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Boston Marathon Training Run
Posted Saturday, February 16th, 2013
Michael and I ran 23 Miles this Morning
(Side note: Michael and I finished the 2013 Boston Marathon.  I ran 3:32 and Michael ran 4 hours.  What happened... Read Diary
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I did it...last race was my fastest
Posted Saturday, December 29th, 2012
Finished The Moody Two this morning...race number 50!
I did it.  I have finished racing 350.8 miles and have averaged 6:59/mile for the year.  My last race this... Read Diary
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I am now 33 seconds down
Posted Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Ran Ted Corbitt 15k Classic
Ran 1:05:48 this morning in Central Park.  It was the Ted Corbitt 15k Classic (9.3 miles).  (Photo at the 5... Read Diary
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Did I make the right decision this morning?
Posted Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
I need to make up 40 seconds over the next four races.
Got up at 5:45am to get ready to run the DSE Ferry Building 4 Miler this morning.  It was pouring... Read Diary
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Just was not my day
Posted Sunday, November 25th, 2012
Race 44 by Golden Gate Bridge
I really thought I could run 20:30 5k or better today.  But it did not happen.  I had run under... Read Diary
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Race 42 - Davis Turkey Trot
Posted Saturday, November 17th, 2012
It was rainy and windy
This was a tough race but I was able to get back 31 seconds.  I was hoping to pick up... Read Diary
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What did I do my third and final free Weekend?
Posted Sunday, November 4th, 2012
My son and I did a training relay
My 40th official race of the year (since I did a Double in Cabo that I am not counting) is... Read Diary
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Being More Focused Helps
Posted Sunday, October 21st, 2012
Ran Race Number 40 this morning
Catherine and I drove up Friday afternoon to Benbow which is about thirty minutes from the starting line of the... Read Diary
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I wanted to get under 21 Minutes and I did
Posted Saturday, October 13th, 2012
I enjoy these local races
I was going to take this weekend but I needed to make up some time.  I decided not to count... Read Diary
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Race Number 38 in the Morning
Posted Saturday, October 6th, 2012
San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon
I really like the San Jose Rock n Roll half marathon.  I have run it every year since 2007.  My... Read Diary
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Press in Eugene
Posted Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
The Register-Guard ran a story on Monday Oct 1
Bob Keefer from The Register-Guard and I sat down and talked before the race.   His article came out the next... Read Diary
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Under 7 minutes/Mile Pace for Race No 37
Posted Monday, October 1st, 2012
The Ten Miler Eugene Oregon
Race director Ken Vendley and the Oregon Track Club  Masters put on a good race.  The Ten Miler held Sunday... Read Diary
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Very Important Races Coming Up
Posted Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
I need to bank some time before Cabo
I did not race last weekend.  I spent Friday and Saturday with the grandkids and Catherine, Justin and Lis at... Read Diary
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Talking running with Lots of Runners
Posted Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Kauai was the perfect backdrop
We had a full schedule when we were in Kauai (Aug 30 - Sept 3).  On Friday we spent the... Read Diary
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Training Run and Filming with Gerry Lindgren
Posted Friday, September 7th, 2012
We met up with Gerry on Friday in Kauai
I had never met Gerry Lindgren until Friday August 31 in Kauai.  Gerry lives in Honolulu and we flew him... Read Diary
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An Hour with the Queen of Marathoning
Posted Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Interview with Paula Radcliffe
I had never met Paula Radcliffe until tonight.  Paula is very down to earth.  We could have spoken for hours... Read Diary
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Tough Race in San Deigo
Posted Sunday, August 19th, 2012
My worse race of the Year
The San Diego Half Marathon was tough for me.  I am just not running well when it is hot and... Read Diary
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Falmouth Road Race No 32
Posted Monday, August 13th, 2012
Lots of Humidity but what a fun event
What an amazing trip back east.  I have not posted before because we didn't get back yesterday until 2 am. ... Read Diary
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San Francisco Half Marathon!
Posted Sunday, July 29th, 2012
Race number 31 started in Golden Gate Park
I was ready to break 1:32 this morning but I blew it with some slow early miles. (Lead Photo - at... Read Diary
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Update - Wharf to Wharf Six Miles
Posted Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
Ran 40:22 for race number 30
Ran the Wharf to Wharf six mile race today.  It starts at the Wharf in Santa Cruz and goes to... Read Diary
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Not sure how I pulled this one off
Posted Sunday, July 15th, 2012
Race Number 29 - 1:32:12 half marathon
This race was really a concern because of the situations I have had the last two weeks.  I love the race... Read Diary
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Working on the Back
Posted Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
A good improvement today
I just have to get this back thing behind me.  Yesterday I just walked three miles and by the end... Read Diary
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My Back is Not Good
Posted Monday, July 9th, 2012
...and I have a half marathon on Sunday
Last Thursday morning I felt a weird pain in my lower back (left side) but I didn't want to think... Read Diary
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The Amazing Pina Family
Posted Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Did an Interivew and Training Session
I first officially met the Pina family at the Trailblazer 10k/5k race in Mountain View, California last September.  I had... Read Diary
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Half Done with my 50 Race Challenge
Posted Sunday, July 1st, 2012
27 Races completed and I am ahead of pace
My 50 race 2012 Challenge (A Long Run) is half over.  Overall it has been a very good six months.  I have... Read Diary
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A message from the Lucile Packard Foundation
Posted Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to send me an email Jose!!!
I introduced myself quickly at last Saturday’s Packard Summer Scamper 5k/10k and just wanted to follow up with a note... Read Diary
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The course was certified before the changes!
Posted Monday, June 25th, 2012
Better to be safe than sorry
Update: June 28 - (This is now on their website.  This explains it all.  I am totally cool about this. ... Read Diary
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Race 27 this morning
Posted Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
I really needed this
After not running well in Puerto Vallarta last Saturday I was being to wonder about my half marathon in Fontana.  Was... Read Diary
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It was tough racing in PV
Posted Sunday, June 17th, 2012
Races 25 and 26 are complete...half way
The air is thick in Puerto Vallarta.  I knew I would loose some time in PV.  Plus the 15k Challenge... Read Diary
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Fontana Half Marathon
Posted Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
Best race of the Year
Everything worked today.  On Friday I had a fifteen minute back massage, got a lot of rest (even through we... Read Diary
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Training Run with Hans Schmid
Posted Sunday, May 27th, 2012
We meet up with Hans on Sunday
Our film crew (Michael, Catherine and Waitman) met up with Hans on Sunday before the Marin Memorial Day Races.  We... Read Diary
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Press in Manhattan Kansas
Posted Friday, May 25th, 2012
"Thanks Burk for the article. Means a lot to me."
My brother sent along a copy of the article that the Manhattan Mercury newspaper ran.  Brought back good memories of... Read Diary
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San Jose Mercury News Article
Posted Friday, May 18th, 2012
Runner's World founder doesn't let age slow him down
by Dan Brown It's 8:17 a.m., less than an hour before the starting gun, and Bob Anderson has made the rookie... Read Diary
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Race 21 DSE Mother's Day 5k SF
Posted Sunday, May 13th, 2012
"I like these low-key type races once in awhile"
I do like to run a lot of different type of races.  I do love the big races but I... Read Diary
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Race 20 Ave of Giants Half
Posted Sunday, May 6th, 2012
It doesn't get any more beautiful than this
Ran my 20th race of the year this morning...the Ave of the Giants Half marthon.  I placed 22nd overall out... Read Diary
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Training Run with Mike
Posted Friday, May 4th, 2012
Running in Ferndale before Ave of Giants Half
Michael, Catherine, Waitman and I drove up Friday to Ferndale, CA. for race number 20th which will be held on... Read Diary
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Training Run with Amol Saxena
Posted Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Getting ready for Ave of the Giants Half Sunday
The year is flying by.  Hard to believe it is already May 1st.  Got together with Amol for a training... Read Diary
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I was way off my goal for the Zippy 5k
Posted Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
"I wanted to run a lot faster but it just didn't happen"
I have a lot of reasons why I didn't run close to what I wanted to at the Zippy 5k in... Read Diary
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In High School I started Distance Running News - 1966
Posted Monday, April 16th, 2012
I started running 50 years ago in Overland Park Kansas
I started running in Feb of 1962.  On our first day of our trip to Overland Park, Kansas we visited my high... Read Diary
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Our Trip to Manhattan Kansas
Posted Monday, April 16th, 2012
Four Mile training Run Sunday Morning
It was tough but I really enoyed our training run in Manhattan Sunday morning April 15.  Frank Dayton (in blue)... Read Diary
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Getting ready for Kansas
Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Rock the Parkway Half Marathon on Saturday
Photos and stories from Kansas will be posted Monday.  Been a great trip.  Running with my brother and some other... Read Diary
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Almost broke 20 minutes
Posted Saturday, April 7th, 2012
My ankle did not bother me at all
I ran 20:02 today.  I wanted to get under 20 and this is pretty darn close.  Afterwards, I was able... Read Diary
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My interview with Dr JoAnn for her website
Posted Thursday, April 5th, 2012
We covered a lot...this is the unedited phone interview
I spoke with Dr JoAnn Dahlkoetter the other day (April 3) by phone for her website Dr JoAnn    Here is... Read Diary
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Fastest Triplets on the Planet
Posted Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Nice run and interview with Honor and Shelley today
It was so nice to get together with Honor and Shelley at Shoreline Park in Moutain View, CA after work... Read Diary
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Good day of filming in Carlsbad
Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2012
Getting ready for race number 15 in the morning
We are in Carlsbad, CA for the Carlsbad 5000.  This will be my 19th straight Carlsbad.  We had a full... Read Diary
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Race Number 14 Oakland Half Marathon
Posted Sunday, March 25th, 2012
Turned out to be a perfect day for racing
It was a little chilly when I was warming up for the Oakland Half but by the time the gun... Read Diary
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Published in "Run Blog Run" Mar 22
Posted Friday, March 23rd, 2012
"This is a special interview for me," stated Larry Eder
As printed in Run Blog Run, " Bob Anderson is the founder of Runner's World. He ran it from its... Read Diary
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San Jose Mercury News up coming article
Posted Monday, March 19th, 2012
Got together with Dan Brown this morning
I first met Dan Brown, a writer for the San Jose Mercury News, new years day when we both were... Read Diary
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Dropped by to see Rich Benyo
Posted Sunday, March 18th, 2012
Talking with previous Runner's World editor
On the way back home from Fort Bragg CA, we stopped by Forestville and spoke with Rich Benyo.  I hired... Read Diary
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Not feeling Well
Posted Monday, March 12th, 2012
Race Number 13 is Saturday in Fort Bragg, CA
I woke up yesterday morning with a sore throat.  The grandkids were sick on Friday.  Some sort of flu.  Today... Read Diary
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Talking With Dr. JoAnn
Posted Friday, March 9th, 2012
We asked JoAnn to comment on an email we got..."back off on effort and do the races as a lark..."
We are interviewing a lot of interested people for our film.  This morning we spoke with Dr JoAnn Dahlkoetter.  She... Read Diary
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Race Number 10 and 11 in Cancun
Posted Sunday, March 4th, 2012
It was hot, humid and windy in Cancun but it was FUN!
I run so much better when it it cooler...but that's nothing new.  It was also windy in Cancun on Saturday.  I... Read Diary
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Race Number 9 5k on Track
Posted Saturday, February 25th, 2012
Never got into the Race
Bryan and I had the perfect plan to break 20 minutes.  In the end I ran 20:57 and Bryan 20:06. ... Read Diary
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Training Run Feb 22 in San Jose
Posted Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
I really enjoy training with my son-in-law Justin
On Saturday I am going to be racing 5k on the track.  This will be my 9th race of the... Read Diary
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Race Number 8 in San Francisco
Posted Sunday, February 19th, 2012
San Francisco China Town
This is the way to see China Town.  I thought I had run this race many years ago but I... Read Diary
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An Afternoon Shoot with Rich
Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Foothill College Track was our backdrop
It was hard to believe that it was 70 degrees this afternoon.  We decided to meet up with Rich and... Read Diary
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Race Number 6 Half Marathon
Posted Sunday, February 5th, 2012
Great Day to Race 13.1 miles in San Francisco
I was concerned about my hamstrings but they did not bother me at all in the Kaiser Half Marathon in... Read Diary
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Recap My Challenge and Goals
Posted Saturday, January 28th, 2012
More than just 50 Races
from Bob AndersonIn 2012 I am going to run 50 races to celebrate 50 years of running and races.  Can't believe I started... Read Diary
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Race Number 4 in San Francisco
Posted Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
The Big Issue today was my hamstring
The white tape around my hamstring really helped me get through this one.   I worked all week on my hamstring. ... Read Diary
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Race Number 3 DSE 5k
Posted Sunday, January 15th, 2012
Nice group at the DSE Ball Park 5k
After race number three we got together with Rich and Sheldon, two SF Bay Area runners I have known for... Read Diary
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Race Number 1 from Bob Anderson
Posted Sunday, January 1st, 2012
This was a very tough race for me!
My head is feeling okay from a running stand point.  But it is my knee.  I can not bend it... Read Diary
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One Week Later after falling
Posted Sunday, December 25th, 2011
Stopped by the Plastic Surgeon Office
It is amazing how fast the body can repair itself.  Of course, with the help of a plastic Surgeon.  Dr.... Read Diary
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Bob Anderson Making A Plan
Posted Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
The Goal Is To Run 50 Races in 2012
Mike and I drove to San Ramon to run the Hah Hambug 5k.  In route we talked about what I... Read Diary
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Ran first race of 2013 yesterday
Posted Sunday, January 27th, 2013
Good to be racing again
It was good to be racing again.  I had not run a race since I finished my 50 race challenge... Read Diary
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It's Not Over Until It is Over
Posted Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
The Double was even more than I thought it would be
I have been waiting to write this until I made a final decision about what I want to do.  I... Read Diary
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Back on Pace...finally
Posted Sunday, December 9th, 2012
I am now One Second in Total Ahead of Pace
I wanted to be at least even when I step on the starting line next Saturday in Central Park (NY)... Read Diary
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Picked up 50 Seconds today
Posted Saturday, December 1st, 2012
My new shoes helped
One of many things I have enjoyed about this challenge is meeting so many new people along the way.  Today... Read Diary
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Race 43 Second Best 10k of the Year
Posted Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
San Jose Turkey Trot
This is the best way to start off Thanksgiving morning.  My family has been doing this for the last six... Read Diary
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Ran my last half Marathon of Year
Posted Sunday, November 11th, 2012
Just nine more races to go!
Okay, I did want to run a little faster and I was on pace for eight miles (6:58 pace at... Read Diary
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Talking with Dave Zimmerman
Posted Sunday, November 4th, 2012
We interviewed Dave on Saturday
Dave Zimmerman and I were just 17-years-old when I told Dave on a bus headed to a high school cross... Read Diary
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13.1 Miles through the Redwoods
Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Dealing with some issues getting ready
I love running through the Redwoods.  The half marathon course we are running is the Ave of the Giants course... Read Diary
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Lost some more ground today
Posted Sunday, October 7th, 2012
Race number 38 - San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon
I really wanted to run 1:31 half today but I didn't.  We ended up getting to the race with only... Read Diary
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More Eugene Trip...
Posted Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Did a lot the last three days of Sept
There are lots a great places to run in Eugene.  Friday I ran along the river near the Pre Trail. ... Read Diary
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Hanging Out With Joe Henderson
Posted Monday, October 1st, 2012
We spent Friday Sept 28th with Joe in Eugene, Oregon
Our trip to Eugene Oregon was everything we thought it would be and more.  We arrived very late Thursday Sept... Read Diary
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Oyster Point 5 Miler
Posted Monday, September 24th, 2012
Just 14 races to go
I think it was Bill Rodgers who said that you just know in the first 20 yards if you are... Read Diary
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How Am I Doing This?
Posted Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
I have now completed 70% of my races
Tim, a member of the Ujena Fit Club posted this after I ran 20:58 5k Sept 9 for race 35.  (photo... Read Diary
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Back on Pace
Posted Sunday, September 9th, 2012
End of Summer 5k Race Number 35
I am back on pace.  I am right at 7min/mile pace after 244 miles of racing.  I have completed 35... Read Diary
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Race 34 Kauai Half Marathon
Posted Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
It was tough but beautiful
The Kauai Half Marathon has to be one of the world's most beautiful half and full marathons in the world. ... Read Diary
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Working on Issues
Posted Friday, August 24th, 2012
Need to run a good Half in Kauai
Have really been thinking of all the things that I need to improve before my next race...the Kauai Half Marathon... Read Diary
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Bill Rodgers Is so Inspiring
Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2012
We spent last Saturday morning with Bill in Falmouth
There were four exciting highlights on our trip to Boston last weekend.  (Photo: running the interviewing Bill Rodgers on Saturday... Read Diary
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Longest Training Run of the Year
Posted Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Ran 15.5 miles with Mike this morning
Even through my hamstring has been bothering me, I wanted to get over 13 miles.  Since I don't have a... Read Diary
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Training Run with Bill Dunn
Posted Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Getting ready for San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon
I really needed this training run.  This is my third training run with Bill Dunn this year and I hope... Read Diary
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Getting ready for race number 30
Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Interview with Christine Kennedy today
Been running and walking easy all week.  Have gotten in 23 miles so far.  Ran 11 miles on Tuesday.  My... Read Diary
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Getting this under Control
Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Was able to run 10k this Morning
My back is so much better today.  The deep tissue and trigger point massage, the laser and adjustments by a... Read Diary
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Training with the Pina family
Posted Monday, July 9th, 2012
I really need to include more warmup and exercises in my routine
This morning I ran with the Pina family (we also filmed this for our movie "A Long Run").  They normally... Read Diary
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Running with the Grandkids at Foothill
Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2012
My back has been bothering me the last two days
It is always fun to take the grandkids to Foothill.  They just love to run.  Today Owen (age 5), Carly... Read Diary
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Third Best 5k of the Year
Posted Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Fun Time at Morgan Hill July 4th Race
We have been doing the Morgan Hill July 4th race since 2007.  This is one of our Family Running Trips... Read Diary
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Fell this morning
Posted Saturday, June 30th, 2012
I am concerned about my Hip
4pm Update: My hip is not good and now my wrist is really bothering me too.  I have to cancel... Read Diary
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My Hamstring is not Right!
Posted Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Went in for Cold Laser Therapy
I normally do not see someone until something "really" happens.  My right hamstring has been feeling funny the last couple... Read Diary
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Almost stepped on a Rattlesnake
Posted Sunday, June 24th, 2012
Over 50 miles for the week
Mike and I ran 11 miles this morning.  At about the six mile point Mike yells out "Rattlesnake."  We were... Read Diary
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Getting Back on Track
Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2012
It is tough to stay focused
I am just one week short of six months in doing my 50 Race One-Year Challenge.  There are a lot... Read Diary
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First weekend off
Posted Saturday, June 9th, 2012
I had raced every weekend this year
This is the first weekend of 2012 that I am not running a race by design.  I knew my legs... Read Diary
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Race number 23 in Marin
Posted Monday, May 28th, 2012
10k Memorial Day Race
This morning was race number 23 in Kentfield, CA.  It is called the Marin Memorial Day 10k.  I have run... Read Diary
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Golden Gate Bridge was 75 on Sunday
Posted Sunday, May 27th, 2012
Mike and I run in Tiburon
On Sunday afternoon we drove over to Tiburon which is across the bay from the Golden Gate Bridge.  Mike and I... Read Diary
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Race No 22 Bay To Breakers
Posted Sunday, May 20th, 2012
I had a tough time on the Hayes St Hills
I had not run the Bay to Breakers in over 20 years.  Then I just jogged it with the kids. ... Read Diary
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My next race is Bay To Breakers in SF
Posted Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
I have never raced the B2B but I am on Sunday
The Bay to Breakers became a very wild race.  One year close to 100,000 runners (official and unofficial) finished the... Read Diary
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Change of Plans for this Weekend
Posted Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Race 21 is going to be Sunday in SF
It is never too late to make a good decision.  I was planning on running the 5k in Portola Valley,... Read Diary
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Running with Katie before Ave
Posted Saturday, May 5th, 2012
Katie and I running in the Redwoods
I met Katie at the Run Wild for the Child Race last November.  She was running in costume and almost... Read Diary
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Race 20 on Sunday
Posted Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
"I am ready to race 13.1 miles in the Redwoods"
It has been a good week.  Have gotten in a few miles but not too many.  My legs are feeling... Read Diary
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Race 19 The Great Race 4 Miler
Posted Sunday, April 29th, 2012
Point to Point race from Saratoga to Los Gatos CA
It was a perfect morning for racing.  Ran 27:10 which was a 6:47/mile pace.  Didn't feel as good as I... Read Diary
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Most of our Video Gear was Stolen
Posted Friday, April 20th, 2012
Out of my Jeap on my driveway
I can not believe what happened last night.  We had all of our video equipment, our laptop and other things... Read Diary
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Rock the Parkway Half Marathon
Posted Monday, April 16th, 2012
Race 17th in Overland Park Kansas
The Rock the Parkway half marathon is only three years old and they do a good job.  I finished 101... Read Diary
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Press in Kansas City
Posted Friday, April 13th, 2012
Good Article in Kansas City Star
This article came out in the Kansas City Star the day before the Rock The Parkway Half Marathon.  Thanks Pete... Read Diary
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Training Run with Bill and JoAnn
Posted Sunday, April 8th, 2012
I needed this 10 Mile Run
I am glad that the Run For the Good 5k was on a Saturday because I was able to get... Read Diary
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My Ankle Update
Posted Friday, April 6th, 2012
Just as long as it does not get worse
Out of the blue after walking around at the Expo the day last Saturday before the Carlsbad 5000 my ankle... Read Diary
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Good interview with Amol today
Posted Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
"There was so much happening centered around Runner's World in the 70's..."
I have known Amol Saxena for nearly 40 years.  He was just a kid back then and in fact he worked for... Read Diary
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Carlsbad5000 This morning
Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2012
I really like this race - 19 years in a row
When I got up this morning at 5am I looked at the window of our hotel which was located at about... Read Diary
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More Photos from Oakland Half
Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
Ken Collins sent these along
These are some photos that Ken Collins took at the Oakland Half Marathon last Sunday.  Thanks Ken...enjoyed breakfast after the... Read Diary
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It is wet out there
Posted Saturday, March 24th, 2012
Oakland Half Marathon in the morning
We need the rain.  But it will add to the challenge if it is raining in the morning.  There is... Read Diary
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Training Run Mar 20 Redwood Shores
Posted Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Met Art a running buddy at Oracle
I really needed to get in some miles today.  I started off the day by running 6.2 miles up at... Read Diary
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Race Number 13 5k in Fort Bragg
Posted Sunday, March 18th, 2012
Pulled a Rabbit Out of the Hat on This One
This was going to be a tough race.  I had been sick all week and was only able to run... Read Diary
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Leaving for Fort Bragg, CA
Posted Friday, March 16th, 2012
Still not 100% but good enough to race 5k
I am much better than I was but I am not a 100% yet.  But I have 24 hours before... Read Diary
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Race Number 12 Juana 8k
Posted Saturday, March 10th, 2012
Fun racing in Palo Alto
The Juana 8k race this morning went well.  I had a lot of things working for me.  I ran 33:16... Read Diary
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Training Run March 7 in Los Altos Hills
Posted Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Good Training Run at Rancho San Antonio
One thing I am loving about making this movie is that I am doing a lot of training runs with... Read Diary
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Training Run March 1 in Cancun
Posted Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Getting Ready for Bob Anderson 15k Challenge on Saturday
I have been in Cancun since last Sunday for our event we sponsor called the Ujena Jam.   We have been... Read Diary
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Getting ready to race on the track
Posted Friday, February 24th, 2012
Ran a few laps with Mike today
The grandkids, Mike and I went to Foothill this afternoon.  I could not believe how hard it was to run... Read Diary
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Training Runs Feb 20 in Los Altos
Posted Monday, February 20th, 2012
I really enjoyed My Training Runs today!
I would have normally ran easy the day after a race but today I did two workouts.  At 8am Bill... Read Diary
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Race Number 7 family running trip
Posted Sunday, February 12th, 2012
It was a family affair in Pacific Grove
I do like this race.  Rich and Mike setting up the video camera before the start.  I have run this... Read Diary
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Words of advice from Rich Stiller
Posted Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
"This is a tough goal you have set for yourself"
Bob...The more I think about the challenge you have set for yourself the more I think you're going to have... Read Diary
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Going Over things with Rich
Posted Friday, February 3rd, 2012
Things are falling together
I have known Rich Stiller for 39 years.  He is a runner and a friend.  Rich will be one of four... Read Diary
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Race Number 5 10 Miler
Posted Saturday, January 28th, 2012
Will my hamstring hold on the tough Hill?
It was a good day for racing in San Juan Bautista, California.  The town that was made famous by Alfred... Read Diary
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What Is the Story with my Hamstring?
Posted Saturday, January 21st, 2012
This has been a tough week
I could only walk Monday and Tuesday.  I got a sport massage on Monday.  I was able to run again... Read Diary
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Race Number 2 from Bob Anderson
Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2012
I was feeling good today!
Catherine and I travelled to Stockton on Saturday Jan 7.  We could drive to the Cal Ten race the morning... Read Diary
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Our Running Family from Bob Anderson
Posted Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
After My 64th Birthday Run
The official date of our first day of filming was December 28 in San Francisco.  Justin, Lisa, Michael and I... Read Diary
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How Could This Have Happen?
Posted Sunday, December 18th, 2011
Two Weeks Before the Start
How could this have happend? This was the worse fall I have ever taken.  I had been putting in 60... Read Diary

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
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I did not race last weekend.  I spent Friday and Saturday with the grandkids and Catherine, Justin and Lis at Disneyland.  We walked a lot and were on our feet for 12 hours per day.  I ran Thursday night with Justin outside the park, seven miles.  I ran 3.5 miles with Justin Friday morning and the same with Lis Saturday morning.  By the time we drove home Sunday, I felt like I had ran a marathon over the weekend.  We had a great time and the new Cars ride is amazing but it did take a lot out of me.  Not sure why but it would be the same if we had gone to a trade show.

What's ahead are three very important races for my challenge.  On Sunday the DSE Runners is holding the Oyster Point 5 miler.  I have not run it before but I have been told it is flat.  I really need to pick up some time on this one.  I am just 5 seconds in total ahead of my 7 min/pace goal for all my races.  I need to pick up at least 45 seconds or more on Sunday.   My legs don't feel fresh right now but I hope they will by Sunday.

Next week on Thursday we are traveling to Eugene Oregon.  We are spending the day with my first editor of Runner's World Joe Henderson.  On Sunday I am running the 10 Miler there.  Race director Ken Vendley was in town a couple of weeks ago and he came by the house.  He told me that most likely the conditions in Eugene will be perfect for a good time.  And the course is fast.  I have to get under 70 minutes and I hope to be close if not under 69 minutes.  Another important race.  I need to go into the half marathon Oct 7 in San Jose with at least a minute and a half buffer.

I have run the RocknRoll San Jose Half Marathon the last five years.  In 2009 I ran 1:27:53.  Last year I ran 1:31:22.  I like the course and love the race.  At the beginning of the year I was thinking about running 1:29 there.  I still think I can if everything goes well for me.  But I would like to have the pressure off and have a little room if I end up running 1:33 or so.  I just have 15 races to go and it is going to be close.  Averaging under 7 minutes per mile for 355 miles over the course of a year (50 races) is not a piece of cake.  Bring them on...

After the San Jose Half, I have an off weekend.  But then the next Sunday is the Humbolt half marathon.  The following Saturday is the Double (10k + 5k) in Cabo.  It is going to be hot and I am going to be tired from taking over 25,000 swimwear images before Saturday.  I am going to loose some time there.  I just need a buffer before I get there...

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run I am really looking forward to our trip to Eugene next week. We are getting together with Joe Henderson on Friday and spending time with Ken on Saturday and then racing ten miles on Sunday. Going to be a good trip!
Bob Anderson 9/20/12 10:29 pm

How Am I Doing This?
I have now completed 70% of my races
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
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Tim, a member of the Ujena Fit Club posted this after I ran 20:58 5k Sept 9 for race 35.  (photo of my son-in-law Justin and I warming up for that 5k - End of Summer in San Jose)
"How are you posting such impressive times on relatively low mileage?, are you doing tempo runs, intervals, is your natural ability "off the charts", or is it a combination of these reasons?, or maybe something else?," asked Tim McMenomey.  It is a good question Tim and I am going to answer it the best I can.
Photo just after the start of the End of Summer 5k. 
This is not an easy challenge but who would have thought it would have been? I know I could be running better times if I had enough time to train normally.  I am missing my long run (15-18 miles) twice a month and interval work on the track.  But if I tired to work this into my workouts, I think I would get injured.  What I am doing seems to be working for this challenge.  I have made one serious mistake and that cost me at least five minutes but it could have been worse.  If I had walked in that half, I would have lost another eight minutes and I would have blown the whole year.  However, right now I am a total of five seconds ahead of pace.  After 244 miles of racing I am averaging just under 7 minutes/mile.
Photo: my final warm up before the start of the race.
I still have 15 races to go and I can start to see the finish line in Pleasanton December 23 at the Double.   I am not making it easy for myself.  My last two races is the Double Road Race where I am racing 10k at 8:20 and 5k at 10am.  It might come down to that last race.  I will  race over 350 miles and be under 7 minutes/mile average at the end.  But with the mistake I made in San Diego and included some tough races in the mix, it is going to be close.  At age 64, if I run 69:69 for 10 miles it is like a 28-year-old male running 54:25  for ten or a 28-year-old female  running 1:00:55 according to the age-graded tables.   When I ran 1:26:27 in Fontana for the half on a certified course (but it does drop 2,000 feet the fist five miles and then it is flat BUT no up hills, perfect weather, my kind of course) in June, that would be like a 28-year-old running 1:06:33 on that course.  Just saying...
Photo: talking with a running friend Michael King after the race Sunday.
Here is what I am doing:
1.  I make sure my legs are as fresh as possible for each race.  I try to get off my feet as much as possible the day before the race.  I drink a lot of water the day before and try to get eight hours of sleep for at least three nights before the race.
2. I focus on each race.  I don't think about what I have done or what I need to do.  I get myself ready to race the race in front of me.   The night before I eat early (12-13 hours before the start).  I try to eat 8 oz of lean meet, mash potatoes and steam veggies.  I drink one glass of red wine with lots of water.  I wake up early and hit the  bathroom.  If I go to the bathroom at least four times before the start, I know I am going to run well that day.  I eat half a banana and a glu pack.  I eat one more glu packet right before the start and will carry one for the half.  I will take one Aleve about 30 minutes before the start.  I wear the same jersey and I race in light weight adidas shoes.  I put on some icy Hot including on my feet.
3. I make sure I warm up before the start.  I like to run at least a mile but that doesn't always happen.  I for sure do some strides at race pace.  At the start, I do not line up in the middle of the pack nor on the front line either.  However, I am always in the front couple of rows.  I just don't think of myself as a 64-year-old guy wanting to just finish the race.  I want to race the race. 
4. I start off fast.  Not as fast as when I was in my 50's but faster than most 60 plus.  I call it banking miles.   (On Sunday I ran the first mile in 6:24.  I should have been able to hold that but my legs were heavy because I did not prepare myself totally for this race.  I ate too much the night before and too late.  I was on my feet too much but this is life.  I just wanted to run under 21 minutes and I did it.  That is what counts.  If I had not banked that first mile I would have finished in a slower time.)
5. In the race, I brake it down into parts.  I run from mile marker to mile marker.  Each one is like a finish line.  I let the marker pull me there.  Once there I focus on the next one.  At times I think that there is only ten minutes left and I can finish with a good time or a bad time.  But why not run the best time possible? The hurt is going to be the same but if I get a better time the hurt was more worth it.  I am outside my comfort zone a lot and I would be able to handle it better with a long run in training or interval work but that is not possible. 
Photo: keeping it fun.  With Gerry Lindgren in Kauai after a little training run.
6. I am having a blast.  The hurt I feel, at times in the races, is worth every second.  I can't wait to run my final 15 races.  I am meeting a lot of new people, training with a lot of people and traveling to some exciting places. 
7. For training I am running and walking at least 30 miles per week.  I have avg 34 miles for the year and about 5 miles of that is walking.  Most of my training is at about 9 minutes/mile pace.  I normally walk three miles the day after a half marathon.  I listen to my body and put on tape or sit on a heating pad if I feel something is not feeling right.  I get massages and see a chiro for a laser treatment if something really feels bad.  I know I would be running faster times is I were just doing 25 races all year but that is not the challenge.
8. Positive thinking has been a big part of this too.  I set goals and I go after them.   The tough thing about a course like the half marathon in Kauai is that I normally like to go out fast and be under 7 minute pace for the first half of the race.    There I averaged almost 8 minutes/mile for the first 6.5 and then ran under 7 minutes for the last half.  But I spoke to a lot of people about the course in advance and had a plan.  Lots of people were just talking about how beautiful the course was (and it is) but I was thinking about how I was going to run a good time.  
That's how I am doing it...

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