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Cliff last won the day on December 12 2021

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  • Birthday 06/17/1964

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  1. Congrats! Did you see Tommy Rivers?
  2. Cliff

    Comeback 2022 - week 12

    Sounds very frustrating.
  3. Cliff

    Comeback 2022 - week 11

    That sounds like a good idea.
  4. Cliff

    Comeback 2022 - week 9

    Celiac disease?
  5. Like @CompulsiveRunner suggested, I am still working on tendinitis in my left foot. No running in the last few months. I just got back to riding (indoors it's -1 today) and it has helped lift my spirits. I had been working with a PT for a couple of months, but for unrelated reasons, I needed to stop. It took me a while, but I progressed to where he allowed me to push through the pain.
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    Nothing yet.

    While I've never run at your level, I feel your pain. A few months ago I ran through a little zing I felt. Seemed silly not too, it truly was just one quick little zing. Then that turned into a brief pain in my heel, again ran through it. That progressed into the first few minutes were a little painful, but went away. You guessed it, I foolishly kept this up to the point the whole run was either uncomfortable or painful. I haven't been able to run in at least a couple of months, and riding is pretty much out too. Been in PT for about 4 or 5 weeks. Typing this with my boot on. Not a real boot, more of a sleeping boot. It's too big to sleep with so I have a Strassburg sock for sleeping, and twice a day exercises. Hopefully will be back to running / riding in a few more weeks or months. No idea what the actual diagnosis is. Several spots with tendinitis, possibly plantar fasciitis too. This too shall pass.
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    Welcome. Most people seem to post in the blog section named Bloopers.
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    Warning - treadmill related

    New plan. The Runner's World was awful. I love my treadmill for the iFit. Monday I did a run, first in a series, for becoming competitive in a 5k. Lots of warnings for the first 10 minutes that this is not for beginners. While I'm not fast, I think I qualify as above a beginner. It's a 7 week series. Run 1 was in a Costa Rican jungle. This is much more what I had in mind, still hard, but beautiful scenery.
  9. A little background on me, I rarely post. About 15 years ago I did 0 exercise. I was in my early 40s and weighed about 250. Then I slowly started eating a little better and adding in light exercise. About 12 years ago I bought a hybrid, and on the maiden voyage, likely a whopping 2 miles, I thought I was going to die. Fast forward to about 5 years ago, I was at about 175, and running my first Mt Washington Hill run, I've done it a total of 4 times, and I use the word run, very liberally. I've also ridden it once. I bought a real road bike in 2012 and recently bought my dream bike. A 2021 Trek Madone, a bit more aggressive than I thought I could ride, but a great bike. Sadly since those days when I went down to 175, I've crept back to 210 (in the pic above - me on the left). I run about 500 miles a year. In January I got my NordicTrack treadmill. The treadmill is great, the iFit software and the 32 inch monitor are amazing. At 57 I find I prefer the cushion of the base of the treadmill over the road. So, where is all this going? I ran one timed 5k once. I road my bike about 15 miles to get to it, changed in the bathroom, and was determined to do it in less than 30 minutes. I did. Today I started a program on the treadmill from Runners World, 8 weeks to a 5k in under 25 minutes. I've done over 50 runs on the treadmill, all have been amazing programs. This one leaves a lot to be desired. Most have a trainer talking you through it, great scenery as you run in fun places across the planet. This one is just a manual workout. A little disappointing. I know for a lot of you, a 25 minute 5k is more like a cool down run, for me, that would be really fast, especially at my current weight. Let's see what the next 8 weeks brings. I'll post an occasional update.
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    April, 2011. Lost in Tewksbury.

    Oops, I missed that part.
  11. Cliff

    April, 2011. Lost in Tewksbury.

    That's the town I live in. You could have stopped by for a warm shower and cup of tea.
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    Treadmill Dilemma

    I'm old, I don't bounce. I have a NordicTrack, I really like it. When the weather gets nice again, I'll go back outside. For now, I alternate between the rollers for the bike, and the treadmill for the feat.
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