A Lapse of Running laps

My own lofty goal to run 1000 miles in 2016 has already been documented here – and I’m due to update my progress – but I saw a video this morning that was too cool not to share.

In the video a runner has compiled footage of his running over the course of a year, almost exclusively on a regular route, set the whole thing to music while cutting along seasonal variations so you can see just how gorgeous the same place can be over time.

As someone who tends to run the same places regularly (one at work, one at home) it’s great to appreciate both the familiarity and variance of someone else’s running. It’s also a pretty gorgeous landscape, I’m guessing in the American West somewhere based on the snow, mountains & the fact that the YouTube channel also features a “hyperlapse” video of a run in Bozeman, MT.

I also like the addition of race footage in to the video in what I assume is the actual location of the race, both geographically and linearly. Either way it highlights the opposite of what I just mentioned – a kind of breaking of the routine while still taking advantage of the seasons.

Good for this person for creating this video. The closest I’ve ever come is a simple test with my Father-In-Law’s GoPro almost 2 years ago.

Until next time, I’ll keep running so I can hopefully update my annual progress.


A Pint For Wednesday

It used to be the case that GoPro videos were mostly used to showcase amazing feats of sport or take us on a flight with an eagle, but now you can see first-hand how craft beer is made.

I realize I’m biased, but I like the beer-making just a bit more.

On the other end of the spectrum we have craft beer tourism as a means of predicting football games. I wish the video had links to each of the beers & brewers, but it’s a fun feature. I hope it’s a weekly thing this year.

Until next hump day, have a beer for me!


Craft Beer Contains Multitudes

Does craft beer contradict itself?

Can the same movement that chastises folks as “wussies” for enjoying “fizzy, yellow beer” also embrace the popularity and acceptance that those drinkers might deliver them?

If that brewer is Wild Heaven and that beer is Emergency Drinking Beer, the answer is a resounding yes. The story of their flagship beer, its striking yellow can and the success it has brought them is worth a read.

On the flip side of that argument is To ├śL out of Denmark. Their brewers actually made freeze-dried beer, which is about as crafty as you can get. Some might even say hipster-y.

So, yes, craft beer is full of contradictions. It’s full of real people making a real product they want to share with others.

Craft beer is large and getting larger, it contains multitudes.

High Anxiety

Because the first rule of blogging in 2016 is referencing the fact that you should blog more, I’ll admit that this post moved me to action.

Consider this sentence my mea culpa.

The first link I’d like to blog about is the wonderful essay entitled “Enjoli” on Medium. I’m not sure that I can speak in the voice of nor in support of the issues raised or the solutions presented, but it made me think of what it must be like to live that life. It also made me think of the demands put on my wife and how I could/should be working harder. I’m trying.

The second link I want to mention is “Putting Away Childish Things” on INC. It’s a whale of a post about “adulting” and the fierce urgency of now (and not just a trite tweet about “now” instead).

I’m not sure I’m brave enough to tackle what the author suggests, but I do know my safe place is snark, so getting serious starts at home.

All of which is to say that I’ve been thinking a lot lately. Some of it good, some of it bad, but I’ve been thinking.

I think that maybe all this thinking is the root of some of my nameless, faceless anxiety and I should act instead of think more often. It usually makes me feel better.

As a bonus my running this week has made a huge difference. The doldrums of July and early August might be pointing the way towards a fruitful Fall.

Until next time.

Fixed It

The other day while walking the dog, the part-time nanny of a neighbor stopped me to pet Maggie our Goldendoodle.

Maggie’s left front leg is shaved because we recently had her spayed and I was asked about it.

Her: What happened to Maggie?
Me: We got her fixed.
Her: Oh! What was broken?

Now maybe I’m being cruel or maybe I’m using some regional colloquialism, but I don’t think either of those explain what’s happening. I think “fix” has enough other meanings besides spay/neuter that the context was completely lost.

In the spirit of graciousness, here are some other ways she could have interpreted “fix” other than how I meant it as “Getting Fixed”:

“The Fix Is In” – A rigged system. A kangaroo court. A farce.
“Fix Me” – A drug reference. The reason the band The Fix became The Fixx.
“Fixin’ to do something” – A Southernism if I ever there was one. Getting ready or prepared to do something.
“Fix” – to attach (something) in such a way that it will not move : to connect or join (things) physically. That’s from Merriam-Webster and is related but not identical to the “fix” that means to mend something broken.

Whatever the way she took it (likely that the dog had something broken requiring surgery, which is half-right) and not the way I meant it (spaying), in the moment I had absolutely no idea how to respond that wasn’t laughter, so I just smiled and walked away.

If I offended her or left her confused, I really wonder what I could do to fix the situation.

I think you know what I mean.