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  1. wow you packed a lot into that week.. I'm exhausted just reading about it.. also the pics of you on the edges, give me all the anxiety feels 😉 long long ago DW and I camped at a free BLM campground, just above Horseshoe Bend, in complete solitude.. it's a bit different now.
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    Once in a Lifetime

    great report, thank you.. it's nice to have a Mild Sauce sighting, too ;-)
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    Alone on a crowded street

    the first Disney marathon in 1994 was my last marathon.. also got talked into it by DW who wanted a winter vacation ;-) now do one run a week with the local running store, usually the slowest one there, but they tolerate me kindly.. ha
  4. +1 there's a hilly 6.5 mile loop from the office I've been running for 20-some years. PR is 49min, in recent years have run easy 30min to the 5k-to-go mark then 24-5min back. recently did 33min to the mark, and 35min back from there.. so my lunchtime run no longer fits into a lunch hour, even a liberally-interpreted hour.. Going to try again, once it gets cooler 😉
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    trail walking

    It was supposed to be a trail run. Between the rocks, steepness, and my getting old, there was much more walking than running.. The snows of yesteryear await the snows of September. MapMyRun shows the average gradient as 7.8%. Maybe I can feel not so bad about it now.. Only one climb on the route, how bad could it be ? ha. One of the few runnable bits of trail, Once I could run all day up here. Now I have to take a rest, quite possibly more than one. Since I'm resting anyway and the fish are rising, usually pack in a rod and do a little fishing, while panting in the shade. Up at the end of the trail, a deep rocky lake below the Continental Divide. I heard voices, then saw four guys skiing down from the Divide on that dirty patch of snow. Saw them later and said it seemed like a lot of walking for a little skiing. They probably thought the same thing about my fishing.. Thunder rolled in and it was time to beat feet out again, past the pretty little streams. Torrential rain and hail on the way out. Usually September in CO is calm, mild and reliably sunny through the day. Now we broke the weather, anything can happen. On Saturday ran my annual race, 5k at church to fundraise for IOCC. Our friends Carl and Mary came to support the cause, Carl ran away from me (won in 20:18) and Mary walked with DW. My times at this race: 2013 22:37, 2015 23:25, 2018 24:27, 2019 25:50 A pattern emerges.. hm oh dear. Still running though, call it a win. I been warped by the rain, driven by the snow kicked by the wind, robbed by the sleet Had my head stoved in, but I'm still on my feet And I'm still, willin'
  6. terrific ! thank you for the report..
  7. that's the best graffiti art I've seen.. For all your gar-related puns, follow Dr. David on twitter, gar pic from his feed,
  8. Nice to get a PR, well done ! I have a text file, which keeps all my race history 😉 for a computer scientist I'm very low tech. Guy I know at the run club, finished a 50k but had messed up starting his watch, so he ran another 2 miles to make sure that Strava registered the full 50k. That's a bit overboard..
  9. Five days in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, paddling and portaging into the woods. It was wonderful but a very great deal of work. This boat is about 65lbs, 75 as carried with paddles and lifejackets strapped in. There's also a 30-40lb pack on my back, for extra credit. I thought about renting a Kevlar boat which weighs in about 42lbs. Next time it's Kevlar, just not tough enough anymore for carrying these loads around. The longest portage was half a mile, and quite long enough too. There were eight of us, three olds (me, DW, Jon) and the rest college kids. My son is a DIII competitive swimmer, the other guys are a competitive powerlifter and a rower, and a girl who is a soccer player. She was much the strongest of all of us, zipping back and forth on the portages with offers to carry any loads needed. DW carried about 80lbs. My younger son carried this pack over one portage, then asked, "Mom, why aren't you crying ?" Little does he know how strong his mother is.. Jon has a bad R knee and I have a bad L knee. We figured in a crunch we could lash our legs together, and get a tripod with two good knees on the outside legs. Once in camp it's a tough life. We did some fishing, embarrassingly I caught all the fish. My son in front in the pic below. I'd just returned to camp and caught a pan-size walleye right in front of the cheering crowd, who then all piled into the boats to see if there were any more. Unfortunately these aluminum boats produce quite a racket, think we scairt 'em all back into the deeps. At least I was able to show them all how to fillet a fish, using a canoe paddle for the cutting board, then let them all have a practice fish. Walleye is delicious, especially when someone else cooks it and cleans the pans afterward.. these are good kids. Young men and women, I mean. Duluth is a delightful town. DW is hatching a plan for us to drop off kid 2 at college next fall, then rent an apartment and spend a month in Duluth. Since all our work is through a computer anyway, we can work remotely. In actual running news: Most of my recent running has been up in the forest, with the dog off-leash to get his miles in. He is 11 now and starting to get dementia. The treatment is much as for humans, provide stimulation like daily walks and long runs, diet supplements, etc. The poor thing will stand in front of an open door and bark to be let in. Brooks came to the Runners Roost weekly run, and I won a new pair of shoes in the raffle.. I picked the Glycerin, which is the Brooks long-run max cushion shoe, but feels to me like a fine tempo and race shoe. Old heavy guys don't count shoe ounces anymore.. ha. Now I have to sign up for a race, to justify new shoes. Running buddy Carl has a daughter off to Burning Man for a couple of weeks. I've never seen him so freaked out.. tried to calm him down, but I think he won't be happy until she is back..
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    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..
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    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 😉
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    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..
  13. 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 😉
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    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."
  15. strollers are awesome.. our boys used to love them, 'faster Daddy !' though often I couldn't oblige.. ha
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