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  1. Tomorrow California opens up. I'm calling it VC day (Victory over Covid). It's been 15 months where our lives changed in many, many ways. But this is a running blog, so I'll just focus on that. The biggest change was the loss of in-person racing. I still ran. Even more than normal, actually. Last year was a record high for mileage. With no vacations, no work (I quit uber driving), no going out anywhere, the highlight of my calendar was my running schedule. So I stepped up to 5 days a week and maintained it for most of the last year. There were a few virtual races, but those were really ju
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  2. Pretty big, anyway. It was 11 weeks ago tomorrow that I came up lame with my Achilles tendon hurting. I'll continue to blame the Cumulus. It was either a factory second (thus the clearance pricing from Asics?) or a lemon or maybe it was just sitting in a warehouse for too long. They were never right from the first mile. I had hoped they just needed some break in or that the change from the Rincons was more dramatic than I expected. Either way, it was the DL for who knew how long. With the wedding and the floor project taking so much time I suppose it was a good time to be injured if
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  3. Woke up this morning, determined to be more diligent in my efforts to fix this Achilles. Did a little more stretching while we were in Idaho for the wedding. Twice a day most days. Didn't see see much improvement, and of course getting more and more discouraged. Knowing that I'm going to need a new pair of shoes when I (hopefully) start again. Not even going to complain about starting from ground zero. Running is running, after all. But what's the point of spending $100+ on running shoes if I can't run? We had a really tight connection in Houston on the flight home. Walking quickly d
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  4. I feel like an old man. Obviously, there are older men than me. Obviously, there are men my age and younger who are in worse health. Perspective is so important. Aren't comparisons supposed to be with ourselves? That's supposed to keep us from falling into the rabbit hole of self pity, since there's always someone who's better-looking, stronger, faster, whatever than we are. So what happens when your ideal comparator - yourself from before - is all of that? The maxim falls apart at a certain point. Sort of like quantum physics compared to regular physics. There are different rules th
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  5. The Tobacco Road Marathon in Cary, North Carolina was exactly what I needed! When I initially decided to add a marathon to my season after my 50k, I wanted to PR-chase, but no options for that pursuit lined up (details here), which I now see as one of the biggest blessings God could have given me. I went into this race with no time goal because I wasn't sure how much the gravel would slow me down. My major goals were to enjoy it all, to be thankful, and to compete in the elite field. What I ended up getting was what I think is the best marathon I've ever run! While my time of 2:48:51 is n
    2 points
  6. A great way to give back some of your running wisdom.
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  7. Awesomely inspiring! I loved this
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  8. This is great stuff! Great job. See you in December.
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  9. If I was a sensitive guy I'd be getting a little misty over here. Good thing I'm not. Seriously, this is some outstanding stuff, bangle. 2020 was a high mileage record for me, too. Funny what no races can do for you.
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  10. I can't love this enough! What a great way to spend your Covid time. Way to go, Coach!
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  11. I have read Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens!
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  12. Short memory. It can be a strength sometimes. Sometimes not. I think there would be fewer families with more than one child if mothers remembered exactly how much labor hurt. As I start to put some miles on after this last injury, I have to be very purposeful in my approach. Too many miles, even if I keep it slow, are not a good idea. Don't think I'd consider myself fragile. Not an ironman, either. I'm just an old guy who wants to run. I think I'm done trying to be fast anymore, although if I get in shape again I'll likely forget that statement and start mixing in tempos and ot
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  13. I'm pretty sure we have all looked up marathons when not running at all, so you're good!
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  14. Rehobeth in early Dec was great, temperature-wise, as was Mississippi Gulf Coast marathon. Training for a Dec. marathon was good too - it's a bit cooler when you're doing the long ones.
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  15. May 2021 in review! Total mileage for the month: 289.8 April 26-May 2: 60.2 May 3-9: 77.7 May 10-16: 63.0 May 17-23: 41.5 May 24-30: 69.1 We made the May OMRR newsletter cover! Just a normal Thursday morning! Races: May 15: Tobacco Road Marathon (non-technical dirt trail) in 2:48:51 for 2nd overall female and exactly what I needed!
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  16. None of these sound like Sara overlap possibilities. 😉 Maybe less reading healed your Achilles?
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  17. Been slacking a little on my reading in May, and no overlap with the Sara List. Tried reading the Apocrypha, but couldn't finish. I'm also struggling through the final Dark Tower volume and it's not going well. Maybe I need a break with something simpler like the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Haven't read that in many years.
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  18. No suspense, no disaster, just a solid, well-run marathon. How often does that happen? Congrats, Sara.
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  19. Great race, Sara! Awesome that you and Lauren worked together.
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  20. Seems like it's been cold and windy for a month. Nice race!
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