Wednesday, October 22, 2014
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Going into today, I really felt the wear from the runs the past couple of days. I had less than 4 miles left on my 1000 mile challenge that I kicked off the first of the year, and I wanted to hit that mark tonight. On last night's run I felt some wear and discomfort in my right leg in the hip area, so I went to the gym and worked on that before the run (steamroom, sauna, light lifting/resistance to stretch everything out.) I stared at the computer screen countless times today and thought about where I wanted to run to finish this off. In reality it wasn't like this incredible run I had ahead of me, but I just wanted to be sure I surpassed the mark for sure without aggravating what I was dealing with. Like usual, the biggest obstacle was just putting on the shoes (I know it's dumb and I've said it before) and actually mapped out the run (which I haven't done in a while.) All good on the run, approaching the major turning point, and heeeeeeeeeeeeere comes that little voice "make sure you run enough miles so you're not short." Yeah, the dummy I am caved in to the paranoia (AND I HAD THE MILEAGE FIGURED OUT BEFORE HAND) and ran up two more blocks before the turn I needed to make. On the turn after that to head back, what I had dealt with all day had returned with the right leg. I was screwed, had to finish it now (GOOD PLAN EINSTEIN!) So I'm two blocks from home just about down to a hobble, and THERE I GO AGAIN! I'm cutting through parking lots and now I'm almost a half mile up the street............AGAIN! I did finally turn around to bring it home, after running almost 2 miles past the mark I was aiming for. I just had to be sure, so I BURIED IT! Either way, it doesn't matter. Other than three more longer runs on the remaining weekends, I'm not (hopefully that is) going to be doing runs like this and not this late at night anymore. Just want to do some pace runs during the week from 1-3 miles a day until the race. Then just finish out the year running whatever or locking up 1200 miles for the year (depends where I'm at mileage wise and if I'm up to the challenge.) So probably most definitely maybe! Yeah but THIS ONE IS DONE!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Less than 4 miles left to crack that 1000 mile mark for the year. TOMORROW IS THE DAY FOR SURE! I had almost 12 miles left today, and I chewed up as many miles as I could so I can SHATTER this thing tomorrow. I had to drag myself out for this one, but I just stretched it further and further. I ran the route strategically at each turn making sure this run wasn't going to dull me out, even though towards the end it pretty much WORE ME OUT. I'm ready to put this challenge to bed and turn the page to get to the home stretch for the half marathon training (less mileage, more speed.)
Thursday, October 16, 2014
So last night I meet up with someone I've been working out with at the gym and a friend of his. One guy came to play basketball, the other showed up to lift with me again. While we are lifting, his buddy keeps coming by us asking "Are you guys done yet?" Yeah, somebody was a little impatient. We did eventually wrap it up and play some ball though. Flip to today and I run into my new trainee at the restaurant where he works. We of course are talking about last night, and he goes off on a rant about his buddy. Now his friend has a pretty big weight issue (much like he did as well a couple years back.) He starts going on and on about what he does and what his friend doesn't. Saying how his friend doesn't do anything when he goes to the gym, and that's why he doesn't lose any weight. So he's going and going and going and going. My wife jokingly told him he was cocky. He said he lost all his access weight (and he did losing about 110 lbs,) and he earned the right to be cocky. He reminded me a lot of how I was when I lost the majority of my weight and started hitting the weights. At the same time I can't fault that kind of mindset either. Hey, it's a good feeling of accomplishment and you want to talk all about it. I'm guilty of the same thing, but I don't talk as much trash as he does. I used to though. People misinterpret that though and that's one of the reasons I refrain from doing that for the most part. Well unless you are a trash talker, then it's Game On! What I also get is how he looks at his friend. What he sees (and I know this is accurate because we talked about this) is a person that is where he used to be and is just dogging his time at the gym instead of busting his A$$ to get were he talks about being. I see that all the time. My wife is like that when she goes to the gym a lot of time. It's kind of watching a zombie walk on a treadmill. Pretty much pointlesss, but I've learned to just back off no matter how irritating it is. Yeah, I get all this though. It's hard to turn a blind eye to a person's potential. That's the bottom line. You are looking at wasted opportunities time and time again. So you start thinking of what you do and what others don't . Next thing you know, you come off differently than how you intend. Still I get it. I learned it through trial an error. The frustration over what I see from others, however, is still there. But the bottom line is that it's really none of my business. Sure I can think what I want, jump on here and blog about it, and vent it out some other way. But its still the same thing. People do what they want a lot of times not necessarily when they say they are going to do something, but they will do it when they are actually ready for it. You can act like a cheerleader and do everything including dressing up like one (no I haven't and I'm not by the way) but a lot of people push back or give up. So you just try to help only when you are asked.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
So I finally did something I've been meaning to do for a while, and that is to take a close look at the course for the half marathon. I was thinking that I was going to have to devote some real time to this, but this after a closer look one word comes to mind...........CAKEWALK!!!! Yeah, I mean the course is very scenic with the radical lighting and building designs from the maps and the videos I saw. The really cool thing is that the Casinos are so close together that it's pretty easy to follow point to point, and on the way back the course repeats from miles 10 to the finish. Another bonus...............OMG IT'S ABOUT AS FLAT AS ILLINOIS!!!!!! So that being said, the only obstacle (or obstacles plural) will be getting around the morons (yeah I said it) that insist on going into whatever coral they want to start at without understanding where they actually belong. Oh yeah, and the drunks that seemingly wander onto the course along with some of the returning full marathoners returning from the course (yeah it's described as a little bit of a disorganized mess.) So the only thing really left is to lock up this 1000 mile challenge in the next week (or less) as I'm 30 miles away from that, and just maintain where I'm at. I've put off the speed runs due to a little tenderness in one of my achilles (I think,) but I'm going to be enacting that little plan VERY shortly along with possible cutting down my weekly runs a little bit and leaving a longer run for the weekend (a little different kind of structure if you will.) I'll spare everyone the latest story I started off the day with in a conversation with another unmotivated individual, but instead if you look at the NEW heading on my page I think you'll understand my stance an response. With that...........I'm out cause it's chow time and then RUN TIME shortly after! Actually I'll leave this off on a little bit of a better note. From me to anyone who is reading this right now. Leave nothing on the table, give your best effort, make no excuses, and instead make your mark on where you are headed instead of where wish you were.
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