Improvement continues…

It’s a slow process, but it’s progress in the right direction.  My running continues to come along.  I had a great workout yesterday. 

In June, a buddy asked me to come to Tahoe to pace him in his first 100 mile run, the Tahoe Rim Trail.  I despirately wanted to go, but because of my fitness, I was not comfortable telling him yes right away.  I asked him to let me get one of my benchmark workouts in over the weekend and let him know after that.  Well, that workout did not go well.  A course I’ve run in under 2 hours(in perfect, cool weather), and usually 2:15 to 2:20 in mid-summer conditions, took me just over 2:50 on that June workout.  Not only that, but I’d planned on doing that loop twice.  Just couldn’t do it.  Based on that, I had to turn him down, and miss being part of his first 100 mile run.  It killed me, but it motivated me.  I’ve run that same loop every other weekend since then, and yesterday clicked it off in 2:23, and still had plenty of energy to play some baseball with William afterwards.

That’s a great step forward.  Unfortunately, I’ve not done so well on the weight loss side of things, a week of vacation, with ‘pre-vacation’ and ‘post-vacation’ excuses, and I’ve not lost an ounce in 2 1/2 weeks.  I have had a lot of good beer though! 

4 Responses to “Improvement continues…”

  1. Todd Henderson Says:

    Hello Dave,
    Glad to see your fitness level has gotten better!!! You know as well as I do that you need to set a big goal for yourself. Like a 50 miler or maybe even a 100 miler. Who knows, Pinhoti may be too early but if you get the urge just let me know. Glad to see your doing well.


  2. Dave Says:


    I’d HOPE I can make it to Pinhoti, I’ve not ruled it out, I’m holding off until the last minute to decide for sure.

    I’m really seeing improvement so that’s encouraging, thanks for the reminder.

  3. Kelly Ridgway Says:

    Hey Dave, I am glad that you are feeling good and continuing to get fit. Doesn’t it feel good to feel like your conditioning is finally coming together? I hope all is well with you and your family. How are your horses? Are you still getting out and riding? Take care Dave!

  4. Dave Says:

    Thanks Kelly, I’m sure not doing anything like you are, 1st place? Wow! Everyone is good, we ride some, not a lot lately. It’s been SO hot and everyone is getting ready for school to start Monday. Have a trip planned in September to do Rim to Rim to Rim with some friends though, that will be fun.