Sunday, September 27, 2009

Marathon Man - The last week starts with the gods mocking me.

This episode starts with me stepping out of the comfort zone. The squeamish (or those with proper social sensibilities) should just quit reading now.

Still with me? Ok, here's some background.

I've written before about how surprised I am at the mental aspects of training. I've never been an athlete - I'd never been coached. I really wasn't ready for the idea of keeping my head in the game. Especially as the runs got longer, my mind really started getting in the way. With the real longer runs, the narrative in my head is how badly I really need to use a restroom. Running as laxative.

This has been the reason that I've made the last three longer runs on my own terms and not with the team. I can't expect the team coaches to be concerned about my mental fixation with always being within 5 minutes of a flush toilet. Once my mind decides I need a bathroom, that clanging stays front-most until I'm able to resolve the issue. After that, all is good.

Well, on the bike trail, or on new routes, I just don't know. And not knowing is worse. Even if there isn't a present need, my anxiety about not knowing how far I was from the FT became really loud in my head.

So, I've built these runs in my neighborhood that allow me to maintain, if not a five minute radius, a reasonable proximity to indoor plumbing. Plus, I know where I am and where I'm going. All is good. Now I'm just back to having my feet hurt and normal running concerns.

I remain interested in the mind over matter aspect of this, however. I mean, I want to conquer this problem. I have friends who enjoy trail running and it sounds like fun and there aren't flush toilets on the trails. I need to figure out a way to distract myself. I think.

This morning I thought I'd try something different. I'd run with headphones (which I normally don't do - the teams and most managed races don't allow it.)  Specifically, I'd listen to the Radiolab podcast. Radiolab is  a great show that talks about all things "science, philosophy and human experience".  Great. My mind would be taken over by the sounds of science. 

The first episode I hear is great; it's a little vignette on how a baby's brain develops and how she might understand the world and what it means exactly when she stares at you adoringly at about 2 months.

But then, we get to parasites. And after a brief introduction where we learn about wasps and cockroaches and other fairly distant entities, the conversations turn to parasites that live in humans. Specifically the hookworm. And the invention of the outhouse. And the story of a fellow who went to Africa specifically to become infected with hookworms to fight allergies and asthma! By wading around in toilet pits. AND NOW HE'S MINING HIS OWN FECES TO SELL HOOKWORMS! That's right, I was listening to a 24 minute story on the history of poop in America.

The next time I write you will be after the Marathon. The Cowtown is next Sunday. Ready, or not - here I come.

If you're just joining us, this is all about me running the Cowtown Marathon this October as a fund raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Details can be found here.  You can make donations here.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

MozyHome powertip

If you're a MozyHome user and If you want to keep from thrashing your TimeMachine backup, exclude /Library/Application Support/MozyHome in the TimeMachine prefs. (TimeMachine pref, Other Options.)

 Mozy uses this folder for staging and tracking the uploads to its servers. So it's always being updated (TimeMachine will think it's changed every hour). This will push older backups off your backup drive earlier than otherwise.

 Mozy ought to add this exclusion automatically.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Marathon Man - Beat by my feet and the heat

The goal today was 19 miles, via two 9+ mile loops anchored at my house. (Looping around the house is to allow me to make a mid-way head stop, restock fluids, etc.).

The first half went fine. The second half was never fine. Almost immediately I had some foot pain that didn't really go away. And by 6 miles in I was out of water and that was all she wrote.

The contrast with the fairly successful 17 miler a a week ago is pretty stark. The primary difference was the heat. Here's hoping it's cool for the Cowtown.

The longest I've run is the 17 miles. Even if today had gone well, I'd have only added 2 miles to that. The marathon will be 9 miles longer than anything I've done yet. I really wish I had a couple of 22 milers under my belt before going out that long. Next week's long run is only 10 miles and the Cowtown is the following week. It will be good to be done.

If you're just joining us, this is all about me running the Cowtown Marathon this October as a fund raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Details can be found here.  You can make donations here.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Three in the morning and then seven at night

This is Wednesday's run. I'm not sure what Pugsley's doing.

 (was supposed to do three to four today, but was on the road instead.)

 Middle five at a higher heart rate, although I've not gotten the heart rate monitor to work so I'll just run a bit faster.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Marathon Man - Splat

Hey Campers, thanks for tuning in again.

I'm celebrating today. I finished 17 miles, ran the whole way and lived to tell of it. 

It was a weird day. First, about a mile and half in I tripped on a tree root and went flying. Well, it was probably more like tipping over with some velocity. There was blood. 
(Not at all) Oddly I had done the same thing about 6 years ago - went flying, got up and kept running.  I knew this was a test.  So, I got up and kept running.

The next aberration was the weather. It was over 100 yesterday. Today, not so much.  It was down right chilly. And there was thunder and lightening. We don't get thunder and lightening very often in Sacramento.  And a very light rain. I was wondering when my friend Mark would be by to pick me up. The weather really never got started, just these odd bits of activity.

My friend Steve was not at all happy that I'd had scheduled a house stop in the middle of the run - he was sure that I'd get to comfortable and just stop. Well, no worries, Mr. White.  I left the clock running to encourage a brief stop and spent less than two minutes in the house .

So, it was a good run and now I'm having the usual post run soreness, compounded by some shin and palm clean up.

If you're just joining us, this is all about me running the CowTown Marathon this October as a fund raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Details can be found here.  You can make donations here.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

17 is 10 + 7

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Fair is Fair - S. Carolina District provides direct link to President's address to students.

I'd poked fun at the South Carolina school district that said they weren't showing the President's address to students and misspelled his name in the process. Well, they've made good, as far as I can tell.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Ten Miles, starting at McKinley Park