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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Yesterday's "long run" was brutal. I only did 10k in anticipation of a full half next Sunday, but it was so hard. I don't know if it was the heat or the fact that I hadn't eaten (large meal the night before), but even maintaining what felt like a slow pace was like running through mud. Somehow, I ended up finishing in 49:44, which all things considered I'm pretty pleased with...but fuck doing another run like that. I think I'll be avoiding any daytime runs until September.
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    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS II

    Yeah, that kid. Looks a lot like the X-Men actor anyway
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    Well, this is definitely a surprise, but not necessarily a bad one. I agree with The Anti-Targ's take on this mostly. Hopefully with the story supposedly being a more noir-detective type, WB will manage to avoid shoving a bunch of explosions in there. Anything to wash the memory of Justice League and Aquaman from my mind. I still need to see Shazam though.
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    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS II

    Well, I just finally got around to watching it. It was okay I suppose, although I realise now that I am really feeling the MCU fatigue at this point. I didn't like the Old Steve Rogers scene. Not just because of the timeline crap, but because I think it would have been more effective in just cutting right to Steve/Peggy dancing. That said, I would watch an Anthony Mackie Captain America film. Fat Thor was pretty funny, and I appreciate that they went a bold route with the character...but I do think they should have resolved it in this film. Thor is kind of still a broken man at the end. But hey, look out for Asgardians of the Galaxy! Iron Man stuff was done well I think. The best parts of the film were the Hawkeye/BW stuff though. Also, was that Quicksilver at the end? Best part of the whole thing was the extended Godzilla trailer though.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Steady 18km run on Sunday at 5:08/km. Fairly happy with that, and would gladly have done the extra 2 miles if I'd had some water with me (and I hadn't conveniently ended right on my doorstep). I'm about to head out of the door now, and as a result of some magic I can't fathom, I am actually excited to do so. Probably just the fact that after 6 months of miserable pre-dawn slogs in the cold and wet, it's actually nice outside.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    I've been struggling with my running the last month or so. Feeling lethargic almost every time and struggling to hit 3 times a week. It feels like I've had maybe 5 good runs since February. Fortunately, today was one of them - Strava says it was my third best 10k at 48:21. I'm not sure if that's my third best, but I'm still pretty happy with it. As for the exercise vs diet weight loss question, I personally struggle to lose weight without exercising. The direct calorific benefit is obviously less significant, but without exercise I would not be able to structure my time and attitude in a positive way. Being able to run non-stop is the most important feature of a runner imo.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Yeah, since starting to lose weight I've been drinking way more spirits. Now all I need to do is cut down on the beer.
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    US Politics: A Farewell to Arms

    Won't say this relieved all the tension I feel post-Barr letter, but it is a good reminder that no, the last two years were not a dream.
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    Well, I am shattered. I got to Park Lane at about 12:00, and joined the march from there. I got to Westminster for bang on 17:00. Overall, it was really positive. Some great singing, chanting, tonnes of amazing signs, and so on. I hope it does turn out to have been a million people, it bloody well felt like it. Never thought I would see bunches of middle class mums chanting "bollocks to brexit", kids in tow. Only moment I was a bit concerned was at the big left turn (I think at the bottom of Park Lane?). Somehow at that point (around 3ish) I'd slipped to pretty much the last few hundred people in the March. For some reason there were lots of idiot youths stood around holding everyone up, and at one point it actually became a real press. One of the people stood on the wall mentioned that at this point, the main march had actually just left, so I hopped over the wall and caught up. Some people are completely unaware of how much they are being cunts. Hope nobody got hurt.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Fucking hell, Luke. Few almost-weeks off in March due to holiday and work, but I've not lost too much of a step really. New 10k PB on Sunday (47:48), which came as a surprise. Doing alright at getting press-ups in, but the overall change to my upper body hasn't been as quick as I'd like. My shoulders and upper chest are pretty toned now, but I've not quite managed that defined/large pectoral look yet. Mind you, I can probably afford to tighten up the gut area a bit first anyway. Onwards and upwards.
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    UK Politics: A Third Meaningful Thread

    Well, that speech was a total waste of time. No Theresa May, nobody wants you to just get on with it, despite what you might think some people actually are interested in having a say on whether we should commit to a deal that will be objectively bad for the country. Putting aside my rage at May and the Tory party for just a second, what the fuck is Corbyn up to. It is the 11th hour. Stop fucking about. Signed that petition. Will see if I can be at the march this Saturday.
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    Make Mine Captain Marvel! (SPOILERS)

    Well, I liked it. First thing I would note is that the first Endgame trailer is better than the one we saw this week, I think. When seen on the big screen, anyway. Larson and Jackson had pretty strong chemistry, I felt. I really liked Larson in the role, too - she's a great actor so it's not that surprising, but I thought she did really well to make the character feel real when the script was, on more than one occasion, very generic. With the exception of the records-room fight scene, I actually forgot until writing this that Samuel L Jackson is nearly 70 and the entire performance was de-aged. The overall plot was fine I think. The best part of the movie was probably the atmosphere, although I was also quite relieved when Carol one-shotted Jude Law. Downsides: I think they could have done more to humanise the Skrull early on. I also wasn't a big fan of the actress playing Mar-Vell. I also felt that they had a lot of potential for really gorgeous shots, and I kind of wanted them to dwell on some of those for longer.
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    Dark Phoenix -- the FoX-Men finale

    I didn't hate it, it certainly didn't look any worse than Apocalypse. Since they're presumably killing off Mystique, it might even be better (low bar). Whatsername as Jean isn't really doing much for me. I don't watch Game of Thrones so I don't know what she's been like in that, but this trailer didn't give me confidence. Same for whoever plays Cyclops. Agree with those saying this universe needs to die though. With zero comic book knowledge backing this up, I feel like one way the Phoenix Force thing could work is if you just say fuck it and blow the whole universe up at the end of the film, rather than trying to do the entire thing (and more) in one film (Last Stand). The only property really worth saving is Deadpool, which can easily be handwaved into the MCU. If the deal had gone down after Days of Future Past, maybe then would have been a good time to shoehorn McAvoy and Fassbender into the MCU too, but post-Apocalypse I think both the audience and probably the actors too are happy enough to call it a day.
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    Exercise and Fitness: bro science debunked

    Well, January is over. One month of no alcohol and no meat (fish allowed). I feel pretty good - last night I had my first beer since New Years (and then a few more). My taste for it has changed perceptibly though, so I think I'll only have one or two tonight while I eat. Last year while cutting down I began to really cherish how much better I felt on Sat/Sun mornings, and last night/this morning I felt that to an even greater degree. I also don't feel like I want as much meat going forwards, although we'll see how long my attitude on both of these things lasts. I've seen massive improvements since I knuckled down last August. In terms of speed if not distance, my running is better than it's ever been. My recent PBs for 5k and 10k were ~ 22:30 and ~ 48:30 respectively. My focus for the rest of Winter/Spring is to continue running and perhaps begin to look at improving my distance. Outside of running, I'm focusing on my upper body (particularly pectorals). I've never had big arms so I'm not bothered as much about those, but I would like to tone my chest up a bit. Press ups are going well despite my shitty wrists, so just crack on I suppose.
  15. As much as I'd love a second referendum, talk of another one - especially some sort of crash referendum - just makes me nervous. Depending on what was on the ballot, of course.