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Itch

Itch

Not being much of a racer back when we could race all the time when we wanted, I surprised myself this week by signing up for a race. It's not really a race because I'm not in shape to do any racing racing. And it's not really a race because it has an open start, with no more than 5 people allowed to begin the course at the same time. But there's a course. There's an entry fee. There are timing chips and times recorded and awards to be given out. So, it's a race. It's the annual Run Th

Dave

Dave

exercise in moderation

exercise in moderation

is what the cardiologist suggested. Usually in summer I like to do trail runs up to high mountain lakes and streams, fish a bit, then run back. My doc advised that climbing 2-3000ft up a mountain, with heart rate near max for several hours, does not qualify as moderate. Who knew ? Ran a couple of times, easy 3 miler around the park, which went fine except the bum left knee woke up from its slumbers and started paining again. Back on the bicycle it is, then. Instead of the trail runs, d

doug in co

doug in co

Running in Grand Haven

Running in Grand Haven

I have slowlyyyyyyyyyyyy started back running after recovering from my hip injury.   I have been running 4 days a week for the  last couple of weeks for 15 miles total each week, with my long now 5 miles.   I running slow and easy to build up my strength averaging about 10 minute miles with my heart rate getting closer to my easy effort rate.     The week of July 19th I was on vacation with my wife and 2 daughters, and we went to Grand Haven, MI to a place we have renting every summer fo

Run2BFit

Run2BFit

And there went July

And there went July

Over two weeks since my last entry. No excuses. I at first supposed that my mind was simply on other things, but if I'm being honest, I think it's because my personal motivation just isn't here right now. I never raced much, but for the last ten years I've at least had a marathon or two out there that I was working on. Truth is, as the audience here has dwindled and the interaction with it, I miss the buss of having people comment and ask questions and voice opinions on what I've written. H

Dave

Dave

Jumping July

Jumping July

July 2020 in review! Total mileage for the month: 290.3 June 29-July 5: 62.2 July 6-12:  71 July 13-19:  60.7 July 20-26:  75.0 July 27-Aug. 2:  projected at 64, and I noticed my weekly mileage totals illustrate that I've been taking a day off every other week #jumpingjuly Workouts

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Picked a Bad Year to be Super Healthy

No races, yet I am breaking all my records for mileage. I'm running more than ever, yet the body is hanging in there just fine - no injuries or even sore spots to speak of. Without race goals, this year is about adjusting to running more and seeing how that goes. Well, it has gone exceedingly well!  In January I committed to 4 days a week for the whole year. Ever since age 18, I've always thought I needed rest days. For 30 years I never ran more than 3 days a week - sometimes much less. The

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

In a pandemic time warp

I can't remember the last time I posted. Was it March? April? I've been in a time warp since mid-March, so it's hard to remember anything anymore. I think the last monthly recap I did was February, so that's fun.  Although my employer (local health department) is on the front lines of COVID, I can't say that I'm necessarily on those lines. The epidemiologists, disease investigators, and contact tracers are on those lines, as well as our environmental health folks, who have been tasked with

eliz83

eliz83

I love Colorado.

I love Colorado.

And I didn't even get out to see most of it. Just the views from Denver and Franktown. But it was a great long weekend anyway. T-Rex got to see her boy, we met his parents, and we spent a little time with some old friends. Not working for 5 days was good, too. Got a couple of runs in on Friday and Saturday. Friday was in Franktown. That's a half hour south of Denver, if you were wondering. There's not much there, which is fine. Lots of big houses, spread out over lots of area. Our

Dave

Dave

 

You Cannot Run Too Slow On Your Easy Days

Note: I copied and pasted this from my blog, and some of the links do not work but I am too lazy to check and change them all, so if you can't get to linked material from this post, refer to the original post here. I've seen so many benefits from slowing down my easy runs that I want to tell the world so every runner can get these benefits.  Learn from my mistakes, everyone!  In the future I'll post more details about my personal experience, but in short, when I slowed down my easy runs I f

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

Back Running

Back Running

It's been almost 2 months since my last bloop where I was sidelined from running with my hip injury and had started bicycling.  After bicycling for 2 weeks I tried to resume running and failed miserably with my hip soreness returning immediately when I started to run, back to bicycling.  I continued bicycling for another 2 weeks averaging about 60 miles per week.   I took a week off and finished a couple of planter boxes for my wife that I had been promising her for almost a year.  I used left o

Run2BFit

Run2BFit

Odds and ends

Odds and ends

Slowly adding miles in. 5 yesterday that went pretty well. Switched to morning runs because it's been in the 90s. The catch with morning runs for me is the bowel processes that never seem to decide what they're going to do until half way through my runs. Code Abby! But, I'm running and except for the first mile that seems to take more of to get into the flow than it does in the afternoon, my normal paces have returned. Was even flirting with sub-8 yesterday before I had to stop abruptly to

Dave

Dave

 

the new thing

went for a bike ride last Monday, and came back feeling quite unwell, chest tight and short of breath. Thought it was just the asthma coming back and used the inhaler, but that made it even worse. My wife heard me panting in the basement and came to see what was happening. I have a pulse oximeter that I used before the asthma was under control, to check on oxygen levels. This also shows the pulse with a visual bar for the heart beat. Tried this and found I had no pulse. A couple of seconds later
 

Joyful June

June 2020 in review!   Total running mileage for the month:  241.5 June 1-7: 47 - this was my first real week of running back! June 8-14:  55.4 June 15-21:  60.1 June 22-28: 60 June 29-July 4: TBD, probably around 60 again Rebecca & Jack gapping the group on a beautiful farm road morning (Missy also gapped us, then stopped to take photos!)

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

Seems so slow.

Seems so slow.

I could also title this "I seem so slow." Coming back from a layoff is painfully slow. On the plus side, this is not an injury layoff, so there are no phantom pains and the ever present fear of re-injury that comes with those. My hip - was that a twinge in my hip? Did my hamstring just pull again? I could keep this list going for a while. Happily, nope. None of that. Just slow, plodding, one foot in front of the other re-building the old leg and heart and lung muscles so I can call mys

Dave

Dave

Disappearing - EDIT

Disappearing - EDIT

Sort of a magic trick, I guess. Last blog post was April 28, reporting on Dave's Double Dog Dare Distance Covid-19.3 Challenge. That was a tough couple of races. Hamstring in the early miles of the 10K, then a wall smack late in the pikermi the next day. I took three days off, then figured to run another month of good miles before doing a triple for the May Covid-19 races. On Wednesday, I ran tried to run an easy 4 miles up to the Home Depot. It was a pretty crappy run, despite the nea

Dave

Dave

 

Five Days a Week

It's June 1st. Time to check in and let any curious folk know what I'm up to.  With no races in the foreseeable future, running is different. I'm used to racing about every month or so and it has now been 3 months since the last one. But I keep training as if there will be a marathon in the Fall. Without the small races I don't have cutback weeks or rest weeks so the training has been consistent and the miles are piling up. My totals for April and May were not HUGE (146 and 173), but were e

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

Progress is not linear, but hard work is cumulative: May recap

May 2020 in review Total running mileage for the month:  47.5 April 27-May 3:  0.75 May 4-10:  3.2 May 11-17:  0.75 May 18-24: 17.7 May 25-31: 25.3 I have been updating this post on progress/lack of progress with my hip. Total biking mileage for the month:  1068.6 - monthly bike mileage PR, despite a low final week April 27-May 3:  258  May 4-10:  320.4  May 11-17:  286.6  May 18-24: 250.5 May 25-31: 90

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Hip Gluteal Tendinopathy and some hope.

Week of May 3 Total Miles: 3.4   This week I have decided to rest my hip and concentrate more on strength, stretching, and cross training.   Mon: 13 minutes of yoga; hip flexor stretches.  Although the stretches are challenging I am able to complete them with out any hip pain.   Tue: 32.5 min of strength training   Wed:  90 min of walking, some up and down stairs.  My DW tripped and fell outside resulting in gash to her head.  I will spare you the gory details

Run2BFit

Run2BFit

Final semester of my master's in nutrition is about to begin...

Final semester of my master's in nutrition is about to begin...

I'm about to start my final semester of my master's degree in nutrition. My classes this semester are Nutrition and Physical Performance and my Capstone class (which is a review of what I've studied and a final major project, but somewhat short of an actual thesis). In my Research Methods class I submitted a proposal about looking into the attitude of runners vs. non runners on nutrition. It sounds like we may not actually be allowed to use a topic we previously worked on. Here is where you all
Spring is Here !!!!

Spring is Here !!!!

Week of April 28 Total Miles: 26   This weeks weather was generally really nice, a lot warmer and sunnier, pretty much t-shirt and shorts weather for my runs.   Decided to cut out any speed work for this week and just do easy pace runs, except for Wednesday.   Mon: 63F and sunny; 60 min easy run; 6.56 miles, 9:09 min/mi, 124 avg HR.    Tue: 66F and cloudy: 61 min easy run; 6.57 miles, 9:21 min/mi, 125 avg HR.     Wed:  52F and cloudy;  60 min easy run; 6.56 mi
 

A Late Single Dog Dare Virtual Race Report

I am a dedicated lurker and post approximately once a year.  I plan on trying to post a bit more as a way to connect during this weird time in our shared history.   A bit of background before my virtual race report.  I had decided to run a mid March half marathon as a goal race.  My running has been stagnant for the last 5 years or so, so I challenged myself to actually really train,  As a mature athlete, i was gradually building up each week.  I had just set out on my weekend long run in e
 

A Change of Plans

Hey Loopsters! In my last Bloop, I wrote about my time in Bermuda and how I was looking forward to so many future adventures, such as pacing in Vermont (cancelled) and Alaska (cancelled), running my first marathon in 3 years (Illinois Marathon - postponed to October, but with no date released at this time) and then Grandma's Marathon (cancelled). Enjoying teaching (teaching online for the rest of the school year, which is particularly challenging with band), looking forward to a nice weeken
 

Abnormal is the new normal: April 2020 recap

April 2020 in review: Total running mileage for the month:  0.35, haha!  I did 0.1 on my last day of PT as a trial, and 0.25 before I got my cortisone shot to ensure I was doing the right thing. Total biking mileage for the month:  1,036.6 - pretty pumped to be over 1,000 here! March 30-April 5: 225.8 April 6-12:  246.7 April 13-19:  174 (my PT had me take a few days off biking this week) April 20-26:  314.6 April 27-May 3:  TBD (48 hours off activit

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Don't Drink and Blog

I remember the day well. My normal route at the time took me along the bike path for a bit then out to the water before turning back past the kid’s amusement park along the Keansburg boardwalk and finally wound its way through the meth soaked part of town on the way home. On this day though, I was stretching it out. I was taking a few extra turns through the neighborhood to get an extra mile in and make it my first longest run ever.  To this point my running was a consistent 3 mile loop in

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

Tree Girl's 5K Squattapalooza

Tree Girl's 5K Squattapalooza

While Dave and his ilk were busy with the Double Dog thing last weekend, I opted for Tree Girl's challenge: 5K + 10 squats at each mile marker and 10 more at the end.  I haven't run a lot since my DNF at CIM. I got sick several times during the winter - we had a lot of snow - and one of my knees was bugging me (my first knee issue in 35+ years of running). So I spent most of my time riding a spin bike and lifting a few weights. But I started running a little more when the gym closed, so the 5K s
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