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Relaxing and Building Endurance.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

It's been less than 2 weeks since my last race, and the first time in quite a while since I haven't been in training for an upcoming event.

While I do enjoy the official pre-race training, this is good too. I am officially in 'recovery' mode right now, so I am expected to take it easy. I'm not sure if I am doing too much running right now, but my body says I am doing fine. I take it slow, and am walking and running to ensure the knees and ankles stay injury free. But, I am putting in the miles as well. I like it. I'm burning calories and eating less, too.

I am also doing more ST lately. I'm doing lots of core work now in addition to upper body training. Less intensity and focus on race preparation gives me more energy to strength train so that's good. I'm able to do both ST and running with equal intensity. I like that. Now I don't feel like I'm putting the weight training on the back burner because I will need that energy for race day.

So, I was just thinking about how differently I approach my running during different times, and thought I'd put it to words.

My next marathon will be in November, so I do have that one run to train for, but it's quite a way off. For now, I will just enjoy my running while building up my endurance until official training starts.

I am feeling great, slimming down a bit and life is good!

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


  
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MASRITE 3/15/2013 3:12PM

    I'm glad to see that you're "taking it easy" right now. After all those races you did, right after the other, you needed to take a break. Glad you're enjoying your st and even slimming down. Nice!!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 3/15/2013 12:23PM

    I can relate to how you feel Vic. I just finished my last race on Sunday and so far I do not have anything to train for. I took this week off from running and feel guilty doing so, but my schedule has been too busy for me to squeeze in a run. Looking forward to hitting the pavement on Sunday for sure.

If there was some way to add an hour or two to my day, I would like to think I could get more things accomplished....not likely but still a dream. I need to look over the old planner and see how I can add more strength training to my schedule. Over the summer, I am going to do more ST since I will have more free time to do so and hopefully I will be able to drop the last ten pounds I want to lose. I really don't mind doing ST, but right now the only free time I have is when the kids are home; lately they have been playing together one moment and fighting like cats and dogs the next. I don't want to start my ST only to be interrupted minutes later. It is never a dull moment in my house with my two kids.

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SEABREEZE65 3/15/2013 7:21AM

    You are doing great. I am in recovery - maintenance mode right now. My brother, Jay, finally responded about Panama. This is what he said, "Tell your running friend that He and I were in Panama at the same time. We probably did not know each other because he was at the receiver site and I was at the transmitter site at Summit, C.Z."

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CM_GARDNER78 3/14/2013 11:20PM

    That is awesome!! Way to go!! :-) What a great way to relax a little! ;-) Keep it up!

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LINDAKAY228 3/14/2013 7:58PM

    Relaxation and recovery is so good sometimes! So is shaking up the routine by doing the ST. Awes0ome!

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CHANGINGHORSES 3/14/2013 7:25PM

    Enjoy your "relaxation". It is a different frame of mind when you run to train for a race vs. running for the sake of running for health. Strength training is a big plus! Good for you. I know that I should ST but I really just cannot get into it. My idea of ST is lifting rocks to make garden walls. I really am wimpy though and could use it. I have very strong legs but weak arms.
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ROXYZMOM 3/14/2013 3:40PM

    First off - I did a double take when I saw the word "relax" after your name on the friend feed. I have never equated that word with you, you always seem to be on the go!

I am glad you are enjoying your time off from training!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/14/2013 12:48PM

    Wonderful! This is a great read and hopefully some of that ST sinks into my little head!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/14/2013 12:39PM

    Building a good aerobic base is as important as training hard. I like to strap on my heart rate monitor during maintenance running and keep the heart rate in zone 2. It allows me to keep my miles up while also letting the body recover.

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NATPLUMMER 3/14/2013 11:50AM

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STRIVERONE 3/14/2013 11:48AM

    We share many of the same goals and I get a lot of hints and nudges from your blog.
Thank you.

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PMRUNNER 3/14/2013 11:48AM

    In between specific training is kind of like being in maintenance. The training you do is less specific and a bit more fungible. You still need to train and follow a sensible diet in support of your long term goals, but you have more latitude to do as you wish rather than what your plan dictates.

Enjoy your freedom while you line up your next challenge!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/14/2013 11:33AM

    Enjoy your off season

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 3/14/2013 10:37AM

    Thanks for sharing! Such a timely blog as I am about to finish the Winter Run Series this weekend and my first ever marathon training doesn't start for a month. My marathon is in October. I've been wondering what to do to guide me in the interim. I'm glad to read that someone else is "in between" goals. I like what you have to say on the subject!

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DALID414 3/14/2013 10:34AM

    Just yesterday I was in the Body Pump class thinking I should train more like a guy and focus on upper body and abs! (I increased my squat weight, but haven't increased my weight for any upper body work.)

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You needn't be obsessive about weight control.

Monday, March 11, 2013

My friend Joe, rode his bike in from Phoenix for Bikeweek. We got together yesterday to spend the day in Daytona Beach and reunite.

I've known him since childhood and we try and see each other once in a while. While we were there, we took the obligatory pictures of the local saloons and wild activities. When I was going through the pictures, these two shot popped out at me, and I thought they'd be of interest. They are not posed to make my point, they just happened to be in the roll of pics just as they are shown.

It occurred to me that they make the point that we need not be obsessive in our quest for weight control or weight loss. We can enjoy life's little pleasure as long as we pursue them in moderation.

Check this out.



This is me and Joe. I have a beer in my hand.



This is me and Joe a little later. I have a water in my hand.

I had a great time and enjoyed life's little pleasures in moderation.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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CM_GARDNER78 3/14/2013 9:49AM

    Oh my gosh - how much FUN!! :-) That is awesome!!

I agree 1,000,000% - moderation is key to enjoying EVERYTHING! :-)

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/12/2013 11:39AM

    You look good and look happy too. That is what is super important.

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LISAINMS 3/11/2013 9:41PM

    Exactly!

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KA_JUN 3/11/2013 6:38PM

    nice!

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/11/2013 3:47PM

    Great message...moderation in all things, old AND "bad".

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MASRITE 3/11/2013 3:35PM

    Looking good!!

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LINDAKAY228 3/11/2013 12:16PM

    Great blog and glad you got to connect with your friend. Looks like you had a great time!

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KANDOLAKER 3/11/2013 11:07AM

    Great photos and message - thanks for sharing. Yes, life is about moderation - and remining ourselves of such. All the best to you this week!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/11/2013 11:07AM

    That is awesome! Balance - and enjoy life! Woo Hoo!

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SEABREEZE65 3/11/2013 11:03AM

    How fun! I hear Daytona is BUSY during bike week!

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LAURIE5658 3/11/2013 11:00AM

    You look absolutely happy and awesome!!!!

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DALID414 3/11/2013 10:38AM

    That's funny, like you photoshopped the beer out and replaced it with the bottle if water to make the photo pc emoticon

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SYNCHRODAD 3/11/2013 10:31AM

    Beer and water, staples of a man's diet for a 1000 years. When you said "bike", I was thinking bicycle and going "wow, that is an accomplishment." Thanks for sharing a old friends shot.

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CAGMUAHFO2 3/11/2013 10:21AM

    Thanks for sharing!! Looks like you guys had a great time!!

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Florida Runners Don't Like the Cold Weather.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Today it was 36 degrees when my half marathon race started! After living in Florida's warm climate for 26 years, 36 degrees feels a lot colder than I remember it.

The race was to start at 7:00 AM. When I walked out to check the start line at around 6:30 there were few runners out and waiting. I think they were staying warm for as long as possible, pre race. I know I was.

So, the race got off on time, I took off my gloves and handed them to DW, but kept the hooded sweatshirt on. Around mile 3 I shed the sweatshirt, and tossed it to the side of the road. I was already warmed up, but not really 'feeling' this race. I just wasn't into it, or full of energy. I assume I'm in need of rest; as those who read my blogs all seem to agree, I am probably overdoing the long races.

I was okay, though. I did a run/walk for 3/1 but my walk was fast. My heartrate seemed to be higher than what I've seen on my fast training runs. But, I was going to give it a good try. I reached the 5K mark at 31 minutes not a bad HM pace for me. At the 10K I was at 62 minutes, pretty good considering I didn't feel like I had a great deal of energy today. I decided that since I was doing better than I felt, I would push a little harder. Sometime picking up the pace will help me to muster up some additional energy, but not today. But I kept running hard. I thought I might even get close to my PR, which coincidentally, was achieved on this same course last year. This course does have some hills, but that last half is flatter, which I liked.

I just kept on pushing and trying to do the "finish time" math wasn't exactly working too well for me. But, what numbers I did muddle through indicated I was going to have a good time, after all.

I was actually walking less and running more the last few miles. Coming down the finish corridor, I saw DW on the sidelines and she was cheering me on. I was able to sprint across the finish line pretty quickly, and the announcer even commentied "now that's the way to finish a race", as I ran across the finish line.

I ended up with a good time of 2:09:53 and won 2nd place in my AG. The same result I had last year. And the same guy beat me this time, by pretty close to the same margin he beat me last year. So, at least we are consistent.


It was only 40 degrees at the end of the race. I went back to the RV and put on jeans and a long sleeved shirt before getting my award





Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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DAPHNE_RUNS 3/11/2013 10:24AM

    I just saw this blog. Vic, congrats on your AG placement!

Yes, 36 degrees is too cold for us Floridians, especially when it rarely dips below 50. I am down to about 2 long sleeve shirts, a turtleneck, and two sweaters. Glad the weather is warming back up.

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/9/2013 5:41AM

    Way to go! I can only hope to have half as much energy...now, let alone in 20 years! Great result for not feeling it!

I'm catching up from being an MIA lurker for 2 months so re: some of your earlier blogs. You might be an amazing fast morse operator but there is no way you are not equally as amazing with running. As I head into the last few weeks before my first marathon I am using your experiences as inspiration to keep going.

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P.S. I am from Michigan born and raised & I think 36 degrees is cold too! I would be perfectly happy to never experience anything under 70 degrees again.

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TESS504 3/5/2013 10:40AM

    2:09 walk/Run that is great!!! Congrats on your award.

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WONDERWOMAN 3/5/2013 9:11AM

    Excellent job for someone who "wasn't feeling it." Now go get some rest.

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ONMYMEDS 3/4/2013 7:53PM

    You're pretty fast for someone who is such a wimp about the weather. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 3/4/2013 4:34PM

    That's awesome! Glad it went good for you despite the cold weather. Make sure you get some rest now LOL!

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CHEMCHIC2006 3/4/2013 4:25PM

    Way to finish strong! That's a great time! (And.. no, 36 degrees is cold to us northerners too!)

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KANDOLAKER 3/4/2013 12:51PM

    Congratulations on another great race - you are incredible!! Glad you had a consistent time, even when you weren't feeling it this time!. You are just awesome and I admire your commitment!

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TYKXBOY 3/4/2013 12:48PM

    Excellent race, especially for knowing and feeling that you need to rest.

Finishing is my favorite part of the race. Finishing hard, that is. And getting comments from the announcer is a bonus!

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SCHOOLNURSE86 3/4/2013 12:42PM

    Congratulations, what a great race you had!! I would be ecstatic to place that high in my AG emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 3/4/2013 11:38AM

    Excellent race!!! I am not liking the cold weather, either!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/4/2013 10:47AM

    You did awesome. So impressed.

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CM_GARDNER78 3/4/2013 9:02AM

    Way to go!!! :-) You did a great job!!

I had to LOL when I read your comment about 36*....up here in Michigan - 36* is a heatwave!! :-) Ha ha! It's funny how different things are all over this country! ;-)

Have a great Monday!!


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PMRUNNER 3/4/2013 7:51AM

    That's great! Thanks for sharing! 36? That's a warm running day in winter up here!

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STRIVERONE 3/4/2013 12:32AM

    From my perspective, that's a great HM time Congrats.

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RHONDALYN10 3/3/2013 9:59PM

    Nope, don't like cold weather running or cold weather.
GREAT time though! Wow you are fast!! Keep up the incredible runs!

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NINJALINDA 3/3/2013 9:15PM

    Awesome race! And FYI, this Virginia runner isn't thrilled with cold temps either (39 for today's run, brrr!)

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CRYSBROWN1 3/3/2013 8:34PM

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WOW a great finish! It must be a Florida thing - that weather doesn't sound too bad...LOL!

Great job on your AG victory!!

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ROXYZMOM 3/3/2013 8:25PM

    Awesome job! Great time! And congrats!

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NATPLUMMER 3/3/2013 8:19PM

    36* is pretty darn cold.
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RUN4FOOD 3/3/2013 8:02PM

    Congratulations! For someone who needed rest you did extremely well.
Now maybe some well deserved rest.

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NWFL59 3/3/2013 6:34PM

    Excellent! Glad you had a good amount of energy left for a sprint across the finish line! Hope you'll give yourself a bit of a recovery time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MASRITE 3/3/2013 6:28PM

    Another awesome race for you. Now, will you take a break and rest up?? emoticon

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SYNCHRODAD 3/3/2013 4:47PM

    Every time I read your blogs, it encourages me. Thanks!

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SEABREEZE65 3/3/2013 4:43PM

    Great job! You are doing awesome!

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ELISEL 3/3/2013 4:33PM

    Whoo hoo...great race considering the conditions. I live in New England and hate cold weather too!

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CHANGINGHORSES 3/3/2013 4:10PM

    Whoowee! That is cold for Florida. You did great! Iguess that you had to go fast to get your clothes back on quicker! Way to go!

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WINDSURFNERD 3/3/2013 3:33PM

    Congratulations on your well-run race and your age group bling!! An HM finish of 2:09 on tired legs is an admirable accomplishment! And this wimpy Cali-girl would agree with your dislike of cold weather. Stay warm and enjoy your victory!
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BIGPAWSUP 3/3/2013 3:31PM

    You are amazing to me! I'm always so inspired by your races. I'm gonna go have myself a run today!

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MAGGIE805 3/3/2013 3:29PM

    Congrats on the race! BTW, So.Cal runners don't like cold weather either. 30* is just way too cold for me. emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 3/3/2013 3:22PM

    Consistently GOOD!
I can only imagine if you would have 'felt' the race.

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LRB444 3/3/2013 3:14PM

    Congrats! You did great.

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I Fret Like Woody Allen Sometimes.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


I've run 3 half marathons and 2 marathons within the past 4 months. A rather aggressive race schedule for a man of my advanced years and limited experience. This coming Sunday, I have another half marathon scheduled.

The following week, a Sunday, I had speculated on running a 3rd marathon. I know it's too soon following my spectacular 2nd marathon performance. But, I recovered quickly enough from that, right?

I wanted to do this marathon for a lot of reasons. It was a very small venue, didn't cost much (very important) and they had acres of parking. It is taking place at a ranch - where they have an RV parking facility.

So I emailed the race director asking if I might arrive on Saturday, pick up my packet and stay overnight in their RV parking area. I forsaw no problem. They have an RV parking facility. Oh, I already mentioned that.

He got back to me within a day or so, and said he'd look into it. A few days pass, and I got a reply stating he was sorry but they could not accommodate me - no explanation as to why. But, he graciously supplied me with directions to a local campground which was 7 miles away. Not what I wanted to hear.

I emailed back thanking him for taking the time to look into the matter and for getting back to me.

So, I'm a bit peeved at the situation, for a short while. Then I stop the negative thoughts, and I figure maybe it's an insurance problem, so not to fret about it. Still there was an RV parking facility.

Probably this is for the better. I really am not ready to run another marathon at peak performance just yet. Still, it would have been nice to chalk up another marathon into the books. Even a slow one.

Sigh...

Thanks for reading and have a great day.



  
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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/27/2013 12:56PM

    I agree with everyone else....wasn't meant to be. Might be fates way of saying take a breather....There are other races out there

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SEABREEZE65 2/27/2013 6:53AM

    I love SYNCHRODAD's answer!!!!

Anyway, running is fun whether it is a race or not. Go out... run around... and have fun!

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RUN4FOOD 2/26/2013 9:40PM

    I agree with SYNCHRODAD.
The other day you implied your body might need a rest so I think you should rest on Sunday for as long as it would have taken you to run this marathon.

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MASRITE 2/26/2013 3:44PM

    I think it's a sign telling you to rest!!

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CM_GARDNER78 2/26/2013 3:00PM

    We don't always know why things don't work out the way we want them to. We may not ever know, but it always seems that it ends up being for the better (for us!) I totally understand your disappointment and frustration though!! I would feel the same way! :-)

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CHEMCHIC2006 2/26/2013 2:50PM

    There will always be another marathon. Agree with everyone else.. wasn't meant to be!

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DALID414 2/26/2013 1:32PM

    He may have saved you from something.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/26/2013 12:27PM

    I understand your disappointment, but as others have said maybe this is fate's way of forcing you to take a breather. Rest and race another day and faster too.

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SYNCHRODAD 2/26/2013 12:01PM

    The other competitors in the race have been spared. Lucky them.

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KA_JUN 2/26/2013 11:13AM

    Sorry to hear, but perhaps when a door closes a window opens. emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/26/2013 10:54AM

    Good attitude - sometimes things aren't meant to be and obstacles are placed in our way for a reason.

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LINDAKAY228 2/26/2013 9:00AM

    Sometimes those frustrating "NO" answers are really what's best for us, although we don't like to hear it. Maybe your body really does need a chance to recover. They could have at least told you why though.

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KANDOLAKER 2/26/2013 8:52AM

    That would be frustrating, and not giving a reason for no RV's too. I'm glad you found something else to run instead. As always - all the best to you! Happy Running!!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/26/2013 8:48AM

    I can completely appreciate your frustrations. But I hate to say, I really do think that this race was not meant to be. I do however find it frustrating that they did not give you a reason. When I understand the why of things it helps me so much. Hang in there. You are totally kicking a$$ by the way. You must know that. I hope you know that.

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BIGPAWSUP 2/26/2013 8:40AM

    Sorry the race didn't work out but maybe it is for the best. Yes it would be FANTASTIC for you to have another race under your belt (you are amazing - I've told you that right?) - I worry about you pushing too hard. Maybe just enjoy a nice long run at home with no pressure?

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Have Fun Or Go For It.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

That is my question.

I have been running longer races lately, and closer together. I love doing them, and seem to enjoy pushing myself this way.

But, there is a price to pay. It's called recovery, and my training runs are mostly recovery runs lately. I haven't been recovering enough to go for a PR. I'm taking the frequent runs in lieu of PRing and that's fine.

In 11 days I have another HM scheduled. I know I could PR on this race if I had trained properly, It's flat and the last mile or so is a slight decline. My kind of finish. The weather should be pretty cool that day, too.

My knees are not 100 percent, and I must wear KT tape or a brace during my training runs. So, I can't push too hard. I'm determined not to reinjure the knee.

So, judging by past performances, I won't be getting a PR this next HM, but I will be out there having a good race. Also, will have the added advantage of being in a real RV park the night before the race - onsite. The event is actually held in a venue where there is an RV park onsite. How cool is that?

There is a local full marathon nearby that I am interested in. It is one week after my HM, though. Not too soon, if I take it easy on the half, right? Being a cheapskate, I don't want to pay for a hotel the night before. And I don't want to drive 2 1/2 hours to the event. So, I emailed and asked the organizers if I could park my RV at the event the night before. If they say "yes" I have to decide if I really want to do this.

Well, you and I know the answer to that, don't we?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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ANDY_54 2/21/2013 7:42PM

    Woo-hoo! You rock! Hope things turn out for you--and you stay injury free! P.S. I think you'll totally need a new and/or bigger bling bar.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/21/2013 11:10AM

    You are a lean, mean running machine. You've definitely gotten bit by the race bug.
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CINERICIA 2/21/2013 6:41AM

    And I'm worried about signing up for a half marathon TWO MONTHS after my full. You are an inspiration. Not just for the racing, though you are a racing machine, but for how obvious it is that you are out there doing something you love every day.

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DALID414 2/21/2013 1:07AM

    You're officially addicted to running. As long as you are mindful of staying injury free, I say this is a good addiction to have. emoticon

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/20/2013 3:36PM

    You are a running machine!!!

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SEABREEZE65 2/20/2013 1:45PM

    So awesome! Keep on running, but BE WISE and CAREFUL!!!!!

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LISAINMS 2/20/2013 1:40PM

    I found that 3 HM's in 5 weeks was a stretch for me. I enjoyed each one, but I would have been happier to hit a PR on the third as I planned (flat and straight). I think that as long as you feel good doing it and take care of those knees, then go for it. You can always control your pace. The harder you push, the longer the recovery.

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KA_JUN 2/20/2013 12:25PM

    RV & a place to crash prior to the race? Hope it works out, that would be awesome! Good luck!

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CM_GARDNER78 2/20/2013 11:33AM

    You are amazing!! I love to read about you pushing yourself!! Quite an inspiration you are! :-) Be careful with that knee though! We need you to continue to inspire us to be better people now, and as we get older!! :-) (((HUGS)))

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ONMYMEDS 2/20/2013 11:09AM

    With age comes wisdom, sometimes. There are exceptions to everything.

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NATPLUMMER 2/20/2013 10:55AM

    I know you'll do it, but remember to take it easy...just enjoy :-)

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NWFL59 2/20/2013 10:47AM

    Enjoy yourself and be sure to take care of yourself so you can continue doing these 'fun' runs. emoticon

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LAURIE5658 2/20/2013 10:38AM

    You remind me so much of me. I know your racing season will be winding down when mine is revving up. Until then, give 'em hell!

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RHONDALYN10 2/20/2013 10:25AM

    You are an old salty dog but you know when to listen to your body. If it feels like you need more recovery - then take it. If you feel good, go for it.
A flat course sounds so great about now....

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SYNCHRODAD 2/20/2013 10:22AM

    You're old, you're smart, don't be dumb. You don't want Dirty Harry, the orthopedic surgeon standing over you and saying, "A man's gotta' know his limits."

Comment edited on: 2/20/2013 10:30:24 AM

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MASRITE 2/20/2013 10:22AM

    It amazes me how many races you have been doing. You are a machine. Could you please share some of it with me now???

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BIGPAWSUP 2/20/2013 9:58AM

    Wow! I can't even imagine doing 1 HM. You are amazing.

But I think you have to admit that the tone of this blog is a bit of worry. You know yourself and how hard you can push. No one else can tell you what is ok. Please, just LISTEN to your body. Better to have a so-so race, or heaven forbid skip a race, than end up on the side lines for months with injury.

Take care!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/20/2013 9:54AM

    Your persistance and focus amazes me. And here I am deciding if I want to do a 4 miles and a 5K on consecutive weekends. I'll just think of you and yeah, I'll sign up.

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