Sick days are setbacks for runners!

Days are slipping by, and I’d sure love to slip on my sneakers. But I’ve been stuck in my slippers for a few days. OK, I’ve stepped out for essential errands and meetings. But my running has fallen back a bit this week.

Blame it on a respiratory infection, bringing a stuffy and pounding head and a racking chest cough. And an ear infection. And a whole constellation of related symptoms.

Setbacks indeed!

Thank God for antibiotics, even if they make me feel pretty yucky. Hey, people used to die from fairly simple infections before these wonder drugs came around. So I’m truly thankful.

Right about now, I’m waiting for the meds to kick in and do their stuff. It’s been 48 hours since I left the walk-in clinic and started prescriptions.

But I still can’t get out there and break into a real run without breaking into a cold sweat and a coughing fit before the first mile marker. I’m jogging and logging shorter distances and sticking to indoor options. (Did I mention I hate the treadmill?)

OK, this might be an exaggeration. Not actually dying. Just dying to run.

C’mon, recovery! I have miles to run. I have a year-end total to chase. I have dogs that need to run off some steam. I have a longer race coming up in one week. And I have a brand-new Garmin to test out. (I had to ditch the Fitbit. That’s another story!)

Time is running out for this runner! Can’t wait to feel better.
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Running the Year update: 86% and counting

Running 2,017 miles in 2017 sounded like a cool idea, as the new year rolled in. “That’s about 5.5 miles a day,” I said. “Hey, it’s doable.” So I signed up for the Run the Year 2017 challenge.

With November fast approaching (and the end of the year closing in quickly), I decided to run a quick tape total.

Whoo. Looks like I just might make it.

As of today (October 27th), I am at 1,739 miles for 2017. That’s 86% of the way to the goal of 2,017. That means I have to average 4.2 miles a day to finish by New Year’s Eve. And I haven’t logged today’s miles yet.

Plus, I have a few longer races coming up, which will help.

I’d love to wrap up this total before Christmas. Hey, you never know what wild winter weather may whirl in by then!

Think I can reach 2,017?

You can check the left-hand sidebar on this site (through the end of the year) to see my latest mileage total for 2,017. You’ll find my progress charts for other fitness challenges there as well.

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Thanks, Brooks, for standing behind your sneakers.

Gotta love it when a company does it right.

The best running shoes can be hard to find. How many pairs of pricey sneakers have you purchased, only to discover after a few miles that they really didn’t fit so well after all? And how many pairs broke down or fell apart far too soon?

I’ve been there. I’ve tried countless brands and models. I’ve consulted foot fit experts in the pricey running stores. And I’ve limped home sock-footed from training runs, carrying spiffy new shoes.

Finally, a couple of years ago, I tried Brooks Glycerins. And they worked for me! Since then, I’ve owned several pairs. (Yes, I know you’re supposed to replace running shoes after every 400-600 miles, depending on how and where you run.)

I’ve never had a problem with the fit, feeling, or fortitude of these shoes. Then, about a month ago, I noticed a weird rip in one shoe. Nothing actually happened to tear it. I didn’t take a tumble or get caught in a thorny thicket or anything. So I was puzzled.

After a bit, I decided to write to the company. I included some photos. And guess what! They sent me a brand-new pair of the same shoe.

 Way to go! I wanna cheer when a company stands behind its own product.

Yes, Brooks. I’ll be back in a few hundred miles. You can count on it.

In the meantime, I can't wait to run in these. Oh, wait, it's raining like crazy here today. Maybe I'll slip on a crummy old pair and save the shiny kicks for tomorrow's (drier) run.

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