Time for a health update, I guess, since a number of people have been asking.
1) Haven't wheezed since Jan. 4, so the lung problems that plagued me are long gone.
2) My heels, which I've been told repeatedly require surgery, have only ached a bit after my long runs. So until I do something stupid, they shouldn't be a problem. Check back in April; I'll do something stupid by then!
3) For the first time since 2009, I have all 10 toenails in perfect shape. I kept stubbing the same one (2nd toe, left foot) or dropping things on it and it was growing wonky and very slowly, but has at last reached normalcy. Slogan for 2011: "Normalcy starts from the toenails and works its way up."
4) For those new to the blog, I suffer from chronic moderate to severe depression that doesn't respond well to medication. One of the reasons I started this blog was to see if a diary of sorts would give me clues as to what affects my mood. My calendar has "Don't feel well" from Feb. 1-4, but I already don't recall whether it was physical or emotional. At any rate, I've been happy for at least the past 3 weeks.
That worries me. ;-)
The shift from running 1:40-1:45 every day to doing long runs on the weekends has caused my average pace to slow, as has the weather, which has been worse on weekends than weekdays here all winter. That means my prediction for how I could do at the Superior 100 has slipped a bit to 33 hours (give or take 2 hours). That's a long, long way from where I want to be and, looking at others' training, I'm feeling very slow.
I'm thinking my first race of the year may be the Superior 50K. I've never done it without being injured or over-raced and I think I can cut more than an hour off my best time there without risking injury.
Added: In the list of Superior 50K entrants I see Dimitri Drekonja. I've never beaten him in a race and last year he ran 5K in 16:23, 1 Mile in 4:46, 10K in 34:30 and 8K in 26:55 and he's 10 years younger than me - but this is 50K and on tough trail. I could beat him!
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