Thursday, January 31, 2008
Here we were before we're about to take off on the weekly run with the Tampa Bay Runners, and two of my oldest running friends are into comparisons. I'm only 1/2 listening as I wonder, "who do I want to, or can, I keep up with tonight." when I look over and see Mike and Dave in a debate over whose is bigger.
They were talking about hernia scars. Sometimes it sucks getting old! Though my old buddy Dave took me through 9 sub-8-minute-miles, the last of which was at 7:04 (I remember bragging about my 9 minute miles in a 2007 post.) Davo was the inspiration for Friday's song of the week.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I'm the only cat from Florida. Most are from California.
Check it out, I know 9 of them (they don't all know me, but I know 9)
Starting with my excellent friend, Michelle Barton. Besides me, I'm cheering harder for her than anyone. I was there for her first full 100, and I hope we are running side by side at Wasatch and snagging that crow, or Egret, or Eagle, or whatever it is. I miss you Mischa!
Then there are the excellent Arkansas race directors Stan and Chrissy Ferguson.
Now here's a big name, (Gawd, I hope he aint writin' a book about this, it's wreck my deal, or pleeeese, pleeese, keep it to a short article, a man can only spend so much money!) Dean Karnasas. Karno, throw a brother a bone man. I don't want to do it, but if you are writing a book about this, I'll throw your rich butt off of a mountain. It'll have to be at Leadville, because that's an out and back course, and the man is way too fast for me to catch, I'll have to set up a Karno trap. Maybe a snare with a two-million dollar bill as bait, yeah, that's the ticket.
Me: I rock!
Fred Pollard- I ran Rocky Raccoon with he and Michelle and Xy and Leigh back in 2006. Fred and I shared a room, he didn't snore too much. Good luck Fred, you are a gentleman (but could you please throw Karno off of cliff for me, it might look too obvious if I did it. I mean I like Dean, I really do, but....)
Karsten Solheim: Did a post on him last year. Karsten son of Karsten founder of Ping. Old dude, keeps on chugging like a frat boy at a Sewanee kegger!
Xy Weiss- The Dirty Girl her self. I love Chrissy Weiss. She always makes me feel good when I see her. She's generous (1/2 my running friends are in DG Gaiters free of charge thanks to Chrissy), she's a great runner, and she puts the bad guys in the slam (not in my slam, but in the jug, in the greybar hotel, sends them up way up the river!)
I'm going to improve this post over the ensuing days, dig up and post pictures, so keep looking back to see pictures of my friends/bastards that want to take my trophy or steal my book deal!
Hey, best of luck to every one of them, even Karno, and the other 29 (but aint it something, 38 will line up at Western States, and only 13 will make it, well me and 12 others, I hope, I hope, I hope!)
Monday, January 28, 2008
It's weird how that happens. It still intimidates me to look at going long two days in a row. Yet, I usually feel at least as good, and many times better on the second day of the two. I'll admit that a 1/2 marathon isn't that long in distance to me, (hey, gotta understand where I'm looking to go, yes, it is a long way and anyone doing it is to be proud) but the effort of a 1/2 marathon race is big.
Let me just put it this way, Dr. Frank asked me, "Can you just go out and use this for a training run without racing it?"
My, answer then, "I'll let you know."
My answer now, "Er, a, No."
I started slowly, put myself in the back of the pack. Then I was driving myself batty wondering when I could pass these wuzzy folks who were walking down the slippery (see quotables,) muddy, rooty, downhills. After about 3 miles I had my chance to pass, and I took it, zipping around. Then I didn't necessarily run that fast, but nor did I let up, and ala race mode, I didn't let anyone pass me (though 1 dude did, he was lightening and had started the race late.) So, my time wasn't great, but it was a race effort.
And I know it was a substantial effort for Frank, and I can see that he is getting ready for his 50-mile ultra in March. He'll do well, and I hope I do too. We're working at and that's a fact!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Sure is fun though. My 1/2 marathon PR: 1:31. My Alafia 1/2 PR: 2:01. This year I ran 2:10, But:
Hey, I 8 not whining (a little oak in there SuperDave), I had me some fun, I got my money's worth, and that aint a lie! And at the end, my just reward. A man's home is his castle, well I really live out of my car, so I guess it's my New Castle (hehe!)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Found this baby while I was running on Friday am, at 4 AM, in the 'hood. Not bad, I only had to run one mile with it. Squeak, squeak, reminds me of a would be assassin, Squeaky Foam, wasn't that her name? Tried to pop a cap in my man Gerry Ford.
I'll use Squeaky for my drop at the road crossing at Croom. Hey, Bozos, pick up your trash and then (wait for it....... wait....., just a little longer......) Drop and give me 20!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
So contact me and I'll hook you up. I need trail markers (Chris, Woody, Dan?), I need packet stuffers, I need cooks (Becky, Joe), I need cleaner-uppers, I need aid station volunteers.
Cool, it'll be a Par-Tay!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
As for Vermont, well, they added a 100K. I hope that means some of my Florida folks can commit to it (Candi, Julie, Andrea, Dan, Jon, Beckz, Woody), I mean if on race day you don't feel like doing the American Hunert Miles, you can switch to the metric 100K jobby and still get in a great run in a beautiful locale! One drawback, due to the popularity of the 100K, the race is filling up fast. So, you probably only have till 3/1 to make up your mind. Traditionally the race does not fill up at all, but the 100K is..... well, 38 miles shorter, hence more popular.
I'm in, Wedge is in, Tracy and Adam are in. Yall come, it'll be a Par-Tay!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
FRENCH TOAST MAN
Select and sing along with Fred to the first verse! (RealAudio).
Oh -- The French Toast ManThe French Toast ManHe rides around the cornerTakes a turn around the blockHe's got a lot of french toast in the backHe's got it wrapped up in a sock.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
After Silver Lake, we started seeing very many hiker/campers who came to us from the greater Orlando area. Even though they came on church bus, they still seemed pretty nice. Evangelicals just get up there beside me. My God's better than your God, and if you don't like him we're going to have to kill you. Chill out! Religion isn't special if you have to force it on people, why don't some people get that? After the church folks we saw some old people hiking the trail, that was cool, go oldsters! All in all, it was the busiest I've ever seen the trail with hikers, and it was not a nice day.
All in all, a good day. If you stayed home, Drop and give me 20! Now off to the movies, I may even get butter on my popcorn!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Former NFL player and steroid user turned anti-steroid crusader dies in freak accident Steve Courson died today when a tree he was cutting down fell on him.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Last night as the Beckster and I were flying (jogging slowly) around Carrollwood, I looked to my left on this well kept suburban street and laying right there is 1.__A Home Pregnancy Test_. Imagine my surprise! Why it reminded me of the time I was running through the woods and saw 2.__Dan & Woody slurping beers__ as I stopped to 3.__Pee_____.
Of all the crazy things I have found or seen nothing4. _Tops, beats, or was as useful to me as_ the time that I found 5.__two Porn magazines___ just outside of 6. _the Park__ by my house.
It doesn't just happen on training runs either. There was the time in Arkansas when I almost tripped over 7. _A Tarantula_ and the time in Vermont when I went chasing after a 8._A $1 Bill attached to some fishing line, complete with fisherperson_, right after I picked up 9. _a 12-Pack of Bud in the woods_.
Still none of that compares with the time my old friend Eric found the picture of 10. _two hot and naked young ladies making out (it was a Polaroid, which was neat)_ when were running the hills in San Antonio!
And, I swear it's a true story! Actual Answers later in the week. A Chili's Gift card to SuperDave for coming closest!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Here's how it broke down:
Ran 44 going in to Sunday, with 21 of that coming on Saturday. Had to do 16 on Sunday, everything on me felt good no problem.
Started out at 6:48 AM at Morris Bridge Park in East Tampa. Ran a rapid 8, then hopped into the car and drove to Walt Didney World and found a free parking space on the side of the road right at the 22 mile mark. 3:20 showed on the clock, so I would be seeing competitors running 4 hour and over marathons. This fit with most of my friends running the race, so I was excited at the prospect of jogging a few miles with some of my buds.
First I figured would be Bryan Singletary, then I figured Julie who was doing the Goofy challenge, 1/2 marathon yesterday and marathon today. Also, I figured to see Barbara, my ex- of whom I am so proud for starting this running journey.
Out of that group I only saw Bryan. I ran down a mile from my car and picked up Bryan at the 21 mile mark and ran to about 23 with him. His training was hampered by a couple of injuries, but he was toughing it out.
After running two with Bryan I was treated to a bonus when I saw Ron Balow and the lovely Paula Cronin. They complained about not doing well, but they were zipping past everyone around them, and doing so with ease. I think they were just smart and started slowly on this hot and muggy day.
One more time I trotted back to my perch at the 21 mile mark and then came fellow Leto Falcon and groovy Luna Chick, Pam Dickens, we did 1/2 mile together and she told me to look out for her husband, whom she had left in the dust 1/2 mile back. As I jogged back to my stand, I did in fact see Billy and wished him well, though he didn't appear to want any company. Next came long and lean Caryl Albergo. Caryl runs a couple of marathons every year and works and is a mom, OF EIGHT! So, don't complain, Caroy can do it, so can we (of course Carol robbed a bank, an armored car, and few liquor stores along the way, because I currently have 3 of her passel in Catholic high school, and that is not free..... although, you'd think it was with what they pay me.. there it is Chase).
Anyway, I never did see Barbara, though she finished in a very respectable 5:48. I never did see Julie, though she was the fastest of the crew in 4:15, despite running the 1/2 marathon the day before, way to go Julie!
Ron and Paula 5:13
Pam & Bill: 5:46 (he caught and passed her at the end)
Barbara- 5:48 1st one ever!
Caryl: 6:32 (not bad, she did the 1/2 on Saturday and still beat her goal)
I have run the Disney Marathon 5 times, it sucks, don't do it! But if one of your sucker friends is doing it, or any marathon, go out and run a few miles with them, that was a lot of fun, and my car didn't even get towed! Yippeekaiaye!
PS, Sad news from the Magic Kingdom. Seems like Mickey and Mini have split. Don't know for sure the reason, there is the theory that Mini was caught in a compromising situation with Pinocchio and heard yelling, lie you son of a gun, lie! Personally I don't believe it, I just think she's f'ing Goofy!
Why am I a sucker? Shoot, I don't know, I just am, but here's the latest evidence. I am the new head track coach at Tampa Catholic High School. I didn't want to do it. Jeez, I don't mind being an assistant, that's actually kind of fun, but paper work, arranging transportation, scheduling meets, that stuff blows chunks.
But, I am a tough negotiator! I told them I wanted $9,000 as a supplement (as I got 500 for Cross Country I was not hopeful.)
TC countered with ..... No, we'll get someone else.
I then went down to $8800, they said, no we'll get someone else.
Well the joke was on them, the other guy wouldn't do it, so they came back to me.
I reiterated my demand, 9K!
Er, Ok, what will you give me?
Well try to get me more, and I'll call an organizational meeting for next week.
Andy Mathews is a big time sucker (but at least we have a brand new synthetic track!)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Cool, I won't have to go over the boulders at Western States, I can just pitch them out of the way!
Could these be the howlers about whom he speaks?
The University of West Virginia Mountaineers
Hey, I'd be PO'd too if I were a WVU fan (mostly because it would mean association with West Virginia, only two good things to come out of W.VA are Interstate 24..... and ..... and.... like I said, there's only one good thing to ever come out of W.VA), I mean losing your coach to some Northern school, but to threaten a man? I mean egg his house, smash his mailbox (don't really) but to threaten a man and his family? Hey WVU fans, Drop and give me 20! Losers!!!!
Special thanks to My Friend Amy for sending over the picture. The picture also came with a question: How do mountains hear? I do not know the answer.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Great little scam this dude has cooked up the fine folks at Wasatch. Ok, to be guaranteed acceptance into Wasatch (if you don't get in the the Feb. 2 Lottery), you have to sign up for the Slam and finish the first three races of the Slam. June 28, Western States (60% finish rate), July 19, Vermont (70% finish rate), August 16, Leadville (40% finish rate), September 6, Wasatch (65% finish rate). Finish Rate for the Slam- 30%
From the Wasatch Front 100 Webstie: http://www.wasatch100.com/
GRAND SLAM RESTRICTED ENTRY PROVISION
If you indicated on your application you are planning on running the grand slam, and your name is not drawn during our runner selection process in February, the race committee will hold your application and entry fee.
You will be allowed to run the 2008 Wasatch 100 if you satisfy the following requirements:
1) Grand Slam hopefuls must apply for the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run in a timely manner as do all other entrants. Applications not postmarked during the specified application period will be returned to sender.
2) You must also apply to the Grand Slam through Steve Baugh in a timely manner.
3) You must successfully complete the first three races in the grand slam.
4) Your completed trail work form for the Wasatch 100 must be postmarked no later than the August 18th deadline.
If you do not satisfy all of these conditions your application will be denied and your entry fee will be returned to you.
From the Grand Slam Award Website: http://www.run100s.com/gs.htm
In order to be eligible for the award and official recognition, registration must be received by June 25, 2008. Registration fee is $80 (which covers finishers awards). Refunds prior to June 25th will be subject to a $10 processing fee. No refunds after June 25th. Send signed registration form and fee to:
Grand Slam of Ultrarunning
796 South 980 East
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062-9531
Ok, so here's the rub: I am happy with Wasatch, it's cool to allow someone to pursue a special dream, and hey, if you don't finish any one of the three races if you got in via the slam, you get your dough back. But these GS Award people are making a killing! To guarantee to get in to Wasatch you have to sign up, that's $80. And you have to sign up before the 1st race of the Slam. Western States isn't until June 28th, yeah they need your money by.... June 25. And guess what, no refunds after.... June 25! Can you wait to see if we at least finish the first race? No! You pay now, and there's a 66.67% chance you just paid for NOTHING!
Steve Baugh and the Grand Slam Awards People take a page out of Meatloaf's songbook.
Two Out of Three (pure profit baby!) Aint Bad!
Thanks a lot Grand Slam Award People, Drop and give me 20! Losers!! (I hope it's a nice eagle though)
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The Man with the worst name in ULTRARUNNING, LES MILES!
More happy for Les, he's not an ultrarunner, rather he is the head coach of the, cough, cough, "National Champion" LSU Bengal Tigers. Yeah, they only lost two games, but still national champions. Did they win in the playoffs, well no. See, the NCAA, they really just guess who should play, and then they play. There is talk of a lottery to determine who plays for next year's national championship. Hey, but none of that is Les' fault; more fault to the NCAA, losers that they are.
Hey NCAA, drop and give me 20, losers!
Speaking of losers, I guess "Revenge Against the Tree" Andy OSU'd Big-Time (had the early lead and folded like a cheap lawn chair) against "Arkansas" Andy (Shoe covers and all Arlene). So, we don't have to see Prego-Andy no mo'. I'll miss him, but not that much.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
And let's contrast this to your average Giants' fan (U-G-L-Y, you Aint got no Alibi!)
The Bucs best hope, Ronde calls for a session with Star pschobablist, Andrea! (I had to attach a more recent picture of Andrea, this was actually during our last trail run, but she asked that I take the other one off of the web, she actually looked very cute in the other, but it didn't edit well, this one edited better)