Slow and Steady

Not that long ago, I was frustrated with my running program, but recently it has become easier to live with.  I’m actually enjoying it now and I seem to be increasing my distance within the time allotted.  My last run went really well and while I took yesterday off, I’m excited about the prospects for the rest of the week.  With that said, here’s another running update from the Melisa Memorial 570.

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First, you’ll notice that the elevation chart is back, which I’m happy about.  You’ll also notice that toward the end it flattens out.  That’s because I’ve reached the Indiana/Illinois border (nearly!) at the Wabash River.  I’m also closest to Grayville, IL.

Grayville, IL is actually situated in two counties in Illinois and is the birthplace of naval hero (of the Spanish-American War and WWI) Rear Admiral James Meredith Helm. Their website City of Grayville also provides much more history and entertainment information.

WOW!  All residents of Grayville (roughly 2,043 of you) are invited to send in a comment on my blog.  I’d love to hear from you.

In other news, the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff spot last night with a win over the Tribe.  Here’s to a great run in the postseason and another World Series win!  The weather here in Louisville has been absolutely outstanding over the last month or so which has led to some great sleeping and beautiful rides to work and back.  The lawn has suffered a little, but I’m not too worried about that.  The bermuda grass always bounces back.  And C. and I are planning trips to Philadelphia in October, Arizona in November and possibly a trip to New Orleans for me in January.  So, yeah, we’re out to see the country in short order.  WOOHOO!

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1. Take a picture of yourself right now.
2. Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair…just take a picture.
3. Post that picture with NO editing.
4. Post these instructions with your picture.

Aaron @ 11 a.m.

Wow, I need a haircut Aside: getting one this afternoon and I don’t shave on Fridays.  And, yes, that’s Ms.Hellion’s page in the background which is where I found this idea.  And my messy desk.

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Instant gratification

I’m a guy who likes stuff when I want it.  I don’t like messing around with waiting.  I’m not really impatient, but I don’t like to engage in activities that don’t produce results immediately.  For example:

  • I stand at the microwave desperate to understand why it takes a full FOUR MINUTES to cook a meal.
  • I think red lights should be optional if it’s truly obvious that NO ONE is coming from any direction.
  • I prefer e-mail to actual letters even though I like getting mail.  Mail just takes so long.

To that end, when I started my “couch-to-5K,” I wanted immediate results.  I wanted to be able to fly along at about a 9 minute-mile during the run portions of my program.  Naturally, this did not occur and I began to get frustrated.  Mind you, I just started this program 16 days ago…but I wanted to run, and run fast.

So, it’s a program designed to go from walking to running over the course of four months.  And this week was walking 24 minutes, running 6 minutes.  Well, last week, it was 27 and 3 and I would walk the 27 and then for the last bit, run all out for 3 minutes.  I was getting nowhere.  Finally, I had an epiphany in the shower…that’s where all great epiphanies occur.  I should break this down into increments, so now I’m walking 4 minutes, running 1 minute for 6 repetitions.  Much easier to handle and it seems as if the results are more in line with my desire for instant gratification.

However, your instant gratification will have to wait.  I’ve decided to only do running updates every other week, so look for an update on Monday.

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This BLOWS!

Wow, that was some wind, huh?  Fortunately for us, we sustained almost zero damage and we have power, unlike 300,000 other people in the city.  During the rushing breezes yesterday, our grill was damaged when it blew over, but beyond that, we lost nothing Aside: although, I’ve not thoroughly checked the shingles, I don’t believe them to be in bad shape. 

In other news, the Red Sox managed to come out a little ahead over the weekend.  They’re now a mere game behind the devilish Rays with some upcoming games in Tampa Bay.  A polite nod to the Yankees for making that easier for us.  

And, finally, a picture of me doing one of the things I do best Aside: no, not sleeping  This is a photo of me singing at E.’s ordination.  Pretty handsome guy, if I do say so myself.

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A reflection

Yesterday, I settled into my comfy chair and flipped on the TiVo to behold some of the Family Guy goodness that I enjoy again and again and again.  I was confronted with the incredible episode “Airport ’07” which portends to spoof several movies, mostly dealing with airplanes.  As I’m sitting there, while Glenn Quagmire crash lands the plane and then Tom Tucker proceeds to exacerbate the news with models of how it would’ve looked had they crashed into a school, or a school for bunnies, or a school for bunnies with one survivor who went home and mercilessly beat his wife…I’m confronted with the realization that it’s September 11 and this is a horrible, excruciatingly horrible choice to rerun on this particular day.  

Fortunately, I’ve had difficulty reading the calendar as of late and it turns out that this episode was on several days before and I’ve only now started watching it…and the TV moguls who decide how to rerun episodes aren’t really the callous bastards I had made them out to be in my head. (Except when you cancelled SportsNight…bastards!)

However, this event, naturally, brought more feelings to the forefront and I’m going to go ahead and say it although you may call me callous and uncaring as well…I don’t remember much about September 11.  I remember hearing about it while at my desk at work, I remember checking websites for more information, and I remember being concerned for my friend J. who was a flight attendant for American at the time.  But beyond that, I might as well have been reading “My Pet Goat” to a bunch of elementary school children, much like Mayor Adam West…or the president even.  

Of course, I had concern for the people who tragically lost their lives, or their families, or their friends on that day.  But the day itself and the memory of it stirs no emotion in me.  I’m not angered or saddened, I’m simply not anything.  I remember it, but I feel nothing for it.

On the other hand, I remember vividly the day my grandfather passed away and my mother’s face as she sped past the bus stop wiping tears from her eyes.  It may have been the only time in her life that my mother didn’t observe the speed limit.  I can recall exact details of the moment that I heard my friend Melisa had been murdered.  And I remember watching one uncle gasp for breath as he died of lung cancer and my aunt stoically sat beside his hospital bed, holding his hand, exhorting my sister and I never to smoke (which we’ve never done by the way.)  These are the moments, the events, that have changed and shaped my life.  These are the times that I have felt sorrow and panic and fear.  And, if this still makes me a bad person in your eyes…well, I’m sorry.

I believe I can fly…

Well, the old “Couch to 5K” has been a success thus far.  It’s only been a week, but I feel pretty good about the program.  My brother-in-law J. wanted to know, though, what the training program for getting up off the couch was.  That’s a little harder to explain, but I’m excited about the rest of the program.  So…I thought I’d give you a running update.  I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I updated you, and that has given me time to put in a little over 16 miles.  I’ve passed the 100-mile mark.

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It’s kind of hard to tell from the map, at least this view (You can click on the map to get a larger version), but I’ve now reached the I-64/US 41 interchange where you can decide if Evansville or Vincennes is your destination.  This is near Warrenton, IN which, AGAIN, is an unincorporated city in Indiana.  However, it is also near the Cambridge Golf Club.

That’s about all the news there is today.  Happy birthday to my sister!  

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Let’s get political, political…

Apologies to Olivia Newton-John for that post title.

Now, down to brass tacks:

  • Republicans! If you think this election is going to be about gas prices and oil drilling, you’re sadly mistaken.  Speaking as a member of the middle class, the lower middle class, let me assure you that we’re not as concerned about gas prices as we are this country’s course in the global view.  We want to be seen as a world power that is concerned and compassionate about the state of affairs for all countries, not imperialistic thugs who are merely concerned with how to fuel our SUV. This, of course, leads me to oil drilling.  We’d much rather be focused on better, newer, cleaner, and renewable energy.  Look in the dictionary under solar and/or wind.  We’d rather save the environment for our grandchildren than have it all mucked up with derricks and spills.
  • Media! We’re not concerned about Bristol Palin’s unborn baby.  The point is that her mother and John McCain have pushed for abstinence-only sex education in this country and that is unfair and unreasonable to all teenagers, particularly ones in Bristol Palin’s condition.  Maybe if they’d had better education, there wouldn’t be this need to drag the poor girl through the mud.  Some people want to be celebrities whose every move is dissected, e.g. Paris Hilton, but I’m sure that Ms. Palin would’ve been content to live her ordinary life without 24 hour media attention.
  • Democrats! So far, so good.  Don’t screw it up!  I wasn’t necessarily thrilled with Joe Biden as choice for VP, but now that I’ve seen him in interviews with Barack Obama, I think he might just be the right man for the job.  But, when you win, don’t be idiots and merely maintain the status quo.  You’ve championed the idea of change, and we want to see it!  I know that a lot of things are “campaign promises,” but there’d better be change for the better…otherwise you’re going to hear it from those of us who get screwed.
  • Republicans!  And another thing!  You haven’t cornered the market on churches and families.  My family thinks you’re a bunch of morons and I know many families that don’t fit your “Stepford” mold who think you’re idiots too.  As well, I belong to a church that doesn’t subscribe to your agenda of hate, so that’s at least one church you don’t have either.
In other news, I’m writing this in new Google Chrome, which is awesome.  I also started my “couch-to-5K” regimen last night and it went well.  Finally, Go Boston Red Sox!
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