halfway through the first interval, i come to the awful realization that soundgarden and intervals don’t mix. i try to break the news to mr. chris cornell, who doesn’t take it well. it’s not that ty cobb isn’t the perfect song for all-out running, but you can’t hear while it’s playing. and i realize i need to hear my breathing. step step breathe step step breathe step step breathe. the familiar two steps per breath mambo that let you know unconsciousness is just around the next turn. 4 miles on the phil jackson loop. an easy warmup mile, then 9:48, 10:02 and 10:05. hurt stay in control hurt stay in control are there really people climbing ladders above surfing jesus hurt veer around try to stay out of highway hurt stay in control create hilarious knock knock joke
porch light turns off
stay in control BULLDOZER YIKES stay in control almost over don’t barf. done. turn off the watch and wander around doing an impression of billy in the sunday family circus. 86 degrees. gulls carrying on lucid conversations. slowly regain will to live. begin to believe a sub-30 5k is doable. climbing a stairway to heaven. sorry, mr. cornell.