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This is not a fitness blog [Feb. 26th, 2013|07:46 am]
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I'm prepping for the Broad Street run, which is a ten mile run through the streets of Philadelphia in May. It's a big deal to me, though I've learned that if you're not a runner, it's not a big deal to anyone else, which I'm fine with. I'm ramping up for it and trying not to re-injure myself. Tonight I ran 7.5 miles along the shuylkill river which was remarkable and wonderful and I wanted to share it.


Almost immediately upon hitting the trail, I was passed by a woman pushing a baby stroller. She didn't actually just pass me, she passed me like a freaking bullet. I've learned that I'm not the fastest runner, and my sister who's a real runner tells me that I'll never be fast, and that's fine, that I can just keep going. And that's fine too. As someone who was denied running for basically my whole life due to Not Being Fit Enough to Run, the reward is just to run.




Clickenzee to see my humiliation even larger!



As the sun went down the river glowed blue from the sky above. This is boathouse Row from the Gazebo at the Waterworks. About half the time I run out here there's a wedding photographer and a bride out here -- which makes sense, it's one of the most spectacular views in the city. I had it all to myself tonight.




Clickenzee to see ze pretty lights prettier!



In November, when I was still gasping through workouts my gym-buddy (which I guess is sort of like an AA buddy, who keeps you from skipping the gym) suggested that we ride bikes along the trail. That sounded like a good idea. He said "Just say when you think you've gone half-way" -- pick the point where you're half way to not being able to finish and get home. I remember very well the point at which riding the bike was tedious enough that I said "this is it, we turn around here." And the fact that tonight I ran, on my feet, past that point was a big deal. I as I ran past, some rowers came down the river.




Clickenzee to see ze skullerz!



Seeing that I was in the area (having complained about being passed by a woman pushing a stroller) Twitter demanded that I run up the steps of the Art Museum (a la Rocky) so I hit the steps hard just as some tourist with an annoying beard was running up while his girlfriend videotaped it. He passed me on the last few steps and when we got to the top he turned and said "I beat you!" and did a little Rocky dance. My brain wanted to say "Only if you started seven miles from here," but I settled for passively aggressively Tweeting it instead. Plus, any yahoo can run up the Art Museum steps. You know what's a lot more impressive? running down them.




Clickenzee to see ze pretty lights prettier!



I was using the Zombie's Run app for my iPhone, which was great. It's a story you listen to about a zombie infestation and periodically even though you have a spotter in a tower trying to direct you away from the shambling hoards, occasionally they'll pop out of the trees and you hear your tracker start pinging and you start running faster and you can hear the zombies getting louder and louder behind you and it's freaking scary and you sprint even six miles into it, you sprint, because you can just about feel their claws at your back. It was good.

Anyway. I still owe a Chicago recap, and I'll get to that. In the meantime, things are going well here. I hope things are good for you as well. There'll be an "Our Gym Share" update soon I think.





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[User Picture]From: ardentdelirium
2013-02-26 05:51 pm (UTC)

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the boy and I were joking about getting married there just so we could run up the steps and look like dorks for our "first dance" (neither of us actually dance much, and we're not getting engaged, let alone married, for a while. but we joke about this stuff. We may high five everyone as we recess down the aisle, too.)
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-26 05:58 pm (UTC)

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you should put on a wedding dress and run up it anyway. that would be pretty cool.
[User Picture]From: ardentdelirium
2013-02-26 06:03 pm (UTC)

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maybe sometime. Gotta get a job first-thrift shop wedding gowns don't buy themselves!
[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2013-02-26 05:54 pm (UTC)

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Yesterday I finished Day Two of Week Four of Couch to 5k, where you jog 5 minutes at a time twice and three minutes at a time twice, and it was easy. When I looked at the intervals for next week, I thought to my self that jogging three intervals at five minutes each won't be that bad. To me, this is amazing! Also, I've been substituting a lot of the crap I usually eat with fresh fruit juice, and I've had so much energy I've been literally running up stairs. I feel like I've been becoming fit, and a lot of this is because of your and Quiche's posts about getting fit. Sometimes, I almost cry at how easy some of this exercise stuff has become because I grew up with a mom whose advice for weight loss was "Just stop eating," and I was never willing to do that.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-26 06:00 pm (UTC)

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Isn't it crazy?? how the things that used to nearly kill you are suddenly nothing? And getting up off the sofa is no longer a big deal. It's been a great ride.
[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2013-02-26 06:53 pm (UTC)

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One of the things I did have a question about: Do you think that pushing a stroller would make running easier? Sort of like a walker for running?
[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2013-02-26 06:54 pm (UTC)

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Oh, also, for some reason I haven't been able to find the Zombie app to buy. I tried downloading it off of iTunes about two weeks ago, and it wasn't there.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-26 07:23 pm (UTC)

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it must be there. it's a big seller. "zombies run"
[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2013-02-27 08:57 pm (UTC)

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I finally downloaded it. I had to do an internet search on my iPhone to do it, though, for some reason. Now I'm disappointed I'm not set to workout today! I might have to make an exception.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-26 07:23 pm (UTC)

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i'd think it's probably harder. we were going up hill too.
[User Picture]From: oracne
2013-02-26 05:56 pm (UTC)

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Zombie intervals! LOL! A writer friend of mine uses that, too.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-26 06:01 pm (UTC)

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It's pretty fun. Though after I finished my first mission last night I didn't realize that the second wouldn't start unless I started it manually, so I got 45 minutes of the radio show and "YOU HAVE PICKED UP A BOX OF BANDGAGES"
[User Picture]From: quennessa
2013-02-26 06:33 pm (UTC)

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I politely disagree with your sister that you will never get fast. It can be done. It would just require a level of training that you might not care to do. :)

And yeah, you're right. Most folks don't get what a big deal it is to train for a race. I'm doing the LA Marathon here in less than a month.

You are awesome and I am so happy and proud for you. You will have a blast come Race Day!
[User Picture]From: solstice_lilac
2013-02-26 06:43 pm (UTC)

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"Only if you started seven miles from here".. indeed :) I'm glad your leg is healed and you're back outside. The light in the third picture down, in the sky and on the water, is what makes my favorite time of day -- either early in the morning or in the evening.
[User Picture]From: bloodofareptile
2013-02-26 07:09 pm (UTC)

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I LOVE the Zombies, Run! app. The people who developed it were at the London science museum a few weeks ago as part of their Zombie Lab special exhibition and they were fun.

I'm a runner-by-will-instead-of-nature too but I'm just getting back into it after six months off due to a semi-serious illness. It's equal parts frustrating and exhilarating starting over.

If you want to get faster, the NHS C25K have got some post-completion training podcasts here. There's one for speed and one for stamina.
[User Picture]From: crazylife99
2013-02-26 09:01 pm (UTC)

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Awesome job with the running! Yes, it is true that unless someone is involved in the sport themselves, they really do not care. Last year I trained for my first Half Ironman and drove people nuts b/c it was all I talked about. I'm currently training for a half and full Ironman... I'm trying not to annoy people as much.
[User Picture]From: briansiano
2013-02-26 09:03 pm (UTC)

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Spring cannot arrive fast enough for me. Because that's when I start bike-ridin' around the place, and the river trail's a favorite. Sadly, it's a favorite because Tommy Gunn's Ribs are at the far end of it, which works against the whole weight-loss effort.

(It also gives me a chance to shoot some nice nature stuff along the Wissahickon.)

But bike riding in the winter is not for thin-fingered types like me. As for running... well, there's only so many times that my weight can come down on my ankles before I start to feel uncomfortable.

[User Picture]From: ms_violet
2013-02-26 11:07 pm (UTC)

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I'm really glad that you're enjoying this so much, and sharing it. I'm also glad you're enjoying Zombies, Run!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-26 11:24 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2013-02-27 03:56 am (UTC)

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I think the Broad Street Run is a big deal to non-runners who appreciate Philly, and appreciate Broad Street, not just running.

At the 5K I did last fall, two people who placed in their age groups were running with strollers. Dude. And one kid was really big, too. Those folks are really hard core. And really nice.
[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2013-02-27 02:43 pm (UTC)

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I just can't get into the running thing. But I need to work on my cardio. Every day I get in a lot of walking and lot of carrying heavy stuff (morning animal care, homestead-style farm). I work in the garden and don't have any power tools, etc. But I get winded climbing up the hill from the pasture, every darned day.

Any ideas? I live in a very up-and-down hilly area.