Thursday, March 21, 2019

You ran away.

Another opening, the same old show. Good lord, I have been working on this thing for years, and now here it is. Will anyone come to see it? Will anyone care?

I have doubt.

Distance: 2.5 miles
Route: Rec Center
Mood: anxious
Exercises: yes!

1982 Playlist
Athena - The Who
Eaten By the Monster of Love - Sparks
Band of Gold - Modern Romance
Scorpio - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
Gypsy - Fleetwood Mac
Mickey (En EspaƱol) - Toni Basil
Runaways - XTC

Was going to hold at two. Running hard, very dry, feeling winded. Then that last song came on and it was hard to stop.

Been working the machines. Feel weak. But a great way to deal with frustration.

Baseline: 179.5 lbs.
Today: 183 lbs.
Goal: 175 lbs.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Well, it looks like the road to heaven ...

Nina broke her leg last weekend, and she is having surgery today. All the positive, healing thoughts, please.

Distance: 3 miles
Route: Rec Center
Mood: all right
Exercises: yes

Stepping out of the Rec Center this morning the sun and cool air hit me and I thought, hmn. I could have run outside today.

1992 Playlist
Freedom (Back to Reality Mix) - George Michael
Springtheme - Ween
The Pink Room - Angelo Badalamenti
Come Talk To Me - Peter Gabriel
Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B. Hawkins
The World's Green Laughter - The B-52's
Blood Makes Noise - Suzanne Vega
High - The Cure
If I Can't Change Your Mind - Sugar

That was a barn burner. Thank you, Mr. Mould.

Driving across town after lunch with my wife last week, from her place of employment, it occurred to me to stop at MacDonald's to have a Shamrock Shake.

Then I remembered that if I did that, I would have to write it down. So I decided not to have one, and in doing so I felt this strange feeling of liberation and began grinning like an idiot.

There is a freedom in choosing not to.

Ensemble Theatre presents the World Premiere of "The Way I Danced With You," opening March 21, 2019.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Good puppy.

March has been a busy month. That is no excuse, but it is a fact. Appearing in matinee performances of Witness For the Prosecution at Great Lakes. Attending rehearsals for two plays, then arriving home to clear the kitchen. Morning meetings, taking the girl to get her driver's license.

Then there is my diet, which is all fucked up. Last weekend I buckled and bought two pair of 34" pants. I almost used the "F" word but we don't say that any more, at least not in its negative connotation. I feel that pants are like a tank for goldfish, the fish is only going to grow to accommodate the size of the tank, and that so will I.

For the time being, I will track my intake. It's not a shaming device, it's a way to remind myself exactly what I am putting in my mouth. How much, and what it is.

Intake: coffee, fiber & D gummies, white bagel with oil butter & melted cheese

Distance: 2 miles
Route: Rec Center
Mood: good, yeah.
Exercises: yes

I could have gone three, I chose not to. It's been a minute. No need to exhaust myself on the first day back. Keep it up, the temperature is supposed to spike for the next two days.

2002 Playlist
Shoot the Dog - George Michael
Return to Paradise (Mark De Clive-Lowe Remix) - Shirley Horn
Shelf Wobbler - Mr. Scruff
Soul Bossanova - Skeewiff

Emerge (Daft Punk Mix) - Fisherspooner

Ah, those days. Jazzy trip-hop, downbeat afterhours muzak. We thought we were adult, but childhood was about to re-emerge. It always does.

Here's a tip, keep the music playing during the exercises. It helps motivate. Why would you turn it off? What are you trying to document?

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

You're a good man.

Maybe the regular running will resume soon. For now, an outdoor jog through what appears to be a deceptively pleasant morning. I am headed out into a sunny day in the mid-fifties. Forecast suggests madness is coming our way.

I have not been drinking enough water. My lips are horrible chapped and maimed.

2012 Playlist*
All Your Gold - Bat For Lashes
One Thing - One Direction
Take a Walk - Passion Pit

* Short list. When I meet up with Chris at the Rec Center I turn off the tunes, and today we were having such a good conversation he ran back to the house with me.

This is a good thing, because just as we were about to turn onto my street, the wind whipped up, it began to rain -- and then to hail.

"What is this?" he exclaimed, "The Half Marathon?"

"Yeah!" I said, "It is May?"

Distance: 4.78 miles
Pace: 10:03
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Temperature: 55°
Climate: beautiful! then not beautiful!
Mood: good! and anxious. and stupid.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A shadow on the run.

It has been quite a week. I did not imagine I would go seven days without exercise, that was not part of the plan. Yesterday I received my brand new TEAM CHALLENGE training shirt, and am excited to train in it.

Distance: 3 miles
Route: Rec Center
Mood: anxious
Exercises: yes

Baseline: 179.5 lbs.
Today: 178.5 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 175 lbs.

There is enough empirical evidence in this blog that I could, if I chose to, determine whether an impending playlist will deter me from exercise. To wit; I like music from the 1960s, I am not crazy about music from the 60s. Ditto specific years, like 2005. Or 2006. Or 2007.

1967 Playlist
Mary, Mary - The Monkees
Baby, You're a Rich Man - The Beatles
Funky Broadway - Funky BroadwayPaper Sun - Traffic
Easy Rider - Janis Joplin
Hip Hug-Her - Booker T. & The MG's
She's Looking Good - Rodger Clemens
There She Goes - The Velvet Underground
Little Games - The Yardbirds
Oogum Boogum Song - Brenton Wood
Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane

Star ****** - The Monkees

Man, that last one is offensive.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

You can run down the waveband.

Still with the kink in my ankle. Only when I wake up. Doesn't trouble me when I run. Not yet, anyway. Today we tech for the show. It is fascinating to enter a production in this way, jumping in at the last minute.

At the same time, my new script About a Ghoul is in rehearsal at Talespinner and I have been receiving notes from rehearsals with suggestions here and there for changing lines -- even the name of one character for whom I had received a poor translation.

I had read that the word "Samira" is Arabic for friend or companion, when (in Morocco, at least) it means "one who stays up late like an owl." While I love knowing that, it is an inappropriate name for the character!

And rehearsals for The Way I Danced With You begin Monday night at Ensemble. What a busy, busy month!

Distance: 2 miles
Route: Rec Center
Mood: good
Exercises: no

The 'Strange Science' Behind The Big Business Of Exercise Recovery, Fresh Air (2/11/2019)

Today Fresh Air told me that marathon runners refer to Ibuprofen as "Vitamin I." Thanks, Terry!

Seriously, though. On yesterday's episode, author Christie Aschwanden (Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery) teaches us that everything we know about recovery is wrong.

For example:
  1. Ibuprofen is actually harmful as a prophylactic pain reliever or for regular use as an inflammatory.
  2. Proactive drinking is bad for you.
  3. Relief from a foam roller is psychosomatic.
Well, we knew that last one was true. Anyway, a worthwhile listen.

Baseline: 179.5 lbs.
Today: 179.5 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 175 lbs.

Two miles, straight through, no stopping, no machines. Big day. Gotta move.

1977 Playlist
Every 1's a Winner - Hot Chocolate
Mr. Blue Sky - ELO
Blame It On Cain (demo) - Elvis Costello
We're A Happy Family - The Ramones
The Things We Do For Love - 10cc

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - Ian Dury & The Blockheads

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Annie? Are you ok? Are you ok, Annie?

Last time I got a kink in my left ankle. I can still feel it when I wake up, though it almost immediately subsides. These little pains are so odd. They aren't new, it's just part of life. They come, they go. What are they?

Distance: 3 miles
Route: Rec Center
Mood: getting there
Exercises: yes!

Okay. Ok, ok, ok. I keep thinking of the running play. I keep making little notes here about the running play. It's been ten years, it is time to revise the running play. And now I have the motivation.

Also, I am curious about my new experiment with weight machines. How stronger am I? Am I stronger? How will I change shape? Will I change shape? Right now I am quite pillowy. Maybe that will change. Maybe I will become big and pillowy, I don't know.

Baseline: 179.5 lbs.
Today: 180.5 lbs. (+0.5)
Goal: 175 lbs.


1987 Playlist
Cry, Little Sister - Gerard McMann
Rock Steady - Sting
Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
Hourglass - Squeeze
Girlfriend In a Coma - The Smiths
Nightclub Jitters - The Replacements
The One I Love - R.E.M.
Lean On Me - Club Nouveau

Figure It Out - The Bears

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