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2018 Wrap

BANGLE

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We're almost to solstice, so it's time to wrap up another year of running.

2018 was a good year, but also a step back year. I set another new old man PR for mileage. I'll go over 1,500 on Saturday for the first time since 1980, and probably finish around 1520 miles. On the other hand, I only ran 7 races. That's the first time I haven't run at least ten since 2006, and down from the 14 or so I ran most of the last eight years. Definitely lost a little bit of the fire to keep getting out there.

In 2018 I was basically focused on two marathons. LA in March went great as I posted a 3:33 and got my 3rd BQ. New York in November was lots of fun too. I was happy to get a 3:46 and enjoy the experience. The rest of the races were basically for fun.

In between and since it's mostly been about managing injuries. Ever since LA, my left knee has been problematic - always annoying, but never so bad that I had to quit. Rest didn't seem to help. Training didn't seem to make it worse. So I managed to do a whole marathon cycle on it. But now it is worse than ever, even after most of a month off. Bleh. Not sure whether to push it with weight training or baby it. I suppose I could get professional advice... Meanwhile I'm signed up for Boston in under 4 months so it's time to start running more miles...Taking it a week at a time for now. I suppose I'll stick with the training plan as long as I can. After April it may be time for a long break...

Meanwhile my right ankle is now bothersome. My right buttock/hamstring still acts up occasionally. And my elbow has been sore for 8 months too. It started hurting after a long day of golfing and pulling a golf cart, and it never got better. Stupid old age. Getting tired of waking up with so many sore spots. But mainly it's the knee. Can't keep it bent (sitting) for too long without needing to straighten it out. Running on it isn't so bad, but it throbs after. So I take Advil.

Anyway, 1500+ miles! Can't be too unhappy. I'm enjoying my running groups and the social aspects. Still feel pretty good after most runs. Plus everything else in life is pretty smooth. Life is good.

Happy Holidays to all my Loop buddies out there. Still so happy we found this place and I can count on a hundred or so people around the country I can drop in on for a run.

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I was hoping for a little more rhyming in this wrap.

Looks like a solid year to me. A couple of my buddies are doing the Boston countdown every weekend for the long run.

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37 minutes ago, mattw said:

I was hoping for a little more rhyming in this wrap.

I quit being creative a few years ago.

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When my knee starts to bother me, I know it's time to do more lunges and that usually helps. Maybe that will help yours? 

My racing is minimal these days, but when I do race, I really enjoy it! Next year will be a little more exciting, as I'm in a contest with a friend on who can get the biggest 5K PR and then ramping up for a marathon before the future hubs and I try for kids. Unless I get cast for SURVIVOR. Then I'm totally doing that.

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Great wrap. Congrats on the miles and BQ

Have you done any work strengthening your quads to help with your knee? My knees have had the symptoms you described for most of my life. Every time they get particularly achy, a few weeks of quad strengthening a couple times per week make them feel noticeably better. Leg extensions and leg presses usually do the trick. 

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6 minutes ago, eliz83 said:

When my knee starts to bother me, I know it's time to do more lunges and that usually helps. Maybe that will help yours? 

My racing is minimal these days, but when I do race, I really enjoy it! Next year will be a little more exciting, as I'm in a contest with a friend on who can get the biggest 5K PR and then ramping up for a marathon before the future hubs and I try for kids. Unless I get cast for SURVIVOR. Then I'm totally doing that.

I did lunges today. Owww!! But yeah, I will try to do more. Hoping like hell you get Survivor!

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5 minutes ago, MichaelV said:

Great wrap. Congrats on the miles and BQ

Have you done any work strengthening your quads to help with your knee? My knees have had the symptoms you described for most of my life. Every time they get particularly achy, a few weeks of quad strengthening a couple times per week make them feel noticeably better. Leg extensions and leg presses usually do the trick. 

I've done some quad work, but not enough. Will do more. By the way, the other knee is 100%. I extend with 60 pounds on that leg. Then do 15 on the bad leg and wince.

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1,500 miles and a BQ is a year a lot of people would kill for. I mean, for a BQ I'd at LEAST give someone a dirty look.

Happy holidays to you too.

 

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15 hours ago, BANGLE said:

I've done some quad work, but not enough. Will do more. By the way, the other knee is 100%. I extend with 60 pounds on that leg. Then do 15 on the bad leg and wince.

Well that doesn't sound promising. 

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Knee pain makes me the most nervous. It seems like every other pain is manageable. Awesome year! Keep making it fun in 2019!

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Another stellar year! You always manage to make the most of things and I’m sure next year will be no differant. 

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if I remember correctly, i think you had an epic running year in 2017... so maybe you were due for a down year... and still a BQ and mileage PR.  Not too shabby.

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You should get a PT eval- those pains could all be linked!  I have also learned that every runner could benefit from strengthening glutes and stretching hip flexors.

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On 12/20/2018 at 1:24 PM, BANGLE said:

I've done some quad work, but not enough. Will do more. By the way, the other knee is 100%. I extend with 60 pounds on that leg. Then do 15 on the bad leg and wince.

I'm up to 130 on each leg and my knee is still sore.. this is entirely a new experience to me, usually a couple months of weight room quad extensions, hamstring curls, hip ab- and adductions, will fix most knee issues. So have been getting aggressive about the weight increases, still no go..

yes, as Bette Davis said, old age is no place for sissies..
we'll have to woman up and deal with it 😉
 

bravo on the BQ ! impressive..

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Running is not my primary activity.  I'm pretty excited I got in 527 miles this year.  I started out strong, then pooped out after July.

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So what if it took me 2 weeks to read this? Sue me. I'm also of the opinion that you should check that knee. Maybe after Boston because the doc might find something you don't want to hear about? A silly strategy, but I would completely understand and would likely do the same. Certainly you've had another solid year. Here's wishing that 2019 continues the streak of the good life.

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