• Challenge,  running

    Some Pictures of the 26.2 Miles

    Major Limping Today… Always fun to limp on both feet, but both getting better and in a few days to a week the blisters will be gone and I will only have the feeling of completing the run. Since this is Covid-land we are all living in, no spectators were allowed anywhere on the course for any reason. Even the one person guarding each aid station backed up about ten feet from the table when any runner came by and wore gloves when putting out the cups and pouring the water and such. So unlike most big races, this race took pictures for free and sent them to everyone. They…

  • Challenge,  running

    Thank You Everyone!!!

    Thanks for the Congratulations… Very very much appreciated. And yes, this was it for marathons for me. Accomplished the goal, now I’m going to keep running, but stick with the fun 5K, 10K, and half marathons that are more fun and don’t do the damage a marathon does. The charity runs, mostly. They keep me in shape as well. Update today. Not a pretty sight me walking. Kris bandaged my bad heel again, but the rest of the damage is bruising and blood blisters and really sore leg muscles and knees. And Advil is in my future shortly this morning. And a lot of time in this chair and on…

  • Challenge,  running

    Well, I Did It… 26.2 Miles…

    In My 70th Year on the Planet… I completed the Revel Mt. Charleston Limited Edition Marathon. Picture of my medal below. And sometime this week the race will post pictures from the run and I will post some here. As I said, I completed it, but not well. For years I had been working toward a marathon in November when I would turn 70. But all my great planning went out the window like so much other stuff last April with Covid. I did not dare go to a gym to run at my advanced age and the summer here in Vegas was the hottest ever recorded in the history…

  • Challenge,  running

    Made It Out On the Long Walk…

    I Did Just Fine… Actually a little better than expected. I ended up cutting the walk short by two miles down to 11 miles because it was Friday and part of my mapped path went past the new Circa Casino and Fremont Street downtown and on a Friday, that’s just too stupid and too dangerous Covid-wise. So once I realized I had laid out that path and it was Friday, I just cut off that loop and ended at 11 miles. No issues with the feet and at eight miles I did some running to see how that felt and it was fine. And this course tonight had a ton…

  • Challenge,  running

    Still Distracted…

    Didn’t Go Out On the Long Run/Walk… Wanted to watch the election stuff for the third straight night. So, with luck, this election race will be called on Friday and I can get back to writing and answering emails and get that long walk/run in. (In other words, my normal life.) To be honest, that will be wonderful. I am now officially tired of this and have eaten far, far too much crap out of pure nerves. So tomorrow I will report the outcome of the long run/walk (About 13-14 miles) and how I did. I got to get this in this weekend some time, then give myself more than…

  • Challenge,  running

    First Live Race of the Covid Time

    Really Fun. Same, Yet Different… Small group, all social distanced at the starting line because they had been sending groups off for hours ahead of us. Temp checked when we checked in. It was a run in the dark with great street lamps on the course except for about a block, that part was pitch black. With a pond on one side, so kind of scary as well. And for me it was too warm. I have no idea when this heat wave here is going to break, but got a hunch when I am freezing this winter I am going to wish I hadn’t complained about the heat so…

  • Challenge,  running

    Exercise Update

    Marathon is 4 Weeks Away… I did not have a good last two weeks since I set this goal. Most of it was the record heat still (we are still in the 90s here… how stupid is that?) And I am not going to a gym. First week I planned to do 49 miles, did just under 40. This week I am about the same pace, but running a live 5K tomorrow evening, the first live run since this pandemic started. So that should be fun. Next week I ramp up the milage and the running, see how that goes. So my goal is still the same. Get to the…

  • Challenge,  Misc

    Up At 5:30 AM…

    For a Run… I have a running group I join sometimes on Sunday mornings and for the first time in a month it will be cool enough for me to go tomorrow morning. Only about 76 degrees as the sun comes up. We are still record heat here. After this summer 76 will feel like I need a coat. (grin) Got to be out in Summerlin at 6:30 a.m. and that’s thirty minutes of driving, so up even earlier. So this is a filler post tonight. Daily streak at 2,984 blog posts without missing a day. My brain can’t really grasp that number to be honest. And oh yeah, worked…

  • Challenge,  running

    An Exercise Goal…

    Granted, A Stupid One… I just heard from a marathon run (26.2 miles) that I had sighed up for a few months back that it will actually happen on November 14th. Shocked, I say. Shocked. I signed up just not believing it would happen, but they figured out a way to do it to get the state to approve it. Now I am in decent shape, but not marathon shape, and still about ten pounds overweight to try that distance. But I have six weeks. When I am not injured, which I am not at the moment, I average about 40 miles per week of a little running and a…

  • Challenge,  running

    I Gave It A Month

    Total Failure… I am no longer trying to get up at 7 am to exercise and start my day early. About a month or so ago I said I would try it for the exercise aspects and because it was too hot here at any other time. I tried it, and some mornings it was actually in the low 90s, still too hot for me, but I got some milage those days. I ended up seldom getting more than five hours sleep, had to take naps all the time, ate too much, and was a ton less efficient than I am at night. So now, even though we are still…