6/30/09

No workout...

"As we run, we become." Amby Burfoot, The Runner's Guide to the Meaning of Life

So what happened to being a half day for my part time job came out to being a, TBA and then cancelation for me to work. Ok, I can do this, but a little more timing fella's ok?

But I was in my office anyways yesterday and I had heard the news and buzz going around in the afternoon. 3 more people have been now put on the same situation as I am currently in, though I have endured 2 weeks and currently on my 3rd week, as they start a fresh 6 weeks. Some co-workers are shakened by this, while others take it in strife.

On the forefront, I got to do enough work on the Alzheimer's Association's organization factor. I was able to complete a training combination of members to miles to tracking down who did what in June based on their accounts from Flotracker. Many members of the inageral team are newbie runners, although I feel as though they maybe taking this marathon very lightly.

The mileage of the month is extremely low and I am fearful of members just not being able to reach that week of the twenty miler. Yes, you can go into a marathon doing an 18 miler, although you are really going to not have a "good time" emotionally and always going to think negatively about things. I am now understanding that people are just getting use to the whole 4-5 days of working out/running schedule, but I am just worried that's all of experience, emotion and time/effort, I just hope that July will be a much better month...

As far as we go...all systems go...still busy as hell, but the rain started to pour and thunderstorms were on the rise as huge grey skys blackened the skys...no group run, no run today...better luck tomorrow...

6/25/09

Another job?

"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming." Anonymous

So the good thing is that I found a part time job, just in case. The other good thing is that I have got two other small time jobs on top of that...it's going to be one hell of a summer till now until the NYC marathon. It's absolutely crazy and what a whirlwind this is taking.

I thought I was going to take care of my work load today, though I feel that I am not meeting expectations, my own expectations of them allowing what I can do and what I am able to do...this really does suck!

Ok, back up, this is my first day correct? Give myself a break? Never, why would I do that?

Hopefully next weeks move will be a little smoother in a way where I can show them what I have got and the mini vacation during the fourth of July will be a little help as well.

My nerves are shot as I worry consistently now to get things done. Get this done, get that done. Pack, work, am I employed? am I not? Gosh! It's a super killer on my nerves!

Well, looking ahead, there is always tomorrow, another day, another tomorrow...

6/24/09

Take one day at a time...

"The long race is there always, as a sort of platform on which to evaluate, and sometimes alter your life." Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Headed out this morning on a timed run from my apartment building to 72nd street where we will be starting on our kickoff run. We have a kick off meeting today for the Alzheimer's Association's Run2Remember team as we kick off our official team of 50+ members.

All this hard work through the 3 years of getting this off the ground and finally it is here. As I run up the West Side Highway, I see familiar parts, then venture up towards Riverside Park and it's different and scenic. This should be a good first group run, as I can check out people's gaits, how their form is and correct it early on. I run up along the Hudson river and see a gal that resembles Runner26. I look over quizzicle and think in my head, yup, that is Runner 26. I stop my watch and we chat a little while as she was saddened as she caught up with my blog. She must have found out that I was laid off and unemployed and was leaving my roommate situation (homeless) at the same time. It's a tough life we live in most of the time and we have to deal with our problems all differently. If you don't have one problem, you have another in some sort of way.

She said, "hang in there, take one day at a time". Funny that, how was I suppose to take one day at a time if I was homeless?". Kidding, I got lots of great friends who I can crash on couches and have many back up plans so I can feel that if I go into another living condition, then I can make the right choice this time around.

We catch up and then continue both on our runs. I finally reach 72nd street and scope out the area. Take a few pictures here and there and down the West Side Highway to measure out the distances of the runs and take pictures of the turning points for each run as well.
As I went down, I thought about what Runner26 said to me. I put thing into perspective and I did have to live each day...just taking one day at a time.

I cleaned up my room and was going to go to the office, although didn't feel like going and just snipped away at some news clippings from marathons. I needed to purge out some items from my marathon full of crap binders and after that stepped in a shard of glass, so my leg was killing me and it was bleeding...so I had to wait a while before I was healed...ok, freaking out a little...taking down the wall of shirts was very grim. I enjoyed my wall of race shirts as they are my symbolism for the whole year. But as in all years end, it had to be taken down...so sad!

So? In relief of my depressed state, I needed to get out and what a great deal it was to see my Run2Remember team FINALLY form! After 3 years, with help on all ends from the chapter, from JL as a spark for this year, from MM, who has year after year written up.a proposal alongside of me. Uh! FINALLY this is forming and after several weeks of preparing the binder...it's an absolute amazing effects!

I walked up to the Alzheimer's Association and we got ready for our kickoff meeting!

6/23/09

Shakespeare in the Park

"When you run a marathon, you mean it. We're built for running. We dream of flying. For now, though, we're built to run." Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Getting up pretty early in the morning to wait in line for a while, say 5 hours, but there was company, PBJ and I have been talking and we were fearful that it was going to rain. But since I did not know about the whole staying in NYC, so the sooner the better! So, woke up and got my pack that I had packed up the night before with all the goods and out the door.

I had my running gear on and I was going to run up to get some miles in today, but the pack was pretty heavy, so that was a little difficult as I ran, stopped, ran again...it was a long 3 miles up, but found Brett waiting as he place items online as a place setter. Ok, we were to meet at 7:45 am!

We now await as we talk about countless amount of items, including:

Why do we have to wait here for 5 hours? Do they really get the tickets at 1pm? Seriously? Is it just for those die hearted fans who would stay on line for 5 hours? Or are they afraid of the feeding frenzy that crowds around?

The other funny thing, when a bird flew by and PBJ goes, I wish I could fly! I thought that was funny...

Now we just await....

6/22/09

Paragon interview

"A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you've done it you feel that you can do anything." Anonymous

Woke up this morning thinking or wanting to run, but I had a running interview with Paragon today at 10am. Sucks, right in the middle of the day, but hoping that this interview would be ok. I had to wait for a while to actually wait for the guy that was late....great! ASS!
He had me fill out an application and then I had to wait for him again...then we went over my application and he told me that thing was not going to work. I was honest with him about my situation of the 6 weeks furlough period that scared him about the hours workded and knowing about the investment that they put in for the training...

He basically said that it would be a bad idea to hire me at this time and I wanted to know how much they paid...wow, I was shocked, but most of the money comes from compensation...still even that! Gosh, that sucks! But the running knowledge and running resume was probably the best they have seen....

UH! So frustrated after I had left. I was seriously really depressed and went home, ate lunch and wrote to JK wondering about the Runner's World connection for the Alzheimer's Association.

JK got back to me and I headed up to get the mags for the 50 members that we have for the team...amazing, still very amazing as I dropped the mags off at the Association.

Went back to my office and still pretty upset and depressed...as I finished up on the binder for the Run 2 Remember team. Ohh nelly, this should be interesting come Wednesday.

Monday group session, E and JG ran with me as we did piers...nothing really great of what happened, just that E is back in running mode...

Went home as I gave JL the binder information, I was inpressed that the association is now paying me for the coaching gig.

I put in dinner, waited and as I was awaiting, I talked to TPP, we chatted about how her program was going and how it her training was since she was a newbie. It was good, though I had never talked to her, only by e-mails...I had recenly caught up on her blogs as I had been seriously busy with other things this week...it was quite funny though as she helped me realized how a marathon, anything can happen.

She wrote to me telling me how KG, American icon and pretty gal, will win the Berlin Marathon. She even so highly thought of it as Sangria is in the mixes...but that was a hilarious conversation.

I told her that anything can happen, it is like picking the NCAA's winner during March Madness. You can pick anyone and seriously it's really how they feel that day and what they are going through...I told TPP that KG was not seasoned enough...give it another year...

To that we toast! As we await who shall win...

6/20/09

The purpose...

Many times I ask myself the question, "why do I run?"

There are all these different answers at different times in my life. Most times it is for the relaxation, other times it is for comfort, and other's it is for the get away.

Then, there is always once a year or almost every time I do a marathon where I know the main purpose. The main purpose is not to just finish the long race of a marathon. The main purpose is to do each and every race for my grandma.

I do not see my grandma very often and now that I do not have to work much anymore, I may see her more. I had a chance to see her today due to the fact that she has had many complications recently which had involved going to the hospital by ambulance.

I needed to make the time in my busy schedule to visit my grandma, visit my family and see my parents...most importantly wish my father a Happy Father's Day!

I arrived in New Jersey in the wee mornings, where my cousin was going to pick me up, though I didn't want to wait and his parents place was pretty close, I opted to just walk.
The rain started to drizzle and I had sandles on, so walking was the more favorite thing to do. I was not really going to run and wanted to see how far I could get when he came around to finally picking me up. Well, I called him at this funeral home location which was about 3/4 to a mile away from his house. He told me that he was very close to where I was...so I started running figuring that it's a game of cat and mouse. I figured he would eventually catch me, but wanted to see how far I could get before he caught up to me...I passed the school grounds which was right around the corner to where his parents place was...look back, no one...weird, I thought he would have caught me already...I turn the bend and could see his parents house...this is weird, he really should have caught me now. I keep running and actually take out my phone and called him to tell him about my precelebration... 5-7 houses out, I hear this revving of the engine....he turns the bend and catches up!

NOOO!!!! I start sprinting...he catches up, stops a little and passes me...NOOO!!!

That sucked! Ok, I also run for the challenge.

But yes, we walk over to my grandma's house which is located right behind his and see how grandma is doing.

Grandma is the one that I run for each and every year for my cause. She is the one who has the disease of Alzheimers and she is showing the later stages of the disease from a scale of 1-7...a defined 6 but a little less...so 5.8.

She was not in the best of moods today as she showed her angry side. Mood swings and uneven personalities are clearly defined in the different stages of the Alzheimer's disease. Some days you get the good days, some days you get the bad days and today was clearly a bad day.

She was tired, unhappy, not eating much and having a loss of appetite. She just wanted to sleep and we allowed her to...

My cousin and I stayed a little chatting and catching up. Just having our presence there with her, hopefully allowed some comfort to me to see her and for her and for her to see me. My cousin and I talked as she sang a little, we talked about her moods in the past 3 weeks as it has changed due to high blood pressure and personality changes. A complete night and day from 2 weeks ago, she was admitted into the hospital due to high blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

But when she fell asleep, we left, we told her that we would come back to see her and allowed the day to just chill out, watching movies and just relaxing.

Before we left for dinner at my families restaurant, we went to go see my grandmother yet again, just to say goodbye. Still she wasn't in the best of moods and wanted me to leave. It's ok, I understand the disease...it's terrible as I would never want anyone to go through this. I think it's only going to get harder for my parents and family as time goes by...all you can do is just allow the process to take it's course and spend as much time with them as much as possible.

This is what I fight for. This is why I do this...
This is why I run to fight against the Alzheimer's Disease.

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6/18/09

Rain and decisions…

"You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your own feet and the courage of your lungs." Jesse Owens, Winner of 4 Olympic Gold Medals in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin

The day actually started at night when I returned from my office at a godly hour from working on the Marathon Training Program for the Alzheimer’s Association. I had to make sure that everything was done correctly and everything added up. I didn’t want the newbies running a different number of miles differently than what was projected and everything had to make sense in some aspect.

But that was not it, I configured two different programs as I had distributed a newbie schedule and a beginner/intermediate schedule pending on what kind of a runner you are. I wanted to make sure that the newbie runners would be prepared enough to run the marathon, although slowly progress them to a point where they will feel comfortable in running a 26.2 mile race. It’s a very interesting concept when you are dealing with bodies and people that creates the difficulty in knowing what or who is ready for what…

So, I came back at 3am in the morning and needed to get up at an ok time to meet up with JL. We were going to discuss everything that would be in the binder that is created for the 50 person team that we have for the Alzheimer’s Association. Yes, we were able to scrounge up 70+ people and have to actually cut 20 people from the list! Ah! That’s the tough part I think.
So I return in the rain last night and wake up in the morning to meet up with JL. We meet and discuss and have a jamming session of hashing out a few items of what I need to do and what he has accomplished. He’s more of the organizational factor and I am more of the design factor in this partnership of planning out everything as we go one-two in the coaching factor for the Alzheimer’s Association’s inaugural Run 2 Remember Team.

I leave his work place and continue on towards my job in eventually continuing with Alzheimer’s work that I have yet to be finished with. There were still lots to be done and just getting ready for the simple cuts of the team were torcher. In my mind, I figured we were going to be in the room for a while, so I would better be prepared to know everyone inside and out. I also stopped by Paragon Sports, since I didn’t exactly know when I would have an appointment with one of the managers for the running position.

Anyways, the guy couldn’t see me, I tested out and impressed one of the employees that were there…and went to work afterwards. Seriously? I asked my boss some questions pertaining to this layoff Furlough period as I didn’t have these questions when I was shaken up by the news on Monday.

Worked till 5pm and then left. Crap! I was late…I was suppose to be across town and up at 40th street and Lexington by 5:30…and it was practically 5:30 by the time I got over to 23rd Street. Oh boy, if I had my running shoes it would be a different story now. The rain started again and I was exhausted by the time I got there to the Association. I was sweatin’ due to my perspiration that I give off whenever I am late and running through NYC like a madman.
The meeting went rather smoothly as we saw each person and ranked each person. We all had a consensus of who we wanted into the program and played each and every person fairly. The discussion of each person’s occupation, fundraising abilities, experienced runners and how the personality played an important part in the selection process. The selections would make each member of the group of 50 a talented team.

As we left the chapter, Jeff and I walked home and chatted. We were excited, we were psyched and most importantly we finally found our dreams to becoming reality. I still remember the days where I had first met Jeff and discussing this program was more of a figment of an imagination, a dream and a chance that we would have in allowing us to become an official Charity Group. It was truly amazing what this will become and slowly next week it will progress into something tangible and real.

6/17/09

Doubler

"All men may not be brothers, but that's the way it feels after a marathon. You feel - you can't help but feel - that you all understand each other." Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Ok, so what is a runner to do with all this time on his hands?

Well, I woke up this morning wanting to go for a run. Well, not really wanting, but really a more motivational aspect of trying to trick myself in wanting to go out for a run and making myself get out. Motivation has pretty much stopped in my mind and the drive to even run is not there anymore. Lots of things have turned in my life and there is a saying where when it rains, it pours...and that is what my mind is pinned over now. Running, blogging, it all has pretty much subsided and anger and depression is slowly setting in.

As I go out to the East side, I figure what is right, what is wrong and many things are going through my mind. Where do I go from here, am I going to stay in NYC or go back to my parents place now that my situation is different...

I round out a regular lower Manhattan loop and it is quite warm, but cool due to this cold front at hand.
My legs feel fine although they had definitely taken a beating this weekend from Thursday to Sunday with no rest...legs need rest, especially since I have been doing so many marathons this first half of the year...

I round abouts to Park ave and then decide if I want to go up towards Grand Central to checkout the pricing on tickets in and out of the city...this will be a difficult decision on whether I want to look for a place or save a bit of money for one month or so in between periods...

I trek up then make a few selections at the ticket booth then make my ways home for a round 12 miler...no biggie.

Ok, go to work, to work on Alzheimer's stuff and then head to a Team for Kids practice after that as well...

Called a doubler, but why? I don't know....

I learn that the MTA has raised train prices by 10% which is wonderful...great, now I really have to crunch out the numbers and see what is possible.

As I walk to work though, I spot a group of people looking at someone, also there are photographers as well...I glance over and who do I see...well I wasn't sure if it was her or not, but I thought I saw Courtney Love...I later got confirmation that it was her....so wow, at least I am making the most out of this...

Go to work, work on Alzheimer's items and then Team for Kids in my second half...

My legs didn't feel that sore at all, really they felt as though I was floating on air a little and felt great and all warmed up! I ran up....met up with the many team for kids members and fell under taking the Experienced runners out for a paced run...

Ok, this is great, where is my group! They all mixed and matched as I felt as though I was pace leading for a marathon again...

I let others go and made a median of an 8:30 run...chatted with a few people, found out reason for even running as people were determined to finish their first marathon. I gave them a few tips here and there from what I knew about fund raising and let them know about different ideas...

Ahh....it's good. You feel as though you are giving back a little to the running community and that was my goal this year.

As I ran back home, things were coming together nicely, a long night awaited as I needed to get this training schedule all done for my meeting tomorrow with JL.

6/6/09

Mt. Rushmore...

"After a week of the contained chaos that is my job, I need some solitary running time. On Sundays, I can unwind and reconnect with the natural world." LINDA JONES

Saturday arrives and I wake up pretty early on Mountain time, although back home in Eastern Standard time, it is pretty late due to me waking up pretty early...

7 am Mt west and waking up at 9 am EST.

I wake up in the chilliest of weather, but it is nice...it's brisk. I try to complete my blog post for the week as SM wakes up...

May I remind you that SM came in late last night and I was done, cooked and dead asleep...so this was the first time I had seen her in a long while...granted this is also the third time I had met SM...who is AD's teaching mate from Vail, Colorado. Yes folks, I do have friends everywhere it may seem like, although not really! (I was just lucky on this one as SM wanted me out there because she was doing her first marathon...and yes, she twisted my arm and I needed to do a marathon there...)

We chatted and soon the rest of the family woke up. We gathered as we went to breakfast...and BOY was it a good hearty breakfast! I wish NYC had this kind of hearty breakfast as though they put their hearts into meals rather than just serving it as a number.

Man! So the skillet was amazing and we headed back to the cabin...then headed out towards Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, which was our plans for the day.

Before that we had to stop by the expo once again to pick up T's racing packet, who was E's girlfriend. No biggie...

I had to show SM where this expo was as we went to get the race packet..there SM also met up with her friend and chatted a bit. I talked to the race director once again...as I was curious about other things...then came the scan. The guy recognized me (because I had to change up my chip) and he asked me if the "Walmart Girls" were here. I told him that SM was their sister and had to give the low down to SM about the scanning of the chips and how her sister thought it was funny how they were "scanned" like an item you bought with a bar code.

We then left to go to Mt. Rushmore as we got a yearly pass ticket, good for the whole year!
Mt. Rushmore was a huge disappointment...it was foggy and we couldn't see one thing. We decided to make the most out of it as we took a tour with this family...

Now mind you this is what we saw...

Anyways, we found out how Mt. Rushmore came about, the facts of how the four presidents were decided upon placement on the monument...and the origins of each one...boy was it cold though. The temperature must have been close to 30-50 degrees and misty. We decided to go back to the car and go to crazy horse...hopefully that would not be a disappointment.

The crazy horse monument was HUGE, although it was the right time where you could go up to the arm of the monument, though it was raining and well, we just wanted to remain dry...and good thing too. We saw the movie that told us the history behind crazy horse and then we were going to venture out when a huge hail storm came abouts outside...wheew! We just stayed inside, so we could skip that part.

We saw that after the clouds moved, we stopped at this most scenic lake...boy was this beautiful. It was so calm, peaceful and reserved. We saw the coulds move more and more as we just though, we could get the perfect shot of Mt. Rushmore. M and I were loving every minute of the camera and getting that right picture.

Since we had the pass, we decided to truck it back to Mt. Rushmore to see what we had missed...we waited...waited....WAITED!

Ahhh! It was amazing! The clouds lifted and we were in business! Amazing!

The sights of nature was just amazing and well we called it a day after and decided to have one huge feast for dinner.

Since all of SM's family was doing the half marathon together (walking) which is absolutely amazing and I would never choose to even walk that many miles. We decided to have a ton of pasta and well...test our culinary skills...

We actually had a whole lot more than we could chew and good thing we didn't make our pasta...it was CRAZY! I cooked my infamous chicken parmasian, which was absolutely delicious and got some great compliments. It was just marvelous! Absolutely marvelous!

I had my many servings of food and SM's family could not believe that I eat so much...but this was my tradition! This was what I do before a marathon...we ALL went to bed pretty early as the half marathoner's were to get up super early and leave at 6:15...boy! I didn't believe SM's family could be so quiet before a marathon...it was amazing!

Well...the hard part was the actual realization that it was going to rain tomorrow and figure out what we were going to wear....it was going to be in the 40's...brr! It's JUNE! Come on!

Well...that's that! Bedtime and we'll see...though I usually get nervous and this was not the case with this race before the marathon...confident and cool...high expectations.

6/5/09

Fly to South Dakota...

"Almost every first-time marathoner says the same thing at the finish line: 'Never again.'" Bob Glover, The Runner's Handbook

Ok, not getting much sleep last night as I went to bed at 2:30 am because my roommate gave me a movie to watch and it was a chick flick of Bridal Wars...

Anyways, my flight is in JFK today at 9:30 am which means subway in it over and getting up at 6 am...I like to be there early without any issues and totally plan ahead.

I awoke this morning at 5 am, not really knowing why, though I think I heard a mosquito in my ear buzzing. Then I just awaited and napped for my alarm to wake me up at 5:50 am...I got up, got ready quickly and just left...wheew! I hope I have enough warm clothes as I don't know or have a clue of what the weather is like...but brought or over brought many items...opps!

I usually over pack as I usually am ok and should be use to these away marathons...though, this time around, I didn't bring my laptop, since I got this baby of a Blackberry...

As I await for my subway to arrive, one goes by, then the other one is in like 15 minutes...I make it to JFK but have troubles with my ticketing due to the flight to South Dakota changing...weird! Uh, somewhat getting scared, but ok....day off, no crowds and I'm early, so I will make it through...I confirmed over the phone, but oh well...taken all of my items off and scanned through..

I had some time and checked the weather for Sunday... GREAT! SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS!!! Whahoo! Wonderful and 50 degrees as well...As we fly over the flat planes of America and slowly ease into the mountainous regions of the west, the land becomes rugged and roads are only foreseeable. I await to land in Salt Lake City, Utah for my connection to Rapid City, SD.

As I get of the plane and move to my next destination, I get an e-mail blast from the Association and CS, MM and JL, who are putting this together with me for the Alzheimer's Association Run 2 Remember...I notice that we had lost two members as well (probably from their chances in getting into the lottery in their acceptance) but hopefully they can get more people on the team...

As I wait, I see people smoking in a smoking room...WHAT! I couldn't believe it! The airport actually has a smoking room at the terminal...weird, I guess you barely see that anymore in the least...

As I just wait, I see another runners sitting next to me, we chat and talk. I get the signal that they are runners from the new balance shoes + the fact that they are wearing a Bill Rodger's t-shirt...we chat a bit as they recognize one of my teammates who is also in the 50 state club and marathon maniacs...KK!

As I finally get into the little jet plane to Rapid City, SD...the small child in back of me and mom is changing his diaper! Oh my gosh, I can't believe this! What! An enclosed environment and sitting next to me! Ok, the smell subsided, but as we were taking off, the kid kicks and hits the back of my chair! Wonderful! I take a nap...all good.

I talk with this guy that has a Bay to Breaker's shirt on and ask him if he was doing the marathon... he said no, but he lives in San Fran and he saw that I had a Yanks hat on and said he was originally from Rhode Island (Red Sox nation)...we have a friendly rivalry...all good.

Anyways, finally arrive at Rapid City airport and whooaa! Small airport! Crazy! Rolling hills of the quiet out west...but absolutely beautiful! I finally get picked up by SM's sisters who drive me to the cabin...

I realize this...the comfortably that her sisters have towards me is amazing. Picking up a stranger (one of your sister's friends that you do not know) is strange...no? Well, they opened up with welcoming arms as they were hilarious!

Fun people...

They sort of had a backup and a traffic jam as they are not use to this due to construction. This is typical in NYC on a Friday afternoon and they said that this is not typical in South Dakota...

We headed in as they gave me the background of Stugges (biker rally in the summertime as it is PACKED with bikers and beer and women). We headed into Deadwood as we then went to pick up our race packets...

Picking up our race packets was rather funny as we got our packets from a list (find your name and number). Then, they picked up all of their race packets for all family members and friends...they picked up about 8-10 people as I got SM's...absolutely nuts!

I was really surprised that they even were allowed to get more than one packet without checking ID's, but this was a small race. They were pretty inexperienced with getting all of these things as they referred to the chips as "scanning devices like items in Walmart"...oh that is way too funny. I talked to the race director about water and power aide as it is only offered every 2 miles...is this going to be a problem? Also I asked with intentions of knowing what the age group awards will be...as I saw from last year's results that I could come close in my age group of winning an award, as well as coming within the top 10 overall I'd things go well...

Although there is also the fact of ALTITUDE, which I was well aware of from the Steamboat marathon, which has proven to being my personal worse of marathon times...

Anyways, we strolled around as the sunset and got some burgers at a local place.

We arrived back at their family owned cabin as it looked pretty small from the outside (but looks are deceiving!). From the inside, it was amazingly large, filled with beds, couches and a loft...it was amazing and an architectural splendor. We waited for the rest of the family (SM's mom and two other younger sisters as they had 5 in the family and SM is in the middle.) They arrived later on in the night as SM also arrived even later...though I was pooped and went to bed!

6/4/09

No run, packing...

"It is important to keep the marathon in perspective. Running does not have to be the controlling element in your life, but if you become a marathon runner it probably will be, for a while." Marc Bloom, The Runner's Bible

So after I was allowed to leave from work, I stayed. I needed to finish up on some last minute NY Flyer's marathon training stuff and then work on some Alzheimer's Marathon Training stuff...

NYF- some minor adjustments where we had to change a few dates and correct a few items as well as a whole fiasco of politics within our club...boy, I feel like - am on the board yet again...I don't know how GW does this year after year and it amazes me about how much time it actually takes to set things up. It's actually pretty amazing that he only really cares about other people within the club and others for Team for Kids...

On the Alzheimer's standpoint, we received a file from the central office. On all the applicants that had applied for the Alzheimer's Association group showcases their application, which I need as a coach on where they are within the starting point of this marathon training. What kind of races they have ran before, how experienced of.a runner they are and their incentives to why running for the Alzheimer's Cause...

It was quite amazing to see all these people have family members with Alzheimer's or with Dimentia and wants to make a difference...

I left the office pretty late and thought I was going to return home and then run...I had not ran since Monday night and I needed a run! So I needed to quickly change and go out and back along the east side to and from the Staten Island Ferry...

I didn't go...I returned home too late thinking I could get out. It was 9pm and I had yet to eat dinner or pack up for my marathon, which I was leaving early tomorrow morning...

Opps! I have this whole drill of what I bring to marathons...certain clothes, over clothes, certain clothes after...it's a whole pack...crazy! I didn't even know what the weather would be like either...just bring along some items of clothing...doomed if it is cold...but made sure I brought a jacket (my free Steamboat Springs). We'll just have to wait and see now won't we...packed and ready to go...ate dinner and did not run....

I'm trying something that I have never done before, which is an actual taper...so fresh legs on Sunday morning.(Or rather broken legs, because the less I train, the more my injuries show over time)

We shall see...

6/3/09

National Run Day!

"The more energy you expend in running, the more energy you have." Kevin Nelson, The Runner's Book of Daily Inspiration

So I sign up for this museum tour after work (actually we leave at 4:30 pm, which you get out of work pretty early...sweet. But when we actually commuted up towards the site in which one of the projects that I have worked on, (hence me going up)...

We arrived at El Museo (E 103rd street and 5th ave) where we did our tour...I had thought the tour was only going to last a short while, but I thought wrong, the people in charge gave us the whole scoop and ran longer than I wanted. I wanted to get out by 6:30 pm....to run with ST (or SH?) and wanted to run with Deena Kastor...but the tour ran longer than I had imagined. I was trying to think of ways of getting out, eye hurting from the dust, stomach ache or something else, though I really did not have the urge to lie to my co-workers...

I decided to suck it up and miss running with Deena, though I wanted to get her signature on some photos that I had printed the night before. These would be great gifts for raffle prizes for next year's Alzheimer's donation fund raising events that I will have for my fund raising.

I finally got out of my touring and ran up towards Engineer's gate...it was like 6:59 when I arrived and wasn't sure if Deena was still going to be there. I saw that some people were coming in, and my running club was getting ready to gather for their usual Wednesday night run, though Deena was not in sight as I heard that she was behind...ST finally showed up and chatted with her for a while, then Deena showed!

Wow, she's tiny...thin and recovered from her injury during the Olympics in Beijing when she dropped out. She was running in NYC for the National Running Day!


As people finally were done taking pictures with Deena, I went up to ask for her signatures on my many photos, of which I took of. Her during the women US qualifiers in Boston before the Boston Marathon.
Mary Wittenberg also showed up and saw the photos...and she actually appreciated it.

Ahh! The Flyers then took a photo together and then I ran back with ST and took the bus home to my apartment...

What a day! Awesome! Ryan Hall's signature, Deena Kastor's signature...

Who else can I possibly get next?

Excellent!

6/1/09

To Jeremy's Ale House

"Runners are no longer content with fitness but are seeking a new awareness of the self in the total experience of running - and more often than not they are culminating that quest by running a marathon." George Sheehan

So it was going to be a short run today for the Monday group run, although I needed to plan ahead and run a bit before. I needed to finish up on a few things for work before I left, so I changed and it was already 6:30 pm, by the time I got out.

Ok, 15 minutes up and 15 minutes down...straight ahead! I decided to go up to 42nd street on the west side and then back down again to meet up with the Monday group run folks beforehand, since they were only going a good 5 miles...

I felt fine after the half marathon on Sunday, but it was ok to be cautious and just go with it.

As I passed Chelsea Piers, past the west side, past the Jacob Javitz Center..and who do I see...AC! Wow, I haven't seen her in a while...ms. Puker herself...(Only kidding hon!). Anyways, she joined the Flyers due to being on our last minute team for the Urbanathlon challenge 2 years ago and that was with PB&J...

So I ran with her for a little while and she ran in the other direction as I was soon to follow and catch up to her...she's a great gal...and she has such a fighting spirit...gosh the competitiveness in that gal!

As I turned around to go back, I see her yet again...I put my arms to the side of me like "What Happened?"

We talk, I stop and ask her a bunch of stuff like what's going on and all that jazz.. Then I remember! She's turning to being a PT...and she's taking massage classes on top of it..SO! Maybe asked her if her school happened to do the NYC marathon...

Hmm...it was a good thing and well you have to use your connections anywhere possible...and this was for a good cause: for my Alzheimer's Association group of marathon runners, which hopefully we would get the Time Warner Center for a meeting location for an after party.

Anyways, I ask...hopefully...hopefully... She didn't guarantee, but steered me in the right direction and the certain people to talk with that would give me the right answers...so hopefully things will turn out great!

I left to meet up with the Monday night group, but by the time I had actually got to the starting point, I may have already missed them...so best if I get to the point where they are coming across to the Westside highway and then backwardsly go into them...

I reached the stop light and was just about to go over when, I saw JM there waiting for all of the members of the team...since I was already late, might as well stay with her till the crew was coming anyways...there was not much of the difference if I went to find them as much as if I just waited there...

So I waited with JM and we chatted. Then a while's went by and in my head was a thought that I could have met them in the starting point...but oh well...FINALLY!

The calvary has arrived and I had thought the fast crew was going slow...because they wanted to speed up after I got there...but they didn't speed up an inch...so I left them and needed the distance...so I did all of the piers and tried to play catch up and boy was that rough around the edges!

The guys that usually go out quickly did not even budge! What happened to you guys? Did any of you run the half the Saturday of? Is this why you were tired? Cause seriously they were not moving like they usually are.

I needed to regain my stride and gait for this weekend because whenever you run, you tend to revert sometimes to the same effects of what you did last time...and last time being the heartbreak hill half with Amy...

Anyways, I rounded out all of the piers and passed the rest of the crew along the west side highway, battery park, winter garden and statue of liberty...wheew...

I heard JM say, "well, it's about time you came!". Jesus! I'm not Superman you know! Haha...anyways, all good, round out the Staten Island Ferry part to keep going around South Street Seaport...though I extended it going around the piers as well, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and remembering when The Falls were up...

Anyways, Jeremy's ale House was around that area and it had been about a year since we had last been there...wheew! Beer, Greasy Food and umm...good conversation...

It was the usual first Monday run....and it felt great!