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Just like running.

Progress can be slow at times. But progress is still progress. You do the best you can. You keep moving forward. I remember having a pretty serious hamstring strain a few years ago at the height of training for the Rehoboth marathon. As is often the case, despite not being 100% healthy and with less than optimal training coming in, I went anyway because Loopsters. I'm not much of a party guy and even though Rehoboth is the most famous and enduring party Loopfest, I knew I wanted to touch ba

Dave

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April, 2011. Lost in Tewksbury.

I’d say we were up bright and early on Saturday morning, but, while it was early (6 am), it was anything but bright. That big nasty storm that gave MeganKate and stewmanji snow, and popped tornadoes through OK and other states, crept up on Ontario while we were sleeping and it was pouring rain in Niagara Falls. Glad I was driving and not running. We drove past the river above the falls for a bit – icebergs! OMG, I don’t think I’ve seen anything that looked so cold before in my life. It took

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The project that never ends.

No running this week. Went down to Ford Field for my second covid shot. More people than the last time I was there, but still a very smooth operation and next to no waiting.  There's one spot where the new tile didn't quite lock into place properly. The guys are supposed to come this week to look at it and hopefully fix it. There are a couple of other places where if I walk around barefoot I can feel my bargain basement underlay, but I'm going to let that go. I've repaired the pla

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New floors! (NRR)

Unless you count the fact that my Achilles is still being a butthead. I was going to give it some time before I escalated treatment, but as I was sitting at my office desk (dining room table) a couple of days ago, I noticed that It would give me a tweak almost every time I moved it. Not a ton, but not great and it hasn't gotten any better in the 3 weeks since I came up lame. So I pulled out the walking cast I used in 2006 for my ruptured PF and strapped it on. I'm going to use it all day until I

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If I can't write about running... (fixed the pics)

Then I'll write about something else. (let me know if you can see the pics now) Went for my annual physical last Friday. As usual, it was a ho hum affair. Fortunately, because of covid (I think) there was no rectal prostate exam. And since I'm still active for a guy "my age", the fact that I'm not on any medications, my blood pressure and HR are optimal, and my cholesterol and other heart disease indicators are excellent, he didn't have much to say. Until the blood test results came ba

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Stupid Human Tricks - Me Being Me

I'm signed up for 2 marathons this spring. Both of which should happen since they had limited fields based on COVID regulations. Training has been going really well. I'm using Hal Higdon Advanced Marathon Training 1. I'm at the point in training where the miles per week are bouncing back and forth between 55 and 40. My body seems to be able to handle the higher mileage week and then recover on the "lower" mileage week. 6 days of running and 1 day off. I'm also doing CrossFit but only 3

Shoe Story

A little background, when I first started running consistently, training to run my first marathon I ran in Asics Cumulus shoes which have quite a bit of cushioning.  Back then I was a heel striker and since I am somewhat bowlegged and supinate as well I ended up always wearing out my shoes on the outside of the heals.  It turned out back then the Cumulus cushioning would eventually not bounce back after repeated outside heel strikes making the supination even more pronounced.    I believe this w

Run2BFit

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Life has a way...

As I finished up last week's post I realized that I had developed a disturbing habit of spending my time here whining about how crappy my running was. I didn't like being that guy. So I resolved to positive up my writing and focus on what was going right. After all, my paces through those 4-5 milers I was doing were well within reasonable for the shape I've been in the last few years. Surely, once the worst of winter was over and I was on the roads regularly again, I'd get some pop back in

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St. Patrick's Day 5k RR

Patrick’s Day 5k RR  I was very tempted to give this a Friends style title “The One Where…" but it would give away the best part of the story so you’ll just have to read            Last year this was the first local race cancelled, just 3 days out. Normally this is a 5 mile race held in downtown St. Louis, but this year it was shortened to a 5k and held at Forest Park. I had not signed up for the race last year because I felt like it was too close to the Asheville Marathon. This year it was

amarie2009

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Keep going until you get somewhere

My goal was to write every two weeks…hasn’t happened. I’m still plugging away. At running, at life, at job searching. Not much progress on any of those. The weather went from being a problem to being perfect. For about a week just after I wrote last time we hovered around 0* most mornings, had most of the snow we got this winter and ice and snow packed roads. All of that was finally enough to drive me back to the gym, and I did 5 treadmill runs at the gym in the space of a week. I’d have done on

There's always more to come.

Going to wait until I see the doc in two weeks to start panicking. Need to review all my running since August, since that's the last time I remember having a good run. I'm probably wrong about that. Crappy runs are not news. A stretch of crappy runs isn't news, either. Six months of crappy runs may or may not signal something serious or chronic. I'd really like to find out for sure, though. Reviewing the numbers this afternoon, but heart rate seems to be stable within moderat

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If you were expecting something exciting...

...you'll be very disappointed today. I skipped my long run last weekend because I fell asleep in the afternoon and felt all groggy when I woke up until it was later than I wanted to go. And by "go" I mean get on the treadmill and run for an hour and a half. Mrs. Dave and I spent the early part of the day looking at Home Depot and Menard's for vinyl plank to re-do the entry, main hall and kitchen floors. Not really in love with any of what we found. Next stage is to visit some flooring

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A question. AKA-what occupied my mind for today's run.

I started a training plan yesterday.  Two days in and all is going well.  The first workout (4 x 5 minutes at threshold pace with 2 minutes rest) was difficult, but my paces were better than I expected! It was a good boost to get me excited for some hard work!  Anyway, that's for a different rambling bloop, here is my workout-related question for you wise people (hmmm - maybe I should have made a poll😞  How would you handle the following situation? A training workout calls for a 10 min

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Another run, another episode of Vikings

Anyone else do this? I started watching this show a few weeks ago. I figured I could watch one here or there as time permitted, but mostly for a distraction while running on the treadmill. Mrs. dave and I have a few shows we like and reserve them for when we're together. But Vikings is mine. My plan was to use it just for running. But now I'm 100% sucked into the story and the characters and can't wait to see what's next. Can't someone just kill Ivar? I may have watched a full season o

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Treadmill Dilemma

There's this book. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. More about food than you could even imagine. Do you know what koalas eat? Eucalyptus leaves. That's it. Their entire diet is made up of nothing but eucalyptus leaves. On the other extreme, there's us. We eat everything. Seeds, fruits, grass, the flesh of other mammals, fungus, mold. Some of it the way it grows in nature, some we've altered recently, some we've altered over hundreds - even thousands

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Virtually the Same

Hey there. It's been over six months since I've felt like I had anything good to write about. But I'm back. Still running. More than ever actually. Last year I ran 1,647 miles which is a 40-year high. That was made possible by the lack of any significant injuries, as well as the lack of tapering or downtime for racing! I spent the summer thinking (foolishly) I was training for a Fall marathon, but when that went away I just kept putting in miles at a slightly lower rate. So it turned out to be a

BANGLE

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On Cholesterol, Running in the Rain and Snow, Vaccinations, and No Progress (in the job search)

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

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I had a thought

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

Dave

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What has happened to me?

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

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Hey hey hey.

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

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Virtual half or not, and everything feels hard

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

amarie2009

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New Year ------ Thank goodness.

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

Run2BFit

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Just because I promised.

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

Dave

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Going to do my part.

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

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An in person race and some struggles (both RR and NRR)

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

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