Sparing Gear

Tuesday was my first taekwondo practice as an Orange Belt (Belt #3), well technically I haven’t gone through Awards ceremony yet. I guess that would make me an Orange Belt Elect or something similar. I noticed that during warm-ups I was able to stay upright without much effort during the leg stretches.

My 30+ years of soccer and 12+ years of running have made my legs really strong and at the same time, very inflexible. So with taekwondo and all of it’s knee bending, running around and kicking in the air, I find that I could devastate someone’s shin. Anything higher than that is unpredictable. So when it comes the floor leg stretch where you spread your legs as wide as you can, I am almost to a 90 degree angle. The real progress that I have made is that when I have my legs stretched out, I am not having to fight my sciatic muscles wanting to pull my back smack on the floor. I can lean forward slightly now.

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Today (6/6/12)… [Tangent] If I just add a few math symbols to today’s date, we can get “6 + 6 = 12” [/Tangent] is National Running Day and I ran 4 miles. Of course, I would have run 4 miles today even if it hadn’t been National Running Day.

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I’m in the process of compiling talking points for the next episode of Gravity[at]1053′. I haven’t decided if I am going to do a run-record format or something else. From my history of podcasting, I have to make the editing process as easy as possible. So we will see, maybe the podcast can be more frequent then an annual event.

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon