Running & such

While in New Jersey over the weekend, I ran a 5K. (I’m #225, which — oddly enough — is the number of the house I grew up in.) Here’s what I looked like before running it:

The upside: this was my first time running as part of a larger group, and I didn’t panic/lose my pace/etc. The downside: somewhere along the way, I seem to have stepped on a lumpy section of road and bruised the underside of my foot, which has prompted some fairly amusing-to-the-eye hobbling in the last 36-odd hours. (Thankfully, this has begun to subside.) On to the next one, wherever that might be…

my home state does me proud

Now playing: The Gaslight Anthem‘s The ’59 Sound. This is excellent so far — knowing nostalgia in the lyrics and unrelenting rock on the musical side. Last year’s Sink or Swim sounded a bit like New Jersey’s answer to Lucero; this one shows them having found their own (’59?) sound and, hey, Springsteen nod right there. Nice.

See also: 17 Dots; Attackerman (who also points out the crucial Benny Horowitz factor).