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June 2010

Day 54; 137 days to race day!


More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin

That’s what I have to keep telling myself when I have weeks like this one.  Dude, it’s hot outside!!! 

I started off my week by doing my long run on Sunday.  I did 8 very long, very hot and very soggy (because of the humidity) miles.  Honestly, I don’t think I’ve fully recovered from that run and it is now Tuesday.  I’ve been extra tired and EXTREAMLY cranky and I think it’s because I feel so tired and run down.  I was up at 5 AM this morning to make sure I got my run in.  Seriously, it took everything in my being to get out 4 miles; again it was hot outside but the thing that was affecting me the most was how tired I was feeling.  I’m starting to think it might be what I eat.  I don’t maintain a very healthy diet…lots of junk like pizza and Stromboli and potato chips ( I hate to admit) and as I get older I think my horrible eating habits have a much greater impact on my energy levels than I’d like to believe.  Problem is, I’ve never really learned how to eat properly.  I’ve been programmed for junk and it’s really hard to break out of that habit.  I try really hard to eat right, but I always end up resorting to old habits because they are comfortable and to be perfectly honest, healthy foods always leave me feeling hungry.  I wish there was some way to feel full and satisfied by eating only foods that will give me the energy I need to not feel so dag gone crappy after my runs. 

Okay, so enough of the whining and moaning; on to happier things.  Since I’ve been running in the city (about 3 years now), I’ve become more aware of the peculiar habits of what is known as the Washington wildlife and NO, I’m not referring to the homeless people.  I’m referring to the squirrels and birds.  Last fall, I read an article about how the squirrel population in the central and northeast regions of the US was diminishing because of the shortage or scarcity of acorns.  The shortage of acorns, the article states, is a result of the less-than-average rainfall that the East has been experiencing over the past several years.  This shortage of acorns has led to a drastic decline in the squirrel population in the East.   Bottom line, no rain leads to no acorns and no acorns lead to the decline in the squirrel population.  May I just point out; this is not the case in our Nation’s capital.  These little city tree rodents also known as sciurus carolinenis have adapted to their environment by learning how to survive on human junk food leftovers thus leaving them impervious to the acorn famine.  Their numbers are doubling and tripling in size both in weight and in numbers.  And the birds are no strangers to this change in dietary habits.  At first, it’s kinda funny to witness.  I once saw a squirrel struggling to get a Snicker’s ice cream bar wrapper off his head.  I guess he was trying to get every last bit of bar by going further and further into the wrapper and got the back-end stuck on his head.    Here are some photos of a bird and a squirrel fighting over a Styrofoam container filled with left over french-fries.  They wouldn’t let me get close enough to capture them in the act but I got a shot of each of them afterwards and you’ll see the bird won this battle. 

  I’m not gonna lie, I did laugh my ass off when I saw it, but dudes…what are the long-term effects?  I mean are these squirrels going to start to develop heart disease and diabetes and have issues with obesity?  I mean, maybe I’m reaching a little but it kinda makes me sick how humans with their irresponsible eating habits are not only having an impact on how they and their children are having issues with proper diet, but now animals are suffering from the secondary effects.   Next thing you know, squirrels are gonna be blogging about how they never learned proper eating techniques and are bitching and moaning about how tired they are.  UGH!

I’ll stop now…  Peace out my little runners!  And remember, keep on running!

Day 48; 143 days to race day!


Greetings my little nuggets!  Miss me?  I’m so sorry it’s been such a long time.  Again, life seems to keep getting in the way of my running and writing these days.  Between graduations, May processions, and trips to the southwest, I barely have time to shave my legs!  Yeah, too much info I know. 

So, let me catch you up on my running/training.  It’s a dismal picture….because I have been tied up the last several weekends, I didn’t  get a chance to start any of the group marathon training programs so it looks like I’m going it alone.  Right now, when the weekly mileage is pretty low, it’s not that big of a deal but man I’m gonna be struggling when I’m doing 20 mile long runs by myself.  I’m gonna have to get really creative with how I entertain myself but I keep telling myself it’ll make me a better man.  I just need to put my big girl pants on and deal with it. 

The good news is I have been keeping up on my training runs for the most part.  One of the coolest things about running is that when you do get a chance to run in different places it can be fun and kinda exciting.  Last week I was in New Mexico…Albuquerque to be exact.  I was out there for work and had the opportunity to visit my bestest nugget ever, Liza Lou!!!  As many of you may know, Albuquerque is about 5,000 feet above sea level.  Usually when I’m there it takes me a day or two to get acclimated to the lack of oxygen but this time wasn’t too bad.  I only had to use my puffer once (I’ve got asthma and I call my inhaler my puffer…in case you were wondering).  The weather was ideal for running so I had a chance to venture out and enjoy the desert scenery.   I know a lot of people don’t really like the desert, but I find it absolutely fascinating.  I’m totally blown away by how an area that can be so harsh and physically dangerous to humans can produce such beautiful plants and flowers.  Here are a couple of photos I took along my route one day.  Miss Liza Lou will have to identify what they are…if she has the time.  I have no idea what I was looking at I just thought these plants were cool. 

Since I have returned from NM (4 days ago), I haven’t really had a chance to run until last night.  I’m not a great traveler and don’t do well with jetlag.  Hell, I have issues when we have to set the clocks back an hour in the fall so needless to say, I’ve been dragg’n butt the past couple of days and have been putting off running, but I forced myself out last night.  I was thinking of every excuse in the book not to do it…I was at work late last night procrastinating as much as I could but I knew I had to do it.  I first was gonna run by my office so I changed into my running gear and started to head out…just then, I noticed that I didn’t have the earphones for my iPod…”damn it!”  Normally, in the mood that I was, I would have just said the hell with it and went home.  I did jump in my car but I headed out of town to the Mount Vernon trail and parked at Gravelly Point.  I was soooo not looking forward to running but I mentally pushed myself out onto the trail and started running.  I kept telling myself, even if you only do a mile It’s better than doing nothing at all.  I popped a sugar free lifesaver in my mouth and headed out.  An hour and 6 miles later, I was done!!!!!!  I did it.  I was so proud of myself and felt like the biggest badass!  I know I’m pretty lame sometimes but hey, in my mind I’m a superstar!  And I guess in the end, that’s all that matters. 

Well, gotta run…there’s work to be done.  Happy trails to you all and remember to keep on running!!!

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