Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Okay . . . Okay . . .

Okay . . . stop it already!  Hundreds and hundreds of comments and e-mail coming in begging for another "Hurry Slowly . . . but Hurry" post.  Stop the madness . . . here it goes!

"Hurry Slowly . . . but Hurry" is, and always will be, a running blog.  That's just the way it is.  Okay . . . I admit that from time to time I lose my focus and go 'off-topic' but for the most part I've stayed true.  Thus, no recent posts.  If I don't run much, there is just nothing to say.

Okay . . . I could 'brag' on my personal-worst 5k . . . 31:41 or so.  Sorry, that is just sad.  And actually I was pretty pleased because I ran all but 15 steps (I counted them!).  My recent running has been humbling compared to my past running.

Don't get me wrong . . . I'm still running and glad to be able to run.  But 9-10 miles seems to me my absolute limit . . . and it's just not getting better.  (For those of you that have known me for a long time remember that I had a 13 year period were I didn't run at all!  Bad medical advice made me quit for years until I found a magic solution.)  But there doesn't seem to be a magic solution to my hip right now.  Maybe in a few more months things will get better.  That would be nice.  But not necessary.

Honestly, I'm just sooooo glad I can run at all.  Seriously.  If I can only run 9 miles or less . . . well . . . I'll be 100% fine with that.  If I do heal up and I find I can go further . . . well . . . that's great too.  But a few realities need to be acknowledged . . .
  • I'm 99% sure I'll never finish a 100 miler.  Sad . . . but likely true.  What the hell am I going to do with this belt I purchased?
  • If I ever finish another 50 miler, it will be walking the vast majority of the way.  And that may not ever happen.
  • No more races with cutoffs . . . ever.
  • And that likely means marathons too. I have signed up for the Baby Boogie Marathon this year (ample cut-off time!)  Likely my last marathon.  I'll finish if I have to crawl . . . pretty much like last year!!
In my mind I'm an ultra runner and I don't think that will ever change.  I've earned that.  In my mind . . . once an ultra runner, always an ultra runner. But now I'm think my ultras will be 24 hour walks for the most part.  And I'm okay with that.

My long-distance running may possibly be coming to an end and I may need to turn the page to new, and different challenges.
  • I've always loved backpacking.   Maybe an AT thru-hike is in my future.
  • I've GOT to get my 5k time to sub 30 . . . that's just frickin' embarrassing!
  • Maybe some sort of a marathon of 5ks . . . I need ideas here.  I seem to need to run every other day.
Any other ideas or suggestions?


  1. 15 steps is 15 steps, cherish them all because you know what it can be like without them:)

    1. Amen! I'm totally okay with whatever the future holds! Ultras or 5ks . . . it will be fine with me. Thanks!

  2. An AT thru-hike would be frickin' awesome. What an accomplishment if you complete that. What an adventure! I recently read "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. It's a really fun read, if you've never picked it up!

    1. I did read "A Walk in the Woods" when it first came out! And I agree a thru-hike would awesome! Just have to carve out 4-5 months to do it! I think I would want to go slow and enjoy it rather than trying to do it quick! We'll see!


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World's Slowest Runner . . . well, at least in contention for the honor. Just your average "below average" runner.