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- - By IB Date 2018-01-06 12:12 PM
How did last year go for you?
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-01-06 12:28 PM
Mine went well. 1062.7 miles.  I’ve been keeping tack of mileage since 2003 and this was my fifth highest year. That might not sound like much but 2014-16 were my lowest years so I was happy to jump back in. Plus, I had a case of PF early in the year and wasn’t running at all. At the start of April I only had run 29.3 miles. At the beginning of May I was still only at 94.3. I was able to start running regularly in June.

In October my wife and I ran the Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee. It was the 20th anniversary of our first Marathon (also Lakefront). We ran much of it together. I was about 17 minutes faster than I was when I was 20. It was my 33rd run of marathon distance or longer.

I’m hoping for a good 2018.
Parent - - By IB Date 2018-01-06 1:14 PM
Congratulations on getting the mileage back up there! Particularly after dealing with plantar fasciitis.  :cry:

>the 20th anniversary of our first Marathon


Your post reminded me that during 2017 I pushed my lifetime ultra distance races into a tie with my marathons, 45 of each now.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-01-09 6:38 AM
I’m at 14 marathons and 19 ultras (mostly 50ks).
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:28 AM
Great on the anniversary run and year :cool:
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-11 1:52 PM
Nice year Beard. Especially given the FUPF at the beginning. You are rocking it now. :cool:
Parent - - By IB Date 2018-01-06 1:08 PM
January = 10.5 miles / 144¢ (47 coins) & 100 yen Japan (1 coin) - Intentionally took the first four weeks of the year off.
February = 202.5 miles / 1474¢ (304 coins)
March = 239.7 miles / 3932¢ (347 coins & 2 Federal Reserve Notes) + $25 worth of winning lottery scratchers
April = 246.1 miles / 1256¢ (236 coins & 1 Federal Reserve Note) + $27 worth of winning lottery scratchers & 1 yen Japan (1 coin), 1 piso Philippines (1 coin), $1 Solar Car Wash token, 1 yen Japan (1 coin)
May = 307.9 miles / 1195¢ (236 coins) & 1¢ Canada (1 coin), 100 yen Japan (1 coin), 3 Golfland Family Fun Arcade tokens, 1 No Cash Value token
June = 194.25 miles / 505¢ (93 coins & 2 Federal Reserve Notes) + $15 winning lottery scratcher & 1 peso Mexico (1 coin), 10 peso Mexico (1 coin)
July = 159.7 miles / 819¢ (191 coins & 1 Federal Reserve Note) + $5 worth of winning lottery scratchers & Cinemark Theatre token, restroom token
August = 196.2 miles / 147¢ (66 coins) + $5 winning lottery scratcher
September = 211.6 miles / 542¢ (179 coins) + $5 winning lottery scratcher & restroom token, 1 yen Japan (1 coin), 25¢ Canada (1 coin), 25¢ Canada (1 coin), 1 rupee India (1 coin), $1 car wash token
October = 153.7 miles / 223¢ (65 coins) + $9 worth of winning lottery scratchers
November = 108.86 miles / 362¢ (73 coins & 1 Federal Reserve Note)
December = 122.3 miles / 2449¢ (133 coins & 1 Federal Reserve Note)

Totals = 2153.3 miles / 13048¢ (1970 coins & 8 Federal Reserve Notes) + $91 worth of winning lottery scratchers


April - Oakland Marathon = 3:22:54 - 30th out of 527 / 2nd male 45-49 out of 42
June - Western States 100 = 28:40:12 - 177th out of 248 / 64th male 40-49 out of 88
July - Alameda R.A.C.E. 5K = 21:18 - 72nd out of 685 / 7th male 40-49 out of 71
August - Run de Vous 100K = 12:49:25 - 3rd out of 20 / 3rd male 50-59 out of 7
September - Headwaters 50K = 5:42:39 - 8th out of 33 / 1st male 50-59 out of 6
October - Uwharrie 100 = 31:14:28 - 5th out of 24 / 1st male 50-59 out of 5
November - Oakland Turkey Trot 5K = 22:30 (there was consensus among many that the course was long) - 38th out of 1989 / 1st male 50-54 out of 27
December - Midway Shelter Run 5K = 20:47 - 13th out of 235 / 4th male 50-59 out of 17
December - Oakland Track Club Winter Classic 3200 meters = 13:17.86 - 7th out of 7 / 1st male 50-59 out of 1

A really good year for me in many ways. For the fourth year in a row I ran the most miles in a single year, this one being a pretty big jump over 2016. I was extremely stoked to take part in Western States! I kept my streak alive on the 4th of July race, I have run it every year it has existed this past one being the fifteenth year. The 50K went really well for me, I was very pleased with how I raced there. Met some new running friends. Finally got on Strava in late April. After figuring out segment chasing I ended the year with 50 course records. I must admit that my body is feeling a little beat up. Fell out of my gym routine and I need to get back on that soon. I also haven't been doing anywhere near enough foam rolling.

Not sure what 2018 will hold for me but I hope it includes some great adventures!
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-01-09 6:39 AM
That’s an impressive year. :shocker!:
Parent - - By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2018-01-09 3:27 PM
At a leisurely 6 miles per hour average rate of running, you made about $.62 per hour running last year.  Do a little better and it could almost become a full time job!
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-01-10 5:36 PM
that's not a living wage!!! He should sue all these jerks who don't drop enough coins for a good guy to make a living. :mutmad:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-01-09 3:31 PM
nice year!
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-01-10 5:37 PM
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:29 AM
Impressive! I loved your ws report.
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-11 1:52 PM
Nice year, especially getting a crack at and finishing WS!

Funny, I thought you ran more ultras last year but maybe it was just all the words.  :cool:
Parent - - By old turtle Date 2018-01-09 4:41 PM
Not what I planned. An ill timed hamstring strain had me not show up for a half marathon a few weeks later. I still wasn't right for a marathon a few months later. Building back up slowly enough to not hurt anything (I hope).

1005 miles for me.
Parent - By IB Date 2018-01-10 4:17 PM
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-01-10 5:38 PM
Parent - - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:29 AM
Hope we get to run a bit at umstead :hug:
Parent - - By old turtle Date 2018-01-11 9:29 AM
Me too. I'm planning on running there this week-end. Some how I managed not to do the big hills included in the Umstead 100. Maybe I'll give them a try.
Here's to both of us showing up with healthy hamstrings!
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 11:28 AM
Parent - - By george [us] Date 2018-01-10 2:08 PM
1660,8. My lowest since 2005, when I had a stress fracture. Hip flexor tendinitis, gallbladder surgery, and the birth of my second daughter kept me from training as hard as I would have liked, but I can't complain. The last three months of the year were all over 200 miles and I ran some decent races despite my lack of consistent training. I just have to be smart and not get injured this winter and hope I have a good 2018.
Parent - By IB Date 2018-01-10 4:19 PM
Definitely some good stuff to go along with the not so good. Nice work on those last three months.
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-11 6:58 AM
Sounds like your are turning it around already with your year-end mileage. Happy running n 2018!
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:29 AM
That's a lot with all you had going on!
Parent - - By jennyO Date 2018-01-10 3:47 PM
I was around 15 miles short of 3000, which bummed me out tremendously.  Stupid injury. :mutmad:
Parent - By IB Date 2018-01-10 4:20 PM

Still a pretty dang good year though.
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-01-10 5:38 PM
sorry about your injury.  :sad::hug:
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-11 6:56 AM
Great miles though! Hope you are on the mend.
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:30 AM
Wow! :hug:
Parent - - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-10 5:23 PM
A pretty crappy year overall for running and other things, but hey I am still above the ground out jogging with the Lady so it ain't all bad!

Total miles: 1,560
About 1,000 less then previous years and estimates. Most of those were in the first 6 months. About 1,200 of them.

Races/other stuff:
February - Whispering Pines 12 hour ultra. 53 miles for the day, second place, my streak ended at 2. I just felt slow and behind previous years time all day, though I managed to keep moving.

April - Iron Masters Challenge 50k, somewhat mountainous PA trail race. Finish time 7:13 or so, not sure of placing, 50 or so out of a few hundred? This was my highlight race of the year for a number of reasons. An on course and post race FE with Jasz, and after a mediocre start I found my ultra groove around 10-12 miles and then just ran solid and strong the rest of the way. Hitting the 20 mile aid station I was pumped to get out there and keep running and I definitely reeled in some runners that final 11 or 12 miles.

May - No race, but spent some time in the Georgia mountains on the trails with the Lady. Was having trouble recovering from the 50k.

June - Mohican 100. DNF around mile 58/59. First stop in the 3rd (of 4) loops. I was plodding along, not having fun, and while I had been having knee problems it was mostly the slowness and mental quit that did me in. Oh it was hot too for further rationalization. First DNF ever.

July - Local 15k trail race, Chobot Challenge. Knee doc gave me a script for Meloxicam to help with knee pain. Magic stuff, as I had a training PR type run 2 days before this race, so decided to jump into the local race I had never done. I did ok considering, but was slower than I should have been (1:26 on easy course). MRI two days later shows I was battling meniscus tear.

August - Meniscus repair surgery. Running pretty much stopped/dwindled to nothing for awhile, though I stubbornly ran some miles here and there, probably too soon.

December - The last week of 2017 I spent some time running in FL and GA while visiting family. I had 34 mile week, which is my largest since the surgery. While I am not a 100% maybe just maybe I am on the upswing again.
Parent - - By IB Date 2018-01-10 7:39 PM
I understand your situation all too well. After my surgery in 2013 I probably went a bit too aggressive too quickly and it cost me most of that year. Very little running and a completely sour attitude about the situation. Things did turn around eventually though, so keep your head up.  :happy:
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-11 1:50 PM
Yeah, unfortunately I've been through this procedure before. What worked the last time, it's not quite the same. Older and more fragile I suppose.
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-11 6:55 AM
Did you have a specific time when you tore your meniscus or was it a gradual thing?
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-11 1:49 PM
I banged my knee pretty hard a few times in the summer of 2016 (trail falls), and on 9/11/16 I noted a nasty painful fall affecting my knee in my running log. 2 or 3 weeks later I noted having issues, took some rest, then in beginning 2017 just trained through some discomfort for Mohican. So who knows.. maybe that, or a combination of stuff. It was nothing immediate after any trail spills though.
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:31 AM
Sorry about the crappy year. I really do understand. YAY for the upswing :happy::hug:
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-11 1:54 PM
Forgot to mention, LadyB my gsp had 1,125 miles according to my running log. No race for her however. They have too many rules for her liking (leashes).
Parent - By gottarungirl Date 2018-01-11 10:17 PM
805 miles
not too bad, not the greatest
Best part, I ran a half marathon in November.  It's been a while since I ran that.
- - By Ed [us] Date 2018-01-06 2:27 PM
During 2017 I hit my 5th anniversary of not running.  I also began the year not swimming due to shoulder tendonitis but was able to get back in the pool by the end of January.  My hip got worse, to the point I only rode my bike outdoors 7 times and none after July 1.  I had my right hip replaced on Oct. 23...what an improvement!

Walking, from Oct. 24 and on - 78.4 miles
Swimming - 98,060 meters
Bike (outdoors) - 127.7 miles (all before July 2)
Indoor cycling classes - taught 149, took 9

Races: Aquabike category (swim/bike legs) in two sprint triathlons.  Nothing notable except one involved jumping off a ferry for the swim start!
Parent - By IB Date 2018-01-08 11:38 PM
Very cool photo!
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-01-09 6:40 AM
That’s quite the drop off the ferry. :shocker!:
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2018-01-09 7:04 AM
It's actually only about a 12' drop but still looks cool!
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-01-10 5:34 PM
amazing pic :shocker!::cool:
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-11 6:53 AM
So did the clock start before the jump? I bet some people hesitated while the clock was running. :laugh:
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2018-01-11 7:34 AM
Yes, there was a timing mat for us to cross that was placed several feet from the edge of the boat.  I hesitated a few seconds to wait for the person who jumped before me to surface so I wouldn't land on top of them :roll:   They had 4 volunteers at the edge so 4 swimmers could jump at more or less the same time.  However, the first 4 to go (I believe were not first time participants) got a running start and a couple of them incorporated somersaults into their jumps!
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:31 AM
I really admire how hard and smart you're working after the replacement :happy:
- - By darbycrash Date 2018-01-09 9:03 AM
2,729 miles
350,899 feet of gain
312 runs
8.75 mile average run.

Raced 4 times. 2 went well( short road races) and 2 poorly(trail, 50 mile, 26.2).

Not sure if I will race this year,but I'll keep myself in race ready shape just because I love running and doing hard workouts. If I do race, it will be a last minute decision and at  low key events. Many race fees seem too inflated in my opinion. Unlikely I do any Ultras, at least based on how I feel now. That could change. Planning on some long trail runs though. Considering running 50 miles on my 50th birtday in September.
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-01-09 3:30 PM
I ran my only 50 miler when I turned 50 a couple of years and done for me!  Looks like you are made of tougher stuff.
Parent - By IB Date 2018-01-10 4:21 PM
That's a dang nice average distance per run and some pretty serious elevation gain.
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-01-10 5:35 PM
wow :cool::cool:
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-11 6:51 AM
Nice runnin' :cool:
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:32 AM
- - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-01-09 3:12 PM
My biggest cross training year ever as a result of being injured for a few months.  While I have done pool running in the past, this was the first time I added the elliptical, so I am really mixing things up!

1,935.1 miles running
159 boxing classes
54 pool running days for a total of 71 hour and 32 minutes
37 times on the elliptical for a total of 37 hours and 28 minutes
Three marathons for three new states (Garmin, Couer d'Alene and the Oregon Marathon)
Two DNS because of illness or injury (Little Rock and Chickamauga Battledfield)
My first DNF in Omaha (as I refused to acknowledge I had a stress fracture so I walked 14 miles of the course, making it worse)
Three half marathons
One 5K....which I ran with my son:hug:
I also learned how Snapchat, so I have that going for me!
Parent - By IB Date 2018-01-10 7:29 PM
Nice work staying active with all of that cross training. Looks like a fine year considering there were a few months of dealing with an injury.
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-11 6:50 AM
Glad you came in town to run Garmin/Oz! That was a fun weekend. :hug: Omaha was fun too except for the DNF thing.
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:32 AM
Nice variety!
Parent - - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-11 1:43 PM
You must have a lot of columns in your training log! 

Hope you have a good 2018 and are done with crappy injuries.
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-01-11 3:47 PM
About six years ago, I stopped using a homemade, excel spreadsheet and started using as my log.  Last year, I started using Strava as well.
- - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-09 4:00 PM
2,386 miles for the year.

I turned it around after starting the year with a calf strain that I kept re-straining. :mutmad:

Joplin Marathon 3:23:18 won AG
Heartland (Omaha) Marathon 3:27:52 won AG
Gobbler Grind Marathon 3:14:17 won AG
Run for the Ranch Marathon 3:24:37 won AG

My feelings are mixed for my races. Joplin I was just happy to be running again after the injury. Omaha I was in good shape to run well but it was crazy hot. My Gobbler Grind result I was okay with but my last mile was friggin' 9:32 pace (the mile before was just over 8). So, the last couple miles of that race bothered me. :meh: The last race was okay, I didn't really have a goal other than to run comfortably.

So I am sitting on 88 marathons to date. I would like to run at least 5 in 2018.

My highlight of the running year was the Hood to Coast Relay. :happy: It was an absolute blast and I got to spend time with forumites that I don't get to see very often. :hug:
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-01-09 4:37 PM
I am eyeballing Bismarck (9/15) and Louisville (11/12) for the fall.  The rest of the gang is doing Fargo in the spring, so I need a ManBitch.
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-09 4:49 PM
Keep me in the loop. North Dakota is too hard/expensive for me to get to.

Nooner and I ran Louisville; it was a good race. There were some pissy hills in the last few miles. It's an easy flight for me on Southwest so we will see how my fall shapes up.
Parent - - By IB Date 2018-01-10 7:31 PM
Bummer about that calf strain, nice year all the same. All the best to you with your marathon chase this year!

I looked up the Joplin Marathon, my niece goes to college there and I thought it might make for a nice double purpose trip. Unfortunately this year they are only offering up to the half marathon distance.
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-11 6:48 AM
Huh, I didn't know they dropped the marathon. They did emphasize the 1/2 more than the marathon last year.  It is at a time of year when the weather can be hot/humid so that is a crap-shoot.
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:33 AM
88 :cool: Great year!
Parent - - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-11 1:42 PM
Did you run HTC with the WIMPS?

Good year, but only 4 marathon and AG wins. Slacker!  :laugh:
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-11 3:17 PM
Yes I am a WIMP!
- - By gadget girl Date 2018-01-10 5:41 PM
700 miles for me (I'm posting so other people don't feel so bad about themselves : pbbt:).

Plus 8 trillion ballet classes.  :happy:
Parent - - By IB Date 2018-01-10 7:32 PM
I don't understand how you were able to run 700 miles when you were constantly in ballet class.  :shocker!:
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-01-11 12:32 PM
parking near the ballet class absolutely sucks so running comes in handy.  : pbbt:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-01-11 6:28 AM
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:33 AM
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-11 1:41 PM
You completely kicked my ass at ballet. :cool:

I did have one nice dancing session at my nieces wedding but that involved many beers.  :laugh:
- - By noel (Kilotons of Honky Tonk Badonkadonk) Date 2018-01-11 6:17 AM Edited 2018-01-11 6:20 AM
~1605 miles for the year.

Started out kinda awful with my first time missing a cutoff at mile 17 at a 50k in January. I was about 10lbs over what I should be and had ended 2016 not running all that much or caring.

Got my self together and started eating better and forcing myself to finish runs and gradually I started feeling much better and enjoying running again. I dropped about 6 of the 10lbs which helped too.

May 2017 I finished a 50k 30min slower than the last time I did it in 2015 but I needed that finish: 8:30

Went to to elevation training runs with some groups in June and met some new people and had a great time!

Did 47.5mi at 12hr Merrill's mile in July, saw LDR and finished 3rd woman for the 12hr. That was a great day and I felt confident going into my first 50 in September.

Did H9 marathon (almost all climbing) mid august and just enjoyed being out there with a friend. 9:03

Late August did my favorite 50k Yeti Snakebite in started out awesome but I faded quite a bit and my leg started bothering me.

September 28 finished my first 50 in 12:24, miserably stiff and slow the last 16 miles :cry: but I finished.

My hip, back and butt were pissed at me after that for about 7-8 weeks. I'd overloaded them and they gave up in the final miles of the 50.

PT got me back out there feeling awesome just after Tday. I'm weight training 2x a week now as well and feeling very motivated again! I'm starting to drop the rest of that weight so thats good too.

Final weekend of 2017 had me doing a 17mi elevation run in N GA with a group of running peeps. This is probably one of my new favorite things to do.

It was a typical year for me, with similar mileage and plenty of ups and downs :D
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-01-11 6:31 AM
Congrats on your first 50 miler! I did one in 2016 and refer to it as "my first and LAST".
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-11 6:45 AM
Good grief you run some difficult races; good job! :cool:
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:34 AM
Loved reading about your 50 miler :hug:
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-01-11 12:29 PM
As someone who has (creepily : pbbt:) watched your progress in awe over the past few years on this site  - I think this is very impressive!! I love that you have a favorite 50K now. :cool: You are a bona fide ultra runner and I love that you constantly challenge yourself with new stuff.  Hope you have a great running year this year :hug:
Parent - - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-11 1:40 PM
What is an elevation run, like a run in the north GA mountains?

You had a great year, especially the middle part with all the races and your 50 miler. :cool:

Glad you are on the mend! :happy:
Parent - By noel (Kilotons of Honky Tonk Badonkadonk) Date 2018-01-11 6:43 PM
yep, lots of long climbing with a little running in between.
- - By mkh (Mr. Fashionista) Date 2018-01-11 8:51 AM
3150 miles. 5 rest days.

Unofficial 5k PR. Course was long. Was a 15:45 5k pace.
10k and marathon PR. Not the PR I wanted in the marathon, but I can't be too upset.
$750 in prize money.
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2018-01-11 9:12 AM
:cool: Awesome!
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-01-11 12:31 PM
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-01-11 1:37 PM
More cash than IB!  Well done.
- - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 1:58 PM
I don't have my log with me, so I will update the number later..but I think it came out to 2,300 something.

The total surprised me since I had a year a little like XT.

It started out well enough. Beginning in January, I ran a 10k series I had not run in years to put some pep in my step. That went well enough and I gradually improved my time over the course of three races. I paced Aubrey (Spingoddess) at Beast of Burden after that. What a hoot! An inspiration too as she battled injury and fought valiantly to keep going. Keeping another runner from wandering into the Erie Canal was another highlight :laugh:.

Like this year, I was registered for Umstead in early April. Sometime in February, I somehow aggravated an old hamstring injury, I think on the rowing machine. It started getting better but in March, I slipped on some ice and felt a lot of pain in that area. I rested some and tried to be really mellow with my running in hopes it would heal up for Umstead. Little moves kept aggravating it. I stubbornly went to Umstead. Pulling my suitcase off the luggage thing aggravated it. I started the race, but before running two miles I felt a twang. It was over and I walked back to the start. At some point I saw Old Turtle and when she hugged me, I cried.

I think in April I finally got an mri/diagnosis. I had torn the hamstring off the sits bone. Surgery was not recommended and I was told it would re-attach via scar tissue. I could run if it didn't cause pain etc. I had signed up for a 6-day running through Ireland, the Celtic Traverse, at the end of June. There was no way to get my money back. I ran and walked through April and May. I missed the Buffalo marathon which I usually run every year.

I stayed on safe terrain. The way I first hurt my hamstring, I tripped on a rock or root and my right leg flew out in front of me to prevent a fall. I fell anyway. That was summer 2016 and I recovered well and did a bunch of races that year. So much so that I placed third in my age group in the northeast for this thing Ultrarunning magazine did ranking runners based on Ultrasignup results. I didn't know about it until a friend posted a photo of the article on my fb page :laugh: Anyway, this help lift my spirits. The hamstring felt better but still fragile and I worried about going to Ireland and getting more injured there. I emailed the organizer and he said that most of the routes were non-technical. I have been around long enough to know though that can be pretty subjective. Worry worry worry...finally, I booked my flight.

It was wonderful! Beautiful runs every day. I was slow since there were very rocky sections each day. The routes were generally long climbs into the hills with beautiful views, lots of wide, smooth trails, some roads. I covered 112 miles over the six days including a 50k. I felt strong the 50k day. I had put myself on the waitlist for Vermont 100 in July since I could not run Umstead. I wanted to have a qualifier for the Western States Lottery. Ireland was perfect training for Vermont. Similar terrain and climbs. Yay!

After returning from Ireland, I had difficulty running without being winded. I thought I just needed to recover etc. I found out I had gotten into Vermont and booked a place to stay. About a week after returning, I started retaining a lot of water. One day after a failed run attempt, I went to a walk in. This was right after July 4 weekend. My heart was in afib. That's why I couldn't run and was ballooning up (15 lbs!). Long story short, no Vermont. I had my heart shocked back into normal rhythm August 3. The whole ordeal was scary as I am not use to dealing with medical stuff. It was confusing with contradictory info..things like that. Very unsettling.

Once my heart was back to normal, running was no problem. I took it very easy though, slowly ramping back up with the hopes of running Javelina 100 at the end of October again to keep my lottery tickets for WS. I got through long runs in September and the beginning of October and signed up. But then the hamstring started acting up and I really did not want to travel all that way for another Umstead experience. Ugg. Bye Javelina. Bye WS tickets. And the first year since 2008 without a 100 mile finish.

The only other thing I was signed up for after that was Stonecat trail marathon beginning of November. I was traveling with friends and it is always a fun trip. I decided I would go and since it's a 12+ loop, I could drop if needed. So I hiked one loop and ran/walked the second loop and finished in 8:01. It was a beautiful day. I just coasted the rest of 2017.

So I am not sure what to make of all that happened. Up until last year, with the exception of one battle with PF in 2015/16, I have never had injuries or health scares. If anything, I guess it makes me value being able to run even more. I have never taken my health for granted and always been thankful for my good fortune.

I go into 2018 a bit tentative but hopeful it will be a better year running-wise.
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 8:28 PM Edited 2018-01-11 8:34 PM
Total was 2,136

also..eta..the thing in ultrarunning magazone came out in 2017 so that's why I mentioned it boosting my spirits in the midst of injury..
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-01-12 7:10 AM
Glad you were smart enough to get things checked out!
- - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-01-11 4:17 PM
I have been chasing sub-4 in the marathon for years. After a PW at NYCM in 2016, I got myself a coach for 2017. I trained my ass off over the winter and was trained the best I have ever been trained for my goal marathon at Sugarloaf in May. I didn’t execute the race very well, and I missed sub-4 by a substantial margin, but I still ended up with an almost 30-min PR of 4:15:08. :cool: I recovered for a few weeks and then jumped back into training for my second goal marathon of the year, Chicago in October. Again, I showed up to the start line in the best running shape of my life, but the weather didn’t cooperate and I missed sub-4 again, by an even wider margin (4:34:34). It was still my second-fastest marathon ever.

Getting a coach and being dedicated to my training was the best thing I could have done and resulted in some amazing things:
New PRs at 4 distances:
Marathon: 4:15:08
Half marathon: 1:56:17 (this bested the other new half PR I had set in April)
10k: 52:48
5k: 24:35 (I think I ran a faster 5k like 15 years ago but I can’t find my logs from then)

I also achieved:
Second fastest marathon ever (Chicago)
Highest mileage month ever (163.17 miles)
Highest mileage year ever (1272.76 miles)
Multiple marathons in one calendar year (2)
I finally believe in myself as a runner and have confidence going into 2018. :cool:
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-01-11 7:10 PM
All of that is awesome! You will get it :happy:
- - By Tim [us] Date 2018-01-11 9:26 PM
Running: I was hoping to "run the year" with 2,017 miles, but I only made it to the Civil War, with about 1,865 miles.

Health: I scared the crap out of myself when I learned I had a blood clot in my lung. Thus the missing a few weeks of running and then ramping up slowly, and falling short of 2,017 miles. I spent one night in the hospital for monitoring and tests, had some follow-up tests and appointments, and now I'm on a maintenance dose of blood thinning medication. I seem to be OK.

Marathons: I ran my 20th marathon (Boston), which was my first as a charity fundraiser. I raised funds for a local non-profit near and dear to my heart, and managed to raise more than $50,000. A number of people from on here contributed. Thank you to all of you. Boston was a hot day and this was my slowest time for a road marathon, but I really enjoyed it.

Other stuff:
-I gave this parenthood thing my best effort. Single parenting is f**king hard. I'm a good dad but I'm at best a very mediocre mom.
-I coached more of my kids' teams in basketball, futsal, and soccer. I'm very aware that I'm on borrowed time as they've almost aged out of youth sports. I count myself lucky that they put up with having me as their coach. I try to savor every moment I have with their teams because I know there are a finite and dwindling number of those moments left.
-My first "post-loss" relationship ended in October. I don't regret having it as it showed me I can find love again. I want to find love again and I have a few prospects in the mix. It's both complicated and fun dating as a forty-something widowed parent of 3 teens. For now it's fun to go out with a different woman every few weeks, have a few drinks and some food and good conversation, and then make out in the parking lot. But ultimately I want something more than that.
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-01-12 7:12 AM
I am a mediocre mom so I'm sending you a :first bump: :hug:
Parent - By Tim [us] Date 2018-01-12 4:06 PM

But I’m pretty sure you’re a good mom - maybe a Mean Mom, but you’re kind of proud of that.
- By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2018-01-15 10:33 AM
2017 wasn't much of a running year for me.  I ended the year with 1333.30 miles, which as far short of the goal of running the year.  Only one race all year - Boston.  I was so hurt and so miserable at Boston that I decided it was time to stop - at least for a while.  I had managed to get in a good January and February of training for Boston, but a trip overseas at the beginning of March helped me understand that I wasn't doing myself any favors by training hurt.  I'd been running through a slew of problems - turf toe, torn shoulder, numerous hip/butt/leg issues, but mostly a whole lot of back pain.  It could well be that trying to compensate for the back pain was causing some of the other issues.  After quite a few cortisone shots failed to bring improvement, the orthopedist suggested that I go see a Dr. who specializes in platelet rich plasma injections.  So there I was on the 28th of November laying on my stomach while a team of medical people threaded needles through my back and into L5/S1 and L4/L5 under live xray.  It took a couple of hours as one disc has leaked so much that there isn't much room left to get a needle into it.  It's a lot more painful that it sounds! They told me that discs don't really have a blood supply, so when you tear a disc it is likely to not heal and that can result in pain.  The discs can also become infected with a bacteria that thrives in an anaerobic environment - the same bacteria that causes acne.   The platelets, when injected right at the site of the tear, are able to help repair the disc as they carry ATP/ADP and apparently that provides the energy needed to do the work.  It's supposed to take 6-8 weeks to begin to take effect and a year or more of continued improvement.  It's been about 7 weeks so far and I certainly have much less pain and am able to log in some miles.  Whether that is completely due to the PRP or in part because I cut back on miles for a number of months is yet to be seen.  So I'm hoping for the best.  Other things still are problematic, so I'll have to start on some exercises targeted to the problem areas and see if I can get past some of the issues.  Hoping to be able to train enough to race in 2018.
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