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Tuesday

We had a strange day in May yesterday. Our high was 54. Sorry…I didn’t get out yesterday morning. It was in the low to mid 40’s then and I just couldn’t justify it. I did get out today and it was only slightly warmer. The running is getting easier. It still hurts, but not as much and I know a little more what to expect now. I’m thinking about the next push. I probably need to set a better plan as to what I want to do, where I want to be and when I want to arrive at these points. It is time to get rid of the shotgun approach and zero in more on the target. I’m not looking for an obsession, but I am looking for a little more success.

I know that in order to have improvement, I can’t be in the comfort zone. I know I could have done better in the Capitol 10,000. I just wasn’t in the mood to push past my training pace. I would be happy with a “good” time. That will not be the case a year from now. This will be an interesting year.

Mon  22:15.63 W/R     Tue  22:14.26 W/R     Wed  22:31.62 W/R     Fri  22:50.42 W/R     Sun  22:37.54 W/R     Tue  21:48.05 W/R

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A runner must run with dreams in his heart, not money in his pocket.
Emil Zatopek

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
Paul Dudley White

Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.
Gene Tunney

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
Thomas Carlyle

Here’s what I tell anybody and this is what I believe. The greatest gift we have is the gift of life. We understand that. That comes from our Creator. We’re given a body. Now you may not like it, but you can maximize that body the best it can be maximized.
Mike Ditka

The first wealth is health.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Race Day – Capitol 10,000

1:15 am     Okay, I’m up and showered. I am a little anxious to see what this morning might bring. I look back on the lines that were at the beginning of ABC\’s Wide World of Sports . It referred to “…the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat…”. I know my day will be somewhere in between that, but it is the unknown that causes my anxiousness. I have not been good at making my submissions here, but I have been out running as I could mostly every day. I backed off some this week doing shorter runs faster with intervals of walking. I was mainly trying to rest my legs as they have felt dead lately.

Anyway, I must take off now. The start of the race is looming. I’ll be back later to report the good, bad, or ugly.

03/28/11     12:20 a.m.     I’ve gone the whole day wihout getting back to this. I drove down to the race this morning and ended up having to park about a mile and a half from the starting line. I walked over and got into my starting group (purple) about 45 minutes before start time. The start was clean and not too bunched from where I was. It was fairly easy to maneuver throughout the racecourse. I ran hard and steady, but not realy pushing myself as much as I thought I could. I knew what I could do and didn’t want to jeopardize it by overextending myself. Overall it was a decent showing for my first race since 1987. I finished 81st in my division, 1558th overall and averaged an 8:05 for each mile. My gun time was 50:42 and my chip time was 50:09. I’l take a day off and start back with my training on Tuesday.

Gary

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03/07/11     Today I wasn’t sure how far or how fast I could run as yesterday I completed a run of a little over eight miles. This was the first time in over twenty years that I covered a distance that long all in one run. I felt amazingly good after the run, but was afraid what I might feel like on waking up this morning. I was stiff and sore and I originally thought I might only do two miles this morning. Instead I decided I would set out on my six mile route and go as far as I could. I made it all the way. I made it to the halfway mark at 28:47 and so I figured I would finish in about 57:30. All through the last part I felt like I was in slow motion, so I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at my watch after I finished and it said I had completed this loop in 56:39. That meant I had run the second half in 27:52…almost a minute faster than the first half.

It is now getting to be crunch time as the Capitol 10,000 is only about three weeks away. I really don’t have a good feel as to what kind of time I can run. I estimated my time at 44:00 on the entry. I WANT to run around 38:00. Thirty years ago I was down around 33:00, but I was also at least 40 pounds lighter. Some of how I do will be determined by how much more weight I can shed before then. A lower weight and my ability to get into a more efficient running form will be the big determiner on how close I can come to my goal. I originally set as my goal to finish in the top ten in my age group at the Capitol 10,000. The question will be…”can I do it this year or will I have to wait another year?” At this point I am not even sure if I will want to run the Capitol 10,00 again next year. So, right now I just push on and wait to see what unfolds.      Thu  56:05.43     Fri  17:31.64     Sat  34:21.39 W  Sun  76:04.00     Mon  56:39.06

Gary

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Day Six…

Every morning I run I am formulating what I am going to write while I am on the run. I want to record what I was thinking, but even more I want to have said something that is useful to someone else. I started these runs because I have a goal to place in the top ten of my age group at the next Austin American-Statesman sponsored Capitol 10,000. The tenth place finisher in my age group last year ran a chip time of 42:55. Back when I was running my best I ran some 10Ks in the 33:00’s, so I definitely know the potential is there. I take my steps slowly now knowing I will increase the intensity at an increasing rate as the race draws near. My biggest step has been to get my body use to the routine and movement of running regularly.

On the run today I was going over important things to monitor while on the run. I try to make sure I am relaxed – shoulders are down, hands are open and relaxed, jaws are loose (you don’t want to be gritting your teeth) and also that I keep a smooth stride. I also have running through my mind something one of  the runners I used to run with said. His name is Greg Lautenslager and all of us at Tech that ran with him were pushed more just by around him while training. He said, and this quote may not be exact, that a coach of his once said that “you must run to win and the rest will take care of itself.’ I don’t know that I ever thought that way. I always tried to do MY best, but did I sell myself short by having a preconceived notion of what my best was? I think if I had consciously had that thought in mind I might have done better.

I will go into this endeavor with that thought in mind. It is time to step it up. I will not let my mind hold me back. I say I will aim to be in the top ten, but I really strive to win my division. Now as I wind this down, I look back in an excerpt from my journal to day six of  my bike ride in 1984 from Durango, Colorado back to Texas. :

Thursday September 13, 1984

I left my camp in the river bed headed for Vega. It was just barely light when I started (7:07 am)

A shot from my campground under the bridge.

I think the ride from Channing to Vega was the toughest so far…no matter whether I was going uphill or downhill I had to pedal. The wind was blowing in my face…and at times 20 -30 miles an hour. It was also about 93 – 95 degrees and the sun was beaming down on me. I was thinking to myself of seeing how the ride from Hereford to Lubbock was and if it wasn’t any better – I might take the bus to Abilene.

I made it to Vega about 11:15…thank God. I stopped at a the grocery store and bought some snacks…chocolate milk, pineapple cinnamon rolls, bananas, and an orange. I went across the street to the courthouse lawn and sat under a tree and ate. Vega was a nice town though there wasn’t a whole lot there. I was heading out of town and stopped at a gas station to fill my water bottles…I also rested a little more.

I headed on to Hereford. It was not nearly as bad there. I got up some speed for a while…then the wind picked up again and I ran into some uphill. The sun was really hot and the trees along the road were about 15 miles apart.

It was good to get to Hereford (about 3:15 pm). I headed to a friend’s dad’s house…… I knocked on the door and one of his younger sisters opened the door and she didn’t recognize who I was…at first she thought I was the yard boy. (Pretty funny as it turns out) His dad came home about 5:30 or 6:00 and he took us out to eat at K-Bob’s. It was great I had steak and shrimp.

It was great to see them again… …His younger sister talked me into riding into Lubbock with her (didn’t take much). God answers prayer! We got into Lubbock late…

I stayed in Lubbock a couple of days so I won’t add another excerpt again until the 16th. 18:04.30

Heat, ma’am! it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.  ~Sydney Smith, Lady Holland’s Memoir

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