Thursday, October 13, 2016

I'm Not Funny

Wait... What?

I got told that this weekend. Not in so many words, but more like, "you're totally down on running, and so-and-so's blog is hilarious"  or something close to that. Now this person is a good friend, so I took this to heart.

She's right. I'm in a dark space right now, I have been for awhile. There I said it. It's not all cocaine and hot tubs around here. I don't honestly know why, but I can pick a few reasons with the biggest being the loss of my baby, Dingo. He took a piece of my soul with him. I miss him so much.

Running hurts physically. I mentioned before that I've been having hip pain. This is getting worse. I ran a 10k on Sept. 18th and a week later ran another one with a time increase of around 18 minutes because of hip and knee pain. I took two weeks off and ran a half last weekend, adding about 20 minutes to my last half time. I tried KT Tape for the first time on my knee and felt a huge difference in the knee pain. I just started a new job (surgical-trauma) and insurance hasn't started yet, but I'll see the sports doctor when it does.

I love running, and I want it to love me back again. It doesn't fix my problems, but it helps make them manageable.

Things will get better. And until they do I need you all to just remember that I'm pretty fuckin' funny, damnit.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nebraska Half, 2nd Year

Photo taken by NSM
This half was on RSD30 (the run streak ended last night on day 33) and I don't know if that's why I hurt so bad during this race, but I did.

Non-Stop Mom and I were chauffeured by Muttski (AKA Texas Guy) to Nebraska, leaving home at 12:30 a.m. Fortunately NSM and I got to sleep some on the 4ish hour trip. The race began at 6:30, starting relatively well despite the fact that I had been having some of my relatively usual knee pain which had been joined by a new left hip pain.

(This is part of why the streak ended, evaluation of the new pain.)

The miles seemed to move pretty quickly, until the double digit miles which were beginning to seriously hurt. By a bit after mile 10 I was doubting that I would be able to finish without walking.  By mile 11, I was moving by sheer will alone, and only wanted to cry. Strangely, the miles continued to feel as if they were passing pretty quickly. Slower, but still faster than expected. Thankfully.

Anyway, I finished, beat my 2nd best half time by a whole 23 seconds and last year's NE time by about 27.5 minutes. Pain and all.  This race was 5:03 slower than my half PR.

Afterwards, taking account of everything, I noted left hip, bilateral knee, and lower back pain.

That said, I'm pretty pleased with this race. It is as claimed, "fast and flat".  And I look forward to running it again.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


"Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. started the #22KILL movement in 2013 after learning about the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans are killed by suicide every day."

I was challenged to a 22 day run streak (actually, I think it was 22 days of push-ups, which if you know me, you know I do not cannot do) for the number of veterans that commit suicide every day. 

I started my streak on July 29th. Tonight will be Run Streak Day (RSD) #27. 

I'm pretty stoked. I chose not to post about it here until I completed my 22 days. And here I share the mileage:

Friday, August 5, 2016

I Have a Confession to Make

I have only seen the first two seasons of Breaking Bad. And it's been a minute.

So this is all I'm doing today.  Starting Breaking Bad from the beginning.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Race that Ruined it All

On August 2nd, 2014, I ran a Race That Never Happened. This race got into my head so badly, that I blame it for every bad race, or race I've walked in, ever since it happened.

You may have heard that runners are superstitious. Typically, that means clothes, shoes, a good luck charm. I have all those, too. But my stubbornness, my willpower, and my Mojo all took a hit that day that I honestly don't feel I've fully recovered from.

This race is coming up again in about a week. I'm signed up. I'm dreading it. I'm honestly freaked out I can't run the entire thing and will damn myself to another year of poor performance and damaged Mojo.

It sounds melodramatic. I know.

So much depends on this race.

Here's Where I'm At & Heat and Mosquitoes

We've talked before about my hatred of mosquitoes. The other day, I was minding my own business at my computer, perhaps even typing a post here, and I received 4 mosquito bites. Four. In my own home. I never even saw the little fucker. What's their purpose for existing, anyway? They're ugly, they're evil, I don't think they pollinate anything. I just can't take this. My legs are (again) covered with mosquito bites in various healing stages, just as in the aforementioned posts, and even when I go outside to run in spite of the vile, un-cute, evil, nasties it's too hot to run very far.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hibernating Until Winter

I hate summer. I hate 90+ degree temperatures and I despise trying to run in them.

June 21st - June 27th
June 28th - July 6th

July 6th through the 9th just didn't happen.

It's been hit-and-miss lately, although I'm still loosely hanging on to the 3 (2) miles or 30 minutes plan. My mileage is suffering, as you see, and I blame the heat and being sick.

July 10th : 11.25 mile bike ride
July 11th : Nada
July 12th : Nada
July 13th : Nada
July 14th : 4.05 mile run
July 15th : 3.12 mile run
July 16th : 1.35 mile run
July 17th : 2.19 mile run
July 18th : 2.10 mile run
July 19th : Nope
July 20th : Nope
July 21st : 2.35 mile run

Our temps here in KS have been reaching the low 100s, high humidity. I don't like hot weather, I never have and I certainly don't since I became a runner. This shit is inhumane!

My unhinged running partner Non-Stop Mom is way ahead of me in miles - to the tune of like 14+ miles. This isn't acceptable. We also have frequent plans to get up at ridiculous hours of the morning to run before the sun scorches the planet, but that's a rarity as we (ok, ok, usually me) never drag our asses out of bed.

I hate mornings, too.

Mornings and summer.

And speaking of NSM, she needs to start posting more on her blog as well, doesn't she? She's being lazy.

So how do you  handle the heat? Do you have any secrets for getting in mileage without melting?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Derailment Continued

Since July 5th I haven't done a damned thing except an 11.25 mile bike ride last Sunday the 9th. I'm coming off of the sickness I had, only a bit of a cough left.

I guess it's time to get my shit back together.

Just Because.

Thursday, July 7, 2016


As I mentioned previously, I'm doing a "3 (or 2 thanks to the heat) miles or 30 minutes" plan.

June 21st through June 27th is documented here.

June 28th: One hour Wellness Class
June 29th: 2.05 mile run
June 30th: 1.02 mile run to gym; 30 minutes at the gym; 1.06 mile run home
July 1st: 2.10 mile run
July 2nd: 1.0 treadmill mile; 20 minutes elliptical
July 3rd: 3.5 mile run
July 4th: 3.14 mile run (5k race); 8.03 mile bike ride
July 5th: One hour Wellness Class (Zumba)

July 6th, derailment.

During the bike ride on July 5th I was attacked in the eyeball by a kamikaze bug. That didn't derail me, of course (although my eye is STILL sore), but it began the train of events that did. So melodramatic, huh? The next day I wound up with a sore throat. This progressed to bad sore throat, earaches, headache, sneezing, chest pain. I barely got out of bed yesterday at all.

Today, my throat is a little better, but the headache and sinus shit is worse. If a tylenol helps, I'm hoping to get something accomplished this evening.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

So Let's Do This Shit

My next half marathon is on August 27th. That gives me about 6 weeks. As I've said before, I've never actually trained for a half marathon, so this time I'm going to use this time to do so.

So, starting on July 4th with a 5k race, I'll be using a modified (for time) version of this plan (I will also be continuing the 3 miles or 30 minutes plan):

I'm open to any suggestions or advice. Please? Pretty please?

I'll keep you posted on how it goes!
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