Sunday, February 19, 2012

week 7 run recap - and my musical tribute to the past

More pretty dried things blowing in the winter wind...

I was very excited because Verizon has an early upgrade program (for which they charge $20 to participate in), and I was going to get my new phone today!  I could have almost dealt with the photo quality of my Blackberry for a few more months (upgrade month is June), but what I can barely tolerate is listening to the same handful of songs over and over again.  See, when I got this Blackberry, by dumb luck, I was able to get some songs on my phone...and I have been running to these same songs for the past three years.  Now that I am trying to run more consistently, I've had just about enough!  Here's what I've been listening too over and over and over again - you'll marvel at my range of taste:  Santigold, Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Miley Cyrus (The Climb is good.  For real), Major Lazer, Sean Kingston, N.E.R.D., Neon Trees, OK Go, MGMT, Wheezer, The Darkness, Kings of Leon, Gnarls Barkley.  I've tried different cords, chat rooms, manuals, but just can't figure out how to put any new songs on this phone.

I did not really want to run today.  Here's why: Last night, I stuffed my face with quesadillas and a Nachos Bell Grande from Taco Bell, and then topped that off with 2 cannolis.  Not smart to basically have a dinner of cheese since I'm a lactard.  After this morning's breakfast of Chick-n-mini's and hash browns, I was psychologically in no mood to run.  Like ever again.  However, I told myself that if I did, I would allow myself to get a new phone today.  Plus, more "wintry mix" is expected and if I didn't run today, then it wouldn't happen for a few days.

There's lots of news to report this week - good and bad.

Bad news - I was denied the phone.  Turns out other family members have used up the early upgrades and I must wait till June 5th after all.  GRRRRR!!!

Good news - I figured out how to get the music on my Blackberry!!!  I just took out the tiny memory card in my phone and stuck in in the adaptor to make it a normal sized memory card.  That went in the laptop's F drive.  Then, I bought songs, downloaded to a folder in my laptop and copy and pasted onto the F drive.

And other good news - This week I improved my running time yet again.  Monday and Wednesday I ran 2.85 miles at an average of 12.6 minutes a mile.  Today, I did 6.2 miles at an average of 12.58 minutes a mile.  Today, I felt a significant difference in my endurance (even with the horrible fuel I've provided my body) and though I usually do lots of stopping, I was like a freaking machine today and stopped to walk only short sections of inclines.  I was so pleased!

More on music:  so I was also able to figure out how to get CD's onto my phone as well!  I used to have a pretty decent collection of CDs in college, but once, my car was broken into and everything was stolen.  Then, when I replaced it all, my car was stolen and I lost everything again.  Now, I am growing a nice little collection for the 3rd time.  I'm not trying to replace this stuff on purpose, but in my husband's sentimentality, he picks up music for me when he goes on his weekly hunt for LP's.  He's replaced nearly most of my high school and college collection - sometimes in duplicate or triplicate.  I used to listen to some pretty cool music (and was equally diverse then!):  Rage Against the Machine, Lords of Acid, KMFDM, Meat Beat Manifesto, Nitzer Ebb (in 10th grade, my friend and I cried when tix to the show were sold out), PJ Harvey, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Ramones, Fugazi (just watched this video and feel instantly like I'm 15 again), Bad Brains (loved them - one of the first shows I went to - skip to minute 1 if you click the link), Ministry, Portishead, tons of Erasure, Bob (and even Ziggy! omg now I'm 14 and at camp in Massachusetts) Marley, 4 Non Blondes, UB40, Nirvana (am I taking you back or what?!) (wonder if I can find my old flannel shirt and army pants)...


  1. Hello,
    Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog post - Hellebores 'Lenten Rose'
    To answer your question - I trim only a few leaves. Unless they are mostly black, I leave them alone. Maybe I am just blessed to have a healthy plant not bothered much by disease (or whatever attacks the leaves).
    Your blooms are very pretty floating in a bowl of water. I have indoor cats so I rarely bring blooms inside. A bowl of water plus flowers - too much for them to resist!

    Pretty seedheads blowing in the wind! Isn't it amazing how music can trasnport us to another place and time!
    Have a great day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  2. Hi Wendy i was smiling at your post, as if you'r thinking aloud. I was given a Blackberry (i call it a Whiteberry), just last month and have difficulty fidgeting on the keys because I am used to the old phone key style. The only positive side i like about it is the WiFi capacity which is very quick, letting me check my blog anywhere i am. So you run too, my 2 friends are into the 21K already! haha. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  3. Wow Wendy I am so happy for you. That is a lot of good things for just $20 :-D

  4. Very intresting post! new backberry sound interesting!
    Running improvement? you go girl!

  5. I'll be showing my age when I say my first association was if it's music and it's things blowing in the wind, it must be Bob Dylan! Re running and working out how to put music on, both are worth respect, but running is worth awe - I have never been able to run, and not sure really of the point. If I'm in too much of a hurry to walk, then I'll take the car!

  6. My phone is more archaic than yours, To be sure!
    I find I can run b longer if I have music prodding me along.
    Sorry for the bad typing, my computer is acting up today.

  7. I havent heard the term lactate, so funny. My daughter is one of those!

  8. You crack me up, Wendy...would be laughing harder, I'm sure, if I recognized any of your music choices, but I'm with catmint there. We even still have a huge collection of...gasp...vinyl.

  9. That's funny about how your performance improved after you'd eaten all that crap. Sometimes it just works that way....Go figure.
    Now I am craving Taco Bell. Thanks for nothin.


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