Category Archives: short run

MCM 2020/T-Minus 59: Uh-oh

Today I just got out there and ran. No stretching or pre-eun hydration, just got out there and got in the four miles.

Thirteen minute pace. Uh-oh. Major drop off from when I started earlier this winter.

Basically I am going to attempt to run every other day from now until the (virtual) Marine Corps Marathon on October 25. Maybe one day I’ll atemto to do P90X on alternating days.

Two things I’m hoping for this Saturday: 1) Finishing the eight miles in at least 12 minute pace…or at least finishing standing up. 2) Hoping I lost at least three pounds this week.

Gonna be a long, hard two months. Oh, and I haven’t missed so much training time in four years. My MCM was seven hours that year. Ugh.

Song of the Day: The death metal kick continues…and it’s multilingual!

Alien Weaponry/”Tai Kangata:” Holy Cow! A New Zealand metal band that does all their singing in Maori hakas! From the YouTube description (f**k you Genius!)

“The title literally translates to ‘Eat People’; and refers to the ancient Māori tradition of eating the flesh of their enemies after battle in order to insult them. It is also an ancient term for a war party.

“In their epic 7-minute song, the thrash metal trio recreates the memory of the early 19th Century musket wars, where Ngapuhi (Northern) tribes, newly armed with muskets, attacked and decimated the de Jong brothers’ Te Arawa (Central North Island) ancestors, who at that time were still using traditional weaponry. The driving riff that carries the song echoes the pounding footsteps of the war party, while the chorus traces the parts of the full body moko (tattoo) traditionally worn by Māori warriors. The images are of brutal hand-to-hand combat and the taking of slaves, with flashes of white teeth reminding us of the eventual fate of those unfortunate captives.

“Some people might find it a bit grisly,” says singer and lead guitarist Lewis de Jong. “But it’s stuff that actually happened and nobody ever talks about it. We’re not saying it’s right or wrong, it’s just a part of our history.”

Ningen Isu/”Heatless Scat:”  Damn I love this song! Lyrics translated to English in the comments section.

 

MCM 2020: Popeye’s

Lunchtime yesterday: “Hey let’s go to Popeye’s for lunch.”

Me: “Okay.”

Four of us drive to the Popeye’s on Three Notch Road, across from Hobby Lobby, not the one in San Souci Plaza on Great Mills Road.

I am the first of four to order. Two-piece spicy dark (leg and thigh), corn on the cob, medium drink, apple pie.

Zero apple pies available. At 11:00 a.m. on a Monday (just before lunch).

Also, no corn on the cob ready. At 11:00 a.m. on a Monday (just before lunch).

Everybody else has ordered, paid for, and received their orders. Still no corn on the cob. I take Cajun rice instead.

My chicken looks like it was raised on growth hormones and tastes awful. Dirty rice may as well be dirt. No dessert to comfort my straight-up ghetto meal.

Twelve years I’ve lived here. Most of the time I get my Popeye’s at the San Souci location, and I have never had a bad meal from that location. First time in twelve years that I’ve had to throw away a Popeye’s meal.

 

4:00 yesterday: home from work.

5:00-6:00. Postpone, then ultimately blow off P90X (Cardio X).

6:15: Screw it, I’ll ride my bike to Weis Market in St. Mary’s Plaza for PT; I need to get some coffee and stuff.

6:30: Rain clouds moving in; call Uber instead.

7:00, coming out of Weis…the sun is out.

The weather: God’s favorite practical joke on Man for over two thousand years.

 

International House of Pancakes on Three Notch Road closed it’s doors today. Riding home from work, I saw a big FOR LEASE sign where the IHOP used to advertise their specials. All of the IHOP signage stripped from the building.

Didn’t stop to see if the proprietors left a sign saying “We’re closing for good tonight, thanks for your patronage all these years.”

IHOP is the third restaurant to close in my area since COVID-19 put Maryland on lockdown. One was Nick’s, which made awesome Greek gyros. The other was Captain Pat’s Seafood, which burned down a few months ago.

 

Raineri run 4 miler sucked this evening. I doubt if I made a twelve minute pace.

MCM 2020is an issue in doubt. That is all.

 

Song of the Day: Ningen Isu/”Namahage.”

I have been on a death metal kick on YouTube lately, and this sounded pretty good.

The band performs in Japanese, so forget Genius. Here’s a link to an article on the band in Japan Times.

MCM 2020: 20/20

…aaand, just like that, I’m back.

0445 this morning. Just got off the toilet and getting ready to put on some Skin So Soft when I heard the thunder and lightning…and the accompanying heavy-ass rain. I checked the day’s weather forecast on my smartphone: expected to rain until after 6:00 p.m. tonight. Okay, no later than six, and then on the road, rain or shine.

0830: Breakfast is done, and so is the rain. Shooting for an 11:30 a.m. step-off.

1030: The sun comes out like gangbusters. My 11: 30 run time is confirmed.

11:35: Step off for thee miles of Shangri-La Drive.

Just past the two mile point, which I never heard because MapMyRun was silent…like my muted smartphone. A little sprinkle/drizzle, but nothing really heavy.

12:12: 3.18 in the books. Some watering in the eyes, but not a real showstopper. The pace wasn’t sexy, but I believe it will get better with more miles on the road and some more P90X Lean.

Long story short: I’m about 70 days out from the Marine Corps Marathon, and I haven’t done any PT in over two weeks. Mostly dealing with recovering from cataract surgery in each eye, and not wanting to upset my newly repaired eyes any more than necessary. Now I know I can go at least three miles running without any major problems with my eyes.

Also, that 20/20 vision, tho! Bit I still have to wear reading glasses.

So, it’s running every other day and P90X on alternating days until October 25, the day I run the virtual Marine Corps Marathon. If worse comes to worse, the last day that the MCM Organization will take virtual marathon results is November 10, but I don’t want to string it out that long.

Lastly, I need to get back on the keto diet horse. Way, way, waaay too much Doordash these last two weeks.

Song of the Day:

Gary Go:”Wonderful:” I thought of this song the other week, just thought I needed something to inspire me to get back on the road. Genius stole this from Wikipedia:

“Wonderful” is a song by British singer Gary Go, released on 16 February 2009 as the first and debut single from his debut album Gary Go. It reached #25 on the UK singles chart and was a Top 40 on the Hot AC chart in the US. The song was selected as Pop Song Of The Year by iTunes US in their Rewind recap of 2009 releases. A version of the song became the title song for the German film Men in the City (German: ‘Männerherzen’) for which a new music video was filmed on a Berlin rooftop including scenes from the film. It is also used in the trailer for the Disneynature film Oceans, in the TVI Portuguese novella Mar de Paixão, at the conclusion of an American Idol episode, and in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 during the interval, in a mini movie involving clips from the shorts that were broadcast before every song from the contest. “Wonderful” was also used in Sky Sports’ closing montage of the 2011–12 Premier League season.”

Orbital Culture: “The Shadowing:” This death metal song caught me by surprise when I heard to on Sirius XM this past week. Genius has nothing but lyrics.

The Damned: “Nasty:”First heard this song on the British punk sitcom The Young Ones waaay back in the 80s. Not sure about the thought process how I remembered this song, but I was looking for a death metal cover of the sone. I found this instead. Lyrics.

 

Marathon Training During COVID-19: Reset

With back-to-back DNFs on the last two Sunday runs, I decided to scale back my planned distances over the next month and start as if I had finished conditioning, instead of training for the Historic Half Marathon.

This Sunday I am going for five miles (course TBD) so I took the Shangri-La not-quite-three miles. I turned around at the corner of Willow Road and Great Mills Road, instead of going all the way up Shangri-La Drive. I guessed wrong about the actual turnaround point and came up at 2.95 miles instead of the full three.

Two things of note: 0500 and Daylight Savings Time doesn’t necessarily mean sunrise. I still need to dress for low-light/very early morning. Also, I had a nice sheen of sweat on my arms as I approached the two mile point; gonna be a very humid summer.

 

P90X, Day 80: Back and Biceps/ABX

Lessons learned on the final resistance/weights routine of the P90X lean Cycle:

  1. Learn to hit “pause” if you don’t know what to do on the lawnmower routines. I think I got some of them bass-ackwards.
  2. I didn’t hit the heavier band until the second half of the workout. Got a bunch of reps but did I get the pump or the burn?
  3. When I get down to my “fighting weight (maybe 205 lbs?) I need to hit a pull-up bar on base.
  4. GO BUY SOME WEIGHTS, DAMMIT!

Too tired, and not a good day, so no SOTD today. Yoga X tomorrow.

MCM2020: Three Days/Friday

Ranieri Run 4

Forty-eight hours ago…

Reveille at 0430. Out of bed at 0445.

0450-0540: On and off the toilet for nearly and hour.

0555: Applying my Skin-So-Soft…and then abandoning the run.

Since I really can’t afford to lose any more miles, I am running all weekend: Friday and Saturday as well as the Sunday long run.

Today was a good pace for a short run, but I have to remember to throttle that pace back for Sunday. Can’t argue with a 10:55 pace; not bad for not having run in four days.

Really not that much to say. Out of bed at 0435, dressed and stretched, Skin-So0Soft and out the door at 0455. And I ran the Three Fireplugs after I crossed the 4 mile marker.

Business as usual. Where was this on Wednesday?

Aside from running three straight days I am also working P90X about 5:00 p.m. each day. Today is Core Synergistics, tomorrow is keno X, and Sunday will be X Stretch, provided I am in good health and better spirits come Sunday afternoon.

 

Interlude:

One more week with no COVID-19 symptoms. Going for my cataracts surgery pre-screen next Thursday.

This weekend I need to EAT as well as DRINK WATER.

 

P90X, Day 75: Core Synergistics

Dear Tony,

Another Friday, another buttkicker of a Core Synergistics workout.

For the second time in three sessions, I had to bail on the bonus round because i was worn out. Can’t really blame the run that much, and I did have something to eat before the workout. Also, note to self: watch the eating and the diabetic meds before the workout, so you don’t have to pause the workout to take a No. 2

Good Lord am I tired. Looks like another early Friday night.

 

Postscript:

I am running the virtual Marine Corps Marathon this year. If there is an onsite run in Arlington, Va., there will be up to 24 starting waves of 500 runners each…which may be a two-hour wait to actually start running. Not a good idea, regardless of the weather. Also, no finisher’s festival or beer garden. Probably no Runner’s Expo this year either.

Song of the Day: Fatboy Slim/”Praise You:” I loved the video directed by Spike Jonze. Flash mobbin’ before flashmobbin’ was ever a thing. I’m too tired for any more inputs, and I was fortunate to find the video.

Oh, and have you ever seen Fatboy’s original (and still used) recording/sampling set up?

Marathon Training During COVID-19/Throne

iStore 4: six and a half hours later…

After being in the throne room doing a No.2 on and off for an hour, I lost the “magic hour,” that period of time when I am prepped and motivated for a scheduled run. At 0530 I put off today’s run until 11:30 a.m.

Generally, the “heat of the day” takes place around 4:00-ish. However, the late morning was quite warm for being the last day before the First Day of Summer. Not any crushing humidity, but warm enough where I was glad to suck down a couple of bottles of water prior to stretching out at 11:10.

Speaking of stretching…those P90X stretches are money, yo!

An 11:19 pace over a sloping four miles is not bad (for me), but I’m not sure how I slowed down over the last mile. Mile three starts with the Three Fireplugs and ends coming back up to Abberly Crest, but the downhill and somewhat flat downhill toward the iStore facility should have been a little faster than a 12:06 final mile. Maybe I was anticipating hearing MapMyRun call out that last mile?

 

Interlude:

Spring has become summer. My diabetes is under control, but my blood pressure monitor is giving me scary readings. temporary “plantar” issue with my foot during the first mile of the run, but it’s fine now. Still no COVID-19 symptoms since I’ve been in shelter-in-place.

Eating chili for lunch as I write this. I anticipated the chili lasting a little bit longer than two days. Pho DeeLite for dinner tonight?

Planning on switching the scenery for the Sunday run: I am going on the base to run the ten-mile loop. However, I am going to tack on the run up Cedar Point Road up to Gate Two (all of it uphill) and then run it back down to the starting point at Drill Hall…where I ran to last Sunday.

Gear check: My Copper Fit ankle socks are holding up well. They stay on my feet, and I have never had any issues with blisters or sores. My Hanes ale socks are in the neighboorhood of over thirty years old. Most of them have holes in the big toes, but I have never had any ill effects when i run in them,

My asics Gel-Contend 5 is holding up rather well, for the mileage I have put on them so far. I overprint, so most of my shoe wear is in the outer rear edge of the heels. Lots of miles coming up this summer, though.

 

P90X, Day 68: Core Synergistics

I know I ate after the run today, so maybe five hours was not enough recovery time between the run and today’s P90X session? Whatever it was, I was doggin’ it in the last twenty minutes of the workout. I barely made it through the bonus round.

Looking at the numbers on my workout sheet, they’re comparable to two weeks ago, but yes, I was running on fumes after the towel hoppers. It didn’t help that I forgot to reach under after my first push-up on the reach-high-and-unders.

Just got done chugging my recovery drink; orange is kinda not my flavor. to for the brand I purchased from GNC.

I am just killing myself, but it looks like another night of Uber Eats…IF there are Uber drivers on the road who have the UE duty.

Kenpo X in the morning…see you next time, Tony!

 

Song of the Day: Utopia/”Cry Baby:” Because I am so, SO, SO tired of #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #Antifa, and the rest of the Social Justice Warrior movement. Nothin’ but lyrics.

Pink Floyd:“In the Flesh/Run Like Hell/Waiting for the Worms:” This sequence from Pink Floyd: The Wall is more about “Pink’s” descent into madness, but given the current societal atmosphere, this to me is kind of a glimpse into where I think mankind is headed. PS: In my mind, Pink here is not represented by the current POTUS. Jus’ saying.

 

Dear Tony/P90X Day 66: Back and Biceps

Dear Tony,

This is going to be a short blog because I am tired and hungry and I don’t really feel like cooking dinner.

I am right now working from home, and today I was in teleconferences for most of the day. When the last one wrapped up at 5:10 p.m., I was sore and tired from sitting all day and not really in the mood for Back and Bis/ABX. But, I was tired of the reschedules, so I just decided to be a professional about it…meaning do it when I least felt like doing P90X.

This was the first time I had ever done Back and Biceps, and it was good to see you smiling and joking with the workout peeps during the warm-ups, so I felt a little better.

First life lesson: I really need to invest in some dumbbells. I did okay with the bands on the bicep routines, but getting that burn in the arms was tough. I know I can just get a heavier band, but i don’t really think it’s the same…for me anyway.

Second life lesson: drink more water. My feet started cramping on the Superman routines, which for me is a sure sign of being dehydrated without being in such a flop sweat. Speaking of sweat, I had no air conditioning on because it was rather chilly for mid-June…probably because of the rain.

I am ordering dinner out…just not enough get-and-go to cook tonight, especially after I ran four miles this morning. Ranieri Run 4 went well; I was a little slow in the opening mile, but I got negative splits until the end.

Yoga X bright and early…see you next time, Tony!

MCM 2020: Sore

This is going to be a short one, because frankly, I am too tired and too sore.

Got up at 0430 for my 0500 run. Pretty sore around my neck and upper back. Stretches didn’t help that much. Pace was much slower than it has been lately: 11:46 over 3.14 miles on Shangri-La Drive and back.

Just got done with Core Synergistics on P90X, Day 61. Sore knees and sore back. Not what I want two days out from a ten-miler on Sunday. I am hoping those are muscles growing and not an oncoming injury.

Kenpo X in the morning, and then King’s Academy on Sunday. Hope i feel better by then.

Marathon Training During COVID-19: UPS

MD-5 3

Oh, look…yet another late start. Didn’t get underway until 0530 this morning (and I missed the full moon as well). Didn’t even stretch, and that was risky since I strained a groin muscle running downhill on this very course a couple of years ago. That being said, the weather was good…not too hot or to cool. No breeze or gusts of any kind.

From the start at Green MeadowLane to the Bay Montessori School is the first mile, and from the school to the MD-5 intersection and back (just past the school) is mile 2. Mile 2 has the steeper climb, yet I was only 16 seconds slower on the return leg of mile 2. My finishing mile 3 was 10:21, resulting in a 10:58 pace for the day.

3.11 miles…just short of pie.

 

COVID-19 Life

Over two full months since I’ve sheltered in place: no COVID-19 symptoms at this time.

The keto diet has taken a powder this week. Today I didn’t really pig out: for breakfast I tried a couple of “eggs in a pot” with bacon and taco cheese, with an English muffin to dip in the eggs. For lunch, I had a couple of spare brioche Belgian waffles (OMFG, that scale is gonna be ugly this Sunday) with a couple of slices of capricola and baby swiss cheese, washed down with coffee in my Yeti cup.

Side note: the Yeti cup is real. I’ve had coffee in there for four hours and it’s still warm enough to drink. Even better with the plastic closure lids (sold separately for the 10-oz. tumbler which I have). I have at least seven coffee cups that I used to use on the regular. The Yeti is the only one I’ve used in the last two months.

So, so sick of all the rioting over George Floyd’s death.

 

P90X, Day 59: Shoulders and Arms/ABX

Dear Tony,

I dug out my worksheet for Shoulders and Arms…hey, I haven’t worked this in a while!

I was somewhat concerned over today’s workout…not that much water intake, and I ate somewhat light today. I didn’t have hinger pains and I didn’t bonk (crashing for lack of fuel/nutrients to sustain the workout), so I did pull off the workout, to include Ab Ripper X…for the second straight day.

For the first time, I tried out the heavier resistance band for the gulf of the workouts, and today I actually felt a difference in the routines. Some of my reps got better, and some of them dipped a bit, but I still was able to push and felt more of a burn than I ever did before. I even sweated through the bonus round (not that I don’t skip the bonus round…I still do ’em).

ABX on back to back days? That’s what happens when I skip a day and have to make up the workouts. Believe it or not, I actually did better than yesterday interns of reps! Got a great number of reps  for the wide-legs setups and the roll-up V-ups.

STILL need to print up a new sheet for ABX.

Yoga X at the crack of dawn, Cardio X after work. Kind of like a Doubles day.

See you next time, Tony!

 

Post script:

The UPS man finally stopped by my apartment today. Dropped off two expected items.

The bigger box: My replacement Start Flashback 9 Gold. More games plus 3 day shipping plus sales tax equals $28 more dollars than I paid for the original Flashback 9. Please let me not blow out the hard drive with the firmware load.

More on this later.

The smaller package: My Historic Half Medal.

Yeah, that’s why I did so much better on ABX today.

Song of the Day: Brought to you by Iggy Pop, for absolutely no reason at all.

Iggy Pop/”The Passenger:My first encounter with this song: commercial music for Morgan Spurlock’s short-lived show on Fox. From Genius:

“In a chat with Josh Homme, Iggy talked about the song’s main inspiration:

Yeah. The Passenger was partly written about the fact I’d been riding around North America and Europe in David’s car ad infinitum. I didn’t have a driver’s licence or a vehicle.

“This song was also inspired by a poem written by Jim Morrison of The Doors.”

David’s car…David Bowie?

Speaking of David…

Iggy Pop/”Lust for Life:” From the movie Trainspotting, which was a surprisingly good movie. Genius says:

“Musically, “Lust For Life” is deceptively catchy and upbeat for a song about a life ravaged by drug addiction. This has led to the song being used as the laughably incongruous soundtrack of advertisements for clients like Royal Carribean Cruises and Metrobank.

“The song was co-written in 1977 by Iggy Pop and David Bowie, with Bowie providing the music (written on a ukulele), and Pop the lyrics

“In 2013, Iggy Pop told Q Magazine,

Once a week the Armed Forces Network [in Berlin] would play Starsky & Hutch and that was our little ritual. AFN would broadcast an ID when they came on the air, a representation of a radio tower, and it made a signal sound, ‘beep beep beep beep beep ba beep.’ And we went, ‘Aha, we’ll take that!’ David [Bowie] grabbed his ukulele, worked out the chords, and away we went.

 

Marathon Training During COVID-19/Speed

MD-5 3:

0430: The alarm goes off.

0434: Out of the rack.

0440: Dressed and Skin-So-Soft.

0445: Stretching. All stretches courtesy of P90X.

0455: Out the door. MD-5 3 mi. today. Foggy and all gray out this morning.

First mile split: 10:47?!?! As in ten minutes and forty-seven seconds? I could go back and look in my orange logbook that I haven’t filled out in over a month, but I’ve never run a split that fast!

Mile 3: 10:01. Wow.

Final pace this morning was 10:37 over 3.14 miles (PIE!!!). This, after a week layoff.

Looks like it’s gonna be a good summer.

 

Kenpo X:

Dear Tony,

Once again I have become illiterate or dyslexic. Today was Kenpo X, not Cardio X. I kept thinking about only having to do 45 minutes today. Nope.

Just got done with Kenpo X and I’m sweating like a dog. The heart rate numbers are up once again: 73 @ 38:11, 62 @ 28:15, 72 # 21:12, 58 @ 14:52, and 76 @ 4:35.

Today’s life lesson: turn the hips more when you’re executing moves in the horse stance. Turned the hips while performing the Spetsnaz (vertical) punches at the end and I truly rocked the heart rate. I got a better heart rate than when I finished the star blocks, when I was moving forward and back.

Tomorrow is X Stretch (I’m sure of it this time!)…see you next time!

 

Song of the Day: The Soundtrack of Our Lives/”Big Time:” I saw the video for this song in a Blockbuster Video store in Peoria, IL…a long, long time ago. Genius got nothing but lyrics.