Monthly Archives: February 2007

okay – maybe not such a good idea


I felt great after my long run on Saturday.  Tired, but exhilerated!  Sunday I felt good, but was still tired.

Yesterday (Monday) I woke up and my left leg was pretty inflamed.  Enough to beg off of a run with my friend Landy, and enough to decide not to run for the rest of the week.  I’m very bummed.

Dr. Scott (my chiropractor) was much more upbeat than I.  He pointed out that I’d run nearly twice as long as he’d recommended, that I felt okay when running and that things got worse a few days later.  This is all consistent with tendonitis.  While it might seem odd to cheer about that, it’s a lot better than some of the other options.  Here’s hoping …


10 muddy miles

I did my longest run in three months this morning, at Cougar Mountain.  The weather was lousy – wet and muddy trails, cold too.  I got myself and my running partners so lost we ended up out there for nearly 2 hours.

It was great.

I’m having some foot and leg pain, and my muscles are definitely tired.  But it’s so good to get out into the cold, wet mud again.

maybe he really is a rocket scientist


Personally I’m concerned that he’d do anything requiring a college degree and safety glasses.  You can judge for yourself though.

This picture was lifted from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

an early spring?

This past Saturday was sunny and unseasonably warm (about 60).  Apparently this fooled some of the bulbs in our yard into coming up a bit early.  I used the opportunity to experiment some with my 105 mm macro lens. 

For many of this first set, I used the default macro program on the camera, meaning a very narrow depth of field.  Results are below :



So – I liked these, but was a bit frustrated at how often I’d fight the narrow depth of field and the wind.  That evening, I did some more experimenting with some roses in a vase in our kitchen.  For these I went up as high as f40 – settling on f11-16 as providing the effect I wanted :

I liked the two above (f16 and f22 respectively), as the blurred outer petals frame the detail in the inner petals.  The wider depth of field allows me to see into the flower enough to make it interesting.  But – then I tried taking another picture at narrow DOF again, this time farther back :

See – I like this one too.  Given the distance to the subject, and the viewing angle, there’s enough detail in range to make the interesting too.  So what I’m learning (again) is that it’s all about composition and technique.  Which is really too bad, as it’s much easier to throw more equipment at the problem :).

running radioactivity

I gained some half-lives today, but just for a little while.  Got a bone scan done, to confirm or deny that I’ve got a stress fracture in my left leg.  It’s been bugging me since October.

Ironically, since scheduling the scan, my leg has felt better.  I’ve run four straight days now, and will probably come in just under 30 miles for the week.  Today’s run was squeezed between getting the radioactive injection for the bone scan, and then getting the scan.  I did between 5 1/2 and 6 miles in the Mercer Slough.  It didn’t feel like I was going especially fast, nor did it feel like I was running especially strong.  However the Eastside Runners web site claims this route is 6 miles, which would mean I ran a sub-eight minute pace, which I don’t believe.

Anyway, it was a pretty nice day out there – about 50 degrees and overcast.  It’s been eerily warm since I got back from NYC.  I shouldn’t complain about that – it just feels more like spring than winter.

I also did a pretty cruddy gym workout this morning.  I’ve been back to lifting weights about 3 times a week since the new year, and am feeling like I’m making slow progress.  This morning however was not as good as some others.  I tweaked a muscle deep in my shoulder a few weeks ago, and have not regained strength there yet.  So I’m wanting to use the machines (to prevent myself from straining any of the supporting muscles), but there are two guys parked in conversation on the decline bench machine.  I watch as they make there way through one or two sloooow sets while I pound out three of them.  They have to be resting three to four minutes between sets – what’s the point?

So I walk up, look impatient, and then ask in my most impatient voice "how many more sets do you have".  In slow motion, they say "well … I …. have … two …. and …. he … has …. one …. more".  Crud.  So I go over and use the free weights for the decline bench.  Of course by then, they’ve moved on to the next machine I want to use.  You get the idea.  And if you’re more well-adjusted than me, you notice how passive-aggressive this all is.

Really, I’m just frustrated that my neck and shoulder hurt, and that I’m having a lousy workout.

On the other hand, are there really any lousy workouts as long as you’re trying your best?

like old times

Went out running with the crew at work today : Ben, Landy, Rob, and two new (to me) faces – Dave and Zhong.  It was a blast.  We did the same old loop – over the Ardmore and Tam o’ Shanter trails, and then back through some nearby neighborhoods.  I was gasping for air most of the way.  But it still felt great to be out there with friends again.

I’ve really missed the social aspect of running.  Swapping stories and giving each other grief over one thing or another.  45 mind numbing minutes on the elliptical trainer just doesn’t do the same thing for me.

Afterwards I had a bit of tenderness in my leg.  But you know – I’m just not sure what ot think about that.  I’m kind of a rolling bag of various aches and pains, due to running, lifting weights, face planting on the ski tracks, or sundry other athletic (or not) adventures.  When I was running today, my right knee and ankle were hurting part of the time, and I never blinked an eye.

So – I’m going to ignore aches that seem to come and go.  And hope that the bone scan I’m getting on my leg Friday will come up negative.  Then I can continue being a medical enigma, with some confidence that I won’t reset the clock on my leg by running hard.

communication, redux


This picture is a demonstration of active listening by a person prominent in our local obsessive and overthinking community :

The subject was ‘listening’ to the author drone on about the particulars of a camera lens purchase as she worked the Sunday NY Times crossword puzzle.