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01 December 2009 @ 06:42 pm
Rolling like a sailor...  
My legs have been killing me the last two days, thanks to trying out a different running style for about 2 blocks on Sunday to reduce my "effort." The cold I've had the last 2 weeks never got really bad, but it's left some low-grade bronchitis behind. I skipped running last week (when my lung-function was lower), but since I only run once a week I pretty much had to go on Sunday. The last half mile was awful (and the trashed-out feeling afterwards), and my legs... hey, I know that pain! It's the "running downhill" pain I get when I overdo my first day of running in Portland on vacation every summer! Apparently, that new stride I tried out uses those same "stabilizing" muscles that are not part of my other workouts. :0

Yesterday's biking was pretty bad too. That's my "long" ride day, but I didn't sleep much Sunday night, so I went riding with sore legs, wimpy lungs, and a tired body. Gah. Crept through 29 aching miles, though. \o?

I'm finally up to the 29th on my f-list, which also means wishing belated Happy Birthdays to colleenish and thehighwaywoman—I'll happily write you each a drabble, if you'd like one! Just leave a comment below. :)

The rest of Sunday involved a little yardwork and a speed-effort to put up most of my part of the outdoor Xmas lights; since I can only do that on the weekends, I decided to tackle it in parts. Next Saturday will be taken up with my MIL's funeral, and I wasn't sure next Sunday would be enough time. I still have the walkway lights, the train, and the "connecting-up" left, and the rest is silhouette lights indoors (and about 5-7 timers).

Some cute videos, if you haven't already seen them: Surprise Kitty (I could rewatch that forever), and Beach Dogs (a little bit of summer happiness featuring some really smart dogs). :)

TV-wise, we're caught up on V, which is now on hiatus until March (WTF? Commit to the show, network, or move the WHOLE THING to spring. Geez!) We're 3 episodes into White Collar which we're enjoying so far. Instead of UST, this show has UFT (Unresolved Friendship Tension), where the main characters are uneasy about liking each other so much when there are serious trust issues between them. However, I'm disappointed that the lesbian agent in the Pilot isn't a regular—she was pretty and she had spark, and the "I could be a model" agent they're using instead is dulllll. Internet info says the actress from the Pilot is filming another show with schedule conflicts, but that doesn't make being saddled with "meh" instead of "snappy" any better. Plus, I know they set up the living arrangement situation for Neal in the Pilot, but c'mon—can't the owner of the house and her daughter make an actual appearance once in awhile? It's as if Neal lives there alone now—in the artist daughter's studio, no less, which she apparently isn't using for actually creating art anymore. Try harder, show!

Maybe later this week I'll blather about House and QAF, but I think I've rambled enough for one day. Toodles!

cindy: fangirltsuki_no_bara on December 2nd, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
uft! that's totally it. (i'm watching a rerun of white collar as we speak. :D ) isn't it a cute show? i really liked the lesbian agent in the pilot too and was likewise bummed when that was her only episode, but i don't dislike the woman they replaced her with. and more june would indeed be fab.

i hope your legs adjust to the running. ow.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
It is cute, though I don't like the "shorthand" over details like where Neal's living. It just feels sloppy.

really liked the lesbian agent in the pilot too and was likewise bummed when that was her only episode
Me too-- I thought she was going to be a regular, and had my suspicions after her disappearance, such as the creators rethinking the fact that they'd made her gay and therefore unable to moon/UST over Neal in future episodes (the lack of which would have been refreshing, actually!) But a lot of other people wondered that over at imdb.com, and info on the boards says that the actress is stuck filming for General Hospital, so she can't do this show. Bummer. :(

More June would be great, and really-- in the Pilot we saw her daughter and at least one servant living in that house. Now it's empty except for Neal and his down-low-PI friend who keeps showing up. They should meet in a coffee shop or something just to lessen the awkwardness of the oddly uninhabited mansion. ;)

I'm abandoning that running style, though it didn't feel that bad at the time. I'd have to run more often to convert to that (and the different muscles), and my whole running style (almost blogged about this last week) is to aim for the least weirdness and most auto-pilot method possible. It's more Zen than laziness-- after all these years, that's what seems to produce the fewest aches and pains and "busted runs." :0
happy is as happy does: teddy bear in chairhappywriter06 on December 2nd, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
The cold I've had the last 2 weeks never got really bad, but it's left some low-grade bronchitis behind.
You've been to the doctors, right?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Half Evilhalfshellvenus on December 2nd, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
Heh. No. ;)

My parents are doctors, so I generally won't go if it's something that will basically get better with time. And OTC meds.

I never had flu symptoms, and the cold itself never got particularly bad (or even all that 'wet').

Though if my lungs still feel this way in a few days, I might be on the phone to the doctor to see if antibiotics are needed. It doesn't seem likely because there are no infection symptoms, but OTOH, the last time my lungs felt like this I wound up using an inhaler for 6 months.

Which I just threw out about 3 weeks ago, since it was several years old, but still... D'OH!
happy is as happy does: Sam (LDPC) - SPN (look at that smile)happywriter06 on December 11th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Well, I hope you're feeling better now.

Your icon cracks me up.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Better, though the cough lingers.

Both the "Half-Evil" icon and the Psycho Penguin icon are bonuses, from the extra userpics that beascarpetta gave me as a birthday gift.

I've had fun looking for new icons, though I still haven't found all the weirdness that's possible out there yet!
colleenish: Yay!penguincolleenish on December 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes!

A drabble, huh? Yay! Dean/Sam or Kirk/McCoy? Need a prompt?

eta: Surprise kitty! is the cutest thing ever OMG!

Edited at 2009-12-02 10:12 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on December 3rd, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
A prompt would help, maybe one for each so I can see which takes off! :)

eta: Surprise kitty! is the cutest thing ever OMG!
I know-- I WANT that kitty! :D
colleenish: flirting w/Jim and Bonescolleenish on December 3rd, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Oh, let's see...

Dean's most (truly ridiculous) embarassing secret - like, he reads the Twilight series on the down-low.

Kirk and McCoy in a Toys-R-Us.

Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on December 3rd, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Have you started running backwards?

Or just changed your foot strike?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 3rd, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
All I did was lengthen my stride, actually, though by perhaps 6+ inches.

I have really long legs, but I tend to have a shorter step when I run (partly because my center of gravity is in my upper thighs, which can be awkward). So I'm not "using" the full potential of my stride.

In theory. The guy who moved in across the aisle from me is big on running, and has a son in cross-country (fall) and track (spring). We were talking about this last week, and he mentioned that if your leg length is more in the thighs (like mine) then you're probably stuck with a shorter stride just due to bodily mechanics.

He says his son is always just below varsity in cross-country (he's a Senior in high school now), and really beats himself up over it. But his son "sags" in the third mile, and always has-- he just isn't built for distance. In track, he kicks the cross-country stars' butts. It's all mechanics. And fast-twitch/slow-twitch. And lung capacity.

So many pesky variables!

Princess Robot Bubblegum!: Fit- action star Jessica Biel joggingastrothsknot on December 3rd, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
Everything I've seen on biomechanics seems to agree that instead of forcing yourself to how you should move and causing injuries as you move unnaturally, you have to work within how you do move and strengthen within that.

There was a lot of stuff in UK H&F over the summer about runners needing to shorten their stride, so if you run like I can see if I still have it. But I'd say if you naturally have a short stride, I wouldn't argue with nature.

You'll have to explain varsity to me - remember UK schools and unis don't have the same sports culture as the US. All sports are done through private clubs - which might hire school sports facilties, but have nothing to do with the school organisationally. (At night the Council runs the facilities as a sports centre)

Imagine that - No school teams.

(Private schools often have teams but there isn't the funding for state schools)