There are levels of marathon training. I started practicing on treadmills, at home or in hotels when working.
Many had simulated visual terrains or inclines to simulate what's to be encountered outdoors. Besides building endurance, the concept bulit confidence. If I could run 5-10 miles indoors consistently, I should be in good shape to keep the same pace once the weather improved and I could run outside.
Then came preparation for my first 26.2 chase, the Fox Valley Marathon, and, as Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell sang, "Ain't nothing like the real thing."
Marvin & Tammi
MUSICAL INTERLUDE: Marvin & Tammi Bonus Track
Unlike Fox Valley, the Chicago Marathon course is relatively flat. However, the urban setting through the city streets is a different challenge. The pounding across concrete puts stress on different muscles so that the one notable incline along Roosevelt Road just two miles from the finish, although not as steep as downtown Geneva, feels like climbing Mount Everest.
Michael-Being-Michael hears other things. (Another story.) Since this week’s conversation theme of the songs on my #VikkithonPlaylist seems to be “church music” and “pop music,” as we drove to a doctor’s appointment today (scheduled checkup), Mr. Linear wanted to know if I’d ever heard the song as he has. I haven’t. I might later, but haven’t yet.
We agreed, though, that often hearing a song in a different time and space, through a different singer or arrangement, or through a different time of life may create a totally fresh interpretation.
Because my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then
Going to keep on trying
'Til I reach my highest ground
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Oh, By the Way...
Mr. Fountain passed away two years ago. I had the honor of meeting and working with him and the Five Blind Boys many years ago during a production of Pulitzer-nominated "The Gospel at Colonus" at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. The video here is a bonus, in honor of Mr. Fountain, as a sample of how the gospel can be dramatized before a audience outside of church. (From the PBS production, not the Goodman)