Monday, December 18, 2017

5 Miles On The Treadmill

I've been pretty lax with my training this last week.  Oversleeping and just being generally lazy.  I overslept today but couldn't procrastinate anymore.  I ran 5 miles down on the treadmill.  The weather has improved here but it's still below zero and windy.  Everything is coated with snow and frost from the recent week long blizzards.  My car's parking spot is so drifted in that I can no longer park there.  I even got stuck in my parking place tonight.  I guess I'll be looking elsewhere for a place to park.

I felt pretty good running tonight. So maybe the few days of rest were good.  I'm sure looking forward to the 4 marathons in Kauai in January.  I doubt that I'll be complaining about the heat regardless of how warm it might be!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

5.7 Miles

I planned to run 5 miles but since I was watching Jeopardy on the TV I had to continue until after Final Jeopardy.  There is no end to the excitement up here in Deadhorse in December!

It's been blizzard conditions for at least a week now.  I'be been waiting for over a week for several packages that tracking claims left Anchorage December 6th. But the cargo planes can't get here. I'm glad the are nothing that I desperately need!

Then there is my car, when I went out to drive to work tonight!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

5 Miles

I've taken a few days off because my right knee was hurting.  It felt fine today so I ran 5 miles on the treadmill.  I started feeling the pain a little during the last half mile.  But once I stopped running, the pain went away.  A little later when I went outside to clean the snow off the car, I slipped on the ice and landed on that knee.  It was very painful and it was several minutes before I was able to pick myself up off the ground.  But I was happy to find that I didn't have any trouble walking or any pain after the fall.  So I'm hoping that will be the last of the knee pain.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Treadmill 5 MIles

I've had a lot of trouble sleeping since I got up here to work. I really felt tired while running today, and it probably wasn't a very good workout.  But it was still better than nothing.  In addition to treadmill running, I've also been spending some time going up and down the stairs at night.  That will be the best practice for the Great Wall Marathon in April.  The Wall is mostly steps. So each night I add another trip up and down the stairs. I'm up to 13 now.

It's been snowing hard all day and the temperature is in single digits. I'm glad to have access to the treadmill.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


I dragged myself down to the treadmill.  I really wanted to run longer than I did but my stomach was giving me a hard time.  I did make it 8.4 miles though.  I got caught up in watching a good TV show which kept me from giving up and calling it quits after 5 miles.  I'm not about to venture outdoors and run in the dark and snow and wind.

I got this in my email today. 3 flags with Marathon Globetrotters.

Friday, December 1, 2017


I'm back at work up in Deadhorse away from the warm Cuba temperatures and back in the icy cold Arctic. Which means I'm back running on the treadmill.  I'm registered for a couple of heavy duty races, the Great Wall of China and the Bhutan Thunder Dragon Marathon.  Both will be a lot more fun if I'm not struggling to survive and pulling up the rear in my usual way.  So I'm planning to do some serious training on the treadmill while I'm up here.  I'm also spending time on the stairs here at work since the Great Wall is mostly stairs.  I just did 5 miles today on the treadmill with a few speed sprints.  I was really tired because of a combination of jet lag and my first night shift.  But I managed to run 5 miles. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Havana Marathon

I made it! Success at last.  I took care of my unfinished business from last year after falling and breaking my arm and shattering my left elbow at the Havana Marathon. This time I made it, still standing and crossed the finish line.  Not a beautiful finish, but at least a finish.  Dead last but not dead or in an ambulance!  It was a very happy moment for me.  Now I have 30 countries and have been accepted into the Marathon Country Club. My slow speed still bothers me though.  So I plan to devote a lot of time to training on the treadmill through December while up north at work. Running outdoors is not possible there in December so I will have to do what I can in the exercise room. 

I also had a wonderful trip in Cuba, and especially enjoyed the beach in Trinidad.  I wish I could swim there every day. I already miss the warm weather.