Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Happy New Year
Starting tomorrow it is another chance at a fresh start. A new 2009 will be here and so will a new years resolution. Many I know make them and then a month later tell me why they can't keep up with it. It's all about dedication to yourself! Let 2009 be a new and improved year for you and your families! I want to wish you all a happy and safe new year! The kids and I got many movies, games and other exciting things to make it through the night. My kids can never make it past 9pm so we are going to give it a try and make it to the ball drop tonight! Looks like an afternoon nap is in order! Happy New Year!
Yesterday I didn't post my workout. Not that it really matters but for my records anyways it was a 6 x 800 meter at 5k pace. Each interval had 1:45 break in between. One mile warm-up and cool-down in the workout as well! Today's Training is a rest day! Woo-Hoo!!!!
Even though it's cold outside, keep on running!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Each day I set out to find a quote that speaks to me and apply it to how I see things for that day. It could be a life goal or training goal. When I was picked to run Boston I was the most excited I have been in years. I was more excited to have the opportunity to run for sick children. My group has created three marathons to children's hospitals in central NY in the last two years. Each time we set out with happy expectations. I have been receiving many emails. Many saying the same thing? How and why do you keep doing this stuff in today's economy? I say simply this: I do not look at the economy of today to be an excuse for my action. I hear many people weekly who are well off even say well, "I can't do anything because of the economy?" Had I had that attitude I wouldn't be where I am today. Granted I have no life savings but I have a life filled with purpose. To answer the how part, that is easy too. You get up each day and don't make an excuse. You dream your self doing something, your believe that you can do it, and you go out and achieve that goal! It's really that simple! Our communities need us to rise up and fix them! Now onto a happy email I received from a fellow Boston Children's runner!
A Letter From A Boston Children's Runner
"Hi, I am on the Miles for Miracles team for my second year. I ran last year and again will be running this year for a patient from Schenectady NY. I grew up near Utica NY, but I am living in Buffalo, NY now and currently but have family out your way. I just wanted to say how amazing your story is and how moving it is to see people that find strength and inner peace from places we might overlook in our every day lives. You and your family are truly an inspiration. Thank you for reminding me how important life is. Take care and good luck with training."
It is letters like this that make you forget all about money. All about the negative masses in the world and make you realize that there are many good people out there just like us! This email made my day! Thank you Renee for the kind words!
Until Tomorrow! Keep your head up and your feet on the ground! Keep on running!
Monday, December 29, 2008
The above quote for today is very true. I can say that in life I have overcome many obstacles and I do not mind saying so. I let alcoholism beat me for a number of years until I fought back. Then my wonderful children came into my life and then they had obstacles. I felt like I was fighting the battle along side them. Yesterday Andy Mattison from News 10 asked me a question? How did you overcome everything? As I sat there in the chair in my kitchen, I almost didn't have an answer. Like I said, "I just did it." I look back now and all the obstacles have made us stronger and wiser. I almost can't even figure out how we made it through. We took it baby steps and one day at a time. So in that regard I feel like a success. I have beat an illness! My children also beat theirs. In November of 2007 when we were in a car accident, we could have thrown in the towel. We did hang our heads for a bit but a little over a year later it is amazing of how we overcame yet again! I hope that when you reach an obstacle, you will step on it and jump right over it! You have more inner power than you think!
The training for today is a 5 mile hill run at a slow pace. I added in four hills in the course that I designed out this morning. One being Melrose road hill. I did the 5 miles in 41:17! A little bit slow but I will take it! It was a great cool day to run!
I want to thank Andy Mattison and News 10 again for coming out to the house yesterday! It was a nice piece. My son looks hypnotized at the end there staring in the camera. It made me laugh at the end. Thanks again for sharing our story! Thank You!
For those who haven't seen Andy's Story go to:
Everyone have a great day! Keep on Running!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Health & Wellness
I think the quote above is very true. The majority of people in the world envy you if you have money. Though I have learned that no one envies the runner. The runners that logs in 30-100 miles per week. Through the wet, snow and ice. I don't blame them one bit. One person I talked to last week said that you have to be crazy to run that much. I countered with I think most Americans would have to be crazy to sit on the couch 30-100 hours a week! Calculate the couch time and think about it. You will be surprised at what you find per week! Get out and exercise! It's your life! Do something with it! Make every moment of everyday count! Each second is precious time wasted!
Today's training is 60 minutes of cross training or rest. I am going to add in some calisthenics from the Wii fit today. Something a little different. Next week I will start the bike. Week #2 is history! Only 18 more weeks to go!
News 10 Now Story
News 10 Now is graciously going to cover TheRun4Life story. I would like to take the time and thank them for coming out! For those interested keep checking their website at:
Enjoy your Sunday everyone! Keep on running!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Bonking on the Long Run
The simplest terms I can put it in are that your body runs out of gas. I knew I was risking it even though I had plenty of electrolytes and carbs into my body hours ahead of the run. Around mile seven, I just ran outta gas. I knew playing Wii Fit with Bachman till 2am would add to my soreness. Add in a couple drinks for the holidays and I was tired. For those who want to know more about bonking there is some good info at:
Today's Training- 11 Miles Easy
Today's Training was the Long Run like before mentioned. My target mileage was 11 miles. A nice city to lake run out scenic Owasco Lake. This was my slowest run to date but one that I learned from. I finished the 11 miles in 1:37:11. Which is a 8:50 pace, yuk! At least now it's in the books and I can enjoy my Sunday tomorrow with the kids!
Thank You Mandy
Mandy I want to thank you for your phone call today from Massachusetts. Letting me know that you guys have called a meeting to back me in my run for Boston. It is much appreciated. I think many think that I am getting something out of this which I am not. All proceeds go to a 501c3 children's hospital. Thank you so much for your support!
News 10 Coverage
I received an email about news 10 covering Therun4life.org story. They are coming out to my house tomorrow morning at 10am! I'll let you know when the story airs. This will be the last news story I am doing before Boston. Its just taking a lot out of me and not raising much for the cause! Thanks again everyone!
Until We Meet Again, Keep On Running!
Friday, December 26, 2008
If runners had a 12 days of Christmas it would look like this...
On 1st first day of Christmas Santa gave to me 1 pair of running shoes!
On the 2nd day of Christmas Santa gave to me 2 pairs of stretchy gloves
On the 3rd day of Christmas Santa gave to me 3 miles of tempo run!
On the 4th day of Christmas Santa gave to me 4 safety pins to clip on race numbers!!
On the 5th day of Christmas Santa gave to me 5 EASY MILES!!!
On the 6th day of Christmas Santa gave to me 6 miles of Fartlek...
On the 7th day of Christmas Santa gave to me 7 miles of hill repeats
On the 8th day of Christmas Santa gave to me 8 x 600 meter sprints!
On the 9th day of Christmas Santa gave to me 9 bottles of gatorade/powerade!
On the 10th day of Christmas Santa gave to me 10 nagging injuries/pains
On the 11th day of Christmas Santa gave to me 11 miles of a long run!
On the 12th day of Christmas Santa gave to me 12 x 400 meter sprints...
And a partridge in a pair tree.....ahahhaa Sorry I was bored!
No rest for the weary today. Today's training called for a 1 mile warm-up, 3 mile tempo run and 1 mile cool-down! Warm-up and cool-down miles were at the target 8 minute miles. The tempo run of 3 miles was run at a 6:51 pace, which is too fast for tempo for this week but I just wanted to get home! Got too much to do today! I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas!
Keep on running!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Christmas Eve "Running Around"
Christmas Eve is here and you know what that means? Running around like a chicken with your head cut off all day long. The kids were up early and after breakfast and baths we headed up into the Christmas Eve shopping world. Normally I am always done early but I had been so run down with school and running that I forgot a couple things. I started out at one place, then another and after an hour, about 5 stores. My 30 minute trip ended up taking 2 hours. I became so aggravated form all the running around. I realized that this day is almost like living on another planet. People cut you off, run through stops signs and hit your children with shopping carts. When did mass commercialism over take "good will towards man?" Anyways we survived and all the last minute shopping is done. Thankfully so!
Today's "Running Around"
I moved training days around this week because I do not like running on Christmas. I attribute it to all of the Christmas days where I would have to work 6am-3pm. Now I want nothing associated with work on Christmas day! Today's run is 5 miles easy! Nothing special. At the normal 8 minute easy miles, it looks like another easy 40 minute run! N
Merry Christmas To All my friends, family and supporters! Thank you so much and I hope you get Christmas miracles under the tree!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
and die to the Heat of the Heart" --Ice Cube
The Heart Heats
I never thought I would see the day where I was quoting a lyric by Ice Cube. I figure it was fitting since today I felt like an, "Ice Cube" on my run! I realized all that I had out there was my heart. Giving it 200% and with each stride I could almost feel the blood trying to clog in my veins. That is what cold weather running will do to you. Near the end of my run I slipped on some ice and went down for a brief second and caught myself again. I was worried the way my ankle bent but it actually felt straighter when I was running after that. Maybe it was a sign for a free fix without seeing Dr. Brian!
Today was a tough workout because all of the tracks are iced over. The two we have in town have a huge snow accumulation on them so I had to calculate today's workout based on last weeks track work. Today's Workout is a 1 mile warm-up followed by 8 x 600 meter sprints and capped off by a 1 mile cool-down. I did great given the conditions. I did each warm-up mile at the target 8 minutes. I did the 6 x 800 meters in 2:22 intervals for a total of 18:56. I was a couple seconds slower than last weeks track workout but I had ice to deal with today! In between were 1:30 rest intervals for a total of 12 minutes. Total duration of the run 47:56. Now I am going to get warm!
May your heat keep on running and your track shoes too! Happy Holidays!
Monday, December 22, 2008
You change your passion for glory
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive" --Survivor
Eye of the Tiger
Yep those lyrics above are from the famous song, "Eye of the Tiger", by Survivor. On days like today where it was 12 degrees and 2 degrees windchill, you need other motivations to keep on going. I got to a point on today's run where I pulled the draw-stings of my hood and all you could see were my eyes. I saw my cousin walking his dog so I waved and said,"hello!" On the way back I started feeling really cold and got to a part of lake ave bridge where it looked plowed but it was all ice chunks. I felt like I was doing a drill where I was running through tires. I kept thinking to myself the before mentioned song. Each step in rhyme with the song. Images of people running up the stairs like it was a Rocky movie. It made each step less colder and more bearable. Today I had the eye of the tiger in me to get through this run.
It feels good to make it through week #1. I had some muscle soreness yesterday so I did nothing. All that snow didn't help either. So today's training is again 5 miles easy like last week. I did it in 39:48 which is right on target to where I need to be on slow runs. Tomorrow will be the treat doing 600 meter sprints in the freezing weather and icy roads.
Everyone enjoy your day! Keep on Running!!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
"Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision." --Hsi-Tang
Week #1 Done
Week #1 is done. I am trying not to let others gold dust obstruct my vision. The option for today is take a day of rest or cross train. I am choosing a day of rest for once. My body is a bit tired from the speed training last week. So I am taking a much needed rest.
Midnight Madness Recap
Midnight Madness was just as it stated, "madness!" We raised $137 in the couple hours that night by selling one dollar raffle tickets for a K-Nex Rollercoaster and many Webkinz items. We want to thank Webkinz for their donation and the rest we purchased. It will go towards the Miles for Miracles goal and should be on the website on Monday. Which will bring our total funds raised to around $642!
Roller Coaster Ride
The event was sort of a roller coaster ride. Many telling us that they liked our story and that the kids were wonderful. The kids only stayed for 2 hours after that it was too much for them so they came home with their aunt. It was nice to meet people like Dave Clifford who felt inspired a bit by our story and I felt a bit inspired by my conversation with him as well. We want to thank the many nice people out there. I admit I was a bit set back by a couple rude comments made but I understand that there are many of those people out there that don't see beyond their own ways. It is unfortunate this time of year!
Miles for Miracles 2009- What it is?
Many were asking about Miles for Miracles and why I chose it. Well I admit when I first heard the story about Zack Saurini I felt interested in the Boston Children's Hospital. I had spent time talking to his mom and now about his upcoming surgery there on February 4th! I applied to run in the Boston Marathon for Boston Children's Hospital. Not everyone can get in. I was given this special honor so I decided to make the best of it. I jumped in with a leap of faith! The hospital in ways spends around $6000-8000 on runners. (You do not see any money personally) They have wonderful events, give you a 20 week training program, nutrition advice and a big event pre and post race in April! So in return my contractual agreement was to raise $3000 for the hospital. I do not see one cent of this money nor have we or will we profit from this. If anything with our fragile financial state, I should have not accepted this honor. I have given everything I have to this community and now the upcoming Boston Marathon in 09! I want to thank all of our supporters and I invite all of my naysayers to get out there and train with me!
Enjoy your Sunday! Be back Monday!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Keep On Moving
I love that quote above. It makes me remember that there are no excuses. I hear people say that its too hot or cold to run many days. I hear people say that its too rainy or snowy out. I say, "Run!" Everyday there is someone somewhere running in worse conditions. Someone that is training twice as hard. Today I kept on moving. I got out there early and 10 degree (2 degree windchill) weather and completed 10 miles. I kept focused on the goal that my coaches set before me. I envisioned that no matter what my body was warm and I was enjoying another summer run. Remember there is always a lion chasing you in some way! Keep on moving!
The training today is the long run. Today's long run starts at 10 miles. My run left my doorstep and went out Owasco Lake past the watershed and back. It was a very cold and un-plowed run in many instances. I slowed today due to the conditions. The 10 miles done in 1 hour and 25 minutes. I am still very pleased and from here on in I switch to afternoon running on Saturdays. Too many nuts driving with one hand on the wheel and the cell phone in the other hand during the snow fall. Some people will never get it!
Midnight Madness Tonight
Come out and see us tonight at Finger Lakes Mall. We will be there at 6:30pm till roughly 11:30pm! We are raffling off webkinz and a K-Nex RollerCoaster for some lucky child! Thank you all for your support! Enjoy the picture of my yard below! Gotta love snow!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Baby It's Cold Outside
The minute I found out school was canceled, I knew I had to get a run in early when my wife got home from work. I got out there around 7:30am and, "Baby It's Cold Outside!" I had that song going through my head as each step hit the pavement. So to all the local drivers be kind to the masked man that is running through town and try not to hit me! haha
Today's Training Easy 5
Today's target training is easy 5 miles. It was about exactly as it says it is, "easy!" I did the 5 miles in around 38:47 which gave me a 7:47 pace. I have to start running a bit slower on easy days but that will come soon with the snow getting heavier. Stay tuned for tomorrows run which ought to be fun! 10 mile long run in the snow and cold before midnight madness! Missy Gill you may want to get out the hot chocolate when I am running by your house! hahaha
Midnight Madness Tomorrow
Tomorrow from 7pm-11:30pm will be Midnight Madness at Finger Lakes Mall. We will be having a table by Bass Pro near center court. We will be raffling off a big basket with a K-nex roller coaster and many Webkinz inside. It all has to be raffled off together according to their rules now. Tickets will be $1. Any other donations can be made this day as well. All proceeds are tax deductible for personal donations! We will have articles about things we have done, photos and you can come out and see us. The kids will be there with us for the first hour and then they are going with grandma. I don't want them sitting around for hours being bored! Thank you to all for the support! Hope to see some of you tomorrow night!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Boston Marathon Training Day 4
I am working on running the 3 parts. Usually I just run with 100% heart. I am getting into smarter running. Keeping a blog is also helping me. The coaches and Boston Children's training program gave me the idea to do this. That way it is an honest account of your training in your own words. So I will be blogging everyday of training.
The training for today is a 1.5 mile warm-up, with a 3 mile temp run and a 1.5 mile cool-down. The Warm-up was at a 8 min per mile pace. The tempo was run at a 6:56 per mile pace and the cool-down was around 8 min per mile pace. All went very well considering the awful roads and sidewalks. Many icy areas that I couldn't pick up speed and many snowbanks to jump over. GOOD STUFF!!!
More Tomorrow! Everyone keep your head up and your feet running!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Day 3: Rest Day
Well not much big news to report today! Today is my one scheduled day of rest for this weeks training! However I got up at 6am and did some shoveling. I shoveled out the neighbors as well. I used it as a workout for my lower back! I try to use everyday stuff as fitness tools!
Enjoy your Wednesday!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
--Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Going into today I had some nerves. I hadn't done a speed workout in a couple weeks and wasn't sure if I would tire easily or not. The results ended up being really good. I felt redeemed and ready.
Today's Workout is a warm-up, followed by 12 x 400 meter repeats and then a cool down. The results came out well. I was targeted to run the repeats at a 6:26 pace and I ran them in a 6:20 pace. I didn't feel much fatigue until the last lap. I was very happy with today's training! Last night we also booked the hotel (haven't paid for it yet) but it feel nice to actually have a place and not thinking about sleeping in the van! Everyone enjoy your day!
One step closer to Boston 09!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Boston Marathon Training Starts
Today is the first official day of training for the Boston Marathon 09! The program covers 20 weeks and takes you up to the door step of the Boston Marathon on April 20th, 2009! I am excited to be picked for this rare honor. I am currently running for many ill children of the area and one child who passed. My children give me spirit and energy to take on this big challenge. The marathon won't be the hard part, it will be the 20 weeks of training in central New York weather. A challenge I am ready to tackle head on and I could not do with all of your support!
Training Day #1
The coach's say that we should keep a daily blog of our runs. I am going to be doing so to not only give you an idea of what it is like to train, but for myself as a tool of measured accomplishment. Today was 5 miles easy. It seemed to go fairly easy. I finished the 5 miles in around 39 minutes. Which puts me around a 7:50 mile pace for an easy run. I probably should be slower on easy runs but it will come when the snow hits. I'll slow without trying. Tomorrow is my first speed work out of the program. So tune in and see how it goes!
Midnight Madness- December 20th 7pm
This Saturday we will be having a raffle table at Midnight Madness. The event will take place in the Finger Lakes Mall. The raffles will be held near Bass Pro in the middle of the mall. For more information go to:
A Special Thank You!
Thank You all for your support of my run! I want to spend special thanks out to my wife, Jeremy West, Jon Hickey, Steve-Pipken Savage, Charlotte Wheeler and my family for help with TheRun4life. Steve and Charlotte have been my major supporters all the way from Florida and I feel indepted to them for life!
Special thanks to Missy Gill, Jodi Saurini, Mandy Shorey McElligat, Abbey Mosher, Renee Kelly, Michelle Burroughs, Sarah Cameron, Amanda Hollister, Geoff Ianiri, Angie Nichols McKinney, Rachel Lukowitz Periera, Melissa Pertroccia, and Brian Phillips for your constant support on facebook.com! Thank you many of you for steering me straight when times are difficult!
Thanks to Chris Major for your help in getting APD to sponsor me! Thank you to all of the other sponsors. So far we have raised $505 in online donations and more are coming in. Anyone else interested go to http://www.therun4life.org and click on the donate button! Thanks again all!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Healed Up & Ready to Run
Today is my first day back from a week layoff. This is pre-training week. The official Boston Marathon training program starts on 12/15. It will be a challenge due to our lovely weather, but one I will enjoy! The layoff left me feeling fresh. I had been running with soreness in my ribs and found out yesterday I had been running with dislocated ribs on both sides. Thanks to Dr. Landers, I am fixed up and ready to battle again! I chose Dr. Landers as my official chiropractor of the Boston Marathon because of his dedication and help to me in the last six months. Not to mention we used to do midnight jogs years ago! Thanks Dr. Landers for all your help and it made the run today much better!
Which Path to Follow?
This leads me to the run today. This week is a light pretrain week to get my body ready for intense running starting next week. I will be on a 20 week program that brings me to the doorstep of the Boston Marathon, in which I will be running for many sick and recovered children. Today's idea to me was which path to follow? I decided to keep today's run on trail. I had a decision to make. Do I take the path of least resistance or run up the hill with ice and snow? As I always I choose the path with more resistance. Anything else wouldn't be fun! That is what it is all about! Fun and running for a cause!
Below are some pictures from my run. The choice of left up the hill or right and flat. Not hard to figure out which way I went! Thank you all for your support and I'll be posting my training everyday starting 12/15! Also Happy Birthday to TheRun4Life.org Runner/inspirator Jeremy West!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Video Feed Up!
Many People were asking me links to the WTVH-5 Story. I finally linked it to the website so that it loads when you go to our website. I want to thank WTVH-5 for their help and support! Especially Haley Hinds for her enthusiasm with my story! She is the first woman I have ever seen run down the street in high heels! That's amazing in itself. Anyways the feed is up on the main page at http://www.therun4life.org and I have started working on cleaning up the new format and many new updates will come in the next couple weeks!
Training Coming Soon!
On 12/15/08 my twenty week training program starts. It is a 6 day running week that will endure 18-20 mile runs in February and March. It will be a first doing such long runs in the nasty weather for me. If anyone wants an idea of what the program looks like go to: http://howtohelp.childrenshospital.org/Docs/pdfs/boston_2009_trainingschedule.pdf
I wouldn't advise doing this program that the wonderful coaches set up unless you have prior experience. I just thought I would give you an idea of what it will look like leading up to Boston 09! I will be doing the advanced program and I am looking forward to putting in the work!
Thank You all for your support!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Anyone Who Donates Over $50 to My Campaign
Anyone who donates $50 to my Boston Children campaign will not only receive a letter in the mail but I am putting your name on my race day Shirt. In addition to that I will give you a T-Shirt as well for all of your troubles and being a vital member of my team! T-Shirts will be ready in mid March because I still have more Sponsor logo space available! I want to get them to you in time to support the run!
Logos Still Available
Right Now I have many families names going to be on my shirt. Anyone who made a contribution of $50 or more will be on the race shirt. I can't get everyone on there due to lack of size, so I had to limit it! For those of you personally or in a business that are interested in getting your name on the shirt or a logo, please let me know soon! I have to have a rough draft into the designer by January1st and the deadline being February 1st for design!
For those of you I sent the link out to and the link was bad, I apologize. Apparently some information was being moved around and the link is now 100% accurate. Remember this link is 100% secure as well!
For those who do not want to do it electronically may send a check made out to:
C/O Vin Gleason Jr
48 Perry Street
Auburn NY 13021
Thank you all for your support! Any questions email me or call me direct at 315-252-7012