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It’s a lazy-ish Sunday, and I’m overdue for a little writing, but not up for some long involved piece. NEWS ITEM: Ever since mentioning my purchase of a vintage safety razor, my buddy Buddy has been pushing me on the benefits of wet shaving, and gifted me with a cake of soap, a brush, and…

Meta update






Worth forwarding to the 1:00 mark or so, unless you prefer Forrest Gump to Iron Maiden A few weeks back I posted about getting back to running, and preparing for the Rock-n-roll Nashville Half Marathon. That’s under my belt now. I had estimated conservatively at 3:15 (hours/minutes) due to the two years since my last…

Run like an antelope, out of control






After a long hiatus that began when I had a bout of Lyme disease in summer 2016, I am back on the road and training for the Nashville Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon. And if everything goes as planned, I’ll be running a full marathon by the end of 2017.

Product Review: Flip Belt






I’m taking a day from work, so I have an opportunity to do a quick product review for the Flip Belt. Here’s how the company describes their product: The FlipBelt fitness belt is an alternative to bulky running armbands and running pouches. Unlike these old solutions, the FlipBelt is lightweight, doesn’t bounce and comfortably fits…

Running Again






Those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook may not know I had a bout of Lyme Disease this summer. It was awful, and between the symptoms, being in dad-mode, AND the heat/hills of Nashville, I didn’t really run at all this summer. Now that August is almost over, it’s cooling down and I’ve…

Up this hill and down: a running post

He’s not kidding about the hills. I’ve been here in Nashville for two weeks, and by the time I visit Philly again, my legs are going to be like tree trunks.

I’m not sure if you have to have Strava to view this route, but if you can, keep an eye on the elevations and grades. Toward the end, there’s something like a 17% grade, which is fucking insane.

I’m not complaining. I’m really enjoying running out here: I’ve been averaging three outings a week. This typically involves a 1-3 mile solo run on Monday or Tuesday, a 3-4 mile group run with East Nasty Runners on Wednesday, and anything longer than five miles on Saturday or Sunday. Today I logged nearly 8.5 miles. It was tough. It’s a fun city to run, but out where I live they need more sidewalks. A lot of the pedestrian infrastructure in the farther-flung areas of East Nashville is simply non-existent. Many neighborhoods aren’t really adapted yet to the influx of people that have moved into the city. Transit shuts down way too early, as I’ver said before.

But for running? Great city. Nice community. Challenging terrain.

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brendan

Sorry for the recently light posting, it’s been a busy end of the week.
That said, I managed to sneak in about a 12 mile run today, and I’m pretty sure I saw Tom Wolf just wandering around old city with a friend, no security or anything.
So here’s some music as I pour myself a homebrew and get ready for whatever the evening holds.