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May 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

A little different music mix today…


Training Journal – 5/18/13:

  • Current plan: Horseshoe Lake 50K Training Plan
  • Today’s session: Shake-out run, day two of carb loading, and misc. errands & chores
  • Comments: 3.92 mile shake out run @ 8:34

I had the awesome privilege of meeting Tifah, Reid, and Dann back in 2010 when I organized a PAGE CXVI concert at our church.  They are extremely talented lyricists and musicians and, well, just all around great people!

To celebrate 7 years of making music together, the members of Page CXVI and The Autumn Film (that would be Tifah, Reid, and Dann) are giving away their entire music catalog for 7 weeks.  Between re-arranging the classic hymns (as PAGE CXVI), to creating beautiful emotive indie pop music (as The Autumn Film), the band has recorded 11 albums together.  Please join them in celebrating this jubilee by catching up on the records you’ve missed or download the entire catalog.

Head on over to to get your free music!

Three “Oh My”s

February 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

Oh My #1: The other day, I bought Kilian Jornet’s film, A Fine Line, and have watched it once. The story, amazing scenery, and subtitles – all combined – make it too much to process in one viewing, so I will watch again…and probably again and again. One thing that made me smile was Jornet’s shoe inventory – when compared to my meager, six-pair inventory.  NOTE: In addition to the 13 on the shelf and the pair he’s putting on, there are about six pair on the floor:


Oh My #2: I’m a runner nerd. I’ve built some spreadsheets for tracking monthly and annual stats, shoe mileage, and pacing, but they are pretty basic and unsophisticated. I stumbled on the mother-of-all-pacing-spreadsheets yesterday (at least to my knowledge), bought the Big Sur Marathon sheet, and am on “modeling” overload! Well worth the $5.75!

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Oh My #3: This Beck video was posted on the other day. wow. It’s best experienced with headphones on…trust me.

Training Journal – 2/13/13:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan – W8/D3
  • Today’s session: 8 mile easy run @ 8:37-9:37 pace
  • Comments: I did 8.14 @ 8:43.  My goal was to try and do a 9:00 pace…I almost made it.

Anchor [great listen]

August 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

this song just keeps resounding in my mind…

Anchor (Beautiful Eulogy featuring Josh Garrels)

Anchor of my soul, You sustain
When I’m in the storm You remain, good to me, good to me

When it’s a quarter past midnight, and the grey skies fade
to black. The waves splash and set me off track. So my vessel
might crash or collapse, when I’m attacked. And start
wrestling in my head with these bad memories from my past.
I’m aware of my guilt, overwhelmed and the smell of my
blood has the sharks that surround me cast under a spell.
They waited for me to fall but when I fell the water got
still. And the blood that was spilled protects me, it’s
the same blood that cleansed me. My only defense against
my nemesis, now I can rest knowing that nothing can come
against me unless the Father gives consent. Evil intentions
will not disturb God’s purposes or interfere so, who
shall I fear if my Anchor is secure? Learning to consider
it pure joy when I’m facing tribulations, praising God
instead of complaining or getting overtaken with bitterness.
Looking at the pages of the book of James and seeing
the ways that God works through the trials to make us more
mature in our faith. It reminds me how desperate I am in
this desert land, thirsty for your mercy and plan while you
give me the strength to stand. You’re my greatest pleasure,
yeah, no matter the weather I face, Lord you never forsake,
my fragile life is safe under your sovereign grace.

Continue Reading…

I took this video on a recent visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium – mainly because I thought it was interesting how music can change even a jellyfish exhibit…

A totally different experience without the groovy music!!

Training Journal – 7/25/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program – TAPER WEEK
  • Today’s session: 4 mile trail run
  • Comments: I did 4.16 miles up in Alum Rock Park, including 2 miles of 233′ hill intervals.

Last week, over the course of a few lunches, I re-watched “Unbreakable: The Western States 100” for about the fourth or fifth time. The film is always a boost (maybe someday I’ll work up to an ultra!); however, this time the music is what caught my attention.

The original score is by Cody Westheimer, with original music by Chris LaShelle.  Sadly, there is no formal ‘soundtrack’ available for the film, but they do list the featured music near the end of the film’s credits.  Most (13) are available on iTunes – the original scores do not seem to be available (at least as far as I can tell.)

The music is a mix of genres and each is actually pretty good listening on a long run – which is the only time I usually listen to music.  A few standouts for me are:

  • Outro, by M83
  • Down On My Luck, by Blackyear
  • Separate, by Trampled By Turtles
  • Chapel Song, by We Are Augustines
  • Stay Gold Pony, by Summer of Glaciers

Still, the one song that I can’t get off my mind is We Move Lightly, by Dustin O’Halloran.  like buttah…

Training Journal – 7/11/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program
  • Today’s session: 7 miles @ 9:09
  • Comments: This morning’s run felt real sluggish, but I stayed with it and did 7.4 @ 8:25 avg pace – with negative splits to boot!

These lyrics from Paul Baloche’s new album have been stuck in my head since first hearing them last week…

From My Hope:

Nothing will change if all the plans I make go wrong
Your love stays the same
Your light will guide me through it all
I’m hanging on I’m leaning in to You


Training Journal – 4/11/I12:

  • Current plan: 10-Miler Training
  • Today’s session: 6 mile Run @ with hill repeats in the middle
  • Comments: Another run timed right to avoid the rain!  I did 7.05 @ 9:07 with 2.25 miles of hill repeats (increasing then decreasing slope and distance) sandwiched in the middle.  I wore my Road Runner rain jacket today (thinking it might rain) – I honestly think I need to find an alternative.

Page CXVI is giving away an entire hymns album in celebration of Easter!

Get yours here – GO!

You’ll enjoy!

Training Journal – 4/7/12:

  • Current plan: 10-Miler Training
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: Slept in.  Ate pancakes.  Will eat Spaghetti later.  Oh, yeah, they released the results from the Against the Wind Virtual 5K I ran last Saturday.  I placed 39/229 overall and 25/101 men.

So my wife and I saw The Descendants a few weeks ago and I subsequently bought the soundtrack.  The whole album is great, but I find myself humming, even whistling the final track – Ka Mele O Ku’u Pu’uwai – constantly!

The video below isn’t the version on the soundtrack – that one is by Sol Hoopii‘s Novelty Trio.  It’s close, though it doesn’t seem to have the memorable effect that Sol Hoopii’s does.  Enjoy!

[Translation of the lyrics here]

Training Journal – 3/19/12:

  • Current plan: 10-Miler Training
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: Post-race rest day. I also reviewed/refined my upcoming training plan.  Emerald Across The Bay race report coming tomorrow…

Having already listened to this final gift from The David Crowder Band no less than seven times (i was on a plane for about 6+ hours yesterday), I declare it:


Great lyrics and music…

Crowder fans, if you don’t have it yet, why not?  Get it…NOW!

Training Journal – 1/11/12:

  • Current plan: 10K Training
  • Today’s session: 5 mile run
  • Comments: Was supposed to be a rest day, but to get in my training mileage, I used today as a pick-up day.