This week’s run was Monday, and it marked the first time I ran more than ten kilometers since the marathon, back in October, so it’s been just over four months. But with less than three left until this year’s half marathon, I have to slowly start preparing, so I went for 16 kilometers and did well enough, the time of 1:18:08 being the third fastest so far over this distance. Sector times were 4:18, 5:12, 5:56, 4:30, 5:01, 5:51, 4:36, 5:10, 6:01, 4:39, 5:09, 6:02, 4:36, 5:13 and 5:54, making for lap times of 15:26, 15:22, 15:47, 15:50 and 15:43. Two fast laps and then three slower ones, but all five under 16 minutes, though I did need to push during the last two, since my body wasn’t used to this distance anymore, which is also why I didn’t aim for such a time. Actually just meant to stay under 1:20, or perhaps 1:19:30, but after the first sector I started thinking of trying to cover the first three laps in a time which would be normal for ten kilometers, which I just barely managed, since I’d have needed a 1:54 final sector to stay under 48:30, and then at first meant to allow myself to go up to 16:30 on the last two laps, yet then started pushing again and decided to aim to stay under 16 per lap and under 1:18:30 overall, which I managed by quite some margin.
It was sunny, but a bit windy and with a reported temperature of 12-13°C, so it was rather hard to decide whether to take my jacket too or not, but eventually decided to go in just my t-shirt. There were actually a few areas where the wind was a bit of an issue, but there were also a fair number of people to go around, so I should have quite clearly been able to get under 1:18 on a clear track. There were two moments that were more notable from this point of view on sector two of lap three, made even more obvious by the fact that they were seconds apart. At first I saw a guy coming from the opposite direction who was walking with somebody else but seemed to pay attention to me as I approached, yet even though I held the inside line, so it wasn’t an issue of doing the awkward dance, and it didn’t seem like he wanted to block me on purpose, he suddenly stepped that way as well just as I was about to pass him, blocking my way for a moment before moving the other way to let me through. And then, just a little bit later, a worker was pulling something from the back of a maintenance truck and everyone suddenly cleared that area and formed a bit of a wall in front of me, since I was just about to pass that truck.
My knees started hurting a bit once again, that left side of the left one and the front part of the right, from the third sector of lap four, but it was more like a faint warning, more like something I had to pay attention to in order to notice, not in order to manage. On the other hand, had felt just before starting to run that a toenail was jabbing the toe next to it, but there was nothing to do about it at that point, so I just ran like that and then saw the blood on my sock when I took my shoes off after getting back. I’m sure there’s some in the shoe too, but all the way at the tip, so can’t see it if I try to look inside and it didn’t seep through.
After the run, I pretty much just changed and went to Carrefour and Kaufland for a few things, not even taking the recyclables to drop off on the way. At first meant to be really fast and maybe even be back by 7 PM, but had set the TV tuner’s software to record for one hour, giving myself time until 8 PM… And finding that it wasn’t enough even so. Would have been, barely, if I wouldn’t have forgotten something I meant to get for dad from Kaufland, but since I did, I dashed back inside and lost a few more minutes, which meant that even though I pushed as hard as I could on the way back, despite carrying over 12 kg, I still was a few minutes late. But it worked out in the end, and I caught up yesterday.
What was more annoying was Micky getting in my room again later, after I showered. Sat on the bed to cut my toenails, positioning myself so that the clippings fell on my running pants, so I then went out with the clippings in one hand and the pants in the other, to shake off any tiny pieces that may be left on them, and then didn’t put the pants back and close the door first, so the door was left ajar for the very few seconds it took me to go to the kitchen and throw away those clippings. Well, even though I didn’t see her around when I got out of my room, those seconds were enough for Micky to come from wherever she was and dash in, since when I got back she was, of course, right behind the computer again, picking her way through the cables, and squeezing herself right back there if I moved towards her at all. She had a look the other way as well, behind the UPS, but decided against it, staying behind the computer and making me spend a few minutes at first slowly approaching, then getting under the desk and trying to carefully drive her out on the other side and block her way back, until she decided to lie down next to the desk and I could just manage to reach around and grab her. Was quite angry at her after that, and didn’t let her stay with me in the kitchen either when I ate that night because of it.
Otherwise, should have finished Eschalon by now, but I’m yet to do so. The first reason is that Wednesday evening dad suddenly sent me a script to translate, 130 pages, saying he needed it done by Friday evening, since he’ll have to study it Saturday… There was no way I was going to manage that, as I had just done 14 pages in some three hours by the time I went to bed then, but I did get a bit faster Thursday, getting to 50 pages before going to bed, and then the thought of checking the Library for the DVD with the movie in question struck me as I was sitting on the toilet after waking up the next day. Since I found it and have a Library pass, I asked if he wanted it that way, since the subtitles would definitely offer the official translation of anything spoken, which may not necessarily be the case for something found on-line, and when he said yes I went to grab it, which allowed me to just translate descriptions from then on. When he watched the movie, he noticed that it doesn’t completely follow the script, so putting the two together didn’t quite give him the entire translation, but it was good enough for what he needed and doing it that way allowed me to get close to page 100 before going to bed that day and finish Saturday evening, so he could go through the whole thing then.
Since I mentioned getting that DVD, I actually didn’t have to say a word to do so. Just went to the closest location listed as having it, which is also the one that specializes in such content, did mumble a greeting to the two people working there when I went in, but was otherwise allowed to search on the shelves without either of them asking whether I needed help. Yet at least one kept her eyes on me, and came to stand behind me, still silent, when I picked that one up and looked inside the case, so I just handed it to her, she went to the computer, scanned it and my pass, told me when it was due and I walked out.
After that, considered going to the Carrefour from that area, to look for a kind of cat food which is on sale there now and which I hadn’t found at the location I usually go to before, but dad had asked when I woke up that day whether I’ll go somewhere to get some other kind, which we were out of, and I said I wasn’t going to Auchan, where that kind’s cheaper, so I didn’t want to have to explain why I took the time to look for the kind we didn’t actually need just then and not that other one… And then also realized I could just have the time to get to Auchan after all, since I had the metro card, so I did that, got what was needed for the cats, also found that the bread I want to get was discounted and could also be picked up directly, without needing to ask, so I bought several, and then also some cheap apples and a couple of other things. And I could still safely catch the free bus that got me back here right on time for what should have been the start of ski jumping. The start of the round was delayed for a bit though, so I was even safer than I thought I’d be.
And to return to Eschalon, I could finally get back to it Sunday night, or I guess closer to Monday morning, and I actually killed that wizard and the dirachnid he turns into, but I didn’t mean to do that and got back to the save made before. Actually ran out both before and after fighting the wizard himself, taking out the summoned giant arachnids first, meaning to get the stuff I’ll need for later, deciding to go back and see what fighting him means, then deciding to see how the dirachnid will kill me, and finding that it didn’t even though I didn’t try too hard. However, I got back to the save made after killing just the giant arachnids because I just need a little more experience to get to level 16 and can use that statue to get a few more enemies to kill, at the cost of a curse I’ll need to pay to remove, and I mean to use the points I’ll get then to allow myself to learn any spell I can find and improve my gear as much as possible, just to see how good the character can become, and then use those eggs to level up again. Or in fact I mean to see whether there’s any more experience left to get and whether I may get myself to 17 without the eggs, and then use those for 18, if possible. Not that any of it is needed, of course, but just because I always want to have the best possible character. So last night I went around that place to get the treasure, then quickly killed the wizard again, then ran out again, leaving the dirachnid behind, and now I’ll be checking shops and putting some of the money gathered over the course of the game to use.
As for the computer, Wednesday I installed the Windows updates, including that fix from January for an issue which shouldn’t affect me anyway, and of course I couldn’t log on again, so needed to start in safe mode again and disable Emsisoft Anti-Malware, though just changing that setting to make it not start on startup also seemed to work that one time. Either way, when I tested it after rebooting, I saw that the file guard didn’t seem to work, and admittedly I hadn’t tested it on this version, so no idea whether that problem already existed or not, but at first I assumed it was caused by starting with it disabled and then allowing it to run again, so I restored from that December 22 backup one more time, to allow me to install the Windows updates again and then reboot normally before updating it as well. And since I assumed the issue had been caused by stopping it from running, I didn’t test again right after that reboot to see whether the updates caused it to fail in some way, so I was just left without that active protection and no idea why, because the support guy says it was tested and should work. There is something odd with the driver version though, but he said he’s not sure whether that’s right or not.
What’s odd is that I rebooted again the next day and just changing that setting didn’t work anymore, there was no way to log on unless I disabled the service, so no idea how come it was enough the first time. And, of course, still no file guard, so I really need to look for something else if this doesn’t get fixed, and at the moment there seems to be no chance of a fix and things are only getting worse. And in addition to that, after installing the Windows updates I have an instance of WmiPrvSE.exe that keeps running, as a network service, which frequently uses 1-2% of the CPU and definitely wasn’t there before. Wonder if it’s because of that fix, which I wonder why I installed, since I didn’t need it, and now since I overwrote that December 22 backup image with the one made after installing the Windows updates and before updating Emsisoft Anti-Malware, I can’t go back either. Should uninstall that fix and the February security-only update and see if that gets rid of that process, and if it does then reinstall just the February update and see if it comes back, but not going to reboot again too soon. Something’s definitely messed up, and it just keeps getting worse.