….’round the moons of Nibia, and ’round the Antares maelstrom, and ’round Perdition’s flames I will run before I give it up!

14 06 2011

With apologies to Khan Noonien Singh (who was paraphrasing Captain Ahab when he said that in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan), I’m borrowing that phrase for my new mantra as I pass through a bit of a rough spot in my training.

Since last posting, I’ve received my CPAP machine which has boosted my energy and decreased my hunger levels in the past few days but it has taken a bit of getting used to.  Wearing a mask that blows air in one’s face all night long is certainly something different to experience.  While it has increased the quality of my sleep,  the quantity is yet a work in progress.  As a result, I’ve been a bit more easily fatigued and am struggling at the moment.

I’ve also started training for the marathon according to the CARA schedule, which called for an immediate reduction in long-run mileage but an increase in speed.  Combine all of those factors with a spate of freaky weather and it adds up to a nadir in the roller coaster of athletic life.

But I will survive and I will improve.  And I will make it… round the moons of Nibia, the Antares maelstrom and the Berlin Marathon.  I think I’ll skip Perdition’s flames for now.



Today — ran 3 miles; about to ride bike for 25 miles

June 13 — session with Personal Trainer:  upper body

June 12 — long slow painful 5 mile run on a beautiful day when I should have done better

June 11 — through a crazy no-Garmin and no-parking fiasco, I missed the long run with the marathon training group so I came home and worked in the garden for 2 hours

June 10 — session w/ Personal Trainer

June 9 — unplanned rest day; massive thunderstorm for 8 hours

June 8 — 3 mile run in 90 degree weather; need I mention I was miserable and slow?

June 7 — planned rest day

June 6 — session w/Personal Trainer; 3 mile walk with dogs



I’ve begun subscribing to Bistro MD frozen food delivery, and I love it.  I’ve always said when speaking about my enjoyment of electronic bill paying and other robotic shortcuts, “once you take me out of the equation, everything works perfectly.”   I decided to apply this approach to healthy eating, and it seems like it will do the trick.  I’m only getting 5 days worth of meals because I need freedom to enjoy life as well as extra calories on Friday/Saturday to support my weekend athletic pursuits, and that work out well on all levels.

So, off to bike now, and then hit the front garden for more planting.

As always, more later…..



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