Hope it never happens again

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Hate to admit it.

A second consecutive week with only one day (instead of three) of exercise.

This comes on the heels of a 14-day stretch of zero biking or gym.

It happens.

Hope it never happens again.

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This is significant because it’s how the Magic works

Masters Track runners
Bobby DeSantis is one of the USA’s best 55-59 middle distance runners.


All those challenges and obstacles that get in our way – no one is immune from them.



Still nursing a tight right calf. No clue what caused it. No clue what it is. Taking it slow and using pain to guide the comeback.

Yesterday’s 10-miler was alternating a one-mile walk with a two-mile slow jog, then repeating three times.

Had a good gym (core, strength, stretch) workout too.

Note photo: The 1500 began moments after the photo was taken. When the gun went off everyone had 100 meters before we hit the first turn.

Oddly, i felt a cramp-like pain in my right calf about 50 meters into the race. It came and went for the first lap (90 seconds) and then intensified at the beginning of the second lap.

Bowed out after the first lap.

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Why did this happen?

Track close up shot
Came here to run this. Attempted to use the 1500 as a warmup.


Charlotte High School Track
Brutally hot… only three spectators in the bleachers.


Why did this happen?

After what seemed like a perfectly (finally) timed six mile warmup in preparation for the 800 meters, come to find out, the printed schedule i had was completely wrong. The 800 would be at the end of the day, not the beginning. Major challenge.

It was either go get in the car and drive back to Orlando, or see if i could get into the 1500 which was about an hour away. i got into the 1500 and waited, and rationalize that the 1500 is a substantially slower pace and i would be warmed up enough to just have fun with it.

Bottomline, too much time between warmup and race.

Couldn’t have gone out any more conservatively on the first lap.

Right calf pain, kinda like a cramp.

So after the first lap, dropped out.

Was it sodium or potassium deficiency?

Is it a muscle pull?

Time will tell.

It’s sore this morning.

Was hoping it wouldn’t be.

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Setbacks are gifts even if they don’t seem so

Filed near Tibet Butler Nature Preserve
A few days ago looking north. The far tree line behind the five sticks, shades the sidewalk i use as a track.


We are given setbacks to keep us honest.

Yesterday’s track workout was the first in 11 days. And this morning is day nine of a 10-day Amoxicillin prescription.

To lose 11 days speed training with two big track meets in the next two months is a decent setback.

Am grateful it wasn’t from an injury, which might make competing in Nationals and Worlds out of the question.

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Plan on setbacks

Orange County Florida Mounted Patrol
A few days ago at a red light near home.


Plan on setbacks. And plan on them leaving you feeling trapped.

It’s the only way to manage our sanity when the goal is big and has a deadline.

And while the deadline sometimes is non-negotiable, the goal (great health) always is non-negotiable.

World’s is in August.

A week setback doesn’t ruin things, but a week of serious preparation lost cannot be regained. Move forward anyway. Refuse to give in because it gets more difficult.

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