Monthly Archives: December 2009

Goats at the Amish farm.

I got out for a nice 6.4 mile road run yesterday. Temps were great, in the 40’s, but with no wind, it was a balmy temperature.
I actually “ran around the block” from my house. This time, I took a left on Chapel Hill Road which I had never been down before. Looking at a map, I knew if I kept taking lefts, I would end up back where I started.

Just one of the five dogs running free that came out to greet me. Luckily, all were friendly.

This was more like a trail run than a road run. Back township roads around here are dirt and gravel. This road today was pretty muddy. Other than one truck that passed me, it was just me and the dogs.

Goats at the Amish farm.

I got out for a nice 6.4 mile road run yesterday. Temps were great, in the 40’s, but with no wind, it was a balmy temperature.
I actually “ran around the block” from my house. This time, I took a left on Chapel Hill Road which I had never been down before. Looking at a map, I knew if I kept taking lefts, I would end up back where I started.

Just one of the five dogs running free that came out to greet me. Luckily, all were friendly.

This was more like a trail run than a road run. Back township roads around here are dirt and gravel. This road today was pretty muddy. Other than one truck that passed me, it was just me and the dogs.

Goats at the Amish farm.

I got out for a nice 6.4 mile road run yesterday. Temps were great, in the 40’s, but with no wind, it was a balmy temperature.
I actually “ran around the block” from my house. This time, I took a left on Chapel Hill Road which I had never been down before. Looking at a map, I knew if I kept taking lefts, I would end up back where I started.

Just one of the five dogs running free that came out to greet me. Luckily, all were friendly.

This was more like a trail run than a road run. Back township roads around here are dirt and gravel. This road today was pretty muddy. Other than one truck that passed me, it was just me and the dogs.

Did I post this before?

Just a clip from a very good post:

From Geoff Roes Blog

“I also ackowledge that this idea applies less and less as you talk about racing shorter and shorter distances, but for something as long as 50 or 100 miles I’m convinced that the most important thing to have in your arsenal is a genuine love for your running and a willingness to share this love with others and to let them share their love with you. If you have this everything else you need can fall into place naturally. “

URINEO FA December 6

The annual URINEO (Ultra Runners in North  East Ohio) FA  commenced on Saturday  December 6. My day did not start off auspiciously as I forgot to set my alarm clock! Luckily,my dog jumped on the bed at 330 am, and woke me up!

I arrived at Mill Creek Park and only had to grab my hydration vest,lamp, and “Hannibal Lechter” mask and get on the trail. I had an immediate gear “fail”.  Using the facemask (which helps keep the air I inhale a bit warmer and cuts down on my wheezing) was causing  my glasses to fog over. I didn’t have my contacts in because my eyes are barely secreting tears these days. If I over do the contacts, I tend to end up with ulcers on my corneas- not exactly what I to happen! So I pulled the face mask down, and resolved to try the contacts later in the day.

I ran into Bob Combs, Dave Peterman, and Dave(?) shortly. They were heading back to the Lily Pond to meet up with the 7am starters. I continued on my trek. It was good to see all the little landmarks at Mill Creek Park-it had been a year since I had an opportunity to run here!

The Monkey Trails! I entered the portion of the YUT-C course

known as the “Monkey Trails”.  This  is the hilly portion that you either love or hate. There was a new tryst this year.Mike Dobie’s brought up the idea of the Monkey Trail Marathon” subset of the FA-just run the Monkey Trail portion back and forth, over and over,very pointless. Of course we all thought it was a great idea!  (Dobie’s then did NOT show for the event.) Jim Harris and the M brothers (Brian and Jeff Musick) were doing some laps as I approached the “ Love Log”.  As you can see from picsur10 if you are shorter, the easiest way to get over the Love Log is to lay down on it, and then roll off the other side. I got some poor pics as runners  were just catching up to me here. kimbalovelog

 

Shortly after the Monkey Trails, you arrive at the Lanterns Mill and Covered Bridge, usually considered the half-way point on this loop. You then cross the creek and start up the other side of the creek and then around Lake Glacier. Bruce McMurray caught up to me here, and we chatted all the way  back to the Lily Pond.

This is where I met up with Chris and Nora, two new NEO Trail members and new trail runners! They went out with me on my second loop, and we had a good time chatting and running. They had just completed their longest race, the Fall Classic,1/2 Marathon, in Strongsville November  20, and now they were tackling some technical terrain! They did great, although Chris was a bit astonished at the Monkey Trail!

We kept running into other runners out there, as when you ran a loop, you then reversed direction. This gives you a chance to see other folks out there.

Chris and Nora made the mistake of getting in their car and starting the heater. That lured them away from starting another loop! They probably run at least a 1/2 marathon (they ran for an hour on trails before they found me)Loop 3 was uneventful. I did get the contacts in, and did keep remembering to use eye drops.

On my last stop at the vehicle, The M brothers, Slim, and Gombu were hanging out, waiting for me and Lloyd to finish.  (Lloyd was finishing up 50 miles, not a 50K!!) I got some hot soup from them, turned down Brian’s offer of a beverage, and picked up the Zune for some company on the last loop. I was starting to get a bit tired.    Most of the last two loops I had spent thinking of the MMT lottery. I have had this on my mind for quite some time. I vacillated back and forth on this quite a bit. This probably deserves a separate blog post of it’s own, so I will say I was still undecided on anything as I finished up.

It was just Lloyd’s car and mine left, and I did the usual hurried end of run procedure-rip off wet clothes, get dry tops on, get heater going, drink my Recoverite drink, and eat some food. Lloyd then finished up before I got out of the parking lot, so I chatted a bit with Lloyd.

Another great trail run at Mill Creek Park. I’m not sure of all who was running, and there were a few faces I knew but not sure of their names, so I will try and get that information.

We do this same Fat Ass in March, same course,called the Covered Bridge  FA, so come join NEO Trail Club for a run!

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A short post from David Goggin’s Blog

The Man in the Mirror

What do you really want?

Every morning when you wake up what is the first thing you think about doing. I’m not talking about work, family ect. I’m talking about personal ambition. What is it that you desire to do?
Think about that. Then think about how long you have thought about doing it. Next, think about what you have done in the last year, 2, 3 or 4 years to get you closer to that goal. For some of you the answer may be simple. You may desire to do something and work toward that everyday. For others, it is harder. Some of you may desire to do something that seems impossible to do because of obligations. Work, family, and finances, can all play a role in what we desire. I will tell you this though. You will only truely want something when you work everyday at getting that something. What I am trying to say is that if you wake up in the morning and your true desire is to run a marathon, if you don’t think about that everyday and work toward that everyday, you will never get there. I believe in life you have to be selfish sometimes. When we get older and can no longer do the things that we desire, what then? If you want to acheive something you have to be selfish. You have to put that goal in front of everything else. When you wake up in the morning it is the first thing you have to think about. You have to say to yourself, what is it that I am going to do today to bring me closer to my goal? For some, it may be waking up an hour earlier everyday to get to the gym. For some, it may be putting back $100 dollars a month toward that dream vacation. Whatever it is that you want to do, work for it. It has to become a part of your daily life. Until then, it will remain a desire, or a goal. You have to be upfront with those around you. Let them know what you are expecting to do, what you want to do. If they don’t understand or support it, so what?!? It is your goal and your desire! Do what you have to do to get there. When you do. It will be the best moment in your life. Most likely you will find that those who truely care about you want you to succeed. They want to help you acheive. Your mind has to overtake you. You have to be in constant pursuit. When it is all said and done with you will see that you were truely not selfish. Through your hard work and dedication you probably inspired some of your friends and family to do better themselves. A lot of people say that I’m selfish. Is that the case? I have been able to raise a lot of money for a good cause. So you tell me. Is the time and energy worth it? Why don’t you find out for yourself? A lot of people say that they are the ones that have to look at themselves in the mirror everyday. Everyday when I see my reflection. I see a man who is not yet satisfied. What does your reflection say to you?
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URINEO Pics

I have gotten the pics uploaded. A report will be written maybe tonight or tomorrow morning. I have to go get ready to drive to Cleveland for a Christmas party.

Enjoy the pics!!