Go Fourth With Sweat To Conquer The Big Chill

Big ChillThe Big Chill was a major problem in The House on the Hill this morning, Modern Philosophers.

No, I’m not talking about the 1983 ensemble film with the classic soundtrack that has thrilled American audiences for three decades.

I’m referring to the blast of Autumn weather that shot into Maine overnight, and forced me to turn on the heat much earlier than I had planned.  It was 35 degrees when I woke up, and that didn’t seem at all a proper temperature for the last weekend of Summer.

Once I stopped shivering long enough, I put on one of my heavier Running Togas, laced up my giant Monkey Boy sneakers, and went for a run.  I wasn’t convinced I’d be able to work up a sweat with the temperature so low, but I figured I had to do something to stave off the Ice Age, frostbite, and death by freezing.

As I had hoped would happen, I immediately got lost in my thoughts.  First, my mind drifted to the events of earlier in the week that had me so upset.  I played out conversations in my head that I might have with The Girl Who Went Away, and then debated whether or not I should even speak to her again.  Tomorrow is her birthday, though, so this is causing quite the dilemma for me.

I eventually managed to shift gears to another topic.  This morning, Danny sent out the list of topics for The Nite Show’s monologue jokes.  We tape the first three shows of the season this Wednesday night (woo hoo!!!), and dozens of monologue jokes need to be written before then.  This was the absolute perfect thing to distract me from both the cold and the subject of my broken heart.

I used my time out on the road to mentally write some jokes.  I’d work them out in my head until I got the rhythm and the working just perfect.  At that point, I’d say the joke aloud knowing full well that Gary the Gargoyle was flying overhead to keep an eye on me.  Gargoyles have amazing hearing and an excellent memory, so I was sure Gary would remember the final version of the jokes for me.

extra mileI got so caught up in the joke crafting process, that I ran right past the turnaround for a 3 mile run, and only realized this as I was closing in on the 2 mile mark.  I guess it was going to be a 4 miler rather than the 3 miler I had planned.

No skin off my back.  But plenty of sweat off my back, chest, head, arms, and legs.

On the return route, I continued to work on jokes.  It’s amazing how much material I was coming up with on my own without Danny’s  suggestion list.  I guess I’ve just taught myself to pay more attention to the news, and remember things that might be fun to skewer in the monologue.  Let me tell you, Modern Philosophers, the NFL was a great source of inspiration this morning.

I also found myself rolling up the sleeves of my Running Toga.  Despite the cold weather, I was sweating up a storm.  I guess it was a combination of leg power and brain power that had urged my sweat glands into such a frenzy.

I made it back to The House on the Hill in 39:58.  I was stunned at the time since this was only my second 4 mile run in several months.  Breaking 40:00 was a nice surprise, I worked up enough body heat to feel like it was still Summer, and I’d gotten a good deal of writing done.

therapyGoing that extra mile had been well worth it.

Sometimes, running is exactly what I need.  I still hate the activity, but it does have its advantages.

Today, it gave me one more day of Summer and chased away The Big Chill…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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