Thoughts about Running, and a four-mile get-back run – soundtrack by Joe Bonamassa

Pennsauken 5K

Pennsauken 5K

Croos-posted from EKKarn’s Explorations

So as a runner, there’s nothing that gets me more inspired to run, than sitting and watching hundreds of runners of all sizes, and shapes triumphantly crossing the finish line of a race! A friend of mine once said to me that you shouldn’t run a race unless you have a chance to win the race! Well,only a select few had a chance to win any of the races from the 5K to the Half-Marathon in Trenton on Saturday, but every one of those finishers won the battle against their own mind and body. You know that mind that through every mile says “Can we stop now!”, “Boy are you stupid to do this”   and “You call this fun!” But each runner pushed on telling that voice in their head to shut up and most crossed the finish line with arms aloft in victory!!  That’s the thing about running,  it’s just you and the road, there’s nobody throwing a fastball at you at 90 miles per hour that you have to hit, or anyone running at you full speed, who wants to crush you! Nope, it’s just you the road and the clock. You set a goal for yourself maybe a time, maybe a distance you go out try to achieve it, and if you do then you set the bar a little higher, and get set to jump again!! Anyway, after Saturday I was bound and determined to start running again and I did yesterday, after about a month of not running!! I set that goal – four miles at 10:45 pace and for the first two miles I was right on pace,mile 1 at 10:29 per mile -2 10:47 per mile and then the inactivity caught up with me mile 3 10:56 and then mile 4 -11:18 per mile for an overall pace of 10:53 per mile but- if I had maintained that pace for another 9.1 miles, say on Saturday,  I would have finished 15th in my age group in Trenton!  So that’s the good part the bad part is that my legs hurt today, quietly saying to me “maybe you should have started out running a little shorter distance don’t you think, 63 year-old man!” But you know, it’s  good hurt and all memories of the aches may be gone by tomorrow and I’ll be out on the road again, with dreams of a 14th place finish, among the old men, in a helf-marathon running through my head…….. The soundtrack for the run was the new release from Joe Bonamassa Different Shades of Blue.   Here are some of the things that Joe has to say about the making of the album, which features ten original songs. You can read a great article  at Guitar World in Joe Bonamassa Talks Fender Strats and His New Album, ‘Different Shades of Blue about making the album. I have enjoyed the album and it seems that every time I listen, the songs that seem to catch my attention are “Living on the Moon”, “I Gave Up Everything For You” and the title track “Different Shades of Blue” but as I listen now “Heartache Follows Everywhere I Go” sounds pretty good!! I think that the album needs to be a soundtrack for something a little less strenuous than a comeback four-mile run!!!! Here’s the official video for the title track “Different Shades of Blue”