Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 16th Run

Today's Run

Sixteen or so runners turned out today on an idyllic morning to run. David and Atif showed up after absences due to their travel schedules. Chris's sister-in-law Mary

joined us.  She is the sixth member of his family planning to run the OUC Half (Mary also is running the Space Coast Marathon).


The antique car show did not get in our way this year since they moved it to the golf course.  The town was alive with runners of all sorts today, as many people are training for the Space Coast and OUC races.


Looking forward


Blanket Collection:

  • Our seventh annual blanket collection for the homeless is scheduled for three weeks today on December 7.  We urge the ORC to invite their guests from Japan to join us that morning after the OUC Half on the preceding day. We expect participations from several other running groups in town.

  • We will need a volunteer or two to deliver donated blankets to the Coalition for the Homeless.  Dave, will you be available again this year? I know you have responsibilities with our visitors from Japan in that time frame.

 Please contact me if you have a truck and are able to help out!  (My cell is 407-647-3521)


Visitors in November:

  • We look forward to seeing some faces we haven't seen in a long time. Lytle and Brian plan to be with us from Chicago on the 30th after Thanksgiving.  And Gina, Lynne and son Sean plan to join us for the December 7 blanket run.


Happy training for your upcoming races!



Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 9 Run

Today's Runs

A skeleton crew of six correctly guessed that the rain would stop by 7:00 AM.  That crew included Chris, Dylan, Dawn, Mike and Robert.  And nobody melted/. I managed to get damp because I started at 6:20, ran back home, put on a dry shirt and started at 7:00 AM minus the rain, which stopped promptly at 7AM. The sun appeared at 8:20 AM.


I believe this is the weekend that Seth is running the Outer Banks Marathon in Kitty Hawk and Abby the Disney Wine & Dine race.  Lytle and Brian are running the Chicago Hot Chocolate 15 K in Chicago.  See below.


Passing of Chris Aycrigg's Father

Please join me in offering our condolences to my good friend and running companion Chris Aycrigg and his family. Chris has been a member of our group for some 25 years now.


His Father passed away last Tuesday evening at age 88.  I am sure that you have heard about Ben Aycrigg in the news this week.  Chris's Dad, as the Orlando Sentinel reported, was the dean of Orlando television anchors and a Central Florida news legend for 35 years at Channel 6 until 1996.


A memorial service will take place on Tuesday morning at 11:00 AM at All Saints Church at 338 E. Lyman Ave. in Winter Park.  The entrance to All Saints is on Interlachen near Fairbanks.


Chris, his wife Cindy and their two daughters and son-in-law plan to compete as a family in the OUC Half Marathon in December. Of the five, only Chris is a veteran at this distance.


News from Chicago and Washington D.C

Lynne at the Pentagon
"We'll be in WP on Dec. 7th, which I saw on your previous e-mail is blanket drive day.  Sean & I will be dancing on the 6th at the Southern Region Irish Dance Championships at the Rosen Hotel.  We're both practicing hard, and Bob & I really hope Sean does well."


Lynne, what hat are the chances of our getting to see you and Sean?


From Lytle& Brian in Chicago

Lytle and Brian, our most recently married couple, plan to join us from Chicago on November 30th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Also Lytle reports:


"We're running the Hot Chocolate 15K here in Chicago next weekend - my first race since breaking my shoulder a year ago. Won't be a PR but it will be fun. I'll run 9 miles for chocolate!


It will be great to see both Lytle and Brian! It's been a while.


Until next Sunday!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014


I'm passing on some feedback from our Chicago and D.C. runners, plus a NYC marathon result:
"Finished the NYC Marathon in 5:07!  Not a PR but a good effort considering the bridges, 2 of which seemed to climb forever.  NYC is a race experience like no other - -a 26.2 mile block party with enthusiastic spectators, music & dancing along the whole way. Very special!"
Congratulations, Kirsty!!
Lytle & Brian
"I always love to "join" the WP run on Sundays via your email recaps. Thank you for keeping us Chicago folks in the loop.  Brian and I hope to join you all on the Sunday morning of Thanksgiving weekend when we're in town. We're running the Hot Chocolate 15K here in Chicago next weekend - my first race since breaking my shoulder a year ago. Won't be a PR but it will be fun. I'll run 9 miles for chocolate!"
Great to hear from you, Lytle.  I assume that you mean the communications loop, not the Chicago Loop! We look forward to seeing both you and Brian over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Join me in wishing Lynne a happy birthday up there in D.C. at the Pentagon!
Lynne, do I recall correctly that we will be seeing you in December?  If so, when?
Charity Run on Saturday, November 15th
Susan Paul (who runs the Marathonfest Training Program) sent me the following info regarding a fund raiser for a local runner whose wife recently passed away.  I am passing it on to our group in the event you wish to participate or contribute to Gene Yasuda's family.
WHY:  FUND RAISER FOR FELLOW MARATHONFESTER GENE YASUDA'S FAMILY.  Gene Yasuda's wife Jay battled Hepatitis C for many years. Just recently Jay succumbed to the ravages of this disease.  During this long battle the family has incurred many health-related expenses. So, we are supporting one of our own with a timed training run held in his honor. We run as one.
WHO:  RUNNERS WHO KNOW OUR ROUTES. We are using our Cady Way Pines 3 mile Loop and our Glenridge 10 mile Loop. Finish line is on the Cady Way Trail.  Runners may run 3.1 miles, 13.1 miles, or any distance in between.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COURSE IS NOT MARKED AND IS NOT CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. ALL RUNNERS MUST FOLLOW TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND OBEY THE PEDESTRIAN RULES OF THE ROAD.
DETAILS:  Arrive early (4:30am) Saturday morning, November 15, and sign a Waiver to participate and receive a bib number. Donations are encouraged but are optional. The first 100 finishers will receive a handmade medal designed by our resident artist Amanda Morehead.  T-shirts commemorating the event will also be for sale.  A potluck breakfast will be available afterwards.  All proceeds go directly to Gene Yasuda and his family.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

First run in November

Today's Run

Fueled by a "Goldilocks" temperature of 48 degrees, we had a healthy turnout of 19-20 people today.  Maybe Claudia was responsible for the good running weather as she re-joined us on returning from her summer home in Wisconsin. Welcome home, Claudia!


The New York City Marathon is well along this morning.  The only one of our group that I know is competing is Kirsty, who promised me some feedback as soon as she can.  Kirsty went to NYC last year to run the ill-fated race which was cancelled because of the Sandy megastorm.


Eamonn graced us with his presence at Panera's after the run.  I am not gong to give him the business because he has an impossible schedule these days.  He also was supposed to run the NYC Marathon today, but had to cancel because he is so slammed..


Race Report

I hesitate to comment on recent races after messing up on reporting the Lighthouse Half results.  That said, I know that Seth completed the Running for the Bay 50K in Apalachicola FL last week.  Also, Idanny and Robert  ran a 5K in Lake Nona yesterday.  Robert said that Dawn also competed. (Hey Dawn, I have the shirt I borrowed from you and hope to return it when I next see you)


Seventh Annual Blanket Collection for the Homeless

Please mark December 7th on your calendar for the annual blanket drive which we have doing for many years now.  The collected blankets will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, which provides temporary living quarters for some 500 men, women and families.


As in the past, a number of other running groups are expected to participate, including The Orlando Runners Club, The Winter Park Dawgs, Marathonfest, the Galloway Training Program and the other Sunday runners group which meets on Sundays at the corner of Morse and Park. (Teresa Williams group)


Dave Sutton of the Dawgs has orchestrated their collection since we began this drive. This year he is hoping to have some of their group also join us for the December 7 run.  In the past, Dave has overseen both the collection and the delivery of blankets directly to the homeless shelter.


For the first time, the Dawgs will collect blankets and Dave Sutton indicated that he will work on getting some of the Dawgs to join our group run on December 7th.  The Dawgs have been participating in the drive from the beginning and it would be great if some of their members join us.


Please let me know if you have any questions and please try to make it out for our December 7th run.  Also, if you have a truck or SUV and are willing to help deliver blankets to the shelter, please let me know.  In the past, Dave Berry has been a lynchpin in that effort.  Dave, are you able to join us once again for this effort?


Have a great week! 



Sunday, October 26, 2014

October 26th Run

Today's Run

Go figure!   On many hot, steamy mornings all summer we often draw 20-some runners.  This morning, on a beautiful, brisk fall morning with a 58 degree temperature, we got only half that many people!  At 7:00AM, Park Avenue was about deserted.  We barely had a quorum, but finally ended up with a group of nine starting a bit late.


John was out for the second week in a row. Good to see you back!  Luis trekked to Jacksonville today for the christening of his new grand daughter.


Kim caught up to Dylan and me at mile 1 and reported that Claudia returns today from her summer in Wisconsin.  Welcome back, Claudia.  We hope to see you next Sunday!


Yesterday's 5K race at Mead Garden

The Haiti 5K fund raiser race took place yesterday at Mead Garden.  This was the first year that chips were used and it greatly enhanced the experience.  We also had an idyllic temperature.  Sarah, Luis and I ran. The Winter Park Dawgs also had a nice member turnout.  Luis placed 2nd in the 60 year old group and I placed 2nd in the 70+ bracket.


I ran with (sort of) my 9 year old grand daughter Sophia, who took pity on me and kept coming back for me after she had out-distanced me.  That is what I call loyalty and I must say that there is nothing like racing with her. 


Susan Paul's landmark Half Marathon

Susan, as most of you know, has for many years administered Track Shack's Marathonfest training programs.  She has training countless thousands of local runners for long distance races and maintains a very educational runner's blog.


Two weeks age Susan completed her 60th Half Marathon as she is about to turn age 60!  That is quite an accomplishment and I am very proud of her.  Susan is the person who has kept me on the road for many years.  She is a talented massage therapist and is extremely good at diagnosing if it's time to seek physical therapy.  Congratulations, Susan!


Have a great week and come join us for our first run in November.




Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 19

About a dozen of us had "excused absences" from this morning's run. We were competing in the 2 miler and 5 miler races at UCF. Well, not exactly.  The 5 miler turned out to be short a third of a\mile or more, since Track Shack very uncharacteristically came up with what my Garmin said was only 4.62 miles.  That provides a PR for everyone who ran the 5 miler! (Well, sort of)  Track Shack promises they will provide stats on the actual distance.


The turnout included the Talbot family running the 2 miler, with one of their sons carrying a shoe that came off towards the end of the race.  Good to see you, Viviana and Joe!


We had at least seven of the group do the "discounted" 5 miler. (Geralynn, Dawn & husband Dave, Rose, Kirsty Barbara and me)  Anyone else there that we missed?


Rose placed first, Barbara placed second and I placed first in my new octogenarian age category.


Here is a scene from this morning--Kirsty, Geralynn & me.



So what happened on Park Avenue this morning?


See ya next week! (Or next Saturday at Mead Garden if you are doing the Pumpkin 5K



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Updated Race Report for October 11 weekend

Here's some feedback on this past weekend's races:



Danny, unfortunately,  was unable to finish due to a broken foot injury which resulted in severe pain and swelling.  Sorry this happened Danny and hope you heal quickly. Hope to see you one of these days soon.


Still waiting to hear from Idanny, one of our newer runners who also ran Chicago.  I inadvertently had not added her to our distribution until today.  I'll share her results when I hear back from her.


Army Ten Miler in D.C.

As it turns out we had two in our group run this race which drew 35,000 runners

 Lynne, who is a one-time resident of Winter Park and a career Army Intelligence  civilian employee in the Pentagon.  Excerpts of her experience follow:


  • She finished in the top 20% of her age group
  • The Golden Knights parachuted in just across the street from the runner corrals before the start and a group of WWII aircraft flew over in formation after the race. Since there were 20+ planes, that was pretty cool.


Gina, who splits her time between Clermont, D.C., and travelling the country in her role as a consultant:


·        The weather was perfect at 60 degrees

·        They did an amazing job of keeping 35,000 runners


 I found out just this morning that our own Track Shacks race division has been (orchestrating this race for some time now!!


Wendy reports:  "Marathon #14 in the books & completed Pennsylvania at The Steamtown Marathon! Not my fastest, not my slowest but happy with a 4:56 for not training."