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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sometimes It's Not All About You

I had a bad week last week. I only got in a 2 mile recovery run on Monday. I had to send my van to the shop to get $2,000 worth of work done to turn off the stupid check engine light so I can pass e-check, then got get my plate sticker. The mechanic had the van for three days. As I drove to get the van the muffler fell off on the Toyota Rav 4. So I pick up the van dropped off the Rav 4 and as we were driving the van back home the damn check engine light was still on!!!!

Now we’re on Friday 2 running miles for the week. Cranky kids cranky wife all I want is to run!!! By Friday afternoon all cars were fixed, but I’m beat up from all the taxi driving I had to do with one car.

Sat. AM I met Bob, Cindy and Debi at Sand Run for a 16 mile road run. After running in the Run For Regis, I was in no mood for trails. We headed out on the blue line for an out & back. My mission was to get Bob & Cindy to commit to the Mohican 50 Miler June 19, 2010. We had kicked around the idea to get our first 50 miler done in 2010. I got it done…We will be registering for the 50 miler on Monday Jan. 25, 2010.

We got up to Portage Path and Debi was lagging behind, I keep coaxing her to “pick up the pace” and letting her know we were here to run with her. She wanted to turn and run down the hill, which would of gave her 7-8 miles. I talked her into running to Highland Square with us then if she wanted to run down the hill she could….NOT….Once we got to the hill I talked her into running back with us. We stopped from time to time to walk and slowed down to run with her and pushed her to run with us. I keep saying sometimes running isn’t always about ME. Sometime you have to find it in yourself to run for another purpose.

This week plan is to run:
Monday at lunch time (6-7 miles)
a flippin dark-thirty Tuesday Morning run with Bob (one hour)
Wed. Lunch time run (6-7 miles)
Another flippin dark-thirty run (one hour)
Friday AM 14 mile road run
Sat off
Sunday afternoon 16 mile roads

Monday, January 18, 2010


I have been negelecting my blog AKA BLOGSLACKING....I've been face booking.   

The Run For Regis use to be the Winter Buckeye 50K.  It also use to on the last weekend of the month.  My birthday is January 29th so I would use this run for a birthday run. I would request/reserve the bib number of my age.  The course has changed the date of the race has chaged, but I am keeping with tradition and keep this event as my birthday run.  This year I will turn 43 so I got bib #343.

The plan was to run with Brett, Bob, and Cindy. The vision was just a nice easy run in the woods. As we headed out Cindy stopped to tie her shoe and never caught up to us. It was Bob, Brett & I. By mile 8 inside Kendall Lake Trail, Brett started to fall behind. It was up to Bob & I to push through. I told Bob we need to take this course apart. Run in chunks instead of viewing the course as a whole. Run the small 5 mile section then get back to the stat/finish aid station then get of the dreaded 8/9 mile Kendall Lake section. It was the only way to get through the course.

I was ready to quit at mile 18. Bob said after finishing this race he would have 4 50K’s in the books. I wanted to make sure he got number 4 in the books.

This course sucked!! I usually find a way to have fun at races but this wasn’t the case for The Run For Regis. The trails had snow, ice and mud. There wasn’t any sure footing.

I wore my trail shoes with the screws in them. I place a sturdy replacement insert for more support. This turned out to be a bad idea. I received blisters on the arches of my feet. The replacement insert was rubbing. I replaced one insert, (that didn’t help the damage was done). After mile 18 I started feeling a blister on the other foot. I could do anything I just kept moving and saying I’ll deal with it later.

Although I can’t say I had fun, I can say I found a way to keep running, to keep pushing Bob & myself, and to keep moving. I found myself thinking of the man who I was running for and his family. I was never giving an opportunity to meet him. I know he was a great man. I also found myself finding energy to run when I felt like quitting. I can’t explain this feeling, it was something I’ve felt before, but again to try and explain it is hard.
Bob & kept together for ALL 32.45 miles (slightly over 50K) 8:11.  My slowest 50K time.  All is good.

 I'm ready for some muddy trail!!!  For a few more week I'll hit the street to gear up for the Myrtle Beach Marathon.  Then I need to focus/plan on my first 50 Miler.

I'm also going to try and keep up with writing my blog.