16-week milestone

My left ACL is now 16 weeks and 1 day old. The coolest part about this is that I can start running again. The uncool parts include finding out how difficult running is going to be again and also waiting the 2 months until I’m cleared for sports. Especially now that NBA season has started and the Rockets are young and exciting. But I guess I cannot complain since I’m technically 67% of the way through, now.

I will admit that I have become quite lazy at rehab so I guess the 6-month mark may be pushed back a little bit. This coupled with the fact that my physical therapy appointments are now down to once every two weeks (more a function of not wanting to pay $140 a month for basically going and doing the same stuff over and over again) means that my recovery is a little slower than expected. But the dog adoption has ensured that I at least walk 20-25 minutes each day at a pretty brisk pace with effective resistance (Tucows still pulls on the leash quite a bit).

Next week is the San Antonio Half Marathon which I will obviously not be running. I’m contemplating going and supporting the one remaining friend who has not dropped out because of injury, but things like having to put the dog in boarding will probably make this an actual decision. Luckily, San Antonio is only about an hour and a half away and a really easy drive. And the weather should actually be good to walk around the river.

Anyways, that’s about it. Just a miniscule update on the ACL. I’ll be putting up a review of my Microsoft Surface (which I bought last Friday) over the weekend.

mmmbop

It has been a while since I posted my depressingly pessimistic piece, huh? Well, thankfully the air has cleared, the weather has become better and I almost feel the springiness of the supposed current season. A lot has happened in the last few weeks and a lot is gonna happen in the next few, so I decided to take a step back and deliver smorgasbord of updates.

Getting Swoll

Let’s start with the most recent updates. Just this Sunday I ran the Capitol 10K, which is Texas’ largest 10K (and possibly largest race?). The longest distance I’ve run competitively before is — 0 km. Yep, this was the first somewhat competitive race I’ve done. My previous runs in a non-competitive environment were a 7K in the first ever Mumbai Marathon and about 13 km to raise money for orangutans when I was back in Middle School. I’ve always wanted to get into running and when a buddy brought up 10K, I decided to make the leap. Armed with a fresh new pair of shoes, I couldn’t be stopped.

I didn’t train too hard but did run 4.5, 5 and 6.2 miles in the three Sundays leading up to the race, thus building my endurance up. Race day was surprisingly refreshing, despite the extremely hot weather. I managed to complete the 6.2 miles without stopping once and actually setting and resetting my 1-mile record with every split (except the last one). Maybe it was the adrenaline or the runner’s gel, but the run was relatively easy and I think I could have gone on for at least a couple more miles without too much struggle (I even sprinted the last half mile or so). The half-marathon is next in my sights.

The running of Cap 10K also coincided with the beginning of basketball season. While the hoops at NI leave a lot to be desired, the team I put together this season seems pretty legitimate. We’ve got two legitimate post threats, two defensive-minded forwards and me handling the ball. We dominated in the first game of the season to win 20-8. Our league is pretty tough, but I’m hoping we drop a maximum of 2 games and head to the winner’s bracket come tournament time.

Yeah, so I’m not really getting swoll… yet.

Laughing at all sorts of shit

I missed The Hunger Games screening because my friends decided to buy tickets when I was 10,000 miles away (thanks, guys!) but I did end up watching 21 Jump Street this week. The movie is freaaaaaking amazing. I got an abdominal workout watching it. My head was sweating from laughter. I didn’t even know it was possible for head sweating to occur from laughing. I feel enlightened. Now, I’m looking forward to the slapstick crass humor marathon that should be The Dictator. After all, Sacha Baron Cohen has a name to uphold (and I hope I spelled it correctly).

Also, this isn’t quite laughing, but I’m super-excited for Childish Gambino in about a week’s time! He was awesome when he did stand-up/performed last year at Emo’s. I’m pumped to watch him at a real venue (Stubb’s). I’m hoping to be celebrating a basketball domination next Thursday (we play a game at 5.15pm). Next week is going to be pretty much dedicated to listening to Camp over and over again.

That’s all for now. I know all 4 of my readers are itching for some videos, so I should have some up soon. Look forward to some Madeon. He’s fucking legit.