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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

8 myles - 58:03

Daniels Park - 3:00 P.M.
60s, clear, still not dry
mind/body - good/sore
easy effort

I forgot to mention that I lifted for an hour yesterday after my run which made me sore today. My routine will usually be: weights + core 2 times/wk, tempo run, speed work, two easy days, and one long(er) run. I'll stick with that routine through the end of January when I will concentrate on more myles and less of the weights, maybe only once a week. Weights generally prevent me from getting hurt late in the season with the calf tweaks.

So today I just went out not worrying about time at all, what ever came along I'd accept. Averaged 7:15 with a very easy perceived effort. Saturday I'm going down to Colorado Springs for the long run on Falcon trail and make our way over to the Air Force stadium where ESPN will be there hosting the Army/Air Force game. Look for the CRUD shirts!

You know running is a very selfish, solitary sport. Rarely, if ever, do we get a chance to run for something - meaning a charity or a cause. Some people don't care to and I never have until last week when I was invited to participate in a race held in Brazil. The race is called the Brazil 135, held in conjunction with Badwater 135 and Arrowhead 135. The cause is simple: all proceeds from the race go directly to a mission that will turn around and use the money to build a gymnasium for poverty stricken children. I started reading about the kids and literally got teary eyed and almost felt compelled to help. It made me realize how fortunate I really am.

I am in a position to help, not necessarily through monetary means, but through the gift of running. I hope you will visit this website and consider a donation to help these kids. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to help. On a side note, my name isn't on the list yet because I haven't committed to going yet due to work conflicts but regardless it's a wonderful cause.
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