24.5.05

The logic of running

In an attempt to delay even the faintest possibility of Samwise-Gamgee-fication, I went running today: 5 km in half an hour or so --- yay me!

The success was immediately celebrated with a wild spread of hawker food at the renowned Block 85 Bedok North Road hawker centre. In order not to trigger any apoplectic reactions in my Singaporean readers who are currently overseas and out of reach of good Singaporean food, I will refrain from listing everything we ate. Here's one tantalizing mention: the famous bak chor mee (minced pork noodles), richly flavoured and seductively simmering in the fragrant broth. (Stellou, are we adding this to the eating list?)

Then there was ice cream at Gelare --- followed closely by the resolution to go running again on Thursday. It makes sense. Really.

Here's a gem from tonight's conversation, for Abigael's benefit since I understand she's feeling under the weather:
R the Creative Director: I've always wanted a house where the attic (dramatic pause) is in the floor.
M the Architect: An attic in the floor --- is a basement.
So much for that idea.

10 Comments:

At 5/25/2005 2:23 pm , Blogger  said...

"bak chor mee"!!! must get me some in my tum!!!

 
At 5/25/2005 11:50 pm , Blogger Little Miss Drinkalot said...

Nobody seems to understand my logic of running, and then going drinking/eating the next day, and then running the day after... I try to tell them so that it becomes a zero sum game, rather than a plus plus game... but they still wonder why I bother!!! Finally, someone who shares my logic!!!

On another note, I can't seem to get past 4.8 km in 30 min. The legs just won't move any faster. And the more I run, the worse it gets. Shin starts to hurt etc. How ah?

 
At 5/26/2005 10:33 am , Blogger Ondine said...

Ok, this is going to sound horribly technical, but it's got to do with muscle strength. If you only run and do nothing else, your muscles get used and toned but don't necessarily get any stronger, so when you push it even harder, it begins to complain. That's why athletes always supplement running with weights training. That's where the strength is built. Gym, pilates, all those strength building exercises will help you break the half hour, under 5 km barrier.

Hope this helps. :)

 
At 5/26/2005 1:28 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Noooo! Say it ain't so! I don't want to have anything to do with gyms...

 
At 5/26/2005 6:09 pm , Blogger Little Miss Drinkalot said...

Does this mean I'm going to get bulging calves?!?!?! NOOOOOooooo....

 
At 5/26/2005 11:22 pm , Blogger Tym said...

I've just consulted the husband, who says, tersely: "Yeah --- depends on your running posture or style."

Argh. I like my calves the way they are now.

Maybe bulging is only if you become like crazy marathon runner type ...

 
At 5/27/2005 1:50 pm , Blogger Ondine said...

You only get big calves if you are a jumper or a sprinter. And even then, not necessarily. I have barely visible calves. People who run long distances aren't bulky at all and you get bulky from doing A LOT of heavy weights. You don't have to go to the gym if you're happy with the pace you're running at and you're not planning on racing at some marathon or something soon.

Having said all that, I'm pleased to announce that I can still outsprint my school athletes more than a decade younger than I over the hundred metres. :)And I don't gym, at all.

 
At 5/28/2005 5:44 pm , Blogger Abigael said...

Hey ... I finally have time to catch up on all my friends' blogs ... Thanks for the picker upper!

 
At 5/30/2005 10:39 am , Blogger bee said...

haha, i can so imagine R saying that right now.

 
At 6/01/2005 11:28 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Whenever I'm around R and the guys, I constantly wish I had an iTalk for my iPod, so I could record our conversations. Priceless!

 

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