Monday, June 8, 2015

The Heat Is On

Hold on to your drawers ladies and gentlemen, because I ran a total of 7.5 miles this weekend.    Saturday was a pretty great and productive day, and unbelievably....it started with a 5.5 mile run.  Yes, you heard that right.  Mary, whose mortal enemy is heat, got up early on a day where the temps were going to be 91 (actually ended up at 96) and went for a run  for no reason other than I wanted to and felt like I should.  It's the end times people!

The whole thing happened with no fussing, angst or drama.  Eric had an early morning appointment to get his car serviced, and I was going to have to move my car since I was parked behind him.  I decided the night before that if I had to put on a bra and pants that early in the morning to be decent for society in order to move my car, then that bra and pants might as well be part of a running outfit, and since I was up so early I might as well get a run in before it was a thousand degrees.  I knew with the heat that we planned to basically hide in a dark house and not see the sun for roughly 10 hours, and the thought of sitting on the couch without having had some activity in made me feel guilty.  So I got out and ran, and it was actually pretty wonderful.  It was definitely getting hot fast, but I picked a neighborhood that has tons of tree cover, so it was actually pretty pleasant for the most part.  I was SO proud of myself when I was done, and I flopped on the couch in the AC to watch a music documentary with not a shred of guilt.

Sunday was even hotter than Saturday, and both Eric and I planned to go see a movie (more on that in a moment).  Again, I felt guilty at the thought of going and doing that without doing some kind of activity, so I cajoled Eric into coming with me to the nice neighborhood and walking Molly while I did a two mile run.  He agreed, so we threw on workout clothes and hopped to it.  I started out a bit later than I did Saturday and that 2 mile run felt 10 times harder than the 5.5 mile run.  It was SO hot and humid, I was having trouble breathing, plus I didn't Galloway the run since I didn't want to make Eric and Molly wait in the heat.  My hip was and is really bothering me, so I am taking a break from running today and will probably go do a short one tomorrow.

On a non running front this weekend, we dashed out to the movies on Sunday to see the movie "Love & Mercy", an interesting little movie about Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys.  I absolutely love the Beach Boys and wasn't really aware of this movie until all of the reviews started coming out, so I pretty much demanded we go!  Basically it flips between the 60's when Wilson was making Pet Sounds, and  the 90's when Wilson was  quasi imprisoned by this psychiatrist creeper dude.  Overall I really loved the movie, but there were a couple of things I had issues with.

They have two actors playing BW in the 2 different eras.  60's era BW is played by Paul Dano, who I absolutely love and think is such an underrated actor.  He's been in a bunch of stuff, but my other favorite performance from him was in There Will Be Blood.  He is absolutely perfect in this movie and just disappears into the role.  He looks so much like BW that it's scary, and his vulnerability and desperate need for approval really tugged my heart strings.  The 60's scenes were pretty much perfection.  The 90's BW was played by John Cusack and....it just didn't work for me.  Besides the fact that he looks nothing at ALL like BW or even Paul Dano playing BW, I just could not separate that it was John Cusack.  And I like John Cusack, his acting was actually on point in the movie, but I just could not get past his looks for some reason.  The movie flashes back and forth between periods, so I'd be completely sucked in and enthralled with the 60's stuff, and then suddenly BAM.  John Cusack with bad hair and too much makeup, and it would take me out of the moment a bit.  It's like, we can do just about anything these days in the movies with makeup and prosthetics, could you just have aged up Paul Dano a bit and had him play both eras?  But overall the movie made me appreciate the Beach Boys more than I already did, and it also helped me understand Brian Wilson and feel an incredible amount of empathy for what he struggled with.  Here is the trailer if you are curious:




Also in "the more you know" news, I did not realize that Mike Love from the Beach Boys (who apparently was always an inflamed raging butthole) is the uncle of Kevin Love from the Cleveland Cavs.  Small world I suppose, but now that I know I can definitely see the resemblance.

I also found this in digging around on Youtube.  Among the many studio scenes, there was one of them making the song "Good Vibrations", and after watching this video they NAILED it.  Anyway, I'll stop before I hardcore geek out on music like I always do and bore the crap out of you, and I'll just leave you with some good vibrations.  ;)


7 comments:

  1. Glad you kicked butt at your runs. Way to get up and move, lady!

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  2. Awesome job this weekend getting it done! I'm definitely going to check out that movie too. I'm probably going to have the same reservations that you have about John Cusack though. (Whom I adore, but not so sure that he was right for this role...)

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    1. Paul Dano more than makes up for it. Seriously, he is so talented that I can't stand it. I was glad to see him in a role where he wasn't an icky creeper ( 12 Years A Slave, There Will Be Blood). He was so tender and vulnerable in this, and deserves an Oscar nod.

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  3. I really want to go see this movie now! I hadn't ever heard of it.

    And way to get out there and get your runs in. I pretty much melted on my run on Sunday. St. Louis turned into the surface of teh sun.

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    1. It's so awful. I am fantasizing about Christmas already. Of course with the way this year is flying by, it'll be here before you know it!

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  4. Great job with your runs!! I like John Cusack a lot, but he's so very...Cusack. Fine for an imaginary person but to portray a real person, not so much.

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  5. Wow! Wow! Wow! What more can I say? This heat wave seems to have you on fire :)

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