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2019 Review: I am MORE

Races: 7 (1 half marathon, 1 10K, 5 5Ks) Total miles: 458.7 Number of PRs: 3 (1 half marathon, 2 5k) Time seems to pass slowly and quickly at the same time! I think about all the writing I want to do, and in the blink of an eye, a month has passed and I've written no words - not on here, not in my journals, no where. But, as the husband and I have an unusually quiet evening, I figure it's a good opportunity to truly reflect on 2019. I'm not going to lie, sometimes it's easy to forg

eliz83

eliz83

 

Marathon Intervals

Apple Pie asked me about intervals. I've run plenty of them, obviously. Like everything else in this world, intervals have become increasingly complicated. I've never had the patience or memory or even ability to focus long enough on the numbers or the science to know what they all mean. I know that stressing your system just enough will help you get stronger and faster. Do I really need to know all the rest? Maybe I'd be the next Yoshihisa Hosaka if I did. But I'm just Dave, so... I do rem

Dave

Dave

 

A Decidedly Inauspicious Beginning

My philosophy towards marital bliss is simple. I'm a simple guy, so I figure there's no need to make being married anymore complicated than anything else. The first rule is: make sure Mrs. Dave is happy. Of course I'm not 100% on that, but there are enough hits vs. misses that she's kept me around for going on 39 years now. Things get more difficult when Rule #1 contradicts some other aspect of life. Like training for a marathon. The older I get, the more I feel like I need a full recovery

Dave

Dave

 

Goals & DW Starts Running!

Hey all.  Its early January of a new year so I thought I'd write out a few goals I'm going to work towards in 2020. 1.  Get Faster.  I spent last year building up distance and more generally, just enjoying running.  Did my first half marathons in a number of years.  My times (2:31, then 2:27) weren't great in comparison to where I was about 5 years back (1:57).  I'm not hung up on the slower pace, but do want to eventually get back to where I was.  With absolutely no scientific reasoning (o

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

 

New Year, New Me

I'm pleased to report that my strategy of "To hell with it, I'm running through it" has been successful. Since 12/1 I've been running every other day, just about anyway. I've piled up 97 miles over 5 weeks, just being careful with easy runs of 4 to 6 miles. Got up to 7 twice now. The foot/ankle pain has slowly faded since I hurt it 11 weeks ago. Six weeks of not running didn't do much, but 5 weeks of running seemed to let it heal a little faster. Or at least didn't setback the healing proce

BANGLE

BANGLE

2019-2020

2019-2020

It might not be fair to say I've been putting this off for the last week. I've been off work since the 17th, just coming back today. This holiday time off may be my favorite part of working where I work. After careers in retail and transportation, it's pretty chill to have two weeks of retirement practice every Christmas. But not working has the effect of letting time sort of slip away. Before I knew it, I had so much that should have been written down that it's now at an intimidating level. I'm

Dave

Dave

2019 Running Recap

2019 Running Recap

Somehow, another year passed!  I learned a great deal on this journey around the sun. I ran 3853.6 miles this year (3854 per Strava), which was a significant yearly mileage PR, surpassing the 3047 I ran in 2018 and the 3043 I ran in 2017.  I didn't check my yearly mileage until December 31, because I am already too obsessed with all numbers running related, but I knew I was in for a yearly mileage best since I've been running my highest mileage ever and haven't taken any time off.  Before 2

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Kiss off 2019, Hello 2020 You Sexy, Sexy Beast!!!

As a Goal Person, I have to tell you that I LOVE resolutions.  I love them so much, I usually have one round in January and another at my birthday in July.  I don't sweat it if they don't happen in the time frame I want (yes, rock climbing has been on the list since 2016) but I always do more than I would have otherwise.  And many, many resolutions have inexplicably stuck, like waking up early to run. So 2019 was a pretty bad year in a number of ways and a pretty good year in others.  My ba
Jesus is the reason for the season:  December recap

Jesus is the reason for the season: December recap

December 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month: 400.2 - my first time ever running a 400 mile month! Dec. 2-8:  88.5 (hit 100 on the rolling 7 from Dec. 5-11) Dec. 9-15:  92.6 (hit 100.8 on the rolling 7 from Dec. 7-13) Dec. 16-22:  88.6 (with one scheduled day off) Dec. 23-29:  91.7 Dec. 30-Jan. 5: projected at 80   Family love None  Races: Belated race pho

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Happy New Year!

Hey there Loopsters!  Hope you all had a good holiday and are excited for what 2020 has in store for us. 2019 was a good year for me in a lot of regards.  I changed jobs and as a result, am in a much better work environment.  I like what I do now, feel appreciated, and have much less stress.  Can't ask for much more than that, right? Because I have more time - and more importantly, because I've been healthy - I had my strongest running year in a while.  On Saturday, I went over 700 tot

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

You Are Enough

You Are Enough

We always think of the coming year with what we need to do more of, get better at, etc.  Aren't we just telling ourselves we didn't do life well enough this year?  We weren't successful enough this year?  Think about what you did this past year.  You ran, maybe you did some strength work, maybe you went to yoga, maybe you learned to meditate. You juggled the needs of your job, kids, school, parents, loved ones, neighbors, etc.  You did enough.  You are enough.  Think about the coming year differ

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

November: Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Note:  I realized that I forgot to post this, but I still have time before December's recap goes up, so...  I didn't edit this from what I originally wrote in November, but my December wasn't what I was planning. November 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month: 271.7 Oct. 28-Nov. 3:   60.3 Nov. 4- 10:  58.7 Nov. 11-17:  47.8 Nov. 18-24:  82.6 Nov. 25-Dec. 1:  68.1 Thanksgiving Races: Nov. 9:

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

From Learning to Walk to Best Year Ever

A year ago about this time I was having a new pain in the side of my knee. I was in the middle of the last race of the year - a 6 hour loop run - when it started. At first I thought, great, I broke my knee and all those “running is bad for your knees” people were right. Of course, I reported right to Dr Google and the online experts who told me that no, my knee wasn’t broken. Just IT band issues, which were a result of weak hips and glutes. So I had to focus a little more on all those things I s

NavEng

NavEng

I disappeared again...

I disappeared again...

Another trimester of grad school done. 4 of 6 complete. It’s going well. I’ve been running just as much but with all the writing and reading I do for classes (besides the fact that I am also working full time!), I haven’t been to the loop much at all. I always thought I’d find a way to keep up, but I haven’t. This last semester wasn’t quite as interesting, I had Research Methods (which was basically prep for thesis work – and I still don’t feel ready to start that), and Nutritional Epidemiology,

amarie2009

amarie2009

What just happened? (Report from CIM)

What just happened? (Report from CIM)

I’m unpacking my suitcase, one soggy item at a time. My favorite sports bra, twisted and damp. Clammy shorts, turned inside out, a nearly-empty Gu wrapper stuck inside the right pocket. A sweaty shirt. A crumpled bib. Wet socks. Snot-encrusted mittens. As I drop each piece into the hamper, it hits me again. I did not run that damn marathon. I dropped out at mile 13, a decision I never dreamed I’d have to make. I’d arrived at the start line with a joyful heart. 2019

CompulsiveRunner

CompulsiveRunner

 

My Left Foot

still hurts. But I think it's getting better. My strategy of "To hell with it, I'm running through it" seems to be working. Since six weeks off didn't help at all, I have been running every other day since Dec 1 and I'm seeing the fitness start to come back. The foot pain, (below the ankle, above the arch) is pretty minor at the beginning. It gets a little worse after about 3 miles, but it's bearable. On a 1-10 pain scale, it was about a five two weeks ago, and now it's a 4, maybe a 3 durin

BANGLE

BANGLE

Another (dare I?) Great Western Adventure!

Another (dare I?) Great Western Adventure!

Headed out to Idaho again. Although I hope it won't be much of an adventure. Driving across Wyoming and Nebraska in December can be so nasty. Good news is that so far the forecast is for clear skies. After three years, T-Rex will be changing apartment complexes, so we have to move all her stuff into an alternate storage site until April. Fortunately, I have two brothers who live in the neighborhood. Free truck and free storage. We spent most of last week getting her ready for finals. R

Dave

Dave

 

November

Total miles: 27.39Races: 1Minutes meditated: 25Coming of a shitty October, I honestly felt a little lost in November. I was (and still am) struggling with the loss of our pregnancy. Running just didn't feel like a priority, and so I didn't run much. I wish I could say I did a lot better with yoga and meditation, but I honestly wasn't great about that either. In retrospect, I was slowly creeping into depression, just going through the motions. There were bright spots, like watching my sister perf

eliz83

eliz83

 

The one where the really bad news isn’t that bad

I had my first physical therapy appointment this morning and while there my doc visited me to give me good news.  My posterior tibial tendon is not dislocated!  It is still torn and I do still have to wear a boot for at least six weeks, but surgery is no longer in my future.     I’m so relieved and so much more hopeful 🙂

Gumbo

Gumbo

Today's Lunch Break

Today's Lunch Break

Still raining. Started at 4:30 am, and I wasn't able to go back to sleep. It is in the low 30s, but not below freezing, so just the cold rain. I wimped out on biking to work. I can still claim I'm getting over the stomach flu that hit me Monday night and knocked me out for two days. Drove to work yesterday too as I really didn't have enough strength to ride. Just as well as I had to pick up my race packet for tomorrow's half marathon. I am one of the two-hour pace group leaders. Running bud

mattw

mattw

Guess I needed a week off anyway.

Guess I needed a week off anyway.

Not that I was ramping up for anything. That hamstring was a little worse than I thought. Went out for a test run on Monday (last) and got less than a half mile before I realized it wasn't ready. Gave it another try on Friday. Not 100% but good enough for an easy 4. Those 4 felt pretty terrible though. Either because I was going slow and running slow is hard, or it's related to this bug or whatever thing that showed up after Thanksgiving. Pain in the upper abdomen and some other issues

Dave

Dave

I said I'd be back.

I said I'd be back.

Winter came early to northern Michigan and I'm already tired of running on snowy surfaces but I'll endure.  This morning was 10 minute warm up, 10-20 minutes at medium effort, 10 minute cool down.  The whole run was me struggling to find footing and not getting run over by big plow trucks clearing city streets.  I wave at them regularly to show my appreciation and hopefully build some compassion to not flatten me.  I need one of those Noxgear vests that I see in FB ads constantly.  I better budg

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

Barf

Finally my desire of a boot that fits my calves has come to fruition.  I have been waiting two weeks for my mri results and they are just gross.   Posterior tibial tendon is interstitially torn AND medially dislocated.  I also have a stress reaction on my ankle bone.  All of this because I’m a good mom and play with my kids.     Surgery is a possibility, but doc didn’t want to talk about it yet.     Follow up in 3 weeks 🤡

Gumbo

Gumbo

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