So like I alluded to previously in another post, I’m just going to forego the resolutions altogether. In their place, something more concrete can be established: outright goals! However, these are going to be assigned with a minor twist. Instead of simply making a goal, I might as well throw a bonus of sorts in with each one. A bonus in the sense of a hope: an additional goal that is above and beyond the original goal. This way, the goals can be something realistic and achievable (as they should be), but they also come with an added challenge if the original goal is too easily achievable.

So. First goal of the year!

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I always keep talking about posting more, and I always keep failing at that. Less of a promise now, and more just a hope that I will. My weeks pan out to busier than they expect to be, and on the ones that I’m free, I’m too lazy to do anything with them. I could afford to mix it up a tad, or something. I’ll just add that to the never ending list of “notes to self.”

Last week wasn’t too bad, aside from the exhaustion part of it. Friday before last (7/23/2010) I participated in the Canalfest 4-mile Tim Frank Memorial run and added that to my growing repertoire of completed road races. I’m far from being able to jog/run an entire race, but a) my pace is slowly picking up with each road race, and b) I’m slowly making it farther at the initial run of the race before I have to take a walking break. With my latest road race last Wednesday (the Ronald McDonald House 5K, despite complications1), I finally slipped under the 12-min mile average pace, and I was pushing something along a 10’ish-minute mile for the entire first mile. I was rather pumped by this news! However, between the close temporal proximity of those two road races and the “fun run” practice run I did on Monday2, I really had no energy left for the week and my tibialis anterior was a little sore and tender from all the work.

Adrienne came up and crashed for the weekend, as we had pre-planned with Greg and Kelly to attend the Kings of Leon concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Friday evening, showcasing the opening bands The Stills and Built to Spill. At $70 a ticket, the show was a bit pricy. I only caught half of The Stills on stage3, but they were great to see nonetheless. Built to Spill was much as I was expecting, considering their latest album There is No Enemy is what I’ve heard the most of from them. Kings of Leon was fairly good, but I’m not a huge listener of their music4, and their rock became somewhat predictable as I listened to their songs I was unfamiliar with. And as Adrienne said, the fireworks at the end were pretty paltry for a rock concert5. All in all, good show all around, but probably not worth the money shelled out for the tickets.

There’s more stuff I’d like to dip into, but my shitty sleeping repertoire lately is causing me to try to rectify that situation and become better rested so I can recover a little more effectively from this new attempt at a running habit. I think those other posts will just have to wait on an expectant attempt to post repeatedly this week as long as I can remember to!

1The sky darkened rather rapidly prior to the race with a heavily suggested chance of heavy rain and potentially strong thunderstorms. Not more than 5 minutes into the run, the rain started to come down, and kept raining substantially for roughly 30 minutes. First run in a drenching rain, ever. Best time ever, but also the most exhausting. Once my shoes were soaked through, I was concerned about the leaden lift with each stride of my legs, and mostly about the possibility of developing some evil blisters.
2I’m running on a bit of a “high on life” kick, and so when I got home and my roommate was busy using the kitchen to make herself some dinner, I decided to go off on my first practice run since I started running these road races. I also wasn’t intending to run a road race two days later, so I would have reconsidered that fun run had I planned things out a little further than two days. That pushed me up to something like ~11 miles within a week. I haven’t ran that much in even a two month period, let alone within a period of six days!
3Pre-gaming the concert had us coming into the venue a little late. I personally thought The Stills would’ve been the middle act of the three as I thought they were a bigger deal than Built to Spill, despite the fact that The Stills have only been around since 2000 with three albums, and Built to Spill has been around since 1992 with a lot more albums. Oops!
4I have really only heard their music on the radio and on XM radio, so I was familiar with only maybe five or six of their songs en totale. I like some of their songs, but they remind me too much of Nickelback after they left their good ol’ post-grunge music and went popular mainstream rock. Booo!
5Adrienne has been to far more mainstream venues than myself. Every venue I have been to to date has had a maximum capacity of no more than a couple thousand, whereas she’s been to some pretty big shows, including Green Day, Dropkick Murphys, and Weezer just to name a few!

Thanksgiving week kind of threw a curveball at me. I was originally planning to go see Camera Obscura (the pop band from Glasgow) over in Rochester on the evening of Thanksgiving eve. That was unable to occur because I needed a loaded night of sleep for Thanksgiving Day: I was running the YMCA Turkey Trot in Buffalo.

The rest is a bit of a ramble, so bear with me if you’re curious to read some more.
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