splitbeak: (George: Kidding Me?)
My treadmill broke! Noooooooo! I need to replace the stupid belt.

**walks away whimpering**

splitbeak: (Lil' Aryan Assassin)
First: Le Update.

Breast Cancer Co-worker: doing better, but still feeling sick. Prognosis positive.
Brain Tumor Grandson: doing poorly. :( Everyone contributed a to a collection to buy him an iPod so he has music to listen to during chemo. Still not fun. Prognosis uncertain.
Missing Co-worker: found, dazed and confused. Was in the hospital, now with family. Not certain what happened. I just really hope he'll be okay.

Second: New Hobby.

There was an ad in the Pennysaver for a free week of Krav Maga (Israeli street fighting) classes. I took my first one on Sunday and it was fun, if scary. They were focusing on punching that day. I got my ass handed to me by a 14-year-old. Went again last night and the focus was choke holds. Oh, god. My siblings might half-heartedly choke me every now and then, but to feel a strong guy put his hands around my neck in a serious grip - holy shit, it's scary. On the plus side, after breaking (or trying to break) out of it a few (lot)times, it got less scary. I guess this class would be an effective prep for if it ever really happened. I can't go again tonight, but I'll probably go on Wednesday. I still don't know if I'm going to get a membership after the week is up - it's really expensive. I might pay by the class for a while, as that's only $15 a class. I'll have to see how the rest of the week goes.

On an interesting note, I didn't leave either class feeling like I'd just come from a real tough work out. I was certainly bruised and the adrenaline was running, but I wasn't really sweaty. We didn't even do a big warm up or any cool down in class, so I assume that means it wasn't supposed to be overly strenuous. It did leave me so pumped and full of energy that I felt the need to burn off some stream on the treadmill, so that was good. I was even feeling unusually aggressive, which let me push myself harder on the tread. So, that was nice. If nothing else, maybe this class will make me less of a wuss? Or this might just be first week endorphins, who knows?

splitbeak: (Illyria)
The end of last term I was so swamped with schoolwork it was just impossible to keep running. I went from running 3-5 times a week, 30-60 minutes each time, to maybe once a week for 25 minutes. By May, I had to stop completely or I'd never finish my papers. As always, anytime I stop running, I have a very hard time starting again. Do you really blame me?

If last year was any indication, chances of me running this summer are very slim. Why, you may ask? No bleedin' air conditioning in the basement (home of the treadmill)! I'm not even remotely motivated/masochistic enough to maintain an exercise schedule in a 90+ degree sweat box. Well, this year I may be one of the very few people actively celebrating the slow retreat of the winter cool. So far, the basement has remained habitable. As a result, despite being swamped again with homework (I was up until 5am yesterday writing a paper), I have started running again. Hallelujah!

Amazing how my stamina's been shot to hell in just two short months. Boo.

To keep it interesting (and hopefully recapture some of the excitement I felt when I first started running), I've added weights to my routine. I'm only holding two pounds in each hand right now, but I'd rather work slow and steady and continue to actually use them than push myself too hard the first time and get discouraged. Plus I don't own any heavier weights. :-P

I actually felt the weights in my chest when I was running. Weird. I thought I'd feel it in my arms. Hmm.

splitbeak: (House)
So I tried running the 5k again tonight - first time since that last post in January. I think I did fairly well - 49 minutes with no cramps (which means I probably could have pushed harder - but I'm a wimp). My goal has been to get that down to 45 minutes within 1-2 months, 30 minutes in 3 months. Tonight I shaved 10 minutes off my original time. Four more minutes and I'll have reached my first goal! I'd say that's excellent progress.

Eek! This is so motivating.

splitbeak: (Quakers Laugh)
Yay me! I didn't watch the game - although, through no means other than sheer dumb luck, I did see the 100 yard touchdown (wow, even I admit that's cool!) - I don't know the final score, I don't know/care who won, but I do know I'm a little richer. Yay!

splitbeak: (Here's Some Glue)

I just ran 5k for the first time in my life this evening. For me, this is quite an accomplishment. Sure, it took me an hour (58 mins), but hey - it was only my first time. I think I'll set a goal for myself to bring that down to 30 mins over the next month or so.

Tee heheehehehe!

It was probably funny watching me run - scratching my head - trying to figure out when I would finally hit the 5k mark. I did one of the pre-set programs on my treadmill, which will automatically keep going until I run 5k, but the display, as I found out while running (jogging), is in miles! I probably should have found out the conversion rate before I started. Oops. I had 2.2 stuck in my head for some reason - that's probably lbs to kg, right?

I also beat my personal record twice for longest time maintaining my maximum speed. I usually do a program where (after warm up) I jog for 2 minutes at 4.5 mph, rest for 2 minutes at 2.5 mph, and so on for 24 minutes. Now I've held that 4.5 for 3 minutes before when I was playing around with the program, but tonight I held it for 4 minutes and then 5 without knocking myself out!!! Now I know what you're thinking, she's getting all excited over 1 and 2 minute increments, but ya know what- every baby step counts! I now have some crazy sense of self-worth going on and I absolutely gained a shitload of motivation to keep working at this.

I didn't even cramp much and I didn't get off the treadmill shaking and panting. That is definitely a good sign. I totally need to push harder tomorrow. Haha.

5k. That just sounds so cool. Go me.

Btw, inspiration for this unexpected dash came in the form of a book recommended to me by [livejournal.com profile] dkaine called Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's looking for an inspiration to stretch your horizons.

splitbeak: (House)
Since I seem to be on such a proud New Yorker kick, here's one more. Then I'm done for the night. I promise.

Boss of the Year
The Hmmm, That Actually Might Work Trophy
(for good management ideas, as rare as they may be)

3rd Place: Not a Single Room

In 2003, the Boston Red Sox and their arch rivals, the New York Yankees, were trying to sign free agent pitcher Jose Contreras. The Sox management rented all the rooms in the hotel in which Contreras was staying so Yankee officials could not get close to him.

Despite the clever strategy, the Red Sox being the Red Sox and the Yanks being the Yankees, the New York team signed him anyway.

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

August 2011



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