Yearly Wrap-Up: 2017

2017. It was a very complicated year. A DNF at the New York City Marathon is going to cast a pretty big shadow over the rest of the year.

I’m not sure where to begin. Well, I guess I can start with my goals.

Goal 1: 1500 miles

I ran 1,645.48 miles. Wow. In my defense, when I set that goal of 1500 miles, I didn’t know if I’d be training for a full marathon in the fall. So I really crushed that goal, and set a new record for most miles run in a single year.

Goal 2: 6 races, with 2 that are 13.1 or greater

Yes, but I did it the hard way.

Here’s the full list, in chronological order, and including the one race where I made it to the starting line, but not the finish.

With my DNF in New York City, I had to scramble and I added the Huntersville Half Marathon for my 6th race and 2nd of 13.1 or greater.

Goal 3: A PR in 3 different races

Nope. I got PRs at the Joe Davis 10K and the Tobacco Road Half, and that’s it. Hey, I got to change my header picture twice, so there’s that.

I had some soft goals, too, but most of them didn’t really work out too well. Here’s what I wrote on January 6:

I really want to add some other exercise. Maybe it will be bicycle (maybe stationary, or maybe I’ll finally buy an actual bicycle). I might try yoga, but I want to do it for exercise. I’m not interested in becoming one with the universe. Maybe I’ll take some swimming lessons? (I can get around a pool without drowning, I just can’t effectively swim from one end to the other.) Or maybe I’ll just get on an elliptical once a week. We’ll see.

I want to eat better and not drink Mountain Dew all the time. I’d really like to start cooking more than just pasta.

I really want to focus on slower easy runs, and faster workout runs. I think I have a tendency to not let my easy runs be truly easy, and it’s not helping me.

Finally, I really want to work more on this blog. I need to set up a proper page for all my race reports. I’d like to do a series of posts, probably one per week, on the basics of running, to hopefully help out any newbies out there get started. I’ve also considered writing one post each week that isn’t necessarily running related, just whatever happens to be on my mind. I also need to do a much better job of promoting this blog. That’s not easy for me, but sometimes I just need to put myself out there, even when I don’t want to.

Foam rolling kinda sorta counts as other exercise. Don’t get me wrong, it’s made a huge difference, I’m just not sure that it’s what I had in mind when I said I wanted other exercise. I did get in some bodyweight exercises from time to time, but I never found consistency.

Eat better, don’t drink Mountain Dew, and cook more than just pasta were pretty much all failures.

Slower easy runs and faster workout runs? Nailed it.

Finally, work more on the blog? Well, I’m writing my 2017 Wrap-Up on March 19. That’s pretty much all you need to know about how well I did working on the blog.

Weight Check: I mentioned this in my Weekly Wrap-Up on December 31, but I started the year at 166.6 pounds, and ended at 166.3 pounds, for a loss of 0.3. Shrug. I know I dropped lower over the course of the year, but November and December are tough months.


There were some actual highlights from this year.

I kicked off the year with a PR at the Joe Davis 10K (after having a race postponed for the first time ever) on January 14.

I redeemed myself at the Tobacco Road Half Marathon on March 19 with a PR and an intact left ankle at the finish.

I hit the 5,000 mile mark for my running career on March 25.

On July 1, I ran in Connecticut for the first time. State #7 that I’ve run in. In chronological order: North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut. (Also, on a non-running related note, I was in Connecticut for a family reunion, and I had a really great time.)

The Trophy Trot 10K on November 23 was an absolutely insane course, and I only missed a PR by 14 seconds, so it was frustrating, but I still ran really well considering everything.


The course was short for the Teal Diva 5K on May 13. It’s very likely the fastest 3 miles I’ve ever run, but it’s not a 5K PR.

On June 17, I discovered that my allegedly waterproof armband was not sweat proof, and I fried my phone. I was able to replace it, but man, that sucked.

Summer in general just really, really, really sucked. And it seemed like it went on forever, with really hot conditions in September and even October.

I ended my year with a run that was supposed to be 12 miles, but because a cold sapped all of my energy, I was only able to get to 4.17 miles. Sadly, I think that was the most fitting way for me to end 2017.

And then there was the New York City Marathon.

In my 2016 wrap-up, I went through some highlights, some lowlights, and then wrote that same sentence, but this year, I’m saying it for a very different reason. For the first time, I didn’t finish a race. And it wasn’t just any race, it was one of the biggest races in the world, in the city where I was born, and it was the culmination of 4 months worth of training. But for some reason, my stomach decided to give me problems that day.

I was going to write that there’s nothing I can say about the race now that I haven’t before, but there is one thing that I don’t think I’ve said. I still have my medal from the 2016 New York City Marathon, and they can’t take that away from me.

New York City may have been (for better or worse) the biggest event of 2017 for me, but I don’t want to end on that. Instead, I’ll mention the other big development in my running: I hired a coach.

She’s been really good, not only providing advice, but encouragement. I don’t need a drill sergeant calling me a maggot and far worse things to motivate me to run. (I’ve got plenty of inner thoughts saying things like that.) No, I need encouragement, and my coach has provided it. I mentioned earlier the whole slow easy runs/fast workouts thing, and I really got better at that this year, thanks in large part to my coach. I got better at running because of her training plan. She put me in a position where it was possible for me to break 5 hours at New York City (if it hadn’t been for my stupid stomach, which certainly wasn’t her fault), and I can’t really ask for more than that.

The year may have not gone the way I hoped, but I can honestly say that I ended the year as a fundamentally better runner than I was at the beginning of the year, and that’s something. (And they still can’t take away my 2016 New York City Marathon medal.)

Weekly Wrap-Up: March 12-18

Some days, like Wednesday, I’m out there running, nothing is going right, and I find myself thinking, “Why the hell do I put myself through this?”

Some days, like Saturday, I’m out there running, and I think, “Oh yeah, that’s why.”

Weight Check: 169.8 pounds, down 1.8 pounds from last week. Finally, I’m back down under 170. I was on call this week, which normally means a lot of Mountain Dew, but switching some of those to low calorie sodas seemed to help.

This Week’s Runs
Day Scheduled Total Miles
Monday 4 miles easy 4.01
Wednesday 5 miles easy 5.01
Friday 3 miles easy 3.11
Saturday 5 miles easy 5.02

Total: 17.15 miles

Monday was not a good start to the week. I avoided the rain, although there was some mist, but it was pretty crummy weather. My run wasn’t much better. My legs were still tired from Saturday, and I just couldn’t get going. Also, running in the dark sucks. Stupid time change.

Somehow, Wednesday was even worse. It was cool, but much drier than Monday. My legs weren’t tired or sore, but they just did not want to move at all. I couldn’t even speed up at the end like I normally do. I had no idea what was going on, but it was really frustrating.

Friday was a slight improvement. The weather was really nice, 51 and partly cloudy, and because I was working from home and only running 3.1 miles, I was able to wait until it was light out. My legs felt OK. I tried to take it easy with a 5 miler scheduled for Saturday. I did stop around at around 1.3 miles to tie my shoe, but otherwise, there were no stops or walk breaks. I still wasn’t quite as fast as I’d like, but it wasn’t a terrible run.

I went out Saturday expecting it to be terrible. The 2nd day of all of my recent back-to-back runs were bad. And I was on call for work, so I knew my run could be interrupted at any minute.

And, well, it was much better than I expected.

I did get a little bit of rain, starting around 2.4 miles, then off and on the rest of the way, but it wasn’t too terrible. The temperature was fine, around 47. My legs felt surprisingly OK, even with Friday’s run. I did slow down a little bit during the second half of the run, but it wasn’t too bad, and I did recover at the very end. Also, I didn’t get paged during my run. (Or after. I got really lucky this weekend.) It was nice to be out there with a smile on my face for a change. Like I said at the top, runs like this remind me of why I do this to myself.

This week, I’m going to try to add in strides and see how my legs handle it. (Before Saturday, I would have had very a different opinion.) I’ve also got a 6 miler scheduled for next Saturday, so that should be interesting. And maybe I’ll finally finish my wrap-up for 2017.

Weekly Wrap-Up: March 5-11

I hate losing an hour. I’ll hate it even more when I have to run in the dark this week.

Also, my body still doesn’t want to run two days in a row.

Weight Check: 171.6 pounds, down 0.5 from last week. I was hoping for a bigger loss, but that beats the alternative. I haven’t completely switched over to low calorie soda, and there were a few times when I had full calorie Mountain Dew. I know this week will be difficult, with both the time change and stress from being on call, but hopefully I can manage it with one of the low calorie alternatives.

This Week’s Runs
Day Scheduled Total Miles
Monday 4 miles easy 4.01
Wednesday 4 miles easy 4.01
Friday 3 miles easy 3.11
Saturday 5 miles easy 5.01

Total: 16.14 miles

Monday was cold, but unlike the previous few days, there was no wind. My legs still felt kind of tired. I added in a few hills, and 4 miles was my longest run since early January, but I managed to slowly increase my pace throughout the run. I took walk breaks at 0.9, 1.9 and 2.9 miles. I still finished with an average pace that was faster than all my previous runs except the previous Friday, so even though I’m not quite back to where I want to be, I do feel like I’m improving.

On Wednesday, the weather didn’t feel too terrible, even with 100% humidity. I went out too fast, and suffered a bit in the middle miles as a result, but I did recover a little bit on the last mile. While I know that going out too fast on the first mile is almost always a bad idea, this is the first run in a long time where I was physically capable of going out too fast, so in a strange way, that’s progress. (I’ll still try not to go out too fast next time, though.)

Friday, I decided to hit the treadmill, not because I was afraid of going out too fast, but because I figured it would give my legs a break before Saturday’s 5 miler. I stayed at a 5.1 mph (11:46/mi) pace the entire time. My mind didn’t like it very much, but my legs felt fine.

On Saturday, the weather was really nice, upper 40s and partly cloudy. Even with the treadmill on Friday, my legs were still tired. It was pretty tough, and my longest run since before my surgery, but I got through it, and I did manage to speed up a little bit near the end.

So I’m still struggling with back-to-back days, which is disappointing, but hopefully I’ll get used to it again soon.

My 2017 wrap-up is almost done, so I should *fingers crossed* get it posted this coming week. Then I’ll just have to write up my 2018 goals, and monthly wrap-ups for January and February. Sigh.

Oh, and I have another week with Friday and Saturday runs, along with an extra mile mixed in. We’ll see how it goes.

Weekly Wrap-Up: February 26-March 4

I need to get everything set up for fundraising for the New York City Marathon. I mean, it’s not like I didn’t already have too many things to worry about. Whatever I have to go through to run in NYC, it’s worth it.

Lost in all the shuffle, I finally finished my Huntersville Half Marathon recap. What’s funny is that later in the week, I saw that it was the end of February, and I thought, “Hey, I should knock out my February monthly recap.” Then I went looking for my January recap, and realized that I had decided to wait until after I finished my 2017 recap to write it. The backlog never ends. I might finally get caught up by 2022.

No Calorie Soda Update: Diet Pepsi Wild Cherry is vile and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Pepsi Zero Sugar is fairly decent, and I wish Pepsi had based their cherry flavored no calorie soda on it instead of Diet Pepsi. Diet Mountain Dew is OK, I guess. So right now, the two best seem to be Coke Cherry Zero and Pepsi Zero Sugar, with Diet Mountain Dew in third.

Weight Check: 172.1, down 3.2 pounds from last week. Nice. I haven’t completely given up full calorie Mountain Dew, but replacing some of it with various no calorie sodas seems to help. Oh, and I did add a few more miles of running, and that helps, too.

This Week’s Runs
Day Scheduled Total Miles
Monday 3 miles easy 3.11
Wednesday 3 miles easy 3.11
Friday 3 miles easy 3.11
Saturday 3 miles easy 3.11

Total: 12.44 miles

Monday was my first 3 miler since my surgery. It had rained overnight, but somehow I missed the rain. Everything was still damp and it was really humid, though. I took 1 minute walk breaks at 0.75, 1.6, and 2.5 miles. My legs didn’t hurt, they were just really tired towards the end, but I was still able to pick up the pace late, and I finished with both my longest distance and fastest pace since surgery.

On Wednesday, it was pretty close to perfect weather for me, 47 and overcast. My legs felt better, still a little tired near the end, but not too terrible, and definitely better than my last few runs. I did take one minute walk breaks at 0.7, 1.6, and 2.5 miles. Overall, I was happy with this run.

Friday was an even better run. It was windy, but otherwise nice weather. I went with just two walk breaks, at 0.9 and 1.9 miles. My legs still felt a little tired at the end, but i was also really pushing the pace at that point.

On Saturday, I ran on back-to-back days for the first time since before my surgery. It was still windy, and it felt colder than Friday, but it wasn’t too bad. My legs were definitely tired for most of the run, but I still managed to speed up near the end. I took one minute walk breaks at 0.9 and 1.9 miles. And while I was definitely slower overall than Friday by more than a minute, I was only 2 seconds slower than Wednesday, when I ran on rested legs. All things considered, I think I did OK.

This week, the mileage goes up a little bit, with a couple of 4 milers, and even a 5(!) miler next Saturday. And maybe this week I can finally finish my 2017 wrap-up.

Charity Case

I didn’t get in to the New York City through the lottery this year. But I did sign up with Team For Kids. I’ll have to raise some money for charity (more on that soon), but I’ll be able to run the race, and that’s the important part.

The last three years, the day of the New York City Marathon Lottery was the day I found out if I’d be running the race. (2015: Nope. 2016 and 2017: Yes.) This year was a little different. I already knew I’d be running, the lottery would determine whether or not I had to raise a bunch of money for charity. After last year, there was no question that I had to run in 2018.

Well, after defying the odds in 2016 and 2017, it didn’t work out in 2018. So I went the charity route instead. Raising money won’t be easy, but I know it’ll be worth it.

Race Report: 2017 Huntersville Half Marathon

When I was setting my goals for 2017, I didn’t know if I would get in to the New York City Marathon. I figured, well, if I don’t get in to NYC, I’ll just do a fall half, which is why one of my goals was “6 races, with at least 2 that are 13.1 or greater.” Well, I did get in to New York City, but wasn’t able to finish. I obviously didn’t plan for that scenario. I mean, at the time I entered the lottery for New York City, I had started and completed 26 races, so the thought of a DNF never crossed my mind. After New York City, when I realized I would fall short of my race goal, I realized that if I ran a half marathon in December, I could still hit that goal. I went looking for local half marathons in December, and found the Huntersville Half Marathon. I asked around about it, and heard good things, so I decided to sign up.

They had Thursday (and Friday) packet pickup at Fleet Feet Sports in Huntersville, but that would involve driving up to Huntersville on either Thursday or Friday evening during rush hour traffic. So I opted for race day packet pickup.

I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary on race morning, other than make sure the weather conditions were OK. Friday night, we got a dusting of snow, but it only stuck to the grass, the roads were just wet, and it stayed (barely) above freezing, so there were no issues getting there. Even in perfect weather, it’s a bit of a haul from my house (about 35 minutes), so I did have to allow a little extra time for travel, and for packet pickup.

There was a footbridge between the recommended parking lot and the starting area, and that did get some snow and ice accumulation. To their credit, the race organizers shoveled and salted the bridge, so it was passable, if a bit nerve racking.

Packet pickup was pretty easy. I got my bib and my race hoodie, pictured here.

Yes, I had to go back across the footbridge so I could put the hoodie in my car, but that also allowed me to sit in my still fairly warm car and attach my bib. And then one last trip across the bridge, although thanks to the volunteers working on the bridge, it got a little better each time I had to cross it.

I need to give a shout out to Fleet Feet Sports Huntersville for opening up before 8 AM on a Saturday so the runners could stay warm before the start. It was around 34 degrees outside, and spending a few minutes inside was really nice.

Going in, my half PR was (and, spoiler alert, still is) 2:08:01. I didn’t think I had a 2:08 race in me, but I saw that they had 2:10 pacers, so I figured I’d try to hang with them and see what happens.

OK, so you don’t have to do the math, the required pace for a 2:10 half is 9:54.9. Remember that number.

Before the start, they did something that I don’t think I’ve seen at any other races. They played a recording of the National Anthem. It seems like every other race I’ve done either had someone there to sing it, or they just skipped it altogether.

Of course I took a picture before the start.

Mile 1: 9:51

The first mile was pretty crowded. When I saw my time of 9:51, I though, OK, that’s reasonable. I stayed with the pacers through mile 2, and then I looked down at my watch to see how fast we went…

Mile 2: 9:20

(More math: A 9:20 average pace in a half will get you 2:02:21. That’s…significantly less than 2:10)

At that point, I backed the hell off, and probably cursed the pacers under my breath. But the damage was done. My pace slowly crept up over the rest of the course.

Mile 3: 9:57
Mile 4: 9:54
Mile 5: 9:58
Mile 6: 9:59

I hung in there for a while. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible.

Mile 7: 10:45

There were some rolling hills throughout the course, but there was one fairly decent climb at around 7.75 miles, and that slowed me down. Compared to some of the other Charlotte area races, besides the big hill here, the hills weren’t too terrible overall. (Charlotte has a lot more hills than you might think.)

Mile 8: 10:23
Mile 9: 9:58
Mile 10: 10:23
Mile 11: 10:20

I’m not sure what happened on Mile 9, but clearly it was a fluke. I was definitely struggling through here. That crazy pace on Mile 2 was definitely affecting me.

Mile 12: 11:18

Oof. Not good at all.

Mile 13: 9:44
Last 0.18: 9:26

I did manage to speed up a little bit at the end, and Mile 13 was my second fastest mile of the race (and the fastest without the influence of bad pacers). An extra 0.08 for a half marathon isn’t too bad. I can live with that. So at least I finished strong.

My official time was 2:13:32.93. (10:11/mile average pace) Still good for my 3rd fastest half ever, and the two faster ones were on much easier courses, so there’s that. Also, I held on to my car key.

Oh, and late in the race, it started snowing. It was still just above freezing, so it didn’t stick, but it did make things very festive. (If you look closely, you can see some snowflakes on my shoulders in that picture.)

After the race, I got some water and a banana. I honestly can’t remember what else they had at the finish (that’ll teach me to wait so long to write a recap).

The finish line was across a fairly busy street from the starting area, and it was probably about a half mile walk to get back to my car. The distance wasn’t that bad, but once I stopped running, I got really cold. I wish they had done a bag check, then I could have had something warm to put on after the race. I survived the cold walk to my car, though.

Overall, I was a little disappointed, and I admit I was kind of mad at the pacers, but it wasn’t a completely terrible performance, all things considered. I did meet my “6 races, with at least 2 that are 13.1 or greater” goal, so there’s that. And I finished, which, after New York City, I no longer take for granted. It was a fun race, and I’m curious what I could do if I paid closer attention to my pace and didn’t try to run freaking 9:20 on the 2nd mile. Maybe I’ll go back and try it again some day.

Vital Stats

Full Name of Race: Huntersville Half Marathon
Location: Birkdale Village, Huntersville, NC
Date and Time of Race: December 9, 2017, 8:00 AM
Bib Number: 8044
Official Finishing Time: 2:13:32.93 chip time (2:14:07.42 gun time). 554th of 919 Overall, 316th of 428 Men, 61st of 80 in Age Group (Male 40-44)

Weekly Wrap-Up: February 19-25

It started off bad, then it got worse, but it got better at the end.

Weight Check: 175.3, down 3.3 pounds from last week. Uh, wow. There were a few more miles this week. But there was also an interesting experiment. I decided that I probably wasn’t going to be able to get rid of caffeine, but maybe I could switch to something with fewer calories, like, say, 0. So I tried Coke Zero Sugar, and it was weird, but not completely terrible. Then I tried Coke Cherry Zero (which apparently hasn’t been re-branded yet), and that was…decent. The problem is that it’s not as widely available as some other sodas. This week, I’m going to try Diet Mountain Dew, and possibly *shudder* Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi. In a perfect world, I’d cut out all caffeine, and probably sleep a lot better, but until I get to that point, I can at least not gain weight when I drink caffeinated soda.

This Week’s Runs
Day Scheduled Total Miles
Monday 20-30 minutes run with run/walk intervals 2.28 (30:11)
Wednesday 20-30 minutes run with run/walk intervals 2.17 (30:07)
Saturday 20-30 minutes run with run/walk intervals 2.37 (30:05)

Total: 6.82 miles

I’m back to scheduled runs. Going by time instead of distance is weird, but I’ll be switching back to distance next week.

Monday was my first outdoor run since my surgery. I had the day off work, so I figured I’d go over to the greenway, because it’s flatter than my neighborhood. I figured I wouldn’t be ready for my neighborhood. I apparently wasn’t ready for the greenway either. It was rough, and I had to take several walk breaks, but I did sort of rally on the last partial mile, and I made it the full 30 minutes. No issues around the area of my surgery, just issues with very out of practice legs.

On Wednesday, it was 65 degrees and humid. Seriously. On February 21. The weather would have been terrible if I was at peak fitness, and I’m nowhere near peak fitness right now. My legs still felt pretty bad. It’s hard to tell if they felt better Wednesday than Monday since the weather was much worse. I did manage to speed up a little bit at the end, though. Still it was not fun.

Saturday, I did not want to run. The only thing that got me out there was that it was supposed to get up into the upper 70s, so I needed to get out there before it warmed up. (Again, this isn’t something I should need to think about in February.)

I’m glad I went out there, because it was so much better than Wednesday.

The weather was still bad, but only 60 degrees, so not quite as warm as Wednesday. My legs didn’t hurt this time, which is a huge improvement. They still got tired, especially toward the end, but I pushed through and gradually improved my pace.

Also, I managed to stick to my coach’s recommended run/walk interval, 8 minutes run/1 minute walk, with a run for the last 3+ minutes, so there’s that.

I didn’t get my Huntersville Half recap done because I was busy watching the Olympics. I will be popping in at some point this week, since Wednesday is the drawing for New York City. For me, that’s just when I find out if I have to out and raise a bunch of money for charity or not, because I’m running the 2018 New York City Marathon, no matter what.

Weekly Wrap-Up: February 12-18

Running! Actual running! I finally got to run this week, even if was only on the treadmill, and it was mixed with a bunch of walking. My legs complained about the long layoff, but there were no issues with the area around my surgery (or with my freaking right foot). I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m finally on my way back.

Also, I signed up for the 2018 Teal Diva 5K. They moved it to Freedom Park this year, which is a lot closer, and hopefully they can make a course that’s a full 5K and not just 3 miles.

Weight Check: 178.6, up exactly one pound from last week. I drank too much Mountain Dew when I was at work, and my parents came to visit this weekend, which resulted in too much food, and while I did get over 0.0 miles this week, it was nowhere near enough to make up for it.

This Week’s Runs
Day Total Miles
Thursday 1.51
Saturday 2.11

Total: 3.62 miles

My foot swelling finally stopped on Monday. To test things out, I went over to the Y on Tuesday morning for a 30 minute treadmill walk. It was mentally excruciating, even more than usual because I wasn’t running. My legs were a bit sore, especially on Wednesday, but otherwise, no issues.

Thursday was the big day. I was just one day short of a full month away from running.

I’ve never been so happy to run on a treadmill.

I walked for 5 minutes, ran for 5 minutes, walked for 5 minutes, then ran for 5:31 so I could get up to 1.5 miles. My walk intervals were at a 15:47/mile pace (3.8 mph), and my run intervals were 12:00/mile. I had no pain or discomfort related to my surgery. My legs didn’t feel great, especially near the end, but that wasn’t the surgery, it was the long layoff. It’s not a lot, but it was a first step.

My love affair with the treadmill was over on Saturday, and it went back to being mentally excruciating. This time, I went with 3 minutes walking/6 minutes running, 3 intervals, and added an extra 22 seconds at the end because I didn’t want to stop at 2.08 miles. My legs still weren’t great, but I definitely noticed improvement since Thursday. Even better, there were still no issues in the area around my surgery.

I have the day off on Monday. If the weather cooperates, I’d really like to drive over to a greenway and do a short outdoor run in a place that’s much flatter than my neighborhood. Regardless of where I run, I would like to finally finish my Huntersville Half recap and finally start to reduce my backlog (which also includes a 2017 wrap-up, a 2018 preview, and a January 2018 review).

Also, I have another follow-up appointment on Tuesday with my surgeon, who, no offense, I hope I never have to see again afterwards.

Weekly Wrap-Up: February 5-11

I was all set to start running again, or just walk on the treadmill, and then my right foot decided to start swelling up, most likely related to my surgery (which was also on my right side). I’m beyond frustrated at this point.

Elevation seems to help a little bit. Standing on it for 20 or so minutes does the opposite of help. I can still pretty much get around as long as I don’t stand for too long.

The good news is that I did get to go back in to the office this week, and I went out with friends 3 times, so at least I don’t feel like a hermit any more.

I did find out recently that the Teal Diva 5K is moving to April 28, and also moving to Freedom Park, which is much closer than Mooresville, more scenic, and hopefully they can get the distance right this time. If all else fails, I can always walk the 5K with my parents.

Weight Check: 177.6, up 4.2 pounds from last week. Yeah, that’s really not good. That’s the downside to going out with friends 3 times in one week when I can’t run.

This Week’s Runs

A week of non-running brought to you by my freaking swollen right foot.

Total: 0.0 miles

If the swelling ever goes down, I’ll get back to running.

Also, next Saturday is the Charlotte 10 Miler. I’m bummed that I’m going to miss it this year after running it three years in a row.

Maybe this week I can finally finish the Huntersville Half recap.

Weekly Wrap-Up: January 29-February 4

The word of the week is Nope.

Did I run? Nope.

Was I feeling up to a 4 hour drive to Savannah? Nope.

Did I go to my friend’s wedding? Nope.

Weight Check: Oh dear. 173.4, up 5.7 pounds from last week. I haven’t been running, but I have been eating, and apparently I’ve been eating poorly. I don’t expect my eating will improve this evening as I watch the Super Bowl. (My understanding is that the relevant cheer I’m looking for is “Fly Eagles Fly!”) I’m really, really, really hoping to get back out there running this week, and hopefully that can at least keep my weight from going up any higher.

This Week’s Runs


Total: 0.0 miles

Early in the week, I felt a little bit worse than I had late in the previous week. That’s why I decided not to drive to Savannah. I’m really bummed about missing my friend’s wedding. I’m also a little bummed about not getting a chance to run in Georgia, but mostly I’m bummed about the wedding.

I did go see the surgeon on Friday, and my recovery, while slow, is still progressing. Apparently I had a bigger hernia than I realized, and it would have been nice to know that so maybe I could temper my expectations for recovery. Also, I talked to someone from his office (she had a title which I can’t remember, but she’s something like a nurse) who recommended that I take ibuprofen instead of Tylenol, so that seems to have helped a little.

I’m very slowly feeling better. Walking is still a little uncomfortable, though, and I feel like I need to wait until I can walk normally before I try to run. We’ll see. If I don’t have any setbacks, I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to run at some point this week. I think I’m going start with a treadmill run, ideally Monday or Tuesday, but if I have to, I’ll wait longer.

I really miss running right now, though.