Drunken Wisdom

Intoxicating Gibberish From the Guy at the End of the Bar

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June 22nd, 2009 · 7 Comments

I know you folks are dying to know how the running is going, or if I’m even doing it at all… I KNOW it.  Well, it’s still going. I’ve now switched to running on a treadmill, rather than running down the streets. This may have hurt me…

Now, I see the numbers, and I’m doing the math in my head. Only certain speeds are acceptable and anything less just won’t do. Running down the street, I focused on trying to get to the half mile marker. But on the damn machine, under 8mph is not cool. So do I hit a half mile without slowing to a walk? HELL, no. I think I could easily do it, were I to slow down to 6mph. But 6 mph equals a 10 minute mile. I never ran a ten minute mile in the Marine Corps. Never. So it’s in my head, I must run at least 8… about a 7.5 minute mile. Heh… shoulda seen me try 10mph. That’s comedy right there.

Did the same damn thing on Friday. Went up to Yosemite’s high country, well over 9,000 feet. I decided to hike up to the Great Sierra Mine, not a far walk… about 4 miles round trip. The first .5 mile has an elevation gain of about 600 ft. I about killed myself.

I’m thinking, “Hey, I used to run up Mt. Mother F*cker. This should be a cakewalk.” Long strides, no easy pace. And I didn’t even make it up half the distance before I had to stop, wheezing and gasping for air. Got rested, and did the same damn thing. Coming back, I had the same problems shooting up the hill, even though it was not as steep.  Holy crap.

Today is the first Monday run that I’ve missed. Two strides told me, “This ain’t gonna work, buddy. Running is not the smartest thing to do.” Not that’s it’s a bright thing in the first place, but today, I think it would have crippled me, but good.

I’ve gotta ease up, I’m thinking. But I’m not sure that’s going to happen…

Tags: A Bit Of Me

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tammi // Jun 22, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Not for nothin’ but Dude…..how old were you in the Marines? Yeah….and now? Ummm…..talk about doin’ the math.

    And I used to run 5 miles every single day. Flat out run. Then…..in later years it was a fast paced walk for 8-10 miles. Again. Every day.

    Now…a “few” years later? Yeah…I’m happy just making it up the stairs to my apartment with the groceries…..

    Just a tad bit of perspective.

    Oh, and don’t you have a birthday comin’ up? 😉

  • 2 T1G // Jun 23, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Hey, now… the numbers are exactly the same. Mirror images.

  • 3 Graumagus // Jun 23, 2009 at 7:37 am

    I’ve been in crappy shape my whole life, so now I have nowhere but up to go :)

  • 4 T1G // Jun 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Dude… you’ve been hanging out with Tammi, finding silver linings like that! Heheheh….

  • 5 JihadGene // Jun 24, 2009 at 10:11 am

    “Not for nothin’ but Dude…..how old were you in the Marines? Yeah….and now? Ummm…..talk about doin’ the math.”

    I just love it when the wife reminds me of how old I am. Tammi just did that to you.

  • 6 P'cola Titan // Jun 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Dude, I am down 17 pounds in a month from Scuba Diving, much more fun than running and there are hot chicks doing it too….PT

  • 7 Blackfive // Jul 1, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Do what I do on the treadmill. Put a Guinness just out of reach, set to speed 6.2 and keep going until you fall and get launched out of the back of the treadmill.

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