Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Marine Corps Marathon 2011 - An Exercise in Time, Weight and Momentum

Today I took the first step (which will lead to many steps in the near future)in a direction to do something I said I would never do. Today was registration Day for the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon. I know what you are thinking "they have a 10K just do that". I should but my stubborn (Jackass) part of me would not allow me to do that. Instead I signed on the (computer) dotted line and I feel like I will be once again on the "Yellow Footprints" at Paris Island.
If I was going to do any Marathon it would be this one mainly because I spent 4 years in the Marines. I think this what my 36 year old body needs; a good kick in the pants out of my comfort zone and beyond anything I have done in 10-15 years. Sound like a good idea? HELL NO!...but for some reason that is not stopping me. So yesterday began my working out, eating better and (begrudgingly) drinking less beer. My plan is to start Hal Higdon's 1/2 Marathon Training that I did in 2007 and 2009 for The Baltimore Half and when that is done (beginning of June) begin to ramp my miles to the neighborhood of 20 miles+ in October and then 26.2 miles on October 30th 2011. I have some time to work on my race day diet and hydration issues. I know I have all my support in place Mrs. Runner is helping me with meals and will be there to give me a good kick in the ass when I need it. A new twist to my training will also be strength, flexibility and cardio with the use of my new favorite toy; the Kettle Bell. I will be chronicling my runs, good days and bad days (You know I've had my share) right here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cussing: It's Not Just for Adults Anymore

I had to explain to my daughter that 'Adult Words' are not to be used by an eight year old in any situation and that even today at 36 I don't use them around my Mom.
Kids don't teach other kids to cuss, we do. I know my daughters have heard all of the good 4 letter words in their 6 and 8 years on this earth in their own house via TV, intentionally or conversationally. You try to curb the cussing but nothing is fool proof. Kids hear cuss words and they know them. They need to know (when) not to use them. When my wife told me what happened, my response: "Shit!"

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's February...What are you doing, Chubby?

I've been doing a lot of brewing and drinking beer, put on 5 pounds (I like to call it insulation), watching a lot of Top Chef All Stars and Unique Eats and not working out. Still clinging to:"it's the's too cold to run outside...I'll start Monday...Blah, Blah, Blah"!
Some good things are going on while I am not being skinny. Two beers that I brewed for pilot batches are going into full production and 3 Home brewing classes I'm teaching in the next 2 weeks...oh yeah and Max's 72 Hours of Belgium. Which incidental it is not called that anymore.
I have some plans for 2011 so stupid I'm not ready to tell anyone yet.

After that I promise back to working out. But it is the's too cold to run outside...I'll start Monday...Blah, Blah, Blah....