I like this better than the Bobby Fuller Four original, and it neatly sums up how I feel about having to suck it up for the man these days.
Forgot to do my weekly report last week, so here's two weeks in one installment. Nothing too memorable other than continuing to get the miles in bad weather or not. 60 miles two weeks ago, 61 miles this past week. Two quality long runs and two quality aerobic fartlek workouts and a lot of easy miles inbetween. We had a brief wave of warm weather on Saturday and it was a downright tropical 40 degrees out when I ran my 16 miler. Gonna be really cold this week though, but January is more or less over so it won't last for long. The plan this week is to reduce the volume a bit and go to down to about 50-52 miles just to get a little snap back into my legs after a lot of volume (for me) this past month.
While I'm on the Year Zero theme, here's one of the first (and best) punk rock singles, 1976's "New Rose" by The Damned.
1976 was Year Zero in rock 'n' roll history, so to speak. When The Sex Pistols, The Damned (pictured on the left), Saints, Ramones and numerous others blew the cobwebs off a stale overindulgent scene where boring, dinsosaur rockers like Yes, the later Pink Floyd, Bad Company, and Queen and sensitive, bearded pussies like James Taylor, The Eagles, and Jackson Browne ruled the day. It feels like 1976 all over again. Only this time indie rock is the disease. I'm sick to death of clever, over-the-top idiots like The Decemberists (who to me are the Yes of the 21st Century with their fucking concept albums based on whatever buzz word they're up to in their thesaurus) or the lack of melody found in neo-stoner clods like Dead Meadow, The Mars Volta, or the godawful Black Angels. Then there's the hippy folk crap. I hate, hate, hate the likes of Sufjan Stephens, Jens Lekman, and Devendra Barnhart (sp? -- I'm too lazy to look it up). Cut your hair kids, shave your beards, and memorize "Raw Power" and "Never Mind The Bollocks". And while you're at it, throw out your bongs and start doing speed. Motorhead yes, Deep Purple no. Maybe then we can have some skinny rock stars for a change. Ever notice how husky indie pinups like the Decemberists, Death Cab For Cutie or most bands on the cover of Magnet are these days? Signed, a rock 'n' roll Pol Pot who's had enough.
(Photo: Victah Sailer) Ryan Hall shattered the American record for the half marathon with a phenomenal time of 59:43 at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon in Houston, Texas. His time yesterday is one of the ten best ever for the distance and is arguably the greatest long distance performance in American distance running history. Hall plans to make his debut at the marathon later this year and is suddenly a threat to take down US records for the 5K, 10K and marathon.
Another really good week. 60 miles on 7 runs in 7 days. Highlights were a 14 miler on Saturday and a 10 miler with 4 x 5:00 @ 10K-15K effort on Tuesday. Everything else was just steady distance work. Feeling really strong keeping the mileage at around 60, but it takes some sacrifice. Seems like I'm tired and sore all the time except when I'm actually running. Looking forward to some breakout racing performances this Spring. The weather has been pretty mild thus far this winter. Nothing worse than mid-30's thus far, but that's bound to change before March rolls around.
One of the best pop songs ever!
First week of 2007. I ran 61 miles in singles with the key runs being a 14 mile long run today, a 10 miler with 5 x 3:00 on Tuesday and a 10 mile progression on a super hilly course on Friday. The goal is to try to keep it at 60 miles a week through the winter before I sharpen up for some spring races where I hope to lower my masters PRs at 5K, 8K/5 miles, and 10K. I'll probably also try to find a 10 mile race to jump into as well.
Happy New Year! I ended up jumping in a 5 mile road race at the last minute on Saturday, December 30, while visiting family in Cambridge, Mass., and low and behold, I managed a masters PR of 29:46. Wasn't expecting this at all as I hadn't done any fast running for three weeks after San Francisco. The course was a nice, scenic 2.5 mile loop that went around a pond and had markers every 1/4 mile (in some places they had markers every 200 meters!). The North Medford Running Club hosts a 2.5 and 5 mile race every Saturday in Cambridge rain or shine and has been doing this for years. It's an old school race with no entry fee where you're given a popsickle stick at the end with your place written on it and you bring it over to a guy who records your name. Wish there were more races like this. Anyway, people as famous as Henry Rono, Bill Rodgers, Geoff Smith and GBTC legends from the '70s and '80s have run on this course. I started out cautiously and did the first mile in 6:17 and felt great so I gradually accelerated and reached the 2 mile mark in 12:26 before getting into a great groove and hitting the first lap in 15:20. The second lap was just a blur. I got into one of those amazing zones where I just glued my eyes on two guys who were ahead of me and never even looked at my watch. I passed the first guy with about a mile to go and caught the second guy just before the 2 mile/4.5 mile mark. I looked at my watch there and saw I was at 27:07, which meant I needed a 2:52 final 800 to break 30. I started running as hard as I could and the other guy wouldn't give up so that really pushed me. Finally with about 200 to go I pulled away and was shocked to finish in 29:46... a 2:39 final half-mile! It's nice to end the year on such a positive note and this race will hopefully keep me pumped up this winter as I build a base for the Spring racing season.