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  1. RoyalDryness

    Change of Perspective

    I need to take that perspective sometimes too. Instead of focusing being better than others, just being the best me I can at the moment.
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    I CAN go 55

    You are killing it...as usual.
  3. Are you sure it's not from the imaginary dog that was going to the bathroom on your neighbors lawn a few years ago?
  4. Great job re-framing mid-race to being thankful for what you could do and taking joy in it. That's a lesson that I need to learn more often.
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    A Look Back, and Ahead

    Congrats on the PR and great 2017!
  6. Have any of the couples from The Bachelor/ette actually worked out?
  7. RoyalDryness

    MIA but Found

    Clear sidewalks are a godsend for pre-dawn running.
  8. Seems like 2017 was a good year for you, hope 2018 is even better!
  9. I'm glad I could provide someone inspiration! Good luck on your goals. I think you can do it.
  10. This is why you are the de-facto president here, always bringing the positive wisdom.
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    Top 5 of 2017

    That is a truly amazing year!
  12. It's a weird nickname that friends gave me a long time ago because of something I don't like to talk about anymore.
  13. I’m pretty sure at some point I wrote down my 2017 goals, but who knows where they are or what they were. I can probably guess, whatever they were, I didn’t meet them. So that leaves me with the new year. Should I make new goals? Should I say, “screw it, you’re not going to meet them anyway,” to spare myself the shame of falling short 363 days from now? Should I make some goals that are kind of easy so that I can claim victory? Should one of my goals, if I do indeed make goals for 2018, be to stop relying on the crutch of a series of rhetorical questions in my writing? Well, since I already started I might as well put some goals down in writing. You know, for accountability and whatnot. So here are my 2018 goals from most attainable to literally (and I mean literally in the literal sense of what literally meant until teen girls used it incorrectly so frequently it got an addition meaning that is the complete opposite of the first) impossible. Still be a runner at the end of 2018. If you run you’re a runner, so this should be fairly easy. I mean, even if I lost a leg in a shark attack I could get one of those springy prosthetics and still run. Though that would probably mean no more swimming in the ocean. But swimming in the ocean isn’t a goal so it’s not a problem. Set an age group PR in the 10k. This one requires only covering all 10 kilometers during a 10k race as I have not run a 10k in 5 years therefore any 10k finish would be, by default a 10k PR for my 30s. I have one on the calendar for March so that should hopefully happen. Don’t buy running shoes without trying them on first. “What are you, some kind of moron?” I can hear you saying. I’m many things, one of them is frugal about running shoes so when a pair is on sale online sometimes I buy them even if I haven’t actually ever worn that particular model of shoe. “They let you return them if they aren’t right,” I tell myself. So how many pairs of shoes have I returned? One, and it was because they were both right shoes. Not sure how that happened, but they were very nice about it. Run 100 miles in each of the 12 months of 2018. There was a time in my running life where this would have been a given. Now, with kids and a job and a wife and a not-20 something year old body, that’s not as easy. But it’s not that hard either, so long as I stay relatively healthy. Get rid of this ugly, ugly layer of squishy stuff that has engulfed most of my body in the last few years. I’m not putting a number on it, but I need to shed some pounds which will make the previous goal easier. And will be more achievable if I also meet the next goal. Eat more whole food, drink less whole six packs. I usually (usually) don’t drink a whole six pack in a day. But they don’t last as long as they should. Too many drinks in the evening means harder to get up early, which means not running before work, which means not feeling as good all day, which means “yeah I’ll have a donut,” which means, “yeah I’ll have another donut,” and now you get more of the squishy stuff. The whole food part is pretty self-explanatory. Run a marathon in 2018. This shouldn’t be that hard to achieve in theory. But it’s tougher than it seems with the kids and wife and job and junk food and beer and squishy stuff. Like the last few goals, the better I do on the others, the more likely this becomes. Run 2018 miles in 2018. Seems fun, right? If I train for a marathon that will up my mileage which might make this possible. And 3 days in I’m only a 5.4 miles behind. I could make that up with just an extra .0149171270718232044199 miles per day for the rest of the year. Set a half marathon PR in 2018. My PR is 1:37:14. What puts this so far down on the list of “possible?” As a baseline my last half marathon would have allowed that version of me to have finished, got some post-race food, showered, changed, taken a nap, eaten again, binged the second season of Stranger Things, learned to knit, taken a Caribbean cruise, then walked back to the finish line to cheer me in. Nothing is impossible, but this…it’s pretty close. Celebrate my 29th birthday. “Why is that the last one?” you ask. “Celebrating a birthday isn’t hard at all.” Well, I’m currently 34. Told you it would be literally (like literally, literally) impossible. *I'm never going to stop doing the rhetorical questions thing. It's too ingrained in me. Literally.
  14. RoyalDryness

    2018. NBD.

    I think the Powerball plan is the best option. You can pay someone else to deal with the household projects, not have to go to work so you can focus on all the strength training, stretching, core work stuff and still have plenty of time to run AND spend with Mrs. Dave.
  15. Congrats on an awesome race and some vindication for a few weeks ago. It's always great when it comes together.
  16. RoyalDryness

    SD Holiday Half RR

    Congrats on running a really great race. I'd still call it a PR given that you had over 5 minutes to cover a missing .2 miles.
  17. RoyalDryness

    RR Millinocket

    Sounds like a really great race!
  18. Awesome job! Looks like you had a blast. Who needs a hamstring anyway.
  19. Helping someone become a runner and face their demons is a wonderful thing to be doing. Best of luck to your friend in their journey in running and in life.
  20. So my last blog was setting up my attempt to complete the Runner’s World Holiday Streak, but with some of my own crazy rules to make it a little more rigorous and bit more fun. The first step for me in that was to beat my previous run streak, which wasn’t even planned, but I think just worked out that way by continually rearranging runs and not bothering to take a rest day for almost 2 weeks. It stood at 13 days, nothing to really be that impressed by, but seemed like an easy-ish, step 1 toward the whole Holiday season shebang. So to have reached that, I need to run up to at least this past Tuesday. Normally I run early…very early in morning, but due to having to be somewhere even further than my normal (long) commute, even earlier than I normally get to work, I thought an afternoon run on Tuesday would be better. As you can probably guess by this point, it didn’t happen. Over the weekend my son had some kind of stomach bug and by Tuesday morning I was slightly hopeful I had dodged it. I hadn’t. Driving home I at times contemplated pulling over to take a nap or calling someone to pick me up I was so tired. I made it home, used what little energy I had to make it to the bedroom and collapsed into bed. Even in such a state, in the back of my mind was a day about a month ago. I had a similar feeling of total exhaustion had hit me out of nowhere, collapsed into bed and woke up two hours later feeling just fine. Maybe that could happen this time too? Then I could shuffle my way through two, post-dinnertime miles and keep the streak alive. I didn’t. No need to be graphic, you all have an imagination, but the next 12 hours were pretty horrible. I know I slept a little during that time, but I don’t know how much, an hour, 20 minutes, 3 hours? Who knows? It was kind of a blur but I must have worked out in my fevered stupor because the muscles of my core were on fire the next morning. The upside was by midmorning Wednesday I was out of the woods enough to sit in bed and binge watch an entire season of Stranger Things, eat a small bowl of plain noodles and drink some Gatorade. By Thursday I was well enough to shuffle my way through a day at work, but not a run. Friday, I thought about running but decided to give it one more day to let my systems settle down, and frankly I was still very tired. Then Saturday I ran. I wasn’t sure how it would go, I still hadn’t eaten a whole lot, my stomach still felt a little touchy, and it was pretty cold. But, like the old mental trick goes, tell yourself you just have to make it around the block and if it’s that bad, you can go home. I made it around the neighborhood and thought well, I can definitely get 2 miles in, and at 2 miles I knew I could get to 3, and at 3 miles I decided to go to 4. And at 4 I was still .1 miles from my house so I decided to keep going all the way to 4.1 miles, because after a stomach virus and 4 days off that was enough. In the spirit of the season and because I didn't really choose to not run, I decided to finish what I started. The streak is back on…because after all, it just for fun and I make the rules so as the judge and jury of my own streak I have allowed a dispensation for illness and consider the streak paused during that time but not officially broken.
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