Achilles still kaput…looking for options.

Achilles painYet another doctor’s appointment last week, and my ortho is starting to run out of ideas.  After my doc spotted necrosis along the backside of my Achilles in an ultrasound, the latest suggestion is prolotherapy, the injection of an irritant (in this case a sugar solution) into the affected area.

The idea is that irritating the area will trigger a bodily response to heal it.  Of course, that was also the main idea behind both the shockwave therapy and the PRP shots I’ve had in the past.  Continue reading “Achilles still kaput…looking for options.”

Word Association

One of the things I had to do at work today was come up with a word cloud, filled with words that describe an annual awards program my organization handles.  The cloud will be the anchor of an upcoming marketing program.  Not a hard task, once the research is done, but it got me to thinking.

A word cloud would identify the main themes of this blog.  I mean, the real themes.

So I got to cutting and pasting all the entries I’ve posted, going back to September.  The results were somewhat as expected, but I definitely have identified some words and phrases I use on a regular basis.

word cloud

What is perhaps the most surprising to me is that the word “injuries” wasn’t one of the biggest words in the cloud, even though I see it as the dominating theme in my running life over the last three years.

Just goes to show that how we see ourselves isn’t always how others (in this case, a diagramming program) see us!

What’s on YOUR playlist?

stiller headphonesI was working on my running playlist the other day, adding a few and dropping a few from the fairly diverse list of songs.  When I was done, I took a step back and looked at the list as a whole, rather than at the individual tunes, and came to one conclusion.

It’s a bizarre list.

Some of the songs are motivational, and some would seem to be anti-running songs.  Some are super-upbeat, while the beat in the others isn’t blaring and in your face.

But that’s understandable, given that I only really use the music as a metronome to remind me to keep my turnover quick, which keeps me lighter on my feet.

If I could pick a music genre (assuming it hits my bpm requirement) to run to, it’d be rock.  It’d probably be a mix of hard rock, punk and garage rock.  I like the rawness and bravado behind it.

That said, I’ve go no issue with country or club music, either.

What’s on your playlist?

P R – the two letters that make us all smile

PRIt doesn’t matter if the improvement is a second, a minute or ten minutes.  Those two letters reflect the work you’ve put in.

It’s not a measure of you against the other guy – it’s a measure of you against yourself, and the clock is the only audience that matters.

Just remember to reset those PRs about once every ten years, or you’ll be chasing ghosts!




Run in remembrance of Nebraska Guardsmen killed in the 1944 liberation of St. Lo

I don’t often advocate for people to run specific races.  In fact, this will be the first one I actively encourage people to run, and it’s because I’m a military history buff.  So, here’s the pitch….

If you will be anywhere near Seward, Nebraska on Saturday, June 11, consider running the Run to St. Lo Memorial 5K.

The run is a living memorial to the 43 Nebraska natives that died in the push to liberate the French town of St. Lo in July of 1944.  They were members of the 134th Infantry Regiment, which suffered heavily during the attack.  One in three soldiers were wounded or killed during the assault.

The race starts and finishes at the Nebraska National Guard Museum.  Along the route, runners will see memorials to each soldier and have an opportunity to meet veterans and family members of the regiment.

Entry fee is $20.  Pre-registered runners get a t-shirt.  Race day entries are $25 (no t-shirts included).

Pre-registration deadline is June 4.

For more information, visit

"From Cornrow to Hedgerow" - The 134th Infantry at St. Lo
Normandy, France, July, 1944 – On 5 July, one month after D-Day, the regiment landed at Omaha Beach and moved swiftly inland with the rest of the 35th Division. The 134th waited in reserve as the U.S. V and XIX Corps struggled to liberate the vital town of St. Lo.  Tangles of rock, earth, and trees called “hedgerows” had been reinforced by the Germans.  Their capture of the vital hill 122 opened the way for the liberation of St. Lo itself on 18 July.  The 134th had lived up to its Spanish-American War battle cry, “All Hell Can’t Stop Us.”  The cost of the assault was high – the regiment suffered 35 percent casualties in two days, including 102 men killed, 589 wounded, and 102 missing.


Just registered for the Army Ten Miler


Yep – went ahead and registered.  Injuries and all.

Call it habit.  Call it optimism.  Call it bull-headed determination.  Call it denial.

Call it what you will…I don’t care.  I’m going to do it, and get through it.  It may not result in the kind of time I’d like to see, but it’s getting done.

I’m still rehabbing (again), and the setbacks are starting to mount.  Fortunately, I’ve got an appointment with the doc in a couple of weeks, and we’ll chart a way forward.

Either way, I’ll be hitting the capitol’s streets October 9.  Hopefully, it’ll be running.


What’re you gonna do?


We all have had them – the bumps in the road that leave us wondering what to do and where to go from here.

Those things – the injuries, the relapses, the periods where we lose focus and pay the price – shouldn’t define us.  Not if we look ourselves in the mirror,  re-evaluate, and do what it takes to overcome them.

You’ll never lose as long as you keep competing!

#motivationmonday #planpersistprevail