Mind Games

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #159
  • Date: Tuesday Aug 31st 2010
  • Donations to date: $66,791.19
  • Course: Calgary Pathways Marathon
  • Run time: 7hr 05min 06 sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 78 BPM
  • Temperature C: 5C
  • Distance covered to date: 6,709.8km (4,165.8ml)
  • Total number of runners: 1

The last couple of weeks I've been having a battle royale with my arch nemesis "The Brain". In the morning when the alarm goes off, "The Brain" says "Oh Martin why don't you just roll over and grab another 1/2 an hour snooze. The duvet is so warm and the pillow so soft." After breakfast, "The Brain" says "Why don't you just have a quick rest on the couch, it's only 10 minutes!". Today when I parked up at the parking lot, next to the Shouldice pool parking lot, "The Brain" said "How about popping in a CD of Paul McCartney and Wings and catch a few winks?". " The Brain" is always questioning which route I should take. This one is too hilly, that one has too much traffic. Then there's the weather. Too hot, too cold, too wet.

So how do I handle this 3lb lump of gristle, encased in a bone box, located at the pointy end of the body? Well I trick it. I tell "The Brain" that I'm only going for a 10km run and then I'm going to have coffee and a muffin. This continues until the marathon is completed. Sometimes "The Brain" is correct. I've had several injuries and "The Brain" has told me to stop. This has proven to be the smart move and allowed me to get back to the marathons. "The Brain" is now telling me it's bed time. Good idea.

Ice Cream Quest 47

The challenge is to try all 47 flavours at Mackay's ice cream store before midnight December 31st.

Today's flavour #29: Praline and Cream

Quote of the Day

"It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it."

Brooks Johnson

Public Enemy #1: The Brain

159 Brain

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