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MCM 2018/T-Minus 81:After

My Wednesday morning short run was mostly uneventful, except for almost missing the two-mile turnaround marker. Dark as it gets, but no rain.

Only problems were after the run. I left my hotel room key card on the bed, and realized this a second after I shut the door. I had to ask the desk counter lady with way too many piercings on her face to loan me another card key.

When I got back in the room, it took me a while to find the air conditioner switch so I could cool off. I took a nap, planning on a half-hour shuteye (0610). I ended up getting back up at 0705.

Showered, fed, and dressed for work I wanted to grab a cup of coffee before I headed out for work. Two pots on the counter, one light roast, one dark roast (no decaf?). Both of them down to the dregs…and no counter lady (pierced or otherwise) to ask for fresh jugs.

So, tomorrow it will be two sets of the circuit, then a quick trip to the base track to work out a half hour fartlek. I don’t have my trust wristwatch so I will have to do with my wrist mounted mini-pedometer/stopwatch.

Random thought: I think I picked “Ship of Fools” by World Party as one of my Songs of the Day already. I have to say: if you can find the twelve-inch version of your favorite songs on YouTube, it’s worth the look.

Eventually I will have to have that conversation about accommodations for the MCM…

Song of the Day: “Memory Gospel” by Moby. I discovered it near the end of the movie “Southland Tales.” Director was the same guy who made “Donnie Darko.” Hell of a trip.

“Message in a Bottle” by the Police. When I first saw the video on “Video Concert Hall” about forty years ago, the playback was a little slower than the song actually was. “Message” was from the album “Regatta de Blanc,” the first album I ever listened to A-side through B side. The excellent instrumental “Deathwish” ends side A.

I really wish I could post videos to my blog…

MCM 2018: T minus 99/Deluge

On my Friday morning short timed run, I pulled a muscle in my left thigh. Put some Icy hot on it and used a therapy roller on it Friday and Saturday, but it did;t really heal like zi thought it would.

Today I went to Naval Air Station Patuxent River to run a course I call the NAVAIR/NAWCAD Half. I call it that because the last three mile loop (of the thirteen miles, hence,”Half”) runs in front of the NAVAIR headquarters and NAWCAD buildings on base. Anyway, I got on base about ten minutes until five in the morning. I stretched out, turned on my MapMyRun app on my smartphone, reset my handheld timer/pedometer…then ran about q quarter of a mile before my still-sore right thigh began singing in pain. No way was I gonna do that for thirteen miles, so I hobbled back to the car and called it a day.

First bummer: after skipping a bunch of workouts in the last two weeks of June, I set a goal of completing every gym workout (Tue/Thur/Sat) and every training run (short runs on Wed/Fri and the long run on Sunday morning) for the month of July. If I accomplished my goal, I would take a mini-vacation to Washington, DC and run the National Mall for my training run (5~6 mi.). Depending on how I feel and how much money I really have (planning on going home for my thirty-year high school reunion in August), I may go anyway.

Second bummer: My MapMy Run app. I downloaded it to get a more accurate milage on when and where i was running. In the ten days and five training runs I have done, I have only successfully synced two runs. The first run was a Friday afternoon three-miler, but for some reason the app said I ran NINETEEN MILES. The time was also about ten minutes less that what i actually ran. The second run (Sheetz run, 8 miles0 was damn near perfect, with the app calling out my mileage every mile, plotting/mapping my course, and successfully sync it to my profile after the run was over. I ran on Wednesday and Friday this week, plus tried mapping out my NAVAIR/NAWCAD run so I could set out my water points (three 4oz. bottle of water mixed with Mio sports additive) every four miles, MapMyRun has not synced any one of those runs, to also include mapping out a short drive up and down Willows Road, the street outside the apartment complex where I live.

Third bummer: I have put myself medically down until at least Friday this week, when I will take a run to see if I have healed enough to run. That means my off day on Monday will be extended to the two gym workouts on Tue./Thu and my Wednesday short untimed run. I especially don’t like missing the gym time because I need that to keep building the muscles/ligaments/cartilage in my legs so I don’t spend the Marine Corps Marathon doing the “Marine Corps shuffle,” which means barely moving above a jog for twenty-six miles.

My progress up to this point was good. I have been running at an 11:30~12:30 mile pace this month, and my legs were feeling alright after all my runs. I had no indications of any cartilage damage in either of my kneecaps, especially my left knee that hobbled me for the 2016 MCM. I am hoping I can rest and heal up quickly so can get my momentum back.

For this last full week of July (22-28 July) I propose to keep lunch and dinner to on 3 oz. Dole fruit cup, a healthy Choice Steamer meal, and one Chobani Black Cherry yogurt. Swapping my lunch and dinner sodas for water or iced tea. If I can’t exercise, maybe I can shake up my diet and lose a pound or two that way; my weight has plateaued around 205 lbs. this month.

While MapMyRun the smartphone app has become useless, MapMyRun the website on my iMac has shown some value. I have been able to plot my usual running routes on the computer and get a better idea of how long my runs actually are. For example, after plotting my five-mile course from Abberly Crest (my apartment house) to the NAS Gate 1 and back, I found out i was running at 5.3 miles instead of an exact five. Maybe cut out running all the way to the gate guard shack and just run to the corner outside the gate?

Lastly, as you can see, i am back to doing this again. With 99 days to go until the MCM, I decided to start this up one more time to write/vent/cheer about how my train is going. My intent is to do one post every day until the MCM (or at least up until the Thursday morning I leave for Roslyn, VA, where I am staying for the MCM).

Enough for now, see y’all tomorrow.

Late weights

I really need to stop with waiting until after work to hit the weights; I was planning on driving straight to the gym from work, then I forgot my gym clothiers. I went home at 4:45 to go change, then got caught up in internet BS and didn’t hit the gym until 6:45.

After my Saturday workout, I’m going to reevaluate what weights I used on both cycles and start adjusting (mostly adding) my weights. My goal is to lose the weight, but I want to be a little more of a challenge that I’ve been getting. My focus is supposed to be on cardio, not burning my muscles out.

Speaking of which, that’s the main reason why I have to make my workouts in the morning…it’s better for me to get close to twenty-four hours of recovery time between weights and running than twelve (or less).

Tomorrow is Willow Road- Highway FIVE, not FOUR as I’ve been telling everybody these last two weeks. The full three miles ends with the incline back to my apartment inroad where I start and finish my Willow-Shangri-La two miler. Sunday is the Willow four miler (final turnaround: SMH-21).

Between all that is the Saturday trip to Mr. Tire to get my “forever brakes” repaired/replaced. Need to find that receipt before then.


Mini-rant one: I am sick to death of Michael Sam. Between Peter King (Sports Illustrated), Deadspin (obnoxious commenters and hypocritical writers) and Grantland (everybody trying to win a Pulitzer writing about this stuff) I just want to stop. Of course everybody’s going to accept gay rights: we’re so piss-poor as a society when it comes to keeping our business private, our kids are being taught the wrong things about sex,  we have no morals, common sense or shame…hey, why not celebrate two guys who like to sodomize each other?

Mini-rant two: I have no problem passing out some cash to beggars; however, when I see two arms full of tattoos and can smell alcohol on your breath from three feet away, I have to ask: exactly WHY don’t you have money for a bus?

TBT: The late, great Phil Lynott (bassist/lead vocalist for Thin Lizzy [Boys and Back in Town]…