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  1. very late, race report.. In the old days (early 2000s) it used to take me 2 hours to get to the race site down in Pueblo CO. This year it took 1h 20min ? Well I'm getting faster at something anyway. The 2004 Ford Sport Trac is apparently quicker than the old 1990 Geo Metro used to be. It's on the CSU campus, nice and quiet, up on a hill with a view across the plain to the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The hill is good for views, not so wonderful for running or biking back up at the end of each leg. A reverse order tri, run first, then bike and swim. Off we went, down that hill. See feature/header pic above, I'm the fat man in blue in the middle of the pic. This was a nasty shock to the ego as I hadn't previously realized I've acquired a gut to go along with the slow race paces. Eish. Grind back up that hill again. Last year the Saucony Endorphin Speed went on sale at my local run shop, I bought a pair just to see what the fancy new speed shoes are like. Pretty nice. But, last year's 5k in a triathlon was 28:04 in the old race shoes and I'd hoped for a bit of a boost. Today it was 28:01, though admittedly a much hillier course. The gut is now hanging out the bottom of the singlet, my apologies to all the spectators who had to see that. It's a Speedo top which is slightly faster than bare skin for the swim. I'd forgotten it wasn't quite long enough.. Off on the bike with high hopes, though I can't run anymore the bike has been holding relatively steady. The course bombs down the hill then out onto the plains to a turnaround at the airport. The road was quiet making for a nice ride. The swim was crowded. Usually I can swim at the front in peace, today I was behind all the runners who were much faster than me. It was also much much harder than expected, could barely wave my arms around. Finished, in more ways than one. 34 overall, 3rd AG, ranking 60th on run, 38th on bike, 20th on swim. A nice plaque for AG awards. If I could still run the AG win would have been possible, oh well. T News story from the local paper. Grant Drummond used to race Tim Hola (on L in picture) for the win every year, then some careless driver wasn't paying attention, knocked Grant off his bike and into a wheelchair. A reminder to be grateful. Since I was in the neighborhood, stopped by the Arkansas river tailwater below Pueblo dam for a bit of fishing. The water was high and the fish hiding. I didn't mind, just being on the river is therapy enough. The swallows were nesting below the bridge. A bit industrial up below the dam wall. A few smaller trout and quite good enough too. Plan was to run the Red Desert half in September as the next run race. That's gone by the board now, pfui. I raced canoe slalom National championships a few weeks back, which was fun, here with friend Jeff in the tandem boat and working on an upstream gate. Came back with Covid which was not fun. Fully vaccinated with 2 boosters, always masked indoors, camped at the canoe races so we were outdoors and socially distanced - yet still somehow managed to contract it. Fevers to 104 with all the usual other symptoms except for loss of taste and smell. The Paxlovid anti-viral medication makes everything taste like bitter ashes, better than an ER though. I do wonder how bad it might have been without the medication, as there were two days where I felt really quite bad, worse than anything since viral meningitis back in the early 2000s. Self-isolated at home in the master bedroom suite which helped not at all as the rest of the family got it from me. Sorry family.. Fortunately no-one had really bad symptoms and we all seem to be slowly improving. I haven't worked out in 2 weeks and don't want to, just too tired. So that's a bit of a bore. Still here, still moving, sounds like a big win actually ;-)
    4 points
  2. Missed that week, however that happened. Ran again this week (Wednesday) for two miles. Biked after for 8. Total about an hour of work. The bike kept the ITB/hip/etc. nice and loose. No residual tightness or pain. I may be onto something here. Always scoffed at the pro football/basketball players who pedaled on a stationary bike on the sidelines/bench while they waited to get back into the game. I'll stop scoffing now and will be combining this run/ride thing from here on out. At least when the weather permits two wheels. Since I've been looking into cycles, everywhere I go on the net is filled with adds for them. Nothing with a comma in the price. I'm not "getting into" cycling. I'm just looking for a way to get back to running. Spent the last weekend in UT for the 45th year HS reunion. Crazy where they found all those old people. From what I've heard over the years, we're an unusually tight group as far as graduating classes go. It was a big class (585 - don't ask why that's a number I still remember). We've had something every five years since 1982. I remember being voted most likely to never get married ... the week before our wedding. Ha. Anyway, this year there were 65 in attendance, including several who haven't come before. Maybe we're starting to wonder how many chances we'll have. We lost at least two more this year. Made sure to schedule a lunch date with Kevin and Misti - two of the OG Loopsters. Such great people. Happy to see them and hear that they're doing well. Awesome memories. Another test today for this side pain. Probably just old guy can't heal stuff, but best to be sure. Then an appointment to donate blood. That'll probably nix the ride this afternoon, but who knows? Riding is SO much easier than running. Maybe I can still go for a few miles. Long one tomorrow.
    4 points
  3. Yikes! Another two weeks slipping by without my noticing. With some limited progress, and today I have the long anticipated appointment with the marathon running doctor. As time goes by, everything seems to be getting SLOWLY better anyway, so I'm now worried that there won't be enough pain for him to help me. Two weeks ago I ran 2 miles twice. Last week I ran 2 miles on Friday and 4 miles on Saturday. At 2-1/2 miles, I was able to feel the spot in the ITBand twinge a little. Made me wonder if two days in a row running wasn't a good idea. Besides that, the run was hard because it's more miles than I've run in nine months. Assuming doc doesn't restrict me today, I'll go back to 2 milers for this week and monitor things. No doubt I'll have some more exercises to work on again. Road trip last weekend. Youngest granddaughter was baptized. We watched airline fares for several months with this event upcoming, and it just made no sense to pay that much. So we took a couple of days off and drove to Dallas. Mrs. Dave and I love a good road trip. Stayed the first night in Paducah, KY, home of the National Quilt Museum. Next day we had lunch at a Subway in Hope, AR, birthplace of William Jefferson Clinton. No idea if he ever ate there. On the way back we drove through Mississippi and Alabama since Mrs. Dave hadn't been to either of those two states. Now we both have just Alaska to complete visiting all 50. Been saving that to go along with my Alaska marathon. News on the (inspired by ocrunnergirl, of course) cycling front. New wheels. No commas in the price tag, as promised. Had buddy who's into this cycling thing offer to tune it up for me. Figure that saved me $100 or so. Anyway. the first few rides have gone well. Seat's not quite as comfortable as the old one. Faster by 40%, though, and that's fun. Replaced the tires on the old bike and am trying to talk Mrs. Dave into joining me for at least some neighborhood cruising. I'll let you know if she decides to upgrade and be serious about it. Last month Got a matched set of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. It's been many, many years since I've read them and it's a real treat. Good literature is so enjoyable. Some books I've read I find myself thinking, "I should write a book. I could do this." I try not to read too many of those. Life's too short to read bad books. Went to the Tigers game on Saturday. It was bad. Next year they'll be good, for sure.
    3 points
  4. Week 4 The fever returned last weekend so I spent the fourth away from everyone not exactly feeling sick and also not feeling too good. When the fever continued to linger, I rested and hoped that it would go away. No pain or other symptoms apart from a headache. The teens had the long fourth of July weekend with their dad and when they returned, Mookie didn’t run either. I had a lot of time to think last week about why I hadn’t lost a blasted inch or pound in the first three weeks of running and skipping hubby’s potato chips. Although I’ve read and watched these things before and feel that I have a pretty good grasp on the knowledge required to create a sensible training plan and a meal plan that promotes health, I googled “Weight Loss after 40 for women.” Granted, I’m not exactly after 40. Yet. I will be after 40 in exactly 42 days. I think there may be an answer to something in those days left till my birthday but I digress. I hit enter and let the algorithm offer up some potential articles and videos for me to glean some inspiration, encouragement, motivation and maybe a healthy reminder or two. I found this gal: Susan Niebergallfitness Goals and Motivation When hubby saw me watching one of her videos when he was waiting for me to Netfix and Chill with him after dinner, I told him: That is how I want to look in my 50’s. Truly. I want to age strong. Like many of you here on the Loop who haven’t fallen so hard off the treadmill, or trails, or road, or whatever your elixir of youth may be, this gal is doing the things that I know it takes to age with strength and stamina. I was also reminded again that in order to lose weight, I really do need to pay attention to not just what I’m eating, but how much I’m eating. So I wrote out what I like to eat when I’m “spot on” with my nutrition. Then I calculated the calories. I HATE calorie counting folks but this was eye opening. For those tall folks out there who are about to wonder if my weight goals are unrealistic, I am 5’2”. Turns out I have been eating enough calories to support a 150-155 pound frame on the days even on the days that I was “on target”. If I want to get back down to 125-135, I need to limit my calories to what a 125 pound person needs. No wonder I’m not shedding a blasted inch of body fat. My body fat percentage currently hovers just under 30%. When I was in marathon shape, that number was 26%. I’d like to see my BF% drop to below 28%. Motivation and Rewards Just in case I don’t lose any weight, I also set some goals and rewards that aren’t tied to any changes in BF% or weight. The race is two weeks away and my running gear is all sized for a petite 125-135 pound woman. My tightest leggings I have already passed on to the teens. Some of the running skirts wait in hope that if I run enough the shorts underneath them won’t be too small for my thighs. I don’t even attempt to put those on right now. With two weeks left till the 5k, this mama is going to reward herself for moving forward and getting to race day. I will be getting myself a running outfit that fits all 150 pounds of me. Something that doesn’t pinch and roll. Something I hope will be too big for me next year, but if not, something that lets me celebrate that at least I am out moving again. This morning’s run went well. Pax was beside herself excited after a week of keeping Mama company in bed between spurts of necessary duties. We found our way to the elementary school and ran around that field for most of our run while Pax gleefully sprinted between us off leash for a little while. I'm feeling highly motivated to stick with the food plan I mapped out yesterday. The literal vat of soup I made last night for dinner will make super easy lunches all around this week. My garden has peas and some salad greens to harvest for tonight's dinner. This afternoon's temperature will determine whether I take the kids foraging or swimming. Tomorrow, I will return to the gym.
    3 points
  5. I ran the Ragnar Michigan Trail Relay a couple of weeks ago; June 24-25 at the Hanson's Recreation Area near Grayling, Michigan. Things did not go as smoothly as we wished leading up to the relay as Kevin our captain had to drop out, and another runner had to drop out a few days before the relay due to an injury, Normally a Ragnar Trail relay team consists of 8 runners. Fortunately we were able to recruit another 2 runners; one from a Ragnar Michigan Facebook page and another that was friend of another runner on our team. We ended up having 7 runners instead of 8 and since I agreed to substitute as team captain I had to come with a running schedule where 3 of us would run an extra leg; 3, 6, or 7.8 miles (normally each runner runs one 3, 6, and 7.8 mi leg). Being the team captain I took the extra 7.8 mile run, but since I was the last runner, the number 8 runner in the rotation I scheduled my extra 7.8 mile run as the third team run (out of 24 total runs) with my second 7.8 mile run being the my last and the team's 24th run to give me some time between the two long runs. Our first runner started at 9:00 am Friday morning with sunny skies and the temperature in the 80s. By the the time for my 7.8 mi run as the third runner the temperature had risen to 90. I was not in the best of shape as I have been recovering from bursitis in one of the toes of my right foot and have been running sporadically. Two weeks before I had been able to get in 3 trail runs while in Grand Haven, MI of 5, 5, and 10 miles. The Monday before Ragnar I received and cortisone shot in my right foot to reduce the inflammation from the bursitis, and decide to rest the remaining days before the start of the relay on Friday. I managed to run my first 8.7 mile run amazing well (considering about a mile of the run was in direct sunlight) walking some of the hills and finishing in 1:23:14, 10:48/mi. I finished at 12:15 pm just before my 3 hour volunteer shift at 12:30 pm, but fortunately another team member agreed to take the first hour and half of my shift giving my time to change and eat lunch. My second run of 6 miles was about 3.5 hours after my first run and it was 90 F and sunny. I had been drinking water the whole time I was volunteering and was fortunate to be in the shade, but was still somewhat tired from my first run. I end up run-walking the second run, trying to run between hills and walk up the hills. It felt almost like doing intervals finishing in 1:12:53, 12:09/mi. My third run of 3 miles was fortunately during the night beginning at 1:00 am with the temperature at 59 F, but it was very humid. Me and a women were running up the sand hill in the beginning of the run and had both simultaneous decided to stop and start walking up at the same time. It seemed like the hill just kept going up forever as we could only see as far as our headlamps illuminated the trail ahead. As we reached the top of the hill I was slightly ahead of her and she asked what pace I was planning on running. I said about 11 min/mi and she asked if it was ok if she just followed behind me, which I said was ok with me. After running about 2 miles in the lead she asked if she could switch to lead, which I accommodated moving to side for her to pass, upon which she sped up never to be seen by me again. I ended up finishing the 3 mile leg in 31:50, 10:37/mi. My fourth and last leg of 8.7 mile began at 9:44 am Saturday morning with the temperature at 81 F and sunny. I ran/walk this last leg at a pace to make sure I could finish without being totally exhausted and finished in 1:30:35, 11:37/mi. Since I was the last runner the rest of my team met me on the way to the finish and ran we to the finish together, with us high fiving at the finish area. Overall it was a successful weekend, no one was injured and we ended up finishing 43rd overall out of 139. Only six runners in the team photo as Matt had to leave after his run early Saturday morning to catch a plane back to South Carolina, and me and my shirt (bottom middle) looks different because it is on backwards. Team Metals Me coming down the stretch to the finish Ragnar Michigan Tent City
    3 points
  6. I think it’s week 6. Or maybe week 5. Whatever week it is, the 5k is this Saturday and I have been diligently telling my husband that I am not running a marathon this weekend. There is a BIG difference between a 5k and a marathon. Please don’t be telling people that your wife and child are running a marathon this weekend. My body is definitely not marathon ready. Last weekend we took 2nd place in the PHRF II fleet at the Whidbey Summer Classic Regatta. WSCR, pronounced “Whisker” because it’s a navy town and all. After a weekend of 3-4 races a day Friday through Sunday followed by partying at night, I was tuckered Monday. And Tuesday. Wednesday, I was stuck in full blown depressed mode. A storm that set in a week ago and was masked by force of being committed to racing in the regatta. Thursday, in an attempt to pull myself out from under the mental darkness, I ran. 30 minute run walk to the playground so Mookie could walk/run her pace and Pax could sprint back and forth between us like a rabid squirrel on coffee. By the pace I’m seeing with the intervals of running and walking, I should finish the 5k this weekend in under 45 minutes. Mookie wants to run separately. I could use another month to feel ready for this 5k, but I feel like I’ve got the momentum behind me to keep going. Bonus, there is no ice on the road to slip on after my comeback race this time. I skipped the Thursday night race and hubby took the kids while I took some much needed time to myself. Pax and I went to the dog park and walked until I reached my step goal for the day. On the way home, I spotted the boats in Penn Cove and made a stop at Monroe Landing to watch as Sojourn tacked away from the shore so close I was surprised they didn’t run aground. Pax enjoyed running on the beach while I waited for the boats to find the mark and head back. From shore you get an idea of just how far the boats sail into the cove. Hubby tracked our racing on Friday- 26 miles before his watch died. It’s fun watching from shore and knowing the names of the boats. Being able to answer questions random strangers ask “Is there a race or something going on?” Actually, yes. As promised, I rewarded myself with a new set of running clothes for the 5k. At Walmart prices, I figured it doesn’t matter if I hope they will be in the donation pile before next summer. A pair of shorts with spandex shorts underneath to prevent the dreaded chafe. A pair of capri leggings that will hold my cell phone and two tank tops. All in appropriate sizes. No more muffin top, waste band digging into my belly. Race report for my first road race in quite some time coming soon.
    2 points
  7. Because it's done. Met with the superstar marathoner guy as scheduled. Thought about editing the last entry to update. Then thought about adding another post about how it went. Considered saying a final goodbye to the Loop. Finally decided I needed more time to process things before I could put anything down. Anyway, here we go. The visit was a total disappointment. I won't say he just blew me off, but he sort of just blew me off. The basic message was, "You'll old now and have to do more than just go out and run. Look up some ITB exercises on the web and call me in a month." I agreed and I'm doing them but I'm not happy. Side leg raises, clamshells, hip thrusts (not as fun as it sounds), side hip bridges, pistol squat, hip hikes, side shuffle (with resistance band). Easy stuff, except for the pistol (one legged) squat, which stresses the spot in my ITB that's been the issue since September. Not running. And so there will be no comeback this year, certainly no marathon. After another month of zero running miles we'll see what's happening and if I can put in some miles on the legs again. On the bright side, I do enjoy the riding. The wheel upgrade was definitely needed and certainly worth the $450 I invested. I don't feel any envy about skipping the $X,XXX+ price tag for a Trek or Specialized or one of those other higher end machines, either. Busting out 10-15-even 20 miles any day of the week with no DOMS is nice. Longer rides means more miles, means more scenery to see. Butt's a little sore. Spent $20 for a handlebar phone mount and started using a set of airpods that my dad gave me a few months ago. Someone gave them to him and he didn't use them. I sure miss not training for a marathon, though. I miss the long Saturday morning runs. I miss the hard, long intervals, mile repeats, Yassos. I miss thresholds. I dearly miss Tempo Tuesdays. I miss researching races and putting travel plans together. I miss spending those weekends away with Mrs. Dave, visiting a new town or city. I miss expos. I miss new t-shirts. I miss new shoe day. I miss a lot of things.
    1 point
  8. This past weekend, I went to Wisconsin to pace a friend for the last 38 miles of a hundred mile race. I was concerned that he would not be able to finish because he had just completed a 150 mile event two weeks prior. He did not make the cutoff time, in order to be allowed to finish, so the only running I got to do was the 5 or 6 miles I ran when I went out to find him. Also, I had run a little over two miles earlier in the day just to make sure I ran some. I've been running more miles recently, just because I can. I was so disappointed when I was no longer able to run a sub 20 5k. For quite awhile, I was sure I would be able to get back to that place. A few more sessions of speedwork, a couple more tempo runs, just a little more effort and I would be back to the runner I had been. I didn't ever find the magic formula that would bring me back. During the time when I was running out to find my friend and make sure he got back to the aid station, it occurred to me how very fortunate I am to be able to continue to do this thing, that has brought so many positive things into my life. I can't run a 5k or 10k in the time I once was able to but I was prepared to run and walk 38 miles. This is something I shouldn't take for granted. Many people are unable to do this and (rumor has it), I won't be able to do it forever. As with many things I think about when I run, there is a larger context; this is applicable to so much more than running. There are many things that I am able to do, at this stage of my life, that I will not always be able to do. I have been fortunate. The runner formerly known as King Coffee
    1 point
  9. I have to look at my last entry every time to make sure I get the week number right. That's not because I'm old is it? Spent most of last week walking through the woods with 150 teenagers for a church youth conference. Done this before, doing a fairly lax re-enactment of what's know as the handcart pioneer trek. In 1856-60, Brigham Young came up with a brilliant plan to have several thousand of the poorest converts to the LDS faith from Europe (mostly England and Denmark) just walk to Utah from Omaha. That's an oversimplification, of course. Feel free to ask or do some research for more precise details if you're inclined. The point is, they really wanted to be together with the rest of the church and were willing to do just about anything to get there. Every year, congregations all over the US (maybe other countries, too, but I have no experience with that), take their youth out for a few days to lug their camping gear around and talk about those walkers and the personal sacrifices they made for their religion. The few days out of town are pretty tame by comparison, but taking phones and showers away for 3 days is a tough row for these kids to hoe. They did awesome. Anyway, for me it just meant getting a little stinky and not running or riding the first half of the week. Was on my feet most of the time but only walked about 12 miles (estimated). Adventures in cycling. Six miles on Thursday when I got back - trip to UPS for an Amazon return. 12 on Friday - trip to the dry cleaners that Mrs. Dave likes to use. Don't ask me why we can't go to the one just down the street. 20 on Saturday - helped a family move into their new home, then made a wide swing on Hines Drive. Trying to wave, smile, and/or nod to people when I ride so I'm not one of those guys. Still thinking about upgrading the wheels. Still in a quandary about the cost. Cheap used one could give me unforeseen issues since I've no idea what kind of shape it would be in. Used cars I can evaluate, used bikes not so much. Not at all ready to commit anything with a comma in the price tag. Was able to talk to a friend who rides yesterday about it and he had some recommendations. Don't think I mentioned that when I took Abby to my Wednesday activity with the church kids - we were doing a little auto education - one of them broke the handle to the hood release cable. Replaced that on Thursday with a new one. Changed lugs and the valve cover gasket on Mrs. Dave's CR-V. First try wasn't quite right and there was a leak. Second time worked, but accidentally grounded the cable from the alternator to the case and lost power. Turned out I blew part of what's called a multifuse block. $15 but the closest one was 22 miles away. This was on Saturday about lunchtime and she had Abby at work. 44 miles was a little too ambitious a bike ride for me, so I ordered one from Amazon and waited another day. Then I missed one wiring and one hose connection while putting it all back together and so of course the car ran worse than before. My ineptness is a big reason I hate working on cars. Fortunately, I have friends who are better at this than I am and one of them bailed me out. Wednesday is a travel day. Utah for the 45 year HS reunion (that's 1977 if you don't care to do the math). I'll work for the mornings and early afternoons Thursday and Friday, then come back on the 4th. Almost a week gone using just one day of vacation. Nice. But flying Spirit, so just a backpack and 7 hours in the Las Vegas airport to get there. This morning, I ran (you read that right) two miles. Slow, of course. ITB seemed OK. Trochanter was almost good. Got a little sore for most of the rest of the morning, but not terrible. We'll see what it's like after working all day and 10 miles on the bike.
    1 point
  10. May 2022 in review! Total mileage for the month: 340.6 May 2-8: 81.5 May 9-15: 80.5 May 16-22: 75.5 May 23-29: 75.7 May 30-June 4: projected at 75 #marvelousmay Races: May 21: Bill Snyder Highway Half in 1:30:40 for 1st masters female, 5th OAF, and a wonderful mini-racecation. The situation was that I could run my hardest and get 1st masters/5th OAF or I could run 1:30 and get 1st masters/5th OAF and potentially help a friend, and I chose the latter. It was hilarious if you were there Workouts: May 3: Track work of 600 m (2:04), 500 m (1:44), 400 m (1:21), 300 m (1:01), 200 m (0:37), 100 m (0:17) with 300 m jog recoveries. This was a huge departure from recent workouts and seemed like it was good for me! I probably didn't have the strength back I would have needed to do a threshold workout or anything much longer at this point post-Boston. I usually struggle with speed work but I enjoyed this one. Four of my running buddies did the same workout, and we staggered our starts so we would all finish the rep at about the same time (e.g., starting in descending projected time order). May 6: 16.1 miles with 9 x 0:45 pick ups to ~5:45 in the second half. I love putting little pick ups in long runs; it seems to help me biomechanically but isn't tiring. May 10: 4 x 1 mile at threshold effort with 1:30 recoveries in 5:59, 5:59, 6:07, 6:12, with my annual reminder that it's very difficult to negative split anything in 72 degrees and 90% humidity! I kind of expected I'd run them all in 6:10-6:15, so I was still happy with this workout despite the regression. I gave myself 4-6 reps because I wasn't sure how I'd feel, with this being my first real workout post-Boston and not feeling full strength yet, and I was ready to stop at 4 but I think I'd have done 5-6 had it been 50 degrees. I'll get more used to it soon (though I'll definitely still complain about it!) but the first couple of warm humid workouts are really a shock to the system! May 13: 3 mile fartlek of 3:00 on/1:30 off/2:00 on/1:00 off/1:00 on/0:30 off within a 9 mile run. I just ran the ons hard and didn't look at my paces - I ran a hilly route and it was warm and humid, and I am learning that I sometimes feel better about workouts when I don't know exactly what I did. May 16: 2 x 1 mile at threshold + 2 x 0.5 faster in 5:56, 5:57, 2:54, 2:52 with 1:30 recovery jogs. I had great weather for this one so I looked at my splits afterward. My confidence is still wrecked from Boston but this one gave me a smidge of hope. I also did 4-6 x 0:20 strides, 4-6 x 150 m, and light unstructured pick ups several times this month, but didn't note those here. Doubles: May 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 16, 17, 26. Favorite workout: Probably May 16 because it was relatively short, felt smooth, and went well. #marvelousmay post-workout Long Runs: May 6: 16.1 miles (7:31) for #fifteenonfriday plus one! May 14: 14 miles (7:57) with a great group on farm roads. I gave myself 12-15 for the day and amazingly stopped at 14 instead of the farthest option (I blame the humidity). Ironically I'd also given myself 12-15 on May 6. May 21: 18.2 miles, including the Bill Snyder Half Marathon. I didn't realize I ran this far until I uploaded my runs when I got home that evening. May 28: 17.3 miles (7:44) that felt really good with the group. Favorite long run: None of them were particularly noteworthy, but I'll go with May 28 because the weather was super nice for May 28 and I felt like I could run all day. "I don't know how to be marvelous" - Sean on #marvelousmay Running Highlights: Planning my races for the rest of 2022 has been fun! Mini-racecation to Manhattan with a couple of running buddies, plus my parents met us there. Miles from Mentor bonfire (occurred on 4/30 but didn't make it in my April post!) I found myself on the Hospital Hill Instagram ad Life Highlights: I got to spend Mother's Day weekend with both my mom and mother-in-law in southeast Kansas. We also did Ibbetson family photos, which required coordinating a lot of people. Albani graduated from 8th grade, meaning I have a high schooler. I wrapped up another semester of adjunct teaching at MSU, and have a little break before rolling into summer teaching. We took a mini-family vacation to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas over Memorial Day weekend. Family photos Last day of junior high Crater of Diamonds State Park Ka-do-ha Indian Village Wet sifting Books: Cold Wind (Alaska Wild #2) by Paige Shelton Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls Book Lover by Emily Henry Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee Theme for the month: Resetting Lol Pink!
    1 point
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