3/30/11

Gma...

I had a dream last night where it was an interesting story...my grandma was maybe telling me something.

In my dream, I can recollect my cousin, Eric being there, where my grandma was escaping...with the help from my cousin.

She was on a bus I can recall and she had told me the everything will be ok and not to tell anyone that she is gone.
She's ok...she's in a better place. Definitely!

As far as running goes, it's so non-existant! I don't know, why I'm taking it easy...guess, I just have to taper from here on in...I know that I am not in the same shape I was at last year...most of my ailments are out of the way as I am "healthy" as can be...but we'll see! We'll see how we do in 3 weeks...in a little town called Beantown...

And then a short 2 weeks (more like 1.5) after on the coasts of Cali at Big Sur...challenge! Yes, definitely a challenge!

I'm so not ready!

Run hard, run strong...run from the heart!
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3/18/11

BIG SUR NEWS...

Big Sur: Landslide shuts Highway 1 near Bixby Bridge

http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-highway-1-big-sur-20110217,0,2727172.story

The Bixby Bridge, shown in 2009, is near the road closure on California Highway 1 in the Big Sur area. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

By Jane Engle
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

March 17, 2011, 1:42 p.m.

Here’s an alert for motorists headed to the Big Sur area in Central California: California Highway 1 is shut down for about two miles between the historic Bixby Bridge on the south (about 13 miles south of Carmel) and Palo Colorado Road on the north because of a landslide. Detours can take hours.

The damage: The landslide, which happened Wednesday just south of the Rocky Creek Bridge, dropped a section of the scenic coastal road into the sea, according to the website of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It added: "The damage has yet to be fully assessed, but early estimates are the road will remain closed for at least 1 month."

Here's a Google Map of the closure area:


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Landslides are common along this road during the winter months; a major slide occurred in March last year.

Alternate routes: Park officials said the only direct route to state parks in the Big Sur area was from the south, on Highway 1 from Cambria.

Anyone wanting to visit Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park or Point Sur State Historic Park would be blocked from the north, they said. So motorists were advised to take U.S. Highway 101 south, then California Highway46 west and then Highway 1 north. The park website added: "This detour is significant and will increase the drive time by 3 or more hours."

More info: For updates on road conditions, go to the California Department of Transportation's road information page and enter "1" in the search box or call its information line: (800) 427-7623.

3/16/11

Running Isn't Just a Pastime, It's a Job

Running Isn't Just a Pastime, It's a Job
By JEN MURPHY

David Willey has a hard time convincing friends to join him for a run. "People are scared to run with me. They think I'm some Olympic runner," he says.

Though he's been running for 25 years, Mr. Willey, the editor in chief of Runner's World magazine, says he's far from an elite athlete. "I'm still chasing my 3:20 Boston [marathon] qualifying time. It's eluded me four marathons in a row," he says.

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David Willey, center, editor in chief of Runner's World, joins a group of co-workers in a lunchtime run from the magazine's offices in Emmaus, Pa., about once a week.

The 43-year-old father of three has completed five marathons to date. He recently started a 16-week training program leading up to the hilly Big Sur Marathon in California on May 1.

When preparing for a race, Mr. Willey runs up to 50 miles a week. Luckily, the atmosphere at Runner's World, located in Emmaus, Pa., at the Rodale Publishing headquarters, is very fitness conscious. "There's an athlete culture here, so instead of going out to lunch, like you might in New York City, you take an hour bike ride, and then grab lunch at your desk and get back to work," says Mr. Willey, who took on the editor-in-chief role in 2003. "It makes it easy to fit exercise into a normal day."

The company gym has cardio and strength equipment, plus free daily fitness classes in everything from Ashtanga-style yoga to Pilates. "We've got running trails outside of our door," he says. "Look out the back door of the office buildings each day at noon and there's always a group of runners or cyclists meeting for a lunch run or ride."

Get a glimpse of David Willey's lunchtime workout with his colleagues at Runner's World magazine. The editor-in-chief also gives training and fitness tips for both new and longtime runners.

Mr. Willey, who is also a senior vice president of Rodale, says running is key to helping him perform his job well. "I have less and less time in my life right now. I have a big job, three young kids," he says, "I'm pretty protective about keeping an hour in the day for myself and I use it to run but also to get some head space to think. If I can't figure out a story, I'll go for a run."

Mr. Willey has ambitious goals for 2011. Over the summer, he plans to switch to triathlon training and do a couple shorter races, as well as attempt his first-ever half-Ironman. He also plans to compete this year in all three Runner's World Challenge Races: the Big Sur Marathon, the Chicago half-marathon on Sep. 11, and the Philadelphia Marathon on Nov. 20. He's hoping to finally break 3 hours and 20 minutes, the qualifying time for men his age for the Boston marathon, on the flat, speedy Philadelphia course.
The Workout

Now that he's in marathon-training mode, Mr. Willey runs four to five days a week, logging 35 to 50 miles. He includes one 20-mile run and one 22-mile run mixed into his 16-week program. When he isn't training, he's usually running two to three days a week.

One day a week, he might join a group of co-workers going out for a lunchtime run from the offices. Mr. Willey's colleague, Budd Coates, leads a speed workout session on Wednesday afternoons after lunch on the gravel path behind the offices. The interval workouts range from a quarter-mile to a mile.

"I love training with colleagues who are also preparing for races," says Mr. Willey. "You end up pushing yourself harder than you might otherwise on your own."

Mr. Willey believes cross-training is equally as important as running. In the summer, he may do up to 50 miles of cycling per week. Two Mondays a month he takes a yoga class at the office. On the other Mondays, he does a circuit-training strength session at the gym, focusing on his problem areas like hamstrings and shoulders. He usually gets in one swim session per week and will alternate swimming intervals and distance. Sundays are always long run days, or if he's training for a triathlon, he uses Sundays to do what triathletes call a brick: a training session of cycling followed by running.

Mr. Willey got hooked on triathlons last summer after he competed in one."I've never felt better physically in the past decade [than now], even with all of my cross-training," he says. "Triathlon training is quite a bit different."

While the amount of workout time doesn't change, Mr. Willey says he has to slice and dice the workouts differently to adequately prepare for each discipline of a triathlon—running, cycling and swimming. He has to do a lot of double workouts in one day (swim in the morning, bike in the afternoon), which he says are mentally, physically and logistically challenging. "Swimming and biking require more advance planning."

On weekends, he'll try to include the kids in workouts. "On Sundays, they'll be waiting for me on their bikes when I finish my ride, and they'll bike alongside me while I run," he says. "It's great because the pacing is perfect, and it allows me to spend extra time with them."

The Diet

Mr. Willey says his wife calls him "annoyingly healthy." If she makes a salad, he'll add broccoli to make it healthier.

Mr. Willey wakes by 6:30 a.m. every day, has coffee and makes smoothies for his kids' breakfast. He usually drinks some of the extra smoothie and eats a whole-grain bagel or toast topped with peanut butter, or yogurt or kefir (a fermented milk drink) and fruit. He snacks every few hours on fruit and almonds at the office.

He eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a snack every day of the week, usually eating half pre-run and the rest post-run. Most days he has lunch at Rodale's cafeteria, which serves mostly organic, made-to-order meals.

He says he has found it easier to eat healthier now that he has kids and his work isn't based in New York City (fewer meetings at restaurants). "My wife and I rarely eat out anymore. She's become a great cook," he says.

Dinner at home is a mix of protein, carbs and "good fats." Salmon is usually on the table once a week, and whole grains and greens are staples.

But Mr. Willey says one reason he runs is because he likes to feel like he can eat whatever he wants, without feeling guilty. "Healthy eating can be fun and pleasurable and include things like burgers, beer and Reubens," he says.
Gear

Runner's World puts out four sneaker guides per year and about 300 wear testers, including Mr. Willey, are enlisted. As a wear tester, Mr. Willey is constantly sampling new makes and models.

"I almost never wear dress shoes. I'm almost always in running shoes at the office," he says.

Other than a Garmin GPS watch that he wears, he isn't much of a techie. He is more concerned with socks than tech gadgets.

"Running socks are on the short list of things I always recommend to new runners," he says. "Once you wear actual running socks you can't go back. I wince when I see someone wearing cotton socks." His favorites: Asics Kayano socks.
Fitness Tip

Mr. Willey believes that perhaps the most important ingredient to a successful training program is rest.

"I think of my rest day as part of a training plan. Many think of it as the antithesis of their training. But rest and sleep are key. Our bodies absorb and adapt our training when we are resting."
Quick Fix

"I never go anywhere without my bag of running shoes and clothes. I've become really good at squeezing in a run in between meetings. Even if I have an hour, I'll pull a Clark Kent and change real fast, run, then shower quickly at the Rodale office. I have no problem going into a meeting with wet hair."
Playlist

On long runs, Mr. Willey will listen to podcasts of the public radio program "This American Life." He has also created a running playlist that includes everything from Steve Earle to Eminem to Arcade Fire.

One of the surprises on his playlist isn't music at all. "I have Jesse Jackson's eulogy of Jackie Robinson on there. I've listened to that hundreds of times, and every time the hair stands up on the back of my neck."

Write to Jen Murphy at workout@wsj.com

3/7/11

My trip planned...

Things have not been going so smoothly in my life at this point, and I had committed to a trip with LR that I would hope to swing my moods around.

LR had been planning to do the Barcelona Marathon ever since after the New York City Marathon had ended in November. So I compromised averting a planned marathon that I had already planned for: The New Orleans Marathon to do the Barcelona Marathon (and escape from the troubles and worries of my life to date) to see a city and country that I have never been to in my life.

I had been troubled at first booking the flight, hotel and doing the Barcelona Marathon due to the roller coaster ride of feeling uneasy with my grandmother's recent condition and then passing (which happened the weekend before the Marti Gras Marathon, so I would have not been able to do the marathon anyways...)

I needed something fresh, new and exciting in my life and have a break from reality. I have been working 4 different jobs and when I was working as an architect, I had not taken any time off for vacations...so...in 3 years, I was going to somewhere and someplace that I was thrilled about.

Little did I know that when I had gotten to Barcelona, Spain...my thoughts and troubles had followed me and I had a tough time "letting" go...and "actually" enjoying myself. LR showed me the ropes and was kind and patient...

When we had gotten to Barcelona, it was not the usual weather that I had expecting: the warm dry summer sun basking on your face, making you smile and laugh, bringing the bright colors of the spanish sun baked tiles reflecting from every corner of the city...a little illusion?

Yes, this is what I had first imagined about the city from grade school when I first tried to learn the language and seeing pictures. But it rained and it was cold, which changed my moods drastically. The moods that I had already had before in NYC had followed me and I was again worried about one thing: Money...and a job...

Being on vacation is not at all how a person in my situation would "enjoy" a vacation (definition: to vacate one's own life and not worry about something else...)

I did not feel as though I could "vacate" my life right now (I should have...I was in a beautiful city, with a person I care about and everything going for me...why worry about your life if you are already there...might as well enjoy it? Right?). I am a worrier though, that's who I am and what I have become. I am consumed in my own misery that I was so occupied by that and not enjoying what I had in front of me. In many ways, I did not deserve all of this. I did not deserve a vacation. I did not deserve to be in this beautiful place, with a beautiful person and actually "enjoy" myself...how could I? When I had all of that behind me at home?

I had one thing going for me that didn't strike up the moods that much, which was that I had an interview waiting for me when I get back...and that brings me to the next thing...

I had just gotten word from submitting my resume and status in re-applying for an architecture firm and head hunters that the market is going back up!

I'm going back to architecture now, knowing the fact that I have tried this whole running career, but I don't think it will land me a full time job. I know that now and can realize that I can work this both ways. I can work with the fact that I need to focus on my career, future and life...move on from this misery...am I happier now? Not at all! I am tired of all of this moving around and trying to keep one from the other. Yes, the jobs are easier to me, but it doesn't leave much of a challenge in life and the appreciation may be there, but I know what my degree holds and I know that I need to get back into something before I completely lose all of my senses and skills.

Barcelona? Yes...that's in the next segment...
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