Friday, February 17, 2006

Another Page : see you Jimmy!

"It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled,It’s been a long time since I did the stroll." 1971 Led Zeppelin IV . What a group - what an album !!!
Well for me it's been (relatively) some time since my last post, so here's an update.

1. running
It's been an interesting week. 7 runs for 72k, with a day off due to suffering from a cold, and my first attempt on the M7. Details:
Fri 10/02 9k 6am no rabbit (or any day since)
Sat 11/02 18k 8am Vardys Rd to M7 exit Kingslangley Vardys Rd return (to watch son's cricket team get smashed 1.5 hours after start)
Sun 12/02 12k 9am home to M7 Quakers Hill Parkway; delightful Mrs BB waiting with sportsdrink and ride back home
Mon 13/02 unplanned day off due to cold caught from son
Tue 14/02 8k 6am no respite even though Valentine's Day - feeling worse, so ran 8 unpleasant k's at 5.30pm
Wed 15/02 9k 6am Clean Streets
Thu 16/02 8k 6am Clean Streets
Fri 17/02 8k 6am Clean Streets; weights BLC 1.45pm 50 min (arm okay thanks blood sample lady!!)

Anyone bored yet ???

I can assure you all that boredom has not been the primary feeling as I arose this week. Probably a mixture of lethargy and resignation. It's an interesting experience running when you're sick. Not "danger to life" sick, just "inconveniently clogged up" sick. I've noticed that the legs lead the protest. They jointly and gently inform you that, really, they would rather be horizontal in bed, but if forced to don socks and shoes, then they will ensure all levels of energy previously assumed as a constant will immediately dissipate upon exiting the house.

This weekend I plan to monitor the right knee niggle, and run accordingly. So, if all goes to plan, it will be a home to Rooty Hill run, about 17k (Sunday) with Mrs BB the road crew sweeper. Saturday is planned for a modest 10k around the Clean Streets.

2. Books
Have just finished the Caiseal Mor trilogy; now it's back to more standard HM fare : Michael Jecks : The Butcher Of St Peters (19th in series set in Dartmoor early 14th century). Comforting and consistently interesting. As always, well researched.
For those tantalised by the previous brief summary, try

3. Music
What an incredible week ! I am metaphorically pinching myself to see if H.G. Wells' time machine has arrived :

* no.1 song on the UK charts : "Thunder In My Heart" Leo Sayer 1977. Well actually Meck, sampling Leo Sayer
* no.1 album on US Billboard charts : "Greatest Songs Of The 50s" Barry Manilow. I mean really : Barry Manilow !!! I've been a fan of his for many years now - no I'm not gay ("not that there's anything wrong with that") but his last chart topper arrived when I was starting Uni.
I haven't seen any signs yet, but I fully expect to hear the newly released Village People single, with Victor Willis on lead vocals, like in the old days (before You Can't Stop The Music) although that seems a tad unlikely as Victor is currently a fugitive from the law, wanted on handgun and narcotics charges.
This week has been Renaissance Week, with most Don McLean albums getting airtime in the car. Everything from Tapestry up to Believers. I doubt that that anyone was writing better lyrics during 1971-1972 than Don. Just superb.

"Exit stage left"


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