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~ 8-9-10 ~ Photosynthesis

August 9, 2010

This one’s tricky. You have to use imaginary numbers, like eleventeen …

With just about 12 weeks until Marine Corp Marathon, my training is going well.  As well as can be expected.

This is a cut-back week for me so I may or may not get in the required amount of running.  My left quad is just not cooperating and I need to nip it in the bud once and for all.  Silly me, I was going to run 1 mile today.   WHY?  What would running 1 mile do for me?  Pretty much nothing.   After some good advice from friends, my 1 mile became my rest day.   Sure, i did my core.  I am always consistently doing my core.  I just wish all the crunches I do would show.  You know, less of a flabby tummy and more of a 2 pack.  I think I do notice a subtle difference that only I can see.

I am very much uninspired right now.  It’s as though my writing and thinking skills have gone on an extended hiatus.  I am not sure how many posts I can write and talk about my training or my non-training or my boo-boo quad.   It gets old fast.  So sing with me, instead.

Frank Turner – Photosynthesis
Well I guess I should confess that I am starting to get old. All the latest music fads all passed me by and left me cold. All the kids are talking slang I won’t pretend to understand. All my friends are getting married. Mortgages and pension plans. And it’s obvious my angry adolescent days are done. And I’m happy and I’m settled in the person I’ve become. But that doesn’t mean I’m settled up and sitting out the game- Time may change a lot. But some things they stay the same.

And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all I will not grow up
And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all I yeah I won’t grow up

Maturity’s a wrapped-up package deal or so it seems. Ditching teenage fantasy means ditching all your dreams. All your friends and peers and family solemnly tell you you will have to grow up. Be and adult. Be bored and unfulfilled. But no one’s yet explained to me exactly what’s so great about slaving 50 years away on something that you hate. About meekly shuffling down the path of mediocrity. Well if that’s your road then take it but it’s not the road for me.

And if all you ever do with your life is photosynthesize, then you’ll deserve every hour of your sleepless nights that you waste wondering when you’re going to die.

Now I’ll play, and you sing- The perfect way for the evening to begin. I won’t sit down, and I won’t shut up, and most of all I won’t “grow up”.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2010 11:53 pm

    Take full advantage of the recovery week and let your body recover in all areas. You’re coming up on make-or-break time on the marathon training, so I want to see you bust out your best week ever next week.

  2. August 10, 2010 12:10 am

    Good luck with the running! I’m glad you chose to run nothing instead of one mile. USE this rest week! Good luck!!

  3. August 10, 2010 12:18 am

    Rest is good.

    I’ve been working on my abs, but instead of a 6-pack, I think I’m just going to be happy with a keg. Lol

  4. August 10, 2010 1:45 am

    You’re so impressive with the core work, I suck so hard at it. I need you being my drill Sergeant! As for the running, recovery weeks are supposed to suck and make you grumpy, so don’t let it get to your head… I mean it. They’re harder than the weeks of high mileage! Anyway, you are sooo not alone in your running funk either- everyone is feelin’ it. Shake Shack might help tomorrow… 🙂 Hope to see you there!

  5. August 10, 2010 3:26 pm

    WTF? We’re getting old? Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  6. August 10, 2010 6:39 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about the MCM. You’re going to do GREAT!!!

    All the best,


  7. August 10, 2010 9:32 pm

    Great call resting, you are so right what is 1 mile going to do? I remember feeling the same way during my marathon training, so hard to think “less is more”. Hit that foam roller and prepare for the next big run. Keep up the strong training.

  8. August 15, 2010 4:22 pm

    Good for you for resting. Sometimes, it is just what the doctor orders!

  9. August 16, 2010 9:18 am

    Please don’t get too down and despondent. You are one of the most supportive people I have come across in recent times so stay as positive as you can and don’t give up trying to do your best, always. Good luck with the training, you can and will do it!

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