Oct 18, 2013

Runner Roll Call

Running is my daily detox.
20 below or 100 degrees doesn't matter, we roll hard.
Stress is best busted on quiet singletrack or a salty paced Loop of Pain hill session.
Most importantly, a weekly 5,000 calorie burn lets me do no-guilt repeats on the Chinese buffet.  

This Sunday, I'll prod 30 people through 26.2 miles of the Des Moines Marathon.  Aiming to finish in three hours, ten minutes and helping our group qualify for Boston.  Pacing is a fun way to give back to the sport and more gritty than handing out Gatorade at aid stations.

Hopefully this time, I won't have issues with cheeks drooping out of the Daisy Dukes.



Memphis Marathon is next up in December.  Six dudes from our running group will cram a Honda Odyssey and migrate south to help pace the 'thon that benefits the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Tennessee posse, let me know if you live near Memphis and can help guide us to some messy ribs.  Corky's BBQ and Beale Street are on our list.  What else should we see and don't say Graceland.

It's not too late to get on the fitness horse this year.  Let me know what race you've signed up for this fall or healthy goals you have for next year.  If you've never done a 5K and your knees are not void of cartilage, make it happen.

-Beard

31 comments:

  1. We are planning on being by the back loop of Water Works like usual. Will look for you and your group and help cheer them on!

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    1. Good, we are always glad to see you back there on the desolate loop. Is James signed up and could you please have a large Casey's pizza waiting?

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  2. Good luck tomorrow! I'm training for my first half in December. Five months out from having a baby but feeling surprisingly strong and able. Yes, I also run so there's less guilt when I eat cookies.

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    1. Five months since bambino for your first half is awesome! Hopefully the weather will be nice, you don't live in Alaska?

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  3. Good luck with the race! Full marathons are not even on my radar ... yet. I have my first 10k in less than 3 weeks and my fantastic friend has offered to pace me. My goal was to finish. PERIOD. However Kim has lit a fire under my ass and seems to think I can finish in 1:15 or less ... I think she's mad. This will be my last race of 2013 (maybe?) and I already have three lined up for 2014. Two Resolution Runs in January and a half marathon (YIKEES) in May for Ottawa Race weekend.

    "If you've never done a 5K and your knees are not void of cartilage, make it happen." - my left knee has minimal cartilage and I am still making it happen. In less than 1 year after starting to run I'll be running the half, if this former couch potato gal can do it pretty much anyone can do it!

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    1. You are well on the path towards a full marathon, with a 10k and half on the calendar. The full is a beast, energy management and the 3,000 calories burned in a marathon add another layer to prepare for. Have fun at your 10k in 3 weeks!

      "Barely any cartilage and I still run, deal with it" reminds me of this fit mom.

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=649761945054764&set=a.362645870433041.90996.284697751561187&type=1&theater

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  4. Just ran my first half today. (My insides are rebelling so much I've permanently crossed a full off my list. I've heard too many stories from the husband and bro-in-law.) I'm looking forward to training for a race when I'm not the sole source of nourishment for a seven month old. SOLIDS, kid!

    Missed my goal time by a minute forty, so I'll have a hard time leaving this alone until I scratch that itch. Darn.

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    1. Congrats on your first half! They get easier from now on, you definitely need to take care of that minute forty goal. Maybe put it on your spring docket. The tummy troubles can be mitigated somewhat with diet and experience, sometimes the body adjusts as you run more.

      Clicked over to your blog and read the spectator post. Right on and we always can use more cowbell.

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  5. Good luck on the run tomorrow. One week from tomorrow my wife and I will be running our first half in St.Louis. Have a goal to finish under two hours we will see how it goes.

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  6. The weather should be nice and cool for your half, which helps make up for a hot summer. Good luck to you both!

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  7. I'm a Memphian (yes, we actually call ourselves that, isn't it awful?). I would HIGHLY recommend Central BBQ in addition to Corky's. They're the hands-down best two BBQ places in town. Breakfast: can't pass up Brother Juniper's. History: Civil Right Museum is a must-see. It's downtown near Beale, so you can kill two birds with one stone. Ride the trolley and see the Peabody Hotel duck march while you're downtown too, if you have a couple hours to kill. You won't regret it. Good luck!

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    1. You should have that Memphian lump on your arm checked out by a doc'.

      Thanks for the sights and eats recommendations, marking them down, trolley ride and Central smoked bliss. See you in December!

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  8. We had the KC Marathon this weekend at home. It was hilly and the weather didn't hit the 40s until 10 AM...I think I'll do it again...

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    1. How was the finish line food spread at KC? After running DSM, I walked the chute and ate this:

      - 1 slice cheese pizza
      - 1 turkey sandwhich, swiss cheese
      - 2 Jethro's BBQ pork sliders
      - Beer
      - 2 choco' milks
      - Bowl of chips with a random white sauce on top
      - 3 orange slices
      - Gatorade and cookies
      - Blue corn bakes chips

      Then we went out for Mexican for dinner that night.

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    2. There was a lot of food but all I wanted was some KC BBQ.

      I walked right to the tent...for
      - 2 Boulevard Wheats
      - 1 BBQ Brisket Sandwich (KC Speacialty)
      - Buttery Topsy's Popcorn (another hometown thang)
      - Donut
      - Coffee
      - Diet Coke
      - More Boulevards


      Then we went out for BBQ for dinner that night....after we installed a screen door. :)

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  9. Anonymous10/21/2013

    Get some hot chicken...

    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overview/6514/guss-world-famous-hot-and-spicy-chicken

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    1. For some reason, "hot chicken" makes me laugh.

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  10. I'll also be running the St. Jude Marathon. Every time I'm in Memphis I eat at Central BBQ at least once. In addition to their BBQ you may want to consider trying their chicken wings, they're smoked then fried.

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    1. Do you recommend eating smokey fried diet chicken wings before the marathon, after or both?

      Hoping the Children's Hospital in Memphis receives a good flow of cash from the race, good luck TriGuy!

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    2. Definitely before and after if your stomach can handle it. I'll be waiting until after the marathon to eat BBQ or chicken wings since I don't like surprises while I'm running. Also, after the race I don't think it'll matter if anything has diet in front of it or not.

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  11. Impressive on the full!! I was registered for a half marathon this full but had to back out due to an ankle injury that just won't heal (or at least enough to run 13 miles!). I hope to run one some day!! And I agree, it is the best mental detox!

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    1. That stinks on the injury, I realize you lose the entry fee and the hard work you put in can't be let loose on the course. Heal the ankle up over the cold months and bust a 13.1 next spring!

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  12. I ran the half on Sunday! It was my first. I made it :)

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    1. You got it done, the food hogfest at the finish line was nice wasn't it?!

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  13. My first FULL is NEXT weekend!!! Woohoo! I am super excited!

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    1. Come back to B&P next week and share how the marathon goes. Good luck, you'll love it!

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  14. Just got back into running after taking a multi-year hiatus due to life (read: marriage, children, work, back to school). Excuses aside, I'm back and ready to make it happen! Definitely have a full on my bucket list, but I'd really like to make triatholons (sp? looks weird today) my thing... :)

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  15. Running is terrible when you first fire the legs back up after a long hiatus. Just be ready for that, push through and get it done. Which full do you have sighted in the scope?

    One 'o' long of a triathlon.

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  16. Richmond, VA half in 2 weeks!

    Side note: just found your blog. Really enjoy reading. So many of your posts resonate with me. Grew up living with my dad and younger sister. Divorce... sucked.. sucks, even after 21 years. But I loved childhood with my Dad, truly. He introduced me to Jesus, taught me how to throw a football, and packed my lunch everyday until I was senior in high school.

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    1. Nice, run that VA half like a boss.

      Looks like you turned out well under a single dad, that gives me hope!

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