Friday, July 8, 2011

It was a Good Week!

I started the week feeling less than great about my running life. But alas after these 6 days:
Friday: 6 yuck very hot, very hard.
Saturday: 7 at Flatwoods- Good run, nice easy pace.
Sunday: 14 at Croom with Davo, Hot, horrible, wanted to die!
Monday: 5 at Flatwoods in the pouring rain. Awesome, no problem
Tuesday: With Davo in Lutz. Easy for Davo, almost impossible for me. Too fast, but valuable.
Wednesday: 15.5 with A2 and Nick. I felt pretty good. For the first time in a while I felt like I may be able to run long distances again.

What made the week good was that I felt much better at the end of the week than the beginning of the week. I actually got the sense that if I keep it up, I'll be ok.

It's an up and down thing, and I think that's what it's going to be like as I enter my 50's. I'll just prepare better than I have been. Better nutrition plan. Keep check on weight. And for God's sake, cross train. (I recently bought a bike race, now there's a baby step in the right direction.

We'll see.......

Sunday, July 3, 2011

God, I Hope this is Real!

Jeez, I gotta say, I hope this comeback is real!

See, I just got back from South Dakota where I laid an absolute egg in my try for 100 miler #17. I sabotaged my own arse. What a buffoon! Ok, ok, ok, I got out there a week before the race. Good right? I could acclimate to the altitude and all that rot. Well, not so good. See, I got drunk like 4 times the week leading up to race. Yeah, that's my year's quota, used the week before a 100 mile run. The Thursday before Saturday's race I stayed at the Casino in Deadwood until after 1 am drinking. People, I'm here to tell you that is NOT a recipe for success! What a tool!

Anyway, I got back and I sulked. I bitched, and today I went out with my good friend Amy, and ran 7 miles, and it was fun. And I'm excited about running again. And I'm excited about IntheSlam again!

Look out Heartland. The Andyman is going to start his 50th year with a dead bang! It's gonna be a Jailbreak! The A-Train is going to roll again!

No more of these boners leading to the race!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

S.W.A.T Sweat and Swear!

My buddy Dave and his family are thinking about putting on a mud run. S.W.A.T, Sweat and Swear!

S.W.A.T. because it's put on at a police training range that his family owns. Sweat, because Florida is Hot! Swear because it's a hard MFer!

What do you think? Send me your suggestions. If I use yours you get a free entry. (you still have to pay for parking :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Time to Update the Ipod

You guys have always been good to me in the song department.

It's time to get Rocky Roads 100 off the Ipod and Sturgis, South Dakota's Blackhills 100 music on the Ipod.

Send me song names, send me songs, send me 8-tracks. Regardless, it's time to update!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Racing Director

The much fun, much tiring, and much satisfying Croom Fools run is now in my rear view mirror. I really like this race directing stuff, I like it the most when I'm 35 miles into running a 100 mile race. I can be heard muttering, "yeah, I could be a full-time race director, I don't have to actually run!"

Still, I am planning to keep running. Something over Memorial Day, June a 100, October a 100. Who knows what else. Roger says I need to get to 32, don't know about that, but I'm pretty sure 20 will happen even if the Aztecs are right and we wrap up this rock on 12/12/2012.

On the RD front, I am running with Ultrarunning and RD legend Jerry Dunn in Mayakka State Forest tomorrow morning. We are scouting out a location for a Sarasota County 50 Mile race. This and a 12/24 hour race I'm planning with Debbie Voiles, the Croom Zoom, and the Fools puts a lot on my plate. Shoot, but I do love it! Except for the lack of sleep, I'd do it all the time. But my brother's best friend said it best...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fierce New Family Member

There is a new resident at my humble abode in Seminole Heights. My good and great friend Tracy, turned me on (how I wish the sentence stopped there!) to a lost dog. A beautiful, sweet, loving, medium sized mixed breed, 1-2 year old puppy. I don't know what her breed is, but who cares?

Thing is, I was just looking at rescue dogs this weekend and just couldn't pull the trigger. But when I found out Sasha Fierce needed a home, I knew it was right.

It's only been two nights, but she's slept quietly and hasn't chewed anything. She has had no problem running with me either. We started at 2 miles, which we've done twice, and she could easily have gone faster and farther.

I think it's the beginning of a wonderful friendship! Ok, so who wants to watch her while I'm Colorado June 17 - June 27?

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools Test

April 1. I love it. I love it much more than Ken Methanny ever did. Poor sap gets shot every year. Guy oughtta move out of Town and Country man. When April 1 falls during the week I give an April Fools test in Psychology. I get them every year. The test is impossibly long with the first page being dead serious. There are some clues on the second page, by the third page the answers don't even make any sense. By the fourth page the students that haven't given up start laughing, then rolling. Question 21: The DSM IV is: a. My Brother David Scott Mathews IV b. Deviant Sadist and Masochist Manuel volume 4 c. A Manual of Diagnostic and Statistical Mental Disorders d. Disorganized Saliva Mastication (Drooling and chewing on the spit) e. All of the above (most people get this one right!) This year's crop weren't too happy with me. They were pissed. "I was really trying! " "I can't believe I did all that work!" But you get a 100%! When's the last time you did that? "Yeah, but I would have gotten that even without trying." Gee sorry, I thought a free A and a little chuckle were things. And so did the last class. As Steve Martin would have said.... Well ExxCUUUUse ME!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jerry's Got MY Money!

Great, I went ahead and did it. I gave Jerry Dunn and the folks at the Black Hills 100 my money. You know what that means..... No more junk food, no more sleeping in. Oh, I'll be running the Black Hills 100 on June 25th, 2011. It'll be number 17, and as many of you "kind" souls have pointed out, can't stop on an odd number, have to do 18 to make it legal. Yeah, yeah, that one is planned too.
It's all about the Buckle! Black Hills 100 Baby!!

This training is going to be full of vortex-laden fun. My main man Greg V has already put down some hard earned $'s, he's in for Black Hills, he'll vortex it with me. Andy B is always up for some VA (vortex action!). If we can convince Star that she, unlike Dr. Frank (and only because I've seen him do it), can't run a marathon in her sleep, we may get her to Vortex as she gets ready to take on Iron Woman Canada.

I don't see myself really getting into the mountains before June, which is a shame, because as this elevation chart shows, the race is no gimme. We've got enough elevation and steep enough grades to make it a real struggle.

What the heck, I'm going for it. Goals, I don't have any time goals, I want to finish, and finish well. 24 is a dream goal, I haven't done a mountain course in a while. I can do it, but man, I'll have to get really fit. Regardless, it'll be a hoot man. I'm flying into Denver about a week early to see my buddy Chase and his awesome wife, Saralee. Chase will get my altitude and attitude right, he's good at that.

Watch it on You Tube, it's gonna Rock... and Roll

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Our Favorite Hobby

It's no wonder that every year when school starts I put on a few LB's. We have this kind of junk
in the faculty lounge almost every day. Usually I say, "No thank you." Matter of fact, I almost always say, "Thanks anyhow, but I'm doing this thing where I want to live."

What the heck is wrong with us in the US? Why do we do this to ourselves? Doughnuts? Cookies? And lots. Fast food? Fried Food. Guys, (me) it'll plain old kill you!
I'm going to say no to crap!
It's no coincidence that back in 2005 when I ran sub 24 at WS, which is much harder than running 21 at Umstead, I didn't eat ANY of that crap. I was dating an MD and she was the best cook, and she only cooked healthful stuff.
Any way, I'm getting back that healthy lifestyle. I'm running the Black Hill 100 in June and I'd like to do well. That means no doughnut, no overeating, and being cool.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I ran 10 easy miles on Sunday.

My shins seem to be healing nicely....... so far.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

And Then I Quit!

Ok, now that #16 is completed, I can dust off my golf clubs and get down to a real man's sport.... Golf!
That's right, I am quitting the running thing.... just as soon as I run two more 100's. I really want to try out the Black Hills 100's, the guys seems cool that run it, and the course looks fantastic. Yep, I want in on that inaugural run. Then I quit.....

Right after I do the Heartland 100. Spirit of the Prairie. Why Heartland, in Kansas? Well, they sport the coolest belt buckle I've seen. It's got a Buffalo on it! And Chase has done it, and Chase is my boy.
So, it's June 27, in South Dakota and October 8, in Kansas. Fun races, and to be honest, I want to see if these states actually exist. I mean I've always accepted they are real, but seeing is believing!

Monday, March 14, 2011

WTF? Really, Now?

You gotta be kidding me?
Since 1992 I've run more than 100 Marathons. Since 2001 I've run 16 100 mile races.
I've done 20 triathlons and a multitude of race between 5 and 30K. I've run at least 2000 miles every year since the year 2000.
Sure, now in 2011 for the first time I've got shin splints.
I'm taking the week off!

Friday, March 11, 2011

What the Johnny Ho?

What the Johnny Ho, Johnny Hey? What is this used for? I thought they stayed on on their own, and I didn't think you were supposed to repair them? I gotta get out more!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Trivial Live

Running 100 miles; Epic or Trivial?

Well, I don't know that, but I do know this...

My trivial prowess is slipping, no not my running, I'm having a perdy good stretch here. Starting with Umstead 2010, 21:12, then a finish at the very tough Pinhoti Trail 100. And of course the 22:21 and 9th place finish at the Rocky Muddy Slidey Roads 100 in Coto de Caza, CA.

My trivial trivia prowess is slipping. Jonny Docs, Davo and I used to be able to beat the whole bar by ourselves. We were 2-0. Well our last two efforts only produced silver efforts (silver is great for belt buckles and tableware, but it's no damn good in trivia or butt kicking contests!).

Anyway congrats to Jon, Davo, Morejon (by phone), Wendy (yeah, you're a Dahl!), Bradley (who knew China had the World's largest golf facility? Bradley did!), and me. It aint a victory but it's still $30 smackers to spend at Gators (on a Tuesday night, within the next 30 days...)

Anyway, it's back to the grindstone, the pursuit to master the trivia is of the utmost importance!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Andrea or the $2 Steak?

Yesterday on my way back from Ft. Lauderdale I stopped at a Winn Dixie, I don't usually stop there, but I was in need of some grub. While on my way back to the produce Aisle I went by a display of 80% off meat. I'm like, I don't eat a lot of red meat, but I could use a little protein if it's almost free.

So I grabbed me a big old steak, it rang up $2, wow, what a deal!

When I got home, I'm thinking, a $2 steak, I better marinate it, all day, so I did.

Last night I char-grilled it as well as it could be grilled. And it was.............. Terrible! I never could cut into it! I started with a plastic knife, no dice! I went a regular steak knife, no dice! Than I went and got my sharpest bread knife, no dice! Finally I got my, can cut through a tin can, Swiss Army Knife, and viola! It cut the steak. I cut it up into small pieces and started eating.... After about 5 minutes trying to chew one piece, I gave up! I threw the steak away and pop in a pizza!

Hey, that steak was tough, but not as tough as our girl Andrea! She is tougher than a $2 steak! She conquered that GURR course when no other female could! She is rockin', she is rolling, she is the toughest thing on two-legs!!!

1st overall female! Course Record! Hung in through rain, mud, wind, vipers! Go girl, and she went!

Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Revalation #9

Wow! I wasn't foolin' around, I was very nervous about the Rocky Roads 100. You guys have to remember it was only two years ago when I finished Western States, not 9th, but Last, DFL!
16th 100 mile finish and 3rd top ten finish. I gotta tell you for most of the race I didn't see this coming.

5:30 am February 26, 2011, Coto de Caza, CA, Sports Complex:
It has rained most of the night and there is a steady rain now. I'm looking at running for 24 - 30 hours and I'm already soaked. A beautiful and young lady, Kylie, offers me a spot under her umbrella. I decline as it would be akin to closing the barn door after the horses got out, as my light jacket apparently isn't waterproof. The beautiful lady asks which race I'm running (besides the 100, there are 50, 26.2 and 13.1 mile races on the same day.) Well, if the course isn't too bad, I guess I'll do the 100. She seems relatively impressed. Wow, I'm hoping to do my first 50 soon. Where are you from she asks me. I'm from Tampa. She says, There's a 50 mile race there called the Fools run. How do you know about that? I ask. I have a friend out there who wants me to run it. Who? I inquire. Andrea Risi, do you know her? Know her? She's my bud! We agree that Andrea is the world's nicest person. That's kinda cool, travel 3000 miles to the foothills of the Saddleback Mountains on America's Pacific Coast and find someone who knows one of my greatest friends!
Kylie, she Rocks!

It's getting close to race time, so I slide under a near by canopy, the weather is starting to get to me. At about 6:15 the race director brings, my good friend Rob Cowan (if Andrea isn't the nicest person in the world than Rob is! He flew me out for the race and put me up in his awesome house. He and his lovely daughter Danielle, and his hubba-hubba, fantastic girlfriend Nicole, made me feel very much to home!) us to the starting line and and sent us on our way. The race quickly turned into the race for first and then the rest of us. Ben and Eric pulled way out in front of the field within 3 miles. As the race was 7 out and backs (6 were 15 mile totals, and the last was a merciful 10 mile to complete the 100 mile journey), we were able to keep track of the other runners progress. As I progressed to the 7.5 mile turn around I wasn't feeling great. Running on a muddy course in the steady rain didn't make me want to quit, I just felt so very sluggish. I felt like I had no speed. This feeling never did change.

Nothing spectacular happened in that first lap, except I had the recurring thought, how can I do this 6 more times? I realized that I couldn't do that out and back 6 more times; however, I knew I could do it once more, so I set out to do that. I took off on the second loop, this time using the excellent music that you all suggested for me. This worked much better. Also, the course had thinned out as the 1/2 marathoners were largely finished with the course, and the Marathon runners would no longer be sharing our same trail. With the music going and the rain letting up, this lap was much easier, but no faster than the first. I got into a better rhythm as far as knowing which hills to walk. Most of the course could be run, but I knew running too much would come back to haunt me later, so I walked when I thought I should.
Two down, five to go.

Mile 30 - 45 (hey, takes forever to read, try runnin' it!): I felt like crap! The music was saving me, but jeez, yuck, boo. Me, I felt sorry for myself, me! I'll never make it! I won't, I won't, I'm going to quit, well, I can't quit, still have the bracelet, gotta keep going, but I'm going to be a real crab apple! This attitude didn't come as a shock to me. Miles 30 - 40 are always my toughest. I've been out there forever with much longer than that to go!

Mile 45 - 60.
I know I'll keep going, but I'm not happy about it. My mood is lifted when I see the lovely Kylie again. I know she won't be able to, but what's the harm in asking? Hey Kylie, you want to run a lap with me? Well, I'm supposed to pace my friend Joselito, says Kylie. Ok, cool, well, I probably won't be running too much anyway. I get ready to head out and she says, you know if I can get Ted to run with Joselito I'll run with you, let me check. She made the deal! After a ten minute wait to change clothes, we are off and running! We spend the next 15 miles yapping and running. She tells me about befriending Andrea 6 years previously through an Ironman website. She says Andrea has offered to put her up if does come down for the Fools' run. I tell her that we're sold out, but I drop this on her, "I'm the race director, and I can probably get you in." Now, she's really thinking about it. Miles 45 - 60 sail by.

Mile 60 -75.
As we pull in to mile 60 Kylie asks if I want her to run another lap with me. Heck yes! Would you, could you, will you? Yes, yes, and heck yes! Now, I'm rejuvenated. After some uniform changes, we take off again. We get all the way around, the rain came again a bit, and the course has a bit more mud on it, but I don't care because what a bonus. I thought I'd be trudging all by myself and I have this great company with me. What a blessing! Mile 75 comes way to fast.
Mile 75 - 90.
Ok, I have 25 to go. I cannot do 25 by myself at this point, but I can run 2.5 to the next aid station. If I have to do that ten times, so be it! I drop off a Kylie, thank you Kylie! She tells me after she gets some rest if she feels well and if I want her she'll run the last 10 with me. I say, well, I'll want you, but I'm going to be awhile on this loop, maybe 4 hours (I'd been averaging about 3:15) and she may be over the whole experience by then. So I give her a hug and waste very little time and head back out for what I know will be a miserable loop. I put my music back on and Beethoven's 9th comes on almost immediately. This music couldn't have come at a better time. It inspires me. And I actually take off running. I run a few of the hills I had been walking up. Thanks Ludwig! I actually pass a few people, but after the turn around my energy wanes and I'm sure I've taken almost 4 hours for the loop. Nonetheless, I did make it to mile 90 without hurting myself, and I absolutely know I can run 1o more miles. The last question is, can I make it within 24 hours and receive that Silver buckle I want so badly?

Mile 90 - 100!
When I pull in to mile 90 two things help my spirits soar. 1- I finished the loop in about 3:20 leaving me a full 4 hours to run 10 miles to get my silver buckle. I am not feeling that badly, I know I can do this. I hold the emotions in-check because knowing you CAN do something isn't the same as doing it. 2- I was Kylie and she asks, "Do you want company?" Hell yes! (sorry kids, but I didn't say heck, I wasn't thinking heck, I was ecstatic! Kylie was going to get me through! Another word on Kylie. Obviously she is a tremendous athlete, but her only ultra had been a 50K, and she had never run farther than 33 miles. She had already run 30 with me, and even after a 3:20 break, she was willing to go another 10 for her longest run ever! What a pleasant surprise, what an Angel! We take off, and it's all I can do not to sprint out of there. I tell her, just make sure we do this in under 4 hours, I want silver. Silver, silver!! Hi-ho Silver!

On our way out, right before the turn around, which is now at mile 5 instead of mile 7.5, a mighty treat that is! we pass a gentleman I'd been gaining on for about 30 miles. I don't know where I am in the field. I wasn't even going to try math. I do know no one has passed me since a guy in a yellow shirt passed me around mile 30. While I don't know what place I'm in, I do think there is an outside chance that I can finish in the top 10 if I pass one more person. While I haven't been fast, I've been steady and I haven't had stomach issues (I only threw up once and it cost me no time, I was able to turn my head to the side and just keep running. I didn't even have to put my hands on my knees, it was a clean execution of cookie tossing!), and unlike Pinhoti, I had not bathroom issues either. Now, with 5 miles to go and feeling ok I knew I just had to keep going for my silver buckle, but now I couldn't let the dude I'd just passed pass me back! Nope, gotta keep running! So, I hauled down the hill at the turn around and ran up the next hill. before too long Kylie's watch announced that only 4 to go. I wanted to run more and faster but my stomach would only let me run so fast and I knew if my stomach revolted 24 was no longer guaranteed. Approaching mile 3 I see the yellow shirt that had passed me around mile 30. I cruised up to him, told him great race. Less than 3 to go, and I took off. Now, I had two guys to keep behind me, and also a chance at the top ten.

Mile 2.5 came. The last aid station, I didn't stop. Kylie had to use the facilities there, but she had stopped at all of them and had NO problem catching right back up. She's the fastest Port-a-let in the West that one!

Mile 99 and it's my 14th time by Southfork, A huge Citrus plantation named after the ranch on Dallas. Then 1/2 mile. Then, wait, is that the turn? It is. Come on Kylie! Come on Andy! There we go, we slog up the hill. We hit the right onto the final trail only a few yards...... 22:21! I'm finished! I find Rob and give him a hug. Great Job Rob! I introduce him to Kylie, he's like, "Wow no wonder you ran so fast!" Thanks bud. By the way, what place did I finish? Let's see, 1,2,3, looks like..... 8th male and 9th overall. GREAT! Those two I passed in the last 5 miles put me in the top 10! Keep on truckin! Don't Quit. Wow.
Western States 2009 - DFL
Pinhoti 2010- 26+ hours
Am I done? Can I still break 24?
No I'm not done! 22:21! Yay me! I aint dead yet!
What's next? Probably Black Hills 100 in Sturgis, SD. Then maybe I'll retire!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Flirting with My IPod

People like music.
People like to share music.
People (Matt Mahoney Aside) like to listen to music while they run.
I'm a person. I like music. I'm running 100 miles on Saturday. Thank you for sharing your music! 259 songs, 17.4 hours worth. Wow. I think 14 songs were in my original playlists. The Church? Die Antwood? Buck Cherry? Mumford and Sons? Well, I guess I'll have to broaden my horizons (Er, don't say it Star, you can think it, but don't say it! Oh go ahead!)

Thanks, whomever it was, for re-intoducing me to Molley Hatchet. I hope I don't get running too fast, that truly would be Flirting with Disaster!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Gimme Five!

Hey, I'll be running 100 Miles in the Rain this weekend at the Rocky Roads 100 in SoCal.

How about doing your old pal AndyMan a Howard HUGE favor and sending me a list of 1 - 5 songs you'd like to hear while running 100 miles in the rain.

Here's my five:

Life's a Ride, Donna the Buffalo

Look on the Bright Side, Monty Python

Dust in the Wind, Kansas

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Old 97's

Jumpin' Jack Flash, The Stones

Thanks, I'm out!


I don't know if I post it before every hundred and something, but I know this is the time I feel it before every race.... Fear! I love fear, it gives me something to conquer (I sure aint conquering poverty!)

You'd think with 15 complete in the books that it would be old hat. Nope. Particularly after 26 hours in the last one. I really thought I was in shape but that's no where near 24 hours. Yes, there were issues on a hard course, but the fear is, am I the major issue? Is it me? Age? Weight? Skill? Drive? Did I do enough? Do I care enough? Should I have done that 6th loop at Bradshaw with the wind howling? I know all the things I could have done but didn't.

Go ahead Star say it.... "You'll be _ _ _ _!" I believe I understand why that means little.

Fact is, I will be fine. I will finish, and I'll give 24 a run for it's money. Will I beat A2? I hope not, but I hope to give a number something near a good full day to shoot at? Will I beat Star? I hope not! Because she is running so well, I'd love to see her challenge 24. But I hope I give them a week of wondering... can I do that? Well, here's a huge secret, "If I can do it, you can do it!"

And as scared as I am, I'm going to do it! Courage isn't the absence of fear, it's looking fear in its fat face and saying, "Get the F%*K outta here fear!" That's John Wayne right there, and if the Duke said it.....

Friday, February 18, 2011

Rocky Weather?

The Weather for the Rocky Roads 100 looks primo!

Friday, Feb 25 - Sunday, Feb 27 Coto De Caza, CA
High 65/ Low 41
Mostly Sunny
Chance of Rain < 10%

I reckon that's why people will put up with earthquakes, mudslides, republicans, democrats, immigrants, migrants, libertarians, egalitarians, ultra-runners, whale-riders, soybean farmers, goat herders, movie stars, lumber jacks, one-eyed jacks, car jacks, Hummers, lack of Mummers, Guitar Strummers, Bear State Republic living, Stanford Cardinal loving, Al Davis cow-towing, Gold-rushing, prop 8 passing, Bullmalarkey. Yeah, cause the weather's nice. Oh, and because Rob and Michelle live there, and I like them. Oh, the mountains are nice too, and the sea lions, I mean who doesn't like the sea lions, maybe your occasional seal... but anyway, look all I have to worry about is just run, baby run!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Rocky Roads

Rocky Roads..... it's not just an ice-cream.
It's the brain child of my good bud Rob Cowan. It's a 100 mile race in the foothills of the Saddleback Mountains northeast of San Diego. The Foothills of mountains are much better for a Florida cat than are the Mountains themselves; however, foothills does mean everything is either up or down, not a bit of flat. So be it!
How will I do? I'll do fine. Not great like I'd hoped, but I'll give 24 hours a run for it's money. One cool thing is that the race is the same day as Tampa's Gasparilla Races so I won't be doing Gasparilla one of receptionists at work is and she got up a gang to try to run a total equalling more miles than my little race. She signed up 20 people from work to run the 5K, not bad. Sadly, not enough to beat me! 20 x 3.1 = 62. Not going to do it! Turns out it takes 33 people running the 5K to stomp me (102.3), so good and great Maggie signed up another 5 to run the 15 K. So 46.5 from the 15K and 62 from the 5K, I'm toast.

But, I cry foul! Maggie's team is using friends and family versus just me. Well, if it gets more people out of the house I guess I'll take the lose with a smile..... darn it!

..... of course I could do an extra loop, hmmm...........

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Alive and Kicking!

I'm alive, I'm kicking.

Just so you know.

Friday, January 7, 2011

2011; Up and Running!

Well, it is another year... Ok, it's going to be good. It has started well. Not the way I would have planned it, were I the great planner in the sky, but it's going well.

6 full days alcohol free. 5 full pounds down. What? In a week. Well, I've run everyday too, and either far or fast (oh thanks so much Davo, Jon, and Sally, listen, I'm old, quite running me so fast!) everyday. This won't last, I know that. For instance, after 80 miles in 7 days, I'm not going to run today.

Last night's run reminded me of the old days. I ran 13 miles solo while Ali was at dance. I ran on the roads, and I ran what is now fast for me. 13 miles in 2 hours. That's not only a fast training run for me now, it's not a bad race time. I don't expect to run Sunday's River, Roots, and Ruts trail 1/2 that fast. Of course it's an off road course, but still. Even better than the speed (it has to be a nasty side effect of being one week alcohol free. How do you tea toddlers do it? When you wake up is that the best you feel all day?) was the way I felt. I felt solid. I felt like I could have sustained that effort for a marathon. The last time I felt that good on a road run was Grandma's Marathon, Duluth, in 2000; the only time I qualified for Boston.

So, running is going well. Personal life, gee, I'm working on accepting the reality, not my wishes. As my friend Sally said on Wednesday's speed workout, "Maybe it's time to modify your expectations." Yes, I guess it is. But that acceptance is coming slowly, it does feel like it's coming, but patience has never been my strong suit (loud irrational acts that get me in trouble are my strong suit!)

Anyway Happy New Year! I'll see you at the Zoom! (BTW, so far my favorite song sent in is by Judy Rowland. Inspiring! Can you trump her selection?)