Saturday, June 21, 2008


Took me some time to get this together, sorry but here it is ....

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?

I used to go for a run and come back red faced, my legs hurt for days after and I waddled around like I wet my pants. It was never more than an hour and a 3K run around the block would be something I considered a good work out. I had shin splints so bad at times, I stopped all together. I was overweight, ran in cheap shoes and wore cotton. I still have the shorts I wore, which a several sizes bigger than what I have now. They were black, I had no style, not even bad style. I blended in with the world and lost who I was. I ran so slow, that old ladies pushing shopping jeeps passed me.

2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?

Worst - last week on Sunday I stopped after half an hour. I was so tired and felt like I would never run again.

Best - it doesn't get much better than this morning, just because I could

3. Why do you run?

I have to! Running is the place I go to relax and I love doing it. It keeps me from getting so stressed that I can't sleep and provides a positive outlet for energy and my thoughts. The irony is that when I run I can stop thinking all together and move around in a trance.

4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given about running?

Best - Break your race in to 3 parts, the first easy/comfortable, the second at pace and the third working hard and pushing beyond. And then there was the old guy who believed the secret to never having a knee problem was Brooks.

Worst - Don't do it. It will leave you a cripple. {I shake my head when typing this} Seems to me there are a lot out there who are looking for an excuse as to why they don't run and are quick to jump on you at first sign of a problem. It is a bit sad and their loss.

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.

I don't like yogurt. This goes back to my primary school days when I took a tub for lunch but left it in my vinyl school bag on a hot day. The lid came off, and the warm, sour paste contaminated the bag and left me with a smell that has stopped me eating the stuff since.

Monday, June 16, 2008

U.G.L.Y you ain't got no alibi

Lining up for Gold Coast marathon in less than 3 weeks ain't goin' to be pretty.

Right now 30 minutes is my max before I need a nap.

How did this happen?

If you have missed a few weeks, I had calf issues and dropped into long slow running. I followed this with surgery to remove minor skin cancer. It wasn't that obvious, as you can see with me pointing to the area of affliction ... look closely and you might detect it!

and so I get it sliced out -- all gone, no need to be concerned anyone.

but I can't run for 2 weeks.

Something about exploding uncontrollable blood gushing ... think car runs over fire hydrant. This is me holding the vein that keeps things from getting really messy.

Okay, that's not all ...


not Fidel ... more brutal ...

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The Gold Coast Marathon countdown is ticking ....