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Monday, September 28, 2009

Akron Marathon Results

Bill Bailey #134
Cuyahoga Falls, OHAge: 42 Gender: M
Clock Time
Chip Time

Overall Place
677 / 1431
Gender Place
524 / 982
Division Place
86 / 141
3 5M
9 2M

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Akron Marathon Bullet Points

  • This was my 4th Akron Marathon.
  • I dedicated this Akron Marathon run in memory of Charles D. Ledbetter. I pinned his picture to my shirt. At the start I said, "Come Chuck we're going for a 4 hour ride."
  • My brother-in-law Jason was suppose to come up from S.C. and run with me, but didn't make it up.
  • I signed Jen up for text message results to track my progress.
  • Arrived at the start at 5:30am
  • Drive up with Mike Keller.
  • My friend Robert Gurney, an old school mate was working there driving the SAG WAGON. I haven't seen him in 20+ years. Good seeing you Gurney!!!
  • Met Brett in the gathering tent and chatted.
  • E-Speed joined us for some pre-race chatting. She paced the 3:40 group.
  • Met VR Group and others from facebook for an early morning picture in front of St. Bernard Church.
  • CROWDED!!! Very crowded, I think the most I've ever see in the 4 years.
  • I carried my own fuel for the 1st. 6 miles.
  • I tried staying with the 4 hr. pace group, but I felt the pace wasn't consistent. I don't want to harp on this but last years pace was steady.
  • I caught up to Beth (or she could up to me) we ran a little through Firestone Park then she caught up with the 4hr. group.
  • Melissa was at Garfield waiting on her dad so she ran a block with me.
  • Saw my friend from Firestone Park...He is now Detective Pat Hunt (Sheriff Dept.). He was blocking traffic for us...Thanks Detective Hunt!!!
  • I was pushed by a RELAY (I'll be nice) DUDE. I yelled out some nice flowery words that were fitting for this section of Firestone Park (I wish the relay teams had another course to run. There are to many relay runners pushing, bumping, stopping, walking for the Marathon course).
  • Brett's family was at the end of the towpath waiting to cheer Brett on...Hi Guys!!!
  • Sand Run was OK I was still on track for 4:05ish
  • Same place every year...I fell apart in West Akron near the School.
  • I had to walk Garmin Hill this year.
  • I didn't get back into a groove until I hit Market street.
  • My Bib read...CHEFBILL ...a few people were yelling CHIEF BILL
  • Market Street seemed longer this year. My whole body ached running down this hill.
  • I look up ahead and found Beth. She stopping right before the turn on Main St because of cramping. I grabbed her and ran with her to the finish.
  • Unofficial time 4:17:01. It's not sub-four but it's still a good time for a salvaged training schedule.
  • NEXT UP COLUMBUS OCT. 18, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009


The buzz at this years Akron Marathon, to me, has been different. Different in a good way. With the help of Facebook it has been more exciting. Even my non-running friends are on board this year. Wishing me luck, and commenting about the race. I love when they ask the infamous questions, "So how far is THIS marathon?" I've been nice, "This only is 26.2 miles."

My first Marathon was Akron and I dedicated the run to my wife Jen. She put up with my crazy training schedule, shelling out money for shoes, socks & other gear, and dragging the kids to the finish line to cheer me on. Since then I've dedicated a race to different people who have some meaning in my life. Last year is was my dog Sara who pasted away during one of my training runs on the blueline. I remember the call as if where yesterday. I was on over by the Polymer Building on the campus of AU, My wife asked, "Can you come home?" I race as fast as I could back to Canal Park were my car was park.

This year I'm dedicating my run to Charles D. Ledbetter. He is the father of my long time friends Rick & Wendy Ledbetter. Rick & I have been friends since the first grade. I lost touch with him for about 15-20 years then with the power of FACEBOOK I found him! I found out his father was dying and Rick had a chance to see and say goodbye one last time. Charles passed away about a month ago.
After Akron I will be training on the Perkins Trail loop gearing up for BILLS' BAD ASS 50K. I do have Columbus to run so I have to mix some roads into my training. I'll like to see if I can set a new PR at Columbus (current is 3:57 from Akron). The BAD ASS 50K I'll like to get close to 6 hours.
I just saw the Run For Regis winter 50K in ready. I'll run that for my Birthday (Tanya save me bib # 43).
I have one more secret plan up my sleeve for Feb. 2010. I'll keep you posted....

Monday, September 21, 2009


I think I'm ready.
I don't think I'm ever 100% sure of any race. I'm always doubting myself, or saying things I should have...could have done different in preparation for the race.
There is no doubt that I will be at the starting line this Saturday morning prepping myself to run with the 4:00/hr. pace group. This will be my 4th Akron Marathon, which means I have to run next year to get 5 in a row.


In the spirit of ultrarunning, Chef Bill Bailey and Wild Bill Wagner will be hosting a FatAss 50k run on November 14th, 2009. This run will take place at the Covered Bridge on Everett Road in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The BadAss FatAss run will start at 8:00 am with no entry fee but you will still get some swag!Since Wild Bill happens to be in the shirt business, he will be giving each finisher a free technical running shirt, as long as you let him know your shirt size and that you will be running the FatAss before Halloween (10/31/09).

Chef Bill, who happens to be in the cooking business will be there to satisfy your appetite with loads of good food.This BadAss FatAss 50k, will be six 5 mile loops of the Perkins/Riding Run Trail with the last mile up the steps to the top of Oak Hill. That’s it! No hills, no mud, no roots, no rocks, no water crossings, and the weather should be perfect in mid November.

Is that all you got?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Yes more blogslacking. I've been busy.
It's almost time for Akron Marathon. My new shoes arrived in the mail yesterday, so I'm ready to run. I've got a busy week this week my long run will most likely come on Sunday after noon.
Wild Bill & I are working on a Perkins Trail Run that we will run in November. We are still working on details, I'll post them later.

I've been trying to fight with thoughts in my head...What's next? Keep training and run a 50 miler (2010) then a 100 miler (2011) or train to run Boston.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

15 20 weekend run

Well it's Tuesday already. My plan is to run 5-7 on roads this evening. Wed. I have a busy evening so I'll run 5-6 Wed. early AM.

I had a great weekend which I have to say started Thursday. Thursday night trail with the Crooked River Trail Group. We ran Oak Hill 4.5 miles.
Friday was an afternoon trail run with Wild Bill, Maria, and Nancy (bill's friend). We ran Perkins Trail, Oak Hill and another trail (I'm not sure of the name)...ended up with 15 miles.
Sat. Am was the Blue Line Training Run 19.35 miles.