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15 mile LR report

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Seems like old times again. Today was my first longish run since I did my first marathon in November. Took it easy for a while just to rest the old bones and make sure I was ready to do another. I had a half marathon last week as a training run as well.

So I did 15 miles this morning. Weather was kind of cool when I started out, about 60F and got warmer, 70F by the time I ended.

I started out really slowly, using the first mile as a warm up. Ran one of my usual routes, so nothing really cool happened in the beginning. It is getting to the point where I have a lot of people waving at me. In cars, or just out in their lawns puttering around. That's kind of cool. I think I'm a regular sight for them now.

I have tried a new section of town, where I am out in the open more on a more public road. Nice - different scenery, but it's out in the sun, and I don't care for that too much. I got pretty warm out there today. 70 degress doesn't seem very warm, but at mile 13 and 14 it is for me.

Oh, one interesting thing happened. I heard sirens coming at me, as I chugged up a hill. Couldn't see until the last moment that it was a Firetruck with the lights flashing. And right behind it was another small firetruck with Santa and Mrs. Claus! I yelled "Hey Santa!" and some kid (elf?) with them threw a handful of candy at me. I kept running, but there were some little tykes in a yard who thanked me when they saw the candy being thrown. I don't think Santa's helper would have seen those kids, so I am glad I yelled to them.

I didn't feel like this was a good run. I got tired soon, and never really got a second wind or anything. Just felt kind of blah, but that's fine. They can't all be special. And in retrospect, I have been pushing myself with the marathon and half marathon fairly close together, and then starting up training again fairly soon. Not being a youngster, I am walking that thin line hetween training hard and training too hard.

My strategy for this marathon is to not run for time again - I aint't that fast anyway. Just get out there and have a nice run. It is a very small venue, I think they had just under 300 marathoners and around 600 half marathoners last year.

Although this is a small marathon, the competition is very good. The track must be cleared by 6 hours. According to the records of past results I will surely be one of the slower runners and will probably be on my own a lot of the time. I think I'll like that. It's the way I train. All alone. Perhaps without crowd support it will feel like a training run and will slow me down. So, I've decided to just relax and enjoy it.

I get so much support from my family and friends! They all know that I've signed up for 2 more marathons already. This one and the Savannah Rock N Roll again, which will be my 3rd. I'll get my crowd support fix there! People just love to see old folks pushing themselves. So, my times don't matter -- I get love bombed just for running! Who knew?

I just wanted to lose a few pounds, which I have. But who knew I would get to this point. Run a marathon. Do another 3 months later? Never would have thought that possible. But, I think it is.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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MARGARITTM 12/17/2012 12:39PM

    Yeah some of them kinda stink actually - (read my R and R Las Vegas report) UGH...

Have not ventured in the full marathon yet.... on my bucket list though!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/17/2012 12:11PM

    Lots of emoticon bombs coming your way. Keep up the good work, you are such an inspiration.
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ROXYZMOM 12/16/2012 10:55PM

    Thank you so much for sharing that! I ran two HM's in a row this past Fall and am feeling the same way when I run right now. My next one is in 4 weeks and I am still trying to get excited about it. I think it's a combination of cold weather/too much to do during the holidays/getting dark too early/allergies wearing me down. I am sure the Spark will hit again soon!!

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LINDAKAY228 12/16/2012 5:32PM

    Great job! You really have come so far and who would have guessed this would happen! Even though it wasn't great by your standards, you did it! And those kids got candy and so they we happy. Never know when we do something that touches someone else by just doing what we do.

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NINJALINDA 12/16/2012 1:51PM

    It is kinda cool when you have a regular route and start waving back & forth with folks who live on that route. There's a couple of kids that live on my route - I think they look for me every Saturday. They seem to get pretty excited to see me run by, anyway.

Hope your training goes well and you have a great marathon!

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HEIDI-25 12/16/2012 8:36AM

    It is a fine line- that training and overtraining part. I wish you lots of good runs. Careful of the heat. Good luck! You are an inspiration.

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REMEMBER2BME 12/16/2012 6:54AM

    So glad I subscribed to your blog. It is motivating. I agree with you. Your schedule seems pretty darn tight but you do seem to be trying to give yourself a break when you can. I only ran the one marathon. I miss the sense of accomplishment. It was the greatest. I only run on my treadmill. 3 miles tops daily, wog that is (walk/jog).

I must say you have me intrigued a bit regarding the Savannah marathon. I am just south of Charlotte so that would not be too terribly far. Hum.

Keep up the great work and thanks for the update.

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RUNNER12COM 12/16/2012 12:33AM

    You know you can do this. I'll be waiting to read your fantastic race recap post-marathon!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/16/2012 12:14AM

    Haha - I thought the same thing TIMOTHYNOHE thought about the "cool" 60's weather! LOL Here in MI - 60's is a tropical heatwave!! HAHA.

I felt the same way about my workout today - but no matter what I am sure glad it's done. Never did get that glowing feeling about it...but tomorrow I will be real glad I did it!! :-)

WTG on your long run!! :-) I love reading your blog!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 12/15/2012 11:10PM

    Weather was kind cool, he says. In the mod 60s, he says. Humph.

Great job doing impossible things! Two marathons. Way to go.

And I am guessing you mean Savannah RnR 2013, 'cause, dude if you mean 2012, I gotta tell ya, you missed it already. I'll see you there. I plan to revisit Savannah in 2013 even though 2011 crossed Georgia off my list but I liked it so much I want to go back.

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DALID414 12/15/2012 6:22PM

    Must be comforting, to have people wave and acknowledge they see you running (like a mini love bomb, maybe?)

Running is definitely addicting, I'm proof. I hated it when I first started, I felt so tortured! But I kept at it, did the SP Virtual 5K Trick or Treat Trot, set a goal and acomplished it! I haven't done any 'real' events (not much into crowds), but I'm considering putting it on my New Year's Health Resolutions list.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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SEABREEZE64 12/15/2012 5:55PM

    It WAS a great run 'cause you did it!!!

Someone on one of the running teams posted a link to an age grading calculator that I found interesting. You can compare yourself to other runners your age at the distances that you are training for or compare yourself (with a running handicap) to someone 25. Sort of neat!

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HALFFAST 12/15/2012 5:31PM

    Love bombed- Lol! I love it! And you, sir, are simply amazing!

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NATPLUMMER 12/15/2012 5:23PM

    Not every run is fabulous but I think you did great!

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Ya say ya want inspiration? Okay, read on.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

I was in the hospital when my nephew Nick Newell was born. His Dad, Errol, I have known since birth also.

Errol was a champion High School wrestler when he was a teen, and a local legend in wrist wrestling in Milford, CT. I was friends with his older sister, Christine. You may know Chris as my DW, which makes Errol my BIL, and Nick is my nephew.

Nick followed in Dad's footsteps, and became a local legend as well. He was a champion wrestler in H.S. He went on to attain over 300 victories in HS and college.

I remember Nick when he was a toddler. He refused to wear his prosthetic. He'd take it off over and over again. He was not comfortable with it and and preferred using his "little arm" as he called it. You see, Nick was born a congenital amputee. Just below his below his left elbow his arm ends.

He was willful. He knew instinctively that he should adapt to what he was born with. Somehow he knew that only by rejecting the artificial limb could he grow to excell.

Today he is the XFC Lightweight Champion in MMA (mixed martial arts).

He won the title last night in Nashville, TN and I couldn't be more proud of him.

At his young age, he has been an inspiration to this old coot. I think of him from time to time, like when I get tired doing my long runs. It is humbling to me when I think of Nick, and what he has done with his life.

My little discomforts in life pale in comparison to this champion. My nephew, Nick "Notorious" Newell.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 2/21/2013 10:29AM

    That is very impressive! Thank you for sharing his story!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/16/2012 5:52PM

    Wow!! That is awesome!!! :-) That really is inspiring....and puts my little qualms just so...SMALL. Thanks for sharing this! :-)

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REMEMBER2BME 12/13/2012 3:33PM

    Amazing!!! Too Cool!!!!

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MARATHONDAD 12/12/2012 6:56PM

    thats amazing in my city there was a 1 armed boxer and he was really good

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SOUTH_FORK 12/11/2012 2:29PM

    Wow! That's fantastic- I'm sure he knows how loved he is and how proud you are of his accomplishments!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/11/2012 7:08AM

    WOW, what a true inspiration and thanks for sharing. Truly a wonderful young man - not only making the best of his situation but being a shining example to others. What a true champion.

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LINDAKAY228 12/9/2012 3:45PM

    Oh my gosh he truly is inspiring! Thanks for sharing his wonderful story and congratulations on his championship!

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LISAINMS 12/9/2012 11:34AM

    Wow! What an inspiring young man!

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SYNCHRODAD 12/9/2012 9:46AM

    Nick is one of two fighters in the background of the XFC homepage. To be featured in your chosen profession's home page is quite an honor. He's looking a bit tougher in his older picture in your blog!

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FAITH__IN__ME 12/8/2012 8:16PM

    Kids know who they are since they are very young, it sounds like your nephew did too. I'm glad he didnt let his differences detour him.

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LAURIE5658 12/8/2012 8:02PM

    Oh Vic, what a wonderful blog and THANK YOU for sharing! How proud y'all must be of Nick!

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DORAL33178 12/8/2012 7:51PM

    Vic, thanks for sharing your nephew's success. His hard work is definitely paying off. Please tell him congrats from your Spark friends.


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KANDOLAKER 12/8/2012 7:02PM

    Most emoticon ! Thanks so much for sharing - and all the best to Nick (and you)!!

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WONDERWOMAN 12/8/2012 6:11PM

    emoticon You have every right to be a very, very proud uncle. An amazing young man.

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CINDHOLM 12/8/2012 4:10PM

    Incredible Thanx for sharing!!

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ONMYMEDS 12/8/2012 12:11PM

    Wow, a whole family of tough guys. Very impressive.

9-0 pro record. An amazing young man.

He even has his own space in Wikipedia.


And a very good blog, Vic. Thanks for posting.

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WINDSURFNERD 12/8/2012 11:41AM

    Wow, that crooked smile melts this old crone's heart. There's a reason why people don't say "left hand of a champion", the proper saying is "HEART of a champion", you can see the fire in Nick's eyes in those pictures! And his awesome physique, oh my! You both deserve to be proud.

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SEABREEZE64 12/8/2012 11:40AM

    Very awesome!
He is lucky to have an uncle like you!

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KELSEY54 12/8/2012 11:28AM

    Amazing! It just proves if you go after what you want, the rewards follow. Congrats Nick! emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 12/8/2012 11:00AM

    That is so incredibly awesome!

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DALID414 12/8/2012 10:53AM

    Wow, how inspiring!

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RAINEMARIE214 12/8/2012 10:14AM

    Thats amazing! And truly an inspiration!

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RHONDALYN10 12/8/2012 10:11AM

    So AWESOME!!!
I love stories like this!

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ROXYZMOM 12/8/2012 8:03AM

    That is motivation and totally awesome! I can see why you are so proud!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/8/2012 7:53AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It's just what I needed to read this morning.

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Boilham - you are such a sap!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

I'm not generally a sappy kind of guy. But this will be a kind of mushy blog.

If you spent time with me, you might be surprised that I am fairly quiet, and introspective guy. I might have an occasionaly burst of enthusiasm, but I settle down again right away. I guess I just don't show emotions openly, or just am so self absorbed, I just want to be left alone.

Having said that, I must admit I have found my Spark friends to be so supportive and kind to me, I have to thank them publicly. You guys know who you are, the constant supporters who love bomb me. I don't think I can reciprocate that type of caring and kindness, it just doesn't come naturally to me. But, my non-cyber friends accept me that way. They know I care for them, but I don't verbalize it very well. I am not a social butterfly. I used to be. I was the "life of the party" when I was younger.

Now, I'm content with my life. The luckiest guy in the world,I call myself. Although I'm not inclined to act it out these days.

It must be easier to write sappy stuff like this than say it aloud. But, I am compelled to thank you all, you know who you are, for your constant support. I feel a bunch of you genuinely care about me and my progress with my athletic endeavors. If not, boy, you are really good at faking it!

Okay, that's it. I'm feeling pretty goofy right now. But - I faced my fears and sent some love out to you all.

Really - thanks for being there for me. You guys truly are good for me, and I feel I might be lacking in returning that kindness.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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ANNIEELISE 1/9/2013 8:07PM

  Very nice blog and nice to see you here! Best wishes for good running this year.

Your friend Annie M from the runners blog!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/5/2012 1:54PM

    emoticon We all LOVE you too VIC. emoticon

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MASRITE 12/3/2012 12:10PM

    Sap away, Vic!!

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HEIDI-25 12/3/2012 10:32AM

    :) I find it interesting- for me it is easier to give compliments than it is to receive them. It must be that I don't really believe that the compliment is deserved in some strange way when it is directed at me but I really am sincere when I give them. Weird :D

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DALID414 12/2/2012 4:22PM

    Introverts unite! (Contradiction isn't it?) emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 12/2/2012 11:45AM

    It's an amazing community, isn't it?!

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SEABREEZE64 12/2/2012 10:54AM

    I love the phrase - Only the strong are saps! Thank you FANGFACEKITTY!!!

Great post! Thanks so much for sharing this part of you!

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FUNFROG79 12/2/2012 10:52AM

    I can totally relate! What a fantastic feeling!

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MARATHONDAD 12/2/2012 10:50AM

    great blog buddy and u make it easy to send love to u are a amazing man and look up to u

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NWFL59 12/2/2012 10:45AM

    emoticon emoticon

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STRIVER57 12/2/2012 10:28AM

    as Doral said, it's much easier to be sappy online ... and there's actually nothing rong with it. in fact, i think it's good (in moderation, like ice cream). and as Daisybell says, tis the season. and i've been very grateful for your support.

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LAURIE5658 12/2/2012 10:19AM

    Vic, I cannot convey just how much respect I have for you and the person that you are. I am a great judge of character with spot on intuition and you are one in a million. I feel so lucky to have found you on Spark and THANK YOU for YOUR support and encouragement. I truly appreciate YOU!

Happy running, my friend!


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FANGFACEKITTY 12/2/2012 10:19AM

    Verbalizing is tough and not for everyone. In real life I am an introverted prickly pear. My true friends & family accept that; those that have problems with it...well, it's more their problem than mine.

Saying "thank you" is easy. Or it is easy if your parents were anything like mine, pounding politeness into me or else emoticon

Truly appreciating and conveying that appreciation is a lot harder to do, on many levels.

Only the strong are saps! emoticon equals emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/2/2012 10:17AM

    I totally understand what you are saying. My SP friends have helped me so much! By nature I'm a loner and I like it that way but here I feel much more comfortable opening up and interacting with others than in my f2f world. And the opportunity to meet, even if online, people from all over the world is awesome and to find out how alike we are. A few of them I've gotten the chance to meet f2f that I never would have met outside of here and they are truly wonderful friends. 2 in particular come to mind. I am so grateful for this site and the people here too.

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DORAL33178 12/2/2012 10:14AM

    I so understand you, Vic; I am the same way. I would rather read a book than plan a party for a group of friends. But since I am not face to face with is easier to come out of my shell and send a word of encouragement to my spark friends.

I got in my 6 miler and now I will do a couple of much needed chores and then the sofa and Lifetime Movie channel it is for me. They are showing Christmas theme sappy movies all day until Christmas.

Thanks for being you. emoticon

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DAISYBELL6 12/2/2012 10:05AM

    This is the season for being sappy. and it was much appreciated!

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    Good for you. It's nice to feel that way isn't it? Enjoy it.


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SPARKABELLA13 12/2/2012 9:35AM

    Well done ... I'm sure your friends/supporters will appreciate your effort.


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OUC Half Marathon in the books.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

This morning I did the OUC Half Marathon and had a nice run. Weather could not have been better. nice and cool.

I had intended to not race hard but rather use it as a training run. I was fairly successful at this, but my pace was slightly higher than I originally planned for. I was thinking about 2:20 - 2:25 would be good, but I'm not good at pacing.

In the beginning, I walked every 5 minutes or so, and had it nice and easy. Eventually even this pace became tiring as I continued on. I continued my run/walk strategy, trying to get a feel at pacing for my upcoming marathon in February. At the 6 mile mark I had a time of 1:01 not too bad, a trifle fast though.

The miles passed, and when I got to mile 12, I was doing fine. I got a bit caught up in the crowd cheering and walked less than I had been doing.

Ending up with a nice finish time of 2:17:21 only 4 seconds off what my Timex Ironman watch reported. I guess it's pretty accurate.

So far no pain or cramps, that's good news. Let's see how I feel tomorrow. I hope I don't need a long recovery time, 'cuz I'd like to get right back to my Hal Higdon Marathon training program right away.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Here's a picture of the bling for my friend Daphne (Doral33178)

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/7/2012 6:57AM

    Congratulations! You look great by the way and you have a terrific name for racing - the VICTOR comes across the finish line!

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    Wish I knew you were going to be there to meet up. I pulled out a 2:21:59 even with my iffy Achilles. I thought it was way too warm personally.

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RUNNER12COM 12/2/2012 11:46AM

    Cool medal and nice job!

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FUNFROG79 12/2/2012 10:49AM

    Great work! Impressive medal! emoticon

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STRIVER57 12/2/2012 10:06AM

    excellent!! planning the walks helps ... and training to them. yes i've become a galloway convert! and happy birthday, only slightly late!

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LISAINMS 12/2/2012 9:38AM

    Congratulations! Pacing is hard when there is an exciting crowd around.

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MASRITE 12/1/2012 11:24PM

    Love the bling!! You did such an awesome job on this half. That is a great time for a run/walk. You are on FIRE!!! emoticon

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    Awesome job! You are such an inspiration!

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LAURIE5658 12/1/2012 7:23PM

    Great work, Vic! HM's can be successfully used for training runs and you proved that. Nice bling there, Vic!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 12/1/2012 4:54PM

    Cool bling!! Great race report & awesome time!!

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ROXYZMOM 12/1/2012 4:25PM

    That is great! Glad you are enjoying your birthday! Cool medal!

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DAISYBELL6 12/1/2012 4:18PM

    Great Job! emoticon

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CINDHOLM 12/1/2012 3:53PM

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DORAL33178 12/1/2012 2:20PM

    Vic, congrats on a great finish. It is so much more enjoyable to run when the weather is nice.

I am a fan of the Hal Hidgon's training plans myself....just upgraded to the intermediate half plan.

I would love to see a close up of your bling.

Rest up and enjoy your weekend. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/1/2012 2:17PM

    emoticon It's hard to hold yourself back when there's an "event" in progress. But you did well!

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PMRUNNER 12/1/2012 1:28PM

    Way to go! You rock! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/1/2012 1:23PM

    Great job! Congratulations!

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KELSEY54 12/1/2012 1:14PM

    Congrats! emoticon

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JACKIE542 12/1/2012 1:10PM

    Good job, congratulations. emoticon

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SEABREEZE64 12/1/2012 1:02PM

    Congratulation.... Looks like a nice day!

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DALID414 12/1/2012 1:01PM

    Wow! You speed demon!!

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ONMYMEDS 12/1/2012 1:00PM

    Another great job. You are kicking my butt at every distance. But then, you ARE younger than I am, so I'll take that into account.


Nice race, buddy.

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PASTAFARIAN 12/1/2012 12:38PM

    Excellent race report - thanks for sharing! You made me laugh at "Eventually even this pace became tiring as I continued on." You mean I'm not supposed to get tired when I run my HMs? :-)

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Have we gone insane?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Our local Hostess distributor is going out of business today. They are having a final sale of Hostess products at their Bakery Outlet. Twinkies and HoHos will be disappearing from store shelves.

I am watching the local TV news station, on the scene reporting on this event. There is a line 2 blocks long of folks who are waiting for the store to open so they can stuck up on Hostess supplies.

The people in line look line most of the 'before' pictures I see on the spark people profiles. And let me congratulate those who are posting those beautiful 'after' pictures along with their own before pictures.

I was already in shock that this was a news event, and that people were reacting in this manner. I mean, come on, feeling a need to hoard Hostess stuff?

So then, the reporter stops while paces by the line, and speaks to a portly woman, who is with her rather large husband who is holding an infant. The customer explains that Hostess was a big part of her life when she was growing up (surprise, surprise) and that she did not want to 'deprive' her kids of the opportunity to enjoy them in their own childhood. She planned to save them for the kids to savor at a later date.

Don't get me wrong, I love my sweets and treats, including Hostess products. When I first heard they were going out of business I was not happy to hear that an American icon had failed as a business. But, I moved on. I knew I could get products which were every bit as tasty as their products, had I ever gotten a craving for HoHos, Twinkies or similar comfort food.

I just don't get why this story is on the news. Worthy of being repeated several times already this morning. The reporter has yet to wink at the camera and nod her head in the direction of those in line. She is playing this seriously, like those folks in line are a perfectly normal slice of society.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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LANEYTHEGIRL 12/12/2012 2:11PM

    I often wonder if a percentage of the people rushing the stores and in those lines are just getting swept up in the chaos. Like on their own, they would be more rational. Then they see a few people going to the stores to buy these treats, and they panic. They get tricked into thinking they are losing something of great value. Trust me folks, there is plenty of junk food to fill the void. No need to panic. Oreo cookies are pretty tasty. I should know. I love them although it's been some time since I've had one.

Also, being in the news business myself, it's silly to say this should be ignored and not covered. The news value here is that people are doing something absolutely absurd so it's interesting. Case in point, someone wrote a whole blog about it and we are sitting here talking about it right now. We went out and interviewed people lined up three days early to take advantage of Black Friday. Those people were equally absurd. If nobody cared, it wouldn't be on the news.

Great blog!

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MRE1956 12/1/2012 7:44AM

    Sigh - yes, I fear that you are *right* and that we are, indeed, going insane.....


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HEALTHY-SPARK 11/29/2012 7:44PM

    hah. Sometimes when I see crazy news stories like this, I think to myself, wow, there really must not be much else to report on in the world today. Personally, I figured they went out of business because they are so unhealthy -- and if this woman on the news was planning on keeping those around long enough so that her infant child could enjoy them, what does that say about the nutritional content of these items? Eek.

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MYTIME 11/29/2012 3:16PM

    Boilham, loved seeing you complete a marathon, for purely selfish reasons, as in, I still have a chance at 53, lol. AND, love your wallpaper.

PMrunner, your might try SaraLee Lite, whole wheat. There is one that has a touch of honey that is sweeter than their regular wheat. Only 45 calories a slice, light texture, ky grandkids eat it fine.

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PMRUNNER 11/27/2012 10:44AM

    I had the opportunity to meet and talk to ABC news journalist John McWethy a few years back. He related a story where he was on a plane making small talk with the woman next to him. It came around to asking what he did, and he told her that he was a journalist. (this was at the height of the surge in Iraq and he had been embedded with one of the units serving over there) She then said something about how it really bothered her that the media spent so much time covering things like the war in Iraq instead of important things like Pamela Anderson or Brangelina or Paris Hilton or fill in the celebrity de jour.

Overweight people hoarding twinkies and ho-hos is news because people watch it. It is kind of like rubbernecking when passing a traffic accident.

That being said, my wife and kids don't eat bread with flavor/fiber/taste. The closest they got to healthier bread was wonder white wheat bread. Now I have to find a new bread that they will eat and that is nutritionally better than cardboard!

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ROXYZMOM 11/27/2012 8:32AM

    I was saddened to see it go, but, I haven't eaten a Twinkie or HoHo since I was a kid. I don't think a lotbofvpeople have which one of the reasons they ate closing. I will miss Wonderbread - I had the wheat bread delivered to my school for the past 15 years. Since they owned so many bread brands, I expect the bread prices to rise. I couldn't imagine freezing twinkies and hohos for my kids. Their kids are going to end up being just as heavy with role models like that -- so sad : (

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/27/2012 7:32AM

    That story definitely sounds way over blown to me. I too was upset to hear another icon was going under, but to line up two blocks for a twinky....utterly ridiculous. I have not had a twinkie since I was a kid, I know I would probably die if I read the ingredient list, lol. Nothing beats a diet coke can of diet pepsi, one box of choc cake mix, cool whip and fresh strawberries, a healthy substitute for the ho ho's.

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/26/2012 4:22PM

    To answer your question, in my opinion, yes, we, as a nation, have lost our minds.

I just checked, and today's figures indicate that we eat an average between 150 and 158 POUNDS of sugar a year.

If that's an average, somebody's gotta be eating a whole lot more than that to make up for those of us who don't.

Any wonder our health issues are soaring?!

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/26/2012 4:14PM

    I feel bad that Hostess is going out of business. When I was growing up (back in the Dark Ages), everyone bought Wonderbread. Honestly, it did make the best grilled cheese sandwiches. I got Hostess cupcakes in my lunch bag when I went on field trips.

The point. I'm sad that a national icon is going out of business because I do have fond memories of eating Hostess products as a kid. I feel the poor Twinkie was wrongly maligned for being the source of America's expanding waistline. The American obesity problem goes way beyond the Twinkie and Ho Ho.

a couple of years ago, a friend brought in some Twinkies. I hadn't had one in years. Figured one Twinkie at 100 calories was mostly harmless. Tried it. This was not the Twinkie of my youth. Hostess did change their ingredients over the years. So, it didn't taste the same as I remembered.

Still, I feel bad that all those employees are now out of work. that's not hundreds, that's thousands. very sad. I hope another company may be able to buy them and re-invigorate the brand name. Life isn't the same without Hostess.

Yeah, I'm living a healthy lifestyle and try to avoid highly processed foods. But... you don't have to be perfect to be healthy. Even a Twinkie once in a while can still be a part of a healthy lifestyle.

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/26/2012 4:12PM

    I agree, I do not believe it is that important to actually send a news reporter out, there are more important things for the news I believe.

I do not eat sweets that often and if my son had a choice he would gladly take something healthy over junk food.

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KJELLYBEAN15 11/26/2012 4:11PM

    I am so thankful that I do not have access to a TV right now. Really? Don't get me wrong, I'm sure I have a few pounds or more on my body thanks to a few too many Zingers, but give me a break. Depriving a child of warm fattening goodies is nothing to call the newscast about. Change the angle and grieve for the employees who just lost a job.

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GOPINTOS 11/26/2012 3:54PM

    Enjoyed this blog! Thanks for sharing!

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FUNFROG79 11/26/2012 9:57AM

    Depriving the child of sugary snacks is probably the BEST thing you can do for them. I don't know why people are freaking out anyway, bc the recipes are online-lol!

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DORAL33178 11/25/2012 8:28PM

    My husband bought Twinkies for the kids a few months ago and they did not like them...yay!!! Can't say I will miss them myself. Of course I grew up eating all of Hostesses snacks, but I stopped eating them when I went to college.

Sad that another American icon is disappearing, but this one will be better off gone. There are too many health issues today that was brought on by people eating too much of the wrong things like Ho Hos and Twinkies. And besides there is still plenty of junk out there.

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LINDAKAY228 11/25/2012 7:53PM

    I liked Hostess too but not enough to stand in line anywhere to buy them, even if they will be no more. And not enough definitely to pay some of the prices I"ve heard they are going for now since they are stopping production. There is enough other junk food out there I have to avoid without hoarding Hostess!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 11/25/2012 6:00PM

    I am always amazed by what is now considered 'news'. I truly do not recall anything remotely Hollywood related as being a part of the nightly news. But...we interrupt talking about war and floods in NY to discuss what teeny bopper broke up with who this week.
So honestly, it is not surprising that poison in the form of a baked 'treat' is news to some. It is rather sickening. I certainly hope they stop spending money on studies to figure out why obesity is an issue in the US.
As for Hostess, someone will buy it and keep on baking that crap. Twinkies will continue to survive all of us. I would put money on it.

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/25/2012 1:56PM

    I, personally, am insane and I embrace it! But that is insane by "normal" people's definitions because I don't like Twinkies or Ding Dongs, I exercise regularly, and I eat reasonably healthy. I don't fit in with the majority anymore, so that makes me insane.

I can see why it would be a news story...look at all the unhealthy people so desperate to stay that way that they line up for hours to stockpile Twinkies and is this really a good idea? Too bad the news media didn't go with that angle, probably too afraid of potential lawsuits for making someone "feel bad" about their poor life choices.

Although even when I was very overweight...I would never have done what those people are doing.

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WINDSURFNERD 11/25/2012 1:25PM

    What's insane is that they call those people "normal" and US "insane"...for running and racing! I'll keep my form of insanity, thank you ;-)

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LAURIE5658 11/25/2012 12:51PM

    Vic, to me this entire country is wildly wonky right now and I find it very disturbing. Nuff said.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/25/2012 12:43PM

    Oh well, there will still be Little Debbie and Tasty Kakes.


Seriously, if they ALL disappeared we'd be better off. Along with Coca Cola and 7up...

But our society is destined to go the way depicted in WALL-E.

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MJZHERE 11/25/2012 12:11PM

  Thank you for the laugh this morning - both DH and I really enjoyed your perspective on the line. I really don't understand the news - the comment on the homeless made me think. In Phx, homelessness is growing - weekly - we are down there at least twice a week and watching the increase which is phenomenal, and our news reports how much it is down (when they report anything). But let us not forget, hostess sales must be at an all time high right now. Thanks again for this post.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/25/2012 11:45AM

    Sometimes I think we go the opposite extreme like "ex-smokers" who are so completely intolerant of those who still do. BUT, that said, it's just a sign of the times. Hopefully it means we are eating more healthfully that a business like Hostess is going under... but probably it just means the national taste has changed.

I'm just glad I no longer crave or feel the need to gorge on such things, even though I did as a teen.

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MARATHONDAD 11/25/2012 11:19AM

    yes that is sad buddy I dont know how this is even news worthy with all the homeless and sick people in the world.

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ONMYMEDS 11/25/2012 10:19AM

    If our society can make celebrities out of Kardashians and Hillary Hiltons, it can make news out of ANYTHING.

I stopped subscribing to our local paper when I discovered the quality of writing was about on the level of a grade school newsletter.

Unfortunately, I think those same writers are now working for Yahoo. But then I start reading the readers comments and realize the writing level is right on target with its audience.

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JACKIE542 11/25/2012 9:44AM

    It is amazing what reporters think is newsworthy, I say enough already. Look at the bakery items out there more than enough to take there place. I loved Hostess too, but I gave all this up. emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 11/25/2012 9:32AM

    Oh, please! Please deprive your child of hostess as it is garbage, garbage, garbage!
I cannot believe this was news worth either! I look around me and see all these very over weight people out in restaurants and want to tell them to wake up before it is too late! Keep spreading the spark! emoticon

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