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Week Ending 22APR2012 (Read 190 times)

    Last week's digits:

     

    amlinz 86.3 mi
    CliveF 54.2 mi
    CarolinaBlue 44.2 mi
    nanxin 42.9 mi
    ChakaKahn 38.2 mi
    Pete.Hu 36.1 mi
    Happyfeet 35.2 mi
    old-runner 31.2 mi
    jdbrown 30.6 mi
    theyapper66 13.5 mi
    cpaterun 13.2 mi
    fraggle 7.2 mi
    Lpadg 5.4 mi
    atomno2 4.2 mi
    rossruns 3.1 mi

    Last week's race results:
    • ChakaKahn -- 16APR2012 -- Boston Marathon (Boston MA)  RESULT = 4:02:33 in brutal heat.
    • CliveF -- 21APR2012 -- Tar Heel Ten-Miler (Chapel Hill NC) -- Goal = sub-69.  RESULT = 1:12:20 on nasty hills in miserable humidity.
    • Lpadg -- 21APR2012 -- Charlotte Museum Mile (Charlotte NC) -- Goal = sub-6:30.  RESULT = 6:29
    • atomno2 -- 21APR2012 -- Miles for Marnie 5K (Davidson NC) --  Goal = sub-25.  RESULT = 26:46
    • old-runner -- 21APR2012 -- Run for the Money (Gastonia NC) -- Goal = 1AG.  RESULT = 21:36 and 1AG.
    • rossruns -- 21APR2012 -- Puzzle Run 5k for Autism (Concord NC)  RESULT = 21:52

    Upcoming races:

    • Bueller?
    • Bueller?

    “Everything you need is already inside.” -- Bill Bowerman

      Looks like some congratulations go out to folks this week - Richard for your AG win, Mike for the awesome (grueling) Boston finish, and Lynwood for the mile PR.  Nice job, folks!

       

      I joined a few of my coworkers this past Saturday for a little charity race in Concord for the Autism Society of NC.  Only 107 participants total but I finished 3rd overall and 2nd in my age group (5 of the top 7 finishers were 30-34 males, so a tough age group to be in for such a small race!)  The winner was a 13 year old kid who was disappointed with his 20:16 finish - talking to him and his parents after, he was saying he normally hits in the low 19 minute range.  I think the loose gravel trail and the gradual-but-draining uphill climb from mile 1.5 to mile 2.5 did everyone in.

       

      HOWEVER, this still worked out as a 26 second PR for me, and even more importantly, my IT band wasn't giving me any trouble after a couple weeks of self-imposed rest, so I'm as happy as can be.  I'm taking it easy this week to make sure I'm not going to bounce right back into trouble but I'm hoping to do a couple more 5k races in the next 4-6 weeks and chop off another big chunk on my 5K time!

      2012 planned and actual races:

      - 1/21/2012 CRC Trail Race (9 mi) [PR: 1:22:32]

      - 2/25/2012 Charlotte 10 Miler [Goal- 1:15:00; PR: 1:13:42]

      - 3/25/2012 NC Half Marathon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway [Goal 1:40; Actual 1:48:03 w/ a screaming IT Band]

      - 4/21/2012 Autism Society 5K Puzzle Run [PR: 21:52]

      - 6/2/2012 King Tiger 5K [PR: 20:54]

      - 7/13/2012 Streetlights 5K [Goal- 20:33, Actual 22:01]

        Ross... Nice going on the 3rd place overall finish and 5k PR!

          Ross,

          5k PR?  I thought you ran a low 15 min 5k at your state championships (and then a sub 25 min cross country 8k your frosh year at UVA)?

           

          Cliff/Clive,

          any report from your Tar Heel 10 miler other than it was humid & the hills? How long is the Laurel Hill climb btw (and how much is the climb)? Any plans to make another appearance on the Wed nite run in Dilworth (or Tue nite jaunt on the Greenway)?

          Rob

            Ross, congrats on what I'm guessing is a modern-day PR.

            Lynwood, kudos on your PR as well.

             

            My very negative-toned race recap is HERE.  (I'll probably edit it to soften the tone as the painful memories fade.)  The fabled Laurel Hill Challenge -- "The Race Within A Race!" -- is timed over the 0.85mi between the B-tag sensors at the base and summit of this road, covering: 100ft in 0.34mi, then a 30ft descent over 0.2mi of flat/faint downhill, then a second climb of 80ft in 0.3mi.  Steep, but I've had worse.

             

            At present, I'm open to the WED group run ... it just hasn't been easy to work out the schedule to line things up.

            “Everything you need is already inside.” -- Bill Bowerman

                

              My very negative-toned race recap is HERE.  

               

              Wow, what a write-up Clive!  Could be a Pulitzer Prize in your future!

                Ross,

                5k PR?  I thought you ran a low 15 min 5k at your state championships (and then a sub 25 min cross country 8k your frosh year at UVA)?

                 

                Yes, technically, those are my all-time PRs, but I'm not counting those anymore as those races were in another life, pretty much.  After college, I had a period of about 5 years with almost no running, followed by a foolhardy 3.5 mi race and a week-long admission to a hospital for severe dehydration and rhabdomyolysis.  Recovered from that, I futzed around off-and-on with running but not racing for a couple more years and then ruptured my Achilles in February 2010.  

                 

                My very first run after surgery and a long summer of walking/elliptical machines was Nov 1, 2010, and I'm considering that my restart date for all of my race times, since I'm significantly slower than I was in college and my stride and body mechanics have altered somewhat since my recovery.  I'm not trying to "hide" those PRs or cheat the system but if I were to put them in here on RA I'd never show track any improvement and it's doubtful I'll ever get back to those times, so it's not a good motivation tool for me to do so. :-)

                2012 planned and actual races:

                - 1/21/2012 CRC Trail Race (9 mi) [PR: 1:22:32]

                - 2/25/2012 Charlotte 10 Miler [Goal- 1:15:00; PR: 1:13:42]

                - 3/25/2012 NC Half Marathon at the Charlotte Motor Speedway [Goal 1:40; Actual 1:48:03 w/ a screaming IT Band]

                - 4/21/2012 Autism Society 5K Puzzle Run [PR: 21:52]

                - 6/2/2012 King Tiger 5K [PR: 20:54]

                - 7/13/2012 Streetlights 5K [Goal- 20:33, Actual 22:01]

                  Wow, what a write-up Clive!  Could be a Pulitzer Prize in your future!

                   Training to write a Novel?  Enjoyed reading, and you should share it with a wider audience.

                   

                  I am one of those who gets passed on the uphills, and I pass them back on the downhills.  Need to work on not letting up so much on the uphills, and I think I am making some progress.


                  On the road back

                    Nice running to a lot of you guys here.  No racing in my future yet, but last week I ran 4 times (and 1 of those was just cuz I wanted to - a nice unplanned run) and am feeling so good.  Told my wife that I feel like I'm back from wherever I went over the past year.  Even my pace has quickened quite a bit on these shorter runs, and it feels good to run faster without trying to run faster.

                     

                    Keep up the great work, everyone.

                    2013 Goals: Run more. Smile while I do it. Complete 2 marathons in a year. (1 down, 1 to go)

                      Ross,

                      I was teasing you but I never forget (just ask Richard).  You also could have said that was 40 lbs ago although if your near your same wt as in HS/college then the committee will have to take another look at whether that was technically your "other life".

                       

                      Cliff/Clive,

                      I read thru your manifesto. Sounds like you'll know how to prepare/pack for your next over-nite race...bring food along in case grocery store closes early, taper means a reduction of mileage vs. an increase, and bring your firearm in case loud people use the swimming pool at night. I think the quality of your virtual friends was a critical failing -- if you had picked better (quality) virtual friends, they would have admonished you for eating such a fatty and complex meal less than 12 hours fr gun time (where do you meet these virtual friends, what type of virtual circles do you live your life, you may need an intervention if you can't break this virtual circle?).

                      Finally, I think it was a case a "reverse Karma" that really impacted your race. As I distilled your manifesto, you said upon exiting the hotel, you were treated to ridiculing by a small group of twenty-somethings regarding your CEP sleeves. And that in your mind you wished that you "..sincerely hope their race experiences were beset by blisters and explosive diarrhea." If you approached things more laid-back, you would have ignored this and kept going. But by not being laid-back and wishing them a negative outcome, this came back on you (and it sounds like you almost suffered the latter outcome).

                      What are CEP sleeves and what did you look like (the group here always likes to weigh in on these matters)? Do you have a picture with them on (are they close to the Eskimo jacket Richard runs in when the temps go below 50 degrees)?

                      Rob

                        Cliff/Clive,

                        I read thru your manifesto. Sounds like you'll know how to prepare/pack for your next over-nite race...bring food along in case grocery store closes early, taper means a reduction of mileage vs. an increase, and bring your firearm in case loud people use the swimming pool at night. I think the quality of your virtual friends was a critical failing -- if you had picked better (quality) virtual friends, they would have admonished you for eating such a fatty and complex meal less than 12 hours fr gun time (where do you meet these virtual friends, what type of virtual circles do you live your life, you may need an intervention if you can't break this virtual circle?).

                        Finally, I think it was a case a "reverse Karma" that really impacted your race. As I distilled your manifesto, you said upon exiting the hotel, you were treated to ridiculing by a small group of twenty-somethings regarding your CEP sleeves. And that in your mind you wished that you "..sincerely hope their race experiences were beset by blisters and explosive diarrhea." If you approached things more laid-back, you would have ignored this and kept going. But by not being laid-back and wishing them a negative outcome, this came back on you (and it sounds like you almost suffered the latter outcome).

                        What are CEP sleeves and what did you look like (the group here always likes to weigh in on these matters)? Do you have a picture with them on (are they close to the Eskimo jacket Richard runs in when the temps go below 50 degrees)?

                        Dear Dr. Blue,

                        1. Please accept my most sincere expression of gratitude for the advice regarding the portage of foodstuffs; the subtleties that distinguish addition from subtraction; the employment of firearms in enhanced somniation; and the more positive influence to be obtained by optimization -- or, indeed, development and implementation -- of a comrade selection protocol.  Rest assured that I shall give your wise words every bit of the due care and deliberation they deserve.
                        2. Vis-a-vis your "reverse Karma" comment: devoted to the overarching cause of keeping my race recap brief, I omitted that the negative wishes were not contemporaneously held.  In fact, it was at the time of the writing when I wished said CEP-leg-sleeve ridiculers might be visited by blisters and explosive diarrhea.  In the interest of adopting the more laid-back approach you espouse, however, I henceforth soften the aforementioned wishes to "burning the roofs of their mouths on free coffee and non-explosive diarrhea."  (To be clear, I do not mean that they should burn the roofs of their mouths on either/both of free coffee and non-explosive diarrhea; rather, that they should (a) burn the roofs of their mouths on free coffee, and (b) experience non-explosive diarrhea.  Even I have boundaries.)
                        3. The fine folks at Tar Heel USA home office inform me that I will be sent an electronic mail (or "email") when race photos come available.  At that time, I shall violate one or more federal laws and post a proof here for your perusal and further commentary.

                        And so forth and so on,

                        Clive Fenster

                        “Everything you need is already inside.” -- Bill Bowerman


                        On the road back

                          Cliff - can't wait to see that picture.

                           

                          Had a great run this morning.  Felt nice and relaxed the entire time.  Looked back through my logs and was surprised to see that the number of runs this month will be the most in any one month side last August.  Yikes!  No wonder the fitness went bye-bye so fast.

                           

                          At any rate, I'm happy to be running consistently again.  Makes it easier to feel the momentum building.

                          2013 Goals: Run more. Smile while I do it. Complete 2 marathons in a year. (1 down, 1 to go)

                            Link to three Brightroom photos:

                             

                            1. Just before the finish line.

                            2. About two miles in.

                            3. Coming out of the uphill tunnel, bringing the mail!  (And my best, I have to say.)

                            “Everything you need is already inside.” -- Bill Bowerman


                            On the road back

                              All that really matters is whether or not you beat the leg-sleeve nay-sayers?

                              2013 Goals: Run more. Smile while I do it. Complete 2 marathons in a year. (1 down, 1 to go)

                                Clive,

                                why in the world would they ridicule you for those calf compression sleeves...I thought you were wearing arm sleeves and calf sleeves and perhaps the wild colors. For ridiculing you for that, I would wish that the ridiculers merely stepped on a rock (and then had explosive diarrhea when they hit the ground!)!

                                I'm surprised that the fashion police did not cite for wearing a singlet that was too long (was this your father's singlet?). Your form looks great at the end (your on your toes) -- but in #3 (early in the race) your coming down on your heels. You also supinate slightly (I thought you wore Kayanos or did and Kayanos are for overpronaters). (Your bib says "Cliff", who is Cliff?

                                Rob

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