Thursday, June 09, 2011

On the Road and on the iPod

Rain and lightning can't stop me!

I braved downpours, flashes of light, and deep rumbles from the sky for today's 5:30-in-the-morning run--but I have more than just will power on my side. Over the past few weeks, I've ramped up on the runs because I'm training for the July 4 Harvard Pilgrim 10K road race. I like this race especially because it finishes on the field at Gillette Stadium, where my beloved New England Patriots football team play.

And there's more: I have also started strength training three times a week. I plan to look good and run well on July 4 and beyond. At the very least, I want to do the entire 6.2-mile course without having to walk any part of it. Last year, I was not ready for the full distance and had to walk a good chunk of the race.

I'm moving and grooving now, though. Here's what my weeks tend to look like these days, exercise-wise:

SundayLong run60-90 mins
MondayStrength training15-30 mins
TuesdayRun30-40 mins
WednesdayStrength training15-30 mins
ThursdayRun20-30 mins
FridayStrength training15-30 mins

Although I have plenty of desire to get faster and stronger, one motivation for me is the running playlist on my (wife's) iPod. Here's what I listen to, in no particular order and without the usual quotation marks around song titles:
  • The Bad Plus
    • Lost of Love
    • Prehensile Dream
    • Flim
  • Esbjorn Svensson Trio
    • Dolores in a Shoestand
    • Did They Ever Tell Cousteau?
  • Led Zeppelin
    • The Song Remains the Same (Live)
  • Deep Purple
    • Highway Star (Live)
  • Living Colour
    • Behind the Sun
  • Cake
    • The Distance
  • Eminem
    • Lose Yourself
  • Foo Fighters
    • Everlong
  • Metallica
    • Fade to Black
  • Twisted Sister
    • I Wanna Rock
  • U2
    • Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  • Miles Davis
    • What I Say
  • Motorhead
    • Ace of Spades
  • Andrew Bird
    • Sweetmatter
    • Armchair
I have other artists and songs on the playlist, but these make up the highlights. I'm really into The Bad Plus recently.


  1. Run Forrest run! XD

  2. Wonderful photo. I often go outside during lightning storms to watch the goings-on; my dog hates the thunder, though.

    I'm not running these days, but I have been walking more. It brings the benefit of exercise and the exploration of "new" neighborhoods.

    On an unrelated note, why does JP continue to repeat the logical fallacy that non-frum Jews are necessarily atheists?

  3. Tova,

    When I lived in West Virginia, I would sit on the front porch swing during lightning storms (and other times). Seemed like they had powerful storms there.

    JP? I wouldn't presume to know what's going on in that guy's head. Maybe he thinks it's true, but I don't think he's in charge of determining who is a Jew and who is an atheist.

    Forget him. I decided a long time ago that he was a smart man struggling with the fact that he would never reach his full potential.


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