Race Report: 2017 Bergen Road Race 5K
After Wednesday evening's Pound the Ground 10K, I was pretty beat up. Took Thursday as an extra rest day, because the aches in my right leg were sufficient to alter my gait. I know from hard experience that running with a messed up gait makes ... Read more
Race Report: 2017 Pound the Ground 10K
Pound the Ground 10K is sponsored by the Rochester, NY Veterans Outreach Center. As you would expect, military and patriotic themes are prominent. There was a brass band that I didn't think to take a picture of; they were of reasonable small t... Read more
Race Report: 2017 Karknocker 5K
I'm an old man. I need my sleep. And sometimes I do stuff that messes up my normal sleep cycle. That happened this weekend, and I'm happy that about the worst consequence is that I'm slow to get this race report blog written.
Something m... Read more
Pace Report: 2017 Shoreline Half Marathon
Late report, because I wanted to wait till I had some pictures available.
The Shoreline Half Marathon was held on Saturday, July 15th. Weather for Shoreline is traditionally hot and humid. In 2015, I melted down around mile 8 and learned ... Read more
Race Report: 2017 Firecracker Four Mile
The forecast was for the temperature to rise from the high 50s at 7 to around 70 by 9. Gun time is at 8. My plan was to arrive by 7, run a preview of the course as a warmup, then run the race at 8. This particular race is not important, so the p... Read more
Pre-Race report: 2017 Firecracker Four Mile
I set out to become a runner in August 2011. I ran my first 5K in October 2011, and I ran my first 10K on Thanksgiving Day 2011. I've run that 10K every year since, a total of 6 times and counting.
My initial thought was that Thanksgiving... Read more
Race Report: 2017 Medved 5K to Cure ALS
Sometimes the race isn't everything.
Here's the picture I would normally post for packet pick up:
As the name implies, this one is a fund ... Read more
Race Report: 2017 Charlie McMullen Mile
Charlie McMullen was a very good local runner who died young. The standard PR blurb for this one says: "In the mid-1970’s Charlie ran the mile in 3:56 and the marathon in 2:15. He was a national class master runner and world class person. in 1... Read more
Small Changes Add Up Over Time
Spark People talks a lot about making small incremental changes to improve your health. I focused on that a lot the first year I was Sparking, My diet was transformed from typical American to reasonably healthy. My weight went down to initial... Read more
Race Report: 2017 Canandaigua Classic Half Marathon
Today I ran my 13th half marathon. It wasn't planned that way for very long.
This year, I missed running my favorite 15K (Spring Forward) because I ran the USATF Masters 8K Championship that day. I missed running my favorite half (Flower ... Read more
Race Report: 2017 Lilac 10K (USATF Niagara Region 10K Championship)
The plan for race day was to get to the site before 7 AM to get free, easy parking. I got up early, went through my morning routine as if it were a day for a long paced run, got to the site. Found a premium free parking place on the street. S... Read more
Pre-Race report: 2017 Lilac 10K
In 2016, I ran the Lilac 10K because it was part of the Rochester Runner of the Year series. I was 59 years old, and trying to win my age group for the RROY series. I finished 3rd in my age group. 1st was Tim, a.k.a. Superman, who had aged up... Read more
It's three weeks since the Boston Marathon. Before Boston, I repeatedly said that Boston was a major decision point. If I put myself on the couch, I would be done with marathons. If I recovered well, I could think about future marathons. In ... Read more
Race Report: 2017 USATF Masters 10K Championship
The USATF Masters 10K Championship was held on April 30, 2017 in Dedham, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the James Joyce Ramble. The web site for this event includes the following snippet of history:
'Over the long cold winter of 1983-8... Read more
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Listening to my body - 5 years later
I hate the saying, "Listen to your body." It's really easy to listen to my body. The hard part is understanding what it's saying.
Unfortunately, I have not found an alternate way to describe what I need to do that works any better than, "... Read more