A loaded God complex, cock it and pull it.

December 30th, 2013 @ 10:10 am
Bad News for Resolutionists

Starting in the next few days, you’ll start to see them. They’re the resolutionists, and they’re going to invade your local gym. But new studies show some bad news for everyone working a desk job, and not just for the ones suddenly motivated to start lifting weights or getting some cardio “this year”. Those of […]

August 9th, 2013 @ 2:43 am
Friday Five: Favorite P90X Routines

P90X

  1. Kenpo X
  2. Plyometrics
  3. Core Synergistics
  4. Yoga X
  5. Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps
August 1st, 2013 @ 8:05 am
I will be chasing your starlight.

I read Happy Yoga the week before my birthday, and then in July I read Bad Monkey, World War Z, and In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex1. Two non-fiction and two fiction is a pretty good balance, I think. A twenty-something David would never believe it if you told […]

June 23rd, 2013 @ 5:25 pm
Not Dark Yet

Aside from Green Eggs & Ham a thousand times, and the Hemingway novels I was reading my son as bedtime stories when he was an infant, I haven’t managed to read a single book in almost three years. That should be an astounding fact to anyone who has known me for a while, since I […]

May 10th, 2013 @ 8:42 am
The Horizon Is a Beltway

I had a conversation about my mom with a woman who had also lost her mother. Her mother had been sick for some time, and she died peacefully in a hospice, holding her daughter’s hand. The woman told me her mother had had a stroke, but that somehow she smiled just before she died, and that she knew her mother had gone to a better place.

I said that it must have been very comforting for her, and tried my best to be polite and sensitive. But inside I was screaming.

May 8th, 2013 @ 7:24 am
Before You Came into My Life

I’ve had my Nike Fuel Band for 294 days. I know this because one of the statistics it tracks is how many days you’ve been “active”, and I have worn it every single day since I got it. I can’t begin to tell you what a great motivational tool it is. I am a little […]

May 3rd, 2013 @ 11:55 pm
Scribbled Drunk on a Postcard, Sent from Somewhere Volcanoes Are

It’s tough to be upset about a day that includes a ten-mile run before breakfast, lunch at The Stand, and a trip to Disneyland. But here we are. For the very first time since Kelly gave me my Nike Fuel Band almost a year ago, I didn’t wear it all day. I started leaving it […]

April 29th, 2013 @ 7:08 am
It Ought to Be Easier

It’s really hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that Tim might not make it in the NFL. It seems absurd to me. When my alarm rang at six this morning, there was a text waiting for me that read, “Heard Tebow was cut from NPR before ESPN.” My first thought was […]

April 26th, 2013 @ 8:01 am
Sub-9 for 10

I love when I hit my 4000 Fuel Point goal early in the day; then I don’t have to sweat it. This morning I hit my goal before eight o’clock and was able to relax all day. I had to take the car into the shop to get new brakes this morning so I knew […]

April 22nd, 2013 @ 7:40 am
Gonna Fly Now

I have been absolutely nuts for oranges and orange juice lately. I remember when I was a little kid I would go through phases during which I craved OJ like mad, but it’s been probably twenty-five years since the last time that happened. But now I’m drinking two or three glasses every morning and eating […]

April 19th, 2013 @ 9:39 pm
Mall Parking Lots / on Holidays

I knocked out a quick four miles after watching all the drama in Boston on Friday night. I spent most of the run thinking about Miranda rights and terrorism and democracy. And when I wasn’t thinking about those things I was thinking about how much I wished I could talk to my mom about those […]

April 16th, 2013 @ 8:08 am
A Man Can Stand Up

My dad grew up in Somerville, spitting distance from the Davis Square T next to Tufts. When I was a little boy I would walk the city with him and he would tell me the fascinating story behind every brick and cobblestone. Who drank at this pub, how old this store was, this is where […]

April 14th, 2013 @ 6:04 pm
Sunday Afternoon

We had seriously considered going to Disneyland today, but my little boy had a stuffy nose and was feeling generally under the weather. He kept asking for, “Small World ride?” but it just didn’t seem like a good idea to take him. Instead he and I snuggled in bed all day watching The Masters. (He […]

April 12th, 2013 @ 8:07 am
Best Wishes to Your Black Lung

I’m trying every day to simply (!) meet my Nike Fuel Points goal. I can’t stand looking at my Fuel Band late at night and seeing I still need to exercise a bit to hit 4,000 points. So I’ve been making a serious effort to knock out as many points as I can as early […]

April 5th, 2013 @ 8:17 am
I Will Never Believe in Anything Again

I did not feel like getting out of bed this morning, much less running. I don’t know if I caught some sort of flu or just a cold or what, but I had a nasty scratch in the back of my throat every time I swallowed, and my head felt thick and cloudy. But rather […]

March 31st, 2013 @ 7:35 pm
When You Love Someone But It Goes to Waste

After eating a lot of chocolate and hunting all over the house for eggs and a brunch at Lakeside which included a pretty strong Bloody Mary and watching a crushing Gators loss in the Elite Eight, I needed to hit the road. I gave myself a solid couple of hours to digest and then knocked […]

March 27th, 2013 @ 8:26 pm
You Can Surely Try to Be More Alive

The real countdown starts today. In ninety days I’ll be forty. I’m not as freaked out about it as I expected to be. Physically I feel better than I have at any point in my life. Yes, I need to stretch before and after I exercise, and I’m sore more frequently, and I can’t see […]

March 25th, 2013 @ 10:57 pm
One More Holiday I Will Not Celebrate

My mom loved Easter. She had a fondness for Cadbury eggs, even though — if I remember correctly — she almost never ate one because they upset her stomach terribly. When we were very, very young she used to play three or four songs on her guitar and we’d all sing along. I know probably […]

February 1st, 2013 @ 10:10 am
Stretch, Run, Stretch

About two weeks ago, on January 17th, Dr. Sohail Shayfer told me I was suffering from iliotibial band syndrome. He told me to take a break from running so much, to take two Aleve naproxen sodium tablets every twelve hours for four weeks, and to stretch, stretch, stretch. I’ve never stretched before or after a […]

January 29th, 2013 @ 9:39 am
Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing

It’s been a little less than four years since I had my body fat percentage accurately calculated at a mobile testing station. Last night I had it done again by Linda of bodyfattest.com outside of a health club in Reseda. Last year was pretty rough on my body; I was under a lot of stress […]