King of the Also-Rans Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:25:33 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Thu, Apr 27, 2017 3.5 miles. Hood route. 6am start. Slow. Not entirely pain free yet. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 21, 2017 <p>First, the injury update. I went to a &quot;regular&quot; doctor on wednesday night. I say regular, because it was not my usual orthopedic doc that I&nbsp;run with occasionally. That dude was in Boston. &quot;Regular&quot; doctor gave me a shot and a prescription. I go back next wednesday. &nbsp;No running until then.</p> <p>Second, congrats to all who ran Boston. I was tracking like 5 people that all had great starts, but then fell apart at the half. 3 of them floridians! So if those guys couldn&#39;t take the heat and the weather, I&#39;m pretty sure it was miserable for all parties involved. So, good job for anyone&nbsp;finishing!</p> <p>Third, because of the doc visit and other shennanigans wednesday, i missed the one night only boston movie. I would have liked to see it. There is not a lot of info about when it will come out on video. Bummer.</p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 15, 2017 Hood route, then boy #1's soccer game. He played well, but the important thing here is that I turned off the dad-coaching-from-the-sideline machine. Very difficult. It was obvious the other team had a solid player in #3. Cover that kid, win the game. Simple strategy. But I held back. Not easy. Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 14, 2017 <p>3.5 miles. Better, but not perfect. What makes folks run the Barkleys? I enjoy watching the videos, but have no desire to do it myself. Kind of like Triathlons. Nope.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 12, 2017 Because not running stinks. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 05, 2017 <p>So, I&#39;ve been in injury denial for a while. I don&#39;t know if it has to do with running at soccer, or change in shoes or what, but I haven&#39;t felt right in about a month. My left hip has been hurting mostly non stop. Since I make myself run even though I hurt, now my lower back has started hurting in some sort of body compensating move. I&#39;m not going to go to the doc about this, like I have in the past. I don&#39;t see much point in paying someone to tell me that maybe I should take some time off from running. Or worse yet, paying for an x-ray or MRI to have the doc say I don&#39;t know - Could be this, could be that. Fun times over here, I&nbsp;tell ya.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Apr 02, 2017 10.2 miles. Hood route to Legacy trail to colonia and back. 6:45 am start. Upper 60s and humidIty and stuff. Yesterday - 1 hour of soccer, and 2 hours of beach. Ever have one of those runs where you think "I'm sore now, so I'll start out with a short stride, and as the run goes on, I'll open up to my regular stride"? It took me about 7 miles to not be all short stridey. I'm glad I fought through. Sun, 02 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 01, 2017 6am start. Hood route to Legacy trail to colonia and back. I was so looking forward to saying 10.2 Ohpossum free miles, but... On the way back, right before I crossed Dona Bay, the biggest Opossum ever waddled into the middle of the trail. Like, I originally thought it was a racoon. So, naturally, I picked up a rock and whipped it at him. I missed him by @ a foot. He didn't even flinch. So as I ran towards him, I started clapping my hands. That made him move. His back had ridges. So flipping gross. Oh yeah, the run was pretty good. I'm playing a lot of soccer lately with the boys. So I'm a little sore-er than usual on most runs. This one felt good, though. Sat, 01 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 29, 2017 <p>6 pm. 8 miles at Celery Mound. I ran a 2 mile loop. 85 degrees. Full sun. I used to do hill intervals out here. But today, I went long and consistent pace. I ran the grass&nbsp;levees and ran up and down the hill on each lap.</p> <p>You know, this is a unique place. Gathered here are runners, and mountain bikers, and Hikers in training carrying full packs. Where else can they practice? Also, a large number of rare birds show up here. People come from surprising distances to see birds they might not see otherwise. I see them carrying around gimungous camera equipment, and tip toeing towards a grassy marsh, as I go by grunting.&nbsp;Add to that - I was involved with the planting design on top of the mound, which is just now coming into maturity. And finally, the fact that this place is 100 yards away from the big cat sanctuary. It is common to hear a lion out there. I should totally run here more often.</p> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 28, 2017 3.5 miles. Hood route. 6am start. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 27, 2017 7.5 miles. Hood route to Legacy trail and back. 5:45 am start. I saw a possum. A living one, which is unusual. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:00:00