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This is not a fitness blog. [Oct. 19th, 2014|09:09 pm]
kyle cassidy
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Today was a day of firsts.

I ran the longest distance I've ever run, I got bitten by a dog while running, and I passed an important weight milestone.

I ran 15 miles and change, not really because I had extra motivation to do that, but because trillian_stars decided to meet me a couple miles from home, and somewhere around mile 15 I passed a hipster walking a giant pitt-bull mix with a rope for a leash, just as I ran past the dog jumped across him and bit me on the back of the leg. It didn't break the skin and the guy pulled his dog back and apologized but it was a little scary. I think tripping over dogs is probably more of a risk but you never know when one's going to think you're a rabbit.

The big news is that stepping on the scale, I found I've finally gone below 190 pounds which means I no longer qualify for the Clydesdale Class. Clydesdale is the category they put guys in if they think you're too fat to get an award any other way which, I dunno, I find insulting. I don't need a trophy that bad. (Women who they think are too heavy to win any other way are called Athenas.) I also don't need special extra-cushioned running shoes for heavy people anymore. But still, it's an artificial and perhaps psychological barrier I'm glad to have crossed. This also means, somewhat unrelatedly, that my BMI has now slid from "overweight" to "normal" by .1 My goal weight is 185 which is, they tell me, the weight at which people my height suffer the least number of injuries.




I'm totally no longer a Clydesdale. As long as I don't drink a glass of water.



It's not the biggest threshold I've crossed on this odyssey, but it's been a nagging one.

On the 15 miler I managed to stay below 9 minutes / mile until mile 10, then it started creeping up. Mile's 10-13 were all sub 9:30 but it fell apart from there ... my final mile was 10:14 and I was feeling ... not so motivated by then, but not awful.




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[User Picture]From: pickleboot
2014-10-20 01:21 am (UTC)
i am so sorry you got bitten. but, a rope dog leash? what was he thinking? sounds as if the dog might be reactive(ok, armchairing it here, but as a bully breed owner he should have at least given you his info should you choose to report it even though no skin was broken- it's the right thing to do as a dog owner, period)and a rope leash is just scary to me(our boxer has fear anxiety/reaction and we are so careful with him).

but congrats on the mileage and the weight! that's fantastic on both! send some weight my way- i need to gain a few pounds about now.
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[User Picture]From: tsarina
2014-10-20 01:37 am (UTC)
Hey man, your slowest mile times are like my fastest times. So fear not, you'll outdistance me when we're running from zombies. Glad you weren't seriously hurt by the dog. That's so scary and startling.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-10-20 02:57 pm (UTC)
My slowest times used to be my fastest times too. A year ago I was aspiring for 10 minute miles. You get better. But it's not really how fast you go that matters, it's that you keep going.
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[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2014-10-20 02:18 am (UTC)
As a long time owner of large dogs of the more ferocious type breed (German shepherds) and a long time walker of them, that dog's behavior strikes me as very odd. I don't know the dog so don't really want to pass too much judgment, but I blame the owner...the dude shouldn't be walking a dog who lunges and bites.

Btw, how tall are you? You look tall in your photos.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-10-20 02:49 pm (UTC)
six two. dude seemed surprised when it happened. and i was going past on the non-dog side, but it was a very narrow sidewalk. he might have thought i was mugging his dude. possible.
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2014-10-20 04:33 pm (UTC)
its possible the dog has a previous bad experience with tall men (i had a german shephard who was terrified of men over 5'8)
however
the owner, unless this was completely novel behavior, should have been taking far better precautions.
also he should have insisted on giving you his info because if it WAS novel behavior, the dog could be ill
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[User Picture]From: robby
2014-10-20 02:47 am (UTC)
I walk my dogs in an area with lots of stray and loose dogs, and the pit bulls are the only breed that attacks. At least 6 times, now, and I always have pepper spray handy.
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2014-10-20 04:31 pm (UTC)
most of the pitties out there are likely to be dog aggressive. not 100% but its a breed trait and then sadly encouraged
when a pittie is human aggresive i WRRY because thats a trait that was onlly being encouraged recently by bad bad breeding


oh. been bitten three times
mini poodle
some kind of shnauzer thing
mut that looked german shepherrdd ish but who knows
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[User Picture]From: robby
2014-10-20 05:07 pm (UTC)
That's exactly right, and I'm experiencing dog aggression. They wouldn't necessarily hurt me. Last year, an old man did get badly mauled protecting his little dog.
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[User Picture]From: hazelchaz
2014-10-20 03:09 am (UTC)

Galaxy-class

Does it just go to Clydesdale class? Or is there one beyond that, such as Land Whale?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-10-20 02:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Galaxy-class

I've seen races that have Clydesdale at 190-214 and then just "215+"
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[User Picture]From: kirkcudbright
2014-10-20 03:11 am (UTC)
Go you! And you're also the reason I sometimes subtitle posts "This is [still] not a fitness blog." Because running.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-10-20 02:50 pm (UTC)
let the message go forth from this time and place, that the torch has been passed....
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-10-20 02:52 pm (UTC)
Its entirely possible the dog saw a person and was like "this person can throw my bone for me! hey human! throw my bone!" i had headphones in so i couldn't tell if it was making angry noises.
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2014-10-20 04:29 pm (UTC)

congrats and dog bite

some dogs are fearful reactive to people running past them. in which case it is the owners critical responsibility to be aware of the POSSIBILITY and take steps. among them not giving the dog the slack t do that.
some dogs cannot be walked where people jog or run. sad but true.

and yes the owner should have given you his information,

congrats on the weight and the distance
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2014-10-20 08:03 pm (UTC)
Go you! Watching you and your FIT journey really helps me on mine, especially now when I've been eating right but not exercising like I should.

My biggest milestone is a quiet one that isn't very glamorous, but it's the one I'm proudest of, and it's the one I care about more than the weight, which is about 20 pounds lower than it was a year and a half ago, which is still good.

My milestone is that now I don't get winded and tired when I do fun things, like dance for 30 minutes or go hiking for a couple hours. Part of it, I think, is that now I know my body enough to know what pace I should keep. My body is also much stronger and more able to do active things than it was before. My ex and I had a nerdcore dance party after we watched The Boxtrolls a few weeks ago, and I felt really alive and like I was having fun, not like I was overdoing it and wanted to sit down. I've also been noticing that I've been getting a bit sick lately, and I think there might be a correlation between not getting in as much veggies and fruits as I have in the past on my sensible portion eating plan, so it will be interesting to see if my wellness goes up again as I go back to eating enough veggies and jogging again.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-10-21 10:55 pm (UTC)
Weight is the easiest but least useful metric for measuring things like this. For sure the way to do it is the way you are -- how long you can dance and how easy it is to do things that used to be hard. Go you!
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[User Picture]From: solstice_lilac
2014-10-20 09:57 pm (UTC)
Do heavier people need extra-cushioned shoes for running? My friend who jogs with me is both taller and heavier than I (and I'm an "Athena" -- I never set weight goals or step on a scale, that whole scene triggers misery) and she prefers even more minimalist shoes than I do, and her knees don't suffer.

Congratulations on your milestones, the distance and the weight ones at least! Fifteen miles is totally amazing to me. I can presently jog along for three-quarters of a mile without asphyxiating, which is three-quarters of a mile farther than I could run a few weeks ago. So, I am understanding the positive accumulation. The dog bite not so much, but I'm glad you were not badly hurt! A rope for a leash, with a strong muscular dog! Duh!
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2014-10-20 10:40 pm (UTC)
I need special shoes because of my weight, but they're to protect my feet more than my knees. After I jog, I also have to massage out the soles and tops of my feet with a tennis ball because of all of the strain.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-10-21 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure of the science of it, but the running industry will tell you that you need special shoes. I got a stress fracture in my leg running a year and 20 pounds ago -- my evidence is anecdotal.

When I started I couldn't run a whole block, my first 3/4 mile was a big deal. As was my first mile and my first three ... those things just keep piling up. It gets easier. Congrats!!

And don't worry about the scale, it's useless for anything that's important. Just keep measuring it in how long and how far you can go. That's the only thing that's important. xox
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