No more blisters but…

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你們能否猜到我們「香港有寶證」今天在哪兒拍節目嗎?可惜這個有意義的展覽到今天為止。明天已經沒有了
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No more blisters but…

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I have been running pretty consistently now for almost four weeks. I'm running at least four times a week. The distance is not far. I've measured it in the car and my normal run is just under two miles. This is suitable for my purposes because I need to give my body time to adapt. It has been a long time since I last ran regularly and my muscles and ligaments will need time to develop again.

The blisters which my first run rewarded me with (four on my left foot and three on my right) stayed with me for almost two weeks. I had to puncture a couple of them because they would not flatten out on their own and even the simple act of wearing shoes would keep them alive. All of the blisters did eventually flatten and dry up. Even so, I left the skin there to dry and scrape off naturally during my daily runs. I conjectured that the dry skin might serve to protect the underlying new skin during my runs, and allow the new skin to develop appropriately before it was exposed to the harsh surfaces of the road and sidewalks.

It must have worked because I don't have any more blisters. Running is now very comfortable except for one thing. My calf muscles are still having problems adapting. Running barefoot is different to running with shoes. With shoes, people land heel first. Without shoes, you land with the ball of your foot. This means that the calf muscles and ankles become shock absorbers (as they were designed to be). My right calf muscle is especially troublesome but I think I might have a solution: stretching!

I've been lazy. Even though I'm running, I haven't been stretching enough before and after my runs. My calf muscles need a special stretching exercise, one which involves standing a couple of inches from a wall and flexing the knee while leaning forward until the knee touches the wall.

Better late than never. I've begun these stretching exercises and will be doing them at least twice a day until my calves feel better and I can run without pain.

Everything else seems to be fine. My heart is having no problems but I'm not pushing for speed yet anyway. Breathing is also easy except when I'm coming back up the slight inclines in the road. My legs and feet and great. So if I can overcome the difficulty with my calf muscles, I should be able to increase the length of my runs sometime within the next month.

I'm not sure where I'll be running though. Running up and down hills is not good for the body but there's almost no flat road around my home. That's something to think about.

The "you're not wearing shoes!" comments keep coming. People simply do not understand that my feet are actually more comfortable without shoes than with.

More next time.

Thy coffee runneth over

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While at the first reading for a new stage play I'm involved in (「香水」 "Perfume" by Springtime Productions to run from May 2 to 11, 2005), a funny incident happened.

I wanted a cup of coffee. While there was a drip coffee machine there, it was turned off and I don't like drip coffee anyway. I'd prefer either instant coffee or coffee made with cappuccino machines. There was a water dispenser but for really good coffee; even instant coffee; boiling water is the best way to go. So I filled a mug with hot water from the dispenser and then placed it in the microwave oven for just over a minute.

After taking the mug out of the microwave, the water was still boiling but not in a normal way. The bubbles were smaller and more vigorous. Without another thought, I dropped a teaspoonful of coffee into the cup.

The reaction was instant. The water and coffee immediately foamed up and overflowed the mug, running down the front of the cupboard. There was a familiar click to the right of me. It was the sound of a fuse going off but I couldn't see a fuse box nearby and I couldn't understand why my coffee overflow might concern a power fuse so I ignored it.

Within minutes though, one of the people in the office was asking why the photocopier had switched off and I realised that a fuse really had gone off. Then while cleaning up the coffee, I discovered why. The coffee had run down the front of the cupboard and poured into a power strip just inside the front door of the cupboard. Apart from the power strip, there were also a couple of network routers, a PABX box, three power adapters and some telephone wiring. Somehow, I don't think they should have placed electrical equipment inside the kitchen cupboard.

Anyway, I unplugged the power strips, turned the fuse back on and everything was fine again.

The way that coffee foamed over was pretty incredible though. I remember reading somewhere that the bubbling is caused by expansion of air within the small crevices and cracks in the surface of the mug. The temperature of these bubbles can get extremely high and lead to the kind of reactions that I saw last night.

So, if you need to heat up water for a cup of coffee, using a microwave is fine as long as you don't leave the water in there for too long.