The Perils of Self Betterment

July 17, 2019

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Member Since:

Jan 17, 2008



Goal Type:


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


Huntsville Full Monte - 9-21-2019 (first maratahon in seven years)

Long-Term Running Goals:

keep running



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

6 ft tall, nation wide

“Make friends with pain and you’ll never be alone.”



Miles:This week: 12.00 Month: 90.00 Year: 677.00
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: 562.00
Stillnotmads (2) Lifetime Miles: 500.50
Rednotevenmad2 Lifetime Miles: 226.00
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 237.00
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 148.00
Graynine Lifetime Miles: 13.00
Total Distance

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.


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From Kelli on Sun, May 08, 2011 at 21:18:52 from

Very nice perspective! You are thinking AND acting smart.

I have some thoughts. You and I have not done a great deal of trail running, right? I know you have done more than I have, but am I right in thinking not a ton? Anyway, I think that 50 miler almost exclusively on trails might have been hard on our ankles (they say the part of you that really feels it as compared to road running). I have to be able to find a way to explain what is going on, so that is what I come up with. We have weak ankles. ;o)

Darn 50 miler, great experience with some major lingering side effects!

Enjoy the time off. I still think if you feel better for Ogden, run it. It does not have to be a race, just a nice long run with aide stations!!!!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend in the rain.

From auntieem on Sun, May 08, 2011 at 21:22:06 from

Wise man! I know many people here who do not run much on trails like I do, and when they do, they complain of ankle pain! Kelli may be right. I have no idea what causes the ankle pain from trails, but there it is. I have been thinking the same - that a few days off this week will be good for me.

From Bonnie on Sun, May 08, 2011 at 21:27:43 from

Smart man JD ... try to relish the break (but don't enjoy it too much ;-)). Sometimes I would love one morning of not worrying about a run or work, or both.

From april27 on Sun, May 08, 2011 at 21:31:49 from

I love your perspective. You rock and take some much deserved and probably needed rest.

From Stacie on Sun, May 08, 2011 at 23:25:12 from

I'm copying and pasting something from Kelli and saying ditto to this...

"Enjoy the time off. I still think if you feel better for Ogden, run it. It does not have to be a race, just a nice long run with aide stations!!!!"

Maybe you can run Ogden with me now:) I would love it!

From Stacie on Sun, May 08, 2011 at 23:25:30 from

That is if it's not flooded out.

From JD on Mon, May 09, 2011 at 12:45:22 from

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the feedback. Onward through the fog!

From Carolyn in Colorado on Mon, May 09, 2011 at 15:14:31 from

Enjoy your rest. You've certainly earned it. And I hope it cures what ails you.

From Lysa on Tue, May 10, 2011 at 12:51:16 from

JD..I love the reality checks that come once in awhile. I have to remember all the time what running is about for me. Its not about racing, or competing, or setting myself up for nerve racking issues. Its about health and strength, and it really is a self spiritual experience. Finding out about yourself in ways you wouldn't otherwise.

HOWEVER..I will indulge the pretending that you maybe aren't going to run the Ogden for a few days, but we all know it will end up getting the best of you. Literally. :)

From Kelli on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 11:41:56 from

OK---I posted my doctor's visit. Bad news for me. BUT, hopefully yours is not as bad AND you rested earlier than me so I am sure you are in better shape. And, really, it was not that bad (just not what I wanted to hear!)

From JD on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 16:00:17 from

Wow Kelli. That doc sure is thorough. But I guess that's why he's a doctor. My injury probably isn't nearly as bad as yours. I don't know if the week long break made any difference, except mentally it was nice. I hope his prescription does the trick for you.

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