Friday, December 4, 2015

Burn it Down.....



     This post has been a long time in the making – Id’ say about a year.  It started when I first noticed my Afib – my running pace just gradually slowed, run away heart rates, puffing and panting; my running was unraveling, and I hated it.  Through medications, and an ablation, with each run I’d go out and compare my results to the Doctor of two years ago.  Two years ago 10 miles at 8:15 was “normal”, and not that tough – my heart issues changed all that.  And every run was a disappointment in comparison.  It wasn’t long before I introduced walking to my runs – and with every run-walk Id finish in disgust, and self-disappointment – the old Doctor was gone. 


     I’m sick of this.  About a month ago I had an epiphany – I’m leaving the old Doctor behind – the new Doctor run-walks when he needs to; and strangely, I can keep this up for quite some time – it seems to suit the ultra-approach anyway.  But my days of BQ’ing are over, I know that now – and now all my PR’s have started over.  Not every run is compared to a 3:24 marathon in my mind anymore.  And you know, they seem to be getting faster as my heart heals – and I appreciate it every time I make a “new” PR, instead of just being disappointed that I’m not the same as I used to be.


     So the clip below encompasses this perfectly – The Walking Dead has had so many powerful, symbolic scenes, and this is one of my favorites.  The unlikely pair, a religious country singer Beth, and the Bad Ass Daryl, seem to over a few episodes form an awkward friendship.  They come across an abandoned house, and spend time in it reflecting on the past.  Their dreams and how they wished they were back there – before the apocalypse – and what was “going to be”.  And then it becomes clear, much like me, that if they live in that past they’ll only destroy themselves, because it’s over, and not coming back.  Then a very wise Beth says, symbolically, and literally “Let’s burn it down”.  The burning of the house of course represents leaving old dreams behind and starting over, for them, and for me.  Notice how they start the fire with a wad of now useless money – and I’ll keep reminding myself how lucky I am to be able to run at all….


I do feel sorry for anyone that doesn’t follow TWD – it’s not just about zombies!



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

U-ha, Um Hmm....

Well, I've said before, and will again, the "Arts" are timeless.....  I came across this tune in, of all places, a Starbucks this morning.  I sware, Starbucks sucess isnt just the fact that they serve over caffinated coffee drawing you back in like an addict needing a fix, but that they seriously take the time to consider what works with the public - in this case, catchy music!

So unlike the "post-Beatles" period where the music is complex enough that you have to hear it a time or two before it hooks you, in these days there was a certain "simplicity" that I love.  I think this will get stuck in your head after only hearing it once, and man this teenage girl from literally the year I was born has a great voice!  Ok, give it a listsen, will only take once!  (The internet thinks this is country, adding further proof to my Country Music problem...)





So I'm only running about 5 miles a day after my "ablation" to stop my A-Fib, which best I can tell seems to be working.  Oh, the doctor said that after 3 days I could go back to "normal" activity, so I was ready to jam in training for my late season, but the Librarian "intercepts" this, and asks the doctor if he really understands what I consider normal.  Well, apparently (when I was not around) my doctor "decided" which I suspect really meant the Librarian informed him, that I need to limit my mileage to 5 a day for a few weeks (which is now over).  So back at it this weekend, although my training has been poor, I'm fat, and my pace is awful - but I still seem to have a bit of endurance left; we'll see this weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2015

I'm Coming Out.....

Well, I thought I'd kick off my first post after my time off with a topic that has nothing to do with running - it's far bigger than that actually.  I've decided, that I'm coming out.  Publicly.  To anyone who might read this - so here goes.

I've seen a lot of people go through difficult "out-comings" in my day, right up to the recent Bruce Jenner, also known as, well, some girl name.  Bruce can do it.  Why can't I?  All right, I'm building up courage, but I'll tell you, this is a far bigger deal than Bruce's "outing"....

Ok.  Deep breath.....

For years I've laid down posts about......  Country Music.

I'd slam it for being overly "twangy".  Depressing.  A throwback to a long lost era.  And it's true, most of it really does suck.

But lately I've discovered a song I can't help liking.....  Should it have been "non-country"?  No, this song is country, and frankly singing it any other way wouldn't work.  Both singers really push the country twang, and yet....  Well, I think this song is PERFECT! 

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So, I'm coning out in a big, difficult, and painful way.  Yes, I apparently now like country music!  There, I just said it. 

So, I've come out as a Country Music Listener.  Whew, I feel much better now!  Anyway, I live in 'Merica, I can listen to what I wont.....  riiiight?

Ok, here it is, the song that put me over the edge.  I think it's perfect, and a GREAT running song!  The librarian gave me some complaint about it being about "friends with benefits", immoral, unethical and all sorts of other highfalutin stuff; I just like the melody.  I think this Blake guy might have a future, and Ashley's voice is perfect.  A bit "Dolly-Patton" rip off, but still pretty good.  I think she's done other duets with Kid Rock, and pretty much anyone else that's popular.....

So here it is - I hope it doesn't mess you up like it did me!



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Is This Thing On?????

All right - test..... 1.2.3........

Is this working?  

Is it time to start throwing down random, useless thoughts about disastrous runs, coupled with horrible music, and complaints about the trail slammer?

Maybe so........

3 Years since a post, and crawling out of a hole like a groundhog on, well, St. Groundhogs day, what are the first words from my mouth??????

KATY PERRY RULES!!!!!!!!    I told you all so!!!!!!

and

Fenix 3 SUCKS - Distance measurments off by as much as 20% in the woods, I'm going back to the Fenix 2....


OK, more to come.....

Maybe....