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Since You Probably Won’t Read This Away….

For 40 plus years I have searched for the perfect workout to both satisfy my fitness goals and keep me entertained at the same time. Well, I finally found it…..Homeless Person Hurdles. Yeah, it’s in really poor taste and illegal in some countries, but heck why not give hope to the hopeless by bounding over a few on your morning run. Better yet carry loose change in our pockets and some might fall out mid-flight. Can you say BONUS!

This was a really poor attempt at humor, but nobody has been reading this blog lately, so I doubt I hurt too many feelings especially since the homeless probably don’t have working laptops with an active internet connections. But if you are homeless and read this blog after stumbling into a library, I am sorry.

If you actually read this far, I will say that a very high percentage of the contents of this blog are intended for the promotion of good healthy activities. Please take a look at the other 158 blog entries and I am sure if you give it a chance, you will find benefit from most of them. Peace. No humans nor any animals were harmed in the making of this blog.

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Bix 7 2013 Report

The Iowa mornings have been unseasonably cool lately, which should mean for some awesome conditions for this year’s Bix 7.  Since the Bix is a hilly race the common thought is that no one PR’s at the Bix. Well…. how many 7 mile races are out there anyway? Not many. The Bix is the only 7 mile race that I have ever participated in, so wouldn’t one’s PR at the Bix be his or hers 7 mile PR? Most likely. So this should be the year.

Of course the weather could change quickly as it is known to do in the Midwest, so no one really knows until race day. What ever the weather there is always the best post race party at the Bix, so there is always that to look forward to.

Bix 7 Davenport, IA July 27, 2013

Nice Day Even Better Run

Summer heat brings the challenge of finding a good time to run. Beat the heat morning runs tend to be the best bet. Yet the schedule doesn’t always allow for the opportune run  to come at the opportune time, so it is definitely pleasing when nature takes a break from the fry.

Today was one of those cooler days (at least for a little while) to get that perfect run in. After days of struggling through the sauna, I felt like my legs were live again. The miles just came and went like no effort was being employed. Swift yet relaxed. The feeling is not completely unknown, however it has been on vacation since last fall, maybe longer.

Running can  be a lot of chasing rainbows and never seeing the pot of gold. Today was one of days where the chase was on and riches were had (even though only in spirit).

Habit of Bad Habits

To say I like to over do things I like to do would be an understatement. A lot of the good and even more of the bad. If I didn’t run I would probably weigh 300 pounds. Running makes me not want to do the bad things, but I still over eat from time to time and a day off from running makes me hungry or bored or both.

We all have different reasons to run. I love it and it loves me. At least that’s what it has been telling me lately. From the books I have read and the hills I have climbed, it has all come together to make it the most life affirming choice of this life.

The book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall notes that the ability to love and running do have a connection. Looking back on my life, I was not capable of love before I started running. Not sure if the connection runs that deep, but I am willing to run with it. Oh golly!

I didn’t care much for myself, before I starting running. I couldn’t maintain a relationship before I started running. I was only successful at escaping from my problems before I ran with them and worked them out.

Run far and find….yourself.

Bix 7 Results

A perfect day for a Bix 7 mile run. Perfect in that it didn’t rain. Last year it just poured before the race, some during and after. Like last year I was drenched by the end of the run. Hot and humid makes for a personal rain and less than expected results.

I had hoped for a 49 minute or less finish given my recent race times and weight loss since last summer. The hills make it difficult to gage other race performance to predict for the Bix. It takes a year to forget how the  infamous Brady Street hill will treat you or trick you into thinking you’re ready for the rest of  7 miles of  hills in the heat.

Like I have said in past blogs, I train on hills up to 24 miles. What Bix does that can’t be simulated in training unless you have 18,000 friends, is pack you in and makes you fight for every foot. A big city marathon is similar, yet usually you can break free after 2 miles. At Bix the first 3-4 miles are a fight and in a 7 miles race that doesn’t leave a lot time for make up pace.

The Brady Street hill, which greets you at the beginning of the race, now throws you down it in the last mile. For most people this is a good thing, but for me and my bum right knee, this is no pleasure cruise. Down hills have been the bane of my running existence. I can usually pass peeps on ascents and get passed back and then some on the declines. Yesterday was no exception, which was compounded by a calf cramp that took no liking to the negative slope.

After two calf massages and the arrival of  level ground, I was able to finish with a decent kick. My time was 4.5 minutes off of my goal, but I will take it considering all the other stuff.

Now on the best post race party in all of the land. The only criticism of which is the lack of a live band the last 2 years. Bix bring back the band, DJs are the thing of morning drive time not street celebrations.

Bix 7 Run Preparation

Living in Mt. Vernon, Ia, I am fortunate enough to be relatively close ( a morning drive to the race) from the Bix 7 road race. Mt. Vernon is hilly, which makes it the perfect locale for training for the Bix. Sweating it out on the hills in and around  MV is a luxury and not a burden. I can’t imagine training for Bix in a city like Chicago where you are lucky to live near a foot bridge with any kind of evaluation to it. I have gone for training runs on the shores of Lake Michigan, which are an awesome sight and very relaxing, but if I want to be prepared for Bix, give me some hills.

Now I have trained in the foot hills of the Rockies in Colorado and I must admit that is where I truly enjoy running the most. Once the kids have grown maybe I will move there, but for now I will take the hills of MV to get me to where I want to go, the finish line at the Bix 7.

(see previous blog for more Bix 7 gushings)

So Hot Hot Hot

As I ventured out for a run this morning, my wife asked me, “Is it hot outside? We are supposed to be under a heat advisory through Thursday.” I really didn’t have a good answer for her until I got home from what turned from a 12 mile run into a 9 mile run with some recovery walking thrown in. “Yeah, it’s hot.”

My friend Ivy, who runs sub 3:00 marathon trains in the New Orleans, LA area, so I can’t really complain about the heat and humidity. I will take what I can get for long runs during this most recent heat wave and hope that the suffering done now will result in a prepared runner for the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9th.

The years I have suffered on long runs have been the years I had my best marathons, so I will stay positive and feed off the confidence and knowledge of the past. Race day will have all the benefits handled to you: Water, Gatorade and GU shots. Maybe an orange slice or banana. Training runs always have less of the good stuff, so race day will always be better, at least we can continue to tell ourselves that.

Keep the positive thoughts and the results will follow.

Sturgis Falls 1/2 Marathon

Run 440 plus will be at the Sturgis Falls Half Marathon in Cedar Falls, IA this Sunday June 26th. I will signing autographs and taking pictures with my fans after the race. Right, if I had fans that is.

Seriously, I am looking forward to a training run on a race day. 16 miles with 13.1 being part of the race and the rest being warmup and cool down. My hamstring has been tight lately, so my race goals are not very high. It will be a race day decision whether to push for a faster start corral qualifying time for Chicago or just taking it easy and finishing the race.

 Oh well, such is the life of a 40 plus runner. Dealing with the limp of the week.

Hot Day Hangover

When one hot day follows another followed by another and so on, running can put one into a state of dangerous dehydration. I am not quite sure if I hit hangover type symptoms, but I did feel weak, delirious and the sunscreen in my eyes had me staggering all over the road like a bad flashback sequence.

Cutting a workout or run short can be the right decision when  the temps just don’t allow for a healthy situation. As much as I like to push through pain and discomfort to maximize my conditioning, playing it safe when necessary is just the right thing to do for my health and my family’s security.

Question for the day: What training mistakes have you made that would help others make better training discisions?

6:50 6:42 6:46 6:54 Splits

With the struggles of being an over 40 endurance runner comes the realization that you may never regain the speed of yesterdecade. I know my top speed was so 20 years ago. That being said I was encouraged by my speed workout tonight. The winter was long and frustrating. Today changed all that. The mile splits listed in the title turned months of dubious results into feelings of hope for a successful marathon.

With a goal marathon pace of a modest 7:20 per mile, the speed workout reveals the can do nature of the goal itself. If the game day magic comes through and 7:20 feels easy in the first half then I will notch it up for a second half negative split. I have learned from too many slower second halves to get too aggressive in the first half and then not have enough guts left to finish strong.

Lessons are learned hard in the marathon. Prepare, plan and hope. Be under control in the front for a better finish.

2011 Team LIVESTRONG Run – General Donation

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