Thursday, February 23, 2017

All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me.

Just another day, just another run. Obsessively moving forward, keeping active in the spring-like weather, peeling through year playlists. Even this year I am on track to break my February run record, and I am not even training for anything.

In 2012, however, I was fighting against snow and cold temperatures, this year it is easy in my shorts and cap. But I do have seven more playlists to get through than I did that year, so there's that.

None of this means anything. Just trying to have something to say.

Distance: 3.3 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:52
Duration: 25:57
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Boy asked the watch Animalympics before heading off to school this morning, the entire thing is available online. Fans of the movie (mostly Gen X'ers who either saw it over and over on HBO in the early 80s, or on the Disney Channel in the early 90s) wonder why it is not available on DVD or for streaming.

Maybe it's all the Asian stereotypes and fat jokes. Since Disney purchased the rights, they have probably decided to shelve it in the United States like they have Song of the South. Not worth the controversy.

Still. That Kit Mambo.

Temperature: 59°
Climate: overcast and humid
Mood: driving

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165.5 lbs. (+1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Gained a pound, yes, but only a pound. Went out with the boy the Happy Dog last night we got the hang out and talk about things which was great. But I have consumed so much fat and grease these past several days and I can feel it in my mouth. Can't brush it out. I need some more control.

2002 Playlist
Freeek! - George Michael
Clap Your Hands - They Might Be Giants
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presly
Daybreaker - Beth Orton
Sweet Smoke - Mr. Scruff
Music Plus 1 - Cornershop
United States of Whatever *  - Liam Lynch

Babymaking music.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The city's warmer by a couple of degrees.

Moving the set yesterday, ooff. I could feel the energy leaving my arms, weakness settling in. Can't imagine doing that every day this year, or ever again. Maybe it would make me stronger ... but then, maybe not.

The writing is lackadaisical, perhaps m morning meeting I am having today with be a motivation. More on that soon, I hope.

Distance: 3.3 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:53
Duration: 26:03
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Brisk, light, just before the rain. Remarkable. The trees, the earth. We just keep running.

Temperature: 55°
Climate: light rain
Mood: fuck you

My daughter's capacity for forgiveness is bottomless. Mine, however, is not.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165.5 lbs. (-0-)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Why eat sensibly all day only to scarf a piece of cold, flavorless pizza right before bed?

1999 Playlist
As - George Michael & Mary J. Blige
Five Fathoms (Kevin Yost Everything and a Groove Mix) - Everything But the Girl
Find My Baby - Moby
Lullaby of Clubland - Everything But the Girl
Stop Breaking Down - The White Stripes
Blame * - Everything But the Girl

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We're on the move.

Why yo-yo dieting is still better than doing nothing for weight loss
by Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph 2/21/2017

Well, thank God for that, anyway.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Pavement: dry
Temperature: 57°
Climate: overcast & cool
Mood: all right

Tour season begins, late nights and early mornings. Takes effort to stay on top of exercise, moving sets in and out exhausts me ... only this year my load is much lighter, at least literally. Most days I won't even be going out, it is an entirely autonomous tour.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165.5 lbs. (+0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Glorious day, cool but humid. It will be like spring for the most part for the next ten days.

1979 Playlist
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
My Sharona - The Knack
Candy-O - The Cars
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Making It - David Naughton
Cars - Gary Numan
I Fought the Law - The Clash
The Stranger Song - The Cure

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Every step of the way.

Both of our children have grown an inch and a half since August. So, things have been happening.

The boy and I took a bike/run today, a beautiful spring-like day. I jammed a Bluetooth speaker into the water bottle holder, and we were both able to enjoy that late 60s rhythm and blues.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Pavement: dry
Temperature: 52°
Climate: sunny!
Mood: good

Wish I had timed that, the boy gets bigger, he can now bike much faster, and does. He paces me. I had to ask him to slow down a couple times. I hope we get to do this a lot in the weeks and months to come. I wish the girl would run with me.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165 lbs. (-1.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

When are geese suppose to lay their eggs? Because I think they have. It's February.

1969 Playlist
Hook & Sling - Eddie Bo
We Have All The Time In The World - Louis Armstrong
We Got More Soul - Dyke & The Blazers
Time Is Tight - Booker T. & The MG's
Your Good Thing (Is About to End) - Lou Rawls
Baby Please Don't Go - Them
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - John Barry Orchestra
Aquele Abraco - Gilberto Gil
Grits Ain't Groceries (All Around The World) - Little Milton

Saturday, February 18, 2017

I'm running underground.

Thigh pain persists, a burning sensation deep in my right thigh. It is an affliction I generally associate with the winter, and with being off my regimen. Yet I have been exercising most days. This bout began yesterday afternoon, and continued even after my hard evening run. I went to sleep with this feeling, and also woke with it.

This is not meralgia paresthetica, the condition I developed fifteen years ago. That would be on the outside of my leg. Rather, self-diagnosis suggests this is greater trochanteric pain syndrome, which relates to minor tears in the nearby muscles, but perhaps I should ask a doctor.

However, whenever I ask a doctor about conditions like these, the general advice is to take an anti-inflammatory. This is something I have neglected to do.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:07
Duration: 26:25
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Fewer clothes, dry, safe pavement. We pick up knees, we run, we fly.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 66°
Climate: clear blue skies
Mood: tired

End of a Saturday work day run, before we go out for the evening. Feeling drained. leg pain, running every day just to keep up. Glad I went out. The breeze was a bit strong heading out, but it was all at my back heading home.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 166.5 lbs. (+1.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

I should eat only vegetables tonight.

1998 Playlist
Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
Rock Is Dead - Marilyn Manson
Rolling - Soul Coughing
Cascades of Colour - Ananda Project
Sexy Boy (Live) - AIR
Jump Jive An' Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra
Mezzanine - Massive Attack

Friday, February 17, 2017

They say they're running (out of angels.)

Sunset over Forest Hill Park
Still pain down my leg, only now it's both legs. This is not a problem at the moment, it's just a reminder than I am an active man.

Distance: 5.15 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:53
Duration: 40:37
Route: Forest Hill/Boulevard Loop

Temperatures picking up, tomorrow it will be sixty degrees with warm temperatures or at least well-above freezing until at least March. Our new Secretary of the E.P.A. will ensure this trend continues.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 46°
Climate: cool
Mood: not bad, actually

Shorts and a long-sleeved shirt which feels as though it has chafed me something terrible. All the sweat? Who knows. Running brisk and free through the sunset. Busy weekend ahead, they're all busy, the tour begins next week, rehearsals for Red Onion, White Garlic started last night.

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

1978 Playlist
Ever Fallen In Love - The Buzzcocks
Got to Get You Into My Life - Earth Wind & Fire
Living In Paradise - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Strange Town * - The Jam
Truth Hits Everybody * - The Police
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Running Out of Angels - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Cross Wires - XTC
Radios In Motion - XTC
Safe European Home - The Clash
Shame - Evelyn "Champagne" King
I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan

Didn't plan to run five miles. But, Jesus Christ, 1978! What didn't you do?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Warm me up.

Taught two ninety-minute classes in back-to-back at my daughter's school. It was the Macbeth residency, a little banquet scene, some stage combat. I was entirely wrecked after and just couldn't move for about an hour.

It's cold. I'm tired. The national scene is demoralizing. Time for a run.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:20
Duration: 27:06
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Today is also the day that winter got me. It's cold. I'm cold. And its not even that cold. But I feel it, deeply. It leaves me listless and uninspired.

It was also one year ago today that I last saw my father alive, that has been weighing on me, too.

Pavement: dusty with snow & ice
Temperature: 27°
Climate: cold
Mood: wtf

From enervating to energizing. Still not one hundred percent, but at least I can say I ran, and it was good. At least I am no longer cold. What would I do without it? Seriously, it's a little frightening.

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

2004 Playlist
Breathe Me - Sia
Let's Get It Started (Spike Mix) - The Black Eyed Peas
Extraordinary Girl - Green Day
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
Hunting Season - Felix da Housecat
Me Plus One - Annie
La-La-Love - Astaire
Air - Owls