Sunday, July 16, 2017

Smooth, my, floatin' like a butterfly.

Weirdest thing this morning. Bright, sunshiny day. I was working on the deck. Suddenly, it started to rain. I looked up and there was lie, one cloud, over my deck. It was like a Charlie Brown thing. Weird.

Distance: 5.5 miles
Avg. Pace: 9:02
Duration: 49:41
Route: Forest Hills Park

When was the last time I went on a running date? Must be ten years. Last time I ran with Chris was the Cleveland Half Marathon, May 15, 2016 -- when it snowed.

Today was very enjoyable, and inspiring. Not only was it a great five mile run, but I had a partner to run with, we talked about training and diet and theater and everything, and I got to be a tour guide, pointing out places of interest through Forest Hill Park.

You know I love being a tour guide.

Chris told me about some upcoming events, and also running organizations which sounded appealing, including We Run This City and an after-work club I have to check out. More on these in the future, I hope.

Temperature: 72°
Climate: sunny & bright
Mood: pretty good

Haven't run more than five miles since the beginning of March. Yes, the sciatica hurts. Last night it made sitting to watch a play for two and a half hours seriously irritating. But what I am supposed to do, not run?

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Goal: 170 lbs.
Ideal: 165 lbs.

What's That Lyric?
Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Us3

Thursday, July 13, 2017

You know you better run fast.

It wasn't me.
Thursday evening in July. Why not run?

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Buying a new car, a Corolla. Haven't had a Toyota in some time. Question is this, will sitting higher, and having an automatic, cut down on aggravation and stress in the muscles on my left side? No more idling, no more using a clutch. Will be interesting to find out. Just he past two days, getting to work and home have been painful.

Temperature: 78°
Climate: overcast & humid
Mood: all right

Oh, the joy of running. Running solitary and free, in warm weather, with music in my ears. I am overweight again, it is arduous. I stretched my hamstrings appropriately, but I could feel it a bit in my hip. I will shower and stretch again. We'll see. But it's time to run, and run regular.

Chris has at long last bought that house in the Heights. The park is equidistant from each of our houses. Hell, the Heights entrance is probably closer to where he is. We have made a pact. The partner running will commence.

He doesn't have a choice. He has a mortgage.

Baseline: 174 lbs.

Right back where I started. Breathe. Begin again.

What's That Lyric?
It Wasn't Me - Shaggy ft. Ricardo Ducent

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Boy Camp Bike/Run

Boys Camp is in effect for the summer. We've already done a great many things, including seeing the new Spider-Man movie, dining on chicken and waffles, and purchasing an extremely dangerous knife.

I got sick the last day in Chicago, and I have been struggling through it for the past ten days. The wife and the boy have been to the gym, the girl is engaged in conditioning for high school soccer (it's pretty intense) and I can't even get up early enough to write, let alone run.

The back exercises have gone to the wayside, and I am feeling that, too. In spite of all this, or perhaps because of it, I proposed a three-mile bike/run with the boy.

Because Boy Camp!

Distance: 3.5 miles
Avg. Pace: 9:31
Duration: 33:18
Route: Boulevard Loop

Temperature: 71°
Climate: hot & sunny
Mood: It's Boy Camp!

Not bad, stopping every mile for water, talking about all kinds of things. I encouraged him to join me in a brief jog at the end, it was very challenging for him. Says his ankles hurt, his heels hurt, his toes hurt.

Running is hard. This is a true thing.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Andersonville Run

What was supposed to be a delightful run by the lake with my daughter turned out not so great. There were miscommunications, and we ended up heading out further than we should have. She is trying to get up to speed on running, in anticipation of high school soccer, but running two miles into the wind was a bit challenging. And we still had to head back.

Then it began to rain.

Distance: 4 miles
Avg. Pace: 12:26 (walk/run)
Duration: 49:47
Route: Lake Shore Drive North

However, as things have settled down, I believe it was a good call. Got to be optimistic, right?

It's been a long vacation, even after just a few days. Fun, happy, enjoyable, but surprisingly long.

Temperature: 71 degrees
Climate: overcast & cool
Mood: not great

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My heart is that much harder now.

Distance: 3.5 miles
Duration: 26:57
Avg. Pace: 7:42
Route: Chicago Riverwalk

Two nights at the Westin, the wife got a terrific rate and we are dedicated to doing extremely touristy Chicago things; yesterday we took the architecture boat tour, had deep dish and walked Navy Pier (you can totally skip Navy Pier.)

On Sunday night we saw The Neo-Futurists.

Tried to engage the girl to join me, but we have had late nights and she begged off. Perhaps tomorrow.
Temperature: 61
Climate: sunny & cool
Mood: not bad

Love the organized chaos of an urban run on a designated path. People are walking to work, also running and walking (no wheels permitted) and everyone – by and large – stay to the right and passes on the left.

A city wakes on a weekday with traffic on the streets (above) and city workers cleaning the pavement, making repairs. There are also the boat horns, that is a nice touch. I see runners in downtown Cleveland, there are more and more of them, but nothing like the scale and density of a city like this.

Cities are about density. Utopia requires people.

What’s That Lyric?
Before Today (Adam F Remix) – Everything But the Girl

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Long day's journey in our Element. Wedding in Chicagoland this weekend (I am officiating) and we have extended it into a summer vacation.

Wow. We ate a lot of junk food on this drive. I ate a sandwich ... look, I can't tell you about the sandwich. I'll just give you an instagram picture.

Distance: 1.56 miles
Avg. Pace: 5.5-6.0
Duration: 20 min.
Route: Holiday Inn treadmill

After dinner the girl wanted to work so we hit the exercise room. Got, it was uncomfortable driving here, and though it was also painful to run ... it felt much, much better.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The cares of the day seem to vanish.

Came home from theater camp today and the wife said we were all going to the gym! The entire family! That's new. I hope it occurs often. I was prepared to run the track (MapMyRun is for some reason confused entirely confused by my running on an indoor track and can provide no metrics) and the girl said she was going to run it, too.

We had our earbuds in, jazz was the order of the day me today. So we ran the 1/9 mile track for nearly nine laps and she said we would run another mile before stopping. Two miles, just checking in on laps. Running with the girl is like Fight Club ...

Distance: 2 miles
Route: Cleveland Heights Recreation Center Track
Mood: all right

What's That Lyric?
A Night In Tunisia - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A hundred turns left to go.

Against my own better judgement, I took a hot run. Running in the blazing sun. Just a lap around the block. By this point in the evening, bicycling to the middle school seemed like too much of a hassle. Remembered the stretch my hamstrings upon concluding.

Distance: .85 miles
Route: Once around the block
Temperature: 86°
Climate: HOT
Mood: maintaining

That felt good. I need to do more of that. Running, I mean.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 170.5 lbs. (-0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Erie Effusion - LIVE on WRUW
When You Were Mine * - The Church
Peppermint Pig - Cocteau Twins

Friday, June 09, 2017

A rock 'n' roll survivor with pendulum hips.

Recently the wife got a family membership for the rec center. It was a deal she struck with the boy, he's twelve now and finally of age where he is permitted to use the machines. They go every other day, it's great.

This evening I took the opportunity to try out the track which runs around the gym on the second level, and over the basketball courts.

Distance: around 3 miles
Route: Cleveland Heights Recreation Center Track

This is the first time I have run three miles since April. Felt good. Hope it feels so good this evening. I could feel it in my hip, but it wasn't pain. Not yet.

Pavement: indoor track
Mood: all right

What's That Lyric?
"L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." * - Noah and the Whale

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 171 lbs. (+0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Down the street.

Donald Trump has a very strange theory about exercise
by Chris Cizzilli,, 5/15/2017

When I first started running, when I was twelve or thirteen, I had a theory about exercise, which was this.

You only have so much energy.

I knew this because in my personal experience, when I would run, for example, I would get tired. I could run maybe a mile, and then I would have to walk. I knew that there were athletes who could run for miles and miles, but I was not one of them. I would not be able to do that. I did not have a body for exercise.

This is what our seventy year-old president believes, that the human body is an un-rechargeable battery, that you only have so many heartbeats before you die.

It's not a "strange" theory, Mr. Cizzilli. It's an ignorant child's theory.

Distance: 1 mile
Route: Monticello Track

The wife and I have begun a series of meditation. Meditation has never come easily to me, but then that's like saying yoga doesn't work for me because I am not limber. Punchline: That's why you do yoga.

Okay not much of a punchline but it is a reason. Meditate though it is difficult because that is how you learn to meditate. Which is simple, but hard. Just breathe. Only breathe. Realize your mind has wandered again, remind yourself that's okay, and focus on your breathing. Until the next time.

There's more to it than that. But not much more.

Temperature: 61°
Climate: overcast and cool
Mood: welcoming (I think)

Overcast beginning to the week, perfect weather for running, also what they call "sleeping weather." I have had a difficult spring for sleep, until just recently. Night sounds wake me, and keep me awake and fretful. That was until I started suing earplugs on a regular basis. I used them when the wife was pregnant (and snored much more) and they were successful then and they seem to be successful now.

Except last night, when I dreamed I was bitten by a small, pale, venomous snake. That woke me and kept me awake for a bit. But in general, I have been sleeping more fitfully.

Having said that, I have still been remarkably tired during the day. Weary at various periods. Saturday was ridiculous,  worked in the garden for twenty minutes and I was practically shaking with exhaustion. She wants me to call the doctor. I would prefer a regular eight hours rest a night, and who knows? This summer I may just get it.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 170.5 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Stretches this morning, a brief bike ride to the track and five laps. There are flareups in my hip when I sit for any length of time, and then I stand. I could feel it during my run a little, but not now. I was lagging a bit because I didn't eat anything before heading out, which is always a mistake.

What's That Lyric?
In The Street - Big Star

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Look here, Junior. Don't you be so happy.

That evening, following my last run, my hip hurt a bit. I stand more than I used to, which makes the pain not happen, if you follow me. It's like that old joke;
Patient: Doctor! Doctor! It hurts when I do this.
Doctor: Then don't do that.
Sitting all winter, at my desk, at home writing, it hurt my tuchus. So, nu? Don't sit so much.

Distance: 1 mile
Route: Monticello Track

Best. Joke. Ever.
Then there is the eating, which has gotten a bit out of control. I have gotten out of the habit of packing lunch, which is how you control your budget, but also your portion size. The other night I remembered to cut my sandwich at a restaurant in half to take the other half home, but that takes a supreme effort of will.

But it doesn't always. When I get used to smaller portions, I get used to smaller portions. I must get back to that. Also, not eating half a bag of Doritos on a Friday night.

Temperature: 66°
Climate: glorious
Mood: better

Rode my bike to the middle school track, took five laps and home. Felt good. The exercises help. My back hurt in a very unhappy-making place for twenty-four hours, by last night it was gone.

I wonder if I will run long-distance again without pain.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 171.5 lbs. (+2.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Yes, I have seriously crashed. Back into the 170s. This is depression eating, a compensation for a lack of other things. I do not need a psychologist to tell me this, I know it while I am doing it. It feels good. And it has to stop.

Man. I haven't even had breakfast today. That's empty stomach weight - only after last night, my stomach is not yet empty.

Here's the thing, I need to get to my normal weight - 165 lbs. - for a very good reason. That is where my summer shorts fit most comfortably.

What's That Lyric?
Marquee Moon - Television

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Slow down before we fall down.

That's too much, man!
Therapist recommends a treadmill, or track. Something not as shocking as pavement. There is a decent track at the middle school, so that is where I am headed.

To keep me occupied during stretches, I have been binge-watching BoJack Horseman. God, some of this is bleak. I do not know whether that is currently a good thing or a bad thing.

Distance: 1 mile
Route: Monticello Track

Walked to the middle school. Eight minutes. The wife asked recently why I was so irritated when the kids ask for a ride to school. I know I asked for rides to middle school and my mother would oblige, I also took the RTA up the street sometimes, because then it was pretty cheap to take the bus.

My middle school was a mile from my house, which is not long, a twenty minute walk. But we live less than half a mile from our kids' school. It takes eight minutes. When they can walk, they should walk. When the weather is very poor, or they are injured, or not feeling well, or have a large package to transport, sure.

Because their walking or not walking isn't really the issue. It is that I hate driving to the middle school. I hate starting the engine of my car, and burning gasoline to go less than one half mile. Turning onto the main boulevard during rush hour, idling at the stoplight, negotiating the parking lot during drop-off. That's what really makes me unhappy.

Driving to the middle school to go to the track, like driving to the gym - driving to exercise - it just drives me a little crazy. Parking so I can have a run. It makes sense in Athens, when the roads around my in-laws do not have sidewalks and the bike path is a mile or so away, that I can justify. But not driving to the track around the corner.

My daughter got to walk to her school for three years, my son for only one. I have lived around the corner from that school for getting near a quarter century, and I only got three years worth out of it. Hrumph.

Temperature: 72°
Climate: bright, sunny, beautiful
Mood: not good

Felt okay. Going to stretch now.

What's That Lyric?
Millennium - Robbie Williams

Oh my God, the season three finale of BoJack Horseman. Jesus Christ, universe. What the fuck are you doing to me?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Here we go down a long dark road.

Today is the Cleveland Marathon. Last year it snowed. This year, my wife encouraged me to take a brief, to see how it feels.

Distance: .85 miles
Avg. Pace: 9:13
Duration: 7:49
Route: One time around the clock

Did my stretches first, which is weird, because I never stretch before I run. Took it easy, or as easy as I could. Yes, the therapist told me to wait until after I saw him next, but the wife suggested I do this. And at the moment, the only thing that hurts are my knees. Odd

Temperature: 66°
Climate: cool, overcast, humid
Mood: all right

Last night the daughter and I walked home from the middle school, because there was no room in the car (not an interesting story why) and she was walking fast. She was exhausted from a day at Cedar Point, but she was trucking, and it was hard for me to keep up.

Metaphors, please. Go ahead. Hit me with your metaphors.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 169.5 lbs. (+5.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Yes and I gained five pounds in the past month. Not a big surprise there. Another five and I will be right back where I started. Is it necessary to run to keep my weight under control? It better not be.

What's That Lyric?
Do I Have To Talk You Into It? * - Spoon

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Physical therapy continues.

More exercises added last week. No less than twenty minutes spent stretch my back in the morning, and again at night, which is the kind of time I used to spend running.

Not sure how effective it is. It feels like there is no sciatic pain at all one day, the next there is irritation. The therapist asked I wait another week to see about the resumption of running.

You would be doing five miles your first tie out, he said, as though that's not obvious. But I was hoping to do the Pride Run on June 2. We shall see about that.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Physical therapy.

Last night I took a brisk walk around the soccer field but not for as long as I had planned. The exercises continue, and at my appointment a few days ago I neglected to ask the therapist if I could resume running, or if I should.

The girl is struggling to move up to peak performance after a lag time between futsal and soccer, and recuperation following a mild concussion. She has developed shin splints (we believe) but unlike previous injuries she is confidently making plans to work through it, with bandages and proper exercises.

This is my own concern. Should I attempt to plow through my pain? Ibuprofen helps, the exercises help. Actually, just not sitting so much for so often helps. I had shin splints when I first trained for a marathon, over ten years ago. It felt like running with a broken leg, which is much how the girl describes it.

I was running fast last winter, but through this pain. It seems stupid to continue, like I am only making it worse for myself. I wanted to apply for the 2018 New York Marathon, to run it when I turned fifty. Now I am not sure that can happen.

Thursday, May 04, 2017


Visited the physical therapist yesterday. Resuming a regimen of lower back pain exercises. My slipped disc may be a contributing factor to the sciatica, something out of place touching something else. I didn't get it, but whatever.

Yesterday I did the exercises in the morning, which made my sciatica act up throughout the day. Sitting through a play was murderous, and so was the play. But I dutifully did them again last thing last night, and again first thing this morning.

I had written every morning this week, but today we slept in a little, I did my exercises. It is frustrating when physical limitations get in the way of the work.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Please hold on running until they evaluate you."

Doctor's orders.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We're slow to acknowledge the knots in our laces.

Running once a week? Sure, whatever. Truth, the mornings have been occupied with reading plays, and that has been exciting. This weekend, however, has been nothing but suck, as I have had a headache the entire time. Hate, hate, hate headaches. Too obvious? Fucking hate them.

However, it does mean I have been resting my hip, and I suppose that is a good thing, too. The question is, does rest make a difference?

Distance: 2.40 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:56
Duration: 21:26
Route: Horizon Loop

That was unsatisfying. My head doesn't hurt, but I feel logy and slow. This run just made me feel tired and unbalanced. No idea what the future brings.

Temperature: 54°
Climate: cool
Mood: questionable.

What's That Lyric?
Heart It Races - Dr. Dog

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Run cold.

Life. Don't talk to me about life.
Now that the weather has turned warm (in Athens at least) I am aware of hydration much more, the moment I step out I feel dry. Yesterday I used gum ... I know, it's a danger. But it works so well, keeping my mouth moist, my throat comfortable, not to feel like gasping.

Distance: 3 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:11
Duration: 24:35
Route: Hocking River Bike Path

So, my back has been hurting on and off for a few months, like it did a few years back. But there is a straight line from where it hurts (left side) down my leg. Is it related to the sciatic? God, I need to see a doctor.

Last night was not a restful one, unlike the night before. A lot of tossing and turning, and my hip hurt. The run was challenging, pain all down my left side.

Jesus Christ, I sound like Marvin.

Temperature: 72°
Climate: partly cloudy, sun & light rain
Mood: all right

Running past the new (newish?) wastewater treatment center, I am reminded how much the odor of raw sewage reminds me of my tender pre-adolescent days, scrounging for pornography behind the tracks in the Westlake municipal dump.

O.U. Nostalgia Run
Birth, School, Work, Death - The Godfathers
The Beat(en) Generation * - The The
This Corrosion - The Sisters of Mercy
Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys
The Feeling Begins - Peter Gabriel

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Never gonna run around (and desert you.)

Puzzling evidence.
Saw a play last night - you can read about the play here - and my sciatic was acting up. Jesus, that makes me sound old "my sciatic was acting up." I'm a writer, I need to create some cheeky metaphors. Anyway, four hours in the car followed by a three mile run. Sitting and running, I need some physical therapy

It hurts to sit. This just sucks.

In any case, the morning was spent reading and ruminating, first in front of the fire, then out on the porch. Cardinals, fat bees, the almost overwhelming scent of honeysuckle. Now, running. It's just to perfect out.

Distance: 4 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:11
Duration: 32:47
Route: Hocking River Bike Path

Beautiful morning by the river, lots of students walking on bikes and skateboards, parents with their children. Just lovely. Nice run, felt relaxed, not going too fast, pleasant breeze kept things from feeling too hot. Could have pressed on, glad I did not overdo it yesterday.

Temperature: 75°
Climate: warm & overcast
Mood: good. when did I last say "good"?

Everyone is out right now, I am on my own with explicit instructions to head off somewhere once I have cleaned up to write somewhere, do that writing I have been writing about writing. I'd like to go to Donkey, but who knows, I may get distracted by the street fair.

O.U. Nostalgia Playlist
Never Gonna Give You Up  - Rick Astley
If Love Was a Train - Michelle Shocked
She's Got a Brand New Spell - Billy Bragg
Last Night - Traveling Wilburys
You Win Again * - Bee Gees
Down In It - Nine Inch Nails
Puzzlin' Evidence * - Talking Heads
Cuyahoga - R.E.M.
I'm The Man - Anthrax

No, srsly. Mah playlist got RickRolled. Speaking of which, you can actually read about last night's performance here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Feel it right down 2 my toes.

Well. Nothing like a four-hour car ride with a fourteen year-old to provide a rich diet of complete garbage. Chips, candy, soda, chocolate ... I feel like an inflatable tire full of goo.

Also, late night, early morning, long drive, took a nap from which I could not awaken. Still rather dizzy. But ti's beautiful warm, fragrant and overcast, and there may be coeds by the river.

Distance: 3 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:12
Duration: 24:37
Route: Hocking River Run

What did I think while suiting up? What do I gain from running. Like, what am I going to gain from this. Am I striving toward a goal, a race, to complete a strong of annual playlists, am I excited about writing this blog.

How about the run itself? A run by the river in a beautiful region of the state at the perfect time of year. Isn't that enough? Yes, it is. It certainly is.

Temperature: 79°
Climate: bright & warm
Mood: getting there

O.U. Nostalgia Playlist
Bust a Move - Young MC
Soul Free - George Michael
Can't Stop This Feeling I Got - Prince
Halo - Depeche Mode
The Queen and the Soldier - Suzanne Vega
Vanishing Girl - The Dukes of Stratosphear

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Standing upright, pounding along.

Oh, God. We saw Jonathan Richman at the Grog Shop on Wednesday. I was listening to DJBG a few weeks ago and I was the first caller and suddenly I had plans to see a ROCK MUSIC SHOW.

I mean, not really, we were seeing Jonathan Richman, which is like watching a stoned hipster beatnik guru (almost) effortless make up an entire set about parties, girls, unattainable happiness and that stuff that gets stuck to the side of the sink that you don't know what it is but it's pretty gross.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:42
Duration: 25:04
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Almost thirty years ago a friend at school has an extra ticket to see Jonathan at a club in Columbus, but he didn't have a date or a car so I got to be his date and his car. It was a wonderful experience, I went up to the singer after the show to shake his hand and tell him how much I enjoyed he performance and he looked at me like I was insane.

That was a few years before he released I, Jonathan which is one of my very favorite albums ever. It's romantic and amusing and it's got a good beat and you can run to it.

Temperature: 66°
Climate: bright & beautiful
Mood: It's magic! It's magic!

He closed with Lesbian Bar, and it was apparent that it was the only song anyone in the room knew. He'd also performed a slowed down version of Old World from The Modern Lovers, but I'm not sure anyone caught that. I'm not certain I did.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 164.5 lbs. (-0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Bright day in the park, humid and adventurous. My left hip still hurts. What are you gonna do? These shoes are everything. New shoes for me, from now on, all the time. All my extra spending money, on new shoes.

Dog walkers, thank you, for cleaning up after them, and bringing them to heel.

I, Jonathan - Jonathan Richman (1992)
Parties in the U.S.A.
Tandem Jump *
You Can't Talk to the Dude
Velvet Underground *
I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar
Rooming House on Venice Beach
Grunion Run
A Higher Power *

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Running from the abyss.

Yeah, I'm listening.
Ladies and gentlemen ... 52 Playlists for 52 Years.

2017 Playlist
On Hold - The xx
Runnin' - Pharrell Williams
OneHundred - Sims
How Far I'll Go - Auli'i Cravalho
Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man
Say Goodbye - Green Day
High Ticket Attractions - The New Pornographers
Hot Thoughts - Spoon
I Give You Power - Arcade Fire ft. Mavis Staples

Distance: 3.75 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:58
Duration: 29:54
Route: Boulevard Loop

Visited Dad on my way across town. Things there were the same. Can't remember when I last visited, there was snow on the ground, I believe. That could have been, I don't know, September. Or January. Really, no idea. I do not know why I visit, but when it is convenient, when I can just hop off the highway I do. We talk. I talk, I guess. Seems like something I want to do, not that I feel compelled to do. I guess it makes me feel better somehow.

Temperature: 64°
Climate: sunny & hot
Mood: pissed off

This month I am reading a "Play a Day" and recording my thoughts on my writing blog, so you might want to check that out. Meantime, we are going to see Johnathan Richman at the Grog Shop tonight, which is a million colors of awesome.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165 lbs. (+0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Beautiful day, a bit breezy on the uphill, pushing me back, but I felt free. A bit liberated. Still trying to hook into the new narrative, the reading is inspirational. But things are going on. Life is moving forward. It is unimaginable how depressed we have all been feeling these past few months.

Monday, April 03, 2017

I can still hear the footsteps.

Elvis stops the show.
Running in new shoes is like running through a brand new world, on new, comfortable surfaces. Yesterday there was still a kink in my right ankle, as before. It was a mental exercise to roll through my foot properly, to not favor one leg over the other, that is how I can cause further damage.

Soon the pain was gone, all was well. The new shoes were doing their work, and all was good. Today, no pain at all.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Pavement: dry
Temperature: 52°
Climate: overcast & cool
Mood: all right

Unfortunately, last Friday I wore some old leather shoes to work which I believed had been broken in. But, uh, they hadn't been. My heels got all chewed up, there are sore spots there, not yet scabs. However, father left me (which is to say, I took from his closet) a set of shoes stretchers and I am using them to give these nice, virtually new shoes (dress brown Timberlands) a new direction.

Thanks, Dad.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 164.5 lbs. (-1.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

The girl and her cohort are obsessed with Saturday Night Live. They are desperately waiting for next weekend when new episodes resume. I have said a few things about watching the show in the early days, but have resisted sitting her down to watch any, because I don't think she would like them. Few women (only the chosen one and the humiliated one) and one person of color who was sorely miscast. Mostly brash, obnoxious, white, drug-addled men, and that's just a fact.

1977 Playlist
See No Evil - Television
Never Going Back Again - Fleetwood Mac
I Robot - Alan Parson Project
Warsaw * - Joy Division
Commando - The Ramones
Tie Your Mother Down - Queen
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Less Than Zero - Elvis Costello

2017: The year Television broke. I have known about this band for decades. Why have I never listened to them?

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Don't let it get you down, good people.

For Christmas, mom got me a gift certificate for Cleveland Running Co. on Lee Road (thanks, Mom) which was very nice. Though I have only been running in the Asics Josh gave me for ten months, I have given them quite a workout, and my feet have been causing me pain of late.

And, hey. Gift certificate.

So Jim fixed me up with a pair of Brooks Neuro 2, and also a new pair of all-weather pants. Good news!

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Pavement: dry
Temperature: 54°
Climate: sunny & cool
Mood: decent

Lordy, if every day could be like today, I would run forever. Too much to do, however, so I kept it short. Bright and cool, with an amazing playlist. Only two more in the 52 Years list, and it is a bit anticlimactic. Worked up a head of steam then petered out in March. For the best, I imagine. And I probably get to complete the 2017 Playlist on another beautiful, spring day.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 166 lbs. (+2.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Karl goes under the "knife" on Friday, arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He has a torn meniscus, as I had nine years ago and is having a similar procedure. Everything goes as planned, he'll be back on his feet in no time.

That was a difficult time for me, I was turning forty and I had my last run in July 2008. It was very painful, I just kept going even though things never got any better. I was in denial for some time. Since the operation in September 2008, I have run two marathons and basically feel as good as I ever have.

Positive thoughts for Karl!

1997 Playlist
Piku - Chemical Brothers
Good Shit - Cornershop
Come - The Vampyres
Fat Ass Joint - Cujo
Star People '97 - George Michael
Parsec * - Stereolab

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A lifestyle of fun.

Somebody that I used to blow.
Last week, right after the wife left town, our boy came down with a serious allergy attack which has left him coughing ever since. He's been given several medications to alleviate the condition, we think he may have a touch of the asthma.

What I can say is that he has spent very little time out of doors or getting any exercise at all, which is only right for recovery but he's very squirrelly and has been jumping around a lot. We are overdue for a run/bike ride.

Distance: 2.35 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:02
Duration: 18:54
Route: Horizon Loop

However, my back end continues to trouble me I no long think it is a hip condition, or if it was that is no longer the issue. It pains me to sit for long periods. No idea what will come of this.

Pavement: wet
Temperature: 43°
Climate: rain & thunder
Mood: confounded

Bracing run in the rain. Cold rain, brief run. Good to get out an move my legs. Today is a personal day, the wife is home, kids still on break. We did not have the opportunity to visit the zoo on Calvin's Day, so that is where we are headed now.

A walk through the zoo in the rain. Sounds like fun.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 164 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

2012 Playlist
Madness - Muse
Somebody That I Used to Know (Mike D Remix) - Gotye ft. Kimbra
Live While We're Young - One Direction
Paddling Out - Miike Snow
Take a Walk - Passion Pit

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I'm in need of some restraint.

Last night I was up until one am with a sick child and this morning my hip hurts from the first run I had taken in almost two weeks.

But its sixty degrees out, and it's Sunday. That is when the running happens.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:39
Duration: 28:08
Route: Forest Hill Loop

A lazy Sunday morning, but not lazy enough. My mind is in such a tumult I could not locate my toe spacers and I headed out with my last running shoes. I should have turned around, I had a kink in one ankle, then the other, and in my right knee again, briefly. Took it a little easier. That's hard for me to do.

I am overdue for new shoes.

Temperature: 63°
Climate: coll & humid
Mood: anxious

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165 lbs. (-3.0) Uh, okay?
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

1968 Playlist
Grazing In the Grass - Hugh Masekela
Trouble/Guitar Man (live) - Elvis Presley
Stray Cat Blues - The Rolling Stones
Can I Change My Mind - Tyrone David
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison

Saturday, March 25, 2017

See how I've changed now? My head's so clear.

Last week I gave up. It has been a long time since I have done that, but I just stopped exercising entirely. The fact that it has been cold has a lot to do with it, but also because I have been in pain and I was tired of exacerbating the pain. In my hip, my sciatic nerve. Monday morning I woke up and my legs just felt horrible, heavy and pained.

Also, depressed. Uninspired. Without motivation of any kind. These moods come. They also go.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:15
Duration: 26:49
Route: Forest Hill Park Loop

Meanwhile, I ate everything. I ate all the things. Just stopped caring. And as I passed the ten day mark I realized I had become afraid of running.That doing so would be a bad thing, not a good thing. The pain would return, and I would be depressingly more aware of the pounds I had added, after being so judicious and careful since New Year's.

I have been through this for more than half my life. But I have never been in this kind of existential quandary about running itself. Not that I can't run, that I am prohibited from running, physically. Nor that I am depressed and that I do not want to run, emotionally.  But that I actually feel what is the point of all this running? Why do it?

Personally, I blame Trump.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 54°
Climate: overcast & cool
Mood: trying.

Did I mention the headaches? Allergy season. It was between fifty and seventy degrees yesterday, but there was just no way.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 168 lbs. (+3.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Winded at first, just like starting over. Eased up as I went. First I felt a twinge in my right knee (did I mention I had an evening last week when my right knee was in a great deal of pain) then a twist in my left ankle. Both went away. Kept moving.

Felt good to visit the park again. Trees that fell over two weeks ago, cut up and waiting to be carted away. Wonder if I would get apprehended for taking a few of the smaller ones for the fire pit.

Did I mention I got a fire pit? The wife is out of town for the week, and there will be a few pleasant surprises around when she returns.

Did I mention my wife is out of town?

1992 Playlist
My Name Is Prince - Prince
Blood Makes Noise - Suzanne Vega
My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) - En Vogue
Freedom (Back To Reality Mix) - George Michael
The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead - XTC
Fascination (Live) - Everything But the Girl

This was the year everything happened. Started my first theater company, Bill Clinton was elected, also I was married -- for the first time.

Good Lord, but that last one describes the feelings I had about her. Sad lesson.

What was it we were thinking of?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

How long can a good thing last?

Pain comes, pain goes, but this ache in my left hip continues and I am taking it a bit easier and I don't like that. Can't tell what's going on here, my entire left leg has been affected this season, from my hip on down. Aggravation.

Distance: .85 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:44
Duration: 7:10
Route: One lap around the block.

And yet. Two days without a run, and my right thigh is doing that thing it does, the burning sensation, when I do not exercise. Can't rest, can't win.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 23°
Climate: cold
Mood: tired

On top of that, a zipper on the cuff of my cold weather running pants busted. Admittedly, my brother gave me these as a gift well over ten years ago. Still, it was a little depressing. Used rubber bands on the cuff, plan to get new pants tomorrow. Big sigh.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 164.5 lbs. (-0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Not feeling it today. Heading out it felt too cold, a light breeze was making my cheeks ache with the cold. Also, my hip started hurting. Also, just felt generally tired. Staying up too late, waking up early. Eff Daylight Saving Time.

The wife wonders if she should be worried. I mean, I am fine, I felt I have pushed myself too hard this winter. Fighting too hard.

1972 Playlist
Pusherman - Curtis Mayfield
Soul Survivor - The Rolling Stones

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Here I go and I don't know why.

Forest Hill Park
My left hip was in pain Tuesday night, took the day off yesterday. I should take every other day off, right? Seems a little manic, actually. At least, when I am running. When I am not, well, it feels like not running then, doesn't it?

It makes me wonder, though. When does this all stop? When do I run out? Don't mean to be maudlin, but it will happen. I have been charging lately, going faster than I really should, probably. It feels good to run fast, but limping around the rest of the day? Perhaps a bad idea.

We watched Arrival last night, so I'm feeling very fragile.

Distance: 3.66 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:24
Duration: 30:43
Route: Forest Hill Loop

And oh, Jesus. I came into the house crying. It was crazy. I was having a relaxing run, mostly relaxing, taking it slower than usual. The park was littered with huge, downed trees. The windstorm last night was tremendous, climate change is ripping the planet apart.

Last night I fell asleep wondering if a branch from the large, ancient tree in our front yard would have enough momentum to impale the roof, our ceiling and into our bed.

The movie last night ... no one would have listened to her, you know? Not in the real world. They never mention gender, but there she is, surrounded by men. There are no other female characters in authority, not in the military, the NSA, the government, the young saboteur/terrorists. All men. In this world, they would not have listened to her. This President would have blown the thing up.

My hip still hurts. Is it just overuse, is it arthritic? We're not an arthritic family. A doctor would say it's because I run. If I asked, how do I make the pain go away? They would say stop, running. I lost part of my meniscus nine years ago. Ran two marathons since. You get one body, but also only one life.

Turning into the drive, I didn't look up, and thought, what would have happened had my wife been backing out, had struck me with her car, how she would have screamed, if she backed over my leg, and before I knew it was I was at the door, gripping my thigh. And I started to bawl.

We were moving steadily towards progress. Now we are backing away as fast as we can.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 39°
Climate: cool
Mood: so, uhm, yeah

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165 lbs. (+0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

1988 Playlist
Dancing Barefoot - Patti Smith
Bring Me Some Water - Melissa Etheridge
Kinda I Want To (demo) - Nine Inch Nails
Drug (It's Just a State of Mind) [Daniel Abraham Mix] - Duran Duran
Chains of Love - Erasure
Mary, Mary - Run-D.M.C.
She's Got a Brand New Spell - Billy Bragg
We're seeing Patti Smith downtown on Sunday night. Really looking forward to that.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

I'll go crawling back to the city I love.

Hey, y'all. Good mornin'.
Woo. Scored some terrific chafing these past two runs (sorry if that is too much information, this is a runner's blog) but when you get a morning in the fifties in March, you take it. Glide it is.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:05
Duration: 26:18
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Also, intestinal distress. Man, I have all the complaints this morning. What did we eat last night? Vegetarian tacos, spaghetti squash tacos. Hmn. No one else seemed affected. And this morning I celebrated #NationalCerealDay with, well, what I usually eat, granola and yogurt. No idea. You're losing it, old man.

Pavement: wet
Temperature: 54°
Climate: refreshing, light rain
Mood: progressive

Not a goose.
Great springtime-like run. Geese out in force. I am glad to say I have never been attacked by a goose, at least not yet. The lagoon is swollen from last night's rain, but the path was still clear.

The neighborhood association does a wonderful job keeping the park clear and beautiful, but some of the ancient stone and brickwork needs repair. Like the man says, such a crumbling beauty. Aaah, there's nothin' about her municipal funds wouldn't fix.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 163.5 lbs. (+1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

2008 Playlist
In the Heights - Lin-Manuel Miranda & Company
I Caught Myself - Paramore
Echoes Round the Sun - Paul Weller
Freeway - Aimee Mann
American Boy (Soulseekerz Club Remix) - Estelle
Coney Island - Good Old War

On this morning, last year, we were probably listening to Hamilton.

Getting Hamilton tickets was much easier and cheaper the second time.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Tears are running.

Forest Hill footbridge (East Cleveland)
Good day! This week I will be managing the @InTheCLE Twitter handle this week, so if you are a tweeter, please check that out. If you are visiting this site because I posted something on #InTheCLE, then welcome.

I am an avid if not always competent runner, and I have used this blog to record every run I have taken since 2006. My dedication in making a blog post, even a brief one, for every run has inspired my running, and vice versa.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:00
Duration: 26:00
Route: Forest Hill Loop

My favorite route is through Forest Hill Park which borders Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. One mile, about a mile through the park itself, and one mile back. Soon the green will emerge on the trees, and I can't wait for that.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 48°
Climate: overcast & cool
Mood: #InTheCLE!

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 162.5 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Finally, at the start of every calendar year I make my way through the terrible weather (when there used to be terrible weather) by running to playlists from every year I have been alive, and then some. Today we will be listening to the sweet summer-of-love sounds of 1967.

1967 Playlist
Lies - The Knickerbockers
Easy Rider * - Big Brother & The Holding Co.
Ain't Got No - I Got Life - Nina Simone
People Are Strange - The Doors
Hip Hug-Her - Booker T. & The MG's
Here Comes My Baby * - Cat Stevens
Little Games - The Yardbirds
Blindman - Big Brother & The Holding Co.
Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane
Boogaloo Down Broadway - The Fantastic Johnny C
All Tomorrow's Parties * - The Velvet Uniderground & Nico

Actually, Lies is from 1966, but I only just discovered that one. No doubt people were still listening to it a year later. But, oh, that Nico-inspired sprint! I wonder where all that BPM was coming from with just four people there

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Never want to put my feet back down on the ground.

Dig that little waistline.
Yesterday I'm picking up my son from his music lesson. There's a number of adults waiting for the band to break up. I'm looking at my screen, this guy is sitting at a desk making a note on something. I haven't met him before, but he turns to me and starts a conversation.

He begins, "You look about my age, can I ask you something?" He does look about my age. He wants to know, if it's going to make you hurt, what is the point of exercising? You're going to hurt one way or another.

He says this, and I think of how it pained me to get out of my tiny car, just minutes earlier. I had taken my run, cleaned up, cooled down, got into my car for twenty minutes to pick up the boy, and getting out of that car, yeah, it hurt.

"Some pain is better than others?" I offered.

It's a question.

Distance: 7:50
Avg. Pace: 7:49
Duration: 58:38
Route: Forest Hill/Boulevard/Noble Loop

Anyway, I found out this was not another parent, but my son's new instructor, so that was a cool introduction.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 27°→32°
Climate: cold, then not-so-cold
Mood: determined

How to crush a sub-freezing Sunday run? College music. Seriously, that playlist is one for the thirty year reunion.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 163.5 lbs (-1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Lost ten pounds since New Year's. 160 is ideal.

1987 Playlist [Extended Remix]
I Know You Got Soul - Eric B. & Rakim
Hand To Mouth - George Michael
Never Let Me Dwon Again - Depeche Mode
I Want Your (Hands On Me) - Sinead O'Connor
Hard Day (Shep Pettibone Remix) - George Michael
I Started Something I Couldn't Finish - The Smiths
Rock Steady - Sting
Strange - R.E.M.
My Sister Rose - 10,000 Maniacs
New Sensation - INXS
A Japanese Dream - The Cure
Guns In The Sky - INXS
Rent - Pet Shop Boys
Diamonds - Herb Alpert ft. Janet Jackson & Lisa Keith
Big Love - Fleetwood Mac

Just couldn't stop running. Every song kept pushing me forward.

Now I'm really in pain.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

I need it.

"The Jabberwocky" tour continues!
Here's the thing about moderate exercise. One rep of jackknives, 30 sec. of planking, and suddenly I need to use the next notch on my belt.

Jackknives? Jackknifes? Whatever.

The point is, it doesn't take much. However, I have noticed working the Wii these past two days that my balance has deteriorated. Another reason to stick with it. I am getting older, not younger (same to you) and yes, I need more than aerobic exercise and a healthy diet.

And my arms are no longer aching the way they were the other night.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:44
Duration: 25:10
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Bright and sunny ... but cold! Still, great to get out into the afternoon sun without a deathly gale in my face. The geese were very passive, it was nap time or something.

Pavement: wet
Temperature: 27°
Climate: sunny & cold
Mood: curious

Here is my first 2007 Playlist ... from 2007!

  • 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

Funny but none of them were on today's playlist.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 164.5 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

2007 Playlist
No Love Lost * - LCD Soundsystem
You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse
Club Situation - Gravy Train !!!
I Feel It All * - Feist
Mistaken for Strangers - The National
1973 - James Blunt
Nan You're a Window Shopper * - Lily Allen

Friday, March 03, 2017


Just not in the mood for a frigid run. Totally spoiled now. Wait a few days, it will be in the fifties again.

However, I have neglected any kind of upper body activity for so long. My let bicep was aching terribly, There's very little density there. Weak, weak arms.

This morning I hopped on the Wii Fit again. It has been well over a year (it keeps track of that.) It would serve me well to hit that daily, or at least several days a week.

Doesn't take much. You think, every day, what about a dozen curls? You know, just to start? That's nothing? Then it never happens.

I's like to feel stronger than this. I can be stronger than this.

Duration: 19 minutes

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

All we've got left is a beat in the night.

Today in silly clickbait:

6 Reasons Your Doctor Needs to Know You’re a Runner
by Teal Burrell, Runner's World 1/23/2017

Every time I meet a new doctor, the moment they use a stethoscope they ask, "You run?"

I don't think I want to meet the doctor who can't tell a runner right off the bat.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Pavement: wet
Temperature: 52°
Climate: light rain
Mood: okay

Beautiful "spring" day. The wife actually has the day off, as her school's power is out after last night's storms. But I am headed to three different schools today, in three different communities, for meetings, teaching and parent responsibilities.

All the water fowl, in the lagoon. Just gorgeous.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165.5 lbs. (+1.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Oh, yes. "Fat Tuesday." The perfect excuse to have hot pastrami at lunch and a cheeseburger and onions rings for dinner. Only I'm not Catholic so I'll be eating the same things today.

2003 Playlist
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight * - The Postal Service
In Between Days * - Ben Folds
Title and Registration - Death Cab for Cutie
Gay Bar * - Electric Six
Burning Down the House - Tom Jones & The Cardigans
Yeah - Usher ft. Lil' Jon & Ludacris
Look for Water - David Bowie
It's My Life - Liquid People vs. Talk Talk

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Going backward.

Nineteen runs in February, tied for record set in 2012.

February 2017 Median Run Temperature: 41.6°
February 2012 Median Run Temperature: 35.2°

Granted, those are days I chose to run. Some days I intentionally chose not to because it was so cold, but that's true of both years.

Distance: 3.3 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:38
Duration: 25:12
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Late nights, this week we are watching When We Rise. Can't believe a series like this is on network TV. I remember the Red Hot + Blue controversy in 1990 when basic information on AIDS/HIV prevention and awareness was scrapped in lieu of biographical information on Cole Porter.

Pavement: wet
Temperature: 43°
Climate: sunny & cool
Mood: all right

Yesterday, I got several, sporadic, shooting pains in my right ankle after my run. The first one almost made me fall over. Lasted about an hour, then they were gone.

Last night I grimaced briefly as this stabbing pain momentarily afflicted my left foot. The wife asked what was wrong, I described it just as I did now. She looked concerned. I said, "Don't you get those? Just occasional, stabbing pains?"

"No," she said, looking at me as though I were disturbed. "No, I don't."

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 164 lbs. (+1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

1983 Playlist
Everything Counts - Depeche Mode
Human Alchemy - XTC
Power and the Passion * - Midnight Oil
Moon 83 * - The B-52's
Coconut Champagne (Live) - Maynard Ferguson
Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa) - George Kranz

Monday, February 27, 2017

Run like a polo.

After an extended week I have a day off. We rehearsed last Saturday, and on President's Day. I had pre-show events at the performance this past Saturday. Thankful for some time off ... to do laundry, wash dishes, etc.

But, seriously. It's not even 9:30 AM and I have done those things and the rest of the day is mine. Time to write, relax, and run. Hmn. That should be a on a T-shirt.

Distance: 3.75 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:53
Duration: 29:36
Route: Foest Hill Loop

Blessed cool day. That's it. Getting back to the relaxation part (away from a screen.)

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 45°
Climate: cool
Mood: okay?

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 163 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

2013 Playlist
Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A.
Brave - Sara Bareilles
Right Action - Franz Ferdinand
Dangerous - Big Data
Applause - Lady Gaga
We Can't Stop - Miley Cyrus
Cool Kids - Echosmith
Walk Us Uptown - Elvis Costello & The Roots

Sunday, February 26, 2017

You've only had to run so far ... so good.

The past two days have been a physical mystery. It was in the seventies on Friday, but I was saddled with a sinus-piercing headache in the morning, and by night I was just weak, weak and tired. I do not know if it was the cumulative effect of moving the set a few times and running pretty much every day, or if I had caught some kind of bug.

Saturday morning, it was the same. Weak, tired, even after a fine night's sleep (a couple of them, to be honest) and a bit queasy after having a simple breakfast. Was I sick? No idea. But another day without running was necessary.

Distance: 3.3 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:54
Duration: 26:05
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Still feeling weak heading out, and yet being outside and moving through the cool air, it was impossible not to go fast. Just felt good. And such a beautiful, sunny day in the park. Looking across the lagoon at the footbridges, hadn't noticed them from that angle before. Just a wonderful place to be.

Pavement: wet
Temperature: 30°
Climate: sunshine
Mood: leaning in

Snowed last night, the morning sun had already melted what was left on the sidewalks.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 164 lbs. (-1.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Not sure when I can trust the scale. Some mornings it says 167.5, others 162. Changed the battery a week ago. So I try it now and then while I am in the bathrrom until it makes sense.

1982 Playlist
Wham Rap [Social Mix] - Wham!
Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime) - The Flirts
Jason and the Argonauts - XTC
Pressure - Billy Joel
Lysistrata - Utopia
My Own Way - Duran Duran

Thursday, February 23, 2017

All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me.

Just another day, just another run. Obsessively moving forward, keeping active in the spring-like weather, peeling through year playlists. Even this year I am on track to break my February run record, and I am not even training for anything.

In 2012, however, I was fighting against snow and cold temperatures, this year it is easy in my shorts and cap. But I do have seven more playlists to get through than I did that year, so there's that.

None of this means anything. Just trying to have something to say.

Distance: 3.3 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:52
Duration: 25:57
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Boy asked the watch Animalympics before heading off to school this morning, the entire thing is available online. Fans of the movie (mostly Gen X'ers who either saw it over and over on HBO in the early 80s, or on the Disney Channel in the early 90s) wonder why it is not available on DVD or for streaming.

Maybe it's all the Asian stereotypes and fat jokes. Since Disney purchased the rights, they have probably decided to shelve it in the United States like they have Song of the South. Not worth the controversy.

Still. That Kit Mambo.

Temperature: 59°
Climate: overcast and humid
Mood: driving

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165.5 lbs. (+1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Gained a pound, yes, but only a pound. Went out with the boy the Happy Dog last night we got the hang out and talk about things which was great. But I have consumed so much fat and grease these past several days and I can feel it in my mouth. Can't brush it out. I need some more control.

2002 Playlist
Freeek! - George Michael
Clap Your Hands - They Might Be Giants
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presly
Daybreaker - Beth Orton
Sweet Smoke - Mr. Scruff
Music Plus 1 - Cornershop
United States of Whatever *  - Liam Lynch

Babymaking music.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The city's warmer by a couple of degrees.

Moving the set yesterday, ooff. I could feel the energy leaving my arms, weakness settling in. Can't imagine doing that every day this year, or ever again. Maybe it would make me stronger ... but then, maybe not.

The writing is lackadaisical, perhaps m morning meeting I am having today with be a motivation. More on that soon, I hope.

Distance: 3.3 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:53
Duration: 26:03
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Brisk, light, just before the rain. Remarkable. The trees, the earth. We just keep running.

Temperature: 55°
Climate: light rain
Mood: fuck you

My daughter's capacity for forgiveness is bottomless. Mine, however, is not.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165.5 lbs. (-0-)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Why eat sensibly all day only to scarf a piece of cold, flavorless pizza right before bed?

1999 Playlist
As - George Michael & Mary J. Blige
Five Fathoms (Kevin Yost Everything and a Groove Mix) - Everything But the Girl
Find My Baby - Moby
Lullaby of Clubland - Everything But the Girl
Stop Breaking Down - The White Stripes
Blame * - Everything But the Girl

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We're on the move.

Why yo-yo dieting is still better than doing nothing for weight loss
by Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph 2/21/2017

Well, thank God for that, anyway.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Pavement: dry
Temperature: 57°
Climate: overcast & cool
Mood: all right

Tour season begins, late nights and early mornings. Takes effort to stay on top of exercise, moving sets in and out exhausts me ... only this year my load is much lighter, at least literally. Most days I won't even be going out, it is an entirely autonomous tour.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165.5 lbs. (+0.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

Glorious day, cool but humid. It will be like spring for the most part for the next ten days.

1979 Playlist
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
My Sharona - The Knack
Candy-O - The Cars
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Making It - David Naughton
Cars - Gary Numan
I Fought the Law - The Clash
The Stranger Song - The Cure

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Every step of the way.

Both of our children have grown an inch and a half since August. So, things have been happening.

The boy and I took a bike/run today, a beautiful spring-like day. I jammed a Bluetooth speaker into the water bottle holder, and we were both able to enjoy that late 60s rhythm and blues.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Pavement: dry
Temperature: 52°
Climate: sunny!
Mood: good

Wish I had timed that, the boy gets bigger, he can now bike much faster, and does. He paces me. I had to ask him to slow down a couple times. I hope we get to do this a lot in the weeks and months to come. I wish the girl would run with me.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165 lbs. (-1.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

When are geese suppose to lay their eggs? Because I think they have. It's February.

1969 Playlist
Hook & Sling - Eddie Bo
We Have All The Time In The World - Louis Armstrong
We Got More Soul - Dyke & The Blazers
Time Is Tight - Booker T. & The MG's
Your Good Thing (Is About to End) - Lou Rawls
Baby Please Don't Go - Them
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - John Barry Orchestra
Aquele Abraco - Gilberto Gil
Grits Ain't Groceries (All Around The World) - Little Milton

Saturday, February 18, 2017

I'm running underground.

Thigh pain persists, a burning sensation deep in my right thigh. It is an affliction I generally associate with the winter, and with being off my regimen. Yet I have been exercising most days. This bout began yesterday afternoon, and continued even after my hard evening run. I went to sleep with this feeling, and also woke with it.

This is not meralgia paresthetica, the condition I developed fifteen years ago. That would be on the outside of my leg. Rather, self-diagnosis suggests this is greater trochanteric pain syndrome, which relates to minor tears in the nearby muscles, but perhaps I should ask a doctor.

However, whenever I ask a doctor about conditions like these, the general advice is to take an anti-inflammatory. This is something I have neglected to do.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:07
Duration: 26:25
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Fewer clothes, dry, safe pavement. We pick up knees, we run, we fly.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 66°
Climate: clear blue skies
Mood: tired

End of a Saturday work day run, before we go out for the evening. Feeling drained. leg pain, running every day just to keep up. Glad I went out. The breeze was a bit strong heading out, but it was all at my back heading home.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 166.5 lbs. (+1.5)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

I should eat only vegetables tonight.

1998 Playlist
Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
Rock Is Dead - Marilyn Manson
Rolling - Soul Coughing
Cascades of Colour - Ananda Project
Sexy Boy (Live) - AIR
Jump Jive An' Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra
Mezzanine - Massive Attack

Friday, February 17, 2017

They say they're running (out of angels.)

Sunset over Forest Hill Park
Still pain down my leg, only now it's both legs. This is not a problem at the moment, it's just a reminder than I am an active man.

Distance: 5.15 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:53
Duration: 40:37
Route: Forest Hill/Boulevard Loop

Temperatures picking up, tomorrow it will be sixty degrees with warm temperatures or at least well-above freezing until at least March. Our new Secretary of the E.P.A. will ensure this trend continues.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 46°
Climate: cool
Mood: not bad, actually

Shorts and a long-sleeved shirt which feels as though it has chafed me something terrible. All the sweat? Who knows. Running brisk and free through the sunset. Busy weekend ahead, they're all busy, the tour begins next week, rehearsals for Red Onion, White Garlic started last night.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165 lbs. (-0-)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

1978 Playlist
Ever Fallen In Love - The Buzzcocks
Got to Get You Into My Life - Earth Wind & Fire
Living In Paradise - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Strange Town * - The Jam
Truth Hits Everybody * - The Police
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Running Out of Angels - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Cross Wires - XTC
Radios In Motion - XTC
Safe European Home - The Clash
Shame - Evelyn "Champagne" King
I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan

Didn't plan to run five miles. But, Jesus Christ, 1978! What didn't you do?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Warm me up.

Taught two ninety-minute classes in back-to-back at my daughter's school. It was the Macbeth residency, a little banquet scene, some stage combat. I was entirely wrecked after and just couldn't move for about an hour.

It's cold. I'm tired. The national scene is demoralizing. Time for a run.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:20
Duration: 27:06
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Today is also the day that winter got me. It's cold. I'm cold. And its not even that cold. But I feel it, deeply. It leaves me listless and uninspired.

It was also one year ago today that I last saw my father alive, that has been weighing on me, too.

Pavement: dusty with snow & ice
Temperature: 27°
Climate: cold
Mood: wtf

From enervating to energizing. Still not one hundred percent, but at least I can say I ran, and it was good. At least I am no longer cold. What would I do without it? Seriously, it's a little frightening.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165 lbs. (-1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

2004 Playlist
Breathe Me - Sia
Let's Get It Started (Spike Mix) - The Black Eyed Peas
Extraordinary Girl - Green Day
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
Hunting Season - Felix da Housecat
Me Plus One - Annie
La-La-Love - Astaire
Air - Owls

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My beats-per-minute never been the same.

A man my age should not eat Andouille sausage. Like, ever. And that is all I would like to say about that.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 7:51
Duration: 25:38
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Broke eight minutes for the first time in forever. Thank you, 1984, thank you, George, for some totally awesome BPM.

Pavement: dry
Temperature: 32°
Climate: cool, sunny
Mood: all right

Decided to put on a sport coat for work today. Tried of looking like a schlub.

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 166 lbs. (+1.0)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

1984 Playlist
I Love You, Suzanne * - Lou Reed
Why [12" Version] - Bronski Beat
Blue Light - David Gilmore
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go * - Wham!
Another Bridge * - Everything But the Girl
Dance Halls Days [Extended Version] - Wang Chung

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Feeling kind of older.

The hamstring is an issue. Maybe running every day has something to do with it, but my left thigh generally aches. The "string" in my leg, I can feel it like a band of rubber and it has pain. Sitting for any length of time can make my back sore, or my thigh. It is, as I say, a pain.

Distance: 3.25 miles
Avg. Pace: 8:19
Duration: 27:04
Route: Forest Hill Loop

Beautiful, cool morning. So many geese around the lagoon, really pissed one off who did not wish to make way for me on the running path.

Feeling it in my back-end. Forecast is mild for the next ten days, but I feel the need to continue, whenever possible, to store up for when the actual winter might come. In CLE, that might be in May.

Pavement: wet
Temperature: 36°
Climate: cool & cloudy
Mood: all right

Baseline: 174 lbs.
Today: 165 lbs. (0-)
Goal: 165 lbs.
Ideal: 160 lbs.

165 lbs. is kind of where I am supposed to be. I would prefer 160, but 165 is good It is a good place to be. But how do I stay here, or just below it? I have  tendency, like most people, to eat.

I keep salted almonds in the house, and mix a handful of those with a handful of raisins or dried cranberries to keep my mouth occupied and my hunger (it's not really hunger, it's appetite) sated until dinner. Often that works. I would rather have a bag of Doritos. Like a whole, family-sized bag.

1973 Playlist
Love Train - The O'Jays
Dancing With the Moonlight Knight - Genesis
D'yer Mak'er - Led Zeppelin
Pills - New York Dolls
Hooked On a Feeling - Blue Swede
Live & Let Die - Paul McCartney & Wings
Skokian - Hot Butter
Blinded By the Light - Bruce Springsteen

Ladies and gentlemen, Alan Alda. (((Sigh.)))