Hubski is the only general interest place I've found online that isn't full of spite. Thanks for that. I have learned a lot from you guys.
I ran the Ft. Worth Cowtown half marathon. My first race longer than 5K. Goal of 2:30? Nope. 2:40? Close enough at 2:41.
I joined a big group of my family that my aunt organized. Her own story is pretty inspiring but without the personal medical details it boils down to "and she kept running."
I haven't liked structured training plans when I've tried before so my training was to run 2 or 3 times a week for 3 or 4 miles at whatever pace let my mind wander, with an occasional longer run on a free Saturday. This worked great through December, and I even got a 9 mile run in. Then I took a break for Christmas and (never really got going again / aggressively tapered until the race). So on Sunday my legs were tight. Miles 1-5: every muscle in my right leg took turns being tight, and made my knee feel weird. Ran ~13 min miles and stayed with my sister who had trained even less than me. Miles 6-8: left sister, ran ~12 min miles, everything hurt. Miles 9-11: everything felt good, ran <12 min miles. Miles 11-end: leg got tight again and could't get enough air.
Conclusion: I will do it again next year with the family probably-it was fun to have everyone together for the race, but I don't have much drive to do races for myself. I won't stop training 2 months out from the race again because it just took too long to get loose, and I had to walk more than I wanted to. I will consider adding some speed workouts, but I can't daydream while running hard.
I managed to keep most of the plants on my balcony alive though the winter. We have one more freeze in the forecast but I can bring some of them inside. That's an anemone.
This is my favorite spam comment:
That whole thread is a shitshow. The recipe is good though.
I have been making homebrewed cider. None of it's great, but most of it's decent. There is a fun mad-scientist feel to fermenting stuff. That's corn pone in the background.
Mechanical engineering stuff, mostly fine, some intensely interesting stuff, and bits of soul crushingly boring stuff. Been trying to get rid of the boring parts with mixed results.
First date with my wife was 7 years ago this week! We ate sandwiches at a deli and I failed to keep a conversation going with only one and two word answers. Later we wandered around a used book store because it's less awkward to be quiet in there. I talk a bit more to her now. Life is good.