At this moment...
O'hare is quiet...
I can see my face again. I like it. But I suppose I should have waited until it was a bit warmer out.
About an hour ago I finished a 20 mile run. I'd planned on running two 20 mile runs during this training season to prep for the Surf City marathon, but the weather kept me from doing more than one. Either way, it was one of the best 20 miles runs ever (and it was cold and icy but I still managed to hit a PR of 03:14:33). I dialed in a good pace and kept myself on track. At mile 14 I noticed that my Gatorade had turned to slushie. At mile 15 I caught an insane runners high that lasted about a minute. It was a seriously intense moment of euphoria, possibly the most intense runners high that I've ever felt. Now, with the marathon only three weeks away, the taper can officially begin.
Thanks to everybody that came out to see Zerostars last night at The Subterranean. I think it was a pretty solid show. Additional thanks to DJ BV for writing about Zerostars on his blog and spreading the word.
Also, Zerostars recently received a nice little write-up by Sun Times music critic Jim DeRogatis:
A band is setting its sights pretty high when it lists its primary inspirations as those erudite pop sociologists Ray Davies and Morrissey. But if Chicago's Zerostars don't quite reach that bar yet in terms of witty lyricism--"You ask me how I feel/Well I don't know" the band sings in "Driving to New Orleans," falling a bit short of "David Watts" or "Hairdresser on Fire"--their newly issued debut album "Basement Stories" offers ample evidence that they eventually could get there, especially given the strength of their lilting rhythms and airy melodies.
Formed in 2001, the band made its recorded debut with a six-song EP called "The Good Can't Escape." Guitarist-vocalist Jason Moody, guitarist Mikey Shin and bassist Scott Kallstrand spent two years recording the follow-up as Kill Hannah veteran Garret Hammond filled in on drums, co-engineered and co-produced, and the effort pays off via with the exquisite sound of standout tracks such as the rollicking, horns-laced "Like the Daylights" and the dynamically shifting epic "Family Tree."
Happy New Year!