Monthly Archives: June 2014

Last Minute Fathers Day Gift Ideas – Runners Gifts


I’m a Man, a Husband, a Father, a Grandpa and a Runner.

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With all that insight and experience I have some last minute gift ideas for that special runner in your life.

Run Mino – used to count the miles on your shoes.

Toe Socks by AFX - end blister issues and are plain comfy.

Core-Tec Compressions Shorts by OPEDIX - supportive for the long run.

Nigh Time Lights for Running/Walking by Knuckle Lights - if you can’t see it…you’ll trip over it.

Race Primer by Runners High Nutrition - jump start your workouts.

Race Awards by Running on the Wall - wall of bling.

BioSkin Calf Compression Sleeves - speed recovery.

Blister preventive by RunGoo – ended my blister issues.

Performance Sports Bags by Apera bags - top quality gear bags.

Mud Energy Gels - Mom said don’t eat the mud…she was wrong.

And some Awesome Running Apparel by Brainstorm Gear New Star Trek gear!


5 Quick Questions – Marathon Running, Training, Racing and Life


A fellow blogger (robshep.com) had this random question post on his blog and I thought it was a great way to get to know my readers.  So I stole it….(stealing from a pastor…oh I’m in trouble).

Random Questions.

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Here’s how it works. I ask 5 questions and you answer them in the comments. (please play along…it’s no fun by myself.)

Ready. Set.. Go…

Would you rather have the ability to communicate with animals or turn into any animal any time you want?

What would you be doing if you were not at your current job?

What is your rock star name (your first pet’s name + the current street you live on)?

Right before you read this blog post what were you doing?

Nutella is _____.

I’ll go first.

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Turn into any animal any time I want. I would turn into a little cute puppy (miniature Schnauzer)…but only around pretty girls….come on might as well enjoy it.  Ha ha ha ha, do I have to confess this?

I would love to be a sports journalist.  Or starting QB for the Cleveland Browns (or the water boy).

Bell Inlet Cove.  First dogs name “Bell” and the street I live on.

Reading over my Twitter.

Something I’ve never tried.


Race Photos – Marathon Running Racing and the Photo Zones


Running Photos…

I love them.  You love them.  We all love them.

After the race is over most of us can’t wait to scan the photos to see if we can find a familiar face.  Our face. To that end, We will patiently scan the hundreds, maybe thousands of pictures hoping for a really nice full frontal picture or at least a glimpse of ourselves.  “Right there, is that my ankle?”  No matter how bad the race may have gone for us once the camera is spotted we all suck it up for a nice race photo.

If truth be told, if they were more reasonably priced I may buy a few.

Whether a 5k fun run or a Full / Ultra Marathon the covertly placed photographers are out there.  If you want a good photo, you’ll want to be ready.  Once you spot their location AKA “the kill photo zone” you better know the drill. After you spot the lenses of their digital weapons you have seconds to make a lasting impressions.  Even if you’re dying inside, you have but milliseconds to pull from all your inner strength to pose for the money shot.  A second ago you were dying, but now wide eyed and smiley faced “this 26.2 ain’t got nothing on me” you look right into the lenses and smile.  If you are really skilled and can muster the strength you may pose with a hearty thumps up, heart sign like my wife, or maybe do a cart wheel.

Click click…..it’s over!

As soon as you’re safe from the shutters stare…safe in your own little world of pain, you return back to the “Wholly Batman… this is killing me” reality of the world us runners live in.

I love the Photo zones….yes I’m vain, I like to see myself as a runner….doing what I do…Running!  But try as I might, a veteran of 14+ years of running, I still take some of the worst event pictures on the planet.  Maybe even of the galaxy!

I thought I would share two with you….my two “favorites.”

My NOT so favorite:
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(Okay in this one I look like an 80+ year old man about to win or maybe lose the speed shuffling contest at the local “retirement” home.)
My favorite:
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(This one I like to call “AIR TIME” I look like a real runner…..look out Ryan Hall!
I know to much heel strike.)
Do you love or hate the “Photo Zone?”

Post a comment to let me know….Run on people!

RunGoo by Foot Kinetics – Ultra Marathon Blister Prevention


Before my life as a Marathon and Ultra-Marathon runner I had pretty man feet.

After 14,000 miles and 24 races at the marathon distances or longer, they can no longer be considered pretty.  After a few years of trying everything, I think I found a cure for the blister issues I’ve been having.  (Warning ugly feet picture.)

the beast(The Beast from 2013 took me out at 71.5 miles….with hours left to go)

In the past I’ve had to cut a few 24 Hour Runs short because of blister issues.  After trying every cure-all I think I have finally found the one that works for me.  Foot Kinetics RunGoo.  I’ve used this blister prevention product on training runs of over 20 miles and ran the Windermere Marathon with zero blister issue or hot spots.  I feel confident that this special blend is the right stuff.

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From their web site, Why it works:  The simple answer is that our barrier creams stick around much longer than any other blister prevention or anti-chafe product on the market.  They contain a high percentage of specialty hard waxes.  These waxes are blended into the emulsion and make it persistent….make it stick around all day to provide a protective layer that reduces rubbing, friction, calluses and blisters. 

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During my test drives I felt no friction between my feet and socks.  After some long hot miles, when some moisture did begin to show up, my feet had no issues.  If you have been plagued by blister I highly recommend you give RunGoo a try.  They also have special blends for Hiking, HikeGoo, Walking, WalkGoo and to make your feet feel silky smooth SilkStep.

RunGoo is easy to apply with the manufactures applicator built right into the cap.  This feature allows you to get the proper amount on your feet without getting your hands all messy right before a long run.

You can check out their web site at: Foot Kinetics
You can like their page on Facebook: Foot Kinetics
You can follow them on twitter at: @footkinetics

 


Windermere Marathon – Sub Four Goal and Visiting The Grandkids


June 01, 2014 and the Windermere Marathon, Spokane Washington

Is the: Glass half full:

Ran my second fastest marathon.

or

Glass half empty: Missed my goal by going out to fast.

PRE RACE:  My daughter and son-in-law had our second grandchild in Feb, Alaina Michele. My wife (Michele) and I could not wait to visit.  When deciding when to venture out to Washington State we wanted to visit when our little Alaina was settled.  Likewise, we wanted to visit when the weather would be favorable to play outside with Aiden, our four going on five year old grandson.  AND I wanted to fit in another marathon to add another state to my “Raced-In” collection of states.  The Memorial day weekend was perfect timing.  During our visit we got to take the kids to a Bounce House, visit a Big Cat Zoo, attend an Air Show, ride a train around the Spokane’s River Square Park and run/walk the Windermere Marathon.  I ran the 26.2 miles and Michele fast walked the half.  It was a great trip.

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 At The Expo  Hanging Out With other Runners

EXPO:  The expo was small (30 vendors) yet well presented and organized.  Other then a mishap where I got the shirt for the half marathon I enjoyed the expo.  I was able to meet author and runner Dane Rauschenberg.  Dane has run over 100 marathons, a 200 mile relay as a team of one and countless other adventures run.  I picked up a copy of his book and can’t wait to read it.

WEATHER:  The week leading up to the marathon was cool, windy and brisk.  Coming from VA Beach, VA. Michele and I were down right cold.  The local temperatures had me questioning the running gear I brought along on the trip.  Luckily the weekend brought warm temperatures.  Race morning we were greeted with bright sunshine and a starting temp. around 50f.  During the running of the marathon the sun came out with a vengeance with a finishing temperature of 78f.

RACE KIT:
Short sleeve tech shirt (Virginia 24 Hour For Cancer)
OPEDIX Core-Tech Shorts
Long Distance Race Ready Shorts
8 Layer Socks
Nike Air Pegasus Shoes
Garmin 201 GPS
Nathan Hand Held Water Bottle
Hammer Endurolytes
GU Energy Labs Tri-Berry Power Gels
Runners High Nutrition – Race Primer,
Foot Kinetics, RunGoo

RACE: Windermere is a Point to Point race.  At 0530 we boarded buses that would take us out to Rocky Hill Park in the town of Liberty Lakes.  0600 we arrived at the start which was staged out of a nice little city park.  Everything was well organised, and the volunteers were helpful. The only thing that was lacking was some shelter.  500+ runners were standing and sitting outside waiting on the start with nothing over our heads but the blue skies and sunshine.  This worked out well for our run, but I kept wondering what we would do if it was raining or cold.  Would we have been standing in the rain for an hour waiting on the gun to go off?

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(Course Profile/Elevation)

The beginning miles were run around the residential streets of Liberty Lake then out of town and on to the Centennial Trail.  This trail system parallels the Spokane River leading us into the town of Spokane.  The fairly flat (some rolling hills along the way) and fast course would bring runners into the River Square Park in downtown Spokane.

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45 minutes prior to the start I took on my last pre-race fueling with a mixture of Runners’ High Race Primer.  This mixture topped off my energy levels and provided a good kick start even with an almost 25 minute start delay.

Start:  Mile 1 9:01 / Mile 2 8:32 / Mile 3 9:05 / Mile 4 9:07 / Mile 5 8:55 / Mile 6 8:55 – Some lessons you have to learn more then once.  My goal for this race was to run a sub four hour marathon to back up my first sub four in Niagara Falls 8 months before.  After my spring Ultra marathon training for my 100 Miler at Umstead I had questioned if I was in true marathon shape  going into this race.  After a delayed start my legs felt really good to be running again.  The hardest part of the course was the opening six miles and although my goal pace was 9:00 – 9:15 I could not keep myself on pace.

Mile 7 8:52 / Mile 8 8:48 / Mile 9 8:56 / Mile 10 9:02 / Mile 11 8:56 / Mile 12 8:48

Mile 13 8:47 1:55:46 – At halfway I was really enjoying the run.  I knew I had gone out a bit fast but wanted to continue on this pace with hopes of a big day.  At this point I set a new goal of setting a PR.  It was also around this point the temperatures began to rise.  I noticed I was drinking more then I had expected and was getting very hot.  At each aid stop I dumped a water cup over my head and motored on.

Mile 14 8:47 / Mile 15 8:49 / Mile 16 8:45 / Mile 17 9:28 / Mile 18 9:08 / Mile 19 9:07 10295131_10152520128806757_6587380298077788669_o

(Battling away when things were tough)

Mile 20 9:44 2:59:36 - Not sure what got me first, the heat, my fast start and running the hardest part of the course below my goal pace.  No matter what, they all conspired to drag down my leg turnover.  I also felt mentally weak.  I just could not will myself to pick up the pace even while realizing I was losing grip on my goal.  From Mile 20 on I also was fighting off cramps in my inner thighs and calves.  Although taking my Endurolytes on schedule (2 caps every six miles) my muscles began to lock up if I tried to push them faster then they wanted to be pushed.  Not sure at what point but I had to fast walk a bit until a cramp in my inner left thigh relaxed.  I’m not such where this came from as I’m not normally prone to cramps at the marathon distance.  This took the wind out of my sails.

Mile 21 10:22 / Mile 22 10:01 / Mile 23 10:04 / Mile 24 10:39 / Mile 25 10:28 / Mile 26 10:40

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FINISH TIME: Mile 26.2 4:04:05 – This finish was humbling.  I normally have something left for the last few miles, but here I had nothing.  My legs were heavy, tired and lacked all zip.  Honestly I was disappointed in my finish.  I’m smarter then this when it comes to pacing, but as stated above maybe in life and running you have to learn some lessons more then once.

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(Finishing Bling)

FINAL THOUGHTS:  Windermere marathon is an excellent small sized marathon.  I believe if run right this marathon would make an excellent Boston Qualifying Race.  The town of Spokane and Liberty Lakes provide excellent support.  If you’re going to be in the Spokane area over Memorial Day…add it to your list of things to do. 10402509_10203994100721192_9038435984829676561_n

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Thank you Windermere Marathon…we had a great time.  But someone needs a hair cut!