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Sunday, August 24, 2008
First up, the running. Let's get it out of the way. I did NOT go to the group run/lecture yesterday. I did however go running around 8 yesterday morning AND I bumped up to the next level just like the group was supposed to do. It confirmed my suspicions that I would have fallen behind the rest of the group in the run and in the overall training. I managed to do all but one of the sets of walk 1 min/run 1 min but I certainly started to feel my calves tightening up. This is why I stopped so close to finishing the full run. Last week, it was the same feeling in my calves that resulted in 3 days of not being able to run so I figured I should just stop. Happy to report today that I am not sore and should be fine to run tomorrow (giving myself a rest day today). I think though that I might stay at this level for two weeks rather than one just to ensure I'm not overdoing it.

Onto reading. I started on Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island this weekend. There were a few reasons for this: I thought I had read his A Short History of Nearly Everything last year which I had found very interesting but it turns out that I read Ronald Wright's A Short History of Progress. Oh well. Secondly, I figured since I'm hoping to head over to the UK sometime next year, it would offer a unique look at various parts of England and the English from a North American point of view. Good call. Thirdly (what an odd word), a friend recommended it as laugh-out-loud, pee-your-pants funny. While I'd agree that Bryson is funny, I have yet to have a wee in my underwear. I also recently read The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs which I found to quite amusing (for the most part); I recommend it. As for Bryson? Still debating if I'll finish it or move on.

Television... The Olympics are finally wrapping up today which means I can finally watch Coronation Street again. How dare the Olympics pre-empt Corrie! And just when it started to get interesting again. Damn. Watched the latest episode of Would I Lie to You and am pleased to report that TPT didn't annoy me as much as last time. Who am I kidding? I barely notice anyone other than David and Lee... Spending a lot of time away from the television again lately. Nothing but Olympics on anyways and no hockey yet. Listening to various radio programmes and the above mentioned reading.

Not much else happening in the Captain's little world. For the first time in a long time, I'm taking this upcoming Friday off as well as the following Tuesday (Monday is a holiday here, Labour Day) so I will have a VERY long weekend. I deserve it, don't I? Not a bad way to spend the end of summer.

I'll try to talk about something a bit more interesting soon - Other than Obama picking Biden as his running mate, I don't know much about what's going on in the world lately.

5 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

That dictionary of Bryson's I read put me off him totally.

nwtrunner said...

Yeah, while I've really enjoyed watching the Olympics - can't wait to see a new episode of Coronation Street. Why?

The Olympics are fantastic, but watching the marathon races (female and male) just reminds me of my own severe limitations as a distance runner...

Meanwhile, with Corrie I remember how much fun going to the pub is! We don't have kebabs or places that serve a 'full English' breakfast, but I can dream!

Gardenia said...

Wow, you and Coyote are knocking out the books - I feel like I'm cheating. I guess I had better dig the ones I started out reading out of where ever I left them and pack them in my bag!

Hooray for out running the pain in the calves.....oh, I dream of running, but dream only!

Captain Karen said...

WC: Yeah, I've been avoiding him like the plague since I wrote this post this morning. I think deep down, I'm just really not enjoying him. He is mildly amusing but there's just something...

NWTRunner: welcome back! I realized this afternoon that I missed the last week of Corrie before the Olympics started. I like to save the episodes up and watch them all at once on Sunday mornings without realizing ... EEEEK! The Olympics cancelled them. Thank god CBC has started putting them online. I managed to get caught up this afternoon so now I'm current. Egads, what happened to Rosie? She's such a tart.

Gardenia: Never fear. Read at your own pace. You've had a lot on your plate lately between the trip, the wedding, hurricanes. Fit it in when you can!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I enjoy Bryson's writing style, and quite liked Notes From a Small Island. Not his best effort, but not bad.

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