Roll, Relax, Recover

admin | May 26, 2010 in Endurance,Music,Running | Comments (7)

It’s out of my hands.  There’s no treadmill on the tour bus, and I can’t wish us there any faster.  Some drives are longer than others, and when we do finally get where we’re going, there’s music to be made.  Work to be done.


If I can scrounge up a sliver of time for a three or four-mile run, I’ll do a happy dance and call it a win.  If I can’t get more…then I don’t get more.  I got somethin’; it’s all good.

On the longest rides, we can roll from dawn ‘til dark.  Oh, well – no worries, no guilt.  Seriously, if I let an erratic schedule, travel hiccups, and a lack of absolute consistency get into my training spirit…I may as well toss my shoes into the recycler and give ‘er up.

So I’ll just call it “recovery.”  Days off are good, even necessary, and sometimes just watching the world sail by through the glass, ticking off the miles with a cold Mountain Dew reflecting back at me in the windshield…

…that can be good, too.  I’ll run tomorrow.

7 Responses to “Roll, Relax, Recover”

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  1. Comment by Christine — May 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm  

    Hey Roadrunner… wish I could stick my feet up on my car dashboard like yours! That’s also a HUGE window & dashboard on that bus! Like you said, “Days off are good, even necessary.” Recovery is good for the mind, body & soul. You are doing well, Jeff. It’s the best you can do with the schedule that is before you.

    Keep rolling, and here’s a toast with my Diet Coke in hand… Cheers! Hope to see you in Chicago in June.

  2. Comment by Kevin LeathersMay 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm  

    Your ability to stay mildly consistent, in the very inconsistent life of a touring band, is a great example for the rest of us with terribly predictable routines! You get what you can get when you can get it. Giving up is not an option.

  3. Comment by Carol — May 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm  

    You can tell you don’t take to many recovery days because you are looking very fit.
    Enjoy the west coast and be glad you’re not running back east because it was in the high 90’s today.

  4. Comment by Jacky7777 — May 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm  

    Thanks Jeff, You give us fans such positive feedback- it just lifts me up when I feel down. It teaches me to go with life with a happy attitude. Thank You.

  5. Comment by teri — May 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm  

    HI Jeff…. How are you? It’s me, camera shy Teri from NYC ’08. I see that you are going to be in Tahoe this weekend. Although we’ve had snow, yes snow in the past few days, if you’d like a short, or longer trail run, let me know. I could meet you and we could find some earth that is not covered with snow! It’s beautiful running around here, and with the 6,000 ft. elevation, it would be like a double training day for you! 🙂 Just let me know; it would be great to share a run and hear of all of your adventures. I think of Jen and you often— you are both so inspirational. At the least, I hope to see your show. Take care.

    Ya Gotta Believe… teri
    PS. I’m still a slow runner..:)

  6. Comment by Michael Pennington — May 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm  

    Hey, Jeff…how’s it going? Love your blog/website – kind of gives myself the initative to start one of my own..even though I do not know where to begin. However, my friend, just wanted to say I enjoyed the run with you when you where here in Tampa; thanks for recovering my car keys. And I look forward in the future to running events and as always continuing to support Team McGraw and the Tug McGraw Foundation. Keep in touch. I have sent you a friend request through Facebook as well. Be safe and we’ll see ya at the top: ‘YA GOTTA BELIEVE!”

    Your friend,

    Mike (Team Tampa)

  7. Comment by Jeff Stormer — May 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm  

    Jeff…..i see that ya are in stateline NV on the 30th & then Albaq NM on the 2nd………….but i am going to be in Fayetteville AK at the walMart meetings on the 1st……are you guys doing a show there the Tuesday night ???………….t shirt Jeff (michigan) – talk with ya soon !

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