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  1. Dave

    Hey, look. I'm running.

    A couple of weeks in now after taking a couple of weeks off, I think I can confirm my previous diagnosis of tendonitis. This is actually from an old basketball injury. In fact, my last basketball injury and the reason I retired from the sport altogether. I was semi-retired at the time and let some guys talk me into coming for a night because they needed a player to round out the team and avoid a forfeit. Took a fall and landed on my knee and was in pain for a while. Some months later I went in for an MRI and the doc called it a tendonosis. Been there ever since, although it's mostly bette
  2. Dave

    Starting up. Slowing down.

    With T-Rex getting a little more independent at school and Mrs. Dave working full time, I find myself with more free time than I've been used to over the years. Not running a ton adds even more. So I decided a couple of weeks ago to do some deep cleaning around the house, starting with the bedrooms. I imagined that I would whip through one per day after work and be done in less than a week (4 BRs). You can already see where this is going. The first room when just as planned. Removed all the furniture and wall decor, gave the carpet a good vacuum and shampoo, then put it all back. Only too
  3. Great RR, John. I promise not to turn you in for banditing.
  4. Well, there's crazy and then there's crazy. Hope you wished those guys a nice day when you chicked them.
  5. Not much running going on over here. I've decided this knee thing is tendonitis. Of course I'm no doctor, but I've seen this before. I suspect that my efforts to keep the mileage up after I tweaked the quad last month led to me favoring the left leg and putting more stress on the right. This knee actually has a tendinosis (longer term injury) from an old basketball injury. In the past, more mileage has been good for it, but not this time I guess. Did a test run a week ago and failed. Jogged about a half mile and it was nasty. So nothing since, and it's finally feeling better. I'll probably giv
  6. Dave

    It's been 6 months...

    Kudos on completing the Masters. I remember how tough you felt the coursework was. Since you got a 4.0, I guess it wasn't as hard as you thought. That, or you just worked your butt off (probably that). Good luck with the job search.
  7. Just Lemony Snicket in common this month. I'm really slacking lately.
  8. Dave

    Random Friday 5k Time Trial

    I’d call it a solid effort. Following it with 5 x 400 is quasi-masochistic. Good luck finding a race.
  9. Dave

    Hello from Idaho.

    Haven't any pictures of this adventure yet. One reason is that the scenery has been much less interesting than you might expect, due to the California wild fires. That's just crazy. But I big high pressure centered over Nevada/Utah has all the smoke swirling north and then east and it's all around us here, just west of the Tetons. Nasty stuff. Combine that with the altitude (4700 ft) and the issues I've got with both legs the last couple of weeks, this hasn't been a great stretch of training or sight-seeing. I'll go ahead with the documentation though. Feel free to go to sleep. The p
  10. Dave

    RR: The 2020 Run Thru Hell

    I first heard about the Run Thru Hell sometime in the 90's. At the time I wasn't running enough to think I should do such a crazy thing as ten hilly miles in the middle of August in Michigan. Granted, it's not Florida or Arizona, but average morning conditions include both temps and dew points in the 70s. Icky, soupy stuff for running. Anyway, I finally got up the mileage and the courage to go to Hell in 2011, the summer I was training for marathon #5 (Philly). Finished that day in what I think was a comfortable 1:26. In 2013 I ran 1:23 and then last year a 1:33 (started OK but really cra
  11. Dave

    And there went July

    No doubt it's all of the above. Covid, inactivity, summer training, no races to get ready for, and let's not forget being 61 years old. How much of which factors is anybody's guess.
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    Not being much of a racer back when we could race all the time when we wanted, I surprised myself this week by signing up for a race. It's not really a race because I'm not in shape to do any racing racing. And it's not really a race because it has an open start, with no more than 5 people allowed to begin the course at the same time. But there's a course. There's an entry fee. There are timing chips and times recorded and awards to be given out. So, it's a race. It's the annual Run Thru Hell. I've done it a few times. It was cancelled once, the year the AD's wife died. Funny, I had
  13. Dave

    And there went July

    Like doug I'd never heard of this flyby thing either. Checked it out and found a runner and a biker that I crossed paths with on Saturday. Interesting. How did you go from a flyby to making friends? I feel like it might be sort of creepy. Maybe people are less suspicious in CA?
  14. Dave

    And there went July

  15. Dave

    Running in Grand Haven

    There are few places as peaceful as a peaceful Lake Michigan beach. Glad to hear that hip is recovering.
  16. Dave

    And there went July

    Over two weeks since my last entry. No excuses. I at first supposed that my mind was simply on other things, but if I'm being honest, I think it's because my personal motivation just isn't here right now. I never raced much, but for the last ten years I've at least had a marathon or two out there that I was working on. Truth is, as the audience here has dwindled and the interaction with it, I miss the buss of having people comment and ask questions and voice opinions on what I've written. Having someone tell me it's OK when I struggle through a bad run helped me get out on the road again
  17. Dave

    Jumping July

    Zero book matches this month. Think I mentioned that my view on PRs is the same as yours also. And really, unless you're in an official, competitive group that tracks these things, I'm not sure it really makes any difference. If you say your PR is ##, what business is it of mine to say whether it's legit? You worked hard and ran hard and have some numbers you feel good about. Everybody wins. Not that I'm planning on any PRs again, unless I asterisk them all with AGs.
  18. Interesting how the body adapts to whatever we give it. Fingers crossed for an actual race to happen. Utahns are as divided as the rest of the country on covid, so there's no guarantees.
  19. Dave

    In a pandemic time warp

    My goal is to go through a whole day without giving myself whiplash from shaking my head at how dumb people are. This is a good start, thank you.
  20. Dave

    I love Colorado.

    And I didn't even get out to see most of it. Just the views from Denver and Franktown. But it was a great long weekend anyway. T-Rex got to see her boy, we met his parents, and we spent a little time with some old friends. Not working for 5 days was good, too. Got a couple of runs in on Friday and Saturday. Friday was in Franktown. That's a half hour south of Denver, if you were wondering. There's not much there, which is fine. Lots of big houses, spread out over lots of area. Our friends live at the top of a hill with spectacular views both near and far. I was going to keep it
  21. I was doing calculations in my head about my paces and was relieved when I saw the bit about easy pace being relative to your race pace. Mine is a fair bit slower than it used to be, so I'm glad I don't have to slow my slow runs so much. Much slower and I'll be walking.
  22. Dave

    Back Running

    Very impressed with those boxes - nice work. There's nothing like running.
  23. Dave

    Odds and ends

    Slowly adding miles in. 5 yesterday that went pretty well. Switched to morning runs because it's been in the 90s. The catch with morning runs for me is the bowel processes that never seem to decide what they're going to do until half way through my runs. Code Abby! But, I'm running and except for the first mile that seems to take more of to get into the flow than it does in the afternoon, my normal paces have returned. Was even flirting with sub-8 yesterday before I had to stop abruptly to make sure there wasn't a mess to leave on the sidewalk. Ew. For the present, I'm content with j
  24. Dave

    the new thing

    Mrs. Dave (cardiac nurse) had all kinds of questions about this. Mostly, you need to get through the testing phase to see what's really happening. Best of luck.
  25. Dave

    Joyful June

    Your dad's hair! We all know I'm the worst at XT, so when I come back, it's a always a long, slow process. You're the best at it, obviously. An eliptigo around here would be a dangerous idea, but they look sort of fun. My only experience with beets was with a pickled variety that my mom made when I was about 8 years old. I seriously gagged because they were horrible. My dad (old school military) tried to force me to finish them, but I couldn't do it. Even today the trauma makes me refuse to even try again.
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