Saturday, June 27, 2009
Dane and friends at the 2006 First Light Marathon benefitting L'Arche Mobile.
My pal Dane Rauschenberg, a talented runner & amazingly decent, generous human being, was recently selected to be an Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame finalist.
If he wins the award, $5,000 will be donated to the charity of his choosing, L'Arche Mobile.
Dane's done a lot of work to raise money for charity, & is a very deserving candidate to win the award. If you'd like to read more about his fundraising projects, please visit Dane's website, Fiddy2.org.
Please visit this link daily to vote for him & help him win. All it takes is a few seconds of your time each day. Thanks!
Please be aware that you are allowed to vote one time every day from now until August 7th. Please note that for every vote you cast, Energizer will donate a dollar to the Cal Ripkin, Sr. Foundation.
So that we can all help raise money for these richly deserving charities, please share this post with your friends & family & suggest that they bookmark the site, so that they can return to it & vote often.
Thank you so much in advance for all your help in supporting a worthy cause!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I was supposed to run a 5K race this past weekend (i.e., Run for Roses 5K) that I'd registered for a while back, but due to unforeseen circumstances completely out of my control, wasn't able to run the race. So now I have a T-shirt for a race I didn't run. Not something that's ever happened to me before until now, (as I earnestly make every effort under the sun to fulfill race-day commitments, whether as a racer or volunteer), but guess there's a first time for everything, eh?! ;)
The ironic upside to all of this is that while, I've run this race in previous years, I've never gotten a T-shirt until this year. So the way I look at it, this year's T-shirt will just be representative of all of the previous years I actually ran the race. :)
It's a favorite race of mine for various reasons & it was difficult having to miss it this year. Was really looking forward to it, but there's always next year. Hopefully by then, I'll really be able to make a significant dent in my previous PR for this course. ;)
Some small bits of news:
YouTube: I've added a channel to YouTube for my professional running coaching gig. The username is CoachCyberpenguin. The plan is to publish videos there containing useful tips on training & nutrition, injury prevention, etc., etc. Feel free to befriend me there & let me know what you think (that is, once I've got content posted there).
Liveperson: As of early this morning, I'm happy to announce that I now provide personalized, professional consultations via Liveperson for current & aspiring runners on related topics - coaching people to their fitness/sports nutrition/health goals, helping people design training plans, etc., etc.
New Speed Clinic: I will be heading up a brand new 10K speed clinic for a relatively new running club in the local area. This clinic will be the first very running program of its kind for this particular club. Some exciting stuff! The club is headed up by a very enthusiastic & supportive fellow & I'm really looking forward to engaging with the members of this very dynamic organization. Details to follow shortly.....
Some updates/changes to this blog: As mentioned previously, since I've been recording my workouts & road race reports on DailyMile, there's no need to duplicate the details of those events here. So, that means blogging less about day-to-day workouts, & instead focusing on providing content on "special events of note" as well as advice & reflections on running-related topics. As you can see from my previous post, I might still occasionally provide links to road race reports, but due to usefulness of DailyMile as a workout log, as well as shifting priorities, I've realized that this blog has gradually evolved into something else. It has become more "literary journal" & less "daily personal fitness journal." And frankly, I'm perfectly OK with that.
Through all of the "journaling," it's become apparent that running has become a larger lens from which to see the rest of life & the world. It's simply a way & a means to describe life's experiences and lessons, in both its broadest & most specific terms.
My approach to running & coaching pretty much sums up my approach to life. In its simplest form that distills down to moderation, balance, common sense, adequate preparation, & the importance of putting a very real & human face on it all. Of course, from a very literal, fitness-based perspective, this translates into being smart about training, in terms of listening to one's body & building fitness via gradual increments, as well as acknowledging one's "current realities" and working with them as opposed to fighting against them.
However, as you may've noticed, a lot of the stuff I like to write about is not the obvious how-to stuff. This blog isn't "running-by-numbers," thank you very much. :)
While the "how-to's" & mechanics are certainly important, I often feel like too singular of a focus on these concrete how-to's are a short-cut to a very limited perception of what running can be.
Equally important are the more abstract philosophical topics which might not seem directly related to running, & yet, are very much so indeed. The larger philosophical implications of some of these aforementioned precepts (i.e., moderation, balance, etc.) are huge. It goes beyond things like "finding ways to chill" or "listening to one's internal signals/conscience." To me, the ideal of sportsmanship is a way of moving through the world that applies not just to sports, but to the world in general.
I think that both types of thinking are equally valid and important, in terms of appreciating both the vissicitudes & immutabilities of the sport. To have one without the other would simply be missing out on the larger picture of what the sport of running has to offer.
Monday, June 15, 2009
In keeping with the content of the previous post, if you'd like to see a race report & the results of my most recent race, the Sunbury YMCA 5K, which was this past Saturday, you are welcome to click here (i.e., DailyMile workout log) to read about it. Thanks!
Below is a picture of my parents' bulldog, Lily Rose, who, along with the rest of the family, came out to support me on Saturday. She was a real hit with the crowd there. What a cutie-pie!
Here is Lily Rose, in her "guest appearance" at the Sunbury YMCA 5K. :)
Hope you're all having a great summer! Thanks so much for all your comments; I promise to reply soon. :) There's been a lot going on lately, & as a result, my blog-related activity (writing, reading, correspondence, etc.) has been nominal at best.
What happens during times like these is that I go into what could best be described as "minimal mode." The baseline activities like working out, recording runs & races (at DailyMile), etc., still get done, but there's not much time for much online interaction (blogging, tweeting, Facebook-ing, etc.), nor do the DailyMile posts have a great deal of their usual descriptive flourish/detail. :)
So, instead of backtracking & writing a summary here of the activity of the past few weeks, it's just easier to post a link to those workouts, & let you see what I mean about "busy-ness = brevity." ;-)
So, please click here for an overview of all DailyMile posts since I got back home from the trip. Entries from this period start from May 30th & go until the present. As you'll notice, there aren't very many posts. ;)
To my blogger pals & "tweeps," please know that I'm looking forward to catching up on reading what's been going on with you. Hope you are all doing well & enjoying your running!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Just want to say thank you to so many of you who gave me such a warm welcome back. I really do appreciate it so much! You rock, very hard. :)
Instead of writing a super-long post about everything that's happened between the last post & now -- which'd be almost an entire month of goings-on! -- it'll be a whole lot easier to say that you are more than welcome to check my DailyMile postings to see some of what I've been up to over the last month, & that there will be some more backdated updates appearing, particularly with regard to some of the on-foot explorations. :)
This photo is not a self-portrait, nor does it accurately give any indication of how I spent the last month. ;-)
Got to go run now, literally. Will be back soon with a DailyMile update. ;-)