Sunday, November 27, 2011

Week 9: The Battling Continues

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious. -Vince Lombardi

Week 9: The Battle Continues

This is the first week where I literally felt physically and mentally exhausted. Coming off a 32 mile run week which for me is a lot. Also Remember I have only been back to running less than 3 months. The hard part isn't the running it has been dealing with the body. I am now batting my 3rd inner chest infection and something else that I will talk about later in this writing.


I have been receiving many questions via email and message as to why I was out of running for 15 months. On Dec 1, 2009 I was in a car accident. Broke ribs and it wasn't discovered until later that there was damage to the sternum. I actually ran through town 4-6 weeks after the accident in the snow gathering items shopping for my kids because I had no car. Around March something felt strange but I kept going. A friend of mine passed due to cancer in July of 2010 and I raced for him. After that race I felt like my body was tearing into 4 different directions. I also had a stress fracture in my foot at the time and I was told I needed a rest. So I rested.

Shortly after I felt a change in the positioning of my chest. Sprinting was impossible because it would feel like it was caving in. I rested for almost 15 months until I realized what I have will never fully heal especially if I am running. So what do I do? I get back up and I battle!

Battling Tietzes Syndrome

It isn't a well known condition but multiple doctors have confirmed that they believe this is what I have. I can tell you that if I cough or sneeze you will hear my sternum crack or reposition. It has been a fun night tonight I can say. After that I then have to see Dr. Landers for a procedure that drives a metal rod into my chest for realignment. I normally feel really good after that, but the running wears it back down we have learned in just 2 short weeks.

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So What is next on the docket you ask? Working harder at all costs!

Look Below for my week #9 Workout Plan

Week #9 on TW2G Plan

Sunday- OFF

Monday- 1 Mile 8 x 1 min hard 1 miles 3.5 miles

Tuesday OFF

Wednesday 2.5 mi, 15 minute tempo run, 2.5 min cool (miles) 6.6 total

Thursday 6.2

Friday 3.7 easy shakeout

Saturday 8-Mile Long Run in 60 mins flat

Keep on running!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Week #8 Vin's Training

Week #8 on TW2G

I first of all want to thank everyone for the support in my comeback. It hasn't been perfect and I have had some episodes out there but I have never once wanted to quit. Week #8 was the hardest yet and I put in workouts that would scare the average person. Though none of you reading this are average so you'll be fine!

Week #8 32 Miles Per Week

Sunday- Off

Monday- Off

Tuesday 5 Miles 3 x 2 Min Speed work during

Wednesday 5.50 Miles Added 2nd speed workout. 18 Mins at Tempo Run speed followed by 12 min hard out. Hardest workout I have done in years.

Thursday 7 easy

Friday 5.5 easy

Saturday 9 Miles of running

32 Mile week! Thank you all for the support! I won't lie and say it doesn't hurt bad out there, I just don't know how to quit!

Have a great week ahead!


Magic Left In This World

Magic Left In This World

I started this blog with a photo. The last couple years I was starting to think that most of the magic and inspiration in the world had been drained out. Then one day I decided it is time to bring it back one step, one event and one person at a time. All of you who have been out in high numbers voting for us in the Pepsi Contest have shown that there is still magic left in the world. This is the biggest amount of support we have ever seen. I have estimated that nearly 20,000 votes for therun4life have come through by now. For that I thank you!

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Thank you all for your support! Keep it up and keep bringing the magic to this world!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pepsi Updates/ Vins Training

Pepsi Updates

Well as you know going into right now we are #13 in the country. That is amazing and your support has been nothing short of a miracle. Thank you all for your help!

Text* 109311 to Pepsi (73774) to vote from your cell

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Pepsi Alliances

As You may know we have formed alliances in the contest with other great places. We are doing this to try and move them up the ladder and they help us move up the ladder. See link below for alliance information.
Response of Suffolk County and Smart Boards for Education have fallen behind. Help them out! Indian Fields is on the verge of the last Spot! North Central Troy is Hanging tough and IMIZE is #3! Thanks Run 4 lifers for helping our partners! Keep it up!
Alliance Link

Vin's Last Week Training on Ten Weeks To Greatness Program

Week #6 26-28 Miles per week

Sunday Workout- 7 Miles Total 2 Miles speedwork Extra 600 meters

Monday OFF

Tuesday 4.5 Miles Total 2 Mile Temp Run in between.

Wednesday 4.5 Mile Run easy

Thursday OFF

Friday 5 easy

Saturday Beginning Runners will do a 7-Mile Long Run

Total Run Week. A Shade over 28 Miles Run.

Thank you all see you soon!



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