No Record Today

But that’s fine. It was a solid run. 

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New Romantic Interest

On New Year’s Day of this year, I got a huge shock. I got a message from a lady through an online dating site. Long time readers know how spectacularly I fell on my face a few years back while trying the online dating thing. And everyone knows that women, semi-normal ones at least, just don’t make first contact. 

Consequently, I was extremely skeptical. Her profile looked normal enough, but that doesn’t mean much by itself. So, I cautiously started talking to her. The conversations went well. On 20 January, we finally met in person. This meeting went well, too. 

We’ve continued to communicate and see each other since then. We have a good amount in common. In fact, about the only major clash is the fact that she leans liberal politically. She did vote for the hildebeest in the most recent presidential election, but said that it wasn’t an easy decision. When it comes right down to it, she’s not all that into politics. And we’ve gone out while I was carrying the Alaskan openly, and she never blinked. In fact, I don’t think she noticed, although she knew beforehand that I was going to. 

I won’t get into all the particulars, but let’s just say that we enjoy each other’s company. I’m not in love, and we haven’t bumped uglies yet. But there is definitely potential there. 

She’s a little more than two years older than me, and is financially stable and independent, with a late model car and a nice, new home. She’s a salaried retail manager, and has been with her employer for more than twenty years. She’s never been married, and has no biological children, although she is close with three that she was nanny for when she was younger (all now adults, with their own families). She seems as sane and level-headed as any woman on the planet. Which may or may not be saying a whole lot. 

In other words, not the kind of woman that I usually end up trying to have a relationship with. But considering my history, that’s probably a good thing. Time will tell. 

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Energizer Grumpy

He keeps going and going…

Damn those hills! I did three circuits this morning, and the last hill in the last part of the third mile almost beat me. 

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Oh, Hill!

I was bragging to a fellow runner at work about my performance on Thursday, and we got to talking about my upcoming race. I can’t find too much information about it online, but one of the things that I did learn was the course record – 16:53. When I shared this number, he commented that it must be a difficult course, and I should expect lots of hills. In response to my confused look, he said that he’s ran a couple with course records in the 15s. 

That 39:45 that I ran a few days ago? Nearly flat. With this new insight, I had to shake things up on Saturday’s run. The park where I run most frequently has several paths where one can run. In addition to the flat, oval area where I ran on Tuesday and Thursday, there are paths with hills. Significant hills. 

On Saturday, I did two circuits on these paths, and finished up on the oval track. I still (barely) beat Tuesday’s time: 

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Oh, Yeah!

I got this. 

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Back On Track

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Doc Says…

‚ÄčI’m medically cleared to keep running. 

Earlier this evening, I decided to get a professional opinion on my calf pain. I’m scheduled to be back at it tomorrow, and I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t risking long term problems by continuing to push. I suspected shin splints or something similarly painful but not serious. 

As luck would have it, I was assigned a (smokin’ hot) NP who also runs. She was truly excited for me and what I’m doing. She said it’s not where shin splints typically cause pain, but it still could be. She thinks it’s just a strain. The treatment is the same either way.  She says to keep going, just lay off the speed stuff for a while – keep it slow and steady.  Manage the pain as I have been, and do calf raises and toe raises to strengthen the front of my legs to balance the backs. 

So, it looks like I won’t make a 30:00 finish time, and probably not even a 40:00 for this race. But I can keep going, and I will get there in time. I just have to have patience. Which I don’t. 

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