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You weigh the odds and take your chances.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

That's what you do when you live. You weigh the odds and take your chances.

Being a natural born genius, I am aware that riding a motorcycle is both a dangerous and fun thing to do. So, I went to Biketoberfest. My friends would be there, my daughters were going, and it is a fun time indeed.

In the back of my mind, is this little voice, no doubt that left side that keeps me safe. - "Dude, you have to run a marathon in two weeks, do you really NEED to go to Biketoberfest? You could get hurt, and there goes all that training" Right side says, "Dude you aren't getting any younger, go ride you bike and have fun, you'll be fine. That left side can keep you out of trouble, but he also weighs the odds for you. He's told you that the odds of getting injured are so miniscule that it's fine to go have some fun."

I love both these guys. And lately, left side wins out almost all the time. But I wanted to have fun at Biketoberfest AND run a marathon so off to Biketoberfest I went.

And yes, dear blog ready, as you have correctly inferred, I did indeed run into trouble. Trouble in the form a four wheel Crown Victoria driving person, who did not feel it necessary to fully ascertain that the left lane was unoccupied, before swerving into it.

I was in that left lane. I saw him coming, but could not stop quickly enough. He clipped my front tire, and I spilled onto the pavement. Luckily, at a slow rate of speed. I could probably run faster than I was going.

I got a bloody elbow and knee. My left side is hurting a bit. I landed with my left arm tucked into my left side. Yes, I was well enough to ride the bike back to my hotel. But, yes, I was hurting.

That was Friday, Today is Sunday. I feel a lot better. (Thanks) and am able to fill my lungs with air, and stretch out fully, but I think I will skip my longer run I had scheduled for today.

I'm optimistic that I will be well enough to run my marathon in 2 weeks. But, let's just see about that. Fingers crossed, to say the least.

I really didn't want to write this blog, But, there ya have it.

Even though the guy who hit me was 100% at fault, I take full responsibility for my actions and choices in life. I would do it that same tomorrow. It does seem, on the surface, to be kind of stupid to get on a motorcycle and enter traffic these days. I know. Perhaps I will stop doing that some day.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/24/2012 7:20AM

    Glad you are ok, I'm sure you will be good as new for the marathon. People just don't know how to "respect the bike". I see this all the time, ppl follow too close, cut you off, I say a little prayer every time I saddle up, I know my riding skills are pretty good, it's the other idiots out there you have to watch out for.

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ABILUCHA 10/23/2012 5:37PM

    Live hard, ride free Boilham! Running a marathon with a bloody elbow is totally rock and roll! Woohoo!

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KATYMS 10/23/2012 11:25AM

    Crown Vic's are always bad news...always. Also beware the Lincoln Towncar.
I'm just sayin'.

Anyway, continue being bold..yet safe. And kick some keester at your marathon.


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RUNNER12COM 10/23/2012 9:47AM

    You ride because you enjoy it. How could you stop?

Good luck in two weeks. You'll be marathon ready!

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BEAR8MM 10/22/2012 3:16PM

    Last time I went down, I broke 4 ribs. When you feel well enough, do a short run to make sure you are breathing well enough to do a marathon. You must be a lot easier going than me, when a cage driver does something like this involving me or any fellow riders, I feel honor bound to make sure that they realize they are being a dumba$$, and that I'm not real happy about it. Just thank God that you are still here to tell the story. Take care, my friend!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 10/22/2012 2:26PM

    Very happy to hear you weren't hurt worse than you were. I don't think a few days rest is going to hinder your marathon. Can't wait to hear how it goes for you.

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MASRITE 10/22/2012 2:04PM

    Ok, that's scary. Glad you are feeling better and I"m keeping my fingers crossed that you are well enough for the marathon. With all that training you put in, I want you to run that marathon. I am living it through you b/c a marathon is one thing I don't want to do!!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 10/21/2012 10:38PM

    Vic, I am sorry to hear of your mishap with the house on wheels. That car is huge. I am glad to read you are okay. Rest up my friend.

Come race day, you will know if it is a race day or not. I am sending you positive spirits; positive spirits help speed up the recovery. At least I think so.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/21/2012 7:50PM

    Looks like you're going to get a little extra taper!

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LAURIE5658 10/21/2012 7:46PM

    Vic, I am so very sorry this happened to you. Fingers crossed that you heal quickly and are good to go for your marathon. Prayers for quick healing!

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NWFL59 10/21/2012 7:26PM

    Yikes, road burn and bruised ribs/side. Big Ouch! Glad your injuries don't appear to be any more severe because I know from my own bike experiences those kind hurt plenty. Sounds like you have the same 'unaware' drivers as we do in the panhandle. Hope you'll be able to resume training soon and complete that marathon for which you've been training so hard already. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 10/21/2012 5:30PM

    A few more days off from training is not going to set you back.

I'm just glad you're okay. And for goodness sakes, don't drive your motorcycle to Savannah.

Be well, friend.

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LISAINMS 10/21/2012 4:04PM

    Glad you were at a slow speed and injuries seem to be minimal -could have been so much worse. I agree, life is for living. With proper rest and cautious recovery I bet you will be pounding the pavement in two weeks.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/21/2012 4:03PM

I am glad you are ok. Sorry to hear that reality felt the need to 'check' you!
However, you are stronger than some old Crown Vic!
A bit of healing time will not hurt your training and you will go on to nail that marathon!

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RHONDALYN10 10/21/2012 3:58PM

    Oh my goodness! So thankful you are ok.
You did the right thing by skipping the run and resting.
Best wishes on complete healing!

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/21/2012 2:12PM

    I am so glad you are (reasonably) OK! It could have been so much worse. Life is a crap shoot though - you could just as easily have stayed home and tripped on something to wind up with a broken bone. All you can do is weigh the risks and hope for the best (while taking appropriate precautions too!).

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MPLSLINDA 10/21/2012 2:09PM

    Yikes! You were very fortunate to have come out as well as you did. Please continue to pay attention to signs that you may need medical attention. That said, I applaud you for listening to your left side and following your heart to biketoberfest. For taking the chance that you'll be able to do BOTH biketoberfest AND run the marathon instead of making an either/or decision. Life is full of those. Good luck and godspeed on a full recovery in time for a great marathon.

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PJBONARRIGO 10/21/2012 1:34PM

    Very glad to hear that you are OK! Your blog reminds me of one of my favorite Jimmy Buffett quotes, "I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead." So, you'll have to forgive me because I'm on a roll, my parting advice is from J.B. too- "Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see." Good luck in your marathon; I'm sure you'll be there and running. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/21/2012 1:39:01 PM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/21/2012 1:23PM

    Yikes! How awful, although I must say you're taking it very well. You may take personal responsibility, but I hope that driver pays for any repairs needed on your bike. I sounds like you didn't need medical attention. Take care and consider this an early taper for your race.

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VJH-W65 10/21/2012 1:21PM

    Sad that you were injured
Race might not be your best time but
like biketoberfest you were there.
My friend lives there and hunkers down for Biketoberfest and Daytona 500.
Have you been to Sturgis, South Dakota?
I did not get my traveling finished before
our retirement plans were erased by accidents

I'll be looking for your report about the marathon

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We were 'GREEN' long before you youngers were.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Green Thing

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right. We didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person.
Remember: Don't make old people mad.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/17/2012 7:43AM

    emoticon High five dude. Way to put it into perspective for the young bucks.

One of my pet peeves is the amount of food that youngsters waste because they don't like it or just don't clean their plates We waste NOTHING in our home. A ham bone is used to flavor a pot of beans, a spoonful of leftover veggies from dinner is tossed into a can of soup the next day.

P.S. You forgot to mention that we walked both ways to school, uphill, in the snow, with holes in our shoes, lol.

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/16/2012 7:01AM

    emoticon for the oldsters!

I kind of remember many of these from my childhood; my own kids openly wonder how we survived without central air, internet, cable and everything else that goes along with the disposable culture today.

Personally, I'm happy to have my re-usable grocery bags (and everyone here in France seems to have them), to use my reel mower instead of a gas or electric one, to walk places or take mass transit (which actually exists unlike in most places in the US) and to do whatever I can to reduce, reuse and recycle. I now have a Tassimo coffee maker instead of Keurig & was excited when they announced a program to recycle the dosettes (can't do that with the Keurig k-cups). I can live without TV and look forward to the day my kids are out of the house so I can get rid of them (but don't take my internet away or I'll get mean! lol)

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WINDSWEPTACRES 10/15/2012 3:52PM

    We still have to haul our own trash to the dump, so we make sure we reuse as much as we can.

We're not green; we're cheap. We feed kitchen scraps to our chickens and goats, and they come out the other end 'composted' for us. 'Wasted' grass hay becomes bedding for the goats, then is moved to the floor of the chicken coop. When it gets too nasty, we shovel it into wire composting bins, where it becomes an additive to next year's garden. We eat the vegetables, serve the scraps to the goats and chickens, and start the cycle again. emoticon

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DIXIEWORKHORSE 10/15/2012 11:06AM

    I admit that my generation is flat out lazy. I don't think that we could have gone through what y'all did. I loved reading this. emoticon

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DEE797 10/15/2012 9:27AM

    Good one and a reminder that us "older generation" did things this generation doesn't. Will be passing it along for sure.

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RUNNER12COM 10/15/2012 9:03AM

    This is fantastic!

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CHRIS3874 10/13/2012 9:30PM

    Too true. I know my grandpa used to do things on his farm that were on a similar vein .

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TIMOTHYNOHE 10/13/2012 8:55PM

    I explained that to my son when he was refusing to ride his bicycle two miles to help at the recycling center. I told him I was not going to drive him. If he couldn't ride his bike, the center didn't need hi that badly ... oh boy did I get an earful! And he got one right back.

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SPEEDYDOG 10/13/2012 6:55PM


When my olderst son was in grade school he was indoctronated by his young teachers that the "older" generation was selfish and didn't care if they destroyed the planet as long as the old bastards got rich. It was the sacred duty of youth to save the planet.

Of course the despicable old bastards paid property taxes that funded these teacher's salaries, and allowed them to have a job.

Hypocracy in the extreme!

BTW - not all teachers are Green Nazis!


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DAPHNE_RUNS 10/13/2012 5:58PM

    Ha, so true and soon I will be saying the same to my children.

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MAGGIE805 10/13/2012 5:00PM

    Ha!!! Love this. emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 10/13/2012 4:28PM

    I love it!!

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MASRITE 10/13/2012 4:11PM

    I've seen this one before. It's a good one!!

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BOILHAM 10/13/2012 4:02PM

    Richard, I so wish I could say I wrote this, but I stole, copied and pasted it. Still good though.

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ONMYMEDS 10/13/2012 3:43PM

    Victor, I LOVE this blog!! You nailed it. Well done!!

You should print a copy and take it back to that smart-ass youngster at the grocery store.

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RHONDALYN10 10/13/2012 3:42PM

    Hahahahaha! This is great! Thanks for the smile!

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RUNNERKDB 10/13/2012 3:37PM

    Love this! So true!

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If you are going to run 22 miles, stay off the hills.

Monday, October 08, 2012

It turned out that the longest training run before my upcoming marathon came on a day we would be visiting my daughter and the grandkids. We take our RV, park on her covered RV pad and sleep there during our visits. I wasn't too eager to do my run there, because it's hilly where she lives.

The morning of my run, all my 'stuff' had been laid out the night before, so I was ready fairly quickly once I woke up at 5:30 or so. It was foggy, 100 percent humidity and 72 degrees at 6 AM when I started out. I got out alright, but developed a problem with my Timex GPS watch at mile 1:29. It started beeping and there was a message that the memory was full. So I had to delete some previous runs, and restart the watch. In the dark. On the side of a rural road adjacent to an orange grove

Got that done, but was frustrated that I already lost time messing with the watch. I kind of wanted to get an idea of how long it would take to run 22 miles in relatively warm weather. I forgot to look at the time before I restarted the run, but I guess it was around 16 minutes, since I started slowly. So, I never got an exact run time.

I went out for a mile and a half, turned around and came back to the lake that I usually run around. It's 2 1/4 miles one way on the lake running track, but I decided to continue and go off track and return to my starting point, all the way around the lake. That was just about 3.33 miles one way. I did a couple of these, then backtracked on the running path, just trying to change up to not be so bored.

During the run, around mile 11 or so, I saw my daughters BF standing on the side of the road, next to his car. He had a cold bottle of water, and was checking up on me. That was cool. I stopped for a bit, ate another fig newton and had a sip or two of the cold water. It was getting warm already, the cold water was good. Better than the warm water I had been drinking from the fountains placed around the running/walking track on the lake.

Being a Saturday morning, there were other runners and walkers out there. Lots of them. When I started out in the dark, I was the sole runner for what seemed like a long time. Then they came, in droves. Mostly all cheerful smiling faces. Old guys walking and talking. Young runners flying by in each direction. Women with kids in strollers. Moms and daughters. I like seeing other runners, makes it more fun.

So, I continue to run, it gets warmer and eventually, I am the only runner out there again. Wow, this is a long run. No runners, some runners, lots of runners, the herd thins out. Now they've all gone home, because it is too hot to run. But, I continue. And man, it feels like a hundred degrees out. I'm really wearing down. And there is daughters BF, Tom, again.

More water, and best of all, encouragement. He took my picture, told me I was looking good. And being the nice guy he is, asks me if I want to sit down for a while. I smile graciously and said, "Naw, I think I better keep going, but thanks anyway". I drink some of his cold water, and am silently grateful that my daughter chose such a nice guy for a boyfriend. He asked how I was doing and I checked my watch, told him I had about 5 more miles to go.

I run some more. Now I have about 2 miles to go to make 22 miles, I head back to the RV. I'd underestimated how far it was to the house, so it turns out I was to run farther than 22 miles, about 22.5 actually.

The sun is beating down, and I am whipped. My heart rate is over 170, and I am concerned it's too high. So I walk more. I try to run, but almost immediately the HR goes up to 170 plus. I had read about being careful in the heat, and pay attention to heart rate, so I'm going to play it safe, shelve my ego and walk the last mile. It is now 82 degrees, and I'm in direct Florida sun, I try to run, but that danged HR keeps going up. Besides, the way home is uphill. Like I said, there were lots of hills on this run. So, I mostly walk back, and soon enough I am done.

Total mileage was about 22.5 and the time was just about 5 hours and 7 minute. Not a bad effort for the conditions. I was pretty tired, but still resisted the effort to crash. I did my foam roller and stretches for a short time. Rested a bit then did the stretches and rollers again. I remained kind of tired all day, this run took a lot out of me.

Oh yeah, my knees were perfect! No real pain. My new Altra zero drop shoes are working fine for me. My feet were sore. No pain like I'd been having. Sore is fine, though.

Today, 2 days later I feel fully recovered. So, my longest run ever was a success. I sure hope it is cooler in Savannah when I do my marathon. That would be good. But, even if it gets up to the 80s, I know I can finish.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/16/2012 6:53AM

I've only just started my marathon training & right now when I look at that kind of distance I get kind of weak in the knees; 22 miles is pretty scary from the beginning end of training.

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REBECCAMA 10/10/2012 1:19PM

  That is awesome! I live near a lake where a 5K takes place and there is a large hill. It is about 2K uphill, and 2K downhill, and 1K flat. I can't imagine doing that about 7 times or whatever to make it 22 miles. I can barely manage to WALK it once in a while. Congratulations!

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PIXIEMOM13 10/10/2012 1:08PM

    I am in total awe. Honestly.
I think about a full marathon, and to be honest the commitment to training is a bit scary... and I totally admire and honor those who are able to do it.

You are going to ROCK your marathon.

And so glad your daughter's boyfriend is so nice! Especially with the cold water and encouragement... that's a lifesaver!

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MRE1956 10/9/2012 5:37AM


Gotta hate them hills, though - I agree!


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JENN03275 10/8/2012 7:54PM

    Great Job!!!!

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MASRITE 10/8/2012 2:56PM

    Wow is all I can say!! That is truly inspiring. You are a beast and going to smoke your marathon. I can't believe you did 22.5 miles. AWESOME!! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 10/8/2012 1:37PM

    Pretty darn good for an old coot!! Nice job, friend.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 10/8/2012 1:25PM

    Vic, no pain, no gain. You are going to pass a few "young ones" on those hills during your marathon. Kudos for using your HR monitor on your long runs. I need your help on how to use mine. Funny that you should mention your Garmin mishap; this happened to another sparker on Saturday, MBSHAZZER. She had to stop her run and delete a few as well. I guess I should do the same.

Yea, the humidity was awful Saturday morning. Good thing you had your daughter's boyfriend checking up on you. Drinking cold water on a long hot run is priceless. I know what you mean about feeling zapped for the whole day. The same would happen to me on my long runs. I would take it easy and rest not bothering to venture out of the house when I felt that way. I think the humidity should be gone by November, but heat could still be an issue. Nonetheless, you are used to running in the heat so you will be a okay. Now wouldn't it be great if your family are spread throughout the race to make sure you have ice cold water every few miles. emoticon

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TIMOTHYNOHE 10/8/2012 1:17PM

    It is good you trained on some hills because you'll need them for the on-ramps to the Truman. Or up the off ramps. And the last stretch up Anderson St is a long, slow shallow climb. Just what you need at the end of 26 miles.

I will be in LA that weekend visiting Miguelito, but I will be jealous every moment that I cannot be in Savannah. Next year. For certain. (and maybe I will do a full, probably not, but I want to leave the door ajar).

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LAURIE5658 10/8/2012 10:35AM

    Vic, from my experience you did perfect with this momentous long run. Training runs aren't meant to be pretty as this is when you have to gut it out. Take pride in what you have accomplished especially at your age.

You RAWK!!!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/8/2012 10:23AM

    Wow! It sounds like a great experience all in all. How nice that the BF was there for you, he is a keeper for sure!
I am a new runner, but have found it helpful to rely on my HR.
You are an inspiration, my friend!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/8/2012 10:11AM

    DUDE, you are so awesome. Loved reading your experience, it was a good thing you slowed down, the heat will whip ya and it's really great that you did it on a not-so nice day, ya never know what the weather will be like on race day. Way to go in sticking it out... Don't quit when you're tired, quit when you're done, that's my new mantra. You always inspire me, what is the date of your marathon?

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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

    emoticon emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 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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MAGGIE805 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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DAPHNE_RUNS 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

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
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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FANGFACEKITTY 9/22/2012 3:28PM

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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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DAPHNE_RUNS 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.

Comment edited on: 9/15/2012 12:53:45 PM

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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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