Monday, May 03, 2021

#BestSongIHeardToday • Volume IV

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The #BestSongIHeardToday series is often centered around hearing great songs while exercising. These posts will tend to drift into health related topics but will always come back to the music that brought you here. This particular series is probably more about a self journal to help me stay on the path of healthy living that includes, listening to old and new tunes. If you're looking for a great mix playlist of 25-30 songs, just click on one of my Volumes above.

A beach walk with good friends Ron & Paul
last week on the California Central Coast.
In this and future rounds
of #BestSongIHeardToday, I've dropped the Running on the Trial part. I'm now taking songs from wherever I hear that gem song for the day to add to the current volume. I also see so many great live tracks on YouTube that you'll be seeing more performance videos in this series of playlists from now on. 

With that said, I still get most of my songs for this segment while running and hope you'll still stomach my slogger (slow jogger) advise here. 

In my last installment (Volume III), I talked about slowing my pace down even further to prevent injury and boy that sure seems to be the ticket for me. I'm not so tired after a run and have been even running a couple of days in a row now in the past several weeks. 

My running app has also taken notice, as Siri has said to me several times, "Runner Paused" when I walk to cross a rocky part on the trail. Geez Siri, "I'm not dead yet, I'm still moving." I can see her saying to me at some point, "Runner are you still there? Runner, should I send out a search party?"

For all of you walkers out there, I've found a great pair of Altra shoes that I highly recommend for walking, or for road running. These shoes have soooo much cushion like a HOKA shoe, but I especially love the Altra toe box that has the same toe box shape as Birkenstocks. I have a wide foot, which for me is usually 10EEEE. Altra does not have width sizing, so I just go up a 1/2 size and get a 10 1/2 and they fit great! Altra also has a great return policy and if you're buying directly online, they send you the free shipping return label in the box if they don't fit to your liking. Here's the Altra website links for their Paradigm 5.

Enjoy the Playlist this week on your phone while out doing that walk or run!


  1. You set a mean pace in those walking shoes you’re talking about. They seem to suit you perfectly.The slowing down the pace advice has served me well too. When I start a run and feel I’m trying to achieve an ingrained pace that my body feels compelled to to attain I never get to the point where I’m exhausted and can’t wait to be done. I reach a cruising speed that I can maintain for a fairly long-ish time. Really nice to hear some early Karla Bonoff on the playlist. All the best to you Doug. Thanks

    1. Paul, I'm also finding if I start out real slow, I warm up to a cruising speed by mid-run and my last mile is usually now my fastest mile.

      I saw Karla Bonoff at San Diego State in college and then at the Catamaran down in Pacific Beach a few years later and loved both shows. A couple of nights ago, I watched Linda Ronstadt on CNN "Live in Hollywood" again and got into watching Kenny Edwards who played with Linda in the Stone Poneys and Karla in Bryndle, then collaborating with both as solo artists. Kenny died at the tender age of 64 in 2010 of cancer. The good die young as they say.


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