Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Holiday blogging

Hope all 4 or 5 of you who read this had a great Holiday Season. Kids had lots of fun. Got absolutely no training in Friday to Monday. Ugh! Did 8 yesterday because I forgot to look and realize I was supposed to do 9. Got my Garmin Forerunner GPS (Yea X-mas!) figured out and working by about the 2.5 mile mark. Did the final 5.5 in a 7:21 pace. Probably a little quick, but not too bad. Today was my 13 mid-weeker. Thanks to my GPS I can actually measure it. Did 13.1 in 1:35:17, which works out roughly to a 7:17-7:18 pace. Probably quicker than it should have been but the 4 days off have left the legs feeling stronger than they would usually. Have a nice easy Recovery 5 Jog tomorrow which due to the weather here I'll probably do on the treadmill so I can set my pace, not stress the back too much and do some incline stuff. More detailed stuff tomorrow, but hope everyone got all the toys they wanted from Santa.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Piling on the miles

A good strong 12 today in under 90 minutes. Tomorrow a non-running today as I try ot get my 17 long in on Friday and a 9-10 recovery Saturday. Doubt I'll get the extra 5 in this week, but that's OK.

Of Running, Nip/Tuck and Johnny Damon

Let's see, my 5 miles yesterday were pretty painless. Did them on the mill with some varying inclines to get some hill work in. Nice and slow 41:50. Have a 12 miler today then tomorrow will be an off day before doing my long of 17 on Friday to get it out of the way before the holiday weekend.

Stayed up way too late to watch Nip/Tuck last night. I will say (SPOILERS for the finale if you haven't watched it yet) the Quentin parts were over the top, but the revelation of Kit being Quentin's sister and a co-conspirator in the Carver's work was quite interesting. Matt seems to have been redeemed in the face of the drama with Ariel's Dad. And hey Annie appeared two weeks in a row! Quick question about the Carver: Assuming Quentin knows that Sean and Christian will fix all his victims, wouldn't it make sense he do a Carving that they couldn't fix or at least would still leave something of a scar? He's a plastic surgeon, surely he knows what scars are easier to fix than others and if he is willing to make his point that way, then it would make sense he would want them to be permanent (Kit being excluded of course). And by the way, not for nothing, but how did Julia not know about Quentin's "condition?" I would think that is something that would be pretty apparent in the heat of the moment rather quickly. And of course all the drama is now around the Baby's condition. I would guess by the time Season 4 rolls around, Julia should be ready to give birth any minute, leading into the revelation of the CVS test results. And somewhere in Europe, Quentin, Kit and Ava will all get together and have a drink. You just know it.

Johnny Damon to the Yankees? Ugh. What's sad is the offer he accepted from NY would not have been acceptable from Boston. It's almost like a hometown premium instead of a hometown discount. Not sure if it's right or wrong, but it puts the Red Sox in a real precarious position. They now almost have to go out and try to trade for Torii Hunter to keep up in the race. He's not a true leadoff hitter, but a great centerfielder with Speed and Power. I'm sure we would have to trade some value (Youkilis and one of the Young pitchers), but it will have to be done.

Not really ready for X-mas this year. My mom flies in tonight and the house is still a disaster. We're working on it though.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

OK, so a day late...

And I've been a buck short for years.

So sue me. Life is a little crazy. Got my 8 miles in with my 10 striders. Not sure if they were all exactly 100 Meters. Kind of doing it outside at every half mile point, so I just pushed for about 18-20 seconds for each. Should be good enough. Today is an easy 5 at recovery pace, so I'll do some core strength before.

Trying to get over this cold before it consumes me. It's the holidays so of course everyone is getting sick. Finished all major X-mas shopping last night. I can see why the retailers are worried. The mall was busy last night, but it wasn't jammed. Their biggest problem is inventory management. Their market research teams are absolutely horrendous judging by the shelves.

Example: Had to pick up some last minute toys, so I went into the Toy Section of Boscov's, Kay Bee Toys and Toys 'R Us. Out of curiousity, guess how many Star Wars Action Figures there were? 1. Total. In all 3 stores. Now how many cases of Remote Control $70 RV Cars? More than I could count. The retail stores are in trouble because they don't understand their audience. If something is selling well the previous 6 months, use that as your guide not what the marketers/salesmen tell you will be hot. Know better. There will always be 1 or 2 toys that will be the hot item no one will have. That's to be expected. But if a week before X-mas you can't provide shoppers the product they want to buy for their kids and Amazon.com can where for $6 shipping they guaranteed it by X-mas, then the retail chains will go the way of the dodo...

Of course so will Comic Book Stores too if they're not careful, but that's a rant for a different day. Ciao...

Monday, December 19, 2005

Week 1 in the books.

Did my 9 miles yesterday in a nice easy 70:00. Actually a little quicker than planned, but that be life. Week 2 begins today and given the holidays next weekend it will be a bit of a struggle to get everything in. May end up skipping one of the 5s this week. If I can get my bu-- out of bed on Thursday AM, I can try and get it in before work, but that will be painful. Plus I'm not quite sure I'm up for 10 days straight just yet, because X-mas just isn't going to happen.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Days 5 & 6, John Spencer & Alias this week

Day 5: Easy 5 Miles no big deal. Didn't wear a watch so I can't really report a time. Somewhere between 38 & 42 minutes.

Day 6: The first "Long Run" of the Pfitz Plan. 15 miles today. Did it in total of 2:01:30 (About an 8:07-8:08 mile). Just had nothing today in my legs. Where I was hoping to speed up for miles 12-14 to about a 7-7:15 pace. Just didn't happen. Could be the Champagne I had last night. Not too worried about it. I'll worry more if I have the same problem in about 5-6 weeks when I actually hydrate properly and not get alcohol in the system!

Was very sorry to hear about John Spencer. I'd post the link but I figure everyone knows where it is by now. Great character actor. He will be missed. Actually was starting to get back into the West Wing again the last few weeks and he was about the only reason I wanted Smits to win over Alda.

Alias this week: boy can you telegraph that Balthazar Getty was once married to Amy Acker on the show? Wow. Just say telegraph. Though the holder of Sydney was a nice shock. Of course somehow they will still have to bring Vaughn back. And what exactly was the point of Patrick Bauchau? Used to Love the Pretender something fierce (Reminds me I need to go BT the final Movie some time). So I was thrilled he would have a pivotal role, but apparently not so much...

Anyway. Easy 9 tomorrow to complete week 1 of Pfitz.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Boston Plan Day 4 and the Fantastic 4 Movie

Not much to report. Yesterday, work killed my run (2 VTCs), but today I got in my midweek long of 11 miles. Did it in 84 minutes (a Spiffy 7:37 pace). Will take that given the couple stomach cramps I had along the way and the cold weather.

Watched the Fantastic Four Movie last night. Entertaining Popcorn Flick. Personal favorite was Chris Evans as the Human Torch. I remember when the movie came out there were a lot of comic purists complaining about his interpretation: THEY WERE WRONG! This is exactly how a hotshot test pilot would react to something like this. He was so far and away the best part of the movie, which is scary considering how hot Jessica Alba is and what good actors Chiklis and McMahon have become (I'm sure Gruffield has a good background, but I never watched the Horation Hornblower stuff) And the origin makes so much more sense this way it isn't even funny. They probably could have put a :30-:45 second text graphic up at the beginning to make Reed and Victor's Backstory a little clearer, but otherwise the origin actually makes sense. Since technically it was done as Private Citizens, They could have anyone they wanted up on the ship, which explains who was there. Also presumably prevents the Government from being able to really hold them. Only 2 problems are (spoiler warning just in case you actually care about the movie but still haven't seen it):
1) Given it was proven based on power requirements that the "mutation" could be reversed, and with Doom safely locked away, the rationale for Ben to stay the Thing is beyond ludicrous ( I know the electric company in New York is overtaxed but I find it hard to believe that that would be the problem given what is seen up until now, heck have Reed create a way to turn Johnny's Supernova into Stored Energy, which he could then spin into a patent to save the world energy crisis, everybody wins), much less the others given Reed's concerns regarding the impact the radiation had on their bodies. which leads to:
2) Reed stating on TV we aren't sure how safe they are given the levels of Radiation they were exposed to. OK, so we have 4 people who have been exposed to massive amounts of mysterious radiation where the smartest guy in the room admits he doesn't know anything about the impact, and yet the government or the people aren't worried about their proximity to the general public? C'mon this is the society who thought you could get AIDS or Cancer by being in the same city as victims, but this wouldn't raise an eyebrow??? Sure..
3) How could Reed still not work on a way to cure Victor? He's a hero/good guy. Means he would work on reversing the mutation anyway, not having him shipped back to Latveria in a storage trunk????????

One last note, with Doom you have to live with it, but if Spider-Man and FF have taught us anything, no metal masks on the screen/tube!! Talk about draining the emotion out of a villain scene. Osborn's was worse, but Doom's was pretty bad.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Training Day 2 and Fantasy Football

Day 2: Easy 5 Mile at Recovery pace. Did it in 40:42 (8:08 mile pace). Nothing too hard. Also did a Core strength routine.

And both my Fantasy Football playoff teams lost this week so their seasons are over.

Very sad.

New Computer is up and running. Need to replace one IDE Cable for some reason, but otherwise I'm good.

Monday, December 12, 2005

And So it Begins...

No not the Babylon 5 Season 5 opening Credits (which for my money were the coolest opening credits I ever saw), but today is 18 weeks from the 2006 Boston Marathon. I said I would be posting daily updates, so here I go.

Day 1:
Yes I know the Pfitzinger 18/70 calls for Monday as the XT/rest day, but that just seems wrong, so I did the Tuesday Workout (8 miles, 10x100 striders), then I did an extra half mile at the end. I'm still figuring out the strider thing, but since I used a treadmill today (yes elevation was at 1% the entire time), I just put in :20-:25 seconds at 12 MPH (the max the treadmill would go) at every 1/2 mile from 1.5-6. It may not be quite a defined strider, but I kept form for all 10 and it felt right at least. Miles 7 & 8 I alternated between 1 & 3% grade at a 7:18/mile clip. Did the 8 miles I cared about at 57:29 (7:11 pace). Goal is a 7 min/mile Boston (which is roughly 3:03:24, which would be a 7.5 minute PR).

Post workout I weighed myself (same time I weigh myself every week so it's consistent). According to that I weigh 180.5 (of course that's sans clothing and at the lightest I will be all day). But I do that once a week as a measure of if I ate too much.

Not a horrendous first day.

Oh to Tivo...

So you may ask in my spare time, what do I watch on television (OK, you probably don't but I imagine a couple of you are tired of my Hot Stove Baseball Commentary). Anyway, here is what I have set to TIVO every week a New Episode is on by Day:
Sunday:
Currently Nothing, though I did record Rome from HBO all season. Still catching up on this series, but it has been much better than I expected.

Monday:
Arrested Development: How can this show be cancelled????????????? This has been the funniest sitcom TV has produced in years. You actually aren't insulted by it (which I guess is why it's cancelled and Freddie is picked up...). Proof of the old axiom you can never go wrong underestimating the intelligence of the American Public. Sigh... At least I have my DVDs of Seasons 1 & 2, I guess my season 3 set will be cheap since it's less episodes.

Kitchen Confidential: Only an OK show and already cancelled, but I like all the cast members and as a compliment to Arrested Development it is still better than Freddie...

Tuesday:
Nip/Tuck: Season 3 has just reached borderline bizarre status. The whole Carver thing has gone on too long. Realistically they set it up to make everyone think it's Quentin, but for it to mean anything it has to be Matt. It can't be one of the main 3, everyone is writing off Quentin anyway, and to make it someone who is a non-regular (Joey Slotnick's Plastic Surgeon character, who's name I'm forgetting, etc.) would just be a copout. I guess they could make it Ava (Famke Janssen would have time for a one minute cameo), but again it would cheapen it. Making it Matt would setup some serious issues for Season 4 and serve as a real wake up call to Julia and Sean. It makes too much sense, so of course they won't do it.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The only one in the whole Law & Order/CSI vein I watch regularly. I like the chemistry between the two leads (Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay), the Supporting Cast can actually act (even Ice-T has finally learned to act and the current ADA has grown into the role), and the storylines just seem better written than the others.

Honorable Mention: Boston Legal. I would record this if it wasn't on at 10 PM too. Only can record 2 at a time.

Wedneday:
Lost: This show has surpsisingly not jumped the shark yet. I really expected it to go nuts after the whole Desmond thing, but it seems OK. Ana Lucia doesn't bug me the way most people seem to be bugged by her. A few questions really need answering though (not the big mysteries or the stupid things like why they had to dig up the hatch instead of going to the door they use now, but here are some basics): If everyone is desperately looking for a way home, why did someone not try to track Desmond? He obviously believed he knew a way off the island. Say a Boat and a Map???? You would think that would come in handy to people trying to LEAVE the island. Or it's pretty obvious from the film they showed that there was at least one additional installation on the island somewhere. Well when you are starving and looking for food/transmission capability, wouldn't it be worth Sayid taking a recon mission to try and find it?? He left once before, how can no one have tried this yet?

BTW, Shannon was the obvious choice to go so they didn't have to keep doing Backstory for her and try to bring a way to get Boone back to Hawaii for filming.

Alias: It's on Wednesday for a couple weeks so I'll put it in this spot. This season has not been good. I'm not sure why they brought Balthazar Getty into the cast. He must be thinking this is the easiest Paycheck he's ever earned. Unfortunately Sidney's pregnancy (which they had to write in) and Vaughn's departure (and return if the previews are to be believed) has really messed with this show's chemistry. And they have neutered Jack from a real hard-ass in addition to completely marginalizing Sloane. The piano thing at the end of this week - I know Victor Garber is an accomplished Song and Dance person from his many years on Broadway but Jack Bristow is not. These encroachments work on other shows, not on Alias. And Rachel Gibson - well she looks good in a Bikini. Hopefully after the hiatus, they can ramp things up properly and this show can go out with the Bang it deserves from the ride we were taken on the first two seasons.

Invasion: The only new show this year I'm watching other than Kitchen Confidential. It has been a fascinating journey. William Fichtner is doing great stuff in his role as the Sheriff. And it is nice that this is a stor where you are finidng out details and yet still have more to learn. Unfortunately the Ratings keep dropping so it is likely only to last one Season. It is back in January for New Episodes and I encourage everyone to watch it. It has been very well done and easily the best new show of the season.

Thursday:
Smallville: Always been on and off with Smallville. I watched the first two seasons religiously. Seasons 3 & 4 only every so often. Season 5 has been good so far. I think they realize now that they only have so many more episodes to go so they can really work on moving forward the stories. Though why Lex Luthor would want to be a State Senator from Kansas I have no idea. I guess this officially makes him under 25 (to be a U.S. Congressman requires being 25 years old, while Kansas State is only 21, which is the only reason this makes sense). Lois is hot and it seems like the writers are really working toward a different look to how Superman in the Smallville-verse will evolve, instead of being a slave to either the Silver Age Weisinger era or John Byrne Reboot era for Lois/Clark/Lana/Lex. I don't think Lana and Pete are getting married and having a kid at the end of this one, and it would be impossible for Lex not to know Clark is Superman in this world (ditto Lois for that matter), which makes it all the more unpredictable. Haven't watched the Lex-mas episode yet, but can't wait as the Lex-centric really are my favorite. It's obvious Michael Rosenbaum should be bound for bigger things than Tom Welling, though I guess it isn't working out that way in Hollywood. That's a shame. Lex in this show and his descent is really the true strength of the show and that's a reflection on the actors more than the scripts. And this is a show where kitschy highlights work (see Tom Wopat sliding in to the Dodge Charger and Marsters saying there is no such thing as Vampires on the Halloween ep.). Not very depth, never need to own it on DVD, but it's been fun to watch this year.

E/R: I still watch this show for Mekhi Phiffer. That's really it. His scenes I stop and watch, I'll watch Maura Tierney and Goran, but the rest of the cast I fast forward through. Some episodes I can watch in 15 minutes. Why I really still watch this still I have no idea.

Friday/Saturday: Currently nada

Looking forward to come January:
Scrubs, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The Shield

More on those shows then.

Friday, December 09, 2005

It's like I I don't remember how...

Life has just been crazy recently, but let's hit some highlights:

1)
http://keepmanny.com is a link to an online petition to keep Manny Ramirez on the Sox. Go sign it.

2) The Renteria trade: Don't like absorbing 8-11 mill, but we needed to get him out when this happened, especially if Marte is spun into Lugo and/or Baez.

3) Of course wonder what it would take to get Tejeda out of Baltimore...

Marte & one of our Pitching Prospects enough if you take the Salary back? Hey I can dream.

3a) Other than Damon, Free Agents the Red Sox should pursue: Jarrod Washburn. He's better than you think and lefties with ability are tough to find. He's nice insurance given the ?s on the staff (Schilling's health, Clement's confidence, Wells going out, Wakefield can't knuckle forever, what if Papelbon bombs) that should come probably at 3 years 18 Million.

4) The Redskins are still in the playoff hunt. Yes they are 6-6, but they have two very winnable road games (Arizona and Philly on the road) and the home game against Dallas is winnable since they beat them in Dallas. The home game with the Giants will be interesting. Assuming no slip ups by the Skins' the winner of that game would win the NFC East.

5) Running training is going well. Participating in a local 5K this weekend just for the fun and I think based on comments from more established marathoners than myself that I would be well served by doing a 12/70 Training plan with 6 weeks of 50-55 Base Building. Makes the holidays a little less stressful, slightly reduces injury risk, allows for a little more weight training going in.

6) Been catching up on Comics. Infinite Crisis has been great so far, but this schedule delay is ugly. The art has been superb. Need to pick out a page for myself.
A) Avengers has actually still been very good. Not looking forward to Deodato on the book.
B) And the Flash relaunch is just a great excuse for me to drop the title, especially if Wally isn't the Flash anymore.
C) I also am dropping all the Spidey books except for Friendly Neighborhood (though depending on the Other Resolution, I may drop that too.), Outsiders (just has been dull the last 4-5 issues and now that Clark is off the book, the art is terrible), Probably Green Lantern after Ethan leaves (though I am pumped for Ron Marz returning to a Kyle Rayner book). Hopefully Inifinite Crisis will be done by then...

7) Just completed a deal to buy a bunch of art from the House of M Series. Much of it will be resold via eBay and My Comicartfans Gallery. Watch this space for more details once I get my act together. (If I did this right, the scan above is one of these House of M pieces).

8) Need to post the last couple months of Art Acquisitions. Just haven't gotten the scanner going in a while.

9) Upgrading the home computer this weekend. Haven't done it in 3 years, so way overdue.

10) It's 2 weeks to X-mas and we haven't started decorating yet. Most of the shopping is done at least.

That's what I have for the moment.