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  1. 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.
    3 points
  2. Two weeks between entries. You know what that means. Either: 1) Been running so much there's been no time to post. B) The last test run was so terrible that I've been too bummed to try putting anything into words. Yeah, so I went out for another couple. This time (Tuesday of last week - my new plan was to go Tue-Thu-Sat), it hurt so bad I decided to wait longer before trying again. Since there are times when it hurts walking up stairs or lifting, I'll wait at least until those are pain free. Then there's the related hip pain. As long as that's around, I presume the ITB will still be a problem. As a result, no running for about a week and a half now. Getting some walking in when I can. Had an appointment with the ophthalmologist on Wednesday. Walked there and back. Five miles. Yesterday I needed another PSA draw since that's been a year. Four miles. Sometimes I'll just go out walking. Had my first follow up with the internist on Friday last. He was really happy with my glucose numbers and the fact that I've lost ten pounds since January. The same ten pounds that prompted Mrs. Dave to worry that I have pancreatic cancer and I'm also seeing a urologist and having a bunch of other tests to make sure I don't. So far, they've all come back negative, which of course means it's all good. Then on Friday I took my son's old bicycle, put air in the tires, checked and adjusted the brakes, and raised the seat and handlebars. I've been thinking for awhile about switching to a bike for some of the errands that I do around town. With gas topping $5/gallon, it seemed like the right moment. So, on Saturday I biked two miles to help a family load up a moving truck, then came home, adjusted the seat a little more, and planned a trip to pick up some fabric for a little Christmas project I've been working on. Seven miles one way to Joann Fabrics. Helped that it was perfect weather for riding a bike, and I really enjoyed the speed. I must admit the speed was more pedestrian than cycling. But it's a 25 year old machine that's really sized for a 12 year old kid. And apparently Garmin doesn't pause like when you're running and I forgot to stop it a few times while I was in and out of stores. But, whatever. On the roads for about three hours, logged almost 22 miles. Failed to mention I was also using the only helmet that we had around the house, which was also 20+ years old. It seemed adequate until I took it off and the end of the day, when it sort of fell apart into two pieces. I had noticed that Walmart/Target/Meijer all had helmets for about $30, so when I made my last stop of the day for groceries at Costco (automobile this time) and saw they had some for $32, I grabbed my upgrade. Last night I Amazon-ed a pair of riding gloves. And I have four new badges in my Garmin app. Sunday after church I spent an hour and put in 12 miles. Now I'll have to decide if I'm going to spend any money on an adult bicycle. But the bottom line is, I still can't run. Seven months now. I hate that.
    3 points
  3. 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!
    3 points
  4. 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
    3 points
  5. It was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, the day before the Bayshore Races in Traverse City, MI where I had registered to run the half marathon. The Bayshore Races have been deferred (or virtual) for the last two years due to COVID, several running friends and I were looking forward to running it in person this year. Unfortunately, I had injured my foot earlier in the year and had only two solid weeks of running at 25 mi/week, averaging 9-10 minute miles. My niece had invited my wife and me to accompany her and her two children ages 2 and 4 to the Detroit Zoo and see the Dinosauria exhibit (a life-size exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs along an outdoor trail) that Friday. Friday was a beautiful day; temperatures in the mid-70s and sunny with a little breeze. We met at the zoo at noon and toured some animal exhibits. Then we went over to the Dinosauria exhibit for our 1:30 PM tour reservation. The kids enjoyed the exhibit, except the 2-year-old was a little apprehensive at times due to the tremendous size, movement, and sound of the dinosaurs. Afterward, we headed to the zoo playground to let the kids unwind. We all had a great time and we ended up leaving the zoo for our Traverse City Airbnb room at about 2:45 PM. We had told our Airbnb host that our ETA was 7:00 PM, which shouldn't have been a problem since it is about a 4-hour drive from the zoo. We also had 7:30 PM dinner reservations and were going to meet my son who lives in Traverse City for dinner. Our trip started fine, but there were traffic delays as a thunderstorm crossed our path of travel. Google maps now showed an ETA well after 7 PM, but it alerted us to an alternate route which would save us about 15 minutes. Selecting the alternate route, we were almost back on track to make our ETA, but Google had kept suggesting additional alternate routes to save us a few additional minutes. I blindly followed Google's suggestions (while my wife double-checked what she could on a map). Luckily, we were able to reach our Airbnb in Traverse City a few minutes before 7 PM and walk to meet our son in time for our dinner reservations. After dinner, we walked back to our Airbnb and unpacked. I laid out my race clothes, set my watch alarm for 4:00 AM, and hit the sack at about 10:00 PM. I woke up to the alarm at 4 AM did some stretching exercises, dressed in my race clothes, and had my standard pre-run breakfast of tea and cereal with berries. At 5:30 AM my wife drove me and dropped me off at the Traverse City High School. I picked up my bib at the packet pickup in the high school which had no lines since most people picked theirs up the day before. I pinned on my bib, used the restroom, and head to the buses which took me to the half marathon start in the middle of the Old Mission Peninsula. The finish for all races was back on the high school track. Someone pointed me to the line to get on the buses around the corner of the High School. There was about a quarter-mile long line of runners waiting to get on a bus. In the line, I talked with other runners all excited that the race was back and hopeful for a good race day. How I love the excitement and energy before the start of a race. We arrived at the half marathon start area - a field with a big tent and porta-johns, with the temperature in the upper 40s but a clear and sunny sky. I put on some plastic booties over my shoes to prevent them from getting wet from the morning due on the grassy field. I texted some of my running friends to see if they have arrived yet; one was in line for the bus, and the other was being dropped off but was about 20 minutes away. There was then an announcement that the half-marathon start would be delayed by 15 minutes, from 7:30 AM to 7:45 AM since there were still runners at the high school that need to be bused to the start. I met my friend Paolo and we joined the 2-hour pace group at the start area, with both of us being unsure if we could stay with the 2-hour pace group due to our lack of recent training. I took a GU gel before the start and the temperature had now risen to the mid-50s and sunny, and what appeared to be a great day for the race. The race was off with the first mile pretty much all uphill. I was determined to take it pretty easy because I had overdone it when I had run this half in 2019. The first mile was at 9:25 and Paolo had dropped somewhere behind me. Mile 2 was mostly downhill at 8:03. When running downhills, I try to take as much advantage of gravity as can without risking going out of control and possibly falling or running into someone from behind, and ended up passing several runners. After 2 miles we had reached the East Traverse Bay shoreline which consists of gently rolling terrain. This part of the race is very beautiful and the air temperature is kept a little cooler by being next to the water. During mile 3 my other friend Andy caught me and we began running together. He looked strong while I was just trying to establish a pace that I could maintain to the finish. Mile 3 at 8:47. We kept running together with mile 4 at 9:01, mile 5 at 8:54, mile 6 at 8:57, mile 7 at 8:58, and mile 8 at 9:00. But I was starting to struggle, it was getting warmer and I was not getting much water at the water stops, spilling most of my water as we ran through them, also the cups at the water stops seemed to be unusually small. I had a GU at mile 7, but somewhere between mile 8 and 9, I told Andy to go ahead without me. Mile 9 at 9:15. Mile 10 at 9:10. I began to struggle to keep running, mile 11 at 9:24, and mile 12 at 9:26, and just want to finish without walking. But now I see my friend Andy ahead walking and I am catching up to him, but then he starts running again and disappears into the field ahead. This happens a few more times on the way to the finish. It was almost like he is a mirage that I see and then disappears. Mile 13 at 9:28. I saw Andy again on the track during the last 100 yards to the finish but finished behind him by 16 seconds with an official time of 1:59:40. I am exhausted and glad to be finished, look for, but can't find Andy, then turn back to the finish line where I see Paolo finishing. We slap high fives and head to the refreshments and snacks; it is now in the upper 60s and sunny. Paolo and I went together to the gear drop pickup area. There are lines of people all around the tent with the gear bags and we hopped into a fairly short line of maybe 10 people, but all the lines were moving slowly. My wife found us in line and joins us. I started to feel dizzy while waiting in line and dropped down to my knees sitting on the back of my heels to prevent myself from falling. I immediately start to feel better at the lower altitude but stay on my knees scooting forward as the line moves ahead. Paolo went a got us ice cream which helped me feel better. By the time I reach the front of the line I was able to stand up and retrieve my gear bag. I started drinking as much as I can find in the immediate area and seemed to be doing ok. After meeting up with Andy and friends we watched other friends finish the full marathon from the bleachers. It was now past noon. My wife and I leave and headed back to our Airbnb. I showered, changed clothes, and we got lunch. I drank water and Arnold Palmers at lunch, but was still tired and feeling out of it. After getting back to our room and I pretty much rested in the bed the rest of the day and night. Thankfully I felt much better in the morning. I think I had ended up being very dehydrated, possibly suffering from heat exhaustion. In hindsight, I should have walked through the water stops to ensure I was getting properly hydrated, but on the bright side, my foot held up well and was not sore afterward. About 15 yards from the finish line.
    3 points
  6. I didn't expect this to happen. Maybe I hoped a little, but I didn't think it was possible. Maybe it was just a fluke. Today, only two weeks and exactly 5 runs into this training for my first 5k in overtwo years, the 40 yo Mom outran the teen. We are still doing intervals of running and walking, but we are going for 20 minutes this week and running 2 blocks with a recovery of one block walking. About ten minutes in, Mookie stopped running two blocks. My legs were feeling extra tired today but I pushed through, finished the two blocks and turned around to walk back to her. She was feeling nauseous. Ah yes. Nausea. Trying to figure out if a body wants a snack before or after a run. Working through the initial tantrums our bodies throw when we first begin to push them to go further and get stronger. For me, I get nauseous during strength training if I don't have a small snack beforehand. Short runs are best done on an empty stomach. Long runs... well, we aren't there yet. Maybe Friday I'll suggest she have a piece of toast before our run. We finished the run with me running two blocks and doubling back to meet her during my recovery walk. She ran, walked, walked and then ran a little more. Back at the house while I worked through the preventative stretching our bodies demand, Mookie shared that her ears hurt too. This too, I am familiar with and the reason that I often wear ear covers even when it isn't particularly cold outside. It's been warm enough lately to skip the ear covers for myself, but it's another thing to suggest for our next run. Nausea, ear pain, tired muscles that beg us to stop, why do we even stick with this process long enough for it to feel enjoyable for more than 30 minutes? (Her nausea/ear pain etc. all went away within an hour of finishing the run) I suppose I can be grateful that I know what lies on the other side of the difficult startup. I remember what it was like to run 10 miles for the simple pleasure of the meditative drumming out of all the days aggravations. I assure Mookie that this will get easier. It feels more challenging to run around the neighborhood because its not a flat track. Tomorrow morning I am scheduled to take Bobby and Bean to the gym. Planet Fitness rolled out the welcome mat for high schoolers this summer with a free pass for ages 14-17. It was the final nudge I needed to return to the gym again. My next run with Mookie will be on Friday. Maybe she'll bounce back and be able to keep up with or pass me again.
    2 points
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