One of my classmates also teaches a fitness class at the campus fieldhouse. She says the woman who's in charge of hiring there knows her field really well ... and, thus, could refer me to a personal trainer on staff who takes women's strength t... Read more
5K this weekend?
There are two 5K races in town this weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Both are for good causes. Maybe I'll do one.
I suddenly find myself with all these questions: Where would I leave my purse if I don't carry it? How can I get... Read more
Stomping for Gorn!
Soon GORNCAPTAIN's Great Hunt will come to an end. In celebration of Gorn's hill-stomping example, I increased my leg press to 350 Earth pounds today! (As always, this is three sets of ten reps.) Unfortunately this is not an even number in th... Read more
A painful decision
After weeks without knee pain, it's back. And I strongly suspect that the cause is the squats I've added back to my routine.
I do not believe that squats are inherently harmful - I think that's one of those weird myths that floats around t... Read more
Hills of Terror: Now with blood!
Darwinista and I celebrated the approaching end of the Great Hunt by hiking up a nearby peak. I noticed blood on my hand and realized I had somehow cut my finger on something (a broken branch?) thus spreading bright red blood all over my hand, ... Read more
Let's defeat the SP filter
I talk a lot here about intuitive eating - the idea that if you give yourself permission to eat what you want, you will not gain 1,000,000 pounds like you think you will, if you are one of the many people who overeat BECAUSE they forbid themselv... Read more
Why it's worth sticking it out
I don't know why, but I had an awful cardio session today. It was so bad that I called it quits after eleven minutes (I was running a thirty-minute program) and considered heading home early. The Stairmaster I was on had a very slightly differ... Read more
My current cardio level has gotten comfortable for me. Normally, this is when I go up to the next level, then spend a few sessions finding that I can finish even though I wonder if I'll be able to.
But is that really the wisest course of a... Read more
So, for my birthday, Lulius got me an excellent T-shirt that says "evil" with a little heart dotting the i. Today he got an e-mail asking for a photo.
Now, I suppose I could take a photo. BUT. I could also combine this with a project Dar... Read more
Bike, meet obstacles
I'd hoped to rack up a decent number of Rivendell miles over spring break by biking. However, so far, my biking plans have been thwarted by:
2. Flat inner tube that wouldn't re-inflate
3. Damaged the replacement inner tube i... Read more
The joy of squats
Squats get a lot of undeserved bad press, but they're a great compound exercise. To my embarrassment I've been avoiding them since I went back to the gym - mostly because, while they're good for your back and knees, they're also taxing on them,... Read more
5K (on the treadmill)
My elliptical trainer miles the other day added up to a little over 5K, so I thought I'd see how things went doing something that more closely resembled a race.
The chronic knee pain that's been troubling me for who knows how long has been ... Read more
So I've already spent the first couple of days of spring break ... pretty much offline. Which is a nice change of pace. I'm still racking up Rivendell miles, at least!... Read more
Leaving the gym yesterday, I noticed some tenderness in my hip - not the outside, but the inside, where the joint is. By the end of the day I was hobbling around the apartment.
So today I'm staying home. The standard treatment for injurie... Read more
My nemesis, the Dupont Circle escalator
When I started doing cardio again, one of my first rewards - after only a couple of weeks! - was being able to walk up the eighty steps of the Dupont Circle escalator without stopping. Before that, I'd been defeated at the fifty or sixty step ... Read more