Double Champions

Same news. Different day. It’s been 2 months now since I last did any form of running. I recently had a bone scan of my foot. A few days later I got a call/VM from my doctor that went something like this: “Your bone scan looks fine. There is a slight uptake where I suspect you are having the pain. Call me and I can tell you more.” So I called him right back – no luck – left a VM. I called him again yesterday because he still hadn’t called me back. I’m going to make an appointment on Thursday (he’s in surgery today) if I haven’t heard from him. It’s frustrating to have to go in for what might be a two minute conversation. It’s also frustrating that my foot pain has not really changed all that much which is a good and bad thing considering I keep playing softball and baseball and it’s not getting worse – but it’s also not getting better which means I’m not going to run yet until my doc says it’s okay.

I’ve at least been enjoying softball. On Saturday, our Sunday Women’s team competed in a one-day tourney. We started out a little shaky going 1-1 in pool play and losing our first game in bracket play which put us in the loser bracket from the start. We fought our way back and won 4 straight games (with no breaks in between) to become tournament champs. We had to beat the last team twice because they were undefeated and it was a double elimination tournament. Not an easy task considering there were an A division team and we are B division! I had a few good games and a few not so good games. Would be nice if I could be more consistent… Last night we had the playoffs for our CoEd softball team where we finished 3rd in the regular season (top 4 teams go to playoffs). We won the semifinal game and took the final 19-17. That was the most runs we scored in a game all season (and we didn’t need the bottom of the 7th to score more). I played okay the first game (1-3) and really well the second game (3-4). Great night! Feels good to be a double champion in 4 days. We’ve also played 9 games of softball in the past 4 days and this weekend I have a baseball game and two more softball games. That’s a lot of ball!

Next up – running? Please?
Happy Running & Dirty Feet,
Jessica

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The Fixx

“One thing leads to another”.  In my case it’s more like “One thing comes after another” but I wanted to get the Fixx into this post somehow – because let’s face it – how often do they get mentioned in a blog?  (okay some of you – welcome back from you “Fixx” Google search).

I digress.  I blame “minimalistic” running footwear for the onset of all my problems (insert slight exaggeration here).  I’m still a fan, however, in my case running in minimal shoes (NB 101s) caused a problem with the sesamoid bone under my big toe.  A Big problem.  It took me out of the running game for a while and when I came back I switched to more cushy shoes, much to the chagrin of barefoot enthusiasts I’m sure.  But the problem seemed to go away and I was slowly back to running.  Then, a couple of weeks ago, I somehow managed to develop a chest wall strain.  I’m not sure how but I *think* it was related to a walk in my sandals and going down a slippery muddy hill on which I proceeded to “eat it”.  I braced myself for the impact and managed to not end up muddy – but my arms and shoulders hurt (they took the brunt of the impact).  That hill is hard enough in regular shoes but my slick sandals were no match – the hill won.  The following day I played a fun round of ultimate Frisbee, and the day after I ran a tough 6 miler with something like 2000′ of gain over the first 3 miles.  I was laboring for breath a bit on the second uphill but overall the run seemed fine and with little or no pain.  The next day I awoke to play a softball double header and was starting to feel a bit “funky”.  I had a rough time at the games and was starting to feel the chest pain.  Drat.  No more running for a while.  The pain got pretty bad for a couple days so I went to the doctor just to make sure nothing else was wrong.  I had a softball tournament coming up over the weekend and was not sure how I’d play in that much pain.  Fortunately the pain got a bit better though I’m sure playing over the weekend (pumped full of advil) just delayed my healing.

So.. the chest pain is still there lingering – probably because I keep playing softball and am not getting  full rest.  About a week ago or so I did something to my toe – the same toe with the sesamoid problem but in a different location and different kind of pain.  This time it feels like a sprain.  My diagnosis is based on the fact that I can bend my toe and feel the pain but impact isn’t necessarily bad (unless the toe is flexing).  A fracture is a bit more sharp and hurts with pressure which doesn’t seem to be the case here.  I’m hoping this resolves in the next couple weeks so I can get back to some running!  In regards to running, you can see a few of my favorite trail pics (including one with me) in this gallery at the OC Register.

Other that the string of random injuries, things are going well.  The job is great and I’m carpooling now with Christina since she got a job a few miles away.  That carpool lane in the afternoon sure is a good thing!  Christina got into grad school so on her way to a doctorate I’ll lose the carpool perks in September and also probably won’t see her much once school starts.

The summer is shaping up to be busy already.  The Harding Hustle 30/50K takes place on July 9th and  I’m staying pretty involved in softball and we have local tournaments in May, June (probably), July and October.  In August we are going to a tournament in Portland and the Softball World Series in August.  The later is super exciting since it’s not often you get a chance to go to the World Series and I’ve never been to the East Coast (in this case Philadelphia).  I’m also trying to work out a short trip to see my family in June or July.  Not sure how I’m going to squeeze that in but I’m working on it!

In the film world, I’m shooting a documentary on the Leona Divide Trail race next weekend and will be soon shooting a trailer for my film Killing me Softly (which badly needs a new web site).  I’ll be shooting both on the Sony HXR-NX5U HD camera, and I’m excited to put it through the paces.

Happy Running & Dirty Feet,
Jessica

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Dream Security Products

So..  I’ve been working in IT for a long time and Information Security for about 10 years or so.  I’ve seen a lot of things change and a lot of things just get recycled.  What about the truly new innovations?  I have a couple of ideas if any security vendor is listening.  If you want to give me credit – I’ll take it :)

  1. Smart IDS
    • How about an Intrusion Detection System that is truly smart?  What if it knew a machine was vulnerable or not and gave you alerts or suppressed information based on a vulnerability scanner.  Wouldn’t that be easy enough to integrate?  Case in point, do I really need to see a bunch of SQL Slammer attack attempts if all my systems are patched for SQL Slammer?  Vulnerability scan information could be fed into the IDS so it only shows you what is relevant.  A truly smart system.  You could even have a check/uncheck box on whether or not to suppress certain alerts based on vulnerability data – just in case you really want to see all those irrelevant attacks :)
  2. Advanced DLP
    • Data Loss Prevention systems have come a long way toward helping protect company secrets.  The problem is, especially if you aren’t blocking (as is difficult in most companies), what do you do once the data gets out?  Sure you have a record of it but what if 5 people send it out and you find it posted online?  What is the one that leaked it to that site?  I think what is really missing from today’s DLP solutions is a watermarking feature.  For example, a person send out a secret document and the DLP system notices.  It allowed it through but stamps a watermark on the document and voila – you can trace it back to the exact leak.  The system would have to function inline but it would be a great way to track important documents as opposed to two systems.

Those are just a couple of ideas for now anyway.  Next time maybe I’ll keep them to myself a start a company :)

Jessica

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