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Longest Run Ever Today. 19 Miles +

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Even though I've been careful about what I ingest, I deliberately ate a lot of carbs yesterday. Today would be my longest run - ever. I was scheduled for 19 miles today, and I wanted to ensure I had fueled up on both food and water.

My strategy seemed to be working, because I had plenty of energy this morning. It was cool but humid, and I ran strong. When I got to the 11 mile point, I was feeling like I could run like this all day. But, logically, I knew the point was coming that would change my mood.

Once the sun came out and it got warmer, and the miles piled on, I was indeed getting tired. My feet were doing fine, though. They'd been giving me lots of trouble. I ordered a new pair of Altra Instinct zero drop shoes to try to change that. After putting in metatarsal pads, these shoes were nice. My feet never hurt as I passed the 7 mile point, where they usually started acting up. At 11 miles or so, I first felt a bit of foot discomfort, but just that. Not real pain like I had become accustomed to.

I brought along water. G-2 gatorade, fruit slices and fig newtons. I took in about 50 calories every 2 miles, and drank a few sips of water of gatorade as well.

I was feeling worn down at around 15 or 16 miles and my pace slowed, and I rested/walked more. The temperature was around 80 degrees by now, too. My heart rate always goes up in the heat, and I could see it was around 160-170 at peaks. Too high. So, I slacked off.

Then as I rolled by the 17 mile point, I was in new territory. Farther than I had ever run in my entire life! I tried to step it up, and finish strong the last couple miles. I wasn't really running fast, but faster. According to my Timex Ironman, my last 2 miles were indeed speedier that the few miles preceding them. That's encouraging, being able to attain negative splits in the warmer temps, and running low on energy. I felt pretty exhausted at the end, in fact, felt like I didn't do as well as I wanted. But, my watch tells a different story.

But, this was not a race, it was a training run, during which I learned I was capable of speeding up at the end of a very long run. Good news for me.

I ran 19.34 miles in 4 hours and 16 minutes today.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day.

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CANDOSUE52 10/3/2012 8:44AM


Wow, that is AWESOME!

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ROBYNLN 9/27/2012 1:39PM

    emoticon Great Job!

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ROBYNLN 9/27/2012 1:38PM

    emoticon Great Job!

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STRIVER57 9/27/2012 7:28AM

    wow!! very impressed!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/26/2012 7:24PM

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SEABREEZE64 9/26/2012 4:47PM

    Great job! It is a long distance!!!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 9/24/2012 5:40PM

    WOO HOO!!! Congrats!!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/24/2012 4:11PM

    Wow..Great job!!

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XFITSTRONG 9/24/2012 3:19PM

    WOW! That is awesome and very encouraging! Good job!

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MAGGIENCALI 9/24/2012 2:38PM

    Nicely done! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRAINER_T 9/24/2012 2:14PM

    emoticon I don't know that I could run for 4 hours, thats just amazing!!! Its inspiring that you did this just for fun, for training for a bigger run and that you had more than achieved your goal emoticon

emoticon Rockstar!

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WE_PA_FIT 9/24/2012 1:34PM

    WOW!! 16 miles is the most Ive done. amazing!!!! U Ran smart and strong!!!

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DORAL33178 9/24/2012 11:44AM

    Wow, awesome job on your 19 miler. I remember how exciting it was to run my first 12 miler; it feels amazing to venture into non ventured territory!!!

Taking this time to experiment with your water and fuel will only make your experience more enjoyable.

Keep making it happen!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/24/2012 9:56AM

    Well done! The hot temps do the same to me, and send my heart rate soaring. Good job getting those negative splits at the end.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/24/2012 9:18AM

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I'll be logging some of those long rons after Thanksgiving, you've given me hope.

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MASRITE 9/22/2012 6:55PM

    Wow, that's what i have to say. So proud of you. 19 miles is just emoticon. I just don't know if I could ever train for a marathon. It seems so overwhelming to me. Glad your feet were feeling good and they got you where you needed to go. You're going to crush this marathon!!

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LUCKEGIRL40 9/22/2012 3:44PM

    Good Job! I keep thinking about training for a marathon. Maybe soon I'll actually commit. You're inspiring!

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LAURIE5658 9/22/2012 3:28PM

    Vic, we get that mindset of yours firmly set on that training...not racing pace for long runs. You are did absolutely fabulous today and you ARE starting to warm up to the idea. Great job!!!

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COOP9002 9/22/2012 2:24PM

    Awesome job! It's amazing how much different the right shoes can make.

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ONMYMEDS 9/22/2012 1:03PM

    Nice job for an ONR!! Smart running. Sounds like the new shoes are working out well. You've got this. emoticon

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Hot and humid, but lots of fun.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Grandson and I had a great time this morning.

We got up way early for the race. Took this picture after we got our numbers pinned on.

The race was only 10 minutes away, so we had no trouble getting there. Found a parking spot fairly easily. Wow, was it crowded, even though we were 45 minutes early! The three of us wandered around a bit, and GS and I got in a little warm up run.

We separated a few minutes before the start. Joe went to the 7 min per mile area, and I hung around the back of the 8 minute per mile pack.

Gun went off, and as usual in the larger events, I just about got across the starting line at a jog. That was fine for me, as it was already over 75 degrees and 87 percent humidity, so I wanted to start slowly anyway. Lots of bumping around in the beginning, but it got sorted out by the 1 mile mark. I passed that marker at 9:11. Nice start, for once I didn't go out too fast. Although, by mile 2 I was feeling it. The second mile was a negative split, at 17:58, and I noticed I was passing some who came out too fast. I love passing the younger muscular guys towards the end by being an old tortoise.

Joe was disappointed with his time, but I had to explain that he did great, and must deduct time for the heat and humidity. He didn't even check his chip time, but the gun time was 23:11, so he was definitely in the high 22s. A great time, I thought.

I dragged my old tired butt across the finish line at 27:28 gun time. After checking the board, I saw 26:58 as my chip time. I'll take it. A good finish.

Good support on this race. A few families out on the street in lawn chairs. Three bands at different locations. Lots of after race food, water and Accelerade. They even had a beer corral. One free beer for each runner. I passed on that, long line and it was 8:30 in the morning. Not quite ready for a beer yet. I do enjoy a cold brew once in a while, but not today.

Grandpa and Grandson had a good day together, the DW was there supporting us, and taking the pictures you see here. I cherish the memories I have of my times with my long gone Grandpa, so I hope some of this stuff is building memories for Joe.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/19/2012 9:52AM

    What a great race!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/17/2012 11:43AM

    Great race, and so nice you are making memories with your grandson. Way to go Gramps. emoticon

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JENN03275 9/17/2012 7:59AM

    What a great blog and wonderful memories with your GS! I have such wonderful
Memories of things with my grandfather (not running ones). It's great that he enjoys participating in these events with you as well.

Great job!!!

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BOILHAM 9/17/2012 7:47AM

    Richard, yes I tried the new shoes. They were perfect. No breaking in necessary, seemed to work fine right away. The 7.5 mile run was okay, too. Final test on Sat with an 18+ miler on schedule. After 10 miles if the feet don't hurt, i will be happy.

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DAISYBELL6 9/16/2012 8:16PM

    What a wonderful experience for both of you!

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ONMYMEDS 9/16/2012 6:05PM

    Forgot to ask, did you wear your new zero-drop shoes for this race? If so, how did they feel?

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LISAINMS 9/16/2012 12:05PM

    What a great memory for your grandson! Awesome job on the race for both of you.

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MBSHAZZER 9/16/2012 7:53AM

    Nice job!!! How wonderful that you and your grandsone share a love of running!! My dad and I used to run together and those were some of my favorite memories (he's relegated to the pool now after 45+ years of 6 day a week running).

I love your race strategy! Nothing beats passing some hotshot that started out too fast!

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LAURIE5658 9/15/2012 10:07PM

    Vic, family is what it is all about. This is a memory that cannot be taken away. So happy for you!


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NWFL59 9/15/2012 8:29PM

    Enjoyed the blog, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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MASRITE 9/15/2012 6:32PM

    What a great blog. So glad you posted. One day, when I grow up, I want to run a 5k in under 30 minutes, too!! Btw, started up with the running again. Getting excited about and looking forward to a half in January. Thanks for inspiring me over and over again.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/15/2012 3:43PM

    Great runs for both of you!
And what an awesome opportunity!
My Grandma was a runner and I never ran with her but cheered her through the finish at so many of her runs!
I miss those days!
Thanks for the recap!

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ONMYMEDS 9/15/2012 2:34PM

    Nice report, nice pics, nice job. Good fun. Well done.

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JACEUG 9/15/2012 2:10PM

    Good fun... I wish i had a grand dad whenIi was young like you.

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DORAL33178 9/15/2012 12:49PM

    Wow, another great finish for you. And awesome job reading your grandson finished 4th place in his age group. I wish I had a family member to run with in high school; I probably would have stuck with it into college.

The humidity certainly challenges your body during the race. You did I knew you would!!!

Keep trusting your training.


P.S. And also thanks to your wife for getting up early to tag along and take these wonderful photos.

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PATTERD707 9/15/2012 12:45PM

    How fun to rack race with your grandson. I want to be you someday.

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WAVAIRENE 9/15/2012 11:34AM

    Absolutely wonderful! As I mentioned before...not everyone can say they did something like this with their grandchild! You know he'll cherish this day! And I'm totally with you on passing up the young folks. Makes you feel good doesn't it? Congratulations! emoticon

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MARATHONDAD 9/15/2012 11:26AM

    great you guys and I can imagine the smile on your face when u pass the young muscular guys hahahha

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CHHAAR 9/15/2012 10:29AM

    Great blog! Beautiful work. Nice pictures. Good for you two! emoticon

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Wake Up Call From My Grandson

Friday, September 14, 2012

I'm an hour and a half away from home, visiting my daughter and grandkids today.
I had to pick up Joe, my 16 year old GS today because we'll be running a 5K together tomorrow. He drives (a cool looking Mustang, too) but just started, and Mom doesn't want him driving that far on interstates and such all by himself, so I decided to pick him up and Grandma will return him after the race.

I'm pretty excited about running with my GS, because Joe is quite an athelete. He runs cross country at school, and has a PR of 21.27 for a 5K, or is that just for 3 miles? Not sure how CC is timed for 3 miles or 5K, but at any rate, he's pretty fast. Let me throw in a brag for his older brother Doug, who is currently away at University of West Florida. Joe tells me Doug holds a record from his High School in the 5K. Joe doesn't know the exact time, but assures me "Doug was the fastest in HS" when he attended.

Joe also lifts weights, and he and I have often lifted together. He's very strong and can benchpress an unbelievable 230 pounds. He only weighs 140 pounds. How cool is that?

So, Joe and I are talking about the race coming up. He's asking about how far it is away from my house. Is it paved or trail, stuff like that. He gets around to asking me how my marathon training is going, and wants to know how my long runs are going, how far am I up to now. I advised him I've done two LRs that were over 17 miles long and my next week run will be at least 18 miles.

His eyes bulge out, his face lights up, he looks genuinely surprised and says "Wow, the longest I've ever run is 7 miles, how can you run that far?" I told him how I run/walk and just keep going. This kid now has a million questions. "How do you know how far you've run, do you have regular routes, do you use a mapping program to find routes?"

I'm kind of surprised at his enthusiasm. You know, teenagers are not well known for getting excited about anything other than their own immediate needs. So I hold on to my thoughts, and just answer the questions he asks.

Later, I ponder our conversation. A little light goes off in my brain. 17 miles, I think. What!?! Did I just say I ran 17 miles in one day, and intend to run 26.2 miles in a month or so?? Hell, yes, 17.5 miles is a long distance! I had just forgotten how far. I've taken myself for granted, and forgotten just how "far" I've come. It took the perspective of a 16 year old athlete to wake me up.

This kid knows about exercise, pushing yourself to the limit, and how exhausting exercise can be. He's looking at his 65 year old (I forgot how old that sounds to a 16 year old, too) grandfather, who just made the wild assertion that he's run 17 plus miles in one day! And he is impressed.

No wonder his eyes bulged out and he was so surprised! That is a long distance! I'd just forgotten, because I've done long runs so many times.

Do not take your accomplishments for granted. You've come so far and worked so hard for it. Be proud of yourself. You may have forgotten, too.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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LANEYTHEGIRL 10/2/2012 11:53PM

    Very wise words. Thank you for sharing them.

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MRE1956 9/24/2012 3:52AM

    Great to know that you're setting a wonderful example and role model for youth - and even greater that said youth reacted *other than* rolling their eyes or making snarky comments!


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ALEXSMOMMYRUNS 9/19/2012 10:59AM

    Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing, and good luck with your marathon!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/19/2012 9:50AM

    It's great to amaze yourself, but even better to amaze your grandkids! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 9/14/2012 4:09PM

    That is incredible and he has every reason to be in AWE of you!
Way to go!! Keep up the great work!

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JENN03275 9/14/2012 3:13PM

    What a great conversation with your GS!! Sounds like he is proud of his Grandfather too. Especially, having a teenager of my own, that he got excited. At my house, unless it has to do with lifting weights or football the conversation doesn't happen!

That is just do great that you guys are running the 5k together. Very good memories for both of you!!

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MASRITE 9/14/2012 1:43PM

    That is so awesome. So glad that your GS was so into it and excited for you. It's nice for them to have such an athletic grandfather!!

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STRIVER57 9/14/2012 12:02PM

    that is really great. yeah, what we do and what our sparkfriends and teammates do ... we forget how impressive it is. my half is in 3 weeks -- and despite an injury that totally screwed up my summer training program ... i expect to be ready. am i bragging? hell yes.

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LISAINMS 9/14/2012 11:36AM

    On SP we are surrounded by people doing amazing things all the time. We tend to minimize our own accomplishments compared to others. Running 17 miles is incredible! Heck, running 5 miles is incredible! But that's our norm compared to the general public. I tell people it was an easy 5 mile day and they laugh at me. "5 miles? Easy? Wow." It's good for us to check that perspective every now and then and realize we, too, are impressive.

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CBAILEYC 9/14/2012 10:32AM

    Really nice reminder! And how wonderful to have such a positive response from your grandson! Well deserved, I'd say.

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ONMYMEDS 9/14/2012 10:00AM

    Don't you just love it when you amaze yourself? And it must be REALLY cool to amaze a teenager. Good for you, gramps!!!

Have a great race tomorrow with the GS.

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DORAL33178 9/14/2012 9:34AM

    Have a fantabulous race tomorrow with your grandson. I smiled the whole time reading your blog because I was thinking of how you and your family are creating such small but yet very important values in your grandson. Spending quality time with the family is priceless. So here is a new saying, the family that runs together stays together.

Happy running tomorrow......and brag on proud grandpa!!!


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HHOLT6 9/14/2012 9:30AM

    awesome! How cool to be an inspiration to your grandson! I am sure you are an inspiration to alot of people! I'm glad that he reminded you of your accomplishments! emoticon

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My Wife Says I'm Duplicitous.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

She says I used to complain about complaining oldsters when I was a young guy, and have now that I've graduated, I've become one with them.

I don't remember it that way - but I'll take her word for it. Supposedly, I used to say things like "What is it with these old people? They excuse themselves from life and fun by complaining about some issue, like a sore back, bad knees or a million other ailments."

I do have some pains. Wait until you get old, you may have some, too.

My left back/shoulder/neck hurts during long runs. My right shoulder gets sore quickly during weightlifting. You can feel a crunching if I rotate that one! Forget about my feet. The podiatrist wanted me to go under the knife 30 years ago, and I didn't - I got orthotics instead. That pain went away. until I started running last year.

I've kept these maladies under control by exercising with moderation. Believe me, when, for some reason or the other, I got away from exercising, those pains get worse! I NEED to exercise. Like the few times I've been on extended vacations and just took a break. Ooh, my lower back and right shoulder get real painful when I stay away from the weights.

So, I'll keep running and keep working out. I NEED to exercise. So my wife doesn't accuse me of being a complainer.

OOh, I just had a little cramp in my wrist... I think it's from typing too much.

And the knee IS a little tender this morning.....

Thanks for reading, and have a great day.

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JENN03275 9/17/2012 8:04AM

    I think it is inevitable that as we age that we are going to get our aches and pains. Exercise does make it better. I take care of so many people who get joints replaced and experience so much pain and delayed healing because they never exercised!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/10/2012 3:41PM

    Ahhhh Vic, you're like a fine wine, you get better with age, despite the little aches and pains.

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DORAL33178 9/5/2012 10:40PM

    I am no longer a spring chick myself and I can feel the aches and pains also. For instance, I fell on my right hand about six years ago chasing my then fifteen month old son. I know rain is on the way because my hand starts to ache.

I have a feeling when you "complain", you do it with a smile. emoticon

Keep moving.

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NWFL59 9/5/2012 5:19PM

    I didn't understand in my youth either and now that I'm of age, I'd rather not experience these invisible but very real symptoms/complaints. I agree that daily movement and exercise is essential to minimize their intrusion into our daily life. I chuckled while reading your blog today -- THANKS
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MBSHAZZER 9/5/2012 5:19PM

    I read that title as "My Wife Says I'm Delicious".... I thought this was going to be a different sort of blog!


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MASRITE 9/5/2012 4:42PM

    It does suck getting older. But, we have to do it. I've got the bad back and the bad knees, but, I keep on pushing at it. What we really need is to stretch. Don't do enough of that.

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SEAJESS 9/5/2012 1:33PM

    Oh, I hear you about the exercise! It's like skipping my meds.... I'm stiff, achey. Isn't that supposed to happen AFTER you run? (Thanks for the foam roller tip, Live2Run4Life!)

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/5/2012 1:09PM

    The pain is probably from tight muscles, especially in the back. These can be released with a foam roller, trigger point ball, soft ball, or some other self massage device. Do you use any of these? A regular sports massage is a good investment for anyone, but especially those of us with miles on our body. It doesn't have to hurt, or at least, not as much.

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LAURIE5658 9/5/2012 10:50AM

    It's like hubby and I (ages 56 and 54) sit down in the evening and compare aches, pains and bodily functions gone bad that day LOL. It's normal!!! (isn't it?)


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EWL978 9/5/2012 10:34AM

    Oh, you guys are all alike!! That's why we gals love you so much!! emoticon

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PATTERD707 9/5/2012 10:26AM

    Great post, God gave me my wife to remind me of my duplicity, I'm convinced of it.

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MARATHONDAD 9/5/2012 9:48AM

    aslong as u dont start telling the story how u walked 5 miles to school with one shoe up a hill in 10 feet of snow ahahah

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ONMYMEDS 9/5/2012 9:48AM

    What? Wait a minute!! 66 is OLD??? Who told you that? What a bunch of BS.
90 is OLD.
66 is......mellow.

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NICHOLE_4 9/5/2012 9:08AM

    My Dad is the same way, he explained it that his brain is still 25 but his body is 57 and the two don't get along LOL

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TORAMPAUL 9/5/2012 9:07AM

    I enjoyed your blog :) Hope you have a great day, too.

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Good Long Run This Morning.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I'm getting close to my longest distance run again. Did 15.2 miles this morning, previous longest run to date was 17 miles. When I hit that distance, I backed off and restarted the marathon training program. If I had continued I would have peaked my training way too early.

So far, I am injury free for the most part. Some tenderness in the left knee, which will not go away, but certainly does not count as painful. I wear a knee brace and KT Tape for the longer runs. Some shoulder/neck pain, which I have always had. I first noticed this when I went for long motorcycle runs. After a couple of hours in one position, I had sharp pain in my left shoulder/neck. Nothing to stop me though, just a nuisance pain. It stops and becomes a dull pain for a bit, then goes away once I stop doing whatever irritates it. Tried KT tape and that helped a bit.

Today was difficult. Just too dang hot and humid, but I get it, slow down in the heat! Lesson learned.

Had to learn to keep the ego in check and understand a 15 mile long run in the heat that takes over 3 hours to complete is a good thing. I am old and slow, improving as I train. Training runs are not races, and I was slow to learn that. But, I get it now.

Now that my Hal Higdon program is calling for "sorta long" runs mid week, and really long runs on Saturday, I have decided to skip one of my mid week runs. I just can't recover quickly enough for my Saturday long run if I run 4-7-4 miles on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. So I'm trying a Tues and Thurs only run now.

Hoping the weather cooperates and the cool weather arrives on schedule, just as my distances get longer. That would be good.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day.

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WAVAIRENE 9/4/2012 10:49AM

    Wow! You are dong so good. You're an inspiration. I can't imagine running 15 miles at all...let alone in the heat and humidity. Try to avoid the heat injuries. :)

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MASRITE 9/1/2012 10:36PM

    Wow, 15 miles. I couldn't imagine. Hoping the weather cools down for you. And nice that you're listening to yourself and slowing down. It's not a race, you just need to finish.

On a side note, my husband and I are meeting with a running coach tomorrow. Looking forward to it. Hoping it'll get me re-motivated and back into running. I miss it.

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ONMYMEDS 9/1/2012 3:09PM

    I sure do not envy you having to run in the heat and humidity, but since your marathon is in Savannah, you should have no surprises after training in those conditions.

Sounds like you are doing everything right, adjusting your training as needed and respecting the messages your body is sending out.

It's not easy finding that correct balance, particularly with a new activity and at our advanced age. Being new at this running business, we have no history to guide us and nothing to tell us we may be trying to do too much too soon or for too long. It's a real "seat of the pants" learning process. Just because we are older does not necessarily mean we aren't capable. And, so far, so good.

Keep up the great work, friend.

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DORAL33178 9/1/2012 2:19PM

    Vic, another run in!!! I loved my long runs on Saturday. I looked forward to planning my run throughout my neighborhood. My only regret is that I did not include hills (bridges) in my training.

You are doing great---rocking out your long runs and being very aware of your body's limitations.

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LAURIE5658 9/1/2012 1:50PM

    Vic, you are doing it right!!!!! I know you are suffering with the Florida weather and I can just sorta kinda appreciate that. I don't have that intensity here. The key is you are FINALLY adjusting your pacing accordingly. Great job!

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    emoticon job!

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RHONDALYN10 9/1/2012 12:45PM

    Great job. Respecting the heat is so important.
I only run 3x a week - it works better for me. M, W and F is my long run.
You are doing incredible out! Keep it up.

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