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  1. Clem

    RR - Cypress Run 5K

    Thank you all for your encouraging words. I forgot to mention that I felt so good after the race that I went for a run the next day. I achieved my first sub-10-minute training mile since I restarted my running program. It just happened. Crazy stuff. Maybe I need to just stop thinking when it comes to running.
  2. Clem

    RR - Cypress Run 5K

    Yay, it's 2016! More about that later, in this Race Report on the Cypress Run 5K. I'm an old dude, so this bloop is not going to help anybody learn to run faster. However, it might serve as a data point in the endless flow of data we sift through, in trying to answer the question, "What the hell is going on!?!?" I was out with serious illness, and invasive treatment for the last half of 2017. Before that, I was able to run a 10K in 52:35, for a pace of 8:27. The Age-Performance grade is 63.94%. I also ran a 5K earlier in the year in 25:35. That's an Age-Performance grade of 62.0
  3. What a grand adventure....in just 3.1 miles! And the photo of Mom running ahead of daughter is a wonderful example of how the world has changed for the better in my lifetime. Yay!
  4. Clem

    I'm marathon training again!

    It will be fun to follow your journey. It sure looks all dialed in. Best of luck on the PR!
  5. I don't remember ever starting up with something new and regretting it, although it sure can be daunting at the beginning (In my first effort at beginning a running program back in 2012, I don't think I could complete a lap around the local high school track). And I wish I had a nearby trail that lush and green!
  6. Clem

    Summer Update

    Love the concept of the Baker's dozen, and the fact that someone can be at that level of fitness for an entire 12 months. It's a marvel to me.
  7. Clem

    Knee 4, Dave 1

    Every last half mile is tough going on a run for me. But not running is tougher. Hang in there.
  8. Thanks for sharing the plan. I filed it away, and made sure to name it after you. In my daydreams, the plan seems doable. I just don't know if my calves would be able to handle the long distances on the hills. I would just have to get them ready in advance, I guess. Good luck!
  9. Clem

    July in Review

    Truly inspiring. I ran four miles this morning, but this bloop made me want to lace up and get some more miles in.
  10. "Before I knew it, I reached the final few miles." I've read a lot of marathon accounts, and I don't remember seeing this phrase before. Wow. I love the concept of happiness in sport. I know there's a ton of miles and more behind this epic weekend, but I really admire how you seem to run happy. You make it look like a speed secret! One of my favorite race reports ever.
  11. It's not easy. Frustrating. I've been fortunate to have a little voice in my head in tough times, "It could be worse." And that has helped me many times. You'll get there. I've just never seen a fast way to get fast.
  12. Clem

    Well. Hello, Monday.

    Sorry to hear about the inflammation. Hang in there. I wish there more great movies about running to watch when we hit down time like this.
  13. It's amazing to me, a non-marathoner, that one could be stuck with a boot, frustrated at the lack of marathon training. I love this attitude, and I sure hope you're out there getting your miles soon. Those miles belong to you!
  14. There was a scene in the movie, "Conan the Barbarian," where Ahnold started work as a slave boy pushing this bar the size of a beam in circles with 50 other people as part of some sort of machine. Time passed, and the slave boy eventually took the shape of Conan, because pushing that bar in circles added muscles every day for years. He was all by himself at the end, and he had dug a trench in the ground where he had walked all those years, pushing the bar in circles. I've had so many circles at my local high school track in recent years, I've imaged the possibility of a trench. S
  15. Right after college, I got a job with the Daily News Tribune as a newspaper reporter. Except for the pay (I could read want-ads for motel maids that offered more money), it was a dream come true. Eventually, I found out that about a year before I got there the Daily News Tribune had been responsible for what may still be the second funniest thing I've ever seen in the media in regards to the sport of running. The Editor was a great guy, and loved to run. It was only a couple years after the publication of "The Complete Book of Running," by Jim Fixx, so running as a pastime was still a bit
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