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Nice run with good people

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There is lots to talk about this week, so I will try not to bore you and keep it simple.  But before I get into the more personal items I wanted to write a bit about the 2009 NYC marathon.  I watched it LIVE online with my wife using the Universal sports site. (It is great being able to see things that normally would not get any air time on national TV.)  For those of you who missed it I can tell you that it was a very exciting ending for both the mens and womens races.

The main reason I bring up the NYC marathon is because of the buzz around Meb winning the race for the USA.  I got goose bumps as I watched him point to the USA on his singlet when he was about the cross the finish line, and then after crossing he dropped to his knees and kissed the ground in symbolism of kissing the United States.  It was truly a great moment for the USA.  However, leave it to the media to ruin a moment.  It wasn’t even 10 minutes after the win that the reporters were already saying he was not really American.  They didn’t mention that he migrated to the USA at the age of 12.  They didn’t talk about the silver medal in the 2004 Olympics for the U.S.  They didn’t talk about how his family struggled to get to America during a turbulent time in country of his birth.  More can be found here. It sickens me that almost all media came out negative instead of lifting the victory up as an American triumph.

(Adam steps down from the soap box.)

OK, on to other items.  This past week I had my annual medical check-up.  I decided that one month prior to running my first marathon was a good time to make sure all is working OK.  The doctor was happy with the results and said that I seem very healthy, and was glad to hear that I have been training for a marathon.  Just as a precaution I am also getting blood work, and a visit to the cardiologist as well next week.

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Susan G. Komen 5K completed

Well, the race is past and I didn’t do too bad.  I placed 31st in my age group of 117 participants, and 391 out of 2,922 overall participants.  My final time was 24:12. Click here to see the complete race results.

It was a very cold day, for South Florida, and my lungs ache from breathing hard during the race.  Otherwise it felt great to race for the first time since high school more than 20 years ago.

I feel fueled by this pretty decent race and have decided that I wanted more fun.  I will continue training and will find more races in the future.

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Time to train for my first race in a long time, a 5K run.

It came to my attention that others in the company I worked for were going to participate in a 5K Susan G. Komen race in West Palm Beach on January 31st.  I was feeling pretty good, and decided that with a month and a half to train I would like to run it also since it was only 3.1 miles.  Surely I could do that, after all I already run 3 miles for some workouts.  This will be just like another workout, but with hundreds of other people.

Found out that even though I can still register for the race it is too late for me to be considered on the same team as my co-workers.  Oh well, I will still go and have some fun.