Earlier this year, I logged my first DNF; next week, I’ll log my first DNS.
Next Saturday is the race I’ve been training for – Chamna Chase HM. It’s on primarily on trails, and it’s flat. Last February, I put my name in as a candidate for delegate to the diocesan convention. I wasn’t elected, and I was the second-runner up. The made me the second alternate. I figured I was safe from being asked to serve, and I signed up for Chamna Chase. Alas, earlier this week I was asked to take the place of another delegate who is recovering from surgery. I agreed. And with some reflection, I’ve decided this is a good thing. Continue reading
I’m currently training for the Chamna Chase half-marathon; it’ll be held on October 21st. In the interest of letting my knees heal, I’m not running hills. Last Saturday was 12 Hours of Badger. I’ve been tempted to do a 12-hour run, so I decided this was as good a time as any.
12 Hours of Badger is very low-key: no sign-ups, no entry fee — just show up & do your thing. There’s a “base” with food & water and a book in which you are asked to log your laps & final mileage. While I’m only training for 13.1 miles, and because I’m not running hills, I decided I walk it. A low-key 12-hour race is a great chance to try out different gear & nutrition options. I didn’t have a distance goal: my objectives were to go for the full twelve hours, and to learn what I could.
The most important thing I learned is that walking a marathon with 5,000′ of elevation gain and loss when you’re not running hills and you’re training for a half marathon is a really stupid idea. Continue reading
I’ve been hesitant to write these words, as I have an outsized fear of jinxing myself: I’m making progress!
After Badger Mountain Challenge 50K, I told myself I’d take a break from racing to give myself the chance to focus on strength training, core strength, and possibly even lose some weight. And then came the knee issues. And then I needed to get ready to ride the CFF Cycle for Life. And then I ran out of excuses. 😉 Continue reading
Ah, blessed be the recovery week. Much-needed, too! And with the weather – more on this later – it’s well-timed. Continue reading
I haven’t posted in a while because there just hasn’t been much to talk about. A few weeks ago, wildfire smoke from around the area moved into the Tri-Cities. Both air quality and visibility suffered. (At its worst, I think our visibility was down to not much more than a half-mile.) From my office window, I can see the wind turbines on Jump Off Joe; that’s about nine miles south of here as the crow flies. Until the air cleared, at best I could barely make out the ridgeline. Our temperatures were also in the triple-digits. This is the environment in which I started running again. Continue reading
To clarify, the race itself is wonderful. I, however, was not. It wasn’t an awful race. It just wasn’t great. Continue reading
I’d returned home Thursday because I had an appointment with the orthopedist Friday morning. Good news: it’s not arthritis. The MRI revealed three things “wrong” with my knee. Two of them are asymptomatic and I can ignore them. The third is some cartilage damage. It’s more of an abrasion than a tear. The doc would prefer I not run, but I can run. I pledged to start off easy, to stay off asphalt, and to monitor the pain. I go back in six months to see how things are going. I have the option of a steroid injection, but we’re going to wait until I need it; in this case, “need” means I can’t deal with the pain and it’s interrupting my life.
With that happy news, I finished packing the truck and returned to our campsite at Owhi campground. Continue reading