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I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. - Phillppians 3:14

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Coming Clean...and Changing Plans.

Off the grid….that’s right…the blog has suffered…severely…and no, it’s not fair and the blog as whined a bit about being neglected…it being my 4th child…and with 3 real kids the blog is the least favorite…I still love this 4th kid…just not as much as the other three…and by a far margin too.

Thus, I will not pontificate about the neglect that this 4th child has received. You know why…time…time…the answer Bilbo gave Gollum in “The Hobbit” that guaranteed the release of the hairy creature…but I really digress here…badly, I might add.

I love to write…and actually have a book in the works…the estimated completion date…who the heck knows…remember…I can’t even keep a blog going very well these days.

I am not ready to give up the blog ghost. I enjoy it too much…going back and looking at posts from 3 years ago…and sometimes I cringe…sometimes at the writing…sometimes about the topic…but it is still fun. It has served as a journal of my journey. So…let us continue…regardless of posting frequencies.

I want to focus a bit now on endurance events and a change of plans. The Rocky Raccoon 100 miler is out…not going to run it. A few weeks ago I rolled my ankle violently in the predawn hours on Northshore Trail…on one of the mildly technical parts. I roll ankles a lot…its part of trail running…and you learn to “roll” the ankle with minimum injury and keep on going. This was NOT that type of roll! It snapped loudly…harshly….painfully. I ran another 4 miles with Holly and Jason in hopes to run it out…but when done, it had swelled to the size of a softball…nice….

I kept fitness by riding a bike…after taking 5 whole days off…and then started looking at the training schedule to run a 100 miles. Here is where I will be brutally honest with you…and it pains me to do this…more than you know. It goes against the very inherent characteristics of an Ultra Runner. Let’s face it…part of my identity is that I run…sometimes a long ways…it is who I am. I don’t know if it is right or not…but yes…I have put some of my self-worth in my endurance. Those 5 days off were horrible…and making the decision of not running a 100 miles because I just didn’t have it in me to train for this; tormented my soul…I know…it doesn’t make sense to most people. I didn’t want to have to run 10 to 12 hours Christmas weekend. The kid’s schedule would suffer too…I came to the realization that my plans were changing…and the reasons were as painful as my ankle…”I just didn’t have it in me to put myself through such brutal training this time of the year. The whole realm of emotions and thoughts…”I have gone physically soft…my mental toughness is no longer there for me…my perseverance and determination is now an extinct species.” Depression is probably an overstatement…but definitely there was a downturn in my emotional state…just ask my wife.

It takes time…for me to come to the conclusion that regardless of what I accomplish; my real friends will stay around. That I didn’t let anybody down for not running around 24 hours at Rocky Raccoon…yes…I felt that I let my buds down…the pacers and crew I had lined up...

My wife does not pretend to understand how I am wired…she just knows how it is. She also knew that I needed something out there to train for…to look forward to…even if it wasn’t a 100 miler. She looks me in the eye and says, “Go run 50K in Bandera. You love that race, and you can run 50K right now.” Let me get personal with you right now. Having a wife that knows what buttons to push even when she doesn’t know how those buttons are wired is absolutely priceless. Having a wife that supports me in such endeavors is beyond words. She doesn’t get why anybody wants to run for 31 miles in the most treacherous terrain Texas has to offer…but she knows I need that. I love Bren more than I can tell you.

During all this, my running bud Jenn, was having a rough go too…for far different reasons that make mine reasons look trivial. I told her I plan on running Bandera…more to purify my running soul than anything else. She’s game too…in fact there will be a group of us from North Texas Trail Runners that will be at Bandera.

I don’t plan on setting any records…I know what time I personally want to run Bandera in…part of me thinks I should be running the 100K…but for now I will settle on the 50K.

So there you go…no 100 miler for now…that will be later…

Let me wrap up. Having a spouse that knows what you need is more valuable than I can tell you. Having friends that support you regardless of your endeavors…and sometimes advise you…because they know what’s going on in your head…keep those people around too…they are good for the soul.


Bryce said...

Hi Dave, I was planning on coming out to support you there. But no worries, now you will have more time for some epic bike rides with us! What do you say, some ride the rockies this summer? MS 150? HH100? Spring Century? Fall Century? All of the above!

ThaMessenjah said...

Hey man,
It's Brad. Don't worry about RR. It will be there next year. You're plans are good. Just keep plugging away. I have something HUGE in the works and maybe you can be a part of that :) More details to come. Great write up. Very transparent. Keep up the good work!!!

Jeff said...

I know what you mean about the blog being your least favorite child :)

I never thought of the holiday-training component of Rocky Raccoon. I can imagine it being a bit tough to spend that time when both you and your kids are free out on the trails.

Julie said...

Your priorities are in the right place Dave. There is always next year for RR. Or maybe you and your family will come up to Oklahoma for a mini vacation next year and run one of the ultra's here perhaps? Hmmm.. you should think on that! :) I'd definitely crew for ya!

KK said...

See Dave, people understand. Go enjoy a race, but get that ankle better first. Nothing is worse than those Bandera soft-ball rocks out there to make a twist worse.

You rock, SuperDave!

Buddy Teaster said...

Dave, the part about your wife knowing the buttons w/o knowing why really hit him. That has been one of the biggest changes in my marriage in the last five years. Not that she got smart about it, she has always been 10x smarter than I am, but we figured out how to work together on running and that made us work better together in so many other parts of our lives. If that's all you get out of this right now, you're a lucky man. Excellent post.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

First, get your ankle healthy

second, i hear you about the blog, I call it a part time job, sometimes is loses its fun value, most the time it is fun, but the bonds you make with other bloggers are worth it all

Brenda said...

Sounds like a good plan. 100 will happen, when you're good and ready.

DavidH said...

Once again life and sport are one.

There are times that we must assess our life situation and re-vector if necessary. Such is also true with sport. It is neither good or bad...simply life. Flow with it and enjoy the journey....and see you down at Bandera bro. ;)