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MCM 2019/T-99: Pax

And so, the countdown begins…

Got up at 0500 to run a five miler from Abberly Crest to NAS Patuxent River Gate 1 and back. Actually it’s five and a quarter. Corner to corner its 4.75, so somewhere along the stretch of road to Gate 1 is the actual 2.5 mile/halfway point. Never mind; it was humid out but I got in an 11:32 pace and was feeling good most of the way.

This week was not that great; I got in my two circuit cycle courses, but I had to do them in the afternoon because I slept in. I also took off the Wednesday morning run because of a slight twinge in my left ankle. Technically, I’m listening to my body…really, I’m getting kind of lazy.

Sooo…I am back to doing this blog every day from now through the Marine Corps Marathon. Aside from the normal MCM prep and training updates, I will toss in a nugget or two about my personal life.

Today’s nugget: I’m in Facebook jail for this weekend, or at least until sometime Saturday afternoon. Long story short, I posted a post about politics and race that got shared by two other people. The “friends” of one of the sharers (for lack of a better term) posted their responses on my thread.

Arguing on Facebook never produces winners or loser; it only becomes a matter of who can make somebody lose their temper. I made somebody lose their temper, and then I got way out of hand, to include visiting the thread of one of the “sharers.” I stopped posting just before midnight last night, but the ugliness continued on my thread up until about 1000 this morning, when FB officially shut me down.

Also, I’m back on the insulin, so I am going to attempt a very basic veto diet for the time being. I am also going to try REALLY REALLY HARD to get rid of the sweets and other junk food as well.

Song of the Day: U2/”Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me:” Rest in peace, Heath Ledger…

MCM 2019: Day 5 of 6

So, I think I am back into the “Getting Up at 0430 for 0500 PT” routine. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were important because I was able to get up, get dressed, and make the stroll to the Valley for my elliptical-circuit-elliptical workouts, stroll back, cook and eat breakfast, then get ready for work in an acceptable timeframe.

Today was the circuit course workout. Since I am off work today, I took a little more time than usual getting prepped and enroute to the Valley. After completing the workout and getting back to the apartment, I took even way more time getting breakfast.

Even though I’m using lighter weights than normal, I’m sweating a little bit during my second set. I think that’s a good thing.

The snow, cold and rain have finally broken around the Patuxent River area. This morning it was in the high 30s, but bearable enough where I could leave my gloves and knit cap back ay the apartment. The weather is supposed to warm up next week. I hope so. I am riding to work on my bike and the cold doesn’t bother me that much, but I could use a break.

I never really noticed this since I have been running the course in the pre-dawn hours (especially when there was no moon and OMG sometimes it got SOOO dark!), but the northern end of Willows road has a steady incline for about a quarter mile from my house. I start my runs at the top of a hill, outside the main road leading into Abberly Crest Apartments. After a quick downhill, it flattens for a little bit outside the industrial park about a stone’s throw from Abberly Crest. From the industrial park, past the iStorage personal storage facility and just past the Lincoln housing complex is a slow and steady climb. I never really felt this when I run probably because I never see it at 0500; however, I do see it at about 0730 when I ride the bike.

So, between the morning conditioning and the bike rides to and from work, it is nice to get back in the swing of things.

On the dietary front, I really need to replace the sodas that I have with my lunch and supper meals. I used to buy SoBe Lifewater at 10 20 oz. bottles for $10. Does SoBe still make Lifewater? Does anybody still sell it? Worth a look this weekend…

Same time tomorrow (0500 for the last elliptical of the week)? We’ll see…

Song of the Day: This week of conditioning sponsored by U2! Specifically their album War:

“New Year’s Day:” I love how this songs deals with trying to find/maintain love during war. I love the piano solo and how it bridges the whole song. Even without the piano, this is simply rock at its best: strong guitar, a thumping but not overpowering rhythm section, and a heartfelt vocalist.

“Two Hearts Beat as One:” Did this one ever chart for U2? Should I care? Rock at its best, and the video doesn’t overthink the subject matter. U2 doing U2, and some kid (from the cover of War? No idea?) doing kid stuff. Don’t need more than that.