Five Year Maintenance Musings
In July 2011, I reluctantly admitted I needed to track what I eat, and joined Spark People. I set what I thought was a stretch goal, get my weight down 21 pounds to 175. I didn't really believe I could get my weight that low, having bounced of... Read more
End of Month Miscellaneous Stuff
Today is September 30, the end of a month. This happens to be the end of my first month of retired life. It hasn't so much been a month of new beginnings as a month of transitions and noticing things.
Running: I ran a half marathon in ea... Read more
Sunday I ran most of a marathon, failing to earn the medal or bragging rights. The race ended for me at 25.2 miles, with severe calf cramps. That's disappointing, to say the least; but life goes on. After the marathon comes recovery.
Mon... Read more
Race Report: 2016 Rochester Marathon
It was a totally messed up training cycle getting ready for Rochester. I started the training cycle recovering from injury, just training to get healthy enough to run. By the time I was health enough to run regularly, I was way behind on weekl... Read more
Yesterday was a rest day. It was necessary, after running 9 days in a row including a very good effort at Oak Tree Half. After Oak Tree, I had watered down the training plan for recovery, seeking advice from my coach on how much to water down ... Read more
Race Report: 2016 Oak Tree Half Marathon
I signed up for Oak Tree because it's traditionally hot and humid, and I didn't want waste the training I'd done in heat and humidity; because it's been kind of a minor bucket list race for a year or so; because it's a Rochester Runner of the Ye... Read more
Running for 30 Minutes
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
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
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.
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Independence Day Musings
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
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
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
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
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
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