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Centennial HM Pics

Monday, May 09, 2011

From the official photog. Even caught Jerome chasing me in. ;)

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JMERLAU 5/11/2011 7:33AM

    LOL....nice. Love LuckyDog's comment...hahahah

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/9/2011 6:10PM

    too bad Jerome has his finishers medal on already. otherwise it would have looked like a shootout!

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White Rock Centennial Half Marathon

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Jerome was a good boy and ran his own race - as he should. Challenging course, hot at the end (people were starting to drop). BUT no pain other than the normal things you get when you run 13.1. So a success! Jerome had the family there and we met up with some other Sparkers as well.

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K_FUHRMAN 5/8/2011 8:46AM

Great job! Congrats on the success.

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BTWCOACH 5/7/2011 5:16PM

    Great job Brian! Glad the hip did not bother you!!!

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JMERLAU 5/7/2011 4:25PM

    Great run Coop....even better to see you!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/7/2011 4:10PM

    looks like it was a nice place to race. checked out the aerial view on the garmin link. you made great time. Congratulations!

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The rubber meets the road....

Friday, May 06, 2011

...8 weeks after an agonizing Cowtown HM, its time for round two. Centennial HM in Dallas with JMERLAU. Now, Jerome will be waaay ahead (he should be, if not I will personally take him out into the lake and drown him), but I will plug this one out. Hip is doing well and the last 8 weeks of training have been a bit lighter but much more complete. Will be a very early start (4am up and at'em time) to get to the race site in decent time. Did my last long of 10 miles nice and solid with no stops, so I think we are good to go. Whiterock lake is a pretty place and ought to afford a fair amount of rubbernecking to distract from the task at hand. Looking forward to it!

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K_FUHRMAN 5/6/2011 10:06PM

    Good luck to both of you!

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JMERLAU 5/6/2011 9:58PM

    Looking forward to seeing you Coop! It's gonna be a GREAT day!

No drown me huh?!?! LOL

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/6/2011 9:45PM

    Have fun, takes lots of pics. not of the rubber neck stuff though.

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We're baaack....

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

First run since that grueling Cowtown experience - no problems, not even stiff. The rule of thumb is 1 day off for each mile raced. That was up on Sunday. Time to start an 8 week cycle culminating in the Centennial Half Marathon at Whiterock Lake, Dallas. Which, i understand J-rome will be running. But not with me ;). He will be far far ahead. The goal for this race is to finish healthy and pain free. (Well, relatively so...those will make you ache a bit). So I will be slow, but as long as the hip cooperates, much much faster than the last one.

Today's Effort:

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BRIANJCOOPER1 3/17/2011 10:25AM

    All: Still taking it slow. Not ready to race anytime soon, just sticking with the plan.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/16/2011 1:43PM

    Welcome Back!! you should come to Kansas and do the 5 or 10k's with us. save that half for Molly and Jerome!

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BTWCOACH 3/16/2011 1:33PM

    Glad you are back at it, Brian....
Why are you not coming to Lawrence, KS in April?????????

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JMERLAU 3/16/2011 7:48AM

    NICE Coop!! Just take it easy....lots of PacMan and you'll be back in TRUE form in no time my friend!

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They said I had to go to Rehab...

Monday, February 28, 2011

...I said "No, No, No." Oh ow, oh wow. Not an inch of me that doesn't hurt. And a lot. Having a hip (or a foot etc) really will throw your gait off and then everything else gets twanked. Kind of expected. For those of you embarking on longer runs, honest to Pete, its not always this way. You'll get banged up on a long race, tired to be sure and it will take a while to recover - but this is more like worst case. Don't get put off by it. Still, struggles like these make success that much sweeter.

Its time to go back to school on the body. At least this time I have two months before the next race to get healed up and ready. Will likely go back to the doc for a continuation of the rehab. This will put me off aerobic training for at least a couple of weeks and then slow steady ramp up. I learned a lot about how I had not properly managed my diet that last week. I was very holy and really stuck to my guns. That resulted in 5 lbs of weight loss. Beer, my goddess and my devil, is the worst of it. I will follow through on that these next two months and I betcha I get the next 10 lbs off.

For now, its pretty painful.

Exchanged some notes with an Elite runner at my work. He thinks a lot of specific stretching, a little NSAIDs and massage will do the trick. And time of course. Aside from the generic foam roller, he recommended this. Looks handy.

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BRIANJCOOPER1 3/1/2011 9:33AM

    @BTRTHANEVA - Running is just one of those things that once you get a taste for it, it never goes away. The personal success you can achieve is pretty remarkable and, unlike just about any other sport, you get to participate with the stars in the sport. You're not going to go knock heads in football with your favorites, but here you can actually run with them. That, and they are a bunch of nuts. Where else can you run 13.1 miles and then pound beer? ;) Surprisingly a family oriented thing as well.

I'd put it down to "an acquired taste."

As far as pain goes, this was by far the worst thing I have ever experienced. And a shame as far as the event goes - it was really well done. Normally it races can be tough, a challenge - but not health threatening. ;)

Comment edited on: 3/1/2011 9:33:47 AM

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BTRTHANEVA 3/1/2011 7:39AM

    I know I need another cup of coffee, cuz when I checked your link, I thougt I read *RIP* running stick. That, combined with how your body is hurting you all over, is a neon sign (to me) to stay with actvities that challenge me, but don't put me on the injured reserved list. Speed walking, stepping, pilates, strength training - these activities (and ok, I'm with you on the 12 oz curls)((actually, lately I've been into pitchers of beer and I don't share well)) (((actually don't have to share because my DH is the designated driver!)))serve my body well.

I don't get running. I've never seen anyone smiling when they run. They usually look mad, sad, or in pain. Unless they're running from the long arm of the law. Then they look terrified. To each their own.

Take good care and give your body the rest it needs. It needs to serve you for the rest of your life, so please let it heal completely before hitting the pavement again!!!


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BRIANJCOOPER1 2/28/2011 10:22PM

    @RJ4: Breathing, at this point, would be considered exercise. A bugger of a run. Will lay off a week, do my special Jerome exercises, enjoy the hot tub, explore the mystery of ice and then lean into it. Should get my stick by then and have another source of therapy. No quit, no lay down. No, no. Just have to work things gently (with attention to what's going on) and proceed. 20 years of experience - not that I can't learn something, not at all. Just a question of how to attack it.

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RJ-CYCLES 2/28/2011 9:43PM

    Sometimes the fastest way to get back is to take it safely and patiently - perhaps in the meantime some other exercise that won't aggravate your recovery :)

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PELESJEWEL 2/28/2011 2:00PM

    Yep! good tip from your runner dude friend. I just bought The Sitck a couple of weeks ago and love it. It's next to my 2 optp AXIS black rollers which are the type used in physical therapy. Very firm. Please take care of yourself and give the body time to heal. You'll be running in no time!

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JMERLAU 2/28/2011 1:34PM

    Coop - just take it easy for a few weeks and you'll be great!!

And listen to Molly...she's the smart one in the bunch!

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NANHBH 2/28/2011 11:18AM


Did you run the race yesterday in that pain? You probably needed the beer afterward! Take good care, my friend. Don't overdo it!


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BTWCOACH 2/28/2011 9:13AM

    Be patient, Brian and you will recover nicely.... There will always be another race. Remember you are doing this to be fit when you are 75 and older!

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