Sunday, March 11, 2012

Speed Demon

This morning's mile was run at the track.  A nice soft track.  I did a little speed training.  Around the track one time, stretch for a minute, round the track again, stretch and repeat....8 times.  Average time it took to do the "Oval of Death" about 2 minutes 10 seconds, which would equal an approximate pace for a mile of 8:40.  Ahahahahahaha, I wish!  No way could I keep that pace up 4 times around without stopping.  And to be completely honest, those minute streach breaks stretched out to longer than a minute after the first one.

27 down 24 to go.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


26 down, 25 to go, officially half way through.  Since it's Saturday I ran this morning with friends, everything is always easier with friends.  And I think the sun has settled down, not feeling nearly as exhausted as I was.  Not 100% yet, but definitely better. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Solar Storm?

Could it be the solar storm that is affecting me?  I actually googled "solar storm effects on humans" and came up with a couple of web sites.  They seem a little "out there", but I could easily believe this stuff.  Like why wouldn't it effect humans?  How can something effect the earth's magnetic field, shut down electric grids, destroy transformers, disrupt GPS systems, and kill satellites without affecting humans?

Although my symptoms have been happening for over a week now.  At first I thought I wasn't getting enough sleep (and I still am not going to bed earlier).  Then I thought it's my diet (or lack of a diet)...I'll admit, I've made some bad choices the burrito I ate yesterday....oh and the donut too.  But solar storm, now that's something I can wrap my head around.  And it takes the pressure right off of me.

One of the sites lists symptoms experienced by people all around the world due to sun flares.....I have practically every symptom.  It must be the storm.  It can't possibly have anything to do with what I'm putting in my body, or how much rest my body is getting.  Definitely the sun.  I must just be super sensitive to it.  Yeah, that's it.

It goes on to explain that the solar flares and photon waves effect us on a cellular level, that we have cellular memory and this energy awakens the memories and helps to clear them.  Says we have low frequency energy stored in our cells from past experiences and traumas that we've experienced but never processed.  The photon energy is of a much higher frequency and it pulls the lower emotional frequency energy to calibrate it with the high frequency, allowing us to release these low frequency memories.

Now here's why I can be apt to believe this crap.  Lately I have had these random thoughts.  Memories of the past.  Not necessarily traumatic or painful.  Just random things that come to mind.  Maybe a conversation I had with someone years ago, or a memory of an experience.  Very random and completely out of the blue.  Every time I have one of these thoughts it is very vivid, and completely unrelated to what I'm doing at the time.  They come from "out of nowhere".  It's been happening for a couple of weeks at least, and every time it happens I think "where did that come from".  This morning after having one of these random memories surface I there something I'm supposed to do with these?  Is my subconscious trying to tell me something?

I've been feeling so "worn out" lately.   I've attributed it to not getting enough sleep, but according to this website, this cleansing of my cellular memory, takes a toll on the body and can cause exhaustion.  I've had bad runs before, but not like this.  Usually a run can start out as a struggle, but when I'm done I feel good about it afterwards.  But not lately, they've been struggles, and I'm just glad when it's over with.  But I wonder....could there really be something to this solar storm stuff?  I think I'll make a note of it and see if it happens again next time there's a solar storm (my own clinical study here).....although I'll probably forget about it by next time, cause these flares are effecting my short term memory too (another symptom).

One very tough mile done this morning, #25 done, 26 to go.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

24 Down, 27 to go.

The only thing that made it easy doable, this evening, was the fact that I was doing it with friends.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Are we there yet?

Again had to force myself to get up and do the mile this morning.  I'm feeling a little "under the weather", not sick, but just not 100% either....maybe a little run down....from doing this stupid mile thing? 

I seriously thought about packing it in today.....but I'm a little compulsive, and once I start something I usually have to see it to the end.

Mile #23 done, 28 to go. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Sometimes for some unknown reason some days are just harder than other days.  Today was one of those days.  At least it was a group run, so it made it somewhat easier, but geeze, just not my day.

Mile #22 done, 29 to go.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Flirting with danger

This morning I just didn't want to run.  But I told myself I had to, just get it over with, will be too hard to do it after work.  I strapped my Garmin to my wrist only to discover it was dead.  That was just enough to push me over to the edge.  I'll run after work. 

On my way to work, I thought, I need to be very careful....I could accidentally forget about running, and waste what I've done so far.  I thought about it all day long...don't forget, don't forget, be sure and run, don't forget.  Thought about it the entire way home.  Had to run a couple of errands (and still forgot to get gas dammit), thinking the whole time...must run, don't forget, do it as soon as I get home.

I didn't forget, and I didn't enjoy it.  By the time I started running it was dark.  There were at least 4 times as many cars as the morning, probably more like 10 times.  I was afraid to run too fast, afraid I would trip in the dark.  It was a sucky run all around, but oddly enough, I felt refreshed afterwards.  I don't think I feel as energized after my morning runs.....probably cause I'm always playing beat the clock with them.

Mile #21 done, 30 to go.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Did It!

Mile #20 done in record time, 10:31.  I kind of cheated on this one.  I just wasn't feeling it this morning, and it took awhile for my Garmin to connect.  I ended up walking to the top of the hill and then running down.  Usually I start the run by running up the hill.  This may have made it easier for me.  I don't care, I'm taking it anyway.  Besides, it was hot.

 20 down, 31 to go.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I love Saturday Mornings.

When I was a kid it was soooo hard to get up early every morning for school, but when Saturday rolled around I was up at the crack of dawn for Saturday morning cartoons.

It's kinda like that with easy on Saturday mornings.  There's never a mental battle.  I know I'm going to run, I know I'm running with friends, I just do it, heck I actually look forward to it.

Easy 8 mile run this morning.  Mile #19 down, 32 to go.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Double Dog Dare

About 50 feet from my front door this morning I'm thinking, "I really don't feel like doing this right now......I could just turn around right now and go back in and run the mile after work".  But that thinking is too dangerous, so I kept right on going and did my mile.  My unbelievable 10:36 still shy of my best time last year, but amazing to me considering I was considering turning around.

If I continue with these 10+ minute miles I may just try to get down to a 9+ before I am done, but geeze, that would be running really fast, and it's soooo hard for me the first quarter mile.  I usually make up for it in the last quarter.

Mile #18 down, 33 to go.

Now to thing #32.  I managed to pull off another "thing" last night.  Tamara and I went to theater to see "Traces".  It's kind of like a circus act (without the animals).  I enjoyed it.  The performers are amazing athletes and do things I wouldn't think possible if I hadn't seen it myself.

I'm not going to count seeing the show as thing #32,'s what I did there that's the thing.

We arrived early and got to our seats.  There was a large screen at the stage.  There was a camera stationed out in the lobby that was broadcasting.  Tamara said she had noticed the camera when we walked by.  As usual I was oblivious to my surroundings and never saw it.  Mostly it was people just walking by, not paying the camera any attention.  Occasionally someone (usually of the younger persuasion) would come up to the camera and "perform". 

I dared Tamara to go out there and do something.  She refused.  I double dog dared her, she still refused.

As it got closer to show time, I decided I would go to the bathroom, there was no intermission and as soon as I know I can't go to the bathroom, I have to go pee. 

Tamara was like:  If you go you have to do something in front of the camera.

Do you double dog dare me?


OK then.

You have to point to your eyes and then point to the camera (I'm watching you).


Thing #32, did something silly in front of a camera for the entire theater to witness.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

There are no alligators in southern California

Wow, this morning I really didn't want to run.  This was beyond that mental battle I've been having, this was "I REALLY don't want to do this NOW".   But it's now or never, cause I have to work and instead of running with my group tonight I'm going to see "Traces" at the OC Performing Arts Center, so I HAVE to run, like it or not.

I manged to get through it, although I didn't push myself to get under 11 minute mile....but surprised myself with 11:11, figured it would be more like 12 something.

After my mile I have to wait for the light to cross the street.  As I'm approaching the corner I hear a weird sound coming from the storm drain.  My mental dialogue goes something like this "Wonder what that is.  Alligators in the sewers.  I'm too tired to even look."  I cross to the east side of the street, but I still have to wait for the light to cross to the north.  This light usually takes a while (thanks to synchronized lights which by the way I love).  I'm standing at the corner thinking "I should have looked.  It's gonna bug me all day wondering what's in there.  No way is it an alligator, but what if it's a small animal, like a kitty, or a bunny.  What if it dies in there cause I'm too tired to check."  So I cross back and cautiously approach. 

I can't see anything through the grate.  I listen carefully. 

To the sound of water trickling into the storm drain. 

Sure sounded like an alligator flapping it's tail around when I was breathing hard and my heart was pounding right after my mile.

Mystery solved I am free to go on with my day.

Mile #17 done 34 to go.