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Ten Day Challenge
Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Eight things that annoy you
1. A person's bag, backpack, coat do not get their own seat on the train or bus!  And don't sigh when I politely ask you to move them.
2. People walking while being so fixated on whatever electronic widget they're carrying they never look up - we are both on a public sidewalk and equally responsible for not having a collision.
3. Hang ups on the phone (I get a lot of these at work, I'm about three words into my spiel and they're gone.)
4. That getting older makes my recovery times slower - I get that I'll be sore after swimming laps, but it shouldn't be three days of soreness.
5. Books, or any story telling medium really, ending in an unexpected cliffhanger.
6. That the bathrooms actually need to be cleaned every week.
7. My ipod running out of battery halfway through a long run.
8. That thinking of annoying things makes me annoyed automatically - heh.

I did go for a run on Monday but tried something new, a 10-15 minute course of pre-stretching including rolling out my IT bands OUCH OUCH OUCH!  But the left knee was then fine through the run.  I did it again last night, same result.  General wisdom these days is not to static stretch before a run, but I guess I am ungeneric.  I'll be curious to see it this holds up doing longer miles.  I'm also deciding if I want to pre-stretch before swimming (maybe?) and yoga (that seems silly).  Probably I should roll out my IT bands daily but OMFG it hurts so much - which yes, is exactly why I should do it.

I swatched my next knitting project, and as always with the recommended needle size my swatch is too small.  I don't feel like I knit that tightly, but every pattern in the world can't be wrong.  I'm going to re-do the swatch on needles two sizes up (from 1 to 3), because conveniently I already own those needles, if it falls to the inbetween size I'll have to go and purchase new ones.

Yay for new Parks & Recreation last night, boo for that not being many more episodes.

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The mid-run iPod death is SO familiar to me. Since I turn the iPod on after the first two miles (because I run to NightVale podfics, and it's a pain to change episodes), sometimes the thing will die after just a couple of minutes. NOooooooooooo!

I've heard mixed things about stretch before exercising. Mainly, that it can be more trouble than it's worth? The plantar fasciitis (never quite gone) means that I need to walk for 1/3 to 1/2 mile before I start running, and that seems to work pretty well. Warms up all the joints, lets them know what's coming. I do stretch _afterward_, but not before.

I've heard the same things, that pre-run static stretching isn't necessarily useful, and that adding some warm up movement is the best idea. But since nothing really stretches the IT band like just stretching it I've been sticking to at least that pre-run and it seems to be helping. At the very least, now that I'm rolling out the IT band regularly it's not as super-painful as it was the first time, so that's something.

I listen to music and my iPod will regularly die in the middle of a song - leaving me humming whatever it is for the rest of the miles.

I looked up where the IT band is, and I've had similar pain along the side of my left knee. Sharp and relentless.

For me, that happens because the left leg is longer than the right, and I also do one of the pronate/suppinate things. Having the right running shoes (I use the Asics Gels, but have to make sure to get the kind that controls the above problem) completely takes care of it.

Maybe a thought?

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