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Collector or Crazy Person?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I remember when I first started running. I thought about running a 5K some day. I was unsure that I could run that far, and was afraid of coming in last place. Sounds familiar?

Well, I did it and finished just fine. They even gave me a ribbon! Wow how cool is that? A cool ribbon just for running 5 kilometers, I think I'll save this.

At some point soon thereafter, I found SparkPeople, and joined that, too. One of the first things I noticed is the runners ribbon racks, and walls with race bibs proudly displayed. Someday I'd like to have something like that too, but gee, it must take a long time. These guys are crazy dedicated to running!

So, I continued to race and got a few race bibs, and ribbons, made a rack from plans I found on the internet. Nothing fancy, I'll show you a picture of it in just a while.

First, let me tell you about my dear wife, Chris. She collects Boston Terrier stuff. We've had Boston Terriers for decades. And all the while, DW would find BT statues, door stops, picture frames, calendars, dishes, posters, decals, on and on.

I noticed the house was getting really full of Boston stuff, so I said to her, "Honey, at some point you will have to stop collecting these things. When do you stop becoming a collector and become the 'crazy Boston Terrier lady'?" She agreed, and did stop acquiring them, and even forbade her friends and famly from buying any more BT gifts. She went so far as to pack most of them away. They're in the garage now. Not to worry, there are still plenty around the house.



These are just the ones in the china cabinet. We have door stops, calendars, refrigerator magnets and statues elsewhere, too. Even with the bulk of them stored away.

So where was I? Oh yeah, collecting ribbons and race bibs. I remembered the conversation with my DW, and thought, ''Geez, am I becoming the 'crazy race trophys collector'?'' I had one ribbon rack, then my daughter found another larger one, which I thought was ridiculous, because it was so big. Guess what? It's almost full now. And wall plaques, too. And race bibs, so many of them they cover my ribbons on the smaller rack.

Never thought I'd have a wall like this.



When does it end? I've only been running a few years. And just started with triathlons a few months ago, and am now getting ribbons for those too.

I have become the crazy athlete ribbon guy! But, I'm not alone. Some of you are just as crazy as I am.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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LEWILL1982 7/23/2014 2:59PM

    I have 10 or 12 medals I haven't done anything with. They are hanging on my cabinet knobs in my bedroom. I keep a few bibs, usually the races I PR and I write down my times on them. I need to get a rack.

I think it's great you show off your hard work. Kind of makes you think about those BT's away in hiding, your medals represent your passion, the BT's make your wife happy. It's a win win! :-)

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LISAINMS 7/22/2014 8:37PM

    DH and I have our medals, trophies and race bibs in what used to be the man cave and is now the sweat cave -bikes on trainers, weights, treadmill, etc. Oh and still the big TV because that's a necessity for those trainer rides, LOL. Be proud of your collection and all of your accomplishments. Let those reminders motivate you to continue on.
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MASRITE 7/21/2014 11:24AM

    Those are your ribbons you earned. show them off!!! I would if I had that many.

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REMEMBER2BME 7/20/2014 11:18AM

    Great blog. Does it make you consider having your DW unpack some of her collection and put them in another cabinet? Do they make her feel good inside? Just curious. Love your collection btw.
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BA5454 7/20/2014 10:50AM

    Gosh, you did all the work, right? I'd display them, too. I have a few medals currently wrapped around the bedpost, but maybe I need to start a tiny wall, lol. Thanks for the inspiration ;-).

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/20/2014 8:20AM

    We all have out thing! You are truly an inspiration

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/20/2014 7:18AM

    You earned them, display them. I find them inspiring.

I don't save race bibs, but I do display my bling, probably because I never got any in my younger days. I didn't get faster, just maintained and suddenly as a senior citizen there isn't as much competition, particularly for women. I don't care if I'm the only woman in my age group. I just want to be out there.

My daughter uses her medals as Christmas tree ornaments. I want to see mine all year. I don't have nearly the collection that you do. Very impressive and more power to you.

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SPEEDYDOG 7/20/2014 6:58AM

    Hi Vic,

Nice race bling! You are an inspiration!

Thanks, Bruce

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TERI-RIFIC 7/20/2014 6:23AM

    LOL. You are a crazy, fit, healthy guy! You have some nice displays, there. Adding a couple of race photos wouldn't hurt! I have a friend who has an entire room (shrine) dedicated to the Marines. But then, it's a known fact that Marines are crazy. Crazy is good.

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DALID414 7/19/2014 11:32PM

    Neither! You earned every last one!
A collector simply acquires things and you're definitely not crazy because you like eventing!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/19/2014 6:21PM

    I think it's awesome!

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STRIVERONE 7/19/2014 2:34PM

    That's fantastic!

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HDHAWK 7/19/2014 11:30AM

    It just shows what we can do if we don't give up! I'm a dog person so I totally understand your wife's collection and yours too. It's something to be proud of!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/19/2014 11:02AM

    That is an awesome and inspiring wall. Great job!

I can relate to your wife, but I'm just dogs in general.

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ROXYZMOM 7/19/2014 11:00AM

    Your wall looks great! You have the ultimate vision board! You have worked really hard for those awards, and should be proud!

I have my own collection of Boston Terrier items. They do go up in value as the years pass. My favorite is my antique door stop my grandmother gave me.

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Dog Days in Florida

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As I said in todays update "training in the heat always takes a lot out of me".

It has been warm and humid, and I'm ramping up my training a little bit in preparation for my 1st Olympic Triathlon in August. Once again, I registered for proximity to home and familiarity with the event location. The bad part is, the timing is not right. I'm a little short after coming off a recent trail marathon that really took a lot out of me. I did rest up pretty well and started back in easily enough, but I might not peak and taper correctly.

So, I've decided to just take my time and just finish the event. I can do all the distances fine, as long as I take my time. I'm looking at a dead last place finish, or close to it. The Olympic tris have some serious competitors. So I psyched myself to accept that and just be proud that I can do it at all. It's a new discipline for me, the triathlon, and I'm just not a good cyclist. But those who know me, understand that I just love to try new challenges.

Like that trail marathon. New challenge, indeed. Wow, was I surprised by the difficulty factor in that one. Shook my confidence on that race. There were only a few marathoners who attempted, about 43 as I recall, and several decided to not finish it. But, albeit slowly, I finished.

Anyway, my training is going along fine. My cycling has improved ever so slightly. I'm toughing it out in the heat and hydrating carefully. I hate it when I'm near the end of the long runs and rides, and I'm getting really tired, but love it when I'm finished.

The swim training is going great, too. Water temp of 72 degrees all the time. So, no heat problems there. I'm not so fast there, either, but I do enjoy the swim portion. It's one place where I can interact with other people, so I get lots of nice feedback from folks I meet.

So, just a quick update that I'm still here, even though it's been a while since my last blog.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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SPEEDYDOG 7/20/2014 7:05AM

    Hi Vic,

With you level of determination, I have no doubt you will finish quite strongly. Training in heat and humidity is difficult. Of course, I think anything over 70 degrees is hot! Florida is a whole other level in hot!

Good Luck,

Bruce

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/17/2014 6:21AM

    Sounds like you are doing great! The heat and humidity do take it out of you and they can be dangerous. You are humble enough to know not to push your limits. Always inspiring!

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SWEDE_SU 7/17/2014 12:28AM

    sounds like a good strategy and attitude - the important thing is to get out there and do it while having fun and staying safe, hydrating for the heat. you've got it all figured out!

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ROXYZMOM 7/16/2014 9:21PM

    My favorite races have been the ones not focused on time. I get to enjoy everything around me. I laugh, giggle, sing and talk as I run.

Enjoy your race!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/16/2014 9:15PM

    Wishing you good luck! I don't deal well with heat and humidity either.

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MASRITE 7/16/2014 8:46PM

    Just hydrate and keep cool. And hey, you're going to finish that tri whether it's first, second or last. Kuddos to my buddy!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/16/2014 3:08PM

    You have a great strategy and a PERFECT ATTITUDE!! You are amazing for even trying this. I know you are going to be terrific. I so look forward to hearing about your training and the tri!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/16/2014 2:04PM

    Smart strategy!

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HILLSLUG98239 7/16/2014 12:29PM

    I am so grateful I live in a dry climate. I've been riding in the heat (near 100F) for almost two weeks, but the humidity runs about 15-25% when it's that hot. It makes a world of difference. I'd struggle in your humid climate.

I did a duathlon two weeks before my first sprint triathlon, and I was shocked by how competitive it was. Almost as soon as we started, I got left in the dust. There were quite a few of us slow pokes and a guy riding on a mountain bike, but there were more "serious" athletes with bikes that are worth more than my car. It was an eye-opener, compared the to the pokey 5Ks I'd run!

As always, it sounds like you're listening to and respecting your body. You are wise.

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SEABREEZE64 7/16/2014 12:00PM

    A warm time of year for your first Olympic tri! My guess is that you will do VERY GOOD.

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MARGARITTM 7/16/2014 10:32AM

    Missed you!


Sounds like you are on target.

Just finishing is a triumph.... I know we all want to do WELL but sometimes DOING is the win.

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LEWILL1982 7/16/2014 10:28AM

    Good to hear from you, I keep checking in! It's so hot and humid right now, it's hard to really judge our progress sometimes. Good luck on the upcoming tri. I put an Olympic Tri on my goal list for next summer. I'm doing another sprint tri in August. Good luck to you. You'll probably finish faster than you think with all of your conditioning and your level of fitness.

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I'm not big on posting other folks stuff, but this sh** is funny!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

theoatmeal.com/comics/marathon_do

  
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SCOTMAMA 7/20/2014 11:08AM

    Hilarious, but probably true! I will never run a marathon!

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/20/2014 8:23AM

    That gave me such a great laugh - thanks!

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PICKIE98 7/12/2014 7:15PM

    Very FUNNY!

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/4/2014 4:03PM

    emoticon hilarious!

Somehow I got unsubscribed again (I checked & nothing is in my mailbox so not sure what happened) so now I am finding my way back to everything I have missed.

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AGGIEKBEAR03 7/1/2014 10:07AM

    Haha, I saw that the other day and laughed SO hard at it!

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BA5454 7/1/2014 8:07AM

    I came across The Oatmeal last year--his stuff is funny and quirky all at the same time. Thanks for the grins ;-).

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GREGGWEISBROD 6/24/2014 11:01AM

    Oh man... I can't stop laughing!!! :D Thanks for sharing this!

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CHANGINGHORSES 6/23/2014 6:56AM

    Oh they are funny. (and sad) They must be the "real" runners. I must be a "jogger". I am still lapping those on the couch!

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TIME-4-TINA 6/19/2014 8:31AM

    Way to scare me off from running, Vic!! Although, even though I am a beginner I do find this informative. I already measure my distance in Godzilla wieners so I'm on my way.

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DALID414 6/18/2014 11:08PM

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1CRAZYDOG 6/18/2014 9:06PM

    BWAHAHAHAHA! Ass-o-clock! That's it! I get up @ that time EVERY morning. What the heck! LOL

Seriously, though, you couldn't make any of this stuff up!



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HILLSLUG98239 6/18/2014 7:56PM

    One of my cousins sent that too me. It's hilarious!


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BIGPAWSUP 6/18/2014 7:18PM

    That is really cute.

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MBTEPP 6/18/2014 3:32PM

    emoticon Thanks for posting.

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MICHIGANLORI 6/18/2014 12:21PM

    too cute

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Love The Oatmeal.

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CM_GARDNER78 6/18/2014 11:13AM

    OH!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! emoticon I'm still laughing about waking up at ass-o-clock! HAHAHA!

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SUECHRIS50 6/18/2014 10:57AM

    Really funny sh**!!!! emoticon

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/18/2014 10:34AM

    I saw this yesterday..laughed my a** off!!

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Don't Run A Marathon in Florida in June

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Especially an off road marathon.

I arrived yesterday in my camper to stay overnight for this race. The young guys who run these events are super nice guys. They're always so happy to see me. I'm usually the oldest runner. He happily tells me he has something 'special' for me, walks away and returns with a laser printed plaque. It's for my being a constant supporter of the Masters of All Terrain events. Check it out.



So, about the race. DW wasn't there, so a nice stranger took my picture before the start.The sun was just coming up.



One word keeps popping into my head to describe this race. Brutal. The weather was hot and humid, it got up to 90 degrees at the end.

The first half went fairly well, I was slow, but felt okay, considering the course. There were lots of hills, loose sand and narrow trails. Very difficult course, and 26.2 miles of it.

Here's a worker cutting out part of the path for us:


The course was a double half marathon, meaning we ran the half marathon, crossed the finish line, and did it again. At the end of the half marathon, my watch said 2:37. As it turns out that was way too fast for this course. At mile 15 or so, I started feeling my first leg cramps - in my inner thighs. Then the calves. Eventually the cramps were so painful I had to walk all the time. Each time I started to run, my legs locked up. I was in serious pain. I took ibuprofen, ate lots of bananas and was drinking a lot of water and gatorade as well. In retrospect, I probably should not have run that last 3 miler, in training, 3 days before the race. I should have taken 3 days complete rest. But, I'm still learning, and I underestimated the difficulty of this course.

Sad to say, it wasn't even fun. It's hard to walk ten miles and constantly stop to rub out cramps. At some point I couldn't even stretch, as this resulted in severe cramps, so I walked slower. I was determined to finish this race no matter how long it took. And boy, it took a long time. 6 hours and 26 minutes according to my watch. Wow! That's a long time to be on these old feet and legs.

On a plus side, there were a few other runners that I knew from other races, that were having a tough time as well, so I had a bit of company from time to time. Mostly, I was out there by myself, though. It can be kind of lonely on these trail races, just no crowd support, you're on your own.

I really got concerned more than once, that I might have to drop out. I was afraid my legs would just lock up and not let me continue, but I'd stop, stretch and rub and continue on. Spark friends, this was one difficult race.

Now, hold onto your hats. When I crossed the finish line, I asked the race director, "Dead last?" and he said no, there are still more out there. The awards had been handed out already, but he went and got a gold medal ribbon and handed it to me. Telling me the other guy in my age group is still out there on the course, so, "congrats you won 1st place".

Huh? 6 hours plus and still a gold medal? I didn't really even feel proud winning it, with such a bad time. What gave me pride is that my old body let me finish at all.

Well, this may not have been my best effort, but it is one I will never forget.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


  
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KATELJM 7/20/2014 9:11AM

    That is some achievement! You deserved the gold medal for your age class, it is remarkable that you finished. (I would have sat there cramped up, thinking I should quit, and wondering how the heck I was going to get back to my RV!) Going forward, please factor weather into your choices.

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/20/2014 8:25AM

    Message received loud and clear - I am not a marathoner so probably won't ever run one in Florida, but if I decide to do one, I will rule out Florida!! Great for you for doing it
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MASRITE 6/19/2014 7:14PM

    Sorry it didn't go well, but, you did finish!!! And, you take that gold medal. You finished, you deserved it!!

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HILLSLUG98239 6/18/2014 7:55PM

    Ugh. I haven't had a day like that, so I cannot even imagine it. I doubt I have the toughness to push through something like that. Good on ya!

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BA5454 6/17/2014 3:13PM

    I whine about the sun and humidity here, cannot imagine it in Florida. But wow, you persevered and got the job done. Awesome! Such a cool plaque, too--that is something to be proud of, too. Hope you keep going and won't let this experience tarnish the rest. P.S. You look great at the starting line!

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CRYSBROWN1 6/17/2014 1:15PM

    This is still a HUGE accomplishment because you FINISHED! The weather and your cramps were recipes for a DNF and you pushed through. I could not even imagine running a marathon in Florida in JUNE, nevermind a trail one (and I live in RI)! That is brutal and it sounds like it was a tough experience, now time to rest up!

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CAROLCRC 6/17/2014 8:02AM

    Congrats! You made it! And for all you feel you misjudged your pace (ie 'went out too fast') apparently so did the other 'experienced' runner in your age group. So - enjoy your win. (And I'll make sure not to put this one on my personal wish list).

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LEWILL1982 6/16/2014 9:56PM

    Wow! So impressed and inspired. Absolutely amazing, I probably would have dropped out if my cramps got that bad. Congratulations on a great event and finishing th race. It was mental as much as physical and you did it!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 6/16/2014 9:19PM

    You are amazing.


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LISAINMS 6/16/2014 12:42PM

    Great memento plaque! I know what you mean about not feeling that you earned that 1st place. I don't like winning by default. Sounds like you learned some valuable info on this experience. Sometimes fastest isn't the best answer. Especially when it's hot and you already have dehydration issues. Be careful out there!

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BOLEBRON 6/15/2014 4:27PM

    Congratulations! You are hero!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/15/2014 3:59PM

    You finished! Probably when other didn't or couldn't. You also learned from this - that is huge.

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SPEEDYDOG 6/15/2014 8:28AM

    Vic,

You are a machine! Yes, throwing in the towel would have been wise. You do not have it in you to quit! The course looks brutal. The temperature and humidity would have done-in a lesser man. Congratulations on your first place finish. The wooden plaque is priceless. You are an inspiration. Oh man, do you look fit!

Thanks, Bruce

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MWWENSIN 6/15/2014 8:24AM

    Great job. It may not have been your fastest time but it was your best effort. Marathons are tough, trail marathons are even tougher.

It's not the easy ones where we pr that we remember, it's the tough ones that we almost died on or felt like it anyway that we remember. We remember because we can't forget it.

You're tough and have a great mental resiliency to you. You finished even when things weren't going your way.

Take pride in your medal and your effort. The race was tough but you were tougher even if it didn't feel like it.

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MBTEPP 6/15/2014 7:38AM

    love the rugged plaque. That was very thoughtful. You must really make an impression on the younger ones. They all want to be like Vic!

what a challenging race. it became a mental challenge for you. As challenges go, the mental ones are the worst to endure. great job on hanging in there and finishing. Take the first place Medal and be proud that you earned it. Everyone else was experiencing the same conditions.

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NATPLUMMER 6/14/2014 11:01PM

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RUN4FOOD 6/14/2014 10:36PM

    Sounds like a really tough run, but you made it to the end.
Have the feeling you'll be out doing a similar race soon.

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BOPPY_ 6/14/2014 8:16PM

    Sounds like you have an excellent program, and an excellent way of assessing your program.

Your pics look great, too.

BTW, the first and only time I was in Miami, when I got to the hotel, I unpacked in a jiff, threw on my bathing suit and ran out to the beach. The sand and the water were both so hot, that I ran back to the hotel, and swam in the indoor pool (on I think the 20th floor), to cool off! :-| Running a marathon in that climate would be unthinkable to me. However, I have found more pleasant weather in Boca and Destin, however.

Congratulations,>
Lee

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ONMYMEDS 6/14/2014 7:57PM

    I'm rather surprised that being in Florida, with so many retired folks, you are the oldest participant. What the heck are all of those other people doing?

Anyway, well done on toughing it out. I know first hand how mentally tough it is to slog those last miles when you can no longer run. Good going, Vic!

Geezers STILL rule!!

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MARGARITTM 6/14/2014 7:23PM

    OK no more marathons in June in Florida !!!

Even though you were not pleased with the time - it seems that the weather took it's toll on everyone.

Congrats on toughing it out. ..... I know it's hard but DNF is even harder!

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DALID414 6/14/2014 6:28PM

    emoticon on finishing upright.
Be proud of your bling.

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FITWITHIN 6/14/2014 6:22PM

    That is so wonderful to hear how you did a fantastic job. I plan to attempt to run a half marathon later in the year. After reading your blog I'm going to give it a shoot for sure. Thanks for the encouragement to do this race. emoticon emoticon

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STRIVERONE 6/14/2014 5:58PM

    Good advice, but why do I think your going to do it again next year? Take a day off. You earned it.
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SLENDERELLA61 6/14/2014 5:13PM

    Congrats. You hung in there. You did it. Love the determination. Here's wishing you more fun and exhilarating wins in the future!!

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ROXYZMOM 6/14/2014 5:11PM

    I wondered about the heat when you said you were going to run this one.
Congrats on finishing - take care of yourself!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/14/2014 5:03PM

    Oh my! What a test of endurance. Hope you get some rest in today!



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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/14/2014 5:00PM

    Certainly it was your best effort for this course on this day! My last one wasn't fun, either, and lasted slightly longer than yours. Because of the hot sun. You'd think walking would be easy, but it can be harder than running if it lasts long enough.
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Off Road Training For Trail Marathon

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Had a great run today. Did 9 miles and felt pretty good, even though it got up to 90F degrees at the end of the run. My long run, 20 miles, will be this Saturday.

I've backed off on swimming and cycling as I am preparing for a trail marathon in a couple of weeks. I'm probably not as well training for this race as I have been for past marathons. Because I've been doing triathlons as well, and the swim and cycle training takes away from the exclusive run training aspect that I had been used to. I think it will work out alright though, as I've been keeping pretty busy in general. Call the swimming and cycling cross training. I've just been not doing a "marathon" exclusive training program.

So, for the last few days, I've been doing more trail running. When I'm up in Ocala, I run the farm roads when I can, in addition to the regular asphalt road runs. I haven't ridden the bike there in a couple of weeks.




Here at the main home, near Orlando, I have been running on the side of the asphalt trail, on grass and dirt, to simulate off road running.



Plus there is a park nearby with a half mile loop which is nicely packed sand.



The idea is to log as much off road time as possible. I've never run a full marathon off road before, but I always wanted to do one. The half marathons seem to take their toll on me a little more than a standard road race, what with hopping over fallen branches, running on gravel, tall grass, leaves, and through water sometimes. Just a different race entirely, but more energy draining in my experience. My official time will be slower, but who cares? I get to finish an off road marathon, and check out the cool shirt they give you.



I love this shirt. Easy to see it's wearer has done something different than a standard marathon, and I like doing different things.

So, that's what I've been up to. Trail run training and enjoying life.

After this marathon is completed, I plan to start swimming and cycling again, after I rest up a bit. I have an Olympic Triathlon scheduled soon after.

Busy, busy, busy.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/31/2014 12:11PM

    Hope you have a great marathon.

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MBTEPP 5/29/2014 6:04PM

    Love your selfie, and love the Tee!

Good luck in your training, and sloooooow down in the heat.



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LEWILL1982 5/29/2014 9:15AM

    I'm in awe! Way to go. I think even if you haven't been running as much, your endurance and stamina is pretty built up from all of your activities and the combination of them in one workout like your triathlons. I think you'll be just fine! Good luck on the long run, Saturday!

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DALID414 5/29/2014 12:25AM

    I wish I were your kind of busy.

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MASRITE 5/28/2014 9:18PM

    My hero!! Love the trail running pictures. Looks so beautiful!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/28/2014 8:42PM

    You are amazing. I'm so proud of you. Looking forward to hearing all about this.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/28/2014 8:12PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and your training! Awesome job.



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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/28/2014 5:36PM

    Awesome!! Love the pictures

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/28/2014 3:13PM

    Those look like lovely places to run.

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HILLSLUG98239 5/28/2014 3:02PM

    Busy, busy, busy indeed!


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MARGARITTM 5/28/2014 2:27PM

    Nice shirt - I think we are all slower on trail....but it is the same for all of the runners.

I like to do different things too

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JAMIRBLAZE 5/28/2014 1:54PM

    Awesome shirt. I'm sure you'll do well!

I'm in the greater Orlando area as well - thanks for sharing about this race. Hadn't heard of it.

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MAESTROSHASHA 5/28/2014 1:09PM

    That is a pretty rad shirt. You will definitely earn that one! Enjoy! :)

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NATPLUMMER 5/28/2014 12:57PM

    You'll do great....that crosstraining will help.

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STEPHM-ARATHON 5/28/2014 12:20PM

    That is a really cool shirt! Enjoy.

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