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Sunday, August 21, 2016      18 comments

Today is a five year anniversary of sorts. On August 21, 2011, I set out to see whether I could turn myself into a runner. I found that I was not in shape for Week 1, Day 1 of the 5K Your Way program, so I built a two-week remedial course and ... Read more
Race Report: 2016 Bergen Road Race 5K - Jenny Kuzma Memorial
Saturday, August 13, 2016      4 comments

All I know about Jenny Kuzma is what's published in connection with the race: She was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4, and lived to age 13. The race was organized in her honor, with proceeds going to a scholarship for an 8th grader in the Byr... Read more
Race Report: 2016 Shoreline Half Marathon
Wednesday, July 20, 2016      8 comments

The race report is a few days late. I'll plead being incredibly busy in my non-working hours due to multiple priorities, and blogging didn't make the cut. On the plus side, taking this long to get the blog written means I have race pictures. ... Read more
Independence Day Musings
Monday, July 04, 2016      6 comments

Today is July 4, 2016. It's Independence Day in the United States of America. It's the last paid holiday of my career. On my personal schedule, it's a rest day (from running) and a day of contemplation and analysis. I see I haven't blogg... Read more
Time and Money
Friday, June 24, 2016      13 comments

Today's blog is a departure from the usual Spark People fare of diet, exercise, and promotion of health and fitness. It touches some of those areas, but mostly it's about time and money. Don't worry, I won't ask for donations. Most of... Read more
Recovery and retirement musings
Sunday, June 19, 2016      8 comments

Life has a way of changing on you. The changes may be good, they may be bad, they may just be. I've always yearned for security, so I tend to see life changes as challenges to be managed. Anyway, life has been busy because I'm trying to ... Read more
This week in recovery
Sunday, June 05, 2016      3 comments

Recovery from a running injury can feel like it's taking forever. This week, recovery actually felt like I'm recovering. Tuesday I went to the PT. She had me do some more challenging stuff, then gave me the option as to whether this would... Read more
Recovery, running, and racing musings
Sunday, May 29, 2016      8 comments

Recovery is a long, slow process. Or at least, it feels slow while it's happening. It would be possible to become frustrated at how slow it is, but I do better when I'm grateful for making progress instead of angry at how slow the progress is.... Read more
Rest, Active Recovery, and the Balancing Act
Monday, May 23, 2016      4 comments

Balancing act: Picture a Bosu Ball with the flat side down, curved side up. Picture a man stepping onto the middle of that Bosu Ball with one foot, then raising the other foot out to the side and bringing it back down to touch his outside foot... Read more
Bailing out of the "long" run, but feeling good about it
Saturday, May 21, 2016      6 comments

When I left off the tale on Thursday, I had just run 2.5 miles on a track and decided to take Friday as a rest day. I wanted to give myself a chance of being able to run 6 miles on Saturday. Saturday morning came, and I felt pretty good; b... Read more
Running in circles, um, I mean ovals
Thursday, May 19, 2016      6 comments

Felt good this morning, but a test of one Turkish get-up (35 lb. kettlebell) on each side revealed that the sore muscles from yesterday were still sore when stress was applied. PT appointment went well, and the PT was almost ready to dismiss me;... Read more
Testing the running legs
Wednesday, May 18, 2016      6 comments

The non-running streak ended at 9 days. Yesterday's PT appointment went well, and I decided to run a 2 mile warmup, see how it went, then decide whether I'd run some easy intervals on the track. Set out with some other runners and deliberately... Read more
Non-running, day 8: Volunteer gig
Sunday, May 15, 2016      4 comments

I took a DNS for Lilac Run 10K today. Went to volunteer at 6:30, ended up handing out bibs and shirts for the 5K and 10K. Had some nice conversation with other runners, recognized some of the names on the bibs, and actually got to hand out 3 bib... Read more
The new 10K step streak
Saturday, May 14, 2016      6 comments

Today is the 7th day in a row of non-running. Yes, I tested a short run; I can feel the areas I'm working on, and it's clear it's not yet time to run any distance. So, what to do for fitness and weight maintenance? Part of the answer is a... Read more
Goal Board and PT Appointment
Friday, May 13, 2016      8 comments

My sister ALICIA363 has a love-hate relationship with her goal board, and recently wrote about her issues with a goal board that isn't in her face like it used to be:
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