Sunday, January 22, 2017

Burning rubber like my love.

This scene was much funnier in "Elf."
My back is acting up again. That makes it sound like it's jumping around or something. It hurts, aches, in the small of my back. Same as before, standing for long periods makes it hurt, so does sitting in a chair. Oh, God. I wish we would invent something better than a chair. I need one of those sitting balls for my office, maybe. Right?

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Pavement: wet
Temperature: 55°
Climate: cool & humid
Mood: leaning forward

Such a busy day yesterday, across the nation, yes, but I had responsibilities with my son. Soccer, rock set at Brothers Lounge. Sarah took him to the science fiction marathon at Case where I joined up around eleven to watch Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005).

It's actually worse than I remembered, more weird than funny, but not even weird enough. Adams wrote these lines of dialogue that were jokes, really, set-ups and punchlines. But the humor is so dryly sarcastic, so British, they must have figured no one in America would get the, So you get these set-ups ... with no punchline. It's frustrating, nothing even makes sense.

Ah, well. Diversions.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 168.5 lbs. (-0-)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Spring day in late January. Had to run. Lots of folks in the park today, walking dogs, or just walking themselves. Dude on a recumbent bike.

1981 Playlist
Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club
Skidmarks On My Heart - The Go-Go's
My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) - Chilliwack
Six Months In A Leaky Boat - Split Enz
Is That Love - Squeeze
Jumpin' Jive - Joe Jackson
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic * - The Police

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Don't slow down.

Nazis. I hate these guys.
Big night out in Gordon Square last night. Entry Point followed by poutine at Banter. Yesterday afternoon I got carryout from the new Yours Truly on Playhouse Square. All this to say my caloric intake was a little high.

Yes, we have entered a new era where crimes will be committed at the highest levels of government under the screen of populism, but at least people have started punching self-assured Nazis in the face.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Boulevard Loop
Pavement: wet
Temperature: 50°
Climate: sunny!
Mood: still determined

The women are in DC today, at the Women's March on Washington. I am excited for them. I am anxious for them. I hope it is amazing.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 168.5 lbs. (-0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

2011 Playlist
Burn It Down - Sims
Doncamatic - Gorillaz
Guns & Horses - Ellie Goulding
Feels So Close - Calvin Harris
Makelloser Mann - Mike Doughty
You Make Me Feel ... - Cobra Starhip ft. Sabi
Rolling In The Deep - Adele
Blame The Machines - Duran Duran

Friday, January 20, 2017

I could feel my balance shifting.

O-Man on drums! Be there!
Big weekend planned, but not with the business you might expect. I mean, it is ... a lot of creativity, new play festival, live music performed by my son. There is so much beautiful work in the world.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:18
Duration: 27:01
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Raining today, a pleasant rainy day run through the woods. A small girl in a East Cleveland school bus waved at me from the window. I waved back, and smiled.

Pavement: wet!
Temperature: 39°
Climate: rain
Mood: determined

Raining in Washington, D.C. as well today. Tomorrow the outlook is bright.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 169 lbs. (-2.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

2000 Playlist
Love Will Tear Us Apart - The Cure
It's My Turn To Fly - The Urge
The Man Who Loved The Earth/The Hand That Sold Shadows - Peter Gabriel
Dirty Trip - AIR
Saginou * - Zulya
Last Night - The Strokes
Downside-Up - Peter Gabriel

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

All my failings exposed.

When it is late afternoon, and when you are tired, which is better, to nap or run? Sometimes a run substitutes for a nap, keeps my blood pumping, I feel bright-eyed, alert, ready to handle the rest of my waking hours and then, hopefully, sleep better for it.

This evening, however, coming home from work - with temps in the low-50s - the desire to rest, for a few minutes, was very strong. This is what comes from sitting, sitting and typing and staring into a screen.

For ten minutes I went to a far off place, but I came back again, too. And then I was ready to run.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Temperature: 48°
Gear: shorts, long-sleeves no gloves
Climate: cool
Mood: good

Brisk run, legs free, not cold - not raining, either, it was raining earlier. Feeling depressed before, feeling motivated there are things to do.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 171 lbs. (+0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Yesterday's abuses are evident. It is disheartening.

1980 Playlist
Cows - The Suburbs
When You Were Mine - Prince
You Make My Dreams Come True * - Hall & Oates
Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
Whine & Grind/Stand Down Margaret * - The Beat
Any Way You Want It - Journey
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division

Monday, January 16, 2017

Over and over again.

This afternoon the family went to see Hidden Figures, which seemed a particularly appropriate film for Dr. King's Day. Many of the barriers he worked to break through were being overcome, almost in secret, through this story. After, the boy and I went to catch the Power & Politics exhibit at the Western Reserve Historical Society (you have until February 20.)

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Temperature: 36°
Climate: cool and cloudy
Mood: maintaining

Today's Diet:

  • coffee (cream, no sugar)
  • Strawberry Jell-O® Pretzel Salad
  • popcorn with butter-like topping
  • Mike & Ike's®
  • Skittles®
  • Coca-Cola®

Seriously. It's 6:00 PM and that is the only food I have eaten today. On the plus-side, however, I ate a lot of it.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 170.5 lbs. (+1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Four runs in four days. Now the weather warms up for a few days, let's see if I can keep this up.

2006 Playlist
Young Folks - Peter Bjorn & John
Like a Pen - The Knife
Us v Them - LCD Soundsystem
No Hay Igual (Club Mix) - Nelly Furtado
SOS - Rihanna
Tell Me Why - Supermode

Larry Steinbachek, we salute you!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The rabbits running in the ditch.

Your Christmas trees.
Pain began in my lower back on the left side, and down into my buttock. Then my calf began to hurt and finally, yes, my thigh. In that order, like the strain started independently in two places, but then were finally connected, a straight line of stress from lower back to ankle.

I have continued running, every other day and sometimes every day, since the new year. In 2012 I began the year over 180 pounds. I had come down off of anti-depressants, which as you might expect made me less unhappy and anxious, but also a bit listless and unmotivated. I trained for a spring marathon and actually shed fifteen pounds between New Year's and the race.

I also wrote several plays in a short period of time.

I am not depressed now (not like that, anyway) and have not waited until my weight was that far out of control before taking action, but this month, these two weeks, have been challenging. A lot of sitting, followed by the exercise. I fantasize about yoga - yes, it is true - about stretching, but I have not made that happen. I should, I really should.

The weather, my cold weather outfit, I run differently in this guise. Shorter strides, which can be good, but not in this case. When it is warm I feel more free, the body feels more comfortable no matter how much weight I am carrying, the transition from stasis to movement is much easier.

Avg. Pace:
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Passed a number of old men today, walking their dogs or mostly walking themselves. I said hello to all of them, asked how they are doing.

When I look over my shoulder, what do you think I see ..?

You can look that up.

Temperature: 32°
Climate: shine, shiny sun
Mood: all right
Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 169.5 lbs. (-0-)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Reception tonight, the topic is "flags."

1996 Playlist
Ready To Go (U.S. Mix) - Republica
White Girl - Soul Coughing
Solid State - Combustible Edison
Oops! - Tipsy
Season of the Witch - Luna
Tombstone * - Suzanne Vega
Someone's Daughters - Beth Orton
Wannabe - Spice Girls
Red - Sister Soleil

Awesome year for funky dance music, and so warrant an extra half-mile. On a warmer day, perhaps further. Soul Coughing! Cocktail music! The Spice Girls only single!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My body always moving.

Wayward, listless evening last night. After my run I sat alone and thought and wrote and listening, and texted, responded to opps. When the boy got home we watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It's not great, Tim Burton movies generally never are, but it has its moments. The ending is interminable, the entire escapade cleaves close to Dahl's sense of humor except for that lame backstory.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:09
Duration: 26:28
Route: Forest Hill Loop

This morning I was surprised to find myself continuing to speculate upon a story, one I had ramped up prior to the election, and dropped immediately thereafter because it was too depressing. But it appears to have been backed up in my brain, and maybe I need to do something about that.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 34°
Climate: cool
Mood: driven ... a little

Will be a pretty mild week, temperatures rising. Forecast suggests Trump will get nice, climate-change-caused weather for his day, the women will have an even better one on theirs.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 169.5 lbs. (-0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Slow and steady wins the race.

1976 Playlist
Love Machine (Part 1) - The Miracles
Rubberband Man - The Spinners
Beat On The Brat - The Ramones
Step Right Up - Tom Waits
Squonk *  - Genesis
Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band
Hot Stuff - The Rolling Stones