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Running naked

I decided to run naked this past Tuesday.  Running naked means not using a device to track your run.  I can’t remember the last time I ran without a watch, I have the hardest time running without a device.  I feel if I didn’t time or document the run it didn’t happen.  I log my runs with the Nike app.  I guess technically I wasn’t totally naked on Tuesday since I was on the treadmill but, I didn’t use my phone or GPS watch to log the run.  All I remember of my run was it was Tuesday.  I don’t remember how long or far I went, all I know it was approximately 55 minutes.  When I look at my electronic log I don’t see a run for Tuesday.  Did it really happen?

The question I need to ask myself is why do I feel this way?  Why do I have to keep tab on every run?  I log how I feel and the shoe I use but I know being able to recall my shoe or feelings isn’t the reason.  Deep down inside, I know why I run with a watch.  I have logged my miles on Nike+ for over 6 years and I am chasing Volt level.  Nike has different levels depending on the amount of running you have done cumulatively on one of their devices.  Volt is the highest level.  To reach Volt level one must run 9,320 logged miles.  Reaching new levels is motivating to me.

Earlier today I looked at the miles I need to obtain the next segment in black level and I need 1,312 miles.  Numbers are so exact, run this much and you accomplish this.  There is no gray and Volt just happens to be my favorite running color.  New Year’s Resolution: run 1,312 miles and then run naked again.



Chasing Boston in 2015

I’ve set one giant goal for this year, qualifying for the Boston Marathon.  The qualifying time for my division is a 3:45:00 marathon.  It’s going to be tough but anything worth achieving will always have obstacles to tackle.

Let me rewind to 2013.  In November 2013 I ran the New York City Marathon in 3:49:38, I was thrilled to finally break 4 hours.  Three weeks later I ran Williams Route 66 Marathon Tulsa which didn’t go over very well.  My time was sub 4 hour but not a Boston qualifying time and it wasn’t better than my current PR (personal record).  I had a nagging feeling that maybe the excitement in NY was the reason I broke 4 hours.  Also, the race time weather was less than ideal in Tulsa, über cold for this Texan.  My qualifying time eluded me for 2013, Tulsa was my last race of the year.  I was registered for a couple marathons in January 2014 but I was scheduled to have surgery once we returned from running Marathon Bahamas January 2014. Continue Reading


Running in the new year!

What a long year it has been…  I am finally back running after a stress fracture.  I sit here thinking about the coming year and the goals I would like to reach.  I am registered to run the Dopey Challenge at Disney World in January.  It will be my first marathon in 51 weeks.  I had planned to run 7 marathons in 2014 but due to injuries I only completed 2.  Dopey is going to be a fun run.  I have no plans of running thru Disney.  I plan to stop at every photo op along the course.  I’m not ready to race, just ready to run. Continue Reading