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Not feeling so great today.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Had a wonderful time with the grandkids last Tuesday and Wednesday. They both were entered in a GNCC motorcycle race. My oldest DGS had problems with the bike and was unable to finish!

That's him standing in the middle.

2nd DGS came in 9 out of 17 - which was fine, 'cuz he just went up to the highest class in his AG.

Here he is, sitting on his bike, post race.

I felt great all day, that day, but my daughter and her BF where having some symptoms that they believed to be allergies. Watery eyes, runny noses.

Sure enough yesterday, after a ride to the last full day of Daytona Bikeweek for a few hours, I started to feel punky. Same symptoms, watery eyes, and runny nose, and generally tired.

Last night I slept 12 hours!! And, this morning DW and I went for her regular 2 mile training run. Felt okay, but not great. I am still undecided if I have a head cold, or have acquired and allergic reaction to pollen and orange blossoms. This is the season down here in Florida.

I am going to rest a lot as I have a Distance Dare coming up this Saturday, and it's also the DWs first race ever!!! The 2 mile first leg (for me) of the Distance Dare.


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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/20/2012 9:03AM

    I hope you feel better, allergy season is in full swing here, yuck. Wishing you luck with your race this weekend, but I am soooo anxious to hear how the wifey does. emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/19/2012 3:57PM

    I hope you feel better soon! Bummer about your oldest DGS not being able to finish, that had to be a big disappointed for him, but great job for your youngest DGS!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 3/18/2012 10:12PM

    I hope you feel better soon. I hate it when these "illnesses" sneak up on you. This reminded me of the Friday before my half marathon. I woke up about 2 in the morning with a horrible stomach ache and did not feel better until 6 that morning. I had an apple, took chewable pepto did not work. And any liquids I drank made the stomach ache feel worse. So I went into my 3 year old's room and borrowed her teddy bear (the one that has a pull out bag you heat up) pulled out the bag and put it in the microwave and placed it on my tummy. All was well after that. My tummy ache was not an issue for the race. Whew, thank goodness.

So.....good thing this is happening this weekend and hopefully all will be well next weekend.

You will do great for the race.....good luck on your leg of it.

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KELSEY54 3/18/2012 8:57PM

    Hope you feel better soon! Are those boys ever lucky to have their grandad at something that was so important to them. Good luck to you and your wife in your upcoming race.

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LAURIE5658 3/18/2012 1:19PM

    Feel better soon, Vic! how wonderful that you got to experience your GC's racing events. Those times are precious to a grandparent. Have a great Sunday, my friend, and take 'er easy.

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HM number 2 was easier.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Had some second thoughts as I typed my title, 'cuz these thing aren't easy at all. Like everything else in life, it's all relative. So, it was easier than HM1, but I still felt the pain and exhaustion. If I didn't have my trusty Timex Ironman watch to tell me my heart rate and pace I never would have believed how well I was doing.

Because of the time change to DST, it was dark at the beginning of the race. It was raining a misty kind of rain, not too hard.

A lot of people arrived late, so they had to postpone the start by 20 minutes. Many people were annoyed at having a later start.

Anyway, the race finally got going, and the cool weather and misting rain felt good as I started off.

There were a few hills in the beginning, but I did okay on those. Tried my best to keep a slower pace, but when I looked at my watch, at mile 3 it said 29 minutes, probably a tad fast for me for a HM. By mile 5 and 6 I was still running around 10m pace but felt okay. My dreaded 9 and 10 mile markers came up and l was still running 9 and 10m paces! I did slow down and walk at the water stations, but that was all the walking I needed for this race.

Now I am wondering why am I doing so well? I thought I'd be doing my 11, 12 and 13m paces near the end, just like last time. But, nope, I felt comparatively good. So I just kept plugging along. I never "hit the wall" or felt the need to walk a while so I could get going again. Don't get me wrong, my feet were screaming "stop stop, this really hurts" and my calves chimed in with the same response, but I continued to run my quicker paces. My watch was telling me so.

I really tried to pay attention to hydration and energy levels throughout the race. I used all the water stations, took Gatorade twice, one GU at 7.5 miles. Since I drank no coffee this morning and am used to a cup or two, I had a caffeine strip at about the 8 mile mark.

Every time I looked at the Timex it said 9 or 10m pace! And this was near the end of the race! I was one happy runner.

I found a bit of energy for an ending kick, not much, but I managed to pass a couple runners near the end stretch. To be honest, one guy flew by me as well.

And there was DW Chris with the camera and she did well and captured a good picture as I neared the finish line.

And another shot after I got my bling.

When they posted the results, I was happy to find I took second place (out of 9) in my age group. In addition to the bling, they gave me a nice plaque for my efforts.

Final time 2:08:57. Almost 13 minutes better than my first half marathon!

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/15/2012 10:21PM

    Awesome! And fast! Great job.

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LINDAKAY228 3/13/2012 10:57AM

    Awesome job! I'm so excited for you!

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MASRITE 3/13/2012 12:26AM

    Awesome job Vic!! You smoked your first race. Keep it up and you'll be under 2 hours!! So, when's your next one??

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PIXIEMOM13 3/12/2012 11:12AM

    Holy cow..that was awesome!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/12/2012 10:42AM

    Boy am I smiling while reading this. emoticon
Sounds like the perfect race and you set a new PR, as long as you felt great with the faster pace, it was certainly ok to just "go with it". Great job, you are one amazing dude.

P.S. Hope you have a huge empty wall in your house to hang all your bling and placques.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 3/11/2012 8:34PM

    Awesome job on half marathon #2, Vic. Laurie, beat me to are a running machine. I knew exactly what you meant about it being an easier run. Halfs are a lot of hard work but when you are hydrated, eating right, and getting in the zzzzzz's, it is feels like you can run forever, at the right pace.

Your time was was the first half too. I am sure a lot of people were late for the race due to the time change....they probably forgot to "spring forward".

I have to wait until July for my next half, the Chicago Rock and Roll half.

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JENN03275 3/11/2012 7:54PM

    Awesome job!!

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RHONDALYN10 3/11/2012 7:48PM

    That is WONDERFUL!! What a great improvement!! So excited for you!

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KKINNEA 3/11/2012 6:35PM

    Awesome job! I'm guessing this will be your "actual time" - the pace and finish around which you're comfortable and can use as a launching pad for refining your efforts!

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LOGOULD 3/11/2012 6:03PM

    emoticonYou are definitely emoticonin my book!!! emoticon

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BUTTERFLY-1976 3/11/2012 5:55PM

    WooHoo!! You are a machine!! Congrats on the fast time!!

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ROBYNLN 3/11/2012 4:55PM

    emoticon Outstanding job!

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STRIVER57 3/11/2012 4:42PM

    wow. don't know if i'm more impressed by the time (ok, i'm old, but that's fast!) or the improvement from the last one!

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LAURIE5658 3/11/2012 4:31PM

    Vic, you are a machine!!! Congratulations, my fabulous friend!

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My old guy training coming along fine.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I have discovered much of the information available to us runners does not apply to older runners. The schedules, race time predictors are skewed for younger runners. Perhaps the small number of runners over the age of 60 makes us such a small segment that optional information for us isn't preceived to be much in demand.

It takes me longer to recover than most programs would suggest. I believe the training programs are skewed for younger body recovery times. This has been my observation by trial and error.

Also, I don't believe my observations are specific to me, that maybe I have a slower recovery time than other oldsters, or such. In fact, my recovery times are most likely better than average, due to my good diet, protein supplement addition and years of weight training and recovery experience, spanning well over 30 years.

I'm not complaining, just stating my own findings, with perhaps a word of caution to those over the age of 60 to listen to your body, and don't take the training programs advice (especially the longer runs) as a certain, injury proof way to train.

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KKINNEA 3/7/2012 10:49AM

    I think I saw something roll by on a Runner's World email about masters training (that's 40 and up so I'll be there in a few years).

Frankly, I know a good number of people over 60 and 70 who can kick my rear end at nearly every race we run. You'll see a few of them in my race reports but my fave is Judy C - she's 71, runs pretty much only races but runs them every weekend and leaves me in the dust!

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LAURIE5658 3/7/2012 9:47AM

    I find that if I take the information I read and tweak it to my comfort level it works splendidly and successfully. I followed a training plan to the letter for my first HM and it was way too much. After that, I have followed the Galloway method and even tweaked that. I am a healthy and happy runner. You are doing awesome!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/7/2012 9:02AM

    Sorry you are not finding a lot of info on older runners, but my experience, no matter what the professionals and training plans tell you, everyone is different. What works for most doesn't always work for you. You definitely have to listen to your body and make the necessary adjustments. You're doing great, you continue to inspire me. You should join a local running club, you can continue to inspire in a greater capacity. Your story is worth sharing. emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/7/2012 9:03:20 AM

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    That is good advice for runners of all ages. I finally decided to develop my own training program because what I was experiencing just did not jibe with the expert programs or advice. Listening to one's body should always be the first rule.

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Trust your training.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Finished the Wekiwa Springs Real Florida 10K race this morning.

A few things suggested that I not pursue a PR on this race. Too soon after my first half marathon, and another - my back was a bit sore AGAIN this morning. I took it easy training last week, but still have not fully recovered.

This course was a trail run, and it looked intimidating. Lots of fallen branches, pine cones, exposed tree roots and tracks where ATVS and utility vehicles had left loose sandy ruts. Some narrow single lane paths where vegetation brushed at both side of the runners. Started out with some nice downhill slopes, but you know what comes after downhill slopes, lots of hills.

So, I started off thinking I would give it my best shot, and take whatever time I could squeeze out of it.

In the back of my mind that little voice was whispering "Screw that, trust your training. Forget about all the reasons not to excel and just go for a PR anyway. Tell the DW you are going to take it easy, 'cuz your back is sore, but run like hell!"

It was pretty grueling. At about 4.5 miles my heart rate was peaking at 180 and I just had to stop and walk - for a bit, then off again. Watching my heart rate and pace closely, walking for short time a couple more times. Keeping my eye on the HR and pace, I saw I had a chance at just getting under the 1 hour time. My PR was 1:00:21 so this was going to require a difficult push at the end for this geezer.

I had a great finish -- there was a group of 4 in front of me, down the finish line corridor. Somehow I found some energy and started kicking! I flew past the 4 of them, the announcer said something about "we have a strong runner coming up, looking for a good finish" or something like that. That just made me run faster.

I finished with a time of 59:46. Real happy with that time, just 35 seconds under my PR but enough to get the coveted "under an hour" time I wanted.

I met some nice people. Most of whom had much more experience than I, and was told that these types of races are not the kind of races to go for a PR. Well, yeah, I thought that too.

Got another 1st place in age group as well. But, once again, I was the ONLY one in my age group.

Next race I am going to take it nice and easy and enjoy the run and the scenery. Not going to be so competitive. Yup, that's exactly what I plan to do.


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JENN03275 3/1/2012 6:11PM

    Congrats on your PR!! One of my goals is to run a 10K this year and a half Marathon. However, training has been crummy and I am frustrated.

Great pictures!!!

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    emoticon Congratulations!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/26/2012 7:03PM

    Another great finish for you, Vic, and congrats on another 1st place age group finish. You are racking up on the medals!!!!!!! And awesome job on your PR. I did a trail run last year and I think it took me 50 minutes just to do the first part. We had to jump into water (it was only knee deep, but my trail shoes were brand spanking new), walk a log, and run up a small hill that was covered with a chain link fence. I am thinking of doing another trail run next month. Let's see what this trail brings...the company that sponsors the runs change up and use different trails for each month. But first I have my first half on Sunday. Yay!!!!

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HEIDI-25 2/25/2012 9:10PM

    You are an inspiration! Keep up the great running!

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KKINNEA 2/25/2012 9:03PM

    Love that finish line kick picture - great job!!

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LAURIE5658 2/25/2012 7:52PM

    Vic, you are amazing and I cannot tell you that too much. I am 53 and seriously wish to do what you are doing at your age. You are my inspiration!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/25/2012 4:00PM

    Congrats on your PB!! One of my goals is to run 10km under an hour!!

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DW showing interest in running.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

We did a 20 minute walk/run yesterday. The very first step in the Couch to 5K (C25K) program. DW is actually in very good shape, but lacks confidence due to having an MI a few years ago. Cardiologist says she will do fine, as long as she keeps it under the "able to talk while running" threshold.

For me, my back is slight sore this morning. Could be the weather - we had lots of rain last night. But, I am not doing a training run this morning, just to be safe. I have a 10K this Saturday and I need to be feeling good for that.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/24/2012 10:44PM

    Hello Vic, that is wonderful news. You know what you are capable of running in training and in races so it is good to get out there and help a newbie get a feel for the road. I wish I had the support. My husband is not athletic and does not understand my passion for running. Sigh. Oh well at least I have Spark.

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/23/2012 7:00PM

    emoticon It's always good when you can influence someone into a healthier lifestyle!

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KKINNEA 2/23/2012 10:01AM

    Nice work! You both may want to invest in heart rate monitors - that will give you both confidence that you are working in a good zone that won't cause issues.

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LAURIE5658 2/23/2012 8:55AM

    Vic, it is always just a matter of time before your spouse gets involved after they see the fun you are having. I am so happy for you two!

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