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Posted Jan 12 2011 10:53pm
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written by Charlie

It ended up that I had 2 days of vacation left.  I can’t carry them over or get paid for them, so I was able to get them off.

So Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday were off.  What to do?

I am lucky to live in the Denver area.  It puts me close to some great places to see and experience.  On the cheap, I went to Green River, Utah with a friend and a dog.  The first and last day of was travel. The middle day?  2 slot canyons near Goblin Valley State Park.

On that first day, we stopped to see Thompson Canyon and the rock art panels located there.  Some pretty amazing rock art to see. The panels are easy to get to and something to see!

Rock Art Panel

Rock Art Panel.

Ute rock art panel

The large Rock Art panel.

It was a cold day that started out with snow about.  We got out and started the drive out there.  I was driving and missed the destination road the first time out.  Not a bad thing to have happen.  If you have ever been to the San Rafael Swell, then you know that there are very beautiful, albeit desolate, vistas to behold.

We did find a camping couple (some people are far hardier than am I).  They clued us in to where the actual road was.  We wished them a wonderful Christmas.  We back-tracked and found the road.

One word…  Amazing!

 With the dog as the canyon walls get narrow...

Tom coming out of a close space

This is Sami and the man!

Out of one canyon then into the other!

Narrow walls

 

Narrow walls and a dog

Slot canyons trail (Google Earth)

It was a first time exploring the desert for Sami the yellow labrador (Stupid AM I).  Little Wild Horse canyon was not a problem, but Bell canyon had some 8 to 10 feet steps or waterfalls (most of the time dry).  So, between the 2 of us, we had to figure out how to move a flailing, non-understanding lump of dog flesh down them.  Some of the drops were 2 to 3 step transfers.

She made it, though – So did we!

written by Charlie

I am of for a quick vacation over the weekend.  I’m heading out with my firend, Tom, and the dog, Sami> to explore the Little Whild Horse slot canyon near to Green River, Utah!  Just four days – Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

In the Holiday Spirit yet?  Then this might not help you out…

See you soon!

written by Charlie

I am now up to 1,313.70 miles for the year!

I have recently been honored.  Twice.  The first is from Randy & Andy @ the 2 Guys 1 Brain podcast.  In show 460, they mentioned me in a positive way.  I am humbled and honored.

I was also honored by a fellow runner.  He is John C out of Alabama!  He sent me a personal message thanking me for some running inspiration.  He started running last April, is up to 5 miles, and has a half-marathon scheduled in April of 2011.  I am sure that I was a very minor part of his inspiration, but he thanked me for my contributions to the 2 Guys 1 Brain podcast.  Thanks, John.  Again I was humbled and honored.  I really think that people like John are true inspirations to other runners.

Did someone say, “How about another PUNishment?”

The PUNishment started, more or less, as a joke.  I would send some very bad puns via voicemail to the good people at the Bear Crawling podcast after I was asked to do an impression of Yogi Bear © ® ™ on 2 Guys 1 Brain. I started to call Bearcrawling regularly after that.  The rest is history.  You can actively participate in the Bear Crawling podcast on Thursday evenings @ 9:30 PM Eastern Standard Time.

 

 

written by Charlie

Saturday, just past, I completed 1,300 miles run in 2010.  It is not a year that I ran the most miles, but this is not too bad.  I am serious in my health, albeit while being a recreational runner.

I hope that you, my reader, are doing well.  As a favorite author has written, “It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.” I hope that you do not experience too much the “Worst of times.”

I do create a weekly podcast, no…  Actually a PUNcast.  I have the latest episode for you here.  BTW…  Don’t blink.  You’ll miss it!

The Silent Monks of Molalla Oregon also known as the, “ St Francis de la Sissies.”

written by Charlie

The Shirt The Medal 10182010

The shirt and the medal!

It used to be the Denver Marathon.  The Rock and Roll organization took it over and this year was the Inaugural event. A full marathon, a half-marathon, and a full marathon relay was offered.  I ran the Half!

Participating in an organized run starts with mental processes.  What distance? Where? How much do I want to pay? What do I want out of it?

2010 I set aside as a Rock and Roll bling year.  That means that I wanted to get medals for my running.  In addition to the medal that you get for finishing, you can get additional medals for the number of events and the distance.

That set my sights on Rock and Roll events.  In December 2009, I ran the half in Vegas, in January 2010, I ran the half in Phoenix. In June, I ran the full marathon in Seattle. Finally, in October on Sunday, the 17th, I ran the Denver Half.

The extra bling for this year will be the Desert Double Down (for running both Vegas and Phoenix), the “39.3” medal for 39.3 miles up to Seattle, and I should have earned a “26.2” (2 half-marathons in 2010), and the “Triple Crown” for running 3 events in 2010.

But that is really neither here nor there.  What I want to talk about is the Rock and Roll Denver Inaugural Half-Marathon.

The Denver Event

Preparation

Running the half is the last thing you do in preparation for it.

Choose an event.  A lot of that will be what works for you.  City, distance, elevation, etc.

Register for that event.  Pay the money and get yourself ready to run it.

It starts with choosing a training plan.  They’re available from many sources and for many levels of ability and experience. If you are interested, Google “half-marathon training plans.” Read them to see if the plan is a fit for you.

Train.  Learn to respect the distance.  Follow the plan that you chose for you. You are not only training yourself to run the distance, you’ll also learn a lot about what assists you in achieving that distance. Things like nutrition, apparel, shoes and ability will all be learned during the training plan AND periods that you experience.  Pay attention and learn.  Then apply what you have learned during the event.

If it is a first event, take your time.  Watch and learn. Talk to other runners.  You are going to do something cool and you’ll remember it in a positive way for a long time.

The Day Before

The Rock and Roll series have an Expo for 2 days prior to the event.  In Denver, the expo was held in the Colorado Convention Center. An expo serves 2 purposes.  The first is a method for you to pickup your number bib, your free technical shirt, and your goody bag. The second is a method to sell you stuff.  Wait…  Maybe I should have said that it is an opportunity for you to realize what is being offered in the field of running.

Our convention center is in Downtown Denver.  For most of us that means you don’t want to drive as you’ll need to park.  Rather than deal with that problem, I decided to take the Light Rail with some friends.

It ended up being a great way to get downtown. The light rail even has a stop at the Convention Center. How much easier than that can it get?

Now, I did drag a trash bag with 8 pair of running shoes with me.  They are the shoes that are too old to continue to run in.  I brought them to the booth for Give Your Sole !  They recycle all shoes brought in by giving them to a local charity that can use them.  In our case, they will go to the Denver Rescue Mission!

I walked the entire Expo, tasting nutritional supplements, sport drinks; I looked at apparel and shoes.  I bought a great pair of Mizuno Elixir 5 shoes at a great price, some head bands, and some Body Glide.

Tom set it up to meet a good friend that he’s never met in person before!

Expo Annie & Tom

Annie & Tom!

It was a great expo!

On the way home, there were several gear bags fresh from the expo slung over people’s shoulders.  We had great conversation encouraging each other and reviewing our running histories!

When I got home, I checked my list and set up my gear for the morning.  Bib number 12560 got mounted on the shirt I was going to wear. The tracking chip was put on my left shoe. Body Glide was set out. The Amphipod belt was prepared.  Cell phone put in the belt, Endurolytes packed. “26.2” socks place out.

Checked my prep list 3 times. I am ready!

The Event!

I work a swing shift.  so, 4:15 AM comes awfully early for a guy like me. I kept thinking as I wandered into wakefulness if this was going to be worth it.

I got a cup of coffee while shaking the cobwebs from my eyes. I had to wake up quickly enough to get to the light rail station and buy tickets before the train arrived.

I did all of that.  I was on the “D Line” and headed for the race start line. It was crowded by the 3rd stop (mine). I stood all the way to the convention center stop where I disembarked.

Stop after mine, an RTD Transit Security guy got on.  I asked him if all of the Sunday 5:30 AM Trains were as busy as this one.  He looked at me, and said, “Not hardly!  Generally, these are empty.” He said he was there to check fares, but after seeing the SRO (Standing Room Only) he decided not to.

Needless to say, it was dark out! It was also cold enough out to need the jacket that I was wearing.  This would be the first time that I actually checked gear at an event like this. 

I was going to this event with a good friend, Tom M.  It is always cool to share the experience with a friend.  It took about 10 minutes to get from the Train stop to the start line at Denver’s Civic Center.

It was already a mass of humanity milling around.  We looked at everything and made the circuit a couple of times (mostly due to finding the Gear Check area).

It is fun to watch as others (runners, volunteers and spectators) as they deal with their nervous anticipation.  It is also fun to just watch people!

All too soon, it was time to get to my corral.  A corral is a staging area that is assigned byt the time you anticipate finishing your run.  I dropped Tom off at Corral 5.  I tried to go with the flow to get to my Corral 12. It was way down the block and around the corner.  I found it and entered.

Time was getting short. The wait for the start did not take long.  Soon, we had moved around the corner. Then we could see the start line.  I talked to two ladies standing near me.  It was a first half-marathon for both of them.  One had a daughter there to watch her and the other didn’t have anyone.  Her Bib number was 13515.  I told her that she now had someone watching and anticipating her finish.  Then, the corral sped up and we weren’t far from the line.

I crossed the line, started my Garmin Forerunner 205 and found myself in a half-marathon run! 

The Course

Google RnR Half 10172010

The course took us through downtown Denver, by two of our sports arenas out to City Park, over to Cheesman Park, then back to Civic Center and the finish line.

How can I describe running a half? I think it is a unique experience to each individual. They can attend to what needs to be done, but can also save some concentration for what you can see on your run.  There were a lot of good things to see.

We ran down 14th Street toward the Sports complexes.  We ran by the Pepsi Center (Denver Nuggets basketball and Avalanche Hockey) then we headed North to Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies). We turned in to the downtown area.

I did have water and Cytomax (most excellent sports drink) at every water station along the way except for the last one.  After 12 miles, I knew I could go to the finish without any more.

The hill on 17th out of downtown was a surprise to a lot of runners.  I turned to the young lady next to me and told her that the course reminded of going to public school as a youngster.  “Uphill both ways.” She told me that her Father always said that and, “He had to beat off bears using his loose leaf binder.”  She said ‘It’s really rough in Montana!”

I ran up to another clydesdale as he ran the hill. “Just fine!” he said, “Right after this hill!”

Soon it was done.  Then we started the gradual uphill through 17th street neighborhoods toward Denver’s City Park.  City park has a large museum and our Zoo in it.  We ran right by the backside of one and the front side of the other.  City park also has restrooms with running water in ‘em.  It was my single rest stop on the entire course.

Halfway through the park, I met my fellow Clydesdale again.  “I see you made the hill!” I said.  “Yes” he retorted!  “Thanks for the encouragement!”

I was about half-way through, when I came up to a lady with a set pace.  “I see you’ve trained,” I told her.  She enjoyed hearing that. “It’s my second half,” she said.  She said she was doing it to give her an on-going project and to keep her healthy in her retirement.  We talked for a while and then I ran on.  “Thanks for the inspiration!” She told me as we parted.

I was running an out and back when I felt a tap on the shoulder.  “You’re doing great!” she told me, “Do you remember me?”  She was one of the 2 ladies from the corral at the start line.  “Aren’t some of these people’s stories regarding running, great?” She asked.  I told her, “Yes!”

I explained that I was into running as I was once much larger.  My Doctor told me to exercise or die, so I started running.  She looked at me and told me that she is an Intensive Care Unit nurse. She said that she would much rather meet me as a runner in a race rather then a patient where she works.  I thanked her for that inspiration!

The turn-around point on 17th Street was near the ten mile mark.  There was a left hand turn onto York or Josephine Street.  We turned to the right onto 13th Street.  Soon after, we ran up that short, sweet hill at the entry to Cheesman Park, then a long gradual one to the formal gardens.  Level and somewhat downhill through another third of the park.  As we neared the exit (and the Half-marathon/Marathon split), the hill made it’s presence know again.  We left the park and were back out on 13th again. 

So close to the finish now with a gradual downhill (after all, what goes up must come down (Eventually)).  So, I increased my speed a bit more.

Soon, I had a view of the Denver Art Museum and knew that this day’s trek was almost over.  I turned the corner onto Bannock Street.  I could see the finish line now.  Somehow, I found the energy to increase my sped a bit more!  I may not have passed many but I did put the rush on. With a smile on my face, and my hands in the air, I crossed the finish line!  My race was done!

The Chute

The Chute is a secured area after a runner crosses the finish line.  It is the place that you get your medal, that medics observe you, that water, sports drinks and various and sundry foodstuffs are made available.

The chute in Denver was long. It wrapped half of a city block.  As I passed through it, I thought it would never end. I got my cell phone out and called Tom.  He had finished about a half an hour before I did.  I wanted him to know that I finished. We agreed on a meeting place, but I had just completed 13.1 miles, and forgot where it was almost immediately.  Plenty of time for that later.

I went to the Medal station first.  A young lady handed me the medal that I earned.  I told her that I have a tradition of giving a hug to the person that gives me my medal. She agreed and gave me a hug.  I rounded the first corner, and saw the “Free Hugs” station.  How novel!  Of course, I had to go and get mine!

Water was next. Yes, I needed some by that point!

Rock and Roll events offer you a “Finisher” photo.  The next station is where I had my picture taken!

After that was more water and Cytomax.  Then, there was the food.  Apple slices, crackers, chips, granola, orange slices; if you wanted it, it was probably there.  I was offered Jalapeno popcorn, but opted for the sweet flavor of caramel corn, instead. 

Finally, I neared the end of the secured area.  I had finished the race, and now I had finished the chute.

Denver RnR Medal 101710

The Aftermath

I walked out and there was Tom grinning at me!  We had both finished our latest half-marathons.  We compared our identical medals (mine was the better one even if they were identical).

As the course end was on the South and West side of Civic Center and The Chute covered the North side and half of the East side, we made a few wrong turns before we figured out an escape route.  It was a lot of fun watching the people as we prepared to leave.

It was a slow walk (with sore muscles) as we headed back toward the light rail station. A great day for a great race!

BTW…  The other lady at the start line?  She finished.  As her only person at the race cheering for her, I am so proud of her!

 

 

 

 

written by Charlie

The Shirt The Medal 10182010

The shirt and the medal!

It used to be the Denver Marathon.  The Rock and Roll organization took it over and this year was the Inaugural event. A full marathon, a half-marathon, and a full marathon relay was offered.  I ran the Half!

Participating in an organized run starts with mental processes.  What distance? Where? How much do I want to pay? What do I want out of it?

2010 I set aside as a Rock and Roll bling year.  That means that I wanted to get medals for my running.  In addition to the medal that you get for finishing, you can get additional medals for the number of events and the distance.

That set my sights on Rock and Roll events.  In December 2009, I ran the half in Vegas, in January 2010, I ran the half in Phoenix. In June, I ran the full marathon in Seattle. Finally, in October on Sunday, the 17th, I ran the Denver Half.

The extra bling for this year will be the Desert Double Down (for running both Vegas and Phoenix), the “39.3” medal for 39.3 miles up to Seattle, and I should have earned a “26.2” (2 half-marathons in 2010), and the “Triple Crown” for running 3 events in 2010.

But that is really neither here nor there.  What I want to talk about is the Rock and Roll Denver Inaugural Half-Marathon.

The Denver Event

Preparation

Running the half is the last thing you do in preparation for it.

Choose an event.  A lot of that will be what works for you.  City, distance, elevation, etc.

Register for that event.  Pay the money and get yourself ready to run it.

It starts with choosing a training plan.  They’re available from many sources and for many levels of ability and experience. If you are interested, Google “half-marathon training plans.” Read them to see if the plan is a fit for you.

Train.  Learn to respect the distance.  Follow the plan that you chose for you. You are not only training yourself to run the distance, you’ll also learn a lot about what assists you in achieving that distance. Things like nutrition, apparel, shoes and ability will all be learned during the training plan AND periods that you experience.  Pay attention and learn.  Then apply what you have learned during the event.

If it is a first event, take your time.  Watch and learn. Talk to other runners.  You are going to do something cool and you’ll remember it in a positive way for a long time.

The Day Before

The Rock and Roll series have an Expo for 2 days prior to the event.  In Denver, the expo was held in the Colorado Convention Center. An expo serves 2 purposes.  The first is a method for you to pickup your number bib, your free technical shirt, and your goody bag. The second is a method to sell you stuff.  Wait…  Maybe I should have said that it is an opportunity for you to realize what is being offered in the field of running.

Our convention center is in Downtown Denver.  For most of us that means you don’t want to drive as you’ll need to park.  Rather than deal with that problem, I decided to take the Light Rail with some friends.

It ended up being a great way to get downtown. The light rail even has a stop at the Convention Center. How much easier than that can it get?

Now, I did drag a trash bag with 8 pair of running shoes with me.  They are the shoes that are too old to continue to run in.  I brought them to the booth for Give Your Sole !  They recycle all shoes brought in by giving them to a local charity that can use them.  In our case, they will go to the Denver Rescue Mission!

I walked the entire Expo, tasting nutritional supplements, sport drinks; I looked at apparel and shoes.  I bought a great pair of Mizuno Elixir 5 shoes at a great price, some head bands, and some Body Glide.

Tom set it up to meet a good friend that he’s never met in person before!

Expo Annie & Tom

It was a great expo!

On the way home, there were several gear bags fresh from the expo slung over people’s shoulders.  We had great conversation encouraging each other and reviewing our running histories!

When I got home, I checked my list and set up my gear for the morning.  Bib number 12560 got mounted on the shirt I was going to wear. The tracking chip was put on my left shoe. Body Glide was set out. The Amphipod belt was prepared.  Cell phone put in the belt, Endurolytes packed. “26.2” socks place out.

Checked my prep list 3 times. I am ready!

The Event!

I work a swing shift.  so, 4:15 AM comes awfully early for a guy like me. I kept thinking as I wandered into wakefulness if this was going to be worth it.

I got a cup of coffee while shaking the cobwebs from my eyes. I had to wake up quickly enough to get to the light rail station and buy tickets before the train arrived.

I did all of that.  I was on the “D Line” and headed for the race start line. It was crowded by the 3rd stop (mine). I stood all the way to the convention center stop where I disembarked.

Stop after mine, an RTD Transit Security guy got on.  I asked him if all of the Sunday 5:30 AM Trains were as busy as this one.  He looked at me, and said, “Not hardly!  Generally, these are empty.” He said he was there to check fares, but after seeing the SRO (Standing Room Only) he decided not to.

Needless to say, it was dark out! It was also cold enough out to need the jacket that I was wearing.  This would be the first time that I actually checked gear at an event like this. 

I was going to this event with a good friend, Tom M.  It is always cool to share the experience with a friend.  It took about 10 minutes to get from the Train stop to the start line at Denver’s Civic Center.

It was already a mass of humanity milling around.  We looked at everything and made the circuit a couple of times (mostly due to finding the Gear Check area).

It is fun to watch as others (runners, volunteers and spectators) as they deal with their nervous anticipation.  It is also fun to just watch people!

All too soon, it was time to get to my corral.  A corral is a staging area that is assigned byt the time you anticipate finishing your run.  I dropped Tom off at Corral 5.  I tried to go with the flow to get to my Corral 12. It was way down the block and around the corner.  I found it and entered.

Time was getting short. The wait for the start did not take long.  Soon, we had moved around the corner. Then we could see the start line.  I talked to two ladies standing near me.  It was a first half-marathon for both of them.  One had a daughter there to watch her and the other didn’t have anyone.  Her Bib number was 13515.  I told her that she now had someone watching and anticipating her finish.  Then, the corral sped up and we weren’t far from the line.

I crossed the line, started my Garmin Forerunner 205 and found myself in a half-marathon run! 

The Course

Google RnR Half 10172010

The course took us through downtown Denver, by two of our sports arenas out to City Park, over to Cheesman Park, then back to Civic Center and the finish line.

How can I describe running a half? I think it is a unique experience to each individual. They can attend to what needs to be done, but can also save some concentration for what you can see on your run.  There were a lot of good things to see.

We ran down 14th Street toward the Sports complexes.  We ran by the Pepsi Center (Denver Nuggets basketball and Avalanche Hockey) then we headed North to Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies). We turned in to the downtown area.

I did have water and Cytomax (most excellent sports drink) at every water station along the way except for the last one.  After 12 miles, I knew I could go to the finish without any more.

The hill on 17th out of downtown was a surprise to a lot of runners.  I turned to the young lady next to me and told her that the course reminded of going to public school as a youngster.  “Uphill both ways.” She told me that her Father always said that and, “He had to beat off bears using his loose leaf binder.”  She said ‘It’s really rough in Montana!”

I ran up to another clydesdale as he ran the hill. “Just fine!” he said, “Right after this hill!”

Soon it was done.  Then we started the gradual uphill through 17th street neighborhoods toward Denver’s City Park.  City park has a large museum and our Zoo in it.  We ran right by the backside of one and the front side of the other.  City park also has restrooms with running water in ‘em.  It was my single rest stop on the entire course.

Halfway through the park, I met my fellow Clydesdale again.  “I see you made the hill!” I said.  “Yes” he retorted!  “Thanks for the encouragement!”

I was about half-way through, when I came up to a lady with a set pace.  “I see you’ve trained,” I told her.  She enjoyed hearing that. “It’s my second half,” she said.  She said she was doing it to give her an on-going project and to keep her healthy in her retirement.  We talked for a while and then I ran on.  “Thanks for the inspiration!” She told me as we parted.

I was running an out and back when I felt a tap on the shoulder.  “You’re doing great!” she told me, “Do you remember me?”  She was one of the 2 ladies from the corral at the start line.  “Aren’t some of these people’s stories regarding running, great?” She asked.  I told her, “Yes!”

I explained that I was into running as I was once much larger.  My Doctor told me to exercise or die, so I started running.  She looked at me and told me that she is an Intensive Care Unit nurse. She said that she would much rather meet me as a runner in a race rather then a patient where she works.  I thanked her for that inspiration!

The turn-around point on 17th Street was near the ten mile mark.  There was a left hand turn onto York or Josephine Street.  We turned to the right onto 13th Street.  Soon after, we ran up that short, sweet hill at the entry to Cheesman Park, then a long gradual one to the formal gardens.  Level and somewhat downhill through another third of the park.  As we neared the exit (and the Half-marathon/Marathon split), the hill made it’s presence know again.  We left the park and were back out on 13th again. 

So close to the finish now with a gradual downhill (after all, what goes up must come down (Eventually)).  So, I increased my speed a bit more.

Soon, I had a view of the Denver Art Museum and knew that this day’s trek was almost over.  I turned the corner onto Bannock Street.  I could see the finish line now.  Somehow, I found the energy to increase my sped a bit more!  I may not have passed many but I did put the rush on. With a smile on my face, and my hands in the air, I crossed the finish line!  My race was done!

The Chute

The Chute is a secured area after a runner crosses the finish line.  It is the place that you get your medal, that medics observe you, that water, sports drinks and various and sundry foodstuffs are made available.

The chute in Denver was long. It wrapped half of a city block.  As I passed through it, I thought it would never end. I got my cell phone out and called Tom.  He had finished about a half an hour before I did.  I wanted him to know that I finished. We agreed on a meeting place, but I had just completed 13.1 miles, and forgot where it was almost immediately.  Plenty of time for that later.

I went to the Medal station first.  A young lady handed me the medal that I earned.  I told her that I have a tradition of giving a hug to the person that gives me my medal. She agreed and gave me a hug.  I rounded the first corner, and saw the “Free Hugs” station.  How novel!  Of course, I had to go and get mine!

Water was next. Yes, I needed some by that point!

Rock and Roll events offer you a “Finisher” photo.  The next station is where I had my picture taken!

After that was more water and Cytomax.  Then, there was the food.  Apple slices, crackers, chips, granola, orange slices; if you wanted it, it was probably there.  I was offered Jalapeno popcorn, but opted for the sweet flavor of caramel corn, instead. 

Finally, I neared the end of the secured area.  I had finished the race, and now I had finished the chute.

Denver RnR Medal 101710

The Aftermath

I walked out and there was Tom grinning at me!  We had both finished our latest half-marathons.  We compared our identical medals (mine was the better one even if they were identical).

As the course end was on the South and West side of Civic Center and The Chute covered the North side and half of the East side, we made a few wrong turns before we figured out an escape route.  It was a lot of fun watching the people as we prepared to leave.

It was a slow walk (with sore muscles) as we headed back toward the light rail station. A great day for a great race!

BTW…  The other lady at the start line?  She finished.  As her only person at the race cheering for her, I am so proud of her!

 

 

 

 

written by Charlie

What?

Another article on home theater personal computers?  Whatever for?

Simple…  I was tired of paying for television service.Over 8 months ago, I said goodbye to DirectTV.  They were too expensive for the few stations that I actually watched.  The problem was the shows I liked were all on premium channels that cost more or were in a special programming package. 

The good news is that I get digital television from an antenna over the air and other programming from the web.  I did (and am keeping) get the basic NetFlix package (primarily for the streaming ability). 

The initial HTPC was (and still is) a home-build.  You can read about the basic build here .  Basically, it is a Windows XP Professional OS, AMD 3800+ dual core processor with 2 gigs memory running at 2GHz.

For this build, I upped the memory another gig of ram and installed a much better video card for playback.  I installed SageTV software for the television part of it (including a digital video recorder -DVR). I also installed hard wired network cable.  I had Mozilla Firefox for the internet web browser.

I also had three tuners.  2 are USB tuners (Hauppage HVR-950Q & PCTV 800e) and I had an ATI PCI Express X1 card.

Troubles.

When you see a landscaping vista on the television, I would get choppy video that would disrupt the viewing comfort.  Mostly on television watching, or watching recordings.

SageTV is good software.  I am thinking that for me? It is software that is too good.  It is very programmable. I was constantly setting and re-setting the parameters that the software runs under.  Some facets would improve, some would degrade, but I could never get it right.  I honestly though it was the build.

A Mac Mini, maybe?

I have a roommate.  Tom is also my friend.  He was thinking of getting an upgraded Mac Mini to replace the one that he has now.  That would leave his old unit available to configure as an HTPC.  This computer is an Intel dual core processor running 2 gigs of memory at 2.00 GHz.  So…  Both the Mac Mini and the WinXP build were similar.

After a few days of research, and some help from some friends, I downloaded software called, “Plex” from Plexapps.com.  It is amazing software.  It will turn your mac into an excellent media server thats seeks things off of the web and off of your hard drive in a user configured way. To get television on Plex (or on the Mac without the Plex software), I did additional research.  Everything that I saw tended to suggest the use of EyeTV software.

I got the software only as I already had tuners that would work with it.  I set it up on my MacBook first and got excellent results.  I ran both Plex and EyeTV with good results.  I tried it on the Mac Mini and it worked well there, too.  Main problem? EyeTV would only use one tuner.  You can watch or you can record. That is all.  There is not trial period so you can try the software, either. 

At this point, I was blaming it on the Windows Operating System as opposed to the software on it.

Was the Decision Made?

Well… No.  A new Mac Mini would be $700 approximately.  Would we really need to spend that much to get smooth video? Rather than doing that, we decided to do more research.

Would different DVR/Television software for the Windows HTPC be an option?

Every Windows TV tuner comes with software that will allow you to use that tuner with the Windows OS.  Not necessarily slick software, but working. Still not a solution.

More research.  The only real competition for SageTV in SnapStream’s Beyond TV. I read up on it and downloaded the trial software.

The software loaded and ran with no problems.  Or almost no problems.  My zipcode is 80113. When I entered that into the Beyond TV setup program, it threw a real clinker into the works.  The program guide gave me stations that I didn’t know and would not tune in.

So, I go rid of it all and started over.  What a change when I entered a zipcode that it recognized for my area.  From there, setup was simple and effective.

Setup did take a long time.  Each tuner has to be loaded in and each channel tested.  You only have to do once for each tuner.  It does take time to do.

SO Far…

I am impressed with the user interface, the actions and the presentation of everything the Beyond TV does. I’d like to emphasize that it looks good, it does not bog the computer down, the video is smooth. It looks as good as getting the digital signal thought the TV tuner.

I’ll let you know if it survives the trial period of 21 days.

Running?

Oh, yeah…  Recreation with Charlie…

Last week, I did 5 runs for 27.37 miles @ a 10:36 pace.

For September, I ran 14 times for 71.82 miles @ a 10:43 pace.

For 2010, I’ve run 188 runs for 1023.96 miles @ a 10:34 pace.

The next competitions are “Fans of the Field” a 6.2 mile run that visits all of Denver’s major sports stadiums.  You can read about it at http://www.fansonthefield.com/  . That will happen on October 10th.

The Denver Inaugural Rock and Roll half-marathon It will be held on October 17th. I am running it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

written by Charlie

Tom Charlie Seattle RnR

(Thank you, Char! This picture is courtesy of Charlene Huang-Roberts facebook page!)

I work the swing shift.  Afternoon and evening.  When I have to get up at 3:30 AM, either something catastrophic has happened or I am dedicated to something!  It was the latter.  I had to get ready to run a marathon.

 

Several months ago my friend, Tom, decided that he wanted to do a marathon run. Tom and I have been friends since elementary school.  I decided to run the same one with him.  He is faster than I am so I doubted that we’d run it together, but we could train and learn the process together. I’ve done this before, so we could draw from what I had learned as we progressed through the training.  We decided to use Hal Higdon’s Intermediate I marathon training schedule as our base.

 

I ran with another friend, too.  Her name is Penelope The Cat. Penelope is an internet phenomenon. She has been a little bit of everywhere across the world. If I was going to cross the finish line, she was going to be there with me.  You can find out more about her at http://www.facebook.com/penelopethecat.

 

Remember that this would be my 3rd attempt at a marathon distance.  I failed to complete at Chicago in 2008 falling to the ground with debilitating lower leg cramps at the 40 kilometer mark (I’ve learned to conquer that problem since). I did complete the Las Vegas Marathon in December of 2008 bringing it in at 6:04:22.

 

My brother, Clint and his lovely wife Susan, were kind enough to provide his house as a base for our Seattle activities. They live North of the city. We had to get up early to catch a shuttle from a hotel just north of city center.

 

Everyone has their own procedure for race preparation.  The evening before I made sure that I had what I needed for the morning.  It would be an easy matter to get up, eat, dress and get out the door in an easy manner.  Clint had volunteered to shuttle us to the shuttle bus location. 

 

The morning was cloud covered, cool and somewhat misty. By the time we made the journey, the mist had cleared. Clint dropped us off 1 block from the shuttle bus loading zone. We got right on the bus and we were off. We were headed for the starting line of the 2010 Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

 

Everyone on this school bus shuttle was a competitor. They were all nervous and contemplating what they were about to do.  We talked about what we registered for, our sport watches, & recent aches and pains. One runner said he stubbed hi big toe badly recently. It was black and blue, but the Doctor gave him clearance to run, so he was going for the half.

 

Then, we arrived. We were at the staging area for the start line at the Seattle RnR 2010 race! We found ourselves a city block away from an industrial park in Tukwila, Washington. We followed the other runners over.  The next hour was spent just looking.  There was water, fruit, bagels and Cytomax. There were several UPS trucks at the gear station. There were also a whole heck of a lot of porta potties. No lines when we arrived, but long, long lines as the start time approached.

 

We checked out the corrals at the start line.  A corral is an assigned starting position based on the finish time that you gave yourself at registration. I had Corral 27. Tom was assigned to Corral 22.  In total, there were 39 Corrals. At the back of the line was the silver car that denoted the end of the competition. It was the car that would run the course at the very end of the assigned time closing the course.

 

As zero time approached, we went to our corrals. Tom and I had talked about it time and time again, but we went over it again. Start out slow. When you think you are slow enough, slow it down a little bit more.  The start is a good time to conserve energy that you’ll need toward the end.  Tom’s brother, Don, had called the day before and reminded us both of that. In January, Don completed his first marathon at the Phoenix RnR! It was advice based on his own real experience.

 

I entered corral 27 and looked about.  There was a younger man standing close by.  I saw that he had a yellow bib.  The yellow bib was the full marathon color. He told me that this was his first marathon and that it was a “Bucket list” item. I told him that it was my second attempt at a marathon completion.

 

7:00 AM was approaching quickly by now.  We had the privilege of having John Bingham (waddle on, penguin) as the announcer!  I looked about again and Pat had moved on. The line grew quiet as the national anthem was sung. The countdown to the start of the race commenced and this competition was on!

 

To a runner this is a special period of time. I contemplated the task that I had taken on. I thought about the weeks of training that I had completed. You could hear the nervous contemplation as corral after corral was started. As my corral got closer and closer to the start line, my nervousness grew and grew. Tom’s corral 22 started their run 34 minutes after the start gun. My corral started 43 minutes after the gun.

 

We got our “Go” and I started to run. Before I had run far, Pat was at my side. He told me that he’d like to run with me if he could. Well, misery loves company and so do marathoners!  We ran the entire course together.  We discussed a lot about running and Pat shared his knowledge of the area with me. We made a great team.

 

We ran at a pace of about 12 minute miles. The first half was very scenic. We ran through industrial areas, nice neighborhoods, parks, and along the shore of Lake Washington. We contemplated the floating bridge as we approached it. Then we converged on the first split point. Full marathon runners were to run to the right, half marathoners to the left. As Pat and I moved over, the half runners cheered us on! We returned the favor. We were on the floating bridge and headed across Lake Washington soon after. 

 

There weren’t many hills to this point. If there were, it didn’t matter as we were still fresh. The floating bridge did have a ramp down and into the bridge, and up again at the other end. As it was an out-and-back at this point, so we had it to do again. There was a slight breeze that cooled us off under those cloudy skies.  Pat found some friends headed back across the bridge, and I saw Tom. We stopped and caught up but you don’t finish until you run, so on we went.

 

After the floating bridge we entered our first tunnel. It wasn’t very long and we were back out and into the light.  They had split the courses after the floating bridge. We ran on one side of the road and the halvers on the other.  We passed the 12 miles mark and then came up on the 13.1 (halfway) mark. I looked at the Halvers and told ‘em that we had completed 13.1! Then I said that it was OK, though, as we had the same distance to go!

 

We were in the sports area of Seattle. I remember Safeco and Qwest Fields.  Soon, the Halvers would again split and head for their finish line.  We were at one cross walk watching as some Halvers who had finished were crossing the course. I stopped one young lady asking to see her medal.  It looked great! I commended her. She saw my bib and commented on my being a marathon runner. I told her not to worry as Pat and I were on our way to a finish. We took off again.

 

Seattle downtown was a fun part of the run. We ran down some steeps headed toward the water front. We headed toward the Alaskan Viaduct. At the split, we marathon runners headed North as the Halvers headed for their finish line. We wished them luck and ran on the middle level of the viaduct.

 

 The viaduct was not too bad headed North. We were covered and cool as we headed toward the tunnel.

 

At this marathon, there were medical people with red shirts on bicycles. They were observant and everywhere. Tom told me that one was behind him and commented that his shoulders were too tight.  He loosened them up and felt better.  He did say that he had to turn around and comment that she was just making him nervous after a while.  She smiled and moved on.

 

The tunnel was interesting. Noise echoed the entire length. I took the opportunity here to take a couple of electrolyte supplements. There was a DJ spinning disks near the end that had music on way too loud.  Hurt the ears.

 

Pat sure enjoys his music!  At every band and chance to dance, he did.  The bands picked up on that. It was enjoyable all the way around.  This was a Rock and Roll event and there were bands all the way along the course.

 

We came out of the tunnel into faded sunshine. It felt good to have some warmth. This was at mile 16. The course had been slowly gaining elevation.  It would continue to gain all the way to the Aurora bridge.

 

We crossed the bridge and got a break from the climb.  I knew that we were on a bridge but my concentration was on our endeavor. I wanted to get the view but I also wanted to achieve the end. To conserve energy, we ran right down the middle and not the edge. So…  No view. On the other side, it was a few blocks to another turn around point. We were headed South again.

 

Mile 19 was just past the South end of the bridge.  We started the run and I felt cramping in my lower legs.  I reached for my coin purse with the electrolytes. It was not there! I must have dropped it in the tunnel.  Shades of Chicago! What was I going to do. Pat agreed to walk for a while (What a great guy)! As we passed the next water station, there were salt packets (the kind you get at fast food joints). We both downed one. I grabbed some extra packs. We washed it down with bot water and Cytomax. Now it was time to see if it would work.

 

It was after the water station that I decided to down another salt pack. Pat did one, too.  It left the nasty taste of salt in the mouth until the next water station.  BUT…  The cramps were easing up.  Soon, we were alternating running and walking.  We passed the 20 mile mark.  Pat and I were on the final 6.2!  This was a doable competition now!

 

Water on the North side of the Viaduct came from hose water and tasted like it.  No way around it, I suppose, but it was noticeable.

 

We entered the Viaduct tunnel headed South. It was about the same length as the other side but much quieter.  We exited the other side into some bold sunshine. Didn’t matter, though. We were nearing the end.  We were on the upper level of the Viaduct now.

Miles 21 and 22 passed.  Running, walking, running, walking…  Nice and level at this point.  We kept on going.

 

Mile 23 passed.  I thought that I was running long.  After all, the race was a 7:00 hour maximum.  I knew that Pat and I would make it, though. Up ahead, the viaduct was ending.  It appeared to be a ramp headed down. What lies ahead now?

 

We neared it and watched as others ahead of us were reaching another ramp leading down to the finish line.

 

Expecting some relief, we saw that at the bottom of the ramp the course continued (and continued and continued).  We could see the turn around, but it was a ways up there. At the bottom of the ramp was the 25 mile marker for those closer to the finish line. I wouldn’t be long now! W e ran and we walked.  It took a long time (seemingly) but we reached the 24 mile marker a little before the turn-around. There was a Med station there.  Behind that there were two “Vulture” buses. It was their job to take those who couldn’t finish to the final staging area.

 

Pat and I bolstered each other up and kept going.  We ran toward the 25 mile marker. The ramp after the marker was steep. We decided to walk it. At the top, we started to run again. It felt good to know that the finish was so near. We were going to finish!

 

Soon, we were at the final downhill ramp.  We passed the 26 mile marker on level ground.  There was a left turn and then another left turn and we could see the finish line. Pat and I looked at each other. We made it! He was kind enough to let me go ahead. I dropped my glove and got Penelope The Cat out. She went into my right hand for the finish line.

 

I heard my name being yelled. I turned to the right and there was Manager John and GAG Char cheering us to the finish line.  My arms went up and I smiled. I crossed the finish line! Marathon number 2 is in the bag!

 

Pat and I shook hands, hugged and congratulated each other. Tom was there waiting for me.  We congratulated each other on a marathon completion. Tom had come back to get a picture of both of us at the finish. What a guy!

 

My medal record goes on!  I waited for a young lady handing out medals to place mine over my neck. She put her hand out but I asked for my usual hug. She agreed!

 

We got water, granola bars and fruit. We left the finishers chute. Poor John and Char.  Here was a sweaty, large guy that just finished a marathon refusing their out stretched hands for a full body hug!

 

Unfortunately, Clint and Susan missed my finish again.  They met us soon after.  I don’t like to think this now but I might have to run another so they can see me finish one!

 

It was great weather and a great personal achievement.  I did feel a disappointment as I saw the finish clock was at 06:31…  I missed my PR I was trying for.  It wasn’t until several hours that I found out that it took me 43 minutes to pass the start line.  SO…  I DID PR! My new Personal Record was 15 minutes and 39 seconds better than my first.

 

As we were leaving the area to get the car, a familiar face came out of a restaurant. Pat!! He said that he was telling his family of our experiences together when he saw me!  Coincidence?  Who knows…  Pat was a great guy to run with and it made this race a great experience! Thank you so much, Pat!

 

Oh, yeah…  Tom…  My friend, Tom, did a great thing.  One of the Team-In-Training people was having a hard time at the 19 mile mark. Tom saw her and talked to her. He recognized that she had the spirit but could use some help. She felt exhausted and was contemplating dropping out. He offered her some of his energy gel, some encouraging words and an endurolyte or two.  He stayed with her until the end.  That made the marathon experience even better when 2 runners can assist each other to make it work.  Congratulations to both Tom and Elizabeth for your spectacular finish together!

 

Seattle RnR Medal

Overall, a great day for everyone involved!

written by Charlie

Memorial Day Weekend -From the top of Independence Pass!

A panorama of the mountains East of Independence Pass in Colorado (near Aspen).

Fast Spring water run off in an interesting canyon.

Beautiful scenery on the Independence Pass highway.

Notice the high water from Spring run off.

Running -

Wow! Training for a marathon consumes time and miles.  It is a healthy procedure, but it can be a trial.  In training for the Seattle Rock and Roll marathon and then running it, I will have logged 626 miles.  I don’t know about you, but I am amazed by it!

I will be running with Tom.  I’ve known Tom since elementray school. Tom is the inspiration for this marathon run.  He wanted to train for and accomplish a marathon run.  I support my friend and agreed to the training!

I will also be running with another partner!  Her name is .  This girl is a class act and a world traveller.  She is going on the marathon run with me.  You can find out more about this interesting phenomenon .  A Picture?  Sure…

PTC Trains

 

My runs -

So far this week, 3 runs @ 13.13 miles and a pace of 10:17.

June of 2010 – 12 runs @ 84.63 miles and a pace of 11:11.

2010 overall – 124 runs @ 124 miles and a pace of 10:24.

As of today, I have 20 training miles to go and 10 days to the event!

Saturday is my last ‘long run.’ It will be 8 miles. I really never thought that I would say this, but 8 miles is a breeze or a walk in the park!  I’ll have to get out early as it is supposed to get hot in Denver, but it should not take long and I am looking forward to it!

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I have a brother.  Clint and Susan live in Bothell, just North of Seattle.  They are providing our home base for the weekend.  Tom and I will fly out on Thursday, June 24th and returning on Tuesday, June 29th.

Thursday, will be a travel day.  We will also meet some people and get to the Expo for the event.  It is a rest day on our schedule. 

Friday will be mostly a vacation day.  We will do a short run in the morning. Then, we hope to do some driving to see some local sights and some car touring.  Dinner at Maggianos, then back to prepare for a marathon run and get as much rest as possible.

Saturday is our race day.  We hope to catch a shuttle to the start line by 5:30 AM at the Westin Hotel north of Seattle City Center. Clint retired from the navy and has access to parking at place the rest of us might not have. Of course, I will blog about the race with a race report soon after!

Sunday is a recovery day.  But are we planning recovery activities? Nah!  We’ll be tourists again!  We’ll start with a breakfast at the Pike Place Market, the Seattle Duck Tour , then wandering about seeing the market, the piers, and other things in the area.  I hope we’ll be up to it!

Monday is another exciting day!  We will be catching the Victoria Clipper at 8:30 AM and heading for Canada!  We will be meeting John and Charlene and Firefighter Cindy and Mother Superior!  We’ll all meet up in Victoria, BC after the clipper ride.  We’ll come back via the 5:30 PM clipper.  It should be a wild and exciting time.

Tuesday will come all too soon and we will head for home!  We’ll have a short flight to Phoenix then a long wait for the flight back to Denver.

It should be a great weekend and we are really looking forward to it.

I really want to thank Clint and Susan for their willingness to put up with us for the long weekend!

Humor –

You know you’re a runner when…

 

written by Charlie
You know, getting up at 4:00 AM is never fun, especially if you work the swing shift. That time came awfully early. I actually woke up before the alarm (a misnomer as I did not set the alarm).

 

The Expo -

 

But, I’m getting ahead of the game.  Like most larger venues, you have to pick up the race packet early. I’m not sure why that is, but I have my suspicions that it assists in raising anticipation and suspense in the runner. It may save the event’s coordinators by not having additional staff, it may assist by providing more focus toward the run, it may be for any reason. I have my suspicions, though.

 

So we (my good friend Tom and I) headed down to Denver’s City Park and the beautiful pavilion building that the Expo was being held at on Saturday morning. We were both going to run the half-marathon.  The sun was out, it was warm, but the sky was partly cloudy.

Expo View

 

The packet pickup booths were outside and clearly marked. You gave your name to a technician at the greeter’s booth, and received a small print out with your event and number. Using that, you went to the appropriate booth and got your packet. Inside the packet, was a Cardboard timing chip for the shoe, some coupons, and the bib number. My bib number was 5108.

 

The names on the half-marathon bib numbers all seemed to be incorrect. I had the name, “Roger,” on mine. No explanation was given except that a mistake had been made. 

Th_Colfax2010Bib

 

Having completed the first part of the maze, we went to the BEER booth to show our ID and get a bracelet (to be worn on the right wrist for the next 24 hours – It saves you from having to carry your ID to the beer garden after the finish). We went from there to see what was offered in the Expo merchandise.

 

We weaved through all kinds of merchant’s booths. Great prices and discounts were offered.  There were all kinds of booths.  I got a pair of cheap running socks for the Boulder Running Company, and I stole a pair of Mizuno Nirvana 6 shoes from Runner’s Roost.  They offer a 60 day return policy on shoes they sell.  These were returned shoes.  I examined them closely after I tried them on.  At $50 for the pair, I gladly bought them.  I’ll add them to my runs after the first of June, and they will probably be the shoes that I’ll run the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon in on June 26th. Tom got a pair of Nike Lunar Elite+ for the same price.

 

We got our shirts at the shirt booth. Nice shirts this year. Performance shirt, white with a great design on them. As we left the Expo, the timing chip was tested. Both passed and we were on our way out. We  smoothed with some other runners and petted some dogs outside.  Then it was time to head out for the rest of our Saturday.

 

I performed the usual evening before ritual of preparation.  Shoes (with the chip on it), socks, shorts, shirt (with the bib number mounted), headband, sunglasses, phone charging, water belt (sans water), iPod, coin purse with Hammer Endurolytes, and charged the Garmin 205 Sports Watch. I felt to be prepared.  There is comfort in my pre-race ritual.

 

The Race -

 

4:00 AM did come early.  One cup of coffee. I immediately ate a bowl of oatmeal. Dressed, and double-checked that I was ready then out the door by 5:00 AM.  There was a race today!

 

The plan was to go to Colorado Boulevard then North to City Park. The streets weren’t supposed to be closed until 5:30 AM.  By the time we got to Colorado and Colfax, Colorado had been closed.  We had to do some uncertain turns and twists, but we did get there!

 

It was announced that there were 750 full marathon runners and 7,000 or more of us running the half. Quite the turnout this year.

 

There was parking available still, and we got as close as we could in the East side parking at the Denver Zoo. A short walk and we were at the start line in plenty of time.  The full marathon runners were in the chute and in their corrals.  We watched as the timer counted down and then the marathoners were off!

 

In another 45 minutes, we would be starting our 13.1 mile run.

 

It was a cool morning with a slight breeze.  I tend to take a cheap throw to keep warm with.  I wore it until the start of the race, then threw it over the fence as a throw-away.  I knew that it could be used by someone.  These throw away items are collected and given to charity.

 

The chute for the starting line was short. It just could not fit all of the runners.  When the starting countdown was done and we were off, there were runners everywhere.  Not only from the chute but from the waiting/spectator area to the South.

 

I had visited the porta-potty before the race but the moment we had the start, I had to visit one again. Why does that happen?  The first available were about 2 miles into the race. I joined a fair-sized line and it took about 12 minutes to get to one.  When you have no choice, though, what do you do?

 

The race started with a run through City Park (literally). We ran from the park and down City Park Esplanade to Colfax, then East on Colfax.  We ran into the rising sun as we progressed down East Colfax toward the Fitzsimmon’s Medical Center.  Water stations were every 2 miles or so.  Gatorade and water were offiered. Mile markers were marked by huge stickers on the street with sandwich boards on the sidewalks. At strategic points there was a “Gun Time” clock.

 

There was a slight elevation on the run to the 7 mile.  Total ascent/descent was 150 feet.  Slight for the first couple of noticeable rises, but I really felt the rise from the 5 mile mark to the 7 mile mark. From there we turned the corner to run through the Fitzsimmon’s Medical Center to 17th Street and the return run to City Park.  As I turned onto 17th, I noticed a younger man running my pace. I stayed behind him, but used him as my pacer.

 

It was easier running 17th Street.  The sun was at my back and it was a run through a neighborhood.  Time seemed to fly as the run progressed.  The miles ticked on by. Around mile 8, I finally caught up to and ran beside my pacer.  I told him that I had been using him as my pacer, so we might as well run together.  He was surprised that he was someone’s pacer, but agreed to run in together.

 

It made for a nice run for the last few miles.  We talked, and introduced ourselves. Ron was running this race for the 3rd time. His wife was supposed to run it with him but did not feel she had trained enough. He had anticipated a 12 minute pace, but he was doing much better.  We got into a rhythm at a better pace than either of us anticipated.  So, it was a good match for a finish.

 

All too soon, we crossed Colorado Boulevard again and we entered the park. The end of the race was at hand now.  We maintained the pace until the finish line was in sight.  I kicked it up a touch to cross the line.  On the way, I was passed by two runners and I passed two.

 

I slowed down after crossing the timing mats, waited just a moment for Ron, then shook his hand and thanked him for the finish!

 

I moved on as Ron went for that finisher kiss and hug from his wife over the fence.

 

I grabbed a cold bottle of water.  I saw the medal handlers and headed for mine.  I asked the young lady that placed my medal over my head if I could have a hug. She said sure, and my tradition of a hug continued!

KPColfaxHMMedal

 

I walked the gauntlet from the finish line through the pavilion.  On the way and inside, it was the pickup of the Goody bag, energy drinks, sport beans, teas, and then your choice of a pulled pork BBQ sandwich or a chicken taco.   Tom finished long before me, so I met him outside. 

 

Before I got into the pavilion, I got a text message from Kristen.  I was hoping to meet her as we both run and tweet.  We’ve been exchanging tweets for 2 years or so.  After I had my sandwich, Tom and I headed over to the Beer Garden.  We met Kristen and drank some beer.  Fun times!

 

I love the half-marathon distance.  It is my favorite race to run.  If you get a chance, try it out.  It improves your health and opens doors to other people engaged in the same like of running that others have. Plus, the bib and the medal make for an additional pleasure that you can hold and appreciate.

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It was a great race and a wonderful was to spend an athletic Sunday morning!

 

The Humor -

 

“Remember, the second most important thing to choosing the right shoe, is choosing the left one.”
– A high school coach to his runners

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