From weight and fitness, my blog morphed into a story about my need to run more to improve my overall race results and how Daniel's Running Formula might help. Running more was prescribed to me recently by Chip my 2011 Ironman Florida teammate. My blog finally morphed a second time into my history as a runner and cyclist. That's where it landed. You can't look ahead without looking back!
|Neil, Chip, Richard, and Ken before 2011 IMFL|
As a kid, my brothers and I were always outside doing something. We rode our bikes everywhere. There was nowhere in Jacksonville Beach or the adjacent communities of Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, and occasionally Ponte Vedra Beach where we didn't ride our bikes. As I got older I focused more on fitness-centric activities. I ran to get in shape for the US Army which I joined in 1982.
My first competitive run was in basic training. I remember it was a 15-mile buddy run. Me and my buddy were the second pair to finish. We had to finish as a pair, hence the name "buddy run". I can remember encouraging my buddy to run. He was the second fastest runner in my platoon. I was the first. In our company we were 3rd and 4th. We were trounced in the buddy run by the winning pair of recruits. After basic my weight went from 149-lbs down to only 123-lbs in about a year. I was running a lot while at my training station in Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. I was still not doing any races.
While stationed in El Paso, Texas at my first permanent party assignment I ran the Fort Bliss half-marathon in the winter on 1983/4. I came in 5th overall. There were only a few runners, maybe 30, if I remember correctly. I still remember my time 1:29:32. The first 4 finishers got the opportunity to represent the base at a marathon in Washington, DC. Around the same time, I also remember falling out of a company run. I had terrible shin splints. I could run all day on my own but the braking I had to endure to slow down to run with my company was killing me. For a short fella I had a long stride. In Huntsville I worked out with a martial arts friend. He had taught me how to stretch like a 12 year old Olympic gymnast. I could literally do straddle and right leg splits. I went to the base clinic to get some relief from the pain. I found none. The army doctor, PA or whomever, had no knowledge of running related injuries. A week later and a second trip to the clinic got me better results. I was examined by a doctor qualified to make a diagnosis. I say qualified because he had a book about running right there on the corner of his desk. My treatment was no running with the company. He gave me 2 weeks off. I think I was still allowed to run on my own. That cured me. The pain was gone. While in El Paso, Texas I bought my first bike. It was a 1983 Raleigh Sovereign 10-speed bike.
|1983 Raleigh Sovereign|
|Harvey, Sam Cobb, me, and Pat in Macon, Georgia around 1990|
|The 1991 Iris City 5K|
|1991 First National Bank of Griffin Iris City 5K Award|
|Foot Race Picture from around 1994|
|My 1989 Trek 1500 (image taken in 2006 before I donated it to charity)|
My Race Personal Record List
5K: 18:21 in the 1991 First National Bank - Iris City 5K in Griffin, Georgia and more recently 18:47 in the Aubrae Gunderson Memorial Scholarship 5K 2011 in Conyers, Georgia - Race Report
6K: 28:43 at the 2010 Golbin Gallop in Locust Grove, Georgia
8K: 35:42 in the 2010 Super Summer 8 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
10K: 39:40 in the 1991 Brooks 10K in Brooks, Georgia and more recently 39:52 in the 2011 Charles Harris 10K in Tucker, Georgia - Race Report
15K: 1:01:57 in the 2011 Peachtree City Classic 15K in Peachtree City, Georgia - Race Report
Half-Marathon: 1:29:32 in the 1984 Fort Bliss Half-Marathon in El Paso, Texas
Marathon: 3:31:57 in the 2011 Museum of Aviation Marathon in Warner-Robins, Georgia - Race Report
Half Ironman: 5:01:54 in the 2010 Ironman Augusta 70.3 race in Augusta, Georgia - Race Report
Ironman: 10:49:25 in the 2011 Ironman Florida race in Panama City Beach, Florida - Race Report
Thanks for reading.