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15 September 2009 @ 04:58 pm
Every Picture Tells A Story, Don't It?  
I've been meaning to post this for ages, but better late than never, right? Still funny, I hope!

One of the things it's hard to get used to with kids is "incremental information." You'll hear about something again and again, and then suddenly new details unexpectedly arrive.

For instance, just before Lauren turned 2, she got her finger caught in the door of a changing table at daycare (purely accidental). The nail turned black, and it must have hurt like blazes. She brought it up frequently:

Lauren: Changing table owie. I cried.

Then one day about 3-4 weeks later, I got a different version:

Lauren: Changing table owie. Have a cookie, get a bandaid.
Me: !

Now, when Christopher changed schools (for an advanced learning program), his new school had this program with Kaiser where the kids in grades 1-3 would train by running laps throughout the Fall and then finish by doing the 3K "fun run" part of the California International Marathon in early December. Their total distance, between training and that final run, was 26.2 miles. Awesome!

In second grade, this went great. He ran with a friend and the friend's Dad, and had a lot of fun. Third grade was different: he came back from the event grumbling that people ran too slowly and he couldn't get past them, and police cars along the way had their doors open and he couldn't get around those either.

I thought that was the end of it until about 3 months afterward, when a photo of the event came home from the classroom, showing Christopher looking as pissed-off as I've ever seen him:

I'd forgotten that, because of the age of the kids, they had to run with partners. That sweet little blond-haired boy is about a head shorter than Christopher and not much of a runner, and that was who Christopher was paired with. So his real source of frustration probably wasn't the crowds or the cars, it was that he wasn't allowed to outrun the other boy.

Right now, Christopher can run two miles in under 15 minutes (faster than me!), so we're talking major irritation on top of an already ultra-competitive personality.

And yet, that picture just cracks me the hell up. Photos don't lie!

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dragontattdragontatt on September 16th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
Hah! Love that pic... poor Christopher. Poor other kid too maybe? And wow for being able to run that well. I'm trying to become a runner now (ha!) and at this old age it's pretty hard.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
It was so unexpected-- two pictures came back, and this was the bottom one. The first one didn't set off any alarm bells, and then I put it down and there was the second one, with that look of OUTRAGE!

I do have to wonder if he hounded that little boy to run faster the whole time. I hope not. :0

It's never too late to start running, and lots of websites have "schedules" of how to go from zero to runner over time. Some lady featured in a sports magazine I read (featuring athletes of every decade) started running at age 79 because it was something she'd never done before, and she thought, "Why not?"

She runs marathons now in her 80s, and moreoever she only runs about 2/3rds of the way and walks the rest, because as she says, "That's plenty."

I totally want to be that kind of person at her age-- adventurous, trying new things, and yet knowing how not to be obsessive about it. :D

I don't know how Christopher can run that fast, seriously, but he's timed himself with a stopwatch. Let's just say that both HSH and I have only slow-twitch muscles, so for me a "fast" running time is an 8:30 mile. I could hit 8 minutes for a single mile, if I were normally running 4 and just ran one mile faster. But I doubt I'll ever see THAT as anything like my average time. :0

Good for you, taking up the challenge!
dragontattdragontatt on September 16th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
I've been doing the Couch-to-5-K running plan. Supposed to take you from couch potato to running a 5K in 9 weeks...this is my 4th week of week 4.


But you are supposed to repeat any week you have trouble with, and I think I've finally got week 4 done. Only 1 more day of running it and I can go on....whew.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
I've seen that plan before-- great site!

So, here are some thoughts in general:

Do you have enough "stamina" base yet? I.e., could you walk at a fast pace for an hour? Try that on your "off" days, because that'll bring up your level of fitness

And... what if you did the running segments at a slightly slower pace? Can you finish them all?

I ask this because I know that for me, if I run too fast I will burn out prematurely. I need to run at "my" pace, and the pace gets slightly faster over time with consistent running (and low temperatures!) but I can't jump into a different stratosphere of speed and pull that off.

One of the reasons I don't listen to music while I run is that my pacing is easily influenced by the music! Too upbeat a tempo, and I'll run too fast and be done in about 1- 1.5 miles. :0 Running at MY pace, I can go 4 miles. Huge difference!

Hope this helps you out as you move forward with your program!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 16th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Might i suggest adding a bike ride to your run? Cycling improves running.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, excellent suggestion from astrothsknot!

The bicycling will help build stamina and strengthen your legs, heart and lungs with helpful crosstraining. Plus, the variety might perk you up!
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelfembroiderama on September 16th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Hee, that picture is so full of righteous indignation!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
It really is! BOY, he's mad. He must felt thwarted every step of the way during that race. :0
Lady Strangesynnerxx on September 16th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
Aww, that face! Lol, he looks so mad. Someone needs a cookie. :D

And wow! He runs fast! I can't do that. But then again, I am very, very lazy. Then again, Tennis is my sport, not Track. XD
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
He's so mad he's not even trying to hide it! Which is part of what cracks me up-- that and the fact that it was so unexpected, as in, "Oh my god, what's going on here?"

I can't begin to run as fast as he can! I can run longer distances, but running fast just "burns out my hamsters" and then I'm done. Never been a good sprinter-- I can't turn the wheels over fast enough. My school "field day" events in junior high used to be the standing broad jump, the relay, and the 440. That last one was in part because I was one of the few people who could actually finish the 440. :0
Lady Strangesynnerxx on September 16th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
I can do longer distances better than sprints, but running is so not my forte. In school, I used to say "I think people should only run if they're being chased." Lol.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 18th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Haha! I definitely remember feeling that way in school!

As an adult, it turns out that when I'm allowed to run at MY speed, with no expectations other than my own as to how fast, I do pretty well.

I don't have the muscle-response for "fast," and maybe not the build either. But DISTANCE, I can do. :)
Lady Strangesynnerxx on September 18th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)

Yeah, but I still like playing Tennis better than jogging or running. (Though I think my sister wants me to start walking then building up to jogging with her. -_-)

I so do not have the build for it. Lol. I is a bit of a chub-chub. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 18th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Never hurts to try working up toward it (and meanwhile enjoying Tennis anyway). :D

My build is long-legged and short-waisted, which means that my center of gravity is in my upper thighs. I can't help noticing that the really fast people tend to be more, erm, low-to-the-ground. Except actual athletes, but those are a different breed.

Mainly, I just have slow-twitch muscles. I can't turn over ANYTHING that fast without burning out. I have quick reflexes, but that's usually a matter of inches and not meters, you know?
Lady Strangesynnerxx on September 18th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
And enjoy tennis I did today. Played with some friends. :D

I'm just Funsized. lol.

I'm the same. I have awesome reflexes (Thank you tennis).
brigid_tannerbrigid_tanner on September 16th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Oh. poor Christopher! And poor other kid...he can't help being short and slow. Love the idea of having the kids run in school. Wish it was a habit I'd picked up when I was young. Too much bounces now if I try to run. Walking is good.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
For all I know, the other little boy runs at a regular kid speed. He might not even be slow! He was just painfully slower than Christopher. :0

I love the whole scheme Kaiser has going with that 1-3 grade program, but I'm sorry they stop (or the school does) after 3rd grade. It's a great idea! Why quit then?
happy is as happy does: Runnerhappywriter06 on September 16th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, that pic is plenty funny.

I don't like running. I run now like 3 times a week and it hasn't gotten more enjoyable. I've had visions of running a maraton. I late that dream die.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
That expression says, "I trained three months for this?" :0

I used to run about 3 miles, but I've found that 4-5 is better because 3 isn't enough to float through that middle part where you feel like you could go forever (after the warmup and before the last .5 to 1 mile that's usually crap).

I was going to ask if you used to like running more before moving to Hawaii, but weren't you in a humid climate beforehand too? Running in heat+humidity always sux, in my book. As does running indoors. You need outside, in good temperatures, for the maximum experience!
happy is as happy does: Runnerhappywriter06 on September 17th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Depending on the day, we run from 2 to 4 miles, sometimes flat and sometimes up and down hills. Hills are the absolute worse.

When I was running before, it was mostly in cold climates. Here when we run, it's usually in the morning before it gets too hot. I prefer that time of day. It's comfortable.
Deadbeat Nymph: sam dean one for sammydeadbeat_nymph on September 16th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha! He looks so pissed! Hee! What a cute story. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
It's like a portrait in aggravation, isn't it? What a total surprise it was, coming across that photo. :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 16th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know if Stewart's been in a similar situation before, but I was fairly certain you could relate to that expression. ;)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 16th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
i see it a lot. he really hates being told what to do.

And you've got the teen years to come...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Ice-T Smackdownhalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
Stop.SCARING.Me. !!!!11111!