Monday, February 18, 2019

Shot number 2 tomorrow

I have an appointment to get my second cortisone shot in my hip tomorrow afternoon.  Hope it is the last and I can get back to "normal running and racing."  In the meantime, I ran 2 miles on the park roads this evening.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Back from Yuma

Last Saturday (Feb. 10), I went out to Yuma, AZ (southwest corner of the state) to visit family and got home at 1 a.m. this morning.  I did manage to get in a run everyday while gone.  On most days, I went to the gym downtown with my son and ran from there.  Other days, I ran in his neighborhood.  Perfect running weather; 50's and 60's and very low humidity.  The only problem was my hip.  I was never able to get much over 2 miles.  I went out to Huntsville State Park this afternoon and ran 2 miles on the park roads.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Need shot number two

The pain in my hip has returned for the last couple of days.  However, I am scheduled for cortisone shot number two on February 19.  I am signed up for The Woodlands Half Marathon on March 2.  It will be tough getting my distance up.  In the meantime, I ran 2 miles on the park roads this afternoon.  Rocky Raccoon 50M, 50K and 13.1 was in progress on the trails while I was there.  After my run, I had a nice visit with Bill, Leanne and others who were there in support of friends running.

Friday, February 8, 2019


I reached a minor milestone today; completed 3,400 consecutive days of running.  I ran 2 miles on the park roads this evening - in the cold (34 degrees).  Well, that's cold for Texas, anyway.

Thursday, February 7, 2019


After a few days of warmer temperatures, it rained this morning and got down in the 40's this evening.  My truck thermometer showed 81 yesterday.  In any case, after Iron Works, I met up with the group at the park and ran 2 miles on the park roads.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Appointments today

I had my first post-sling rehab appointment this morning.  Lot more to go.  This afternoon, I had an appointment with the skin doctor in Conroe.  I get checked every three months.  This evening, I put on a new pair of running shoes and ran 2 miles on the park roads to break them in.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Catching up on yard work

Now that I am somewhat recovered, I started catching up on yard work today.  This afternoon, I worked out at Iron Works and then ran 3 miles on the park roads.

Monday, February 4, 2019

More time at Iron Works

While recovering from rotator cuff surgery, I continued to work out at Iron Works.  However, no upper body stuff.  I start physical therapy this Wednesday to get my range of motion and strength back.  So, I spent more time there this afternoon working on upper body strength.  I was careful not to break anything.  Then, I went to the park and ran 2 miles on the park roads.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sunday Night 5K

I went down to The Woodlands this evening to run the Sunday Night 5K.  I was pain-free for the entire race, but weak.  I finished in 44:50, probably my slowest ever for this course.  I obviously need to start working on my distance after missing so many long races this season.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Not sure what went on

My fever went back to normal overnight, but the runs continued until noon today.  Not much sleep last night.  Late this morning, I was able to go to the track and get in a 1-mile run.  Was finally able to get some food down at lunch and then went down the the 11 Below Brewery in Houston for the Annual Texas 10 Series Awards Party.  I got first place in the Armadillo Cup age 70 & over age group.  That came with a nice mug and a check for $175.  Also got a pullover for completing the 10-miler in all seven of the races in 2018.  So far, no fever tonight.  Just not sure what brought it on last night.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Just when I thought

Felt great this morning and went to the park and had a very comfortable 3-mile road run.  Stopped just past the 1-mile point and had a nice visit with my friend, Chris McWatters, who owns Tejas Trails and directs the Rocky Raccoon 100, which will be this weekend at the park.  Then, this afternoon, I started to get "the runs" and feeling nausiated.  Even though I am taking antibiotics for the sinus infection, my temperature has been over 100 tonight.  My nurse advises me to go to the emergency room if my temperature continues tomorrow morning.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Turned the corner

Today was the last day of wearing the sling after rotator cuff surgery on Dec. 20.  So, I will be able to start more rehab for my right arm and will be able to sleep in my bed for the first time since surgery.  However, I must say, however, that I was starting to get use to the recliner.  My sinus infection is now under control with antibiotics and no more head and ear aches.  When I woke up this morning, the pain and soreness in my hip was mostly gone, thanks to the cortisone shot yesterday.  I can now sit down and get out of a chair without pain and instability.  I can now even put on my own socks and shoe (my wife is really thankful for that).  I met up with the group at the park this evening and ran 2 miles on the park roads.  The lack of pain and stiffness really made me realize what I have been putting up with for the last month.  Thankful that I was able to keep my streak going.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Working on the other issue

While I do not normally run in the morning, I went to the track this morning and ran laps.  My appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon was at 1:30 this afternoon.  After looking at the xrays and examining my hip, he said that there was nothing wrong with my hips, except inflammation.  He gave me the first of up to three cortisone shots.  That was a relief.  It doesn't seem much better tonight, but I will give it time.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

One issue resolved

I went to the doctor (actually saw the PA) this morning concerning my sinus issues.  She prescribed several things, including an antibiotic.  Already feel better this evening.  Tomorrow, I see the orthopedic surgeon regarding the hip.  Hopefully, just a cortisone shot will resolve it and allow me to get back to longer running distances.  Jacob and I were the only ones at the park tonight.  I ran 1-mile on the park roads.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Doctor appointments scheduled

I set up an appointment with my regular doctor tomorrow morning to get my sinus problem fixed.  No fever for a couple of days, but head and ear aches.  Then, Wednesday afternoon, I have an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon on the hip issue.  I am getting to be a regular at his office lately.  In the meantime, I ran laps at the track this afternoon.  Three more days in the sling!