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10 January 2008 @ 12:52 pm
Another Not-SPN Thursday...  
I got an email today that informs me that Girl Scout Cookie pre-sales start this weekend. *cries* I'm not ready to go through this again! :(

What I need to be doing instead this weekend is putting away the Christmas Lights, and finding out what survived last Friday's windstorm. :0 I didn't unplug them as I should have, and now a good half of them can't be plugged into the garage outlet without setting off the thingy that tells you the power is overloaded! Will have to plug in individually elsewhere and see what's still alive. *cries again*

Running tips: Reading Runner's World the other day, I came across an article on temperatures for running. Apparently the best range is 36-52F. And I thought it was just me! Winter is my best running time because it's cooler-- the women in my family overheat liek whoa. Also found this: One hint for improving your speed is to minimize the amount of time your feet are in contact with the ground. Now, this is a novel idea to me. I'm a fast jogger but a slow runner, and I've never been good at sprinting. This says to pull your feet up quickly into the next step, which ought to help you turn it over faster. Might be interesting to experiment with sprinting before/after and see how well it works. Of course, I'd prefer to do it in the dark in a deserted area, because I don't like having an audience for that kind of thing.

Aerosmith: I got a Greatest Hits album for Xmas, and have been working through it. It has some songs I deeply love, like Dream On (I had a 45 from a jukebox for years, just for that song). Also Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way, and Last Child (thank you Guitar Hero II). BUT! There's this song I've heard at the gym several times, an overwrought spectacle of a thing that I always assumed was by some hair band. Imagine my horror when it showed up on Disc 1. NOOOOOOooo! Oh, the betrayal! The song is Angel, in case you haven't guessed it already. You're totally defriending me right now, aren't you? :0


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Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on January 10th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
How can you run with a gubbed foot? I can do nothing with impact, even my trampoline hurts.

On a brighter note, thanks for the card!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 11th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
I can do nothing with impact, even my trampoline hurts.
I read that post about the blighted toe from the trampette. :( Hope it gets better soon-- trashed feet make most exercise impossible, especially indoors. :(

My feet are well enough now to run about once a week. I get up to twice a week during the long winter vacations, but then my arches start hurting and I have to back off. Because I know better. :(

On a brighter note, thanks for the card!
You're welcome! Sorry I was so terribly late with it-- I got my stateside Xmas cards off on Dec. 23 this year, I'm pretty sure. And then it was a big blackout of family stuff until after New Years. :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on January 11th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
It was my own fault. jumping on the trampoline hurts my hip, walking into it hurts my toes.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 11th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Someone in high school published a humorous article with the tagline, "Your body is trying to kill you."

I thought it was hilarious, because to a certain extent I sometimes think that's true! For instance, the tastebuds'/brain's love of ice cream and Fritos while the heart is saying, "For the love of god stop already."

Ever thought of dance class? I.e., modern dance with less turnout? Or swimming comes to mind. I personally hate it, and it might be hard for you to find a heated pool where you live, but darn if it doesn't take the stupid feet/hips out of the whole equations.

OR... trackstand. You mount your rear bike wheel on it, up against a mag wheel, and you ride indoors on your own bicycle. About $200 American, and the thing folds up to fit in a closet. And when you get daylight back, voila! You're in shape to ride on your own bike already.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: callgirlastrothsknot on January 11th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
it might be hard for you to find a heated pool where you live,

when my Dad met my mum, the first thing he asked her when he found out she was Scots was whether or not she had gas in her house. He wasn't joking.

I'm like you, fucking hate swimming.

I've got a static bike for using indoors, but I like to vary my workouts. My bike isn't coming into the living room! I've just bought a new suite and decorated! (hows your decorating woes?)

At the moment I'm walking back from work, but it's not enough, I'm used to 10k a day, not five, but on another note, my Yoga and Pilates are kicking in. I could do a move I've been having bother with on a tighter band.

I do dance though, belly dancing. Good for the back and stomach.

I just feel like this comment turned into "OOOOOH! LOOK AT ME!! NO, REALLY! LOOK AT MEEEEEEEE!!!!"

I'll go now. (It's just that you and aithne are the only serious exercisers on my flist, everyone else does it because they want to lose weight and think I'm freakish for actually enjoying all my sports.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 11th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
the first thing he asked her when he found out she was Scots was whether or not she had gas in her house.
:D I went to college in Eugene, and for most of the off-campus housing there is no central heat! It's space heaters or woodstoves for the most part, so actual modern heat is very much beloved.

My bike isn't coming into the living room! I've just bought a new suite and decorated!
I put a towel down to keep stuff from flying/flaking off onto the floor/carpet. But because the trackstand is collapsible, the bike can visit instead of live in that room!

Our decorating is, um... on hold what with my husband's employment up in the air. Still waiting on that one set of windows to be replaced-- one year later! ARgh.

I didn't mention Yoga/Pilates because I don't find them to be much of a workout. I tried Pilates when my foot problems got really bad, and was amazed at how lousy a cardio workout that was! Now, since I AM always striving to lose weight (dead metabolism), that's an issue for me. For light fitness, it's fine and relatively kind to the joints. ;)

Don't worry, it's not "ME! ME! OOH, ME!" It's a discussion! And we both share some issues with peskily damaged body parts that make all this challenging.

Goodness, there are tons of people on my f-list who think, "Hiking? Why?" And that's not bad or anything, but heavens it's nice to have someone who knows the WHY. :)
When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on January 11th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Hey, running woman, what is a good way to avoid shin splints?

I'm going to be really starting running (which I didn't do before the holidays) with a friend after a few weeks of walking to warm up and shin splints are my greatest fear.

And, you know, HI, HOW ARE YOU?????????
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 11th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
I don't get shin splints anymore-- I used to as a kid! But I Googled "avoiding shin splints," and came up with some good answers-- some of which I can vouch for myself.

1) Get real running shoes-- with arch support and cushion. And if you pronate (roll your feet inward) like me, get shoes that specifically correct that. I.e., talk to a knowledgeable salesperson at a running store. I use ASICS Gel shoes, only some of which have pronation control. You can waste money on almost-right shoes without professional help.

2) Warm up before you run. I walk 1/3 mile to let my feet/ankles know what's coming, but this is good for your whole body.

3) Work up your distance (not too much too soon), and run in flat areas as you build distance. You need to be running-ready before adding hills.

4) Blacktop is your friend! Concrete pavement has no give, and it takes its toll on your body. If you can run on an asphalt path or safely on the road, do. Just watch out for slant, as it causes its own problems.

Hope this helps-- yay for you, getting out there to run!

Things are okay here. Still wondering about my husband's employment future and all the attendant problems, but otherwise good. :)
When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on January 11th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
Sounds like everything we were going to do anyway, so that's cool...

*sigh*

I get shin splints at the drop of a hat.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 11th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
I get shin splints at the drop of a hat.
I used to get them from running on concrete pavement (for PE), and also from walking fast on concrete pavement for long periods of time.

They never bothered me until afterward (i.e., usually not while running), so if that's true for you then there's always icing/elevating and Ibuprofen for the swelling.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 11th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Ha!

Well technically, that's why I only own the Greatest Hits-- there are only 0-2 songs I typically like on any given album.

They'll never be Led Zeppelin. Or Soundgarden, for that matter. There, I said it! :0
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 11th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
*whispers* And? I think the lead singer of Metallica screams like a little bitch. Which is why I passed on that whole genre too.