Posts Tagged With: music

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again


No joke – this was taken in a 200 year old insane asylum. Appropriate, I’m sure.

Hello Blog people. The other month I wrote my first post in like a year and a year and a half. I went from posting here 5 days a week to 0 days a week in one swift act of cold turkey, right after the 2015 Chicago Marathon. And in my latest post I mentioned that I had never forgotten you, and I wanted to start dipping my toes back in. Well, that’s what I’ve been doing…slowly…dipping…one pinky…at a time.

However, I now want to come back full frontal force. And I’m going to. But this time I won’t be alone. I’ve been working on starting a new blog. I’m really excited about it. I don’t want to give to much away right now, but hopefully you’ll like it.

It will be sad to leave this site and all my amazing followers, but I need to start anew. Hopefully some of you will follow me over. I’ll post a post on how to follow in the coming days. I really hope you come over.

Without getting into details, just know that my life has changed completely in the past couple years.It’s all for the better, but my transition required my full attention, thus the blog suffered.

To quote the mortal Will Smith:

“My life got flipped, turned upside down” – The Fresh Prince of Bel Air


I know some of you still follow my Instagram and Twitter and Snapchat accounts (all are @piratebobcat). I’ve never stopped posting there (particularly IG). So I’m glad I haven’t lost touch with everyone I met through this blog world. In fact, quite the opposite…but I’ll get to that at a later time.

For now, it feels great to be coming back, back again. Scotty’s back, tell a friend.


Question: How’s your life been? 

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Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 18

Disclaimer: Mizuno sent me a pair of Wave Rider 18 to test out. That said, the opinions here are my own.

There’s nothing better than coming home to a new pair of shoes that the mail person left on your front step. In this case, it was Mizuno’s new Wave Rider 18. Yippee!

New shoes! It's like Christmas in October - Octmas.

New shoes! It’s like Christmas in October – we’ll call it Octmas.

First off, I must confess that even though I live in Texas, I’m bit of a hippie.

Yes, we dressed like hippies for a mud run. Why not?

Yes, we dressed like hippies for a recent mud run. Why not?

And since I’m hippieish, I like how this shoe is based on a Japanese concept called ‘Hado’. They say that means, “the intrinsic vibrational life force energy that promotes powerful transformations.” Mizuno says they try to harness the transformative power possibilities of every run in this shoe. Like I said, I like that kind of hippie dippie stuff.

I assume that's the Japanese translation.

I assume that’s the Japanese translation.

I must also admit that I always wished I lived on the beach and surfed all day. But I’m landlocked in Texas, and so I like the idea of thinking of the roads as waves and the shoes as my board. Wave rider!!

Anyway, once I put these shoes on, one thing immediately stood out to me – these shoes are STURDY. I haven’t put many miles on them, but I feel like they would hold up for a long time. That said, they’re comfortable enough to allow my feet to bend and move freely. And the thick sole should provide plenty of cushioning during the course of training.

Here’s some specs:

  • Type: Neutral
  • Midsole Drop: 12 mm
  • Weight: 9.2 oz
  • Cushioning: Med
  • Pronation: Normal
  • Wide/Narrow: Available in Wide

And here’s some of Mizuno’s Key Features:

  • An ideal heel fit and secure midfoot embrace make this lightweight trainer feel like a part of your foot.
  • The parallel Wave in the heel, lightweight U4ic midsole and optimal amount of forefoot flexibility all work together to make every stride smooth and flowing.

If you had the Wave Rider 17, here’s what’s new in the 18’s:

  • Refined toe-spring delivers a smooth, effortless toe-off
  • Upgraded premium sock liner provides more rebound and resiliency at every foot strike
  • New outsole design with added durability and shock attenuation
On my feet and ready to surf!

On my feet and ready to surf!

Now the important part…how do they look??? Well, as you can see in the pics, they are pretty slick. If you went to Auburn University, I’m sure you’ll love the colors of the shoes I was sent. I’m not complaining, but my only wish is that they had sent me the green ones (green is my favorite color).

The green ones.

The green ones.

And for the final factor – coolness. When I first put these on to walk around the house, our 5 year old boy looked at me for a minute and then said, “You’re new shoes are pretty cool.” High praise indeed! As we all know, kindergartners are known for their fashion sense and honesty.

Besides fashion, he's also an expert on running.

Besides fashion, he’s also an expert on running.

Now me personally, I always like to go to a running store to try on the shoes before I buy them. Each brand/style will differ slightly in size, feel, etc. I like to make sure I get the exact right fit. But these were sent to my by the company without me ever trying them on first, and so far, I think I lucked out.

How bout you? Have you tried the Wave Riders? What do you think of them? What do you think of the colors/design?


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Morning Crud Run & Mumford & Sons

I don’t know what happened on my run this morning.  Was to be an easy 5 miles, but man did I feel like crud.  I was sore and tired all over.  So weird how you can change like that from day to day.  Yesterday I felt decent on my run.  Today not decent.  Here’s hoping I’ll be back to decent tomorrow.  Oh well, I still pushed through and got it done, that’s what counts right?  Per uge, I was dripping with sweat and covered in gnats by the end.  I’m still waiting for those fall temps to come!

Anyways, I’m glad I got it done because tonight we’re going to the Mumford and Sons concert.  Twas supposed to be a few months back but they had to cancel the day of the concert due to one of the band members undergoing emergency brain surgery.  Luckily he’s all better now and so the band is making up the dates they missed.

Pic from the 1st time I saw them.  What a great show it was!

Pic from the 1st time I saw them. What a great show it was!

This will be the second time I’ve seen them.  First was a couple years ago.  I knew their music myself, but since I don’t usually listen to pop radio, I had no idea that lots of other people like them too.  I assumed they were a small indie band that not many people knew – I learned otherwise when I went to buy tix and they were completely sold out!  Luckily luckily luckily my friend is a radio DJ here in Dallas and she was able to hook me up with a free pair the day of the show – score!

Admission: $0.00

Admission: $0.00

Now they’re back, and in an even bigger venue that sold out within minutes.  It should be a blast.  My sis came to town for it, and we’ve got a lot of other friends and families going to the show.  BTW, if you haven’t seen their latest video, it is High Larious!  Check it below.

BTW, I’ve pretty much given up listening to music when I run, but when I did, I could always count on “The Cave” to pick up my pace!

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Run Without Music, Get Faster

Yup, it’s true.  And there’s proof, but I’ll get to that.  First let me say that over the past year or so, I’ve noticed that I’m more and more likely to run without my music.  In fact, on Saturday I decided for a 9 mile loop around White Rock Lake.  I parked my car, got my shoes tied, put on my headphones and started off.  But then I turned right around and threw the headphones back in the car.  It just seemed too distracting.  Yes, my music was too distracting.

Back a few years ago, I would’ve NEVER run without my tunage.  In fact, whenever I see a race that doesn’t allow headphones, I’m all like, “Yeah right, try and stop me!”  I understand it’s a safety thing for the race, but the way I figured it, I’ve done all my training runs with music and was able to avoid getting hit by another runner or a car or whatever.  Also, I’d done all my training runs with music and was going to race with music.

That distraction is also why I made my first marathon the Disney one.  I wanted my mind to not be on my pain.  And I knew that Disney being Disney that they would go all out…and they do!  Besides the sights running through the different theme parks, they also have characters, props, bands, cheerleaders, comedians, volunteer fans, giant puppets, videos, fireworks, tons of other runners, funny signs, celebrities, bright colors, shiny things, gospel choirs, robots, and tons and tons of fans cheering for you along the way.  Buuuut, when I did the marathon for the 3rd time this past January, after a while I ended up ripping the headphones out of my ears as the music on top of all the other stuff going on was really distracting me.  My head was all over the place.

So all that said, what am I getting at?  Well I just read an article that a study was done on runners in a ten mile race.  They found that the beginners and the slower runners tended to be distracted more easily.  They were more inclined to listen to music, look at the sights they were passing, etc. etc. etc.  The more seasoned and the faster runners all tended to be focused on their bodies and how they felt.  They were constantly thinking about their form, breathing, pace, posture, stride, foot strike, etc. etc. etc.

And I’ve noticed that the more I run, the more I am thinking about all that stuff too.  I’m constantly monitoring my body during a run.  And like I said, I’m less distracted by my surroundings.  In fact, on my run around the lake, about 5 miles in I realized that I hadn’t even glanced at the beautiful views of the water.  I hadn’t been looking at the mansions overlooking the lake.  I hadn’t been doing anything but think about how my body was feeling with each step and adjusting to that.

Not to say that I’m perfect.  I still like reading the funny signs during a race.  I still sometimes listen to my tunes…which can help pump you up when you start to bonk.  I still like to take in the surroundings – especially during a destination run, just not as much as before.  I can do the real sightseeing afterward.

It not only goes for running – have you ever seen people at the gym with their phones.  It drives me nuts.  I always leave my phone in the locker.  Can’t people take an hour without texting, facebooking, tweeting?  Recently I saw my friend at the gym on the elliptical…she was texting or whatever, NONSTOP.  I didn’t even say “Hi” cause I was so put off.  She was NOT getting a good workout.  She didn’t even notice that I was right in front of her.  Sheesh.  Her pace was so slow and uneven because she was so focused on her phone.  I see it all the time, people do a set, then text for 10 minutes, then do another set, then text, repeat and repeat.  That’s not a very effective workout.

Whatever happened to the zen of exercise?  That’s another reason to run without an electronic tether.  Just get out there and use your workout as a zone out therapy.  Learn to focus your mind, you’ll be better off for it.  I know a lot of people carry their phones for safety reasons when they run, and I may start doing that too soon, but now I don’t.  That’s why I don’t have photos from every run/workout I do.  That’s just one more distraction from your workout if you have to stop in the middle of it to take an Instagram.  Sure, there are times when I see unique stuff and would like to record it, but sometimes it’s just as good to have your own personal memories.  It is your workout afterall.  Like on the lake this weekend I saw a pack of unicyclers riding around.  Yup, I did, but you’re going to have to take my word for it.

And think about this, elite runners never run with them.  Sure, they’ll get pumped up before a race by jamming out, but during the race they have to focus.  In fact, I saw a elite buddy of mine on the lake this weekend too.  He just qualified for the Olympic trials in the marathon.  And he was cruising along pretty fast with a small group of dudes, and none of them had headphones on.  As we slapped hands when he passed, it did also occur to me that they’d be running for a lot less time than I would that day – even if they were running a further distance.

Maybe if I keep running without distractions and focused on my form, then I’ll be able to finish faster too.  Anyway, that’s my two cents today.  If I can find that article about the study, I’ll post a link for it later.


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Music to Run By

OK, so I’ve been out of the on-line world, and the running world, the past nearly two weeks.  In my soccer game back then I did something to my ribs, so I took a few days off to heal.  THEN I got sick for the first time in as long as I can remember – probably first sick day since 2006.  I’m sure there’s been a couple here and there, but maybe not.  The reason I remember it so clearly is that it was pneumonia – and it was nasty!  If you can avoid getting that, then take my advice and do so!

Sorry I couldn't get any closer than two feet away for a picture during this performance.

Sorry I couldn’t get any closer than two feet away for a picture during this performance.

Anyway, this time around it wasn’t pneumonia, but I had a fever and low energy, etc.  So I took some time to get better.  Right before I got sick though, I went to see the Old 97’s perform.  If you haven’t seen them, they are FUN!  You might remember them as the band Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn kept talking about in “The Breakup”.  In fact, one of the times I met their lead singer, Rhett Miller, he told me the writers of that movie had been listening to their music the entire scripting process.

Told ya that I've met 'em. Stop doubting me.

Told ya that I’ve met ’em. Stop doubting me.

I can’t even count how many times I’ve been to their shows, but if you are not familiar with their music, I’ve got at least one song of theirs you need to add to your running playlist.  It’s called Time Bomb and it is PURE energy!  Below is a live performance of it that should give you an idea, despite the less than stellar audio quality.  Note the sweatiness of Rhett…a staple of his high octane shows!

Fun fact…I don’t know who took that video and posted it on YouTube, but it is a coincidence that the venue (Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH) is indeed the exact same place I saw my first ever concert way back when.  Care to guess who it was?  I’ll give you a hint, his initials are Weird Al Yankovic.

I don’t know if any of Weird Al’s music would help me run.  Will have to go through my old cassettes to find out.

Peace out internet!

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