New family member Minshew aka Mini.
New family member Minshew aka Mini.
It’s been a lazy start to running in 2018. And I mean laaaaaaaaazy! So far this year I have 10 miles under my feet with an end goal of 365 miles for the year. The ramp up to the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half on June 10th is going to be steep… 😬
A unicorn in Seattle! I’m told it’s legit (not smuggled) but it’s $20. I was feeling like a treat today so tip of the cap to the unnamed establishment…😉 #plinytheelder
Time to upgrade the trusty Fenix 3 (no hr). Spent too much time comparing the Fenix 5 vs Apple Watch 3…
I’m deep in the Apple ecosystem and a moderate runner, topping out at half marathons these days. Tough choice for someone in my zone! Garmin corporate discount made price a wash. Apple Watch wins most of my categories but ultimately battery life won the day. I really don’t need another thing to charge every day.
Looking forward to the arrival of my new Fenix 5! Hoping Apple ups its game in the next upgrade cycle…
Last weekend while doing a crossword puzzle I asked Pam if she had ever heard of the word ‘fromatoz’ with the best pronunciation I could come up with. She thought about it for a sec and said ‘you mean… from a to z’?
I haven’t stopped laughing at myself since! 🤪🤣😂
Haha, this is perfect! via waxy.org
The job opportunity I thought was gone is not quite yet. Fingers crossed for tomorrow! 🤞
I hope micro.blog gives me the Night Owl pin for my birthday! 😜
I’m in for another SeaWheeze, the very first half marathon I ever completed. Love running and enjoying a weekend in Vancouver. Hard to believe it’s year seven for the race already! #fullweekofshorts
Being sick in a world where Netflix and Prime Now are things isn’t completely horrible… 🤒
This is hilarious!
via Link Thing
…posting via Feedbin is cool if a bit cumbersome
A bunch of clumsy css later - we’re all set. Let’s see if I micro.blog more than I blog. Last blog post - 2014, lol…
Here’s hoping I’m bit more active on both this year!
2014 was a bit of a down year. Needed a break. I think it will be more the norm moving forward. I ran 3 halves - all in par for the course (for me) times of ~2 hours. The medal whoring was enjoyable though. Running the Rock ‘n’ Roll halves in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver yielded this nice Cascadia medal!
Second time is a charm right? A year older and a year wiser? That was my thinking coming into this year. I am - or at least try to be - an unapologetic optomist. Sub 4 hour marathon here we come! Unfortunately things just didn’t go the way I had hoped they would this summer…
It all started out pretty well. Had a nice Earth Day 5k. Hit right at 40 minutes (8 minutes a mile) for Beat the Bridge. The Seattle Rock and Roll Half was a struggle but I still hit that one at 1:56:32 which was good enough to get into the first wave at Chicago which was a big goal just in case it was hot for the marathon.
After that things got a bit dicey. I started off by taking too much time off for an awesome Jamaica trip. I missed SeaWheeze while back in Michigan with family celebrating the life of a Grandfather that we lost this year. Just when training was hitting the apex I injured the arch of my right foot. That put me down for a good bit but I was wise to pull up midway through that 18 mile run and take a cab back home. My feet are freakishly high arched, need to swap out the inserts more often than recommended. Then a knee thing popped up the week before the marathon which probably didn’t impact my time but didn’t help me out mentally. All in all just not a good late summer scene!!
The Chicago Marathon was a lot of fun though and I did finish faster than Portland last year. Even if just barely! It feels a lot better to have done 26.2 not just once but twice. First time wasn’t a fluke! Love visiting Chicago, love seeing friends and family, and love going to Girl & the Goat. All that said I’m done with 26.2 for a while, maybe forever… Too big of a time committment and just not a ton of fun for me. See ya at a 13.1 or several next year though!
Nice day, tasty beer.
Here we go again!
Been a while since my last update but it looks like I knew more about what I wanted to do this year than I thought I did. I am indeed registered for the Chicago Marathon this fall and right back on a training plan. I want a sub four hour full and then I’m done. I swear!
As for halves I’m registered for the Seattle Rock and Roll and the SeaWheeze. I think I’ll be running the SeaWheeze every year until I can run no longer. I mean Vancouver in summer right?!
So I’ll keep this short. Expect the updates to start flowing again. Hopefully I’ll even get some non-running posts up on here as well. I always say that…
Kicking off the season with family!
This was one hell of a journey - beginning on a sunny Seattle day back in February that had me in an especially optimistic mood. Not everyone thought I could or would do it. Sometimes I even had my own doubts. Somehow my legs just kept going.
The race itself is all kind of a blur. The weather was perfect. 100% clear day and low 50’s at the start. My wave made it to the start line quicker than I thought and then trotted along quite slowly for the first 5k. Both really good things. I loved getting some ‘Go Green’ shout outs from Spartans along the course. The entertainment got more sparse after hanging a right onto the big marathon loop. The race volunteers were awesome. Much of the final 5 miles was slightly downhill which was good since I don’t think I could feel my legs. I love the people giving out little cups of beer around mile 23. Was great to get a shout from Matt at mile 24. And even better seeing Pam at 25. And then somehow I was in the chute and across the finish line and it was over.
I was never that into running, even while running cross country in high school. Not sure what’s changed. Started out just needing a BHAG (big hairy ass goal) outside of work. Something meaningful to shoot for that couldn’t be bought. Ended up looking forward to my Friday nights on the couch and my 16 mile runs on Saturday mornings. Not sure I’ll keep shooting at the 26.2s - it does take a heck of a lot of time - but just maybe I’ll see you in Chicago next fall…
I busted my ass for this.
Visualizing wings and beer!
It’s been a nice couple weeks. Easy and relaxing runs though my legs have tended to feel a touch tired. Times have been good though. More than anything I’m happy that I’ve been completely healthy for five straight weeks now.
I can hardly believe this time has come. Down to the final three very short training runs and then the main event next Sunday. The training spreadsheet looked like something only a crazy person would do back in June. Now it’s all filled out. Am I crazy? Been called worse!
Pretty sure I’ll be freaking out all week - super germaphobe style! Really looking forward to having my first beer(s) in 6 weeks though. Look out Portland, see ya at Fire On The Mountain!!!
Yeah! It’s all downhill for here… Until it turns sharply upward again on October 7th.
I pushed through 21 miles yesterday but it was a struggle. Partly due to the distance and partly because I ended up in the suburbs for a second, haha! I think my feet were screaming at me more than my legs. Really looking forward to the runs tapering off from now until the main event.
Fresh legs are my only hope for this thing. Well, better hydration too. I only get water every 5 miles on my long runs currently due to availability of water fountains and my dislike for carrying water bottles. Will have water ever 2 in Portland. I say I just want to finish but deep down I also want a non-embarrassing finish time. We shall see!
Really shitty run on Saturday. Legs were hurting and dead all week but Saturday was plain demoralizing, especially since it was only 14 miles. On the plus side I just said “only 14 miles” out loud and meant it. It’s still weird to me that I go out and run for a few hours at a time. That is something that happens.
I’m gonna chalk it up to lack of hydration and nutrition. I was out later than I should have been on Friday but I think it’s practically impossible to turn down a Devo and Blondie concert at a winery. That said I’ll also note that going to a concert at a winery and not drinking wine isn’t enjoying the fully optimized experience. Have I not mentioned that I’ve gone dry? Let me write a separate post about that.
Next week is peak training. The plan I’m on now maxes out at 20 miles. I’m not sure how to feel about that. It really seems like I should have a longer run. I’ll not question it though. With all the injuries this summer I’ll be happy to make it to the start line in one piece… Then do whatever it takes to make it to the finish line.
I’m really tired and I want a beer. 28 days to go…