Christmas with the Quicks
I grew up expecting Christmas to be especially good and being disappointed, then expecting it to be awful as an adult and making that self-fulfilling. No expectations this year... and all is well. Still not crowned king of the island of misfit toys, but I think it's only a matter of time. And I found that, after everyone's eaten as much dinner as they can hold, three dozen cookies is exactly enough for 4 people!
Year in review
I may hit 1200 miles yet by year's end, as opposed to 2000 last year and 3000 the year before that. I only had one race and it was a 6K I didn't really train for or push through. It looked like running was over for me. This was the year of trying to climb peaks in Minnesota and I've got it out of my system; there was one other person trying it and I pushed him to do all of the ones that can be done without camping - he's experienced, equipped and seems to enjoy it (not me!), so I leave him to it, as I try to go back to running.
Lots of odd things happened in the cyberworld of blogdom. My favorite search leading to this blog: "1700's n1pples." [I had to alter that last word to cut down on unwanted traffic]. The strangest thing that happened online: apparently I proposed marriage to someone looking at getting booted out of the country (she didn't take it seriously and her visa's extended).
This blog's hit 1000 posts (this is officially number 1000!), and 150000 views and I've been referred to as "well-known" and "influential." The blog even made it onto the Ultrarunner Podcast - but not for running.
Using high tech gadgetry and my background in population genetics and engineering, I've been working on finding the most attractive face possible (and yes, it invites questions of taste). Here's where the project stands at the moment:
|Dolls look like dolls for a reason, apparently.|
I started running 50-60 miles per week again, beginning in November. I hit a glitch in training early, but have got past it and things are going reasonably well. I expect in the spring I'll be able to run a marathon in 3:30 (aiming for sub-5 at the Chippewa 50K), which is not exactly impressive, unless you remember that I couldn't run 20 feet without gasping for air in August.
We're in the first week of bad winter weather (sub 15F, -10C) in Minnesota. We usually have 8 bad weeks, sometimes we get 12 and there's only 18 weeks until I'm supposed to race, so there's no way to not run in bad weather. I'm already switching days for workouts to get them in and it's meant putting hard ones back-to-back; that's led to some minor aches. I'm watching the asthma, the heel bursitis, the piriformis strain, some knee inflammation... and I'm keeping far enough away from "red-lining" that I'm not getting too sore to train.
I might still be a runner. Just not a very fast one any more.