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  • Posted on July 12, 2009 at 9:08 am

Twenty-five minutes.

No walk breaks.




Having the stopwatch running actually helps on these last few weeks of interval-less runs, because as long as I resist the temptation to look at it until I pass the halfway mark or so distance-wise I can peek down and go “eh, only 8 minutes left” or “oh good God you dweeb there’s only three minutes left, why would you even bother walking now”and so on.

Soooooooo seeing as how I’m coming into the home stretch of C25K I guess it’s time to start thinking about what comes next. I know I’m going to switch to a 4-day-a-week schedule–right now I’m running Friday-Sunday-Tuesday, and after the unofficial Week 10 that’s going to change to Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday or Sunday. And I think I’m just going to move right on to Gateway to 8K on the weekdays and do whateverthefuck for an hour on the weekend.

At any rate, running a nonstop 5K in October sure does seem a hell of a lot less monumental a task than it did eight weeks ago. Or even two weeks ago. (obligatory pledge page plug tiems nao, ‘scuse me)

…how sad is it that I have picked out a medal at work to buy myself when I finish C25K, seriously

……it’s a pretty medal, though?

An assortment of bullet points

  • Posted on July 6, 2009 at 9:05 pm
  • Starting Week 7 tomorrow; what this mainly means is no more intervals, it’s all solid running from here on out. Week 7 is also three runs exactly the same as Week 6 Day 3, which is good, ’cause that one was–well, it wasn’t bad, and the walk breaks I took were like ten steps, but I still took more than I would have liked and probably more than I actually needed. Also I was a tool and took one at a point that turned out to be twenty seconds, tops, from the end of the 25-minute run. hurf
  • All this time, I’ve kept lugging the Week 1 podcast around on my Clip because I knew someday I would want to break it out to see how far I’ve come. I did that Friday morning, two or three intervals of it, at quite a bit faster pace than normal, and that was enough to crack my shit right up because now I cannot believe I ever thought running for sixty seconds was hard. I haven’t quite had a run feel the way it does when I dream about it yet, but I’ve come close enough a couple of times to want to keep going.
  • ugh I have turned into one of those d-bags who wakes up at the asscrack of dawn to run.
  • I’m glad I gave Gu a second chance after a first less-than-pleasant experience with the strawberry-banana flavor (which I had to choke down with a whole bottle of water); the coffee flavor tastes like those little coffee hard candies, and the chocolate flavor tastes like something you would drizzle on ice cream. I’ve taken to sucking one of these down to top off the ol’ gas tank before I ride to work.
  • That and sitting on the couch for a few minutes with bags of frozen peas on my shins. Laugh if you must, but it has made a world of difference.
  • Okami is officially one of the best games I have ever played. I can’t play it during the week, because if I sit down to play it I’ll be there for four, five hours. I beat Crimson Helm yesterday!
  • I need the Ghostbusters game so bad. And The Conduit.
  • I am hooked on this shit, specifically the chocolate-mint flavor. Chocolate-mint flavored water, yes, I made the O_o face at it too, but it really is quite good.
  • I got stranded at work until about 8 tonight due to inclement weather–not so much the rain as the thunder right overhead. And then the thunder stopped and I ran out of Hetalia fansubs to watch, so I came home.

hup hup hup

  • Posted on June 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

First, your disturbing search request of the day:

“what to do with fire when ur bored”

…well, I’d suggest you start by maybe finding a hobby that does not involve fire. Or if you must fart around with fire when you’re bored, at least find a fire-related hobby that is awesome.

So it’s getting to be that time of year where instead of the usual cheerful little sun or puffy little clouds, ForecastFox shows me a steaming red thermometer next to the little summary of the day’s weather.

This either means torrents of boiling mercury and hot shards of glass are going to rain down from the sky, or it’s just going to be really fucking hot. Not that you can really tell the difference on some days, but anyway.

So this means I have to do one of two things: either wait until almost dark when I’ve already been working and biking all day and am already tired to run, or drag my ass out of bed at the crack of dawn to run and get it the hell out of the way. I chose the latter. And really, it’s not that bad. At least, I ended up not having to repeat Week 4 like I thought I might–started Week 5 on schedule this morning and it was… okay. At 6:30 it was already getting hot and sticky, and even so it probably would have been a lot better if there’d been even the slightest little breeze up ins.

I’m not real sure about day 2–this is the first weird week where the days are not all the same and it goes from three 5-minute runs with three minutes between them on day 1 to a solid 20-minute run on day 3 and uggggh oh well, we’ll see what happens.

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brb picking out casket

  • Posted on June 16, 2009 at 8:14 pm

And now, here’s Ruby Rhod with the current weather conditions:

so I probably should have waited another hour or so before I went out to run today. Week 4 Day 1, for those of you playing at home.

someone please go fill my bathtub with nice cool water

and then hold my head under it until I stop kicking

thx bye

(okay no I think I’m going to live and although I did have to take a couple of teeny walk breaks on the last run I did actually finish and I know the Problems that didn’t stem directly from it being fucking hot were probably almost entirely in my head, but I think I’m going to end up repeating this week at least once. We’ll see what happens Friday.)

C25K Week 2: done

  • Posted on June 7, 2009 at 11:55 am

This is where I ran today…

…and this is why I ran today.

The alligator wasn’t actually present, at least that I could see. But there were some geese I didn’t like the looks of. And this guy:

Pardon my shitty cell phone picture, but that is a duck with an afro. I am not kidding. It’s kind of hard to see, but it was a perfectly round puff of feathers on the top of his head, I thought he had a cotton ball stuck on him at first glance.

Look at him. He thinks he’s hot shit, doesn’t he? All waddling around with his whiteduck afro. What an asshole.

Having biked eight miles and run the better part of two and a half, I’m going to have something cool to drink, put on my comfy clothes and slippers, do some bug catching in Animal Crossing (hey Shaz, one of your former neighbors just moved to my town–I don’t suppose you had Jay or Goose move in recently?), and then go cram some sushi into my maw.

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  • Posted on May 31, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Today I finished week 1 of Couch to 5K and did not die, so I went and had pancakes.

On Day 1, I did just short of two miles, dragged my ass home, hung out downstairs to pet stray kittens for a while, dragged my ass upstairs, chugged some water, and did not move for the rest of the night.

Today I did just over two miles with a blister (dammit, self, you know better than to do anything serious in shoes the day after you buy them–at least it’s a little blister in a spot that’s easily band-aided), came home, came straight upstairs, hopped in the shower, got on the bike, and went straight to IHOP.

So… yeah, I think I’m ready for Week 2. \o/

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