Showing posts from November, 2009


Man I miss running! I will be back-(Arnold accent)-The body is healing nicely but the ankle is slow to recover. I've been walking briskly and jogging short distances-parking lot to store-etc.
Hope all had a great holiday! Back to work!!! Peace

Possibly laid up-

The recent HM had quite a level of difficulty. It is a very challenging course with some unreal gradients. No wonder the field was very small. During the race, probably about mile nine or ten, my right forefoot went numb? It was a weird deal and something I'd never experienced. I began to question my running intelligence! Why was I running a HM this soon after Bass pro, plus it was a stupid steep course....all I can think is "IDIOT!" There was no question I would finish the race. I had to endure being passed by four people during the last mile...demoralizing! I tried to spread my toes on the right foot to bring it to life...seemed to work. I even dealt with cramps? What's up with that?
Yesterday I was very sore, but the main problem was my right ankle. It's tweaked. Have you ever twisted or semi-sprained an ankle? It feels like a real minor tweaking and I seriously doubt I can run on it today. I'll rest today and try tomorrow. All I can think is "IDIOT…

Stupid Steep-PW

Well, being the writer I am, I had to name the course I ran this morning. I call it "Stupid Steep", and boy howdy were there steeps!! Yet hills are the great equalizer and we all had to deal. This is not a PR course. As a matter of fact I'd never run a HM slower than 1:55 until today! So today marked my personal worse HM.
I picked up the young man I've been encouraging to run, Jason, and we made it to the race location to find mass confusion! Several conflicting instructions as to what line we needed to be in....and that was an indicator that the facilitating of the event was novice to say the least. The race actually started a half hour late and that surely frustrated some folks. Not only that, this is funny, finally ready to start, right, the race director yells go! People start running, the guy working the finish blows the horn and calls everyone back! False start!! You should of seen the mayhem! People resetting watches, getting back in place....oh well, maybe th…

A New day!

Back on the road today. Very pumped because of how well I felt. Even after a very busy week and still going....gotta meeting in 70 minutes!!!
Just a little short run..I'm saving it for Saturdays long run. Thanks for all the encouragement regarding my friend. It was a tough, tough scene. Parents burying their only child, and the Dad missed the funeral because of a possible heart attack. Yesterday was unlike any day I'd ever seen as a Pastor.
Thanks again, and it looks like I may be able to start gearing up for my next marathon!! I'm planning! It's a new day!
3.07 miles/ 31:36/ 10:18's-Peace!


I usually only post when I've a run to report., but I wanted you all to know I'm still around. I am now in the throes of life! I am perfectly healthy, wanting to run, but I have not had opportunity. Serious, important issues have prevented me from hitting the roads and I'm chompin' at the bit. A very good friend died Saturday night. I'm officiating the funeral. That is only one of the issues. I do love what I do and sometimes it is very, very busy! I still plan on running the HM Saturday. At least as a training run.
Tomorrow is the funeral and I have to travel so, again, I may not be able to run. Peace-

Flame On!

Today was one of those days where you feel know; where you are made for brought back memories of running days gone by, those times in my youth when running was so easy and at times effortless. Today was a joy on the road. As usual I take the first mile slow for warm up but very soon I found myself at MP, then the last two miles at HMP.
I was even thinking about the up coming HM on my schedule. Today I was thinking of a 1:50! Yeah, I must of been feelin' it!
I also was thinking about the vast number of runners I've known that have flamed out. They taste the joy of running but soon over indulge and face injury and fatigue, thus ruining the experience of running for life. It's simple really. Place an urgency on your running and establish the priorities in your life. Hold to the order of your priorities; ex: God, spouse, work, etc, then when you run you'll be prepared to truly flame on! That's what I do, anyway.
Oh well, enough philosophisin…

Indian Summer

A perfect day! Nearly all the leaves are down so you can see for miles! The views of the Ozark Mountains are beautiful!
I've so much energy lately! Probably because I haven't been running. Today I found myself running strong. Only one area of my body is still sore from the marathon. I hope it clears up soon. It's not enough to keep me from running, though.
I also noticed how the hills didn't really dominate me as they usually do...I trucked right up 'em!
Today just a short little ole' run-5.0 miles/ 50:01/ 10:00's. Every mile got faster! The marathon has engrained some strength!
I really plan on adding miles this week. Probably will run every day except Sunday, but I will just play it by ear. Yesterday was a bummer! I was totally exhausted! Sunday kicked my tail!
Hope all is well with you! Peace!!

Rebuilding Time

Unbelievable!!!!! The weather for November is amazing! We are in the 70's today!! Sunshine galore and a sweet South breeze! I delight in this weather!
So, yesterday I went golfing with my Buddies. I only had time for 11 holes, I needed to be with a member of the church and their family as they have lost a loved one, the family is doing quite well considering the circumstance.
I'm in a rebuilding time. I felt so good today on the roads despite one area of persistent soreness from the last race. I will gradually rebuild to 30 miles a week and hold that for a couple of weeks. I really need to pick a marathon! I am leaning towards Little Rock in March. Anyone ever run that one? If so what do you have to say about it? The 21st of this month I am seriously considering running a HM. Why not?! The bod's feeling pretty good. The heart and lungs are feeling normal....why not try to bust the 1:55 barrier?
Totals-3.52 miles/ 36:15/ 10:17's- Hope all's well in your neck of…

Runners Offence

Well my first run since the marathon is in the bag. Felt really good. I thought about my next race and goals. I considered how well I recovered from this race and find myself encouraged and wanting to run another marathon soon!!!
I made an interesting observation today I'm sure many of you have experienced and can identify with, I call it the runners offence.
We offend some people by our running endeavor! I think on a subconscious level and even a conscious level passers by or even acquaintances find us offensive!
Note-32% of Americans are obese! We remind some of them daily of this condition!
Anyone ever had a bottle or something thrown at them while running? Is it just meanness? Or is it self anger? How about a little sideways comment? "Your knees will wear out" Why say anything? Self justification? Since the race I've seen some instances of this phenomenon. Will we let this thwart our passion? Nope! It works the exact same way in the spiritual realm, too…

Positive attitude

Sometimes I've suffered from post marathon depression. A lack of desire to run, whatsoever!
This time is different? My body is rebounding quite well. I walked a bunch related. I was visiting at the hospital, twice, and it is a huge facility. I am a fast walker. I guess it's the ADD in me, and I was hitting my stride well today.
So, two off days and tomorrow, even though very busy, I want to try a run. I really want to recover and train for another marathon. I've really got a deep sense that I am fully capable of running well and strong for 26.2! Thus breaking the seemingly unbreakable four hour barrier.
Here's my plan. It's really very simple. Every other week a long long as I can go time permitting. One MP run in the week between working up to a long run. I will be training my body to run at the desired pace and building greater endurance.
All other runs will be base pace or just how I feel.
I recently read a book by Dean Karnazes entitled 50/50.…

Race Report for Bass Pro Marathon '09

The home stretch

I slept great last night! Truly like a baby! That was nice. We did have to get up at 4:00am new time, though. Ate my fav pre-race breakfast-waffles with pb. Sandy drove..that was big! Usually I drive everywhere ( man thing). As we backed out I went over in my mind if I had everything only to realize later I'd forgotten the accelerade I'd prepared for Sandy to refill me with! Double duh! No biggy..Bass pro powerade would have to suffice.The turnout for the service was great! I meet bunches of new people from all over the country!Lots of first timers! Bless 'em...they learned about the marathon today! It's a long way! The talk went good and there was a lot of interaction. Weather absolutely ideal! 40ish, sunny, breezy, but 82% complaints here!HM and Full start together. I'm careful about being sucked in and I do exactly what I'd hoped for a 9:15 first mile. That settled the…

#5-I'm still alive!

I was there! at 15 miles I had the sub four going! But the ole' marathon got me! I'm not the least disappointed, I learned a lot and ran a good race. I'll post the report after my nap! 4:18:38 unofficial. Peace!