Monthly Archives: November 2007

I should hurt on Wednesday

My core, that is. Yes, I went to the gym for a full fledge, core and weight training workout! And felt rather good about it! Of course, today was the easy workout-the muscles will start making themselves known on the Wednesday workout.

I found out on the LHHT run that I really need to keep up with the upper body/core training-I haven’t done it since before Mohican and I could certainly feel the difference on that long run.

Sunday Run

What a beautiful day for a run! Blue skies, sharp cold temperature, sun!

I was planning on a longer run, but turned it into a shorter run-four miles around the block because my inner leg, my groin issue, woke up. And since I was carrying any Advil, and was changing my stride to accommodate the pain, I decided on the shorter run. It was still a good run.

I haven’t been my normal self too much lately-a little too stressed and unmotivated. I talked to a friend on-line that I haven’t heard from in a few months, and you know, that really cheered me up. It was fun to just have some light hearted chatter and smack talk, about nothing in general, that really improved my mood.

I am still contemplating races for 2008. I am really not sure about Massanutten again. I don’t want to enter a race that I am not sure I can finish. (I naively thought I could finish MMTR lol). I still have my 16% chance of getting into Western States, and I would really rather pass on that this year due to time constraints and finances.

I am planning on Rocky Raccoon in February. This race will work out nicely with any of my future racing plans. With guests coming to our house later in February, I won’t feel guilty about not being able to get in some runs.
But darn it, once again I will miss the Lovin the Hills 50K February 16 in Louisville Kentucky! Folks, this is a nice and tough course. If you can get over to Louisville, run this! I will have guests on this date, and then we will be going to Louisville the next weekend..I’m not sure I want to do that-it’s about 6 hours to Louisville from here.

I’m thinking again about McNaughton which is April 11 through 13. This would be a tougher course, so that might be a better choice for me than running Umstead again. Besides, my friends >Tom, Josh, and Mike are all running it. I may have to bow to peer pressure!

I was happy to see Highlands Sky Race is June 14. This is a 40 mile race put on by the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners. The event is centered at the Canaan Valley Resort State Park. The point to point course traverses Dolly Sods and Canaan Valley through some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in West Virginia. Dolly Sods is an area of high elevation, windswept plains ranging from 2500 to 4700 feet elevation. Trail terrain varies from woodland paths, rock and boulder, to upland bogs, through northern hardwoods at lower elevations, to Red Spruce and heath barrens above 4000 feet. Canaan is the highest large valley east of the Mississippi. The Valley creates the headwaters of the Blackwater River and has a unique environment composed of wetlands and uplands with vegetation characteristic of more northern latitudes.
This is a tough race! And since I will probably, almost certainly run Mohican in 2008 (unless I am in Western States) I still wouldn’t be able to run it. But I would like to volunteer for the race and see what it is all about.

So that is all the “big” races for the 1st half of 2008 to think about!

Video Review: “What it Takes”

I finished up watching the DVD What It Takes which is a documentary following the lives of four elite triathletes in 2005-Peter Reid, Heather Fuhr, Lorie Bowden, and Luke Bell. While I am not a triathlete, I am a tri-fan; I read alot of tri-blogs and love to watch the World Championships when they are. I also listen to several triathlete podcasts, “Get Your Geek On” “Simply Stu”.

I really enjoyed watching this DVD. It took me over a month to watch it all, mainly because I was only watching it when I decided to run inside (like today) on the treadmill. It was easy to pick up where you left off. It did give me a little kick to keep going on the tread, when you see someone else on TV running in an IronMan race!

This is definitely worth a watch, something different to get you through a dark day on a treadmill!

Last day to run long outside is tomorrow…deer gun season starts here Monday. So if I am not at the gym after work, I will be out deer hunting in the scant hour I will have in the afternoon.

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

AT ONE MINUTE PAST MIDNIGHT on the third Thursday of each November, from little villages and towns like Roman�che-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world. Banners proclaim the good news: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arriv�! “The New Beaujolais has arrived!” One of the most frivolous and animated rituals in the wine world has begun.

By the time it is over, over 65 million bottles, nearly half of the region’s total annual production, will be distributed and drunk around the world. It has become a worldwide race to be the first to serve to this new wine of the harvest. In doing so, it has been carried by motorcycle, balloon, truck, helicopter, Concorde jet, elephant, runners and rickshaws to get it to its final destination. It is amazing to realize that just weeks before this wine was a cluster of grapes in a growers vineyard. But by an expeditious harvest, a rapid fermentation, and a speedy bottling, all is ready at the midnight hour.

By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is to be released no earlier than the third Thursday of November.

So for any wine drinkers-or heck, anyone, stop by and pick up a 9.99 bottle of George Duboef Noveau Beaujolais, enjoy it with pizza or whatever. It’s a fruity, non-remembrable bottle of wine (hey it’s aged like 3 weeks!) but what better way to celebrate a Thursday, oui?

I’ll have to wait til Saturday to celebrate. Dennis has been instructed to pick up our bottle on Thursday when he heads north on errands; I will be heading to the Laurel Highlands Trail. Somehow, I don’t think it would be wise to celebrate Thursday evening before the long run.

Ryan Shay

On a more serious note, I’ve gotten this email from two different running lists, and I thought I would list part of it here:

Join us in support of them as they process their loss and dedicate your own 5.5 mile run next Saturday, November 17th in memory of Ryan. Run the exact distance, or dedicate a 5.5 mile portion of a longer run in his memory. Take the time to recognize life’s frailty, to think about those in your life that you need to tell that you love and most of all, pray for those who will feel Ryan’s absence the most. Our goal is to get as many runners on this planet as possible running this virtual memorial together. Leave a comment below if you plan to participate, so the Shay family can see the results of our efforts, and perhaps take some comfort. (UPDATE: If you’re not up to 5.5 miles, just dedicate whatever distance you are able to run or run/walk, or walk, to Ryan. It’s not about distance or speed.)

Ryan’s father, Joe Shay, started a thread about Ryan over at the Let’sRun forum. ( I know the family will appreciate any comments you feel moved to write. Also, a memorial fund has been set up. I know money can never take away the sense of loss, but his devastated family will be most appreciative of anything you choose to offer.

I plan on remembering Ryan Shay on my LH run, since I will still be on the trail after midnight on Saturday! That should be a good time for me to reflect on my good health and fortune, and probably won’t feel as alone out there on the trail. Life is short, people, celebrate it with the ones you love (maybe with a glass of wine!)