Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Not a Kona Lottery Winner But Still a Winner

Oddly, I'm very happy I'm not a Kona Lottery winner as this year wouldn't be good for many reasons -- in job transition, may move, still need a lot of training, etc.   The good news is that my entry increases my odds for next year's lottery!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Breakfast of Champions

Waking up this morning, I'm really looking forward to my bike trainer session today...watch a movie and pedal.   When the movie is over, so is the session.

I'm sure those who win races don't eat this for breakfast:

1. 2 cups coffee
2. 1 stadium bratwurst with Cleveland Stadium Mustard
3. 1/2 grapefruit

Was the grapefruit out of guilt?  Hopefully the acidity and health factor will cut that 38% fat content in a brat -- uh, yea.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Weather Victim

One of my goals is to race at least a month this year.  March's race was the Shamrock 10K where I came in 23rd overall and 4th in my age group.  I'm improving or was improving.   Recently, my achilles tendons have flared-up which could be due to my new running shoes or over training.   Its difficult not to go out and run when everyday is sunny and 80 degrees!  I'm a victim of my geography and weather.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Re-living The Memory To Get the Spark

For the past six months my running route, although convenient, has bees stuck in a rut with an expanding and contracting loop based the distance.  Growing uninspired, I jumped in the car to run the Lake Tempe race loop and recall memories.   Today, it was not as daunting as the race.   Someday, I'll return to race again.

Meanwhile, I'm just plugging away at job applications to find not only job but something that I'm equally passionate about.  This past month some new prospects came into being -- I'm hopeful.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

IMS 2014 Half Marathon

A little late in writing this report but also a little late arriving at the finish line.   Compared to last years cold and disappointing finish, around 2:05 due to non-training and overworked, I'll take this years 1:54:10.  Overall, I was 156, 10th in my age group, and 105th for males.  

For most of the race I was a steady metronome pacing at 8:30, until mile 11 when I fell apart.  I think, I had a  mini panic attack.  I kept noting my heart rate 158 to 160 and the thoughts began... I ended-up stopping at a port-o-john for a quick stop and the thoughts continued...what if you faint in here? It is hot in here?  No one will find you dead with a heart attack!

When I exited I walked.  Then I noticed how close the stadium was and my time.  Damn it, I could have achieve my goal of finishing between 1:50 and 1:55 for the first race of the year!  I could have broke 1:50!

After I crossed the finish noting my time, I was happy but disappointed I let my thoughts control my race and ultimately, success.  

"Hey, Bob!  I wanted to thank you.  I was following you from the beginning of the race and let you pace me. You did a great job!  I never raced behind someone so steady.  Thank you."  An unknown woman, I presume in her late 20's or early 30's told me.  

Next time... next TIME, indeed.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Finish Line

Gave the interview "presentations" my all.  Was a tough audience and I couldn't tell if it was well-received.   Afterwards I went for a long run then registered for my first race of the year -- the IMS Half Marathon.   The beauty of a race -- you know exactly how you did at the finish line!

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Seconds.   Made it to the second round of interview for the second city which interviewed me.  Still hitting the pavement and working on my speed.   Losing the weight has helped in this regard as I'm no longer hauling a bowling bowl around with me on the runs.  Yet, I few more bowling balls to get rid, hopefully by the IMS half in a few weeks.

On my training run this morning,  I ran past the P.F. Chang's packet pick-up.  Although I wished I could race tomorrow, I'm not ready.  Have a become a mature, experienced runner who knows his limits? Naaah…just a guy who can't afford an entry fee with a bowling ball gut caused by too many second helpings!

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