Saturday, August 29, 2015

This American life.

Back to school days.
Clickbait sure is a thing. I fell for one the other day: Should You Wear Sunglasses While Running?

Why did I click on that? Did I think I was going to learn anything? The answer (yes, duh, thank you) was followed by bits of information like "UV protective lenses protect you from UV rays" and "You won't squint so much!"

I received one in my Inbox the other day titles Five Myths About Running. They may have been interesting to someone who doesn't run, but, uh, that doesn't describe me very well.

FYI - You will not lose a lot of weight as a result of running. No shit. Where do ..? Who thinks ..? Ucch. Nevermind.

Distance: 6 miles
Duration: 49:04
Avg Pace: 8:10
Route: Cain Park Loop

Using toe separators on both feet now. Some nights when I lie down and my feet entirely relax I can feel the aching in my metatarsals.

Temperature: 79°
Climate: bright and hot
Weight: 158 lbs.
Intake: fruit yogurt & granola
Hydration: yes
Water Stop: yes
Stretches: yes

This American Life #562: The Problem We All Live With (part one)

Trying podcasts now. Doesn't affect my pace very much. Perfect back-to-school episode. Thinking I may use podcasts for the long run tomorrow.

Friday, August 28, 2015

I got one foot out the door.

Too soon?
Ugh. So? I have a cold or something. Probably picked it up from the boy. Woke myself with coughing last night, it's a real drag. Doesn't it make sense to take it easy, not to run, to rest and let myself recuperate?

Of course not. I am training for a marathon here.

Distance: 4 miles
Duration: 32:00
Avg Pace: 7:59
Route: Cain Park Loop

Got a sporting goods gift card for my birthday I have not used yet. Yesterday reminded me I need that rain hat. Had a such a great one for New York, all those years ago. No idea what happened to that.

Temperature: 75
Climate: shiny!
Weight: 159.5 lbs.
Intake: lunch (not telling)
Hydration: yes
Water Stop: yes
Stretches: no

Dag. That felt good. But I feel delirious. Perhaps I will collapse now.

But hey - they started repaving the sidewalks!!!

What's That Lyric?
Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I want to run but I can't hide.

Now it is cool and rainy. My sinuses are very unhappy and I have gotten up every morning with a slight headache.

I remember in the early-late 1990s, after the wife (who was then the girlfriend) had moved in and I would often wake up feeling headachy and stuffed up and in pain and just not in the mood to spend an entire day in a basement on Coventry and I wondered what was wrong.

Was it this house? Was it the heating system, was there mold in the walls? Dust mites?

Well, no, maybe it had to do with being twenty pounds overweight and all the smoking and drinking.

Each year I can pretty much count on a week or two of cranial unhappiness at the beginning of September. I feel it has come a little early this year.

Distance: 8 miles
Duration: 1:06:52
Avg Pace: 8:21
Route: Forest Hills-Cain Park

Yesterday I had a headache pretty much all day. Today my throat is scratchy and I feel a bit like I have a cold. What will I accomplish today? It is August 27th. I have four days to complete the script.

Temperature: 63°
Climate: rain
Weight: 158.5 lbs.
Intake: yogurt & granola
Hydration: yes
Water Stop: yes
Stretches: yes

As I lay half-asleep after my wife had gotten up (she would return in a half-hour with coffee) I thought I heard it raining, but it wasn't. The pavement was dry. I suited up and stepped out ... and there was mist. It was too cool and I was too ill to run without a jacket.

My voice was resonant, like a sick person, and she encouraged me not to overdo it. It occurred to me that maybe I should run later, in the afternoon or evening. But what if I felt worse later in the day? Besides, I was dressed. I headed out.

The rain did not get any heavier, though it was steady and light for the first half of my run. By then I was feeling good, my pace had picked up. I did it. Eight miles, as the sky lightened so did my chest.

Just made myself a big, fat eggs and cheese breakfast burrito with onions, tomatoes, peppers and hot sauce.

Running twenty on Sunday morning.

What's That Lyric?
Long Hot Summer - The Style Council

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I'm like a strange cat running.

Went to see The End of the Tour last night and then came home and drank tea and talked about it. The movie is heavy with mid-90s iconography it was all I could do not to suggest we go to Nighttown and have drinks and smoke, because, you know, that's what we did every night in 1996.

Distance: 6 miles
Duration: 47:51
Avg Pace: 7:58
Route: Cain Park Loop

We build, from 160 BPM to 170 BPM. Trying to get back into running and to incorporate those speed trials. Must ice my Achilles tendon, and to take pain reliever. Taking pain reliever pretty much all the time now. We are moving into that part of training, it's a bit relentless.

Haven't trained during residency rehearsal period for nine years. Things were different then, rehearsals were very different ... and they were way on the other side of town. I think it won't make much difference this year.

Temperature: 61
Climate: overcast and cool
Weight: 160 lbs.
Intake: yogurt, banana & granola
Hydration: yes
Water Stop: yes

What's That Lyric?
Tall Cool One - Robert Plant

Monday, August 24, 2015

I want to run to feel again.

Far too early in the season to be struck my annual bout of sinus issues. I have been nursing a headache since yesterday afternoon, just a minor one but enough to make me feel draggy and just no fun.

So I decided to sleep in and have an afternoon run. Do I have to run again tomorrow?

Ha ha, I'm just playing with you, ladies, you know I love you.

Distance: 3 miles (more like 3.5)
Duration: 24:18
Avg Pace: 8:05
Route: Forest Hills Loop

Temperature: 73°
Climate: bright & hot
Hydration: yes

Stretches: no

What's That Lyric?
Run - Delta Rae 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

My heart in overdrive.

"This is the way America was supposed to be."
(long-time resident observing our block party)
Yesterday was the annual block party and it was the stuff of legend. So many neighbors pulling together to make a special day on our street. There's been a lot of nonsense going on recently, stuff going missing from garages, one of the still vacant houses getting broken into. It makes a difference to come together as a neighborhood, to play and dance together.

When you are inside your home you can wonder what is going on outside, and create unhappy pictures. When everyone spills out into the street you know just all the great people who surround you and are looking out for you, and you for them.

The kids head off for a week with the outlaws in Athens this afternoon. They get a few more days. I declare this summer officially closed.



DJ Crazy Legs got every tshirt and shoe-size up and doing Thriller! #pottervillageBlockParty2015
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Distance: 10 miles
Duration: 1:20:12
Avg Pace: 8:00
Route: Forest Hills-Lakeview-University Circle Loop

Week Ten Total: 32 miles
Training To Date: 308 miles

Late start. Sat up with friends until midnight enjoying our new deck, I had a lie-in waking up every few minutes to think, really? Ten miles, really?

And a beautiful ten miles it was.  The view over the lake in Forest Hills I could see leaves at the very top of one tree beginning to turn. All over campus there were runners. I ran (tiny steps) all the way up Mayfield out of Little Italy.

I hadn't even mapped it. I just knew where to go to get me back home in the precise distance. Hit the ten mile mark two driveways from my house.

My beautiful house.

Podrunner: Finish Line (160 bpm)

Temperature: 79°
Climate: glorious
Weight: 156.5 lbs.
Intake: banana
Hydration: yes
Water Stop: yes
Stretches: no

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Center Mayfield Theatre

Another day off was welcome. These mornings I am hobbling a bit. Thursday night in particular was difficult, my right Achilles tendon was singing with pain.

Received a message from the city yesterday that "the restoration of the remaining walks will follow very shortly after the rest of the new natural gas mainline has been installed." Glad to hear it. The word shortly reassuring defines the word after in that sentence, otherwise I would still question whether they work would be done before the snows which will inevitably begin falling in October.

Distance: 6 miles
Duration: 46:52
Avg Pace: 7:48
Route: Cain Park Loop.

Podrunner: Run Track Mind (166 BPM)

We cool. Still humid but I can run in daylight without totally overheating. Brisk run through my side of town. Beautiful, perfect day for the annual neighborhood block party.

Temperature: 64°
Climate: bright and sunny
Weight: 159 lbs.
Intake: banana
Hydration: yes
Water Stop: yes
Stretches: a little

Word is the former Center Mayfield Movie Theatre is due for demolition. I mean, it's been due for demolition for some time now. The last show I saw there was Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. In an effort to remain profitable they had split the single screen into two theaters, side by side, but had not moved the seats so whichever theater you were in your seat was oriented towards to edge of the screen.

I sat sideways watching what was possibly the worst movie I have ever seen with a terrible pain in my abdomen which had that day been diagnosed as a hernia. This was almost twenty-one years ago, a little over a year after I had bought my house and right around when my (soon-to-be) ex-wife left. So, maybe it wasn't entirely Branagh's fault.

But the movie theater closed shortly thereafter. So it hasn't been the "Center Mayfield Theater" for twenty years, though the marquee remained as it transitioned into a Hollywood Video. You know what happened next, we stopped renting videos and so it became a state store ... run by someone who couldn't be bothered to change the decor. It looked like a Hollywood Video where you could buy liquor. It's just been vacant for some time now.

I am very familiar with this sidewalk.
I run past this place and around the corner often. Like, very often, it's part of my regular route. I ran past there this morning. I have seen barber shops and stylists and Chinese restaurants come and go. They are all gone now and I recently noticed that every single storefront is now vacant. All that is left is the child care center behind the theater, which must relocate.

I have no nostalgia for the movie theater, that was not part of my time. Frankenstein may have been the only thing I ever saw there. But I only hope the city can find a developer who can create something useful with it. I can't imagine there is demand for another dollar store in this town.