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2021 Highlights & Building for Boston

I was going to do a 2021 Review, but in the end didn't wanna. Some highlights were: Running a PR mile not on an official course 5 days before my spring marathon -- 6:38/ mile Running a PR and BQ Marathon on April 25th at the Tidewater Striders 26.2 -- 3:48:13. Getting 3rd overall female masters. 1st and 2nd females were young whippersnappers at 42 and 45 years of age respectively. Doing Murph with my son at my gym was probably my favorite highlight of last year ❤️ Murph is a

Comeback 2022 - week 4

Discouragement. No progress on the hip pain. Obviously the longer this goes on the more I'm inclined to thinking it's something pretty serious. Career ending? Maybe. As it happens I know an ortho who specializes in hips. Unfortunately, while he's a friend he also lives in Blanding, UT and just had his own knee replaced. So I'm waiting a little farther into his recovery before I bug him for free advice. Over three months on the intercostal pain. Like the hip, the longer this thing linge

Dave

Dave in Running

My Year in Running - 2021

I realized that I forgot to post my December recap and 2021 recap on here! December is linked in this post, so I'll leave it at that. Happy New Year to all, 22 days late! The quick stats: Miles run:  4168.2 Races run:  14 Race overall female podiums:  14 Race overall female wins:  7 (1 overall person win) PRs:  50k, with 3:34:41 in my debut 20k, with 1:19:41, though that's slower than my PR marathon pace Yearly mileage

SIbbetson

SIbbetson in Running

Comeback 2022 - week 3

Walking continues to be non-painful. Also did a couple of sessions of the other stuff, which also didn't hurt. Two wins. There was some minor pain in a couple of places during a couple of movements. The pain in my right side is SLOWLY getting better. Have I not mentioned this? While the ITB and hip were at their worst, there was also some real tightness that developed higher up and towards the front. Then one night at church I was throwing a frisbee with some kids I work with. Reached up to

Dave

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Comeback 2022 - Week 2 (a big step backward)

In the spirit of things not going according to plan... Since the three runs last week went well enough, I decided to try extended the mile treadmill test with 1/2 mile of easy running to 1-1/2. Didn't work. The next three days my hip hurt. What's worse, it hurt in a place that I'm pretty sure wasn't a place that indicated a strained or sore IT Band or anything else muscular. This time it was right in the outside of the joint. The place I'd expect to have something seriously wrong

Dave

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2022 Comeback - Week 1

Three runs last week. 1/2 mile each. These are all walks on the treadmill. Monday and Wednesday I did 1/4 jogs twice with a mile total. Friday I walked 1/4, jogged 1/2 and then walked another 1/4. How did they go? Not terrible. The two areas I'm watching closely of course are the right hip and upper IT Band. Only the tiniest niggle in either for all three sessions. I hesitate to call these workouts. Even better, nothing post session to speak of in either place. Trying to thin

Dave

Dave in Running

Hello, 2022.

Another year put to bed. No, not put to bed – killed, slain. Happily relegated to memory where only the good remains. In short, it was another in the years (plural now) of Covid-19. Wearing masks when leaving the house. Not leaving the house very much. Not running much (less than 500 miles) with two major injuries – one in the spring and one in the fall, so yeah, the two best times to be running. If I’m being honest, there was a lot of good in 2021 for me and mine. Continued gas savings fro

Dave

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Just one mile

Year-end wrap up.  A couple of races, a summer of good running/getting out for some miles most days, then a complete loss of fitness/motivation through December.  Happens every year. Typically, I get back in the mood to train for something at the end of January, but I feel the call already this year...might be because we hosted Christmas for the first time ever, and everyone in the family brings 50 cookies for 20 people, so at least 100 cookies (no exaggeration) were left here (along with l

SandiBeach

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2021 in Review

Suppose it's safe to post my mileage for December and the full year of 2021. I decided after my last test that I'm nowhere near getting back to a regular schedule, let alone training for anything. 4 miles for December. 581 for the year, most of that was in January-February and then another decent stretch in June-September. Couple of highlights: running double digits in early September in the PNW. Checked off the Ragnar from the bucket list. Welcomed Theo (GS#1) to the world. Visited th

Dave

Dave in Running

Nothing yet.

Monday's test run was not bad. Quieter at the hip and the ITB. Even better, not much extra pain after. Second round of PT on Wednesday worked on a few strengthening exercises, then John did a few things. Told me to run. ITB was fine but the hip hurt moderately. Then later that night and most of the next day it was back to the same old pain.  Patience, I guess. Put together the IKEA bed with the storage drawers underneath. Those are still empty since we haven't decided what to put

Dave

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December 5

Saw PT on Friday. Right side of my hip is out of whack. He moved it around some and gave me some different things to so that should strengthen the area. Going back 2-3 times a week through the end of the year. Said I could try running on it, but I didn't get around to it yesterday. Plus, while the ITB felt better, the hip hurt more than it has in a while - no doubt from the work he did. In any case, I wasn't motivated to try without a day of not hurting first. So, I'll go out tomorrow for a

Dave

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Thanksgiving can also be a non-running holiday.

Holidays are a little different this year. No kids. No family. No travel. Mrs. Dave worked. Me, home alone all day. Spent the morning getting out most of the Christmas decorations. In the afternoon and evening I did something I’ve never ever done on Thanksgiving Day before. Watched all three of the NFL games on TV. This tradition started in 1920. In 1934, Detroit became the host city of the annual event, joined by Dallas in 1966. In 2006, the league added a third (prime time) game, although

Dave

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More ouch.

It's moving around some, so I think that's good. If one thing were broken, that would be the only thing that hurts, right? Last few days the pain at the iliac crest has settled down. I ran a couple of miles on Saturday. IT band hurt. Hip hurt. Groin hurt. Finished. After that run I decided to keep the appointment I have with the doc on Friday. Don't really know what he can tell me that I don't already know. Maybe it's wishful thinking. Despite all the stretches and exercises I've

Dave

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Who do I blame now?

I owe an update. Minus any musings on missing mojo. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. The week after doing the Michigan Road Ragnar, I came up lame with what felt like something messed up with my right hip. Right on top of the iliac crest. Such an odd place. Never had this before. At the same time there was the issue with my right IT Band. Had that before a few times. Certainly they were related. And maybe they are. Anyway, I was stopped cold. After a coup

Dave

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Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon

Feels like forever since I ran a race thanks to Covid so I jumped when I had the opportunity to team up for this race.  The race consists of a 2 mile running leg, 18 miles on the bike, and another 2 mile running leg.  One of my RBs (J) who cycles frequently was interested in teaming up for the race so I was glad to take the running legs.  The duathlon is a fund raiser for the group that maintains the Byway.  Three other RBs from my LRG were there to volunteer so there were familiar faces around.

Slow_Running

Slow_Running in Running

Shutdown

Ran twice this week. 4 miles on Tuesday and just over 3 yesterday. They both sucked. Yesterday was the worse of the two and it convinced me that I can't run anymore right now. I may drop in later with an update.

Dave

Dave in Running

No miles this week.

Which not to say that I ran zero miles. As it happened, I ran .39 miles. Went out for 6 last Tuesday. The Monday after Ragnar and the ITBand, I just felt like I needed another day. So that 6 was so-so, probably because it was warmer than it had been on the weekend. Maybe I was still recovering from Ragnar. After I showered my back started bothering me. Not the whole back, just the lower right quadrant. Almost where I'd feel a kidney stone, but that would be crazy. Actually, not so

Dave

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So. I ran a Ragnar.

Mrs. Dave is in a facebook group that I am not. Couple of weeks ago she saw a post about a Ragnar team that had a runner drop out at the last minute and did anyone know someone who might want to go. Ragnars have always looked fun to me, but outside of the Loopsters I don't really have any running friends. Maybe I should get out more. It's never really fit into my marathon plans, so I don't know that I'd have done one anyway. Although, being uber-susceptible to peer pressure, if someone had

Dave

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August Adventures

Where to start with this? I went to Italy and rubbed elbows with Loopster stars, Davide and Fiona.  Basically, they have always let me know if I want to come visit them in Milan, Italy, I could.  I did just that 5 years ago and then I grabbed an opening in the pandemic after Italy approved arrivals for tourists and I arrived in northern Italy on July 28th to stay with them until August 6th.  We hatched a plan to hike in the Dolomites for a chunk of my visit because I had been wanting to start ex

TreeGirl

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Is this where I get over confident?

Not yet. I'd be tempted except for a couple of things. First is this knee. Not the left that had the meniscus repair three years ago. That would be the left side that's been giving me all sorts of trouble from the Achilles to the hip for half of this year. Nope, this is the right side that's sometimes given me problems when the left side has acted up, maybe making me over-compensate and give it extra stress. This is also the side with the old basketball injury. Normally it gets better

Dave

Dave in Running

And here we go.

26 miles last week. On schedule for 28 this week. The 4 milers are all going well. No issues with the calf, hamstring or Achilles on the left. Looks as though that little nagger is behind me for now. Being better about my stretching and doing a little leg work during those exciting work meetings a few times a week. Baby steps. The old tendinosis below the right knee hurts some, but gets better as I go along. It's more of a little sting than anything and rest does it no good, so... Sunr

Dave

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smoky day jogging in the high country

As usual the summer is racing on by with entirely inadequate time spent in the high country. The first trip of the year went up into the shadow of Mt Evans. I'd planned to drive up and hike down to the lakes until discovering the road is now reservation-only, go to recreation.gov several weeks in advance to make a booking. Good grief. So, it's five miles and 1600ft up and in, from the bottom parking lot. This was full by 7:30am on a Saturday. Made myself a parking spot in a pullout a couple hu

doug in co

doug in co in Running

Another one of "those."

I was really looking forward to last weekend. The calf was behaving reasonably well and my 3 milers were all going OK. Each one a little better than the previous one in fact. A few of the days I even forgot to stretch it beforehand and it was still OK. My plan was to go 5 on Saturday. At this point I remind myself that 5 miles when I'm not in very good shape is likely to wipe me out for the rest of the day. The would no doubt be a nap sometime Saturday afternoon. Not a bad thing, really.

Dave

Dave in Running

First in a while.

First decent run in I don't know how long. Suppose I could look back in the running log, but I'm too lazy for that. It was certainly before the Achilles and hamstring stretch this spring/early summer. (yes, I wrote "stretch" on purpose) Might have even been last summer before the knee when whack. In the interest of full disclosure, it was only 3 miles, and I did make a pit stop at the POP next to the softball field behind St. Colette's Catholic Church. (just short of mile 2). And, yeah

Dave

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