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Aug 10, 2008



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Running Accomplishments:

Marathon PR - 3:05 (3:06 at Boston)

Completed a dozen marathons and a handful of 50 mile ultras.

Short-Term Running Goals:

Make a come back from setbacks and build aerobic base. Pacemaker implant for Symptomatic Bradycardia in 2016.  Cardiac ablation for SVT in 2019.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Lose about 50-60 lbs. and maybe complete another marathon.


Enjoy doing stuff I wasn't built to do.  Married with children, and two fluffy dogs. 

Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  1 Cor. 1:20

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:29

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5:30a 9.3 miles outside, right adductor bothered mostly during first 3 miles, aggravated it while single leg jump roping yesterday, everything else was fine.  Quads are recuperated from last week additional weight training.  Just tried to get cute with jumping rope yesterday and flared up my right adductor.

11:30a 6 miles outside.  Right adductor not hurting as bad but still a bit sore.  Did some light stretching and various side lunges with only bodyweight.  Those really hit the weak area.

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No run today.  Decided to go with weight training only.  Higher rep, light stuff along with my usual abdominal cycle. 

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5:30a outside 8.6 mi.  Upper right leg/adductor hurt a little during first half of run and then dissipated.  Injury has something to do with push off phase when hip is pushed forward.  Try adding bridge exercise?

11:30a outside 7 mi.  Injury reacted the same.  Thought this might be a flexor or quad issue, but now certain it's the right adductor magnus muscle.   Legs felt better the last 3 miles, but was getting tired.

After work did a cycle of Side Leg Raises, Bridges, and Stretch: Adductors, Quads

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11:30a outside 5 mi.  Injury about the same, maybe a little better.  Will work on adductor, abductor, and  flexors strength everyday.

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No run again today in order to rest right leg for race tomorrow.  Feels better, but still there.  Going to company picnic this afternoon. 

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Race: Route 66 10K (6.214 Miles) 00:40:48, Place overall: 22, Place in age division: 3
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Completed the 2012 Route 66 10K for the first time today.  Only my second 10K I've ever competed.  Up to this race I've been working on a small injury in my right leg/adductor, but have successfully gotten back into running more consistently since ridding myself of a larger injury in my lower abs.  The race was designated as the Road Runners Club of America Illinois State 10K Championship for a second year.  So all participants are eligible for State Championship awards.

The night before I came down with a stomach illness, probably the potato salad at the company picnic, and didn't sleep well until about 2am.  With the combo small injury and now a stomach bug, I didn't plan on running in the race in the morning.  However,  awoke in the morning feeling just a little weak and thought I should give it a go even if not feeling 100%.  So packed up the family and drove an hour to the race.

As usual, I didn’t eat anything before the race and only drank water and a cup of joe.  Wasn’t feeling too bad, but could just tell if I ate something then everything would quickly change.  We got to the race in plenty of time.  Picked up my packet and then just hung out talking to other people.  The small town charm, sunny sky, and low pressure atmosphere picked my spirits up. 

It was already feeling warm at the gun, but started off with no problems.  Here is a mile-by-mile:

Mile 1 – 6:15  Felt out of sorts a bit.  Legs were moving good, but system needed to catch up.  Right leg injury was hardly noticeable.

Mile 2 – 6:24  Lungs still felt out of sync, but as I warmed up I could feel better energy flow.

Mile 3 – 6:41  Backed off some to get the lungs in sync.  Didn’t mean to back off this much though.  Stomach and GI were complaining a bit. 

Mile 4 – 6:41  This pace felt better and I could tell my bodyweight is the drag.  Can feel that extra 20 lbs. and the rising heat.

Mile 5 – 6:47  Slipped again, but wasn’t watching the clock anymore.  Focused on pushing ahead as fast as I can without blowing up.

Mile 6 – 6:30  My fire finally started to burn stronger as I passed people on the way back into town.  However, was “chicked” by a girl that I passed earlier on mile 5.  Tried to hang onto her with plans to pass her on the finish.  No dice.

Finish – 1:30  Started to get mad and just ran as fast as I could.  Finished feeling like I was going to puke, but didn’t.  I pushed myself just enough.  Gave a big congrats to the girl that passed me. 

Final chip time of 40:48 with an average pace of 6:35 per mile. My overall finish place was 22 out of 553 finishers and age group finish place was 3 out of 34 finishers in the Men 40 to 44 age group.  We hung out for the Route 66 festival and collected my age bracket medal.  Kids had fun and our oldest now wants to run a 5K.  I didn’t have a PR in me today due to several reasons/excuses, but plan to make this an annual race on my calendar.  I was only a minute off the winner of my age group.  Already had the "if only" thoughts running through my brain.  Plus the fellow competitors are really great to hang out with afterward.  Some said they had a target on my back after I passed them, but couldn't catch me.  That made me feel good.  Overall, a really neat event.


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