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MCM 2018/T-Minus 11: Tardy

At home 5:00 p.m. Dressed for the gym at 5:15. At the gym at…6:30.

No, really? Do tell.

I don’t think I’ll really be excited for the Marine Corps Marathon until I am actually at the starting corral on the morning of the run. It won’t hit me about what I’ve done until I’m on my approach to Ye Olde Fourteenth Street Bridge.

Until then, it’s one last full week of workouts, and one last “long” run. After the Sunday six miler, it’s light gym work Monday and Wednesday, then three milers on Tuesday and Thursday, then off the Friday and Saturday before MCM.

Just put some Icy Hot on my right thigh. Hope that gets better, I don’t need any kind of knocks before MCM.

A few things to do before the big day…roommates, get my bib number sent to my new email…

Oh, and I may have to just run with the shoes I’ve got now. The Aspics website didn’t have the shoes in my size, and no time to break in any new shoes.

Less than two weeks. Joy.

Song of the Day: “Kashmir”/Led Zeppelin. And “When the Levee Breaks” while we’re at it. Everybody knows Kashmir-duh!-but I first discovered “Levee” as a sample to the Beastie Boys’ “Rhymin’ and Stealin’.” Didn’t find out the real song until 1997, in a barracks with roommate David Winters in Iwakuni, Japan.

Currently listening to “Sheep” by Pink Floyd as I wrap up this blog…

MCM 2018/T-minus 50: Millenium

Doing this now because I may not be able to later…

Made it to Rockville yesterday after a two hour drive, to include driving rain adding to the usual slow-ass Maryland traffic. Staying in Homewood Suites this weekend. Dinner was lasagna from a local Italian eatery; lots of meat for a carbo-loading meal. Sounded tapas about 10:00PM-ish.

0400 reiville. Used up damn near all of the sliver of Bodyglide; fortunately, chafing was not an issue. Out the door at 0445 for the ten minute walk to the Thomas Farm Community Center, where the start/finish line of the Carl Henn Millennium Trail was located. Started MapMyRun and my wristwatch, and I was off.

The weather was obviously the worst I had seen in my training season. It was a steady drizzle that briefly elevated to a slight downpour as I started my second lap. Completed darkness until about 0630 (by my guess). Being wet and cold stopped being an issue about two miles into the run, although I wasn’t happy about the puddles and having squishy shoes/feet.

The Millennium Trail is a circuit covering the perimeter of Rockville, MD. It’s a circle of rolling hills, where you’re going up one hill and down another almost every mile of the 10.7 mile course. The Trail is very runner-friendly, with mile markers every 0.5 miles and convenient CHMT signage and yellow dash lines to help mark the trail. Very convenient, for example, when the course has to deviate from the main road into a neighborhood, due to a lack of adequate shoulder for runners.

( I apologize for the lack of details in this blog post, I am very tired and need food and some medical attention.)

The first 10.7 mile lap I was feeling good. The rain was mostly a non-issue, although there were those police cruises near a fallen tree after the 3.0 mile marker. No issues with hydration or hunger, although I struggled with getting my water bottle out from my FlipBelt after the 4 mile mark. MMR was working as advertised, usually calling out the miles about 50~75 yards before the actual mile marker…for the first eleven miles, anyway. As MMR announced my arrival at the eleven mile mark, I looked at my wristwatch and noted a 2:09 time. Maybe I could finish this in about four hours?

At the 5.5 mile mark of the second lap, I resolved to keep my head and eyes up on the uphills, and drive my arms and legs for more acceleration on the downhills. I didn’t have the revolt of the thighs and I was feeling good for most of the run, but matching the first lap split was not to be. I ran through the original start/finish line and ended the run at the first CHMT siunacross the street from the Thomas farm Center, finishing at 4:33.15 for a 12:25 pace.

The last time I ran this was The July 4th weekend in 2016, when I ran just the two laps in 5:03.10. Shaving the half-hour off my time didn’t come cheap; my hamstrings were screaming after the run (thank you for the whirlpool, Homewood Suites) and i got a blister on my right foot. I need to tend to that, so I will close this blog for today.

Song of the Day:”Comfortably Numb” and “Not Now John”/Pink Floyd. Can’t believe I didn’t recognize the 75th birthday of Pink Floyd founder/bassist/songwriter Roger Waters yesterday. When I was in avionics school in Millington, TN, I didn’t attend classes until after noon, so I played “Pink Floyd:The Wall” on my Walkman over a hundred times in my eight months at the school. “NNJ”, from “The Final Cut,”was the last time the Waters/David Gilmour/Richard Wright/Nick Mason lineup ever really rocked out. I wonder if they ever got around to playing it live when they reformed that one last time…

MCM 2018/T-Minus 84: Home

Today is my off day, and this is where I write my Week In Review.

After a week layoff due to a strained groin/thigh muscle, I came back strong. Lighter weights during my circuit course days, and slower speeds during my short runs. It all culminated in an 11:24 pace on yesterday’s run on the National Mall.

This week, I have a bit of a curve as i rev up for a 16 mile run on Sunday. I’m living at a hotel while I’m waiting for a new air conditioner. I am closer to NAS Patuxent River than the gym at my house, so I will have to drive on base, work out, then shower and change at the gym and head in to work. I’ll probably have to do the same thing for my runs.

I also found out that none of my Marine friends will be running the MCM this year, meaning I will have to scramble for a room or make alternate arrangements for MCM Sunday.

I am sorry for this short post, but it’s just after 8:00 p.m. I haven’t eaten dinner, and I still haven’t got back to my apartment to get clothes and PT gear for this week. Lordy I am such a goof-off.

Song of the Day: “Echoes”/Pink Floyd. Several years after Syd Barrett but several years before the Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, there was this twenty-four minute classic jam. Had this on before i went to bed last night.

Week 9 Review: Have a Cigar!

Completed a nine mile run…and apparently the WRONG one, after looking at my schedule. I was supposed to do the NAS Pax River Triathlon course (first 4.5 miles of the bike course), but did an extended Buse/Tate/Shaw route instead. However, I did get a nice view of the base fishing pier at the 4.5 mile turnaround point. Oh well.

Near the seven mile point, I felt a twinge in the arch of my foot. I was planning to buy some new shoes anyway, but for me that signaled that this was the last run I would be doing in this pair of shoes. I’m going to put some topical analgesic on it later and hope for the best in the meantime. I also think I need some thicker lubricant for my nether regions; the chafing was not as bad as it was last week, but it’s still there. Medicated Gold Bond, perhaps? 

Just got off the scales…two more pounds. Yay.

The running is coming along; I’m finishing every run, and now I’m focusing on maintaining a steady pace that can carry me through the Marathon. Probably this month is a good time to start trying to set a pace that will get me through the bridge at the Marine Corps Marathon. Long story short: you have to be able to make it to the 20 mile mark in a set time, so you have a shot a completing the MCM in five hours. If you don’t make it to the 20 mile in time, they have to pull you off the course.

Sooo…work was okay, school was s split down the middle (passed ART 1030 but screwed up PBL 115), and the Poker Run was a wash, so we had to reschedule it for the fall. But Team yankee qualified for the knockout round in the World Cup…’MERICA!!!

I am going to Joe’s Crab Shack for one last meal before diving into the training diet for the month of July. After today, I need to seriously cut down on a lot of junk. I also need to (finally) work some core/abs work into my circuit courses. I’m losing weight but I still look like I’m pregnant (especially when I do incline bicep curls…GUUHH!!!

Heard this one from the Dark Side of the Moon as I was driving away from the running course…

Whoops! The wasn’t from DSoTM…but here’s another one from that album (Wish You Were Here)…