25 August 2012

That was more limping than running

Yesterday, I did not stretch after running. Instead, sat and had Starbucks coffee. Paid for it moment I tried getting up. The right glute and hamstring had completely stiffened up.
Walking has become onerous, let alone running elegantly.
Put in 5 miles. Very uncomfortable run. The left leg had to overcompensate resulting in the left knee complaining ๐Ÿ™
I just want my red wine now and forget about the run ๐Ÿ™‚

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25 August 2012

What is a honeymoon?

Eight year old Nikita was describing how they played the game of Life the previous evening when I picked her up from her sleepover. And suddenly asked me – “What is honeymoon? Do you put honey on the moon?”. Desperately trying to stifle a laugh, I tried to explain “When you get married, after the wedding ceremony you will go with your husband for a vacation to a nice place like Hawaii and that is called honeymoon”. She thought for a second said “Ok. I will let him pay for it”.ย 
There was no attempt to stifle any laughter this time ๐Ÿ™‚ as I thought “Man, the apple never falls too far from the tree” ๐Ÿ™‚

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24 August 2012

That could have been terrible!

Had quite a scare this morning. Went for a 10K run in Alpharetta. I was running on asphalt keeping my eyes ahead to see if any oncoming car was on my lane. However, that meant I was not watching where I was stepping. Managed to stumble on something. I was coming downhill pretty fast. The next five seconds was a huge struggle for me to stop from falling down. Essentially I was bent over, head first, desperately speeding up my cadence to get my balance back. I wish somebody had videotaped that. I bet you I looked like an ostrich running for life ๐Ÿ™‚

On a side note, this practice of looking for problems on the longer horizon and not paying attention to the immediate has gotten me into trouble before. Once, in Dallas, I was late for a meeting and was speeding to get to it. All the while, I kept a sharp eye for cops on either side of the road in the horizon. In the process, I conveniently passed a cop car also speeding on the road. Well, one of us got pulled over by the other using the long arm of the law ๐Ÿ™‚

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23 August 2012

Star

Forgot to post a puzzle on my flight back from DC.
Here is one I remember from my childhood days.
Think about a simple picture of a star with 5 corners (not 6). I have attached a picture. So, there are 10 points – 5 outside and 5 inside (Iย marked them 1 thru 10 in the picture). The goal of the puzzle is to check off as many of those points as you can. The process of how to check off is the following: You start from any unchecked point and then going in a straight line, skip the next point (checked or unchecked) and the next point you land on gets checked off. So, if you start from 8, you can skip 6 and check off 5 or skip 10 and check off 1. Then you start from another unchecked point and keep doing this. You always have to start from an unchecked point. Question is – what is the maximum number of points you can check off and how.
(as always, if you know or think have found the answer, send me a personal message)

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22 August 2012

Running into old friends again…

Today was Georgia Tech area run again. First three miles were really boring – my Nano had run out of battery – so none of those learning new words in “Says You” podcast today. I was literally checking my watch every other minute counting how many more minutes to go. Then I heard somebody running very fast behind me and yelling my name – turned around and sure enough it was Andy and Rachel out for a run too. So we ran for couple of miles together. Talking with friends while running completely took out the boredom. In fact, I was surprised that I had reached five miles already. Although talking does slow me down since my lungs have to do double duty. In any case, that is my story regarding why I asked Andy and Rachel to slow down for me. And I am sticking with it ๐Ÿ™‚ (Both are very fast runners).

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