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Cheeseburger in paradise

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I have been doing a lot of running lately. I ran 8 miles yesterday, uphill both ways! I figured I burned about a million calories.

I can justify any self-destructive behavior. Just watch me!

My wife and I made a sojourn to see my daughter, Katie, at the University of Northern Colorado today. My wife wanted to take Katie to Red Robin for lunch. My wife and Katie ordered grilled chicken salads.

Salad! I don't want no stinking salad! I had been waiting for this for weeks! I ordered a Bacon Cheeseburger, French fries and strawberry lemonade! Jimmy Buffett's lyrics were ringing in my head!

"Tried to amend my carnivorous habits
Made it nearly seventy days
Losin' weight without speed, eatin' sunflower seeds
Drinkin' lots of carrot juice and soakin' up rays

But at night I'd had these wonderful dreams
Some kind of sensuous treat
Not zucchini, fettucini or Bulgar wheat
But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat "

Cheeseburger in paradise
Makin' the best of every virtue and vice
Worth every damn bit of sacrifice
To get a cheeseburger in paradise"

This song could be our National Anthem! I got to tell you that was a really good cheeseburger. Total calories for a "big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat" was a measly 2,491, more or less! Maybe more - but I don't care!

I was pretty sore after my run yesterday. After I ate the gigantic cheeseburger I was completely cured of all aches and pains. I ate the Cheeseburger for medicinal purposes!

I told you I can justify anything!


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FOOTBALLTRENT 2/23/2010 12:51PM

    Too funny man!

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JADERUNNING 2/6/2010 9:34AM

    That is too funny! When I run long and hard runs - all I think of is food! Nice greasy bacon, swiss, mushroom burger seems to top the list. On hot days I think of strawberry daiquiris!

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KAYAKID 2/3/2010 3:25AM

    emoticontime for a nap after that meal!LOL

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DAVIDMU89 2/1/2010 3:11PM

    It is a correct balance of proteins and carbs. Therefore , I say it must be eaten

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ELYMWX 2/1/2010 1:56AM

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Too far and too fast! I hurt now!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Date: Saturday, January 30th, 2010
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Highlands Ranch Colorado - Dirt Trail

Total Distance: 8 miles
Total Time: 96 minutes

Timed Distance: 5K and 10K

5K Time: 29:28
5K Pace: 9:08 min/mile

10K Time: 1:03:23
10K Pace: 10:09 min/mile

Company: Alone

Total Time: 96 minutes (Warm-up, Timed Run and Cool-Down)
Weather Condition: Clear, Temperature 54 F, Feels Like 54 F, Wind 2.1 mph WSW, Humidity 52%, Dry and Warm

Elevation: 5,625ft to 5,810ft (Hilly with 185 ft of Elevation Change)

The weather was glorious! I drove down to the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch for my long weekly run. I wanted to run in warmer weather on a dry trail. My training program called for a 5 mile run. I guess what happened was predictable. After I hit 5 miles I just kept going!

The conditions were just too nice to stop. I ran 8 miles. Unfortunately my body wasn't ready to run 8 miles. The other problem was the trail I was running has really steep uphill sections, and really steep downhill sections. Going uphill is pretty safe. Going downhill has to be done with great care.

I am not, by nature, a careful man.

I would hit a downhill stretch and think, "time to rock and roll!" According to my Garmin timer, some of these downhill sections were over 25% grades! That is very steep, by the way.

This morning (Sunday, Jan 31st) I am hurting! My back is stiff. My quads feel like somebody beat them with a stick. The toenails on my second toes on each foot are turning black.

I was running in Under Armor brand socks that were just too thin for the miles I ran. I stopped by the Boulder Running company in the way home and bought some good Tholos socks. Tholos are $11 a pop.

There was a guy running on the trail that had a hydration belt. I had not had a drop of water during 90 minutes of hard running. I may need to get one of those hydration things.

My training schedule calls for an easy 30 minute run today. I should probably skip that run. But I won't. I should leave my timer at home. But I won't.

Time to go running! I am not going to let a little thing like common sense stop me!


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CATBME 2/2/2010 3:12PM

    your toe was turning black for a reason bad fitting shoes I know i made the same mistake liking my shoes tight trouble is it will set you back in the long run...I was up to 16 miles 2 months ago at 4.0 mph pace not bad fer a chubby girl...you really have to find the best running shoe for you and find out whether you overpronate or underpronate etc etc but when you toe turns black the nail will fall off is because the toe box the end of the big toe and the end of the shoe need to have at least your thumbs distance otherwise its going to hurt you in the end. I found this out by finding some good research then found reasonable priced shoes for 59.00 ...Im back up to 9 miles now

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HARRINGTON5 1/31/2010 11:23AM

    Bruce, You just crack me up. I love the way you tell a story. For someone to be hurting and still want to run is amazing to me. I sometimes run when I'm hurting, but I think I have really done something extra special when I do. An easy run really might do you some good (if it really is easy). I laughed about the black toes because my second toe gets like that a lot. The nail has finally grown out and my feet look normal again. I run over a lot of bridges (no hills here)with that same steep incline, maybe I should look for those Tholos socks too. Have a good day, my friend and try not to hurt yourself today. Cynthia

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ZEESPARROW 1/31/2010 10:52AM

    Oh my is right! I hope your scheduled easy run IS easy today. Don't push yourself too hard and risk injury!

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DANAMJ2 1/31/2010 10:51AM

  Gosh...I ran 2 miles yesterday because my Jack Russell wouldn't leave me alone until I took her running. And, a few times I cheated on the hills and walked fast. My achilles are tight - You are a better man than me!!! I'll try harder today!

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GOLDDUSTTWIN 1/31/2010 10:31AM

    oH MY gosh...please take it easy or you will be like me and have to take a step backward in your exercise program. Better to be like the tortoise slow and steady then the hare that was exhausted and rested and lost the race

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Woo Hoo! I am a Medium!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I went to Sports Authority yesterday to get a pair of long running pants. I hate anything on my legs when I run. I figured a light-weight pair of running pants might be tolerable. Running with bare legs in snow and cold can be a bit uncomfortable.

I think I tried on every large pair of running pants in the store. Nothing seemed to fit. In desperation I grabbed a pair of medium pants off the rack. I trudged off to the fitting room. These medium pants fit perfectly! As a matter of fact there was this slender guy looking back at me in the mirror! I was jazzed!

There was a time when 2XL was a bit tight. I was surprised that I could fit nicely into a Medium pair of pants!

Even though it was really cold and nasty outside, I had to go running! The pants were reasonably comfortable. Here are the running conditions. I wanted to do more distance but running in the snow was not easy.

Time: 5:30 0pm
Location: Bailey, Colorado - Burland Subdivision
Timed Distance: 2.3 Miles
Time: 22.1 Minutes
Average Pace: 9:33 min/mile
Company: Alone
Total Time: 30 minutes (Warm-up, Timed Run and Cool-Down)
Weather Condition: Cloudy, Temperature 19.2 F, Feels Like 11.4 F, Wind 4.0 mph SW, Humidity 90%, 2" of Snow

While I was running my wife drove past me and stopped. She leaned out the window and said, "Don't you know it is 19 degrees out here?" I said, "Yes, that is why am wearing a hat!" She knows I loathe wearing a hat when I run. I liked the long pants. My legs were not freezing for the first time in a long time. I also liked looking skinnier than I really am.


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KAYAKID 1/29/2010 3:02PM

    have you thought about tights - I never thought I would wear them but I love wearing them. I like them because they are compression and seem to keep everything together. I can wear the tights and a top - coldgear and run 20 degree weather no coat - with a earthingy that wraps around your head a nd gloves. great pace! for the 2 miles


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GSCOTTC 1/29/2010 1:07PM

    Good for you.

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SMARTIEBEE 1/29/2010 11:24AM

    Doesn't that feel great! Good for you!

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DELRIO1 1/29/2010 8:26AM

    Most excellent, OldDog...you da man!

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IRONGRANNIE 1/29/2010 4:32AM

    WooHoo!!! go you good thing!!

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Running in the dark

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Time: 5:30pm
Location: Bailey, Colorado - Burland Subdivision
Timed Distance: 2 Miles
Time: 19.47 Minutes
Average Pace: 9:30 min/mile
Company: Alone
Total Time: 30 minutes (Warm-up, Timed Run and Cool-Down)
Weather Condition: Clear, Temperature 36.7 F, Feels Like 30.4 F, Wind 5.8 mph WSW, Humidity 52%, Patches of snow and ice

Elevation: 8,086 ft to 8,310 ft (Hilly with 224 ft of Elevation Change)

I had spent yesterday eating too much and doing nothing. Maybe that was a good thing. I had a great run today! I did a hill workout. I live in the mountains so any run is a hill run. Here is the surprising thing; my pace did not vary much. I ran uphill relatively quickly. I could only get in 2 miles before it was pitch black.

As soon as the snow melts on Kenosha pass I want to do some running on the Colorado Trail. The Colorado Trail varies in elevation from 10,000 to 11,000 feet. The scenery on the Colorado Trail is stunningly beautiful. The only issue is that the high-elevation snow doesn't melt until late May or early June.

I have said it once, and I'll say it again, bring on summer!


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HARRINGTON5 1/28/2010 11:17PM

    You never cease to amaze me, you are a machine! Great time. I am working with a little group of women in my community. They want to do a 5K charity run/walk and bless their souls, they are doing pretty well. We have another month and I have them at three miles, but we are doing 20 minute miles. One has Asthma, so I am not sure how hard I should push them, but it is a new thing for me to be coaching a team of seniors and I am kind of learning as I go. (I am one of the seniors...lol)

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CHARGER25 1/28/2010 10:50PM

    Your lungs must be the size of hot air balloons!

I lived at 6500 ft for three summers as a kid and I can tell you when I returned to sea level I was a stud for about a week when it came to running.

I am always amazed at your determination to run even if you are alone every time you go....

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PAUL7931 1/27/2010 9:54AM

    You are so lucky to live somewhere so beutiful. Keep up the good work.

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GOGIRL62 1/27/2010 1:58AM

    Sounds like you live in a beautiful place...

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Trying to Come Up with a Racing and Training Schedule

Monday, January 25, 2010

Time: 3:00pm
Location: Bailey, Colorado - Burland Subdivision
Timed Distance: 3.1Miles
Time: 32:57 Minutes
Average Pace: 10:30 min/mile
Company: Alone
Total Time: 55 minutes (Warm-up, Timed Run and Cool-Down)
Weather Condition: Clear, Temperature 27.8 F, Feels Like 16.4 F, Wind 16.1 mph SSW, Humidity 37%, Patches Snow and Ice

Elevation: 8,086 ft to 8,310 ft (Hilly with 224 ft of Elevation Change)

I need to get a formal training program. I usually just wing it and do what I feel like doing. Today I did an easy 5K hill run. Yesterday, I combined W6D1 and W7D1 of the C25K program. I also threw in 2 x200 and 2x400 speed intervals.

I am roughly following 5K training program from Running Planet. Then, when I feel like it, I shift gears to a 10K program. I think a bit more training structure would be good.

I have attempted to put together a racing schedule for March, April and May. A number of really interesting races have yet to be scheduled. Here is my tentative schedule:

Mar 7, 2010: Dam Run 5K - Greenwood Village, CO

Mar 20, 2010: HRCA St. Patrick's Day 5K Run- Highlands Ranch, CO

Apr 10, 2010: HRCA Heritage/Adventure Run 10K - Highlands Ranch, CO

Apr 24, 2010: Sierra's Race Against Meningitis 5K Run/Walk - Loveland, CO

May 8, 2010: Blazing Bullets 10K Trail Run - Westminster, CO

Jun 12, 2010: Run the Rockies Ten Mile Creek 10K - Frisco, CO

Jun 19, 2010: Joe Colton's Off Road Adventure 5K Run - Rollinsville, CO

Jul 4, 2009: Freedom Run 5K - Evergreen, CO

Aug 7, 2010: Creek Streak 5K run - Aurora, CO

November 20, 2010: Bailey Days Extravaganza 5k Run/Walk, Park County, Colorado

The 5K Bailey Days run that is a really cool event. This race is only advertised in the local Fairplay Flume and Park County Republican newspaper. The participants are some of my neighbors, Park County Sheriff deputies, Plate Canyon Firefighters, and kids from the Platte Canyon HS Track Team. Bailey is a small town. We all know each other. This is as fun as it gets.

I will be able to refine my schedule as other races become available. I will at least pre-register for the first few of races on this list.


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KAYAKID 1/27/2010 2:50AM

    looking good! I too have a big running schedule for this year. I already had 1 race a couple weeks ago and the next one is in about 3 weeks. I have 3 halfs and maybe 4 and Hood to coast relay in august. good luck to you. maybe check out the smart coach on runners world - you enter your last race and it will set up a training schedule for you based on time. I am using it for my half training.

good luck to you.....

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DAVIDMU89 1/25/2010 9:24AM

    I have a number of races that I run during the year . I try to run at least one per month.I also sign up in advance, that way I have committed financially and I am such a tightwad that I will not miss! Second, since I have committed , I now must train so that I will not finish last or not finish- and this has never happened. Good luck to you.

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ELYMWX 1/25/2010 1:35AM

    Having a plan, even a rough one is a always a good start! The number of times I've seen projects flounder for lack of a decision while people agonize about making the "perfect" choice is large - some people are never able to learn that often the difference between the perfect choice and the second-best choice is minuscule, but the time you lose in chosing is time you'll never gain back.

To that end, I guess I should start my planning too. My starting date is tentatively mid-March: me breaking 200 pounds (yes, I'm giving myself the reward of running! Am I a sadist?), and the only other point that's mapped out is a Half Marathon at Disneyworld in early 2011 with my wife (am I a maschochist?). I need to fill in the line between, and let my wife know in June if I'm going to be able to do it, so she can chose which Half to run!

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