You knew it was inevitable: sooner or later (OK, perhaps too soon), I would have another post about running. You also probably knew it was inevitable I was going to mention Sammy Hagar in a post. So what about combining them? I KNEW you’d be thrilled.
I didn’t realize it until the other day, but I have a decent consecutive days run streak going. As of June 17th, I’m up to 57 straight days of running at least once a day for a few miles. (Yes, some days, I run twice.)
I have no idea if this is close to my record, as I’ve never considered it a goal (or smart) to run every day. But, I guess desperate times call for desperate measures? Now, though, keeping the streak alive is an official goal, at least for the rest of the summer.
5150 Time and 5:150 Time
In the early ’80s, Sammy Hagar was my favorite solo rock artist. By the mid-80s, the rock group Van Halen had pulled even with Loverboy at the top of my favorite bands list.
Therefore, March 24, 1986, was a glorious day in history for me. It was the day Van Halen released 5150, their first album with Sammy Hagar as new lead singer.
Peanut butter + chocolate.
To this day, tracks from 5150 almost always find their way into marathon playlists.
In case you weren’t aware, the number 5150 is a police code for a crazy person on the loose, which brings me to 5150 Time and 5:150 Time. Sammy used to be fond of using the phrase “It’s 5150 time!”, meaning, of course, it is time to get crazy. Well, a major part of my run streak is the commitment to say to myself: “It’s 5:150 time!” This means it’s time to get crazy and run at 5:15 am.
I’m pretty sure the few neighbors who happen to see the old guy with a headlamp running by say “Yep. He’s crazy.”
So, if you’re looking to start a fitness routine and can’t seem to make it happen during the day, try 5:150 time. 5:15 am this time of year is much better than a January New Year’s resolution 5:15 am. Unless you live down under, then just reverse what I just wrote.
My top three reasons for running early this time of year:
- Beats the heat
- Guaranteed at least one accomplishment for the day
- Running shirtless in warm weather not only reduces laundry but extra glow helps with visibility
Thanks for reading,
PS. I don’t recommend running every day, as most bodies won’t hold up.
Also, if you’re a Sammy Hagar fan, and I realize most aren’t, I do recommend his new album, Space Between, with his band The Circle. It came out last month and is quite good. Sure, I’m a little biased, but the fact that Sammy is still working hard and producing new material at age 71 should be an inspiration to anyone.