Thought for the Day

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sick of being sick

Thursday night I went for the longest run I've done in probably a month. I was the regular Thursday night group run from the local running store, Sole Sports. There were close to a dozen of us, and it seemed like almost everyone wanted to go on the long route, 8 miles.
Lately, if I've shown up at all, I only ran 4 or 5 miles. It's cold and wet out, and I've had this horrible bronchitis that is only now almost gone, after more than a month.
But I was feeling good and I was eager to start getting some more mileage in, so I decided to go the distance.
You know why men are way better sprinters than women? Testosterone.
You know why women fare better against men in longer distances? Testosterone.
If you go on informal group fun runs, you know how it is. The women know the purpose of these runs. They trot along, chatting and catching up on the news in each others' lives. The guys start out easy, but if one pulls ahead, the others will keep up. It can very easily become a competitive thing. In the last mile, they can all just become silly little boys trying to outsprint each other.
Well, a mile into our run on that night we were all still in a group, when suddenly a guy not in our group came running up from behind, said, "Excuse me." and went chugging by.
I don't know what got into me. I set off on his heels. I tucked in right behind him, running as silently as I could, controlling my breathing. He wasn't going much faster than we were, and he was already breathing hard. I knew he couldn't be going far.
Hey, if the guy who passed last Thursday is reading this, please don't take offense. You're a good runner.
So I kept with him to his turnaround point, about a mile up. He noticed me, and we talked a little. He was out for four miles. He does 10 on his longest runs. I felt a little ashamed at not being able to just let him pass.
But you know why I didn't? Testosterone.
So anyway, when I finally got back to the store, I was feeling a little cold and my nose was running. The next morning my throat was sore. This being sick is getting old.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Amazing

Last week I finally went to see an eye doctor. I was a couple of years overdue, which is ill-advised for someone who has been diabetic as long as I have, about 35 years.
But I finally got in there, got my eyesight checked out, then had my pupils dilated and my retinas scanned for signs of diabetic retinopathy. This concern about retinopathy is why I should be seeing an eye doctor every six months or so.
However, the doctor, after using a machine that looked like a microscope to stare into my dilated pupils with bright light in a darkened room, from every angle, for what seemed like an hour, just said, "Amazing..." and turned and started to make notes in my chart.
He said my retinas aren't perfect, but he was expecting to see a lot more damage than he saw. He said it was really quite amazing.
He asked me if I kept tight control of my blood sugar, and when I hesitated, he added, "... or are you just lucky?"
Well, I'm lucky that I've had this hobby of running all of my life. That has probably helped. Many years ago I had an endo who prescribed an ACE inhibitor as a precaution. I took that for a couple of years, and it probably helped. I have also taken pycnogenol, and that may have something to do with it.
And I'm probably just lucky.
But the other part of the eye exam didn't go so well. For the first time in my life I'm wearing bifocals. I put off getting glasses for as long as I could. My wife suspects that it's taken me this long to see an eye doctor because I was afraid of getting glasses.
If that's true, then I'm sticking with a claim of ignorance. It was entirely subconscious.
My doctor tells me I could probably pass a driving test without glasses, but maybe not.
So the next time you see me, please don't call me four eyes.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Approaching 50

On March 13, 2009, I will be 50, half a century old. Purely by coincidence, I'm also approaching another milestone. I have run 47 marathons and ultramarathons. I could end up with 55 by my 50th birthday.
Here are some of the events that could get me there:

1/18/09 Rock 'N' Roll AZ Marathon - free because I run it as a pace group leader

1/24/09 Diamond Valley Lake Marathon
1/25/09 Carlsbad Marathon - raising money for Insulindependence

1/31/09 Desert Classic Marathon - $45

2/7/09 Sedona Marathon

2/14/09 Pemberton Trail 50K - $50
2/15/09 Lost Dutchman Marathon - $55

3/7/09 Old Pueblo 50 Mile

A couple of those events will probably drop off of my schedule. I'm not really committed to running the Diamond Valley Lake Marathon, for instance.
(You might notice my preference for events within driving distance and with low registration fees. I'm trying to maintain my serious endurance racing habit on a tight budget.)
Those are marathons AND ultras, though. However many of those events I run, I will make sure I still have only 49 total 26.2 mile marathons, because I want the Ironman Arizona finish in November to be my 50th marathon. That will not be a coincidence.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Beer Runs


As a Triabetes team captain, I would like to be able to wear Triabetes team gear at every athletic event I participate in. However, I'm contractually obligated to promote MGD 64 at athletic events. I agreed to do this in exchange for some cool MGD64 gear and free beer.
Picture Homer Simpson with a far away look in his eyes.
Mmmmm, free beer...
So if you're a diabetic athlete, and you see an MGD64 shirt out on a race course. Look again and see if it's me. I'd be glad to hear from you, and I'll probably give you coupons for discounts on MGD64.
Mmmmm, cheap beer...

Of course, I'd also like to wear my Marathon Maniac gear at some marathons, and my East Valley Runners shirts to promote my local running club, and my Team Diabetes singlet to promote a great local program raising money for the American Diabetes Association.
Maybe what I need is to stitch together something with all of these logos.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Picture of Success!


So I am a cover boy. A sex symbol, if you will. :-)
I'm on the cover of this month's issue of Diabetes Forecast Magazine. As if being the cover model wasn't enough, they have "SUCCESS!" plastered across my scrawny shoulders. How am I supposed to live up to that?
In truth, I've been somewhat successful in having a hobby, in staying alive and relatively free of diabetic complications. But there are so many things that I'm struggling with from day to day, that I hardly ever think of myself as successful.
But I'm happy. I'm still working at all of those things I don't feel I've succeeded at yet. Maybe being here to struggle, to put up a fight, is a success in itself.
If you're reading this, please let me know what you think.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ironman Arizona 2009

Last week, just before Thanksgiving, I entered a new chapter in my life. I set out on a new adventure. With about a dozen other type 1 diabetics, my Triabetes teammates, I registered for Ironman Arizona 2009 next November.
This is an odd time for me to be starting out on this, as I've been sick with a cough and congestion for two weeks straight, but this was the time to register, and I'm in.
There's a lot I want to say about this, even before I start, but I don't have time right now. There will be lots of things to put into this blog later on.
Other projects continue. The Insulindepence team is still on track to compete in the Myomed Ragnar Relay Del Sol in February.
I will likely run the Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon and a few other events in the next few months.
I'm going to schedule things so that my 50th lifetime marathon is at Ironman. It should provide some additional excitement and motivation.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

2009 Myomed Ragnar Relay Del Sol

Insulindependence is organizing an all type 1 diabetic team to run in the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Del Sol, February 27th and 28th, 2009, a relay of over 180 miles, from Wickenburg to Mesa, AZ.

From the relay web site:

"Running three legs during a 24-hour relay race is much easier than you think. Each team member runs three legs, ranging between 3 and 8 miles. This relay race is physically demanding, but legs vary in difficulty, and participants can choose which legs they run. This unique relay format makes the Del Sol an accessible race for beginners yet challenging enough for the most competitive."

That web site is:

http://www.ragnarrelay.com/delsol/index.php

Take a look, and if you're interested, sign up at:

http://www.insulindependence.org/ragnar_2009.asp

Incidentally, I get to be team captain!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What's My Story?

Marcus Grimm "tagged" me, which I guess means I am supposed to answer these running questions that someone else had asked him.

Here goes:

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?

In 1998 I was planning to run my first marathon, the Silicon Valley Marathon on October 25th. I was running an occasional 10K, happy to just be in the pack somewhere, but dreaming of getting faster, remembering I used to be faster.
I wasn't putting in a lot of miles. A couple of 12 mile runs were my longest training runs before the marathon.
I've considered myself a runner since junior high, but for months at a time between the ages of 21 and 39, I was a lapsed runner.
About the middle of 1997 I became more consistent, and I've remained that way since.
My lapses in running are measured in days now, not weeks and months.

2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?

I tend to see "bad" experiences as just experiences. I get disappointed, and I find a way to frame it in my mind so I get over it. It's hard to single out one thing as the most awful experience.
There have been several times that I've run past collapsed runners being treated by EMTs. That's a very disconcerting thing. It puts a cloud over the race for me and makes it hard to simply celebrate the finish.

3. What is your best race experience?

Every year my family gets together for the Big Sur Marathon Relay. It's a wonderful race on a magnificent course. I'm happy to go back there every year with people I love.
If I could name a second choice, and I can because no one is going to stop me, I would mention the Twin Cities Marathon.
At the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, I was selected by Medtronic as a “Global Hero.” They picked about a dozen people whose lives had been improved by medical technology, and sponsored their participation in the race. They also gave me a gear bag stuffed with cool stuff and a big, beautiful trophy.
Twin Cities really is “America's most beautiful urban marathon,” at least as far as I can tell so far.

4. Why do you run?

I like to run. This question is asked way too often.
I just run because I enjoy running. And I race because I enjoy racing, in spite of not being all that good at it.
Running is certainly a healthy hobby, and that is especially important to me as a diabetic. Running may have helped me avoid some of the possible complications of diabetes.
But if you can picture in your mind a child running, laughing, when there is no reason to run, that's the feeling. That's why I run.

5. What is the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given about running?

I was explaining my problems to someone who wanted to help me train to qualify for Boston. I told her that I usually did very well through the first 20 miles then struggled through the last 6.
She volunteered to get me fast enough in the first 20 miles that it wouldn't matter how slow I went after that.
I quickly decided she was not the person to take advice from.

6. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.

That just doesn't sound like a good thing to do on the internet. :-)
How's this:
My tubing is 43 inches long.
Another one:
I usually have a third nipple.

I think that tradition has it that I am supposed to "tag" others, but I'm not going to buy into this pyramid scheme. There may be a tag I want to pass on someday, but this isn't it.

Medtronic Global Heroes Program open to all ages

Here is an email I got from a Medtronic representative:

Hello, Jerry

Thank you for your previous comments regarding the Medtronic Global Heroes program and its guideline related to runners with diabetes.

As promised, Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. and Medtronic committed to review and re-evaluate this guideline following the close of the 2008 program applications. We thought you would like to know that we are removing this guideline for the 2009 program.

Of course, runner safety remains the primary concern of both Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. and the Medtronic Foundation. However, our organizations agree with feedback from the Global Hero selection committee that the current application and registration process ensures runner safety without applying the age restrictions.

Future selections will rely on an applicant’s personal running and health history, along with that runner’s physician approval, as the primary determinant, not age or disease longevity.

Again, we thank you for your feedback and concern with this program and hope you will consider referring others that would enjoy the Global Heroes experience.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

No Age Restrictions on Global Heroes 2009

I have learned that there will be no age restrictions on applying to the Global Heroes program in 2009. I'll post here again as soon as I have confirmation.
I'm pretty happy about this. Now I have to figure out if there is something else I want to do with this blog.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

This question was presented to the Medtronic Foundation and the Twin Cities Marathon, Inc.
So far, there has been no response.

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There is a rumor that Wisconsin residents will be banned from the Medtronic Global Heroes program in 2009 because Wisconsin has a higher rate of Sudden Cardiac Death than any other state, about 4 times that of Hawaii. I would like to be able to quash this rumor. I want to tell everyone that it isn't true.
However, I thought I should check first, since it sounds like something you might do.
Can you please confirm or deny this rumor?
Thanks,
Jerry Nairn
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It seems likely that the same sort of logic that was applied to diabetics over 40 will be applied to residents of Wisconsin.

Friday, May 9, 2008

2008 Global Heroes Press Release

Well,
The 2008 Global Heroes Press Release went out on 5/2/2008. Here are a few points I found interesting.

The ages of the selected runners were not provided, but since people give their ages when they register for races, it's easy to determine most of them. As in all previous years, at least half of those chosen are over 40. I was able to determine the ages of 16 of the 25 runners, and 9 of those were over 40. The average ages of all the non-diabetics was 46. The three diabetics whose ages I found were 38, 27, and 21.

This statement is included in the press release:

"All runners with medical devices are welcome to apply;"

That is absolutely false.
It would still be false even if the rule against diabetics over 40 was not in place, because there are other rules which prevent many "runners with medical devices" from applying.
The actual Global Heroes guidelines have a similar statement which is also untrue:

"All runners with eligible medical devices are welcome to apply with no restriction on manufacturer."

However, in the guidelines this statement is preceded by a full list of the restrictions on applying.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

correcting ignorant prejudice against diabetics

An open letter to the Medical Director of the Twin Cities Marathon.

Hello Doctors,
This letter is intended for the Medical Director of the Twin Cities Marathon. I have seen several sources state that this is Dr. Bill Roberts, but an Associated Press Wire Service story in October of 2007 reported that it was Dr. Steven Sterner. My apologies for to any recipients not interested in this topic.
This is an open letter, and will be available to the public at:

http://t1d-runner.blogspot.com/

I'm writing to you in an attempt to correct a severe error which I feel must have been made without careful consideration.
In 2006, David Thoen and I, both type 1 diabetics over 40 years old, ran as Global Heroes in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. David was in the top third of his age group, and I was in the top fifth of mine.
In the next two years, 2007 and 2008, rules have been in place to prevent nearly all 40 year old or older type 1 diabetics from applying for participation in the Global Heroes program.

This is so wrong.

The current rule discriminating against older diabetics is:

"Runners 40 years and older, who have had diabetes for more than 15 years, are ineligible."

I will refer to this as "the rule."
When this rule was first suggested, everyone who heard it should have laughed. Then they should have dismissed it as absurd and moved on.

The explanation for the rule is:

"As cardiovascular risks associated with diabetes mellitus increase with longevity of the disease, with a rise in risk of sudden death from atherosclerotic causes for people over 40, it was determined to limit the age of diabetic runners."

Note that there are no questions or rules concerning atherosclerosis or cardiovascular disease in diabetics. It is simply assumed that diabetics in this group must have atherosclerosis, in spite of the fact that all applicants must certify that their doctors approve of their participation in events like this.

Note that the rule applies to the 10 mile race as well as the marathon.

Note that in this explanation there is no reference to types of diabetes.
There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetics comprise only about 10 percent of all diabetics. Both types of diabetes are related to genetic causes or predispositions, but type 2 is frequently related to diet and obesity, while type 1 diabetes is not.
I will leave it to those with more medical background than I have to determine whether throwing the small number of type 1 diabetics in with the much larger number of type 2 diabetics gives an accurate picture of the likelihood of cardiovascular disease in type 1 diabetics.

I am not advocating rules discriminating arbitrarily against type 2 diabetics. I don't think blanket generalities should be used to make specific decisions on individuals.

I don't see the need to assume anything about the health of applicants. Specific concerns can be addressed with specific questions in the application process.

The rule does not affect most type 2 diabetics. Very few type 2 diabetics use insulin pumps. Of those type 2 diabetics using insulin pumps, very few will be long distance runners who have had diabetes for over 15 years.
There may be a small number of type 2 diabetics, diagnosed over 15 years ago, using insulin pumps, over 40 years old, and running long distance races with the approval of their doctors. These are the type 2 diabetics arbitrarily forbidden from applying to be Global Heroes.

It's wrong, but that's the way it is.

The rule applies to nearly all type 1 diabetics over 40. Type 1 diabetes used to be referred to as "juvenile onset diabetes" or simply "juvenile diabetes" because for most type 1 diabetics, the disease first appears during childhood. Even if it does not appear in childhood, it is likely to have appeared prior to the age of 25.

The rule does not affect type 1 diabetics unfit to run either of the events.
Those people are ruled out by the other requirements.

Anyone applying to the Global Heroes program must:

"Have previously run similar distances to the race to which he/she is applying (i.e. a 10 mile race or marathon). No first-time or beginning runners."

"Certify they have consulted with a physician who deems the runner medically fit to participate in the race."

The rule does ban people like David Thoen and me.
I was first diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic at the age of 15. I have run 43 marathon length or longer races since turning 40, and 3 marathons before turning 40.
Considering the training and racing I have done since turning 40, I can estimate that I've run over 10 miles at a time at least 500 times. But under the current rules of the Global Heroes program, it is unthinkable, beyond the pale, that the Twin Cities Marathon and the Medtronic Foundation could sponsor someone like me to attempt to run 10 miles. The risk of me falling down dead is just too great.

This is not just a little bit wrong.

The rule affects people like Bob Pearson, who was 46 years old in 2002 when he ran the Western States 100 mile race in 20:36. He ran 100 miles at a pace faster than most people our age can run one mile, but it is inconceivable, out of the question, that he could attempt to run those 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis to the capitol in St. Paul as a Global Hero.

This is very wrong.

Those are the kind of people to whom this rule applies, people that everyone knows can do the race. All others are eliminated by the other requirements and the Medtronic Foundation's selection process.

This letter is not about letting out of shape couch-potatoes suffering from the results of bad lifestyle choices run marathons. Those people are eliminated by other things, including never applying to the program.
Yet it is those people upon whom the justification of this rule rests.

This letter is about letting people who have worked hard to remain fit enough to run one of these races, in spite of chronic illness, to apply for participation in the Global Heroes program.
This letter is about removing an ignorant, incorrect statement about the health of diabetics, that as they get older it is dangerous for them to run, removed from the Medtronic web site.

In discussions about this rule, a couple of things have come up.

Some people have said that it has something to do with liability, as if there might be increased concerns and insurance requirements if this rule were not in place.
This seems unlikely.
Everyone in either race signs a waiver.
More than anyone but the elite runners, applicants for the Global Heroes program must have proven their ability to participate in one of the events.
From the Global Heroes applicants only a small number representing about 0.2 % of total participants in the races will be selected by the Medtronic Foundation. Only a few of these would be diabetics over 40.

The Global Heroes eligibility requirements do not apply to the thousands of others registering for the two races. The Global Heroes represent no added risk to the Twin Cities Marathon. Instead, they are some of the safest runners particpating. If a few of them were diabetics over 40 that would not make a difference.

The winning 8 person relay team in the RAAM, the Race Across America bicycle race, for 2007 was Team Type 1, a team consisting of all type 1 diabetic riders. One of them, Bob Heyer, was 42 years old and had diabetes for 27 years.
Obviously he was ineligible for the Global Heroes program. That is how wrong this is.
The organizers of Team Type 1 are apparently unaware of any high likelihood that such riders might just die on the road. In 2006, in addition to Bob Heyer, Pratt Rather rode on the team in spite of the fact that he was 40 years old and had diabetes for 25 years.
The Team Type 1 development team for 2008 includes Bob Schrank, 40 years old, Mark Suprenant, 44 years old, and Tim Powell, 41 years old.
This team is sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis, makers of Apidra, and Abbott Diabetes Care, makers of Freestyle blood glucose meters.

Every year, programs like the ADA's Team Diabetes, the Joslin Diabetes Center's Team Joslin, JDRF, Diabetes Action, and Run for Diabetes train diabetic runners to run marathons, half marathons, and other races. They don't have age limits. They don't require prior running experience. Most of them simply ask that particpants consult with their own physicians and sign a waiver.
Most of these programs have corporate sponsors who are unafraid of the risks.

The American Diabetes Association has an annual bicycle riding national fund-raiser, the Tour de Cure. They train and have fund-raisers, many of them diabetics, ride up to 100 kilometers for donations.
The Tour de Cure is sponsored by AT&T, Gold's Gym, Johnson & Johnson, Valero, Discovery Health, and Performance Bicycle, apparently with no overwhelming concerns about liability in spite of the fact that there is no age limit.

The JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes annually trains riders, many of them diabetics, to ride bicycles on long courses at several locations around the country. The longest of these rides is 105 miles across Death Valley.
This program is sponsored by RoadID and USA Cycling.
To be fair, however, I must admit that they do have an age requirement. Participants must be over 18 years old.

I was told that there wasn't more resistance to the idea of this rule because it was thought that it would not affect very many people.
This hardly seems fair since the purpose of the Global Heroes program was to honor exceptional people. By definition, there should be few of them.
Yet choosing the age of 40 should not be expected to eliminate a small percentage of diabetic runners. Almost half of all marathon finishers are over 40. The age of 40 is not old at all for a marathoner.
In 2007, 11 of the Global Heroes chosen, nearly half, were over 40. One was over 70.

I was told that this rule was never intended to imply that it is unsafe for diabetics to run.
I simply can't understand how anyone would think that. The explanation states:

"These guidelines are designed to help manage the overall risk of participants."

To the extent that anyone thinks that the Twin Cities Marathon and the Medtronic Foundation know anything about distance running and diabetes, one has to they believe it is unsafe for diabetics over 40 to run.
People at both the Medtronic Foundation and the Twin Cities Marathon are aware of people who have read this rule and been shocked and convinced that they were being told that running was dangerous.
Of course experienced diabetic athletes know how absurd that is. The fact that the rule is too absurd to be believed hardly seems like a reason not to remove the rule.

As Ryan Shay's tragic death illustrates. it is not absolutely safe for anyone to run a marathon.

However, it is not fair to single out a whole class of people who have shown that they are as qualified as anyone else to run the races, based on misguided mis-interpretation of statistics.

I used only a few examples of specific people in this letter even though I could have listed pages of the athletic accomplishments of diabetics over 40. It shouldn't take more than one example, though.
If there is just one diabetic over 40 years old who has had diabetes for more than 15 years and is qualified to run the 10 mile race at the Twin Cities Marathon, then this rule is wrong.
Of course it is wrong. It shouldn't have been considered. It should have been laughed at and dismissed when it was brought up.
Yet it has been in place for two years now.
I used the word "ignorant" in the subject line of this letter. That is the nicest word I could use.
That's how wrong this is.

Please do the right thing.

Thank you,
Jerry Nairn

Friday, March 14, 2008

Diabetic Runners opinions

Hi,
I'd like to get some opinions on this. Medtronic is the title sponsor of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Every year, through the the Global Heroes program Medtronic sponsors several runners to participate in the marathon and 10 mile run events there. These runners are people who are living with medical devices, people with medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, spinal disorders, chronic pain or neurological disorders.

http://www.medtronic.com/globalheroes/

This is all very good, a wonderful thing.
However, one of the criteria for applying for recognition in the Global Heroes program is:

"Runners 40 years and older, who have had diabetes for more than 15 years, are ineligible."

The guidelines for eligibility are described here:

http://www.medtronic.com/globalheroes/guidelines.html

Let me point out a few things.

This applies to both the marathon and the ten mile race.

Everyone participating in either of the events signs a waiver, whether they are part of the Global Heroes program, or registering themselves.

Anyone applying to the Global Heroes program must:
"Have previously run similar distances to the race to which he/she is applying (i.e. a 10 mile race or marathon). No first-time or beginning runners."
"Certify they have consulted with a physician who deems the runner medically fit to participate in the race."

These eligibility criteria apply only to application to the Global Heroes program. A 70 year old with diabetes for 60 years who has never run a mile is free to register and run in the marathon.

These are just the criteria for applying. Selection is not automatic. Only 25 runners will be chosen for 2008.

The total number of runners selected for the Global Heroes program will be about 0.2% of the participants in the marathon and ten mile races.

In my opinion, the requirement that a diabetic runner must be under 40 or have had diabetes for less than 15 years is absurd.
What do you all think?
Thanks,
Jerry

Thursday, March 6, 2008

2007 Summary/2008 Plans

*** Goals I posted for 2007 were:

* General goals:

1. Have fun
Done.

2. Become a sub-20 5K runner
Not even close. I ran very few 5K races (four!) and didn't do well in any of them.

3. Run a marathon in a state I haven't yet
Done. Massachusetts.

4. Score in 10 of the ARR Grand Prix races
Failed, and the winner in my age group only ran 7 of the Grand Prix races. It's possible I could have won just by running more races.

5. Have more encounters with Roads Scholars
Failed.

*** Specific Events I had planned for 2007 (ran them all):

Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon as a pace group leader.

Three marathons/ultras in three weeks in February:
Desert Classic Marathon 2/4/07
Pemberton Trail 50K 2/10/07
Lost Dutchman Marathon 2/18/07
Gold level Marathon Maniac status.

Relay Del Sol, 12 person, 187 mile relay through the desert around Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun.

Relay for Life, overnight fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society.

Boston Marathon

Big Sur Marathon Relay

Another Grand Canyon Double Cross

*** Achievements in 2007:

Ran one marathon relay and one multi-day 187 mile relay.
5 5Ks.
1 10K.
1 15K.
1 10 mile race.
2 half marathons
7 marathons.
2 50K ultra marathons.

Qualified for Boston, with no excuses.

Set a marathon PR.

Ran two of my three fastest and three of my seven fastest marathons so far.

Set two 50K PRs.

Ran my 40th lifetime marathon.

Raised over $1000 for the American Diabetes Association.

Ran only 21 races in 2007, after running over 30 in each of the previous 3 years:
2007: 20
2006: 34
2005: 32
2004: 39
2003: 16
2002: 29
2001:  8
2000:  8
1999: 11
1998:  4
1997:  1

Ran more race mileage than I have in any previous year:
2007: 320 +
2006: 290 +
2005: 275 +
2004: 315 +
2003: 130 +
2002: 265 +
2001: 115 +
2000: 145 +
1999: 160 +
1998:  64.8
1997:   3.1

*** Goals for 2008:

1. Have fun.

2. Become a sub-20 5K runner.

3. Run a marathon in a state I haven't yet.

4. Score in 10 of the ARR Grand Prix races.

5. Have more encounters with Roads Scholars.

6. Log over 2000 miles.
http://yes.diabeticrunner.com/

7. Run a 50 mile ultra.

8. Run a double, two marathons in two days, becoming an Iridium level, 4 star marathon maniac.
http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/

9. Set a new marathon PR.

*** Events already run 2008:

1/13/08 Rock 'N' Roll AZ Marathon as a pace group leader for a 4:15 marathon

1/20/08 Carlsbad Marathon

2/9/08 Sedona Marathon

2/29-3/01/08 Relay Del Sol 182 mile 12 runner relay


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Old Posts

I'm going to start this blog by linking to older things I've already written and put on the web.

Deciding to Run Boston and Qualifying

Training for Boston

Boston and the Boston Marathon

Unplug Your Ears

Scott vs Dean

Yesterday's Rain

How many marathons have I run?

2007 Summary/2008 Plans

Plans for 2007

Summary of 2006