"Happiness is reality minus expectation." I always realize how true this quote is when I run a race that exceeds my expectations, even if it's not a top performance. I chose the local Cabin Fever Reliever 20k as a rust buster, and after running the difficult course in training I figured if I could run in the 6:30s it would be a great day - as in, anything under 6:40 pace would be a success. I ran by feel because I always seem to race best that way, and as I neared the finish l
I got my lab tests done and got a nasty surprise. Despite running 6+ hours a week, and a mostly decent diet, they came back with high cholesterol. (Everything else was pretty much normal). The doctor said we could start with lifestyle changes, but I’m already super active, and I’m not sure I can run much more. So that leaves diet. I have gained ~10lbs in the last year or so. Mainly related to working from the kitchen table at home. Not good. I’m hoping getting back to where I was weight-wise wil
But then it got away from me.
Chances are I'll remember what it was sometime in the next day or so, but it won't likely make it here.
After last week's 30 days running on the treadmill, I ran outside yesterday. I'd been psyching myself up to be inside for the next several weeks. That's the way to get through an extended injury or stretch of unwanted anything, really. The mental game. But I just couldn't get my head around it.
Instead, I wrapped my head into running as slowly and
New try with Brooks – Ravenna - half a size up. I like a little support. Helps to prevent rolling ankles, which I tend to do more often than I should. It hurts. These were a little less loud fun in color - blue and an orangey-pink. Insert right foot – feels pretty good! Insert left foot – feels pretty good too! Now for a test run. Out with DH, so a nice short jaunt for a test drive. Everything is comfortable, this is good, not AMAZING, but good! Uh oh. Is my heel slipping? I think my h
Two days late writing my weekly update.
Yesterday snowed lightly off and on for most of the day. An inch or two total. At or near freezing.
I turned on an episode of Vikings and ran on the mill.
Today was bright and sunny. High 20s.
I turned on the BYU-Pepperdine basketball game and ran on the mill.
Is this why I'm more and more reluctant to write a running blog post?
Like being injured, I guess. Have to be patient. Have to believe things will get better. Have to be
“The true runner is a very fortunate person.
He has found something in him that is just perfect.”
― the prophet sheehan
I became a runner on May 19, 1979. The Run for Life in San Angelo, Texas. A 5 miler, back when there were such things. 34 minutes and change. I was hooked.
My Uncle Bob was an addict. Old Onitsuka Tigers and tattered shirts, a True Believer back in the days of Fixx and Sheehan, of flour starting lines and popsicle-stick finishing systems, of DMSO and Pe
Seems like a lot longer ago than a week since I was writing about being in Idaho.
T-Rex got started with school with only a little stress. Now she just has to stay focused and organized. And we need Mrs. Dave to relax a little.
The week off was good for the knee. After planning 6 on Saturday (after 4 on Friday), I ended up going almost 8. It was just warm enough that double shirts and tights were about right. That's my favorite for winter running. I've always hated extra weight, althou
I ran a virtual half marathon last week, sort of. I finally got to see (outside, mostly at a distance over 6 feet), many of my Team in Training friends who I haven’t seen since March. They were running their virtual Disney races. Since I wasn’t signed up for any of those, I didn’t really run a virtual race, but I did run the half distance. But I was a part of the larger fundraising team that had all planned on running races in the last year (that none of us got to run) and that fundraising team
"Even when freshly washed
and relieved of all obvious confections,
children tend to be sticky.
One can only assume
that this has something to do
with not smoking enough."
-- the prophet lebowitz
He's standing at the red light. Oh, how I hate him.
I'm sitting in the car, waiting for Mo to return from her run. I'm still at the point where a slow 2 mile walk is a near-death experience, so she finishes up her masked-miles marathon while I read a book of essays by a
I know you all have been waiting with bated breath to hear about my jaw. I'm sorry to keep you in suspense! It was not scooped. It was scraped. And they didn't cut in through the side of my jaw, they drilled THROUGH THE CROWN to get to the infection. It was so much worse that I thought. And it wasn't a small infection, it was, according to the doctor, "massive".
So right now, the void in my jaw is packed with some kind of medicine and I will have to keep going back to have it scrapped
I have been fortunate this past year; being able to run most of the year (1100+ running miles) and averaging around 24 miles a week now running 4x/week. Most of my runs have been easy runs with some pickups incorporated to give me a sense of speed, but no actual speed work.
My oldest daughter that is staying with us got a golded retriever puppy this past summer. This has involved alot of training for the puppy and us, but has brought us alot of laughs and joy! Hopefully one day she wil
Forgot to mention that I was leaving town last week. Not my idea.
Mrs. Dave and T-Rex were worried about her getting the semester started and wanted me on hand just in case. I'm conflicted. While the work from home gig makes it 100% seamless to transfer from my dining room to my Dad's basement in Idaho, I prefer my own set up. The bathroom is a few steps closer and I have a much better view at the trees through the window. Worse was probably that the old TV serves as my second monitor. I wo
They arrived. So much anticipation. Last year’s style, but hey, updates are not always better. Might as well try the older cheaper model. Green and gold (Launch - St. Patrick’s Day 2020). Cool colors in my opinion (DH thinks they're ugly though). Excitement growing. These might be awesome! They look awesome! I can’t wait to try them! Running will be so much easier in these shoes!
I take off my right shoe instantly. Inserting foot into the new show. Hmmm. Seems short. Insert left foot
Who let the dogs out?
Who, who, who, who, who?
-- the prophets gurley and douglas
I get a lot of Running Warehouse ads at this joint, which I rarely notice. Until today.
I'm not sure what to make of these shorts. A bonfire, possibly. Not only are they dogs (which offends my cat greatly), but they're a one-inch split inseam. How could anyone fast enough to be worthy of one-inch split inseams think this was a good idea? Although to be fair, they're marked down six dollars
As much as I love working from home, there was a part of me that struggled through 2020, like many.
Covid-19 sucked, but I got over it, mostly. I still seem to be having some issues. Running is harder than it should be. I just got back from what was supposed to be an easy 5 miler that just didn't feel easy. And like always, I can't tell if it's that or just that I'm about to turn 62 and the pages are turning.
By the end of the year, I was done with half of the country. Between the elec
I don't want to see this place go away, and I know that requires contributing more regularly. Thus, New Year's Resolution #1 - (setting an achievable goal) - post something (anything - even if it is to check in with a "no runs" update) at least twice a month. I'm hoping #1 helps with accountability for #2 - Run consistently.
Now for the title of this post- I can never run well in December. It is a fact that I know exists, and I don't try to do anything about. In a typi
I wrote out some resolutions for the year. Nothing crazy.
1. Spend 20 minutes a day studying Hungarian.
2. Run at least 3 times a week (even if I am slow).
3. Eat better.
4. Start backpacking (this spring).
5. Spend less time at the office.
Well, I am writing this from my desk at the office on a Sunday, while eating peppermint bark, my run tomorrow and probably for the week is postponed due to an emergency oral surgery first thin
"Does he have a motorcycle?
If you're going to throw your life away,
he better have a motorcycle."
-- the prophet lorelai gilmore
I have a moral dilemma. I found the perfect shoes.
They're incredibly comfortable, impossibly lightweight, and come in an array of weird designs and colors. They're dirt cheap ($55 -- are you serious?) and they automatically mail them to me every three months in a nondescript bag as to not alarm the neighbors. The "company" is just a few goofb
"Magic beans, baby. Magic beans."
-- the prophet barack obama
A blank running log. A road stretching out with no end in sight. Hope on the horizon.
You ponder making a New Year's Resolution. Sure, you never came anywhere close to keeping the past 63. But maybe This Year Will Be Different.
What is it about January 1 that makes us evaluate our lives, reassess things, pretend we can change? An exercise in futility is still exercise, I suppose.
You consider the possi
December 2020 in review!
Total mileage for the month: 327.3
Nov. 30-Dec. 6: 75.1
Dec. 7-13: 70.7
Dec. 14-20: 73.8
Dec. 21-27: 77.4
Dec. 28-Jan. 3: projected at 72
Races: None this month, but I think there will be some 2021 racing!
Dec. 2: An unstructured faster day that included 5 moderate miles and about (I lost count) 12 x telephone pole pickups within a 10.2 mile
I swear I posted this yesterday but it never posted...
I never thought I would go this long without posting.
I guess it kind of snowballed. Or the opposite of snowballed, I guess.
More and more of life happened but the less I had to say about it, I guess.
But I made so many friends here. And I am still bitter that RW purged everything while I was on vacation and I lost years worth of posts.
So, for as long as Cliff will allow it, I will do my best to post somewh
I’ve had a hard time motivating myself to write. Once I finished my masters degree it felt like my brain just sort of shut off. I haven’t been successful in my job search either, but I haven’t been trying as hard as I should. A masters in nutrition isn’t opening doors the way I hoped it would. Most jobs that are directly related to nutrition require the RD, which I can’t get because doing the internship, while not technically impossible, is in practice impossible. It was still very worthwhile in
I was working on my December post and realized that I never posted November here. And I can't let Loopville die!
November 2020 in review
Total mileage for the month: 144.5
Nov. 2-8: 7.1
Nov. 9-15: 27
Nov. 16-22: 42.8
Nov. 23-29: 58.5
Put this in the bad race pics file!
I also can't look at it without laughing.
This was our marathon day.
October 2020 in review!
Total mileage for the month: 220.2
Sep. 28-Oct. 4: 67.8
Oct. 5-11: 81.1
Oct. 12-18: 69.1
Oct. 19-25: 21.8
Oct. 26-Nov. 1: 1 (it was a pain-free mile - I'm just being super cautious and waiting until Monday, Nov. 2 to truly try to start back because I cannot need 4 months off again)
Yes, I look odd and don't care!
This past Sunday, Oct 25th I ran the Blarney Stone & Screaming Banshee Mashup Half Marathon which was a reschedule of the Blarney Stone Half Marathon that was cancelled in the Spring and combining it with the Screaming Banshee Half Marathon scheduled for Oct 25th. 3 friends and I from our running group had originally signed up for the spring Blarney Stone Half.
The race had 3 start windows; 9-9:40am, 9:40-10:20am for the Half Marathon/10K/5K and an additional start window of