1963 in 2020

I have attempted the run the year challenge for three years in a row. And, I have fallen short each time.

In 2018 I finished with 1800 miles—a new personal best and a good start. In 2019 I again set a personal best with 1801 miles but still a couple hundred below the goal.

In 2020 I was determined to run the year and run the miles. I was sick in January, so missed a few days at the first of the year, and was behind ever since.

The virtual runs offered during coronavirus lockdowns did not help. In fact I think the uncanceled runs, provided by the same people who created run the year, served as cross purposes. While racing in a number of events sounds like a good way to catch up on miles, the resting before and after a race creates a net negative affect. In 2020 I raced in over 30 virtual races. Both wanting to push myself, and to support the running community.

I sought to run these races with some integrity. Not every race was a PR, although I did set some of those. But I did not go out and simply jog a 5K or finish a marathon as a slow jog. I put out a real effort as if I was racing. Among these 30 events I ran about a half dozen marathons and ultras.

Every week the deficit for my running balance improved more and more. Soon it was in the single digits. With a week to go, I had less than 50 miles to run. I can remember thinking on Christmas Eve morning, if I wanted to, I could run this whole thing in one day. But that is not how the day would turn out.

A mile into the run I got hit head on by a car. The driver didn’t stop. I could see the headlights coming at me but it was too late to do anything about it. I flew in the air like a cartoon character and landed on my right side. The adrenaline initially masked the pain, but I soon realized my arm and leg were like Jell-O. Another attempt at running the year was finished. Another time I have fallen short.

I am lucky to be alive. I can remember details of the accident that I wish I didn’t. I am sad to have put the ones i love through this hell again. But as the tattoo on my clavicle reminds me, i will rise above.

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Top 366 Albums of 2020

The best albums of 2020 so far | EW.com

2020 is a year that will go down in infamy historically… but, has been a remarkable year musically. 

For the last several years I have put out a list of my top albums of the year. This year, I kept a list of all the new albums I listened to. Instead of limiting to a finite number of favorite albums, I ranked them all. This worked out to 366 albums, one for each day of the year. 

Here are my  favorite albums that came out in 2020. The year may have sucked, but the music was fantastic. Thanks to Henry Rollins and his KCRW Radio Show, Iggy Pop’s Iggy Confidential, NPRs All Songs Considered, and all the other music sites that help to keep it fresh.

What did you listen to in 2020?

2020 Albums of the Year

  1. Spanish Love Songs, Brave Faces ALBUM REVIEW: Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone – Good Call LiveEveryone
  2. Public Enemy, What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down
  3. IDLES, Ultra Mono
  4. Arca, KiCk i
  5. Nick Cave, Idiot Prayer
  6. clipping., Visions of Bodies Being Burned
  7. Mac Miller, Circles
  8. Run the Jewels, RTJ4
  9. Sault, Untitled (Black Is)
  10. Sarah Mary Chadwick, Please Daddy
  11. Mark Lanegan, Straight Songs of Sorrow
  12. Touche Amore, Lament
  13. What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? | HIGHRESAUDIOBAMBARA, Stray
  14. Tricky, Fall to Pieces
  15. Eminem, Music to be Murdered By
  16. Fontaines DC, A Hero’s Death
  17. Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
  18. Drakeo the Ruler, Thank You for using GTL
  19. Fantastic Negrito, Have you lost your mind yet?
  20. Amnesia Scanner, Tearless
  21. Jeff Rosenstock, No Dream
  22. The Avalanches, We Will Always Love You
  23. Flaming Lips climb into giant bubbles and channel their inner "Wizard of  Oz" with Pink Floyd-themed set | Archive | pressofatlanticcity.comThe Flaming Lips, American Head
  24. Protomartyr, Ultimate Success Today
  25. Perfume Genius, Set my heart on fire immediately
  26. Quakers, II-The Next Wave
  27. 2nd Grade, Hit to Hit
  28. Oh Sees, Panther Rotate
  29. Oh Sees, Metamorphosed
  30. Porridge Radio, Every Bad
  31. Nothing, The Great Dismal
  32. Grimes, This story is dedicated to all those cyberpunks
  33. Bill Callahan, Gold Record
  34. Cabaret Voltaire, Shadow of Fear
  35. Alien Nosejob, Suddenly Everything is Twice as Loud
  36. X, Alphabetland
  37. Princess Nokia, Everything SucksPrincess Nokia – Everything Sucks / Everything Is Beautiful | Album Reviews  | musicOMH
  38. Princess Nokia, Everything Is Beautiful
  39. Emel, The Tunis Diaries
  40. Metz, Atlas Vending
  41. Busta Rhymes, Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God
  42. Coriky, Coriky
  43. Bob Mould, Blue Hearts
  44. Big Sean, Detroit 2
  45. Halsey, Manic
  46. Dogleg, Melee
  47. Juicy J, The Hustle Continues
  48. Orville Peck, Show Pony
  49. Sevdaliza, Shabrang
  50. Son Lux, Tomorrows II
  51. Review: Orville Peck Adds to His Own Mystique With New EP Show PonySon Lux, Tomorrows I
  52. Oh Sees, Protean Threat
  53. Cliquey Bitches, Scorpio Scorpio
  54. Gulfer, Gulfer
  55. J. Zunz, Hibiscus
  56. Black Thought, Streams of Thought Volume 3
  57. Shut it Down: Benefit for the movement for Black Lives
  58. Arca, Riquiqui Bronze Instances
  59. Ghostemane, Anti-icon
  60. Drakeo the Ruler, We Know the Truth
  61. Futuro, Os Segredos do Espaco e Tempo
  62. Sufjan Stevens, The Ascension
  63. Humanist, Humanist
  64. Drive by truckers, The New OK
  65. Logic, No Pressure
  66. The Innocence Mission, See You Tomorrow
  67. Le Butcherettes, Don’t Bleed
  68. Magik Markers, 2020 Image may contain: Sphere, Human, Person, People, Ball, Team, Sport, Sports, and Team Sport
  69. Boris, Refrain
  70. Nerrves, We Were Too Late Anyway
  71. Alien Nosejob, Once Again the Present Becomes the Past
  72. Sleeper and Snake, Fresco Shed
  73. Oneohtrix Point Never, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
  74. The Bug, In Blue
  75. Pop Smoke, Shoot for the stars aim for the moon
  76. Soakie, Soakie
  77. Diet Cig, Do you wonder about me?
  78. Svalbard, When I Die Will I Get Better?
  79. Ustad Saami, Pakistan is for the Peaceful
  80. Ondara - Folk n' Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation [2 LP] - Amazon.com MusicBody Count, Carnivore
  81. Neil Young, Homegrown
  82. Helena Deland, Someone New
  83. Chubby and the Gang, Speed Kills
  84. Pup, This place sucks ass
  85. Jehnny Beth, To Love is to Love
  86. Floral Tattoo, You can never have a long enough head start
  87. Moses Sumney, grae
  88. Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon iii
  89. J. S. Ondara, Folk n Roll Vol 1, Tales of Isolation
  90. Adrianne Lenker, instrumentals
  91. Soul Glo, Songs to Yeet at the Sun
  92. Adrianne Lenker, songs
  93. Bartees Strange, Live Forever
  94. Lomelda, Hannah Gigaton (Vinyl, LP) album cover
  95. Pearl Jam, Gigaton
  96. Waxahatchee, Saint Cloud
  97. The Psychedelic Furs, Made of Rain
  98. Dead lips, dead lips
  99. The Waterboys, Good Luck, Seeker
  100. Illuminati hotties, FREE I.H. This is not the one you’ve been waiting for
  101. Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man
  102. AC/DC, Power Up 
  103. Good Sad Happy Bad, Shades
  104. Mourn, Self Worth
  105. Gorillaz, Song Machine Episode 6
  106. Childish Gambino, 3.15.20
  107. The Cravats, Hooraland
  108. Little Simz, Drop 6
  109. Anti-Flag, 20/20 Vision
  110. Hamilton Leithauser, The Loves of your life
  111. The Weekend, After Hours
  112. Charli XCX, how I’m feeling now
  113. Grimes, Miss Anthropocene
  114. Miss Anthropocene - WikipediaUndeath, Lesions of a Different Kind
  115. Angel Olson, Whole New Mess
  116. Avett Brothers, The Third Gleam
  117. Oklou, Galore
  118. Lambchop, Trip
  119. Death Valley Girls, Under the Spell of Joy
  120. The Mountain Goats, Getting Into Knives
  121. The Sea The Sea, Stumbling Home
  122. Rina Sawayama, Sawayama
  123. Deafbrick, Deafkids & Petbrick
  124. Open Mike Eagle, Anime, Trauma, and Divorce
  125. Jello Biafra & The Guantanomo School of Medicine, Tea Party Revenge Porn
  126. Sleaford Mods, All That Glue
  127. Eighth Blackbird, Singing in the Dead of Night
  128. Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher
  129. Singing in the Dead of Night - Cedille RecordsRita Indiana, Mandinga Times
  130. Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts
  131. Fleet Foxes, Shore
  132. Knot, Knot
  133. Noveller, Arrow
  134. Siti Muharam, Siti of Unguja
  135. Jockstrap, Beavercore
  136. Damaged Bug, Bug on Yonkers
  137. Bob Dylan, Rough and Ready Ways
  138. The Strokes, The New Abnormal
  139. Dizzee Rascal, E3 AF
  140. Fuzz, III
  141. Alan Vega, City
  142. Seth Bogart, Men on the Verge of Nothing
  143. Boris, No
  144. Halsey, Manic: Or are you normal
  145. Tori Amos, Christmastide
  146. Tom Morello, Comandante
  147. Black Eyed Peas, Translation Black Eyed Peas Share Album Details, New Single
  148. Bright Eyes, Down in the Weeds, Where the world once was
  149. Elvis Costello, Hello Clockface
  150. Juliana Barwick, Healing is a miracle
  151. Code Orange, Underneath
  152. Eminem, Music to be Murdered by Side B
  153. Annaca, Solace
  154. Sightless Pit, Grave of a Dog
  155. Nova Twins, Who are the girls?
  156. Ian William Craig, Red Sun Through Smoke
  157. Krust, The Edge of Everything
  158. Taylor Swift, Evermore
  159. David Bowie, ChangesNowBowie
  160. Elliot Smith, Elliot Smith Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
  161. The White Stripes, Greatest HitsAlbum Review: Pylon - Pylon Box - mxdwn Music
  162. Beastie Boys, Beastie Boys Music
  163. Pylon, Pylon Box
  164. David Bowie, Liveandwell.com
  165. Pearl Jam, MTV Unplugged
  166. Special Interest, The passion of
  167. Stormlight, Natoma
  168. Fake Names, Fake Names
  169. Boneflower, Armour
  170. The Lawrence Arms, Skeleton CoastDream Wife - So When You Gonna... | Album Review
  171. Stay Inside, Viewing
  172. Daniel Blumberg, On&On
  173. No Home, F’ing Hell
  174. Kath Bloom, Bye Bye These are the Days
  175. Closedown, Bask in the Dancing Light
  176. Dream Wife, So When You Gonna
  177. A. Swayze & the Ghosts, Paid Salvation
  178. L. A. Witch, Play with fire
  179. Awich, Partition
  180. Lafawndah, The Fifth Season
  181. Same, Plastic Western
  182. Mozzy, Beyond bulletproof
  183. Permanent Residue, S/T Tape
  184. Fossil Arm, In Bad Decline
  185. Wednesday, I was trying to describe you to someone
  186. The Cool Greenhouse, The Cool Greenhousefpo
  187. Megan thee Stallion, Good News
  188. Bree Runway, 200ANDEVA
  189. Wayfarer, A Romance with Violence
  190. Brigid Dawson and the Mother Network, Battle of Apes
  191. Lucinda Williams, Good souls better angels
  192. Songdog, A Happy EndinSNEAKS - Happy Birthday - Amazon.com Music
  193. Infant Island, Sepulcher
  194. Midewife, Forever
  195. Deradoorian, Find the Sun
  196. Sneaks, Happy Birthday
  197. Alicia Keys, Alicia
  198. Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, Alfredo
  199. Sad13, Haunted Painting
  200. Frock Destroyers, Frock4Life
  201. Green Day, Father of all
  202. Fra Fra, Funeral Songs
  203. The Suicide Machine, Revolution Spring
  204. THICK, 5 Years Behind
  205. Thundercat, It is what it is
  206. Cold Beat, Mother
  207. Jonsi, Shiver
  208. Roisin Murphy, Roisin Machine 
  209. Lucrecia Dalt, No Era Solida
  210. 21 Savage, Savage Mode II
  211. King Princess, Cheap QueenYaeji on Twitter: "my new mixtape is out everywhere now  💚https://t.co/zIAP9O1pXo🧅 i'm having a live streaming drawing/doodling  partayy while we listen and chat on @youtubemusic today 12PM EDT 🍀 you can  grab
  212. Junglepussy, JP4
  213. Speaker Music, Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry
  214. Yaeji, What We Drew
  215. Frail Hands, parted/departed/apart
  216. Ora Cogan, , Bells in the Ruins
  217. Apollo Brown and Che Noir, As God Intended
  218. Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn, Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn
  219. Autechre, Sign
  220. TORRES, Silver Tongue
  221. Nas, King’s Disease
  222. Boston Manner, Glue
  223. Sam Prekop, Comma
  224. Shackleton, Primal Forms
  225. JARV IS…, Beyond the Pale
  226. Wind Atlas, Arche-FossilA. G. Cook (@agcook404) | Twitter
  227. Days and Daze, Show me the blueprints
  228. Nine Inch Nails, Ghosts V
  229. Nine Inch Nails, Ghosts VI
  230. A. G. Cook, Apple
  231. Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG 
  232. Strike Anywhere, Nightmares of the West
  233. Jake Blount, Spider Tales
  234. dj  blackpower, BLP2020 King of the Night
  235. Travis, 10 Songs
  236. Arrested Development, Don’t Fight Your Demons
  237. Tame Impala, The Slow Rush
  238. Brendan Benson, Dear Life
  239. Adulkt Life, Book of Curses
  240. The Beths, Jump Rope Gazers
  241. Palm Reader, Sleepless
  242. Loma, Don’t Shy Away
  243. Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou, May Our Chambers Be Full
  244. Mr Bungle, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
  245. Soko, Feel FeelingsWILMA ARCHER - A Western Circular - Amazon.com Music
  246. Numun, Voyage Au Soleil
  247. KA, Descendents of Cain
  248. Jay Electronica, A Written Testimony
  249. Marilyn Manson, We Are Chaos
  250. Crack Cloud, Pain Olympics
  251. Wilma Archer, A Western Circular
  252. Fossil Island, In Bad Decline
  253. The Chats, High Risk Behavior
  254. Sweeping Promises, Hunger for a way out
  255. Nils Frahm, Empty
  256. Yuja Wang, John Adams: Must the devil have all the good tunes?
  257. Es, Less of Everything
  258. Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia
  259. Paul McCartney, McCartney III
  260. Kelly Lee Owens, Inner Song
  261. Haley Williams, Petals for Armor
  262. Car Seat Headrest, Making a door less open
  263. FACS, Void Moments
  264. JFDR, New Dreams
  265. Lithics, Tower of ageNazar - 'Guerilla' review
  266. Algiers, There is No Year
  267. Nazar, Guerilla
  268. Blawan, Immulsion
  269. Gaika, Seguridad
  270. Nuvolascura. As we suffer from memory and imagination
  271. Melenas, Dias Raros
  272. Behemouth, A Forest
  273. Michael Rother, Dreaming
  274. Mutant Love, Revolution Redacted Pt. 1
  275. Lady Gaga, Chromatica
  276. Annie, Dark HeartsImage may contain: Text, Document, Id Cards, Human, Person, License, Driving License, and Ebony Bones
  277. Anjimile, Giver Taker
  278. Hilary Woods, Birthmarks
  279. Hook, Crashed My Car
  280. The Bombpops, Death in Venice Beach
  281. Inexorum, Moonlit Naviation
  282. Soccer96. Tactics
  283. Soccer mommy, color theory
  284. Cable Ties, Fair Enough
  285. Alice Bag, Sister Dynamite
  286. The Soft Pink Truth, Shall we go on sinning that grace May increase?
  287. Four Year Strong, Brain Pain
  288. Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake
  289. Ratboys, Printer’s Devil
  290. Spun Out, Touch the SoundHamerkop - Remote (LP)
  291. Troye Sivan, In a dream
  292. Jonnine, Super Natural
  293. Hamerkop, remote
  294. Drive-by truckers, the unraveling
  295. Gorillaz, Song Machine, Season One: Strange TImez
  296. Five Finger Death Punch, F8
  297. Aesop Rock, Spirit World Field Guide
  298. Small Bills, Don’t Play it Straight
  299. The 1975, Notes on a Conditional Form
  300. Godcaster, Long Haired Locusts
  301. Fiona Apple, Fetch the bolt cutters
  302. Garcia Peoples, Nightcap at Wits’ End
  303. The Lovely Eggs, I Am Mormon
  304. Album Review: Code Orange Get Industrial on Underneath | MetalSucksPure X, Pure X
  305. Code Orange, Under the Skin
  306. Disclosure, Energy
  307. James Williamson & Deniz Tek,Two to One
  308. Andy Bell, The View from Halfway Down
  309. Rafiq Bhatia, Standards Vol 1
  310. Nicole Atkins, Italian Ice
  311. The Revivalists, Made is Muscle Shoals
  312. Mura Masa, RYC
  313. envy, The Fallen Crimson
  314. Duma, Duma
  315. Big Freedia, Louder
  316. Khruangbin, Mordechai
  317. Bit of, teenage wastelandBaxter Dury, The Night Chancers review: not just a chip off the old  Blockheads
  318. Peach, Peach
  319. Baxter Dury, The Night Chancers
  320. Kevin Morby, Sundowner
  321. Polo G, The Goat
  322. Tamikrest, Tamotait
  323. Bishop Nehru, Nehruvia: My disregarded thoughts
  324. GVLLS, Ep 2020
  325. Cantine Sbuccia Split by Deaf Lingo, Double No
  326. Cowboy Junkies, Ghosts
  327. Partynextdoor, Partymobile
  328. David Keenan, A Beginners Guide to Bravery
  329. Forest Drive West, Parallel Space
  330. Folian, Blue MirrorFuture is 'High Off Life' on new album - REVOLT
  331. Wire, Mind Hive
  332. Smarts, Who Needs Smarts Anyway
  333. Ohmme, Fantasize Your Ghost
  334. Black 47, Saint Patrick’s Day Party
  335. CJ Fly, RUDEBWOY
  336. Afterbirth, Four Dimensional Flesh
  337. Kamaiyah, Got it Made
  338. Future, High Off Life
  339. Marcus King, El Dorado
  340. Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams, Aporia
  341. Lukas Nelson, Naked Garden
  342. Bobby Conn, Recovery
  343. Lido Pimienta, Miss Colombia
  344. Wasted Shirt, Fungus II
  345. Pa Salieu, Send them to Coventry
  346. Bbymutha, Muthaleficent
  347. Too Much, Club Emotion
  348. Trupa Trupa, I’ll Find
  349. Agnes Obel, Myopia
  350. AWOLNATION, Angel Miners and the Lightning RidersAlbum Review: 070 Shake - Modus Vivendi | Consequence of Sound
  351. Peel Dream Machine, Agitprop Alterna
  352. Brian Fallon, Local Honey
  353. Royce Da 5’9″,  The Allegory
  354. Melenas, Dias Raros
  355. Isobel Campbell, There is no other
  356. 070 Shake, Modus Vivendi
  357. Billie Joe Armstrong, No Fun Mondays
  358. No Joy, Motherhood
  359. Jessie Ware, What’s Your Pleasure
  360. Johanna Warren, Chaotic Good
  361. Brent Faiyaz, F the World
  362. Future Islands, As Long As You Are
  363. Paul Weller, On Sunset
  364. Buscabulla, Regresa
  365. Delanila, Overloaded
  366. Tide Lines, Eye of the Storm

Top 100 Running Songs of 2020

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2020 may have been a crap year for wellness, concerts, health care workers, racial justice, weddings, coffee shops, graduations, sporting events, travel, and just about everything else, but it was a great year for music. Perhaps difficult times bring great art.

Here are my 100 favorite running songs that came out in 2020. These aren’t necessarily my 100 favorite songs of the year, but these are the ones that kept me moving.

Check out these songs. Whether you run, or not, these songs will put some pep in your step and help break the COVID blues.

You can listen to this playlist at: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/2020-running-songs/pl.u-14Lmt8ZlaER

Top 100 Running Songs of 2020

1. Routine Pain, Spanish Love Songs
2. pink diamond, Charli XCX
3. might bang, might not, Little Simz
4. ooh la la (feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier), Run The Jewels
5. Nonbinary, Arca
6. Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé), Megan Thee Stallion
7. Serafina, BAMBARA
8. Deal Wiv It, Mura Masa & slowthai 
9. Darkseid, Grimes & 潘PAN
10. Blue World, Mac Miller

11. Yah Yah (feat. Royce da 5’9″, Black Thought, Q-Tip & Denaun), Eminem
12. State of the Union (STFU), Public Enemy
13. War, IDLES 
14. Pig Feet (feat. Kamasi Washington, G Perico & Daylyt), Terrace Martin & Denzel Curry
15. Got It On Me, Pop Smoke
16. Life Is Good (feat. Drake), Future 
17. Say the Name, clipping.
18. My Wanderings in the Weary Land, The Waterboys
19. Yoga, 645AR
20. Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down, Anti-Flag
21. The Clap, The Chats
22. There Is No Year, Algiers
23. A Hero’s Death, Fontaines D.C.
24. American Crisis, Bob Mould
25. Strange Timez (feat. Robert Smith), Gorillaz
26. OUT FOR YOU, Le Butcherettes
27. Kawasaki Backflip, Dogleg
28. Blinding Lights, The Weeknd
29. Look Over Your Shoulder (feat. Kendrick Lamar), Busta Rhymes
30. Sweet, Porridge Radio
31. Boys on Stage, Soakie
32. I Just Want to Dance, Sault
33. Good Morning (feat. Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & Killer Mike), Black Thought
34. Come & Go, Juice WRLD & Marshmello

35. Broken Boy (feat. Iggy Pop), Cage the Elephant
36. The Difference (feat. Toro y Moi), Flume
37. Alert Level (Quarantined Mix), Ministry
38. AS Tearless (feat. Lalita), Amnesia Scanner
39. Hate this Pain, Tricky
40. Light Of Love, Florence + the Machine
41. Angel on the Road, X
42. Feign, Touché Amoré
43. Go!, L.A. Machina
44. You should be sad, Halsey
45. Nice to Meet Ya, Niall Horan
46. Exhale, Jónsi
47. Xxoplex, A. G. Cook
48. Television Sets, Alien Nosejob
49. All Lies, Sarah Mary Chadwick
50. Mandinga Times (feat. Kiko El Crazy), Rita Indiana
51. Shock Collar (feat. Dave Gahan), Humanist
52. Boomer, Bartees Strange
53. Joanna, Sevdaliza
54. House Arrest, Sofi Tukker & Gorgon City
55. Hope Hell High, The Flaming Lips, Deap Lips & Deap Vally
56. Good Morning (feat. Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & Killer Mike), Black Thought
57. Amen, Logic
58. Therefore I Am, Billie EilishBillie Eilish shares new single 'Therefore I Am'
59. Speed Kills, Chubby and The Gang
60. Sports!, Dream Wife
61. NO MAÑANA, Black Eyed Peas & El Alfa
62. Oh Yeah!, Green Day
63. Pakistan, Siti Muharam
64. BB (BODYBAG), slowthai
65. Never Slow, Bishop Nehru
66. I’m Not Getting Excited, The Beths
67. Armageddon’s Back in Town, Drive-By Truckers
68. Say Less, Nothing
69. Jolene, Lingua Ignota
70. Maker, Anjimile
71. Morrow, 070 Shake
72. Iron Cut, Gaika
73. Voodoo Child, Tom Morello
74. Oh No, The Revivalists
75. Sandcastles, Cable Ties
76. Guide for the Perplexed, Thomas Feiner
77. Good to Be Alive, Brendan Benson
78. On the Floor, Perfume Genius
79. Last Sniff (feat. MF DOOM), Wilma Archer
80. I’m Not Your Dog, Baxter Dury
81. Foam, Knot
82. Wonder, Lomelda
83. Long Road Home, Oneohtrix Point Never
84. Mmm (feat. Ragz Originale & BenjiFlow), Oscar #Worldpeace 
85. Legends Never Die (with Shania Twain), Orville Peck & Shania Twain

86. Slightly Sophisticated, Sneaks
87. they told us it was hard, but they were wrong., Ela Minus
88. Four Seasons Medley: Four Seasons / Dark Ocean Waltz, Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn
89. Antigravity Love, Krust
90. Blitzkrieg Bop/Backseat Freestyle/Una, Grimes
91. Satan’s Combover, Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine
92. KKK Tattoo, Regional Justice CenterATM Lyrics Bree Runway ft. Missy Elliott - Genius-Lyrics
93. ATM (feat. Missy Elliott), Bree Runway
94. Bad Decisions, The Strokes
95. montgomery forever, The Front Bottoms
96. Night Crawling (feat Billy Idol), Miley Cyrus
97. Sweatpants Spiderman, Open Mike Eagle
98. You Better Move, Lil Uzi Vert
99. Primed and Ready, Wire
100. Kingdom Of Ends, Róisín Murphy

DrumRunMarathon: Running in to the Pain

When I ran my first marathon a decade ago, I rode to the start line with an elite athlete. I asked her for any advice she could offer. She said, after 20 miles, we all hurt. It doesn’t matter how accomplished or novice you are at running, everyone hurts after 20 miles. The challenge is to keep going despite the pain.

I went in to yesterday’s DrumRunMarathon knowing it would hurt long before 20 miles. For the last two months I have been limping on a strained tendon in my left foot. In the last week, I pulled my groin twice. The weather forecast was for a sunny, 90 degree day. This was not going to be an easy run. And yet I chose to run in to the pain anyway.

image0The DrumRunMarathon is my riding on the coattails of Greg “The Governor” Pearson who is a fitness professional and the drummer in the Church for All People’s praise band. For years, Gov has developed an annual tradition of drumming in front of the Statehouse for 24 hours, sharing a poem called “The Gift of Love” that speaks of how God first loved us, and using this as a fundraiser for the church. This year, I jumped in to his parade and ran as he drummed.

I ran in to my pain inspired by Gov who had been drumming in front of the Statehouse for eight hours before I showed up and still had 16 hours to go.

I ran in to the pain as I watched peaceful people get escorted away from “the people’s house” because of the color of their skin.

I ran in to the pain as my foot swelled. My sports medicine doc cleared me to run, and I ran a solid pace that I was really happy with for the first 18 miles. But with no thanks to Phidippides a marathon is 26.2 miles and I began to wonder if my sports medicine doc is too permission giving.

I ran in to the pain as the temperature reached 90 degrees. In the morning, there was not a cloud in the sky and by a dozen miles in I was soaked with sweat. But I did a better job of staying hydrated and taking S Caps than I had in previous races. Also, some afternoon clouds and breezes went a long way.

I ran in to the pain and finished 26.2 miles.

In the moment, pain can feel all encompassing. But two lessons of running are that it doesn’t always get worse and that pain is temporary. My 26th mile was one of the strongest and fastest miles that I ran all day. And, on this side of the finish line, we built new relationships and raised over $2,500 for the work of the United Methodist Church for All People who is seeking to building diverse relationships of mutuality with all people. You can always support this work at: https://www.4allpeople.org/give

Hilltop U.S.A. 5K Race Report

The last few months have left us all with the question, what do you do when times are difficult?

What do you do when you can’t do the things that give you life?

What do you do when people are suffering?

Often, we can retreat and turn inward, or we can choose to walk in to the discomfort, embrace the pain, and overcome.

In a small way, that is what over 500 runners are doing this weekend around Columbus, Ohio. It is one hot weekend, but we are virtually running the Hilltop USA 5K, to benefit veteran’s organizations on the west side of Columbus. Although this race couldn’t happen in person, the support of the community was so great that it sold out and more spots were opened up.

Today I ran with Lisa Qualkenbush Dillahunt, who ran her own virtual race at the same time, leg 2 of the Columbus Running Company Grand Prix. We ran at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, one of my favorite places, but the heat and humidity were not fun. I decided to wear my race shirt for the 5K, which was a soaked cotton mess by the end. Nonetheless, the miles clicked off quickly. Despite having a gimpy foot, and it being a hot day, we ran a solid run, faster than our goals. Nothing close to a PR of any kind, but we ran in to the heat and discomfort and overcame.

More importantly, this race has already raised over $3,000 to help veterans organizations. This will assist those heroes who walked in to truly difficult situations and overcame.

Rise above!

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Music of the Year (so far)

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2020 has been a crap year by many measures–just ask the 9,859,738 families of people with confirmed cases of coronavirus or the 400 year echo of black voices crying out, I can’t breathe.

But from all this pain has come great art.

In my unprofessional opinion, here are my 100 favorite albums from the first half of 2020 and my 100 favorite running songs from the first half of the year. There has been so much good music this year, I still have a couple of dozens albums I am waiting to find time to listen to. There was been more good music than what would fit on this list. I don’t pretend to be an expert in any of this, but if you are looking for something good to listen to, this a good place to start:

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Listen to this playlist at: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/2020-running-songs/pl.u-14Lmt8ZlaER

  1. Routine Pain, Spanish Love Songs
  2. might bang, might not, Little Simz
  3. pink diamond, Charli XCX
  4. Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé), Megan Thee Stallion
  5. Deal Wiv It, Mura Masa & slowthai
  6. Blue World, Mac Miller
  7. Darkseid, Grimes & 潘PAN
  8. State of the Union (STFU), Public Enemy
  9. Yah Yah (feat. Royce da 5’9″, Black Thought, Q-Tip & Denaun), Eminem
  10. Pig Feet (feat. Kamasi Washington, G Perico & Daylyt), Terrace Martin & Denzel Curry
  11. Serafina, BAMBARA
  12. American Crisis, Bob Mould
  13. Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down, Anti-Flag
  14. OUT FOR YOU, Le Butcherettes
  15. Kawasaki Backflip, Dogleg
  16. Blinding Lights, The WeekndLife Is Good (song) - Wikipedia
  17. Life Is Good (feat. Drake), Future
  18. Sweet, Porridge Radio
  19. Boys on Stage, Soakie
  20. Broken Boy (feat. Iggy Pop), Cage the Elephant
  21. The Difference (feat. Toro y Moi), Flume
  22. Angel on the Road, X
  23. Alert Level (Quarantined Mix), Ministry
  24. You should be sad, Halsey
  25. Light Of Love, Florence + the Machine
  26. walking in the snow, Run The Jewels
  27. Gospel For a New Century, Yves Tumor
  28. AS Tearless (feat. Lalita), Amnesia Scanner
  29. Television Sets, Alien Nosejob
  30. Shock Collar (feat. Dave Gahan), Humanist
  31. En la Oscuridad, Xibalba
  32. Consider, Gouge Away
  33. Jolly F****r, Sleaford Mods
  34. Hope Hell High, The Flaming Lips, Deap Lips & Deap Vally
  35. NO MAÑANA, Black Eyed Peas & El Alfa
  36. Speed Kills, Chubby and The Gang
  37. Oh Yeah!, Green Day
  38. Nice to Meet Ya, Niall Horan
  39. BB (BODYBAG), slowthai
  40. ONLY, ZHU & Tinashe
  41. Never Slow, Bishop Nehru
  42. I’m Not Getting Excited, The Beths
  43. ATM, Too Free
  44. Something Wicked, Trash Talk & Kenny Beats
  45. Quick Escape, Pearl Jam
  46. This Is War, Five Finger Death Punch
  47. In the Doghouse, The Bombpops
  48. G-Flat Gumbo, Songdog
  49. All Lies, Sarah Mary Chadwick
  50. Armageddon’s Back in Town, Drive-By Truckers
  51. Here They Come, Hamilton LeithauserModus Vivendi (070 Shake album) - Wikipedia
  52. Morrow, 070 Shake
  53. Spark, Alice Bag
  54. Oh No, The Revivalists
  55. Guide for the Perplexed, Thomas Feiner
  56. Good to Be Alive, Brendan Benson
  57. On the Floor, Perfume Genius
  58. Isolation Blues (Blame It On The Pathogen), J.S. Ondara
  59. Last Sniff (feat. MF DOOM), Wilma Archer
  60. Funny Thing, Thundercat
  61. I’m Not Your Dog, Baxter Dury
  62. How Could You (feat. Joseph Talbot), Jehnny Beth
  63. Baby’s First Word, 2nd Grade
  64. Sour Candy, Lady Gaga & BLACKPINK
  65. Unspoken, Infant Island
  66. Never Ending Teeth, Afterbirth
  67. Twisted, Johanna Warren
  68. Chemical, Es
  69. Country Song, Fossil Arm
  70. I’m a Wreck, AWOLNATION
  71. Sandcastles, Cable Ties
  72. Exhale, Jónsi
  73. they told us it was hard, but they were wrong., Ela Minus
  74. No Time For Love Like Now, Michael Stipe & Big Red Machine
  75. Parallel Space (Conforce Remix), Forest Drive West
  76. Unwanted, Folian
  77. Runaway Dog, Retirement Party
  78. Four Seasons Medley: Four Seasons / Dark Ocean Waltz, Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn
  79. Amidinin Tad Adouniya, Tamikrest
  80. The Brothers Williams Said, The Innocence Mission
  81. Die without You, Dawn Richard
  82. they told us it was hard, but they were wrong. (Edit), Ela Minus
  83. It’s Cool, Four Year Strong
  84. Simmer, Hayley Williams
  85. One Good Day, Control Top
  86. Lockdown, Anderson .Paak
  87. KKK Tattoo, Regional Justice Center
  88. People, The 1975
  89. No Time To Die, Billie EilishBillie Eilish's No Time to Die Bond theme: a slow stomper that ...
  90. Cold Sweat, asia
  91. Cancelled, Attila
  92. Worry, Songhoy Blues
  93. Hands, Lithics
  94. You Better Move, Lil Uzi Vert
  95. Consider, Gouge Away
  96. Void Walker, FACS
  97. Spineless, Jools
  98. ringtone (feat. Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, Kero Kero Bonito) [remix], 100 gecs
  99. Beaten Down, Sharon Van Etten
  100. Shut It Down 2020, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR (2020)

  1. Spanish Love Songs, Brave Faces EveryoneSpanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Everyone LP + Slipmat Bundle ...
  2. Run the Jewels, RTJ4
  3. Sarah Mary Chadwick, Please Daddy
  4. Mac Miller, Circles
  5. Amnesia Scanner, Tearless
  6. Perfume Genius, Set my heart on fire immediately
  7. Moses Sumney, grae
  8. BAMBARA, Stray
  9. Jehnny Beth, To Love is to Love
  10. Floral Tattoo, You can never have a long enough head start
  11. Jeff Rosenstock, No Dream
  12. Halsey, Manic
  13. Porridge Radio, Every Bad
  14. Dogleg, Melee
  15. Humanist, Humanist
  16. The Innocence Mission, See You Tomorrow
  17. Le Butcherettes, Don’t Bleed
  18. Code Orange, Underneath
  19. Ian William Craig, Red Sun Through Smoke
  20. ChangesNowBowie, David Bowie
  21. Liveandwell.com, David Bowie
  22. 2nd Grade, Hit to Hit
  23. Waxahatchee, Saint Cloud
  24. Soakie, Soakie
  25. Diet Cig, Do you wonder about me?
  26. Chubby and the Gang, Speed Kills
  27. Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn, Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn
  28. Black Eyed Peas, Translation
  29. Same, Plastic Western
  30. Hamilton Leithauser, The Loves of your life
  31. Mozzy, Beyond bulletproof
  32. Permanent Residue, S/T Tape
  33. Fossil Arm, In Bad Decline
  34. Alien Nosejob, Suddenly Everything is Twice as Loud
  35. X, Alphabetland
  36. Coriky, Coriky
  37. Wednesday, I was trying to describe you to someone
  38. Brigid Dawson and the Mother Network, Battle of Apes
  39. Lucinda Williams, Good souls better angels
  40. Songdog, A Happy Endin
  41. Infant Island, SepulcherThe Quietus | Reviews | Fra Fra
  42. Fra Fra, Funeral Songs
  43. Midewife, Forever
  44. THICK, 5 Years Behind
  45. Thundercat, It is what it is
  46. Eminem, Music to be Murdered By
  47. Body Count, Carnivore
  48. Pearl Jam, Gigaton
  49. Yaeji, What We Drew
  50. Sleaford Mods, All That Glue
  51. Eighth Blackbird, Singing in the Dead of Night
  52. Childish Gambino, 3.15.20
  53. The Cravats, Hooraland
  54. Little Simz, Drop 6
  55. Anti-Flag, 20/20 Vision
  56. TORRES, Silver Tongue
  57. Nine Inch Nails, Ghosts V
  58. Nine Inch Nails, Ghosts VI
  59. Rita Sawayama, Sawayama
  60. Dead lips, dead lips
  61. Green Day, Father of all
  62. Brendan Benson, Dear Life
  63. KA, Descendents of Cain
  64. Jay Electronica, A Written TestimonyDescendants of Cain by Ka (Album, East Coast Hip Hop): Reviews ...
  65. Wilma Archer, A Western Circular
  66. The Weekend, After Hours
  67. Charli XCX, how I’m feeling now
  68. Grimes, Miss Anthropocene
  69. Fossil Island, In Bad Decline
  70. The Chats, High Risk Behavior
  71. Nils Frahm, Empty
  72. Yuja Wang, John Adams: Must the devil have all the good tunes?
  73. Es, Less of Everything
  74. Haley Williams, Petals for Armor
  75. Car Seat Headrest, Making a door less open
  76. FACS, Void Moments
  77. JFDR, New Dreams
  78. Same, Plastic Western
  79. Lithics, Tower of age
  80. Melenas, Dias Raros
  81. Behemouth, A Forest
  82. Mutant Love, Revolution Redacted Pt. 1
  83. Lady Gaga, Chromatica
  84. Hilary Woods, Birthmarks
  85. Hook, Crashed My Car
  86. The Bombpops, Death in Venice Beach
  87. Soccer mommy, color theory
  88. Cable Ties, Fair Enough
  89. Alice Bag, Sister Dynamite
  90. The Soft Pink Truth, Shall we go on sinning that grace May increase?
  91. Four Year Strong, Brain PainFolk Alley | Album Review: Ondara, 'Folk N' Roll, Vol 1: Tales of ...
  92. Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake
  93. Ratboys, Printer’s Devil
  94. J. S. Ondara, Folk n Roll Vol 1, Tales of Isolation
  95. Hanerkop, remote
  96. Drive-by truckers, the unraveling
  97. Five Finger Death Punch, F8
  98. Megan thee Stallion, Suga
  99. The 1975, Notes on a Conditional Form
  100. Fiona Apple, Fetch the bolt cutters

 

 

Life Marathon, the last un-canceled run (for now)

Life is persistent. We live so often in fear of death. But the reality is that life is a strong force that finds a way. Our bodies do amazing work in combating viruses and bacteria and so many threats. Life is found around the world in places that we would call uninhabitable: from the bottom of the ocean to the most scorching desert. Life is a persistent force.

Today marks the end of the un-canceled racing series (although rumor has it something new may be coming). This series began with a six week series in March and a second six-weeks was added in May. During each of these rounds runners completed a 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, half marathon, marathon, and ultra marathon.

Yesterday I completed the second round and full series of un-canceled with a marathon. I had hoped to finish the marathon in under five hours and for the first half of the run i was on track to do that.

At the halfway mark i stopped at a convenience store for a bathroom and water break. That put me a couple minutes behind pace, but i went right back to chipping away at it. However, as the miles moved in to the 20s, the temperature reached in to the 80s. A rule of thumb for running is that it feels 20 degrees hotter while running and heat has always been my nemesis.

In order to be safe, I knew I needed to make a second water stop and with the cloudless heat, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make up this time. But the goal for this was not the completion of a singular race, but the un-canceled series. I accepted that this would be how the day would end. I was able to run the next couple of miles well, but ended up run-walking miles 24 and 25, and straight out walked the last 1.2.

I did not finish the way I would’ve liked, but life persisted. I kept moving forward when it would’ve been easier to quit. Although this was one of the slowest marathon times I’ve ever run I was happy with my effort and the fact that I could finish.

Life does not give up easily. Since the start of the coronavirus I have now completed 18 virtual races. Yes, I know that is ridiculous, but it is ultimately a statement that life wins!

Perseverance 8K, yet another un-canceled run

img_0484Perseverance is the theme for this week’s Un-Canceled run.

The theme of this blog is perseverance. I am not a fast runner, I am not a gifted athlete. I have an awkward body that often feels to me like it’s been cobbled together from spare parts. But the one thing I have is perseverance. I can keep going when it gets tough. I can keep my legs moving when I journey in to the pain cave.

Today I ran the Un-canceled2 8K run. I didn’t run at record-setting pace, but considering a week ago I ran a 50K, and that this is my 17th race since the start of the coronavirus, it was solid. I ran negative splits, with each mile faster than the one before. It was a good perseverance run.

However, when I think about perseverance, real perseverance isn’t in the runner who perseverance-8kkeeps going with sore legs, it is in the people around me who keep going with difficult lives.

The single mother, raising her kids, who is tired from working multiple jobs, but keeps going to support her family, is perseverance.

The person who wakes up every day with the weight of depression and keeps going is perseverance.

The protester who is tired from being on the streets for a week and a half and goes back out again, in to the heat, to build a more just society is perseverance.

protests_6.5-6_1Look around you. Who are the people you see that keep going when life is hard? There are a million examples of perseverance around us that can strengthen us when we feel weak.

Run the Album: RTJ4

I listen to a ridiculous amount of music and yet it is rare that an album stops me in my tracks. This weekend that has happened with Run the Jewels new album, RTJ4.

Last week I re-recorded my sermon on Saturday because it no longer seemed relevant to the quickly evolving national response to the murder of George Floyd. Yet, somehow, Run The Jewels released an album on Friday that sounds like they recorded it today.

The album powerfully grabs the listener with the opening track, “yankee and the brave”. The video for the next song, “ooh la la”, prophetically shows streets filled with protesters, as capitalism is set on fire, filmed at a time when social distancing was closely practiced. My favorite song on the album “walking in the snow” begins with the lyric:

And every day on evening news they feed you fear for free
And you so numb you watch the cops choke out a man like me
And ’til my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, “I can’t breathe”

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Recorded before the killing of George Floyd, this lyric pointed to the murder of Eric Garner. And yet, the echo of so many black people who have cried out “I can’t breathe” illustrates the power of this album. Run the Jewels pointed to the racism and oppression that was already happening before it reached the current level of collective consciousness. As a result, Run the Jewels have provided the soundtrack for this moment. The same song powerfully proclaims, “Never forget in the story of Jesus, the hero was killed by the state.”

Without pause, the next song, JU$T, somehow hits even harder. Featuring Pharrell Williams and Zack de la Rocha, the folly of the things often seen as success are criticized as the chorus echoes, “Look at all these slave masters posing on your dollar.”

Throughout this album, Killer Mike and El-P play off each other masterfully. They complete each other’s sentences, often doing so with both a call to power and a sense of humor. The combination of these elements are reminiscent of the best of Public Enemy or Wu Tang who held together a serious message, but didn’t take themselves seriously. This return to an old school style makes the incredibly relevant messages even more accessible.

The album ends with an epic blues/jazz/spoken word style song, “a few words for the firing squad.” The most heartfelt song on the album is delivered from deep within the soul and ends with horns blazing and the lyrics:

Black child in America, the fact that I made it was magic
Black and beautiful, the world broke my momma heart, and she died an addict
God blessed me to redeem her in my thought, words and my actions
Satisfaction for The Devil, g@ddammit, he’ll never ever have it
This is for the do-gooders that the no-gooders used and then abused
For the truth tellers tied to the whippin’ post, left beaten, battered, bruised
For the ones whose body hung from a tree like a piece of strange fruit
Go hard, last words to the firing squad was, “F— you too”

Sugar Badger 50K

So much of this year in Ohio has been darkness. Not only the darkness of pandemic and racial tension, but dark skies and rain.

Today was a beautiful day. Not a cloud in the sky. But maybe I could’ve used some.

I set out this morning to run the Sugar Badger 50K. This run was supposed to take place this past weekend in Wisconsin. It would’ve been the inaugural run. But COVID happened.

Initially, I was going to run the virtual race in my favorite place to run,  Delaware State Park. But as the theologian John Lennon said, life is what happens when you are busy making other plans. So I got up early (too early) this morning and ran around the city of Columbus.

It has been a tough week for Columbus. Just as coronavirus restrictions have begun to img_0435ease, the undercurrent of racial tension has emerged. Protesters have filled the streets calling for a new and better way to live in relationships, the dismantling of broken systems, and the end to police brutality.

Early this morning, when I started, Columbus was quiet. It was a cool and beautiful morning as I ran down tree lined trails. For the first half of the run, I stayed well on track to reach my goal of finishing under six hours. In fact, I ran the first few miles faster than needed and was able to use and build that cushion.

About 15 miles in I stopped at a gas station to rehydrate. The time waiting in line evaporated my cushion and after this stop my calves began to cramp. Nonetheless, for the next seven or eight miles I still stayed right around the necessary pace to break six hours.

img_0436The final eight miles were physically difficult. It was hard to run as my calves tightened. Walking became more regular. The cloudless day took its toll on me.

I finished in 6:11:26. I didn’t finish in the time I hoped, but still set a PR by 18 minutes. Not a bad day.

The theme for this week in the Un-cancelled series is community.

After today’s run, our church held an outdoor worship service to bless the staff and volunteers of the United Methodist Free Store, which will re-open tomorrow after being closed for the coronavirus.

For 21 years, the Free Store has brought diverse people together in a environment of acceptance and radical hospitality. In these challenging times of pandemic and systemic racism, we know that work is more important than ever before. We believe there has never been a better time to be the Church, and we remain committed to a South Side that is welcoming and supportive of ALL people.

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