Thursday, April 24, 2014

You'll take an inch but you'd love a mile.

Chilly, brisk, pre-work morning run, or wait until this afternoon when I may or may not be in the mood or have the time when it is in the mid-to-high fifties?

That's right.

Temperature: 32°
Distance: 3.25 miles

The past two evenings, some colleagues and I have been staging a private performance in a home somewhere in Cleveland. They have been late nights (for mid-week) making for some challenging mornings ... but there are no kids here this week. They are still with their grandparents in Athens.

The days are much longer without children. More time to get things done. More time to think, I wish there were kids around here.

1974 Playlist
Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
O My Soul - Big Star
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Lilywhite Lilith - Genesis
Loose Booty - Sly & The Family Stone
Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
It's Only Rock N' Roll (But I Like It) - The Rolling Stones

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I know it's growing strong.

No kids in the house, no lunches to be packed nor breakfast to be served.  Time for a morning run.
Temperature: 60°
Distance: 2 miles
Climate: cool, rainy & damp

"I'm gonna finish this race on my hands and knees if I have to."
- Kathrine Switzer

Sorry, I have already played the 1967 playlist this year ... so in honor of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to (officially) run the Boston Marathon (1967) how about this:

1969 Playlist
Come and Get It - Badfinger
Sour Milk Sea - Jackie Lomax
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ain't That Cute - Doris Troy
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Friendship Train - Gladys Knight and the Pips

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

Morning after run for the girl, last night after pushing it out for three miles, she collapsed a bit. Had a few complaints in one knee, one foot. After a lot of recent drama regarding her new running shoes, she has picked up a pair of her mother's old shoes and is very happy to be running in those.

Her feet are currently the size of her mother's, and unfortunately for my wife that will not last. I am sure Toni was looking forward to "borrowing" her adult daughter's shoes.

Today the girl wanted to make two miles, but in the end ran three-quarters, walked a quarter, ran a quarter, walked a half, and ran the rest of the way. You do, as they say, the math. A perfectly acceptable "day after" run for a young person training for a race.

Girl On The Run
Temperature: 65°
Distance: 2 miles (running & walking)

Goals are important.

I had hoped to complete forty-nine runs by the end of April, that's why I do the annual Playlists thing, it keeps me running during the challenging winter months.

However, I ran last week, yesterday and today without making progress on the playlists -- for the girl. And I think those count, too.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Let the saints appear.

[can't leave this, some day I may restore it.]

Girl On The Run
Temperature: 74°
Distance: 3 miles

One dream ends, another begins. The girl was on the fence about whether or not to join me on the Hocking bike path, but decided to. A mile and a half out, a mile and a half back. Only time to stop and breathe for thirty seconds in the middle.

This was my first time giving my daughter the nickel tour of my college memories of South Green. She was a very attentive listener, occupied as she was with respiration.

It was hot, the sun was high. She was breathing hard and steady, but she did it. First time for everything, now she's on the couch with an ice pack on her forehead. I think she'll be okay.

Friday, April 18, 2014

I cross the street, take a right.

On your left. 
Etiquette for Runners: Passing. Alert pedestrians when you are passing them – don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice. - Road Runners
And yet ... when? Is it necessary to holler from half a block away? I find that if I speak up too close to the person I am passing, I scare the crap out of them. Then there are those who are listening to headphones, who do not hear me anyway. Also, those who weave down the sidewalk, be they addled, elderly, or douchebag. May I pass on the right, or must I pass on the left regardless, even if it puts me into a hedge?

However, it wasn't until seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier today that I became truly confident of exactly what to say. It always came out, runner on your left or passing on your left. From now on it's ON YOUR LEFT. I said that three times tonight.

Those who know me are aware I am probably on your left already.

Footskills Run

Temperature: 61°
Distance: 4.75 miles

Dropped the kids at Friday evening soccer practice and went for a hard run around the Heights. Meanwhile, these new supporters are horrible, I will make note to rat them out to everyone. I thought they would soften up, but seriously. It's like sandpaper.

1999 Playlist
Five Fathoms (Kevin Yost Everything And A Groove Mix) - Everything But the Girl
Hyperactive - The Donnas
Accepting Application at University - Lilys
Big Pimpin - Jay-Z ft. UGK
The Future of the Future (Stay Gold) - Everything But the Girl w/Deep Dish
A Tab for the Holiday - Lily
Honey - Moby
Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
Steal My Sunshine - Len
Leo Ryan (Our Pharoah's Slave) - Lilys

Great gift idea.
Daddy got a birthday coming up.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A billion feet sound just like a billion drums.

The boy had soccer practice, so I suited up and went running, rather than just heading to a coffee shop shop and binging on Facebook.  This was my first Shaker Lakes Run, something some of friends have the opportunity to do all the time ... though I think I prefer the traffic in my neighborhood.

Still, running next to a body of water, even a small one, is a great way to get your head away from the city.

Shaker Lakes Run
Temperature: 64°
Distance: 4.5 miles

Everything that happened in 1989 happened a quarter century ago, and that's all I am going to say about that, except I have been wrong about many things, but I was right about the Beastie Boys.

1989 Playlist
Dry County - The B-52's
The Sensual World - Kate Bush
Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over) - Technotronic ft. Felly
Across This Antheap - XTC
Sin (Dub) - Nine Inch Nails
Shake Your Rump - Beastie Boys
Pet Semetary - The Ramones 
King For a Day - XTC
Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sunday, April 13, 2014

2014 Hathaway Brown 5K

2014 Hathaway Brown 5K
Start: 9:00 am
Official time: 22:16.4
Place overall: 24
Men 45 to 49: 3rd Place

A good morning to run a 5K, cool and bright. Maybe if I had actually had something like a breakfast I would not have felt as weak as I did or perhaps I would have placed better -- but this was an improvement on my last 5K, last summer.

Observation: The Doppler Effect makes the song "Happy" sound really unhappy.

The girl and I will run a 5K in a little over a month, for Girls On The Run. She wanted to see how well and how fast she could a one-mile today, and so stuck to the "fun" run. She came in second overall, with a neat 6 minute mile! Not bad considering how many crying children she had to get around to break out of the pack, who were instructed to stick to the sidewalk.

I wasn't sure how the boy would do. I stayed a few steps behind him and to my surprise he never stopped. He was beat by the time we finished (see photo above) but in a brisk 6:42 and I am very proud of him.

After, we ate way too many pancakes.