6.28.2018

THE NOT SO DAILY DUMP #15


Coco

I have a very short list of TV shows and movies that I keep for future inspiration in this spot. I never feel obliged to pull from this list, but it can serve as a great launching point if one of them happens to tickle the meat in my skull. Perhaps I'll feel inspired to share one of those with you because it's something I think you should watch. Maybe there's something I find amusing or it has a greater meaning in my life. Maybe what applies today will not apply tomorrow. That is highly unlikely, though.

I was hesitant to share this movie, Coco, here. My wife will vouch for that. I do think it's a good movie and our whole family enjoyed it. The movie even did a good job of throwing us all off on one important detail. (My wife did ponder the possibility out loud, but I’m not sure if it was a case of confusion or sleuthing.) I'm usually pretty good at seeing through most twists, considering most movies and TV shows have twists nowadays, so I'm always on the lookout. Sure, nothing is 100% unpredictable, but there are some important plot points, while easy to see now, that we figured would go the easy route. Not so much. Kids movies aren't as predictable as they once were. Probably because adults are half of the audience—on the first watch or two, anyway.

Oh, yes, my hesitation. Coco, as far as I can tell, has been a fairly popular movie. I generally like to share with you the “underdogs” in TV and film. The less hyped, less known about gems buried within the media/entertainment noise. (I fully understand that I also contribute to this noise with all of my website/data/music/writing/etc stuff. Come at me, brah.) So, why did I decide to include this movie anyway? Well, we liked it. Maybe you haven't seen it. And, we watched it pretty recently.

Rather than give you a clip or a trailer for Coco, I went with sharing an amusing video entitled, "Everything Wrong With Coco In 14 Minutes Or Less." SPOILERS! (This is where you click if the video doesn't show or you'd like to get to this video’s home at YouTube.)




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Linkage For Thinkage

In this issue of TNSDD, I bring back a section I rolled out for the first time in TNSDD #12. This time around, I present to you three links related to music.

Ringing the Chords of the Universe: How Music Influenced Science
For many years, especially when I watched as many programs as I possible could about quantum physics and similar science related stuff, I have thought about and wondered how intertwined music and the universe are. The strings in string theory, after all, vibrate and sound is nothing more than vibrations. (Trust me. I have a degree.) It’s a tad more complicated, but there’s no need to get into that here. If the essence of all the universe down to its most basic part vibrates and thus the whole of the universe is vibrating—perhaps in unison (look up Einstein’s Spooky Action At A Distance, it’s a real thing)—does this mean that music/sound is deeply linked to the universe in some mystical or mathematical way? Do we connect on a deep level to the basic essence of the universe through the sound that we as a human species create to express our emotions to ourselves and others? Are we expressing the emotions of the universe? Does this enormous, vibrating, dimensional, cosmic simulation speak through us? Is it really us or are we a vessel? Am I getting too deep, dude?

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People Who Deeply Grasp Pain or Happiness of Others, Process Music Differently in Brain
I don't think this finding should be terribly difficult to believe. It seems pretty plausible to me that people who are more empathetic would process music differently and perhaps more deeply. Music is emotion, pure and simple. Go ahead. Disagree with me. I’ll be waiting to rage or cry or laugh or do other emotions—maybe all at once.

This Music Theory Cheat Sheet is All You’ll Ever Need
I have always simultaneously both wanted to learn more about music theory and not learn more about music theory. Honestly, I’ve been “flying by the seat of my pants” ever since I started on my musical journey many, many moons ago. I should definitely learn more, and it would probably make my musical life a little easier, but I always have the urge to just pick up an instrument, go, and figure it out, whatever that means. My “just go” philosophy has actually worked pretty well for me so far, and it has also helped me to create some pretty different, unconventional tunes. But, hey! Having a cheat sheet is a great way to bypass “the learning.” Maybe I’ll pick up a few more things that’ll permanently lodge themselves in my brain-space.


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Let's Go Streaking!

I have become a bit intrigued by the idea of a “run streak.” I’m friends with a couple of people on Fitbit (and now on other social media) that live in the UK that have started and have continued run streaks in the last couple of years. The premise is that a person runs one mile or more every day to count towards the streak. If a person misses a day, the streak starts over.

I wish I had known about the “one mile or more” rule. There’s an actual legit association that has decreed this. I would have been able to add a whole seven days more to my current streak had I known. I proudly told my wife on a Sunday night that I had run for seven days straight and that I ran about ¾ of a mile to save time in the morning before work. She said that she thought it had to be a mile or more to count. To which I replied with a snicker, “It’s not like there’s a Grand Council of Running or something that decides something as silly as that. I DID run each day.” Apparently, I was wrong. And, I will follow the rules, because that is what is fair or something. I don’t want to be a phony. So, the next day, I started the run streak that I’m currently in. As of the day this post is published, I have a streak of eleven days. I’m curious how long I can go.

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Credit and link to comic: F Minus, May 26, 2018


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Shine That Spotlight, You Crazy Diamond

This time around on THE NOT SO DAILY DUMP, I share with you a man named Joseph Graham. Around ten years ago, after reaching out to Joseph, I sent him a couple of CDs and some information about them. My bandmate and I were doing our best to market those CDs and part of that was to try and get reviews and plays anywhere we could. I’m glad that we came across his podcast, Razor Blade Dance Floor, and he graciously indulged us by sharing a tune from each of those CDs with his listeners. I have been his friend on Facebook ever since, and although we don’t actually speak to each other much, it has been a true joy to get to know him as a person through his posts and to read his thoughts on music and the industry.

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Saying that Joseph loves music is quite the understatement. To say that he lives and breathes music, while closer, still seems to miss the mark and not go far enough. To say that he IS music just seems ridiculous. Joseph buys and listens to A LOT of music, and as he has gotten older, he has broken down the walls of what he’s "supposed" to like and has expanded his territory. I feel a kinship with him in these regards as I can tell a similar story about my relationship with music. What makes Joseph even more special is that he loves talking about music, promoting it, and being immersed within the culture and artist circles.

What has Joseph gotten in return for all of this work and dedication? I would imagine he was paid something to write those countless articles for a variety of publications, but everything else, the podcasts, the shows, the engagement with people, was done purely out of love. And, he continues to find new ways to reach people, to share his love for music with them. His most recent project is called HexadAmore.

While the Razor Blade Dance Floor podcast focused mainly on machine rock, or industrial music, HexadAmore is genre-less. In fact, he describes it as “music without boundaries.” I love this, as I have come to a similar place in my life with my own music, blurring the lines of genre more and more. I know this isn’t exactly what he’s talking about, but in a way it is. We as a people in general get so wrapped up in genre sometimes that we forget to see what else is out there, or that it’s okay to like something not accepted by our peers.

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Joseph has some big plans for the HexadAmore site as far as I can tell from the little he’s written on it. I know he’s busy, as I can understand from trying myself to juggle life along with multiple projects. He states on his site that, “HexadAmore will be a music related web site that will feature blogs that have unique personal views on a range of topics, podcasts dedicated to promoting music without regard to genre boundaries, and reviews of music related releases. It is not ready yet, so be patient. Good things are coming!” I look forward to it.

Find out more, bookmark, and follow!

HexadAmore.com   |   Facebook.com/HexadAmore   |   Twitter.com/HexadAmore

Razor Blade Dance Floor   |   Facebook.com/RazorBladeDanceFloor


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A Little Tool Down Under

While running on my treadmill recently, I came across this video. I’ve switched gears a bit over the last two weeks and have been listening to/watching music videos instead of informational videos. It’s good to change things up. Plus, running IS a little more enjoyable with music. I’m sure those informational videos will creep back in at some point.

While this video is of a Tool cover, I don’t think one needs to be a Tool fan to appreciate what this man does. The first line of the description on YouTube reads, “Here we have Sam Westphalen performing Tool's "Lateralus" for our new "Busking Sessions" series filmed in Hoiser Lane Melbourne.” Check out Sam playing rhythms and melodies on his acoustic guitar. The place the video was shot is pretty interesting visually as well. I felt the random tourists unknowingly walking in on a video shoot was a nice and humorous touch. (Direct link to video.)





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6.14.2018

THE NOT SO DAILY DUMP #14


Temple Grandin

About a couple of months ago, the subject of autism came up between my wife and kids and me. It reminded me of an HBO movie, Temple Grandin, I had watched several years prior. The movie came out in 2010, so it was around then that I saw it. I thought this movie was well done, and it also introduced me to autism in a way that I had never experienced. That I knew of, I had never known or had been around an autistic person. The best part about this movie is that its main character and story are based upon a real person with autism who has accomplished great things. The movie is both informative and inspiring. We watched it that same afternoon, not terribly long after our discussion began.

About a month later, my daughter, age nine, asked if she could watch TV. She stated that she'd like to watch Temple Grandin. I don't know that I would have let her watch any TV at that time, but her mentioning she was interested in watching Temple Grandin certainly made me more at ease with it. Before I knew it, her brothers were in the living room with their faces glued to the TV. She wasn't able to finish the movie that night—we had dinner and kids’ activities or “whatever” going on as families tend to have—but she continued to watch the movie piece by piece throughout the week. And, for the most part, there her brothers were sitting and watching along.

All told, I don't know how many times she/they watched it. It made me smile that I was not only able to introduce them to something they enjoyed but also something that was educational beyond facts and figures. They were experiencing another way of being human, understanding the larger world and its inhabitants. Maybe, they were growing within their own compassion and empathy for others, to be more accepting and helpful and loving. Or, it's just a good movie. Time will tell. I doubt the two-year-old got any of that. I'm sure he just liked the cows.

Check out this trailer for the movie. (And clickety-clickety here if you want to go to the page where I got this video. Or, if the video player isn't showing. You know the drill.)




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New Posts To Consume

Kiss My Grass, Part 4: Let The Children Play
It should be easy to tell that this recent post is the fourth installment in the "Kiss My Grass" series. How many of these parts will there be? Good question. Maybe, infinity? I have ideas so far for a couple more, but I haven't gotten very far on them yet. Inspiration generally drives what I work on and what I get finished, but I make sure I'm writing SOMETHING regularly, regardless. Must. Keep. Moving. Read this post for insight on what we've done for the wee ones in the back yard since we moved into our home. wee ones = children

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Don’t Call Me A Runner
This year is the first year in many years that I've gotten fired up about physical fitness. It started small just to get me headed in a direction, and it's blossomed ever since then. It really doesn't take much to get started, and one is only limited by the barriers they place before them. Doing five minutes of anything I could consider exercise each day has lead to me literally moving as much as I can each day. Going to the chiro regularly since February has been an unexpected necessity as well. My misaligned body had made exercising undesirable  over the years. I can thank my wife for setting me up that first appointment without warning. Read more about how my year has developed in this unintended update to the physical fitness aspect of my 2018 goals. (Don't tell my wife that I probably AM a bit of a runner now.)


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Bulls On Parade

This year, just last week, my son and I participated in our first parade. My wife, daughter, and toddler son have been marching with the Girl Scouts since my daughter became a scout. Actually, my toddler son has never attended our city's parade without being in it, whether my wife was pregnant with him or he was being towed along. My older son and I, however, didn't really have a group to join in the parade, so we'd just sit and wave and collect any goodies that came our way.

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Our friends over at Marvel Sewer and Drain, Ben and Emily, decided to be in the parade again this year after taking a year off. They put out the call to friends and family to see who would want to support them and march in the parade. I was intrigued at the prospect of being in a parade for the first time, and I wanted to throw my support behind Marvel. I did need to convince my older son, only a little bit, because he gets more out of watching the parade than I do. And when I say "gets more," I mostly mean candy and swag. This WAS the first thing he brought up (as did my daughter), and luckily for me, I had already thought about it. I told them that if we all were in the parade, we would buy our own bag of candy and that we could pick whatever we wanted. We didn't have to accept whatever was thrown at us. They liked this idea; so did my wife.

It was a fun experience. And even though there was a lot of waiting for the parade to begin, and the route lasted an hour and a half, and we spent a little time with the Marvel crew afterward, the time went fast. It was amazing how easy it was to fall back in the parade line-up when I was passing out temporary tattoos, crayons, a coloring page, and letting the parade goers know about Marvel’s drawing on their Facebook page. Throw all of that in with me knowing people along the route and saying a quick “hello” to them as we went, and there was hardly time to soak up the experience. I just had to make sure I stayed in front of the dang inflatable mosquito.

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In the past, I never really “got out” much and kept to myself for the most part. There was a period of time where I paid a lot of attention to politics but more so on the national level and not so much at the local level. Since my wife and kids have come along and I've both physically and mentally established roots in the city I live in, I've become more aware and invested with my city, the people in it, and the businesses calling it home. If I weren't marching with Marvel, I could just as easily have marched with the Girl Scouts, too, or even with SLP Chiropractic. It was nice having a chance to talk to Dr. Dave on our way to Marvel’s spot in the parade line-up.

In the bigger picture, it's very interesting to see how much my life is different now than it was six years ago. However, my life didn't change by mistake or happenstance, even if most of the details couldn't have been foreseen. It's all been in a direction that I've been steering towards—a metaphorical call to the void and then the void answered back. I called out to be more involved and interactive; the void answered with a parade. I decided mere weeks ago to wave at everyone in my neighborhood, even if I didn't know them, because that's the kind of ‘hood I want to live in. Guess what? They all wave back.


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Shine That Spotlight, You Crazy Diamond

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In this issue, I shine the Spotlight on a fellow blogger. While she does more than blog (visual artist, for example), I would like to introduce you to that part of her sphere of being. Jessica Silver is a huge anime fan and she likes to write about it. She has thoroughly immersed herself within the culture as much as she can. One such example is her attendance at cons, where she not only enjoys the event dressed up in character or in her favorite Lolita-style fashion, but she also speaks on panels as well. At her blog, she reviews as many anime shows as she possibly can, while also giving a little taste of her life, process, and larger views. She self-describes her blog as an “anime-and-more blog.” I would agree.

Oh, and I love her blog’s name, Season 1, Episode 1.

About Jessica   |   About her website   |   S1E1.com


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Mantra

I almost put another motivational/educational video in this spot of THE NOT SO DAILY DUMP, but I decided to break it up so as not to show too many of those in a row, from issue to issue. I like to keep this feature fresh and not TOO predictable. Do expect some more of those videos in the future, though.

In this particular issue, I thought you might be interested in experiencing this video I found a couple of weeks ago. Maybe you knew it existed, but I didn't. I like this instrumental tune, and I like the musicians that came together to make it. Regardless of what you think about them personally or of their individual music releases, these three men are each top-of-class creatives, and I've enjoyed their work together, here and elsewhere, and also as separate artists. The song is called Mantra and was created for the movie, Sound City, by Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and Trent Reznor.

Without further blabbery-bloop, give the video a play. Click. Look. Listen. (Direct link to video.)





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5.31.2018

Don't Call Me A Runner


Because, I'm not. I'll admit that, from a distance, it looks like I am. But, I am not. With the launch of my 2018 goals this year, there have been intended-though-not-intentional repercussions. Confusing? Let me explain. I wanted to make changes, and I knew those changes were going to cause other changes. However, I never knew what those changes would be. One minute, I give myself a goal to "exercise 5 minutes a day," the next minute, I'm running a 5k on the treadmill. Well, not literally the next minute. One thing leads to another, as they say.

I initially started walking briskly on the treadmill immediately after using my Total Gym in the morning. I enjoy watching videos I've put in my “watch later” list on YouTube while I'm on the treadmill. They're generally educational or motivational, but it's a mis-mosh of whatever I've saved for later. This helps the time go by more quickly and efficiently, and it can be easy to forget how long I've been on the treadmill. Me being me, I pushed myself a little more for the mere challenge. It wasn't too long after when I started running more regularly on the treadmill and actually looking forward to it. Then, one morning out of the blue, I decided to run a 5k. All of this lead to an actual 5k that I ran on May 21st, 2018.

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My wife has been running seriously for a few years now. (You can read her blog about it, or follow her running page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.) She has run this particular 5k, The SBM Fire Department Fit2Fight 5k, for all three years of her running career. It actually was her first 5k, and I guess it’s now mine, too. She has asked me if I wanted to or would consider running more races. I'm not opposed to it, but I also don't want to take running away from her. She is much more committed to the idea of running races than I am. I don't want to get in the way of her “thing.” I have plenty of “things” already. Actually, I have so many “things” that I am often found curled up in the corner sobbing, because I just don't know which "thing" I should do. Despite that, I think I could get behind running a 5k now and then as long as it doesn't prevent her from following that passion. Though, I would like to keep it to 5ks for the foreseeable future.

Off and on for the few weeks leading up to the race, my wife had casually asked if I'd be interested in running it. I can be a bit of a hem and haw-er sometimes, and I did such with this. (I had said I wasn't going to run races a month prior and now my wife will never let me forget I said that.) On the one hand, it might be fun and a proud accomplishment. On the other hand, it could be hot and uncomfortable. Was I really going to commit to a distance that in practice I had only done twice? I knew I could sign up same-day for the 5k, so I would always just move on with my day and forget about it. I always knew that I could walk it in the least, and I was going to be pushing my two-year-old in the jogging stroller if I did join the race. (The older two kids had supervision at the firehouse. I wasn't going to push all three in a jogging stroller. I just had a vision of that. Nope. Not going to do that, ever.) I’m certainly not going to expect my wife to push the jogging stroller so that I can run without. Like I said, it’s her "thing."

It came down to the day of the race and my wife, toddler, and I were running errands and shopping that morning. She asked me again, and the idea of walking it if I really wanted to won out, and I said, “Sure.” She asked what I was going to wear, and I realized that I really didn't have warm weather running clothes. So, we bought me a pair of shorts and a shirt for running that wicks away moisture. Activewear. Check me out in my ACTIVEWEAR. I figured my six-year-old Adidas soccer shoes would work for my feet, though probably not the most ideal. I was all set.

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On an average day, I’m done running by 8 am. This race was at 6:30 pm, so that was different. Also, my wife got a new, fancier Fitbit that looks like an Apple Watch, and I’ve been using her “older” one, an Alta 101. I had been using the Fitbit for a couple of weeks at that point, and so I had been “getting my steps in” all day to hit my step goal. Usually, it’s the other way around. And, by the way, I should mention that I’ve really taken to the Fitbit. I had given my wife a hard time about it in playful jest ever since she started using it in 2013, but I get it. I don’t think it’s for everyone. One MUST be motivated and/or competitive for the Fitbit to have an impact. Luckily, I’m both. Also, it gamifies health, and I love making life into a game. Let’s just say that I’ve been kicking some butt in step competitions. Also, I’ve doubled my minimum daily water intake from 48 ounces to 96. It’s been effective.

After we signed ourselves in at the Fit2Fight 5k, we walked around and stretched a bit. Not a lot of people were stretching, but it didn’t bother me. Maybe, it’s because I’m a newbie, and I stood out. Maybe, they’re too cool for school. I don’t care. It’s my body, and I know what I need to do. Plus, I had been getting a bunch of steps in all day, and that gets a person's muscles tight. Stretch4Life, YO! Maybe that should be my handle. My wife gave me a quick tutorial on how to use the jogging stroller, and soon enough, it was time to go to the starting line for some quick instruction from the events organizer, a firefighter at the station.

I still wasn’t sure what I was going to do in the race. I didn’t want to walk the whole thing. I felt like I had to do more than walk to satisfy my ego, but I also didn’t feel any pressure to do so. When the race started, I had to quickly get acclimated to running with a jogging stroller for the first time. Also, people were bunched together, slowly spreading out as they found their pace and place in the race. Once we left the station’s parking lot, we were on a sidewalk. It was a good time for me to think about what I wanted to do, now that I was actually running. The weird thing about running that non-runners won’t understand (I’m still not a runner.) is that starting out kind of sucks some days. You start asking yourself, “Why am I doing this?” But, then, you find your groove and after a few minutes—or just before a mile for me—it actually starts to feel good. This is caused by the body's natural drugs, aka runner's high, and why people actually get addicted to running. It can feel pretty damn amazing, actually.

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While running on the sidewalk, I realized that I didn’t want to go at the pace I was going. I wanted to go faster. Not a lot faster, but I felt claustrophobic. I like having space to feel like I'm running MY race, not someone else's. I needed to reposition, and so I did when I had the chance once we hit a street and turned right. I passed about ten people to get in front of them. This next stretch had a slight uphill, and I wondered if I had made the right decision. I decided that I would make sure it was the right decision and pushed onwards.

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I slowed to a brisk walk a few times throughout the race, the first time being about a third of the way in, but not necessarily because I was pushing myself too hard. It was in part because I didn’t want to push myself to the point of no return, black out, and have my toddler sitting on the side of the road. It was also in part because I wanted to give my body a chance to catch up on the oxygen and whatnot that my legs and company needed to keep competing at my highest level. I wanted to finish strong, just a little catch-up to go the long distance. I was happy with my breathing, taking big, deep breaths in and out the whole way. The sweat was glistening off of my big, beautiful, bald head.

I AM glad that I had a slower start. I think it’s a good way to warm-up and feel out how your body is reacting, because one doesn’t know until in the moment. Often times on the treadmill, I’ll go at a nice comfortable pace for a while, and then something inside of me just wants to GO, and so I increase the speed and go how fast my legs want to. So, I personally see this as learning how I work best, and then using it to my advantage. If I had started out at the pace I finished with, I think I would have walked much more of the race, or at least, I wouldn’t have had the strong finish I wanted.

Rather than go through every step of the race, I will say a few more things about it. 1) There was a seven-year-old girl that didn’t want me to pass her, so that was, um, interesting. She kept positioning herself so I couldn't pass her. Dick move, really. When I did finally push hard to pass her, we had transitioned to a sidewalk and the front wheel of the jogging stroller caught on the grass. I pushed through that as well, and I knew I wasn’t going to tip over or crash, but it did scare the girl into slowing down and moving enough so that I could pass her. I wasn’t going to do what she did, but I also wasn’t going to let HER pass me. 2) Throughout most of the race, I paced myself based on two people. There was an older lady behind me and a mom with a jogging stroller in front of me. I didn’t want the older lady passing me, and I had to keep up with the mom in front. Focus can conquer the world. 3) One of the things motivating me was my wife. About halfway in, I could see her in the distance, maybe about three-hundred feet ahead of me. I knew I wasn’t going to catch up to her, nor was I going to try that nonsense, but it made me feel like I was doing well. It helped push me forward.

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The last two-hundred feet of the 5k is a pretty great memory. My wife had finished moments prior, and she was making her way back to get the stroller from me so that I could finish without any restrictions. Once she did so, I felt as though a great weight had been lifted from me, and I could run faster and as intended by my body’s design. I rounded the short corner and faced the finish line, people were cheering, and my eyes zeroed in on the clock. I never thought that I would have finished with a sub-30 time, but I did, 29:45. Damn, maybe I CAN do this, I thought. My wife kept going on about how she expected to have to go back farther in the pack to find me and that I was not far behind her. Having a proud and happy wife is pretty great, too.

Three days later, my wife, toddler, and I found ourselves out shopping while my car was in for normal preventive maintenance work. We were in an area we aren’t in a lot, and so we took advantage of the area's stores. One of the places we stopped at was The Running Room. The Running Room is a specialized store selling shoes to runners. It’s pretty important for people who run a lot to have the right shoes. And so, I gave my story to the expert, and he gave me his recommendation.

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I’ve taken to running on the treadmill barefoot, and it doesn’t bother me. Also, I don’t usually have new shoes or shoes with great arch support. Let’s just say, my feet have never been pampered. This is more of a problem for some people. I wonder if it’s good foot genes, I've just toughened my feet over the years, or a higher tolerance for discomfort. All three probably. Anyway, because of all of this, he recommended Altra Escalante Zero-Drop shoes. Basically, they are made to feel like you’re running barefoot. There’s no lift in the heel like there is in essentially all shoes sold. They look a little different but not too much. Ironically, there's more cushion in them than I'm used to. They feel "normal" when I'm running, but when I'm walking, it feels like the front of my feet are higher than my heels.

The Running Room has an awesome policy that you can use purchased shoes for 30 days and return them if they're not working out for your feet. So far, I’ve run with them on the treadmill several times. Other than the initial getting used to running with them on, they feel great. I have a feeling I’ll be sticking with them for now, though, I do still need to test them running outside.

That’s where I’m at right now; committing myself to "5 minutes of exercise a day" was the catalyst. It makes me think about all of the things I can or could accomplish. Unfortunately, the days are short and the list is long, but with the right attitude and focus, maybe I CAN do it all. You and I will see.

And, don’t think I’ve been sitting down writing this post, I’ve been stepping and listening to the band Mogwai (mostly) among other random tunes. I’ve got some Brits with large weekly step averages to beat. I’m looking at you Running Beardo! Thanks again to The Wigan Runner for adding my wife and me to his challenge this week! It's been... motivating!

Oh, and don’t call me a runner.



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Graham Sedam, blog, thoughts, life, interests
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