Off to Vegas

Not really doing “Vegas” per se, but I am headed to the general vicinity of Las Vegas this week. Vegas is one place I’ve never been, and I feel like I’ve traveled the US extensively. I’m getting psyched; however, I always miss my guys so much when I’m gone. So there’s that. [Insert: frowny, tear drop face] Why…

About them Trials

Um yeah, about that Olympic Trials Marathon. Wow. I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck, but in the best way possible. Like in cartoons, when the road runner repeatedly gets Wile Coyote run over, but he always bounces right back like nothing happened. That’s what the Trials were like. I got run…

Hopes and dreams for these Trials

My hopes for this Olympic Trials Marathon are pretty simple. First, to complete it in a reasonable time – reasonable because I want to believe that I have learned how to marathon and even if I’m undertrained, I’m still faster or as fast as my previous self. Second, I want to inspire myself for what’s…

The need for sweat and support

My Garmin was reading O so slowly yesterday as I completed this six mile workout – a mile warm up and half a mile cool down and everything in between was alternating between 5 minutes hard and 3 minutes easy. It felt overly taxing compared to how it should. The good thing is that I…

Racing again

There is this cloud looming over the thought of racing again. It’s like a dream where you’re being chased by a wild beast and, try as you may, you just can’t run fast. No matter how slow, I have scheduled a few races in the near future. They may be called “races” but I’m looking…

Gray Reunion Part II

Gray reunion “Part I” took place six years ago. Reunion Part I and Part II were unsurprisingly familiar, all the way down to the part where we have to dial 9-1-1 and receive medical assistance. We’re hoping that the third time’s a charm so when next we gather here… …on the Gray farm in another five or six years,…

Compressions and Decompression

With all of the health-related rehab spending due to my back, hip, leg, and butt gimpiness, I’m way over budget. I’m talking WAY. We won’t go there. So I’m extremely grateful to wear-test a free pair of Tiux compression socks. They sent me this pair… After several runs in these fun socks, I get to share my thoughts. I…

Flex fueling myself and my car

Being flexitarian, I eat mostly plants with a sprinkling of other stuff like meat, eggs, dairy and even bacon. Doesn’t bacon fall into it’s own category? I like to call it flex-fueling. Along the flex-fueling lines I wanna talk corn for a sec. While I don’t have a fancy flex fuel vehicle, I do use Ethanol almost…

After 17 weeks, an MRI

Cue drum roll. It’s been a long 17 weeks of pain and head-scratching trying to figure out what to do with and how to get rid of this low-back, butt, leg, and hip pain. Not to mention the numbness in a few of my right toes. Minor detail. Finally, after countless visits to the acupuncturist, massage…

Marathon education, racing as a drill and finding balance

My most recent race was just a drill. Not a full marathon but just enough to give myself a little tutoring. The more I study the marathon, the more I learn that marathoning is HARD. Fast marathoning is very, very hard. I used Grandma’s Marathon as a sort of pop quiz and passed. Not with flying colors,…