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MCM 2019/T-Minus 91: Five

Interlude:

Ever heard the phrase “sold by weight, not by volume?” I got a dose of that on Tuesday when I purchased a new tub of whey protein for my post-circuit cycle protein shakes.

Allegedly I purchased a 1 lb., 12-oz. tub of Premier protein. However, when I cracked open the seals and opened up the tub for my first does, I saw that the container was half-empty.

HALF. EMPTY.

If I really wanted to press the issue I could have purchased an actual food-measuring scale and sussed out how much of “one-pound-twelve-ounces” I actually spent $22 for. That being said, I doubt my half-empty tub weighs that much. Yes, I know, “sold by weight, not by volume.” That being said…bullshit.

This morning:

I think I need to update my MapMyRun app on my smartphone. My phone pulled an update to the Android operating system yesterday, and I figured that the update would also update all my apps as well. However, when I was running this morning, MMR was late calling out my splits. The vocals call out the pace at every mile, or every 1.01 miles. Today I got calls at the 1.4 mile mark, and at 2.4 3.1 and 4.1. I believe the splits and actual final distance are way off; the app called splits of 26: 35 and 24: 26, and called a five mile course “4.67 miles.” Note to self: restart the phone before you run tomorrow.

Other than that, I was slower than yesterday, MMR be damned. I need to eat good today and probably stretch out some and work some of my muscles with my roll bar that I purchased at the MCM Expo back in 2016. Probably some Icy Hot as well.

For tomorrow’s stroll to St. Mary’s City, I need to relax for the opening third; one uphill to Ranieri Run before the first mile marker, and the uphill at the Willow Road-HWY-5 intersection going north in the first two miles. When I come out of my Gu/Mio water break after the four mile mark, I can work on getting a steady and reasonably speedy pace. On the way back, there will be about a half-mile gradual uphill just before the eight mile mark, but after I cross Mile 8 (just about across the street from Mile 4, plus or minus a few hundred yards) I can pick up the pace again until I get back to the climb up to Willows Road and towards the home stretch.

Then again, I will probably blow the whole thing out of my ass.

More bananas! More water!

Song of the Day: Michael Jackson/”Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’:” “Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa, ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa…” End of discussion.

Pointer Sisters/”Jump:” They were good looking sisters who could sing. Also, this song is so 1980s. Yeah, they were kinda hot. Also, the song is pretty much about sex, but the video is all athletes jumping in one way or another. How doing the triple jump event in track and field is sexy is beyond me.

Paul Simon/”Call Me Al:” I wonder if that really was Paul Simon on bass when this song was originally recorded? If so, he had some funk on the bottom back in the day (translation: he could play bass guitar really good back then). Does he at least play the piccolo?

 

MCM 2018/T-minus-12: Trouble?

I think I overdid the runs on Friday and Sunday because I have a sore right thigh. Might need some Icy-Hot and a probable no-show for the circuit tomorrow.

I finally advertised my need for three roommates on MCM weekend; let’s see how long it takes me to get booted of the Marine Corps Marathon and 10K Page (probably on two strikes for posting too many videos and my blog). Staying off Facebook for the next 18 hours.

Got my smartphone activated and transferred my apps and contacts. Didn’t transfer all my old voicemails or my old pictures from my phone. The games continue.

…and I need to contact the MCM organizers about getting my bib sent to a different email address; the one I used-my old work email-is long gone.

Might need to “borrow against myself” for MCM Weekend…

Man I need to trim my beard.

Lastly, I need to think about a shopping list for cooking on MCM weekend. I would like to make my chorizo chili with a side of white rice. I also saw an awesome way to cook tacos, using beef filet and actual corn tortillas made with actual corn.

In fourteen more days, I’m going to have to confront life again. The less said the better.

Song of the Day: “Trouble”/Lindsey Buckingham. The Fleetwood Mac guitarist gets me so well today. I saw a recent picture of him after he politely told his Mac mates that he wasn’t going to join them on their latest tour. He looked so ready for his “golden years.”

“Golden Years”/David Bowie. Speaking of…

 

The Original Piano Man

For some strange reason, my chain of thought drifted towards a Billy Joel song. I went to my desk at work and listed all of the Billy Joel songs that I enjoy listening too (or at least, wouldn’t just flip the station if I heard it on the radio):

Piano Man

New York State of Mind

It’s My Life

Movin’ Out

Always a Woman

Tell Her About It

Allentown

Pressure

Downeaster Alexa

River of Dreams

You May Be Right

Sometimes a Fantasy

Still Rock n’ Roll To Me

Only the Good Die Young

A Matter of Trust

The Longest Time

Uptown Girl

Goodnight Saigon

We Didn’t Start the Fire

Just the Way You Are

1) This would make a real good “greatest hits” album

2) Somewhere there’s a dictionary, where the entry of “singer-songwriter” has a picture of him, playing a piano.

3) I’m a bigger “Billy Joel” fan than I ever thought I was.

That’s your Recovery Day rant for this week.

Haven’t heard this one in years…

Don’t get a lot of radio ply for this one…