!!!! Warning !!!! Long blog ahead...

Thursday, August 31, 2006
Warning!!! Long Blog Ahead…

I’M FINE – AND HOW ARE YOU?
In case anyone’s concerned (thanks WC!), I’m feeling much better. Don’t know what the heck it was, but I don’t think it was the flu. I was sick all morning on Tuesday but was starting to feel better by the evening so I headed on over to my brother’s for dinner. My father and his wife, who were in town for shopping and a bit of a vacation, were staying there for the night and my father-in-law was over as well. Felt like Thanksgiving or Christmas with so many people. I ended up snapping at my step-mother when she asked me (yet again!) about my “boyfriend situation”. While shopping yesterday, we had a talk about it – basically I apologized (???) but I let her know that if I had anything major to report, she’d know about it. However, just like I’ve told my mother, I’m not going to send out a newsletter every time I have a date! Sheesh, parents. Oh well, the two days off from work were great, I slept most of Tuesday and spent all Wednesday at “The Mall” and then ordered Chinese for dinner. Ended up with two new shirts, two new camisoles and a birthday present for the nephew. He’s really into dinosaurs.

KAREN, ALBERTA RANGER
I attended my first walking clinic at the Running Room on Monday night. It was as though I was having a major flashback to the running clinic I took ten years ago. The only difference (other than the obvious) was that the store was bigger and the shirts had changed. After our “lecture” (more on that below…), we went for a 4K walk around the University and overlooking the river valley. Beautiful. We were supposed to go across the High Level Bridge and around the legislature but one (yes just one out of 40!) lady had a problem with heights so it was scrapped. Looks like we might never go over the bridge in the next 10 weeks… I understand about her fear though. I too have a big problem with heights and especially on the HL Bridge, I have a BIG problem with walking on the side that we would be crossing the river on (don’t ask, I can’t explain, but I’m fine on the west side of the bridge – just not the east). However, I don’t think that we should be confined to walking in residential areas or up and down big hills because one person voiced an objection. Oh well, we’ll see.

On to the class…I was very disappointed. The lecture (and our leader) seemed unorganized and unprepared. It was nothing like the lectures I remember from our running clinic (identical topics, schedule etc – just slight differences for runners vs. walkers). I realize that the leaders don’t get paid for this and they have jobs, families etc. but I shelled out my money, and sacrificed my time to be there. I was hoping for a bit more … I dunno …. professionalism? I’m not sure exactly how to describe it but I was put off. So much so that I’m debating whether to just suck up the cost and train on my own (I have all the materials now). Granted, there will be other people leading some of the lectures including staff from the store, who will talk about proper shoes (got ‘em), clothing for different weather (I can call the store and ask, or visit them), hill training (did it before, know what I’m doing plus it’s in the book), walking/running related injuries (already got one thanks), etc. I’ve also read John Stanton’s “Running Start to Finish” which was a great resource and can be applied to walking as well. Oh well, we’ll see. I’m very disappointed.

Despite that, I met a very interesting older woman “R”, who likes to smoke and drink but walked at quite a good pace with an assistant leader, “L”, and myself the whole way. She was a hoot. “L” and I talked most of the way about training, injuries, marathon walking etc. I think that she would make a very good leader. She said that she sometimes leads the walking ½ marathon clinics and I think that she’ll be doing the one in prep for the Vancouver marathon in the spring. I might just sign up or take it online.

CRIMINAL INSANITY
Martin, over at Salto Sobrius, wrote a very interesting post regarding a case being tried in Stockholm right now. Go over and have a read and leave him a comment. NOTE: the post does contain some graphic information and some readers might find it disturbing.

SCREAMING MADONNAS
Norwegian police finally recovered two paintings by Edvard Munch, including “The Scream”, which were stolen two years ago. Read the article from CNN HERE.

Alright that’s it for now, got to get caught up on all the work which has piled up on my desk this week. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha….sorry. If you knew me and my job, you’d find that funny too!
PS: Blogger's being a bitch again and not letting me post pictures...arrrrrghhh!

3 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Ummm...you mentioned a father-in-law in the first paragraph. ...????

That's disappointing about the Running Room. I've head they are so good usually. I'm sure you could train on your own no problem, but it's more fun to do it with people.

Glad you're feeling better, BTW!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sorry to hear you weren't well. I hope you stay healthy for your run.

Can I add you on my blogroll?

greatwhitebear said...

Was deathly ill sunday and monday... I feel your pain.

I too noticed the father in law comment. secrets from your dark past?

sounds like the walking gig is going well (damn, send me an angry email demanding payment, would you please)

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