Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Its Official

I'm still obese. LOL. Check out your BMI at this website. Good thing is it agrees with me on how much weight I need to lose. 29 pounds. And, it tells me I need 1932 calories a day to lose 2.5 pounds a month. Cool.

Answering the Call

Take my hand
You know I'll be there if you can
I'll cross the sky for your love
For I have promised all to be with you tonight
And for the time that will come

Take my hand
You know I'll be there if you can
I'll cross the sky for your love
And I understand these winds and tides
This change of times won't drag you away
Hold on, hold on tightly
Hold on and don't let go of my love

The storms will pass
It won't be long now
This love will last
This love will last forever

And take my hand
You know I'll be there if you can
I'll cross the sky for your love
Give you what I hold dear
Hold on, hold on tightly
Hold on, hold on tightly
Rise up, rise up with wings like eagles
You run, you run
You run and not grow weary

-- U2, Drowning Man

Dedicated to James Edward McCarthy, 1930-2006

8 Miles: Check!

Let's just say that I needed to run tonight. I felt kind of bad that I didn't get in my seven miles on Friday. ANNND! You guessed it. I signed up for a soccer tournament this weekend. LOL. My training program is going to get ruined. After getting home from Jimmy's basketball game, cooking up dinner, helping Matthew with his homework, I hauled out the old laptop and mapped out my 8 mile route. Brilliant! Mapping out your route before you leave the house is freakin priceless.

Tonight, I decided to wear my heart rate monitor. In case you didn't notice, my times have been steadily improving. Part of the reason is because I haven't been wearing my HR monitor, so my body didn't know any better. Tonight I wanted to wear it to keep me honest. I set my lower limit for 120, and my upper limit for 150. My "normal pace" is in the 160 range, so I felt real comfortable setting my endurance cap at 150.

I no sooner stepped out the door to start my run when Ms. Dee Dee calls me on the phone. She is on her way home early tonight. We quickly formulate a plan for Dee Dee to meet me at the head of the subdivision so we can finish our runs together. Let's just say that the weather was awesome. I was a little warm in my long sleeve technical shirt, but I was very comfortable. I had somewhat forgotten how much I enjoy the long slow endurance runs. Oh, you know what else was special. I scared the crap out of some poor family coming out of a public school at 9:30 PM at night. I came whipping around them and heard them hit the car locks. LOL.

Anyways... I met Dee Dee just about perfectly at her turnaround point. I doubled back with her for a few minutes so she could get in her 3.2. This turned out to be an excellent idea as she kept my heart rate in the zone all the way home. All in all, an enjoyable run. Did I mention that I stopped/walked not for a single hill?!! Not even both sides of Mount Doom. I freakin rocked the hills tonight. Trust me, there were plenty on this 8 mile route. I am pleased. With the tournament weekend coming up, and my 5K the following weekend, this just felt right. Plus, it helped to clear my mind and cleanse my soul.

Thank you, my friends for your support. I'm hurting. It won't be much longer now, God willing.


ORN: 8 miles, 1:40:00, endurance pace, 12:30 miles, R10/W1

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Do Not Go Gentle into the Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

-- Dylan Thomas

Monday, November 27, 2006


Ahemmmm. Check out the new race on my race schedule. I have officially picked out my first triathlon for next season. It is appropriately named, My First Tri. It is especially designed for newbies such as myself. Go check out their FAQ. It is hilarious. The only thing I'm concerned about is that the water is COLD here in Georgia in May. No kidding! Especially lake water. Ah, well. No guts no glory!

So, I had an interesting, bitter-sweet weekend. We had the usual dinner and visits with family and friends. In between, we shuttled back and forth to the hospital to visit Dee Dee's father. It's really hard on people to see someone they love and care about going through the process of dying. It's just plain hard. The family is going to need a lot of strength to make it through these next few months.

I did manage to get almost all of my running in. Thursday was just to busy to get in any running, so I opted to do my long run on Friday. Unfortunately, I was unfamiliar territory. My route got mixed up and I only did 5.5 miles instead of the seven I wanted to. My time was good though, about 11:45 minute miles. On Sunday, I had Dee Dee drop me off on the street on the way back from the hospital. I had set the odometer when we left, and I knew exactly where three miles away from home was. Dee Dee ran off to get breakfast stuff, and I ran. The route was nice, a long down hill followed by a slightly shorter up hill, then flat into the house. I was pleasantly surprised to myself clocking 9:40 second miles. My total tally for last week was 11.5 miles, a good start on my half marathon training.

One of the more pleasant aspects of going home for Thanksgiving was that I got to see my little sister. Kelly lives in San Fransisco. I knew that Kelly was active in the endurance athlete arena, but I had no idea how much. As we got to talking about my weight loss and the things I was doing, I learned that she was already a marathoner and a half-ironman finisher. Seems Ms. Kelly ran in the Los Angeles Marathon last year and completed the Vineman Triathlon this year as well. Is that not way cool or what? Kelly said she had ITB problems before the marathon, and she took a perkoset (sic) pain pill around mile 11 and floated to the finish line :-) There ya go folks! The secrets are revealed here on this blog.

Here's to a great week. I really enjoyed catching up on all y'all's blogs.


ORN Friday: 5.6 miles, 1:05, endurance pace, 11:45 miles, R6/W1
ORN Sunday: 3 miles, 28:55, normal pace, 9:40 miles, R5/W1

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Giving Thanks

OK. So soccer season is over. There are no practices. Jimmy gets done with JV basketball at 4:30 PM. Then why am I running at 9:45 PM at night? *sigh* The good news is that while it was cold, it was not wet, and I think my legs have finally recovered. I'm thinking, now, that maybe it was more my refereeing that was interfering with my running more than my bike. It's taken me this long to get over that massive weekend where I did 8 games in four days.

As Thanksgiving approaches, my thoughts turn more and more to what exactly I am thankful for this holiday season. As an exercise more for me than you, I thought I would share some of them, none the less.
  1. My beautiful wife of 18 years. I don't understand why she tolerates me. I just accept it.
  2. My beautiful children. They have to be the best kids in the world.
  3. My immediate family. My mother and her husband, my father and his wife, all my brothers and sister spread out over the face of the United States.
  4. My extended family, the 35+ cousins all over the southeast, their mothers and fathers. There is always a family member to turn to for help somewhere.
  5. My four babies (dogs), they remind me constantly of the joys of a simpler life.
  6. My friends. I have more friends now, that I genuinely care about, than I ever have before in my life. That's a good thing. Its about time.
  7. My life, and the fact that I have not had to struggle physically or financially for the past 15 years.
  8. My health. Its true I have not taken the best care of myself since I left the army, but its never too late to start again. I am grateful that I have not suffered from disease, sickness, or physical malady in my forty years on this planet.
  9. The warm roof over my head.
  10. The soft place to lay my head.
  11. The gentle touch of a lover's caress.
  12. The taste of food that so many people do not get to share.
  13. The brilliance of a star lit night sky as you fill your lungs with cold air, basking in the glory of God and nature.
  14. The laughter of the children as they play in the park.
I could go on and on and on. There is so much for which to be thankful.

Dee Dee and I are off to the Gulf Coast (Mobile) to spend Thanksgiving with the family. I am hoping to get my 3 miles in on Turkey Day, my own Turkey Trot if you will because Mobile sux and doesn't have a race that day. Then, hopefully I will have time to get in my long run Sunday before we leave, LOL. We will see. That's the challenge.

Everyone have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.


ORN: 3.35 miles, 35 minutes, normal pace, 10:30 miles, R5/W1

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

An Ah-Ha Moment

Have you ever heard somebody say something and think, "Yea, that sounds right, but I don't know it for myself." Or, you might even think, well, that sounds kinda dumb and I won't believe it until I see it....

What a busy weekend I had. Dee Dee came back into town after visiting with her family Thursday night. We had just enough time to hug and kiss each other before she was off to Raleigh with my oldest son for his soccer tournament. That left me and Matthew at home by ourselves all weekend.

Matthew had a local tournament in which to play. I was hoping to get my long run in Sunday, but I kind of suspected that Matthew would make it to the finals, and if he did, my long run might be in jeopardy. Matthew's team had a great tournament, and not only did they make it to the finals, they won! This was a first for Matthew and his team. I was really excited for him.

Sunday afternoon, I got home from the tournament just in time to get ready to referee some adult games. I know I said I was done for the season, but I am sucker for people that ask for help (as if you guys didn't know that already). The assignor called me and needed help. There were so many tournaments this past weekend. Referees were scarce. I thought to myself, no problem. I can run real hard during the adult games and I will make up for missing my long run. Yea, right. The first game was canceled. The second game was such a one-sided affair, I basically stood in one teams defending half for the whole game and got like zero running in. I was very disappointed. Disappointed enough in fact to consider moving to a different league next year.

Monday rolls around and family life is returning to some semblance of (chaotic) normalcy. Jimmy had his first JV basketball game. I left work early to watch him basically sit on the bench the whole game. Can you see I'm plodding along here :-) On the way back from Jimmy's game, Matthew asked me if I was going to ride my bike when we got home. He wanted to go with me. It was very cold. Matthew and I dressed warmly and headed out on our bikes. I gave Matthew the option of choosing the five or six mile route when we got to the end of the subdivision. Matthew chose the five mile route, suprise, suprise, and we made good time and did excellent on the hills. After dropping him off at home, I did the one mile loop around the house to get in my extra fifth mile. It was during this ride that I learned a valuable lesson. A while back, on a TMI Tuesday, one of the questions had mentioned, "What would you do with 100 bucks?" I think it was Ms. Jodi that said she would like a pair of bike gloves with fingers! I now second the motion! My poor little digits just about fell off for the first fifteen minutes of my ride. Next time, I ditch the bike gloves and wear my warm referee gloves. That Jodi sure is a smart girl :-)

It's the little things, people!

Finish strong!


OCN: 5 miles, 35 minutes

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Run with Dee Dee

Everybody stop by and say "Hi!" to Ms. Dee Dee over at her new blog:

Run with Dee Dee


Saturday, November 18, 2006

Today's Pearl of Wisdom

I KNOW your father made you eat everything on your plate while you were growing up.

I KNOW you had to fight with your brothers and sisters for seconds when you were growing through the younger years.

I KNOW that steak from Longhorns costs upwards of $15.00, but it's really good, and you earned it after working all day and five hours at the restaurant.

It's OK to only eat half of it and put the rest in the frig for lunch.

I'm forty years old and I'm still (un)learning stuff. Stop eating when you are no longer hungy. Imagine that.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Once More into the Breach

Remember that goal I had... The one where I was going to tackle all four of my hills in one run, without stopping. Hee, hee. Here I go... More later...


Results are in:
  • Rain
  • Cold
  • 3.35 miles
  • 10 minute miles
  • 4 hills, priceless!


It rained pretty heavy here yesterday, forcing me to leave Bags in the garage, canceling my planned ride with Matthew. After picking Jimmy up from basketball practice, I realized I was fighting the urge to drink alkyhol. Now, there is nothing wrong with a drink or two, or more. For me, its different. I drink to excess. I drink until either there is nothing left or I can't drink anymore because I either can't or I know better.

Well, to cut a long story short, I declined. I passed the liquor store without stopping. It's true. I waited until the very last second to make my decision. But I made it. And I'm proud. You see. I've been enjoying the restful sleep I have been having. I've been enjoying waking up in the morning without feeling like crap. I've been enjoying running without a hung over body.

It's the little victories, my friends, the simple pleasures, that make life so wonderful. I'll put another check in my personal victory column.

Finish strong!


ORN: Rest

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Prelude to a (Victory) Kiss?

I am plateauing. I know this. I have been here before. My weight is in the 205-208 range pretty much every day now. I am up against the wall. I've been thinking a lot about where I am and where I am going. I have accomplished my goals of running a 5K and a 10K. I am signed up for a half marathon. I have my bike, and I have begun to cross train. That is where I am at.

Where do I want to be? Short term I want to break through the 200 pound barrier. This Sunday, I will begin doing my long runs again. The cross training will assist me in this. I believe it is time to get serious about my diet, to commit to being and eating healthier on a daily basis. Over the last week, I realized, no surprise, that I am not satisfied with where I am at. I also realized that paying lip service to commitment is not going to get me where I want to be. As I told Duane, you have to have the spirit of Iron long before you have the body, or the title. Desire is simply not enough.

Matthew and I went on a five mile bike ride Monday. What a trooper he is! He kept up with me on my 24 speed hybrid with his little ole 1 speed bike. Not only that, between the two of us, we only walked up one hill. I was so proud of him.

Last night, I took the opportunity to run around Matthew's soccer fields. He is practicing for his big tournament this weekend. I really enjoyed running in the 60* air temps on the soft grass. Cycling is affecting my running. Don't let anyone fool ya. My legs are sore. Different muscles mind ya, but still sore. I am going to take advantage of this lull in my racing to build up my cross training muscles so by the time I start training seriously for my half, those oft less used muscles will have built up some endurance.

For those of you who want a reminder to enjoy the simpler pleasures of life, go on over and check out the Dilbert Blog. It's especially enjoyable today.

Finally, a gentle reminder that it is Roll Call week over at Team HM Express. If you haven't posted your race schedule already, please stop by and do so.

Finish strong!


ORN: 3.2 miles, 36 minutes, normal pace, R4/W1
OCN: 5 miles, ~32 minutes

Monday, November 13, 2006

B-T-N or F-U-N?

As one of the new kids on the block, I am constantly learning new things about the sport of running, such as:
  • What to wear for running in different temperatures
  • What to eat and not to eat before a race/run.
  • How to get the best nourishment and hydration on long runs.
Some of these things I come across in my daily blog travels. Some of them I find out by reading my beloved books. I was, quite frankly, suprised when I came across a post on John Bingham's blog about a BTN run. I have been following John's blog ever since I read his book. I kind of catch the drift of how is daily running and personal life is going, including the ups and downs. In general, John has a very positive outlook on life and running in general. It shocked me a little to hear him describe a run as "better than nothing". We all go through those periods where either the mind, the body, or both are just not motivated to run. Then, we either don't run and feel guilty about it, or we do run, and we call it better than nothing.

Bah humbug, I say! Last Thursday night, my body and mind was not motivated to run. However, in general, I know that once I get started, I'm happy that I started running, and even happier when I finish. I leave my watch, my heart rate monitor, and my attitude at the door. I run with no planned route, no planned distance, and no planned timeframe. I just run/walk to have fun, be by myself, and enjoy the world. Now, I'm not naive enough to think that everyone should feel this way. Certainly, your mileage will vary. Isn't the thought of "just having fun" much better than just "getting it done"? You decide!

I got my three easy miles in Thursday. I have to admit being a bit sore still from riding the bike Wednesday night, and I am concerned that my cycling will interfere with the progression of my running. Not overly worried, mind you, just something to keep an eye on. Saturday, I got in a seven mile bike ride, then Sunday, I refereed two very important matches in the Regional Premier League with lots of running. The good news is that soccer season is officially over for me, and I can now focus on getting ready for my half marathon in March. I'm already planning on making a few road trips on the upcomming weekends to get in a few different types of runs. There are some trails in Georgia that I would like to run.

Finish strong!


ORN: Thursday, 3 miles, no pace, no time, no HR
OCN: Saturday, 7 miles

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Endurance is No Joke

I'm a little sad this afternoon. An Ironman contender has died after being pulled from the waters of Ironman Florida. You can find the article here. Take nothing for granted my friends.

New Challenges

Dee Dee and I have decided that we are going to go home for Thanksgiving this year. There is quite a bit of turmoil, above and beyond the normal stuff, affecting our family, and this year, it is just the right thing to do. This basically means that I am going to have to put off my "Turkey Race" until next year. I looked on for a 5K Thanksgiving race in Mobile, AL, but would you believe I found nada. What is up with those people down there? Do they not run? Oh well, the good news is the "Sleighbells on the Square 5K" is December 9th in Marietta, and that will make a great substitute. Living in Atlanta has its benefits.

Bags and I got to go for our second ride last night. I had a blast. I basically repeated my 6 mile ride from last Monday due to the tiredness I am still feeling from this past weekend. I did enjoy my ride though, and I realized that I have an entirely new set of challenges. I have to make it up all those hills on my bike now. Woo hoo! I've already made a good start conquering those hills. I'll keep you posted. Next week I would like to get in an 8 mile ride, and the week after, 10. We'll see how my schedule goes.

For Team HM Express members, make sure you check out the blog. Roll Call is next week, and while there is absolutely no pressure, I would like to get a good start getting your races tabulated.

An easy three miles on tap for me tonight. Everyone have a great weekend. Finish strong!


OCN: 6 miles, cycling, ~35 minutes

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Ties that Bind

I spend a lot of time in Atlanta traffic. In the sixteen years or so that I have been here, my closest commute has been about 25 minutes. My longest was an hour and a half. Back when I was a smoker, I used to light up quite a few cigs on the way home. I'm not really sure if I did it to give me something to do, or if the various poisons in the cigarette helped me stay awake. I guess it doesn't really matter. These days, I find myself, more often than not, fighting to stay awake. It seems with bright sunshine gone now, I have a much easier time of it, and no cigarettes.

Last night, on my commute home, I was about half way when an SUV pulled in front of me and I noticed a sticker in the lower right corner of the rear window. 13.1. That's all it said. I thought to myself that this had to be significant. Who else but a runner would have such a sticker on the back of their car. As I looked closer, I noticed the license plate had a steel face plate around it with the words, "I run like a girl." I thought to myself, "Yea, that's cool. I want to be just like you."

As with most cars and drivers on the interstate during rush hour, she disappeared into oblivion. I'll never see her or her car again. But, for that one moment, she was the Raven that flew into my life delivered her omen, then vanished without a trace. I'd like to think she was a purveyor of hope. As the half marathon gets closer and closer, only time will tell. I know one thing though. I believe.

Finish strong,


ORN: Too damn tired to do anything.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

TMI Tuesday #56

For those of you here about Team HM Express. Please see Monday's post below... I need your email address to invite you to join the blog.

1. Would you vote to legalize marijuana? If not marijuana, what drug would you like to see legalized and why?

I would vote to legalize drugs period. It is not my job to legislate stupidity. However, if your drug use brings harm to another person, then I would fully support invoking the wrath of God upon you.

2. Would you vote to legalize prostitution?

Same as #1. I do not believe in legislating victimless crimes. I have better things to do.

3. Ever fantasize about a teacher in grade school/high school/college? If not a teacher, was there someone else? Classmate? Secretary? Janitor? Ever act on your fantasy?

Hmmmmmmm. No.

4. Do you feel everyone has a soulmate?

Absolutely. I believe there is more than one. I'm not espousing polyamorous relationships, but rather that there is more than one individual in the world that can be your soul mate. You just have to have the patience to find them. Oh, and please folks, don't settle for less.

5. Do you have a foot obsession? Ever given or received a footjob?

Hmmmmmmm. No. Feet taste nasty. I know. This just in. I looked up the definition of this on the web, and I can definitively say....NO! Thank you very much.

Bonus (as in optional): Do you have a favorite sex toy? Tell us what and why and provide a link for those out there that need or want an upgrade :)

I do indeed. Boobies! LOL. Didn't say they had to be man-made!

Have a great Tuesday!


Monday, November 06, 2006

Shaping Up

Out of the chaos of the Nebulae, a star is born...

Sorry to get back to you so late. Starting Friday night, I did 5 90 minute games, 2 80 minute games, and 1 70 minute game, ending tonight. I am exhausted. Needless to say, I have had my fill of refereeing this season. I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to Dee Dee for supporting me through all of this. Without her, and our busy schedule, it just plain wouldn't be possible. Luv ya, Babe!

As far as Team HM Express goes, all I can say is W-O-W! I had expected, at best, between five and seven people. I am overwhelmed and humbled by you my friends. Welcome aboard. Let us all begin this grand adventure together. I have registered the blog name, The next steps are to gather the email addresses of everyone who wants to post to the team blog, and I would also like to make a few nominations. If you want to post to the team blog, email me, do NOT comment, your addresses. In this way, I can invite you to join the team blog. Now, as far as the nominations go. I would like to do the following, and you may vote yay or nay in the comments:

I nominate Michelle at for the position of Team Coach.

I nominate Jodi, at as Team Trainer (as well as team member).

I nominate myself as Team Administrator.

What responsibilities do these positions entail? Why everything and nothing at all! You get to pick and anything in between is fine :-) Of course you have to accept the position, or we can just say you are it and that is that, LOL.

I am extremely pleased at the wide range of folks we have participating, everything from newbies such as myself, to seasoned veterans like Annette, Michelle, Jodi, Joe, and others. I am SO excited. Over the next week or two, we will flesh out ideas for the team blog, and we will see where this train is going to take us!

More team related stuff Wednesday, after I do my TMI Tuesday!

Finish strong!


ORN: Tired as .....

Friday, November 03, 2006

Ahhhem! Attention Please!

I am pleased to announce the formation of a virtual training team. This team will be comprised of people in our virtual community who will be attempting a half marathon in the Spring 2007. Initially, I had intended for this to be first timers. However, I want to be inclusive, rather than exclusive. Anyone is welcome. With Wanna-be-5ker's permission, the name of the team will be:

Team HM Express

What are the requirements and benefits for Team HM Express?

  1. You must fork over zero dollars to join.
  2. You must be doing a half marathon before summer of 2007.
  3. You must be a blogger.
  1. Excessive, unsolicited, unadulterated, admiration and praise
  2. Excessive, unwarranted, and often unhelpful advice
  3. Team colors and paraphernalia
  4. Group benefits, such as camaraderie, a shoulder to cry on, etc.
  5. Possible group attendance at your event
Just drop me an email or a comment and let me know. We may start a blog and cross post to it. I may take it upon myself to have an artist do us up an emblem, and then we can go from there.

Last night was a 5.2 miler for me. It was oh so cold. I bought a long sleeve technical shirt at Walmart this past weekend, and I wanted to try it out. At 50*, the shirt just didn't keep me warm. I do have my black long sleeve technical shirt which is a lot thicker, so I think I will keep this one for temps above fifty.

Soooooo.... Some more good news. I finally conquered the reverse slope of Mount Doom! That's it for me now. I've beaten them all.

Ass-kicker: check!
Steep Mount Doom: check!
Ass-kicker's Cousin: check!
Long Slope Mount Doom: check, check, check!!!

Running up Mount Doom kind of puts all the little hills into perspective, and I don't think I walked up any hills the rest of the way home. My next goal is to string these bad boyz together in one run.

Everybody have a great weekend, and remember in all facets of life, finish strong!


ORN: 5.2 miles, 57 minutes, 11 minute miles, R7/W1, slightly less than normal pace

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Better Late Then Never

This was delayed due to Tuesday being Ms. Dee Dee's Birthday!

Why do I participate in TMI Tuesday, even though some of the questions are racy? I dunno. Maybe it's because I want to add a little spice to my blog. Maybe its just fun, and maybe its just another one of those things I accept without asking or wondering why.

1. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?

I am definitely a listener. I have never been much of a social animal. I prefer to speak when I have something significant to contribute. What I say may not always be serious or funny even, but it always adds to the conversation, hopefully in a positive, constructive manner.

2. Do you take compliments well?

Oh, yea. Come'on, people! Heap the compliments on me. I am the compliment SPONGE.

3. Are you judgmental?

I take great pride (one of my failings :-) in not being judgmental. I reserve the right to make judgments at the point where I feel like I have all the information required for said judgment. This has a nice side affect of helping to prevent stupid mistakes and avoiding embarrassment.

4. Do you like to pursue or be pursued?

I definitely like to be pursued. Ask Ms. Dee Dee. The Huntress Extraordinare.

5. Do you think more about the past, present or future?

I would put it at something like 10%, 70%, 20%. Does that help? I live in the moment, while giving some thought to planning and preparing for the future. Every once in a while, I like to sit back and enjoy the past memories and remind myself of the lessons I have learned.

Bonus (as in optional): Who do you hate?

Sorry, if I go here, not only will it ruin my day, but you guys won't have time to read this post. Let's just say that in truth, I don't hate anybody. With that said, there are definitely a handful of human beings I'd like to see in hell. Nuff said.

Bonus Bonus (it too is optional): Use three words to describe yourself.

Loving, thoughtful, hard headed.

Enjoy. 5 - 6 miles on tap today. I have seven soccer games assigned this weekend. Woo hoo! I'm gonna die. Four 90 minute games and three 80 minute games, and I just got emailed from my assignor asking me to pick up two 90 minute games Sunday night. LOL. Decisions, decisions.

Finish strong!


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Morning After

I don't presume to understand people. I make my observations. Decipher what I can and take comfort in what I know to be true. Then, I accept the unknowns. But I do not understand them. I accept the fact that I will probably never understand them, and with this, I am OK. It is much more comfortable to wrap yourself in truths then to wallow in the fear and doubts of the unknown and the not understood. Nothing good ever comes of it.

Yes, I don't understand. I don't have to.

Just love them anyways.


We have a name for the bike. He, she, its name is:


which stands for Beauty, it's all good :-) , and we will call her Bags! That's a pretty asexual name, I know, but trust me. There's a girl spirit in there, and we will just accept that without understanding it.

Bags and I went on a six mile "get acquainted" ride Monday. It was a blast. Going 30+ miles per hour down the long slope of Mount Doom is exhilarating. I went way too fast, way too hard, and I paid for it last night on my run :-) . During my first six minutes, I swear I was running bow-legged, and I had a new set of muscles complaining about not being used for a long time then being expected to exercise two days in a row! LOL.

Too freakin bad! Due to the soreness, I wanted to cut my run back to a 3 miler, but once again, I left without checking my route and ended up doing 3.6 miles at a 10:20/mile pace. Are we starting to see a pattern here people? For now, I will definitely keep my cycling limited to two nights a week, and I am already planning my first "brick"!

Soccer season is over in two more weeks, then I can do my long run on Sunday, and everything should slide into place comfortably for the winter.

Happy hump day!


ORN: 3.6 miles, 37:21, tempo pace, 10:20 miles, R4/W1
OCN: 6 miles, @35 minutes, 10-12 mph