Yesterday, based on the television ratings, 35% of men, women, and children in the United States were watching one thing:
I watched the game in the comfort of my own home, keeping my micro-brew black and tan tradition alive:
With all the amenities that anyone could need:
- Old man recliner - to remind myself that the football players are mostly younger than me
- Football – to remind myself that I have small little girl hands that can barely hold on to a football
- Remote – for muting the TV during Madonna’s halftime show
- Corns on each foot – wait, not sure what those are for
- Big stupid grin – Perfect for blog posting
- Beer – The always accessory
The commercials this year were just “OK”. Nothing stood out in my mind, but I have to admit that I laughed pretty hard at the naked M&M one:
Oh right, the tie back to running...... One of the best teams this year was the Green Bay Packers. They had the best record in the NFL, the NFL MVP, and were riding a wave of good luck that didn’t seem to end.
I was thinking during hour 3 of the pre-game show on Sunday that my current knee injury is exactly like the Packers’ loss. My knee injury has finally given me the reason to focus on strengthening the supporting structures that I had been lacking before. Before, quite simply, nothing hurt so I had ZERO motivation to do anything but run. But now, it is like a rerun of the 700 Club. I have seen the light! Squats, lunges, and plyometrics are all on the agenda not to mention core and upper body to round out my
I’m reminded of a story about US Olympic Marathon Trials winner Meb Keflezighi. During the NYC marathon in 2011, Meb had forgotten a Breath Right strip in his shoe. He wears them to help him breath and had forgotten to put it on at the start. As you can imagine, it rubbed against his foot and created a huge cut – that got crazy infected and forced him to take nearly 3 weeks off prior to his training for the Olympic Marathon Trials. THREE WEEKS! He later said in hindsight that the extra rest probably helped him avoid overtraining. He said that because of his infection, he took the time to recover and really hit his training hard for the weeks that he had remaining.
So, in spite of a small setback this weekend with my knee, I’m going to continue to strive forward – hoping to channel my inner Meb to a triumphant return.