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  1. A few incarnations ago, I lived in a little town in the hill country of Tejas. I would meet up every weekend in San Gabriel Park with a couple of other guys to go for the weekly long run. We called ourselves the San Gabriel River Runners, a club that ebbed and flowed, but was basically the three of us. I was an environmentalist left wing zealot journalist save the world vegetarian ultraliberal. One of my companions was an average older working guy. The other owned a rock quarry next to the highway, constantly digging an ever-growing gash in the beautiful countryside. He flew his own plane, drove a Mercedes, was crazy rich. Pretty much everything I hated. But here's the weird thing. On Sunday mornings, he was just another runner. Old shoes, goofy shorts and shirts, enthusiasm for suffering. We would run in the heat and snow and rain, and then go to the little town's only McDonald's for pancakes. He was a genuinely nice guy. We disagreed on some things, but we had that common ground -- the love of running. I never saw him outside of those Sunday morning outings, so to me he was always just a runner. I think that's why runners make the best friends. You start out with something you both believe in and passionately love. It's the perfect common ground to build a relationship on, to find out people can have different beliefs than you without hating them. In a world that has become so divisive and full of hate, running allows a sense of community and love to sneak in through the road less traveled. I think the world would be a better place if we looked a little harder to see what we have in common, and less to see what drives us apart. But then wine seems like a good option also ...
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  2. I just always assumed we'd one day wake up and decide it was the natural next thing to do in life. But after following the "go to college get job get married buy house" playbook for so long, we realized that 1. that playbook doesn't work the same as it used to, and 2. it was for someone else's life, not ours. We've been doing our own thing since, which one day may or may not include kids, and we've never been happier.
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  3. 1989. Still one of my all time favorite race pix.
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  4. No, it's not on par with ebola, but we do expect that it is at least twice as deadly as a really bad flu season - and the potential overload to the health care system is the scary part. Also add that we know exactly how to deal with ebola, when to test for it, when to not test for it, and with this one, well, there's a lot we don't know. That's why public health officials are getting out of hand. Hopefully though, in time people will look back and say "What was all the fuss about?" <--- That. For you to ask that question. That is what all the fuss is about. That means we did our job correctly. Also the 20% funding cut to CDC didn't help matters, but that's a discussion for another time. Hope Mrs. Dave stays safe! Those tempo miles are looking good, sir!
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  5. You have so much to look forward to!!! Says someone who had a kid at 36, ran first marathon at 44, PRed in marathon - and BQed at 57, wins the geezer awards for 60+ … Life just keeps getting better.
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  6. maybe the guys at Les Schwab can straighten out the knee
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  7. Eight of us in the back of a 1963 Studebaker.
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  8. Those hills had me saying "what the pho?!?" Sorry, that was bad, AB posts deserve more respect than that.
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  9. . weird. my dress shoes fit exactly the same. maybe the problem is with your dresses.
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  10. Yes!!!! You are correct! Age graded to 71.38%! I’ve never been in the 70th percentile!
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  11. When I see plank I always think walk the plank and then I think of pirates and pirates drink rum and then I wake up the next day with a very bad headache.
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  12. This is way more impressive than I think you realize!
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  13. Thanks so much for all this. My grandma died a few years ago, but she loved cardinals so whenever I see one, I know she’s saying hi. Saw one the day we found out and I just knew she was telling me that she would take care of Sprout for us.
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  14. Holy f***. Oh girl. Oh girl, I'm so so so sorry. What a horrible sh***y month you've had. My heart broke just reading all the freaking mess you had to endure. I apologize for the bad language. I just want to scream and cry all the F words in your behalf. I'm so sorry. It's not fair. It's stupid. That not only did you have to deal with the pain of a miscarriage, but all the crap and runaround that went with it. =( I find it absolutely freaking amazing that Garbo posted on FB, "Hey everyone, go bloop" and I was all, "OK" because I like Garbo. And then I come here and the first bloop I see is yours and just...the serendipity. My miscarriage was the beginning of me not running anymore. I tried to run away my grief after not being allowed to run for a while, and I ran too far too fast and blew out my ITB and it never recovered. So it was just a S***storm of pain from losing my baby and pain of not being able to run anymore and it was just a freaking mess. Oh man that hurts to remember. So I quit blooping. And then I come back and here you are. I don't know. It's like I was meant to be here today. 🤷‍♀️ I want to tell you...I don't know if you're currently in a place where this is helpful...if not, just ignore it and come back to it later...but it does get better. It's a freaking nightmare for a while and you can't breathe through the pain and there are so many tears and so much hurt. But after a while the grief lessens. And then it lessens some more, and then you can breathe, and then you can think, and then you can move on and the happiness comes back. Takes a while, but it happens. It's been several years, but now I can think about our baby without bawling. Except today. Today I'm tearing up a bit. But other than that it's fine. I'm a religious person, so I firmly believe that that child is ours and we will see him again. Or her. I never did find out which. Anyway, I'm waffling. Point is, it does get better. When you're feeling like you can't take it anymore, or you can't stop crying, or you're wondering if the pain will ever end....it does. It will eventually all be ok. Not that you'll ever look back on this experience and be happy, but that you'll be able to look back on it and be ok. Take care of you. Be kind to you. Be gentle with you. Love you, Eliz. Hang in there. ❤️
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  15. Well it seems that it was the same as it ever was and that was not your beautiful wife. Do I have to teach you about fueling?? Looks like a fun race! Glad you didn’t burn down the house.
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  16. Yes, do what's fun. I 've been having the same conversations with myself. I just told the wife "this may be my last marathon". Like I do EVERY time!
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  17. hi. as a fellow member of the cancer club, i know it doesn't do much good to hear what others think. But for what it's worth, just think back to your first marathon. It's scary and you don't know what's ahead. All you can do is line up and go one mile at a time. I think runners make the best cancer patients because you have a mindset to deal with the adversity along the way. And when you cross the finish line you'll be a better person for it. I'll be on the sideline holding up a dumb sign as you go by. Make me proud. ps maybe talk to your doctor about autophagy. My oncologist is super-smart and is pretty excited about it. Easy to do and doesn't cost nothin' ...
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  18. We're 36 and 35 and in the same boat. The Wife occasionally shares articles on social media about "Couples without kids are happier and live longer" or "Most parents wouldn't have kids if they could do it all again" or something similar as a middle finger to nosy relatives. She's put quite a few family members in their place over the years. Ain't their body, ain't their life, ain't their business. They don't like it, well then🖕.
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  20. Wow, where to begin... For starters, and before I get too deep, it's hot as fucking ballz out there right now. From what you all have been saying, I'm lucky as hell to be in Colorado right now. Running in that hot, sweaty, nastiness is some next level shit and will certainly take it out of you. If you're having a bad training cycle, for reasons other than the weather, that makes it even worse. I think we've all thought about the "Why" at some point - I certainly have. I'm sure we all have different, combined reasons for running, but we all do share some of the same similarities. For me, running is my thing. It's the one thing that I'm good at and that people know about me. I can't write or sing for shit, I'm an OK cook, and I'm too lazy to take the time to make or build anything cool, but dammit I can run. Do I win or set any records? Hell no, unless there's like 10 people in the race. Why the fuck do I want to climb Denali next year? What the hell will it mean to anyone else? Probably nothing. Sometimes I think I've hit my mid-life crisis, or just gone bat-shit crazy, but I'm doing it for some reason (still figuring that out). Do we really need a reason? Just the fact that you are training for Boston speaks volumes, in my opinion. At least you are training for something. It must mean something to you if you want to do it. Running must mean something to you if you keep doing it and have done it for so long. Does it have to be a profound reason? I don't think so. Maybe running in that shit is an accomplishment and challenge in its own. It takes a lot of grit and determination to finish a long run (or any run) in weather like that. You are pushing yourself - pushing yourself to another goal. Is it a little bit stoopid? Hell yes! Those hard, painful, agonizing runs only make you stronger and appreciate the good ones when they come along. I think they make the good ones that much more blissful. I think you would need to question yourself if you ran in that and it didn't bring up some big emotions. Running is obviously good for the body, mind, and soul - I think a lot of people wouldn't do it if it wasn't. Look how much you thought about while you were running? I do sometimes have runs like that but not very often. I usually just zone out or just start complaining to myself if it gets hard. I don't know if any of this hits in the right places but hopefully it makes some sense. Give yourself a break. Remember that fall is around the corner which will bring better running conditions. If you're still feeling this way when the weather gets better, maybe you need a break? (BTW, I hate it when people say that, but I guess it's always something that should be ruled out.) You rock and I love reading your stuff, no matter how dark it gets. Hang in there dude. Get that BQ!
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  21. I've been thinking a lot about the "Why" lately too. It does seem silly and selfish and pointless sometimes. And yet it is the focus of my life. OK, one of the focuses. But it is one thing I control. No one is telling me how much to run or when and where. It's my choice. And that makes the accomplishment more special. And it does feel good sometimes. Great post.
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  22. Oh, MRS B DONATED A KIDNEY, NBD. She is a saint and just put all your training to shame. 😀
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  23. Whenever I'm injured the uneaten gels seem to sneer at me from the shelf. It's always a victory to reach the distance where I need to down one of those bad boys on the go.
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  24. I'm not sure there's a better sign that mojo is waning than wanting to reside your house. Someone once said "it's always the shoes", so to help with the mojo maybe try these:
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  25. i thought you were always supposed to wear your race shirt during the race. boy, am i embarrassed.
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  26. Was trying hard to cover my runners toes!😬
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  27. One hour into your taper and you're already talking to your toenails. This should get interesting.
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  28. you are SO going to heaven for this. Not sure if they have Whataburgers there though. I must mention that Gumbo is the originator of the Random Acts of Kindness, a counterpoint to my destructive bent. She, and you, are Good People. I'm just a jerk. But really, thanks for helping Texas. It's weird how the news cycle works. The media works one story until we lose interest, then move on to something else. But even though the spotlight is gone, the need is still desperately there. You made a big sacrifice to make the world a little better. There's nothing more worthwhile than that. I curtsy in your general direction.
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  29. This is awesome, and inspiring. You are too.
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  30. Yeah, I left that out on purpose. When I run home with panties in my purse it's a WHOLE 'nother level of issues we're dealing with.
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  31. As a long time member of the Church, I'd like to point that you completely forgot to mention the Run of Shame. It's very similar to All Exes Day in that you try to figure out what unresolved issues lead you to hook up with THAT GUY/GIRL. Usually observed by wearing last night's make-up and carrying your panties in your purse. Or so I've heard.
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  32. It's nice to have a marathon that turns out better than you anticipate, as it often goes in the other direction. Meeting that supportive running group was a godsend! Winters in Iowa are a tough time to train for a marathon, but in January '09 I was slogging thru the slush trying to get ready for Birmingham/Mercedes when I ran into another old fart who was training for a half in Florida. Not only was he almost my age, he had - like me - been in Peace Corps/South America, spoke Spanish, and ran at my pace. We have been best friends ever since and still run together. "Miracle" is a bit too strong, but it was a stroke of incredibly good luck!
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  33. First thing, congratulations to you both. Now, not to sound like a simpleton, but wouldn't a pregnant woman doing planks be more appropriate to be called teeter-tottering? ----- think about it---- Anyway, stay healthy and best wishes to you and your baby.
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  34. So amazing. I think that means we're famous too.
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  35. Mr Bacon - loved his writing. How to catch a bird from your fireplace. Shoes, shows, shoes. So funny
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  36. Preach! I'm turning 37 in April and it's amazing to me how many people are so flippant about asking. Why I don't have kids is between me and my husband. Kthxbai. In a kind-of-the-same-but-not-really-the-same, people always ask oh, does your husband run too? I know it's a "normal" thing to ask like the kid topic, but it definitely can be a sensitive topic depending on my mood.
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  37. Did others have horses in the race? Is that allowed at Rehoboth?
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  38. Wanna take bets on your restraint? 😉 See you in NY!
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  39. Its so hard to listen to your body when its telling you to stop. All our mental training tells us to push through pain, not give in to it. We all would have raced. Don't kick yourself. Best wishes for quick healing.
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  40. My running friends have declared that their time for marathoning is past. I can't accept that - even though I'm the oldest in the group. I guess training is my way of giving the middle finger to time. It's one small thing I have a little bit of control over (although an injury can wipe out that illusion of control pretty fast). I've given up trying to understand my compulsion to do this thing. In the end, it's just another mystery.
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  41. I'm bookmarking this one. There is a lot you can learn about yourself (and life?) in getting uncomfortable. Much of our 21st century American lives are comfortable. We have the luxury of stopping whenever we damn well feel like it because it is not necessary for survival. Billy Yang (amazing storyteller/filmmaker) has a great quote. It refers to 100 milers, but I think it is apropos to the marathon: The 100 can be a metaphor for what pushes you outside your comfort zone. "Discomfort" doesn't have to be for everyone. And it's not that we pursue it per se. It's just where potential for self-discovery and growth lies. It's opportunity disguised as pain.
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  42. You're gonna need a bigger barn. Strong splits, and you make flying look effortless in the race pic!
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  43. the weather's nice here and my honda needs a radiator. just sayin.
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  44. Cat 6 cable, you might need an adapter though as that Cat looks to be a few years old. Hope the new computer purrs.
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