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Had a great long run today!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Today I was scheduled to run 11 miles. I miscalculated where I would be at the 11 mile mark, and was more than a mile away from home at the 11 mile mark. Doing math can be a little tough when you're tired. :) Anyway, I ended up doing 12.3 miles today.

It was very humid and overcast today, not so hot, however. Maybe 80 or so.

My stupid Timex Ironman watch couldn't find a satellite for a very long time, so I just took off without the GPS connected.

Finally at 2.3 miles from the house it found a satellite. I had my iPhone w/GPS Hal Higdon running program running, so I still had an accurate measurement of where I was. To digress a bit, I wouldn't recommend the Timex watch for that very reason. Very often I have trouble finding a satellite when I need to get running.

The first part of my run took me to yet another beautiful park near home.
It circles this nice little pond/lake.

There are both cobblestone and concrete paths. Restrooms and drinking faucets, too.

I did 2 loops around that lake. I didn't measure it, but I suppose it's 1/2 mile loop.

Here is the boardwalk which goes right over this tiny lake. Kids and even grown ups can often be found feeding the turtles and fish here.

These ducks are so spoiled! Sometimes we take the grandkids down to feed them and they take a tiny bit to eat and then waddle off. They will never starve. Here's a mom and her chicks I saw today.

After doing a couple of loops I headed back towards home to another nearby park. I have to cross this highway overpass twice on this run.

then down the overpass into the park.

There is a nice shaded loop that is mileage marked. The loop itself is 1/2 mile. I usually do a couple or a few loops. Today, I did 2 loops. Water faucets available here also. One day some younger women (40ish) were playing tennis here. They must've been in a good mood 'cuz one of them yelled "run, Forest, run" at me. I thought it was funny. In all the times I've passed the mostly women playing tennis, that's the lone time I was heckled. :)

Then there is another wooden bridge which takes me out to the street again, where I head out to yet another walking/bike path!

I have posted some pics of that path in an earlier blog, so I'll skip that for today.

I took todays run slowly. I wanted to do a long run, but also didn't want to overdue it, so I started doing a 3/1 minute run/walk for a few miles, then I switched to 4/1 run/walk. This slow pace, plus taking fuel (clif bar, water and power ade) allowed me to feel great during the entire run.

The only problem I had is my foot starts to burn and tingle. I think this is Mortons neuroma, from what I have read on the internet - it's a common running pain. For me, this is a common pain, and seems to lessen its intensity after a while. Anyway, that's the only problem I had today.

Sometimes I listen to music. Not often. But, today I did, and I kind of got into it. Some of the uptempo songs got me to kick it up a notch. I wouldn't want to run everyday with music, but it worked for me today. Good idea to mix things up and not get stale, eh?

Tomorrow is a running rest day, but I'll do an hour of ST. I have a lot of free weights and a small home gym, a Weider 8530 multi station, which I've used for years and years. Looking forward to tomorrows work out already. Love the endorphins.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/12/2012 5:05PM

    You run on some awesome paths. So jealous.

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DORAL33178 6/9/2012 10:33PM

    Thanks for the invite on the long run; it was great. Lol!!! I enjoyed reading about your long run. You have some greats sights to take in when you head out the door; and it is soooo nice when you run by a park, grab a quick refill on your water and keep on running. You are doing great running in the heat and it looks like you get a lot of shade on the trails.

I had the same thing happen to me with my left foot. As I started to add miles to my long runs, my foot would go numb for a little while. The pain was never intense enough for me to stop. I think it is my shoes; I have to put a few more miles on my current shoes and then I am going to switch back to New Balance....other than being a little on the heavy side (I need stability for my flat feet) I could run forever in them and not be in any pain.

Enjoy your weekend.

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MARATHONDAD 6/9/2012 6:17PM

    I love your paths that you run in. I have the same injury as you good luck with that

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MASRITE 6/9/2012 4:35PM

    Great run. One day, I'm going to come visit you and run along your paths. I wish we had that where I live. Enjoy it!!!

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RHONDALYN10 6/9/2012 3:53PM

    Great run! Thanks for the pics. Looks like a wonderful route.

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STRIVER57 6/9/2012 3:50PM

    sounds like a great day!

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Summer is not for running. 5K race report today, June 2, 2012

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Had a small venue 5K race this morning. This race was very close to home, so we got up at 6:00AM, donned my race clothes, had my coffee and oatmeal and jumped in the car. DW drove me there, she's not been racing but likes to go with me. Got there early, it was already 77 degrees, humidity was 86%. Not ideal for a me, who desires a PR at every race.

Grabbed my packet, and did some warming up.

Here's a group of the runners at the start line. There were only 41 of us. I'm on the right in the red shirt.

The guy in the yellow shirt, in front of me is 55 years old, and in my age group - 55 and older. He looks about 30 years old and was way faster than me - hence, he kicked my butt in the AG. :)

I was able to start slower than usual this time, remembering to not come out so quickly. AT the middled of the race, we took a ramp up which runs over a large street. Down the ramp, then did a U turn - up the ramp, down again, and was halfway there. I train with hills a lot, so wasn't too concerned, but they did take a bit out of me, as I didn't slow down much. The heat and humidity was also not helping. Being a new runner, and having only run in cooler weather, the heat is something I must train myself to accept.

I admit I was feeling pretty raggedy after the hills, but I pushed myself to 187BPM on my heart monitor. I really wanted to slow down, but there was another old coot right in front of me, and I didn't want him to beat me.

Eventually, he did, though. I met him later, and found out he was a running instructor and had been running for 30 years, and was a year older than me. Here we are, chatting after the race.

I did manage a bit of a "kick" at the end, but I paid for it. Took me a bit of time to recover. The clock here shows 26:49, but the website says 26:48:7 as my official time. I call it 26:48 though. :)

It was good enough for a 3rd place in my AG - 55 and older. I took 11th overall, out of 41 runners.

Today was my scheduled long run, and I would've typically done 10-11 miles today. So, once I got home, I went right back out and did another 3 slow miles. It was getting hot out by that time of day, well into the 80s, so I did a lot of walking.

Still later on in the day, and I'm feelin' fine again. No aches or pains, and in a great mood from the endorphins!

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend, what's left of it!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/4/2012 7:46AM

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You are one super dude, congrats on your finish, I wish my time was that fast.

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    emoticon I hope to be that fast one of these days!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 6/3/2012 7:34PM

    emoticon Way to go!!! What a great story - thank you for sharing. Starting to run at 65 and 5km under 27 is fantastic!!! Love the pictures on your blog...
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FREEDOMSTAR 6/3/2012 10:35AM

    emoticon Youre an Inspiration.




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MASRITE 6/3/2012 12:59AM

    You did awesome!! You should feel proud of yourself.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 6/2/2012 11:01PM

    Dude! Sub 27:00 on a hot day. Way to go. 27:00 was my first ever 5k time and I use it as my benchmark.

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DORAL33178 6/2/2012 5:19PM

    You are a brave soul to race in June. My last race for the season is in May. I still run in the summer....just a little bit slower.

Congrats on placing in your age group, speedy. That is a wonderful time with or without the heat.
I took it easy this week. There are a lot of end of year ceremonies at the kids schools so I am skipping my runs in order to keep my stress level down by getting to school early to get a good parking spot.....excuses I know. week, I am going to pack my running gear, get a good spot at my daughter's school and change at the park ( that is next to her school) after my run.

And nice job getting in another 5k to end your Saturday run with 6 miles total for the day. Now if we could just bottle up some of that northern air for our races. Lol!!!

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LAURIE5658 6/2/2012 5:17PM

    Vic, you are unreal! I have a 5k this evening and I am just hoping to beat my 33:58 time from last year. You seriously rock!

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MARATHONDAD 6/2/2012 5:12PM

    man you are an inspiration I hope I am in half as good shape as you when I get your age. You are simply amazing. keep it up you are a role model for me!!!!

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Busy yesterday and today.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I worked on my old 63 Falcon for hours yesterday and today, put on a new carb, lubricated the speedo cable, and a few other things, which required crawling under the dash. Not so limber as I once was, can't wait to see how my back reacts tomorrow.

I rested for a bit this afternoon, then hit the weights for an awesome workout in the Florida afternoon heat. Did an hour of upper body high reps, low weight. After a cold shower, I feel great!

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MASRITE 6/1/2012 1:53PM

    Nice car you got there. Enjoy driving it around!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/1/2012 11:40AM

    Nice Hot Rod!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/1/2012 10:06AM

    Hey Hot Rod, Nice Wheels

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MARATHONDAD 5/31/2012 11:14PM

    great job buddy and sweet ride!!!!

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LAURIE5658 5/31/2012 8:47PM

    Vic, I am not sure what year it was but I grew up with my parents' Falcon. My brother and I were able to fit a bass clarinet and trombone in the back seat and Mom somehow shuttled us to school. Tight fit anyone? I love your car!!!!!!!

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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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DORAL33178 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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DORAL33178 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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