My first Blog

This is my first attempt at a blog.

Let me know what you think. Let me know what you like best and let me know what I can improve.

I am running ambassador for America's Toughest Road Marathon

It felt good to stretch my legs...

Sunday was the 1st race I had run since the Runners World Festival in October. 

I was impressed with how I did, considering I wasn't training for 5K speed.  I actually ran 2 of the three miles under 6 minutes--which is not unrealistic but unlikely for how I have been training.

I have been training (ish) for the Foot Levelers Blue Rigde Marathon in April.  Yes, yes.....thats its 20 weeks away (24 from when I began training) but I knew that winter was going to happen, and work was going to get busy and excuse...excuse....excuse.....

Anyway.  I finished 8th out of a lot and I was happy to run 6:01 / mile.

I miss racing.  I was exhausted; but I'm good with that. 

that's about it....

thanks for reading =)

 

I ran to Canada....

Crossing the Ambassador Bridge into Canada

...and back....

I recently ran the Detroit FREE press marathon which crossed two items off my #LivList  (I will post about that next week;) I was able to run a race in Michigan and Canada.

I have to say this was one of the most well organized races in which I have ever participated.  I have helped set up and officiate races. I have timed races; filmed races, been the guy to give directions at intersections, been the guy to make a wrong turn at an intersection. I have run Rock-n-Roll races which are very well organized and I've run well organized local races with U.S. Road Running.

I give you that frame of reference because I want you to understand how much I appreciate the CBP; the local police the volunteers....everyone that made it possible for me to run across the border into Canada and back.

I was invited to run this as an alternate pacer and would absolutely run the international half again; I'm up in the air about re-running the marathon. Joe and I shared the sign; took pictures; joked with the runners....it was really a great time. The marathon and half marathon take you over the Ambassador bridge into Canada, along the water and back into the US through the Windsor tunnel. Since I was an alternate I kept with the pace group I wanted for the half and then allowed Joe (3:35 pacer) to do his thing. From 14 to 17 in the marathon its kind of boring. 

Belle Isle was fantastic. Running past the conservatory reminded me of running past the Palmenhaus at Schönbrunn in Vienna. I would go back just to walk around Belle Isle. I belive this was 19 to 23. 

Now on to the part that all of you really want to know...the wind...

All in all the wind was not bad until the last four miles.  Granted it was a muggy morning and the wind was welcomed while coming over the bridge. There was no air circulation going through the tunnel...it got warm when you were at the bottom...almost like that sweaty middle school locker room feel. Coming out if the tunnel into the wind was a breath of fresh air 😉

Mile 25.... was quite possibly the 2nd most powerful wind gust I had ever felt. It felt like I had resistance bands or wearing weights. I kept lifting my feet but didn't feel I was going anywhere.  On the last quarter mile; everytime I lifted my right leg the wind would blow it into my left. I really wanted to enjoy the scenery along the water but I was too busy gritting my teeth and keeping my head down in the wind. 

I would definately do this again. It was not a difficult race. It was well organized and really fun crossing a bridge and tunnel.

For the same reason I love running....i hate running

2017 Runner's World Grand Slam medals and my ambassador shirt.

Okay; hate is a strong word.

I don't hate running. I love it. I love the way it makes me feel. When I finish a race, there is a sense of accomplishment that comes over me in the same way I imagine Henry Rearden would feel looking at his bridge in Atlas Shrugged.

Running is more than just legs. It really is a full body work out. Form is crucial to success and maintaining good form can be hard when you are tired. Changing your stride and listening to your body to get all your muscle groups to cooperate is a fun challenge.

There is also a mental game you play with yourself while running. Your brain tells you to stop because you are tired; however, very seldom do humans reach the full capacity of what they can offer. Telling my brain to stuff a sock in it because there is more juice in the tank and actually breaking that barier is; astonishing... no; awe inspiring.

I love running because I can set a goal and measure progress. I can make changes to training and see the effects. I can train anywhere in the world and almost always find someone to run with.

I love running because it is as much a team sport as it is an individual's sport. It is absolutely a measure of my ability but we are #Strongertogether  (thanks @Runtastic) A pack of runners is stronger than one runner. That pack provides encouragement and motivation. Even if the pack are strangers they are united for a short time in a common understandingof one another's struggles and unspoken goals.

I really really dislike running because the math doesn't make sense.....

How can I run a faster time in one race (let's say... 19:06 in a 5k) and come in 33rd; but slower in another (19:37 same 5k distance) and come in 3rd...overall...as in podium spot...

 

okay I get it... It depends on the location and popularity of the race; but still... I run my butt off at 100% effort and get a measly 33rd... I tried really hard lol.

Running is not about winning the race.

Running is about winning your race.

 

 

Bonkers....

2017 Celina Ohio Marathon

I don't mean  the candy from the 80's

Or going crazy...

I mean. The God awful feeling that you get when it's 91 degrees at 9am with a heat index of 102... in September....and you are not properly hydrated... and you're running.....

Yeah. Okay. Maybe bonkers means crazy.

Anyway; I died a little that day. I was coming through the half strong and slightly ahead of pace. I finished the race half walking half running half wanting to vomit half wanting to curl up in the fetal position and sleep for a week.

I have never vomited after a race; I probably would not have kept running had that happened. I was close.

I should have went to the aid tent and had them hook me up to an IV with fluids but I chose the fetal position option.

The moral of this story is listen to your body and stay hydrated kids.

My first pacing experience

Post run on the beach

11 September 2017

Undoubtedly everybody is familiar with the expression pace yourself...

Pacing is a way to ensure you don't exhaust all of your energy before you get to where you are going  ( or for my drinking friends ensure you don't get blitzed before the end of the night...)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to Pace other people...and this is probably the most difficult experience I had ever had while running.

 I was certainly more exhausted physically after my first marathon, than after my first pacing gig--and I was certainly more sore! There is; however, a unique pressure that is put on the competitive racer when they are acting as a pace bunny.  (Side note when I say competitive racer; I am not an elite runner. I love the race atmosphere and setting goals and beating goals. End of side note.)

When I run a race, I typically set a goal (whether it's a person or a landmark) and I time myself and (pride myself) on getting to that point. As a Pacer you have to make a conscious effort to not pass that person or pass that landmark. As a competitive Runner when you hear footsteps and breathing behind you you try to speed up or not get passed by that person, where as a Pacer those people are relying on you to not speed up and they are looking to stay with you and they speed up to stay with you. I can only liken it to this insane mind game that you're playing with yourself.

I can only imagine when someone fixes a fight or what a boxer feels trying to not knock out their opponent in the first round. The ability to restrain oneself despite knowing you can accomplish more--faster takes more discipline than training  (in my opinion.)

I've covered some of the mental hurdles that exist while deliberately holding yourself back in a competitive situation. But there is also the great experience you feel having benefited someone else. I've always been a person that tries to exist for a cause greater than my own well-being and that certainly rang true yesterday. People were thanking me of the end of the race and I was almost embarrassed because I didn't know how to respond because all I was doing was running... it's the same thing I do every Sunday... but it meant more to more people yesterday.

I am certainly excited to continue this pacing gig;  and I'll certainly keep everybody informed as to how it goes!

 

My Marathon Philosophy

25 July 2017

Marathoning remains special, because to do one goes far beyond what is merely required for good health or weight loss or an improved physique. To simply run makes sense. To run a marathon is to go beyond sense, to risk something, maybe to risk it all.

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My #Runtastic experience

I am a very metrics driven person. I work in an industry where productivity is scrutinized and numbers tell a story.  When i was selected as a #RuntasticAmbassador I was concerned with 'click through rate' on my posts and app downloads and if my audience was even large enough to meet the needs of a company like Runtastic.

What I learned though; is that the team at Runtastic is most concerned with inspiring every individual to live a more aware and active lifestyle with Runtastic, leading to a longer happier life.  To the team, it doesn't matter if you're a beginner to running or have a couple marathons under your belt; they care about you.

 

What's more impressive is the team demonstrates that vision daily.  I was so impressed and inspired by how genuine everyone at Runtastic is that it motivated me to actually promulgate what I have felt in an effort not to persuade, but galvanize my audience to engage with Runtastic

Check out the Runtastic Fitness channel on YouTube for amazing fitness & health tips right from Runtastic

 

 

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