Saturday, April 28, 2007

All your money won't another minute buy

Distance: 9 miles
Time: 12.30 pm
Stretches: yes
Weather: 62º overcast, breezy and beautiful

Gabriel & Dresden (Continuous Mix) 1 hour, ten minutes.

Making up for lost weeks, weeks spent acting and being very, very ill. That, and the weather hasn't been very happy. Today we are in Athens, a perfect day for running. Threatening to rain - but not. As I was finishing, the sun broke through.

A languorous jog from Union along the bike path. Past O'Bleness (where my wife was born, my brother had a major operation, and Calvin G. died) South Green (bad sex in Wray House ... well, bad sex all over South Green, actually) and out to all the new sh*t; the skate park, the Wall-Mart and everything, and back.

I have been waiting some time to attempt a run listening to the entire Gabriel and Dresden album. That's my record of the year. I picked up a track on iTunes a few weeks back and really liked it, and then they started the "complete your album" promotion and so I got the whole thing - which include the entire album mixed as one, uninterrupted track. Except for this Pink Floyd-esque thing right in the middle, the entire record makes for a dynamite run.


lan·guor(lāng'gər, lāng'ər) n.
1. Lack of physical or mental energy; listlessness. See Synonyms at lethargy.
2. A dreamy, lazy mood or quality: "It was hot, yet with a sweet languor about it" (Theodore Dreiser).
3. Oppressive quiet or stillness.

I meant the second one. Dream-like.

Spending two hours in a movie theater after taking a nine mile-run is kind of dumb. My left knee and hip are very, very unhappy.

Friday, April 13, 2007

No one move a muscle as the dead come home

Distance: 8 miles
Time: 1.30 pm
Stretches: yes
Sit-ups: 60
Bicycles: 60
Weight: 163.5 lbs.
Weather: 42º bright, sunny and very windy

"Let's exchange the experience."

1985 Playlist
Face the Face - Pete Townshend
Nemesis - Shriekback
I'm Your Man - Wham!
Some Like It Hot - The Power Station
When All's Well - Everything But the Girl
Road to Nowhere - Talking Heads
What You Need - INXS
CLose To Me - The Cure
Obsession - Animotion
Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
Can't Get There From Here - R.E.M.
Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
Like Wow Wipeout - Hoodoo Gurus
Perfect Kiss - New Order
Cooldown: Faron - Prefab Sprout

How many perfectly awful covers of Tom Waits' 1985 soft rock classic "Downtown Train" are there? Man, and I thought Rod Stewart was bad - I was changing the boy's pants and we were watching VH1 Classic and this hideous version by Patti "The Warrior" Smythe came on.


So there we are. Done. I have a strong desire to exist in the present for the time being. They say it may snow the next few days, and in any event it will be cold, I thought I would stick it our for an hour this time. Took me to the cemetery, enetered just as When All's Well came on (Tracey and Ben would love that) and rounded Garfield's Momument for Road to Nowhere.

"Well we know where we're going, but we don't know where we've been."

Beautiful day. Performance tonight. I have been taking Arnica for my bruises.

UPDATE: Knee flare-up! Brilliant!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I drank too much last night, got bills to pay

Distance: 5.15 miles
Time: 6.30 pm
Stretches: yes
Sit-ups: 60
Bicycles: 60
Weight: 164.5 lbs.
Weather: 45º light rain, wet and windy

2000 Playlist
Southside + - Moby
Idioteque - Radiohead
Right Here, Right Now ** - Fatboy Slim
Thank You + - Dido
Barock - Plastik - Stereolab
The Perfect Drug - Krupps
Barely Legal - The Strokes
Hate To Say I Told You So - The Hives
Da Funk DJ - Daft Punk vs. Madonna
Hold Your Tongue - Lysistrata soundtrack

"There's nothing in the world worse than a shameless man ... except another man."

** released in 1998
+ released in 1999

For some reason, this was the most difficult playlist I had to make. I simply do not have much music that was released in Y2K (wow, remember that?) and precious little with a beat. So I dug into my memory for songs that I was listening to that year. Hmn.

31 runs for 31 years. One year to go. It's been very enjoyable, but I'm tired of it. I have a lot of favorites I want to get back to, and I have missed PODRUNNER. And some new things I want to try out. What's been good about it has been getting up to speed, working up to three and now five mile runs. I don't like using PODRUNNER unless I can listen to almost all of it in one go, they do take you places.

Today was a beast, and I am not talking about the run. Woke with a headache; house work, reading and small people have been keeping me from sleep. During the show today I wiped out when getting blown off-stage (you have to see it, I won't explain it to you) striking the hard metal frame of the set, landing hard on the floor ... I have some deep bruises on my right thigh, right shin and right arm.

Monday, April 09, 2007

It's like St. John said

Distance: 5.15 miles
Time: 2.00 pm
Stretches: yes
Sit-ups: 60
Weight: 161.5 lbs.
Weather: 34º light snow - then sunny!

2002 Playlist
Heavy Metal Drummer - Wilco
Music Plus 1 - Cornershop
Emerge (Daft Punk Mix) - Fisherspooner
Six Feet Under (Photek Remix) - Thomas Newman
The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash
8 Mile - Eminem
Griffin - Mr. Scruff
Banquet - Bloc Party
Breathe - Télépopmusik
Lessons Learned from Rocky I to Rocky III - Cornershop

"And behold: a pale horse."
"Well, guess what. Nobody escapes."
"Another day. Just breathe."

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Interlude: Dumped

"Sometimes it snows in April."

I have managed to feverishly maintain a running schedule for over two months now. Every other day, at least three mies, and partaking of a reasonable diet.

The snow has not let up for two days. It's snowing now. There's a good foot accumulated on the street. There's nowhere to run. Last night I scarfed a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos (they remain the most perfect food ever invented.)

Happy Easter.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Fingerpaint the sun on you

Distance: 5.15 miles
Time: 1.30 pm
Stretches: yes
Sit-ups: 60
Bicycles: 60
Drink: Gatorade
Weight: 164.5 lbs.
Weather: 27º windy and light snow

1982 Playlist
I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow
Mexican Radio* - Wall of Voodoo
It's Nearly Africa - XTC
New Frontier - Donald Fagen
Situation - Yazoo
Angst In My Pants* - Sparks
Rock the Casbah - The Clash
Hold Back the Rain - Duran Duran
Mirror In the Bathroom* - The Beat
The Metro* - Berlin
Cooldown: Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) - Haircut 100

"I feel a hot wind on my shoulder. I dial it in from south of the border."

Skipped a day, had a double yesterday, spent the past several trying to get my voice back, and desperately needed an afternoon nap. Then the temps drop, the snow blew in, and today I thought - I feel dumpy and slow and besides, it's terrible outside.

But then, I have run in worse stuff than this, and feeling dumpy I why I do this in the first place. No excuses.

It was a bear, though. The snow was crispy enough on the sidewalks for traction - some of the sidewalks. I did a lot of road activity, which is freaking dangerous. The mix was pretty fast, though, I was able to keep up.

Man, I actually listened to that stuff, then. That's a quater of a decade ago. I'll be happy when this obsession is past and I can resume listening to Podrunner.

What am I not doing when I am running? I am not washing dishes, doing laundry, reading books, writing plays, working on my sketches, finally starting to watch those DVDs of Firefly - everything, really.

But it's one hour, for me, every two (or so) days. Okay, maybe an hour and a half with all the warming up and cooling down. 90 mintes. Every forty-eight hours. That's not selfish, is it?

Monday, April 02, 2007

Tomorrow there’s no school so let’s go drink some more Red Bull

Distance: 5.15 miles
Time: 9.30 am
Stretches: yes
Drink: Gatorade
Weight: 166.5 lbs.
Weather: 55º

2007 Playlist
Dashboard- Modest Mouse
No Tomorrow - Orson
It's All True - Tracey Thorn
Acceptable in the 80s - Calvin Harris
Synchronize - Tomboy
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
Sonido Total - The Pinker Tones
Flathead - The Fratellis
Mister Sister - The Tender Box
Make It Easy (John Tejada Remix) - Lusine
Love Today - Mika

"This is just my heart laid bare for anyone who might care."

Yes. Fall Out Boy. I am a sucker for a reference to the play Closer.

This weekend has destroyed me, I am surprised I even ran, I was just going to get back in bed after the kids got off to school. My legs and neck are sore, I have multiple bruises on my arms and thighs, my voice is gone, and I am not a little depressed.

Gonna be a good week.