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So to everyone that donated to the American Cancer Society and supported me through my training, today was the day.

I’ve been having IT band issues since about week 10 of my training plan. I had tried to train around it/through it and still get ready. I had toyed with the idea of only doing the half marathon, but decided that if I was pain free on race day, I would attempt the full.

The first 10 miles were great! No pain and feeling good. On mile 11, my left IT band decided to rebel. For the next 2 miles I struggled, but I was in a lot of pain. At mile 13 or so, I decided I just stop before I hurt myself. However the Sag Wagon was still a bit behind me, so my only options were to sit on the sideline or keep walking. I kept walking, and the Back of the Pack (the last official runners – these guys keep the minimum pace) eventually caught up to me.

They were alternating running and walking, but I couldn’t walk fast enough to keep up with them when they ran, so I had to either get in the Wagon or get on the sidewalk. I got on the sidewalk and pulled out my map. Before the race I had a suspicion that my IT band wouldn’t make it, so I brought a map so I could walk it out.

Then I ran into another problem. The map wasn’t very detailed and I was actually concerned about getting lost. There also wouldn’t be any water along the route.

I decided I would try to push on. I had rested for a couple of miles, so my IT band felt a bit better. The Back of the Pack was about 50 yards ahead of me, so I tentatively took off running and I was able to catch up with them. My IT band wasn’t hurting TOO bad, and they were doing a 30 second walk/30 second run so I was able to hang with them.

After 5 more miles (between mile 20 – 21), my IT band finally said, “ENOUGH!”, and I couldn’t run any more. At that time I decided if I wanted to live to run another day, I should pull the plug, so I got in the Sag Wagon. Long story short: I didn’t finish. But I managed to do a half marathon AND a 10K…and that’s the way I’m going to look at it.

My new friend Roger Wright came down from Boston to run the race with me and turned in a great time. He’s the one that inspired me to run the race in the first place. It was nice to meet him and his wife, and I just wanted to thank him for coming to Atlanta!

Thanks again to everyone that has been so encouraging. If I didn’t tag you in this poston Facebook, that’s just because I’m a wee bit tired. 🙂

Till the next one!

Well folks, I guess this is as official as it gets:

Marathon Confirmation

In just over 10 days, I’ll be running my first marathon! It’s still a little surreal, but this email I received made it a bit more real.

Roger Wright will be running it with me.  Actually, he’ll be running it in front of me since he’s quite a bit faster than I am. I’m under no illusions that this will be “fun”. I think it might be life-changing. It will definitely be a milestone that I personally never thought I would never put in the done column.

If you’re of the praying sort, I would appreciate your prayers on that morning. (It’s Sunday, March 17th, just to be clear.)  The race starts at 7:00 AM. I’m a slow runner at the best of times, but after 20+ miles, I’ll most likely going REALLY slow. I hope to finish in under 6 hours, but it may take closer to 7. It all depends on how my knee holds out…which is specifically where I could use those prayers.

Anyway…the date is approaching. I’m sure we devote a podcast to it afterwards so you can hear all about the blisters, aches, pains, and triumphs!

The photos are in! Michael Stippich did a great job on them, and if you are looking for someone to do your holiday photos, Michael would be a great choice! You can find him on Facebook.

Here’s a link to the pictures.

If you “Facebook”, feel free to tag those that you know.

Thanks again for coming out!


Thanks to everyone that showed up today for the Sweetwater Creek 5K and Family Fun Run! The weather was perfect and the leaves were beautiful.

In regards to the course confusion, the only thing I have to offer are my sincerest apologies. After the race, many of you let me know that in spite of the mix up, you still had a good time and enjoyed the race. I really appreciate that.

Here’s a link to the complete race results.

Thanks to Big Peach Running Co, Road ID, Kudo Sports, Chris Hartman and State Farm, and the USA Track & Field Association.

Special thanks to the volunteers that came out early and gave of their time and energy to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Photos will be coming soon, and I’ll send an email to all the participants when they are.


So…Joshua Perkins and I participated in the Virginia Tough Mudder on October 22nd. It was quite the adventure. You can hear all the details, including an obstacle-by-obstacle breakdown of the course, on this week’s podcast. Hear about the hills, walls, hills, water, and hills that we faced…in front of a LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE! Just click HERE to start listening!

If you’re interested, you can watch the Tough Mudder Virginia 2011 Official Video!! If you pause it at :26 seconds, you can see Joshua and I in the background. Joshua’s the tall one…and I’m the one with gray hair!

In the news:
Washington Post: 3 years after deadline, FDA still hasn’t defined “gluten free”

In just about two months, my friend Joshua and I will be heading north to participate in the Virginia Tough Mudder. If you don’t know what the Tough Mudder is, go HERE, to Joshua’s blog and read about A) the Tough Mudder, and B) his prep for it.

Now that I’ve been on my weight-loss journey for about 14 months or so, after 135+ lbs of weight loss, I’m approaching my predicted plateau. If you want to hear my thoughts about all things plateau related, you can LISTEN to our podcast on that topic. For those of you that have already heard that podcast, I won’t rehash it here.

That being said, I’m setting an ambitious goal for myself. My goal is to lose 20 lbs more in the next two months.  In addition to ramping up my strength training, I think losing that last 20 lbs will put me where I need to be in order to be successful at the Tough Mudder.

So, there it is…I’ve put it out there for the world to read, should they choose to do so. Cheer me on…or better yet…join me!

PHOTOS are in!  Below is a link to all the race photos.  Thanks to Angel Wings Photography for all the great photos from before, during, and after the race! You can purchase copies of any of the photos through Smug Mug.  That’s a great way to give back to Angel Wings for doing the photos.  Of course, you can also download a photo by putting your mouse over the image.  A toolbar will appear, and you can save the image by clicking the folder icon…it’s the one on the bottom.  Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks so much for joining us!  Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our next event, the Sweetwater Creek 5K and Family Fun Run on November 5th!
See you next time!

Thanks so much to everyone that participated in the race today. I hope that everyone had as much fun as I did. You can get the complete race results HERE.

Congrats to our winners:

  • Open Male: Ricardo Rodriguez – 18:45
  • Open Female: Tara Mooney – 19:36
  • Youth Male: Carlos Quintana – 18:54
  • Youth Female: Alyssa Dannenfelser – 28:11
  • Masters Male: Doug Landrau – 21:02
  • Masters Female: Jennifer Summey – 28:30

Again, I really appreciate everyone turning out today. I am still pretty new to the race directing game, so I would love feedback! I hope that any and all of you will go to and leave a review of the race. I’m still learning, and your input can only help. I know! I forgot the milemarkers. Sorry! It’s on my list for next time. If you don’t want to go to Active, just shoot me an email:

Pictures will be posted soon.  You can check back here at, or just watch for an email letting you know when they’re up!

We had such a great race-day turnout, that we RAN OUT OF T-SHIRTS!  A good problem to have, but still an issue.  I will be placing a followup order with the printer tomorrow.  He’s pretty quick.  Once the t-shirts are in, I’ll send out a communication to confirm your mailing address, etc.  Thanks for your patience.

November 5th, 2011 – Sweetwater Creek 5K & Family Fun Run

This is going to be an awesome trail run through one of the most scenic State Parks in the metro area, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Situated near Six Flags, it’s conveniently located right off of I-20. Pass the word! Online registration is open now, and I’ll have a registration form available for download if you’d rather pay for a stamp than pay the fee!

Big Peach Running Co.
State Farm Insurance
Angel Wings Photography
Mostaza Seed Graphics

One last thanks from me, the youth, and the staff of the Marietta Vineyard Church.

See you next time!