Moving On

Hey. How are things? Yeah? Me too. I stopped taking pain killers today. So if in the last two and one-half weeks you haven't received any bizarre, rambling voice mails from me, consider yourself fortunate. I have a history of making strange calls while under the influence of prescription medication. After I had wisdom teeth pulled a while back I made a call to my team at work. Really bad idea, though they enjoyed it for a very long time... :)

Thanks for all the encouragement. It is very meaningful to me.

The back is recovering slowly. I am up and moving about. I am mostly standing up straight now, and the "crooked little man"-nomer which I had aptly picked up earlier, mostly doesn't apply anymore. There has been no running yet due to the pain and such, but it has crossed my mind a few times.

I finally updated the spreadsheet. That was a hard thing to do. It reminded me why I do/did this running thing. Why? Because I like to accomplish things. On rare occasions I have actually enjoyed the running. But mostly, I like putting numbers in my spreadsheet. I like moving the bar graph. I like making check marks next to things like, ran a marathon - check, ran 800 miles in a year - check, ran every day for a 670 days - check, ran an ultramarathon - ?

My thoughts are still percolating on what to do next and when. Thanks for the suggestions. I hope this blog post finds you pursuing, and doing, and achieving, whatever those goals you have are. Reading your blogs it sounds like many of you are doing just that. Grats.

Final Streak Stats:

# of days in a row of running at least one continuous mile: 670
Total mileage: 1514.71 miles
Total time: Eleven days, twenty hours, forty-five minutes, and forty-five seconds. (17085:45 minutes, if my math is correct...)
Average run: 2.2071 miles, in 25 minutes and 15 seconds, 11:27 mins/mile pace.
Longest run: 26.2 miles in 5:13:38
Countries run in: USA, Kenya, England
States run in: California, Nevada, Montana, Colorado, Washington D.C.?!?, Florida, Oregon
Times I ran with my shorts on backwards: more than I care to admit
Times I ran in dress shoes because I forgot running shoes: >10
Times I had to drop "the Double D" on the side of the road during a run: yeah...about that...
Times I waited until 11:40 pm or later to start my run for the day: Innumerable
God is Good to me.

Moving on...more running to come...


HappyTrails said…
Glad to see you're feeling human again. Probably better get comfortable walking before checking the ultramarathon off the list!!! LOL on the "Double D" - I will be "borrowing" that phrase from you.
Keep up the recovery.

BTW, Blue Sky is nice - dropped a comment back to you on that one.
Unknown said…
11:40 p.m.? You are a true vampire!
Linnea said…
I've dealt with my ghosts and I've faced all my demons
Finally content with a past I regret
I've found you find strength in your moments of weakness
For once I'm at peace with myself
I've been burdened with blame, trapped in the past for too long
I'm movin' on

Rascal Flatts
try running said…
Well the voice mail I got was neither bizarre nor rambling, so I'm going to assume that you were in your right mind and thinking clearly. So check your email and get to respondin'!

Glad you're making progress. I'm thinking the next streak needs the HD streak-cam. All Ace, all the time.

And, I'm going to be on your crew for the ultra, so you best be getting completely better soon...
Vava said…
Alright! Glad to hear you are on the mend, and looking forward to your next challenge. Your streak was nothing short of amazing, and I look forward to seeing what you've got up your sleeve for the next one.
Moriah said…
You did forget Iowa. :)
Every journey starts with a single step.

Glad you hear you're back on the mend.
joyRuN said…
Wow! You've run in some really cool places.

And about running in dress shoes - you didn't want to try the barefoot thing? ;)

Glad to hear you're getting better.
Chris said…
Glad to hear your recovery is progressing. The total time stat is impressive. I look forward to more posts when you are back out there.

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