There’s no punchline. I just needed a title. Bear with me, I haven’t been writing regularly in years and I am a bit out of practice.
So I started going to the gym again. It’s in the building next door and usually Erika and I are the only ones there. They have everything I need except for an ab swing and ab twistie machine which I can make do without.
The gym is a little easier for me mentally these days. Running is hard. And depressing. I gained a ton of weight and it is slowing
Hey guys! Long time no see! What's going on around here?
This place seems quieter than I remember but I remember mostly my heyday here which, I think was a few years after everyone else's heyday, but it was still pretty damn good. That was back when the world made more sense. I wasn't on Facebook, yet, and Instagram was barely a twinkle in it's daddy's eye. I cherished this place (well not this *exact* place but the old this place) because it seemed to avoid the all of the ills of the
October 2021 in review!
Total mileage for the month: 347.1
Sep. 27-Oct. 3: 70.0
Oct. 4-10: 50.5
Oct. 11-17: 90.1
Oct. 18-24: 95.4
Oct. 25-31: 72.9
Tracking/cheering for our Chicago Marathon
friends post Sunday run
Oct. 3: Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in 2:53:46 for a masters
Have to believe that.
The rest seems to be helping (ever so slowly) the ITB pain when I run. Went out for a walk night before last and tried a few jogging steps, just to see. After 3-4 I could feel it pull a little bit. Keeping an eye on it.
Higher up - above the right hip and a little to the rear - things are getting worse. It's not exactly in the spot where I think it must be a kidney stone. Not exactly as painful as the kidney stone I had ten years ago (that's something you don't re
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.
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.
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
Our Gilda's Family Walk & 5k Run was in-person this year which I ran on Saturday, Sep 18th. Gilda's Club is a wonderful organization located in Royal Oak that provides free support and networking groups, educational lectures, workshops and social activities for cancer patients and their loved ones.
One of the women from our running group formed a fund raising team for the event. We had about 11 people associated with our run group sign up.
The race starts and finishes at our ci
September 2021 in review!
Total mileage for the month: 360.3
August 30-Sep. 5: 97
Sep. 6-12: 90.4
Sep. 13-19: 90.8
Sep. 20-26: 78.1
Sep. 27-Oct. 3: projected at 67 (marathon week)
Deciding between #swoleseptember,
#smallseptember, & #stuckupseptember
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
I didn’t mean to go almost 3 months without writing. I’ve been busy but not that busy. There’s been stress, but who doesn’t have that? Somehow, at the end of the day, I just have lacked to motivation to sit down and write. I’m too mentally tired tonight to spend the extra half hour dealing with photographs, even though that is always the best part of my posts. I will add just one as the "feature" photo.
Marathon training for Chicago has gone well, though that perpetual goal of 4:30 will rem
22km (14 miles or so) and 3400ft of climbing, followed by descent again. This was the high point of my day..
I knew this was going to be hard, but it was still harder than expected, more like a marathon effort than a half. Took me 3hr 53min which is longer than any marathon I've (yet) run. To be fair if I did run a marathon now it would be in the 4h30 region.
Not much running in the previous months as I'd been nursing a bad knee which my physical therapist told me not to run on.
I nabbed my best ever overall placing with what was by far my slowest time at this race, with 2nd overall female in 38:15. Due to various factors (the heat, peak marathon training, seeing two friends suffer devastating losses in the days before the race), my expectations for the race were not high. In retrospect, I am quite happy with the place and quite meh about the time.
Results are here.
My Strava activity is here.
I signed up for Ironman Atlantic City 70.3 at the end of 2019. Like every other race it was Covid cancelled for 2020.
Immediately following my 2 marathons earlier this year (Tidewater at the end of April & Jim Thorpe at the end of May) I found myself on the injured list. I got a calf strain from pushing WAY too hard. I've come to realize I am not someone who can run multiple races hard and come out okay. Sigh. Once my calf got better I hurt my hamstring deadlifting. And then I followed
In Michigan the Crim Festival of Races in Flint is one of the big three race events (where the number of participants average over 10,000) along with the Detroit Marathon and Half Marathons (Mid October) and the Detroit Turkey Trot 10K and 5K (Thanksgiving morning). The Crim Festival of Races includes; 10 miles, 5 miles, and a 5K. The Crim was started by Bobby Crim in 1977 when he was Speaker of the Michigan State House of Representatives (he is now 89 and this year walked the 10 mile race) and
I ran my fifth Rock the Parkway half marathon on 8/28/21 - the first time the race took place in August! I placed 3rd overall female for the third time; I can't seem to move up in my placing at this race (I've also been 4th), but I'm not fading at age 40, so I'll consider that a win. I didn't have a time goal since it was over 80 degrees at the start and nearly 90 by the finish. However, based on my Hospital Hill performance I figured if I could run 1:25ish it would be a good d
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
August 2021 in review!
Total mileage for the month: 402
August 2-8: 86.3
August 9-15: 100.5
August 16-22: 85.1
August 23-29: 90.0
August 30-Sep. 5: projected at 92
We love our #augustangst photos!
August 28: Rock the Parkway Half Marathon in 1:24:19 for 3rd overall
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
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...
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
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.
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
July 2021 in review!
Total mileage for the month: 320.8
June 28-July 4: 65.9
July 5-11: 86.2
July 12-18: 74.8
July 19-25: 51.3
July 26-August 1: 86.1
God Bless the USA!
July 3: 3.1 on the 3rd in 18:09 in an unofficial 5k race put on by my running group. I decided in advance that I wouldn'
I ran in what I hope will be my first of many USATF Masters* Championship races! I also hope it is the worst race performance I produce in a competition like this; though I was able to hang on for a 2nd place finish in age group 40-44 and 5th overall female in the race, my time was a huge underperformance in relation to my fitness. I'm sure no one is surprised that it was hot and humid in Iowa on July 24. I went to compete without expecting a fast time, but I didn't expect to