September 11, 2005
my foggy mind
The way my mind works: it's dawn, and I'm running through my neighborhood. Over to the east the sun is very round and very red. Red Rubber Ball was a Simon and Garfunkel (actually, Tom and Jerry) song later recorded by the Cyrkle. About 15 years ago I was in a band with a guy who wrote a song called My Foggy Mind whose opening line sounded almost exactly like Red Rubber Ball's opening line. I can't remember whether the guy claimed never to have heard of Red Rubber Ball, but even when we (other band members) told him so, he still insisted that we play the song. The band (also named by this guy) was called Destroy All Monsters, and again we had to tell the guy that there was already a famous band by that name, but again he was unfazed, and the name stuck for the rest of the band's three-month lifetime. The GPS chirps. I have 16 miles left to go.
Myself and I played all manner of games during the 20-miler this morning. We played:
Find the Shade
Belly of the Block - kinda like the lightpoles game (run fast to a lightpole, recover to the next, repeat ad mortem), only I would go from the middle of the block to the middle of the next block. Sometimes the blocks were short and sometimes they were long, but it evened out.
Dancin' in the Pedals - good for getting up a hill, or just getting back on pace after daydreaming for a bit
I Hate Self-Affirmation - I don't know if I can hold this pace much longer. I don't know if I can make my legs go any faster. yes, I CAN, now shut the hell up.
some game that has no name but goes like this: think of a runner you admire - local, world-class, male, female, doesn't matter. Remember that runner's picture you have in your head. Be that picture - or something about it - for a second or two.
This turned out to be a pretty good 20, especially for a solo run. The first mile was 10:19 and the last was 7:39. After I got home I continued the no-name game (above) by sitting in an ice bath for 10 or 15 minutes. Next, a brownie, and then a nap.
Posted by joe positive at September 11, 2005 10:46 AM