Friday, December 28, 2012

I dream of cherry pies, candy bars and chocolate-chip cookies.

Bilbo faces Smaug.
FLOW CHART FOR RUNNING-RELATED PAIN

My soleus muscle in my right shin continues to hurt. What should I do?

Q: Has the pain increased in intensity since you first noticed it?

--- If "N" = Keep running.
--- If "Y" = Go to:

Q: Can you still run on it?

--- If "Y" = Keep running.
--- If "N" = Keep running. 
Temperature: 33°
Climate: cool and clear with (mostly) dry pavement
Distance: 4 miles
Arthur: Three pints? At lunchtime?
Ford: Muscle relaxant. You'll need it.

That was splendid. But with bright sunshine and no breeze, and only a few degrees warmer than yesterday, I was quite overdressed. No matter. Outstanding weather, outstanding view, inspiring playlist. And though my right shin was tight and unhappy for about 100 yards, it was springy and pain-free for the rest of the run and even now.

But only just now. I can feel the tightness creeping in.

David H., this is a very large beer. "Hi."

It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) Genius Playlist
Rush And A Push And The Land Is Our - The Smiths
Bombs Away - The Police
(Nothing But) Flowers - Talking Heads
Heartland - U2
Strange  - R.E.M.
Man Out Of Time - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Never Mind - The Replacements
The Mayor of Simpleton - XTC
These Things Take Time - The Smiths
Secret Journey - The Police

I have taken EIGHT runs this December, which ties the number of December runs I took in 2008 when I was in training for And Then You Die. That is a good thing.

3 comments:

Stephani Itibrout said...

"Nothing but Flowers" is on my running playlist, too.

pengo said...

It should be on everyone's playlist!

Strange ... I know all of these songs come from my record collection, and I know how "Genius" works, and yet every single one of these songs was blared at some point from the speakers of my stereo when I was going to school here. None of them have yet post-dated 1990.

pengo said...

Well, okay. "Shiny Happy People." But that was released before I left in March 1991.