Archive for October 19th, 2005

Street running (October 19) and gumdo practice

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Nathan and I went for a run to Yonge and Bloor using our previous route for a mile run. We got there in 10 minutes. Subtracting the wait at the traffic lights, it took us 8 minutes 33 seconds. This is a good pace so far. A 10 km run would be done in less than an hour if this pace was maintained. After a break at Yonge andBloor, we decided to run back making the total distance ran 1.5 miles. We ran from Bloor Street and Park Road to home (half mile) in 4 minutes 47 seconds. A little slow, but we already ran 1 mile so I expected to slow down. Overall, we ran a total of 1.5 miles today which is good. I should be able to run 1.5 miles non-stop soon. Eventually I should be able to pick up the speed for that once I get used to running 1.5 miles fairly often.

I’m happy so far. A 10 km run is starting to look easier each passing day, even on days like today when I’m feeling too lethargic to run. 🙂 Honestly, if Nathan didn’t decide to run with me today I might have stayed home. I was feeling that lethargic! I normally push myself to exercise, unless I just have too much to do. Frankly though, nothing is more important than keeping fit and healthy.

After we got home, I practiced some candle snuffing for the gumdo test on Friday. I decided to test for orange belt, so thought I should practice at least once before the test. I practiced on two candles at first because I figured if I practice on two candles it will make trying to snuff one candle a little easier. It was. I’m starting to get that “feel” of the sword cut. You can tell the difference between a cut that is good and one that isn’t. I think I snuffed the candle out in 15 or less tries, which is what I wanted. Hopefully I can do that again on Friday. Wish me luck and relaxed arms.

Cassandrah
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Tarot reading for a friend

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

MM,

I just posted a tarot interpretation for a friend of mine on her blog, http://www.livejournal.com/users/urban_pagan/22953.html.

If anyone wants a tarot reading or just an interpretation, you can post a comment here or send me an email through Brigid’s Flame.

BB,
Cassandrah
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Gumdo test – orange belt

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

I decided to test for my next gumdo belt this Friday. I figured I know the stuff well enough so far and it’s time to learn some new stuff soon. Also, the next test will be in December and I’d rather not have to test then as there is so much going on in December. So, here’s wishing myself luck on Friday. Tonight, I have to practice some candle snuffing – not sure if I can do it in less than 15 tries – and I might as well go through my sword patterns too. There’s still Thursday and Friday to practice though. There’s class on Friday before the test. I find that helps get me focussed for the test.

Hm… with everything going on lately. No wonder I couldn’t sleep through the night. I can’t believe I’m up so early again. It’s weird. My body is physically tired, but my brain isn’t. Too much to do I guess. Maybe some light reading or some divination or some Reiki will help. Okay, Dreaming Goddess of Malta, need some help here…

Cassandrah
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Training update – do jang and gym days (October 17 and 18)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Monday, October 17

I went to the do jang and though I wasn’t planning on taking class, I ended up in it anyway (needed a spare person). Afterwards, I practiced some stuff on my own. Some kicks, some hand stuff and my patterns.

After, I went to the gym. I really notice when I haven’t been in the gym recently. I missed a week a few weeks ago and muscles tend to get quite lax in just a few days. So, I did a quick run through of the following exercises:

Leg press
Hamstring flexor
Hip adductors
Hip abductors
Pull-ups (again military and parallel)
Dips
Chest press
Bar pulls (works the muscles next to the scapulae on the back)
Pectoral press
Shoulder fly
Shoulder lift
Bicep curl
Tricep extensor
Leg lifts
Back extensor

I was feeling a little tired so I just went home to relax.

Tuesday, October 18

I went to the do jang for gumdo class. What do you know? I managed to get there on time. 😀 I ended up taking about half of the taekwondo class. I wasn’t sure about taking it today because I needed to do stuff after the class. I decided to run through the what we’re doing for the demo since I was the one who came up with it (it’s a women’s self-defence demo). I think it will be good, but need lots of practice. By December, we should be able to run-through the demo and get the techniques down near perfect. I didn’t have time for a run, so hoping I can get one in today.

Cassandrah
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