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  1. Dave

    not running & being

    This hurts. Condolences to Dr. Pangloss and his merry band of runners. Middle school coach put me in the 220 yard dash in 1972. My dad (he's 88 now) still gets teary when he talks about having to give up running after having both knees replaced about 10 years ago. My brother, a multiple All America in the late 70s and Olympic 800m hopeful developed a never-diagnosed cramping issue the spring before the '80 trials and hasn't been able to run since. I remember starting the 2012 Salt Lake marathon 5 minutes late because I was in the honey pot and passing some guy who was at least in his
  2. Dave

    Hey hey hey.

    Seems like a lot longer ago than a week since I was writing about being in Idaho. T-Rex got started with school with only a little stress. Now she just has to stay focused and organized. And we need Mrs. Dave to relax a little. The week off was good for the knee. After planning 6 on Saturday (after 4 on Friday), I ended up going almost 8. It was just warm enough that double shirts and tights were about right. That's my favorite for winter running. I've always hated extra weight, although I suppose I should welcome it for training so that racing (whenever that happens again) will be e
  3. Sounds really painful. I'm going in for my (finally) final appointment to have my tooth implant placed. This has been a full year and a half getting done, including 12 months of having a gap where my #8 (front right) tooth belonged. And I agree - dental should be part of medical coverage. The job also sounds painful. Reminds me of working in retail.
  4. I see a pattern in your reading, but that's probably just a coincidence.
  5. Dave

    Just because I promised.

    Forgot to mention that I was leaving town last week. Not my idea. Mrs. Dave and T-Rex were worried about her getting the semester started and wanted me on hand just in case. I'm conflicted. While the work from home gig makes it 100% seamless to transfer from my dining room to my Dad's basement in Idaho, I prefer my own set up. The bathroom is a few steps closer and I have a much better view at the trees through the window. Worse was probably that the old TV serves as my second monitor. I worked Friday with just the laptop and I was less of a fan than I even thought I'd be. Fortunately the
  6. Dave

    The Shoes!

    ARGH!!! I knew where this was going and I'm still upset. Good luck with the replacement replacements.
  7. Please clarify: the ones on the right with the evil eyes and sharp teeth - is that the front or the back?
  8. As a rule, I try not to judge, but I'm likely to make an exception in this case.🤢
  9. Dave

    Going to do my part.

    That one came courtesy of Mark Remy.
  10. Dave

    Going to do my part.

    As much as I love working from home, there was a part of me that struggled through 2020, like many. Covid-19 sucked, but I got over it, mostly. I still seem to be having some issues. Running is harder than it should be. I just got back from what was supposed to be an easy 5 miler that just didn't feel easy. And like always, I can't tell if it's that or just that I'm about to turn 62 and the pages are turning. By the end of the year, I was done with half of the country. Between the election and the pandemic, I'm convinced that 50% of Americans are either ignorant beyond reason or purp
  11. Dave

    December is always slow

    News shoes are always worth mentioning. Let's hear it for 2021 goals!
  12. Dave


    For my implant (a full 18 month process so far), I had a choice of either local anesthesia or full sedation. Seriously. There was no choice. May I ask why Hungarian?
  13. Dave

    A December to Remember

    Seems I just can't get in synch with the Sara reading list lately. I love how positive you've stayed in 2020.
  14. Dave

    The return of Pluck?

    I'd like that. I miss "seeing" you.
  15. Congrats on that Masters. And the half.
  16. Exactly ZERO book matches for November. Best wishes for all of us in 2021.
  17. I've been having the same thoughts, Cliff. I'd keep checking in to see if anyone had posted, but haven't been able to push myself to write anything myself. I'm no prophet, but this really does seem like the end. This is much more than a seasonal dip. Covid? No races, no group runs. No doubt the pandemic isn't helping. Looks like the days of our community blogging site are over. It was inevitable, really, without someone (myself included) to generate interesting content and - even more important - find a regular infusion of new blood. There's nothing like new runners to keep things going.
  18. Dave

    Odd October

    That's one more race than me this year! lol Albani is really growing up. Agatha Christie is amazing and her stories are timeless. I read Death on the Nile last month.
  19. Dave

    Not the weekend I had planned.

    I want to say it's covid leftovers, but August wasn't going too bad until the knee took me out.
  20. How time flies when you're having fun. Or not. Can't blame my current state on a lack of motivation. Even without a race to train for, there's nothing I like more than taking long, hard runs in perfect fall weather. And there's been some beautiful fall weather around here lately. I'm what would be considered "recovered" from my bout with Covid-19 late last spring. Mild symptoms, relatively speaking. Headaches, fatigue and shortness of breath. Six weeks from start to finish, more or less. That's when I started trying to run again, anyway. I did a couple of test runs in May but th
  21. Dave

    A Year in Review

    Lately it seems that I go through the "come back from layoff" more than any period of maintenance or race build up. And it's harder and harder. Overall, it looks like your 2020 has been better than many. That's a serious hill, no mistake. Thanks for checking in.
  22. Dave

    Knee update

    Coming along. My routine the last couple of weeks has been 4 miles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, then 6 on Saturday. Nothing to brag about, but at least it's running. As for the knee, Ralph continues to improve, slowly. I notice him about half the time, but the pain level is mostly 1-3 on a 10 scale. I'd like to be going further and faster of course, but I don't want to wreck anything, so I'll stay with the current state for now. I only occasionally see other runners, although last Saturday there was a group of 4 (appropriately distanced, but definitely together) on my way pa
  23. I was cleaning out/painting my daughter's old bedroom and noticed that among her collection of books was the entire Unfortunate Events series. Don't know if I'd be allowed to loan them out, so I'm glad you found the full set to read. I tried reading Outlander last month, but could only get halfway through the second one. I did catch up on the three National Geographic Magazine issues I was behind, though. Now, if this knee would just behave ...
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