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The Road Is The Classroom – The Run Is The Teacher

December 19th, 2011

Sundays run 12/18/11:  14.19 miles 2:20:51

Running in the early-morning sunshineI thought a lot about running while I was on my vacation.  I began to realize how it has truly benefited me not only in my physical shape, but the whole mental improvement thing is no myth.  I have begun to apply the same thoughts that I have while running to my everyday life.  I have always been a grinder, but running has exposed this character trait even more.  I call my blog Run Hard – Always Finish and it’s not just a title but it’s my mantra, the statement I repeat to myself when the end of my run seems so far away.  I told my wife this week that “it’s not the run that I love the most , it’s the finish”  The sense of accomplishment I get from finishing my run, not just a race, but my weekly long run, my tempo run on Tuesday, etc, etc is what I consider my runners high.  Understand I love the run itself, but the finish is best.  The same way I push myself running, I now am pushing myself in my day to day life.  Running is the teacher, and for once I enjoy class.

I am back from the cruise where we had a great time as we always do.  This marked the first time the running habit came with us on the ship.

Some of the highlights:

  • Check out the profile picture, that’s me the Clydesdale churning up sand on the beach in St. Maartin.  First time I have ever tried running barefoot; I will stick to my green Saucony’s!!
  • The track on the ship (Celebrity Eclipse) was not made for running, so I hit the treadmill.  I ran everyday but Friday, and although spitting was not an option, the view was tremendous.
  • My wife who has been recovering from a stress fracture got back into the game and began her comeback!!!!
  • I ate a lot.
  • The slow elevators.
  • There were two families sitting next to our table at dinner and we struck up a conversation.  One of the ladies was a runner (she logged 1000 miles last year) and of course we all instantly bonded. (She also reads the Loop).  Through conversation we realized we had been on other ships at the same time. Funny.
  • I ate a lot.

Am I champ like Tyson, a captain like Kirk, no Employee of the Month because yo I do WORK.  BDK

“Remember, the second most important thing to choosing the right shoe, is choosing the left one.”

“To a runner, a side stitch is like a car alarm. It signifies something is wrong, but you ignore it until it goes away.”

Keep running hard! 

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The Green Shoes Are Mad – Mr. Garmin Is Ticked

December 8th, 2011

heel_painTwo weeks ago I made a bad ‘heel strike’ or maybe it was a rock I stepped on, but whatever it was I bruised my heel.  No big deal, I can run right through it right?  I read all the blogs; the inspirational quotes all saying “pain is letting you know you are working hard” or something like that blah blah blah.  Well Saturday I took off for my run with some mile repeats, put the hammer down and my heel laughed and said I don’t think so homie…..park it. Then I read a quote from that freakishly fast dude Ryan Hall

I actually think being a more balanced person makes a healthier, happier, and thus faster person. The question I try and ask myself when I consider whether or not to train more is what is my body craving and what is my body ready to absorb? Sometimes pushing harder is not the answer. It takes self control, confidence, and intuition to know when to train and when to rest, but when in question error on the side of being over rested.

– Ryan Hall

So I have shut it down since Saturday, it’s the first time I have taken a hiatus from running  since starting my training in August and my Green Shoes and Garmin are TICKED!  I am traveling in Houston this week and the Green Shoes have not left the suitcase and I can hear muffled insults of “get out and run wimp” and the Garmin right now is laying on the night stand and he is just staring at me and keeps saying “I don’t even know who you are…”  So tomorrow after 5 days and peer pressure from the Green Shoes and Garmin; I am going to take an easy run.  66 days, 7 hours, 52mins until the 26.2 Run with Donna Marathon in Jacksonville, FL.  I am going back there to run it with 2 good feet this time, don’t get me wrong I am proud I finished it last year, but I want to run it HARD this time.  If there are any Loopsters running let me know, I can use all the support and advice possible.

Now on to my next issue, and I will make it quick.  Saturday, I leave on a cruise (yeah!!), I just looked at my training schedule and I am to run 20 miles this weekend.  So I am wondering, exactly how dizzy am I going to get running in that many circles?  Carbing up before should be no problem, protein after the run…check.  But that is a lot of left hand turns!

“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.”

– Frank Shorter

“The will to win means nothing if you haven’t the will to prepare.” 

– Juma Ikangaa


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