A Running Breakthrough!

I just finished my first full Ease into 5K session and I LOVED IT. I know I have a tendency of getting super-excited about many things (I'm sure you all exclaimed "Nah..." when you read that) but this was a particularly rewarding experience.

Background: I've never been a runner. In fact, I've looked with envy many a time upon people who can destroy treadmills for hours or run an Iron Man without breaking a sweat (I exaggerate.) Whenever I've run on the treadmill, I've considered it an accomplishment to run a mile in a decent (?) amount of time without collapsing into a heap, thereafter congratulating myself like a fifth-grader getting a diploma for finishing elementary school.

With some trepidation, I booted up Ease into 5K and just followed its directions. Before I knew it, I had traversed more than two miles, worked out for about thirty minutes, had a great sweat, felt like I had DONE something (as a Racquetball player, I know when I'm working and when I'm just idling,) and, most importantly, have now started looking forward to the next run! With the kind of structure this app instantiates, I feel like I'll finally have the guidance I need to get to a point where I can actually run 5K a day and enjoy it. I can actually visualize being one of those people running for a while on the treadmill! I've never felt this way before.

With repetition and commitment, I think I can form a habit. With this habit, I think I can actually become a runner. And with running, I think I can actually become pretty healthy for once. There's more to it than that (Diet, etc.), but I feel this is a big piece of the puzzle.

A Text Visualization Experiment

Axe has produced a singular and creative commercial that has inspired me to create a thought experiment. Give this a shot if you're game! (Relax: I've been given the go-ahead by an IRB) (Apologies to my friends who are not attracted to women.)

Read this text and enlist as much of your imagination as you can to visualize it:

I remember her.
Not a girl, but the girl.
The brains behind the all-time top-ten comic book vixens only wish they could conjure a Siren the likes of Susan Glenn.

Beneath my feet, my own private Earthquake registered an 8 when Susan Glenn was near.
In her presence, all that was beautiful before she arrived turned grotesque.
And in her shadow, others became goblinesque.

If she approached, Susan Glenn didn't walk, she floated, accompanied by pyrotechnic spectacles that left me feeling a foot tall.

She embodied every desirable quality I'd ever wanted.
In my mind, I was a peasant before a queen.

And so Susan Glenn and I were never a thing.
If I could do it again, I would do it differently.

Now watch this video and compare your visualization with Axe's video.

New Site!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my newly redesigned site! Give it the white glove inspection; it will pass muster. The impetus for this move was the launch of Squarespace 6, a new version of the brilliant CMS on which I've been happily hosting my site for the last few years. Details of the redesign are available on the site itself, but the front end has been extensively overhauled (thanks, injection of Series A funding!) and it's easier than ever to make a beautiful, functional site that places all emphasis on content generation rather than building and manipulating the framework on which the content is hung.

Content generation  is the direction in which I've meant to go for some time. Over the years, I've repeatedly attempted to build my own server; figure out DNS, DHCP, sendmail, CSS, BBS(!) Software, and lots of other archaic stuff; and bring this massive conglomeration online whilst tackling a gigantic learning curve. I will probably return to the effort someday, but that effort was distracting from kind of practice/work I really need to do: generate content. All of the administration stuff I had to grapple with on my old Squarespace site made me want to never use it, so this new, simple, beautiful, user-friendly interface will make matters better.

I intend to write more frequently because I need to become a better writer. I think I have a good command of the language, but I need to find my voice; I need to create a body of work that is accessible by the public, is added to regularly, and that reflects the thoughts that, hopefully mostly heretofore, bounced around solely inside my head before flying away into the aether.

Not that I mind their departure--if they are good, they will be back. Elizabeth Gilbert delivered a great TED talk on Creativity during which she related her effort to consciously, deliberately, vocally communicate with her Muse and being gentle with whatever information it gave her. So many people struggle to instantiate creativity--wringing water from stone, so to speak--and choke it off prematurely by desperately desiring it and freaking out when it doesn't happen, which is, ironically, creativity poison. Among many other conditions, Creativity emerges from a relaxed state, so I've decided to be satisfied with the conscious and relaxed decision to give a voice to whatever appears upstairs hence and not bemoan that which I've lost. I'm sure the thoughts will come back to visit and I'll chronicle our conversation when they do.

One lesson from this post: shorter entries will help me post more often. And concision creates clarity (alliteration FTW!) And I eliminated about twenty vestigial words from this post before publishing it. Good lessons.