Tuesday, 22 June 2010

March to the beat of your own drummer

A few times when I’ve left the department around 7 pm (late for some days, early for others), I’ve seen one particular runner. He’s in his mid to late 20s, has shoulder length brown hair and a lean runner’s body. He looks like an effortlessly fast runner.

However, when I first saw him, I didn’t think my usual first thought when I see a runner which is “God, I should/need/WANT to be running right now.” Instead, when I saw him, I thought “What the hell?!”

You see, this guy has a running tick of sorts. Like how Paula Radcliffe has a head bop when she runs. Except this guy doesn’t do the head nod. Instead, his arms swing like he’s playing the drums. It’s not a subtle movement either.

At first I thought maybe he was rocking out to some tunes, but in all the times I’ve seen him he hasn’t been wearing earphones. Maybe he’s just drumming to music in his head. If so, it appears his head music is on repeat, because his arms keep jamming away on that invisible drum in the same steady rhythm.

Now when I see him, I think “I want to go for a run”. Oh, and I also think of this:


Now back to me
I’ve done jack all for a week. Last week I did manage to hit the pool once and I went punting on Sunday, but other than that it’s been balls to the wall on my dissertation.

My eating habits have taken a turn for the worse as well. I had been begging a friend for five months to make his famous cinnamon rolls. He finally did this past weekend. I’m pretty sure I consumed an entire pan of them on my own. When I walked by my bathroom scale this morning, I believe I heard it groan. Never a good sign.

I need a plan of some sort—one that won’t interfere too much with my shit work schedule but still allows me to retain an iota of sanity and to prevent myself from outgrowing my fat pants. Preferably a plan that includes some kind of strength training considering how sore my arms were the day after punting. That’s just pathetic.

I will be brainstorming tonight as I pack my books into boxes the local liquor store is putting aside for me. (Irony, I has it.) If you have any suggestions, let loose in the comments. I will take them under advisement.

Hope you’re all doing well.

Later gators.


Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Hope you’re all doing well.

Pfffttt! Last line of the post before you even ask! You don't really care about me! I'm glad your arms hurt from punting! Maybe they wouldn't if you built them up doing more air-drumming while running! Ever think of that? Perhaps you could learn to play air bass and then you and the long-haired hippie would have your own Air Rock Group Rhythm Section. You could call it "Air Supply" or, since that name's already taken, "This Group Sucks", which, translated back into the vernacular, is roughly equivalent to "Air Supply".

Point is, there are better ways to tire out your arms. One of which rhymes with "punting" but I can't say what it is because I don't use that kind of language. Plus, what it describes is a sin. Plus, thinking about it gives me a chubby.

Wow. The language of some of the commenters on this site! I doubt my filter will even allow me to come here anymore. (<-- Even that sentence sounds kinda dirty. Now I remember why I come here.)

In conclusion: Fat Pants?


Lily on the Road said...

Just lifting all of your packed book boxes up and down the stairs to and from the new flat will be workout enough.

The only other thing I can think of is "step away from the cinnamon rolls".

Good Luck

and no, I haven't received the phallic symbol opener yet...will let you know when I do!

Jamoosh said...

Moving will be exercise, albeit only temporary. I suggest loading up a punching bag with those cinnamon roles and going for a few rounds every evening. Just think of the smack talk: "You did this to me - you bastard!"

Viper said...

I think your answer is in the preceding section: run and drum. Good luck on the move. Cheers!

SteveQ said...

Some runners just have weird arm movements; I'm one of them (To imitate: lock your elbows at a 120 degree angle. It'll make you roll your shoulders awkwardly.) Bill Rodgers looped one arm crazily. The best female Chinese 10K runner holds her arms stiffly at her side.
Fortunately, running doesn't discriminate much.

The Merry said...

Packing, punting, and studying sounds like a full schedule in itself.

One question: where the liquor boxes empty when you got them from the store???

Danielle in Iowa in Seattle said...

So it wasn't a cheap option, but it prevented me from eating too much crap food while dissertating... I essentially had a food pantry in my office. Lots of easy snacks and fruit. And the pricey part was where I would go to the crunchy granola grocery store and get a bunch of premade food like broccoli slaw and thai salmon cakes or what have you and I would keep them in the fridge at work.

As for the exercise... well you got me there.

Haliku said...

Wake up a little earlier and go for a short jog/run. You'll feel like crap at first but later in the day you'll be glad you went. Cheers!

RunnuRMark said...

I'm telling you, the No Plan plan is THE best plan around! Why add more stress to your plate? Whenever you realize you've been sitting too long, just go for a run and let it be as long and hard as you want (that's what she said). Or just pop down and do some pushups or a quick wall squat or two. Exercise should be a stress reliever more than anything for you over the next few months.

joyRuN said...

I'd rather the weird arm movements than the leg seizures I have. Interferes with the whole running thing. Bah!

Get some exercise bands & just work on those when you have a few minutes. Push ups, maybe? Biceps curls with a forty would also be good.

Roisin said...

In light of how busy you are, I'd say just try and do what you can. You might not be able to get a short run in, but maybe you can walk around the block, or do a few sit-ups, or something.

I have a hard time with the diet thing too when I'm not running consistently. During those times, I just try to really focus hard on the "am I really hungry???" thought.

X-Country2 said...

He runs like Phoebe from friends! Good luck fitting life all in. It's not easy. :o)

carpeviam said...

Well thanks for keeping us posted on the British weirdos. I'd like to think you'll continue to do this for us. ;)

Scarlett Elliewood said...

I love the running drummer! I really shouldn't be giving advice when it comes to strength training since I SUCK AT IT, but I think it's best to make small goals related to the days of the week, such as Tuesdays = a few push ups NO MATTER WHAT. Wednesdays = planks. I'm trying to do core M_W_F and arms W_F, I'll let you know how it goes ;)

Carolina John said...

good luck getting the schedule worked out! it's not as easy as it sounds, i know.

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