Winter running sucks. There I said it. Having said that though, that doesn’t let off the hook neither, no, it’s just means I have to suck it up and get on with it. Anyhow, as I was saying, it’s uber-shitty out on the local roads today, so I’m aiming for a pace somewhere, at best, between ‘get home quick before I end up as a salty smear under some idiot driver’s pick-up’ and dead ass slow (i.e. safe), so I opted for something with a little, shall we say, ‘swagger’ to it; something that while not getting my engines totally revved up, doesn’t let them completely idle either; something like the Spin Doctor’s ‘Pocketful of Kryptonite’.
Remember these guys? The tracks ‘Jimmy Olsen Blues’, ‘Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong’, or ‘Two Princes’ maybe, probably drove you bat shit crazy on the FM radio back in the early 90’s. But what you might not have wanted to admit to yourself back then (myself included), is that these tunes are also pretty freakin’ awesome. And after hearing them enough times that the opening chords practically gave you the dry heaves, after fifteen years, they sound pretty fresh and inviting again; such was my premonition today anyway and it turns out I was right. God I never get tired of typing those words.
‘Pocketful of Kryptonite’ was the first album release by the Spin Doctor’s in 1991 and easily their best-selling album, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Obviously, it’s chalked full of Superman references which served to provide a little added inspiration while out running this afternoon since it’s my own personal belief that while runners are inherently crazy, winter runners are totally gonzo and thoroughly deserving of special hero-worthy credit. At least that’s the belief that kept me going today. But, as it turns out, maybe it was a little too good over today’s 5k of slippery roads as is evident by my Strava feed. Booyah!
Successes: 2nd best Strava effort for 5k (24:54), 3rd best effort for 2 mile (15:48)