Friday, October 28, 2011 4 comments


Well I guess it's that time of year when the grass is covered with frost and if you keep your vehicle outside, you need to do some scraping!

Which brings up today's PSA for all you runner types.....

We all know how to dress for the darkness, so we illuminate our bodies like Christmas trees.

But what about those morning runs when the sun is shining bright and the birds are chirping but a knuckle headed driver was in too much of a rush to clear all of their vehicle windows?

I witnessed one of my neighbors do just that. SHE (it's always the ladies) backed out of her driveway with the driver side door open(she neglected to remove the frost from the driver side window. It took her several minutes to exit the sub-division because she couldn't see the traffic flow in both directions (remember her windows were still frosted over). She proceeded to make a right turn and almost collided with a kid on his bicycle! I observed all of this just from driving behind her.........

So once again, when you guys are out there getting in your physical activities be aware of your surroundings and make sure that you have eye contact with those oncoming drivers..

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 3 comments


 1) Wicked Halloween Races on Sunday morning. I'm the Start Line Coordinator for this event.I get to wake up at the butt crack of dawn and drive for an hour to tell folks where the start line is............ Just kidding........ yeah

2) I have less than a month before I'm back to coaching a brand new group of runners to complete a marathon or half-marathon. I can't wait to inflict some pain on some folks!

3) I am taking a note from that Great runner at Discom-BOB-ulated Running. I am thankful for having the opportunity to run and exercise even on those days that I may think are Craptastic! There are so many individuals out there that can't workout or take part in any physical activities.So remeber, there is No such thing as a BAD run............

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 5 comments

Wednesday's Why????

Okay, why is she on the Biggest Loser? Can someone explain it to me, PLEASE.............

I know it's about looks and even the Black guy is just eye candy for the ladies.....

Is Bob Harper addicted to tattoos?

Still, its one of my fav reality shows........ (the only one, until they come out with the running reality show)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 6 comments

Tuesday's Thoughts......

So Kara Goucher is changing coaches and joining the OTC Elite group. I wonder if there is an OTC Non-Elite group. When you stick elite on there it implies that there should be other groups. How about the OTC Behind-the Middle-of -the Pack group?

What do you call the people behind the middle of the pack?

Am I the only one that competes in a Spinning class? The bikes aren't moving but I need to have my feet going faster than the people next to me????

Okay, so regular push-ups aren't hard enough now I have to do handstand push-ups? I hate Crossfit!!!!

Are you rethinking your running routes because of the early arrival of darkness? I'm tempted to just go to the track and run in circles, it's so much safer!

Okay, everyone get out there and get a little sweat going!


Monday, October 24, 2011 4 comments

Is the Running Done?????

This is always a strange time of year in the Mitten state for running and fitness.

All of the fall endurance events are winding down and people are putting their bikes in their trainers, except the hardcore mountain bikers!

I know that you're still running and will continue to throughout the winter, just like me.

I'm reading that some of you are even getting into the gym.

Well to ensure that I can maintain my Clydesdale figure, I too have been spending more time lifting heavy objects.

I have fallen in love again with Crossfit!

Now I'm not talking about joining a box and spending hundred of dollars a month but just the idea and exercises associated with it. I love getting in a workout in thirty minutes or less.

I think my lower back muscles have finally recovered from the WOD on last Thursday!

So what are you doing, now that the running is done?


Wednesday, October 19, 2011 5 comments

Wednesday's Why????

Why do I think I'm still in my Thirties?????

I am suffering from Delay Onset Muscles Soreness (DOMS)......

How do those folks on the Biggest Loser get away with 8 hours in the gym and you never see them aching the next few days?

I have been trying to hit the strength training hard and it is paying off with pain!!!!!

Remember the pain in your ass when you did lunges for the first time in forever?

Monday, October 17, 2011 7 comments

Freep 2011

What a great day for a run with a few thousand friends!

The day started too early but that's what marathoning is about, getting up before the butt crack of dawn.....

I had a plan on how I was going to spectate, run, cheer and overall enjoy the whole event.
But alas, plans are made to be changed!

Get to the start line and meet and greet folks that I knew.
(Got up later than planned and hurried to the start line as the National Anthem was being sung)

Cheer and take a photo with B.o.B.
(Never saw her the entire time she was here, tear trickles from eye)

Take photos of all the folks I knew.
(Ditto excuse from previous)

Watch the start of the race from about a quarter away from the start to see all the folks I knew.
(Made it to a spot about a quarter mile away from the start but it was still dark and I couldn't find anyone)

Head back to the hotel and change into running cloths.
(Headed back to the hotel but kept being stopped by folks that I knew that were volunteering and even had a coffee with one of them. He insisted on buying me one!)

Cheer the front runners as they came out of the tunnel from Canada.
(Drinking coffee and talking to volunteers)

Run a few miles with some of the 1/2 marathoners that I knew would need assistance towards the end of their race.
(Finished coffee and searched for a Porta-Potty)

Make it to the 1/2 marathon split to cheer for them.
(Got close but started seeing full marathoners that I knew, even got a photo taken)

Make my way to mile 24 to help hand out beers for the full marathoners.
(I did actually make it to the Beer check in time, although I had to run on the course in my jeans and Packer hoodie!)

Hand out beers and yell words of encourgaement.

Yell out words of encouragement for people I knew.
(Actually did a little running with some folks. One of our faster marathoners finished in 2:44 and I ran with him for about a quarter mile. He was kicking my ass and he had already run 24 miles! I also ran with Detroit Runner Jeff, he wasn't having any fun at the time and didn't even want a BEvERage????)

We got him back to running and he met his goal time of sub-4!

Lastly, I wanted to get with my Tuesday running club and celebrate with food and refreshments at a local restaurant.
(Accomplished and enjoyed)

So there you have it, another long day in the 'D' but well worth it!

Friday, October 14, 2011 7 comments


This is the Detroit Free Press Marathon & 1/2 Marathon weekend and wouldn't you know the weather has changed!

It got me to thinking about words or phrases that you don't wnat to hear if you running a marathon.

  • Temps below normal
  • Gusting up to......
  • Cancel those outdoor plans
  • If you're a duck...
  • July like temps...
  • Unusually cold..
But I'll still be out there with camera in hand running with and taking photos of  all the peeps that I know!


Thursday, October 13, 2011 3 comments


1) Tigers - Those damn baseball games are really cutting into my sleep! How can a 4:00 PM game go until almost midnight????

2) The Freep - This is the Detroit Free Press Marathon weekend and people are getting psyched! People are coming from far away places like Cleveland and even Florida! Who would leave Florida to run 13.1 miles in the Motor City?

3) It's getting dark! It's dark in the morning and it dark when I get home from work! Is this happening across the entire country????

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 5 comments

Tuesday's Thoughts

Am I a 'Couch potato' for watching Ironman Hawaii and the Chicago marathon this weekend?

Why don't the elite runners do a cool-down????

I'm debating if I should hand out BEvERages at Mile 24 of the Detroit marathon or support runners by running?

How many of you actually think about going faster in the middle or later portion of a race?

Do you have a local competitor that you always race against?

Have you ever been in a race and found yourself near runners you knew were faster than you and you said WTF????

Are you ready for some marathons?


Thursday, October 6, 2011 5 comments


Happy Friday Eve!

1) We had a great time at the track yesterday and no one died! Since most of the group are training for shorter races we ran 200s and they killed them. It's amazing how much pain can come from 200 meters.

2) Sandy is going to be in Chicago this weekend taking the TNT folks to their hopefully not hot event! If the weather Gods always choose Chicago to be warm, they should have a marathon every weekend.

3) I'll be spending the weekend getting out winter stuff and putting away summer stuff Time for the neon colors to shine!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 3 comments

Wednesday When????

From reading a lot of Blogs out there in the Blogesphere, there seems to be a lot of advancement in everyone running, biking,swimming careers. So the question that I pose today is 'when did you come to the realization that you were there?'

You had reached a point when it was fun and you knew this is what you wanted to do.

When did it hit you that you might just be good at this?

When did you feel like you were one of the community?

Just wondering.............

Monday, October 3, 2011 1 comments

Spinning Wheel Go Round

It's that time of the year when I need something other running!

Oh that's right, I was suppose to be swimming.........

As you can see I can get distracted easily.......

Okay, the swimming thing isn't happening as I had hoped it would have. so I packed the bike shoes and shorts to get my spin on.

I haven't been consistent with the bike in quite some time, so I'm not sure what to expect. I just want to get my heart rate up for an hour......

Sunday, October 2, 2011 2 comments

Stupid Wind.......

I hate wind!

It messes up my hair!

It moves my neighbor's leaves into my yard!

It makes running into it no fun.

I thought about missing out on two hours of sleep and going to cheer at the Brooksie Way 1/2 marathon, but then I knew Monday morning was just around hte corner.

So after two cups of coffee, I jumped outside with gloves, long-sleeved and short-sleeved T-shirts on.

Why do we forget about running in wind and cold? Oh, that's right because it was over a year age!

Thank you Mr. Robert A. Bruce for having the idea of advancing the treadmill!