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Comeback 2022 - week 19

Another week, another .... Nothing, really. Had final PT session on Monday and have an appointment with the ortho on Thursday coming up. Really hope he doesn't want to talk about my hip. IT'S NOT THE HIP! OK, I feel better now. Emotionally anyway. Also have an appointment (at Mrs. Dave's insistence) with a GI doc on Thursday. This is part of our quest to get to the bottom of this diabetes mystery. There are two possible outcomes from this line of inquiry. Either a) they find

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Comeback 2022 - week 18

Another week of zero progress. Plenty of strength work. Pushing a weighted sled, resistance bands, bridges, lunges. Hip flexibility stuff. PT says he's impressed with how much strength I have for someone my age. 🤣  The last two sessions he's had me run a little. Just up and down the indoor field. Felt a little pain where the ITB attaches to the rear of the hip. If I knew that's all it would do I'd keep running. But it gets progressively worse and hurts more later as things cool. He is ready

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racing this year

picture is from last fall's elk hunting trip.. been trying for ten years, this is the first of all the coming years when I won't be going up a mountain in the fall looking for elk. I'll miss it though in some ways it's a relief, a lot of planning, then physically and mentally tough long days in the field. Applications go in April and I didn't have to spend those hours of analyzing snowpack, forage, long-range weather forecasts, herd reports, etc etc.  After my sainted PT fixed (mostly) the

That was April!

April 2022 in review! Total mileage for the month: 259.7 March 28-April 3: 80.0 April 4-10:  81.1 April 11-17:  45.5 April 18-24:  33.6 April 25-May 1: 71.7 I brought everyone rabbit ez tees back from Boston but forgot to bring mine for the post-run photo! Races: April 18: Boston Marathon i

Broad Street Run - Sometimes You Just Have to Send It

The Broad Street Run has been advertised as one of the fastest 10 milers in the United States.  The race is famously known as one of the fastest, flattest courses. The reason why is its so fast is because Broad Street runs from North to South, down the middle of the city and is gradually down hill. Starting at the highest elevation at approximately 161 ft down to 6 ft at the finish. I know many people who have raced this course, but I have never done it because it requires some logisti

Comeback 2022 - week 15-17

Losing steam. PT continues. Went to Boston to see DS1 run. Met with him and his girls. Helped them navigate the suburbs from Hopkinton to Copley Square. Were able to see him at mile 4 in Ashland, 6-1/2 in Framingham, 9 at Fisk Pond, 10 in Natick, 13 and 16 in Wellesley, 20 in Newton, and 22 at Cleveland Circle. Props for the new tracking app, which let us see if we had time to get where we wanted in time. Obviously, he had the more physically challenging day, but it was pretty stressfu

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Boston Marathon 2022 - Chasing the Unicorn

Going into Boston I was super nervous about 2 weeks ahead of time. People were setting up trackers and asking me about race plans. Some were making their own predictions. I have never felt so unsure of my marathon training. I was never able to hit 50 miles per week. I hit 40 twice, but quite frankly I had lots of weeks in the 30s. This is not to say that I wasn’t feeling fit because I killed myself subbing in CrossFit, swimming and cycling for the running miles that I felt would lead to inj

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

I had registered for the Cherry Blossom 10 mile race in Washington DC, but was debating on switching to the 5K because I developed bursitis on one of the small toe's of my right foot.   After some thought I decided to stay with the 10 mile race, but to do the 10 miles at a comfortable run/walk pace, where I would run for 4 minutes at a 10 min/mile pace followed by a walk for 2 minutes at a 20 min/mile pace.   This would have me finishing in about 2 hours, well under the 2:20 time limit and hopef

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Marvelous March

March 2022 in review! Total mileage for the month: 388.0 Feb. 28-March 6: 110.3 March 7-13: 93.0 March 14-20: 88.0 March 21-27: 70.2 March 28-April 3: 80.0 Miles from Mentor Saturday long run crew of 11   Races: March 12:  Running of the Squirrels 3.25 mile 5k as part of a long run wor

Comeback 2022 - week 14

Each week seems more and more of an exercise of the purest optimism. No PT this week since I'm in Idaho. Traveled over last weekend to save vacation days. Stayed the nights in Coralville, IA and Cheyenne, WY on the way. Could have easily made it to Laramie the second day but wanted to watched the Final Four games. UNC busted my pick for the winner, but I had Kansas, so I won both the family bracket challenge and took 3rd in the work game. That may be the first time I've won a bracket challe

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Comeback 2022 - week 13

First week of PT. Like always, it seems the first part of PT is a waste of time. Doc referred me to a different place than I usually go, so I don't get to see my favorite Amanda with the magic hands. This guy, Dalton, is pretty good though. He seems to know his stuff and was good at listening. Assorted tests to see where I'm weak and where things hurt under what conditions. The IT Band is all scrunched up in the spot that bothers me the most, but he found what appears to be the ro

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Prairie Spirit 50k

The short: I now have two data points to tell me that the 50k is not "only" 5 more miles than a marathon! Prairie Spirit didn't go quite as I hoped, as I didn't better my debut time or negative split, but I set a Kansas overall female 50k state record and a new Prairie Spirit female course record with a 3:37:06 on the rails to trails gravel course. I loved this training cycle so much, so I stepped up to the starting line feeling like I'd already won. I couldn't execute as I wanted, even tho

Foot Update

I received a call from my orthopedist's office informing me the results of my ultrasound indicated that I did not Morton's Neuroma, but that instead I had a case of bursitis on one of my small toes with a bit of arthritis.   I had been run/walking and then had gradually switching to running some.   The bursitis was not bothering me too much, but after running almost 10 miles on this past Saturday, my foot was pretty sore today.   I have also been doing Melt Method foot exercises which make use o

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A Conundrum....In a good way I suppose -- Shamrock 1/2 Marathon

I received a registration to the Shamrock 1/2 Marathon as a Christmas gift in December, 2019.  Two double COVID cancellations led me to finally being able to run it this year!  I planned on running it as a training run for Boston 26.2. Boston is in 3.5 weeks and this is scaring the heck out of me! You see training has been going anything but smoothly. I've pretty much been dealing with one nagging injury after another since May of 2021. Calf strain, aggravated hamstrings and calcificat

Comeback 2022 - week 12

Apparently, I'm now on another break. Pain over the weekend post runs was so bad I decided to call a doc. My strategy of hoping things would get better if I just ran more - like I do. Every. Single. Time. - failed again. Who can understand these things, anyway? I found a sports med guy who came highly recommended, called the office Monday and asked for an appointment. "Sure! What's your birthdate?" "1-17-59." "Oh...sorry, sir, Dr. A. doesn't see patients your age."

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Comeback 2022 - week 11

Good news and bad news this week. Good news is that I ran three days this week. 3 miles each, with a little break to walk half way. How'd it go? So-so. Limped through the first half mile with pain about a third of the way down the right femur. All the pain as started to concentrate there. What does that mean? Sort of numbs up after that. Then hurts to touch the rest of the time, when I walk up stairs, and when I twist it. Thinking about an ortho consult. In the meantime, walked 3

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Foot Story

I had been running pretty consistently; running 4x/week and averaging 25 miles per week.   Then a couple of months ago I was  running with someone from our running group, pushing myself to keep up with them,  then afterwards we ran up a parking structure for fun.  After that I started to feel pain in the ball of my right foot.  Of course I kept running for 3 and half more weeks with my right foot feeling sore during and after my runs.  It felt like there was a small stone stuck in my shoe at the

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Comeback 2022 - week 10

Guess who ran this week? I did a mile both Friday after posting and Saturday. Boy, am I out of shape. Not a hundred yards out on that first run I was huffing and puffing. Sucked it up and finished, then remembered that I donated blood earlier in the week. I don't bounce back as quickly from that as I used to, either. Saturday was better. This week I extended to 2 miles per day. For the first 3 I walked a little before turning around, but yesterday kept going all the way. I feel like su

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Comeback 2022 - week 9

Can't say I ran this week. Although, it was nice enough on Wednesday that I walked for 3 miles. Doesn't sound like much, but as far as I'm concerned, this year that's progress and progress is a win. Don't know if it's the metformin, but been having serious gut pain lately, especially after eating. Last night we made pizza and I could only eat a few bites before I felt more than full. That's right. Me, who believes the only good pizza is an eaten pizza. A man who regularly eats an entir

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Freezing February & Fantastic February

February 2022 in review! Total mileage for the month: 402.6 Jan. 31-Feb. 6:  101.6 Feb. 7-13: 86.5 Feb. 14-20: 104.2 Feb. 21-27:  109.5 - new weekly mileage PR Feb. 28-March 6: projected at 100-110 S'no problem! Races: Feb. 12:  Cabin Fever Reliever 20k in 1:20:08 for 1st overall female, a new 20k

Comeback 2022 - week 8

Some days I feel like I should switch the title of these to "My Post-Running Life." Did a couple of hour walks on the TM this week. Both OK. Started taking metformin for my blood sugar. Still working out the best time to take it. Common side effect is stomach upset, which I'm having. Yesterday was sunny and beautiful. Seemed like a good afternoon to take my walk outdoors. Didn't count on the wind or how miserable it is to be cold when walking. Funny how I could run and run and run

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Comeback 2022 - week 7

Back home from Seattle. Thoughts: Spending a week in the PNW is great and terrible. Working three time zones away from normal means a 4 AM start. Also means my eyelids are drooping at 8 PM. Eating lunch at breakfast time, ready for dinner at 2 PM. Remote work means 8 days away from home with only 2 days of vacation times used. GS is 5-1/2 months. Don't often see a little one as happy and self-entertaining as this kid. He's 18 pounds already. I think our 4 were all a year old

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Comeback 2022 - week 6

Didn't try the run last Saturday.  I can't remember why and today I can only assume that it was because I hurt more than usual. Instead, Mrs. Dave and I binged the first season of Reacher. Working from Seattle the last half of this week and the first half of next. This is our Christmas trip that we postponed because airfare was stoopid at Christmas. I might also say I'm psychic because (if you remember) the weather after the holiday would have really messed up our return flight.

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