April 19th, 2011

running, shoes

Showing up, more than half the battle

So, a notice went out in the newsletter for our workplace gym that they'd be doing group runs at lunchtime on Tuesday and Thursday. All paces welcome. I thought, hey, I could use some training buddies. I was entirely prepared to be the slowest runner there. I wasn't quite prepared to be the only runner there, apart from the trainer. Who runs a couple of marathons and ten half-marathons a year.

So, I basically got a free one-on-one coaching session from a much more experienced runner. We did a 2.5 mile run. I had to take a couple of walk breaks, because Palo Alto has hills and I'm not used to running at high noon. And I learned a couple new stretches and got some tips on using the foam roller. (OMG, foam roller! DIY deep-tissue massage! Where have you been all my life?)

And now I've got to show up again on Thursday for the next run. Because I'd feel bad if Jin had no one to run with.
important, lives

RIP, Lis Sladen

Lis Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, has died of cancer.

It's a truism in Doctor Who fandom that you never forget your first Doctor. He might not always remain your favorite, but he's the one who sets the template for what the role should be. I think it's also true that you never forget your first companion - they're the audience identification figure, after all. Sarah Jane Smith was my first companion, and although she wasn't perfect, I always loved that she was brave, smart, and unashamedly a feminist. Honestly, it was her appearance in the New Who episode "School Reunion" that really convinced me that David Tennant *was* the Doctor. I'd been skeptical up until then, but if Ten was good enough for Sarah Jane, he was good enough for me.