Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 20th Run

Today's Run

It's kind of weird, but for the past two weeks, turnout has been dropping as the temperature also has dropped.  Hard to figure.  Only a dozen people showed today. I expect that turnout will pick up starting next Sunday, since we have a lot of people training for a heap of upcoming races.


Yesterday's 15K

Thos of us who ran were treated to one of the most unusual days we have had in a long time.  I don't think the temperature got above 72 degrees and we had light rain for most of the race.  Just after I finished the skies opened and we got drenched.


I saw some eight of the group out there, including Abby (who has been absent due to her Marathonfest training) Geralynn (who drove over from the coast), Ralph, Arwa, Jennifer & Steve, Barbara and myself.  I found out this morning that Mike also raced and turned a sub 1:20 performance.


Barbara pulled in a third place in her ago group and I placed first since I was unchallenged in my age group.  In fact, she was in front of me for eight miles or so before I came upon her.  Congratulations, Barbara!!  And get this:  Barbara knocked 11 minutes off her same race time a year ago!!  Wow.


I'm experiencing a strange phenomenon so far this race season.  At age 80, my first three races all have been a tad faster than last season. I didn't expect this and am hoping it continues.


Upcoming Long Race Schedule

We have about 18 people in the group training for over two dozen races between now and February. The most popular races are the Space Coast Marathon and the OUC Half, which account for over half of the entries.  I've attached the latest update.  Let me know if you see any errors or omissions.


Have a great week!




Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 14 Run

Today's Run

We're halfway through September with very little let-up in the heat. We had about 16 runners ignoring that fact and showing up.  This will be Bob's last run as a Winter Park resident since he and wife Bev have sold their condo and will be spending more time at their home in Woodstock VT.  Bob is my closest friend and running buddy, so we'll have to figure out other ways to keep up.  "Keep up" is not quite the right phrase, since I have endured some 25 years trying but failing to keep up with Bob in our races.  More on that below.  Bob, we wish you and Bev well in your move and will miss you as you dial back on the amount of time you spend with us.


Eamonn, our lost sheep, turned up for a ran and breakfast at Panera's Always good to see you, Eamonn, even if we give you a hard time.


Yesterday's Rock & Run 5K

Seven of the group showed up for race #2 of the Track Shack Running Series. (Dawn, Rose, Barbara, Jennifer, Arwa, Bob and me).  Bob & I took a 1st place, Rose a 2nd and Barbara a 3rd place. Jennifer, the youngster of the pack turned in a blistering 6:37 pace!


The back story on Bob and me is that Bob threw the race so that I could extend my one race streak of placing first in my new age 80 group.  Bob is a much faster runner than I, He stayed with me and actually slowed down to finish with me.  When we reached the finish line in lock step, he insisted that I cross one second in front of him.  Luckily, I was able to snitch to Betsy Hughes what he had done and they gave both of us first place trophies.  A first!!  Here are the 161 year old men: (Courtesy of Arwa)


5K & 15K Annual Miracle Miles  next Saturday

Not sure who all is running, but Arwa, Geralynn and I are signed up. As of today, I am a little bit dicey, since I pulled something in my left leg this morning.  Keep in mind that Ben is handling parking at St James School lot just off Robinson and very convenient to the race start at Lake Eola.


Marathon Corner:

Carly in France

Carly was scheduled to do the Medoc Marathon yesterday.  Please let us know how it went, Carly!


Upcoming Chicago Marathon

Idanny told me this morning that she is running Chicago.  Also, Danny is training for Chicago.  So we have a Danny and an Idanny running the same race!  Neat.


Kirsty Walker

Kirsty had a biking accident and paramedics took her to the hospital.  She passed out twice but seems to be doing well.  Sorry to hear this, Kirsty!


I've attached an updated long race schedule.  Let me know if I've missing anything.  


Have a great week.



Sunday, September 7, 2014

September 7 Run

Today's Run

We had a smaller than usual turnout today - eleven people at the start and sixteen counting those who started before or after 7:00AM.  At 75 degrees, it was the "coolest" morning we've had in a long time.  More relief shortly on the way


Among the group was Bob Raymond who will be with us again next week.  This may be Bob's sayonara since he is selling his condo shortly.


From Wendy Tumlin

"3 halfs in 3 states in 3 days:
Saturday, August 30th: Boone, NC: 2:28:00; Sunday, August 31st: Portage, IN: 2:27:40. Monday, September 1st: Oak Brooke, IL: 2:27:10 & I stopped to help an injured runner after mile 12!"  Here is the booty:

I'm speechless, Wendy!  How did you do that?  Congratulations on your seemingly

impossible physical and logistical performance. I'm extremely impressed. Three half marathons in three states in three days. CONGRATULATIONS!


Hope you can come join us one of these Sundays soon.


From Ben Pierce

A little plug…as a reminder for the upcoming races this fall, St. James Cathedral School on Lake Eola will be opening its parking lots as a fundraiser again this year for the school.  The location is great for races like the upcoming 15K, the OUC Half and the Turkey Trot It is at the corner of Robinson and Hillman Avenues.


Track Shack Race Series

Next Saturday the second race of the series takes place in Casselberry.  It's a 5K.

Hope to see some of you there.


Have a great week.




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 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!



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!



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!



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.