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Time for a Trip to the DL

Seriously!?  You just announced to the world that you’re running a 100 miler two hundred mile races, and blogging about it, and you’re hurt already!?

What can I say?  Shit happens.

My awesome Grand Rapids Marathon came at a cost – I’m injured.  I don’t recall anything specific happening during the race, but my left leg did bother me during the long out and back section.  As best as I can figure, I think it was due to me running on the right side of the road (all runners were running ‘with traffic’ as the road was closed).  Typically I run against traffic so I can see what’s coming.  Therefore the crown of the road typically has my left leg lower than my right.  During much of the race on Sunday, it was the opposite.

Perhaps it was something else, but that’s the best I could come up with.

I noticed my left ankle is stiff with pain on the inside.  I don’t have my full range of motion with it either.  I ran on it this morning, and it felt better once I was going, but that made it worse later in the day.  According to Dr. Google, it looks like it could be some tendonitis – which leads to stretching, and this … (please ignore the pink towel – I’m the only male that lives here)

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Holy crap that was cold!!!!

So I’ll on the ice / ibuprofen / tiger balm treatment for a few days.  It’s a bummer too because I’ll be out-of-town this weekend, for a long weekend.  Running is always a great way to see somewhere new.  Oh what the hell, perhaps I’ll take my running shoes anyway – just in case …

Week in review – 10/12/15

Miles this week: 31.6

2015 YTD: 1064


I started the week with an easy 5 miler through the breezy drizzle.  As long it it’s not a hard rain, or 34 degrees, I typically enjoy running in the rain.  There’s something refreshing about the cool rain drops hitting my face that I enjoy – like a baptism by nature.  I also love how the rain / puddles play with lights in the dark morning.

That 5 miler would be my last run prior to the Grand Rapids Marathon.  I’d hoped to sneak another one in mid-week, but that didn’t happen.

Friday was a rare ‘off night,’ if you will.  Typically I’m up early to run on Saturdays.  That’s when I get my long runs in – before the ladies awake for the day.  My wife tolerates, for the most part, my running – as long as I’m home to hang with the girls in the morning so she can sleep in.  And let’s face it, that’s not really a chore.  Weekend breakfast with my girls is my favorite time of the week.  Especially when it involves strong coffee and waffles.

Anyway, since I was running the Grand Rapids Marathon on Sunday, Friday was an off night. I took my oldest to the local hockey game.  I spent the night carb loading, for my Sunday marathon, with Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and cotton candy.  The K wings lost, but we had a great time!IMG_3219 (1)

And then Sunday was my third Marathon.  Great week!

I skipped my run today – and I’m ok with that.

I went to bed last night planning to run 5 miles this morning – my last run prior to the Grand Rapids Marathon this weekend.  But I didn’t.

I woke up, checked my resting pulse rate, glanced at my phone to see if there was anything critical from work and rolled out of bed to weigh myself and chug my morning glass of water.  At this point, I typically head down the steps to gear up and head out the door.  This morning, I turned back toward the bedroom, crawled back into bed, rolled over and went back to sleep.

You’re training to run 100 miles, and you’re good with just going back to bed??

In the past, skipping would really bother me.  At times it would almost ruin my day.  I felt like I cheated myself – let myself down – was a lazy POS – whatever – pick any of the above.

Don’t get me wrong; I didn’t say I was happy about skipping my run.  I’m ok with it.  I accept it.

After I did get out of bed (for real), I recalled an article I have hanging on my wall at work (when I’m not being a husband or a dad or running I do have time to do some work) => 15 Critical Habits of Mentally Strong People.  I won’t regurgitate it here – you can click the blue text if you’d like – but I will call out one point that’s stuck with me: Mentally strong people don’t dwell on their mistakes.  I wouldn’t call missing a 5 miler a mistake, per se, but the idea is the same – what’s done is done.  It’s like a golfer missing a 3 foot putt.  A five miler, or <insert your mileage here> is a ‘gimme.’ At least it should be a ‘gimme,’ but sometimes those easy putts lip out.  You can either let it go or let it eat you up. I’ve been eaten up enough.

Are you writing a self-help blog or a running blog?

While this article was written for the corporate life, much applies to running – specifically ultras.  This sport requires mental toughness.  Testing my mental toughness is one of the things the pushes me to run farther.  I love it.

My point is – some nights your kids scream all night.  Work called.  You buddy helps you move a swing set and Busch man cans are 2 for $3, you have a fridge full of Michigan double IPAs, and you don’t eat anything all day.  Whatever the reason, you need a few extra Zs in the morning.  It’s ok — if, IF it’s not just an excuse and doesn’t turn into a habit.  Mentally strong people don’t dwell on mistakes.  But they also don’t make it a habit.

Also … in his article, Travis Bradberry points out mentally strong people make a point to get enough sleep.  That helped me this morning too 🙂

Week in review …

Miles this week: 20.4

2015 YTD: 1032.5


It was the tale of two runs this week – one 10 miler that didn’t feel so great and a second one that felt awesome and has me fired up for the Grand Rapids Marathon next week.  The good news is – the good one was the most recent one.

Run number two was also the crazy frog morning – 26 of them hanging around in the road, waiting to get mowed down by a car.  The frog rapture?

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The second run also reminded me why it’s so awesome to run.  It was a cloudy / foggy morning, but about 7 miles in, there was a break in the clouds and a little sliver of the moon and venus were hanging out over the field.  It was one of those views where you stop a minute and appreciate the beauty in this world.

No running over the weekend.  We took a trip to Ohio to visit the grandparents and did get a short trip in to the Columbus Zoo.  My exercise consisted of lugging the kids around between animals.  It’s a nice zoo; I recommend it if you’re in the area.  Polar bears / elephants / lions / rhinos / gorillas (17 of them!!) … all stuff we can’t see here at our local zoo.

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Six more days until the Grand Rapids Marathon.  At the moment, it looks like perfect weather 20% chance of rain and upper 30s at the start.  I have a couple of short 5 milers planned for the beginning of the week and then it’s time to relax for Sunday.

I’ll probably have a couple of practice beers this week so I’m ready for the beer tent post race as well.