Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Drop kick me Jesus through the goal posts of life.

Bobby Bare, All American Boy

I received a text from a friend the otherday in which she confided "I'm tired of being sick, grumpy, and I want to go for a run".

It got me thinking.

February is a grumpy month of frigid days and colder nights. The endless darkness weighs upon our shoulders us as we hunker down and go through the motions of life. February is square wheels, icy seats, and fender boogers. It's tax time. It's time to tighten the belt and face down the red line debt. It's a time of tasteless fruit and brown slush.  February is yuck!

Kick Me!

The long range forecast calls for a return to seasonal temperatures in just seven days, hang in there! But we know it's just a guess and the target is always, a.l.w.a.y.s.  just out of reach.

Sigh, February.

It's time to drop kick February!

I am on a mission to improve the quality of life for humanity!  No small task, not for the faint of heart, but I'm up to it.
Old school iPod
I will forward my iPod to a friend. They will load ten songs that are happy, inspirational, motivational or just gets your feet moving!  This friend will pass it on to another friend who will also load ten songs onto the iPod.  This will be repeated 8 more time for a total of ten people contributing 100 songs.  I will add the last 10 for a playlist of 110 song that will surely drop kick February.

  • You must own the song (no illegal downloading please).
  • The person receiving must be connected to running in some capacity (This rule is pretty loose. I only mention it because this is a running blog, duh).
  • The turnaround time for each person is 24 hours or less. 
  • The last person will contact me to arrange pick-up
  • To make this as inclusive as possible, you will be challenged on a grid to find someone who: 1) has run a 100 mile Ultra, 2) has run a 5km, 3) uses a wheelchair, 4) was born in a country other than Canada, 5) has survived cancer 6) is over 70, 7) an MRA board member, 8) lives with depression (and is willing to share), 9) has experienced a significant loss in the last 12 months, 10) a race director of a running event.
If you're stuck, just pass it onto buddy down the street.

The playlist (and comments from the ten contributors) will be posted on SMR.

I will pass the iPod onto my grumpy friend to get this started.

It's a good day to be alive.