It occurred to me today that after this week I’m going to be down to playing only one game of ultimate per week. And maybe that’s not a bad thing because I was pretty grumpy at disc today. It’s never good when I don’t enjoy disc. I’ll play tomorrow and hopefully not bite anyone’s head off. My back relaxed after a couple laps around the field before the game and I was fine while I was actually playing. Soon after it seized up again. Same thing happened on our after-dinner walk. After a few blocks, my back utterly relaxed and I was pain-free. Now, I’m back to somewhat achy. But not as bad a s I was. Sleeping tonight should be fine.
I think next week I’ll take a stab at my ten miles of running per week for five weeks goal. Should be able to get it done before Omaha and before it gets wildly hot here, but it might also be too ambitious for someone who hasn’t been distance running in months.
I am a half of a hair-brained idea from taking over Thursday disc… Wonder if Tyler will get a goaltimate game going somewhere. I wouldn’t mind giving it a try.
More gaming today. I’m running Edgar. We’re on a d20 binge! No work done today, though I’m caught up on journaling and did some housework.
So, I haven’t been running. Again. FitDay tells me that I’ve run twice this month. Today and on the 1st. (For a total of 56 mins.) See, I played an ultimate frisbee double header on the 4th and Wednesday disc on the 5th. And then, joint-wise…I was feeling really good. So good that I really didn’t want to push it, and decided to take a few days off between leagues. At least that’s my excuse.
I played okay Monday night, nothing spectacular. Aside from a spectacularly bad drop after a hard in cut. Had a pretty good Wednesday disc. Granted, Dave didn’t want to run and it’s much easier to play four on four. Had a couple pretty forehands, both to Reif, I believe. And couldn’t dump to Ned to save my life… (Amount of time logged playing ultimate frisbee so far this month: 5h 30min.)
Ran today. I debated going up to the mall, but settled on just a jog. I didn’t time it because I broke my watch. I probably shouldn’t leave it attached to the outside of the disc bag in the back of the truck while on the interstate with a cooler of beer also present. It proved to be not very impact resistant. I set off at noon. Caught two long red lights, stopped at two water fountains, ran three miles and walked the last half block. Returned home at 12:33. No bad, under 10 min/mile at least. Had a slight stitch in my side during the last 3/4 mile.
I debated running vs. not running today. On the “not running” side, I had two days of exercise in a row and a bit of an inflamation flare-up yesterday. On the “running” side, I suspected that it would make my back feel better and considering I have a possible double-header next Tuesday, I wanted to have Monday off — which means getting my other days of running in on Saturday & Sunday. I also came up against a befuddling league-related issue and figured stepping back from it might give me new perspective. So I headed out and promised to take it easy. My knees were not happy after a mile. I finished off a second mile, both at a 9 min/mile pace, and walked the rest. Not the three miles I intended, but better than nothing. I have some housework to do this afternoon. It would be best if I weren’t totally wiped-out. And I’d like to not take any ibuprofen today.
Eric is off taking his first test in nine years. He amazingly had none last semester, just papers and projects. Hope all is well. He feared it would be all anatomy, and he’s not-so-good at remembering terms sometimes.
Reading Feb. 22 – 28
Ran three miles in 25:36, which is an 8.5 min/mile. Had a bit of the entrail / extrail thing going on during the second half, but…8.5 min/mile! Otherwise, my body felt good. My back feels better currently than it has all week, though my sinuses have chosen post-run to drain. I can breathe through my nose for once, but I feel like there’s a snake slithering down the back of my throat.
Candy #7 – Nerds Bumpy Jelly Beans
I’m a Nerds fan. I have been since the cool double boxes appeared on the scene in grade school. Ingenious. A candy that you could eat a little of at a time from it’s own box. And it was fairly tasty too, in that pure sugar kind of way. I will admit that as an adult, my palate has become much more sophisticated. I’ve turned from the double box to Nerd rope and any of the holiday flavors that involve fruit punch Nerds.
Generally, I like jelly beans. Not love, just like. The weakness of most jelly beans, in my opinion, is the low-grade sugar coating. Jelly Belly sidesteps this by using much less coating, therefore sacrificing the sugary crunchiness. What a conundrum! So jelly beans covered with tart Nerd coating are nearly perfect. There’s five colors/flavors: grape, orange, lemon, green apple and strawberry. The flavor of the coating is strong, with a very mild flavor to the jelly bean inside. My only complaint is that there is a bumpy Nerd component to the coating that makes some of them much less sour than other. The coating also separates from the bean pretty easily so they’re best when chewed quickly.
But I’m definitely picking up a few bags of these after Easter.
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Oscars tonight. Which means brownie baking today. Yes, I have more tradition surrounding the Oscars than I do most holidays. Which is to say, not much, but some. We have made our bets. A double bet in fact. I have chosen No Country for Old Men and Daniel Day-Lewis and Eric has chosen There Will Be Blood and Johnny Depp, though looking at the trends Michael Clayton should will.
At about 4:30 I started feeling restless. In that need-to-get-out-of-the-apartment kind of way. So I decided to go for a run. It’s good, I guess, that running is becoming compulsory again.
Regarding Couch to 5K…
I started the program because I had gotten out of a running routine. Every time I went out running “like I used to,” I felt like my entrails were going to soon become my extrails. The first three or four weeks were easy. In fact, the running portions of them became sort of like weenie interval training for me. I’d run like hell for three minutes knowing that I’d have a period of walking to recover. Not exactly the spirit of the program, but it was working for me. My entrails stayed where they were. When the periods of running became longer, that obviously doesn’t work as well. Yet, the periods of running (five to eight minutes in week five) just weren’t long enough for me to get a comfortable pace going. I wasn’t looking forward to running on those days. Therefore, I’m modifying the rest of the program.
First, no more brisk 5 minute walk. It’s not doing anything for me.
The rest of week 6: Continue running my 2.7 mile route. I’ve been doing this at an 9 min/mile.
Week 7: 3 mile route
Week 8: 3.5 mile route
Week 9: 4 mile route
Hopefully, maintaining my 9 min/mile pace. If anything, I have gotten faster since starting Couch to 5K. Maybe in a few months, I’ll do the first few weeks again to see if my pace gets better.
Did not sleep well last night.
Went for a run/shopping trip/walk this afternoon. I thought that I may have run a mile in less than nine minutes, but no, I was right there at nine. But it seemed like a lot less effort them I’ve been putting into my Couch to 5K routines.
Came home and caught up on housework. There’s still stuff that needs to be taken to the thrift store, but there is no more random cardboard in my living room. The kitchen is a different story. When planning on when to send Mom’s birthday card, I forgot about MLK Day.
The Morgan and Coke with dinner may have been a mistake because now I feel pretty tired and Eric still expects to get some work out of me on the new gaming world.
Quote of the day:
Your body is made of 100% cells.
Found while doing some Gamma World research.
I need to go run. I know this. Getting up and doing it is a completely different thing. It is, of course, raining. Proving that I should have gone running yesterday. I could go to the community center and use a treadmill. I just wonder how busy it will be with all of the New Year resoluters.
Would like to go to the library too. And crap, I need to get my bus tickets changed over.