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05 June 2007 @ 11:04 am
Between my knee troubles (runner's knee is the official word -- how classic is that?) and travel, it's been about a month since I've run at all. Despite several runners of my aquaintance assuring me that picking up running after a hiatus is entirely different from starting from scratch, I've been somewhat anxious about all the conditioning I've been losing. Not anxious enough to run when I couldn't do it in the right circumstances (no cement, must have ice available for my knees afterwards), because I figure it's always easier to regain condition than it is to replace a blown joint, but still.

So, today is my first day back in my running shoes, and it turns out, they're right! I've clearly lost ground, but that's to be expected, and my stopwatch died 8 minutes into my run, so all I can say for sure is that I ran 5 minutes and walked three. After that, I'm guestimating I did intervals of 7 running, 3 walking and 6 running, but who knows? The point, though, is that I can still run, I feel great, and my knees don't hurt at all. Yay!

I have exercises for my knees, which I'm doing slightly less frequently than would be ideal, but still within the range of what the PT said I should aim for, but even with only about 3 weeks of that, I can feel improvement, which probably also relates to not running for that time, too.

Anyway, I'm feeling good, and I'm glad that I didn't entirely forget how to run in my time off. It's silly, but I really was kind of worried about that.

Also, I got to try out my new summer running attire: a running skirt! It's awesome. I'm ordering more as soon as I click "post".
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ruthless compassion
05 June 2007 @ 10:51 pm
I'm having a weird time with life right now, but tonight was a good night. I showed up at ASL class only to discover that it doesn't restart until next week, so, instead, I had drinks with moominmolly, dilletante and laurenhat, which was just perfectly what I needed. We talked a lot about Burning Man, about which I'm getting increasingly excited. Woot!

Here's how the second half of my summer looks, though:

July 12-19: Wyoming
July 19-30: San Francisco area
July 30-August 3/4: possibly driving from SF to Columbus, OH (or maybe just flying home the 30th or maybe hanging out in SF until the 3rd or 4th)
HOME FOR A WEEK
August 10-12: Connecticut for wedding festivities
August 12-15: DC
HOME FOR 10 DAYS
August 25(ish)-September 3/4: Burning Man

Then I will either start grad school or get serious about figuring out What Next. Top contenders at the moment: 1) I flee the country for Buenos Aires, Barcelona or Antarctica for a year or two. 2) I flee to some gorgeous tropical island where I can tend bar on the beach. 3) ...?

laurenhat told me tonight that she thinks I'd be a great bartender, which is possibly the best compliment I've gotten in months!