Sunday, October 10, 2010

when the numbers fell off the clock face (and stuff)

I have been alternating back and forth between the new Pete Yorn album and the new Maroon Five album.

I do not understand why Pete Yorn is not super popular. He is a amazing, versatile songwriter who puts out one rock solid album after another. Check out For Nancy, or Burrito, or Crystal Village, or Social Development Dance, or Undercover, or Velcro Shoes. Why is he not on the radio all the time? I don't understand it.

And Maroon Five? They will never be able to pull you back from the abyss at 3:30 in the morning when your heart is sobbing and you want to crawl into a hole and never ever come out again, like U2 or REM can. But they will assure that you groove all day long. (But you don't have to check out any specific songs, because they are on the radio all the time and you're probably already familiar.)


My alarm goes off at 3:33 every morning. As in every morning. The "33" is like a little private joke with myself, except that it's not funny because I still am getting up at 3:33.

I used to be able to get up a bit later than that and stretch and run and be on time for work. Now, I get up well before the dawn breaks and weave through elaborate aryuvedic rituals designed to (hopefully) get my system functioning (because of the digestive issues and all). Then I stretch. But there's no longer enough time to run (or whatever I'm doing that day), too, because the exercises I have to do for my knee take up too much time. And as it is, I'm now usually rushing in to work at the last possible second that can be considered "not late."

That, of course, means that I have to run (or whatever) after work. Which I hate. But whatever. And it means it's a challenge to eat dinner early enough that it doesn't mess with my insides too much (because of the digestive issues and all). And I won't even start on getting to bed at a decent time. I can't remember the last night I slept for more than four consecutive hours.

I'm really trying to figure something else out. Because this kinda sucks.

(I guess I could not do any of it - the running or the stretching or any of it. Except that I can't not do it. Does that make sense? I might as well try not breathing.)


I was supposed to run a marathon today. At least, I wanted to. Then July happened, and my good knee became my even worse knee.

But yesterday I ran six miles. That's the furthest I've run since July. And, after the initial couple of "getting started" blocks, I felt good. Better than I've felt since July.

So today, instead of running a marathon, I made almond snickerdoodles, and Hubby made creamy vegetable soup. Then we went for a walk on the beach.

And it turns out I didn't really need to run a marathon today.

(It was too warm to run one, anyway.)



InTheFastLane said...

WAAAY too warm! That is what I told everyone at church who felt the need to say something like "aren't you supposed to be downtown today" or "should you be out running a marathon or something?" I told them that I swore off the Chicago marathon after I slogged through the hottest one on record and finished and then ended up in an ambulance the next year (that was also hot) after mile 10. Last year would have been perfect, but that is a lot of training for it to end up being 80 degrees, right?

And my stomach/intestines are a big reason why I like to run before there is any food in there.

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

I totally get what you're saying about running. Because it's probably just like how I feel about writing. I become very irritable if I don't get time for it.

Are your morning rituals and exercises helping? (Your knee and mind and spirit and body?) Hope so! I'm really glad for you that you are able to run a whole six miles! That's really fabulous!

Lyndsay said...

Munchie woke up to pee today at 3:23 a.m. and I thought of you getting up for the day. And I was just slightly beyond half-way through my night sleep.

I don't know how you do it. Except you have to do it. I'm sorry you have to do it.

Maybe should should switch your teaching subject to Phys. Ed. and then you could just make every class run or stretch or whatever YOU need to do...