It is Beck's birthday.
What to write? This journaling is annoying. A little more guidance would be nice. At least it gives me something to blog about. The only problem is that I don't want this blog to turn into me just talking about working out all the time. I am way more complex, way more sentimental than that. So keep your Kleenex handy, folks.
Okay, the running journal: Today I went 2 miles in approximately 15 minutes. I am a little annoyed at the lack of a consistent routine – every class we do something different. Today the workout started with a one lap walk. I didn't participate. I had just walked over there from where I work on campus and I don't really think of walking a lap in 25 degree weather as a "warm up". I filled my water bottle with hot water and put my stuff in a locker in the men's locker room and then I started my jog. A good slow jog is a better warm up (in my opinion) than a freeze-your-ass-off walk.
I felt really good. My lungs hurt from the cold during the first mile but they were with me during the whole run (usually my lungs try to quit before the rest of me is ready to stop). My legs felt fresh, not heavy. My back didn't feel too tight. I felt really good today.
Well, I don't really want to be doing this running journal right now. I just got done running. It is raining today so we didn't go outside to run. I really like having this class. I know that last time I complained about the lunges but even after that I did a pretty heavy leg workout with the weights on Friday. I am really enjoying the part of this jogging class that is not jogging. We do some strengthening exercises every class and we have done some basic Yoga stretches each time as well. I really like it. Today we stayed in and ran around the basketball court. We did one lap and then stairs followed by two laps and stairs, three laps and stairs, etc. – for 15 minutes or so. I started out with a pretty fast pace and I think that I was working on the nine laps set when we finished. I felt strong, fast, and healthy today. Since the New Year I have had very little soda to drink. It wasn't really a resolution; I think that it may have been a resolution that B. made. I really have no idea. If it was I don't know how she is doing with it either. So… not much soda (not much sugar, period), plain oats and milk everyday for breakfast, lots of workouts, lots of protein…. I think that I will be looking good for summer. I also think that I will be running a sub-24 minute 5K before the end the semester. We will see. I went to run a 5K race this weekend but I was confused about the start time and the location and I ended up missing it. I go there right after the runners started. I was able to see the leaders at the 2 mile mark and, truthfully, I think that I could have been there with them. The leaders' times at 2 miles was about 13 minutes. Anyway, that gives me a lot of confidence. We will see where I am and how humbled I am after I actually show up to run on time. Really, I am not trying to sound boastful.
So, today was a good run – good breathing, good sweat, and my legs and chest felt pretty solid today. And the weather indoors was pretty nice.
Okay, I just got out of the jogging class and here are my thoughts: WTF!!
The teacher had us start the class with a little bit of stretching and then we went out to the track and did 200 meters of lunges. WTF is that about!? This is the second day of actual work outs. Never, not on any team I have ever been on, did I have to do 200 meters of lunges. Okay, really I don't mind. It is hard and most of the students' form was not very good but what I am used to doing is several sets of 10 to 15 yards. I think that would much more reasonable but I am a student in the class, not a teacher.
After the torture of the lunges we did some running. I don't know how long we were supposed to run. I ran 6 laps. I felt slow at the start (could it be the lunges?) and at 4 laps my legs felt really heavy so I stopped and drank some water. In the fifth lap I started to loosen up and I felt really good. I had a very strong sixth lap and while I was doing the sixth lap the class went to field in the center of the track and began doing stretching. We ended the class with about twenty minutes of stretching and a few minutes in Yoga's corpse pose. I felt like my pace overall was faster than on Tuesday but I also didn't run as far. If I run in a 5K this weekend (I am actually planning on this), I think that I would have to keep my pace somewhat slower to be able to finish. I think that pushing myself right now I could run a 24 min 5K but I feel like starting out with a 30 min pace will be better and then deciding if I want to speed things up after half way. Truthfully, I just don't think I have the lungs for a 24 min time at that distance right now.
It feels good to breath. My legs are responding to the work outs already. I feel a greater fullness in my quads and in my lower abs. I know that that sounds funny but I have enough experience working out to be aware of those things – that, and the fact that it is my own body I am talking about.
Alright, I have to run now (pun intended). I have to do some work for Portuguese.
"The Man" was looking for something (during Obama's inauguration speech!) that was not available on my blog, but I have reposted it here (below) for you all to see. It is a post about a Medal of Honor that was awarded and I included an image of a WW2 poster that says, "What have you done for freedom today?" with the image of a dead soldier laying face down in the mud. Thank you War Department for this bit of propaganda.Visit Detail
senate.gov ? (U.S. Government)
(U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms)
Senate Sergeant at Arms
did you do for
freedom today?" ww2 advertisement
Jan 20 2009
There was a medal of honor awarded today (ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 6/2/08). I am truly thankful for the honor of those who serve our country in this time of war. I think that they provide many worthy examples for others to learn from. Nevertheless, I wonder if that honor and those examples couldn't be put to better use at home. What do we do here for freedom and justice in the world? Do preemptive wars of aggression really help spread an ideology of peace, freedom, and civilized dialogue in the uncivilized parts of the world where our troops are deployed (those areas are uncivilized - nothing spells uncivilized like the homicide by suicide that caused 9/11 and continues to take lives every day over in the Middle East)? I ask, does killing half a million Iraqis really make the rest of them free? How can we spread a better ideology than the one for which we now award medals of honor posthumously? This country cannot afford to spill its bravest blood in the sands of far off lands. We need to bring that faith and that courage home with our flags flying high at their return rather than draping their coffins.
As the picture says, what did you do for freedom today?
... Expectations are what make disappointment possible. Expectations are what make
family relationships more challenging than the run of the mill relationships
that we have with strangers with whom we have no expectations. If we give up all
expectations, what is left? Then we take things as they come, whatever they are....
I have been really spending too much time thinking about this music video project. There is so much music that I really love, so many different artists and genres of music. I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Waits, Mala Rodriguez, Sarah Mclachlan, Nirvana, Marco Antonio Solis, Reggae, Top 40 (rock and Latin), indie, bossa nova... a lot of stuff; anything that talks to me when I listen to it... you know the ones. As a general rule, however, I am not a Country Music fan but there are a couple of notable exceptions. I like Greg Brown and even though I think that he is more Folk sounding than anything else he is considered Country. There are a couple of others and while I don't want to make this into a Country Music Monday thing, I do want to add one singer who I think is probably not that well known outside of serious Country fans.
Don Williams is a singer that my father used to listen to and I have loved his music for as long as I can remember. I still think that he leans a little to the folk side of things; his music has more of a lullaby quality than any twang to it.
I still like the idea of two songs, and that may be the way I do this always.
We've Got a Good Fire Going. This song really captures the 'easy to listen to' quality of his voice.
Wow, as I try to decide what video to put up next I am really taken by just how much I really LOVE this guy. I don't listen to him ever (like I said... Country) but I am having a really hard time deciding what to put on for a second song. Here is a short list of must listen to songs of his:
I don't know what to add, just listen to them all; but here is number two anyway:
Good Ole Boys Like Me
...Love, she always passes lightly and away,
Or like a lioness gets restless when she comes to stay.
And there's a ring around the moon; long, long time 'til day,
Play me one more tune; please don't go away...
Please, don't go away....me
Well, I need to go. I have a lot of work to do.
Becky asked for English. I think that this captures one part of the meaning from Rima XXX.
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
And now you know.
I will update periodically as I come up with other goals. Your suggestions are welcome here.
So what would you do in my place?