Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Law man has put an end to my running and I'm so far from my home.

The first day of spring, and I am on my own. The children are here, of course. But the wife, her sister and mother are flying to Paris. They should be there by now, except the transportation gods thought they needed a little more time in Airportland, to be guided through different cities, and to get to know each other better over warmed-over mall food before being distracted by the City of Lights.

She left yesterday morning before lunch. They should get there by this evening.

March 20th is, of course, the vernal equinox. It is also Calvin's Day. But the children will go to school, I will go to work. Visiting the zoo, the aquarium, his grave, these things will have to wait until we are re-united. And that is all right. Waiting is also a thing I can do.

1979 Playlist
Renegade - Styx
Let's Go - The Cars
Disorder - Joy Division
Got the Time - Joe Jackson
Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
Ring My Bell - Anita Ward

Distance: 2.35 miles
Route: Newbury Loop
Temperature: 28°
Climate: cold & cloudy
Pavement: dry
Mood: hungry

Stretches: yes!

Baseline: 178 lbs.
Today: 169.5 lbs. (+2.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.

Needed to get a prop - a yearbook - across town last night. There will be staged performances of my new play The Way I Danced With You at Blank Canvas Theatre this weekend. I encouraged the boy to come with me by promising dinner at Happy Dog. Not a light supper, but highly satisfying.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Half Marathon Training Week Three

Bright, sunny day. Cold but sweaty. Much more pleasant than last week, but also shorter. Talking, making our way up inclines is easier. Something to distract. We have a good time.

Distance: 4.4 miles
Duration: 41:04
Route: Lakeview-Uptown Circuit
Temperature: 38°
Climate: cool and bright
Pavement: damp, mostly clear
Mood: good

Headed to see a run-through of the play this afternoon. Hope that goes just as well!

Stretches: not really. a little.

Baseline: 178 lbs.
Today: 167 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Don't stop. Get it, get it.

Ducks on ice.
I'm not Irish.

2005 Playlist
Every Day Is Exactly The Same - Nine Inch Nails
Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand
Like Eating Glass - Bloc Party
I Predict a Riot - Kaiser Chiefs
Keep Hope Alive (JDS Mix) - The Crystal Method
Sixteen Military Wives
Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz ft. De La Soul

Not my favorite playlist. For some reason, it's not a particularly long one. Lot of repeats, year to year. Probably all the children's music I was listening to that year.

Distance: 3.55 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Temperature: 37°
Climate: bright & cool
Pavement: damp with islands of snow
Mood: better

Such a bright, shiny day, you wouldn't think it's in the mid-30s. Went out in my shorts, thought I'd do two -- Chris and I are running four tomorrow. But that sun ... headed into the park, instead. A bit winded, but I'm also hungry.

Hunger makes me depressed. I am sure that it does for everyone.

Stretches: yes

Baseline: 178 lbs.
Today: 168 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Run for your life.

Stupid fucking dog.
A late winter torpor. Perhaps its the end of the tour Maybe it' that I am dreading my wife leaving the country next week. Maybe it's the general fucked-uppedness of the nation. And maybe it's just the snow and cold, which will not end any time in the next ten days.

1965 Playlist
Nowhere To Run - Martha & The Vandellas
Meditation - Astrud Gilberto
Shotgun - Junior Walker & The All-Stars
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - The Beatles
I Want To Be Your Driver - Chuck Berry
Five O'Clock World - The Vogues
Run For Your Life - The Beatles
Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) - Kim Weston
The Last Time - The Rolling Stones
You've Got Your Troubles - The Fortunes
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown

This year, we reach back as far as 1965. Surprised to find an interesting variety of tunes in my collection to make up such a list.

Distance: 3 miles
Route: Rec Center
Mood: dealing

This morning, walking my son to the bus, I was bitten by a dog. It didn't break the skin, just a nasty abrasion and a bruise. I thought I had given fair warning, but, you know. Old man, big fucking dog.

I hate dogs. I hate all dogs. I hate your dog.

Stretches: not enough

Baseline: 178 lbs.
Today: 169 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.

Rubber Soul is the second-best Beatles album, after Revolver. Except for "Run For Your Life," which is horrible. Interesting; John writes "Norwegian Wood" about cheating on his wife, and "Run For Your Life," the most jaunty song of aggressively homicidal jealousy ever written.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I have chased so many dreams.

Tried to get three in at the rec center, then got a call from the girl that rehearsal broke a little early. Still, wasn't sure there would be exercise today. I am surprised that there was. Yippee!

1985 Playlist
Lay Your Hands On Me (12" Version) - Thompson Twins
Some People - Belouis Some
Stay Up Late - Talking Heads
Listen Like Thieves - INXS
America - Prince & The Revolution

Like the 80s? Join me next weekend for performances of my new script, The Way I Danced With You at Blank Canvas Theatre.

Distance: 2 miles
Route: Rec Center
Mood: okay
Stretches: yes

The girl is performing in her first two act play, Noises Off, at the high school. That's pretty exciting! It's driving her nuts.

Baseline: 178 lbs.
Today: 170 lbs. (+1.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.

Too many White Russians.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Half Marathon Week Training Two

Yesterday was a bit of a celebration, wasn't it? Swenson's and mac & cheese for dinner. Still, trying to control that intake. Was using a different notch in my belt yesterday, that was fun for a few hours.

Distance: 6.79
Duration: 1:09:38
Route: Shaker Lakes/Square
Temperature: 33°
Climate: cold
Pavement: crusty with snow & ice
Mood: chatty

Chris's watch says we went a little over six miles, but my phone says we did six and three-quarters. It was a fun run, we started at his house and ran around Shaker Lakes, and then around Shaker Square. I like talking to Chris, but dammit I am sick and tired of cold and snow. I wouldn't even mind the cold but the ice and snow is just irritating, literally irritating.

Stretches: yes

Baseline: 178 lbs.
Today: 168.5 lbs. (-0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.

Was gonna have ramen for lunch, but the wife suggest granola and yogurt, because I had a bagel with cream cheese and jam for breakfast. And I love that idea! Except I'm going to add banana and raisins. Cool! Crazy! Wild man!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

No need to run, no need to hide.

Short run, tomorrow another conditioning run with Chris. The plan is to make six miles. I can do six miles.

2004 Playlist
Just a Ride - Jem
TKO - Le Tigre
All Night - Sam Phillips
L-L-Love - Astaire
Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
Breathe Me - Sia

All female vocalists for National Women's Month!

Distance: 2.35 miles
Route: Newbury Loop
Temperature: 32°
Climate: cold & bright
Pavement: snow drifts
Mood: all right

Stretches: yes

Baseline: 178 lbs.
Today: 169 lbs. (-1.0)
New Goal: 165 lbs.

Yes, we are in the 160s and have achieved a new goal. To celebrate, we're getting carryout from Swenson's.