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Challenge yourself, and enjoy your accompishments.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I've been training for another marathon. This one is in Tallahassee, FL on Feb 8, 2015. I'm just getting into the heavy mileage lately, and I'm feeling old as a result. Well, I am old, so I suppose that's okay.

Today I did a long slow run, it was a 17 miler. Ended up with just over 17 miles logged in.

The weather really cooperated today, it was overcast and only 62 degrees when I started out. I brought some candy, and a granola and cinnamon muffin to eat on the way. I didn't have my GU's or regular 'running food', since I'm away from the main home and visiting my get-away in Ocala, FL. So the nourishment I brought would have to do. I also carried about a quart of water in two different containers. No water stops on this run.

I went straight out for just over 8.5 miles, turned around and came back. This particular route has some rolling hills that can be pretty challenging for a person of my fitness level. At the age of 68, pretty much every longish run is challenging. This one was no exception.

I thought I'd start out really slowly at first, incorporating the warm up into the run, a strategy which works fine for me. I walked for a minute or so, and ran for a minute, then maybe at the half mile mark, I'd walk for 30 seconds and run for a minute. At that pace, I was averaging about 13 minutes a mile. After about a mile I sped up a little and continued to ramp up the pace slowly so that by miles 6, 7 and 8 I was doing around an 11 minute mile and feeling great. The hills weren't bothering me too much - yet.


These are just a couple of the rolling hills on my run today. Pictures never do justice to show the hill's incline, at least my pictures don't. According to "mapmyrun" these hills are level 3 and 4 for cycling, fairly steep for me.


I turned around at 8.5 miles and I was just starting to notice my energy level was dwindling, but I kept up the pace for a while. For some reason, my watch stopped showing my pace every mile. I think I hit the wrong button at some point, when I was trying to adjust my HR monitor. No big deal, I just did the math in my head, and knew I was now slowing down somewhat. That's fine, I wanted to start slow, speed up, and slow down at the end anyway.

Around miles 11 and 12 I was really feeling tired. The hills now were bothering me, so I started walking more and running less. Even though I planned to slow down somewhat, I felt disappointed, because I was really tired and having a tough time even maintaining an average of 12 minutes per mile for the distance. My half marathon or 13.1 time was around 2:34 which was acceptable for a training run, but after all, it was a cool day which helped.

So, the last few miles I felt really bad. I finally just reconciled myself to keeping a pace I could manage without overdoing it. Still, there were hills to overcome, even though they were not steep, but even rolling hills bother me when I'm into the longer miles.

Then came the turn off to the house, only .4 miles to go. Woohoo! I really was beat and was looking forward to stopping and enjoying my completion of my 17 mile long run.

How terrific it feels to look back, and think about how bad I felt, overcoming that, and pushing on. I always feel great after a tough run.

We all train or compete at such different levels. Compared to some folks my pace is so slow! Others will say how well I do for a geezer, and I always appreciate hearing that.

The main thing I'd like any newer runner to take away from this is: Never compete with anyone else's time. There are always faster runners than you. Challenge yourself, at your own level. Don't go so slow it doesn't feel like a challenge, but continue to push just enough that improvement is inevitable. Train against yourself and relish your accomplishments, whether they be small or large.


  
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DALID414 12/20/2014 11:33PM

    I'm notorious for taking terrible pictures, even under perfect conditions.

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STRIVERONE 12/20/2014 9:35PM

    I think we have different concepts of what a geezer is. You don't meet mine.

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HARROWJET 12/20/2014 8:59PM

    Thank you for sharing. I plan to do a half marathon in 2015. I like to hear how other older runners handle the training. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/20/2014 6:43PM

    You did great!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/20/2014 4:32PM

    Great job and great advice.



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ROXYZMOM 12/20/2014 3:30PM

    I love your blog. Awesome job pushing through!!
I am getting up the courage to start running again. I know it will help me through the grieving process. Reading your blog brought back memories of my past trainings.
You are getting me motivated.
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ONMYMEDS 12/20/2014 3:26PM

    Yes, you do really well for a geezer.

I only did a measly 12 miles today, but then, I'm not training for anything at the moment. It was an out and back, and at exactly the 6 mile turnaround point the arch in my right foot just started hurting like the devil. Needless to say, it was a much longer 6 miles getting back home.

Best of luck in Tallahassee!! Some day, I'm coming down to Florida so we can run a marathon together.

62F sounds awesome. It was 28F when I went out. My GU's were getting a bit thick by the time I took them.

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On Courage and Beauty

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I'm not a joiner of clubs, but I do belong to a triathlon club website. One of the member posted a picture of a beautiful lady riding her triathlon bike during a race. She is competing in the race - I see her registration number on her arm.

I'm not being facetious when I say this lady is beautiful. You might think that, since she's not beautiful in the conventional sense. She is, however, beautiful.

I remember when I first started running. I was not a youngster, I was already old. So old, that a family member actually laughed in my face when I mentioned that I'd like to try to run a 5K. I can't forget his comtempt, masked as humor, as he asked me if the Boston Marathon was next on my agenda. "OK, it's on" I thought, I have to do this now, because I want to do it, and I have to show him I can, as well.

So, let's call that my baby step in courage. Yes, it took some courage, and yes, I did the 5K and even went on to do longer races.

Others have their own battles, overweight, injuries, illness and even missing limbs. They are the truly courageous, who overcome extreme adversity and go on to excell in their sport of choice. I love them all, and they inspire me and all of us who strive to better themselves.

Have you heard the joke about the woman who had wanted to lose weight first before she joined the gym? She didn't want to go there looking the way she did. Kind of funny, but sad, too. Many of us don't even get started because public perception might not go well for us. And there, my friends, is the point of this blog.

It takes courage to embark on a weight loss program, or any program in which you strive to better yourself. This lady has courage. She is, as I said earlier, not conventionally beautiful, but, wow, is she beautiful to me!

I loved this picture. It speaks to me and I hope it speaks to you. Have courage, dare to challenge yourself. Public opinion be damned.

Ride on, beautiful anonymous lady.

  
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DALID414 12/15/2014 11:52PM

    Love it!
I always smile when I see someone trying. I'll even say 'Good Job' out loud, in acknowledgement.

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MBTEPP 12/15/2014 8:21PM

    I like!

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STILLMENEWBODY 12/15/2014 9:52AM

    Fantastic Thought Provoking Blog! Thank you! emoticon

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JAMIRBLAZE 12/15/2014 9:22AM

    Such a good sentiment! Nothing fuels like a little "you can't."

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CAROLCRC 12/15/2014 8:28AM

    When I said I wanted to do a 1/2 marathon my husband's first words were "you can't do that!" Why? "You can't run that far"

2 marathons later.... he secretly brags about me to my friends. But yes, it was both discouraging and a motivation to do it.

Even our closest ones can sometimes just not get it.

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 12/15/2014 8:11AM

    Thank-you for this blog! I couldn't agree more about the impact of public opinion on our choices and actions. And that is what I have come to love about SP. I encounter so many different examples of real courage here almost every day, and I definitely include you in that camp!

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MARGARITTM 12/14/2014 6:08PM

    Thanks for the blog. Good reminder.

We all have those family members.....HaHa I would never run unless someone was chasing me. .......haha can't believe that you PAY to do that stuff....yadda yadda yadda.......... Like they say - "If I have to explain it to you - you wouldn't understand!"



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ROXYZMOM 12/14/2014 5:39PM

    She is such a beautiful inspiration!! ...and so are you!
I love this blog!!
Thank you!!

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HDHAWK 12/14/2014 4:43PM

    I've heard too many people say exactly that, that they can't go to the gym until they lose weight. So sad. What a great photo and great words from you too!

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HARROWJET 12/14/2014 2:45PM

    Your third paragraph is one of the reasons I am careful when I choose who I will tell that I want to become a runner. Thank you for your blog.

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MIRAGE727 12/14/2014 12:31PM

    Loved this blog! Thanks for sharing!
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Anyone who joins me on the beach to start a Triathlon is a friggin' Superstar in my book. The same goes for the runner's Starting Line! I'm so proud and blessed to race with all of them!
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MASRITE 12/14/2014 11:51AM

    Wow Vic, you are beautiful, too!! What a heart you have!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 12/14/2014 11:02AM

    LOVE this blog!!!! Well said :)

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SPEEDYDOG 12/14/2014 10:10AM

    Hi Vic,

First off, congratulations for having the courage to go your own way, even in the face of ridicule of a doubter in your own family. I have found when faced with a situation, such as your family member laughing at you, that it is more about him than you.

We all have to fight that inner voice that says we are too old, or too fat, or too stressed, or too weak, or too out-of-shape, or too ashamed to go out there and give it a shot!

The "anonymous lady" is Krista Henderson. Here is link to her site.

http://www.borntoreign
athletics.com/

You are an inspiration!

Thanks, Bruce



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NATPLUMMER 12/14/2014 9:16AM

    Wow!! What great words!

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Long Runs Are Easy - Take Your Time

Friday, December 12, 2014

It's so interesting to me, how ones perceptions can adapt and change as you go about living your life.

My marathon training is in the ramp up phase now, just getting into the really long weekend runs. This week I decided to do my long run early, as I have other stuff to do tomorrow.

I rolled out of bed this morning and thought about my 15 mile long run today. "Well", I thought, "It's not a really long run, and at least the weather is cool, so it should be fun". Then that little light bulb went on and I realized that I just had (yet again) the thought that "15 miles isn't really a long run".

Hah! Tell that to some of your couch potatoesque friends. 15 miles isn't really long. They'll surely think you're nuts, I know many of mine do. And yeah, I too used to think those long distance runners were a little weird.

But I know a secret. And many of my sparkfriends know this as well. Your body can adapt to some very severe pressures, and grow and get stronger. Provided, of course, that you give that body time to rest coupled with proper nourishment. I kind of feel like it's a secret, because you don't have to do nearly the rigorous training that non-athletes believe one must do.

Take me, for instance. Please. (paraphrasing and a tip of the hat to Mr. Henny Youngman). I'm kind of a middle of the pack runner, and I train hard, but not too hard. My runs are mostly run for a while, walk for a while. I look old and slow out on the road when I'm training. That's my style, slow and steady. Sure, I throw in some faster days, but not too many. It gets the job done. My goals are completed even with that slow and steady pace. I doubt anyone who would notice me training would think, "there goes a real athlete, I bet he's a marathoner".

And, there you have the 'secret'. You don't have to look like an athlete to be one. You don't have to train like Arnold Schwartzenegger or Sylvester Stallone to be a middle of the pack athlete, but you'll be one. And you'll be way ahead of your couch potato friends. It's not nearly as difficult as it seems. It just takes patience, perseverance and a little knowledge to be an "age group" athlete.

If you are on the fence about running, maybe concerned about knee pain, shin splints, planters fasciatis and other things you've read about, I hope you understand that these things all can be avoided, if you start slowly and build up slowly. Take your time, learn about correct training, you will become much more than you believe you can.

My apologies to my friends who are tired of reading my rants about "how this old guy trains" and "good enough is good enough". I merely wish to encourage others to give it a try and possibly surprise themselves. I know I'm surprised at what I've done. For those who don't know me, I just turned 68 years old, feel great and remain uninjured.

And yeah, as I like to say, "I may be slow, but at least I'm out there".

  
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AMBER461 12/17/2014 10:51PM

  I admire your running but I cannot run. Thanks for sharing.


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LYNHALTINER 12/17/2014 12:21AM

    I started running at 54, I also am a slow plodder but I love looking forward to my first half marathan next year

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BDJOHNSON 12/16/2014 11:44PM

    I have a sprained ankle and envy anyone who is able to run. . . one day when I am healed, I'll be back out there!

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CMCDONNA 12/16/2014 6:27PM

    Love this! I started running at age 40 and I am very slow, but I don't care. :)

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/16/2014 2:40AM

  emoticon You are an inspiration. "Take me, for instance. Please." I just turned 64 last month and December 6th I walked my first 5K. Yes, I came in last, but the other joggers and runners stayed at the finish line to cheer me on. It was the most fun I've had in a long time and I felt that I really accomplished one of my goals. Since losing just over 80 pounds so far, I'm just 40 pounds away from my goal. This spring I'm going to do a 10K, albeit walking. Bad foot and bad knee will not stop me.
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UKNOWITNOW 12/15/2014 10:35PM

  Keep it up. emoticon

Congratulations.

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KNEEMAKER 12/15/2014 9:31PM

  Keep on keeping on!

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CAROLYNSUE17 12/15/2014 5:59PM

  I have severe arthritis in my neck and back, plus two surgeries but I have been walking consistently and it has now gotten easy. So I keep increasing my pace.

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ANNIE1114 12/15/2014 5:05PM

  Good for you! Your blog is very inspirational! I might have to give running a try. emoticon

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DAKARISAH430 12/15/2014 3:28PM

    Sounds like you have the right formula! I admire your perseverance. Best wishes to you.

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BOWKAY 12/15/2014 2:13PM

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I just started eating healthy and exercising in October. I have a lot of weight to lose but one of my goals is to be able to walk/run a 5k with my daughters next fall. Enjoying the benefits of walking every morning so far. Thanks for sharing!

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PMRUNNER 12/15/2014 1:14PM

    Keep it up! Hope your training continues to go well!

It isn't always about folks with super strength or speed, it is more often ordinary folks who persevere and do extraordinary things.

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DYANNE4293 12/15/2014 9:20AM

    Thank you! I took up running a year ago and ran my first 5k in September!! I'm 51. You give me HOPE! Thank you.

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CAROLCRC 12/15/2014 8:35AM

    Isn't it amazing when that switch flips in your brain? 15 miles isn't really long... I just did an "easy 10-miler"...

Gotta love what consistent exercise can do for you.

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HIKERGAL123 12/15/2014 8:00AM

  You are an inspiration! I completely agree - as I'm getting older, I'm trying to train at my own pace and try new things that keep me out of the "exercise rut"! Who cares what everyone else thinks? The only person I'm competing with is myself!!

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SDSWTP 12/15/2014 7:56AM

    Thank you so much for this post! I am a serious newbie to the concept of running (as in 6 months ago, I couldn't imagine running for longer than a minute or two at a time) but slowly, I am finding myself able to run longer (sometimes farther) than I did the day before. I keep feeling like I need to work on getting faster (the girl at the gym today was running 8.0 mph while I trudged along at at a measly 5.2 AND was pushing it to get there!). I love the way it feels to run. I love the way my body does more than I thought it could. Thank you for the reminder that getting there (and not worrying about how quickly I do so) is what's really important! This 33 year old hopes that she can rock a "middle of the pack" marathon some day!
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EDDYMEESE 12/14/2014 10:50PM

    my favorite running buddy is a friend who can stop and delight in a centipede or a pretty flower...my least favorite the one who yells and slaps my butt to keep going, lol! Great blog!

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MJREIMERS 12/14/2014 10:37PM

    You are emoticon ! Keep it up!

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UNCHARTED1970 12/14/2014 9:45PM

  Would love to know how you got started running and how long you have been at it.

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-SHOREIDO- 12/14/2014 6:52PM

    Great blog!! It's kind of like the ships captain theory of "steady as you go". With running its the same. Stick your course and your training does kick in and pay off. Nice and steady is all you need.
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-PAULA 12/14/2014 2:29PM

    Thanks, enjoyed the post and inspired to get out and run!

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SWEETABLY 12/14/2014 11:49AM

  Love it! Please don't EVER apologize. Keep on, keeping on.

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MIMI2814 12/14/2014 10:13AM

    I walk/jogged on the road for the first time Friday. Boy is it different than the treadmill. My body still feels it!!!

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JERICHO1991 12/14/2014 9:33AM

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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CYPATAYLOR2 12/14/2014 8:57AM

  You are an inspiration! I love reading about your secrets. Thank you very much for sharing, emoticon

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JOFAILS 12/14/2014 8:40AM

    Wow! You're such an inspiration. Thank you for for sharing.

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PENOWOK 12/14/2014 7:11AM

    I think that's admirable!!

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 12/14/2014 7:02AM

    After reading this blog, I went back and read all your blogs. Yes, all! I am usually more eloquent but all I can say is dude, you rock!

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CATNURSE1 12/14/2014 4:00AM

    There was a movie that Michael Douglas was in called "Running". It's not very highly rated, but I liked it -- about a man who is basically obsessed with being a marathon runner in the Olympics. The moral of the story is that it isn't if you win the race, but how you run the race. Always, always finish.

In less than a month, my dad will be 80 years old. Almost every morning, he goes to the local high school track to run/walk. He does comment that he's "not fifty" anymore and has slowed down -- no more sub-eight minute miles for him. But he says he's just grateful to still have all his faculties and is able to run. Oh, and it's not running anymore -- it's jogging.

Thanks for the great read, and keep moving!

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BANNERMAN 12/14/2014 1:53AM

  Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.

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DEEEBEE 12/14/2014 12:12AM

    I'm a little older than you, but I've been walking 10Ks for over 20 years. Sometimes I think I'm in better health now than I was then because I can easily walk that far and go on to do other things without being tired. When I started walking for exercise, my stamina just wasn't there. Sometimes I think about running but I am afraid of injuries and falling. Sometimes I trip and almost fall. I do walk fast and I would land hard. I like the way you think about exercise.

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MARYJEANSL 12/13/2014 11:24PM

  Good for you! You're awesome!

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PFARRAR65 12/13/2014 11:04PM

    I admire you for running.

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JEANKNEE 12/13/2014 9:24PM

    Loved your blog! You keep on keeping on... emoticon

I am 54 years old and began training to run (run/walk intervals) 6 months ago. In September and November I ran 5k races and really enjoyed them. Am hoping to run a 10k sometime in 2015.

Have taken the slow and steady approach emoticon and have managed to remain injury free thus far.

Not sure that I will ever run a marathon. But, at 53 I never thought I would run. So, who knows?!

Thanks for sharing your experience!


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SMALLSTEPSNOW 12/13/2014 9:19PM

    I OVE it === the slow and steady really IS great - and you are a great example of it --- I must say for the first time EVER I contemplated training for a marathon..... who know I just may do it!!! Thanks for the great blog!

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/13/2014 8:42PM

  Keep pushing!

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/13/2014 8:42PM

  i started walking three months ago. I never once thought I would run! On Thanksgiving Day I jogged 4miles without slowing down to walk! I never thought I could do that. It's amazing what we can accomplish when we put our minds to it!

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Balancing Endurance Races and Training.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

I got plenty of rest after my last Olympic triathlon in September. We all need to rest up once in a while. One can't just keep doing race after race, it will wear you down.

I have a marathon coming up in February, and my first 70.3 triathlon in April. Two pretty big races, but I'm up to the challenge. I've started training for the marathon using my Hal Higdon Novice program once again. It worked well for me in the past. This will not be an A race, as it's only 2 months before another long race, and I don't want to push too hard. As it is, during the marathon training I will be maintaining my triathlon training and even ramping it up towards the marathon buildup.

I have a fair base for both races, and I don't see a problem with training for 2 races simultaneously. I am planning on substituting a run day to a cycle day, and swimming on my cross training days. Kind of playing it by ear as I feel. I have both schedules posted on the 'fridge, and it looks like I'll still have 8 weeks after the marathon before the 70.3.

My plan is to rest only a few days post marathon, then get right in swimming and cycling. I'm not going to do much running, concentrating primarily on my cycling and swimming. Just a bit of maintenance running should take me through the half marathon portion of the 70.3. At least, that's the way I'm thinking.

I'm really excited about doing a 70.3 - it will be the Florida Haines City Half Ironman and it's right near my daughters home, so logistically it is just about perfect. I just need to restrain myself from going too hard on the marathon.

I haven't blogged in quite a while, so this is just an update to let y'all know what's going on with me.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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MJREIMERS 11/19/2014 1:56PM

    I can't imagine. I'd like to get back to the point that I can run a 5k without pain. You are emoticon ! I truly admire you! I want details after both events! Happy training. (I'm glad to hear from you again!)

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LEWILL1982 11/5/2014 12:50PM

    Great to hear from you! Can't wait to follow your journey towards the next 2 big events.

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BIGPAWSUP 11/3/2014 3:14PM

    Have so missed hearing from you.

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DALID414 11/2/2014 11:57PM

    Keeping busy.

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MARGARITTM 11/2/2014 6:53PM

    I have missed your blogs - good advise and sage wisdom!

I was watching the NY Marathon today and have kind of go the itch to do one more.

I would like to make it one of the "Mac Daddies" NY or Boston - we will see...

.2015 goal more training less racing.

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MASRITE 11/2/2014 3:23PM

    2 big races!! Excited for you. Train safe and keep us posted!! missed you!!

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I_CAN_AMY 11/2/2014 10:40AM

    I'm so excited for you! I know you can do it. I was toying with a similar idea as my marathon is in March and a sprint triathlon I want to do is in May. You described my thinking exactly. In my mind, you have the running down pat after the marathon, it's just transitions, swimming, and cycling that you would need to focus on at that point. I only run two times a week (for now) and ride two times a week (one short, one long) I would need to fold in two or three swimming days. Swimming is my weakness. I might also just do the duathlon in May depending on my work schedule.

Thank you for outlining your plan! I can't want to hear of your success!

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KANOE10 11/2/2014 8:06AM

    Your training is going well. Your next two events sound exciting! You are doing a great job of staying healthy!

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ONMYMEDS 11/2/2014 7:21AM

    And all this time I thought you had been slacking off.

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HILLSLUG98239 11/1/2014 11:18PM

    A while back, one of my Athena sisters asked about training for a marathon while also training for an Olympic-distance tri. Although I've never done either, I suggested she find a training schedule for an Ironman, which would cover the marathon, and substitute shorter rides & swims to cover the tri.

It occurred to me that, in order to complete an Oly, I really need to be able to run more than a 10K. It's one thing to run a 10K, in and of itself. But after the swim and bike, knowing you can run a 10K isn't enough. I figure I'll need to be strong enough to run 16-18 km to be ready to run the 10K of an Oly.

Oh, and you rock. I love that you're excited about the HIM. I'm thinking a HIM may be my outside distance. After I've done my first Oly, I'll evaluate whether I have the time and motivation to work towards a HIM. I'll be a mere child of 50, so I'll have no excuse not to keep working on it. emoticon

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SPEEDYDOG 11/1/2014 9:54PM

    Hi Vic,

I am not sure what you consider rest. You are a pretty active guy.

I am amazed at your competition schedule. Are you thinking the Marathon is training for 70.3?

Good Luck,

Bruce

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/1/2014 9:37PM

    So very busy. Have fun out there. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/1/2014 9:04PM

    Good luck with your events! Thanks for updating!

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HDHAWK 11/1/2014 8:58PM

    You've always got something in the works! Your plan sounds like a good one. Happy training! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 11/1/2014 8:30PM

    I was wondering what you have been up to. Sounds like a great plan.
It's getting cold up here - enjoy that nice Florida weather!!

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Successful 2nd Olympic Triathlon. Short Race Report.

Monday, September 15, 2014


I was concerned that I was doing this olympic tri a bit too soon after my first one, one month ago. But, it was local and I enjoyed the first so much, I was excited to try again.

After the first one, I rested for several days and got right back into training. I believe I trained adequately for this race. Plus, I took a nice 3 day break just before the event. For me, that give me plenty of energy on race day, for these 'longer' events.

I was kind of disappointed at the small amount of people who showed up. There were only 13 oly event athletes for this race. Strangely, there were 2 of us in the 65 - 69 y.o. age group.

This course has a pancake flat bike portion, and a decent run through a campground/park where it's mostly shaded. Boy, when I ran from shade to sun, it really made a difference. But, I do train a lot in the sun and heat, so it was not so bad. I knew what to expect.

DW decided to stay home for this one, again. The novelty has worn off for her, I suppose. What was once a big deal, has become a typical thing for her. She's very supportive and thrilled to hear my race stories after the events, but not enough to keep her away from her craft fairs, estate sales and other weekend events of her own. So, I had no one there to take photos. I found one photo of me on the race site. Here I am on the bike just getting started on the 25 mile ride. Still fresh and ready to ride.



Felt good throughout the race until the very end, where the heat and humidity began to take their toll. No problem, I finished strong and even beat my previous time by 6 minutes. I was ecstatic with the results, 3:03:26.

My legs are a little sore this morning, not too bad. Just enough to remind me that I did a good job and pushed just hard enough on the course. Can't wait to do another.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

  
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BIGPAWSUP 9/19/2014 7:09PM

    You are amazing and such an inspiration. I'm so glad you share this with us.

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CRYSBROWN1 9/19/2014 2:07PM

    Great job on another olympic tri finish!

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JUNEPA 9/18/2014 12:05AM

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Tri - Awesome !!!

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RAINEMARIE214 9/17/2014 4:00PM

    Great job on beating your previous time!!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/16/2014 3:42PM

    Awesome job!! emoticon emoticon

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MASRITE 9/16/2014 2:39PM

    awesome job on beating your time. Sorry the heat got to you, but at least it was at the end and not the whole time. So, when is your next race? I know you too well not to ask!! emoticon

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KANOE10 9/16/2014 7:45AM

    Good for you beating your time by 6 minutes..even with the humidity. Way to go. All of your training has paid off!

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DALID414 9/16/2014 12:30AM

    emoticon as always

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ROXYZMOM 9/15/2014 9:30PM

    Congratulations! You did fantastic. That's a great picture.

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HILLSLUG98239 9/15/2014 7:55PM

    It sounds like you had a great event! My goal is to celebrate my 50th birthday next September by completing an Olympic-distance tri. After that, who knows? I sure hope to be one of those competing in the 65-69 age group. I may actually win my age group in that case.

A fellow Athena did a half-Ironman last weekend. She described her performance as "I was the last winner to finish." I love that!

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DAISYBELL6 9/15/2014 3:09PM

    Great job!

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APONI_KB 9/15/2014 2:49PM

    that is fantastic
nicely done

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1CRAZYDOG 9/15/2014 1:52PM

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JAMIRBLAZE 9/15/2014 12:40PM

    emoticon Looking good and good work!

I think it's safe to say that the entire state is hoping for some relief from the heat and humidity.



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LEWILL1982 9/15/2014 12:31PM

    Congratulations on a strong race, I love your race reports. It looks like you've figured out your proper taper and what is working for you. So many lessons to learn in training and racing; other than the mechanics of *how" to do each event.

I have a goal to do an Olympic Tri next year- need to work on the swimming first!

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MBTEPP 9/15/2014 11:17AM

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emoticon time! It helps when you can run in shade, so makes a difference.
Keep up the great training!

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    Good job!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPEEDYDOG 9/15/2014 10:52AM

    Hi Vic,

You may have only found one photo. However, it is a great photo. You look like you are riding strongly!

Thanks, Bruce

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ONMYMEDS 9/15/2014 10:38AM

    Nice job, Vic!!! You're a star!!

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STEPHM-ARATHON 9/15/2014 10:19AM

    Great job on another race well done!

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