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18 September 2009 @ 02:16 pm
Stuff What Happened Yesterday...  
I had my every-3-years OBGYN visit (with the dreaded Pap smear) yesterday. That's always fairly awful, but there was a surprise bonus at the end: someone giving flu shots in the waiting room.

Two birds, one stone. I usually skip the flu shot (because I have great immunity), but I figured it'd be better not to endanger HSH. And the fact sheet gave me the info I'd been looking for on his behalf-- whether the flu shot is dangerous or important when you're immunosuppressed from something like Chemo. Turns out he needs it, so he'll be getting one on Tuesday.

The route from the doctor's office to the freeway goes past Fleet Feet, so I'd planned last weekend to stop off afterward and get new running shoes. \o/ I finally has new shoes!

What did NOT happen yesterday was the recording of Fringe, because it turns out that when HSH installed the converter box for the digital TV changeover, he bypassed the DVR entirely. Augh! One of us will be rewiring this weekend, and I'll try to catch the show via Hula or something. Better to know now, before the Prime Time season really heats up...

I went running with the new shoes this morning. The temps were hotter than I like, but there's no helping that in Sacramento. The shoes DO feel more cushy, though I didn't get a massively improved feeling from them thanks to slowly overheating during the run. The other shoes had almost NO cushion, though, and were at least 5 years old thanks to the plantar fasciitis fiasco that struck within 4 months of buying them. So I definitely needed the new ones. Hope to "feel it" more when the weather's cooler, if THAT ever happens.

This weekend: Saturday soccer (Christopher), Saturday ride (me), and Sunday brunch with my MIL who is feeling better now and getting around with her walker. That last news is both surprising and wonderful, because she was doing poorly after the last bout of whatever hit her (she doesn't go to the hospital anymore, as she's moved into the hospice stage). It's nice to have her with us a little longer, and I'll keep my fingers crossed as tightly as I can for more.

Princess Robot Bubblegum!: hasebe's got a gunastrothsknot on September 19th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Running was out because I don't like it. Personally I would have thought that bursitis in the hip would rule it out, but not according to the quack.

I've been told to start by the doctor because I'm starting the menopause and don't do enough weight-bearing exercise. I figured I'd start triathlon training. I'm going to start a couch to 5k when I get my fucking shoes. Everyone in Central Scotland is a size five, apparently.

My parents are even paying for them.

Seriously, I want a do-over on this last few days. *is all self pitying*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)

I still have my doubts, given the bursitis. And not every doctor has sense. My SIL's doctor gave her permission to start running again after she'd ALREADY gone through neck-halo surgery and relapsed back to the "you may not run, you may not even bicycle if you have to lean over" stage.

In her case, because her neck will never truly heal, running will never be smart. That's aside from the stomach problems she has that prevent getting enough calories in-- you canNOT add major exercise onto that condition when you're already at least 10 lbs underweight, or at least you shouldn't.

Your parents are paying for the shoes? Now that IS good news. In theory.

Is it an athletic store? Those kinds of places will order for you over here, while places like Target/Walmart/etc. are of the "We only have what we stock" mentality.

Have some red wine, that'll help the last few days. And send the teenager off to play outside for the day.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 19th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
It is, but Asics have stopped making that particular shoe. So it's off looking for another shoe.

Oh well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Asics! My one true love!

That's what I bought yesterday-- a pair of these, because I need the pronation control.

However, mine are marked European size 50, so what is this "5" of which you speak? American 5? You must have tiny feet!

Look, here's a pair in nancy-pink, Size 5, IN THE U.K., which I think means they'd ship it. Mine are blue, but the model # is the same.

Edited at 2009-09-19 01:58 am (UTC)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: niki dark glassesastrothsknot on September 19th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
They look very swish, but they're about £20 out my price range - the parents are giving me £30 toward the shoes and I'm finding the rest. I thought that seeing as I'm new to running and may not even get on with it - it's not like i don't have lots of dance and taebo stuff that I can do instead for weight-bearing cardio - I'd get the lower end of the price range.

If I take to it - who knows, I might shock myself. I realise a lot of my distate for many sports comes from the shitty time I had at PE in school - then the next pair i buy would be up that end. Aren't you supposed to change them them out every six months or something?

I've saved that link - a quick look through the site and a lot of the stuff is really good value.

I think a size five means my foot is five inches long.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
People who run several days a week (3-4) might change them out every 6 months, and major athletes every 3 months.

Me, personally... it's in the 2-3 year range instead. I only run 1 day a week (used to be 2), because it's my crosstraining from cycling (the elliptical trainer covers the other 2 of the 6 days).

I'm not prepared to shell out that often for ANYTHING, let alone $100 running shoes. My parents grew up in the Depression, and I tend to see guidelines like that as ways to make OTHER people money. ;)

Size 5 seems to be about a size 7 or 7 1/2 over here, which is around the average.

I wear 8s, but I'm forever being steered toward getting the 8 1/2 in the Asics, perhaps because there's more impact/sliding when you run. In all other contexts, 8s are perfect.