MCM 2018/T-minus 22:Push

Yesterday I got up late, so decided to just do the short cycle of the circuit course and save the 45 minute fartlek for Saturday morning. I still didn’t make it to work until after 0800.

After work, I spent about 45 minutes at home getting a meal of cinnamon-raisin English muffins topped with peanut butter before going to work Bingo Night at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Bingo night ended at 2000 (8:00 p.m.), and I stopped at Harris Teeter to get “dinner:” a small roll of brie cheese, Ritz bacon crackers, Ferro-Rocher candy, and pepperoni. Knowing full well I had to run four miles in the morning, I gorged on my dinner (plus some Fruit Roll Ups) and cruised YouTube for music videos…until 0130.

Revile sounded at 0430. I struggled out of bed two minutes later. Got dressed, Skin-So-Soft applied, grabbed a ball cap instead of my regular Day-Glo running cap, grabbed my smartphone and stopwatch and was out the door just before 0500.

For all the crappy diet, the lack of sleep, and the two skinned knees from Wednesday afternoon, I ran 4.63 miles (of a planned 4) in 52:46 (wristwatch: 51:29). I had enough in the tank where I could have run up to the Abberly Crest entrance to see if I could get that nice round 5 miles, but…nah. I did remember to stretch, though.

So, Sunday will be the Southern Loop 10 ( or another route, if I change my mind). In light of my recent skinned knees, I need to remember to pay attention to my running as well as stay injury-free through the Marine Corps Marathon.

With the run distances shrinking, the lack of daylight, and cooler temperatures, I may consider changing my runs to afternoons, as soon as I get home from work. Maybe the same with the circuit courses. Next Tuesday begins the Taper, which is when marathon training is reduced in length and intensity to warm up, preserve strength, and stay healthy for the actual 26.2 run. Aside from shorter runs (3~4 miles during the week, with an 8 miler and a 6 miler in the two Sundays I have left), I will also be dropping down to two cycles of the circuit course. I will have to think about afternoon training, though; sleeping in is nice, but I’m not sure I want the day’s workout hanging over my head as I near quitting time at work.

Hmmm…what other 10 mile courses can I run on Sunday?

Song of the Day: “Shipping Up to Boston/Enter Sandman”/Goddesses of Bagpipe. Archie Jay (India), Chelsea Joy (USA), and Jane Espie (Scotland) are three bagpipe artists who join up (at Archy’s behest) to do a combined cover of the classic tunes by the Dropkick Murphys and Metallica. Job well done, lassies…but can ye do “Scotland the Brave”/”The Black Bear?”

Rhetorical question of course…

“Some Mother That I Used to Know”/Danzig featuring Gotye. Ah, yes, musical mashups courtesy of YouTube. Gotye (modified vocals from “Somebody…”) travels back in time, goes all evil and rocks out with Danzig (music from “Mother)…

I  really need to cut this YouTube out and go to bed at a reasonable hour.

 

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