It was a gloomy day. LOTS of overnight rain, but it took a break about an hour before the start of the Cap City Half until 90 minutes into the race. I felt great! I was running a pace to beat my past Half PR Race by 14+ minutes. Then there was lightning. LOTS of it. The race was cut short for everyone.
If 12.3 was a race, then I PRed at that. Lulz for soggy toes and thunder. I gave up caring about being dry after a while. It poured harder than I have seen in years.
So many people came out to cheer me and others on. It was an amazing run and when I got home I did another 5 miles in the pouring rain. I also parked far away today to jog to the start since I’m supposed to do 18 miles for my Full training. I’m sitting at 22 so far for the day.
Oh… one other bright note. All my hill training is paying off. Only one person passed me on a hill climb. Felt strong and king of the hill on each climb. Time for family time and a couple beers to celebrate a PR at 12.3 miles! Thanks for all the Runblr support! On to the Youngstown Marathon in 5 weeks! ❤️✌🏼🏃🏼
Good Friends Show Up With A Shoulder To Cry On; Best Friends Show Up With A Shovel To Smack The Asshole That Made You Cry
(Damn Keith back at it again with the stupidly long titles)
Guess who’s back with more procrastination one-shots!
This one’s more of a Todd and Dirk friendship thing, although you could read it as pre-slash, and this evolved from my desire to see a) more of Todd standing up for Dirk like the good protective bestie/action hero/white knight that we all know he can be and b) the Rowdies getting called out for how they treat Dirk. Which isn’t to say I don’t fuckin LOVE the Rowdies, ‘cuz you KNOW I do, they’re my babes- but even if they never actually hurt Dirk, he was fuckin’ terrified when they first appeared, so it’s pretty messed up that they keep doing their vampire thing to him anyway. So this takes place in some unspecified time period after season one, where everyone’s escaped the CIA again and the agency’s up and running but Amanda’s still (understandably) pissed with Todd and he’s getting a bit of a handle on his pararibulitus.
time it happened, Todd didn’t have an awful lot of time to think about it.
Aforementioned blogger and I were recently discussing about giving horses free choices, essentially allowing them free will and a certain agency of their own. However, we discussed it in Dutch and Afrikaans, so everyone must’ve been like ’???’ But the subject matter was interesting enough that we decided I’d also put it up in English, so other people can also weigh in and/or be given a new perspective.
Essentially the discussion started over the fact that I need to learn that Hera can tell me when she can’t do something, and when she can do something despite me thinking she might not due to her injury. This past year, she has learned to politely tell me ‘no’ when I asked her to do something above her ability at that moment, by curling her neck around me and blocking my path, nudging me gently if I kept at it.
IIRC, MLH’s Arab Abba does something similar when she doesn’t want to go for a ride, stopping her owner from saddling her by blocking her with her neck.
I found it quite confusing that a lot of people (generally people that use any training method apart from +R) are REALLY against this. You all know the arguments: 'they just have to listen!’, 'but if there’s an emergency I gotta take action!’, and so on and so forth.
Then I started thinking: what if these people are so nervous about the concept because they think their horse will constantly tell them 'no’? Perhaps they feel, possibly subconsciously, that their horse doesn’t really like the work their owners ask them to do? This thought is disturbing, and I really hope it’s not true..
Or perhaps they fear this because they’ve never seen a horse that has the ability to politely say 'no’? Everyone knows horses that suddenly go completely batshit, whether that’s biting, bucking, rearing, running, or any combination of these. But I’ve never heard stories like Hera and Abba, just a quiet, polite interaction between horse and human.
Maybe these people never learned that such a conversation is even possible, because they’re used only to seeing really big signals - basically when the horse is already WAY over threshold and has no other option but to react violently. Thankfully the tides are turning a little in this respect, but plenty horses are still punished for 'acting out’. Especially when the issue was psychological pressure, instead of a medical problem.
The final option I could think of why people could be against allowing horses (and animals in general) any degree of agency is… Well, basically people being so power hungry that on some level they get off on completely imposing their will on another living being. (*cough*CA*cough*)
So, these are some thoughts on the subject of free will, choice, and agency. Perhaps people would like to weigh in, or provide more examples of interactions as described above. Curious to your thoughts!