Sunday, April 06, 2008

All That's Left is Leaving

Race for the Cure 5K-
16:23, (5:16, 5:18, 5:11, :36)

A planned slow start still found me feeling it at one mile in, mile two found me holding ground but not gaining, and for mile three I dug in and gave what I had. No sub-16, but it's not altogether unexpected after only a few speed workouts.
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For a few months now I've been thinking of ending this blog, as my interests seem to be floating away from writing about the sport. I still love running, and I still honestly believe my best times are still ahead of me. However, sitting down and concentrating on a post just doesn't give me the satisfaction it once did, and much of the time it feels like a chore rather than something I look forward to. Work has gotten busier, the kids are getting older, and I'm just not willing to set aside the time it takes to keep the blog up to date. The kicker came today as I was driving home and sorting out my thoughts on the race for a post. I just didn't want to write anything. Not today, not tomorrow, not at all.

I've made several friendships with fellow bloggers since I started "Running With Lydiard", and for that I am grateful. Mystery Coach came to my aid through this blog and has offered me wisdom, counsel, friendship and countless hours of his time. I hope he continues to either post here or start a new blog without my mug in the header. I want to thank him publicly here again for all his help.

I've appreciated all of you reading and commenting over the years, and I wish all of you the best for the future. As for me, I'm hoping to spend more time reading about running and training, and I'm also delving back into making music. Dad, husband, runner, other. You know the deal. My family gives me my strength, and I'm eternally grateful for their love and support.

Finally, I'd like to give credit to the late Arthur Lydiard. Without discovering his texts and the network of wonderful people devoted to his wisdom, I never would have started this blog.

I'll make efforts to update my log from time to time, so you can check on me there, and chances are I'll make an announcement when I manage a running milestone, just to let you know I'm still at it. Also, if I come up with something I really feel is worth sharing I'll write a post.

Keep in mind I will be checking in on my running friends from time to time, so no slacking off gang.

38 comments:

Andrew said...

There seems a general decline in blogging from those I original set out to follow. Duncan mentioned it once when he switched formats. I am sorry it has gotten to you too as this site was a rock in the tempest.

I can sympathize with the time issue. I find posting one sentence posts now a common occurrence for me. This when I used to talk paragraphs of nonsense about a normal run. But this is my way to keep in touch with the outside.

That's the real downside to stopping the posts. You may continue on, but we don't know that. A weekly summary without commentary is better than nothing. Keeps the connection. What's 52 posts a year? I've read many goodbye posts lately and I wish it wasn't so.

Michael said...

Thanks for sharing your training, thoughts and experiences, all the best in the future! This one is for you... cheers!

Love2Run said...

I understand the time crunch and lack of inspiration after perspiration. It can be hard to fit it in and have something meaningful or interesting to say. We'll still be here Mike and hope you can keep us in the loop when you feel so inclined. Take care.

Chris Field said...

You've always been nothing but a class act, Mike. I've learned a lot from this blog and so have countless others who won't post in these comments.

Throw us a bone every once in a while to let us know how things are going and keep running strong.

Blessings on the continued journey.

Robert Song said...

Thanks for sharing your running experiences and the words of wisdom from the Mystery Coach.

Also a big thanks for promoting the Lydiard Way.

Long may you run.

Dusty said...

I've learned a lot from your posts and have enjoyed watching you strive for and reach your goals.. that sub-16 is just around the corner. It also was a lot of fun to cheer for you as you ran (shall I say, blaze a trail) by my sister's house in Phx.

Thanks for your posts on my blog. I totally get the time thing, I went from posting daily to weekly - trying to do a couple times a week. I hope you do continue to keep us appraised of your progress... maybe just a list of some races, then post your results - not even a race report - but just let us know how you did.

Good luck with everything. You will be missed! I hope you do continue to check in some. If you ever run a race out here, let me know.

Also - I still owe you some pics - need to iron out a few things with my new ISP and I'll send them out. I've spaced it a few times, but I haven't forgotten. :)

Thanks for letting us follow your journey and learn about Lydiard through your practice.

Ewen said...

That's a bit sad Mike, as I know you have many more readers than those who leave comments.

Still, family comes first, and minutes as well as hours are precious. A different style, such as the brevity/occasional updates of an "Eric" might be less onerous.

If not, you'll stay on the radar, so drop in from time to time with the milestone posts, of which I'm sure there'll be plenty.

Good luck, and thanks again.

by7 said...

Mike,

maybe you should only post entries once a week, with some useful comments on your major workouts.
Daily blogging may drain too effort

Congratulations for the 5k race...

Greg said...

A sad day indeed Mike. I have to give you a lot of credit for where I am today with my training. I stumbled on your blog one day when I was trying to figure out how to juggle family with training, and used you as a model, showing me that it could indeed be done.

I know that I have hot and cold streaks when it comes to blogging (I'm in a cold streak right now), but maybe with summer will come renewed passion for you.

If not, I just wanted to say Thanks.

Ken said...

I have been lurking out here for a few months and have enjoyed your blog. Sorry to see you end it. Wish you the best.

Grellan said...

I'll be sorry to see you go Mike. I've enjoyed reading your blog and taking comfort/advice from it. Certainly family comes first when priorities have to be set. Hope you post once in a while to let us know how you're doing.

Blaxabbath said...

Bummer.

I'll just email you with my comments about your training log then.

It probably won't be as witty though.

Clay said...

Dear Mike,
I found your blog by googleing "running" and "hydrocele" (due to your April 4 entry). My general physician has told me I probably have a hydrocele but without a hernia. Won't know for sure until I see the urologist end of this week. Doc said though to lay off the training - yikes! I'm 50, formerly collegiate LJ/TJ/hurdles, recently running sub-20 5K. Question: your training causes no worsening of the hydrocele? BTW, congrats on your fine training, racing, blogging. Thanks for the word. Clay

Wayne said...

Mike - we've all enjoyed reading your blog. I'll have to back track and read your posts from the last 15 months. Good luck in your training and racing.

Paul said...

I've been a lurker here for a long time. Your site has been incredibly helpful and inspirational. Best of luck going forward!

Trond said...

Thanks, Mike!

I've been following you (and your family!) for a long time, and I'll miss checking your blog while sipping my coffee early in the Norwegian morning! I admire your will to power! Getting up in the middle of the night to hit the roads, year around! I'm a few years ahead of you, age- and "kidsactivitywise", and have had to adjust my goals according to my kids goals. Luckily, they seem much more talented than I've ever been. Nevertheless, it's possible to stay in the "35 min pack" in 10k races on 3 runs a week. A few years from now, you'll be runnding/biking with your kids while enjoying the memories of your fast races "back then"!

Mike said...

Clay, this one was starting to hurt, but more after a long day of standing than after a run in the morning. Wearing underwear honestly has all but stopped any pain with the addition of some Bodyglide for occasional surface irritation. feel free to email me at salkowskim AT yahoo DOT com if you need more detail, as I know where you're coming from here and I'm happy to share what little I know.

Thanks for all the comments gang. Many of you commenting here spurred me to start a blog in the first place, and I've found plenty of inspiration for my own running from your training, attitudes and friendships.

running faster with the ALIEN LIZARD said...

hey mike you pretty well wrote a whole dam book, the last chapter finished sooner than we thought with an ending we really didn't what to see!
it was great reading about your running and life on the other side of the ocean.all the best in the future, we kind of miss ya !

Thomas said...

I'm sad to see my favourite blog closing down, but it isn't entirely unexpected. I had noticed the frequency of your posts dropping dramatically recently, and wondered if it's a sign of things to come.

Thanks for all the great stuff you wrote, thanks for all the encouraging comments you left on my blog, and good luck in future.

Thomas

Duncan said...

As one who thrived in writing every blessed detail about my runs for over two years and then waking up one day and saying that I (along with the whole blog craze) had jumped the shark, I can relate to this post. I've sh-tcanned my blog, then brought it back to life, then sh-tcanned it, then vowed to never write anymore, then broke my vow etc. etc. Whatever you finally decide, best of luck. You've left a lot of people rooting for you and learning about Lydiard's teachings at the same time. If you really decide to bollocks the whole thing, then good for that: Your time will be well spent doing some other creative endeavor (you have many more). Cheers and good luck.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that -- but I understand your intentions. So finally I stop lurking and post my first and last comment! ;)

Anonymous said...

mike your an amazing runner. someday i hope to be anywhere near as talented as you. its a little depressing that you'll stop posting, but i kind of understand why. you are an inspiration to me. thank you and good luck

Jesse said...

Thanks for the years of motivation. Whenever I started to question my sanity because I'm out running at 5:00 AM, I could always rely on your blog to assure me I'm not nuts. Stay posted from time to time ehh?

Ian said...

I've followed your blog for a long time, learned lots and applied it to my own training. Thank you for the time and effort you've put into your blog. Good luck.

Abadabajev said...

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mjainoz said...

Mike once a week, once a month..whenever it works for you. You post it, i'll read it.

Good luck with family work and running.

Mike in Sydney Australia

John W said...

Your blog was always inspiring, especialy when we were both building towards a marathon at the same time. Good Luck

Mark said...

hmmm say it ain't so. . . blog for the kids; they'll love to read what Dad was thinking of while running when they were young

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Family comes first. I can't argue with that...

Peace.

Stephen Lacey said...

Mike, and for us there is nothing left to do but express our gratitude for all that you (and Mystery Coach) have shared with us so freely. I for one have learned so much from your blog and enjoyed it in the process. Thanks! And all the best with your on-going running, your career, and raising your beautiful kids.

Steve in Tokyo

Greg said...

So. You mean to say you weren't kidding?

Mike said...

The log is still current, so you can always check in and make sure I'm still running. Yeah, I guess I wasn't kidding. I miss flapping my yap a bit though.

Blaxabbath said...

I as thinking, if you ever decide to join the D-list of blogging,m you are always welcome at Dragonstf.blogspot.com

No -- I dont actually expect you to lower yourself to such a level.

tb1 said...

Mike,
Thanks for blogging. Sorry to see it go away but it is a time stealer. This forum was excellent for the tips and other nuggets to help runners. Although I didn't visit as often, I did check in from time to time to see how your race times were going. Thanks again.

Gotta Run said...

I also was where you are and at one time ended my blog. I am back now but if the "chore" of posting and commenting burden me I will have to step away again.

I have read your blog for 2 years now. In the beginning I would comment but for a long time I just read. your speed has always amazed me and I know even better things are before you.

CHEERS!!!!

Phil said...

Mike ... thank you for all your assistance over the last couple of years. When I read that you were "signing off" a couple of weeks ago, I was hoping that you'd reconsider ... but that doesn't appear to happen.

I'll drop you a note when I'm in Tucson for races .. In the mean time, take care.

Dallen said...

I obviously haven't checked in for a while. Sad to see you leaving, but not suprised. The novelty wears off after a while.

It has been a pleasure to follow along with your running endeavors. Good luck in the future.

Anonymous said...

Sad to read that you're ending your blog, it´s been a pleasure and a cause for motivation to check in to read about your running.

I wish the best to you and your family!