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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Gnarls Barkley - Going On

Bäst just nu:

I just love the pale and faded colors of the surroundings. They've got a certain 1960-ies school house thing going on. No doubt because that's likely what it is, and when it was built.
It looks relaxed and yet intense. Kick-ass song!

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5km in 30 minutes

I just got my first small victory on the way to my big goal.
Today I ran (and partially walked) 5km in 30 minutes. This might not seem like a feat to many, and perhaps it isn't, but it's a big step for me on my way to be able to run 5km without stopping.
I did this run in a series of 600m runs, followed by 100m walks. I did cheat two laps and did 300+100, but that isn't much out of the 12½ laps I ran (which makes each lap 400m, but you might have already known this).
It did take all my energy, and I wouldn't be able to do it again so soon after, but I'm hoping to repeat it tomorrow. It's possible that I passed this barrier on Monday already, but as I didn't keep count of the laps, it doesn't count.
New shoes and a proper surface to run on has done wonders for my legs. There is still a bit of pain now, but that's from exhaustion, not improper leg use.
This week and next I'm doing Monday + Wednesday + Thursday running, and the rest of the week off. This might seem like an odd schedule, but I'm usually in Brussels on the weekends, which puts a stop to an otherwise leisurely every-other-day routine.
After these two weeks I'll move to a Monday to Thursday schedule (4 times per week) until I can run 5km without stopping. After that, who knows. At least it feels good to know I'm making progress.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Ahh, Old Times

Even though I write code day in and day out at work, it's not the same as doing it on your own.
I sat down today with one of my pet projects and started writing and listening to music.
Writing and listening to music, two things that I haven't done in too long a time. I've been stuck playing wow every waking our of my life, and I hate myself for it. Coding and music are two of my biggest passions in life, so why the hell am I playing some crappy game.
I feel quite like Golum. I both love and hate the game, much like Golum loves and hates the ring.

I should just write more code and listen to more music. I never listen to music at work, I hate headphones.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Shin Splits

I recently started running. I've been running for about four weeks now. I even got new shoes.
There is, however, a very annoying problem. I've got anterior shin splints, and they don't seem to want to go away.
I've tried different running stiles, different strides, different landings, different knee motions, different breathing patterns, different running material, nothing helps.
Here some people will say "dude, you have to rest and they will go away..."
But dude, I did! I stayed off my legs for a week (ok, 5 days, I cheated a bit), but they still came back in full force. As soon as I took the first step at any speed over walking, they started creeping back until they were like little goblins banging on my tibea with sharp rocks. As soon as I stop, though, they go away. The pain is not pervasive in any way, but it really keeps me from running.
I also don't want to wait for too long (without running, to recuperate), for fear that I'll forget what motivated me to run in the first place, and the flame will die. I do want to run. I used to run when I was younger, and it's a great way to stay in shape. The problem is that it hurts like a motherfucker, and I have no idea how to stop it from doing so, short of not running.
Any suggestions are welcome.

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