That Dam(n) Run, 1/2 Marathon Trail Run, Cool CA, October 27, 2013

I ran my 3rd 1/2 Marathon and first Trail Run. That Dam(n) Run which really lives up to its name, with over 1767 total elevation gains. Most of the climb came between mile 4.25 and mile 6.5, this climbs involved lots of walking(see graph below). Trail running is a whole different sport from what I’m use to doing, which is flat paved or street running with shorter hills. Running and dancing a round rocks on narrow trails, works out a whole different muscle group than I’m use to using. I was pretty spent and sore by the finish which took me 3 hours and 1 minute to finish, that was about the time I expected to finish in. There are some inherent dangers in trail running, mainly trip over rocks in the trails, I tripped over 3, 2 toe stubs and 1 almost bad fall that I managed to save myself from going all the way down. Close to the end I hooked up with 2 other runners and we managed to miss a turn on the course and luckily some runners behind, hollered at us before we got to far off course. The last miles were gruling, with lots of walking. The experience was a great one, although I have no plans on doing another one in the near future or beyond. I’ll stick to running on the flats for now.

Thanks to my race support team, my wonderful wife, Judi and Bryce and Brooke my supportive grandkids for hanging out and braving the cold for 3 hours while I ran.

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Whats next?
I am currently training for a full marathon. The Redding Marathon on January 19th 2014 in Redding California. Yes that 26.2 miles I’m setting a finishing goal of 5 hours (or less).

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Urban Cow 1/2 Marathon October 6, 2013

Urban Cow 2013- 13.74 Miles An Udderly Long 1/2 Marathon, Sacramento, California

I ran my second Half Marathon on October 6th 2013. I had not been training to run this race and have just start training for a full Marathon. My longest run was 6 miles a few weeks before and then an 8 mile run the week before. This race was kind of a last minute decision, my step-son Jim and his fiance Sandra were signed up, so I thought I would join them.
Race morning was the start of a beautiful day. The race started and finished at William Land Park in Sacramento. The first wave started at 8am and second wave Started 10 minutes later. ( We were in the second wave). I got off to a good start staying behind the 2:15 pacer, that group slowly pulled away. Still felling good till the call of nature hit about mile 5, and finding the pot-a-potties at mile 6, had a short wait and a quick stop I was off and running again. A short run thru the downtown mall, thru a tunnel under I-5 to Old Town Sacramento. At the half way point they had a relay station set up, soon after that we would be passed by the fresher runner that had just started running. Kind of a joy kill! Still feeling good till about mile 9, Then my hamstrings and gluts (thighs and butt) started getting really tight. Slowing to walk for a short few steps to rest and managed to run in at a slower pace. Since this race is a little more than a 1/2 mile longer than most halfs, I was still pleases with my 2 hour 25 minute finish.

Lessons Learned
1. Training is important. My first Half I trained with Fleet Feet and we gradually add miles each week.
2. Have a plan and goals! After my first half, I kept running but since I had nothing planned I ran, with no set goals. That makes it very easy to goof off and get out of the grove and yes, lazy!

Whats next?
I am currently training for a full marathon. The Redding Marathon on January 19th 2014 in Redding California. Yes that 26.2 miles I’m setting a finishing goal of 5 hours (or less).
I also signed up and completed my 3rd Half on October 27, 2013. Watch for my next post (That Dam(n) Run).

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Shamrock’N 1/2 Marathon 2013

On March 17, 2013, I ran my first half marathon. It was a very exciting day, having trained for ten weeks with the Fleet Feet store in Redding, California. Building up miles, and meeting some great local runners. On race day there was excitement in the air as 7500 runners met at Raley Field in Sacramento, CA. The race started in 4 waves, 15 minutes apart, I was in the 3rd wave and started at 08:15 AM. I started near the front of the group, I was feeling really good and started at a fair pace while my muscles warmed up. My first mile pace was 10:53, still feeling really good and pumped. I picked my pace up to a 10:30-10:45 though mile 7. Slowing a bit in mile 8 to a 10:59 may have been due to a elevation increase on the course. Mile 9 10:49, mile 10 10:57, mile 11 11:07, mile 12 11:27, picked up a bit for mile 13 10:51
My official time was 02:24:15.90, pace was 11:01, finished 3588 out of 7500.
I couldn’t have been happier, it was a very beautiful day. I was pumped up with excitement, I’m sure that helped a lot. All the training must have paid off, my muscles, worked and felt great. I really felt it the last mile, not hurting, just not able to pick up the pace. The last 100 feet or so I was able to sprint to the finish line.
All in all, it was a truly Awesome experience. There were Rock Bands every mile along the course, which added to the fun and excitement. Looking forward to doing it again next year. Maybe training for a full marathon in the years to come.
Thanks to all the volunteers, police officers and onlookers whom made this event so special.
Also thank’s to my wife for all her support of all my running efforts, and to Truckin’ Runners group on Facebook for their encouragement.

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Halo Sweatbands

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Frosty Fun Runs 2013

The Frosty Fun Runs are a series of runs on Saturday morning at 8AM from January 5th thru March 9rd, 2013 Registration only on race day $3.00 Race Ran or Shine. They have a short and longer run/walk
01/05- Lake Redding Park–2M or 4.3M my finish 4.3M–81st- 00:42:22 pace 09:51
01/12- Lema Ranch———2.5M or 4M my finish 4M—-93rd- 00:39:43 pace 09:56
01/26- Fleet Feet————2M or 5.5M my finish 5.5M–75th- 00:54:11 pace 09:51
02/02- Clover Creek———3K or 6K my finish 6K—- 80th- 00:35:39 pace 09:36
Wow, I was very happy with this finish!
02/09- Lema Ranch———2.5M or 4M my finish 4M—-73rd- 00:40:05 pace 10:01
pulled up lame in the last mile with a major muscle pain in my left calf!
02/16- Fleet Feet————2M or 5.5M my finish 5.5M—69th 00:55:59 pace 10:11
slow than last run here?
02/23- Clover Creek——–3K or 6K my finish 6K—-76th 00:38:48 pace 10:25
ran slow with muscle pains calf, glut and ham…
03/02- NorCal John Frank (separate entry) I did not participate in the Nor-cal…
03/09- Frosty Championship 2M or 4.3 Lake Redding Park
my finish 69th 00:42:00 pace 09:47 felt good, had a great run…
Looking forward to next year and seeing my improvement.

Director John Luaces
530-526-3076
frostyruns@gmail.com
www.midniteracing.net

Later Fellow Life Travelers… Get out there, keep moving and making health choices!

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Jaybird Freedom-JF3 Wireless Bluetooth Headset

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I have been using the Jaybird Freedom JF3 headset for walking and running for over 6 months. I can’t recommend these highly enough. The sound is great and the fit is good, they come with a sets of ear loops and inner ear securement methods. I use the outer ear loops. They come with 3 different types of inner ear bud, depending on your ear cannel size, I prefer the smaller size as it allows me to hear the surrounding sounds. They sell for $99.99 They offer 2 new updated models. The Freedom Sprint 129.99 and the Bluebird X Micro 169.99 You can find out more by visiting http://www.jaybirdgear.com/

I bought a set of these for my wife also. Not long after, they stopped charging. Months later I contact Jaybird customer support and after several email exchanges they had me mail the defective headset back and soon after we received a brand new headset.

Remember to always be careful when wearing earbuds, beware of your surroundings. Watch for traffic, when running always run against traffic so you can see approaching vehicles and any distracted drivers.

Later Fellow Life Travelers… Get out there, keep moving and making health choices!

Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor or Nutritionist. Please visit your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.

Christmas Dash 5K 2012

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I ran the Christmas Dash 5K my 3rd official run. It was a very cold December morning, I arrived early at 7AM as I had not pre-registered not knowing if I would have to work that day. After stand around in the very cold morning, I got off to a slow start. I feel I had a pretty good run regardless. Time 30:40 Pace 09:56. (5K is 3.1 miles)

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