2017 is in the books. It’s New Years day, and it occurred to me that I have a blog, maybe I should write something down.
In a lot of ways, this blog has languished because I’m out there doing my thing. That’s a reasonable enough explanation much of the time. But sometimes it’s just not the highest priority, and that is more likely the root cause of all this amazing lack of content.
While I was busy not writing, I had a heck of a year as a runner. I broke 8:00 pace on the half marathon, and then went down with an injury in the spring. I had a diagnosis of tendinopathy, which felt specific until I figured out that this “diagnosis” basically means “it hurts but we’re not sure why.” “Unknown etiology,” for those of you following along with a medical dictionary.
After it started to clear up, I continued on to some epic Ragnar goodness. Ragnar Cape Cod was a bit of a mess with me being unable to finish my legs, but my team bailed me out. The next week I finished all my miles at Ragnar Niagara in Canada. Over the summer I joined the gang at Ragnar Trail Wawayanda in New Jersey, and of course Reach the Beach in New Hampshire. After that, I banged out three marathons in 41 days; repeating at Manchester and Bay State before heading down to run Rehoboth Beach Marathon with my running buddy Becky, pacing her as she finished her first 26.2.
Three and a half weeks later as the year began to draw to a close, the tendinopathy flaired again the day after Christmas. At that point, I had run every day for 99 days in a row, and I wanted to keep the streak alive, but I had to take a few days off. I do not blame the streak for the injury… it came on at a time when I had dropped my mileage significantly, and I hadn’t been pushing hard. I’ve been to see the doctor, and an MRI has been taken. I go back in a week, we’ll figure it out.
In any case, I was able to run a mile yesterday on New Years Eve, and so my photo for this blog post will be my one mile run by the light of the silvery moon in 8 degree temperatures. Running streak is back on.