…with a silent “h”

Running 2021

Monthly Run, Walk, and Bike Log

Distances are in miles

Month Run Walk Bike
January 0.0 2.6 0.0
February 0.0 2.4 0.0
March 0.0 7.9 0.0
April 7.8 23.3 0.0
May 37.2 7.1 0.0
June 16.1 20.0 5.4
July 21.8 11.4 43.0
August 36.8 6.3 17.5
September 13.6 2.2 14.9
October 4.8 1.6 0.0
November 0.0 6.1 0.0
TOTAL 138.1 90.9 80.8

Recovering from a knee injury on April 22, 2020, then the COVID-19 pandemic, Kharlie resumed running in April, doing very short distances at first, then run/walk intervals beginning April 25. Then, in June, a right hip impingement brought the running to a halt; walking and biking (starting June 30) took its place. By July 19, he was able to carefully resume running, but in September and October, the hip was giving trouble again; stretching and lifting became his best friends.

Races in 2021

Arbor Ridge Trail Race (5 Mile)
Robert O Cook Memorial Arboretum
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Janesville, WI
August 7, 2021 at 7 am
4.43 mi / 1:11:10 (16:04 pace)

This was my longest trail race to date and only my third since I started running in 2012.

There were three race distances at this event: 3-mile, 5-mile, and 10-mile. The entire field was limited to 50 participants, as COVID restrictions were still in place. Only five people ran the 3-mile; 25 ran the 10-mile, and 20 ran the 5-mile. Surprisingly, I placed 8th in my race, though I got lost and actually ran a bit less than the actual course distance, but getting lost slowed me down nearly enough to make up the difference. I may have finished 9th, had I ran the correct course, but still… this was surprising, as I was still recovering from the hip impingement, besides carrying 20 extra pounds at age 63!

The course was challenging, with lots of hills, a creek crossing, a few logs, and plenty of roots and rocks in the path. Despite the obstacles, an 82-year-old man ran the 10-miler and finished.