Monday, October 12, 2015

M-Cubed for 10.12.2015

M-Cubed (Monday Morning Musings) for October Twelfth, Two-Thousand Fifteen...a random smattering of thoughts that end up here on Monday morning.

- Fall colors are here and magnificent. Don't you wish they could just last forever? The aroma of Fall leaves, the cool nights to sleep through and the smorgasbord of color. I hope you can find some time to enjoy it more than once or twice. Bare bone trees are coming. My backyard yesterday...

- I'm a big fan of Robert DeNiro and we had an afternoon sans kids yesterday so we went to see The Intern. Excellent date flick, humorous and well-acted. I'd give my only critique but it would also be a spoiler so in case you haven't seen it and will, I'll save it. Overall, I'd give it a solid 3 to 3.25 fist bumps out of 4. "Bobby" DeNiro can seriously play any role he sets his mind to. See the trailer here.

- I did my 11th veteran pinning this past week and it was unique as the previous 10. This time, the call came to go see an Army veteran born in 1930 so as I'm learning, that would put him post-WWII and maybe in the Korean War. This gentleman served a unique role in the Pacific. He was part of the United States testing future nuclear bombs on deserted islands in the Pacific. This was post-Hiroshima so I'm guessing we were developing the bomb after seeing what we did to Japan. He wasn't exposed to anything and served more of an administrative role. It was a very good visit with this vet whose voice was barely audible and I had to keep close to hear him. His room was sad as nothing of personal value was there except for one framed family photo. It was really nothing more than a hospital room. I ended our visit with the normal reading of the certificate and I pinned his lapel pin on his drab, white t-shirt and thanked him again for serving his country.

- ...and in case you haven't been mooned...or "pumpkin'd" lately...

- Homecoming. Ugh! The day finally arrived when I sent my first daughter to a high school formal dance. Luckily, she has a mom who she could rely upon to shop for the dress, the jewelry, and the shoes then spend the "day of" doing her hair for literally hours, then nails then makeup. Had it been up to me, I'm not sure any of it would've happened and I would've most likely had to hire it all out! Still, it was a great experience for her and luckily for every boy on the planet, she went with a girlfriend of hers. FINE BY ME! "Just sittin' here cleanin' my gun..."

- CrossFit...oh what a week last week was. Nothing much to speak of as I stopped after Wednesday. Nothing was going right last week, I seemed to fail at just about everything I tried, and I felt weaker than ever. I honestly felt like I was backsliding in many of the things I've been doing better on and getting stronger at. Mentally, I was shot and there was no benefit to continuing...either to me or those who have to be around me in the gym. As a form of justification to taking a break, I did have an event I was participating in on Saturday...the Run Amuck 5K at CrossFit Independence. I really wanted to be well rested for that event and do well. It wasn't a traditional CrossFit competition but instead a 5K run broken up into many pieces.

The Run Amuck was this: Every 30min, one of 5 heats began and I was in heat #2 with my two friends pictured above...Teri and Dave. The event structure was this: 200m run, 10 pullups, 400m run, 20 burpees, 600m run, 30 hand-release pushups, 800m run, 40 abmat situps, 1000m run, 50 air squats, 800m run, 40 abmat situps, 600m run, 30 hand-release pushups, 400m run, 20 burpees, 200m run, 10 pullups...then ring the bell on the wall. I LOVED it! For a runner and someone who has an engine to keep going, this is perfect. I finished in 37min, 41sec which was good enough for 4th in my heat. Overall, I have no idea because results haven't been published yet. I knew going in that my weakness was hand-release pushups. That's when you do a pushup to the floor and then pick your hands up off the you essentially turn yourself into a huge paper weight on the floor...much more difficult than a standard pushup. At home in the days prior to the event, I could do all 30 unbroken but during the event, I found that those burpees just prior to the pushups really zapped my arms in being able to do all 30 unbroken so I did 15-20, shook out my arms for a max of 5 seconds then kept moving. I did all other movements unbroken. Heck, I would've swapped the burpees and pullups if I had MY way! My pullups felt crazy strong and my hands weren't hurting like they were earlier in the week. No doubt...taking a few days off was the right thing to do. Absolutely no regret there. Many thanks to CrossFit Independence and 76 Athletics for an awesome event. 100% of the proceeds are going to a local outreach which makes it even better and worth doing...and you gave us all a sweet, super soft t-shirt. Thanks!!!

- This photo is a riot, in my opinion. Let me explain: 6 years ago yesterday, I ran my 3rd 100-miler in 18 weeks time...the Oil Creek 100 Mile Trail Run in Titusville, PA. That year,  between June and October, I did three 100-milers and haven't returned to the distance since. This particular race was grueling and painful...and really emotional.  It took me almost 31 hours straight to finish it and countless ibuprofen to kill the pain in my left upper leg. (found out almost a year later it was a stress fracture) Well, after the race, my wife (who surprised me by showing up at the finish) and I crawled into the back of her SUV and fell asleep. This was Sunday around lunch. I had been up and running since Saturday morning around 4am. When we got up, we went to lunch across the street at the Blue Canoe...a local watering hole and brewery. This is me holding my finishing buckle at lunch while truly half asleep. I was dozing off at the table and couldn't get myself together. How I got home is still a mystery, too. I kept my eyes locked on my wife's car and blared the Black Eyed Peas all the way home. Wowsers. And where are all my gray hairs? They seem to be missing in this photo.

- I continue to love my new Subaru that I told you about previously. Having driven the Honda brand since the 90s, I jumped ship to Subaru. Just on Saturday, I got my "Badge of Ownership" that I created on their website for free. You pick all of your lifestyle icons that fit you and they ship it to you. I cleaned off my trunk and got mine on right away. I'd say it fits me just right. If you have a Subaru, you can customize and order yours here.

- I have got to, eventually, figure out how to genuinely be happy with giving my best. I really do give my best in the gym, in my marriage, and hopefully as a dad. However, my measure of what "the best" is never quite measures up. It's a flip-flop double-edged sword that dices me up mentally in little pieces and unfortunately, I'm read like a big fat picture book you hand a 1-year old. I can't hide jack. I wear it all on the outside and am a horrible faker. Poor self-esteem? You betcha. Know how to "fix" me? No clue. But, I'll keep trying and keep trying to push out the smile inside and accept my best effort TRULY as good enough. But dangit, it's so hard to do.

- Oh yea, it's Columbus Day! Hats off to federal holidays! WOO HOO! A few hours at the box and who knows what else awaits for me today. If you're a benefactor of such a day off as well, enjoy it!

- This weekend is not only notorious for my 3rd 100 miler six years ago, but two years ago is when I attempted the West Virginia Trilogy, if you recall. It's a 50K on Friday, a 50 miler on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. I did the 50K then timed out at mile 33.6 on the 50 miler...after falling and passing out on the trail, that is. I was a total trainwreck! Then, in 1997...a whopping 18 years ago, I ran my first marathon this weekend at the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, PA. Lots of memories.

Today's little motivational quote isn't really a quote at all. Actually, it's what I took a photo of on the wall on Saturday at CrossFit Independence, right above the clock that ended up timing us during Run Amuck. It's chock full of little snippets we can all use today and everyday. Maybe you'll find something to make your own. Have a great week, everyone!

1 comment: said...

The pumpkin guy is awesome! That is a great idea for my grandmother's garden)