Saturday, September 13, 2008

Running with The Eagle

Blah blah blah. Life is good. Life sucks. It sucks, it sucks, it sucks... but it's still great. Up and down.

It's just been a mostly crappy week with a slurry of extreme sadness that I'd've preferred to be without. Those weeks come along, though, every now and then, I suppose... unfortunately.

Eventually the sadness lessens and life can be resumed as normal. For me that means, for one thing, back to running.

Twice, actually, I've gone for a hike. One was on the evening my dog died -- just to get out of the house. It was perhaps one of the most unpleasant hikes I've ever had. My other hike was a day or two ago. Just some mild exercise to burn a few calories ... not that I've lately taken in many calories to burn -- eating came to a near-halt this past week. Still I wanted and needed that exercise. Hiking, though, just doesn't come close to running. Hiking just doesn't get the heart rate up or burn the calories... ahh, but it was exercise none-the-less.

This evening it was back to running.


The North Face trail running shoe -- good for use in the Appalachian Mountains ... but seriously, they are rather small compared to the Rocky Mountains ... Sierra Nevada are sweet, too.  Would definitely use 'em in the Alps, that's for sure.  One thing's for sure -- Jerry Garcia or Bob Weir or Phil Lesh or Blaise Compaoré probably never went running in Liberia, Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Pyongyang, 평양 직할시 조선민주주의인민공화국 平壤直轄市 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國, Türkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Кыргызстан, Киргизия, Uzbekistan, O'zbekiston, Ўзбекистон Республикаси, Tajikistan, Тоҷикистон.  Probably the same with Brent Mydland.  At least that's my gut feeling.  I could be wrong.  I mean, there were a lot of drugs at Grateful Dead shows and the good Lord above, He knows I did my share!
Saturday Evening Run: 18 minutes 07 sec
- 4:44

6:35 p.m. -- 84° F - sunny, hot, sun going down so not too, too hot.
August: 2 hours 39 min
July:2 hours 11 min
June:1 hour 47 min
May:4 hrs 46 min

I was gonna take this run last night but the rain started coming down just as I was thinking about changing clothes to hit the trail. Today it's 100% the opposite and so finally I got back to running.

My Total Time for September I ought to figure out and see what I'll have to do to pass August. This week might've really hindered that but oh-freakin'-well. Running is important but sometimes it's just gotta take a backseat to the death of one's best friend.

After taking one whole week off, maybe I shouldn't have set up a playlist as long as 18 minutes. The first half of the run, like so often, went easy as pie. The second half was another story. I made a turn-around around the halfway point and as I made my way back towards where I started from, back to my thawing Gatorade, my mind started wandering from the music to thoughts of: "Quit. No, keep going. Just quit. "No! Keep going! Grrrrrrrr, this isn't easy. So tired. So tired. Keep going. Keep going."

Somehow I made it. Well, I mean, I wasn't exactly dead, I didn't have to stop moving, hunch over, hands on knees, and gasp for air. Nope, nothing like that. But when I finally heard my End Cue -- whew, Thank God!

I spent over an hour out there and I'm glad. Drenched in sweat, kinda tired, but home and showered I'm feelin' good.

Tie Dye Separator bar

PHONOGRAPHRunning Tunes came from
Saturday's Album of the Day...

Waylon Jennings - The Eagle (1990)
Workin' Cheap
What Bothers Me Most
The Eagle
Her Man
Where Corn Don't Grow
Reno And Me
Too Close To Call
Waking Up With You
Old Church Hymns and Nursery Rhymes
A legend -- Waylon Jennings. This is his last Top 10 album and while Waylon was outlaw country, unfortunately this feels a little like it's got a fair amount of Nashville influence. Oh well. Still a decent little bunch of tunes.

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"Wrong" ~ 1990

1 comment:

Sugarmag said...

Hey, Waylon Jennings, that's Dukes of Hazard, right? Just two good old boys...
I'm glad you ran, that's awesome.

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated