4th September 2013

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So I’ve been gone ….

What an incredibly busy last couple of months. I took a new job in California, leaving Oregon where I had lived for nearly a decade. Needless to say, I’m happy where I ended up.

With all the time spent traveling to interviews and packing and moving, I took a little time off of running. Worked out in terms of my nagging injuries — I actually took a DNS for the first time ever back on the Fourth of July. I was set to run the Ashland Fourth of July 10K. With bursitis and plantar fasciitis nagging my legs, I took two weeks off to recover. So with not having the chance to adequately train, I chose not to toe the line.

After coming back from that two-week break, I started back up. This time, I switched my running routine up completely. I was a night runner, and at this point I became a morning runner. I kept that up until the point we had packed up all our things — running gear included — and were waiting to leave for California.

Another two-week break (spent unpacking and getting acclimatized), and I’m now running again. It’s taking some getting used to — it’s much hotter, drier, and above all, hillier where I live now. That, and I took nearly six weeks off from running. The summer was my slow season last year, and this year, it was even slower!

This morning’s run looked like this:

Nothing too extreme. That’s 365 feet of climb, and 365 feet of descent. Considering I ran almost exclusively on relatively flat ground though, getting used to it isn’t easy! Sadly, my mile splits are all back in double-digit territory. Not at all happy about that. But as the saying goes — hill running is speed work in disguise. Hoping that once I hit flat ground again, my mile splits will get back down in to single-digit territory.

Then again, I’m also doing this next month: the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge 6K.

A 6K — can’t be that bad, right? Well, it’s a 6K that runs entirely uphill and gains almost 2,000ft of elevation. Sure! No problem! Maybe after THAT one I’ll retreat to flatter ground.

Tagged: RunningTram Road Challenge

19th July 2013

Post reblogged from Ari Kohen's Blog with 28 notes

Open Letter

kohenari:

Dear people who decided they were experts on Detroit yesterday,

Knock it off.

Mostly, it seems like you’re trying to be funny or to score political points; in both cases, you’re failing. And, even if you were succeeding, you’d be doing it at the expense of actual flesh-and-blood people whose particular challenges you either don’t understand or don’t care about.

So, again, knock it off.

Thanks,

A guy who was born in Detroit.

Considering Detroit represents such a revered part of American culture historically, I don’t know why so many seem to take such glee in seeing the city suffer.

I mean, I know why. But still.

Tagged: Current EventsEconomics

19th July 2013

Post reblogged from In the Name of the Moon with 16,974 notes

tom-sits-like-a-whore:

i know people are always saying that english is one of the hardest languages to learn but i call bullshit on that because as someone who is learning other languages i’ve found that english is pretty much the only one where you can get the spelling, grammar, word placement and even tense completely wrong and people will usually still understand what you’re trying to say

Judging by your writing, probably safe to assume English is your first language. No surprise you’d find your first language easiest to learn.

And if by chance it wasn’t, you’re still looking at it from a privileged “my perspective must be the only valid perspective” point of view. Plenty of people find English difficult to grasp — non-native and native speakers alike.

4th July 2013

Chat reblogged from XtremeCaffeine with 66,081 notes

  • Society: You're fat. Get off your fat ass and get some exercise.
  • Fat woman: Okay, I'd love to. Let's get some workout clothes!
  • Clothing industry: Oh, we don't have your size. Fat people don't exercise so there's no market for it. Have some men's sweatpants and a man's t-shirt.
  • Fat woman: What about my boobs?
  • Clothing industry: We don't have sports bras for you either. There's a few specialty shops, if you want to spend hundred of dollars on a bra you're going to sweat all over.
  • Fat woman: I guess I'll just double-bra. Now, I need a gym membership.
  • Gym: Oh. Okay. I guess.
  • Gym member: *dirty looks at fat woman* *makes a big deal out of sanitizing anything fat woman touches* *complains to gym about having to look at fat people* *generally treats fat woman like shit*
  • Fat woman: I'm not comfortable here at all. Maybe I'll just go for a walk.
  • Passer-by: Hey, fatty! Don't crack the pavement!
  • Another passer-by: *condescending* Oh, it's so great that you're trying to lose weight.
  • Fat woman: I'm not. I just want to get in better shape.
  • Another passer-by: But you have to lose weight! You're so unhealthy!
  • Yet another passer-by: Mooooo! Look at the cow!
  • Fat woman: Yeah. I don't think I want to be out here anymore. Maybe I'll just buy some home exercise equipment.
  • Sporting goods store: Sorry. The weight limit on our equipment is 30 kilos less than you weigh. You'll have to lose some weight if you want to exercise at home. Have you tried a gym? Or maybe just go for a walk?
  • Fat woman: Yeah. Thanks.
  • Fat woman: ...
  • Fat woman: I'm out of ideas.
  • Society: Haven't you lost any weight yet? Fat people are so lazy.

Source: alanaisreading

16th June 2013

Photoset reblogged from Zombie Boy shares his thoughts. with 824 notes

architectureland:

Golden Gate Bridge,San Francisco

 By travelpix / Kristaps Hercs / KP Tripathi / David Yu / Sabino Parente

Tagged: San Francisco

Source: architectureland

13th June 2013

Photo reblogged from PAX AMERICANA with 31,615 notes

Tagged: Current EventsRacism

Source: omuai

9th June 2013

Photo reblogged from NBC News on Tumblr with 26 notes

nbcnews:

Suspected Santa Monica gunman had 1,300 rounds: police
(Photo: Tami Abdollah / AP)
The man accused of gunning down four people and injuring five others on Friday during a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, Calif., had as much as 1,300 rounds of ammunition on him and planned the attack that only ended when he was shot and killed by responders, the city’s police chief said Saturday.
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How many more times does this need to happen before we acknowledge the obvious?

nbcnews:

Suspected Santa Monica gunman had 1,300 rounds: police

(Photo: Tami Abdollah / AP)

The man accused of gunning down four people and injuring five others on Friday during a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, Calif., had as much as 1,300 rounds of ammunition on him and planned the attack that only ended when he was shot and killed by responders, the city’s police chief said Saturday.

Continue reading

How many more times does this need to happen before we acknowledge the obvious?

Tagged: Current EventsGun Control

6th June 2013

Photo reblogged from Los Angeles Dodgers with 444 notes

ladodgers:

A Grand GIF!


That’ll do Puig, that’ll do.
Day of Puig’s Invasion.
ManBearPuig.

ladodgers:

A Grand GIF!

That’ll do Puig, that’ll do. Day of Puig’s Invasion. ManBearPuig.

Tagged: DodgersBaseballYasiel Puig

27th May 2013

Post reblogged from born to run with 25 notes

During your dead period before summer training starts

problemswithbeingarunner:

Tagged: Running

27th May 2013

Post reblogged from Advocating Progress with 30,339 notes

radicalrebellion:

dionthesocialist:

You love a teacher when they’re hiding your children from a crazed gunman in Newtown and getting shot while protecting them. You adore educators when they’re using their body to shield your kids from a falling wall in the middle of a tornado in Oklahoma.

But let that teacher have the nerve to ask for job security or reasonable pay or a manageable workload and all of a sudden we’re lazy union thugs.

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Tagged: Current EventsPolitics

Source: dion-thesocialist