Friday, November 23, 2007


- or - There's No Stoppin' the Cretin Avenue Hoppin'

Macalester to Mississippi Run

Yes, that was stupid cold. Visiting my brother in St. Paul, felt an extreme need to take off some of yesterday's turkey. Thought I managed myself pretty well during dinner (well, except for that unfortunate business about Juan Williams) not eating everyting I saw but only what I was hungry for ... but I didn't need to have a second dinner before going to bed.

God. That was stupid cold. Cold but fun.

Distance: 4.1 miles
Stretches: no
Snack: PowerBar Gel
Drink: coffee
Start Time: 8.00 am
Temperature: 19º
Weather: bright and cold

Lo Bueno Siempre Tiene un Final - Nelly Furtado
Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
Decent Days and Nights * - The Futureheads
Low Rider - War
Gary In The Tardis - The Timelords (The KLF)
I Don't Want to Fall in Love * - She Wants Revenge
Cretin Hop - The Ramones
Burning Down the House - Tom Jones & The Cardigans
Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I'm shaking like milk

Time and temper. Those are the elements I have been lacking. Tonight the wife and kids are off at a friend's for a play date. They won't be back until bedtime. I was under orders from the wife to take a run. So run I must.

And glory-be was that satisfying. I was so sleepy driving home from work today. I am sick of waking up every day, maybe every other day, with a sinus headache. Allergies, seasonal change, late nights, children nudging me in the middle of the night keeping me awake, it all adds up to bad rest and a terrible headache.

I have been taking over-the-counter sinus meds instead of my migraine prescription and usually it works. Cheaper than the Imitrex, too.

But wow, that felt good. Perfect running weather, after dark, great tunes - and for the first time in a while my mind wandered where I wantd to go, to my writing. Time and temper, they keep me from that, too.

Excuse me, I have to cut my hair and take a luxurious, uninterrupted shower.

Distance: 5.15 miles
Weight: 170 lbs.
Stretches: yes
Snack: PowerBar Triple Threat
Drink: Accelerade
Start Time: 6.00 pm
Temperature: 55º
Weather: damp and cool - excellent

Let's Go to Bed (Milk Mix) - The Cure
Kalifornia - Fatboy Slim
Ooh La La - Goldfrapp
Mea Culpa - Enigma
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) - David Bowie
Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic
World In My Eyes - Depeche Mode
Got the Time - Joe Jackson
Master and Servant (Slavery Whip Mix) - Depeche Mode

Sunday, November 11, 2007

That cloud looks like Ireland!

Tired run today, very tired. Done lost my pep. I asked the wife to talk me into going out, it would have been much easier to get back to do housework. She has been picking up the slack in the personal energy department, signing up for cardio-kickboxing twce a week at the rec center, and trying to create and maintain a personal yoga routine. It's been a good two weeks - for her.

To compensate for feeling like I have been slacking in the personal envirnoment arena, the minute I got back from my jog (it was like a jog, not a run) I didn't even stretch or change, I just got the rake and gloves and got to work on the front yard. So now I feel good all over.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Weight: 171.5 lbs.
Yardwork: yes
Lunch: Beef cinnamon noodle soup with spinach
Drink: Accelerade
Start Time: 1.00 pm
Temperature: 45º
Weather: cool, overcast

Running Playlist:
The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stafni
In Between Days - The Cure
Wogs Will Walk - Cornershop
Compression - Everything But the Girl
Kinda I Want To - Nine Inch Nails
Stupid Girls - Pink
Big Sky - Kate Bush

Yardwork Playlist:
Teenage Lobotomy - The Ramones
Dangerous Power (Cicada Radio Edit) - Gabriel & Dresden
Gett Off - Prince
I Would Die 4 U - Prince
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box - Radiohead
I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow

The Cure
"In Between Days"

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The way you right and left it

Big truck in my way this morning, hauling a mobile home. "Oversize Load." Yeah.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Weight: 169.5 lbs.
Stretches: no
Breakfast: cinnamon banana cream of wheat with butter, brown sugar & milk
Drink: Accelerade
Start Time: 9.40 am
Temperature: 39º
Weather: bright & brisk

Brokeback Mountain Theme: The Wings (Gabriel & Dresden Organized Nature Remix) - Gustavo Santaolalla
This Charming Man - The Smiths
Beat On The Brat - The Ramones
Get Around To It - Tracey Thorn
Hips Don't Lie - Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean
This Is Pop - XTC
Mr. Blue Sky * - Electric Light Orchestra

"This Is Pop"

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Will nature make a man of me yet?

It was not lost on me last Friday that it's been a year since we departed for NYC for the 2006 marathon. Recent events have made it necessary, even desirable, to cut back. But there have been astonishing drawbacks. Let me tell you about them!

As I have relaxed into sleeping in for a change, my headaches have returned. These past two weeks have been just awful, a return to days I was hoping I had put behind me. But the causes are much clearer. Lack of exercise, lack of proper sleep (I said proper - getting five hours of sleep all week and then taking in ten on Saturday is not a good thing for me) and being nudged in the crotch all night long by a restless child all adds up to woozy, sick-making mornings.

WARNING: This is gross.

And then there's the mosaic. Do you mind if I continue to call it that? It's like saying "departed" for dead or "popular" for whoring around. The formaldehyde treatment has been going well for over two months. But it has taken its toll, and the skin between the warts has dried severely, and that combined with the callouses that develop had created a serious mess by last Sunday night. There was still seepage Monday morning, so I called my podiatrist, whom I love, and he bumped up my appointment to Tuesday.

I love that part where doctor's ask you about your kids or how work has been going, or something specific about what you are up to that they know is important to you. I means they are about to inflict pain. I am ready for this. I am game. He went at my foot with a razor while I talked about all the great time I have been spending with my kids (mmmnnn) and how much they were looking forward to Hah-hah-Halloween and how much driving I have been doing lately and mmmnnn-I am sorry I am not taking this better, sorry, sorry about that. It is an interesting conversation.

I laid off the treatment for a week, padding my foot, letting everything heal and dry out - funny, there was a lot of raw skin, but no blood! Man, he's good. And, of course, I have avoided the street.

Distance: 5.15 miles
Weight: 168.5 lbs.
Stretches: yes
Drink: Accelerade
Start Time: 1.30 pm
Temperature: 48º
Weather: brisk

And if I can make five miles, once a week ... it's not great, but it's better than nothing.

Daddy Runs Fast 2006 -or-
Tunes That Got Me To The 2006 NYC Marathon

It's My Life (Vocal Mix) - Liquid People vs. Talk Talk
This Is Where It All Begis - Plasticman
The Glamorous Life (Club Edit) - Sheila E
Upside Down- Jack Johnson
Callas Went Away - Enigma
This Charming Man- Stars
Hips Don't Lie - Bamboo (2006 FIFA World Cup) - Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean
Mi Tumbao - Tres Corona
Badass - The Crystal Method
Cooldown: Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae

Last night, over dishes, I was sharing some minor bit of info about the NYC Marathon - we'd talked about Ryan Shay, I was telling her how I'd probably be paying attention to the Olympic Marathon for the first time in my life - and she said something like, "You wish you were there now, don't you?" In a way, yes. But honestly, no. I liked having a summer and fall this year, more time with the kids, later mornings and nights. It was so difficult. But I still plan on going back in 2011.

Another damn word on headphones.