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The results are in . . .

I just got back from the doctor and the results of my MRI are in.

The good news is that I don’t have a stress fracture. But, I do have stress reactions aka “Chronic Repetitive Stress Injury of the Bone” (precursors to fractures) in both my 3rd and 4th metatarsals. It is a good thing that I shut my training down when I did or it could have progressed to a full fledged stress fracture.

The bad news is that I have a lot of other things wrong with my foot/ankle that will still require an additional 3 weeks in the boot to heal. Continue reading “The results are in . . .”

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Unimagined boredom

Let me start with a simple word of advice:

Double check everything before it is too late. 

Now to the story. 

Here I am on a flight to the west coast, a 5 1/2 hour trip from Baltimore to Oakland. As the plane takes off,  I am listening to an Obstacle Racing Media podcast of an interview with Amelia Boone. Sixty minutes later the podcast finishes and I am glad that I downloaded a bunch of other podcast to listen to along the way. These included several Jocko, Tim Ferris, Link Endurance podcasts and a two sermons from my local Church. 

Since I have missed some church lately, I decided to fire up the sermons. They are both titled “Overcoming and Enduring with the Help of Community” something that is not only good for me in the context of life, but good for me in the athletic community as well. If we don’t have others around us to help us in the difficult moments,  life can become very dark and very lonely. They were messages that were good to hear and I was glad to have added to my phone before I left. 

After listening to them I got up, stretched and thought about what I would listen to next. I figured if I had four hours of flying left I would do something I had never done before, listen to an entire Jocko podcast straight through. You may wonder why I have never done that before and the answer is very simple. His “normal” podcast is usually around 2 1/2 hours long and I never have that much uninterrupted time to do anything except sleep. I was prepared to listen to an older one about overcoming set backs at work, Navy Seals versus MMA fighters, preparation versus winging it and anything and everything else he tossed in along the way. 

So to get started, I reopen my podcast app, select “Listen offline” and get ready to select the episode. But much to my shock and horror I have zero podcasts downloaded. 

Yes, you read that right. 


I check my watch and see we have been flying for 90 minutes. I have 4 more hours to go and nothing to listen to. What’s even worse I didn’t even bring a book to read since I planned to listen to the podcasts on the trip. And since I stream all of my music, I didn’t have any music either. 

So now I guess I am off to Plan B. Write a blog post. 

Which will hopefully be followed by Plan C.  Register to my one podcast and hope to take a nap. 

I have only 3 hours to go. 

Nap time awaits

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5k Fun – Parkrun College park

So I wake up and look look at the temperature its a balmy 22 degrees and windy. So what is the best way to spend the morning? Stay in bed? Lounge around the house and drink coffee? Of course not. The best thing is to head a couple of miles up the road to our free weekly 5k, the College Park, Parkrun. Why pick today for my first race in 6 months? Continue reading “5k Fun – Parkrun College park”

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In the beginning . . .

In May 2015 there was the silliest thing that I ever did

The WipeOut Run in Baltimore Maryland. A 5k full of people in all kinds of weird costumes playing on replicas of the obstacles from the TV show.  It was a bit are scene to behold and it was fun to do and it got me started on this crazy journey called Obstacle Course Racing.

Continue reading “In the beginning . . .”