Is Aging Really All That Bad

Yeah, my 57th birthday is this week and while it isn’t one of those milestone years – it does mean that I am that much closer to being 60 than 50.

Sure on my birthday I will enjoy the attention, presents (more running stuff), gift cardss (even more running stuff), a chance to carb load (cake, ice cream, etc.) and everything else that goes along with aging another year.

However, it ain’t all peaches and cream.

Getting older after a certain age no matter how you look at it – sucks…

aging changes your life and what you can do.

Although aging/getting older sure as hell is better than being dead, getting old is not always easy or for wimps.

This is not a post where I whine, piss, moan and groan about the vagaries of getting old (oh I might a little) – I am just going to talk about the realities of some things I have experienced as a result of my aging. Hopefully, you chuckle or nod your head along the way.

Affects of Aging

At some point in everyone’s life getting older does not mean you are getting better, it means this:

Affects of Aging Mind Map
Affects of Aging Mind Map

Yep, a frigging mind map – believe it or not, this is how I think.

Lots of things all convoluted around one central thought and if I don’t put it in something I can visualize, I go off on tangents and down more than a few rabbit holes.

Oh yea – getting back to Aging and getting older – see what I mean, my focus is easily changed, distracted, but that doesn’t have a lot to do with aging, that has more to do with how I have always been. Continue reading “Is Aging Really All That Bad”

Why do I Blog So Much

After 13.13 Run 3-6-14
After 13.13 Run 3-6-14

Over the past few weeks I have been asked several times by many people…

Why do I blog so much?

  • Is it because I love to see my obnoxious whining about how a pair of running shoes don’t work for me or that I need to tell the world that I ran 8.0 miles at an 8:17 pace yesterday?
  • Is it because I am so very vain and want everyone to know how great I am?
  • Is it because I enjoy taking selfies to show everyone who wants to look photos of how “great” looking I am?
  • Is it because I want to become rich or famous?
  • Is it to represent a brand, get free shit and help them sell stuff?

The answer to all of those “answers” is:

No.

We All Become Memories

What in the hell are you talking about Harold?

Stop and think for a minute. Continue reading “Why do I Blog So Much”

What I Learned This Week — 10/27/13

What did I learn this week?

  • That I wanted to run the Marine Corps Marathon so much today and not being there bothered me more than I want to admit.
  • That how I was feeling about missing MCM, negatively affected my running this week and made me a pain-in-the-ass to live with over the past couple of weeks. My apologies and thank you to TheWife for being patient with me.
  • That I can run a half marathon, but that I am not ready to really race any distance – yet, but I am getting closer.
  • That now that MCM is over, I can get back to training, instead of wishing/dreaming about achieving a goal that will/did not happen.
  • That I need to start taking better care of what I am putting down the pie-hole
  • That I am going to go back to “my” gym, sometimes price is not the most important consideration – the friendships that you have made over the years and being able to simply “yack” with other people at the gym is more important than, just going to there, putting in your ear buds, doing your workout in your own little world and not talking to anyone else, before you leave.

Continue reading “What I Learned This Week — 10/27/13”

What I Learned This Week — 10/20/13

New to us 2004 Grand Cherokee
New to us 2004 Grand Cherokee

What did I learn this week?

  • That my running schedule when TheWife takes a week’s vacation, is not the same.
  • That running only 3 days in a week felt weird, especially since I could have run and am definitely not injured right now, I am used to running pretty much 6 days a week.
  • That not running 4 days this week, probably was a good thing and allowed my body to recuperate a little more than usual. Gotta stay positive.
  • I definitely ate way too many whoopie pies, ate too much junk food and definitely drank more soda and in the last 5 days than I have all year and need to get back to eating a lot better this week.
  • How much I hate, yes hate shopping for a new to us vehicle, finally after a couple of weeks, we found one that met our needs. A 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with just over 75,000 miles on it, in the price range we were looking for. It was a little older than we originally was looking for, but after seeing what was available out there, it was a lot better than a lot of the other vehicles we had seen for a much more reasonable price. Continue reading “What I Learned This Week — 10/20/13”

What I Learned This Week — 10/13/13

The Middle Bridge in Augusta, Maine
The Middle Bridge in Augusta, Maine

What did I learn this week?

  • That chopping wood for a couple of hours, the day before a long run probably is not the smartist thing to do. Especially when you try to run the long run too fast for your present conditioning. Oh well, never said I was brilliant, just stubborn.
  • That I love running trails, but that my Achilles isn’t quite ready for it.
  • That I need to carry water/fuel if I am running over 10 miles or just get used to feeling like crap until my body adapts to the lack of both on longer runs.
  • That I can do 40 mile weeks, but I have to do it slower and not try to be a hero or think that I am still 25. Continue reading “What I Learned This Week — 10/13/13”

What I Learned This Week — 10/6/13

Today was a day-off from just about everything, yes I walked Bennie and stuff, but otherwise no running, no chopping wood, no lifting weights – I sat on my ass and rested, watched football and messed around on the computer a bit.

It was actually pretty hard, because I wanted to go do something, anything…I did what I was supposed to do –

REST

Why?

Because I frigging needed it.

Last week was a cut-back week and this week, well things got back to normal, well at least as normal as they can be for a crazy runnah. I almost got back to my pre-injury mileage and felt tired and sore, so the day off was a good thing. Continue reading “What I Learned This Week — 10/6/13”

What I Learned This Week — 9/29/13

This week was a blur!

This past week was a cut-back week, where I wanted to be right around 30 miles total – 29.16 miles for the week was close enough.

I have done speed work, long runs and I felt like it was at about 80% healed. Since I am not a “star” athlete and based on the progress I have made, I just couldn’t justify continuing PT any further. So Monday was my LAST physical therapy session (hopefully for a while) and I have to go without adult supervision, which when I said that to the PT, it made her laugh. The Achilles was feeling really good  when I left on Monday,

This week was also my first race since August 4th and is one of my favorite races in the area – the Rise ‘N Shine 5K in Augusta. I was very happy with how well I ran and even though I really had to be conservative because my Achilles tightened up after the first mile and began to hurt more when I attempted to push for a faster speed. Still I finished in 21:53 and 2nd in my Age Group.

Now the bad part of the race. Continue reading “What I Learned This Week — 9/29/13”

What I Learned This Week — 9/8/13

Things are slowing down – a lot!

Which is what I want.

I am focusing on my physical therapy, doing a lot of running, starting to get work done around the house and smiling a lot more.

However, I am noticing something that is starting to bother me and I am going to take care of it before it comes a problem – again.

Running

Things are going well, I am starting to make very good progress and even had some “faster” runs this week.

However, the big thing for me is that I have to remember that I am not in or doing this running thing, to be the next great Masters runner or that I am going to be the fastest guy on the course/track/trail, but that I want to simply get out there and run as much as I can, enjoy myself and not get so wound up in racing for a certain time (like I am starting to again).

I need to just back off and get back to enjoying my running and if I run good races — cool, if I go to a race and just have fun and meet lots of great people, that is even better. However, I HAVE to stop putting so much pressure on myself to come back better and faster than I was back in May.

It is not something I am all that good at, but if I don’t, I can see myself heading down that race anxiety highway to hell again! Loosing much of the progress that I have made over the past couple of years and re-isolating myself from the running community and go back to being that solitary runner I was for so many years.

I. do. not. want. that!

Yet I am starting to see little things that are starting to make me think I am doing just that.

To stop some of this merry-go-round, I am going to take the planned distance and effort levels off my running log and get back to running by more by how I am feeling that day rather than following a plan. I am going to do this until I feel that I am either relaxing and/or that I want or need more structure in my training.

Continue reading “What I Learned This Week — 9/8/13”

Should’a, Could’a, Would’a

I read a lot of blogs, Tweets, Facebook and Google + updates and one of things that I have noticed a lot of lately is:

  • runners beating themselves up over what they consider a crappy run or race.

I understand that we have trained hard all summer to whip our bodies into the best shape we possibly can and chase after those elusive PR’s, want to do great at a destination race or that “one” person that we really want to “kick ass” against are so important to us. That when we don’t live up to our own expectations or “dreams” that we can be devastated disappointed about the results, 

  • A bad run – stop…it ain’t a big deal.
  • A bad day – okay…it happens to everyone.
  • A bad race – so what…we ALL have them.
  • “That” person…kicked your ass…it happens.

I understand being disappointed been there done that – too many times to count. Continue reading “Should’a, Could’a, Would’a”

I Didn’t Feel Like Running Today – But Did RunLog 9-5-13

That’s right me – the guy who always wants to run. I really didn’t feel like running this morning. I was beat, tired, fatigued, felt like someone had shoved me through a meat grinder and tired of getting up to walk the dog a mile in the rain.

Oh well, I had a physical therapy appointment at 9:15 AM, otherwise I would have just bagged it and puttered around the house, I know I have plenty to do around here now – all those things I had to put off earlier and had otherwise procrastinated about.

So I left the house at 7:30 figuring I could at least do a couple of miles on the treadmill and a bit of strength work.

I started out easy.

  • 1.0 mile @ 7.1 mph – Felt good, the left foot was a little tuggy and tight, but not bad. So I kept on plugging
  • 1.0 mile @7.3 mph – Felt pretty damn good, still didn’t feel quite there, but figured I could do another mile.
  • 1.0 mile @7.5 mph – Feeling better, leg was still a little tuggy, but staying at about 3, so no big deal, plus I was starting to find a rhythm
  • .50 mile @7.7 mph – Felt good, getting that good rhythm, breathing normally
  • .50 mile @8.1 mph – Everything smoothed out, felt like I was running comfortably, my left leg stayed in the 3-4 range, still not quite able to have a good pain-free toe-off, but close.

Continue reading “I Didn’t Feel Like Running Today – But Did RunLog 9-5-13”