Wednesday, December 27, 2006

How to tell your a Hard Core Runner (I plagarized this from someone else)

1 Your toenails are black.
2 Your shoes have more miles on them than your car does.
3 You have chafing in strange places.
4 Your underwear covers more than your running shorts.
5 You go to a golf course to run.
6 Your friends go on the elevator and you beat them on the stairs.
7 You combine phrases like "10 mile run" and "Easy Run" in the same breath. (yep it is fun!)
8 You can eat your weight in spaghetti.
9 Your highest heels are your training shoes. (Oh Running Rabbit please note this one)
10 Your christmas list includes more than one pair of running shoes.
11 Your chest is as flat as your back. (alas to true for me)
12 You feel lost without your water-bottle.
13 You have running withdrawl if you don't run everyday. (God Yes I do)
14 Gatorade is your drug of choice.
15 You can see your ribs thru your shirt.
16 You enjoy running hills. (I do and look for them)
17 You start to crave Power Bars.
18 You can strip and change in a car seat in less than 2 minutes. (I need only 30 seconds now)
19 You are always hungry. (True)
20 Your running in your dreams. (Still True)
21 You have no life besides running. (Very True)
22 You can maintain a 5:30 pace uphill while throwing up. (Well closer to 6:15)
23 You try to impress girls by saying you're a fast finisher. (Is it working Ladies?)
24 You own spandex in more than 1 color.
25 You foam at the mouth everytime you see a big hill.
26 "Chariots of Fire" is actually entertaining to you.
27 You wear skimpier clothes than Madonna
28 Runner's World provides more pin-ups than Playboy (YEAH SUZY HAMILTON!!!)
29 You're running and you don't know why. (Oh I know why I do)
30 You can't get the "All you can eat" at spaghetti restaurants (I been limited now at Cici's pizza buffet)
31 There's nothing like intervals to start the week off fresh!!
32 Watching the New York Marathon on T.V. made you get up and go for a run
33 You can pronounce those funny Kenyan names
34 You belong to online groups like RoadsScholars and We Love to Run
35 You think I am very cute and cuddly. (Now your REALLY over the deep end)

Enjoy the day everyone.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

Yes twas the day before Xmas and I finally am posting well wishes to everyone for a great and happy 2007.

2006 was a good year running wise. I will have run close to 1,850 miles this year, did the Jeep Challenge at Gasparilla (2nd place male masters woo hoo!) along with several new hardware from age group awards, and won the Grand Prix Competition for the running club I am in. The only negatives were I bonked on the Las Vegas Marathon, sore and still sore left hamstring, never recovered the stolen socks from Jessi and didn't run a sub 19 min 5K this year.

Goals for next year are to run 18:45 5K and sub 40 min 10K. At soon to be 46 years old it is more challenging to keep the speed down with age.

It has been a real joy to me to watch and read the blogs of you. I do take joy in the accomplishments that others have done and continue to strive for. In the end it is the journey that matters, not the destination (okay I admit I am still somewhat a hardware junkie).

May 2007 be a blessed and joyful year to each and everyone of you.

Enjoy the day.


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Beta Blogger sucks.

I find that I can not post comments to others using the beta blogger. Guess I will have to upgrade myself soon.

Note to Try Piggy, whenever I try to post to your blog it comes back with a a msg saying I need to add something to your account. Something about the text magic server your using doesn't like me.

The blogger hosts hate me. Think I will go run and ignore the blogger. Grrr on Blogger.

Enjoy the day everyone and the holidays.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Back from the Magical Kingdom

To properly recover from the Las Vegas fiasco I ran away to the kingdom of mice and princess.

Unfortunately the Black Knight was not there to help me ransack it and kidnap the wenches and loot the riches. In fact it seemed to me we were held hostage by the evil Mouse and that they looted my checking account quite nicely.

My Maddie realized this and the look captures it all (after being I let her know that I could not buy the Cyrstal Mouse she wanted)

But with a little running and some quality time with the rides and other goodies we did have a good time.

Here is picture of us at the MGM stunt show.

On a side note the hammie is still sore but better and the knee is much better. Now I just have to get ready for the half marathon on January 6th!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Bonked Las Vegas Race Report.

Sunday I ran the Las Vegas Marathon with every expectation I would finish between 3:15 and 3:20 and the training had gone well for me. I had been fighting a sore hammie and knee since my half marathon a month ago and unfortunately it would be my undoing.

Overall I was not pleased with the organization of the race. To get in the proper pen you had to climb a fence, no one could figure out or tell us how to make our way to the right staging area. This resulted in two good cuts on my leg. The mile splits were off mile markers ranged for me everything from 5 min miles to 12 min miles in the beginning. So split times were no good. Race started late and it was cool and windy so not good on that either.

Race went off eventually and I settled into the 7 min mile (as best I could tell) and at mile 3 my left hamstring tightened up. At that point I knew I was in for the long day and manage to still hit the half way mark around 1:40:00. The wind was strong and the extra effort to maintain the pace was really straining my left hamstring and eventually at mile 19 it tightened up. Stretching and working it out helped out some until Mile 23 when it still tightened up to the point I had a medical tent slap some wraps on it. They wanted me to stop (knee was swollen at that point but I still was determined to make to the end). At that point it was just a bloody ugly 5K and my final time resulted in 3:35:04 gun and 3:33:36 chip time. Finished 68 out of 504 (M45-49) in age group and 508th out of 5,903 finishers.

Interesting note was they had over 7,000 finishers on the half marathon this year.
Still the trip to Vegas was fun, I enjoyed the food, shows and the fun time despite the ugly race I had. So it looks like no Boston for me this year and I can now heal up and focus on the shorter races.

Enjoy the day everyone.


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

It does Loom.

After spending weeks solving Try Piggy's C-E riddle I realized in 5 days I run the Las Vegas Marathon. I am still struggling with a left hammie and left knee that are not fully healed up for the effort a few weeks ago on the half marathon. Still I believe I can still run a sub 3:20:00 at least given my miles and training.

Only down side has been I have never recovered my favorite running socks that Jessi ran away with. Oh well.

On the bright side my youngest child, Maddie, turned 9 on the 1st. So keeping with the tradition we took her out to dinner on Friday, a movie on Saturday (stranger than fiction and it is very good) and Sunday I rented a roller skate rink for 2 hrs and had 30 or so yelling crazy 8-10 yr old kids. Good time was had by all and when it was done my daughter told me I was the best dad in the world and she loved me. In the end that means a lot more to me than the marathon.

Enjoy the day everyone. Next post will be after the marathon. I go down on Thursday and check the city out for a few days before the race!

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