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Old 08-23-2013, 09:25 PM   #449
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Hitting the Road.....with Two Feet and Eight Tires

Twelve years ago I was an avid runner. The dream was to compete in the Boston Marathon.

Then I tore both Achilles, became discouraged, lazy, and fat.

Fast Forward to 2013: The massive media coverage surrounding the tragedy at this year's Marathon instigated an urge to get back into running.

I dusted off my books by Dr. George Sheehan, and have been running for almost three months. It's been a slow, agonizing process....but I am enjoying the challenge. All going well, it will take me a year of fairly hard training to qualify for Boston.

Many runners are also "tourist" competitors. The travel all over North America and beyond to compete in a race (and enjoy the tourism aspect while doing this).

The FaN will be a real asset as I try to reach my goal. Next Spring I will start competing in the smaller 5 - 10k runs in my province and Washington/Oregon State. I will Airstream to the race; it will be so much easier to stick to my nutritional plan and get a good sleep in my familiar bed. I will also incorporate a bit of that running tourism - make it a two or three-day mini vacation.

Portland Oregon has a qualifying race in October, 2014. That is what I am aiming for.

Another kind of Airstream journey begins.....

Going For a Run - YouTube
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:44 PM   #450
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Planning to hike the Camino de Santiago next September.
Anyone done this?
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:17 AM   #451
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Twelve years ago I was an avid runner. The dream was to compete in the Boston Marathon.

Then I tore both Achilles, became discouraged, lazy, and fat.

Fast Forward to 2013: The massive media coverage surrounding the tragedy at this year's Marathon instigated an urge to get back into running.

I dusted off my books by Dr. George Sheehan, and have been running for almost three months. It's been a slow, agonizing process....but I am enjoying the challenge. All going well, it will take me a year of fairly hard training to qualify for Boston.

Many runners are also "tourist" competitors. The travel all over North America and beyond to compete in a race (and enjoy the tourism aspect while doing this).

The FaN will be a real asset as I try to reach my goal. Next Spring I will start competing in the smaller 5 - 10k runs in my province and Washington/Oregon State. I will Airstream to the race; it will be so much easier to stick to my nutritional plan and get a good sleep in my familiar bed. I will also incorporate a bit of that running tourism - make it a two or three-day mini vacation.

Portland Oregon has a qualifying race in October, 2014. That is what I am aiming for.

Another kind of Airstream journey begins.....

Going For a Run - YouTube

Sounds awesome!

Good luck on this!


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Twelve years ago I was an avid runner. The dream was to compete in the Boston Marathon.

Then I tore both Achilles, became discouraged, lazy, and fat.

Fast Forward to 2013: The massive media coverage surrounding the tragedy at this year's Marathon instigated an urge to get back into running.

I dusted off my books by Dr. George Sheehan, and have been running for almost three months. It's been a slow, agonizing process....but I am enjoying the challenge. All going well, it will take me a year of fairly hard training to qualify for Boston.

Many runners are also "tourist" competitors. The travel all over North America and beyond to compete in a race (and enjoy the tourism aspect while doing this).

The FaN will be a real asset as I try to reach my goal. Next Spring I will start competing in the smaller 5 - 10k runs in my province and Washington/Oregon State. I will Airstream to the race; it will be so much easier to stick to my nutritional plan and get a good sleep in my familiar bed. I will also incorporate a bit of that running tourism - make it a two or three-day mini vacation.

Portland Oregon has a qualifying race in October, 2014. That is what I am aiming for.

Another kind of Airstream journey begins.....

Going For a Run - YouTube
Hey FaN,

I have my own tale to tell. Also used to be an avid runner (45-55 mile per week, almost all hills in Pittsburgh, PA) but now have two artificial knees which have put a stop to running. Can and do still ski (Nordic & Alpine) and pretty much everything else, but running is out because of the increased wear on the new joint surfaces. The result is that I have gained weight and, even though I'm still exercising (mostly biking & hiking) it's not the same. I used to just increase my mileage when I put on a few extra lbs or kgs but that option no longer exists. "Simply eat less" you might respond, but there's the rub - poor will power in the face of deliciousness.

I tried to qualify for Boston but when I was running marathons my best time was 3:02 and I would have had to get under 3 hours to qualify and I just couldn't do it. Anybody who qualifies for Boston has my utmost respect!!

Best of luck to you - your use of FaN makes a lot of sense. Are you fully recovered from the Achilles injuries? That must have been a doozy.

All the best,

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Never a runner, but it felt good to run years ago. Knees and back make it impossible now. But food—ah, yes, delicious. Not just less, but also, what you eat. Cutting back on grains (bread, size of the breakfast granola) helped a lot.

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Maggie, thanks so much.
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JD, those darn knees - so sorry. I bet you really missed it.

The Achilles healed after they were blasted by cortisone and I took it easy for a long, long, time. Too long, actually.

I am impressed by your 3:02. You should be proud of that.

To tell you the truth, I don't know if I will make the qualifier, but am grateful I can just get out there and feel the strength in my legs, and air in the lungs.

Keeps me sane (for the most part).
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Never a runner, but it felt good to run years ago. Knees and back make it impossible now. But food—ah, yes, delicious. Not just less, but also, what you eat. Cutting back on grains (bread, size of the breakfast granola) helped a lot.

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Gene, good point. A lot of people put on weight during the high-carb/lo-fat fad - especially if they were inactive.
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Gene, good point. A lot of people put on weight during the high-carb/lo-fat fad - especially if they were inactive.
Yeah, we need to remember that carbo loading was pre-marathon strategy, a not post, post, post, post marathon habit
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Remember Susan Powter and "Stop the Insanity"? She said people would be better off with a pitcher of orange juice and 20 bagels instead of one donut for breakfast.

Her fifteen minutes of fame sure went kaput.
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Remember Susan Powter and "Stop the Insanity"? She said people would be better off with a pitcher of orange juice and 20 bagels instead of one donut for breakfast.

Her fifteen minutes of fame sure went kaput.
As well they should have gone kaput! She knew not whereof she spoke. As a type 2 diabetic, I keep track of carbs.
20 bagels and a 2-quart pitcher of OJ is 1080g of carbs, 5800 calories, and one glazed donut is 22g of carbs, 200 calories.
What planet is she from, anyway?
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What "shocking" news for some folks with medical issues......

Many people ar unaware of the sugar and carb loads they ingest every day.
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