Workout Wednesday 2/26/2014: Couch to 5K Update

Dear Plantar Faciitis,

You suck so hard. I cannot run at all with you. I must be careful while I’m walking, lest I make you angrier than you already are.

You make me sad. I want to run but I cannot. I should be riding the exercise bike instead of walking, even, but riding the exercise bike is the most hamster thing in the world. I can only do it if I can get the bike with the video game ride on it to take my mind off of the fact that I’m spinning and going nowhere fast. At least it gets my saddle-bones ready for biking season.

You’ve made me take up a kettle-bell routine to try to push myself harder, Faciitis, which is good, I suppose, but now my quads hate me, too. They’re threatening a revolt under the leadership of Bad Knee. My only hope is that continued discipline will whip them into shape and bring that lawless villain  Bad Knee, back under the rule of law. This is all your doing, of course.

I hope you’re proud of yourself Plantar Faciitis. You’ll be singing a new tune when my VIONIC with orthoheel technology inserts arrive. They’ll shut you down in no time.

No love,


How the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer earned my ticket purchase

My roommate sent me the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer on Wednesday and I’ve watched it obsessively since then, trying to map how I went from “Meh” to “Take My Money” on this particular movie, which included a three-hour obsessive loop of the Blue Swede remake of Hooked on a Feeling (which is the famous version, vs. the original BJ Thomas rendition. Yes, I own mp3s of both.)

I wasn’t into this one at all because Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t one of my comics, but they got my attention at the 34 second mark because that’s exactly the reaction I had to the idea of Guardians of the Galaxy in the first place: Who?

Green chick at .56 didn’t hurt because green chicks (for reasons that should be obvious for people who know me), but I was still mostly unimpressed because, as I said at .34: Who?.

At the 1.21 through 1.31 mark they made me giggle. I have that machine in my house. It’s so unpredictable you never know when it’s going to go off.

Adding Blue Swede at the 1.33 mark (1.46 for full sound) was pretty much them extending a hand and offering to help me aboard the trip they wanted me to take.

I didn’t actually decide to buy the ticket for that trip until 2.08-2.09. That’s when I knew I was forking over money for the whole ride. What a bunch of a-holes.

This about sums it up for me today.

I’m over 40. I’m not married. I don’t fly jets, and I don’t have a dog.

I’m working to change things, though. I suppose that’s what’s really important.

Well, not the fly jets thing. I don’t really want to fly jets. I do want to make a change in the world that makes it a better place.

An Open Letter to My Scale

Dear Scale,

I know you and I have not been seeing each other like we should and things are kind of rough between us. It’s not your fault. You’re just very honest and lay out the bald truth the way it stands and I just can’t handle your tactless ways. I cry when you do that and I feel very discouraged. I just want to crawl into a corner and hope it all just goes away.

I can’t afford the discouragement right now, so for the time being I’m seeing the Calendar, just to see how that works out. We’re working on Not Missing Scheduled Workouts instead of “You’re still a lardass” – which, let’s face it, has been our program. It’s a different sort of relationship and I hope you understand, Scale, but I really need to give this an honest try.

I know it’s early, but so far it’s working out great. Calendar jumps for joy when I put that check mark on my workout task and shows me how many check marks I’ve got so far. Calendar makes me feel good about myself and makes me want to put the next check mark in the box. He doesn’t make me want to hide and give up, unlike the “You’re still a lardass” program that you run does, Scale.

I think it’s best we take a break from each other, just to see how this works out. Let’s meet for coffee on the morning April 21, after I’ve given Calendar a full run of things, and we’ll see how things go from there.



Couch to 5K – Week 1 Day 2

For day 2 I tried to spread my time out a little better to run on every run cycle. Here are my actual run times:

Run Cycle Time Ran
1 60
2 30
3 40
4 30
5 40
6 0
7 0
8 30

Obviously, I’m going to be repeating week one next week. For Friday’s run I’m going to shoot for running on every run cycle for 30 seconds. If that works out, I’ll repeat week 1 with that schedule and work my run time up from there.

When work makes you an editor,

rejoice! No more writing websites that make you sad for you.

When your walking partner for the day ditches you because schools have a two hour delay due to the wind chill, be at peace and do something else. Remind yourself that you wanted to do that 5 mile Walking with Leslie Sansone video again anyway because Zumba made you sad that you couldn’t keep the beat (yet).

And when all else fails to bring the serenity – there’s always knitting.

Stone Soup Scarf

Chevron scarf made from Knitspot Stone Soup yarn, in colors slate and marble – phone photo taken with my clip on macro lens.

Couch to 5K – Week 1 Day 1

What was I thinking? An arthritic 250 lb woman should not just jump in on a Couch to 5K without at least a little prior consideration of the program. I could only run 3 of the intervals as suggested in the program and had to walk the rest of the time.

On the other hand, I ran three of the intervals as prescribed. Maybe I won’t be able to do this thing in 6 weeks, but I think it’s completely possible to do. I’ll just keep repeating week one until I can actually run it as suggested and then move on.

Why am I putting myself through this, you may ask? Well, several reasons:

  1. I want to improve my personal health for kayaking in the spring.
  2. I want to survive the zombie apocalypse and the first rule is cardio.
  3. I want to not die when we go to Machu Picchu this year.

Mostly 1 and 3, unless there actually is a zombie apocalypse and then that becomes the priority. It’s too soon to make a judgement about whether I like running or not. I’m giving it the three months it takes to build a new habit before I decide, but I think we’re off to a pretty good start.

Video Wednesday: August 28 2013

I told myself I was going to wait for The Hobbit to finish before I started watching it. I apparently lied to myself, because I went to Part 1 of 3 during the first week it was out. Not opening night first showing, mind you, but still.

Now, of course, I can’t wait for the next film, and this bit of Lego inspiration is just egging on my anticipation.

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