Tuesday, August 4, 2009


As far as I am aware, I have never touched my toes in my life. So it was quite a shock to me when I managed it (albeit on the ground) on Sunday. Tonight we have documented evidence. Photobucket I'm still about 2 1/2" away standing up so I hope that my current regimen will make that happen too one of these days. Speaking of fitness, tomorrow morning I'm headed to the running clinic to have my gait analyzed. I don't know what to expect yet except they will video me running and watch in slo-mo for any inefficiencies. The clinic is run by Sharp Medical Group and I was referred there by my physical therapist. I hope they will find something I can correct which will help me to run farther. We'll see. From the slightly-more-definitive department... I ran 4 miles on Saturday. I can say with some certainty that I had less discomfort than 2 weeks before when I ran the same distance. So perhaps this strength/flexibility torture I've been enduring is doing some good. Aside from being able to tickle my own feet obviously. I found out recently that my company wants to produce some content for the Kindle. They're going to let me borrow one when I go to San Fran in a couple of weeks so I'm pretty excited about that. I love the idea of the Kindle but the DRM and high rate of change in the category keep me from buying one. Tonight we tried a new dish, Chicken and Cashews. Easy and tasty - we'll call it a winner. Photobucket My sister went to college in Springfield, Missouri. This town claims that they invented the "Chinese" dish Cashew Chicken. Driving down the main streets there, you'll find Cashew Chicken places every other block - many of them named simply "Cashew Chicken." Odd. After tonight I figure I can head over there and open a place if programming doesn't work out. Options are good. We'll finish with the superficial. I lost the photo I take in when I get my hair cut. So last time I did not get what I was looking for. How about this for next time? Let me know in the comments. Check back tomorrow for listgirl's account of my running clinic visit.


  1. hey todd, can you post what you have been doing to work on your flexibility? i have lost so much of it, and would love to see what types of torturous things you are doing to help stretch it out. hopefully simple??

  2. Congratulations on your flexibility breakthrough, Todd. It really is a big accomplishment when you can touch your toes, and interesting that it's easier for you when you don't have gravity working for you (that is, standing up). See you Saturday evening!

  3. Thumbs up on the hair photo.

    Missouri came up with 'Cashew Chicken'? Now that piece of information would probably win you a million bucks on some game show. Who knew??

    Congrats on reaching your toes. 'Aim high', that's my motto! ;)

  4. LOL!! I live an hour from Springfield and would LOVE to know where to go there to get good Chinese food. We have tried a bunch of places there and still haven't found a really, really good one yet! Some of them are just too scary looking to try unless you know they are good...those are probably the best ones though!

  5. What have I been doing...hmmm. It's about 45 minutes of stuff (twice a day) and it's intended to strengthen and stretch specific problem areas of mine.

    My hamstring stretch is kind of like this:


    Except I don't reach for the toes. Instead keep the back straight and shoulders pulled back.

    I do two calf stretches kind of like this one


    Except I put a rolled up towel under the rear foot's toes. I also do it with the rear knee bent as well as straight.

    For all of those, 3 repetitions of 30 seconds. Then there are several more which probably don't help me touch my toes.

  6. Congratulations. They'll have you doing "One-Legged King Pigeon Pose" in no time.

    I'm so making the cashew chicken, I bookmarked it. Although Cooking Light always tends to let me down - usually on the sodium front, although I understand they're playing to a specific audience. I'll use the full sodium versions and give my heart a run for the money.

  7. I love cashwes and I´ll try this recipe!! Sure it will be yummy!!

    I can touch my toes.. through most of my life... but sport is not my favorite.... sorry...

    Didn´t love Ashtons hair


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