Month: May 2003 (page 1 of 7)

Running Report. I don’t know if it’s the hormones themselves or just my belief in them, but I have so much energy it’s unbelievable. Normally I have to drag myself to the gym. Today I actually thought: “I feel like running.” Granted, I’m still not brave enough to run outside, but I hit the treadmill at the gym with more enthusiasm than ever before. I didn’t feel sluggish or awkard; I felt bouncy and fast. I’d run a mile and a half before I even felt like taking a walk. I finished my three miles in 35:00, and the 5K in 36:00. Folks, this means my average mile time has dropped from 12:30 to less than 12 minutes in the past month. Viva la fartlek! Anyway, I was still bouncing at three miles so I decided to push on to four or even five. All was going well for half a mile… when I suddenly felt a tell-tale twinge in my right calf muscle. Damn, it’s that Achilles again. I figured I should stop before I made it any worse, so I came home. I had a massage scheduled anyway, so I had her do a little remedial there and even give me some reiki on it. (I’m not a believer, but it can’t hurt, right?) I just plan to ice it and take it easy for a few days. I guess I just bounced a little too much. 🙂

The race countdown has begun though… Two weeks til the Nike Women’s Classic! I officially registered yesterday and ordered my T-shirt. (Because really, I’m just all about the merchandise.) So, my Coaches, what do you think my training plans should be in these final days? I know I can handle the distance, so I probably shouldn’t push myself too hard, huh? I downloaded the race map – since it’s in a different location than last year – and I’m planning to head out there at least once so I know what to expect. Should I just concentrate on staying loose and hydrated? Should I forget about running entirely and cross-train for a while to take my mind off it? Whaddaya all think?

Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell didn’t invent the telephone? I didn’t know that. Huh.

The Snook and I tried out a newish restaurant in our area tonight: Sling ‘N’ Satay. It’s supposed to be Singaporean cuisine. We weren’t expecting much, but it was fantastic. We had satay for an appetizer and then I had laksa and the Snook had fish. Yeah, the noodles were slightly naughty, but it was too good to pass up. I love being able to leave our house and walk ten minutes down the street to places like this.

Breaking News: Two stabbed in attempted hijack over Melbourne. The hijacker attacked them with “two small wooden stakes”. Great. So much for knitting on the 20-hour trip to Chicago.

My drugs came today! I took my first dose this morning but I haven’t noticed any immediate effects so far. Well, actually I noticed lots, but I’m 95% sure it’s just my imagination. I definitely felt warmer at work though, so that’s good. Just let me know if you notice me getting mental or anything. 🙂

A funny experiment that asks the question: “Does anybody ever look at credit card signatures?” The guy’s normal signature reminds me of my friend Kel’s, and the time we found a magazine in our dorm study lounge covered in her name. Apparently she used it to write on for practice. We still tease her about that. (Hi Kel!) Link courtesy of Kristen.

As avid CouchCam viewers are no doubt aware, I’ve been quilting my ass off here lately trying to get Kenya and Sal’s wedding present done in time for their nuptials next week. I’m happy to announce that the actual quilting stage is finally finished! Now I just have to finish the edges and embroider a message for them. With luck, I might have one or two fingers unbloodied to upload a picture for you when I’m done…

I seem to be building a collection here…

Hygienic Phone Wipes

Two new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine are finally providing evidence that not only does the Atkins Diet work, it’s actually beneficial for your health. Take that, detractors! You can read about it here and here. (Also note that my own cholesterol, which was checked yesterday, is “normal” after nearly a year of this diet.)

Doctor’s Report: The results of last week’s blood tests are back, with most items decidedly normal. There were a couple hormonal anomalies, though, as expected. My DHEA levels are about half what they should be. Testosterone (yes, girls need it too!) is also a little low. My level of thyroid hormone (T3) is within the normal range, but it’s at the low end (and there’s some question whether what I am producing is doing what it’s supposed to). The upshot? I’m getting two supplements this week that should start making a world of difference. Get ready for the new vigorous Kris!