I didn't expect this to happen.
Maybe I hoped a little, but I didn't think it was possible.
Maybe it was just a fluke.
Today, only two weeks and exactly 5 runs into this training for my first 5k in overtwo years, the 40 yo Mom outran the teen.
We are still doing intervals of running and walking, but we are going for 20 minutes this week and running 2 blocks with a recovery of one block walking.
About ten minutes in, Mookie stopped running two blocks. My legs were feeling
I'm going to keep calling a comeback until I get officially shut down. Decision on that may not come until July or August.
First will be the new PT group, referred by both my PCP and the urologist. When I mentioned to the latter doc about my side/rib/gut pain, she thought it sounded more muscular than internal organ related, so threw in the PT consult. Then when I saw the PCP to follow up my insulin resistance (I'm protesting by not calling it "diabetes" since I'm producing plenty of insuli
This past weekend, I went to Wisconsin to pace a friend for the last 38 miles of a hundred mile race. I was concerned that he would not be able to finish because he had just completed a 150 mile event two weeks prior. He did not make the cutoff time, in order to be allowed to finish, so the only running I got to do was the 5 or 6 miles I ran when I went out to find him. Also, I had run a little over two miles earlier in the day just to make sure I ran some. I've been running more miles recent
May 2022 in review!
Total mileage for the month: 340.6
May 2-8: 81.5
May 9-15: 80.5
May 16-22: 75.5
May 23-29: 75.7
May 30-June 4: projected at 75
May 21: Bill Snyder Highway Half in 1:30:40 for 1st masters female, 5th OAF, and a wonderful mini-racecation. The situation wa
Two weeks between entries. You know what that means. Either:
1) Been running so much there's been no time to post.
B) The last test run was so terrible that I've been too bummed to try putting anything into words.
Yeah, so I went out for another couple. This time (Tuesday of last week - my new plan was to go Tue-Thu-Sat), it hurt so bad I decided to wait longer before trying again. Since there are times when it hurts walking up stairs or lifting, I'll wait at least until those are
It was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, the day before the Bayshore Races in Traverse City, MI where I had registered to run the half marathon. The Bayshore Races have been deferred (or virtual) for the last two years due to COVID, several running friends and I were looking forward to running it in person this year. Unfortunately, I had injured my foot earlier in the year and had only two solid weeks of running at 25 mi/week, averaging 9-10 minute miles.
My niece had invited my wife an
2 miles. Maybe 4.
My plan is to go out for a couple today, making it 2 runs for the week.
Two doctor appointments on Thursday this week.
First was the follow up with the ortho on this ITB/hip thing, since PT was a bust for the most part. Not that I don't appreciate the work and human contact. Built some glute strength. But he never did address the root cause and that's disappointing. The ITB is all knotted up, which is putting downward pressure on the hip, which in turn is stressi
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
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
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
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!
April 18: Boston Marathon i
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
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
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
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
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
March 12: Running of the Squirrels 3.25 mile 5k as part of a long run wor
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
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
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
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
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
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?"
"Oh...sorry, sir, Dr. A. doesn't see patients your age."
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