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New Shoes, Ugly Calf, First Run and Pink Tutu

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Part 1: New Shoes

Yesterday, January 28th 2012, I went down to Boulder Running Company to get a new pair of shoes. I had called ahead to verify they had my shoes, which are Nike Zoom Vomeros in 13D.

I wanted black Vomeros. The only pair that they had in my size were Red and White. I plunked down the $130 for the Vomeros. I also ordered a a pair of Nike Pegasus +28. The only pair they could get in size13 were blue.

The Vomeros are a real cushy ride. The Pegasus are more durable. I wanted the Vomeros for rehab. The Pegasus comes in a trail version that I was temped to order. Although I do 95% of my running on trails, I have never liked a trail shoe. Somehow they feel clunky.

Part 2: Packed Out Shoes - I had No Idea

When I got my new Vomeros home I compared them with my old Vomeros. I had no idea that my old shoes were so darn packed out. There was over 1/4" difference in the height of the cushion material.

This photo shows the huge difference between the old shoes and the new shoes. I did a quick calculation and determined I had over 650 miles on my old shoes! I needed to retire the old shoes a long time ago. Vomeros are a very soft and break down quickly.

I had no idea my old shoes were in such bad shape.

Part 3: TIme to Go Running - Ugly Calf and All

Today, January 29th, the temperature got above 20 degrees F. I put on my running shorts, a long sleeve shirt and light windbreaker. WIth trembling hands I laced-up my new shoes. I really wanted to run. In August I had torn my right calf during the Leadville 10K. In September I broke my left foot falling down the stairs after my injured right leg gave out. Here is a photo of my torn calf.

I took this photo a few days after the race in August.

The following photo shows what it looks like today.

The little knob of torn muscle is still there. The huge gash is now just an indentation. The muscled stitched itself back together across the tear. When I run my fingers down my leg through the indentation I feel rough ridges of bumpy muscle tissue. It is really hard to describe. You may be able to see the ridges in the photo. The good news is that it doesn't hurt and my calf works just fine. It is kind of a bit ugly though.

I have had my share of injuries but I have not been hurt like this before.

Part 4: At The Track - Cold and Windy

I decided that I needed to run on something flat. The only place that is flat here in the Colorado Rockies is the high school track. When I got to the track it was 23 degrees F with a 20 mph wind from the West. The conditions have been very dry and sand was blowing around.

Here is a shot of the track. You can see the tracks of the sand on the track surface. This stuff comes off the nearby highway. Getting a face full of this coarse sand in the snoot does not feel good. I almost gave up before I started.

I got my new shoes on and I am ready to go. I hate running with anything on my legs. I did wear a headband and gloves though.

This is a lot colder than it looks.

I had some company. The deer were trying to figure out what the heck I was doing. To be honest so was I.

I took it pretty easy. I sort of followed the Couch-to-5K week one program. I ran 60 seconds and walked 90 seconds. I covered 2 miles in 23:10 at a pace of about 11:30 mins/mile. I feel pretty good about this run. I ran slowly on purpose and resisted any impulse to go faster. I iced my foot when I got home. I think I can start the long way back. I know I need to stretch a lot and cross-train. It felt pretty good to run.

Part 5: Princess Half Marathon and Tutus

Annette has her plane ticket to Orlando for the Princess Half Marathon that is Sunday, February 26th. She is flying into Orlando on Thursday, February 23rd and leaving Monday, February 27th. Her friend and running partner Lindsey is going with her. Annette submitted a qualifying time from a recent 10K that puts her in a corral that is reasonably close to the front. Her friend Lindsey, cousin Anne and the other women in the group do not have qualifying times so they will be in the last corral.

Annette has decided that (1) she is going to start the race in the last corral with Anne and Lindsey, (2) she is going to stay with Anne and Lindsey during the race, and (3) she is going to wear a tutu!

Stay tuned!

This is the line-up of the official Disney princesses.

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SEABREEZE64 2/15/2012 7:17AM

    Just sort of ran across your blog.
I like the comparison photos of your shoes and think I should do the same.
Also that muscle tear looked nasty. Glad it healed and you are able to get out and run again!

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LIVESTRONG2010 2/5/2012 10:22PM

    Wow never been hurt like that and I pray I never do. I've had a few falls with pretty good road rash but that's it. Really like the red and white shoes might just have to check those out! Not much into running but really like walking and doing the 5K and half marathons but riding is my passion. Love the view of your run nothing like that in San Antonio!

Glad you are healing and getting back into it! emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 2/2/2012 4:30AM

    Glad you're feeling up to running again. Even after so much time away, you are still doing better than me. You run in shorts in 20 degree weather??? Ugh... I can barely stand to go outside in 6 layers and a parka in that weather.

Tutu???? Will she let you post pics??? LOL

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 2/1/2012 4:48PM

    great picks and gl

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KKINNEA 2/1/2012 4:46PM

    Nice job back to recovery - I'll bet with patience you'll come back pretty fast. Amazing shoe wear tale with those pictures - I can't get anything more than 300 miles on my shoes but maybe that's because I wear fairly soft shoes too!

Annette is the best friend/cousin for starting in the later corral and running with the other ladies - I hope she has another shot to see what she can do at sea level with her speed some time soon!

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CHIFANG130 2/1/2012 3:38PM

    Great picks on the shoes. 23 degree and you were out running?! Wow! That was some hardcore die-hard running fanatic behavior. Glad to know that you are recuperating from your injury well. How excited that your wife is going to wear a tutu and I know she is going to have a blast in Orlando running with her friends. That was so cute that you posted Disney's princess picture. So very thoughtful. You definitely need to show Annette that. I think she will crack up like I did when I read your blog post. Take care!

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SUZWARNR 1/31/2012 7:20PM

    I hope the re-entry to running goes well. Slow and steady now, huh? I jogged real slowly on the treadmill last. It went well. On to try again Thursday night. Glad you can be out there again. Getting new shoes at the right time is very important!

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HARRINGTON5 1/31/2012 5:44PM

    The Princess race sounds like fun and what a sport your wife is. I stayed with friends a few times and frankly, it drives me crazy. I guess I'm not too gracious, I just want to run and see what I can do. As for you, OMG, I had no idea you were hurt that badly. I Haven't been paying attention as much as I should have. I am so glad you are healing. Your slow run is my fast run...lol So, I think you are doing great.
I'm amazed at how running shoes really wear. I'd hate to think what it would cost if I was more dedicated and ran more races.
Take care of yourself. I will never complain again when I think it is a little chilly outside. You are just amazing.

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PINKBEANBOO 1/31/2012 10:20AM

    Hi there!
Thanks for the comparison pictures of the shoes. Very interesting. My first pair of runners were Vomeros. They are cushy-cushy.
The picture of your calf - yuck! I didn't know you'd be able to see a torn muscle from the outside. That is gross! I'm going to add that to the list of things I never want to happen to me. Then you broke the ankle on your good leg? Poor guy. I bet you've been waiting for this day where you could do a little running for a long time. Congrats!

PS: I think the red & the blue/yellow shoes are cool :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/31/2012 8:25AM

    Glad you got back out! Love the shoes - both pairs.

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LKEITHO 1/30/2012 6:11PM

    Glad to hear you are able to start out again! And those pictures look plenty cold to me!

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NWFL59 1/30/2012 5:26PM

    Enjoyed reading your blog and seeing you're getting back into something you love doing. Glad you got yourself some new shoes for your running program. WooHoo!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/30/2012 11:23AM

    You are a BRAVE man! It was 24 w/ a 20 MPH wind yesterday in SE WI and I opted to run on the treadmill! Glad you got a run in though, that is great!

I only have a little over 205 miles on my Saucony's and they are starting to break down. emoticonI don't know why I can't get more miles out of shoes? I even have another pair that I alternate with.

Nice of your wife to run in the corrals w/ her friends, wow, the tutu??

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TRILLIUM22 1/30/2012 10:55AM

    Okay, all these pictures of shoes. I try to retire mine at 300 miles, I then use them for walking and indoor rowing, so they get plenty more work. Interesting to see really wear and tear. 650 mile on one pair of shoes, oh my.

I had a giggle when I'm looking at the shoe picture, and you said you did not like things on you legs, but you were going to wear headband and gloves. I'm assuming you wore shorts and a shirt, but maybe that is why the deer were so confused.

Hope Annette feels good with her decision to start with Ann and Lindsay ant wear a tutu. She may make a big difference in their race experience. A good first race experience can lead to a second and a third.

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CBAILEYC 1/30/2012 10:51AM

    Glad you're well shod once again! The new shoes are a great way to start out your re-entry to running. Even your 'slow' pace is speedy!
Annette's decision made me smile. We can always run by ourselves... it's special when we are able to run with people we love.
A big W00T! for both of you!

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STRIVER57 1/30/2012 10:45AM

    congratulations on starting to train again. that is great! i'm glad Annette decided, and in time to adjust to her decision.

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NATPLUMMER 1/30/2012 9:25AM

    Yay for new shoes!! Yes, you really did need to replace them.
Yay for a run!! I bet it felt great to run!!
That is very sweet of Annette. I hope they all have a great time!!

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LAURIE5658 1/30/2012 9:04AM

    Welcome back to the running world! Woot!

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CAROLCRC 1/30/2012 8:36AM

    Smart decision on her part - she either had to decide to go for it, or run with her friends... the smartest part was making her decision well ahead of time rather than risking frustration and hurt feelings on race day.

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    Woo hoo! Back in training!
Loved the before/after of the SHOES (still feeling queasy about the calf photos :s)

I'll be cheering both you and Annette!

Enjoy the journey!

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TWEETYKC00 1/30/2012 5:44AM

    That leg is looking plenty better now, glad you can get back to running even if it isn't the running you would hope for. I would love to see that 10k with the tutu, will there be pictures to come?

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    Glad that you are back on the track and soon on the trail. Smart idea to start out easy.
Very interesting shot of the shoes. I only ever had the same style once, never thought of that. Do you think that your shoes had anything to do with the tear? That was pretty nasty, the photo makes me cringe everytime I see it.

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DEUSMACHINA 1/30/2012 1:58AM

    $130 for Vomeros????? OMG, I really need to shop online. Vomeros are $250 in Aus. Awesome shoe! I love them!

Meanwhile, the calf is looking a lot better, isn't it? I can't believe you say it's colder than it looks. There's snow, dammit! That looks pretty cold to me!

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SUPERDUPER26 1/30/2012 12:58AM

    I've never compared my old shoes to a new pair before, thats a pretty good visual on used shoes you shared, I could learn from that!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 1/30/2012 12:36AM

    Love your shoes, but I sure understand your disappointment on having to get a different color than the one you wanted. Every time I go in to buy new Nike's, they don't have the color I want... emoticon
Mine are Vomero's too and I hadn't noticed but they are beginning to look a lot like your worn pair. Thanks for the head's up.
Now I wish that I had written down my starting mileage on those shoes. My total since I started recording a few years back is 1668, but that was several pairs of shoes ago.
Your calf healed up great!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/30/2012 12:29AM

    Any YOU aren't wearing a tutu?!?!? Where's your solidarity? emoticon

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Still Gimping Around

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Part 1: That is going to leave a Mark

On August 14th I severely tore my right calf during the Leadville10K. This race is also known as the "NOX 10k" since it is a hilly trail race at 10,152 elevation. "NOX" stands for "No Oxygen". Standing at the starting line I was in the best shape I had been for 20 years.

This is a photo of my mangled calf. The good news is that after 6 months, the calf has pretty much healed.

On September 11th I hurt the heel of my left foot trying to run/limp down the stairs to answer a phone. I slipped and "surfed" the last five stairs and banged my left foot very badly. This injury has been nagging me for months. I have had to curtail my running. I used to run no matter what. Regardless of injuries or weather I would be out there, as the Nike commercial says, just doing it. I am having a little trouble getting over the memory of intense pain associated with running 6.22 miles over rough terrain with a severely torn calf muscle.

Part 2: Missing Football Games

I officiate high school football. Due to my injuries, I had to sit out 5 games. In 12 previous seasons I had never missed a game. This season the pain just got to be too much. I still worked 17 regular season games. I was happy when the season ended. I then got a call to work a quarter-final playoff game. Being selected to work a playoff game is an honor. I couldn't turn it down.

Part 3: Television

This season I worked three games that were televised locally. I also worked one game that was nationally televised. This is a record for me. I hate to say this, but my fortunes as an official have greatly improved since I lost 80 pounds. The notion is that coaches are used to dealing with very fit players and respond better to fit officials.

The guy in the stripes is me. This was a televised game. I work at the umpire position a lot. This means most plays come straight at me! I was clobbered twice during this game. This game was played on September 16th. My foot and my calf still hurt like heck!

Part 4: The Princess Half Marathon - Pink Tutus

Background: My wife’s cousin Anne invited my wife to run the Disney Princess half marathon on Sunday, February 26, 2012. My wife, Annette, is a serious high-altitude mountain runner. Annette accepted Anne’s invitation. Anne planned a big event with several of her friends. Anne and her friends have come up with costumes that include pink tutus and “team” shirts. Annette is really fussy about her running outfits and is aghast that she is expected to wear a tutu. Anne is my wife’s best friend. Annette really wants to see how fast she can run at sea level. Annette also knows that when the race starts she is going to run!

Anne came to visit a before Thanksgiving. Annette took Anne to the top of Kenosha pass to train on the Colorado Trail. The elevation is over 10,000 feet. Anne told me she ran about ¼ of a mile and was completely out of breath. She loved the scenery. Anne is also asthmatic. She has terrible episodes triggered by her allergies where she lives in Florida. She was pleased that at high elevation in Colorado she had no asthma attacks whatsoever. There is far less plant life at 10,000 feet and what little there is was dormant . Anne wants to move to Colorado. She said she would gladly trade her asthma for cold, snow, wind, rocks and thin air.

Part 5: Who is That Speedy Woman?

Annette is getting ready for her Princess Half Marathon. I came home one day and found her running in place tethered to a post by a monster resistance band. She had a chair in front of her with her laptop playing some exercise DVD. I think the DVD is either Kenpo or P90X. She also does yoga and lifts weights.

She also runs. Her minimum workout run is 5 miles. She mostly runs 10 miles. About a month ago, I was coming home from work and I saw this woman blazing down the road. It took me a while to realize it was my wife! Annette has always been a good solid distance runner. Her nickname is Putt-Putt because she always kept a nice even pace. When she got home I asked how far she ran. She told me she had run a little over 8 miles. I asked her how long it took her to run the 8 miles. She looked at the clock and said, “A little less than an hour.” That meant she had run better than a 7:30 minute per mile pace for 8 miles at 9,000 feet of elevation over hilly terrain in freezing temperatures! She also told me that when I drove past her she had decided to sprint the last ½ mile. I guess we can’t caller her Putt-Putt any longer! She told me later that she had dropped 7 pounds! And she wasn’t heavy in the first place.

Part 6: Still Gimping Around

While Annette is getting leaner and faster, I feel I am getting softer. My darn left foot is healing so slowly. The last time I went running was on December 11th, 2011. I only ran 2.5 miles. Even though my pace was a gentle 12 minutes per mile, my foot could not take the pounding. Fortunately, I have not gained weight but I feel spongy. Right now it is very cold and icy outside. I can put on my boots with Yaktrax and go walking with my Beagle, Lucas. That is all about the exercise I can handle right now.

Thanks for reading my blog.

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TEDDYBABE 1/29/2012 12:16PM

    First of all, Annette is my new hero. What a woman! Wow! Built in inspiration. No wonder your kids are so athletic also.

Then, happy to see you are hanging in there. I bet you really miss those trails. Glad you are not giving up. You will be back.

Thanks for the blog. AND I love the "stripes" photos!!

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NOELLIEMAE 1/25/2012 11:03AM

    WOW!!! you're wife is doing amazing things and I'm so sorry you're still gimping around :( that's rough!

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CAROLCRC 1/25/2012 8:11AM

    You could always volunteer to wear the tutu for her while she runs (LOL). Glad to see you back and hear that things are improving, however slowly.

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    Thanks for the update! And, yeeek, that calf looks painful! I'll channel your wife during my workouts this week. I could use the oomph.

I love that you're a football official...and such an accomplished one! Well done!

Hang in there...this too shall pass!

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LMB-ESQ 1/24/2012 10:55PM

    Good to see you back Bruce! Sorry you're still having pain, but at least it sounds like you're heading in the right direction.

Haven't those pink tutus been kiboshed yet? I suppose it could be conveniently "lost" on the run... LOL

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RAINTHIEF 1/24/2012 9:01PM

    Keep fighting, gimpy!! You can do it!!! Start small, work with the doc, and build yourself back up. Whew - that injury was a nasty one, but I know you'll bounce back!
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NWFL59 1/24/2012 8:52PM

    Thanks for the recap of your recent experiences and glad to see you can at least walk without reinjuring yourself. Great about your umpire success. Take care of yourself and you'll be rewarded in the long run.
Terry emoticon

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DEUSMACHINA 1/24/2012 4:33PM

    OH MY WORD!!!! That CALF!!! *shudder*

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KKINNEA 1/24/2012 1:56PM

    Hey friend, glad to see you back. You'll have to live virutally through your wife - she sounds like she's doing all the right things to be speedy!

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CHIFANG130 1/24/2012 1:38PM

    You know as long as you get out the door and do something, that's all it matters! Remember to stretch your muscle. The more stretch workouts you do, it's going to help you heal better and faster!

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SUZWARNR 1/24/2012 1:32PM

    I so feel your pain. I am not sitting idly anymore but for a couple months, I wasn't doing much at all. My friend and running partner gets faster while I can't run at all. I injured my psoas muscle in October and it still is far from better, I fear. I tried to go running this past Sunday and it didn't go as well as I'd hope. I can't and am not meant to run in pain. But I miss it so much. I hope the both of us will be out there again one day soon...

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CBAILEYC 1/24/2012 1:15PM

    Boy do I understand feeling spongy! emoticon

So glad to hear from you. Like the others, I've been wondering how you've been. Big WooHoo Props on officiating the games, televised and not.

Atta-girl for Mrs. SpeedyDog, No-Longer-Putt-Putt Annette!
Keep on healing.

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BLACKROSE_222 1/24/2012 10:59AM

    Thanks so much for the update. I've been wondering about you, my friend. And what an amazing achievement for Annette!

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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2012 10:29AM

    I'm glad you are on the mend. It's taking forever for my left foot to heal, too. I totally understand your pain.

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/24/2012 10:21AM

    Loved the blog, sorry you are still not able to do what you really want to do! emoticonis your wife going to wear the tutu??

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ELYMWX 1/24/2012 10:06AM

    Hey, at least you and Lucas are getting some quality Man Time!

I hope you heal up soon, Bruce. Tell Annette that the tutu won't slow her down (much) and to remember to enjoy the race.

Take care,


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Torn Calf - Six Weeks Later and The Guy Nobody Loves

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Part 1: A Little History

I tore my right calf muscle during the Leadville 10K on August 14th. This grade 3 tear happened at the beginning of the race. I ran the 6.22 mile race stopping nine times when I couldn't stand the pain. I finished the race in 1 hour and 12 minutes. After the race I could barely walk.

Part 2: Six Weeks Later

My right calf is still swollen and still hurts a bit. My calf is healed enough that I can run in short bursts. I managed to run 1.10 miles in about 10 minutes and even sprinted the last 200 yards at 6:15 minute/mile pace. I couldn't stand to go much over a mile. But I was happy I could go a mile!

Then I hurt myself again.

Two a weeks ago, I was flying down the stairs to answer my work phone. My right calf gave out and I "surfed" the last four stair with my left foot. I hit the ceramic tile at the bottom of the stairs really hard. My left foot exploded in pain! I think I broke my foot. I hope just bruised it. Whatever I did to it, my left foot hurts really badly when I run.

Why am I running?

Part 3: Football Referee - The Guy You Love To Hate - That's ME!

I started officiating high school football 12 years ago and have worked over 400 games. This season, due to my injured calf, I have cut back to only 21 games.

I have to work these 21 games. There is a huge shortage of officials and there are no substitutes. When I started officiating, my "rookie" class had 29 new officials. Now, 12 years later there are 4 of us left. That means the attrition rate is 86 percent! Only 14 out of 100 officials stick with it.

I am hurt. But if I am not on the field, there will be a great big hole where I am supposed to be. I can't even take an Advil. I need a clear head.

Why is there a shortage of officials? I can just speak for myself. First, the modest game fees that I am paid do not cover my expenses. It costs me about $1,000 every year out of my pocket. I have to buy all my own uniforms and equipment. I wear out shoes very quickly. A new pair of officials turf shoes costs over $150. Association dues are $125 a year. I spend a ton of money attending off-season training clinics. Driving to the games burns a lot of expensive gas. What do I get for my $12,000 investment? I will tell you:

(1) I have been spit on by fans.
(2) A coach ran up to me during a game and screamed in my face that a seriously injured player lying on the ground was my fault. I know the coach was upset but his tirade still hurt.
(3) I have lost track of the number of police escorts I have had while leaving a stadium.
(4) Coaches scream and holler at me. I have to answer in a calm talking voice.
(5) Players and coaches make lots of mistakes. If I make a mistake, just one, I am labeled by fans and coaches as a horrible human being and a lousy official. I have been told so on many occasions.
(6) I have been "booed" by 10,000 people simultaneously for making a good call they didn't like.
(7) I have to break up fights like this one:

This is a photo from the Denver Post. I was the referee for this game. I am not in the picture. I am intercepting six players that wanted to join the brawl. The guy throwing the flag is my back judge, Tim. Tim is 6'1". The official in the middle of the battle is my umpire, Scott. Scott is 6'7". Comparing the size of the players with Tim and Scott should give you an idea how big these players are. Breaking up fights like this is strenuous. I noticed that SparkPeople doesn't list an exercise that includes jumping between battling football players and pushing them apart.

(8) Coaches holler for flags to be thrown on the opposing team. Coaches have fits when their team gets a flag. They say things like "They are holding my linebacker! That is right in front of you! Can't you see that!" I have a lot of forbearance and rarely throw a flag on the coach for this behaviour. But as all of you know, coaches that make such comments are in violation of Rule 9, Section 8, Article 1 items b, c and d. This rule states that a coach shall not (b) disrespectfully address an official, (c) attempt to influence an officials decision or (d)indicate objections about an officials decision. The comment, "They are holding my linebacker! That is right in front of you! Can't you see that!" Is actually two unsportsmanlike fouls, which is a 30 yard penalty and results in the ejection of the coach for two games. Since almost all coaches have a very tenuous grasp on the rules, they have no idea that I can toss them out of the game. In 400 games, I have never ejected an abusive coach.

There is always a first time.

Working games with a torn calf and a broken foot, my forbearance is getting thin. The next coach that questions my integrity, judgement or eyesight is history!

I work these games for the players. There were officials working games for me when I was player. There were officials working games for my sons when they played. It is called "paying it forward".

Even hurt, I am not slow. Yesterday at a Junior Varsity game, I raced the Umpire down the field at the change of the third quarter. We had to run 98 yards to reset the ball. My Umpire had a slender athletic build. He was also 30 years younger and 30 pounds lighter than me. I beat him by 4 yards! Surprised us both!

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HAKAPES 12/24/2011 2:58AM

    Hi Speedydog, so what's up?
How things are going with your sparklife?
I haven't read a blog from you for so long!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 12/9/2011 7:20AM

    How is the calf healing? Thanks for posting this. Makes me have a little empathy for refs...

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 10/31/2011 11:26AM

    Oh dear, hope foot and calf are feeling better now and that you are healing well. Hope that your games are going well too and that nobody has been too out of line. My husband used to ref children's soccer and that was bad enough...I can't imagine what it would be like for you emoticon. Hope all is going well.

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CARYNW 10/5/2011 12:07PM

    Well thank goodness you do referee, they couldn't have a game without you! Too bad they don't appreciate it.
Big ouch on the foot / calf.. that's an impressive 10K time to have been run WITH an injury! Hope you feel better soon!

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HARRINGTON5 9/28/2011 5:39PM

    You are one amazing man! It is a shame there aren't a whole lot more people like you on this earth. I hope you heal quickly. You are a ROCK STAR!

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ROOT4HOME 9/28/2011 12:47AM

    Oh man, it sounds like your legs just never get a break! Hope they heal up soon! Wow...I'm glad you posted the pt of view of an official...I had no idea. You never fail to amaze me...keep up the good work!

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SUZWARNR 9/27/2011 7:02PM

    I'm glad to hear that your calf is getting better and I hope your other foot is okay. Be safe and try to stay uninjured at those football games. Running a mile is great. Soon it will be longer than that, I'm sure.

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TRILLIUM22 9/27/2011 6:06PM

    Refereeing sounds like a truely thankless job. Don't know about the no one loving you though. That hostility stuff is all situational. Maybe the guy that people love to hate?

Hope you get that calf to heal. Don't run for the phone.

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LMB-ESQ 9/27/2011 8:17AM

    Why are you still running? Because you're a certified addict. I hope that foot is just bruised too.

Ahhhh, the job people love to hate. We were never into football here, but my kids played basketball, baseball, soccer, and they swam. I think officiating sporting events is an equal-opportunity abuse fest. I've seen refs, umps, officials get spat on, sworn at, and screamed at. This abuse has come from coaches, parents, even the kids. They all take it in stride. Some ignore it, some eject people. I do have to wonder why they think it's worth it. The only place I've seen consistent enforcing of the respect for officials is at a swim meet. These people do not screw around. Officials will talk to a kid they have had to DQ, they will talk to a coach whose swimmer they have had to DQ, they will talk to an official timekeeper. That's it. For a parent to even approach an official on deck is cause to throw them right out of the pool. And to swear at one? LOL... your entire team will forfeit the meet. Frankly, I think that's how it should be. That's why you hire officials.

Kudos to you for keeping up the good work....

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IONA72 9/26/2011 5:48PM

    You are one of the good guys, good things will come your way.

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/26/2011 5:31PM

    well glad you are hanging in there! I hope no-one gets stupid in front of you.

And now I feel really slow... I ran a 10K Saturday in 1:08 and my calves are not torn! emoticon

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CHANGE_4_ME 9/26/2011 11:36AM

    Hopefully it's just a bad bruise. Wishing you a speedy recovery on all your injuries. Thanks for sticking with ref'ing. When you guys are on the field there's no way to see everything, most people don't get that. There are so many people "on the take" in so many professions that it gives the rest (the honest) a bad name. I have respect for umpires and officiators that are on the field. I do however have beef with ref's that have playback opportunities but still get it wrong.(NFL) LOL =] You have a great day!

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BLACKROSE_222 9/26/2011 10:42AM

    Wow - that's a thought that I bet lots of parents/coaches/and even players don't think about. Thanks for sharing, and I'm sorry you are going through all of this. Talk about a Thankless job.

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L3DESIGNS 9/26/2011 12:37AM


Congrats on sticking with the reffing, even if you are hurt. Hope you get a chance to heal, and that your foot is just bruised.

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LKEITHO 9/25/2011 10:48PM

    Good for you for doing a job most people won't, and doing it while hurt into the bargain! You are definitely to be commended. I hope the injuries heal up soon!

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KAREN42BOYS 9/25/2011 10:10PM

    Your frustration and pain really come through. This just stinks.

Can you at least deduct your reffing costs from your taxes?

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KKINNEA 9/25/2011 10:05PM

    Amazing insight into being a referee - I had no idea! I hope you have some time to heal soon - I've been thinking about you!

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LINDAKAY228 9/25/2011 7:56PM

    Wow! First of all you are sure having a tough time lately with injuries. I'm so sorry about that. Second of all, I commend you for sticking in there with a job that no one seems to really want to do. It's not a job I could handle. Thank goodness there are people like you who do care about the kids having refs so they can play. But boy you sure can take more than I could.
Hope everything gets better soon!

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TEDDYBABE 9/25/2011 7:44PM

    Okay, I am thinking plastic bubble wrap for a year?! My hubby used to coach high school fb also and loved it. Just said the other day, wished he could get back into it. Hang in there Bruce. You have used up all your injury and bad day cards. Sunny days are ahead I am sure!! Speedybabe

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NATPLUMMER 9/25/2011 7:40PM

Whew! I have to commend you for being a referee. It is certainly something I could and would not do.

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SKINNYSOON13 9/25/2011 7:21PM

    Oh no! When I was healing, I was working with a trainer to "strengthen" my calf (at about the 6 week mark because I was feeling pretty dang good). So, she had me doing these "jumping" exercises on a bosu and I was hopping on my left foot and whammo - turned my ankle inside out! I too thought I'd possibly broken it because that baby hurt for 2 weeks BAD and started doing things no sprained ankle had ever done, so I went and had it looked at and it was just a bad sprain. So, now I was a DOUBLE gimp :-( I was SOOOOOOO MAD! I'm like, "I'm paying you to make me better, and you just made me WORSE!" not to mention set me back another 4 or so weeks in my healing! grrrrrr

But hey, it's been 2 years, I should move past it, right? :-)

Wow, I'll definitely think about the ref's more in the future. I don't go to many football games, but this year we've gone to one and I'll be easier on the ref's! I hope you'll get through the season in one piece. If you need me to come kick someone's butt, just let me know, otherwise, I can only commiserate from afar :-)

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Princess Half Marathon, Pink Shirt and Tutu

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Part 1: Background

A few days ago, I blogged about my wife's cousin Anne's invitation to my wife to run the Princess 1/2 Marathon at Walt Disney World® this February. Anne wants Annette to participate in the Princess Half with Anne and a bunch of Anne's girl buddies. Annette has some trepidation about Anne's expectations. Anne and her friends are neophyte runners. Annette is an experienced runner with many races including Half and Full Marathons.

Part 2: A Tutu and Pink Shirt - The Plot Thickens!

Anne called Annette last night and was all excited. Anne and her girl buddies had a brainstorm. They plan to have personalized pink t-shirts made. They also decided they l will all wear pink tutus! When Anne was the phone she gushed, "Isn't that a great idea?" I heard Annette say. "Well, it will certainly be unique." Anne took Annette's comment to mean, "Yes, what a great idea!" I personally know that when Annette uses the word "unique", she really means, "No way in the world!"

This is a photo I found of pink shirts and tutus. This is not Anne nor Annette!

Annette comes downstairs to talk to me. She is distressed, "I am not wearing a tutu! Maybe the shirt but not a costume!" Neither Annette or I have ever run a race where runners wear costumes. Annette is a mountain racer. Mountain racers are fun and easy-going. But they are serious runners.

These are mountain runners. Do they look serous?

More mountain runners. Please note that these women are not wearing tutus!

Annette has the things she likes to wear. I cannot picture her in a tutu.

Annette prefers a V-Neck top.

She will wear a tank sometimes.

Her favorite bottoms are Capris

She also likes low-rise fitted shorts. Annette wears a 2 or 4.

She also will wear low-rise loose mesh shorts sometimes.

Annette has not done any low-altitude races. She really wants to train hard and see what she can do. It would take supreme self-control for her to put on a tutu. She has that kind of self-control. I just wonder if Annette would let Anne take photos her in a tutu. Annette won't let me take photos of her when she is in her normal running outfits. She is very camera shy.

I cannot see Annette in a tutu. She said she may start the race in a tutu and accidentally lose it along the way. A tutu makes sense for Anne. Anne is a dancer. Annette is a runner. This is getting interesting!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 10/3/2011 10:11PM

    the plot thickens.... I hope that they have a great time and that you are worrying about nothing. I could not see doing a race in a tutu either.

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MY4DOGS2580 10/3/2011 1:34PM

    I would never wear a tutu to a race or anything pink. I am partial to the dark colors. I hope your wife has fun at the race despite the costume.

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L3DESIGNS 9/26/2011 12:39AM

    I didn't run in a tutu at my Disney races... many did...

Many costume parts were littered along the route too! Especially Tinkerbell wings!

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SKINNYSOON13 9/25/2011 11:31AM

    Yeah, I don't think what her cousin has in mind will wick the sweat very well, or be super comfortable to run in - in fact, I think all that tulle will chafe! (I know I spelled all of that wrong...)

Those mountain runners have some SWEET abs!

I think it's cute the cousin is excited though. Your wife needs to do some explaining though, and probably soon... :-(

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NOELLIEMAE 9/9/2011 10:35AM

    oooohhhhh Speedy- I can sooo feel your wife here... It might take a miracle to get me to run in costume...

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    sounds like the cousin is just excited and wants to have fun! emoticon it IS the disney half after all emoticon
however, if your wife isn't comfortable dressing up or running with newbees, she should tell her cousin and make it clear that she'll be pushing even if they slow down to walk and that she's not into pink or tutus. it doesn't have to be ugly, but i definitely think she needs to make her intentions known so that she doesn't get there and feel compelled to do anything she doesn't want to.

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TRILLIUM22 9/8/2011 10:32AM

    I personally feel uncomfortable to the this rush to everything pink for women. On the other hand they are trying to have a visible sign that they are a team doing this together. Is your wife planning on running with a group. It sound like she does lots of mountain running. Still she might want to see just how fast she could run in a road race at lower altitude. I guess she needs to figure out her primary goals.

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DRB13_1 9/7/2011 5:13PM

    I wouldn't want to run in a tutu or any other item I don't train in or know if it might chafe in a race.
However, a pink SKORT would be just right for the Princess Run! Ask her to think about wearing a skort.
Most of all, I hope the entire group has FUN!

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/7/2011 2:47PM

    LOL for the Princess runs, I can see the tutu! I am thinking of a half the end of Oct and they encourage costumes... what to wear I think..

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BLACKROSE_222 9/7/2011 12:53PM

    LOL - I'm seriously wearing SOMETHING (haven't decided what) for my first Full Marathon at the WDW in January this year. I'll of course have pics of it - but I'm pretty sure it won't be a pink tutu. I'm debating one of the princess costumes (the cute sexy ones... I'll wear my running stuff underneath, and with it being so short and small, it won't interfere).

You are right! This is getting interesting!

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LAURAJG1 9/7/2011 12:17PM

    google team sparkle! I wore a pink sparkle skirt over my running shorts and was able to wear it with comfort for 60 miles in 90 degree heat. They are light and made for running. people that were wearing tutus were miserable.

Also, she would be happier if she decides that this run is just for FUN and not some proof of endurance. Save that for another time with other people and use this one to just be with women and enjoying herself.

JMHO! : )


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CBAILEYC 9/7/2011 11:20AM

    I'm chuckling here! I must admit, I've sorta costumed for some races (see old blogs about the Jingle Bell 5K and Shamrock Run LOL) While I totally understand serious races and racers, in this instance, I think it might could be more about Anne and her efforts? If not, then it really would be best for Annette to be straight-up and honest about what she wants to accomplish at the race.
Sometimes, we simply have to enjoy a race, not just kill it/PR it. Something to consider?

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KKINNEA 9/7/2011 9:39AM

    I agree - do a picture with the tutu then lose it before the race starts. There are pink technical tanks and v-neck shirts a plenty for the having - your wife should try to commandeer that part or she may end up in "rotten cotton" that she'll need to ditch before the race too.

If anything, they need to do pink headbands or something - something small and unobtrusive. As a semi-serious road racer, I dislike any costume that gets in the way of my "performance"!

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LINDAKAY228 9/7/2011 9:25AM

    Quite a dilemma it seems! I'll be waiting to hear how it all turns out LOL!

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CHIFANG130 9/7/2011 9:04AM

    After running a couple of races, I notice that everyone has their own style when it comes to their running outfits. I do now picking up flashy colors to wear. Marking the drivers on the road notice me running for my own safety is important even though in my leisure time, there is no way I am wearing neon green or pink to the stores or to work. Personally, I think it's important that Annette does what she thinks it's going to be fun. Once a while, it's OK to go crazy in her own definitions. I know you are going to support her whatever she does and maybe you being the one wearing the tutu to cheer her on, that's going to be one of the most fun life memories for the years to come. Bring on the creativeness!

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JANNEPERRY 9/7/2011 8:34AM

    Hmmmm I wear a running skirt and love it--but it's NOT a tutu! There are lots of people in Disney World wearing costumes---but they aren't running. I think ditching the tutu during the race sounds like a great idea!

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TEDDYBABE 9/7/2011 5:48AM

    Oh yeah, "unique" is the word. And the plot thickens. Sounds like your rehab time is going to be full in support of Annette. I personally like the mountain runner style! Go Annette!!

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ELYMWX 9/7/2011 1:25AM

    I think Annette's definition of unique is "not!" Do a Google image search for "disney princess half marathon tutu" and you'll see what I mean. I (mostly) walked it in February, and I would say about 1/3 of the people who were running/jogging/walking it with me were in costume, and the tutu's were the least of it. It has to be seen to be believed. There were even a few princes in tutu's as well - I'm surprised Annette hasn't tried to convince you to go and wear one too!

Anyways, Bruce, if Annette ends up deciding to run/walk with Anne and her other friends, tell her to wear the tutu and and GET HER PICTURE TAKEN wearing it while mugging with all the Disney characters. They really do it right at that race, and it's an opportunity to have a great (non-race) time.

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    Disney races are kind of infamous for the tutus-lol! I have to confess, when we run the Tinkerbell in January my sister and I will be wearing tutus...we're testing them out at an October costumed race...and wings. I do like the idea of getting through pics in the tutu and then losing it. This is getting interesting...know it'll work out somehow...good luck :).

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DRPOOH63 9/6/2011 11:00PM

    It is my understanding the tutus are very common so it is not "unique" for that race. The most common thing i have heard is chaffing is bad and you need to wear it while training. Can't imagine mountain running in a tutu......

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LKEITHO 9/6/2011 10:28PM

    I wonder how much the tutu would add to the wind resistance and add to her time...? Sounds like starting with the group in tutus and then leaving it and them behind when the race starts may be a plan!

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NATPLUMMER 9/6/2011 10:22PM

    I don't even know Annette and I knew what unique meant.
This will definitely be interesting...I'm anxious to hear/read how the story unfolds.

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LOREENYK 9/6/2011 9:36PM

    and the plot thickens.....

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WONDERWOMAN 9/6/2011 9:30PM

    I think Annette needs to do this race HER way, whatever that may be. It sounds like she wants to treat this as a serious race and maybe even get a PR out of it. If that is the case and she absolutely doesn't want to treat it the same as the rest of the group, that is fine. But I also think she needs to be up front with Anne as soon as possible, to avoid big problems as the race gets closer. I would hope that anyone running a race would respect the choices of others running "with" them. I've run races where I've held back to stick with a friend BECAUSE I WANTED TO; I've run races when a friend has held back to stick with me BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO; I've run races where I've pulled away from a friend BECAUSE I WANTED TO; and I've run races where a friend has pulled away from me BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO. My point - most runners respect each other enough to want them to do what they want in that particular race. Hopefully Anne will treat Annette with the same respect...as long as Annette treats Anne with enough respect to be up front with her early on.

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ROOT4HOME 9/6/2011 9:15PM

    This will be interesting...the plot thickens...can't wait to hear what happens! emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 9/6/2011 8:57PM

    Well, aren't you supposed to not do anything new on race day? Only wear clothes you normally wear, eat normal food and all that? Either your wife should wear what she normally wears or I think she needs to start training in that tutu! Perhaps the tutu would give her more air time and shave a few seconds off her mile pace? (imagine all sorts of foolish facial contortions here)

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APED7969 9/6/2011 8:41PM

    I personally would not run in a tutu however I think if people are having fun running that is always a good thing. I also don't think that means they will stop just because they are treating it as a fun day out. If they are new to running it might be a good thing to treat it as fun rather than serious. I think the main thing for Annette is to be sure she lets Anne know she is treating it like a serious race but wants to be supportive as she can. Wearing a pink shirt shouldn't be too much of stretch but maybe to let her know wearing a tutu is! Either way I hope everyone has fun, it sounds like you are enjoying being a spectator to it all emoticon

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    If I ever run the princess half I will do it for fun...I will wear a tutu and take pictures with all of the characters. For me this is a race to experience not a race for time...

That being said, Annette should follow her heart if she wants to run for time then ditch the tutu and RUN!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/6/2011 8:22PM

    Hope they all get to run in whatever each person likes and is comfortable in. Hope they train well. I might want to do a princess HM, but I'd wear wicking performance clothes, definitely not a tutu!! -Marsha

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LMB-ESQ 9/6/2011 8:14PM

    Ummmm.... wow. Not much renders me speechless, but I'm... speechless... emoticon

So... I don't even know what to think.

Actually I do. I think they aren't treating this like a serious race. They're treating it like a fun day out with the girls. Which means they aren't going to train like it's a serious race, and they aren't going to run it like it's a serious race. Which also means that when they're half done, when your wife is just getting into her groove, they will decide it isn't so much fun anymore and they'll stop. So it's all about mindset. If you want to have a fun day out with the girls, that's fine. If you want to run a serious race, that's fine too. But you can't have it both ways. So, what I said before goes double now. Your wife will have to make up her mind which way she wants to go, and forget the other way. I feel her pain. I would not wear a tutu either. Whichever way she decides to do it.

Ok, so I guess I wasn't so speechless after all emoticon

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GRATEFULBOB 9/6/2011 8:02PM

    i think you should support her , it will be alot of fun emoticon

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CARYNW 9/6/2011 7:59PM

    Those are some wild-looking women tearing down that hill.. makes me want to run with them!
Sometimes it pays it step outside of your comfort zone.. that's how I discovered trail running! Not saying she'll be a hard-core tutu-wearer, but sometimes it's fun to do a race simply to have fun!

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Planes and Princess 1/2 Marathon

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Part 1: September 1st, 2011, 7:35 AM CDT Minneapolis/Saint Paul airport

I have been traveling on business this week. Traveling is fattening. Trying to eat well, while traveling with portly colleagues, is a bit more challenging than I would like to admit. I have to keep secret that I try to squeeze in a workout by getting up at 5:30AM. My traveling companions often ask, “You did what?”

I am sitting at a gate area waiting for my flight to Denver. A lady just nearly ran over my feet with her rolling suitcase. Everybody is starting to queue up at the gate. It is 7:40 am on September 1st, 2011. The flight is allegedly leaving at 8:11 am. I suppose traveling is stressful. But there seems to be a lot of nervous people here. I don’t think I am going to miss the plane. Getting overhead bin space for the 8,257 carry-on bags is going to be a challenge. I have a small carry-on garment bag and my laptop case. But if I have to gate-check my garment bag the world will not end. Well, I don’t think so.

I gotta go. They just called my row. I need to hit the men’s room before I get on the sardine can with wings. More later.

Part 2: September 1st, 2011, 9:20AM CDT - Cruising between Minnesota and Colorado in Clear Air Turbulence

I am on the plane with my carry-on stored above my head. Mon Capitan had mentioned prior to takeoff that when we hear the ‘ding-ding” we can turn-on “approved” portable electronic devices. I didn’t hear the “ding-ding” but I turned on my laptop anyway. I can just hear Mon Capitan calling air traffic control, “May Day! May Day! Passenger in 26A just turned on his laptop computer! We are going down! I repeat - we are going down!”

Part 3: Princess Half Marathon, Walt Disney World®, Sunday, February 26, 2012, Lake Buena Vista, FL

My wife is running the Princess Half Marathon on February 26th, 2012 at Disney World in Orlando Florida. Her cousin, Anne, invited Annette to run the race. Anne lives in Florida. Annette goes down to Florida to visit her cousin frequently. Anne is coming to Colorado for Thanksgiving. Anne and Annette are more than cousins - they are best friends. Anne has several friends and co-workers that are also going to run the Princess half.

When Anne asked Annette to run the race, Annette automatically said “yes” before she gave it any thought. Anne is going through a horribly messy divorce and wants to focus on something to take her mind off her personal turmoil. Annette has supported Anne through this dark time. Anne decided that training for a half marathon would be just the ticket to get her mind off her troubles. Anne has never run a race before. Anne’s friends and co-workers have never run a race - ever!

Here is the big issue. My wife is a lean and mean running machine! She is an experienced runner with many 5K, 10K, half-marathons and full marathons under her belt. She is fast! She generally places near the top of her age group.

Can you see what is coming?

When Annette told me about the race, I calmly, but inwardly cringing, mentioned, “You know, Anne is going to expect all her girl buddies will stay together in one happy little group during the race.” I cringed because I knew what was coming. Annette shot back, “Ain’t gonna happen! I plan to run! I got one gear and am going to use it!” Annette’s “gear” is her natural pace, which happens to be pretty fast.

Anne sent a training program to Annette. Annette showed the training program to me. First, the program looks like a 5K training regime to me. The mileage per week is between 9 and 12 miles. There is no training run that even comes close to 13.1 miles. Even a “beginner” 13.1 training program has weekly mileage in 20 to 25 miles per week range. Anne is going to follow this low-mileage plan. She will likely do a walk-run strategy, which is great. Annette is going to blast off the starting line like she is shot out of a cannon.

Annette plans to kick off her training with a run up Webster pass to the top of Red Cone. This run starts at 8,400 feet of elevation and tops out at 12,470 feet. This is an out-and-back run of 22 miles. She can drive up the pass and shorten the distance. She may ride her bike part way. Lock her bike to a tree and run the rest of the way. For Annette a half marathon is an eye-blink!

Here is part of the Webster Pass Trail called Handcart Gulch. It would be advisable not to trip.

Annette is a mountain runner. The Princess half is at sea level. She is thinking of taking our daughter, Katie, to Florida. Katie has blazing speed and was a competitive runner in college. I am thinking that Annette’s cousin is going to be hugely disappointed.

This is the top of Red Cone. Is this the way that everyone trains for the Princess half?

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TYKXBOY 9/7/2011 1:20AM

    Those trails and hills are what I used to train for cross-country races on. But, wouldn't expect to use them to train for any road races I've ever seen... I really hope this story has a fairy tale ending!

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ELYMWX 9/7/2011 12:47AM

    Tell her that if she's running fast, she won't get to get all the photo's with the Disney characters!

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CAROLCRC 9/6/2011 8:08AM

    When I do races with my daughter I always joke that "we start at the same time and end at the same place"... But we both know we aren't going to try to stay together. Important to get the expectations right!

Most beginner half programs have a long run that tops out at 10 miles. My longest week for my first half was only 25 miles... doing run/walk, she may be okay with lower mileage.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 9/5/2011 7:50AM

    I think that Karen had a really good idea. I have done a tri with my sister in law. There are different legs that we excel at. We have a race next week. We are making a weekend of it, but race day, we are on our own. I think I would just have your wife mention and clear the air before the race.

Sounds like a lovely race. And WOW your wife is my inspiration.

:) Jeanne

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    Uh...no...most people don't train for the Princess by running up a mountain. We use a nicely sized hill and some hiking to supplement our training. And you are right that the training program doesn't include enough miles. Maybe the stress can be headed off with a little talk..."I'm going to go all out and be at the Finish Line to cheer you across. I want to be there to see you finish your goal" ? My mother, sister another sparker and I all train together, but we know that on race day we are each going to do our own thing and this has always been the way. We were all on the same page to start with so it worked. Your wife would torch me in a race, but I would know that it is a race for her as much as for me and we are all out to do our best. Hope things work out and everyone can enjoy a fun, fun, fun race. I just did the Disneyland 5K today and am training for the Tinkerbell in January. Good luck to all the racers :)!

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BLACKROSE_222 9/3/2011 5:19PM

    Oh no... this is the exact reason why I just don't do 'family/friend' runs anymore. Even if it is just a jog together. I found myself saying "Sure, I'll run that 5K with you", and it would be so outside my training regime that I ended up doing my 'real' run when I got home.

Now it isn't always nice, but I do say No.

Good luck to everyone on the Half!

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LMB-ESQ 9/3/2011 4:51PM

    So... your wife's cousin wants to run a HM when she's never run in any race before. I think of myself running a HM when I've only managed to finish a 5K all of once without walking, and that not an official race with actual competition. And I nearly fall over with laughter.... emoticon Man... and here I thought *I* didn't know what *I* was doing

So the way I see it is your wife has two choices. One, she can run her own race and do her best and blow everybody away, or two, she can forget that it's a race and just be out for a "walk in the park" with her cousin. I guess the question is, which way would be better for her cousin? But either way, let her cousin know what she plans to do so there's no surprises. And either way, it sounds like a fun trip, and I'd love to go visit my best friend, even if I wasn't running a race.

Good luck to your wife!

And BTW... I despise airports and traveling, so I'll hand it to you for being patient in the airport emoticon

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LKEITHO 9/3/2011 12:42PM

    Wow, that's some training program! As for running an event with others, I always tell them we'll be together until the start, then we all run our own race. I'll met you at the finish line! Now, for me that's because nearly everyone is faster than me, but knowing they'll be there to cheer me on over the finish line is a great help.

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HAKAPES 9/3/2011 11:39AM

    It's the same for me with travels - needs double energy to keep up with eating, squeeze in the workouts, and get 8h of sleep.

Now, I do prepare - I bring my scale, bring my running gear, take some healthy snacks and some critical food I wouldn't find during the trip, take all time the stairs and walk when possible, poriton control and healthy choice for eating out. In the end, if I pay attention, it works.

That landscape looks gorgeous for running - lucky to have it!

I see the injuries in your other post - hope it starts to get better soon. Looks scary!
I had a knee pain from a 2.5h downhill fast walk in the mountains, end of July. Now it's Sep, and I still feel it. Just to say it take so much time for these things to heal.

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JANNEPERRY 9/3/2011 11:20AM

    Seeing that you finished your post, I guess the plane arrived ok. I'm a sometimes age group placer and know what this scenario is all about. Your wife wil just have to decide what her goal is for the race and stick with it. Place, run back, or run with Anne.

I did a half marathon with my non-running daughter this spring. She did the galloway run-walk interval and had a bad day the day of the race. my goal was to support her and get her through it, which I did--and she and I finished together.

When we went on to do an Ultra this August. Since that was potentially my only Ultra ever, I did NOT promise to run with her. I did stay with her through the first hill and then we parted. As long as she makes it clear ahead of time--I think every one will be fine with it.

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CBAILEYC 9/3/2011 11:05AM

    Due to the fact that you posted your blog, I am able to reason out that you turning on your laptop did not, indeed, take down the plane! Bravo!

The ladies who have already commented said all I would have said. I like Karen's idea of Annette running back to find Anne and run her in.

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NATPLUMMER 9/3/2011 11:01AM

    I hope you have finished your business traveling for a while. Yes, it does take it's toll.
I think it's great that your wife is doing the HM with her cousin. I do think people should run their own race at their own pace and not worry about the others they're with. Even though I'm not going to do the October HM with my husband, if I had, I know he would have been way ahead of me and that's okay.

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ROOT4HOME 9/3/2011 9:58AM

    Wow!! Your wife and daughter are FAST!! And, I agree with her, everyone should run their own race, so everyones happy. Also, by Annette and your DD finishing early, they can cheer on Anne as she crosses the finish...maybe even be allowed to put the medal around Anne's neck! It may motivate Anne to finish when it gets tough...especially if she's never run a race before, let alone a HM!

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KAREN42BOYS 9/3/2011 9:58AM

    If I were your mountain goat of a wife, I would want to place at DW. Then I would run briskly back to my cousin to encourage her on her first half. I would finish the race with her at her coz's pace. And I would definitely tell my coz in advance what my plan is

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HARRINGTON5 9/3/2011 9:54AM

    I think it is just wonderful that your wife is doing the race with Anne and has given her a training plan to work with. Annette sounds like a seasoned athelete and I don't blame her for wanting to run. Anne is getting the benefit of training slowly and will have that wonderful sense of accomplishment when she is done. Annette can join her at the finish line and I would think that would be enough support. Although I am nothing like your wife, in speed, when I walk with friends, it drives me crazy. So I would probably take my own advice too, especially if Anne has other friends to walk/run with her. As always, I love your blogs and want to thank you for commenting on mine too. Cynthia

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TEDDYBABE 9/3/2011 9:40AM

    Can't wait to read chapter 2 on this one! I have a feeling both are going to benefit in some way! lol

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ELRIDDICK 9/3/2011 9:39AM

  Thanks for sharing

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