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.

Stats:
Distance: 5.15 miles
Weight: 168.5 lbs.
Stretches: yes
Drink: Accelerade
Start Time: 1.30 pm
Temperature: 48ยบ
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.

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