Sunday, August 31, 2014

August 31 Run

Today's Run

We again had to endure a steamy run, but some relief should soon be here.  Our turnout was a bit light—about 16 or so.  Today puts August behind us!

 

We had at least one new runner today—a young man named Eric. 

 

Runners reporting in:

 

Seth

Seth joined us for the first time in a while, fresh from running the Lean Horse 50K in Custer, South Dakota where he placed 1st in the 60-69 age group.  Our congratulations!! Seth will be with us for the month of September as he takes a break from his ultra schedule. Seth reports that he now needs only 9 more states to have run an ultra in all 50.

 

Colorado Jack

Jack reports that the new house they are building in Colorado Springs is coming along slow but sure, following the two rules of construction: it always takes longer, and it always costs more. Jack expects to show back here early in 2015 for an extended visit and is looking forward to rejoining us then.  We look forward to your return, Jack!

 

Bob reports from Woodstock that he now intends to be with us for two weeks and is arriving in two days.  We await your arrival, Bob.  Brace yourself for the oven!

 

Happy Anniversary

Mark was out this morning and sacrificed over a mile of his run sticking with me.  Join me in congratulating Mark and wife Kelly on their wedding anniversary this week!

 

Arwa and Eamonn took a short cut from running and joined us at Panera's after the run. Not quite according to the rules, but it was fun to see them!

 

Have a great week!

 

Jack

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 24th Run

Today's Run

Today's run felt a lot like the last many weeks (because it was) 78 degrees and high humidity.  Despite that challenge we again had about 20 runners show up. Ben was out for the first time in a while, something Vince promised us last week. Jen will be off on vacation next week.  She and family will be bumping around the same area that Mike did a few weeks back and that Mary and I did the week before him:  Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone national parks. Have a great vacation, Jen!

 

We were treated to drinks at the Mile 4 water stop by Sal Saldano, who runs with our faster brethren who meet at Morse Blvd...  When I rolled in her said he was sorry he missed my birthday and handed me a can of beer.  I traded it in for a large cup of ice water, likely a very prudent move on my part

 

Eamonn showed up at Panera's post-run to join some of us for breakfast. He was granted absolution for his long absence due to being slammed with his new construction job while simultaneously pursuing his MBA at Rollins.

 

News from Bob in Vermont

I spoke to Bob this week.  He will be visiting in September and hopes to run with us on Sunday the 14th.  That's the good news.  He also hopes to run a 5K with me in Casselberry the day before.  Why bad news?  Because I haven't beaten Bob in a race in many years, and he will be breaking my streak of placing first for the first time in ages.  But I know that's what good friends are for—keeping me humble!!

 

Have a great week!

 

Jack

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August 17 Run

Today's Run

Over twenty runners showed up today. Two were new and Beth rejoined us after a long absence.  I did not get contact info on the two new guys.  One of them is named Sonny and if anyone happened to get contact info, we have a job lead for him.  We welcomed Dylan back after a two week vacation in RI. Also, Arwa is back from Ireland where she hosted a hiking tour. Dawn was back for her second run, so it looks like

 

Yesterday's Celebration of Running 5K

The first race of the Track Shack running series drew 2360 runners, almost 2/3 of whom were females!  Along the way I got see and chat with Dawn, Jennifer, Barbara, Rose, Robert and Drew, his Mom.  Robert. our youngest Sunday runner at age 23, turned in a blistering 5:45 minute pace. Jennifer, another youngster in the group nailed a sub 6:45 pace.  Congratulations to all.

 

In my first race as an 80 year old, I placed 1st in the geriatric division and managed to beat last year's time for this race (which has the ugliest course of the series)/

 

From Lynne in the Pentagon

"It was a successful day at the Delaware Feis! Sean came in 2nd (of 2 dancers), but the guy who beat him was 2nd in the world in Sr Men (21+over) this year. I tied for 3rd in slip jig." Congratulations to both of you!

Lynne, a long time member of the Sunday running group, plans to join us for a run in December.

 

Helene in Dublin

Continuing in an Irish vein, Helene visited Dublin, ostensibly to run a Half Marathon, after which she and her Mother took in the sights of the country. Helene did a 3:18 on a tough uphill course with only three hours sleep.  The rest of their visit included hydrating on Guinness and Jameson, visiting the Kilkenny and Wicklow Mountains, the Cliffs of Moher and, of course, the Blarney Stone.

 

Have a great week!

 

Jack

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August 10 Run

Today's Run

About 40 people turned out for my "Sayonara to the Seventies" Sunday run.  Tomorrow I will (hopefully) wake up 80 years old.  Hard to fathom! I don't have the words to express my sincere thanks to all of you for your friendship and support.  Suffice to say that I deeply appreciate it.

 

For those of you who missed today's run, we saw faces whom we haven't seen for a long time.  Judy Greer , a running luminary of some years ago, came over from Tampa, and Geralynn Kolp came over from the Indian River area, so we had a coast to coast representation. Also my son flew in from Baltimore for the festivities. Chris brought his horn and serenaded us with a medley of song ending with Happy Birthday.

 

Chris, Jackie, Judy, Charline, Geralynn, Barbara, Rose and husband Rich go back up to 25 years or more!  What a testimonial this is to the continuity of our Sunday running group!

 

Belated Birthday wishes

I failed to mention that Christine, one of our youngest runners, celebrated her birthday on August 1.  Sorry Christine, and Happy Birthday from all of us!

 

My Reminiscing Running resume

  • Tomorrow I enter my 8th competitive age group and my 32nd year of running. I now have 300 races under my belt.

  • I've run in 30+ countries on 4 continents in places like London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Istanbul, Rome, St Petersburg  (Russia) and Prague (where I got lost).
Hope to see you next Sunday!  Have a great week.

 

Jack

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August 3 Run

Today's Run

We greeted August with a surprisingly robust turnout of 20 runners.  It was an interesting mix of both new runners and regulars. Dawn, a long-time Sunday runner, joined us this morning for the first time in a while.  Dawn and husband Dave have been two of our most consistent Sunday runners over the years and it was great to have her turn up today.

 

We also hosted two young men from the UK, one of whom had joined us last Sunday. And we greeted new runner Elizabeth, whom I had met last Sunday at Paneras.  She relocated here from Ft. Lauderdale less than a year ago and she has been looking for a group to run with.  So welcome to the group, Elizabeth!

 

Race Report

From Dylan reporting from Rhode Island this morning:  "1.56.47 in John Kelley Ocean Beach 11.6 mile race today. 69 degrees and rain. My best time in three years." Congratulations, Dylan! Great job!!

 

From the Ireland desk:  Helene is in Dublin running a half marathon this weekend and Arwa is off to Ireland Tuesday to host a hiking tour of the Emerald Isle.  Keep us posted, ladies.

 

Next Sunday

Our next run will be my last run as a 79 year old.  I turn 80 the next day and am excited about joining what will be the 8th age category of my 32nd year of running.

 

Please come on out and celebrate with me!  You can help me ease into this new rarefied and uncharted territory.  This is the age group where people mysteriously start disappearing!!

 

My good friends Jackie and Kurt plan to trek down from Sanford for the occasion and Geralynn hopes to make it over from the Space Coast.  Jackie has launched a new career as a personal trainer and is working out of a gym:  thetrainersedge.net

Her program is one of high intensity group training tailored to the individual.  Congratulations, Jackie!

 

Thought for the Week

Consider the turtle:  He moves not ahead unless his neck is out—Unknown

 

Have a great week! 

 

Jack

Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 27th Run

Today's Run

We experienced a slight relief from last week's running conditions, and I mean slight. Some 15 people turned up, including a visitor from the UK and a mother and son team, Drew and Robert.  Robert has just relocated here to start his new engineering job on the major construction project of expanding I4. I've added Robert to our roster, so please welcome him when you see him.

 

Robert and the UK visitor are both fine runners and they (remarkably) carved out their own route on the fly this morning and still managed to return safely.

 

My apologies to Jennifer and Steve.  I thought I had added them to our mailing list, but found out otherwise this morning.  That omission has been rectified with this mailing!

 

Based on an encounter at Paneras this morning, I expect another new runner to join us next Sunday!

 

A bunch of us made it to breakfast, including Arwa, Jennifer, Steve, Christine, Rob and Dylan.  (Dylan is off to Rhode Island for two weeks vacation)

 

Small World

This morning I received a text from Charline who flew to Atlanta a few days ago.  She related that she ran into David this morning.  Both of them were running along the river in Marietta!   Seems like you can run but you can't hide!  Charline, by the way, is making a remarkable recovery after her heart incident a few months ago.  I believe she is already back to a six mile runs!

 

Lat night's ORC Awards Banquet

A number of our Sunday runners placed first in their age categories, ranging from Cheryl (25-29), Kirsty (50-54), Rose (65-69) Barbara (70-74),) and myself (75-79).  I graduate to the 80 and over group in two weeks!!  Congratulations to the four ladies who span fifty years of the age group spectrum.

 

Long Race Roster

The roster for the coming months has become too challenging for me to maintain.  Thus I suggest that those who have races to add should do so on the attached spreadsheet and return a revised copy with changes highlighted.  I will still attempt to incorporate the changes on my master list and reissue it.  Also see the link to Seth's blog.  Seth is our most prolific long distance runner, so you can follow him better that way

 

About a dozen of the group are signed up for 40-some races through next February so it looks like an active race season.  Carly and Helene will be doing races in Europe:  Helene in Dublin very shortly and Carly in France.

 

Have a great week!

 

Jack

 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 20th Run

Today's Run

In a word: HOT & HUMID.  We started out with an 80 degree temperature.  A good run to have behind us.  Turnout was a bit light—a dozen or so hearty souls.

 

Today we officially welcome Edna to the group.  She has run with us the last several weeks and is now on our distribution list.  Welcome Edna!

 

Turnout was a bit sparse at about thirteen runners.  Dylan was back after a business trip to Baltimore (my old stomping grounds) Not only did he get to do some Inner Harbor runs out to Fort McHenry—he even assisted in taking down the flag one evening (a huge one).  Inspired by this he showed up for breakfast sporting a great remembrance shirt for the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.  I believe he is planning to return for the celebration on September 14.

 

Got to see Danny and ran a bit with him near mile two.  He was finishing up a 16 miler and told me he is training for the Chicago Marathon.  That one comes a bit early so he dealing with some tough hot weather training.  Good luck, Danny!!

 

Mike is back from Jackson Hole where he arrived right after I left there a week or so ago.  Here's his summation of the experience:  "I arrived Friday and ran an 18k Saturday morning - the Cache Creek 18k.  Gorgeous running with 1550 elevation change (up) the first 9k and 1600 downward the last 9k.   My lungs were pounding the first half and my quads were pounding the second half.  (Mike didn't mention that the starting altitude was about 7000 feet!!)

 

Cheryl and Brita are scheduled for a Fall race in Austin.  Cheryl, would you let me know the details.  My feeble brain did not retain the info!

 

I've attached an updated long race schedule for the fall.  Please check it for completeness and accuracy.  It has been difficult to maintain!!

 

ORC Awards Banquet

Takes place next Saturday evening at Azalea Park.  Hope to see some of you there!

 

Have a great week!

 

Jack