Who knew buying clothes could be so hard

I went out a week or so ago to buy some new stuff because nothing fits me anymore. Taylor and I hit a few stores, but, strangely, nobody sells the pants size I need. I’ve gone from a 38 inch waist with 34″ inseam to 33. Strangely, when the waist goes down, the inseam goes up. I now need a 36 inseam and that’s not generally available, except as special order.

Here’s the sad thing about this. Setting aside the pain in the butt that I now have to special order my pants, this is a reflection of our American society that, as I approach what the medical community would consider healthy measurements, it becomes more and more difficult to buy clothing because manufacturers are throwing their resources at making clothing for the ‘average’ (i.e. overweight) customer.

I, for one, am happy to special order my clothing for a change!

More out of shape than I thought

Since December, I’ve gotten my 3 mile run time down from 35 minutes to 23 and change. This was all treadmill work, so I knew there’d be an adjustment period when I transitioned to outdoors running. I could not have been more right. Between my leg injury and my transition to running outside, I’ve lost about 3 minutes and I’ve been really sore for the past week, but it feels great to be outside making real progress, and aside from the sore muscles, my legs feel as good as ever. I also continue to lose weight. I’ve lost 21 pounds since December 21st and as painful as these new outdoor runs have been this past week, I have no doubt there’s more to come. 

Here’s something I was thinking about the other day. Given the performance gains I’ve enjoyed these past 3 months, I can’t help wondering where I could be if I had never stopped running in 1992. Really too late to worry too much about that, but I can’t help but be curious about it…

I’m excited about summer. I might actually be able to buy a swimsuit that looks good on me. Guess we’ll see. I’ve already had to buy all new clothes. As expensive as that can be (it’s ongoing due to cost constraints), it’s actually an exciting place to be.

Runs are feeling better

I've been running pretty consistently since December 21st. My 3 mile run times have been about 30 to 35 minutes. In a month's time, I had dropped 20 pounds, and as of mid-March, my 3 mile time has been under 24 minutes. That was all treadmill work during the winter months, so you'd have to take that number with a grain of salt, but I was feeling pretty good about it. On March 18th, I strained something in my calf. I couldn't run and hobbled back to my car from the trail I was running. I took a week or so off and returned to running about 3.28. I ran only a mile that day, but the following day I ran 3 miles, albeit at a 10:00 pace. on Wednesday (3.30), I tried to pick up the pace and blew out my calf again.

I thought I had torn a muscle, but the doc did an ultrasound on 4.7 and said everything looked good. She approved a gradual return to normal runs. I took it slow at first. Half a mile the first day and a mile the second day. With some serious conditioning and stretching, I've gotten back up to 3 miles. My times have slipped, but now that I have the distance back, I can work on my pace gradually until I recover completely.

Part of the backslide is due to the fact that I'm now running outside, whereas all of my winter runs/training have been indoors on a treadmill. I continue to be shocked at how much more difficult outdoor runs are. I ran in the park over the weekend and took about 26 minutes for 3 miles of relatively flat ground. Today, I ran 3 miles in about the same time (26:30 vs. 26:33), but the path I took (city streets) was far more challenging. My legs feel good. A little sore, but no more so than the rest of me. I think my leg is going to be ok this time. I'm still a little cautious with it, but I'm back on the path. However, my entire body is sore from this new challenge. As I continue to push this, I see another phase of weight loss due to the extra effort I'm putting forth.

I've been running nearly every day and, particularly as my performance improves, I've become addicted to it and I can't wait to run my first street race. I'm running in the Warrior Dash (www.warriordash.com) in June, but that's not a street race. It's more an obstacle course or confidence course than a road race. I'm excited to do it, but it won't really challenge my running performance.

So, with any luck, I'm officially on the mend and can start pouring myself into this activity to regain what I've lost over the past month or so. I'm extremely pleased about what this has done for me, both mentally and physically. That's a post for another day, but I look forward to transformations to come.

Photoshop Pics

A Woman, A Mattress & A Car

I just linked my Posterous to Google Buzz. Lets see how it works.

A Woman ran over a mattress on the highway,
And decided not to worry — and kept on driving. 
The ensuing jumble finally whipped around enough
To tear a hole in the fuel tank. 
              
The Subsequent Lack Of Fuel Is What Finally
Brought Her Vehicle To Its Knees. 
 
She Had Still Managed To Drive 30 More Miles
With A 60-Pound Tangle of Stuff Wrapped Around Her Drive shaft. 
 
She Had it Towed To Her Dealership And Complained
That The Vehicle Had A "Sort Of Shimmy" When She Was Driving At High Speeds. 
 
The Photos Of What They Found At Her Dealership……………….. 
             
The Last Photo Is By Far The Best.  
"Sort Of A Shimmy" — I'll Bet It Did!

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Buzz from Jesse Newhart

 Link to this post:
 http://www.google.com/buzz/102897222569577118558/bzV1rDn1frA/Will-Asteroid-Mining-Destroy-The-Chinese-Economy

Feb 19 Jesse Newhart: Will Asteroid Mining Destroy The Chinese Economy? [Exoplanetary Ethics]io9
Feb 19 Jack Barajas: a space odyssey 2000. long overdue, i guess
9:58 am Dennis Lemckert: Why so suddenly wanting to be ethical? Capitalism, throughout history, always was about more and cheaper. Look at England 18th century: that wasn't cheap labor, but slavery!
So what, a robot doing the work? Then we humans have more time on our hands to do nicer things. Just imagine the amount of brainpower released to the world, to develop new things, just by keeping one's hands clean. Knowing the resources will be cheap and abundant as well, makes it a perfect start for a brave new world.

The only ones who need to be afraid are the extremely-rich industrials of this age. They are with just a few hundred. Never mind them. They'll be a footnote in history now.
10:47 am Kevin Arth: I agree with @Dennis Lemckert that this kind of thought is long-overdue. We've done enough damage to our environment and our people. It's time to start cleaning up our mess and educating people so they can make more meaningful contributions to the things that robots aren't as good at. If a robot can mine an asteroid, why not teach the miners in China how to put those resources to more creative use.

Also, as the article suggests, what's the downside to strip-mining an asteroid? Grind that baby to dust. one less (potential) Earth impactor. 🙂

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Finally got off my butt and ran. it’s been 8 days

Friday evening, I decided to tape up my ankle and jump on the treadmill. It had been 8 days since I sprained it. This is what it looked like the night of the injury:

And now, eight days later:

I didn’t want to risk another injury by running outside again, and frankly, I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to do it.

It’s been over a week and, although I’ve been off the crutches for several days, I’m still taking Vicodin and Motrin for pain pretty regularly. Plus, my foot’s sportin’ every color of the rainbow.

I started off at a slow walk/limp pace for a couple of minutes and then tried to step it up to a slow jog. Well, let me tell you, that sucked. Treadmill said 3MPH and my ankle felt like someone had shoved a bunch of broken glass inside my ankle joint. I really thought that was it. I was going to have to quit.

I really wanted to spend at least 10 minutes on the treadmill before giving up, so I tried to push through the pain for at least a few minutes with the thought that I’d walk for 5 minutes if I had to, but I wanted to at least run some of it. Well, after a minute or two, the ankle settled down and didn’t hurt quite as much, so I kept going.

Every step was painful, but ultimately I was able to suck it up and get 3.5 miles in. The pace was pitifully slow (about 45 minutes), but it’s more than I expected, so I’m pleased with it.

I took today off to rest it, and I haven’t decided if I’ll go again tomorrow or wait until Monday. It’ll depend how it feels and how much pain I’m in the mood to tolerate. I really hate running treadmills, but I think I need the predictability to minimize the risk of re-injury until my ankle is a little stronger and a little less sore.

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Stargate Universe

I’m a week late, but I just caught the series premier of Stargate Universe.

I like the new show, but, of course, I have to offer a little perspective. I loved the original movie, Stargate. I’ve seen every episode ever created in the 10, or so, years that Stargate SG-1 ran and I’ve seen every episode ever created in the 5 years that Stargate Atlantis ran, so my liking this new series is kind of a no-brainer.

I am a little concerned though. Although Stargate SG-1 was wildly successful, as evidenced by its run time, they cancelled Stargate Atlantis after only 5 seasons, presumably due to ratings. The new series, Stargate Universe, is a new cast in a new story arc, but I’m not sure it’s different enough from Stargate Atlantis. If Atlantis died early due to ratings, I’m not sure this won’t suffer the same fate.

Stargate Universe lives in the same world as the other Stargate shows, and there’s some overlap of characters, with guest appearances by Col. Carter and Gen. O’Neil, and even Walter, but otherwise, it’s a whole new cast. The main premise is that they discover a gate address with a 9th symbol and when they dial it, they end up stranded on a broken “Ancient” ship hurling through intergalactic space at superluminal speed. They have no idea where they are or how to get home, and the ship is breaking all around them. So, presumably, this show is about their efforts to find a way home, with the exception of one character, whose motives have not been made clear. In a way, this sort of reminds me of Star Trek Voyager.

Again, I liked it, and I’ll watch it faithfully, as I did with the other series,’ but as I said above, I’m an easy win.  We’ll have to see.

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Lesson for the day: iPhone update and VMWare Fusion don’t play nice

This is not a particularly scary thing to see on your phone…unless you’ve been using it for months and already have 32GB of data on it.

I use VMWare Fusion to run Windows Vista on my Mac for work. I was in there when I was notified by Apple of an update to the iPhone software. I switched over to iTunes (in OS X) and initiated the update. i then switched back to Windows to proceed with my work while the update ran.

Unfortunately, one of the steps in the update was for the phone to restart. Well, naturally, when the phone attempted to restart, Windows recognized the new device and started to install device drivers for it. I cancelled the driver install and switched back to iTunes, but it was too late. The update failed because iTunes lost its connection with the phone (due to Windows trying to snatch it up).

It forced a phone restore, which I attempted. The first attempt failed. I had to disconnect the phone and reset it manually, then run the restore again. It succeeded on the second attempt, but it completely wiped everything from the device.

I’m currently in the process of reloading all my apps, music, pictures, etc. This will take a while, and I’ve lost trivial things like the locations of apps on screens and other settings, but it appears that no data was lost.

I just hope when it’s done that I haven’t lost all my email and calendar (CalDAV) settings. This will be a pain to reconfigure.

Ugh!

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