Totals for the Week Endining 2.15.2015

Run Miles for the week: 25.3 in 4:04:20
Run Miles for the year: 180.8
Projected total miles for the year: 1450
Weekly/Daily averages to reach 2k run miles 40.2/5.7
Run Streak: 2 (9.1/18.3)
Number of runs that were one stupid mile: 1
Days until I beat my old run streak: 112
Prospect Park loops for the week: 0
Prospect Park loops for the year: 7
Bike Miles for the week: 0
Bike Miles for the year 0
Projected total bike miles 0
Weekly/Daily averages to reach 1k bike miles 22/3.1
Swim Meters for the week: 0
Total Swim Meters for the year: 0
Body weight work 00:00:00
Total Exercise Time 4:00
Average Weight 183
Books Finished: 1 (Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, Scott Jurek
Books by Women 0
Total books for the year 4
Total books by women 1
Percentage of total books read which were written by women 25%
Books per week to reach 52 1.05
Movies watched while running on the goddamn treadmill: 2 (McConkey & The Inga Project)
Total number of movies watched while running on the goddamn treadmill for the year 4
Milo posts for the week 2
Milo posts for the year 18

Notes: A little better? Baby steps.

 

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Friday Inspiration: Scott Jurek

I just finished reading Scott Jurek’s memoir/cookbook Eat and Run.  Its surprisingly good. It reminded me that, while Jurek is pretty far out there on the spiritual end of the running, eh is thoughtful and articulate on the interplay between the science of running and the sports more spiritual dimensions.

So, in honor of the Jurker, here’s a great clip of him with Kilian Jornet. Check out the scene where Jurker hips Jornet to the Bone Games, by Rob Schultheis, an old book on the spiritual aspects of ultra-endurance sports oh and make sure to turn on the subtitles!

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Totals for the week ending 2.8.2015

Run Miles for the week: 24.8 in 3:53:21
Run Miles for the year: 155.6
Projected total miles for the year: 1419.9
Weekly/Daily averages to reach 2k run miles 40/5.7
Run Streak: 2 (13/6.5)
Number of runs that were one stupid mile: 0
Days until I beat my old run streak: 112
Prospect Park loops for the week: 1
Prospect Park loops for the year: 7
Bike Miles for the week: 0
Bike Miles for the year 0
Projected total bike miles 0
Weekly/Daily averages to reach 1k bike miles 21.5/3.1
Body weight work 00:00:00
Total Exercise Time 4:00
Average Weight 182
Books Finished: 1 (A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, Ben Macintye)
Books by Women 0
Total books for the year 3
Total books by women 1
Percentage of total books read which were written by women 25%
Books per week to reach 52 1.05
Milo posts for the week 3
Milo posts for the year 16

Notes: I still don’t want to talk about. It was my birthday this weekend (more on that at another time). On my birthday I took a long hard look in the mirror and said “the marathon doesn’t care that its cold out. It doesn’t care that the roads are covered in ice, and it certainly doesn’t care that you’re tired. You’re not getting younger here, tubby, so its time to get off the coach.” I swear to fucking god this week is going to be different!

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Digging in the Stacks: False Nationalism / False Internationalism

This is the first post in an occasional series I’ll be doing called Digging in the Stacks. I’ll write about books I find fascinating.  This piece was originally written for another website I used to manage. 

False Nationalism False Internationalism (herein after“FNFI”) by E Tani and Kae Sera is a cult classic of the American hard left. Originally published in the mid 1980s, my edition is spiral bound and looks like it was printed from a photocopy of the original. The published is something called “Seeds Beneath the Snow”. I have been told the book was never issued perfect bound, but like most things I know about FNFI, I cannot confirm that for a fact. What follows is what I’ve been able to cobbled together about the book and its authors. Some of this might be wrong, or only part of the story. If you know more, get in touch as miloandthecalf at gmail

This is what my copy looks like.

Some sources claim FNFI is part of a trilogy of books which attempted to lay out a revolutionary critique of the West. All the books were written pseudonymously, whether by one author, two authors or a collective, I do not know. The other two books in the series are the better known (in certain circles) Settlers: The Myth of the White Proletariat by  J. Sakai and Night Vision by Butch Lee and Red Rover.

Settler’s has been a very important book in certain anti-racist circles. It posits that the white working class in America has always been a reactionary force and that if revolution is to come to the U.S. it will come from oppressed communities of color. The book is incendiary and polemical, but fascinating throughout. My edition also really takes the cake for loony 1970s leftist illustrations – the back cover is a picture of Ho Chi Minh dancing with children.

I’ve never read Night Vision, but I own it. From breezing through it, it looks to be a collection of moaist inspired anti-imperialist writings, but more than that, I can’t say.

FNFI on the other hand, I did read, with interest, many years ago when I was still a young man interested in these sort of things. Addressing the wars and conflicts of the 1960s and 70s from the vantage point of First World communists enraptured by Third World leaders, FNFI is terribly dated and naïve. It is still a good read. If you can overlook the jargon and Third World Marxist speech, the writing and research are surprisingly strong. Within its pages you get a nuanced critique of the actions of the Weather Underground (violence ok, the violence of the Weather Underground, childish), and a fascinating argument that the Vietnam war was ended not by demonstrations in America, but because of violent sabotage by soldiers in Vietnam.

FNFI is still read today by idealistic young communists and anarchist for its hardline approach to American imperialism and its comfort with violence as a tool for social change. If you have an interest in the philosophy of the farthest reaches of left wing ideologues in the 1970s and 80s, and, let’s face it, who doesn’t, this is worth checking out.

False Nationalism isn’t hard to find, if you know where to look. Finding out anything about its authors is much more difficult. You are never going to believe this, but I am pretty sure “E Tani” and “Kae Sera” are pseudonyms. All three books in the series use of pseudonyms for the authors.  Settlers is credited to a “J. Sakai” and that pseudonym has since been used for a number of other writings. The author behind it has also given interviews where he identifies as Asian and talks about working in various blue collar union jobs. Beyond that, I know nothing. Was Sakai was also involved in the writing of FNFI? Were E. Tani and Kae Sera were really two different people? Is there any connection between them and Butch Lee and Red Rover? I have heard a number of conjectures and rumors about FNFI including that it, and the others in the cycle, were written collectively by the same small group of friends, that the authors had been involved in Weather Underground, and that some, or all, of authors now reside in New York. I have no idea if any of that is true. I’d sure like to find out. If you know anything about this book, or its authors, please get in touch.

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Friday Inspiration: Desi Linden workout

Here’s an oldie but a goodie. Desi Linden, when she was still Desi Davila, training for the 2012 Olympic trials by running 5 x 2 mile repeats at 5:15 per mile, in the winter, in Detroit. Check out her form. Its damn near perfect:

Maybe I’ll try this work out. Though for me, the pace would be about three minutes faster per mile.

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Some thoughts on the nature of blogging

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If there is anything more boring than the navel gazing of a blogger, its meta-navel gazing about blogging from a blogger.

Yet here I am, blogging about blogging. Why? Because, word is, blogging is dying. Content is now filtered through twitter and Facebook. No one checks a blog anymore to see what so and so has to say about such and such. Hell, even Andrew Sullivan is quitting the game. Instead of trolling through their bookmarks or their RSS feeds, readers now check their Facebook feed and follow links their friends have shared. It’s a little disturbing that so much of our online reading is now curated by the Facebook algorithms, but that’s progress folks. Resistance if futile.

What does this have to do with Milo?

Well, I often want to post things here which are entirely outside the blogs alleged theme of this blog (i.e. not about running, classical philosophy or Judaism), but I fear that my readers will be like “the fuck? I came here to read about people’s stories of qualifying for Boston, I don’t care about this arty book collector.

But what I’m realizing, by looking at the stats, and following the analysis of our changing use of the internet, is that this isn’t how people are reading the site. Aside from my few actual real life friends and family (hi Mom!), very few of my readers come here regularly to see what I posted. Even fewer use an aggregator to follow what I’m writing about. Most come here through a google search, or a link from FB or reddit. They read that page and generally, that page only.  If they’re here for the BQ(Q)s they might linger among those for a while. Some check out the about me page, but then they’re on to the next thing.

Though I update this thing like a blog, it really functions more like a website of individual pages. I’m going to start treating it as such. I’ll be putting up whatever I want to write about and letting the Facebook algorithms and whims of reddit take the site where they may.

Stay tuned for many more things you wouldn’t expect to see on a blog about running.

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Training Totals for the Week Ending 2.1.2015

Run Miles for the week: 24.3 in 3:59:24
Run Miles for the year: 130.8
Projected total miles for the year: 1446.7
Weekly/Daily averages to reach 2k run miles 39.7/5.7
Run Streak: 0
Number of runs that were one stupid mile: 0
Days until I beat my old run streak: 114
Prospect Park loops for the week: 0
Prospect Park loops for the year: 6
Bike Miles for the week: 0
Bike Miles for the year 0
Projected total bike miles 0
Weekly/Daily averages to reach 1k bike miles 21.1/3
Body weight work 00:00:00
Total Exercise Time ~4:00
Average Weight 182
Books Finished: 1 (Thrown, Kerry Howley)
Books by Women 1
Total books for the year 2
Total books by women 1
Percentage of total books read which were written by women 50%
Books per week to reach 52 1.05
Milo posts for the week 1
Milo posts for the year 14

 

Notes: That’s a lot of zeroes. When will enough be enough? This week?

 

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