Saturday, June 30, 2012


Night run to avoid the heat and after recovering from feeling exhausted from working on the pool deck all day in the heatwave. Sound like I'm complaining? Nope - I actually am appreciative of the fact that I can do all this! P.S.: First run in New Balance 730. Wow, much more cushioned than Merrell Road Glove but much better than Saucony Kinvara. Kinvara with 4mm drop and a lot of cushion now bother me - too much shoe there. NB 730 has 3mm drop and just about the ideal amount of cushioning.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lager Run 5K

Lager Run 5K. Felt fast, & the last mile was there in like no time. 5K seems like a ridiculously short distance! RVRR 40's & 50's teams did not do too well because every great masters runner in the state was there. I seem to be getting faster, but the age group times are crazy fast - I think they are on PED's! I ran 19:19 and was 15th in the 50-54 age group.  Fifteenth at 78% PLP!

Great post race friends & Brooklyn Brewery beer! It's a wonderful life!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Barefoot Julia Mancuso

I am going to run at about 4 PM.  It is supposed to be 95 degrees Fahrenheit at that time.  I plan to wear nothing more than a pair of running shorts.  So it is time to think about SKIING!  Seriously.  Every time I look at my skis in my basement, I say aloud, "I want to go skiing!"  On my bucket list is a year when I ski at least once every month of the year.  Yes, with a southern hemisphere, that is possible.

I ski a lot.  30 days a year, give or take a few.  Even in this last snow-drought season.  Skiing is not the most barefoot-friendly activity.  However, I have worn flip-flops to the ski house and to the ski mountain.  I do barefoot in the snow occasionally, to take out the trash and other quick activities.  Barefoot has also allowed me to adjust my thinking when skiing, especially in bumps and in carving turns.  I am able to forward weight and unweight much better since barefooting.

So on to Julia Mancuso.

Julia Mancuso is one of my most favorite pro skiers.

From Julia's Facebook feed, she is working out like a maniac.  One barefoot, and one in ski boots.  Both of which are my favorite footwear!
This last barefoot one is from an article at

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RVRR Summer Series XC #1

I ran pretty poorly tonight at RVRR Summer Series XC. Racing tip: Don't put spikes on for a race if you have not gone running in them for over 2 years. Plus very fatigued from 27 miles of weekend trail runs. 1st mile felt OK. 2nd mile cramped my left hamstring and both shin areas (tibialis anterior). I slowed so bad that I decided to stop at the top of Red Barn Hill on the 2nd lap, and I ripped the shoes and socks from my feet! Finishing barefoot felt so much better!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Frabjous Weekend!

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
  He chortled in his joy." ~ Lewis Carroll

Almost exactly a year ago, I ran a 15 miler at Round Valley with Swift and Dixon.  This Saturday I also ran the same workout, with Swift and Jay.  It is both eerie and comforting that we repeat certain cycles in our lives.  I am always so super happy when running long runs on trails.  So this was a weekend that kept me on a high from beginning to end!

I followed Saturday's Round Valley run with 12 miles at Heartshorn Woods on Sunday morning, then spent most of the day at the beach at Sandy Hook.  $15 per carload now! - I think the last time I went it was about half that.  Found out that we avoided a 95 degree day by being on the beach and in the water.  It was an awesome run, the trails were easy, but I took a spill and scraped my knee in the last mile.

You know it is a great day at the beach when there are bare feet, not many humans, Lauren has mud on her calves and ankles, I have blood on my knee, there are Dixon's black NB Minimus shoes, and a black bag with a six pack of Hoegaarden....

 Also a new discovery - you can drink beer on the first unprotected beach there with zero hassle; just put it in a cup.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

We Run and Consume Beer

I knew there were many reasons for the beer after workouts and races.  And before them.   And during!   Now there is this....

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Towpath "Train"ing Run

Thirty four miles of running is curative.  I was having some recent PF issues.  After today's run, it isn't bothering me at all.

5:25 AM we started the trek from Mulberry Street in Trenton to Johnson Park in Piscataway.  It was cool and damp through the morning, until about 11 AM.  I believe there were eight of us in the group:  Lianne was the pink-tutu-clad spiritual pace leader, and there was Paul, Lou, Bob, Bob T., Angela, and Ted.  The miles rolled by smoothly.  Angela dropped after 20; Paul and Lou slowed from the planned 9:30 pace, but finished a little later.  All of us had a wonderful time as more and more runners joined the train as we got closer and closer to the end at the park.

This is my second full length finish for this event, about 30 minutes faster than I ran in 2010. I have done it 12 other times, but for those only ran about 20 miles. This is a great event for fun and friendship, and the barbeque/party that follows the event adds an exclamation point to the already great day! Lianne, Susanna, The Train, and Gatorade got me through it. The cloud-cover and perfect temperature helped a lot, too! (Garmin died at 29 miles! ).

There are lots of photos on Facebook.  And I just set the title banner using one of the photos Bob Tona took (with some editing/effects).  Left to right, that is me, Dave - who ran 52 miles, starting at 11 PM on Friday night! - and finally Molly's foot.

Speaking of Dave, who ran 52, also starting on Friday night were Laura, Dante, Jay, Lindsay, and Dixon.  Their intention was to do the out-back for 68 miles.  But there was rain and thunder & lightning during the night, making the run quite uncomfortable.  Most cut it short between 34 and 57, but Dixon and Lindsay made the whole thing!  (Dixon has the Western States 100 to run in three weeks!)

I didn't feel as bad as I did running this in 2010, because the pace was "slow" from the beginning, and it was definitely cooler.  However, I did have a couple of "low" periods, which I got through with Gatorade and PowerBar gels. Once I got through 29 miles I knew I was home free.

Good food, friends, and a few Yunglings after the run recovered me for the day.  Enough of a recovery to allow me to work for a couple hours at camp, out in a rescue canoe on the lake.

I am now #2 on the all time distance leaderboard for this event.

Thank you to all the volunteers, and especially to the director, Ray Petit!