So it’s been a minute (as my kids say) since we’ve done a Friday discussion thread, and I’ve really missed hearing from you all. Our family had a wonderful, wonderful vacation last week, but now our kids are back in school so — even though the weather is still in the 90s here — it feels like summer is over for real.
Seeing that we haven’t really caught up in a while, I’d love to know: what has been the highlight of the summer for you?
Accomplish anything running-related that you’re proud of, like a race distance you’d never tried, or something non-running-related, like getting a new job?
Quit a job and move on to something else that you really wanted to do?
Was there a challenge or obstacle you faced?
Travel to a place you’ve always wanted to go?
Get married or have a baby?
It can be anything, I love to hear how things are going with you all — I’ll be on the thread until about 10:00 a.m. ET, and then I need to jump off for a bit (but I’ll be back in later). Can’t wait to hear how your summer has been. 👍 — Terrell
I have not gotten back in the habit of checking this on Fridays but am still very interested. It is 8/24 today. Have been training for the Air Force 1/2 in Sep. It has been a long road of recovery from C19 in Dec 20. I did not have a severe case but took a long time to recover energy level (which is usually low anyway) and struggling with motivation to run.
So it has been exciting to get back into training. However, last week they converted it to a virtual run. On top of that, I have been struggling with plantar fasciitis for the first time ever in my 6 years of concentrated running. That has been very frustrating. While I am not a fan of the virtual races it was a welcome reprieve from PF.
I started back today. They gave us Sep 1-30 to run it so I am going to try to accomplish it by last Sat in Sep. Better running shoes and a Dr Scholls PF insert has helped considerably. If I can’t do it I can’t do it but I will try. There is a 98 year old runner in my city. I started near him in the AF 1/2 in ‘17 when he was 94. I am pretty sure he beat me. Regardless, I feel I have 41 more years to run as long as him and refuse to let any of this permanently side line me!!
I've gotten back into rock climbing, which I'm been away from for far too long. However, fitting it into my schedule while training for a half marathon (and raising a toddler) is challenging!
I’m late to the table but want to shout from the rooftops that I’m going to be a grandmother! Summer was ho-hum until my daughter told me she’s pregnant. Ever since then, I can’t stop smiling. She lives in DC so I’m getting on the plane here in California and heading East as often as I can. Will try to keep up with my walking/running there, while dreaming about my first grand baby who’s due in January.
A little bit late to jump into the thread, but as always, summer for me is lousy: vacation, easy chilling and empty training schedule. Winter is more easy to stay disciplined and stick to the schedule :) Anyone in the same boat?
I'm focused on recovery. I had arthroscopic surgery to repair my left meniscus on the 13th, so I'm focused on my strengthening exercise. No racing for me right now.
Did 2 Live runs, the third next weekend. The run I direct is scheduled to go. Probably change a few things so everyone feels safe.
Waiting to get the come pick up your new puppy, which should be in couple of weeks. After 4 mini Doxy’s a English Labrador retriever will be a big change, but we always wanted a lab. So we keep telling Mollie she is going to have a “big little sister “ Should be interesting, stay tuned. Lol. Everyone enjoy the rest of the summer, run on Deb
Going to do my 1st in-person half on 8/28 … Sunrise, FL (near Fort Lauderdale) … expect HOT.
Also, we’re planning a trip to Naples in October … unique, because it will be the first “Travel-for-a-race” trip since we started this craziness back in 2008 that won’t involve at least one of doing a half marathon. We’re doing a 10K for the fun of it!
Summer is for rest and relaxation in whatever form that may be. Sounds as if your vacation was just what you needed. I’m in the last week and a half of training before the one 1/2 marathon I do . July was hotter than hades, and I’m hoping that it will help power me down Spearfish Canyon in SD when it will be in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. Then our lives won’t be consumed by training runs. Times are a lot slower than they were, but I’m just happy at 76 that I can still run 13 miles.
Still recovering from a reverse total shoulder replacement 60 days ago that is supposed to correct an old Army parachute injury that destroyed most of my right rotator cuff. Currently at about 65% range of motion and about 35% strength. The good news is I started running training two weeks ago and am doing ok at a 9:00 5k. Strength training starts next week. I’m registered for the Army 10-miler in October and the Norfolk Harbor half in November, so I have some goals to work toward. Success will be finishing, even if they have to time me with a calendar.
Glad you were able to get out of Atlanta for a break. :) It's hot and dry here in WA. Unusual, but I've been out almost every day. Taking an accountability course on Chi Running, Chi Walking. It has been a good refresher. I do wish that most of it was not on Zoom! Not something I enjoy.
Surprise, surprise! Turns out that somewhere in the depths of 2020, I signed up for the Golden Gate Marathon when it was cheap! I don't remember it at all, but must have been something I did because the event informed me, and I did pay for it.!??! Amazing how things can absolutely be forgotten! Back to training for 13.1 on November 7. 2021. Noticed, though in looking at airfare, that First Class is now cheaper then Coach on Alaska. . .Go figure.
Running in the Heat, I've lost that 10 lbs and am back to race weight. Never thought I'd see the 125 lb mark again! :)
I've decided to lose the last 10 pounds of chocolate weight and have the best race season ever this fall.. I've hit my workout numbers for the last 309 days, and no, at 71 I don't work. I ran a 5k at 8:10 MPM and a 10K at 8:40 MPM... Plan to do Disney this year... tired watching everyone else doing it on television...after all the shutdowns over the last year, I want to get out and live again...
I would love to do a 31 mile because I've done 2 full marathons and many half marathons That would be so much fun I do 13.1 no problem no problem so and if I can do a marathon it's only an extra 5 miles so I'm for it
Ran the Thousand Island HM on Wellesley Island in early June (upstate NY, almost in Canada, in the middle of the St Lawrence River), did a spontaneous Astros game & night in Houston, and a quick four-day wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma. Trying to get through a very hot and humid Houston summer!!
Good morning Terrell. Its great to hear that your summer was good and normalcy and routine is starting to return, particularly as we attempt to move into a post-Covid type running world. Back at school myself so it definitely feels like summer is over - weather in SW Florida notwithstanding! Summer personally has been okay. It's never bad to get a mental health break - it's always needed from an educator perspective and life always makes it interesting as I've gotten older. Running has been very mechanical lately. Felt at times I was running to maintain conditioning [which I was] so wasn't as enjoyable, particularly with the local weather here - having to run either late in evening or early in the AM when off is never pleasing. It's amazing how much a cool night can provide the needed invigoration, silly as that might seem. Now, as the "season" has turned, I'm looking forward again to my running season [really mid-Oct thru end of March] as I can think of distance preparation and it has started to make the runs much more enjoyable. Each year this occurs, I'm still amazed how I've turned into this idea of a runner as it was quite unexpected. Looking forward to running a viable 10k, Oct 23rd, and seeing the possible "improvements" being looked for in my running. I'm curious from the group also, whether running [for me in the summer here] in the off-season would be better with a group. I've always be solitary in my work but am considering a change for next summer to just see if it could be a healthy distraction to help the mechanical aspects be minimized...
My summer's been good! I traveled to San Diego for the first time and also got to visit family!
Nothing much here. Battling humidity here in Wisconsin! Going through a kitchen remodeling, so cooking only with micro, pizza oven, instant pot and crockpot! Delay on practically every thing, so 6 week time-line gone! Thank goodness for Pinterest! Trail series going well. Stay safe and healthy everyone!
welp, i've got an achilles pain which really stinks. i tried running on it last week and have been limping ever since. taking some time off and if anyone has any great ideas for a fast recovery i welcome all comments! on the plus i've been enjoying sleeping in (can't end my post on a sad note:)
Took on summer marathon training which I swore I’d never do.
PR’d the Peachtree despite making race day mistakes no one 30 years into running should make 😆
Started a new job that 3.5 years ago I became aware of and thought, “THIS is what I want to do.”
Thoroughly enjoyed the mounting evidence that our soon to be college freshman is really going to miss us💕
Ran the Rocky Mountain Half in Estes Park last month. The elevation was tough, but it was so nice to run a race with people! My hubby & I drove from Las Vegas to Estes Park & back, camping along the way. It was a much needed vacation & he had never seen Colorado.
Spent the past 7 weeks trail running our local ski area...SO good to be back in person! Just got my very first running injury - peroneal tendinitis - and have learned how to use KT tape. Did you know the KT company posts YouTube videos with step by step instructions for taping specific injuries? So helpful!! Thankfully I'll be all healed in time to run the Portland ME 10 miler in mid-September. 😁 Best of all, my first grandchild was born in June, healthy & strong even tho 4 weeks early. He is such a joy!! 🍼 Celebrate life returning everyone 🏃🏃♀️
Acadia national park is our favorite family vacation spot and we finally got back there after 4years. I took one morning on my own to have a solitary run on the carriage trails—-cool but sunny, breathtaking views, felt effortless—-really a great morning.
Inspired me to commit to my next half marathon in NH in October😊
Those are great questions, Terrell! And I’m so glad you were able to enjoy your family vacation! Where do you go/what did you do? (If you feel like sharing?) My family also enjoyed some time off together, and it was such a nice refresher and much needed re-set after a tough winter/spring semester.
I’m excited for this fall and what lies ahead! I’m finishing my last class toward my Bachelor of Science and am going back to work as a sonographer next week! It’s another travel-short-term contract job, since I’m not sure what I’m doing next year, though I have a couple of crazy ideas! In the meantime I’m thankful this job is within commuting distance of my Grandpa’s home, and for this opportunity to continue living with him for this season. It had been so good being with him!
One thing I have really enjoyed on our family vacations and traveling around is seeing people out and about and enjoying time with family and friends! I always sort of knew community was important, but now I’m convinced of it! Since grandpa and I are vaccinated I’ve found community and social groups at church and the Orange Theory fitness I just joined. It might be funny, but being around people, even strangers, makes me really happy right now.
It’s been a tough year+, and I’m sure the tough times aren’t done, but I’m thankful to be here, now, with what I have and what I’m doing and who I’m with! I feel like it’s cliche to say “I’m so blessed” but I am!
My job has been a huge challenge for me. It has been tough to figure out whether i should stay or go. I have been praying a lot for guidance and the answer i keep getting is "Just be patient". But then my doubts creep in and I wonder if I am being too complacent.
Ran my first live race in ayear, June 26, Fairfield Faxon in CT. Lots of people, well organized BUT hilly , hot and 90% humidity. Felt good to be back out despite conditions and my 25 year old ran her first half(ahead of me of course, but not by much😆)Looking forward to more in person races and the ability to train for something! Not a virtual type of runner, wish I was but I need to fanfare .
Happy summer all, stay healthy
My challenge was literally a pain in the butt and a burning pain behind the knee. After 4 weeks of being injected, pounded, scrapped, and dry needled, we got down to the real diagnosis of hamstring tendonitis. I have had the proximal pain seemingly forever but the distal pain around the knee was new. Never underestimate the value of getting PT when you need it. And stretching? Gotta do it. Glad to say after another 6 weeks of therapy I am doing much better and running a 5K on Sat.
I retired from practicing medicine at 42 over the summer in order to focus on raising my five children (ages 1 to 14). Looking forward to doing some more running too!
Just came back from our 2 weeks in Maine! Ran a virtual in NH, making that my 13th state I have raced in...with the goal of hitting all 50 before, well, you know, I kick the bucket! And fingers crossed we get to go on our Sicily trip in late September. Started training this week for another half in October (Vermont...14th state!). And truly just enjoying the summer.
I haven't gone there just yet--but I booked a trip to a place I've always wanted to go: Sweden and Finland in March of 2022 to see the Northern lights! It's an active travel trip--my favorite--and I get to stay in the Ice Hotel--where I've wanted to stay since the 1990s. Thanks for the prompt, Terrell, it's fun to report! Happy Friday, all.