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Sometimes the only way to slow down is to speed up first. [Nov. 21st, 2012|07:31 pm]
kyle cassidy
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Sometimes the only way to slow down is to speed up.

I ran a 5k again on Monday and a third one today. My average speed Monday was 4.75 mph and today it was 5 mph.

It looks like today is finally the day I will get to sit in front of the fireplace and read comic books, because I'm too sore to do much of anything else.

I didn't feel properly winded after the 5k so I topped it off with 30 minutes on the bike. I've been playing the running conservatively because I've no idea how much I can do. It seems that at 5 mph I can keep running for a long time but holy mackerel, running is boring. It's painful enough to keep you from really concentrating on an audio book, and my beloved Magnum p.i., adventure show that it was, seems to creep along while I'm running. I need something that's kind of nonstop action -- like Rammstein running a tank through the Louvre, that might hold my attention.

Last night trillian_stars and I had Thanksgiving with the family we've chosen -- the nice people at Locust Moon had a dinner for their diaspora of strays and runaways and geeks and nerds and we actually sat down at a long table like the pilgrims do in those woodcuts and we watched a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and then Planes, Trains & Automobiles which apart from an unfortunate soundtrack, remains one of the most perfect films ever made. I was glad to share that time with such good people. I ate mashed potatoes. And chutney. It was terrific.

Clickenzee to Embiggen!

There's good news on the gym-membership front, that's ready to go. I'm debating on whether to make an announcement tomorrow or not. I figure people might be caught up in the holidays, but it seems symbolically significant to start on the day when culture tells us we have to eat until we're uncomfortable. That's not right dudes. And we're going to do something about it.

Anyway, I'm off to read comic books with Roswell in front of the fireplace.

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[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2012-11-22 12:58 am (UTC)
Are you doing any strength training, or sticking strictly to cardio?
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[User Picture]From: kuroshii
2012-11-30 05:40 pm (UTC)
i have several runner friends who use (and love) this app.
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[User Picture]From: pigshitpoet
2012-11-22 03:02 am (UTC)

Sometimes the only way to slow down is to speed up first

Sometimes the only way to slow down is to speed up first
; P
...that's mostly just on a yellow light..

happy thanksgiving to you and your cat(s)
charlie brown
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[User Picture]From: katbcoll
2012-11-22 03:04 am (UTC)
For non-stop action I was going to recommend Sons of Anarchy but then I remembered the language and nudity (I'm also not sure how much violence you'd be comfortable with either). Not good for a public gym. A friend of mine watches past episodes of the show White Collar. Not action, but somewhat fast-paced and the cons would keep your attention, I think. Have you ever watched Burn Notice (I'm just pulling stuff out of my tired brain)?

If I know the announcement is coming, I will keep an eye out for it. I think it's an awesome thing!

And go you!!
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[User Picture]From: niamh_sage
2012-11-22 06:44 am (UTC)
Good on you, Kyle! :D
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[User Picture]From: kazoogrrl
2012-11-22 07:55 am (UTC)
Re: running

You might want to give wind sprints/interval running a try, it is very effective for some people without tearing yourself up through the repetition of long runs. Less time commitment, too. There is lots of info online.
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[User Picture]From: rhino_mittens
2012-11-23 09:23 am (UTC)
re: running
Am I right in thinking you're running on a treadmill just now? I'm not surprised you are finding it boring; as a long distance runner I find them to be instruments of torture and I avoid them if at all possible. I can tolerate them for about 30-40 minutes max and only if I do speed intervals to keep my mind and body occupied.
Now that you've figured out that running is a possibility, I recommend you get outside! It's impossible to get bored when you're dashing through the streets or winding through a park. For me, the still world comes alive when I see it in motion and I've devised my greatest ideas/plans/solutions whilst on the run. I become a better, stronger version of myself, and it just fixes me.
You could use a site like mapmyrun.com to plot out some routes in your neighbourhood to plan where and how far to go and. Doing an 'out and back' style route is often satisfying as it feels nice when you turn at half way and start running towards home, but then I like the more adventurous aspect of a circular route. Set yourself free and get out of the gym for your cardio!
I feel I must add however; if you do find yourself running this frequently, it is important to get your gait analysed to ensure you are wearing the correct type of shoes. If you over-pronate and are wearing shoes without sufficient support then there is a very high chance you'll end up in pain when you needn't be. This is one of the most frequent reasons for quitting cited by new runners; 'It hurts too much!'. Put them in the right footwear and then there's no stopping them :)
Keep us updated on your progress! I write in greater depth about running (and cats, and goths and other stuff) over at http://www.redwinerunner.co.uk
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