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  1. Going into Boston I was super nervous about 2 weeks ahead of time. People were setting up trackers and asking me about race plans. Some were making their own predictions. I have never felt so unsure of my marathon training. I was never able to hit 50 miles per week. I hit 40 twice, but quite frankly I had lots of weeks in the 30s. This is not to say that I wasn’t feeling fit because I killed myself subbing in CrossFit, swimming and cycling for the running miles that I felt would lead to injury. About 2 days before Boston I decided to just let all the worry go. I couldn’t do anything about it. I would either have it on race day or not. I felt incredibly peaceful with that mindset. Weird for me. I drove up to Boston on Sunday morning. My cheer squad of Cathy and Nicole were on their way as well. Cathy was driving up from Conneticut and we actually ended up on route 91 at the same time! She saw my yellow Jeep and texted me to get out of the left hand lane. I called her and we ended up talking and driving side by side for the next hour and a half through snow squalls… Cathy came with me to the expo. I decided against buying a Boston jacket - didn’t love the lavender on the ladies and all that was left in men’s were too big. (spoiler alert: I bought one online that night). We sampled the Sam Adams 26.2. Cathy saw a few of the iFIT trainers who were running the marathon. She was totally fan-girling. When Nicole arrived we went to Yards Brewing for dinner. It had the most taps that I have ever seen!! When we got back to my AirBnB I set out my stuff for the next morning and had a somewhat decent nights sleep. Cathy and Nicole arrived the next morning and took me to the buses for the long ride out to the start. They are totally the best and just made everything so easy. The bus ride out to Hopkinton was nice and smooth. I was messaging Carissa and Roger hoping I could see them before they started. In a sea of 30,000 runners it took me less than 3 minutes to find them with Carissa’s stellar directions. After they headed off I got in line for the port-a-potties. I had enough time to use the POP, ditch my warm up clothes and shove the granola bar with peanut butter into my mouth. With a start time of 10:50 I was so confused on how to fuel beforehand because I’d be running through lunch. The march out to the start line was a little over a half mile. It was a little unsettling seeing snipers on top of a nearby roof. Before I knew it we were off….like seriously “Oh! There’s the start line!” I just let my feet carry me. The first part of the race is seriously downhill so tried not to brake and blow up my quads. It was congested though. The weather was interesting. I wasn’t sure how to dress and in the end I think my choice of capris, tank and windbreaker was perfect. The first few miles I was hot! I thought the jacket was a huge mistake. I planned on handing it off to Cathy and Nicole when I saw them on the course. Miles 1-5: 8:57, 8:26, 8:19, 8:10, 8:26 At mile 6 my stupid GI tract let me know a pit stop was needed. Mile 6 - 9:33. I hoped that I was going to be good for the rest of the race. I was alternating water and Gatorade every mile. I took a Gu at mile 4.5, 9, 13.5 and 17.5. I did my run walk strategy of run ~ .7 miles/walk 30 seconds (yes, the whole way). I was feeling really strong. The miles were clicking by. Mile 7-8 were an 8:11 and 8:56. At mile 9 my f’n GI tract was in need of attention again!! Ugh! 10:46. I saw Cathy and Nicole for the first time at mile 11. It was amazing!! They were cheering their heads off. My stomach was still iffy so I gave them a shrug to say I’m not sure I’m going to be able to hold on, but I wasn’t going to give up. Mile 11-13 were 8:31, 9:13, 8:36. As I passed through the half way point I saw I was several minutes under 2 hours. I was pumped because I was starting to feel better. (In 2017 I remember how I felt at the halfway point (awful) and I knew I was having a much better day…even with the GI issues. Miles 14 -16 were 8:53, 8:36 and 8:31. Now start the hills. There are 4 of them. With my run/walk strategy I tried to only take walks on the uphills. If you’ve run Boston you know you are either going up or down. There is hardly anything flat. I gave myself permission in the hill section to take a little longer walk breaks if necessary. The 1st hill hardly fazed me. Mile 17 - 9:15 I saw Cathy and Nicole here. Again I gave them another shrug to say “I have no idea what’s going on, but I’m still feeling good!” The dream team: At mile 18 I sadly needed another pit stop- yup, we are at 3 now. 10:26 My feet were hurting at this point and my stomach was cramping. It was ugly but my feet kept moving. Mile 19-20 - 8:35 & 9:19. When I hit Heartbreak Hill I’ll admit it — it did kind of break my heart. It was so long, but I knew I just had to get over it and then the course would level out a bit. Mile 21 - 10:05. With the hills behind me I set my sights on getting to the Citgo sign. I passed by the college guys handing out the beer. In my mind I thought “not this year boys. I’m on a mission.” Mile 22-23 — 9:04, 8:53 CITGO!! By mile 24 I am not going to lie the bottoms of my feet were screaming and my body just wanted to stop. I saw a lady who was listing to one side. I couldn’t believe that she was still running. I heard someone scream my name around mile 24/25. Turns out it was Jen.M.Yee!! Mile 24-25 -9:27, 9:15. I kept looking for the right on Hereford. I knew when I saw that I would be so close! It took forever to come! Suddenly it was there! Right on Hereford and then a left on Boylston!! I was so grateful to see the finish line!! Cathy and Nicole managed to spot me again!! Mile 26 9:36 and the last .47 8:51. Final time of 3:58:58! Sub 4! I was so happy!! If you are wondering how much time I lost in the POP it looks to be about 6 minutes according to Strava. Ugh. Immediately passing through the finish line I could barely walk! My feet were on fire. My hips didn’t want to bend. I stopped to stretch and told them EMT if I couldn’t get back up to just yank me up. It was a serious concern. I shuffled through the medal, food and heat sheet lines. It seemed to take me forever to get to the family meet up area. It was hard to believe that I could go from running 8 and 9 minute miles to barely being able to walk. The wind was whipping all around. Nicole helped me put on my sweats. As she was helping me with my sweatpants my foot started to cramp. Later that night my hamstring went into a series of cramps at dinner and when I bent over to pick something up my left hip seized up. It was kind of hilarious. I have never cursed so much. Cathy headed home immediately after the race. Seriously the best friends you could ever have. Nicole and I met my son and his wife for dinner. After that Nicole and I went to the 27th Mile party at Fenway and then to Yards Brewery. In the morning we recovered with some donuts and went for a walk around Boston Commons. Before heading out we stopped at Harpoon Brewery for one last celebration. Did I mention my time is a BQ - 6? Same time next year? ….maybe. Only if I can train better. So.much.pain!
    8 points
  2. I had registered for the Cherry Blossom 10 mile race in Washington DC, but was debating on switching to the 5K because I developed bursitis on one of the small toe's of my right foot. After some thought I decided to stay with the 10 mile race, but to do the 10 miles at a comfortable run/walk pace, where I would run for 4 minutes at a 10 min/mile pace followed by a walk for 2 minutes at a 20 min/mile pace. This would have me finishing in about 2 hours, well under the 2:20 time limit and hopefully minimize any soreness to my foot. Me and my wife were staying in Bethesda, MA with my sister and her husband. We came into Bethesda late Friday afternoon . It took us little longer than needed as after we made a stop on the Pennsylvania turnpike for lunch and we then got back on it in the wrong direction where the next exit where we could turn around being 10 miles later. Note, that there is not much notice after you pass though the Pennsylvania Turnpike photo toll booths on choosing your direction and we happened to be in the wrong lane. Friday night we had a nice dinner out with my sister, her husband, and their teenage son. Saturday was the race expo with package pickup, and their son had a rugby tournament. My brother-in-law and nephew went to the tournament and my wife, my sister, and myself headed to the expo early Saturday afternoon. Once we drove into DC the traffic became very slow and congested, at least partly because the Cherry Blossom Festival was also happening. My sister was driving and I was helping her navigate to the National Building Museum where the expo was, and simultaneously trying to located somewhere to park using Spot Hero. As we got near the expo I found a parking garage where we could park for $14 that was only a couple of blocks from the expo. It was a little crazy switching between google maps with the expo location and Spot Hero with the location of parking garage, and ended up making one right turn from the left lane to get to the parking garage. The packet pickup at the expo was very fast and easy. It was a small expo with some booths selling running related merchandise. Afterwards we had lunch near where we parked, headed back to my sister's house where my sister dropped me and my wife off at a church near her for the 5:00 pm mass. As we were walking back from mass to my sisters house my brother-in-law and nephew who were returning from there Rugby tournament saw us and gave us a lift the remaining way back to their house. My nephew's team won 2 out of 3 games with him scoring twice which is called a "Try" in rugby parlance . Since my sister didn't have a TV channel that carried the Duke-NC semi-final basketball game, I was able to log into my cable streaming service on my laptop and watch in bed what ended up being a great game. The Cherry Blossom race organizers had warned participants in emails that parking was going to be difficult Sunday morning for the race and recommended using Spot Hero to make a parking reservation in advance. So I made an advanced parking reservation with Spot Hero that had me parking about a mile from the race start area at the Washington Monument. The plan was that I would drive myself to the race and park, while my wife and sister would later come see me finish the race. Sunday morning at 6:00 am there was not much traffic but I missed a couple of exits before I was able to maneuver back near the location of my Spot Hero parking reservation. Before I got to the location of my parking reservation I notice that the parking spaces on the streets were nearly empty and with parking free on Sunday's in DC found a parking space on the street a little nearer to the to the start than my Spot Hero reservation. I also was able to cancel my Spot Hero reservation while walking to the start area. After using the porta potty and dropping off my stuff at the gear drop I headed to the start corrals. A woman next to me in the corral asked me to take a picture of her with the Washington Monument in the background and we started talking a found out that she was from Bethesda, had previously done some triathlons. For the race I wore my red 2013 Detroit Marathon shirt that said DETROIT on the back, and just as our corral wave started to move forward a young woman indicated that the Detroit Marathon was her favorite marathon and I learned that she had grown up in Royal Oak, MI where I am from. The race was very crowded for me the whole race, probably more so for me since I was back in the race pack, but I received plenty of encouragement with people saying "Go Detroit". The race itself was pretty uneventful for me using my run/walk strategy and I enjoyed running through the Cherry tress along the race course. As it happened my wife and sister arrived at the race finish area before I finished (I had installed the Cherry Blossom race app on my wife's phone so she could track my location during the race), but they didn't see me finish since it was so crowded with runners and they didn't know what I was wearing. I ended up finishing in a little under 2 hours and after the race my foot with the bursitis was somewhat sore, maybe a 2 or 3 out of 10, but it felt pretty good the next day. All in all a very enjoyable race.
    4 points
  3. The Broad Street Run has been advertised as one of the fastest 10 milers in the United States. The race is famously known as one of the fastest, flattest courses. The reason why is its so fast is because Broad Street runs from North to South, down the middle of the city and is gradually down hill. Starting at the highest elevation at approximately 161 ft down to 6 ft at the finish. I know many people who have raced this course, but I have never done it because it requires some logistical planning (which terrifies me 😅). The race is a straight point to point run so you park at the finish and have to take mass transit to the start. This year a friend organized a jitney to drive 15 of us up to the start and pick us up at the finish. For $45 it was a bargain! I took Friday & Saturday off from the gym, running, biking and swimming (LOL). On Saturday I spent a leisurely day going to a stretch class and then hung out with a friend. I didn't eat too much because quite frankly I was terrified of another triple port-a-potty day like Boston. I slept fairly well on Saturday night. Woke up at 4:15 am to gather everything I needed and headed to jitney pick up. Very smooth. On the jitney everyone was saying how they were fun running because the course gets too crowded. It was weird to hear that because I know that a lot of fast times are run at Broad Street. I just remained quiet and decided I would take a wait and see attitude. I really wanted to send it as 5-13 mile races are my "sweet spot." The jitney driver dropped us off at the start line. We took a group picture and then I went on my way to find my corral. A couple of guys had reached out to me (who weren't on the jitney) to ask about running with me. I'm really a solo runner and the fact that I had no idea what pace I would be running (thought 82:00) led me to turn both of them down. I hit the port-a-potties, climbed the barriers and smoothly disappeared into the green corral. Last race at age 56! It was a cool, crisp morning. 48*, no wind and sunny. I took my sweatshirt off and immediately regretted it. Brrr! Each corral was released with about a minute in between. I was in the first big corral -- 1:20 to 1:30 finish times. Soon we were marched up to the front and I was about 20' from the start timing mat. We took off and the course gently rolled downhill. From the start it was a bit crowded but we were all running at about an 8:00 pace. Exactly perfect for our corral. I got to the first mile marker with very little dodging or weaving. 8:00 flat (down 54'). As I ran through the 1 mile mark I realized I was really pushing it and wondered if I was going to be able to hold on for another 9 miles. LOL The course to me was noticeably downhill but every once and a while we would come to a slight uphill. I just focused on slowing a bit and not blowing up my lungs. Miles 2-5 7:43, 7:43, 7:44, 7:46. (Ascents of 15'-22' & descents of 12'-46') My pacing was so bang on in this section. I couldn't believe I was holding these 7:40s and was worried I might bonk very soon. I took a gel at mile 5 and grabbed some water. At mile 6 the course goes around City Hall. It is such an amazing view. A few people stopped and took a picture. Once I got around to the other side of City Hall I had fond memories of the Philadelphia Marathon in 2016. Mile 6 & 7 -- 7:40 & 8:08 (Descent 18', 6') It was getting hot! I regretted wearing my shirt and was seeking the shadier parts of the street. How can 50* feel so hot! At mile 8 I wanted the race to be over! I was dying. It was not pretty! I took my 1st tiny little walk break and contemplated how I was going to be able to run 2 more miles! 8:02. I kept calculating in my head how much longer I had to run. 2 miles = 20 minutes .... nope 2 miles = 16 minutes! I can do that! I finished up mile 9 ( 7:55) and started looking for the last right hand turn. Once I saw the stadiums I knew I was almost there. I had ZERO get up and go to sprint into the finish line. I gasped and wheezed my way over the finish line (7:47). My final time was under what I thought I could possibly run. 1:18:47 (7:53 pace) 10/476 in women 55-59 AG Holy cow! Frickin' cloud 9! Some days you just have to send it and see where you land! Best running group ever!
    3 points
  4. April 2022 in review! Total mileage for the month: 259.7 March 28-April 3: 80.0 April 4-10: 81.1 April 11-17: 45.5 April 18-24: 33.6 April 25-May 1: 71.7 I brought everyone rabbit ez tees back from Boston but forgot to bring mine for the post-run photo! Races: April 18: Boston Marathon in 3:13:01. When my choices were DNS, DNF, or a sickly struggle to finish almost a half hour slower than planned, I chose the latter and even though I'm sad about it I don't regret it. The Boston singlet that didn't pass uniform checks Workouts: April 3: 6 miles pacing Amy's MP workout (7:35-7:40) then 4 x 1 MP/1 easy. My MP miles were 6:42, 6:38, 6:04, 5:58 (average 6:20) - which appears to be total crap pacing and kind of was. But! The first two miles were more uphill and the second two more downhill, though it all rolled. I've run the course we were on enough to know I'm usually ~10 seconds slow on the miles the first two reps were on and ~10 seconds fast on the miles the last two were on - so 6:30 and 6:10 would have been more normal. I think residual fatigued from the 50k made the uphill harder than usual, or maybe I just needed some time to get going. The first two felt awful and the last two felt great, so who knows! Better to start slower and finish faster than the opposite. Colin and I ran this together, showing me that one scenario when I can actually keep up with him on workouts is when he has run a 50k 8 days prior. I am better than average at recovering from long races! April 6: Wave tempo of 10 x 4:00 at 6:25-6:30 / 2:00 at sub-6:00 continuously. The time-based workout ended up being 9.72 miles at 6:10 pace total, with 4.3 warm up and 2.4 cool down for 16.5 total. My paces were: 6:20, 5:54, 6:25, 5:42, 6:27, 5:41, 6:17, 5:47, 6:24, 5:57, 6:15, 6:09, 6:24, 5:48, 6:32, 5:51, 6:30, 5:55, 6:24, 5:46. I planned the workout as 8-10 sets, so me choosing to do 10 shows that I was feeling really good! It was a weird workout because it started out fine for the first 2 rotations, then at 3-4 I was questioning if I was going to be able to hold pace for even 8 (and decided if I fell off I'd stop at 6), then once I got to about 6 I felt fantastic. I really felt stronger as the workout went on and finished feeling like I could do a few more rotations. I definitely could have finish a half marathon at 6:10 pace this day - or of course faster with even pacing. April 9: Light fartlek of 4 x 2:00, 1:30, 1:00 on with equal offs in an 11 mile run. I ran the ons moderate, which ended up averaging around MP, because I needed to do something besides slogging but not a hard workout. April 11: 4 miles at MP in the middle of a 12.2 mile run, in rain and wind on hills in 6:27, 6:33, 6:33, 6:15. My plan was to start at 6:30 and work down, but the first 2.5 miles of it felt terrible and I told Colin I was just staying at 6:30! The last 1.5 felt better but still a lot harder than it should have, which is pretty much always what happens to me a week out from marathon day, so now it's just expected and not discouraging...though in hindsight this was the start of me getting sick! April 14: While sick I attempted to run 3 miles turned 3 x 1 mile turned 1 single mile at MP instead of the scheduled workout, but could only manage a 6:40 and it killed me...which did not inspire confidence for Boston. Doubles: April 2, 5, 6, 10, 29. I'm in the lovely rabbit Boston long sleeve & Amy is in her Boston outfit Long Runs: April 3: 14.2 miles (7:18) with a workout, described above. April 6: 16.5 miles with a workout, my main long run between the Prairie Spirit 50k and Boston Marathon. I couldn't decide whether to run 16 or 17 for this one so I split the difference! April 11: 12.2 miles (7:14) via 4 easy, 4 MP, 4.2 easy, a.k.a., The Last Long Run Workout That Always Feels Much Harder Than It Should, which felt even harder than usual. April 18: Boston Marathon (27.5 total for the day)! April 29: 14.2 miles (7:48), which was the first run post-Boston that I felt nearly normal on! I did 8 x 0:30 pick ups to sub-6, one about every mile, starting at mile 6, to put some pop back in my legs. Miles from Mentor fuels with UCAN! Girls' run Running Highlights: My first Boston Marathon, in the professional field, though it wasn't exactly what I'd dreamed of. My running group welcomed me back with champagne-less mimosas (yes, plain OJ) Life Highlights: Boston-related travel and friends, which included Easter in Boston. Albani completed 8th grade ROTC. ROTC awards Best buds looking at the garden Books: The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Thin Ice (Alaska Wild #1) by Paige Shelton Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Whispers by Heidi Perks The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart Theme for the month: No guarantees.
    3 points
  5. Losing steam. PT continues. Went to Boston to see DS1 run. Met with him and his girls. Helped them navigate the suburbs from Hopkinton to Copley Square. Were able to see him at mile 4 in Ashland, 6-1/2 in Framingham, 9 at Fisk Pond, 10 in Natick, 13 and 16 in Wellesley, 20 in Newton, and 22 at Cleveland Circle. Props for the new tracking app, which let us see if we had time to get where we wanted in time. Obviously, he had the more physically challenging day, but it was pretty stressful getting to all those places with three adults and three kids (aged 7, 9 & 11). Then there's the whole finding your people after the race fun. And parking in downtown Boston on Patriot's Day at the end of the marathon. I was able to meet irl my very first friend on the Loop, SIbbetson. Thirteen years ago she was the first to comment on my very first post. Closest we've come before was when I stopped for a day in Reed Springs, MO for a tiny marathon. Think she was still in Kansas then. We texted Sunday while the family was at the expo and she was eating lunch close by with three of her fast friends. Long time dream fulfilled. Huge snowstorm across New York state the day we were driving back so we took a loop to the south and came home through Pennsylvania, stopping for a quick visit to ...(wait for it!). (Who is that old guy, anyway?) The furnace has been acting up the past few weeks and it was 50o in the house when we got home. Had a guy come look at it. Probably the controls going out. It's 34 years old. So, we got a new one. They came out today to install a special chimney liner needed for high efficiency furnaces in older homes (ours is from 1966). They almost had to call for a mason to tear into the chimney, which would have been who knows how much, but in the end were able to get the liner done as is. Then we noticed water in the basement coming from the dishwasher. Leaky inlet valve. That - fortunately - I can do myself. $20. Four weeks later, we still don't have a dining room table. Can't find anything we really like. There you go.
    3 points
  6. Another week, another .... Nothing, really. Had final PT session on Monday and have an appointment with the ortho on Thursday coming up. Really hope he doesn't want to talk about my hip. IT'S NOT THE HIP! OK, I feel better now. Emotionally anyway. Also have an appointment (at Mrs. Dave's insistence) with a GI doc on Thursday. This is part of our quest to get to the bottom of this diabetes mystery. There are two possible outcomes from this line of inquiry. Either a) they find nothing and there's no reason for me to have insulin resistance issues, or 2) I have pancreatic cancer. Awesome. Plans for our Europe trip are going slightly better. We need to trim the itinerary a little so we aren't over-scheduled. Probably will have to skip Poland with everything happening in eastern Europe. At this point, broadly speaking, it'll be like this: Couple of days in Paris Day in Normandy Day (maybe 2) in Amsterdam Couple of days in Berlin We want to get to a few more WWII sites, but we're not in our 20's anymore, so that may be too much. Speaking of travel, my 45th HS reunion is this summer and I've been waffling heartily about going, since we can fly to Europe for less than airfare to UT is right now. EXCEPT, this morning I figured a work around that saves me half and makes it affordable. A pair of one-ways, a long layover in Las Vegas and some points I have on Southwest. Old guys like me should go to these because who knows how many we have left, right? Two baseballs games this week, both complimentary and both from work events. Monday Mrs. Dave had tickets from her work (Tigers lost). Thursday I had a work outing that including BBQ and a game (Tigers lost again). Still, an afternoon at the park is better than an afternoon at work.
    2 points
  7. picture is from last fall's elk hunting trip.. been trying for ten years, this is the first of all the coming years when I won't be going up a mountain in the fall looking for elk. I'll miss it though in some ways it's a relief, a lot of planning, then physically and mentally tough long days in the field. Applications go in April and I didn't have to spend those hours of analyzing snowpack, forage, long-range weather forecasts, herd reports, etc etc. After my sainted PT fixed (mostly) the L knee, and the heel bursitis is mostly under control, I was hoping to actually run a couple races this year. Turns out the race is against old Father Time, who is undefeated.. I can do the miles I used to do, slower than before, but the real change is in recovery. A long run even easy takes about 3 days of recovery. Four days of moderate training in a row is the best I can do, then have to lie down and breathe slowly for a day. The HRV4Training app on my phone has been useful as it gives an objective measure for the stress/recovery status. I'd always feel a bit of guilt when not working out, or backing off the scheduled workout to something easier. The app lets me see my weariness is not mere laziness and I really do need that rest day. So the plan got scaled way back. The Red Desert half-marathon on trail/dirt road in September, and a sprint distance triathlon next week. The Ordinary Mortals tri ran from the early 90s until 2006, I raced it from 2000 to 2006, winning my age group for the first time in that last race. The original race director retired and it faded away, renewed at a different location with different courses in 2012 or so. That coincided with my personal lapse in racing so I haven't yet raced this course. Planning to wear my 2002 race shirt to the race, the shirt is beautifully faded and comfortable 😉 Race report to come, should I survive.. In other news, we hosted an Easter party for church with a spit-roast lamb and roughly 60 people, for the first time in 3 years. We were all very happy to be there and see each other.. one son away at college, the other actually flew home for Easter because he knows what a good party it is..
    2 points
  8. A day at the game is always better than a day at the office.
    1 point
  9. Another week of zero progress. Plenty of strength work. Pushing a weighted sled, resistance bands, bridges, lunges. Hip flexibility stuff. PT says he's impressed with how much strength I have for someone my age. 🤣 The last two sessions he's had me run a little. Just up and down the indoor field. Felt a little pain where the ITB attaches to the rear of the hip. If I knew that's all it would do I'd keep running. But it gets progressively worse and hurts more later as things cool. He is ready to throw in the towel and send me back to the doctor. About time. This morning the pain in my side is back, too. Mrs. Dave says I'm just old. No doubt that's right, but I'm not convinced that's all it is. Bought a new printer this week. It arrived without one of the setup cartridges. When I told Amazon about it, they asked if I wanted a refund or a replacement and to keep the one I got. Told them all I needed was the one cartridge, to no avail. So I researched how to start the printer without a setup cartridge, took the refund and bought two new cartridges. Free printer! Thanks, Amazon. Still no dining room table. We were planning a trip to the UK this summer with some friends but that's fallen through. We talked about several things to do instead and have (finally) decided (probably) on a 10 day tour of World War II sites - Normandy, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and (hopefully, depending on the Ukraine situation) Warsaw/Krakow/Auschwitz. 45th HS reunion is this summer. Hoping airfare drops a little before deciding about making that trip. Happy to go, just don't know if I'm $600 happy.
    1 point
  10. Stuff happens, but you stuck it out and finished Boston - Congrats.
    1 point
  11. That Father Time guy really chaps my hide. Congrats on getting back in the game.
    1 point
  12. yuk sorry about the Boston struggle - thank you for the report, enjoyed it..
    1 point
  13. my wife maintains it's much harder being a marathon supporter, than running it 😉 all that dashing around and trying to find parking and/or synchronize on public transport..
    1 point
  14. Great racing! Way to gut out those final 2 miles.
    1 point
  15. Ugh.. Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well.
    1 point
  16. Great race! Well done. You crushed it! You had to mention 2016... The wind! 🤬
    1 point
  17. Two matches this month! The Book Thief and The Glass Castle. Both heartbreakers.
    1 point
  18. Ugh. Sorry about you being sick for Boston.
    1 point
  19. Top ten, baby! Really nice recovery after 7-8 instead of cruising home on the struggle bus. It's so nice when people are in their appropriate pace groups for a crowded race.
    1 point
  20. Thanks, John! I'm hoping to never get another PR of Code Abbies again.
    1 point
  21. Awesome! Congrats! Sorry about the code Abby, but hey - still a BQ! You look better in the pics than most people do during a marathon!
    1 point
  22. I didn't see him but Cathy may have. We saw Knox at the expo.
    1 point
  23. Congrats! Did you see Tommy Rivers?
    1 point
  24. Congrats, great perseverance and deterimination.
    1 point
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  26. What a wild ride! You look great in all those pics, though. THRE CODE ABBYS? That's nuts. Sorry I missed you with everything else going on. DS really smoked the course and we were scrambling all morning, trying to keep up with him. Maybe this ITB will heal and I can join you next year.
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  27. March 2022 in review! Total mileage for the month: 388.0 Feb. 28-March 6: 110.3 March 7-13: 93.0 March 14-20: 88.0 March 21-27: 70.2 March 28-April 3: 80.0 Miles from Mentor Saturday long run crew of 11 Races: March 12: Running of the Squirrels 3.25 mile 5k as part of a long run workout in 19:50 for 1st overall female and a white squirrel! March 19: Havin' a Crappie Weekend Outdoor Festival Crappie Challenge for fun, pacing, and prize money! I coasted through the 1 mile in 5:43, paced Abby to her second fastest 5k ever in 20:17, and ran an 8.5 mile technical trail race in 1:08. I laughed a lot about doing 3 events that I don't even run! March 26: Prairie Spirit 50k in 3:37:05 for a new Kansas 50k overall female state record, a Prairie Spirit women's course record, 1st OAF, and an experience! DST took our morning weekday run daylight - this was post-run 😞 Workouts: March 2: 8 mile wave tempo on rolling hills in 6:44, 6:01, 6:42, 6:09, 6:50, 6:18, 6:39, 6:02. My goal was 6:00-6:10 alternating with 6:40-6:50 (MP-20 and MP+20), so everything was right where I wanted aside from mile 6, but that mile had about 60 ft of gain and I've run the route enough to know that 6:10 effort would yield a 6:20 split, so my goal was to stay under 6:20 there, which I did! Spencer ran this with me, which was very helpful. He hammered his last mile in 5:52 but otherwise we were stride-by-stride. He has Strava premium so I knew my grade-adjusted paces from his data, which took off 4 seconds on average (e.g., we averaged 6:27 pace but grade adjusted was 6:23). This workout is also known as Marathon Pace The Hard Way and I really enjoy it! March 5: 4-3-2-1 mile progressive tempos in a 22.6 mile run (5 easy to start, 0.5 recoveries between most but 1 mile between the 3 and 2 mile tempos due to my running buddy taking a bathroom stop, 5.6 easy to finish). My goal times were 6:30-6:20-6:10-6:00 per segment and splits were 6:31, 6:28, 6:30, 6:26 / 6:26, 6:38, 6:33 (this section was nearly all uphill and all into the 20-30 mph wind, so we decided it was worth 6:20 average) / 6:10, 6:11 / 6:03. I love this workout and my paces were pretty consistent with what I've done before on it, but I've never run such a hilly course so I was proud of myself. The 5 miles easy plus the workout portion was 17 miles total and had 1094 ft of gain per Strava. Spencer and I ran this together except for the last mile when he stomped me! March 9: The Michigan with 2 mile tempos all on the roads. My goal was to match or better the paces I hit for this workout on the same course in January with 1 mile tempos, and I did. It was about 25 degrees with no wind, which felt pretty perfect. Spencer ran with me which also helped! He was ahead of me on all of the 5k-10k pace stuff but we ran the threshold parts side-by-side. My splits were: 1 mile @ 10k in 5:43, 2 mile threshold in 6:01/6:00, 0.75 @ 10k at 5:53, 2 mile threshold in 6:02/6:00, 0.5 @ 5k at 5:30, 2 mile threshold in 6:05/6:02, 0.25 faster than 5k at 5:25. There was a 3:00 recovery jog after each threshold portion and 2:00 recovery jog after each 10k/5k pace portion. 6 total threshold miles at 6:00-6:05 was great for me, then throwing in the faster work really made this a fantastic workout. I don't think I could actually run a 10k at 5:43 pace or a 5k at 5:30 pace right now, but it felt good to press and didn't seem to hurt the rest of the workout! March 12: 5 easy, 3.2 miles at threshold (6:10, 6:12, 6:07), 0.5 jog, 3 miles at marathon pace (6:27, 6:23, 6:16), easy to 18.5. I did the very cold and slightly long Running of the Squirrels 5k for the threshold miles, which was fun - then did the course a second time for the marathon pace work. March 16: 3 x (1 mile @ MGP, 1:00 jog, 1 mile @ HMGP, 1:00 jog, 1 mile @ 10k GP, 3:00 jog) in 6:19, 6:03, 5:51 | 6:17, 6:00, 5:47 | 6:16, 6:00, 5:47. Perfect weather and fast friends made this a successful final big workout! I was happy with my times but even happier with how good I felt running this. The entire run (with warm up, cool down, and recovery jogs) was 14 miles, with 9 miles of work, but it flew by. I haven't really bombed any workouts this season, so I knew this could be the one, but looks like I dodged that bullet and that the Run with the Wind 25k was my worst workout of the season - worst meaning I ran pretty much my exact goal pace but found it much harder than I wanted it to be. Spencer ran the MP miles with me, and a shade faster than me on the HM and 10k pace work, so chasing him helped a lot. Also there is nothing like 10k pace to make MP feel easy! March 19 and 20: I did the Havin' a Crappie Weekend Challenge as my final tune up workout for my 50k. Saturday afternoon I ran 13.8 miles total (includes a 3 mile morning shake out) with the 1 mile and 5k events. Sunday morning I ran 12 miles total with an 8.5ish mile trail race. March 22: The Race Week Workout That Everyone Runs Too Fast 4 x 1 mile at MP (6:10, 6:05, 6:06, 6:09) plus 0.5 mile hammer (2:48) with 1:30 recoveries. 6:10 or under is my dream MP, but not my current MP, so I held true to the workout's name! I added the 0.5 hammer to help me keep the miles under control, and thinking "I get to hammer at the end" helped but not enough for me to slow down to current MP, which I estimate to be around 6:25. March 31: 4 mile wave tempo alternating MP/threshold, 2:00 jog, 3 x 1:00 faster/1:00 off. My wave tempo half mile paces were 6:26, 6:06, 6:26, 6:08, 6:42, 6:07, 6:37, 6:10 and my 1:00 fasters were 5:26, 5:27, 5:38. I wasn't planning to workout until April 3, but I felt good enough to try one on the short side, plus I felt like I needed to stop slogging post-50k! I felt okay enough considering, but I couldn't dig and starting drifting on my paces towards the end of the wave tempo (I was targeting 6:25-6:35/6:05-6:10). Doubles: March 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 29, 31. Favorite workout: I really had fun with The Michigan with 2 mile tempos! Post-long run #2 for the weekend Those 2 nailed a workout on 3/6! Long Runs: March 5: 22.6 miles, with a workout described above. March 6: 16.2 miles (8:20), for the last big double long run weekend of the season - which made me sad! March 12: 18.5 miles (7:12), with a workout described above. March 13: 12.5 miles (7:58) that felt a lot easier than the last few Sunday long runs I'd done. Turns out there is a big difference between running 18 miles on Saturday vs. 22-26! March 19: 13.8 miles total, although I did 3.3 in the morning then 10.5 kind of split in the afternoon at the Havin' a Crappie Weekend Outdoor Festival. March 20: 12 miles (8:12) total that included my first real trail race! March 26: 31.1 miles (6:58) at the Prairie Spirit 50k! Most mid-week workouts added up to long run mileage as well but I did not double-include them. Favorite long run: I am a huge fan of the long run workout I did on March 5. Our UCAN sample run! Running Highlights: I set a new rolling 7 day mileage PR of 116.1 from February 25 to March 3. I wrote about it here because who knows if this will ever happen again! My second ultra is in the books! I am 7 overall female wins in 7 races in 2022 so far. I'm celebrating this streak before it ends on April 18! My undefeated in the masters division in road racing streak is also going to end (the only race I haven't won masters in since I turned 40 was on the track). Hopefully Boston is worth it! I love this Strava graph more than one should love a graph Life Highlights: Spring break for Albani and MSU + more snow, then spring! Happy St. Pats! Books: The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell Luster by Raven Leilani Closer Than You Know by Brad Parks Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Katy Milkman A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager Theme for the month: Keeping it fun. I greatly enjoyed this month of running!
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