shoes.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-11-18 03:04 am (UTC)
I wasn't counting, I just get the notice emailed that says "BlackRaven4211 has removed you from their friends list"
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[User Picture]From: redmorlock
2012-11-18 03:44 am (UTC)
I think you can unsubscribe from those.
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[User Picture]From: pteppic
2012-11-19 12:38 am (UTC)
Seconded. If you're running, almost any distance - go and see a running shop and get your gait looked at. The amount and type of long term injuries from bad running shoes - eugh. Horrific.
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[User Picture]From: rayvyn2k
2012-11-18 12:35 am (UTC)
I enjoy reading your blog whatever you write about. That's just strange that some folks would bail because of certain subjects. Your blog, write what you want. Isn't that how it's supposed to work?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-11-18 03:08 am (UTC)
Which reminds me, I must write about how I met the MST3K guys!
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[User Picture]From: perdix
2012-11-18 05:21 am (UTC)
Yes, you must!!
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[User Picture]From: redstapler
2012-11-18 01:05 am (UTC)
Some people find that kind of fitness stuff upsetting or triggering.

Not saying you should do this, but when I post about it, I usually put it under a cut and say something like, "Weight/fitness talk, scroll on if you wish."
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-11-18 03:05 am (UTC)
that totally makes sense. i was figuring it was people who were like "exercise? wtf? bring on the rock stars & debauchery."
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[User Picture]From: redstapler
2012-11-18 03:36 am (UTC)
I'm sure there's some of that, too! ;)
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[User Picture]From: solstice_lilac
2012-11-18 01:13 am (UTC)
Wear good shoes to run in! Buy the expensive running shoes. I ruined my knee wearing Payless Shoe Source "trainers." Ignore the calorie counters on the machines. They are wrong. The mirrors in the gym are likely wrong also, and the scale. The mirrors in the 24 Hour Fitness made my legs look wider than they really are, and the scales added five to seven pounds of weight that mysteriously evaporated when I used the scales at the university locker room.

And, I like reading about what you are doing, including going to the gym.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-11-18 03:06 am (UTC)
I imagined that i hated running -- and I was pretty sure that I couldn't do it, that I wasn't fit enough, but it was a pretty good feeling to be able to actually do it.
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[User Picture]From: alphaloria
2012-11-18 01:59 am (UTC)
Calorie counters on machines are bullshit. Plus running 3 miles sounds way more impressive than "____ calories burned."

I've found when I focus on performance goals, the only thing that starts to matter is how well I performed, and my attention turns away from my pants size or scale weight or whatever and turns towards doing everything I can (sleep, fuel, barbaric yawps) to up my performance. Going from abusing my body to turning down delicious cake, simply because I was going to lift in an hour and was going for a PR that day, was like stepping into a different world.

(Now my goal is to just not be out of shape, because I've gotten really out of shape in the past couple of years.)

And I'm glad you're posting about this stuff. It's inspiring.

I bet you lost followers because they think your LJ seriously lacks cat pictures. :P
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-11-18 03:07 am (UTC)
the cat picture thing is a serious possibility. I will have to rectify that with a cooking-with-Roswell....
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[User Picture]From: anmorata
2012-11-18 02:16 am (UTC)
If you need someone to handle the clerical aspect of it, drop me a line. I'm great with organization.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-11-18 03:07 am (UTC)
You're hired. Will email.
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[User Picture]From: howeverbrief
2012-11-18 02:56 am (UTC)
I still enjoy your stuff, even if I don't comment often. Keep it up!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-11-18 03:07 am (UTC)
Thanks -- i appreciate it!
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[User Picture]From: ronsrants
2012-11-18 05:09 am (UTC)
A) You ran too far, too fast, and clearly too much.

I strongly suggest the Couch to 5k program.

B) Running too far/too fast/too much is an easy way to find yourself injured or at the very least exhausted and demoralized. Take it slow, work yourself up. In a very short time you will be going farther an faster than you realized and it will be MUCH EASIER.

Take if from me. I've been running for almost 6 years. I've run a couple of half marathons over that time and also dropped out and restarted a couple of different running programs. At one point I lost 70lbs, but I've since gained 50 of them back. But I'm running (yet again). Did 6 very slow miles today. I'm doing another half marathon in February (Myrtle Beach) and I've signed up for my first full marathon in May (Potomac).

You can do it, but I hate to see you overdo it Take 3 days off, start over and run no more than 1-1.5 miles or start the C25k program.

-R
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[User Picture]From: dichroic
2012-11-18 02:12 pm (UTC)
I'd agree with all of this except the first sentence, because that's not something other people can decide for you without a whole lot more details (after all, for all we know you ran 2.75 miles three days ago. Even when following a well-designed exercise program, there are going to be times when you're exhausted and sore afterwards - it was a race or a benchmarking trial, or just just happened to push it a bit more than usual, or it's the farthest you've gone to date. It's true that overdoing it is a bad idea, but you get to decide for yourself what overdoing it means, unless you have a coach monitoring you closely.

Having done a half marathon on the rowing machine this morning, I'm not exactly spritely today myself, but that's kind of normal as I build up distance. (One major advantage of rowing vs running distance: no impact. I don't think my knees would appreciate me running for miles.)

By the way, for Kyle and anyone else reading, I really liked the book Slow Fat Triathlete. It's basically about doing the sport you love because you love it, not because you think you'll ever be the fastest one out there. It does also have some good advice about avoiding I jury and overtraining as you start a new program.
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[User Picture]From: pullthestars
2012-11-18 05:13 am (UTC)
I also have some DVDs that should go to a home where they might get used.

I've struggled with my weight for... well, forever. I am thinking on getting a membership at the local gym that's down the road, but I've not ever had luck with them in the past, mostly from my own laziness. Maybe this is the time I can move past that?
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2012-11-18 06:32 am (UTC)
You could start with speed walking instead of running. It's more gentle on back and knees (impacts on ground are softer) and burns a lot of calories too.
Still. Well done on the running.
lowers over this. If they do not like it, they could just skip the posts...
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2012-11-18 06:34 am (UTC)
PS: I am making kettle boiling noises but they don't blog easily.
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[User Picture]From: ammitnox
2012-11-18 07:45 am (UTC)
flickr -> search CC -> interesting ->

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[User Picture]From: pteppic
2012-11-19 12:41 am (UTC)
I hate running with a divine passion. It used to be a requirement on training camps to run three-four miles every morning, and I did it for the years I was at uni.

I enjoy lots of sport, I enjoy exercise. But ask me to put one foot in front of the other quickly (without it being in an asymmetrical shape or pattern), and I'll look at you funny.

Now *cycle* - that I'll do for *miles*. My treat for passing my driving test was to buy myself a road bike.
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[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2012-11-19 01:01 am (UTC)
I have a gym membership. I haven't been to the gym in...a year? My credit card there expired a week or two ago, and I don't know what to do. I want to go. I NEED to go. I didn't mind it so much when I was there, except the "trainer" who showed me around first was obviously bored out of her mind with me and allllmost rolled her eyes every time I said, "I can't put that much strain on my knees. No." ("You're never gonna get anywhere if you don't try," she replied, obviously reading from a very tired script in her head.) I'm in the worst shape of my life, and part of me's freaking out about it. Not sure what I even need at this point. Workout buddy? New DVDs? Don't know. So...this is a useful conversation.
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[User Picture]From: strangemodegirl
2012-11-19 02:50 am (UTC)
Wooo! Go you!
I can't run anymore because of my knee and hip problems, which makes me sad because I used to love it, but I agree with what others here have said, spend the cash on some really good shoes. Go to a shop that specializes in running/walking shoes and try on as many as you need so you find the right fit. Even just for walking it makes all the difference in the world. I did that, plus got some special inserts for plantar fascitis (which I have and it sucks) and now I can walk a lot more with a whole lot less pain.
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[User Picture]From: queclecumber
2012-11-19 08:39 am (UTC)
I'm enjoying seeing your posts! Plus my livejournal friends page isn't too busy these days. It's good to see activity.
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[User Picture]From: lyndszy
2012-11-19 02:49 pm (UTC)
Why are ppl bailing? I like the fitness stuff! I couldn't run even if zombies were after me :o
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