Thursday, November 28, 2013

No Turkey Trot

     No Turkey Trot for me this year.  It is always a crazy day to race.  No parking, drunks, and long lines are all good reasons to skip.  I planed to do more then 37 races this year.  I am at 43 and will hit 45 with out a problem.  Don't want to set next years goal too high, right?  lol.
      If your looking for a race next week.  There is a trail race in South Park called the Deerslayer.  It is done by the Greater Pittsburgh Road Runners (same group that helped me put on the P&LE Express) so the cost is only $3!!  No shirts or anything fancy.  Just dirt!  There are two races 4 and 8 miles.  Warning there are hills...
      Start time is 10am under the big clock at the fairgrounds.  Questions or need me or hop on over to their site.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Just news

    Well I have a lot to say, hopefully I remember everything.   Let me start with yesterday.  I bought a used tread mill from a friend of a friend.  It is not that great, but it should get me threw the winter and back to running 5 days a week.  I miss that morning high and my miles have been suffering.

     I did not get to go to the Hot Chocolate 15k, which I knew was going to happen.  My daughter was home and I could not go away for 2 days.  Some things are more important then a free entry into a race.  I did get my free hoodie in the mail this week. :o)

    I realized the other day that I had not had fast food in 2 months.  On top of that I have gotten my caffeine cut back to where it was pre September.  I feel great!  Best shape of my so called life.
    For the next 6 months or so I will handing out samples of Emergen-C.  I have joined their "team".  If you want to try it come to a race I am at?  Where am I going to be?...Good question.  If your a race director and want samples for your race bag, email me.  They sent me a small starter kit with more cloths and samples coming.  A lot more...  Is it a big deal to be sponsored..."again"...I guess so, but when you race as much as I do it just comes with the territory.
    My life is starting to get back on track.  Every day is a new adventure.  I am excited for Christmas for the first time in a long time.  Not for me, but for Ash.  Most of her Christmas presents have been bought.  Yes, I know I am head of the game...but I'm a planner remember.  It is what I do.
    I was going to race a half marathon today in Fairmont,WV.  But if your thinking that weather kept me don't know me AT ALL!   I woke up in the middle of the night coughing.  A cold was starting.  I don't want to be sick for Thanksgiving, so I choose to stay in and try out the new-old treadmill.  I did 4.5 miles.     
    Let me end with letter that I received about the Boston Harvest 5k/10k.  It made my day.

"Hi Shane. I just read what you wrote about your race. I was the guy in line. My bib number 157. My wife, myself and my nephew ran your race since you started it and will continue until you stop. I have a lot of respect for what you do. My son wrestled for ringgold and I had to run a couple wrestling tournament with 600 wrestler and they where bracketed every five pounds in 4 different age brackets. Anyways it tough. When you got up on that truck you had my attention. There is something about your family that I really like and since I don't know you personally I'm not sure what it is, but you got it. you have a great race and I hope you never stop. Your good at what you do and I appreciate what you do. I would miss your race if you stopped. So please keep up the great work and aways think positive. Your running friend Bill."

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kittanning Fall Classic 10k

     So back around December of last year I decided that my running goals for the year would be to run a marathon and to race in more races than the year before.  I did in fact run a marathon.  But as you may remember I did not have a good time.  Looking back there is only one person to blame and it was not me.  As a runner you need someone to support you, back you in your goals, and push your butt out the door when it is freezing outside.  I did not have that.  I had someone that put me down, did not believe in me, and ignored me.  Would I like to try the marathon again.  Well, truthfully yes I would.  I think,... I know that I can do better.  The future is out there somewhere.
     Last year I ran in 37 races.  After my disappointing marathon, I focused on my other goal.  I got even less support for this goal.   No, that is not true.  I got no support.  I was told that I was racing too much.  That my goal was stupid.  I blocked out the negative and pushed forward.  Yesterday was my 43 race of the year.  How cool is that?? 
     This was my 5th race in Kittanning.  If you follow the blog, you know that I love their races.  The YMCA there does a perfect job EVERY time.  The races are not the biggest or the fanciest, but you get to run and go home without a hassle.  You should put one of their races on your to do list. 
  • Rotary 5k-February
  • Big Foot 5k and Half Marathon-April
  • Fall Classic 105/5k-November
  • Please check for dates/times.    
     I got a text an hour before the race.  I won't lie.  It shook me up a little.  I turned the phone off and tried to focus on enjoying the race.  That is why I was here.  I picked up my shirt and headed back to the car.  It was only 28 degree that morning.  Running along the Allegheny river is always cold.  So that 28 is more like 20.  Gloves, check.  Hat, check, Coat, at least to start.

     The 5k and 10k start together, so until mile 1 1/2 you have no idea who your races.  At that point I counted 4 people ahead of me.  I thought that I might be able to pass number 4, but the other 3 were way too far ahead.  I started getting hot, removing the gloves and hat.  It is amazing how quickly you warm up when your running.
     At the turn around I knew that I could not keep the pace that I was running.  My left knee (yes, the same problem!) was starting to hurt.  I slowed down and 2 women passed me.  I tried and tried to catch up with them.  I could see them the whole time.  But I was never able to.
     I finished in 46:32.  A lot better then I thought I would.  I got 7th overall and 2nd in my age group.  On a side note, I have got a medal in the last SEVEN races. :o

     So where is my next race?  Well it was suppose to be the Hot Chocolate 15k in Columbus, but with the divorce it is just not in the budget.   I got a free entry into the race.  However there is still gas and lodging to think of. 
      I have more running news, but it will have to wait.
Can you see the dinosaur?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dirt Monster 5 Mile

     This morning I drove to North Park for my 14th race there.  Wait that's it?  It seems like more.  Last year I finished in 46:11.  This year I hoped to do better.
      The race is mostly uphill for the first mile, rolling trails from two-four, then back down the hill for mile five.  It is not easy, but it is also run able even for the new to trails runner.  The shirts this year were tech.  Love it!

       Before the race I was talking with Bob Lynn, a volunteer and runner from the Boston Harvest when Mark from FAAP asked me to be on a team.  I said sure.  The team was to be me, him, and this british lady named Naomi.   SNM... oh geez...
       I got to talk with Jim Woolfitt who directs two half marathons in WV.  With him, me, Mark, the real director Elaine, Erin, and I think there was one more race director there.  That is six race directors at one  It's no wonder the race went almost perfect.   Some of the fastest runners got lost.  But it's a trail race.  You have to pay close attention to the signs.   I've gotten lost before.
       When the race started, it was nice and slow for me.  I was going to run the hill, but not like crazy.  The plan worked.  When I got to the top I was able to speed up and fly through the course.  It was so nice to get energy left.

        I was on track for a 40 minute finish, when the left knee started hurting again.  It was only mile 2.8.  I ran threw the pain until mile 3.5 when the course changed to an open dirt road.  I was able to get some more speed and only had pain on the up hills.
        I picked up as much lost time as I could on the down hill of mile five.  I finished in 42:21.  That is 4 minutes less then last year!!   I got 6th place and 3rd in my age group.  The 2nd placer bet me by 7 seconds!!  What was really cool, was that the team "SNM" got 2nd in the team challenge out of 7.  I have never been apart of that.  It was pretty cool.