Twenty-six point two

53 year-old man vs. 26.2 miles

Month: September, 2013

09/30/13 – gym day

Maybe I should stop mentioning the Bucs. Instead, I’ll mention that I had an uneventful trip to the gym this morning. I didn’t feel like going, but since I skipped last Friday, and I’m skipping this Friday, I had to go. Three mile run tomorrow. 111 days until the marathon.


09/29/13 – day off

Today Mike Glennon takes over the quarterback spot for the Bucs. Let’s hope he does well, & the Bucs don’t break our hearts again. At some point in time, I will be experimenting with adding photos to this blog (thanks to a suggestion from Michael). As much as I like the picture at the top of this page, something to make this site more visually interesting seems like a good idea. 112 days until the marathon.

09/28/13 – 7 miles

This morning’s 5 mile run turned into 7 miles. I added the miles because next Saturday I’m due for a 9-miler, so I thought this would prepare me more.

Yesterday I mentioned the book Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Here’s the passage that caught my eye. It has to do with 6 steps to acquire wealth:

  1. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire.
  2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire.
  3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
  4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
  5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
  6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily; once just before retiring at night, and once after rising in the morning.

OK, now go back & reread this passage, but substitute “miles” for “money”. This is what anyone who seriously pursues a marathon or half-marathon does. Every day that I run, I am visualizing the upcoming Halloween Halfathon and the Clearwater Marathon while I am running. So much of this pursuit of the marathon goal is mental! Your mind kicks in when your body wants to stop. By race day, stopping short of the finish line is not an option. 113 days until the marathon.

09/27/13 – skip the gym day

Stayed away from the gym today, because I felt that a little extra sleep would be better for me than what I do over there. I started reading Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and it had a passage that would be very appropriate to bring up here. I’ve just finished chapter one, but it’s quite good already. Hopefully, I’ll get around to mentioning it again. 114 days until the marathon.

09/26/13 – 3 miles

When I left the house this morning, I saw something unusual- the sun! Yes, I finished my 3 miles drenched in sweat, and not drenched in the rain. Well, tomorrow I have to leave the house early to go to a silly meeting for work, so I’ll probably skip the gym. 115 days until the marathon.

09/25/13 – 4 miles

Not only did it rain again this morning, it rained harder! At least it was only 75 degrees. Oy vey. I’m over this whole rain thing. Last night’s trip to the movies to see “The Wizard of Oz” in IMAX 3-D was AWESOME!!! The 3-D effects were great, and seeing it on such a huge screen allowed me to see things that I’d never seen before (and I’ve seen this film probably w-a-y over a dozen times). 116 days until the marathon.

09/24/13 – 3 miles

I’m glad it was only 3 miles this morning, because the rain was steady, and I was absolutely soaked. When I got up, I briefly considered doing the miles on a treadmill at the gym. But then I figured, what the heck, it’s only water. If I wasn’t training for a marathon, and this was just a plain old 3 mile run in the middle of the week, I might have skipped it. But if my calendar says it’s 3 miles today, 3 miles it is! Well, right now, I’m off to see the wizard… 117 days until the marathon.

09/23/13 – gym day

The chances of rain tomorrow, according to some guy on the radio this afternoon, is 100 percent. I really don’t like running in the rain. At least it’s only 3 miles. 118 days until the marathon.

09/22/13 – day off

Watched the Tampa Bay Rays defeat the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field today, along with Brian. This prevented me from watching the Bucs lose to the Patriots. Good thing. Also watched UFC 165 last night with Brian at a local sports bar. That was a blast! 119 days until the marathon.

09/21/13 – 7 miles

I felt better running the 7 miles today than I did last Saturday, when I only ran 6 miles. That is a good thing. What is not a good thing is the fact that the Rays are playing the Orioles at 1 pm today. That means that plans have changed, & we’re seeing the fights tonight, and then will see the Rays play tomorrow afternoon. You’ve got to be flexible in this life. 120 days until the marathon.