Runner’s World Half & Festival Oct 20th and 21st

Runners World Half LogoI am going to the Runner’s World Half and Festival -presented by by Altra Zero Drop Footwear – on October 20th and the 21st as a FitFluential Ambassador!

You can’t tell that I am very excited about going can you? Well – I am very excited about going to this event. Imagine that, me the guy who doesn’t get too excited about too many things, being excited about this!

This will also be the first big Destination Race and Event that I have ever done. My other racing has always been done within an hour or so of where I lived.

There will be a 5K and 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday – click here for the full schedule.

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Runner’s World Half and Festival Oct 20th and 21st

Runners World Half LogoI am going to the Runner’s World Half and Festival -presented by by Altra Zero Drop Footwear – on October 20th and the 21st as a FitFluential Ambassador!

You can’t tell that I am very excited about going can you? Well – I am very excited about going to this event. Imagine that, me the guy who doesn’t get too excited about too many things, being excited about this!

This will also be the first big Destination Race and Event that I have ever done. My other racing has always been done within an hour or so of where I lived.

There will be a 5K and 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday – click here for the full schedule.

No – I didn’t go for the Hat Trick – all three races that weekend (5k, 10, and Half Marathon). I opted to run the 5K on Saturday and the Half on Sunday, adding a 10K on Saturday would have made my goal of pushing the Half Marathon as hard as I can, much more difficult. However, there are many people who are doing the Hat Trick – all three races.

If you want to get a 10% discount on your race registration (any or all three of the races) use the discount code Blogger22.

FTC Disclaimer: My registration for these 2 races were complimentary. I will be blogging about my experiences during this event and all opinions are my own.

I am really looking forward to the people who I might be meeting/seeing down there – like: Bart Yasso, Shalane Flanagan, Dean Karnazes, Kristin Armstrong, Mark Parent and I am sure many other runners that I talked with on Twitter in hashtags #FitFluential, #RunChat, #FitBlog or others.

I will also get to finally meet some of my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors, that I have talked with online so much over the last year!

One person that I really hope to see again, while I am down there is Amby Burfoot. I had the pleasure of watching him during workouts, when several runners in the New London/Groton area would go to the Coast Guard Academy Indoor track back in 1985/86 – I wonder if he will remember me? I think we both have a bit more gray hair Winking smile.

I know that I am going to take a LOT of photos, blog and tweet about what I have seen, seminars that I am attending, the expo and who I get to talk to, while I am down there.

This will also be a great trial run for the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I will see what things I need to actually bring with me when travelling to a race, what I need to do to prepare for a bigger race, how to recover from the tough race and be ready to travel the next day. It will also give me a chance to see how I do running, with a lot more people around than I am used to. I know that I will do just fine.

By the way did I tell you how much I am looking forward to going to the Runner’s World Half and Festival! Smile.

Good Double Workout 9-11-12

IMG_0327Today was a double workout and the first one was tough, but the second one while it was only 4.5 miles was even tougher.

However, I finished at least 11.0 miles total for the day, like I said I would in my I Remember post from this morning.

In the Morning

I went to the Colby Track and did an interval workout with my Stepson-In-Law – Sean.

Well I should say I watched his back during a lot of the workout. He is half my age and a LOT faster than I will ever be again.

That said I had fun and enjoyed working out with someone else, it is a nice change of pace to do a workout and have someone to talk with, in between hard sets.

Plus it is a chance to get to know him a little better and he gets to know me better.
Colby Track Photo

Intervals all had a 1/4 mile cool-down in between sets, the sets that I took off, I jogged the slow lap with Sean.

Warm-up: 1.0 – 8:48

Mile – 7:14: I was definitely feeling the faster 13.1 from yesterday.

  1. 1/4 – 1:27: This one really hurt and I haven’t run this fast in many, many years. I wanted to see if I still had a sub 90:00 second quarter in me – yep everything hurt Smile.
  2. 1/4 – 1:40: I ran a lot more comfortably on this one and didn’t push as hard!
  3. 1/4 – DNR: Took this off, my hamstring and piriformis were squawking a bit at me, they didn’t like this fast a pace, but I knew that they would be.
  4. 1/4 – 1:37: Felt pretty decent on this one
  5. 1/4 – DNR
  6. 1/4 – 1:39: Last fast quarter for me, things were barking pretty good and I decided to shut it down, better safe than sorry.
  7. 1/4 – DNR
  8. 1/4 – DNR

Cool-down: 1.0 – 9:32

Afterwards we were stretching on the infield and I got this strange urge to take off my shoes and do some barefoot strides on the artificial grass. So I did.

8 x 100 yards at a good pace and they felt great – by the way I didn’t notice nearly as much discomfort, so I have a feeling some of my issues definitely have to do with my poor running form and mechanics. This was also the first time I have run barefoot in a while, something that I am going to have to do more of. It really made me focus how I was landing.

Sean stayed in the high 70’s to low 80’s for most of his quarters with the final one being 76. It was the first time he has been to the track in a while and he looked pretty wiped at the end. What I would give to be able to run that fast again.

Oh well – that ain’t happening at age 55. Green with envy

However, I am very happy with my part of the track workout today. I ran in lane 4, because lanes 1-3 are closed to general running. The MacMillan pace guide has me doing 400 meters at my current 5K race pace in 1:24, but running in an outside lane and doing quarters instead of 400’s – I think that I was pretty close to that pace.

Either way I felt good about my speed and know that it was smart to shut down the fast quarters when I did – I would hate to pop or pull something right now. It would be terrible timing.

Besides this workout was more about getting Sean some speed work in and he did a great job.

  • Total miles for me 6.7
  • For Sean: 7.7

So what did we do? We made plans to come back next week!

In the afternoon

I ran 4.5 miles to give me my 11 plus for the day. My legs were toast, everything hurt, but I remembered those people from 11 years ago and kept going – I had to. It was one of those runs that meant a lot to me and one I would finish no matter what – just the way it is. No it wasn’t fast, but I did it.

My day’s total was 11.2 miles.

I sure am glad that I have a day-off scheduled for tomorrow Smile, I definitely need it!

RunLog 9-11-12

I Remember

P8250031This is not my typical healthy-living or running type of post, but today is 9-11 and its aftershocks are a painful memory to many of us, wherever we were.

Every year since then  —

I remember.

Those two powerful Words conjure certain images for those of us who are old enough to remember that day. I was not in New York City, Washington, D.C., or Pennsylvania; I did not know those who perished or survived that terrible day.

But I remember.

I was on a business trip to New York City back in August this year, working in a building that looked down upon what we think of as “Ground Zero” – where the World Trade Center Towers had been.

It felt strange to be this close to that spot.

When I first looked down at the site, it brought back a flood of memories from that day 11 years ago.

The Day the World Changed

I was teaching at Good-Will Hinckley’s Glenn Stratton Learning Center, as a Special Education and U.S. History teacher for students that had behavioral and emotional disorders.

We learned about the first plane striking, the teaching and clinical staffs had a lively debate on the pros and cons of allowing our students to:

  • know what was going on
  • watching history unfold

We decided that the students needed to know and we turned on the television in the classrooms. Watching the horror and destruction that morning is something that I will always remember.

As I watched the smoke coming from the buildings, tears were streaming down my cheeks.

I remember one of our more “hardcore” teenagers looking at me and quietly asking, “Mr. Shaw why are you crying – this is just TV?”

I answered him back – quietly. “No this is not just TV, real people are hurt and dying in those buildings. Today is going to change our world as we know it.” He and the other students looked at me for a minute and there was a difference in how they were watching the events that were unfolding. The tears kept streaming and it wasn’t just me.

The rest of that day is a blur and was one of the most emotionally draining days of my life. Attempting  to maintain my composure, while re-assuring students that they were safe was very difficult, because I really didn’t know if they were. That night after work I went straight home, instead of going to the gym. I waited for my wife to come home and we talked – a lot.

The uncertainty that surrounded the days following the attack, were stressful for everyone in our Country. I am a retired Coast Guard Warrant Officer and one of my concerns was whether I would be recalled to active duty. There was no question about going if I had been recalled (I wasn’t), but it was stressful as we waited to see what happened next.

The events and images of that day are burned in to my soul, but at the same time – as the years go by and the actual feelings of anxiety, rage and powerlessness have faded. The images are becoming less clear, but I will remember the events of that day that I cried in my classroom.

The 11th Year

This year marks the 11th anniversary of 9-11. There will be crowds gathered, public ceremonies of grief, speeches made, rhetoric spoken, but I will not be a part of those activities. I prefer to honor those who died or had their lives changed forever that day – privately.

It is my way.

What will I do on 9-11-12?

To me 9-11 is a day of reflection.

This year I will run. After I finish I will find a quiet spot and think about that day, my life since and how fortunate I am to still be here, when so many are not.

The reality is that

My run today my personal way of honoring those who have had their lives irrevocably changed or lost that day.

I remember and will not forget,

Yes the tears streamed down my face again when I listened to this song, just same way I did the first time that I heard it.

Live your lives well and remember.