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Scheduling Races and the Galloway Magic Mile

Friday, December 25, 2009

I am trying to figure out a racing schedule for 2010. I would like to strike a balance between short races and longer races. I have found a couple of 1 mile races. I have also found some and 2 mile races. These short races are trail runs. That suits me just fine. I know those are short quick races. But, well, I have really short legs. I am a tad over six feet tall and have a 28" inseam.

I have good speed over a short distance. I don't think I am a very good distance runner.

I can handle 5K races pretty well. So I will sign up for some of my favorite 5K runs. I am thinking about adding a few 10k races to the mix. Maybe I could even do a 1/2 Marathon. Training for longer races could be fun.

My Galloway magic mile time is pretty good. However, I don't find that my magic mile time is a good predictor of my 5K or 10K times. I am not sure why. Maybe the Galloway magic mile predictions don't work for people with stubby legs.

I just need to pound a stake into the ground and start training in earnest. It is time to quit having fun and get serious!

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NETGUNNY 12/28/2009 5:53AM

I doubt having short legs is going to hold you back at longer distances. I have seen plenty of "stubby" leg runners who, by their performance, clearly didn't realize short legs were a shortcoming (no pun intended). I think it's probably more a matter of recalibrating your mindset (and training) for the longer distances.

My heartfelt advice, step up the training if you must, but don't ever let the fun cease to be a part of the process. I am reminded of the oft quoted phrase, "if you're enjoy what you do, you'll never work a day in your life." Okay, it's a little bit of a stretch here, but you get the idea.

Take care . . .

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GBOOMER 12/26/2009 8:51AM

    I have a Galloway book (Running Until You're 100) but I haven't had the discipline to figure out things like the "magic mile". So I really admire you for that!

I've been thinking about my racing schedule too. I think I'll run two 10ks and two 5ks, one race each "quarter".

Take care and have some great running this year!

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Medicinal Chicken Soup - I am Not Runing For a While

Sunday, December 13, 2009

After my ill-advised attempt at running yesterday, I had a major relapsed of Bronchitis symptoms. So I did what any reasonable man would do. I made Chicken soup! This special chicken soup is highly prized by my family members as a cure-all for colds, Flu, Pneumonia and, now, Bronchitis.

This soup was recommended by a Doctor on a local Denver news program (CBS affiliate). Here it is:

Special Chicken Soup Recipe

(CBS4) Homemade chicken soup has been making people feel better since the 12th century which is probably why your grandmother made it for you.

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Chicken soup recipe from Dr. Stephen Rennard, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center:

1 5 lb chicken
3 large onions
1 large sweet potato
3 parsnips
2 turnips
12 large carrots
6 celery stalks
1 bunch parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Clean chicken, put in a large pot of cold water. Bring to a boil.
Add onions, sweet potato, parsnips, turnips and carrots.
Boil for 1.5 hours. Skim fat off as develops.
Add parsley, celery and cook an additional 45 minutes.
Remove the chicken, put vegetables in a food processor, chop until very fine and add back into broth. Serve.

This is pretty tasty soup. It does work!

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HARRINGTON5 12/14/2009 1:04PM

    Bruce, I believe in this soup too, it is practically all I have had for the last two days and I feel good enough to do laundry today. (oh joy) Get well soon, you need the rest, so take it, Cynthia

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REDCHILIFLAKES 12/14/2009 12:38AM

    Get well soon!

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Hack! Hack! Wheeze! Gasp! Gasp!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

TIME: 4:00pm
LOCATION: Bailey, Colorado -- Platte Canyon High School Track and Cross-Country Trail
5K TIME: 34:12
PACE: 11 min/mile
COMPANY: Alone (As Always)
TOTAL TIME: 65 minutes (Stretching, Running and Walking)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Cloudy, Temperature 29.2 °F, Feels Like 12.8 °F, Wind 18.4 mph SSW, Humidity 50%, Patches of Frozen Snow.
ELEVATION: 8047 Feet

For the past couple of weeks I have had some chest congestion. I went to the doctor on Thursday. She diagnosed me with Acute Bronchitis. She prescribed a couple of different drugs. End of story.

What the heck is Bronchitis? Maybe I should have asked!

I had been working out on my elliptical trainer and lifting some weights. No problem. I felt fine. For the past week, the temperature had been in the single digits. It was just too cold to run. Today the temperature got above freezing.

Time to run!

I grabbed my brand new Garmin 305 timer and headed for the local high school track. When I got to the high school the temperature had dropped and the wind had picked up. I warmed up by walking 400 meters, then jogging 400 meters. I did some gentle stretching. I then got ready to blast-off for a quick 5K. In retrospect I was quite delusional.

I took off at a good clip and ran about 100 yards.

Then it happened! I couldn’t breathe. I struggled to get some air. My legs felt like lead. I pushed as hard as I could for a mile. My timer told me my pace was well over 10 minutes per mile. My fingers and toes were tingling! I couldn’t run any further. I started walking while trying to gulp some air. I was hacking and wheezing. My lungs hurt! I walked 200M trying to catch my breath. I started to run again but slowed to a steady jog. I ran out of breath after 400M. I had to walk. I walked about ˝ mile.

I was starting to figure out what Bronchitis was all about. I was doing a timed run and couldn’t breathe. Call me Stupid! Maybe my brain was frozen! I was determined to run 5K no matter what! I knew my legs could go faster, but I couldn’t make them go faster. It was like trying to run while holding your breath! The minutes flew by -- the ground did not! I passed the 5k mark at 34:12. Finally it was over! I will spare you the details of my post run coughing fit.

I suppose I need to learn when to give up. Maybe I should have stopped after the first 100M when I ran out of air. The thing is I really enjoyed this run! I didn’t need to be fast. I just needed to finish! All things considered, 34:12 was a miracle!

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HARRINGTON5 12/14/2009 1:01PM

    Bruce! You are so right, I can see that now; you and I are both hard-headed! Bronchitis can really be serious because it is resting in your lungs. What you described is exactly how I felt during my 10K and that is probably why I am sick now. I am feeling much better, but I have done no exercising for two days and it is making me antsy, but I'm not ready to start running yet. Please take care of yourself. Your time was wonderful, especially considering the conditions you were running under. Listen up, take your medication until it is gone, even if you feel better before then. I used to get bronchitis once a year because I would always stop taking the medicine as soon as I felt better. Once I took it the full ten days, I never got it again. So, thank you for your comments and listen to your own advice too...lol Be well, my friend, Cynthia

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NETGUNNY 12/14/2009 7:27AM


Hope you feel better soon! Being unable to breathe, that seems just a tad scary to me. Your experience brings to mind the time in Okinawa when my stubborn refusal to give up on a run almost became fatal . . . I learned a LOT that day!

Take care, and be safe . . . emoticon


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HOPE2BE 12/13/2009 12:58AM

    I know how you feel. I have COPD and have to stop every so often to get my wind back into my lungs. I've had pneumonia so many times that its finally catching up with me. Exercise helps but now I'm wearing oxygen. I'm trying to get off it. I'm hoping I succeed. However if I keep getting pneumonia I won't be able to.

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Found a Training Partner - Maybe

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I was talking to a friend at work. He told me he had gone running this morning. The temperature was 5 degrees F. He said he should have worn a hat! It turns out that he is a Triathlete. He told me he was fat and unhealthy and started running to get his weight under control.

There is a tendency to think that a slender and muscular athlete was born that way. Fitness takes a lot of hard work. This guy's story was pretty inspiring. I think I have found a training partner. When it warms up a bit we are going to run together on a trail near the office.

I have always run alone. It may be fun to run with someone.

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/9/2009 3:42PM

    Aw, that would be so cool! :)

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HARRINGTON5 12/9/2009 12:40PM

    Hi Bruce!
I hear ya, I always run alone too. That is great that you may have a partner. I think it keeps you more motivated. It is sometimes hard for me to keep going on my own. I will push for a race, but not so much when I'm just running. Thank you so much for your very complimentary words on my blog. It really was a horrible race, but I am not a quitter and even when it looked like I might be the last one in, I didn't give up. I wasn't last, but I was pretty close to it. My one consolation was that the three ladies that came in behind me were all younger than me and that made me feel a little better....lol. It took me three days to recover though. My knee didn't hurt, but my legs were killing me. I wish you continued success, Cynthia

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Two Pounds Down

Sunday, December 06, 2009

The mercury has been hovering at about 5 degrees F. I think 5 degrees is colder than a freezer. Since it was so cold, I decided to workout on my elliptical trainer today. I think working out on the elliptical is actually good for me. I put in a hard 53 minutes on the elliptical with my heart rate up at 130 to 140 bpm. Unfortunately, the elliptical is boring

I bought a Garmin FR60 with Footpod. I didn't like the buttons on the FR60. I took the FR60 back and got a Forerunner 305. I like the GPS feature on the 305.

I also lost 2 pounds. That has been months since I have lost any weight. I am pretty happy.

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CHARGER25 12/7/2009 10:33AM

    Good job....I work that stinkin' lousy eliptical trainer at the gym as well...boring as heck but great way to burn the calories

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MONTY68 12/6/2009 11:15PM

    Congratulations. Isn't that a great feeling when you see a loss of weight. Keep it up.

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SDSEARS 12/6/2009 11:05PM

    Way to go!!! emoticon

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