Saturday, April 18, 2015

A new era.

Today everyone has new running shoes. The girl and I have made a pact to work as a team, my wife and the boy have done the same. As a soccer player, now working on a regulation field, the girl has to sprint - a lot. She didn't think she would be prepared for the HB 5K tomorrow. I disagree, but who knows? She has a touch of asthma, and she is right to play it safe, not merely launching back into distance running without any training.

At the same time, my wife is dedicated to getting fit, and the boy needs this, too. I feel very good about our teams, and hope we can all keep to a kind of schedule during the late spring and into the summer.

Temperature: 70°
Distance: 1.8 miles
Climate: Warm!

Yesterday I was much more liberal about my diet. Overdid it a bit at dinner, we got carry out from a new local restaurant and it was all so good. I didn't need that second piece of fried chicken.

However, my wife did express concern that she smelled protein on my breath. That I have been digesting myself. Better to digest chicken.

I would like to get to 160 lbs. and stay around there. And that would be a healthy place for me to be.

Baseline: 178.5 lbs.
Today: 164.5 lbs. (+2.0)
Final goal: 160 lbs.

Friday, April 17, 2015

We're wild and weary but we won't give in.

Yes. I do believe the cranberry clown shoes were not good for my feet, or that I had overused them. I was getting flashes of pain in my arches, which is never good. I have been with the UA slippers for a few weeks now, and the pain has entirely vanished.

Knees do not hurt, hips feel great, nothing wrong with my ankles. Annual playlist series completed, time for the rest of the year.

Temperature: 57°
Distance: 3.38 miles
Avg Pace: 7.42
Climate: cool and humid

Great news! Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick) has been published by YouthPLAYS. I have had high hopes that someone might pick that up, that many high schools or colleges would take advantage of a clever, romantic verse play, and YouthPLAYS is a great company.

Baseline: 178.5 lbs.
Today: 162.5 lbs.

Ladies and gentlemen ... 49 Playlists for 49 Years.

2015 Playlist
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
Huarache Lights - Hot Chip
Can't Break Me Down - Billy Idol
Sugah Daddy - D'Angelo
Bury Our Friends - Sleater-Kinney

Barely ran in January and February, but I ended up beating last year's finish by thirteen days. And I have lost fifteen pounds in two months.

So what's next?

Evening Run
Temperature: 64°
Distance: 0.8 miles

The girl has had an ache to resume running. But her soccer games and practice have been exercise enough. Tonight before dinner she announced she just wanted to run around the block. I joined her, running one lap but then she wanted to do a second on her own, so she did.

The whole family is getting into a running mood. But they will all require shoes.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Moving in time and space.

Here and now.
Late night Tuesday night. Hot bed, long pajamas. Sinus headache. Not fair. Tried to catch a few more minutes of sleep, just ended up with a more troubling headache and no time to run. Oh dear, missed a day. Hum.

Recently I began measuring my breakfast cereal according the "serving size" on the side of the box. One cup of Raisin Bran to 1/2 cup milk. It is less than I am accustomed to eating, but it perfectly satisfies.

Temperature: 57°
Distance: 3.38 miles
Avg Pace: 7:52
Climate: cool, breezy

Loving the new shoes. Haven't stretched in two days. Stretching or writing, you must choose. So far I have been managing well ... however, one pleasant side effect of performing the stretches is that it has toned my linea semilunaris in a most pleasing way, and in a fashion sit-ups or crunches do not.

Upon your imaginary forces work.

Baseline: 178.5 lbs.
Today: 163.5 lbs. (+0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.

Oh, and my doctor? The one who recommended diet soda? She was appalled to learn we drink whole milk, and urged me to switch to skim. These tedious old fools.

2014 Playlist
Easy Money - Johnny Marr
Busy Earnin' - Jungle
Me and My Broken Heart - Rixton
Do You - Spoon
Two Bodies - Flight Facilities ft. Emma Louise
Studio - Schoolboy Q ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
Happy Idiot - TV on the Radio

Studio. Huh. It's like a modern-day Beth.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Run like me.

Little lion man.
Did it. I registered for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, October 4, 2015. I have a question about how a long distance run will effect my back ... or rather, the other way around.

Great morning, cool and clear, dry pavement. Picked up the pace a little. Two more playlists, and then I am going to synch my new phone to the iTunes. This will require an update to iTunes and rumor has it that in some cases the upgrade deletes all your self-made playlists.

If this is the case, well, big deal. But it means all my annual playlists - which took some time to make - will be gone.

I am thinking I am not going to be posting complete playlists after this. Not sure. I like to record them. Believe it or not, I go back and look them over from time to time, on this blog.

This blog is over nine years old. That is so totally weird.

Temperature: 51°
Distance: 3.38 miles
Avg Pace: 7.53 (brisk)
Climate: that's-a cool
Baseline: 178.5 lbs.
Today: 163 lbs. (-0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.

2013 Playlist
Sigh No More - Joss Whedon feat. Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon
Harlem - New Politics
Heart Attack - Demi Lovato
Ain't It Fun - Paramore
Come & Get It * - Selena Gomez
Grace For Saints & Sinners * - Iron & Wine
Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z

Monday, April 13, 2015

Your time is running out.

My nemesis.
What a full week I have ahead of me. Little time to dawdle, time to hit the road early or not at all.

Attended a few social gatherings this weekend, mostly centering around food.  It is challenging to control your intake in situations like that, but not impossible. I was more successful when I put myself in a room away from the food.

But that's where they keep the booze.

Temperature: 60°
Distance: 3.38 miles
Avg Pace: 8.07
Climate: cool and humid

Outstanding run. Wish every morning could be like this. No traffic, cool and breezy. Funny how soon the humidity kicks in. Actually, that's not funny at all, that's just Cleveland.

Not enough time. Want to get to work on the backyard. It will be ninety degrees at dawn before we know it. The wife says she thought this winter would never end. Not metaphorically, during the coldest days she just could not imagine the spring.

Here you go, sweetheart. Welcome home.

Baseline: 178.5 lbs.
Today: 163.5 lbs. (-2.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.

Uhm ... okay. That's weird. I had mac and cheese with bacon for lunch, and an enormous Caesar salad with grilled chicken for dinner. The wife thinks it might be all the running.

2012 Playlist
Take a Walk - Passion Pit
What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
Madness - Muse
Let's Go - Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo
Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
Starships - Nicki Minaj
It's Time - Imagine Dragons

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tripping on your feet.

Feeling good. Knee stiffness gone, pain in my ankle gone. A little muzzy-headed, slept a little warm last night. Woke early though, to run. Big day, last full day on my own with the kids. The wife returns home tomorrow night. I miss our little talks.

My diet was almost normal yesterday, I even indulged in fish fry for lunch.

This is where it gets dangerous, I have noticed my eating has become faster and I realize I am not tasting. I wait for these moments but then I do not indulge in them with patience.

Temperature: 37°
Distance: 3.38 miles
Avg Pace: 8.08
Climate: cool & dry

Day of events downtown at the Rock Hall. We are thinking of plunging in. Should be a good day for it.

The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon (The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America®) is Sunday, October 4, 2015. I am thinking that is a thing that might happen.

Baseline: 178.5 lbs.
Today: 165.5 (+0.5)
Revised Goal: 165 lbs.

2011 Playlist
Rise Above - Reeve Carney ft. Bono & The Edge
Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
Feel So Close - Calvin Harris
Breakthrough from "Lemonade Mouth"
The Afterlife * - Paul Simon
Monkey Maker - The Black Keys
Makelloser Mann - Mike Doughty
Into the Un - Mike Doughty

Friday, April 10, 2015

I believe in waiting out the weather.

To run or not to. It is seventy degrees before dawn. It is also blowing crazily, and every now and then it rains. A lot. However, the birds are singing. I will take that as a sign. I would take anything as a sign.

Temperature: 67°
Distance: 3.38 miles
Avg Pace: 8.06
Climate: muggy

Win. No rain, the humidity of Cleveland is upon us. Directing some free, outdoor Shakespeare this summer, I wonder what surprising weather we will get hit with.

Auditions are tonight, come join us.

Baseline: 178.5 lbs.
Today: 165 lbs. (-0.5)
Goal: 170 lbs.
Ideal: 165 lbs.

Very tired this morning, hard to get to bed before eleven when there's no one to remind you what time it is. At least it was time well spent, editing, writing, folding laundry.

Once I started running, however, in the cool pre-dawn breeze, I felt good, I felt strong and light. I wonder if I have another long race in me. I don't see why not. One more before fifty? Making plans.

2010 Playlist
Super Bass - Nicki Minaj
Blow - Ke$ha
Derezzed - Daft Punk
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - Shakira ft. Freshlyground
Rocketeer - Far East Movement
Cynthia - Millionyoung
Home - Glasser
Drunk Girls - LCD Soundsystem

Two Thousand Ten, the year the girl discovered pop music. Last night we had our final bedtime phone call before Con drives her home this afternoon.

When she said "Hi, Daddy," she sounded like that little girl. By the time we said good-bye her voice had relaxed, it sounded deeper, more confident. When she said "Good-night, Daddy," she was a teenager.