East Mesquite Trail

Trail Rating for East Mesquite Trail (out of 5 stars):
4 Star Facilities – Ample water fountains and restrooms. Turned off in winter.
4 Star Atmosphere – A nice, nature infused paved trail with light usage.
5 Star Safety – Well maintained trail in a safe area. No road crossings.
4 Star Overall – A nicely done, short community trail. Bravo.

IMGP1121East Mesquite Trail, also known as the Butterfly Trail, is a 1.5 mile long paved trail that winds along South Mesquite Creek just East of I-635 and South of US-80. The trail cuts through several of Mesquite’s parks; Hodges, Bruton, and Paschall. At the northern end of the trail there is a bonus 0.5 mile natural surface loop that was built for a disc golf course.

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2013 Running Year in Review

2013 Running Goals Recap

Running Goal #1: Run 1,000+ miles
Grade: A
Commentary: An injury in late January resulted in me being well behind pace through April. The rest of the year went wonderfully with higher mileage each month leading up to my November marathon. 1,076 total miles in 158 runs (6.8 miles per run).

Running Goal #2: Weight lifting 75% of weeks
Grade: D-
Commentary: I was close to my goal through July and then the wheels feel off. My legs felt tired from the marathon training and once I started voluntarily missing my gym days, it was over. Excuses, excuses. Lifted 28 of 52 weeks, 54%. Better luck next year!

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Death Valley National Park Event Ban

As of October 2013, Death Valley National Park (DVNP) decided to temporarily halt all sporting event related special use permits. They are conducting a review of safety considerations during 2014 and have stated that new permits will be issue starting October 1, 2014. An excerpt from their letter:

Recently, Death Valley National Park placed a temporary moratorium on issuing special use permits for sporting events within Death Valley while a safety assessment is conducted on these types of events. Over the past few years, numerous safety risks and issues have been observed by park staff and park visitors during sporting events on Death Valley roads.

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Iliopsoas Tendinitis: Rehab

See my previous post for how I got injured and diagnosed with this condition. Oh how I wish I wasn’t injured.

It has now been a full month since my last run. The first two weeks gnawed at me. The last two weeks have been a bit easier, but I just can’t get used to not running.

Rehab for tendonitis is frustrating. For a relatively common issue, there are very few options and even those options aren’t reported to work consistently.

  • Rest – The tendon inflammation is very sensitive to flare ups. Any use can potentially cause a flare up. Rest is the only sure fire way to heal. Unfortunately, the timeline is vague, as it can last for 3 weeks up to several months even with complete rest.
  • Ice – Got an injury? Ice will probably be suggested. It does reduce inflammation, but there isn’t a clear link to healing. It has made my hip feel better immediately after.
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Iliopsoas Tendonitis: Diagnosis

The contents of the post occurred November 17th through December 6th. In my injury-induced, grumpy, woe-is-me state of mind I could not get motivated to write a post. Note to self: stop being so dramatic.

I trained for a marathon. I ran a marathon. I rested from a marathon. And I had no injury issues. Magically, my body held up.

I celebrated this fact regularly. I thanked my lucky stars. I re-evaluated my training plan and patted myself on the back for a cautious approach.

In the days before starting my post-marathon reverse taper (slowly ramping the mileage back up), I started making big plans for 2014. What could I accomplish without a injury-forced break from training? My mind ran wild. Huge personal records? Dramatic improvements? A Boston marathon qualifier? National media coverage over the rapid improvement of a no-name runner from Dallas?

The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.

I began to run again. And in my success-induced euphoric mental state, I forgot the first rule of injury prevention. LISTEN to your $#&@ing body!

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November Recap: Gratitude

November was the culmination of four months of training. All of the miles and summer heat and energy gels and planning come down to single date on the calendar.

A view of the Atlantic Ocean in North Carolina's Outer Banks

A view of the Atlantic Ocean in North Carolina’s Outer Banks

As I approached the Outer Banks Marathon, I expected to feel pressure and nerves and the weight of expectations and worry over logistics. But something unexpected washed over me in the final week. Gratitude.

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2013 Outer Banks Marathon

Sunday, November 10th was the 2013 edition of the Outer Banks (OBX) Marathon in coastal North Carolina. Gun time was 7:20 a.m. with beautiful weather of 50 degrees and 60% humidity. The only negative was a sustained 10 mph wind with 20 mph gusts out of the West. The wind normally blows out of the East… but I’ll save that point for later in the recap.

The lead pack at the Wright Brothers Memorial

The lead pack at the Wright Brothers Memorial

My wife and I got into town on Friday to enjoy a short vacation before my first attempt at the marathon distance. For a recap of my race plan and our vacation, read my previous post about my pre-race thoughts.

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