I recently stayed up all night finishing The Martian by Andy Weir, a book about how a man, Mark Watney, gets trapped on Mars and his quest to survive and return to Earth. It was an excellent book and a unique read; not many science fiction books flat out explain to science and reasoning behind their ideas or plot points. But every single turn, Weir gave the readers a detailed account of Watney’s survival and rescue. We are given a layman’s explanation, which only draws us more deeply into the story, as we can mentally work through the problems Watney faces with him.
Basically it’s a book about how to science your way off of Mars after you’ve been stranded there. And it’s awesome. I’ve talked about my love of Space on this blog before (remember this?). Space – it’s…
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Today I ran 1.36 miles. While that is not initially impressive, it is farther than I have run in several months. It is also the first time I have run since the spring of 2015. I have had a buffet of minor injuries, lingering colds, poor sleep, and allergies. Considering all the wildfires in Oregon this year, the allergies were intense.
So today, October 13th, was my first time running in a long time. And it took a long time to finish 1.36 miles. Over 15 minutes 😦
But the Seattle Marathon, which I ran on December 1st 2013, now seems centuries away. I have a half-hearted goal to run the Eugene Marathon on Sunday May 1st, 2016. I was supposed to run the Eugene Marathon in 2014, but got hurt. So I spent a lot of money for a Eugene Marathon souvenir shirt that year. Spending money on a marathon I do not run in is a lot of money for me. So… now I am more leery.
Today my body did okay. But I clearly was out of shape. At least I did the 1.36 miles without stopping to walk. But it was slow going. A turtle could have beaten me.
This was the internal conversation between my brain and my body today…
Brain: Not bad. Let’s pick-up the pace.
Body: Captain, this is top speed.
Brain: You’re kidding.
Body: Actually, we’ve maxed out all the engines. We’re about to overheat.
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By Caitlin Kelly
Sometimes, as a journalist, I get to write a story I know is going to help a lot of people.
This is one.
I discovered the story when I recently read a friend’s status update on Facebook; their beloved terrier had almost died of heatstroke. Not, as everyone knows now, locked inside a car.
Out walking, or hiking, or running.
The world is hotter than ever; temperatures today in California are up to 105 Fahrenheit.
And our dogs want to keep us happy — they won’t stop running, even panting so hard they might burst — until they’re in very rough condition. By then it can be too late, and they’re already in organ failure, sometimes soon to die.
Dogs are dying of heatstroke. The symptoms are easy to miss.
Please make time to read my story and tweet/reblog this one.
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