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Recent Dive Pictures
Les Davis - September 6, 2009

Sea Tiger - September 17, 2009

The Pipe - September 17, 2009

San Pedro - September 18, 2009

Kaiser Reef - September 18, 2009


Race History
Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon
August 1, 2009
2:42:49 (2:42:28)

Seafair Torchlight Run 8k
July 25, 2009
48:30

Inaugural Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
June 27, 2009
2:39:41 (2:08:44)

Sound To Narrows 12k
June 13, 2009
1:11:19 (1:10:33)

Furry 5k
June 7, 2009
28:25 (27:28)

Tacoma City Half Marathon
May 3, 2009
2:05:52 (2:05:15)

The 12ks Of Christmas
December 14, 2008
CANCELED

Seattle Half Marathon
November 30, 2008
2:28:59 (2:25:52)

Winter Pineapple Classic 5k
November 16, 2008
34:26

Bank To Bay 10k
September 7, 2008
54:15 (53:47)

Furry 5k
June 8, 2008
32:51:9 (32:53:7)

Tacoma City Marathon
May 10, 2008
5:21:13 (5:19:58)

St. Patrick's Day Dash
March 16, 2008
30:31 (30:31)

Hood to Coast Relay
August 24-25, 2007
Leg 3 - 3.93 Miles - 34:43
Leg 15 - 7.25 Miles - 1:16:21
Leg 27 - 5.98 Miles - 1:03:28

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Run
July 15, 2007
(33:09)

Furry 5k
June 10, 2007
28:05

Capital City Half Marathon
May 20, 2007
2:22:21 (2:21:30)

St. Patrick's Day Dash
March 11, 2007
30:31 (30:34)

The 12ks Of Christmas
December 17, 2006
1:11:24 (1:10:41)

Jingle Bell Run 5k
December 10, 2006
(32:29)

Winter Pineapple Classic 5k
November 11, 2006
46:23

Bank To Bay 10k
September 10, 2006
56:26 (55:32)

Seafair Torchlight Run 8k
July 29, 2006
47:25

Furry 5k
June 11, 2006
30:22 (29:29)

ScubaJason [userpic]

I was on a roll there for a little while . . .

K has asked me a few times why don't I try to write a book. And I always tell her the same thing - I don't have anything to say worth reading about.

But what a book of stories? You're always saying how much you enjoy short stories, why not something like that?

Again, do I have anything worth reading or sharing?

And more recently, I shared my Tanzania pictures and Mount Rainier story with another friend who also told me that I am a good writer and I should do it more.

The other day, I fell down the rabbit hole of reading older entries that I made here, and also reading some of the adventure stories that are on my website (Hood to Coast and Mount Rainier specifically.) Looking at those older entries, I forgot how much I enjoyed writing, and even though a lot of the subjects and material weren't the best (sometimes life is dark and full of downs,) I can see how therapeutic writing was for me.

I try not to have too many regrets in life, but I do regret being so vague in what I wrote sometimes. I see these stories and I don't know who else was part of them or what exactly I was being coy about.

But I was reminded of things I did, and people I talked to, and friends I had, and that made me miss writing more.

Another obstacle for me is time. I don't feel like I have the time to write. Looking back at the glory days of this journal, it was much easier to write because April was doing similar things, whereas now that's not how my leisure time is spent.

Right now, it's quiet in the house. I'm the only one here so there are no distractions, or obligations. It's just me and my keyboard.

So here are some stories . . .

I started running again.

After taking two months off from the gym (between work trips to California and Las Vegas, and being sick and then hurting my back (again,)) my gym life has suffered. Luckily I wasn't putting any weight on, but I definitely wasn't taking any weight off.

Oh - before the running story - it's now been a year since I joined the gym. I've seen some improvements in strength and cardio stamina and I've lost about 20 pounds in that year's time (but haven't lost anything in around 6 months which is kind of frustrating.)

Okay - back to running . . .

During my original gym time, I started with an occasional mile run here and there, and it felt good. I definitely wasn't as fast as I used to be (older and heavier will do that to you.) Plus I couldn't do a full mile non-stop. But I ran every now and then.

And that gave me some joy. I remember how happy running made me feel at times, and I was also reminded of why I started running in the first place (that is probably a story for another time.)

Another thing that helped is that in January of this year, I made it a goal to hit all of the doctors, specifically a physical therapist. I wanted to see what was up with my knee. The same knee that I've struggled with for years. The same one that has never gotten better.

The PT has decided that I have something called Tendinopathy, which is just a fancy way of saying that I injured a tendon(s) and it healed improperly. So he's worked with me to do certain types of exercises that will help me recover from this injury. Similar to when you start lifting weights for the first time, little exercises designed to tear the muscle/tendon so it can learn to heal properly. Which for me means squats. And lots of them.

Knowing that I'm not broken, or will require painful and expensive surgery, I've found new drive to run again. And that's exactly what I've been doing.

I even broke down and bought new running shoes for the first time in many years.

How do I know that I'm serious about this again? I made a spreadsheet.

I wrote this on the 18th of April . . .

Years ago, when I was running, I made a spreadsheet to track my mileage.

That spreadsheet grew to not only track mileage, but mileage on each pair of shoes. And even a separate tab that tracked how many miles I ran with the dogs.

And there were graphs and charts and everything. (No pivot tables because whatever!)

I stopped using it after six years and 3981 miles.

Last weekend I bought two new pairs of running shoes. Because excuses be damned, I'm going to run again.

I've now ran four days in a row - probably the most I've done in years.

Saturday - 2.4 miles with a 2 minute walking break after 2
Sunday - 2.48 miles with a 2 minute walking break after 2
Monday - 1.1 miles because life sucked
Today - 2.45 miles - almost non-stop except for a 30 second pause to drink water.

I now have a new spreadsheet.

It's empty, but it does have 8.43 logged miles . . .


It's funny to me - this old spreadsheet started in April of 2006; the new one April of 2017. The first one had the first set of runs in the 2.5 mile range. This new one, the same.

And then just this past Sunday, I ran 2.5 miles non-stop for the first time since 2012.

I'm doing this again dammit.

Recently, I started noticing some differences in how my clothes have been fitting. Different belt hole being used when tucking my shirt in - heck, being comfortable enough with tucking my shirt in (because everyone is fooled by fat guys with untucked shirts!) I am feeling better, I think I look better, and my clothes are definitely fitting better. A coworker even commented on it last week!

So maybe this running thing will work out, and I can drop the other 30 pounds I set out to drop last year when I started the gym.