The Perils of Self Betterment

May 2011

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Location:

UT,

Member Since:

Jan 17, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

yearly mileage totals (actual running miles, not crosstraining etc)

2008 - 1,317

2009 - 2,654

2010 - 2,578

2011 - 2,618

2012 - 3,083 (ran everyday this year. PR's in half and full marathons, at age 48!)

2013 - 1,177

2014 - 1,716

2015 - 1,060

2016 - 951

2017 - 786

2018 - 1,058

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

reacquaint myself with my long lost running freak, and then proceed to get my running freak on

run faster

increase mileage in the Spring 

keep running

 

 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

run

 

Personal:

born in 1964. married 22 years. one wife two dogs 

6 ft tall, nation wide

"Engaging in a little suffering — however self-imposed, arbitrary and contrived — before breakfast each morning tends to demand some humility and injects some marked relief into the rest of the day, making things sharper, more inspired, more immediately aware of the powerful presence of being. And that seems really worthwhile." A. Krupicka

 

 

 

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 38.00 Year: 38.00
Mt101 Lifetime Miles: 500.80
Mt101 The 2nd Lifetime Miles: 539.20
Green A5's Lifetime Miles: 149.50
MR00 Lifetime Miles: 158.70
Treadmillio Shoes Lifetime Miles: 570.00
Stillnotmads (2) Lifetime Miles: 500.50
Rednotevenmad2 Lifetime Miles: 275.00
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 420.00
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 292.00
Graynine Lifetime Miles: 146.00
Vapor4's Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Kinvara5 Lifetime Miles: 52.00
Total Distance
150.10
Mt101 Miles: 32.90Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 47.50Musha 2 Miles: 34.50Asics DS 13 Miles: 3.30Bandito's Miles: 12.80Musha 3 Miles: 19.10
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.20

10.2 miles / 10:09 avg. Ran from my house UP Farmington canyon to the BST, then out south and back. Good trail running to start May off. Mostly sunny but a little chilly in short sleeves.

WT 53.5 miles

Mt101 Miles: 10.20
Weight: 0.00
Comments(6)
Total Distance
6.30

6.3 miles / easy. From work. Weather: NICE.

WT 49.5 miles

Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 6.30
Weight: 0.00
Comments(6)
Total Distance
12.50

12.5 / beyond easy pace. Commute home. Overcast, temps in the low 60's, pretty good wind coming out of the North, so the majority of my run was with a nice tailwind. 

"They're" extending the parkway trail that constitutes 4.5 miles of my commute. Since the trail runs at an angle through the neighborhoods I pass through, it will cut my minimum required distance each way from 9.1 miles to less than 8 miles. So a two way commute will only require 16 miles for the day, which is easily extended if I choose.

WT 58 miles.

Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 12.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments(6)
Total Distance
6.50

6.5 miles / easy, from work. Mostly sun, temps in the low 50's, light wind. Sucky.

wt 54.5 miles

 

Musha 2 Miles: 6.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Total Distance
0.00

Too busy with work to get in a run today (maybe tonight). I kind of need the break anyway. 

All you shirtless bloggers are making me jealous! Enjoy the great, sunny, warm weather!

Weight: 0.00
Comments(2)
Total Distance
0.00

A square peg. A round hole.

Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Total Distance
0.00

This is the 4th day in a row with no run. My right achilles is feeling a lot better. So is the nervy piriformis pain in my right leg, and the pain in my right ankle, which I've determined are tendons that have been straining as my achilles gets tighter and tighter. My whole right side in fact, has been in pain for a while now. I guess I've been in denial. Nothing was so bad that I couldn't run, and I'm positive there is no serious or permanent damage. But I'm taking a couple of more days off - a full week total. This is unprecedented for me on this blog. Duh! I should be taking a good break like this once, or twice a year. Anyway, I feel really great about this decision.

Ogden Marathon is a large question mark at this point. I'll probably hold off on the decision until the day before. No big deal if I don't run it; just a real expensive long sleeve tech shirt. In any event, I'm really looking forward to the next run to see if the rest has helped at all. I'm also looking forward to many miles in decent weather (if it ever comes) this Summer and Fall. I'm not a racer, I'm a runner. I love to run, and to reap all the benefits of being a fit runner, and being able to carry my body over long distances over all sorts of terrain under my own power. Time to get more in touch with the spiritual side of running again.

 

Weight: 0.00
Comments(11)
Total Distance
10.00

10 miles / easy. From work. Mostly sunny, temps in the low 50's.

The achilles is still tight. No where near how bad it was last week, but still...probably just going to run very easy for a while, focus a lot on form, and hopefully strengthen the problem area. The piriformis didn't whine at all, yay. Most likely no Ogden, unless I get in a stupid mood at the last minute and go for it.

WT 10 miles.

Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(7)
Total Distance
3.30

3.3 miles / easy. From work. Warm, sunny. Physical therapy run.

WT 13.3 miles.

Asics DS 13 Miles: 3.30
Weight: 0.00
Comments(9)
Total Distance
8.30

8.3 miles /  From work. Sunny, temps in the low 70's!

Super.

WT 21.6 miles

Bandito's Miles: 8.30
Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Total Distance
5.30

5.3 miles / Easy. Went to Kamas to visit friends and ran on a dirt road adjacent to Jordanelle Reservoir. Great find for a place to do a long run. No traffic, nice soft surface, beautiful surroundings. Nice cap to an easy week trying to get my achilles to settle down. Today's run felt great.

WT 26.9 miles.

Mt101 Miles: 5.30
Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Total Distance
10.00

10 miles / easy. From work. Overcast, temps in the low 50's. Moving pretty slow. Achilles still a little tight. On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst, my achilles was about a 3. Progress.

WT 36.9 miles.

Musha 3 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(9)
Total Distance
7.30

7.3 miles / Easy. From work. Rain, clouds, sun, and wind. Running is starting to feel good. Still going to keep everything easy indefinitely, until I'm confident I won't re-injure anything.

WT 44.2 miles.

Musha 2 Miles: 7.30
Weight: 0.00
Comments(10)
Total Distance
10.50

10.5 miles / 9:12 avg. From work. Light drizzle of rain until mile 7, then heavy rain for about a mile, then spotty sunshine for the rest. Nice running weather.The achilles feels about 80% now, but the ligaments on the outside of my right ankle are still tugging a bit. The easy paces seem to keep everything heading in the right direction.

WT 41.4 miles

Musha 2 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments(4)
Total Distance
0.00

Picked up my packet for the Ogden marathon which I won't be running tomorrow. I at least salvaged a nice long sleeve tech out of it. 

I've got to vent about how rude and offensive the packet pick up situation is for this years Ogden marathon. I can hardly find words to express how unreasonably they've got things set up over there. Instead of just going in and picking up your shirt and bib ("goodie bags" have evolved to nothing more than advertising mailers), they've got you walking through various vendor corridors to reach three separate locations to retrieve first your bib, then scan your bib in another part of the building, and then basically set you off on your own to find the little corner where they've hidden the shirts. If I want to shop at the vendors booths while I'm there, I'll do it. But setting things up this way just makes me want to get my stuff and get the hell out of there as fast as possible. Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system. I realize there are far worst things in the world that can befall a person.

So, I'm still holding out that 1% chance that I'll magically awaken at 3 AM tomorrow morning and have a burning desire to hye on over to the busses by 5 AM and run the marathon. Not likely, and it wouldn't be wise given my current achilles/ankle issue - but you just never know. It's not going to happen so let's just not even entertain the idea.

PM edit: Yeah, no more drama - I'm absolutely NOT going to run a marathon tomorrow. Silly to even consider it at this point. Things aren't 100% in the right leg, and I haven't trained like I would've over the last five weeks if not for the injury. The only thing keep me considering doing it for the last few days is my ego.

Good luck to all the marathoners (and other racers) tomorrow!!

Weight: 0.00
Comments(9)
Total Distance
7.40

7.4 miles / 8:45 avg. Sun and low 60's, wind @ 10-ish mph. I ran the half mile from work to the high school track and ran easy through mile 3 then ran 6 x 1/4 mile with a 1/4 mile rest in between. The first four quarters were at 5k pace (6:45 - 7:00) the last two were at HM pace (<8:00). Then jogged an easy 2 miles back to work. Felt good, the right leg started to get a little wonky, hopefully I did more good than harm though. It's a good thing I didn't run Ogden this morning.

Mile splits: 9:36, 9:14, 9:03, 7:51, 7:53, 8:36, 9:08, + .4 @ 8:42.

WT 35.2 miles

Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 7.40
Weight: 0.00
Comments(6)
Total Distance
9.10

9.1 miles / easy. From work. Sweaty warm.

WT 34.3 miles

Musha 3 Miles: 9.10
Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Total Distance
4.50

4.5 miles / Easy from work. Mostly sun, a little wind. Therapy run.

WT 31.5 miles

Bandito's Miles: 4.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments(11)
Total Distance
10.00

10 miles / Trail run - on the BST (or BoSho, as Dorsimus calls it) running north from Kaysville. To get 5 miles out, I had to run a quarter mile up the steep section on the Great Western Trail. Just as I was turning around to head back, I ran into another runner heading down the mountain (he had been up to the snowline), a strong 58 year old ultra runner. I got to run with him for a mile and a half to Fernwood where he was parked, then I had 3 1/2 miles to go. Achilles held up really well. My legs overall started feeling generally fatigued, no doubt due to the fact that I'm down to about half my usual mileage for the month. All in all a great day to be running in the hills.

WT 41.5 miles

Mt101 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(8)
Total Distance
7.40

7.4 miles of trail running love. From my house up to the fire break road (Farmington's BoSHo). Nice temps, slow climbs, good times.

WT 38.4 miles

Mt101 Miles: 7.40
Weight: 0.00
Comments(7)
Total Distance
11.30

11.3 miles / Nice easy cruise to work this morning. Mostly cloudy, but with some sun, 50F.

WT 42.3 miles

Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 11.30
Weight: 0.00
Comments(4)
Total Distance
10.20

10.2 miles / easy. From work. Sun, temps in the low 60's.

WT 38.9 miles

Edit: May 2011 was my lowest mileage month since July '08.

Musha 2 Miles: 10.20
Weight: 0.00
Comments(7)
Total Distance
150.10
Mt101 Miles: 32.90Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 47.50Musha 2 Miles: 34.50Asics DS 13 Miles: 3.30Bandito's Miles: 12.80Musha 3 Miles: 19.10
Weight: 0.00
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