Monday, August 06, 2007

Just A Hunk, A Hunk Of Burning Love

I couldn't sleep last night. For a natural born sleeper who has logged many-a-hour asleep in taxis, buses, trains and countless planes, that was a rare occurrence. My mind was ablaze, my body was a wreck. Marathon training had commenced. 1 down, 17 weeks to go.

It should have been a simple enough week 1. Tue/Wed/Thu 3-5-3 EZ runs, Sat 5-pace run, and Sun 8-LSD run. The mind had to learn all over again that a 6:00am wake-up call cannot be snoozed away, no sirree, Bob ... not anymore. The body had to learn all over again that the mind is in charge and not the other way around. I've been eating like a horse and sleeping like a pig, but I still feel hungry like the wolf and I'm waking up tired as a dog! Is my mind playing tricks on me already? Is my running getting worse than my writing? Do I really want to go through with this?

Well, in a word, yes. That's exactly why I signed up. Otherwise, I'd be stumbling from one mediocre run to another. Week 1 shook the cobwebs off. I'm hoping week 2 will be better. I'll find out tomorrow at 6:00 am.

In the meantime, here's my new favorite running song, which is giving Rocky a run for it's money. Just what I need to get the heart pumping. Quite apropos for this time of year, don't you think?

Lord Almighty,
feel my temperature rising.
Higher, higher,
it's burning through to my soul.
Girl girl girl,
you've gone and set me on fire.
My brain is flaming.
I don't know which way to go.

Your kisses lift me higher,
like the sweet song of a choir.
And you light my morning sky
with burning love.

Ooh ooh ooh,
I feel my temperature rising.
Help me, I'm flaming,
I must be a hundred and nine.
Burning burning burning,
and nothing can cool me.
I just might turn into smoke,
but I feel fine.


Deene said...

ha! i'm closet elvis fan. but don't tell anyone i told ya.

Anne said...

It is a good running song, but just don't go stopping for a peanut butter and fried banana sandwich before you're done.

Jess said...

This: "I've been eating like a horse and sleeping like a pig, but I still feel hungry like the wolf and I'm waking up tired as a dog!" was great!

jeanne said...

oh you are a hunka burning love.

at least that's how we think of you.

and I CAN RELATE to everything you said!!! Well, except the marathon part.

Bex said...

Welcome back to marathon training! Love all the metaphors - they're all so appropo for runners. I like Elvis - both Presley and Costello. Have been looking for the Elvis impersonators here in Vegas, but have not seen one yet. I must not be hanging out in the right places ...

peter said...

Uhh, Rich, (eating like a horse) I think it's "hungry like a horse" or "eating like a bird," (sleeping like a pig) "men are pigs" or "a pig in poop," (hungry as a wolf) see above or "a wolf in sheep's clothes," and (tired as a dog) "dog days of summer" or "mad dogs and Englishmen." No siree Bob, you can't unscramble this omlette.

Anonymous said...

The horse,the pig & the wolf. I do understand!
That Peter is cracking me up :)

David said...

You animal, you.

Josh said...

Very funny post!

Good luck with training. I am sure you'll get back into the groove quickly.

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