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More of Mike's Adventures in La La Land

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Occasionally, I have been giving updates on my son Mike's adventures in La La Land. He wants to be an actor. He's only been there two months, but he is getting to actually know people.

He managed to land a job at a haunted house. My reaction was WHoop di do. Except it turns out it is a haunted house run by Producer Jason Blum -- Paranormal Activity. It is rated as one of the best in the world.


And Blum will be picking 5 cast members (of 50) to have a role in his next movie. So it's a shot. Last week he was going to blow it off because his role was causing him some soreness; think delayed onset muscle soreness. And he was telling me this within hours of me running my second half marathon in six days.

No Pity. "Get to work. You have an opportunity here. Grab it." He took my advice and was glad he did. He got a better role because he is "reliable."

Yesterday he texted me: "For the last couple of weeks I has been hanging out with a new friend. He's about your age." Who? "Oh, I didn't even know who he was I had to look him up." WHO? "Nathan Lane."


I told him, keep hanging out with this guy. He's a good guy to know. Very influential in Hollywood. Talented actor. Broadway mostly but greatly respected. Currently working on The Good Wife.

He keeps stumbling into these breaks and he doesn't yet realize these are the people he really wants to know.

Good Luck, Miguelito.

When your activity fails

Friday, October 19, 2012

My intent this morning was to go for a long run after the thunderstorms passed. Around 10, they were gone and the cloud deck was breaking up. So Out I Went. I had already eaten breakfast, I had a snack, etc. 10:30, I was out the door and on the street figuring on a two to two and a half hour run.

The first mile went smoothly enough, but about halfway into the second mile, I started to feel a blah! feeling. Not sick, so much but I had a hungry feeling in my stomach. I grabbed a Lara bar. I had some Jelly Beans. And yet I was sweating profusely. I felt like I was hypoglycemic. But I had properly nourished. Besides, I rarely get hypoglycemic any more ... not in a couple of years since I started to eat right.

At mile two, I felt no better. But that spot on my course has an easy turn for home. I decided that tomorrow is another day. I can long run tomorrow. I can go to the pool tonight. I can set up the bike trainer. I have other options. You Always Have Other Options! (YAHOO!) So I took the turn.

My workout this morning failed after about 23 minutes. 10 minutes of which were pretty good. 5 minutes of which weren't awful.

That's 23 minutes activity I would not have otherwise had.

And the day is not over yet.

PS Pickie98 asked if I was hydrated: yes I was. Had been drinking water since I got up and I had about 8 oz. out the door. I wear a Camelback when I run long and I had been sipping it. So hydration was not the problem.

Can Exercise Make Us Smarter?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

These days, intelligence isn’t just a product of late-night study sessions or listening to Rosetta Stone on repeat. It turns out there’s also a convincing link between exercise and cognitive function, which could motivate people to hit the gym to bulk up the body and the brain.

It appears that there is a link between exercise and cognitive functions. How's that for a good reason to hit the gym? One study discovered mice that ran every night for six-weeks doubled the size of their hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with memory and learning. A small experiment with 30-somethings also found a link between cardio workouts and hippocampus growth after three months of regular aerobic exercise.

In two experiments with college students, acute and high-impact cardio exercise was linked to increased vocabulary learning and reaction time. Other studies show adults’ brain-processing speed and memory improved after half an hour of moderate exercise. Research also suggests strength training not only builds muscle — it can boost cognitive functioning, too.

Hit the gym, get smart!

Yoga: First time for everything.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I was going to run to the YMCA this morning, but it was really dark! I know it happens every year at this time, but ...

It was *really* dark!

I am always amused by people who are taken off guard by how early it gets dark when we change the clocks in November. Like it's the first time they have ever experienced that phenomenon.

The plan was to leave early, run to the Y (15 minutes), swim for 30 minutes, then meet my brother in law for strength training. Except it was really dark and I didn't really want to run a 1.5 mile with my swim bag on my back ... in the dark.

So I drove. Swam, worked out, postponed my run until later. As I was leaving, I passed the Multipurpose Room as they we assembling for a yoga class. I thought, "You know? I have never done yoga." So I went in. After all they were doing yoga at the Under Armour tent at the Baltimore Running Festival on Saturday after the race. Maybe it would be good for me.

It was quite revealing to me. I had always viewed yoga as some easy slo-mo stretching exercise. It kind of was. But it really stretched out my hammies and most especially a trouble zone for me, my IT Band. It was better than a foam roller.

This afternoon, When I was done my morning chores and lunch, I went for my run and it felt almost effortless. I credit the swim and the yoga.

First time for everything. I will be back.

Motivational Poster: Do what you love

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I have told many people who have asked me what they should do to run a marathon. On of the first things I tell them is "You have to love it. If you don't love running, set some other goal."

I watched the baseball game tonight ... Tigers beat the Yankees 2-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the ALCS (part of me is disappointed because the Yankees were the better team over 163 games, but the Tigers are better right now. A part is happy because the Yankees beat my Orioles, barely.) ... and I thought about this Al Lopez quote:

"Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it."

—Alfonso “Al” Lopez, catcher, manager, and baseball hall of famer.

So I made this Motivational Poster:

So I am getting back into the swing, I hope, of things I love but have been neglecting. I rode my bike Sunday and today I rode it to run a couple of local errands, even to the barber to get all my hairs cut ... first time since April. I went to the YMCA to swim for 30 minutes this morning ... first time since December. I pulled out my hammered Dulcimer and replaced some broken strings so I could start playing again.

Yep, gotta do what you love.

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