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Checking In 9/5/2021 from Milwaukee

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Hello from Shorewood. I am not racing today.

I woke up around 6:30am CDT with the same proximal hamstring pain that’s greeted me every morning for the last 3-4 days (though it’s mostly passed, as it has each of those days).

I also realized I hoped to wake up earlier, as it may have taken me up to an hour to walk/jog to the start line of the Half Marathon I planned to run, and at this point I’d be cutting it fairly close.

I also slept incredibly well, and Garmin says my body battery and RHR are better than they’ve been in weeks. I didn’t want to waste that on a 3 hour ordeal that would at best leave me totally worn out before 11am and needing a full week to recover.

I also found out where I am in Shorewood is in a really nice part of town with a lot of scenery and cafes. I’m also, if I still feel like running today, right near a high school track that’s open to the public. And I haven’t been on a track since leaving Chicago, because Vegas high schools keep all their tracks locked up and the only two accessible tracks are fairly far from home and difficult to get to (plus obviously it’s really hot).

So there’s a lot I would like to do today instead, and there was little upside to moving forward and running the Half. I decided to DNS and move on. The vacation in Shorewood’s actually turning out a lot better than I had expected, and so I’d like to spend some quality time in the area before flying out tomorrow.

If I did a light track workout today (maybe tomorrow morning? I’m flying out in the afternoon), I’d handle that a lot better than grinding out 13-16 miles.

This also means I can jump back into training more quickly than I planned to… though again, I woke up with pain (part of why I decided not to race today) and a few easy days anyway would help with getting that to heal up. Still, I’ll take that situation instead of an assured week off following severe aggravation.

Enjoying Shorewood today, then back to the Vegas oven tomorrow. More to come.

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Checking In 9/4/2021 from Milwaukee

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My lodging in Shorewood, WI

Hello from Milwaukee… well, more specifically, Shorewood, WI, but actually within walking distance of Milwaukee, so close enough. The flight in with brisk and pleasantly uneventful. It’s been a while since I’ve walked through and out of a mid-sized city airport that was peaceful and easy to navigate in comparison to the nightmare I’ve experienced living in Vegas, Seattle, and Chicago (plus, I tend to visit other locales whose airports are similar).

Today here in Milwaukee was overcast, very cool, and if you’re from the desert you can definitely feel the humidity. I imagine we’ll feel it tomorrow with the sun out. I’ll still gladly take it over the Vegas heat right now.

Over the last couple days I’ve consistently had a lingering butt pain, where the hamstring meets the hip, that shows up and then disappears when I lift the left leg in random ways.

While I’m not ready to throw in the towel and DNS out of a Half I made a plane trip to come run, the thought has been attractive today. I can run without pain as far as I can tell, so unless I wake up in some significant amount of pain I will probably at least go to the start line and attempt the Half.

If I get up and it doesn’t feel right, I am willing to say forget it and just make this a weekend vacation. While Milwaukee’s not exactly a tourist destination, where I’m at in Shorewood is a fairly decent location and this is a nice neighborhood. I could make a day of finding stuff. Plus, it’s not like I couldn’t run at all. I could still make a day of running however much I could while hiking and checking stuff out.

Still, let’s see what happens. I’m presuming all systems are go unless I wake up tomorrow and I shouldn’t or can’t. This turned out to be a good trip to take either way. Until tomorrow.

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