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You can do it!

Today after the morning run I was walking a bit during my cool-down and noticed a little girl walking a step at a time down a pretty high staircase from her apartment.  She was a tiny thing, and probably only about 3 years old.  One hand was holding the railing and the other was holding onto her mother, who was coaxing her with words of encouragement.  “Come on,” she said, “you can do it!  Your such a big girl!”  And the little girl, listening to her mother, realized she was capable of this accomplishment as she finished the staircase one step at a time.  Then upon reaching the bottom she had a BIG smile on her face, and wanted to walk back up to feel the triumph again.

I’m often speaking with others, and receive many questions about my running.  How much do you run?  Why do you run?  What’s the longest you’ve run?  And then they say, “Oh, I could never do that.”

I guess we can all use a reasuring hand to do things we think we can’t do.  So, I’ve got your back.  Come’on, you can do it!  Your such a big girl/boy!  I know you can do whatever you put your mind to.  Let’s get started!  You don’t need to run fast, or long, or very often.  Just ease into it.  Run slow and easy.  You’ve got this!

By the way, it doesn’t have to be running.  This bit of advice can be applied to just about anything.

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Time flies too fast

It is hard to believe how time can get away from us when we are…living. Or course I’m not able to break down everything I’ve been doing, but I can summarize why this blog has gotten a bit dusty. I have been dedicated to growing my professional life this past year, and decided it was time wisely spent.

Over the past year I have focused great attention to organizing SoFloPHP (South Florida PHP User Group), and it has experienced tremendous growth. The group is now around 385 members and meets a few times each month.  It’s also great to see other members now starting to speak at the events, which means I have more time to do other things rather than preparing talks and managing it fully.

For the last 5 months I also organized the 1st SunshinePHP Developer Conference in Miami.  It was a great journey to prepare such a large event with speakers and attendees coming from around the world to speak about, and learn PHP.  I experienced a great deal, and will now be able to help out annually to ensure it continues to grow and thrive.

No, I have not stopped running, and as a matter of fact I’ve still been maintaining around 30 miles each week and staying in shape.  However, I have just not updated the Crazy Floridian social network as much as I used to.  I hope to do better about it moving forward, but will do it in moderation now that I have a new job as well.

On the running front, I do have some ideas of things to plan for the future.  I would really like to focus on some pretty BIG goals I’ve wanted to achieve for awhile. (Somewhat extreme.)

Stay tuned!

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Update on my activities

Hello, is there anyone still out there listening?  I know it has been an insanely long time since I have posted regularly, but I promise myself (and those still paying attention) that this will change somewhat.

You see, I started this blog when I started to run as a way to document my journey.  It acted as a great motivational tool at the time, but quickly absorbed far too much of my time.  I worked diligently to grow readership by following other blogs, and commenting regularly on them.  My reader list grew, and all was working according to the plans that most bloggers follow.  However, that takes ALOT of time and effort.  My personality is not the type to do things half way, so I went “OCD” and spent many hours to get more readers.

It was fun having followers as well as requests from PR companies to test free merchandise in return for blogging about it.  Some may also remember how I learned a few things by testing this merchandise, and it led to some additional purchases on my part.

I came to a cross roads…in order to maintain enough customers to make a living (working from home for myself) while maintaining the amount of running I love doing I had to make a choice.  It came down to blog (following the plan to build more readers) or run.  Again, because I cannot do anything half way I really had to make the choice.

Of course I chose to run.  So while I have not been blogging about running, it has not kept me from doing it.  Since February, when I managed to run 72 miles of a 100 mile race, I have still been running 20 to 30 miles a week to maintain the level of fitness I am comfortable at.  I also took a little break after the long race in February to rest up and let a pretty bad case of plantar fasciitis heal up.  Now that we are entering target “running plan start zone” for fall and winter races here in Florida I will start writing a little as my miles and plans become more clear. (While keeping my OCD in check and not going overboard with the blogging.)

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Pre-taper long week and humbly chicked

Many things happen while running the distances we do.  Some of them are physical while others are mental, and some are completely fictitious creations of our mind to keep us occupied.  I thought I would share an event that was real, but obviously just “bubble gum for the mind” as I was running a mid-week 20 miler of what will be a 103 mile week. I had just finished a couple of 93 miles weeks back to back, and this was my peak week prior to tapering.  I had taken a paved trail along a canal with lots of wildlife, and though there were other runners  and cyclists it was peaceful from the lack of traffic sounds.  It was another afternoon run to pick up heat training and be better prepared to handle it if the pending Iron Horse 100 turns out to be hot, like last year.

While moving along at a nice 8:45 per mile pace I was feeling pretty good for being 8 miles in.  I ran 16 miles the day before, and today the pace felt very good though not easy.  There was a slight breeze, puffy clouds in the sky, and I was thinking that after I finish my first 100 mile ultra I will use the gained fitness from the training to concentrate on my speed and finally get Boston Qualified.

As I was crossing a street I noticed a young woman running toward the trail.  At a glance she didn’t have the appearance of a regular runner, though she was in good shape.  In her cotton t-shirt and normal gym shorts her calves lacked the “look” of someone who ran much.  At my current pace I passed right by and didn’t give it a second thought as my mind switched gears and the young woman was forgotten.

I continued at the same pace and was thinking more about my strategy for the upcoming race.  Then it happened.  From the corner of my eye I saw someone passing me.  At first I thought it was probably a cyclist since they use this trail as well.  Then I noticed it was actually the young woman I saw earlier, and she was listening to an iPod and smiling slightly as she passed.  I remember thinking “Well, good for her.  I am glad to see her feeling good about her run.”

When she was about 10-15 yards ahead of me I decided to match her speed, because I was curious how fast she was actually travelling.  Garmin said we were running a 7:50 pace.  I had no intention of passing her because I was getting in a much longer run than she was probably doing, and I did not really want to run at my marathon pace right now.  However, she must have sensed me trailing because she increased speed to a 7:33 pace and maintained it for another 1/2 mile as I matched her.  Again, I had no intention of passing her.  She was going much faster than I intended to run, but I was feeling pretty good so I continued to match her speed while maintaining distance.

I was actually interested in her running form as we were running a pretty nice pace.  She seemed to be running pretty easy, and while her form was not graceful it was very “easy” looking and she gave no open signs of fatigue.  I was impressed and continued to tail her to the next street crossing the trail where she got off and stopped.

After safely crossing the busy street I continued the remaining 11 miles of my run at the planned pace now that my mental deviation from the run had passed.

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Week 30 to 40, 2011 training summary

Wow, it is hard to believe that 10 weeks have passed since my last blog post. So I will simply post all 10 weeks miles into one post as I get rolling on the blog again.  For the most part I have remained somewhat consistent, as I continue to run maintenance miles to keep up my fitness prior to actually training for an event.

Speaking of events, I am now in training for the 2012 Iron Horse Endurance run where I will once again try to finish my first 100 mile event.  Last year I completed my first 100K, and the year before that I completed my first 50 mile.  So I think this is the year I will finish my first 100 mile. I have started to ramp up the miles as I prepare, with only 18 weeks left till the event.

training_summaryRunning Miles:
Wk 30 – 41.5
Wk 31 – 34.5
Wk 32 – 35.5
Wk 33 – 33.66 (5=running, the rest was hiking)
Wk 34 – 12
Wk 35 – 18.5
Wk 36 – 35.5
Wk 37 – 37.5
Wk 38 – 36.25
Wk 39 – 34
Wk 40 – 46.5
2011 Running Miles: 1,502.41

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