Last night (Saturday), Angela and I went to see the Richmond Symphony perform the Lord of the Rings Symphony. It’s not that I wasn’t amazed at Howard Shore’s score already, but I was completely floored last night. Angela and I both decided that this score ranks up as one of our favorites (individually, and collectively). Further, with all due respect to John Williams, who is another favorite, this was all completely original scoring. Williams often uses famous pieces for direct inspiration in movie scores, which isn’t all that uncommon in film score composition as I understand it. Case in point: Carmina Burana is an obvious influence on the Darth Maul theme in Star Wars: Episode I. Of course, Williams has plenty of original compositions to his credit (not the least of which, the main theme to Star Wars). However, I think that Shore has raised the bar in how complex, both musically and emotionally, a film score can be. He weaves in traditional music, pop music, and symphony handily. All this, and it was very nice getting to see the home town symphony play it at the Landmark.
This morning, I ran the Carytown 10k. My goal: to run the race averaging an 8 minute-mile. For those of you who don’t feel like doing the math, that would have been at sub-50 minute race. I had even been running during lunch breaks the last couple of weeks to make sure the heat wouldn’t bother me too much and that I could keep a good pace going. Unfortunately, I can’t keep a steady pace for long enough. After running a nice 7:50 pace for three miles, I dropped off sharply for most of the next mile-and-a-half. I ended up at 51:26, which is whole minute slower than my last 10k. What was the difference? I’d say it was the fact that last month, the larger race had wave starts, so I started with a whole group of people to pace with. This race was a pack start, so I was just with whatever group happened to fall in about the middle of the crowd. The lesson here is that I’m going to have to use the pace alarm on my Forerunner if I hope to be able to train for a certain pace. Then, I think I can break the 50 minute wall and reach my next running goal. After that, I hope to work more on distance than speed. After all, I’m not likely to ever win any of these (which is a stretch of the term “not likely”). However, I can at least have some bragging rights for running farther some day.