It’s not raining out so I don’t really have any excuses for not tackling today’s typical Tuesday afternoon 11.25k fartlek run. Not that I’m terribly excited about it mind you but the prospect of having to start all over on this base I’ve built up over the last three months is even less appealing so I’m sucking it up and gettin’ er done through a series of [5 x (2 minutes HARD/3 minutes easy), 10 x 30 seconds HARD/30 seconds easy] intervals. And I’m selecting another album from my sadly growing selection of Dad Rock albums, the ‘Everyday‘ album by the Dave Matthews Band.
Released in 2001, the album performed very well commercially. It opened at #1 with 755,000 copies sold its first week, and stayed at #1 for two weeks. After 25 weeks of sales, it sold over 2.5 million copies and to date, it has sold nearly 3 million copies. It was the 5th best selling album of the Billboard Year in 2001 and was also certified platinum in Canada (100,000 units) in July 2001.
I was one of those albums sales, except, that I never actually listened to it.
It was an impulse buy at the time. I wasn’t even a huge Dave Matthews fan at the time but who can ever resist a “2 for 1” deal? I sure couldn’t. Anyway, I don’t remember what the initial album was that I bought but I do remember choosing between this album and Radiohead‘s ‘Amnesiac‘ and The White Stripes ‘White Blood Cells‘. I’m pretty sure I blew it with this choice as I’ve grown to enjoy be a huge Radiohead fan and The Stripes ‘White Blood Cells‘ (click HERE) album left a huge mark on me just two weeks ago, while this album, well, I guess we’ll see won’t we?
The album (and my run) ‘I Did It‘ opens the on a rather aggressive groove, while ‘When the World Ends‘ follows with clipped licks that dive into a muddier, open-flowing chorus. From there on out, the floodgates open into something that recalls Peter Gabriel, which is ironic given that the band replaced producer Steve Lillywhite – whose work with Gabriel is legendary – with Glen Ballard, who produced Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill‘. How’s that for an odd switcheroo?
‘So Right‘ is a pretty good high quality run to do some intervals to, on-par with some of his ‘Before These Crowded Streets‘ (which I should really dig out again) stuff. But there is some pretty poppy shit here too such as ‘The Space Between‘, ‘Angel‘ and ‘Sleep to Dream Her‘ which didn’t really do a whole lot for me (or my run), like, at all. They might be a nice listen in another place and time but, today, not so much.
The run today went pretty well honestly. It was an ideal day for running being a perfect 13° out with absolutely no wind whatsoever; even better that ‘ol Thunder n’ Lightning felt great throughout the workout…powerful even. The 2 minute intervals were still plenty tough but I noticed that my cardio seems to be a bit better than it has been on previous fartlek runs up to this point. I wonder if that’s due to the little added break I’ve been taking from running the past two weeks or just a sign that this base of mine has actually improved some as a result of these workouts. Maybe a combination of both? Either way, I’m pleased at being able to hold a 4:10min/km pace…even if just for two minutes at a time.
Oh, and to the carload of teenagers that buzzed by me along Thunder Bay Rd. with their heads sticking out the windows yelling something as they passed. Sorry, boys, I had my earbuds in so I actually couldn’t hear anything you were clearly so desperate for me to hear, but I’m pretty sure my response would be something like this:
Have a nice day.