Marathon and beyond list

Note: most links are broken.

And…this is probably my final list; body can’t take it anymore. Total is 62.

Maryland Marathon: 3:33

San Antonio Marathon 3:48

East Lyme Marathon (CT) 4:24

1998 (2)
Quad Cities Marathon 3:55 (hot: 207 out of over 1000)
Chicago Marathon 3:46

Quad Cities Marathon 3:45

2000 (2)
Lake Okoboji (IA) 4:25
Indianapolis Marathon 3:38

Lake Geneva Marathon 3:40

2002 (4) (13 total)
San Diego Marathon 3:57 (run)
Fairfield (IA) 50K 6:22 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 4:44 (walk)
Rocket City Marathon 4:04 (run)
(injured going in; had to run/walk)

2003 (5) (18 total)
McNaughton 50K (run) 7:04
Ice Age 50K 7:18 (walk)
Park City Marathon (UT) 5:17 (walk)

Judy Birthday 50K (walk; informal-Fat ass type)
Quivering Quads (MO) 50K 8:11 (walk)

2004 (7) (25 total)
McNaughton 50 mile 12:46 (walk)
Cornbelt (IA) 24 hour (101 miles), walk
Wandleweekend (NED) 24 hour (88 miles) walk

Fairfield 50K 7:16 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 5:13 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:20 (walk)

Ultracentric (TX) 24 hour 81 miles (walk)

2005 (8) (33 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:25 (run, sort of)
Chicago Ultra 50K (spring) 6:42 (walk)
McNaughton 100 34:16 (walk)
Andy Payne Marathon (OK) 5:25 (walk)
Lean Horse 100 (SD), 29:34 (walk)

Quad Cities Marathon 5:34 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:29 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 70 (walk)

2006 (5) (38 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:37 (run, sort of)
Houston Ultra 24 hour 76 mile (walk)
Stigma 8 hour 27 mile (trail) (walk)
McNaughton (100 DNF), got to mile 50 then 20 more.
Ice Age 50K 7:36 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 83 miles (walk)

2007 (4) (42 total)
FANS 24 hour 66 mile (walk) (couldn’t train until 5-6 weeks prior)
FX 12 hour 34 mile (walk)
Farmdale 33 miles 9:27 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 58 mile (walk)

2008 (3) (45 total)
McNaughton 50 mile (staged; 31:37 walk)
Andy Payne Marathon 6:16 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 47 miles (walk)

2009 (5) (50 total)
McNaughton 100 miler (47:45; staged, walk)
(brutal conditions; the drop out rate was astounding: 74 started the 100 and 27 finished; 47 started the 150 and 27 made it to 100 (including the 12 who finished all 150); in total 54 out of 121 starters made it to 100 miles and I was one of these)
Rockford Marathon 5:14 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 66 miles (walk)
Mulshoe 44 (DNF, ran out of time at mile 29) walk
Quad Cities Marathon 5:28 (walk)
McNot-aGain 30 mile 8:55 (walk)
(fought through injuries for these last two; almost no training was possible)

2010 (51)
McNotagain 30 mile 9:52 (knee surgery 3.5 months prior)

2011 (52)
Fans 24 hour: 54.5 miles

2012 (53)
We Walk Lake Wobegone marathon 6:58:58

2013 (54)
River City Marathon (run/walk) 5:44:55

2014 (55)
McNotAgain 30 9:54

2015 3 for the year (58 )
FANS 24 hour 59.9 miles

PNC River City Marathon (walk) 5:49:23

McNotAgain 30 (walk) 11:03

2016 2 for the year, (60 and counting)

FANS 24 hour walk 38 miles (35.9 in 10:40)

PNC marathon (run/walk) 5:52

2017: 2 DNF, one 50K
36 Hours of Jack Monkey Flunker 50K 8:42.

2018: Quad Cities Marathon (walk) 6:14:11.

2019: Quad Cities Marathon (walk) 6:42:02

Fighting “back”

This post is intended as a reality check for me to look back on and will be of no interest to anyone else.

Am I getting better?

Night tingles: much improved.

Seated tingles: I notice

Swollen feeling left pelvis area: still there from time to time.

Pain pills: down to 1 Naproxen two times a day with an occasional 2 Tylenol at mid day (the exception)

Post weight workout press ups: old pain in the side of the leg upon doing press ups is gone. Improvement.

Walking: Ok, I’ll have to take a hard core look. What I “feel” Symptoms were coming on at 0.7-0.8 miles; now that is more like 1.2-1.4 miles; that is an improvement.

Distance on walks (one and done)

1.46, 1.73, 1.72, 1.28, 2.0 (May 2-8)

1.42, 1.68, 1.69, 1.28, 1.27 (April 25-May 1)

1, 1.26, 1.26, 1.26,(April 18-April 24)

1, 1.27, 1/0.6, 1.01/1.1, (April 11-17)

Before that, short, broken walks and no swimming.

Yeah, that is progress.

I’ll check back in a couple of weeks.

Today’s workout: morning meeting so I got a late start.

PT (almost all of it indoor)

Walk: 1.46 miles 14:52…felt good for 1.2 or so.

Outdoors and PT: pull ups: 2 sets of 10 with band around the ankle, 4 sets of 5 with 30 seconds rest, 4 more sets of 5 (finished PT)

push ups: 40 sissy, 30 elevated, 20 deficit, 10 regular (and more PT)

indoor: bench: 10 x 134, 5 x 156, 5 x 156, 10 x 145

curls: 3 sets of 10

high incline: 3 sets of 10 x 88 (easy peasy)

high handle (4 inch): 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 234. Each set felt better than the previous one???? I think I focused more on the hip hinge..and none of this really challenged me.

And now it makes sense

I’ve been reading about lumbar stenosis ..which I really do have. It fooled my PT as I can do McKenzie press ups and they feel good. But forward bends feel good too..go figure.

Key symptom: leg pain when walking, which is relieved by sitting down and bending forward (and in my case, backward too).

I should have known something was up..had foot tingles and my legs had that “hollowed out” feeling; as if I were missing muscle mass. And my slowdown was more than could be explained by age.

Evidently, signals were not getting to my legs…not properly anyway.

So, how to work with that?

Workout notes First swimming: 1650 yards

500 of 50 free/50 side

250 of 25 free/ breast

250 of 25 kick drills (no fins) 25 free

Then 5 x 50 on the 1 (55 each..tired me out)

3 x 50 side

100 in 1:45 (bleah)

50 side

100 pull.

Weight: 202.8

40-50 PT outside; I’ll try to remember everything:

stretching: McKenzie, open book, down dog

2 sets of dead bug, spinal balance, one leg bridge, bridge marches

2 sets of banded prone march, clam shell, bridge/leg out

2 sets of rotator cuff and forward kicks

1 set of step ups on a tire

2 sets of standing toe taps, banded walks

1 set of clamshell off of forearm side pank

1 set of side planks (extended arm)


down dog, McKenzie, open book, 2 sets piriformis stretches, 1 set of sciatic nerve flosses, 1 set of hamstring stretches (prone)

Then a 1.73 walk; 1.5-1.6 was very good.

I’d say 1.5-1.6 of this didn’t hurt. Distance IS increasing.

Moving on

Getting ready for a baseball game. I got a back friendly workout in…well, maybe. I have to evaluate walking when I deadlift (high handle) and what I do on the incline press: if I strain, even a little, on the incline or shoulder press I get some “lumbar referral” sensation.

LOTS of PT; a lot of it with extras, and extra rotator cuff.
pull ups: 10, 10, 15, 10, 10, then 7 chins, 5 wide with PT rests
push ups: 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 20 deficit, 10 regular
incline presses: (not high incline) 10 x 88, 10 x 110, 10 x 121 (felt the strain on set 3..very mild)

deadlifts: low: 10 x 134, 10 x 184 (ok), 4 inch: 10 x 224, 8 inch 10 x 260 these felt ok; I did work the upper glute but didn’t get thigh quivering.

1.4 mile walk to finish; I was ready to stop when I did..pain free to 1.1 then slight

Savoring doing what you can do

Ok, here is what is going on with me (summarized): I’ve always had problems with my lumbar spine (lower back; L5-S1); I first remember injuring it in high school, a couple of times, and once as an undergraduate. I had formal physical therapy for it in 1978, 2006, 2012 and now in 2021-2022 (and that is what I can remember).

I’ve finally reached the point where PT and behavior modification isn’t enough. What made this one sneaky is that my lower back never hurt directly; the pain was almost exclusively in my left glute and I had tingles down the leg; that lead me to continue to do counter productive things like “low handle deadlifts’ where, with heavier weights, my back did round a bit. I kept the arch in my bench press.

When I walked…I’d get to the point of pirformis tightness (and yes, that WAS /IS an issue), stretch, and move on.

It never hurt (or rarely did) during the lift itself, but I felt a left leg ache doing my McKenzie press ups afterward.

So..with running gone (lack of spacing in my right knee..I felt the pain radiate to the top of my shin), swimming limited (have to respect my right rotator cuff) and now impinged nerve, I am facing restrictions for the first time in my life.

I thought about posting stuff from the days of yore (marathons, faster (for me) runs, trail ultras, 5K open water swims, “heavy” (for me) deadlifts but non of that matters..a bit.

What matters is what I can do NOW and what I’ll be able to do after whatever invasive treatment (operation? injections?) I’ll get.

My adjustments:

  1. Lumbar specific PT (with the usual rotator cuff and glute PT as well)
  2. Walking to the point of symptoms/super light pain and second walk
  3. Modification of lifting: feet off the ground bench presses, switching to light “high incline” presses for the shoulder and doing a “belt squat” type movement with the trap bar and much lighter weights, keeping the lumbar out of it. Bench mark: a movement that causes even slight pain or pain after the fact has to be changed.

So, what’s it going to be?

Today: slept ok..but felt not my best this morning…did PT before the swim and some after. The walk: same course as yesterday: 14 seconds slower but the Garmin recorded it as .01 miles shorter (1.68) so over 15 minute miles.

Weight: under that.

The PT: split; some before leaving to swim, some after. replaced leg swings with bosu ball stands, and did the dreaded one leg standing and tapping with the other foot.

Swim: 3 x (50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 side), 100 kick drill

200 in 3:35 (ok, kind of weak) 100 kick/drill

100 in 1:44, 100 kick/drill

100 in 1:43 100 kick drill
100 in 1:44

50 back

75 dolphin kick with fins

25 fly with fins. woo0-hoo

1650 yards total though only 650 of it was crawl. Yeah, I am still playing it safe.

One mystery solved

The “prostate” problem: all tests back normal..too much coffee.

Oh, the dram queen (me)

Funny, how my life isn’t a lot of dramatic events but mostly a bunch of mundane adjustments and slogging.

Last PT for a while: glute is ok ..left leg just feels heavy and weak. But…

And it is day 1 of no naproxen. Hmmm..

Workout notes: I still did some PT on my own and some experimentation

Pull ups: 10, 15, 10, 10, 5, 6, 5 (did some wide, chins…note at 207 lb…better than expected)

push ups: 40 sissy, “walk 10” (55) with band (5 minutes), 10 deficit

bench press: 10 x 134, 10 x 147, 9 x 152

curls: 3 sets of 10

high incline 3 sets of 10 x 103

deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184 (low), 10 x 224 4 inch, focus on glutes and quads

note: this took close to 2 hours as I did stretch AND, no post soreness on the press ups.

Going downhill

Interestingly enough: I am not in that much pain; mostly tingles in my left leg and a false feeling of the need to urinate.

But the angst is there; happy I have a doctor’s appointment this Tuesday.

Walking to and from campus and up the stairs..somewhat uncomfortable.

Ability to lift, pull ups, push ups: no problems, no pain; barely a tingle

Workout: lots of PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10, 5 wide, 5 chins)

push ups: 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 15 deficit, 15 regular

The PT: two kinds of rotator cuff, prone knee raises, bird dog, dead bug, one leg glute raises, a knee lift from bridge, banded walks and of course, press ups, open book.

bench press: 10 x 145, 10 x 145, 7 x 155 (feet elevated)

curls: 3 sets of 10

light rows with trap bar (94 lbs) 3 sets of 10

high incline presses 10, 10, 8 with 103

So, I am not exactly an invalid but something is off and getting worse.

Oh well, what is the worst that can happen: no, not death, but a slow degeneration into who knows what.
But tomorrow: maybe return to the pool?

A mystery I don’t want

Wednesday was kind of rough..and Thursday..started bad when I woke up, the walks went better than expected.

No, not great, but..sort of ok.

Walk to campus was fine too. Then..back home..not so great..did a bit more PT and some stretching, then..ugh..a walk to pick up a student exam was downright awful. That’s happened before; it is almost as if I have a set limit of walks on a day before the butt says “no more” and I have to do the 1/4 mile, stretch, 1/4 mile, stretch, etc.

And it appears that on my left side..glute, FRONT (now) and side..almost feels swollen. The left pelvic area is messed up.

If offered invasive treatments, I’ll accept.

Now about PT: it HAS done some good; I now can stand in one place without being in pain; the glute exercises have helped a great deal.

Sort of rough

I’ll say it: my back ached today.and yesterday…..well, the usual hip (top), etc., pretty sure it was the back. Guess: last night’s game; wonder if I need a lumbar cushion for the game.

Oh, the game: got out of hand early; the Chiefs lost 15-2, getting one run in the bottom of the 9’th. Ugh.

Crowd was very sparse

I visited some with Vickie and Harry; that was fun. Announced was 1549 but…nah. It was not that far off from last year’s “socially distanced” home opener.

Workout notes:

Yesterday: walking plus PT. I got through the walks; PT was ok..but afterward..walking to the office..discomfort later in the day, and ache upon sitting at the Chiefs game. I took the walks to the limit. But man…the back…tough couple of days.

Today: well, last night..I wonder if that sitting set stuff off. But..then again, the workout went ok; some tingles after deadlifts but ..they didn’t look that bad.

Full PT plus with pull ups: 5 sets of 10, set of 5 wide, set of 5 chins

push ups: 40 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 20 flat, 10 deficit (tough)

deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 low (last set felt ragged)

10 x 260 high with new belt: felt fine.