1. The Knee
Which could be the title of a runner’s horror movie, but is simply to say that my knee is still acting a little bit weird from time to time. Usually all is well during the run, but right after a 10k there is a little hint of pain which will go away in about 15 min.
It doesn’t seem to get worse or anything, I just don’t know what it could be… I have two ideas on what to do next though.
The first is to let a running specialist put me through a program called Motionmetrix, which measures a million things about the way you run. Supposedly it can help you identify problematic areas and motions that could be the cause of existing or future injuries.
The second idea is to se a chiropractor, but that sounds so boring compared to the first idea…
A little bit off-topic maybe but Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation as a platinum member, which is simply mind blowing to me.
In the days of Gates I was a strong advocate of Linux and viewed MS as the worst enemy ever of free creativity. In the era of Ballmer however I discovered the amazing developer platform of Visual Studio and C# and that ended up paying my salary for almost 10 years as a developer.
But I never thought the day would come when MS fully embraces Linux and open source as a platform. Good for them! Salute! And yes it does awaken my old lust to code a bit… Perhaps I should build a little tool to keep track on my runs, that fixes all my gripes with Suunto’s Movescount website…
3. New Shoes
Thanks to my Birthday I ended up getting not one but two!! pairs of new shoes. I’ve now had a chance to run in both of them and I’m starting to see what the famed Asics cushioning is all about. Truly comfortable and cosy rides, especially on longer 10-20k runs.
I think for fast running the 10mm drop of the Cumulus series might be a bit too much, but the DynaFlyte (8mm) feels super quick and responsive.
I’ll write up some proper reviews ones I’ve put some more miles into them.
4. The Horses
L keeps making great progress on the horse riding lessons. She had a dip for a while after she saw a girl fall off, which got her scared of trotting, but after we met a new teacher who gave me some tips on how to better control the speed of the horse things have improved a lot.
I’m actually very impressed by her perseverance and tenacity. Even while it was scary she never skipped a lesson, and she always tried to trot at least for a few meters before the fear would grip her. It’s amazing to see. When I think back at myself in that age I’m not sure I would have had the courage to keep at it like she is.
Plus, I’m really starting to enjoy it as well. I’ve started looking forward to spending time with the horses, saddling and caring for them, and also of course training with L. If I had unlimited time and money I would have loved to take lessons as well. Maybe sometime in the future…
5. The Sickness
I’ve written before about S’s chronic disease and how it effects her life. It’s been with her since she was 13 and it’s never going away. But, the level of the symptoms can vary quite a lot from time to time, and lately she’s had a really stable and good period.
These days we are able to go to the gym together, sometimes several times a week, and it’s fantastic to see how much energy she has.
We both know the symptoms will come back at some point, there is no cure for her condition, but this will give her additional strength to ‘fight’ when the symptoms get worse.
I just wish we could also pack up and head out on a vacation. Now would have been the perfect timing and I think both she and L would have loved it…
Stats for the past 7 days: