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Some pictures of the running trail near daughters home in Lake Wales, FL

Friday, May 25, 2012

Recently have been thinking how fortunate I am to have so many nice places to run in Florida, and during my travels.
Here is a trail in Lake Wales, FL - located on Lake Wales!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/29/2012 4:03PM

    Oooh my, ALLIGATORS, now that would improve my running speed.

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MASRITE 5/28/2012 1:52PM

    I was jealous of your pics until I got to the one with the alligator sign. That would freak me out. But, I guess we have to watch for rattlers when we hike. Not sure which is worse though.

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BOILHAM 5/27/2012 8:45AM

  I have to agree with Daphne, those alligator signs, which we Floridians tend to chuckle at, do serve a useful purpose.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/26/2012 10:56PM

    Another beautiful trail!! Love the gators sign.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 5/26/2012 11:16AM

    Another great trail with a view. I had to laugh at the alligator sign though; it is much needed to be posted for folks visiting who do not know that any body of water could have a gator or two in them.....just a normal acceptance of living in Florida. As well as the the little lizards that rustle in the bushes when you walk or run. Lol!!!

Enjoy your weekend with your family. Happy Memorial Day weekend.


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BOILHAM 5/26/2012 8:49AM

  Gators can run pretty fast for the first short burst, but not likely to outrun a scared Boilham. That sign actually warns readers not to molest the alligators!
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Too bad, 'cuz I had in my hand a nice stick with which I intended to poke a few of 'em.

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PIXIEMOM13 5/25/2012 9:24PM

    Lovely pictures... I want to know.. how fast can gators move? Talk about your incentive for speedwork! LOL

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LAURIE5658 5/25/2012 8:44PM

    Love the sand! Oh how I can't wait until we are retired to paradise!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 5/25/2012 8:08PM

    Oh crap! Gators? RUNNNN!

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Brag about my awesome grandson.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This is my grandson, Joe. He's 15 years old and is a fitness freak. When he comes to visit grandpa's, whom he calls G-Pa, he likes to work out with me. Recently, he benched 230 lbs! A pretty good weight for a 130 lb kid who just turned 15. He will soon meet one of his goals - to be stronger than G-Pa.

His mom posted his picture on Facebook, and someone remarked how much he looked like Granddad. This made me think, so I compared these two pictures. Joe even squints like G-Pa! LOL. What do you think?

Thanks for tolerating my brag.

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BOILHAM 5/29/2012 8:49PM

  Thanks for the support. DW and I just spent 5 days with the grandkids while my daughter went up north to visit with friends. Joe and I talked about doing a run together sometime. I helped him do a job application for a summer job, and since he has his drivers permit, I let him drive my old GMC Sonoma pickup truck. It's a standard transmission, so that was a challenge for him. Had a great time.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/29/2012 4:02PM

    Family fitness - I love it. It's perfectly acceptable to brag, lol.

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MASRITE 5/25/2012 12:31AM

    Definitely see the resemblance. And, brag away G-Pa!!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 5/23/2012 4:23PM

    Yes, I can see the resemblance too. It is great that he is taking great care of himself at a young age. And it is good to know he has a knowledgeable G -pa in his corner. The kids are our is up to us to encourage them and then let them take over from there.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/23/2012 10:45AM

    Wow do you ever look alike!! You must be so proud of him. Do you think you'll ever run together in a race??

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LAURIE5658 5/23/2012 10:20AM

    What a great example you are to Joe. Congratulations for being such an awesome G-pa!!!!

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MARATHONDAD 5/23/2012 9:53AM

    you guys look alot alike he will turn out to be a great man if he takes after you!!!!

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Traveling and training report, with pictures of runs.

Monday, May 21, 2012

When we were in Florence, SC I got in a nice 8M run. The roads were extremely flat and the scenery was nice. Only a few cars on the road as it was Saturday morning.

Nice fields of new corn growing on the left here.

I kept running and even more corn! This time both sides.

I don't know about this place, but it was old and falling apart. There is a 1955 Ford Victoria, 2 door hardtop rusting away on the side of the house. That car was a very desirable model back in it's day, only surpassed by the 55 Victoria convertible, or the 55 Crown Victoria in value.

I ran by a few abandoned properties - waist high weeds and windows boarded up. I this house made a very cool picture, and was pretty surprised to see it.

After my morning run, we headed south to Savannah, where we parked in the Visitors Center parking lot and even overnighted there. They charge $7 a night for RV parking - what a deal!

Left early Sunday (yesterday) morning. We got home safely around 1PM. I still had enough energy to do a nice ST workout for about an hour.

This morning I went for a 7M run. I have a few routes I do, and this one takes me through our neighborhood.

Then onto a nice running trail.

This guy was posing for me, so I stopped and took his picture.

About half the time I do this run, I see a huge tortoise sunning himself, but he wasn't showing himself today. I really looked for him, too. Maybe when I see him again, I'll get his picture.

Now it was starting to warm up and I had to head back home. Sometimes I continue on to a different return home, but today, I just made a U turn at the end of the running trail.

I went by this tempting spot for the 2nd time. No, I didn't stop here - I most always resist the temptation to take advantage of this bench.

This spot is through a neighborhood which is about 1 mile from my home. I was going a bit slower here this morning. I purposely didn't eat before I left, hopefully to help me burn some fat and get ready to absorb more glycogen when I do eat, soon after my run.

Then around a few bends and I am home and done with my 7M run. A day off to a great start!!

Thanks for taking the time to read!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/22/2012 12:37PM

    Beautiful Scenery!!

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MASRITE 5/21/2012 7:43PM

    The scenery is just beautiful. To be able to run in that, I would love it!

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MARATHONDAD 5/21/2012 3:07PM

    looks amazing buddy

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LAURIE5658 5/21/2012 1:39PM

    $7 per night? That is awesome!!! Thank you for sharing your running experiences with us cuz I love seeing where my friends run.


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Heading south towards home in Florida

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tuesday we were in Big Meadows campground in Shenandoah Natl Forest. One of my favorite places to visit. We get to run in some beautiful areas. I did about 3.5 miles there.

Yesterday, Wednesday, I ran just over 3 miles on Big Falls Rd in Blacksburg, Va while camping at New River Junction Campround.

The run had the river on my left, train track on the right and very scenic.

There were lots of folks fishing on the river. As I ran, to my left the bank sloped down and people had campfires going, eating drinking and fishing. What a great place to enjoy people, nature and do some training at the same time.

I traveled 25 minutes off the highway to find this spot and it was worth it! Today, I will be traveling only 150 miles of so, and will probably park in a Walmart for the night, rent a Redbox DVD and do some shopping.

Then on to another favorite, Brickhouse Crossroads campground, where we'll likely be the only campers there. I will have a nice run the following morning, probably do about 5M that day.

I am in no big hurry to get home, so we take our time and enjoy the trip. My RV is a gas sipper, at 18 mpg and that's good for an RV! The gas prices being over $4 a gallon in CT, it can get expensive to fill up. But, still I travel the long way home and try to find different places to overnight most of the time.

Thanks for reading!

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MASRITE 5/19/2012 1:01PM

    What beautiful pictures. Sounds so nice to run in that kind of scenery. A bit envious!! Enjoy the rest of your travels.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 5/19/2012 11:53AM

    You picked a great time to travel; the weather is great, the scenery is beautiful and you have great company. Thanks for sharing your "healthy vacation" with us. You are showing how it is possible to have fun, stay fit, and relax at the same time.

Enjoy your weekend, Vic. emoticon

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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/17/2012 12:26PM

    Looks like a beautiful running trail & camping area!!

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LAURIE5658 5/17/2012 11:09AM

    I just LOVE following along with your RVing adventures. THANK YOU and safe travels!

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MARATHONDAD 5/17/2012 9:51AM

    wow looks like a beautiful place to run

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/17/2012 8:02AM

    Love hearing about your adventure, such beautful scenery too. Safe travels. emoticon

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Old Dog blazes to victory with a scorching new PR!

Monday, May 14, 2012

We're in our RV, staying at brother-in-laws home which is about 20 minutes from the race venue. This race was sponsored by Milford (CT) Hospital and was a fund raiser for the hospital's wellness education program.

We got up very early - at 6:30. but the race didn't start until 9:00 AM. Had our oatmeal and bananas for breakfast, put our race bibs in place and got dressed.

We got to the race early so not many runners had arrived yet. Did some warm up exercises and chatted with some folks. Then we walked back to our car, sat and waited for the announcement that the race was starting.

Finally, the time to start approached and we went to line up. This race had no starting line chip timer, it was strictly the gun time as your official start time.

So, it was best to get near the front of the starting line if you were pursuing a PR or looking to win your AG award. DW did not want to get pushed around by the faster runners, so she opted to start near the end of the pack. I went a bit more towards the front. DW still has balance issues, and is fearful of being jossled, stumbling and falling. In one of the other larger races we had run, she got bumped around quite a bit by faster runners.

As it turned out, she didn't get bumped once, and had a rather smooth race. Until she reached the halfway point where we made a U turn to return and finish the race.

She slowed down to make the U turn, was running comfortably, then started to increase the pace and she hit gravel, or just dragged her feet, she's unsure exactly what happened, -- but -- down she went. No serious injury, but wounded pride and embarassment. Some good samaritans on the race route ran to her aid and helped bandage up the heels of her palms, as they were scrapped a bit. This, of course, cost her some time. She finished with a time of 52:57, not her best effort, but, guess what? In this large race, there were only 4 women in her AG - so she took 3rd place!!! I am so proud of her, she continued on to finish, despite the injury and came out just fine.

As for me, I did pretty well too. I set a new PR with a time of 26:05, which is 25 seconds better than my best 5K time thus far. It was not, however, good enough to win any awards. I came in 7th out of 18 runners in my AG. I had some serious competition! The top 3 in the 60 - 69 age group were running 21 minute times! I wonder if I will ever be able to do that?! I know at some point, I will peak, but so far, I am still managing to make small incremental gains. Today, I gave it all I had and was happy with the results.

Thanks so much for reading. Please don't worry about DW, she is just fine and assures me she's going to break out the Wii Fit game and do some balance exercises! :)

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POWERAUER 5/15/2012 6:58PM

    Good on your new PR! And may I just say how inspired I am by you and your wife?

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MASRITE 5/14/2012 11:15PM

    Congrats on the PR. Sounds like you had a great time and enjoyed yourself. Hope the DW is feeling good today and isn't hurting.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 5/14/2012 7:27PM

    Congrats to you and your wife on the race....and also on your new PR!!!!! You are a running machine. That northern air is doing wonders for your running.....bring some back to Florida. Lol!!!!!

Your wife is in great hands. I am sure you already have a couple of exercises she can do to improve her balance.

Keep moving and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/14/2012 5:37PM

    Congrats on your new PB. And Congrats to your wife for coming in 3rd for her age group, despite a fall. Glad to hear she's ok.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/14/2012 3:06PM

    Glad the DW is OK and glad you both finished. You continue to amaze and inspire. Glad you only stopped at McDonalds for the WiFi, not much to eat there that's healthy, lol. Safe travels, so great to hear your updates.

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CBAILEYC 5/14/2012 2:54PM

    I'm glad she's fine! Congrats once again to both of you.

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LAURIE5658 5/14/2012 12:45PM

    Awesome job to both of you despite the fall. Like I always say, I want to be just like you when I grow up!!

Happy Running, Vic!!!!

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PIXIEMOM13 5/14/2012 12:16PM

    I wouldn't call you an old dog! Or if you are, you have blazing speed compared to this middle-aged chick! (lol) My 5k pr is 33 min and some change. heh

Awesome job for you and your wife on your race. Glad she wasn't hurt badly in the fall.

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