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Dream big. Work hard.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

That is my motto for my training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 19.
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/31/2014 12:30PM

    Can't wait to hear about your training.

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STEVEN2GO2 5/31/2014 6:23AM

    Have fun training and I hope you enjoy and have a great Marathon!

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WATERMELLEN 5/29/2014 7:21PM

    I'm thinking that you should get yourself a Tshirt!!

(I had a terrific "Men's Rea" Tshirt made especially for my crim law class -- with a circle around it and a slash through it!!)

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CRYSBROWN1 5/29/2014 2:36PM

    WOO HOO, you can do it!!

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MAMACHAE74 5/29/2014 11:01AM

    Good luck in your training!

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I can't believe I haven't blogged in 2 months!

Monday, April 14, 2014

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I guess that is because of how busy I have been at work.

I'm in a transition phase. Only 1 race planned before the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 19. I want to start my training for that race with a better base than I've had for any recent race. I got slightly over 150 miles of running last month and expect the same this month.
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I plan to improve the quality of April's 150 miles. Maybe even start speed work.

Key is that I plan to lose at least 6 pounds in April. Was down 2 last week.
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I 100% believe that I can run Toronto under 3:30 if I lose the weight I need to lose by then. But it sure isn't easy.
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I think.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/15/2014 9:50AM

    You rock. After this marathon - I am hanging up my marathon shoes. I will concentrate on speed and losing weight, while build muscle

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JOPAPGH 4/14/2014 7:24PM

    I believe losing 10 lbs is the best thing I can do for my running.

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Sedona Marathon report. Great pictures. Not so great story.

Monday, February 03, 2014

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Saturday, February 1, 2014, I was in Sedona, Arizona to run the marathon in support of a nephew who was running his first. There were four of us running, my wife, my nephew, and his girlfriend were entered in the marathon.
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The plan was to run, not race, the marathon. Initially, I planned to run at a pace of around 9:15 per mile. But since one of my training partners recently ran 13 miles under 9:00 pace, I felt compelled to run the first half at a similar pace to show that I am able to run at her level. She ran in snow but I ran over hills at altitude and with about 50% trails so I called that even. I ran the first half at 8:50 pace and then slowed down with a plan to spend more time looking at the awesome scenery and forget about my watch. Here are pictures from the course:

Mile 2 view.


Mile 4


Street view.


Beautiful color!


Downhill ahead!


View after turnaround.

At around 6.5 miles, the course changes from paved road surface to dirt road. I thought it would be easy on the feet but it was rocky and I spent a lot of time criss-crossing the road to find a smoother path. No running tangents here. Instead I was thinking of the original In-Laws movie with Peter Falk yelling, "Run serpentine, Sal!"
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I felt at the turn that I had spent too much time in the last few miles looking down at the road surface and not at the spectacular scenery so I decided to focus on the views instead of the trail. Big mistake! Anyone who runs with me knows that I barely lift my feet of the ground when I run. It hasn't been very long since I last tripped and fell on a sidewalk during a run and I can show you a crooked finger which I broke after tripping over about a 1/4 inch break in another sidewalk. Can you guess what happened next?
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Just before the 14 mile mark, I stumbled over a rock. Slight tweak of right hamstring, slight pull of piriformis. No big deal. Then not far after the 14 mile mark, I tripped on a rock. Smashed a toe, major pull on my piriformis, which is a small butt muscle that I have chronically injured but learned to deal with. OUCH!!!
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I carried on for while, then decided my training would be ruined for weeks if I did not get some treatment and ice. So I did.
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Ended up with an 18 mile run which is not too bad. And I think I'll be able to run again in another day or two. So my 26.2 mile training run became an 18 mile training run. Since the same medal was given to those who ran the 5k, 10k and half marathon, it was decided that I earned a medal. I could be talked into returning to do the half marathon which is completely on pavement but I am now crossing all trail races off my schedule.

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INBRAZILFORNOW 2/4/2014 5:54PM

    Gorgeous pics! Congrats on your 18 and also on your decision to take care of the injury!

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JSTETSER 2/4/2014 9:08AM

    Great shots!

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BILLALEX70 2/4/2014 5:10AM

    Yikes to the race, but STUNNING scenery!

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READINGACE 2/3/2014 7:07PM

    Good for you for hanging in for the 18 miles- you definitely deserved the medal. . I can really relate to having a hard time with the trail- I trip over air. You were smart to stop when you did. The pics are amazing. Heal fast. emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/3/2014 4:26PM

    Ray - I am so sorry!!!

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THINFITFEMINIST 2/3/2014 11:10AM

    How wonderful! I love Sedona and it's difficult to get it's beauty in a picture.

Congrats!

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MNCYCLIST 2/3/2014 11:09AM

    Bummer. Sorry to hear about the difficulties, but I want you to know that you really inspired me today. So thanks for sharing, and hang in there!

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JOPAPGH 2/3/2014 9:52AM

    Watch those butt muscles. I am still recovering from mine from my fall in Schenley in November.

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STARLIGHT615 2/3/2014 8:51AM

    Sorry to hear about your injuries!! But love the pics!!

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CAROLCRC 2/3/2014 8:44AM

    Ouch! Sounds like the first half was good though. So maybe you should say you ran the half and threw in an additional 6-mile trail run?

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PUPPIES4ME 2/3/2014 8:32AM

    Lovely pictures, sorry to hear about your injuries. Hope you are on the mend soon.

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2013 was good, 2014 will be great!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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I had some good race results in 2013, some nice vacations including 2 bike trips, and got my skin cancer taken care off.
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What I did not have are 12 injury free months. And any weight loss, except maybe 3 pounds.
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In adding up my bike, run, walk mileage for 2103, I was not happy to be reminded that my mileage for February was: 11 miles biked, 42.7 miles run, and 28.6 miles walked. February may be a short month, but that is not what I'd like to see again.

My plans for 2014:

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Run 1,500 miles including an easy, scenic Sedona marathon on 2/1 and a sub 3:30 marathon in Toronto on 10/19. Maybe, just maybe, I'll do the 100K I planned to do in celebration of turning 62 on September 6 at age 63.

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Bike 1,500 miles, including another multi-day bike trip somewhere. This will include miles from Spinning classes.

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Walk 500 miles. No increase from 2013. Prior to becoming a Sparker, I HATED walking. Maybe because when I was forced to walk, it was usually because of an injury that prevented me from running. Now I find that I enjoy a nice quiet walk. Or a walk with friends.

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Get my weight down to 180 for my youngest daughter's wedding in October.
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If I can go 12 months injury free, I think I can meet these goals. Heck, it is almost 4:00 p.m. on 1/02 and I haven't broken a New Year's resolution yet!

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CASSIES 1/11/2014 6:45AM

    I'll take the 3 pound weight loss.

I see that the chest thingy was the skin cancer? I thought maybe the chest surgery was a skin thing since you had running plans soon after.

No matter what your weight you will be a gracious and handsome father of the bride.

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JSTETSER 1/3/2014 6:23AM

    Go guy, GO!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/2/2014 7:22PM

    Ray - I know you can do this WHY??? because you are dedicated and you want it BAD

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December goals for year's totals.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I added up my cycling, running, and walking miles to see what round number totals I could make for 2013. It was easier than I expected and 2 of the goals should be no problem.

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I have 975 miles. 25 more will give me 1,000. Not too much for real bikers but the most I've had in a long time.

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I have 1152.2 miles. 147.8 will give me 1,300. This might be optimistic due to an unplanned surgery on my chest yesterday. 100 will give me a tad more than last year and that shouldn't be too hard to do.

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I have 484.8. 15.2 will give me 500. Easiest goal to meet.

Looking at these numbers, I expect to set higher goals for 2014 for running and biking. Since I plan to stay injury free and will not have periods when I am walking a lot because of being unable to run, I will not be leaving the walking goal at 500 miles.

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CASSIES 1/11/2014 6:42AM

    Congrats on your goals. I will have to look your blogs for surgery updates. Hope all is well.

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IPA-RAY 12/26/2013 4:59PM

    With 5 days to go, all I need to make all 3 fitness goals is 14.4 running miles. I think I can make them with the weekend approaching and no work Tuesday.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 12/4/2013 1:25PM

    First great numbers - Second SURGERY what why? Hope you are recovery well.

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144AUTUMN 12/4/2013 1:29AM

  keep up the good work!!

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STARLIGHT615 12/3/2013 8:48AM

    Awesome numbers!!!

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