Saturday, February 18, 2012

He will swim and swim on further.

Gazebo at Wilson Mills & SOM Ctr.

That is not merely how we do it. That is why we do it.

Motivation has been a challenge. My schedule has left me exhausted and weak. I would rather, barring the limits of human endurance, rise early and get these long runs over with before the kids wake up.

It's that "over with" that isn't working for me. It's completely the wrong mindset. I have to want to do this. Making myself do it, day after day, is ridiculous.

The wife encouraged me to get out late this morning, There's nothing going on, it's my day off the tour, why not run! And heading out, I was enjoying myself. The sun was out, there was no pain, all was going well.

I did not notice that the wind at my back was that strong. And maybe it wasn't. But coming back, was ... it was horrible. Horrible, cold wind, without end.

And for a while, that was just miserable. Awful. But it challenged me. After all, I had to get home, right? And I charged. I ran. After a while, I was even smiling. This was just stupid. Stupid fun.

And I made it home. Home to a hot bath and tea. And soon -- beer.

Distance: 13 miles
Route: Monticello/Wilson Mills to SOM Ctr. Rd. and back.

Never before had so many runs during the month of February.

Shed 10 pounds in one month.

Just dropped $16.99 on eBay to pick up a set of never-used Philips SHJ020 Nike Flight Neckband Headphones. Made a pointless trip to the Apple store yesterday, not only did they not have this one, perfect example of sport 'phone technology, everything they did have cost no less than $50 and most much higher. People, please.

Repaired old headphones with duct tape, music goes in and out. But hey -- duct tape.

Temperature: 39º
Climate out: sunshine & breezy
Climate back: overcast & torturous, ceaseless wind
Weight: 170 lbs.
Snack: banana & fruit roll-up
Hydration? yes
Stretches? yes

2000 Playlist
I Feel the Air (Of Another Planet) - Stereolab
Soma - The Strokes
Can't Stand It - Wilco
Sem Contençãu - Bebl Gilberto
Someday - The Strokes
The National Anthem - Radiohead
Fruit Nut - XTC
Big Pimpkin - Jay-Z ft. UGK
Jumbo - Underworld
The Way I Am - Eminem
Idioteque - Radiohead
I Want You To Want Me - Letters to Cleo
All Star - Smashmouth
Hard To Explain (166 bpm) - The Strokes
Hold Your Tongue (165 bpm) from "Lysistrata"
Psyché Rock (Fatboy Slim Mix) - Fatboy Slim
The Real Slim Shady - Eminem
Over My Head - Lit
Take It Or Leave It - The Strokes
Dimes Make Dollars (177 bpm) - Lilys
Household Names - Stereolab
Barely Legal - The Strokes
What Would Brian Boitano Do? from "South Park"
Bruce Lee - Underworld
Thank You (160 pm) - Dido
A Tab For the Holidays/The Generator (159 bpm) - Lilys
Army (174 bpm) - Ben Folds Five

Outer Bongolia - Stereolab


David H. said...

I really like your approach to your blog - I found it via Poise in Parma's Cleveland bloggers post. Looking forward to reading more!

Art2mis said...

Too late for my motivation, but good to see you made it out today!

pengo said...

Thank you - both of you!