Action 450 – Honor Heroes (Mile 24).

I am dedicating each mile that I run in the Pasadena Marathon to another Marine Corps hero who has made the ultimate sacrifice, so that in my own small way, they may be honored, acknowledged, and remembered.

Action 450 – Honor Heroes (Mile 24). I will run mile twenty-four in honor of Sgt. John Huling. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2006. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 and was on his second combat deployment. He was an explosive ordinance disposal technician, assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton in California.

I will run this mile in honor of this fallen Marine warrior, dedicated husband, son and brother. Semper Fi, Sergeant.

Marine Sgt. John P. Huling died May 6, 2012, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom; He was 25, of West Chester, Ohio; assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died May 6 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of gunshots fired by someone wearing an Afghan National Army uniform.

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Action 449 – Prepare For Incoming.

For all the juggling I felt I was already doing, my life is about to get much, much crazier.

Action 449 – Prepare For Incoming.

The movie project, From Fat To Finish Line, has kicked up a notch. I am the last runner to be introduced on the movie’s Facebook page, plus my photo and name have been added to the header cover photo.

I also got an email from someone at the Pasadena Weekly, and they would like to interview me tomorrow for a piece on the marathon. Add that to the television interview I have already agreed to, and my dance card is filling up.

I’ve already felt like I was in the spotlight, but it’s only going to ramp up quickly from here. Guess I better be ready for it!

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Action 448 – Ignore The Distractions.

As one of my earlier actions, I made the conscious decision to isolate myself from the daily nonsense that passes for political and social news. Listening to the chattering heads and loud-mouthed extremists did nothing to educate, inform or entertain me, so why bother with it? Besides, if anything was really newsworthy, I would hear about it from friends and Facebook, right?

But tonight, the news out of North Carolina has bubbled over my wall of silence. And I found myself engaging in discussion about it despite knowing that there was not one bit of difference I could make by talking about it.

Action 448 – Ignore The Distractions. My marathon comes up in less than two weeks, and the only thing I need to be thinking about is eating right, being active, and repeating consistently.

Shutting off the endless stream of “news” was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I need to remember that when I feel myself drawn into an argument that I know will go nowhere. I have limited time and energy, and I choose to expend it on things that make me happy, healthy and wise.

And now, I am returning to my amazing life already in progress.

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Action 447 – Don’t Be That Guy.

Yikes. Sometimes, when the universe sends a message, it is crystal clear and unmistakable. And this morning was one of those times.

I worked out early, so I stopped by 7-11 on the way to the office to grab coffee and a bite to eat. (I went with a Belvita Breakfast Biscuit. Not great, but not bad. And definitely better than the tube of mini-donuts I oogled on my way to the register.)

There were two women working the counter, and they were both over-the-top friendly and cheerful. They were downright chipper, in fact.

Good morning!

Have a fantastic day!

Enjoy your day out there!

It’s going to be a beautiful day!

Honestly, they were great, like little bursts of sunshine. And then came… that guy. One of the clerks asked, “having a good morning?

No. I won’t be having a good day until 4:30 when work is done. My day’s going to be crappy.

It was as if all the air was instantly sucked out of the store. If there had been a record playing, it would have skipped and the needle would have scratched all the way across it. His comment fell on the counter like a stone.

Action 447 – Don’t Be That Guy.

Look, I realize that not everybody is having a great day. I know that some people, in fact, are having completely terrible days. But I hope that when my bad day arrives, I don’t behave like this guy did. All he had to say was, “good, thanks,” and the moment would have passed.

I don’t know what was going on with him. Perhaps today really is the single worst day of his life and he is normally a happier person. Maybe. I’m not really concerned with judging him. I’m more concerned with making sure I don’t bring that sort of dark cloud of energy to others when I’m unhappy.

Don’t be that guy. That’s an action I will keep in mind.

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Action 446 – Know DOMS, No DOMS.

I’ve blogged before about DOMS. I had come to a point where I accepted it as a matter of running long distances. But my friend, Raul, assured me that the more I run and the better I train, the less likely I would be to experience it.

Action 446 – Know DOMS, No DOMS.

I ran a half marathon on Sunday, and in the past, I would wake up on Tuesday with sore and stiff legs. But today, not a problem. I hopped out of bed at 4:30am, grabbed my gym bag and headed out for an easy treadmill run.

Thirty minutes. 3.14 miles. A little tight at the beginning of the run, but really, it felt pretty good. No soreness worth mentioning.

There really may be something to this training bit after all.