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time to rest


new york city in 7 weeks

Been knocked out the past couple of days, a combination of fatigue and the heat.  The past couple of weeks of training culminating with last Saturday’s half and subsequent workouts in this current heat wave we’re having along with a busy week at work did me in.  The sore throat was a sign I needed to recover a little, and that’s what I’m doing.  Will play it ear the next couple of days in hopes of being ready for Sunday’s XC race.  A good dress rehearsal for taper time.

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Jogged a few steps up a flight of stairs, then down a few steps yesterday. Jumped up and down a couple of times on the sidewalk today. People stared, the knee felt okay. Progress, but won’t risk running on it still for a while. Boris Johnson today set a goal of opening up England in June, so that bodes well for London in October. Starting to look at possible travel plans. Heal up in the meantime.

Been MIA, taking a break from social media while recuperating. Doing well otherwise, hope everyone’s good.

wind up


Out of commission for a while now, able to walk w/o pain this past snowy weekend, getting back to feeling a semblance of normal.  Dealing with a long term injury, sometimes you ponder whimsically whether you’re winding up for the next performance or winding down. Then you remind yourself you’re in it for the long haul.

a guinness


While rehabbing the knee these days, got this fun item in my Inbox yesterday. Apparently it’s real. Who knew? I guess I can cross ‘Guinness Record’ off my bucket list now, lol.



Off my feet these days, waiting for the knee to mend. Frustrated and content at once.  The big run is nearly a year away, so the thing is to heal adequately.  Even the Kenyans ‘fatten up’ in the off-season.  I have so much free time these days, no hour or two needed for running, no need for several hours to get psyched up for that hour or two of running.  Even a beer before dinner. During periods like this, I’m reminded just how dedicated and devoted runners – and other endurance athletes – are. Amazing.



Had to cut yesterday’s run short as the left knee began to hurt.  It had been ok the past few days but really acted up last evening.  Walked the last few miles home in the snow.  Took today off to recover.  The past year’s been challenging for running and racing on many levels, and looks to stay that way til the next race.

tuesday outing


Between the knee acting up, an upset stomach, and a snow storm, yesterday’s run was shelved for another day.  Everything was better today, so went out for a 6 miler this evening.  The soft snow covered roads helped the knee feel better.

buffalo weekend


6 miles in the neighborhood after work.  A sore knee and a little tired after a late night of football and an early start this morning.  Had to go into the store to finish up some things, everyone, the staff and customers in a good mood here in Buffalo.

it is what…


6 miles tonight around the neighborhood to take it easy on the left knee that’s been giving me trouble lately.  In fact, took the previous couple days off to give it a rest.  It’s not too bad, not debilitating at all, just bothersome, feels like an IT band issue.  It’ll be like this for a while, with IT band stuff… as with other minor running injuries…

cup of tea


Off from work today, got some house chores done then an easy 6 miler around the neighborhood.  The knee has been giving me some trouble lately and acted up today, so kept things short and simple.  Resolved to drink more green tea and less alcohol this year.  I’m focused on this cup of tea right now.