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  1. doug in co

    Keep showing up

    did a work lunch-hour run, 4 miles out easy then 3 miles back hard. This used to take me about 50min. Then 55min, in recent years it's started going just over an hour. This week it was 98 degrees, took me 75min.. starting to push the boundaries of a lunch hour here 😉 going to have to find a new shorter route.. agree, even with all the slowness, I love summer heat, long days, cold beer in the warm evenings..
  2. doug in co

    May (yes, May) in Review

    Congratulations ! Times two, or more ! Your job sounds fascinating - that must be very rewarding. Read some of the other bios, one of your co-honorees has run 49 marathons. On top of the Phd. I get tired just reading about the things you kids under 40 get up to 😉
  3. doug in co

    Wednesdays are the Worst!

    60 miles is very impressive.. well done ! I need to go get shingles shots too.. also, apparently those of us of a certain age should consider getting a MMR booster too. CO has the lowest vaccination rate for measles in the US, sure would hate to get it now..
  4. nice.. that's just down the road from me, have run/biked along there many times.. since I still look at results, this seemed odd - Female 99 and under: 4th of 35 All Female: 7th of 38 Apparently there were 3 really fast women over 100 in the race 😉
  5. doug in co

    Running Is Hard

    acceptance. That's the next stage after denial 😉 I hear you.. late 40s was when running started to hurt, and I was outraged ! betrayed ! now I'm just happy to still be moving forward.. most days.. it takes me longer to warm up for a 5k, than to run a 5k. to quote myself, 2009, "a truth I'd not articulated before: the worst thing about aging is that running now hurts. It never used to hurt - the pain appeared as information rather than suffering - but now every blessed step of a race takes effort to oppose the weakness. If I take my watch off it's possible to imagine myself to be running fast, still that's only a comfortable delusion."
  6. strollers are awesome.. our boys used to love them, 'faster Daddy !' though often I couldn't oblige.. ha
  7. thanks Dave.. still not running here, hope to try the knee out after next week, that will be 4 months of rehab. my snowbuster workout was indoors, 20min of water running in the dim chlorine-scented caverns of the local pool, then 20x intervals of 50yds, one per minute, averaging 36s.. tinkbot jr wins the internets for today, in my book.. cute !
  8. a significant component of college costs is the travel expenses, we have discovered to our sorrow.. Detroit to the wilds of Idaho is a particularly bad commute.. best of luck.. I can loan you canoes from my fleet 😉 Our anxious child is thinking of a college near Asheville NC, which is also a heck of a commute. He's taking a gap year though, so who knows what happens in that year..
  9. as you know, no plan survives the first contact with the enemy.. My first year running, our school coaches had drawn up a training plan which I followed exactly, six runs in a week and a day off, four months to the goal race. During test/training runs at school I was astonished to find I was the only one of some thirty kids who actually followed the plan. It did work, made it onto the team of 12, but it was also the last year I was able to follow a plan exactly.. injury, term papers due, etc etc etc. As Tom Derderian observed, life is a conspiracy to keep you from running. So my plans tend to be very specific in hope, but very sporadic in execution. The trick is to keep the broad perspective and not get hung up on any weekly or monthly goals - execute as best you can and let it go when it can't be done. This is where a good coach is invaluable..
  10. try this link, https://ocrunnergirl.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/showing-my-hamstring-whos-boss-phoenix-marathon/
  11. doug in co

    any demons ?

    ha ! no, but 'everyone' is very quick to assure me it was all the running that broke my knee.. I just smile and sigh..
  12. doug in co

    any demons ?

    never even heard that one, thanks..
  13. doug in co

    any demons ?

    still not running, so have to read about it instead.. turns out I tore up the L knee cartilage while performing a stupid canoe trick last summer, and cartilage doesn't heal. Hm. this is a book recommendation, The Happy Runner, by David and Megan Roche. Dave's been one of my imaginary internet friends for some time, so when they came to the LRS Runner's Roost for a book launch, I had to go. If anyone is looking for a coach I can unreservedly recommend their coaching service, SWAP (some work all play) - smart, based on the latest science and research, and compassionate. Dave used to be an environmental defense lawyer, degree from Duke where Megan was a runner. Megan has a medical degree from Stanford. They both have raced on Team USA in mountain running. Also they have the best consultant, Addie dog, Here's my dog Artie, I think they must be cousins.. The Happy Runner ? as Bob Dylan used to sing, no no no it ain't me babe.. though I prefer the Baez version. I'm more of the melancholy gloom-based runner, though it is true running brings me considerable happiness. The book launch was preceded by a run across the Bluffs in the dark, our usual Thursday route. I ran with Laura, a friend of Megan's from school and current SWAP runner. She didn't have a headlamp so relied on mine, which went out. I was very embarrassed. We ran in the dark.. luckily there was a bit of a moon and we didn't twist any ankles. David told stories of how they got to be running coaches from law and medicine. He said the first three weeks of law school, his heart rate stayed over 150 constantly. It was only after he met and started running with Megan that he calmed down. Megan as a kid used to bolt from primary school, run the 1.5 miles home, staying ahead of the school principal all the way. Her parents wore out their book 'Raising your difficult child'. When David started coaching her competition, she had some issues to work through about that.. ha. Addie dog taught them that love and enthusiasm are renewable resources. There were several other SWAP athletes there in support - Ashley Brasovan, Clare Gallagher, Abby Levene. Abby used to be a pro triathlete apparently but I didn't recognize her, though I follow triathlon the way some people do football. A quick internet stalk revealed her background - Philips Academy, Princeton runner with school 10k record and magna cum laude, CO Boulder masters in environmental journalism. I'm tired just reading about it. Clare ran the second fastest women's Leadville 100 ever, behind only the legendary Ann Trason's time. She is just a firecracker, full of energy. After Western States disappointment and injuries last year, started doing lots of environmental activism. She is sponsored by Patagonia who are quite happy to keep sponsoring her even while not running, a good company. Ashley beat Jordan Hasay to win Footlocker XC in high school, but was injured most of college (Duke). Currently recovering from a fifth femoral stress fracture. Ow. The Hoka One One shoe rep was there, also a SWAP runner. He used to run X-C at Augsburg College in Minnesota. I was wearing my St. Olaf Swim Team supporter t-neck. He said they used to call St Olaf, Hogwarts, because the campus is so very old-stone-building handsome. One of the Roost staffers Shannon, also a longtime Roche friend, had suggested adding to their coaching interview a question, "any demons ?" Dave said this completely changed their coaching business and approach.. "...If you don’t zoom out now, a running life will do it for you when you least expect it. Whether it’s slowing down with age, getting injured, or simply hitting the wall in a race or training run, being a lifelong runner means making friends with your own fragility. As a 25-year-old, you can get drunk on the trails or roads without a care in the world. But eventually, running makes you sober up rapidly through aging, injury, or weak performances. The morbid truth becomes suddenly apparent—as the high wears off, you realize you’re a sack of bones and gristle, stardust with delusions of grandeur. Your finish line is the same as everyone else’s. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. What does the ultimate finish line have to do with being a happy runner?" -Excerpt from "The Happy Runner"
  14. doug in co

    Getting Personal

    we didn't have kids for several years, because we'd immigrated to the US and were kinda leery of having kids with no family around, also not sure if we were staying or going or.. After a year or so, I got a letter from my grandmother-in-law suggesting that I visit the gynecologist.. I guess the idea was, there obviously couldn't be anything wrong with her grand-daughter, so it must have been my fault.. in the end we had kids latish, I was 38 and then 41, my wife a few years younger. I'm still not sure if it was the right thing to do.. but here we are, we struggle on together 😉
  15. "Ninety percent of the game is half mental" - Yogi Berra
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