Running Around Cleveland

Where Do I Go From Here?
January 4, 2012, 11:48 am
Filed under: Cross Training, Injury, Marathon Maniacs, Running | Tags: , ,

Its been a while friends. Last time I posted I was halfway through a run of 4 marathons in 23 days trying to obtain Iridium Level, 4 stars, in the Marathon Maniacs. Well the good news is, I DID IT!!!! I accomplished an incredible goal. October of 2011 I can honestly say was one of the highest points of my life.  But not long after that is when things started to change. Everything has left me wondering, “Where Do I Go From Here?” Continue reading

Red, White and Blue 26.2 – Quest for Iridium Leg Two
October 5, 2011, 11:31 pm
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I just ran Akron Marathon for a PR on my first sub 4 hour marathon last weekend and yet I was on the starting line for the Red, White and Blue 26.2 marathon 8 days later. What was I thinking? Continue reading

Akron Marathon – Quest for Iridium Leg One
September 25, 2011, 6:41 pm
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The Akron Marathon is my favorite race, but it is a hard one. Even as hard as this marathon is, I sent some high goals for myself. Goal number 1 was to finally break the Sub 4 hour barrier on a marathon. Goal number 2 was to finish this race in my quest to reach the Iridium level in Marathon Maniacs by running 4 marathons in 23 days. Continue reading

How I am Going to Obtain Iridium
August 8, 2011, 12:15 am
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It’s official, I have decided I need to obtain Iridium. You are probably thinking why does he need to have a platinum hardening agent. Maybe he is starting a crucible or heavy duty electrical contact manufacturing business in his garage. Well I don’t need that Iridium. I need Marathon Maniacs Iridium Level. And I have come up with a plan to do it without leaving Ohio. On Friday I paid all the entry fees for the required races. I’m committed now, no turning back. Continue reading

2011 Park 2 Park Half Marathon

I have a goal of breaking the 2 hour mark on my half marathon time this year, but I haven’t ran an actual half marathon that wasn’t on trail or in the snow in a few years. My PR for a road half is a 2:47, but I did run the 1st half of the Cleveland Marathon in 2:00:30. I have picked up quite a bit of speed since my last half. But I need a dedicated road test to see what I can do. I was planning for that test to be the Buckeye Half in August. You would think that I would want to run the Park 2 Park Half because its course is the 2 parks I run in the most. I know every turn, hill and bump on it and the start/finish line is less than 2 miles from my house. But I have not run it since 2004. Continue reading

2011 Ridge Runner Marathon (Or How Body Glide Saved My Life)

For those of you who don’t want to read my whole report, here’s the brief overview of the 2011 Ridge Racer Marathon at the North Bend State Park in Cairo, West Virginia.

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Now for those of you who want to know the whole experience, this race was a very different from any other race I have ever run. Continue reading

Maniac Mindset
May 27, 2011, 8:37 pm
Filed under: Marathon, Marathon Maniacs, Running | Tags: , ,

Last fall I qualified for Bronze level Marathon Maniacs by running 2 marathon in 16 days. I had not planned for this, I did it on a whim. I ran the Akron Marathon with the 5 hour pacer Dana Casanave. She was running her 36th marathon in 36 weeks, and working towards 52 in 52 weeks. Until I met Dana, I was going to run Akron and follow it up with the Towpath Half Marathon. But I felt good after Akron. Continue reading