Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Big Lady Boots


Here she is in her heyday...just the way I'll always remember her.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Music Monday 2.25.08

But first, an unplanned race report:

Okay, here's the thing: I went to Davenport yesterday to do an observation for one of my classes (Cultural Analyses of Sport). All I was going to do was observe "pre-race behaviors" prior to the start of the 4-mi Chili Chase run/walk.

It was simple enough. Go, observe, write, come home. Then the weather was so nice (a balmy 36, clear skies), I could smell the chili cooking, and hey--everyone else was doing it!

So I ran.

It was my first REAL run since the marathon in December. I had the lowest of expectations: I didn't know if I'd be able to run the whole thing; I didn't know how fast I'd be able to go (was half.

I am happy to report that I ran the whole thing and only lost about a minute off my pace in the last three months of no running. All things considered, I'm thrilled.

Mile 1: 11:34
Mile 2: 11:28
Mile 3: 11:37
Mile 4: 10:43
Finish Time: 45:02

And without further are your tunes:

The Sun Made Me Do It (Jazzy, Sunny Peer Pressure Tracks)

Everybody's Jumpin'
Dave Brubeck Quartet

Powder Your Face with Sunshine
Dean Martin

Miles Runs the Voodoo Down

Miles Davis

You Can Run
Bill Frisell

Orange Colored Sky
Natalie Cole

Joy Ride
Ray Charles

Ben Webster

Latin Jazz Detour:

Day Tripper
Mongo Santamaria

Weekend Bizarre
New Cool Collective

California Dreaming


Cantaloupe Island
Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tardy Tuesday Tracks

Haul Ass Mix
You'll see...

Baby Got Back
Sir Mixalot
Because I do.

Big Bottoms
Spinal Tap
Because I have one.

Fat Bottomed Girls
Because I am one.

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
Spin Doctors
Because I can't.

U Can't Touch This
MC Hammer
Because U can't.

I'm Too Sexy
Right Said Fred
Because I my head.

Shake Your Booty
KC & the Sunshine Band
Because it's going to happen, whether I/you like it or not.

Rump Shaker
See above.

Big Ole Butt
LL Cool J
How many times do I have to tell you I've got this?!

Destiny's Child
Because NOBODY is ready for this jelly.

Da Butt
Because I've just stopped trying.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Motivation Monday 2.18.08

I will post a playlist later today, but I'd like this week's ass-kicking video to get a fair showing first.

More later...

Friday, February 15, 2008

First Post-26.2 Run Attempt

(not counting a failed attempt to catch my bus on Wednesday)

I lasted a whopping four non-consecutive minutes. Walked the rest of the half-hour.


Body felt fine...soul couldn't take it.


Will someone please turn off winter?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

In Iowa the Sun Means Nothing

WHY is it 3 below right now?!!

When I said winter broke me, what I meant was it froze my pipes. That's right. I showered at the rec center on Monday and Tuesday and made a couple late night trips to the 24-hour grocery to go pee in the middle of the night.


$260 bones and an hour of pipe heating later, I am not as in love with Iowa as I once was. And who's to say they're not going to just freeze right back up? IT'S -3!!!

Until we get back to reasonable temperatures (which is the high 20s/low 30s to me these days--egads, what's become of me?!), I will be nervous that my next trip to the loo will be disastrous.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Music Monday 2.11.08

I'm wondering how many points I get for lasting until February before actually complaining about winter. Zero? Well, that's more than the high yesterday, so I guess I'll take it.

In the meantime, here's a smattering of tunes that remind me of running in the desert. They're my own personal faves, but not all are necessarily about being outside. That's a picture of my front yard in Cruces. I'll try not to get too weepy thinking about it...

Wide Open Spaces
Dixie Chicks

Running on Empty
Jackson Browne

Against the Wind
Bob Seger

Running Down a Dream
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Life on the Road
The Kinks

Better Things
The Kinks

She's Got Everything
Dave Davies

I'm Not Like Everybody Else
Dave Davies

The Climb
No Doubt

Sunday Morning
No Doubt

End it on This
No Doubt

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Not California Dreamin' but...

I miss the desert.

Are you happy midwestern winter?! You finally broke me. I want to run outside!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Best Laid Plans...

Okay, so the plan to have a whole entire mix every Monday was, shall we say, a little ambitious? Not to worry, I do have one in the works for next week...which *might* be leaning more toward Valentine's Day than working out, though I've heard there are those who can combine the two. *ahem*

In the meantime, I've served up a new video and quote in the usual places...and you can also chew on this:

It's an odd little gem for this space, but it's making me smile these days. More on THAT later. ;D

Back to the books! (Oh yeah...have I mentioned how much I am LOVING school this semester? It might be my Valentine...)