Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I have not posted in a bit over a week.  Work has simply nuts!  I have been running and have been racing.  I'll post recaps of both my races in the next couple days!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Seeds of Hope 5K Community Walk

This walk was held to honor all those that have lost their lives to suicide and to bring awareness about depression.  We walked in honor of our son Brandon who lost his life to suicide on May 27, 2009.  We miss him terribly!  The weather was terrible!  It started to rain as soon as we got there.  That really affected the number of people that showed up.  I honestly thought they would have had a big crowd.

They did a pretty good job with the event.  Like the title says, it was suppose to be a 5K walk.  They ended up stopping at 2 1/2 miles.  I'm sure the rain was the cause.   We walked as a family and in honor of Brandon!

That's was what the event was all about anyway!  We love you Brandon!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

In marathon training, the long run is overrated!

Stolen from the "RunKeeper" blog!

Posted on  by Jeff Gaudette


Been a pretty busy work week so far.  Not much time for blogging. That said, my running and workouts have been going on as usual.  Been at the gym every day this week. Racking up the miles on the bike and the recumbent and my usual 3 to 5 miles on the TM.

I get a lot people commenting about me running on the treadmill when I live in Florida. They think that just because I live here, I should be running outside all the time.  That would be nice if it were always possible.  First, I am still struggling with getting up for early morning runs!  I use to get up at 5 AM every morning and hit the streets.  I just can't make myself do that anymore.  So, I have a routine where I go to the gym every workday after work.  I am able to get my cardio on the bike and the treadmill and also my weight training.  It is just easier.   Yes, I love to run outside and yes, I do it when I can.

No race this coming Saturday.  My family and I will be attending the "Seeds of Hope" community walk at our local college.  It is a walk to bring awareness to suicide.  Some of you may know that we lost a son 2 1/2 years ago to suicide.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hog Trot 5K - Race Recap

Wasn't sure how this race was going to go.  I did run 11.11 miles yesterday.  When I went out on my warm up pace, I knew straight up that my legs were toast.  I thought to myself that there was no way I was going to be able to run a decent time on this race.

I meet up with Karly.  It was her second race.  She had been dealing with an ankle injury, so we weren't sure how she would fair.  Well, she did great.  She set a new PR too!  Yay Karly!

The race went off on time and I set out to push my way through my sore legs.  I was able to keep a consistent pace throughout this entire race.  And to my amazement, I was able to keep that pace under an 8-min mile.  The second half of this race is a steady incline to just about the 2.8 or 2.9 mile point.  There was a time or two that I caught my pace slowing down to just over 8/m pace.  That steady uphill was killing my sore legs.  I put my head down and pushed harder.  I was able to get my pace back under the 8/m pace.  Once I made the last turn towards the finish, all I wanted to do get the best time I could.  When I saw the clock at the finish, I knew I couldn't break 24, but I knew I could bread 24.30.  As usual, I sprinted to the finish line finishing at 24.24.  I was very pleased with my time considering my very tired legs.

But here's the kicker.  When the results started to post, I checked to see what my official time was.  My time was 24.24 like I said, but my division place was 7th.  7th out of 9.  I was in shock!  7th?  How the hell?  I finished 42 out of 269. Not bad right?  This was the strangest race I have ever run as far as age group placement.  There were some fast older runners out there.  The top 4 AG placers ran under 22:30!  That's amazing to say the least!

While I was definitely disappointed that I didn't place, I am happy with my time.  Like they say, you can't place in all of them.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day - 11.11 on 11.11.11

Today's run was dedicated to all those that have served this country.  Those men and women that have dedicated their lives to protect the freedom we enjoy!  God bless them all.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

No Race Report Report

Abbie Miller
No race this weekend.  Saturday was my daughter's last cheerleading competition. Hopefully next year she will be a high school cheerleader.  It was a very long day!  But well worth it.  Her squad took 1st in their division and then went on to win the Overall Grand Champion award.  We are so proud of her and her whole squad.  Coaches and trainers too!

I did run this past week.  Got my usual miles in at the gym and street running yesterday and today.  I got a 4.6 mile run in Saturday and today I got a awesome 9.52 mile run done.  Today's run was one of those runs where you feel great.  The weather was perfect!  I felt strong from the start.  I didn't really think about my time.  Didn't take my Garmin with me.  I just wanted to run a nice, steady, easy run.  But like I said, I felt strong right off.  There was a slight ache in my right inner tight, but I just concentrated on my stride and keep going.  It really didn't bother me much at all.  I went out on one of my usual routes.  I knew that way if I was feeling good, I could pick a neighborhood or two and add some miles.  I also knew that if I wasn't feeling it, I could skip that and just head to the house.  But remember what I said?  I felt strong so I added a couple extra neighborhoods and ended up getting just over 9 1/2 miles.  If it wasn't for a birthday party we had to get to, I'd have added a bit more and got an even 10.

I love runs like this.  Unfortunately, they don't happen all the time. Just everyone once in a while.  Cherish them when they do happen.  With a run like this, you sorta lose yourself in the run.  I had my iPod and had it set to a local country station.  They were doing the usual countdown, so I had some good tunes to chill out to.  As I mentioned earlier, the weather was great.  Not too cold.  A bit windy out of the East, but not bad at all.  One thing about the wind, you usually get a nice tailwind also to cancel out the headwind.  That was the case today.

Oh, I took my "Simply Hydration Bottle" with me on this run.  I thought I'd stop for a drink around mile 4 or 5.  But you know what?  I'm one of those stubborn runners that doesn't like to stop.  No matter what, I hate stopping.  I had such a good rhythm on this run, I didn't want to interrupt it you know what I mean?  Well, sure enough.  I got to around mile 4 or 5 and just keep on running.  I told myself I'd stop up the road a bit around mile 6 or 7.  Nope, didn't stop then either.  LOL   Was just feeling too damn good!  I ended up running the entire time without using the damn bottle.  What's up with that?  What is SO bad about stopping to get a damn drink?  Is this just me or do other runners do this?  I wonder!  Seriously though, had I been dying of thirst, I'd have stopped for some water!

As always, remember "Real athletes run, all other just play games!"

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