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Whistlestop Half Marathon...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

This was Katie's first Half Marathon... I would have pictures BUT.... yours truly left his cell phone at a gas station and was 35 miles away before he realized it...YES I was told it gets worse as you get older. At 43, my razor sharp intellect could really use a touch up.

She did fantastic. we mostly walked but she also really got into the race atmosphere so she ran some intervals. I was so proud of her, I let her determine how far and how long, I was just more concerned that her enthusiasm didnt create issues that we would have to deal with at mile 10 and beyond. All went well... Had a smashing finish where we ran together across the finish line. I asked the volunteer for the medal that she was going to get and I put it around her neck myself... she earned her 13.1.



Stop by here and give her a big SP woo hoo!
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For me however, I really learned a thing or two... although I was "only walking", i learned that there is a price to be paid for being sloppy. I really didnt need to fuel in the usuual sense and not running greatly simplified my race prep.. HOWEVER... I got overconfident when it came to foot care. Usually i wear tech socks and do a few things prior to make sure I dont have problems.

Since I was "only walking" I just tossed on some cotton socks and away we went. Long story short, for the first time in my running career, i got my first ever blister in a race... and let me tell you IT HURT to finish. Katie wanted to keep doing intervals and I couldnt keep going at that pace, my foot was screaming.

Male overconfidence meets stark reality...ouch.

It made me think about what happened. Although I was not running and putting myself through the pounding that running a race can dish out, I am still on my feet for 13 miles and since I am going slower, there are more footfalls, more foot turnover, more steps etc... more friction. Walking the half marathon was quite a workout. although my knees and joints feel just fine, my muscles got a real working over and it took endurance to finish.

Here are some pics I took after the fact...ie retrieved cell phone from above mentioned gas station on way back home.

One of the Nicest finishers medals I have received yet



Got a really cool finishers duffle bag... this thing is REALLY nice..



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Now my medal rack is getting really full, some suggested squishing them up to make room but I guess Im too much of a neat freak BUT... if i get too much bling ( is there such a thing?) then drastic measures may be taken to resolve overcrowding :)

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I'll stop by Fleet Feet on my way home to NY and grab another rack. I'm going home to Rochester, NY over Thanksgiving to have dinner with my family. I haven't been home for Thanksgiving since shortly after I got out of the service. It's always been a money or time off issue. Both my parents are now passed away along with my grandmother. the only ones left are my sister and some aunts and uncles. Both my parents passed away from chronic obesity related diseases, diabetes, heart disease, stroke etc...

I guess this is a sober moment for me. The only thing I remember of my father trying to get healthy was a sudden, drastic intake of iceberg lettuce and a short lived walking habit. Nothing was ever discussed among us as a family and I had no idea what was going on. Looking back, he probably had one of those sobering doctor patient discussions.

I will never know, he never succeeded.

How much different things are for my family now. We are all conspiring to start doing races together on the half marathon level so they can get some bling of their own and make it a fun destination type event with shopping or something else to look forward too. Frankly I dont care what gets them out there so long as they are out there.

While I have never really heard it from any of my kids, I know they are proud of me, their daddy is training for a 70.3 mile triathlon. They know what I was, how big I was, and how i changed my lifestyle and although lots of boo boos along the way, they know dad saw it through.

Maybe he will even be an Ironman some day.


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SILLYSTUDENT 10/23/2012 9:38PM

    where did you get that medal rack?? it is SO COOL!!! can you buy it on the internet? i know someone who it would be perfect for! and WAY TO GO on your race and all of your success!

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KWADHAMS 10/19/2012 12:03AM

    Hey, I know you. You were the one stalking me for 13.1 miles at whistlestop. Hehehehehehe. Congrats on another half marathon finish.

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TESS504 10/17/2012 10:53AM

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Congrats to both of You. LOOOOOOVE the BAG!

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JENN03275 10/16/2012 7:19AM

    Congratulations to you and Katie! So wonderful you stayed with her and finished together. My husband and I just ran our first HM on October 6, great memories. I will be sure to stop by Katie's site and give her and woo Hoo!!

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/16/2012 6:21AM

    No maybes about it! I know you will be an Ironman one day.

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WONDERWOMAN 10/16/2012 4:52AM

    Congrats to the both of you. Never too old to learn new lessons, huh? emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 10/16/2012 12:31AM

  Congratulations to both of you - and, I must say, you have a VERY impressive amount of bling! Way to go!

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PCASEY7 10/15/2012 11:33PM

    Congrats to both on the half marathon success and a great blog!

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_MOBII_ 10/15/2012 10:26PM

    Do you have a clue as to how many of your blogs make me cry? You are such an inspiration and are kind enough to share it with everyone here.
You are already an Ironman. I have no doubts that you will accomplish everything you have set your sights on.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/15/2012 9:24PM

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WHITEANGEL4 10/15/2012 8:29PM

    Awesome, way to go.....keep it up. Thanks for sharing

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JAMER123 10/15/2012 7:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon to both of you!! Great job on being a dad even though you didn't follow your own advice with your feet. I am just healing form some very large blisters on both feet so I can understand your pain!!! Take care and let them heal.

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KIPPER15 10/15/2012 7:50PM

    Well you two. emoticon emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 10/15/2012 7:40PM

    Congratulations to both of you on your bling, and more importantly, having fun taking care of your health. And very cool that your family is proud of your accomplishments and the races becoming a family event. And may your next race be injury and pain free!



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LINDAKAY228 10/15/2012 7:10PM

    Awesome job to both of you!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/15/2012 6:32PM

  Good for YOU!!!!! emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 10/15/2012 5:49PM

    YES . . . i am waiting for the ironman blog,cant wait,i know you can do it. emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 10/15/2012 3:59PM

    YEY!!! Oh, this is a happy blog :) So great when your family takes on some of your goals as their own. Congrats!

AND - I don't have any cotton socks left in my wardrobe - haha - save that issue. Tech socks all the way dude!

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DIANNEMT 10/15/2012 3:53PM

    Congrats and yes, you still need to treat a half marathon seriously!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/15/2012 3:34PM

    you will just have to buy a new medal holder make that two one for you and one for your wife,lol.way to go both of you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 10/15/2012 2:48PM

    way to go

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CHUM48 10/15/2012 2:17PM

    Congras!

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LYNSEY723 10/15/2012 2:03PM

    Awesome job!! I am ready to start collecting some bling of my own! You are an inspiration to us all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LELERS 10/15/2012 1:29PM

    Nice job! emoticon

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MEH50BEWELL 10/15/2012 1:25PM

    I have no doubt you will be an Ironman. I'm sure your kids are so proud of you! Kids are funny --- they really notice the changes even if you don't think they do. I have 3 adult children and I hear it either from them or even their friends how much they see me changing -- even just at 32 lbs. lost. So many people gain inspiration from your blogs and accomplishments, thank you for sharing. My hats off to you for walking with Katie - even though you were in pain - your compassion shines through. Some day we will see an entire wall of medals in your pictures. You're unstoppable!!

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ROCKETGIRL229 10/15/2012 1:16PM

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VOLLEYGIRL77 10/15/2012 11:17AM

    Yay that's awesome!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/15/2012 10:53AM

    You are a good man. Next time respect the distance even if walking it...LOL

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RUNNER4LIFE08 10/15/2012 10:43AM

    emoticon What a great thing to do with your wife with helping her on her first half. Congrats on adding another medal to your wall!

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MIMIDOT 10/15/2012 9:46AM

    Congratulations! It's great you are doing it together. Rock on!!!!

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DEBJAE 10/15/2012 9:43AM

    Awesome for the both of you! And thank goodness the gas station still had your phone...could've gone really bad.

I'm inspired (as your blogs usually have that effect on me) to get a runner medal rack...I have three and I plan on MANY more :)

I'm clueless I guess about proper running socks...mine are all cotton, oh no!! I guess once my mileage increases (only at 5k now) it will need to be addressed...hmmm.

And I'm so impressed with that finisher's duffle...I wish all races would do that or something useful...

Keep moving forward! Great job!! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 10/15/2012 9:23AM

    Great blog. Love that this is something you and Katie are doing together.

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PENOWOK 10/15/2012 9:08AM

    Thanks for sharing that part of your story. It's so sad to think they could have had a different life, but you are preparing your children for the different path they will take and that is awesome!! Good for you both for being the role models they need!

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GINGERHAWK 10/15/2012 9:06AM

    This is fantastic on so many fronts - first, yay for your wife. She's clearly awesome. As for you, I hope the blisters heal quickly as I know how painful they can be. In the meantime, keep pushing toward that Inronman - you're gonna get there! Growing up in upstate NY and having lost my father a year ago, I can relate to a lot of what you say. Let's be the generation that busts through all those bad habits and is a healthy role model to our kids. We can do it!

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OFGREENGABLES 10/15/2012 8:43AM

    woo hoo to both of you!

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DJSHIP46 10/15/2012 8:15AM

    You rock emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/15/2012 8:08AM

    you so inspire everyone..and now Katie is too!! WAY TO GO!!! hope you get the phone back so we can see!!!

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BOILHAM 10/15/2012 7:46AM

    Congratulations to you and Katie! emoticon

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KATHIC2 10/15/2012 7:35AM

  Be proud...of yourself and your family!

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BESSHAILE 10/15/2012 7:31AM

    I'm so sorry you got that blister - but I am sort of smiling in empathy as well - that is SO like something I would do - get over-confident and not take myself seriously when I need to.

Heal fast. and hooray for you for setting such a good example to your family. On To Victory - YAAAAAAAAY!

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DNRAE1 10/15/2012 7:29AM

    Fantastic!!!! emoticon

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