There Goes The Streak

Well there it goes, the streak is over! Last year was my 6th straight Crazy 8’s and this year was to be my 7th. That was before that fateful click in my knee a couple of weeks ago.

Still not certain what it was. The ER Doc said it was “classic meniscus”. The comp Doc thinks it’s more of a “stretching of the inside ligament”. Either way I held out hope that I would manage to find a way to get over it in time to make the race. Today knocked those hopes out. No work, no kneeling, no stooping, no lifting, pulling or carrying anything over 10 pounds until at least July 12th. Strangely the doctor is still refusing the MRI that the ER said was needed and the knee is still swelling, locking, bruising.

In other words, no Crazy 8’s this year…

Phase III -Lilyan’s Run

Finally, I get to return to the Tri-Cities for a couple of events. The first one, which isn’t really a training run, is the Crazy 8’s coming up this weekend. As I have said this was my first ever race and I have done it every year since, even the time it was just two weeks post cardiac cath. It’s always fun and for the second year in a row I get to run it with my son Daniel!

The second event can only be seen as stepping up Continue reading Phase III -Lilyan’s Run

Daniel’s Run – The 2016 Crazy 8’s

Since the time that I first started running the Crazy 8 road race in Kingsport has held a very special place for me. It was there that I saw first saw elite, world class runners in person. The type of runners who show up for the express purpose of trying to set a new World Record; the type who run 4 minute miles for an entire race. Seeing them and the thousands of Continue reading Daniel’s Run – The 2016 Crazy 8’s

Where It All Began

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2012 Crazy 8’s

This weekend was my anniversary. Five years ago I was working the Crazy 8’s race and when the elite runners came through I turned to Steve Perry and told him I was going to run it the next year. By the end of the night I had told pretty much anyone that would listen to me about my plan… Lose a ton of weight and run the world’s fastest 8 K. I had no idea how that one thought would forever change my life. Continue reading Where It All Began

Boom Boom Skip

The first couple of days after my cardiac cath became an exercise in shear boredom. Sitting or laying around for a few days is not my idea of relaxation and I was very happy to get my car back and go for a few short walks. It was very surprising to me that the after effects of the procedure lasted as long as they did. Even though I was just sitting around there were periods of the arrhythmia, Boom Boom Skip Boom Skip Boom… Continue reading Boom Boom Skip