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21 October 2010 @ 07:05 pm
Weird day at work. Won't say more than that right now, but... I don't even know what to do.

But! But! But! I ran again today, which makes - six? seven? - times now. Even though I went for a serious, hardcore drive-to-the-top-of-what-passes-for-a-mountain-here and then some hike yesterday and taught this morning (dove into class considerably more than usual, 'cause I'm feeling equal parts doughy and vain), I ran for an additional half mile. All told, I did four miles. Don't think for a moment I'm not counting the half mile warm-up walk. My feet were moving. My core was engaged. It counts.

My legs were wobbly and tired, but I had decided on this course and I was damned sure going to stick to it. Nature took pity on me, and shunted off the rain showers until well after I was done. Gorgeous weather. Cool, but not so much I couldn't run in capris and a tank top. Windy, but no so much I was weeping at the injustice of added resistance. Red and gold leaves spiraled down to the path; the scent of autumn was in the air. It was like running to Rivendell.

Dammit. Now I want lembas. I know... that's a Lothlórien thing. Whatever. I'm still going to bake some, one of these days, and serve it with piping hot klah.

Anyway, I ran 3.5 miles in 38 minutes. Not completely sucky, but not great. Truth be told, I'm not entirely sure why I'm hung up on speed. It's not as if I'm in a competition. I just expect better from myself, even when I know I'm not yet capable of it.

I'll keep it up as long as I can, by which I mean 'until it gets too freakin' cold.' Still no word on adult figure skating classes. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

It's discouraging that my body still looks nothing like THAT. *points to icon* What will it take? Two more runs? Three? Please don't tell me I need to give up butter. Or beer at MDRF this weekend. Or shrimp shooters, pork chop on a stick, crab cake sandwich...

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La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on October 21st, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
If you find Adult Figure Skating classes around here TELL ME. I tried a few years ago and failed, and I'd love to take classes again. I'm not nearly as doomed as I am on roller skates. (I wonder if I ever checked the Palisades mall. I know they have free skate)

Edit: Yes they do and the session starts next week.

Edited at 2010-10-21 11:44 pm (UTC)
Kelladyjoust on October 21st, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
LINK! Please! :D
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on October 22nd, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on October 24th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Pennsylvania Lice dot com.

Did they not notice when they picked a domain name? LOL!
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on October 24th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Cattomincloset on October 21st, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
I have ice skates too...can I come to the free skate??

Kel, I will take some Tolkein-inspired food if you really feel you owe me compensation for dental woes (which you totally don't, but who am I to say no to Kel-made elvish yummies?)!
Kelladyjoust on October 21st, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
YES! I only have crappy, ill fitting skates, but I so want to learn basic figure skating moves.

And if Tolkein food happens, you are totally invited. In the meanwhile, I would love to steal you for a Middleman/eat yummy stuff day in the near future.
Cattomincloset on October 22nd, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Done and done...I'm back at the dentist Monday 9:45, hopefully done by 12. Maybe lunch?
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on October 22nd, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
I actually took figure skating in college and it is a great and fun way to get the legs and butt in shape! I would skate 3 days a week and learned small jumps and simple spins, it was pretty awesome. But alas...I haven't skated for years now, and that was ...ummm...almost 20 yrs ago!!! so I've probably lost a lot of it.

I love that you are having Lembas with Klah! That is fabulous! nothing like a little Pern with your Middle Earth! :)

You are starting to make me want to run too...I am ridiculously out of shape and I have a Monty-dog that has tons of energy that needs burning off. I am seriously thinking about it, now let see if I can get off my seat and actually do it. You are inspirational!
Annephloxyloxy on October 24th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
Figure skating classes sound like a lot of fun!

Also, I'm impressed by your running. I don't think I could run (or jog) a solid mile, let alone 3.5!

...nor have I been biking much the past couple of weeks, aside from today, which was something like 4 miles.