Tuesday, December 18, 2007


It's more than a number of miles. It's more than taking on the heat, cold, rain, snow, ice, and wind. It's a mindset; and one that I've missed. But its back! And I'm back!

These past few months the theme has been "don't over do it." It was a theme I needed, but all and all I think it started to make me weak. I noticed this on the bike the other day. The game plan was to go for an hour, and after just 15 or 20 minutes a little voice kept telling me it was time to quit. Over and over "don't over do it", "you might hurt yourself," yadda, yadda, yadda.

Well, I've had it with them. I told them to can it. Forget relenting. I'm relentless again!

Now, don't get me wrong here. I'm still going to increase my running nice and steady, but the other parts of my training are going to start increasing in intensity. In the past, biking and swimming have been cross training to me; but thats not the case anymore. They're a part of my training that needs the same amount of effort as before; not just recovery days anymore!

These past few days have been good days. I've been working out every day, sometimes twice. Running hasn't been aggravating my hip, I've even run two days in a row without any pain whatsoever. With the rest of my time I've been pretty lazy, but I've earned the break after busting my butt these past few months.

But what did busting my butt result in? All A's, 4.0. Hells yeah! I've earned this mental vacation!

SLB - I think its too late to put a trainer on Santa's list. Although, we have one at home that I'll be using for the next couple weeks if the roads are bad. I have enough other biking stuff on my list to keep Santa plenty busy!

Bill - I've never heard that I look like my dad. Honest. I don't hear it from everybody that has ever seen us side by side! A lot of people say the same about me and my sis. Last year at her Christmas party a friend of hers greeted me with 'LOOK! ITS BRENDA WITH A BEARD!' By the way, how does Sunday morning sound for our run? I'm thinking 4-5 miles.


Steve Stenzel said...

Nice grades!! Take a break!!!

Amy@RunnersLounge said...

Congratulations Doug! You have earned the break, your grades and the pure enjoyment of all the biking, running, swimming you can fit in and still live to talk about it.

Happy Holidays and take care!

Dave - Atlanta Trails said...

welcome back!

Jess said...

That's an awesome attitude to re-adopt!

Bill Carter said...

Sunday would be great! If you would like, why don't you give me a call on Saturday sometime and we will come up with a plan..

Bill 586-291-2404

nwgdc said...

HE'S BACK! And not once did I refer to you in any way as relenting. I'm so proud of myself.

Marcy said...

Sweet!!! Awesome with the grades and it's good to see you back ;-)

I AM ROFLMAO at your Christmas card. Very nice, very nice! ;-)

Nancy said...

Hey Buddy - sorry I have been MIA. I am catching up. Congrats on finishing the semester in stunning form. YOU ROCK MY FACE OFF :D

What a family pic. That is the cutest and coolest one I have seen. Enjoy them. Not everyone has been blessed with the relationship you obviously have with yours. And, the way your dad is holding his mouth/chin, you definitely look alike!! HANSOME!!

Have a great holiday. PS. my hip thing turned into a nasty back thing, and I am off running for just a bit. It was pretty bad (even had a tens unit) but hopefully going the right direction.

Take care!!