Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Tunes and the Pig

One week out from my first marathon. To be honest, I'm not that excited or even worried even with the achilles thing. It will be an accomplishment, if my legs cooperate, but my thoughts are on a 50K trail, Stone Steps. Ultimately I want to run a few 50 milers before I (die, get too old, forget where I live, whatever happens first)

I will of course blog the Flying Pig as it should be an adventure. Stay tuned.

Speaking of tunes  : /

Here is what I am listening to. When I get older, I'll blog about my poop

The first 4 songs do not repeat, and help me warm up / stretch.
Brick House The Commodores                        
Unwritten         Natasha Bedingfield Unwritten
It's My Life Bon Jovi
Danger Zone Kenny Loggins Soundtrack

These are in a repeating loop. Most are 89-90 BPM.
Ramblin' Man The Allman Brothers Band
     get the feet moving
Blue Minor Chick Webb Rhythm Man
     my dad joins me in his Army uniform
I'm Still Standing Elton John
     can't help but feel the beat (90 on the button)
Tusk                 Fleetwood Mac
     written for running, certainly not dancing (not that I do)
Tell Him           The Exciters
     you must swing your head from side to side
Feel the Rhythm U.S. Drill Sergeant Field Recordings
     pure motivation and funny too
Too Many Fish in the Sea The Marvelettes
     more head swinging
Flying Home Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra
    dad is back and joined by chrissie wellington (I have no idea why)
Can't Buy Me Love Beatles
     my roots, about 85BPM, a break from 90
I'm Still Standing Elton John
    ok, back to 90
Easy Run                 U.S. Drill Sergeant Field Recordings
     back hurts, legs hurt, ass hurts, run it on out

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What Dogs Think About

My previous post suggested Brady (on right) contemplates Newton's mind.

Brady - I was thinking about how we are able to run and swim from an early age with all four legs working in a fluid motion.

Daisy - Yeah, we are evolved well beyond humans who appear to have no built in skills at all.

Brady - It makes you wonder how they have survived.

Daisy - Rabbits. Just saying. Odds are with them.

Brady - They spend a lot of time doing silly things for no apparent reason.
- they get wet and then dry off
- they put on clothes and then take them off
- they put stuff in drawers, closets , boxes and then get them out again

Daisy -  They must think those things will ensure their long term survival. Why else would they do them.  

Brady - Fortunately it is easy to train them. They readily understand our cues for need to eat, sleep, play and poop.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tat #2 and Pigs Flying

First things first -

Of course there's a story.....

Darwin paraphrase - To contemplate the universe is like a dog contemplating the mind of Newton. The left side of the equation is typically called the Euler identity with the right side = 0. Actually Euler was not so obvious to let the angle = pi, and he let a lesser mind make the substitution years later. Newton co-developed calculus and therefore the derivative reference to the speed of light. If it is a constant, then it would be equal to 0, and all is well. But I don't think that is the case, so I added my imprint with the "not equal".

So far when people asked me if it's an energy thing, I say yes and that's my dog, Brady. They seem perfectly happy with that.

Brian thinks it's really cool. and Devon is thinking intervention. Just getting started. : )

I have been struggling with an Achilles strain due to over training. When will I learn to change gradually? With the Flying Pig 4 weeks away, Just back to 1 1/2 hour runs, not good. I'm not worried about rupture in the race, just endurance. So here are my goals for the race:
3:59:59     This is doable if my mind and Achilles hold up. approx 9 min/m
4:19:59     This is more realistic, but I'll take it if that is what it is. approx 10 min/m
4:30:00     Anything slower than this and I'll be disappointed.