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August 18, 2008


That's the sound my head makes when I'm running and I 'zone out' or 'lose time'.  I think of them as 'yoink moments'.  I had one last Saturday.

Now that you've heard the 'setup'.  Here's the story....

Alarm goes off...oh..crud...what..huh?  Oh, yes...get up.  Must run...

What time is it?  Blurry eyes....force focus... 6 bloody AM.  I really need to have my head examined some day. 

As I put on my gear, I wonder what sort of fresh hell is it that I'm doing today.  Oh yes, I'm going to try 7 miles.  What the duce is wrong with me?  I should just get back into bed and sleep like any sane person.   BUT NO!  I have to subject myself to this 'running thing'.

I wonder to myself, "Is this what being on crack is like?"

More awake now, I'm starting to think in complete sentences.  I have everything I need.  So it is out the door I go...

Yuck...the humidity.  It must have rained again last night.  No sane man would want to run in this.  Hmmm...that's twice so far that I've questioned my sanity today.  I wonder what that's all about.

But this isn't any normal humility.  This sort of hangs in the air and is oppressive to your every breath.  I swear I feel 10 pounds heavier than when I was back inside the house.

Then the drive to the trail shows me that I am NOT the only crazy person planning on running in this.

Stretch, walk, stretch...okay I'm ready.

The first mile goes by without much issue.  My shins and calves are a bit tight and I'm waiting for that first flood of endorphins to take away the minor discomfort that comes with running.

I'm thinking about data storage structures to help pass the time and YOINK!

When my yoink moment is over and my brain engages again, I look around and I wonder to myself, "Where the heck AM I?"

I keep running until I see a distance marker.  That's when I realize I'm only a half mile from finishing....from FINISHING!  This is an 8 mile course!  I'd run the whole thing. I've only ever run 6.25 miles before.  

The Aftermath

Funny thing about adding additional mileage to your run, it seems to get easier to recover from.  The first time I ran 6 miles, it almost killed me.  But the day after running 8 miles, I feel just a tiny bit stiff.

On my next running day, I did my short run (4 miles).  I felt a little off but not enough to cut it short.  I think I was still recovering from the 8 mile run.

Progress Report

Not much to report at this time.  I've dropped most of the weight I put on while I was on my two week   

TFG Posts from the Past

I like to look back on some of my old posts to see what I was doing a year or two ago.  Last year at this time I was also trying to lose some weight that I had temporarily put back on.  Also, I had a small tirade about drivers in North Carolina.

Check it out....

Turning the Tide

Well, that's all for this week. funnydogs07fs5

Dalmatian Dog says, "Hey, one of my spots just fell off and is walking around on its own!!"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are hilarious. Don't stop posting or running. I didn't know running could be so much fun.

September 10, 2008 at 1:53 AM  

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