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Running seriously again

It’s been a very long time since I’ve been social in relation to my running.  No, I have not been blogging.  No, I have not been tweeting…much.  No, I have not been posting to my CrazyFloridian page on Facebook.  However, I never stopped running.  I simply didn’t have the time or desire to share as much as I have in the past.

All this being said, we are now into the year 2015.  It is a shiny new year, and I have made a shiny new commitment to run 2,015 miles in 2015.  This will end the past two years of maintenance running.  Here are the numbers from the past 6 years of running:

  • 2009 = 750 miles
  • 2010 = 1,701 miles
  • 2011 = 2,150 miles
  • 2012 = 1,208 miles
  • 2013 = 823 miles
  • 2014 = 859 miles

I know, right!  The past 2 years have not been very impressive.  In fact they sucked BIG time.  There are many reasons why the miles have dropped.  New job requiring a bunch (about half the year) of travel, busy building my reputation in professional communities, and more time demands by family.  Although I still ran more than most people, it was pretty terrible for an ultra-runner.  So 2015 is the year I will fix that.

I’m writing this post after being down one week due to sickness and a knee injury from skiing in Colorado while celebrating the new year, but am now forging ahead.  I’m actively back running, and will start ramping up my miles at a sane 10% per week.

Thank you for stopping by, and please feel free to chime in and we can do this together.

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Meaning of “Being a Runner”

It has been a long time since I have posted anything other than my weekly training summaries, and since I am deep into a training cycle I decided to share some of the motivational bits I have found that help get me going.  First, let me share the definition of a runner made by someone wise:

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”  – John Bingham

Based on the quote I would say that many of us belong to the club.  I have often heard others say they do not consider themselves a runner because they cannot run as fast or as far as someone else, which is very disappointing to hear.  I mean, I consider myself to be a runner even though I am not run as far or fast as others, so am I mistaken? Of course not!

Over the years I have always considered myself a “runner”.  When I ran 3 miles per week, I was a runner. Later when I was running 10 miles per week, I was a runner. These days I am running much more, but does it mean I am more of a “runner” than when I ran 3 times per week for a mile each time?

At the time of this writing I am putting in 60 miles per week, and by the end of the year my weekly mileage average will stick around 70 miles per week.  I am looking forward to see what my other stats will look like when that happens. But I do not really consider myself more of a runner than my lower mileage days…just a little more crazy.

So everyone, get out there and run. No matter how many miles, or how fast your pace is, and be a runner. Your body will thank you as it grows older. (Unless you are not running correct, but that is another post.)

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Back to training and blog-land

First I would like to thank everyone who continued to read, even though I haven’t posted anything but weekly training for 10 weeks.  OUCH!  Has it really been 10 weeks since my last “non-workout summary” blog post?  That is terrible, so here I go again as I am back in the full swing of training once again.

Second, as many of you know I have not trained hard enough to actually participate in the 2010 San Francisco marathon as planned later this month.  Plus I started a new job, so really can’t take the time away this soon for travel to the other side of the country.  Instead I am moving my training toward a new goal, and will cover it here.

My wife has this idea that she would like to run the Lake Tahoe half marathon on September 26th, so I am going to prepare for the full marathon at the same location. (See updated count-down on the right.)  I hear it is an awesome and beautiful course, and lots of fun.

True to self punishment form, I am also thinking of running the John Holmes 50K trail run (not the porn star) two weeks later.  I lived through running a 50 mile ultra after running the Miami marathon in February, so a 50K should not be nearly as punishing…right?

7 Random Things

Now the moment you have all been waiting for…the long awaited list of 7 random things that Psyche tagged me with in a comment a few weeks ago (June 2nd to be exact).  I guess it is about time for me to get it done.

  1. My mother-in-law is visiting for the summer, and it is not so bad. (she only speaks Russian, so I don’t know what she is saying) I get lots of food that I don’t have to cook…SCORE!!!
  2. When I was 8 I jumped out of a hay loft and bit my tongue off.  It was sewn back on after rushing me to the emergency room
  3. meat-eaters-vegetarians-mdWhile running with my son the other day he sincerely said, “Thanks for making me do this”.
  4. My dream job is working at Home Depot.  Do you think they will pay me a developers salary?
  5. Sometimes I miss living in a small town and being bored out of my mind.
  6. My favorite color is blue…I mean green…I mean…Oh, never mind. Lets just stick with green.
  7. I love BIG, THICK, JUICY steaks.  I have thought about cutting down on the meats, but I just love it too much.

Well, there you have it.  Sorry for being a bit boring, but it is the best I’ve got for now..

Take care, until next time.signature_block

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My 2010 running goals…finally!


OK, I know what your thinking, “We are already at the end of January and you are just now posting your 2010 goals?”. You are right, I did take a long time to put them out here. But that doesn’t mean that I just created them yesterday. Actually I set my goals prior to January, but just simply didn’t have the time to post them until now. Sorry for the wait. 🙂

This is the year I will qualify for Boston! Yeah, that’s right. You heard me. I will qualify for Boston this year, or to be more precise it will probably be at the Disney 2011 Marathon in January 2011. This means that instead of the 8:45/mile I hope to run in Miami at the beginning of this year I will need to get my per mile time down to 7:38, which will give me a finishing time of 3:20:00. I really have my work cut out for me, since it is almost a full minute faster per mile.  So, here is my plan: