Posts Tagged ‘The Horrors

06
Jun
09

day 6 – a fifth

Just Like The Good Life – The Dead (Not) Chili Peppers – Daydreaming

Ooh… I’m really beginning to feel it now. And there was so much stuff to get done today too that it was the first time I have had to actually think about how I’m going to squeeze my days Juneathoning in. I woke this morning with my ears still ringing from last nights very, very fine Horrors gig in dirty old Camden Town. Then there was the builder due to give us a quote on some necessary but unaffordable brickwork that needs sorting. Then ferrying children to activities, then picking them up again. A spot of lunch and the realisation that I’d promised Mrs eatingtrees that I’d go to the allotment with her and get rid of some weeds and plant some chillis that I’ve grown from seeds that I got given. So, I decide that I’ll put my running gear on under my “going to the allotment” gear and then go out for a run straight after tending the land whilst the rest of the family go back home. And that’s what I did. And, it’s probably the first time I actually enjoyed being at the allotment. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the thought of growing my own food and knowing what has happened to the food before it lands in my kitchen and the fact that it’ll always taste better than food that’s been picked and transported and then sat in a supermarket for who-knows-how-long and the satisfaction of having grown something myself… except I don’t get the satisfaction because I am shit at it and everything dies which means I don’t get to eat it either but I do get the chance to spend countless hours standing on some mud, getting muddy and (usually) cold and/or wet for absolutely no reward whatsoever. But today, I felt kind of proud, planting my little chilli plants in the ground and watering them.

Once my babies were safely in the soil, I stripped off my outer layer, threw it in the back of The Mystery Machine, said goodbye to the family and set off on the run. I am deliberately not paying too much attention to my times for my Juneathon runs as I think that managing to do something each day and blog about it is enough to concentrate on without agonising over my pace. Today, I hit start on the Garmin and daydreamed my way around my route for little over an hour. I have begun to notice little aches and niggles creeping in (side of left shin, knees) but they do not feel sooo bad so I’ll just have to keep an eye on them. My neck and shoulder weren’t feeling too clever today so haven’t stepped up the press-ups but threw in some crunches to compensate.

Juneathon Stats: 7.2 mile run, 2 sets of press ups – 50 / 50 (100 total for day), 2 sets of stomach crunches – 100 / 100 (200 total for day)

Soundtrack to this post: Music Non Stop – Kraftwerk

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13
May
09

cramming it in

Housewife Superstar – Do You Want Fries With That –  Earcandy

It has been almost a week since my last post and it has been a hectic one. Mrs eatingtrees flew to Italy at stupid o’clock on Saturday morning leaving me, SonNumberOne & SonNumberTwo to fend for ourselves for 3 and a half days. My first mistake was then to arrange a barbecue at mine on Sunday, which effectively took up my whole day meaning that I was then constantly trying to catch up with all the other things that should have been done. Between dropping children at activities, cooking, cleaning, bathing, homework, playing games etc. I found myself hitting the sofa each night and promptly dozing off, waking only to get up and go to bed. The few days alone with the kids has left me with a profund respect for any single parent who manages to raise two children and stay sane and also a pile of ironing so tall it has snow on the top.

Still, I managed to get in a 10km training run on Friday and another today. Neither of which were particularly good times although todays time (59mins 58secs) was skewed slightly by an emergency stop. Morrisey sang “Meat Is Murder” but does accidentally swallowing a fly whilst running qualify as…  Manslaughter? So, once the realisation of what had happened dawned on me, I tried to do the decent thing by trying to retreive said insect by hacking and generally making like John Lydon in his heyday. Once I had worked out that this was never going to work, I resigned myself to the fact that I would just have to settle for a swig of my drink to wash it down. Or I could have tried to find a spider to swallow…

I have a few days left before the Wheathampstead 10k on Sunday and will try and get a couple more runs in before then. I am finding it hard to stay motivated at the moment and 10k is about all I can bring myself to do. Hopefully, having been inspired by so much talk of running playlists recently, my newly created and tweaked 10k playlist should help me get back on track. Today was it’s first outing and after a few finishing touches earlier, I think it is just about there. I shall try it out again later in the week and also during the race on Sunday and then maybe, just maybe, share it with you.

The past week or so has been pretty crammed with music as, in addition to seeing Killing Joke last week, I also bought the new Horrors album Primary Colours and it is very, very good. I was also lucky enough to get a ticket to see The Specials so last night I took  my place with many other middle aged men at the Brixton Academy to witness their reunion tour. To be honest, I didn’t expect much but they were on top form. The band were tight and energetic (for a bunch of old fellas) and had the whole place completely in awe. I would be very surprised if anybody walked away from there last night failing to be impressed. Then, this morning, Mr Postman delivers my copy of the new Gallows album, Grey Britain. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it all yet but the first few tracks are very promising. If you think you may enjoy a bunch of horrible little oiks from Watford making an aggressive, punky racket, you could do a lot worse than this.

Soundtrack to this post: Uptown Top Ranking – Althea and Donna




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