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Rhyme of the Day

Various meanderings with a rhyme in there somewhere.

Chicago Marathon Yet Again
I ran the Chicago Marathon yesterday. Cool weather. 40s-50s. Very good conditions for setting a world record apparently, since a young woman from Kenya set a new women's world record on the course. She would have been about half-way done by the time I got started. The first wave started at 7:30 AM, and she would have been near the head of that. The third wave, my wave, started at 8:35 AM, and I was nowhere near the head of that.

I was very happy with my race, not because I was particularly fast, but because I did not struggle with leg cramps. I'm not sure what made the difference, to tell the truth. It's hard to do controlled experiments on yourself on an event that you do only a couple of times a year. But I suspect it helped a lot that I stopped taking my daily statin medicine for three days. Statins tend to do a great job of lowering your blood's lipid levels, but they can cause muscle cramps in some individuals. Normally, I'm not bothered. But I think that with really intense, long races, I may be vulnerable. So, having talked it over with my doctor, I took a few days off, and I think it made a big difference. Well, we'll see what happens during my next prolonged endurance event.

Avoiding pain
Is a kind of gain.

Yellow Submarine and Octopus’s Garden
Are almost the same song.
If that sounds mean, I beg your pardon.
Feel free to tell me I’m wrong.

On a lonesome street without a map,
No detour shall I fear.
I’m counting on the driving app
To get me out of here!

Explored a maize maze.
It did feel vaguely haunted,
And took longer than I wanted,
But at least it wasn’t days.

I think because I like to read
About medical conditions
I often find my Facebook feed
Is filled with admonitions
To end my imputed worry
By calling a doc in a hurry.

Low Profile
People in witness protection,
Can contribute to Wikipedia,
But shouldn’t pose selfies
On social media.

Reading Lucretius
Ancient thinking about atoms
Was mostly clever guesses,
But they got a few things right,
So yes, it still impresses.

To be a bee,
Or not to be,
To spend your hours
Touring flowers,
And dancing jive
In a buzzing hive,
To sit around secreting honey -
Honestly, it all sounds funny.

No Ice Yet
Construction season continues
Upon our city streets.
We’ll take a break for winter,
And then it all repeats.

Etymological Equity
Why is it called equinox
And not equiday?
I just want to get that question
Out of the way.