Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Return of the living dead, and an awkward self-portrait

Much to my horror, I've started experiencing some knee wonkyness again.  ("Wonky" is a highly scientific term, by the way.)  Things have been going swimmingly with my knees for the last several months, so the relapse of knee pain is frustrating and scary.

I skipped my long run two weekends ago due to non-knee injury, then this past week I added a fourth running day to my regimen for the first time.  These two factors probably didn't help, but I'm not sure if they are the root cause.  Either way, the plan is to go easy on running this week and to be really vigilant about doing physical therapy.

I got things off to a great start yesterday.  I did exactly zero physical therapy, opting instead to watch a DVR of the Hawks game last night.  Yours truly has been a very depressed Blackhawks fan for the last two weeks and last night did not help.  Before going to bed, I drowned my sorrows in a few glasses of orange juice.

On a much more positive note, I recently read a success story about the benefits of krill oil for achy knees from Amanda at Run to the Finish.  After reading dozens of glowing reviews, I decided to give it a try.  I ordered a bottle from Amazon, which just arrived on Monday.  We'll see how it goes.

Lastly, as promised, here is a picture of me trying to look as intimidating as possible with my balaclava and bug-eye sunglasses:

Notice the neon-green shirt I'm wearing?  It was a strategically chosen color to reduce the intimidation factor of this picture to manageable levels.  They say that neon-green is very soothing.

Note also that the picture was strategically positioned to crop out the remainder of the neon-green shirt.  EXPLANATION: The picture on the neon-green shirt, if visible, would have counteracted its soothing color, thereby defeating the whole purpose of reducing the self-portrait's intimidation factor.

Since I know you're all curious now, and even if you're not, I'll go ahead and show you the rest of the shirt. 



  1. This might be a dumb question, but what do you do with your hair when you wear the balaclava? I ask because I've been tempted to wear one before, but I can't figure out what to do with my ponytail.*

    1. Not a dumb question at all, I had to experiment a little bit myself. My hair isn't super long, so what works best for me is to tie my hair in a ponytail at the base of my neck and then just let the ends hang out underneath the balaclava in the back.

      With really long hair, it might work where the final time you wrap the elastic around your hair you don't pull your hair all the way through. That would probably keep things a little neater.

      If you decide to get a balaclava, let me know what you think of it!