Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4 comments

Tuesday's Thoughts..........

Don't ask me why I never thought about it but your toes are nothing like your fingers! When I purchased my first pair of Injinji socks, I just assumed they would slip on like gloves on my fingers......... Duhhhhhhhhhh

I'm still getting strange looks when I get on the spinning bike at the gym. Granted there is nothing but weight lifting apparatus around the bike and I am the only one spinning..............

If the weather was gorgeous on a rest day and crappy on the following day(which is a scheduled run day) would you do both? You can't switch them..............

I'm longing for a race with a great looking cotton T-shirt!

Would you buy a book just because the author won a few major races?

We had an incident at our local Turkey Trot where a gentleman had an heart attack on the course. Fortunately help arrived in time to get him to the hospital. Ive heard that he's doing fine but probably would have died if he had been running alone and the same thing had occurred.....

Don't ask me how but I actually dropped a few pounds! Maybe the pie for breakfast diet has merit?????

Okay, time to go out into the rain and get wet....

Sunday, November 28, 2010 4 comments

Is it Over?????

Wow, was that a fun-filled relaxing long holiday weekend....

I ate pie, ran, drank several BEvERages, yelled at 17,000 Turkey Trot participants and slept in almost everyday!

For our local Turkey Trot, I was assigned the most important job of yelling the split of the 5k and 10k. I hope no 5k runners went 10k!

I miss one day of reading blogs (okay maybe a few days) and I have over two hundred post to read! Some of you have been busy.

Sandy is in heaven putting up tons of Christmas decorations that would make the malls envious! I still have to risk my life and climb up the ladder to put lights on the highest peaks of the house.

We even had an informal Team in Training group training run. It was cold and windy and I was truly impressed with the participants that showed up. I was soooooo impressed that we ran hills!

Okay, time to get back to reality and let this holiday season begin. Bring it on Monday, youa ren't so tough!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 8 comments

Wednesday's Why

This is WHY, I can't do the Vibrams!

Check out the two middle toes and how they're trying to get intimate with the other toes......

I'm trying out the socks and they are an experience in their own ways...

Okay, tomorrow we're expected to get rain and colder temps, which is going to make calling out split times at our local Turkey Trot fun.........

Have a great Thanksgiving and remember what you're truly thankful for........
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 3 comments

Bloging PSA

We need your help............

Let's make this dream come true!
Saturday, November 20, 2010 4 comments

The 2011 Sping Team in Training

Since PowerBar is a sponsor, we have to give them their props!

This was a great training run even though it was short in terms of miles.

The treadmill runners found out the difference in running outside.

The 'lone wolf' runners learned about running with a group!

The gotta have music runners learned about running without music!

The walkers that want to run, learned to stay away from me, because they run more than normal!

As Tony the Tiger would say, it was GREAT!
Friday, November 19, 2010 5 comments

Let's Get this Party Started..........

Last night we had our 2011 Spring Kick-Off and you can see from all the smiling faces that they don't know what they gotten into!

The speaker was a young college athlete that was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma over a year ago. He was truly touched and inspired by the efforts of the team. I saw a few participants get teary eyed.

Notice all of the women? Why is so tough to get guys to do Team in Training, other than fund-raising and training? Never mind, I answered my own question.....

Well here are my only male runners. They're both just kids!

On a more serious note, I made the mistake of stepping on a scale this morning! No, I wasn't hurt physically but it did display some disturbing numbers......

I've come to the conclusion that my work cloths are too heavy! I need to somehow start wearing lighter clothing.....

It's not even winter yet and I'm gaining weight, WTF! So now i have to get back on the food journal and watch what I put in my mouth......

Have a great weekend out there

Be classy Blogland!
Thursday, November 18, 2010 8 comments

Three Things Thursday...........

1) Tonight is Kick-Off for the 2011 Spring season of Team in training!!!! I get a brand new bunch of runners and walkers to put through their training in the next five months..... I plan to chronicle this journey with more photos and hopefully something special for You-Tube.

2) When running outside of the need to expel gaseous fumes occurs, you just do it. I even will comment on the low-flying ducks, as an excuse for the sound. What's the appropriate procedure on a treadmill in the middle of a room? There isn't a lot of places to spit either.........

3) What do you think of the new logo for another race that I'm involved in? As you can see, it's never too early to start thinking about summer.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 9 comments

Wednesday's What?????

I am so interested in trying out a pair of these but have never pulled the trigger for fear of wasting my money!

I inherited my mother's feet and thus have bunions on both feet. I've had one foot operated on to correct it but not the other.

Has anyone heard or read about what bunions and toes moving do when running in these?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 6 comments

Tuesday's Thoughts..........

As I was finishing a run and entering my sub-division, a neighbor drove by and honked. The neighbors think Sandy and I are crazy for running so much, we're known as the 'runners' on the street. How sweet would it be to have an entire neighborhood of runners? Can you imagine something like that or are you living that life right now? Boy, I would have no excuse to not run.....

Sandy ran a 10K race on Sunday and I ran the last mile with her. She had gone out too fast and didn't have a lot left in the tank, so she was in survival mode. I was trying to get her motivated to push pass the pain and finish strong(that's what I do!). We were passed by a few runners and it got me to thinking(notice the pattern here?). Are you a 'passer' or a 'passee' when it comes to the last few meters of a race? Do you save something for that final kick or are you just hanging on to finish?

Here's Sandy in the black compression socks, the woman in the red top is one of her age group competitors. They go back and forth beating each other at races. Sadly, Sandy didn't win on this day!!!!

How can I miss a couple of days of checking on post in Blogland and come back and have 65 post to read????

I spent almost two hours trying to renew my runner's World subscription online. I like to think that I'm tech savvy but I finally had to use the telephone!!!!!

My son completed the Malibu 1/2 Mary and learned some valuable lessons. Don't go out too fast and the hills will slow you down! Kids, don't you love them?????

Saturday, November 13, 2010 2 comments

The Fog....

This is the stuff we've been dealing with most of the week in the mornings...

This makes those morning runs even more dangerous than normal, so I decided to venture to the Team in Training venue.

I start back next week, so I wanted to show my face in the place and not shock people next week.

Man, I was in heaven out there! I was the only man running with women all over the park running..... Did I miss the memo about a man's meeting??? Where were all of the guys?

Now don't get me wrong but this was just strange....... Women running towards me, running behind me and even running with me.

Hey was that Adrienne Barbeau????

Needless to say I had a very enjoyable run today. I wonder if the fog will be back tomorrow????

Hope you're having a great weekend.
Friday, November 12, 2010 5 comments

TGIF Bitches...............

One of my Facebook friends always post that on Friday, so I said why not.............

Is it just me or are people coming up to you and saying they know you from some place???

At my last few TNT Informational meetings I've encountered people saying that.

Given the fact that I have a large personality and can be seen at most of the local running events, it could happen.

Do you see the same individuals at races and still don't know their names?

Are you bold enough to say hello to that woman or man that runs your pace and just beats you to the finish line?

Do you know your local age group winners by sight or even by name?

Okay, this is probably going to be our last few days of good running weather before reality sets in, so enjoy your 48 hours!
Thursday, November 11, 2010 6 comments

Three Things Thursday...........

1) Lawmakers here in the High-Five state have passed a bill that allows liquor sales on Sunday morning at 7:00 AM! Now I can replace my water bottles with a couple of forties on my Sunday long runs.........

2) I have started my very own one-person spinning class at my neighborhood gym. The gym has a scheduled spinning class but it's only once a week and later in the evening. I probably look like a geek on the bike while everyone else is pumping iron and posing in the mirrors but I don't' care!!! Maybe it's my cycling shorts and jersey that they're looking at????

3) I'm thinking of purchasing a hydration vest and wearing it at work. I need to stay hydrated during the day and I'm not doing a good job of it! I have my fluid bottle at my desk but it doesn't re-fill itself.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 7 comments

Wednesday's Why?????

Since we are in the month of November my question is Thanksgiving themed.

Why are races on Thanksgiving so popular??

Locally we have over 4,000 people turn out for race and the early entry fee is $30!

I was looking around at other races and most of them sellout and the entry fees are expensive.....

I know that it's tradition for a lot of people but what else drives these numbers????????
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 3 comments

Tuesday's Thoughts....

Okay it's 5:28 PM EST and the sun is going down FAST! Where are my PJs??????

Her Name is Rio made me think about the numerous charging cables that I have for every portable electronic device I own. My Garmin, iPod, Tom-Tom, cell phone, Bluetooth, etc... I know I missing a bunch. Fred Sanford(Redd Foxx) had a drawer of eye-glasses and I have a drawer of charging cables.....

I just came to the realization that I am TIRED! It's not like tired legs or lack of sleep, I'm just tired.....

I plan on getting in some speed on Tuesdays until the road conditions make it hazardous!

I'm getting geeked for the upcoming TNT 2011 Spring season.............

I had an opportunity to celebrate with some of the Hanson's Distance Project runners last night and those kids are looking younger! They're skinny and young, now I know why I'm not faster.........

I guess I'll be eating supper now that it's dark? Supper, I am getting old............
Monday, November 8, 2010 6 comments

The 49 Hour Weekend

What did you do with your extra hour??????

Okay, I've dug out all of my winter running gear. In the process of doing that, I found a boatload of shorts that haven't seen the light of day in years!!!!

Boy, I sure did like those red, whit and blue flag shorts!!!!!

Back in the day, running shorts were short and the split on the sides made you look faster than you were actually going. The more skin you showed the better.............

As always, there were T-shirts that needed to be discarded and a stroll down memory lane with each one....

I miss getting a cotton T-shirt that had a cool design on it.

I know that everyone watched the NYC Marathon, was it me or was the coverage lacking in human interest stories????

How did Jared from Subway do???? I did see the Chilean miner but that was about it.

I got drafted to be the Volunteer Coordinator for our local New Year's Eve Race. Now I have to think of some creative ways to bribe volunteers.

What would you do for a Klondike Bar BEvERage???????

Is everyone still on course to log 1000 miles or more this year?????

I am so ready to get home and run..................

Friday, November 5, 2010 3 comments


I'm a big T-shirt reader, be it at a race or in the gym. I've probably been accused of staring at woman's baby-feeders on more than one occasion. Most of this stems from the years when race T-shirts were creative and unique. I would on occassion wear an out of town race shirt to impress my fellow racers. Yeah, I'm a race T-shirt snob.

I know that most of you are probably as surprised as I am but this is the eleventh month of 2010! I know, we either skipped a couple or somebody slipped something in our BEvERages.......

We expected to have temps in the teens for both weekend mornings, so I have to go drag out my winter running gear! The only good thing about winter running is running behind women!!!!! Do women do the same thing????

When do you get rid of some of your running gear? Will you run in something with a rip or tear?

Why aren't there any jokes about runners???? Do we take ourselves too seriously???

Just heard that the NYC Marathon Expo has over 45,000 people attending and they had to let people in in 'waves'........

R.I.P. Sparky Anderson and thanks for the memories.........
Thursday, November 4, 2010 4 comments

Three Things Thursday

1) Just found out that we're going 'green' at work and will start recycling everything! We will be eliminating trash cans and have designated bins for food waste. Less stuff in the landfills.........

2) My Spring 2011 TNT is starting to fill and it looks like I'll have my work cut out for me. You know when a perseon says they're active 1 or 2 days a week, that really means zero days! I'll have to put on my Jillian Micheal's cap! Or should I be Bob???????????

3) Speaking of Biggest Loser, I finally viewed all of the past weeks and I am current! Is it me or does this season's participants lack the personalities of previous years? These guys aren't even losing the weight like previous seasons.

Okay the NYC marathon is this weekend and the hype for an American winner is lacking. I guess I should have thrown my hat into the ring when Ryan dropped out......
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3 comments

Wednesday's Why??????????

Why wouldn't you workout now???????

Researchers have found out that people that exercise five or more times a week get fewer and less severe colds than those who work out only one or fewer times!!!!

So when you need a little extra motivation to get your workout in, remember that cold that you're avoiding.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5 comments

Tuesday's Random Thoughts

I just checked some of my post from a year ago and it must be eating like crap season for me. Granted those 'Fun Size' Snickers add up but what can three or six do????

This is also a time that everyone and their mother considers the 'off-season'. You've run your 4,384 miles and completed your 'A' race for the year. Now we hit the gym and begin to flex our muscles. Are you starting p90X or joining that Cross-Fit gym?

I'm getting excited about my upcoming Team in training season. I had my first informational meeting and we had a great turnout! People are ready to kick Cancer's ASS!!!

How can I have 16 days worth of music on my iPod and keep playing the same six songs????

October was my lowest mileage month of the year!!!!! WTF?????

I'm involved in our local Turkey Trot and our New Year's Eve races..... Seemed like a good idea at the time....

The San Francisco Giants are Major League Baseball Champions.... I was wearing my 2002 hoodie the entire series.....
Monday, November 1, 2010 4 comments

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the time......

Why would I race my nephew around a city block with my docksiders and jeans???????

Why would I wake up at the butt-crack of dark to drive 90 miles to direct traffic and park cars???????

Why would I run with a throbbing knee(from nephew racing) until I got in my minimum mileage??????

Why would I agree to go into work earlier than normal????????????

Anyway here are a few pictures from the charity race. The Running Redhead made an appearances with her posse also but I was working hard when they drove by.

I froze my ass off directing traffic, when did Winter start? As most if you mentioned, it was for a great cause and I'd do it again.....

The woman in the Wheelchair is the recipient of all this love from the running community.

There were over 3500 participants for this one-time events to assist the Hensleys purchase a wheelchair assesible van.

This was also the first time all of the running specialty stores collaborated on one event!

Lastly, Sunday was a good sports day also. The San Fran Giants are one win from taking the World Series and the Green Bay Packers shutout teh Jets!