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  2. Run2BFit

    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 over decking materials from our deck we had built last year and it took me a month time wise with almost half of the time spend calculating how to use the left over decking to make the correct number and length of boards needed for the planter boxes. I had check and correct and re-check my numbers multiple times to finally feel confident enough to start cutting the left over decking materials. After the week off I tried run(5-7 min)/walking(3 min) my standard 3.4 running loop and was able to complete it successfully without a hip pain (Hooray!). I waited a few more days and completed another run/walk running loop, and then ran the whole 3.4 mile loop successfully without any hip pain although at what I thought was a very easy pace for me, my heart rate was up at my previous tempo pace. I have continued running easy 3.4 mile loops 3-4 times a week, once feeling a little hip pain afterwards. I will continue to running slow (9:30 - 10 min pace) to build up my endurance. I really appreciate it to be able to be back running, I enjoy it so much more than bicycling.
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  4. doug in co

    the new thing

    waking up again every morning is pretty good though 😉 rode my bike a mile or so to a pond down a trail, to go fishing. I thought of a radical idea - maybe I could ride my bike, and not go flat-out all the way ? Never tried that before.. ha
  5. CompulsiveRunner

    Odds and ends

    Enjoy your time in Denver. (Sorry to say it's going to be 98 here on the weekend - run early!)
  6. CompulsiveRunner

    the new thing

    No caffeine, no alcohol, no strenuous exercise … that sounds pretty grim to me. I'm sorry you're going through this, but appreciate your sharing your experience. All the best to you and please keep us posted.
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  8. SIbbetson

    Joyful June

    Yay for more running for sure! I think you'd enjoy Running with Sherman; it's an easy read too so good for relaxing.
  9. SIbbetson

    Joyful June

    I'm not convinced that XTing helps much, so I don't think you're missing much! Mainly it just keeps me from going insane. 😉 We will see what the elliptigo does. I live in a rural area that is fantastic for cycling so am hopeful that it will fit right in, although I've also seen someone riding one in town! Beets are super good for runners, but I can understand not trying them after that. The pickled and canned ones are disgusting, but my child even loves the fresh ones. Take the difference between a grocery store tomato and a home grown tomato, or fresh asparagus and canned asparagus, and multiply it by 100.
  10. amarie2009

    Seems so slow.

    I've heard of at least one real in person race that is running waves of 10 people some minutes apart (5? less?). I assume that people are supposed to wait in or near their cars until their turn, but it is a very small race as far as I know and only around a 6k (not a 5k because the route goes around a lake...) I can't see something like that working so well for a marathon or for a race of any size.
  11. Dave

    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 make sure there wasn't a mess to leave on the sidewalk. Ew. For the present, I'm content with just building up until I can do some double digits again. After that, we'll see what the landscape looks like for the new racing normal. I got an email for an Independence Day 5K that had a wide start window for everyone to distance. It was only $20, too. But it was also over an hour's drive and I'm not feeling up to racing yet anyway. I didn't feel the need for the admittedly minimal expense or the 2-plus hours in a car on Saturday morning. Instead, I decided (after my 5) to touch up the fence. There are a few pickets that could be replaced and maybe some fresh paint. Sadly, Home Depot had different sized pickets than they did when I built the fence. Hoping they were just out of them. So, I've been meaning to put something permanent around the peonies on the north side of the house. Peonies seem to have bloom too heavy for their stalks, so once they get near the flower stage, they fall over and look sickly. Every year I've just wrapped some twine around them and anchored it to the fence and that holds them up reasonably well. I had several pieces of the old pickets in the garage left over from original fence building (10 years ago). I cut a bunch of them down to 12 inches and made a matching mini fence for the flowers. This will both square off the area and support the plants. Since I used the same material as the main fence, from the street it will look like the flowers are sort of popping up from the middle of the fence. And when there flowers are gone, it will look like part of the fence. Cut the rest of the dead branches from the cherry tree in the back. I do this all by hand with a bow saw. It's basically the only cross training I ever do. Works up quite a sweat and my arms get really tired. I cut the larger pieces into firewood for an emergency. Normally, we never use our fireplace because I hate cleaning up after. But you never know when the power might go out some cold winter. Anyway, I was down to the last few pieces - the largest - when my neighbor asked if I wanted to borrow his sawzall. At first I begged off because of my cross training regimen, then accepted and turned what was going to be another hour of sweat into 5 minutes of noise. Headed to Denver this coming weekend for a mini vaca. T-Rex wants to see her BF and we just want to get away. The kids haven't seen each other in person since Christmas because school's been closed. I'll try to get a couple of runs in.
  12. Dave

    the new thing

    Mrs. Dave (cardiac nurse) had all kinds of questions about this. Mostly, you need to get through the testing phase to see what's really happening. Best of luck.
  13. Slow_Running

    the new thing

    Scary stuff for people like us. At least I'm not tall.
  14. SIbbetson

    the new thing

    Scary stuff! Thanks for sharing the article. "Exercise is our drug." = so true.
  15. doug in co

    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 it showed a heart rate over 200, which I haven't been able to do since I were a young pup.. We went to the ER, wife insisted 😉 Atrial fibrillation and tachycardia, the drugs eventually got it under control. Took a week to get an echocardiogram and the tech wouldn't tell me anything, so now have to wait another week for a cardiologist appointment. In the meantime no caffeine, no alcohol, no strenuous exercise - maybe I won't live forever but it will feel like it .. ha. This is usually a disease of overindulgence, associated with obesity, diabetes, excessive alcohol, stress, etc. To my surprise I find overindulgence in strenuous exercise has similar effects on the heart. See, http://www.drjohnm.org/2014/05/exercise-over-indulgence-and-atrial-fibrillation-seeing-the-obvious/ Strenuous exercise has always been my drug of choice.. Other risk factors are being tall, and having sleep apnea. Check and check. If the echo shows a leaky heart valve, that would cause the afib, as well as explain some of the other lethargy of the last few years. The valve can be fixed in a number of ways including a valve transplant from a pig's heart. If it's not the valve but just the result of years of overindulging myself in running, there aren't many good options. Sometimes an ablation can be done - they go in and cauterize the spots of muscle in the heart that are causing the electrical storms. But this is an exhausting operation and not always successful. On the plus side, I don't have to take Warfarin (rat poison) yet, as a blood thinner, since all that overindulgence made me otherwise healthy and not at high risk for stroke. (When the heart goes bonkers like that, the blood can pool up and clot in the heart, from there the clots go direct to the brain). Also on the plus side, I have many triathlon friends and acquaintances who are already dealing with this. That Monday: - had three drinks the previous day (Father's) including two glasses of very nice Scotch - small breakfast and two cups of coffee instead of my usual one, to get through some work crises - work crises, so I wasn't able to eat lunch or get out for the ride until 3pm - a hot day in the 90s - worked from home, where my study is a lot hotter than the office I usually run or ride from - not enough sleep due to the apnea and various other stresses They tell me if I live clean and get enough sleep, eat and drink enough water, avoid the heat etc, this can go into remission. So once the cardiologist has a look I'll ask about restarting running.. Nothing I can do about work stress (I need the money) or the other stresses unfortunately. I'm already meditating a couple of hours a day, typically from 3am to 6am when I'm not sleeping, it helps but apparently not quite enough.
  16. Dave

    Joyful June

    Your dad's hair! We all know I'm the worst at XT, so when I come back, it's a always a long, slow process. You're the best at it, obviously. An eliptigo around here would be a dangerous idea, but they look sort of fun. My only experience with beets was with a pickled variety that my mom made when I was about 8 years old. I seriously gagged because they were horrible. My dad (old school military) tried to force me to finish them, but I couldn't do it. Even today the trauma makes me refuse to even try again.
  17. SIbbetson

    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!) Total bike mileage for the month: 95.8 - just posting this because it's quite clear I dropped biking real quick once I started running, plus I had some issues from my bike seat after a huge Memorial Day riding weekend and am not sure I could ever go back to riding 300+ mpw now. #thingsnoonetellsyouaboutbiking Starting on June 23 I was able to start bike commuting to some of our group runs, which was a great way to keep using my bike some and to add onto runs without adding any impact. See, I biked some! This was after the June 30 fartlek workout Post-15 miler Post mini-workout on June 25 Workouts: June 23: 5 miles moderate at 7:09 average (1 warm up, 2 cool down) with my friend Christian who had this workout. It seemed like a very non-intimidating way to do something that wasn't very easy running, and my hip felt great so it was a success! I miss the GAP feature on the free Strava, because we ran a rolling route (259 ft gain) and I thought my effort was more even than my pace showed (range of 7:02-7:19). June 25: 6 x 1:00 pick ups to tempo effort (5:58-6:32) at the beginning of miles 2-6 of an 8 mile run. Like June 23, this also Christian's workout and it seemed like another great "intro workout" for me. It's pretty easy to run only easy runs when everyone else is running easy, but it's harder than I realized when others are doing workouts at the group run! June 30: 4 x 2', 1', 30" fartlek at tempo effort (6:02-6:43 on a rolling route) with equal recoveries and 2ish warm up, 1.5ish cool down. I am loving these effort-based workouts - thanks, Christian's coach! Related note: I plan to start back with my awesome coach in August so she can save me from myself. I'm not really training for anything so I've just been doing what sounds fun, which will equate to me doing too much if I don't go back to being coached (I think it makes me a great training buddy though, I say yes to about everything!). I did strides, hill strides, or unstructured pick-ups 1-2 times a week every week, because I do plan to race again some day. Doubles: June 30 - I said I was going to wait until July to do any doubles, but I don't think one day made a difference! Strength Training: 2:00, 1:42, 2:00, 2:43 Yoga: 0:40, 1:20, 1:00, 1:00 (2-4 x 0:20 practices each week) Global Running Day! I felt so old when these two mentioned they graduated high school in 2014, haha! Long Runs: June 6: 12.2 miles (8:31)! I have never been so proud of a slower-than-usual-easy-pace 12 miles (this was my sixth real run back). It was 73 degrees, with a dew point of 72, which is pretty much death, so the friends I ran with (Christian and Claudio) didn't mind taking it slow - I could not have run this far very fast, although I do think I could have done better without the dew point of death. I was planning to go for 10 but Christian was running 12 and I felt good so I went with it. June 13: 13.1 miles (8:26). A good-sized group run, with Abby, Claudio, and Sean. June 20: 15.1 miles (8:15). This was another nice group run with Paul, Sean, Claudio, Daniel, Christian, and Rebecca. Coming back from time off is the only time I can drop around 10 second/week from my zone 1 pace while also adding 1-2 miles/week! June 27: 14 miles (8:15). Yet another nice group run with Christian, Abby, Claudio, Sean, Rachel, Sierra, and Amy. It was an unintentional progression (8:40ish down to 7:20ish), but we ran an almost mile out-and-back section that we usually avoid due to the long hills on (there are currently 2 porta-potties on it due to construction and several group members needed them along the way), and those miles were a bit slower. I also did medium long runs on Wednesdays starting the second week of the month with 10.2, 11, and 12.2. Post 13.1 Running Highlights: Clearly, returning to "real" running was the huge highlight of this month! During the final week of May I did five run/walks and one straight run, and the first week of June I switched to all running. Words cannot express how good it felt! I thought I loved biking until I started running again and felt a hundred times better. My endurance came back quickly (perhaps the biking wasn't totally worthless), and I have no idea if/when my speed will come back but I don't care that much at this point! I'm thankful for what I have instead of wanting more. I had to hold myself back to not run more mileage, but I stuck with 6 runs a week this month - one day off each week and no doubles. I ordered an Ellipigo! I've wanted one for years but I think I always felt that buying one was admitting I'd be cross-training (which normally means I am not running). It is ironic that I bought this now and not 5 months ago, but I am going to try a little lower mileage supplemented with the Elliptigo training and see what happens. Now is a great time to experiment in training, and staying healthy is very important to me. My Elliptigo is scheduled to ship on July 13. My resting heart rate was running around 50 when I started back to running after 15 weeks off, but by the end of June it was down to 33-34, which I thought was crazy! I've seen it hit 28-30 when I'm at top fitness, but I have never seen it change so quickly (I've only had a Garmin that monitors it since early 2019 though). I also learned that it is much easier to get your HR high when you are out of shape! My first week back I couldn't keep my HR in my easy range no matter how slow I ran, and I still have long way to go but it's getting better every week. We are better at running than at centering for photos Strava sent me some goodies! This buff from the Run Farther & Faster podcast is great for keeping sweat out of my eyes on the spin bike (can also be used as a COVID mask!) Albani told me that "llamas are trending" My sedentary cross-stitching hobby lives on! With cat & cousin Albani's summer job at the farmer's market Yet they wouldn't do yoga with me Life Highlights: We did a lot of gardening this month... I learned that I highly dislike gardening when I'm in "single parent mode", and told Jon that if he was gone much longer the garden was going to die. Fortunately it all lived, and I got really good at mowing our yard! Jon was traveling for work from May 8 through June 19, and I developed a huge admiration for single parents. We did this once before and I remember feeling the same way then! Albani is now old enough to stay at home by herself while I run (she is also sleeping), but last time she was (I think) 8, so I only ran loops around my neighborhood in case she woke up while I was out. One week back then I ran over 60 miles, including a 20 mile long run, on that 0.8 loop! I have been cutting my own hair and Albani's hair during COVID-19, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep doing it! We also did highlights this month. We celebrated Father's Day with take-out ribs and working in the garden. Jon and Albani are selling produce (mostly blackberries) at a local farmer's market 3 days a week; I help on Saturdays (after my long run, of course). We had visitors for the last week of the month, my brother-in-law and his two children who are a little older than Albani. Albani is dying for a phone like them, but we aren't letting her get one until she starts driving. She often tells me that all of her friends have phones (which I believe, based on what I saw at middle school orientation), and I always respond, "Good, you can borrow one of theirs if you need to make a call." Summer evenings I'd missed this church sign! Orange Leaf Friday Albani got an Andy's gift card along with her Timothy award for Awana Big beets Father's Day She likes to do this and ask us if we'd buy her I found this gem when looking for old pics of my dad & I for Father's Day - a little road race in 1987 Books: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes The Dance by Richard Paul Evans The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead An Unwanted Guest by Sherri Lapena I am about 30% through I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb (it's 1444 pages) My reading suffered this month, because every weekday was non-stop from when I woke up between 4:30-5:00 a.m. and went to bed between 9:00-9:30 p.m. (i.e., I only read to fall asleep in bed and on weekends). I read ebooks during easy rides on my spin bike, and I only did one of those this month (vs. about 5 times a week when I wasn't running)! Theme for the month: Endorphins. I have never been so thrilled with 6 mile slow runs as I was on June 1 and 2, or for really any running I did this month! Does time off reset your endorphin levels?
  18. SIbbetson

    Seems so slow.

    Coming back from a layoff IS painfully slow. But each week definitely gets better! Hang in there, Dave. I know you already have Missouri checked off your list, but I could direct you to remote but safe roads to run in Kansas for a virtual one.
  19. Dave

    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 myself a runner again. So I can leave the thoughts of how to turn in my IRUN26.2 vanity license plate since I can't run marathons anymore. Double digits seem like a long ways out from where I sit today. And where do I sit today? At the dining room table, which is my office since the middle of March. My latest puzzle, a 2,000 piece of Van Gogh's Starry Night lays on the other side of my TV screen/computer monitor. I'll leave it there for a couple of days as a tribute to the 49 hours I spent putting it together over the last two weeks. Officially started running again two weeks ago, on the 12th of June. That was a 2-1/4 mile, 9 and a half minute pace struggle. But better than the run before that, when I was still a walking covid-19 case. (2 miles at 10 and a half). Nice to breathe normally for the first time in a couple of months. Since then, I've kept it to 2 miles except for last Saturday and Monday, when I did 3. Have to remember how long it takes to get back everything I've lost. I'm encouraged by how the paces are improving, getting back into the neighborhood where 9 minutes is an easy run. Monday's 3 featured two good splits - 8:40 and 8:30. I've done a few morning runs, thanks to the short mileage and my old man's inability to sleep much past 5:00 am, in addition to my daily work commute being the 12 feet from the kitchen to the dining room. More than enough time to do a couple of miles, cool off and shower before heading to the office. The advice to new runners is always to expect 6-8 weeks before you feel the benefits of running and things start to feel good. Same with runners who are just out of shape. I've done this many, many times and will likely do so again. I'm also fortunate that I hadn't signed up or even planned on any races this year, except the one marathon in May. The way things look around the country, fall will probably be a zero in the race calendar and next spring isn't a sure bet, either. I expect that virtual racing will be the norm for some time to come. What will that do for my 50-state quest? If all races become virtual, do I register for one in each of my states and run from home? I think I need to actually run IN the state for it to count. So then do I register, travel to anywhere in that state and count it? For example, would I sign up for Chicago and run a virtual marathon in Joliet? I imagine someone (several someone's) will find a way to survive and thrive in the marathon making business even with the realities of the post-covid world. Stay healthy, my friends.
  20. I enjoyed the Peloton classes when I was on the spin bike! In June I've run about 3 times the amount of miles I've biked so far, so... 🙂
  21. It seems they like to make movies and shows out of Gillian Flynn books but I've never watched any of them. I'm guessing the book was better?
  22. eliz83

    Five Days a Week

    If the body is holding up, then why not?
  23. Here's to more running and less biking - although those Peloton classes are amazing, aren't they??
  24. SIbbetson

    Disappearing - EDIT

    I've been wondering about you! I hope you get answers soon; not knowing what's going on is scary and frustrating.
  25. Dave

    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 near perfect weather. Normally on the back half of the HD route I run 30-60 seconds faster than the first part. That day it was barely even and I felt AWFUL. So, I supposed the weekend took more out of me than I thought. This made no sense to me, because through April I'd kept up pretty close to my original marathon training plan, thinking at the time that my late May race might still happen. But, fine, I'll take another couple of days and then do some easy runs. Saturday, I got a mile out at 10:30 pace and walked home. Rested Sunday, then went for a couple on Monday. Better, finishing over 2 miles at 9-ish, but this was not what I was used to, even on a bad day. More rest? I ran another few days, a couple of miles each at the same pace. And felt no better. Took a week and a half off. For the May Covid-19 races, I did a 5K and felt pretty accomplished to finish under 30 (28:47). This included a MONSTER kick at 8:50 pace. Of course you're thinking the same thing I'd been thinking for most of this time. Did I have Covid-19? Mrs. Dave had tested positive for C-19 antibodies, so she had had it at one point (her only symptom was loss of taste and smell). Obviously, she had brought some of the little menaces home from the hospital at least once since the whole mess started back in March. Surely I'd been exposed. But testing was still on a "need to know" basis, and my symptoms were pretty mild compared to many. Mild headache all day, every single day, and I rarely have headaches. A little tightness in the chest. I wouldn't say I had breathing difficulty, but my short little runs would have me sucking wind more than normal, despite the slow pace. And there was this lethargy, a deadness in my legs (only) when I tried to run. No fever. I FaceTimed with my doc after those first two weeks, asking if I should get tested. He said it was up to me, but he didn't think so. I had something, but it probably wasn't C-19. I'd be fine in a couple of weeks. So, I stayed home even more than the Governor (and my new girlfriend), Big Gretch, advised. And waited for the 2-3 weeks that this thing (if that's what it was) was supposed to need to take its course when I'd be as good as new, well-rested and ready to start putting in some miles again. Except 2-3 weeks stretched into 4, then 5. They finally extended testing to anyone who wanted, and I went last Sunday. Just in case, I isolated from the girls until the results came in, which they did last night. Negative. Did I have it early and now it's no longer active? Possible, but why then am I still having these symptoms? My last run was on the 30th. A slow, difficult 2 miles. Still the headache. Still the tightness in my chest. Planning to go for serology this afternoon to see if I have developed antibodies. Between that and my upcoming doc visit, I'm 2 weeks out from knowing anything more. EDIT - Visit to urgent care yesterday for serology. So that's in process. But, as I was reviewing my symptoms (granted, I was playing it up a little bit to make sure they approved my request for serology), the "tightness in my chest" phrase was a trigger. The NP immediately ordered a chest x-ray while she asked me a bunch more questions that pointed to heart trouble. The heart attack line didn't go anywhere, but the x-ray showed the real problem (still to be confirmed by a radiologist) - pneumonia. Well, well, well. Light at the end of the tunnel now, anyway. In the past I've always kept writing even when I wasn't running, but this time I haven't felt like it much. Fixed the kitchen and dining room chairs. Most of them had legs or spindles that had loosened or broken over time. I have done some good puzzles in the last few weeks. I like a challenge, so I do 2000 piece ones. That's about as large as my dining room table has space for and takes 40+ hours of work to complete. Lately, that's only about a week's worth, since I'm not running or going anywhere. Good hobby for the Time of Covid.
  26. You're an amazing athlete, but you broke some many photo rules. https://www.velominati.com/
  27. Run2BFit

    Five Days a Week

    I think it is good to change up your training schedule every once in awhile to keep fresh, and more miles I think is OK as long as your getting enough rest. This is probably more true as we get older.
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