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I forgot how nice it feels to run outside.

Like, running on a treadmill is fine and dandy and a great way to deal with the urge of “NEED TO RUN” when it’s in the negative Fahrenheits outside.

But holy hell, running outside is a completely different experience. It’s so…relaxing? Natural? Calming?

I love it.

Today’s run was probably the easiest run I’ve had in a long while. I set a new fastest 10k time which I’m not going to post on here ‘cause it’s embarrassing how slow it still is and is nothing to be proud of.

But hey, I’m all about the distance more than the speed, right? And now that I can run outside and have more free time due to working from home/the semester starting to wrap up, I can start increasing my distances.




Yo, check out this website.

Basically, you find a challenge with a distance you want to complete, set a goal date, log your miles, and if you succeed in your goal, you get a shiny medal!

I wanna do one. ‘Cause we all know I like shiny things.

I’m going to try for the longest distance one (of course I am): The Route 66 Virtual Challenge. I want a pretty medal!

Edit: hahahaha I completely forgot I signed up for this. I logged a grand total of 30.9 miles and it’s May now. Oops. I wonder if they’ll let me do a mega-update?

I Ran a 10k for the First Time Since 2017 and It was Glorious

I wasn’t planning on doing it.

I’d already walked 12 miles and was just planning to do two running miles on the treadmill at Anytime Fitness.

But I got to two miles and nothing was hurting, so I figured “hey, let’s try three.” No pain. So I figured “hey, let’s try four.”

Since I got hurt back in 2017, I have not run more than four miles in a stretch. But today, once I hit four, I was still feeling fine.

The next step? Seeing if I could do a 10K.

Which I could.


No pain, no issues…everything seemed fine.

So that’s freaking awesome. Now I’m going to have to try my hardest not to a) do a 10K every day or b) try to do even more tomorrow, ‘cause I have a bad history of doing that kind of crap (which is why I ended up with runner’s knee in 2017 after doing two half-marathons in two days after never having run more than a 10K at a time).



Today’s original plan was to stay home all day.


The weather was too nice to stay inside, but by the time I decided to drag my lazy butt out of the house, it was already like 11 AM. That’s too late to do a full walk and still get some time to myself at home in the afternoon, so instead I put on my gear, walked down to the river path, and did a 4-mile run.


No pain in my leg at all.

This makes me really want to start running more frequently. Of course, I pick the worse season to pick up running again, but I suppose I can go to Anytime Fitness and use the treadmills there until it warms up enough and I can consistently go running outside.



Today marks two years since I busted up my leg/quad/knee whatever walking to Pullman. At the one year mark last August, it was still giving me a decent amount of trouble. Twinging on and off and the like. I was still pretty scared to try running.

Now, though? I barely even think about it. I start my walk and head down the hill toward the river without that fear that I’ll somehow mess up my leg on the hill (going downhill had always been the most painful). I’ve spontaneously started to run (with my backpack on) on some of my walks, barely even worrying about the injury. I am seriously considering trying to get back into running enough to be able to do the Calgary Marathon next year. Like I’ve said, the cardiovascular endurance will probably not be the issue—the only issue might be the injury. But I’m feeling so confident in it now that I feel like I can finally stop using that as an excuse.

So that’s pretty awesome.

Hopefully I won’t hurt it again.

Hopefully I won’t hurt anything else.


I’ve been running (okay, jogging) miles 12 and 13 on my walks on and off for the past week or so, and it’s felt FANTASTIC. I don’t feel comfortable running more than that because I have my backpack with me and running with the backpack is super awkward, but I feel like if I were to try it without the backpack, it would feel even better.

I love running, but I’ve been so wary of doing it ever since I hurt my leg (which has been like two years ago now, haha). But these past few little mini-runs? No pain at all. I hardly even think about the injury.

That makes me want to run more.

That makes me feel like if I were to train (VERY SLOWLY) for it, I could do the Calgary Marathon next year. I used to be able to do 10k runs without any real issues (again, the only reason I haven’t run that far lately is ‘cause of TEH LEG), and I’m sure I could build my confidence back up to that and then do some actual training to get to the marathon level.

This is all assuming I don’t hurt my leg again. And that I don’t hurt anything else.

Hopefully I won’t!



So the weather in Moscow today sucked (rain). I went to the UI Rec Center to do my walking because even four hours on a treadmill beats walking in rain.

I did 13 miles walking, and as I was doing so, I realized two things:

1. I had the treadmill set on 0 incline. Ever since I got hurt back in August, I’ve had to have the treadmill set at least at 1.5 incline, because this injury, whatever it is, is strange as hell, and a slightly inclined treadmill always resulted in less pain than a “flat” one. Not today. The flat felt good.

2. In fact, there was no pain. At all. I still get twinges every once in a while, especially when walking, but not today. No pain.

So I decided to stop the treadmill at 13 miles, change my pedometer stride from “walk” to “run,” and gave running a shot.

And it worked! Nothing broke/snapped/died. I ran two miles before deciding to stop before anything did break/snap/die.

In fact, as I sit here writing this, I’m pretty sure every part of my body except my injured leg is sore (probably from trying to compensate for it while running, haha).

So there’s that.

I’m going to try to take it slow—which is really difficult for me—but I will work back up to 10k. I will do more half marathons.

I will do my marathon.

Dear Knee:

I have given you time—multiple months, in fact—to let you calm down and heal from whatever damage I did to you when I did those two half-marathons back to back.

If you do, in fact, have runner’s knee, then the rest from running should have helped.

So tell me, knee o’ mine, why you decided not to get any better and instead start causing pain about 5 km into a very nice, relaxing run this afternoon?

Why you gotta be like that, knee? Why you gotta be a pain when all I want is to give you fun exercise?

TO .


At least walking doesn’t hurt. I’d be screwed if walking hurt.


River Knee Knee River

So the Bow is really high.

That’s part of the River Walk that runs under Centre Street. They’ve got it closed off because of the amount of water that’s pooling in that low portion.

IN OTHER NEWS, I think I gave myself runner’s knee. I had no idea runner’s knee was a thing, but ever since I did the dumb of jumping from “run a 10k every other week or so” to “let’s run two half-marathons in a week because we can!” my left knee has been giving me some issues. Not enough issues to make me stop walking (it would basically take my entire leg falling off to make me stop walking, let’s be honest), but it starts to hurt after about 12 miles or so.

At least, I’m assuming it’s runner’s knee. Hopefully not something more serious.

‘Cause like hell I’m seeing a doctor.


So it turns out that running two half-marathons in a week without ever running more than 8 miles at a time will lead to disturbing pain in one’s knee.

Who knew?!?!?!

Anyway. Gonna take a break on the running for a bit, but not for too long. There’s a marathon in October that I might be able to work my way up to in time. We’ll see. There’s also a marathon/half-marathon up in Banff later this month, but I’ll still be teaching and will probably be WAY too busy to take the time to go to Banff and run (I’d only do the half-marathon, of course, haha).

ALSO, Mario Kart is awesome. I’d never played it before (believe it or not), but Nate got Mario Kart 8 for the Switch and we’ve been playing it for a bit now. I don’t know why I just decided to blog about that, especially since we didn’t play tonight, but there ya go.

I like to play King Boo. Look at how cool he looks!


Today: I Accidentally a Half-Marathon

Me: I ran a half-marathon this morning!

To be fair, though, doing the half marathon reduced the amount of time it usually takes me to get my 15 miles in, so there ya go.

But yeah, it was kind of accidental. I was originally planning on doing 10k down by the river, which I did. I went out 5k and came back 5k, but then, instead of going back up the hill to get back home, I decided to Forrest Gump it and run in the other direction to see how far I could go.

Which turned out to be 5k out and 5k back again.

Of course, that’s only 12.42 miles, which meant I had to run up that damn hill by the hospital to get to 13.1, which is half-marathon distance. Worth it, though. The furthest I’ve ever run is about 10 miles, but that was with at least three stops. I didn’t stop at all today.

Remember yesterday when I mentioned I’m really bad at training when it comes to running?


I want to run the Calgary marathon next year.

I had no idea that there even was a Calgary marathon (though it makes sense that there is, of course; most big cities have one), but when I went walking down by the river this afternoon they had one whole side of Memorial Drive (plus other roads) blocked off for the marathon.

The runners inspired me, so now I want to go for it next year.

Considering I can only currently run about 10k (6.2 miles) in a stretch, it’s going to take a bit of work to get up to marathon distance (26.219 miles). But considering I run a decent amount and walk as much as I do, I think getting to that point should be possible.




As I’ve mentioned before (I think?), I recently discovered that there’s an Anytime Fitness like 15 minutes away from campus. Today I got up the courage to go there and ask for the 7-day free trial, ‘cause I want to get back into running BUT the weather’s going to start going to hell soon, so I might as well have a gym as backup for everything, right?


It’s a super tiny little place, but I don’t think anyone knows it’s there (it’s kind of hidden way back in a bunch of buildings) and so there were like four other people there the whole time I was working out.

The equipment seems nice, they have 12 pound weights (10s are too light and 15s are too heavy right now, but it’s super hard to find 12s for some reason), and I spent about an hour on the treadmill running a 10k. I can definitely tell that all my walking has really increased my endurance and my ability to recover after working out. I had no trouble with the 10k itself, and it took less than 15 seconds for my breathing to go back to normal after I finished. My heart rate felt like it went back down to normal pretty quickly, too.

So yeah, even though I’m not doing super hard aerobic exercise by walking, the benefits are still there.


The Gat Greatsby

Here’s an interesting article talking about the difference in the workout/calorie burn for walking versus running. Basically, common sense is right: running burns more calories than walking if both are done over the same distance. The author looked at comparing the net calorie burn of running versus walking. Net calorie burn is the total calorie burn minus the resting metabolic calories that your body would have burned during the time of the workout even if you hadn’t been working out at all The relative net calorie burn of running a 9:30 mile is approximately the same as walking a 19:00 mile.

However, the author notes that walking should not be discounted as a good source of exercise—especially if the walking is done at a rapid pace. He states that at fast paces, walking is actually harder than running. This is because the body is really not designed to walk quickly. Moving quickly is what running is for! So trying to force your body to walk at a very fast pace actually increases heart rate, oxygen consumption, and calorie burn.

So yay for fast walking! I like walking better than running for exercise anyway, ‘cause I can easily walk at 4.3 mph or faster for upwards of four hours, but make me run at a reasonable speed for about an hour and I’m dead.


Today was perfect weather for being outside—not too hot, not too cold, and overcast—so I decided to go for a run down by the river for the first time.

It was pretty awesome.

The 5k mark from where our street meets the river path is pretty distinctive, so running to that point and back gives for a nice 10k. And it’s a lot nicer running along a path made for walkers/runners than having to run along a sidewalk and get interrupted by stop signs, stop lights, and cars every block or two, like I had to do in Vancouver.

Yay running!


So today I ran 10 miles.


I still hurt while I was walking to the rec center, but once I actually started running, I felt a lot better. So I just kept running.

Plus, there was baseball on one of the TVs and the Mariners were actually winning.
Plus, U of I rec center.


[Edit: OH MY GOD I am in a lot of pain, haha. I can’t bend my legs; my quads are super sore. WORTH IT, THOUGH]


Smart person: Hmm, I haven’t gone on a run since 2012, but let’s see what happens when I try to run on a treadmill.

Me: Hmm, I haven’t gone on a run since 2012, but let’s see what happens when I try to run on a treadmill.

Smart person: (after running a mile) Cool, this is fun and doesn’t hurt. I should take it easy, though, ‘cause I haven’t run in four years.

Me: (after running a mile) Cool, this is fun and doesn’t hurt. Let’s keep going!

Smart person: (later) I’m glad I stopped after 3 miles. It felt good and I’m not in pain!


Smart person: (the next morning) Still not in pain! Maybe I can run for a slightly longer distance today.


Yeah. I haven’t gone on a run since 2012 and yesterday I decided to do a dumb and run 8 miles without a break. The good news: I’m able to run 8 miles without a break and it felt fantastic. The bad news: my quadriceps feel like they’re going to shrivel up and die.

Do you think I need new shoes?


Yeah, me too.

Well, I got some!


If there are shoes on this planet more suited to my style of dress than these, please let me know.

Edit: 16 miles, no pain. These shoes fit perfectly.

Holy crapspackle!

Running + people throwing colorful powder at the runners = HAPPY CLAUDIA

Listen to this description:
“Each kilometer of the event is associated with a designated color. 1k is yellow, 2k is blue, 3k is green, 4k is pink, and the 5k finish is a “Color Extravaganza.” As the runners/walkers hit the Kilometer COLOR RUN Zones, they will be blitzed by our volunteers, sponsors, and staff with COLOR.”


This is The Color Run, a 5k colorfest that looks like it was designed for people like me. I NEED to do this race. Too bad the closest one (in Phoenix) was in January.

But look at these pics! Please click on them to take you to the original sources.

This reminds me of that Indian festival…I can’t remember the name…but it involves a lot of colored powder.

Explain, please

I’ve been running about 20-25 miles per week since the beginning of the year. Within the past week or so, however, I’ve started to get blisters. On the TOPS of my toes.

Any ideas why this is happening?

Edit: I’m not a beginner runner. I ran a LOT last year. I also walk quite a bit.

Edit 2: No, I didn’t just get new shoes, nor are my old ones too worn out to continue running in them.

I Ran in Van

I want to participate in the Vancouver Sun Run again this year. Here are the pros and cons of such a desire.

1. I can run a lot faster (for a lot longer) than I could last year. Even by the end of July last year I had trouble running for three miles straight at a speed of 6.0 mph; now I can run 10k (6.2 miles) at a speed of 7.0 mph.

2. I totally have the money to go back up there now. Yay for having a job!

3. The date of the race is April 16th, a Sunday, meaning that I could fly up on Saturday, stay the night, run the race early Sunday morning, and fly back in time for work on Monday.

4. I want to prove that I can do the race in under an hour. None of this “I need to pee” business slowing me up.

5. As crappy as my time was up there, I’d like to see Van again if for no other reason than to see if my memory of it is anywhere close to the way everything in the city is actually laid out.

6. Running RULES!

1. It’s Vancouver.

2. I’m pretty sure I’d have a panic attack if I were to go back there.

3. Running solitary is peaceful, but running a race alone is lonely. If that makes any sense (though I ran it solo last year, so I shouldn’t complain about that).

4. I’m actually quite sick of travelling.

5. It’s Vancouver.

So we’ll see. It’d be awesome if I could convince my dad to fly up there with me and race as well, but I don’t know if he’s in running condition anymore thanks to his gout.



“Run, Forrest, run!”

Total distance in January: 262.89 miles
Total distance necessary in January to keep pace with 2,500 miles for the year: 211.75 miles


Three Points of Fantastic Insignificance and One Point of Moderate Meh


1. I really like the word “toast.” I also really like toasters. Especially brave ones.

2. Yay, I can still run 10k in under an hour, even after not running since August!

3. I found the perfect job for me. Unfortunately, it’s at Twitter and I don’t know if I could go on living with myself if I worked for Twitter. Google, maybe (ASSIMILATION). Twitter? No.


Another goal I want to add to my New Year’s Resolution list is this: I want to try and make some progress on a new SEM fit index, one that works better overall than the current popular ones. While I don’t think we’ll ever arrive at an index that is as error free as we’re hoping to find, I think there is currently still a lot of room for improvement.

For example, the CFI works very well for detecting discrepancies between the model and the actual data when the discrepancies are at the latent level (e.g., the researcher’s model proposes two latent variables but the model underlying the actual data in reality has three) but does horribly at properly reflecting the degree of misspecification when there are error covariances omitted from a model (CFI shows excellent fit when the omitted error covariance is low or very high; it shows terrible fit when the omission is moderate in size).

I thought I had this super awesome idea the other day to apply a sort of bootstrapping mechanism to act as a fit index, but that’s already been thought up and either a) doesn’t work very well or b) is very hard to implement, as there are several papers on a bootstrap-like fit index but little documentation of the use of it (I didn’t come across it at all during my lit reviews). So maybe I’ll do some more research into that…perhaps my idea of how bootstrapping should be implemented in assessing fit is different (and probably way more incorrect…but whatever).

There are also transformations to look at, too, which would require examining how the minimum fit function changes as the size of the misspecification (as well as the TYPE of misspecification) changes.

You know what all this means? PARTY TIME WITH R!

I might as well be dating it, it’s not like I’ll ever have a boyfriend again.

But that’s okay. R!

In this blog: Claudia runs

This morning I woke up obscenely early in order to get downtown by 8 to engage in the Vancouver Sun Run, the largest 10K in the world (according to Wiki, at least).

There were also troops of dudes dressed as bananas. Free trade bananas. Welcome to the west coast.

Over 50,000 people ran, and luckily (amazingly?) it didn’t rain and was actually sunny.
I finished in 1 hour and 32 seconds, which is pretty good considering I had to utilize the Porta Potties within the first 30 seconds of the race, ‘cause our wave didn’t get started until 45 minutes after the actual start time and I had to pee once we actually got running. Haha.
Anyway. I finished 589th out of 2,325 for my gender and age group (19 – 24), which isn’t too horrible, considering I’m totally not a runner.

I looked up the stats and found out that four people over the age of 95 ran as well. That’s pretty freaking awesome.


Canadian Mall – Installment 9: Lansdowne Centre

Google Earth really doesn’t like it when I try to get walking directions to Richmond. No, all-mighty Google, I cannot walk across water, nor can I climb up and utilize the SkyTrain rail as a bridge.


This morning I went running, which is both surprising and hilarious, considering I don’t see myself as a runner AT ALL, but found it easier and more relaxing than walking. Weird.
After running I was all jazzed up and decided to go find a mall. 12 miles later (damn you, Google Earth!) I ended up in Richmond at the Lansdowne Centre.

– Sits in a cluster of malls (and a Real Canadian Superstore, which I WILL review at some point ‘cause it qualifies as a mall in and of itself), so if you get bored of it you can just walk to another one.
– There was a Best Buy! I’d never been to a Best Buy before. Had to resist buying a giant home stereo system.
– Very clean layout. I was impressed.
– Semi-clean Zeller’s. I was phenomenally impressed.
– Like the Richmond Centre, it’s right by the SkyTrain. Handy.

– Malls need to stay open later than 6 PM around here.
– Pretty “meh” selection of stores overall, apart from the Best Buy and this Bed, Bath, & Beyond-esque store thingy that I never got around to walking through (see above con for reason).

So yeah. Not so disappointing, a refreshing change from the last few malls. I’d recommend it.