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Running the Fall Classic in Cleveland w. ON2VICTORY

Monday, November 19, 2012

Yesterday I ran the Fall Classic with Robert (ON2VICTORY). The weather was superb, and I can't believe Robert (from the UP of MI) talks about it being cold. LOL.

I have done this race a couple of times before, and it really a nice local race (although not the most scenic) that attracts a lot of people - from very competitive to people who wants to run their first HM. It is flat (=fast) so it is a perfect place for many to PR, and it has turned out to be a complete sell out over the last couple of years, which of course is because running (and walking) has become very popular (triathlon still remain the fastest growing sport).

Robert told me a few months ago he was coming through town, and if there was a race that day. Yes, he did ask if there was a HM, and we signed up so we could run together.

On Saturday we met for race package pick up (with his family) and then we went for lunch. The race itself was totally Roberts - and will let you read his blog as that will make so much more sense.

Congratulations Robert. Nice work. (you can read why for yourself)

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PIXIEMOM13 11/27/2012 8:49PM

    WTG Jan on helping Robert to his PR. And I appreciated when you checked on me towards the end. ;)

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/21/2012 11:59AM

    Jan, I know Robert ran the race but from his blog I am fairly sure he would not have gotten in under 3 hours if it wasn't for your support and encouragement.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/19/2012 11:35AM

    So glad you got together. I will have to figure if I can get there to run with you someday.

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DDOORN 11/19/2012 8:16AM

    Our SparkFamily is so BLESSED to have your INSPIRATION Jan!

Way to SPARK, you guys...! :-)


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Thanks giving

Friday, November 09, 2012

My friend John works for a local TV affiliate. He did a story on Emily which is worth every second

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/11/2012 4:06PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BILL60 11/10/2012 8:20AM

    Can't open it up.

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JEREMY723 11/9/2012 10:30PM

    What a great story, thanks so much for sharing!

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Marine corps marathon (sorry, no photos)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fellow sparkers.
This weekend was the 37th Marine Corps Marathon aka MCM which is one heck of a marathon with 35.000 people - about 23500 finished. The event is divided in a 10k and a full marathon.

I left home on Friday. Wen to my hotel and just chilled. The last couple of weeks at work has been very hard emotionally (although I don't do hospice - what I do is closely linked with hospice).

Got up Saturday morning and had breakfast at the 'greasy spoon' of the hotel - enuf said :-) I then went to the EXPO. For the first time I had time to bum around and actually go to the booths I wanted to go to ... and I managed to get out of there without buying anything.

On my way back to the hotel, I went to lunch at a bookstore/restaurant I had been recommended on Dupont Circle. It was awesome (Quinoa, greek yoghurt, roasted nuts, granola and fruit). Got back to the hotel and met up with John (JOPAPGH) who was staying with me Saturday night. We chatted and went to dinner. We had a early dinner - good thing - because we beat the crowds.

Of course we were keeping an eye on Sandy - so we knew how we needed to dress in the am.

We left the hotel just before 6am - and on the way in the elevator we met a challenged athlete. No arm and a spring leg. These guys are amazing. Headed to the shuttle and to the start area. Now, I told you how large this was - then add families. It is huge!!!!

John and and I had different finish times in mind, so we separated fat the start - and after the national anthem there was a flyby by two Osprey's - if you want to see what they look like click on link
.. and then the gun ... no - it is the marines - so we use a howitzer - the first gun for the wheel chair - and the second for the 26.2 and 10 milers.

I am not kidding you when I say it is wall to wall runners the entire time. There is a LOT of people. The weather stayed dry - but it got windy.

I did OK for the first half - I was with the 5hr pace, but after 14 miles I started to slow down. A hip injury from a fall two weeks ago started to create limitations. But I would not give up, so I put on some music - and walked very brisk the remaining 12 miles of the event, and finished in 5:40 or 13.1 min mile. BUT - I finished.

The biggest challenge was after the race. Standing in line for the bus (the line at the Metro was no better). I made it back to my hotel in 2 hrs - I had to rush and get a shower for the shuttle to pick me up for the airport. Flight was only 45 min late ... so I was back home at midnight.

There were two of us on the plane with MCM shirts - the pilot recognized us on the PA. He had run the 10k himself that morning.

No blog will accurately describe the experience of MCM. It has to be experienced. However, if you want to participate - you have to be fast - this year it sold out in 2 hrs and 40 min.

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ETTEZEUS 11/5/2012 3:54PM

    Congrats! Sorry to read about the hip and happy to hear that you didn't get stranded in DC.

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JOPAPGH 11/5/2012 3:44PM

    Nice to spend some time together. Sorry about the hip, but glad you could finish. Just signed up for the Pittsburgh full in early May.

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LADYGWEN25 11/5/2012 2:28PM

    Way to go Jan! you were right behind Julie and i.. I just did my MCM blog... It was an enlightening experience to say the least. :) I plan to do it again despite my challenges during the race.. And looking forward to possibly a spring Marathon. :) Well that's if i can con Julie into :)

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BOILHAM 11/4/2012 4:26PM

    Good job. Congrats on finishing though injured.

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ON2VICTORY 11/1/2012 3:45PM

    WTG on a good finish Jan...looking forward to seeing you in a couple weeks.

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GYMRAT_AT44 10/31/2012 9:17PM

    Yeah! Congrats!

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FRECKS96 10/30/2012 8:21PM

    Congrats on your finish! You were right behind Gwen and I. You may have even seen me, I had my daughter on my back for the very end of the race and until I got my medal. The wind did get rough at times, but what an amazing experience!

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REMEMBER2BME 10/30/2012 10:56AM

    I know. I missed it this year. I really want to give it a shot next year. It sounds like a worthwhile experience.

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RHONDALYN10 10/30/2012 10:05AM

Too cool about the pilot. Gotta Love MCM!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/30/2012 7:15AM

    Sorry we were not able to meet at the Expo. I am glad you were able to fly out on time.

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LKEITHO 10/29/2012 10:51PM

    Congratulations on your finish! MCM was one of the first marathons I did - and the worst day I have ever had doing a marathon. It is truly a spectacular event, though! Like you I wound up walking most of the last half of the race due to an injury - no way I was not going to finish. I'm glad you enjoyed the event, and congratulations again on persevering!

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JEM0622 10/29/2012 9:02PM

    Congrats on your MCM finish! Glad you enjoyed it!

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MCCOURTT 10/29/2012 8:39PM

    LOVE the Blog, that is the MCM to the tee!!! I was tracking the race Sunday morning praying that Sandy was not early. emoticon again on the MCM!!!

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    Congrats for finishing - sorry about your hip. Glad you enjoyed your time.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/29/2012 6:38PM

    Way to go, Jan!

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DIET_FRIEND 10/29/2012 3:24PM

    Congratulations on completing the MCM!

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SHRINK_U 10/29/2012 2:46PM

    Sounds like an awesome experience. Way to go :)

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 10/29/2012 2:35PM

    I'm so proud of you for going AND finishing. You could have given up, but you chose not to. Great job! Sounds like such a cool, fun event. Glad you made it home safe and sound. emoticon

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My hydration and nutrition strategies (continued)

Saturday, October 06, 2012

I just came home from a beautiful ride in NE Ohio, and again, I worked on my new fuel and hydration strategy. Today a little twist.

The suggestions in this blog may not be for everyone, so like everything else - you need to find out what works for you.

I forgot to buy yams (sweet potatoes) so my breakfast was sprouted bread with peanut butter. When we started the ride I had a GU roctane ... and that continued every 45-50 min almost religiously. My fluids - water and I emptied two bottles during my 85 mile ride. Ohh, I forgot - I also had a Cliff bar half way through.

I felt after the ride.

How on earth did I get that idea. I listen to Ben Greenfield's podcast and I have read part of Dr. Timothy Noakes' book "waterlogged". Dr. Noakes (a physician and sports physiologist) is advocating that you drink when you are thirsty. I is not a big proponent of sports drinks (and you should read the book to get the scientific arguments). Without regurgitating all the data - let me just say - what to the natives in in the dessert/jungle ingest when they hunt ... do they have Gatorade? Do they have power bars or GU?

I am not a native to the dessert or the jungle - so my eating habits are different, and that brings me to use the 'artificial' food, but based on basic physiological principles.

The bike ride was scheduled for 100 miles, but I have not ridden as much this year (last ride was a 100k a month ago), so I developed an issue with either my piriformis or sciatica because of the seat. It was a flat ride so not much riding out of the saddle. This weekend or next weekend I think will be the peak of the colors in NE OH. The ride also marks the last ride for my buddy who in a month will participate in the IM Florida. His first (at the age of 60)

On a different note - the ultra runner Lucho once made a comment ... it is not how much you train, but how much you rest. From a previous blog you will know I ran the Akron marathon a week ago. Have not done a thing since - and went out riding 85 miles ... and feel great!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/10/2012 6:06AM

    Love those podcasts. I learn so much from them.

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BILLALEX70 10/8/2012 11:16AM

    You, my friend, are a machine!

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ON2VICTORY 10/7/2012 9:06PM

    right on bud! good stuff :)

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SEEHOLZ 10/7/2012 9:04PM

    It truly is about how you rest- good for you!

Not sure if you are pro-fueling every 45 or againt it? It sounds like against it, right?

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BILL60 10/7/2012 7:58AM

    I totally agree with the post above. Fueling is a very individual thing. I drink little fluids during my rides, but catch up after finishing my rides. Don't recommend that to others, but it works for me.

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    You Go Jan. It is so tough to fuel right, because what works right one time doesn't work the next.

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My long training run - before Marine Corps marathon.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Well, today was going to me long training run before the marine corps marathon. So, I thought I would invite a few friends. About 15.000 of them showed up! ROFL. Joking aside (I don't have pictures either LOL) - I ran the bird as my long run before MCM, and I won't keep you in suspension - my time was 5:02 including a bathroom break. :-)

As I have said 'running the bird' (nick name for Akron - presenting sponsor is Time Warner cable and their mascot the road runner 'meep meep') is an awesome experience. They have a very nice Expo which I have never been able to really enjoy because of work - yesterday no exception, but that is another story I am not going to blog about (hint: it involves work).

This year was the 10th year of Akron, and you can almost count on it - the weather will be beautiful (famous last words if you are here next year LOL). Temp in the upper 40's - clear sky with a full moon - and the Goodyear blimp above.

As the bell ran to start the race - a huge firework was set off - nice start.

I kept looking for the 10:40 pacer - but no such luck until about half way through. So, I was maintaining a 10 min mile pace (not what I wanted). Every time I looked down on my Garmin - I ran too fast. Once I came to about the half way point I was getting my speed dialed in. (I wanted a 5hrs finish).

I keept running until we came to Sand Run (a mean a-- hill). I walked the majority of it, and at that point my orthotics on the left side was giving me issues. I ultimately ended up taking it out. Unfortunately I think this may have done something to my hip adducter on the left side - as the pain got worse and I ended up walking more than I wanted.

What I really liked was - it is just such a nice route. I am not too crazy about the first part, but the second half goes through the Summit County metro parks and some residential areas. Of course the weather today brought all a lot of people out to cheer the runners on.

I kind of had a thought when I wrote the title of this blog - it was my long run before MCM, and I didn't really run with anyone I knew. I met a few people along the way I knew from other events, and that was great. So, it was a training run with about 15.000 like minded people.

After I got home - I did something unusual (for me) ... I took an hour nap. I feel much better - still sore LOL

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/3/2012 1:22AM

    My 18 year old grandson was just home after completing his marine corp basic training and your title caught my eye. WAY TO GO on completing your run even though you were in pain. Hope some rest and relaxation will help. Take time to take care of you. Best of luck on the marine corps marathon.
Blessings and hugs,

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BRIAN36 10/1/2012 10:14AM

    Sounds like a nice run and a well deserved nap.

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    Jan - Awesome run - I can't imagine even running that far. You are amazing. Sorry about the hip - rest and recover.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/1/2012 6:41AM

    Sorry about the hip. Maybe you can see a chiro about getting it feeling better. Congrats on the race. I ran Akron 2 years ago and I remember all the bands and choir groups along the way. I look forward to seeing you at MCM

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GYMRAT_AT44 9/30/2012 10:47PM

    Wow! Good luck on your Marine Corp run - the title of your blog caught my attention. My 19 year old son is a Marine, and one day we just might run it! For now, slowly working my way to a 10k and overall triathlon. Hope your pains begin to heal!

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JEREMY723 9/30/2012 3:10PM

    I was there to, running the Half. I had a great time and thoght the weather was awesome. My wife and son enjoyed it to since they could see me multiple times with only walking a couple of blocks, and they took photos too:)

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SEEHOLZ 9/30/2012 12:33PM


I ran a 20 miler on the Blue Line a few years back- actually 2 yrs in a row- and I did the HM last year- I actually LOVED running Akron. It is not as tough as people say and not as easy a flat route- the hills can be tough, especially coming out of the Metropark section--- where people crowd you and whatnot. I remember Sandy Run Metropark hill really well- that hill just keeps giving :-) That said, I still think the rolling hills at Millcreak are overall tougher - but that's my opinion.

As for your experience- sorry you were in pain- but you did toughen it out and it sounds like it turned into a solid training run after all- take care of that adductor- mine has been giving me grief again lately too :( message seems to be helpful!

Again, congrats on a great training run today! And happy taper!

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LKEITHO 9/29/2012 9:55PM

    That sounds like a tough way to get your long run in! Glad you enjoyed it, and I assume now you are into taper mode - be good to your self!

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