It is wet out there
Oakland Half Marathon in the morning
Saturday, March 24th, 2012
We need the rain. But it will add to the challenge if it is raining in the morning. There is a 60% chance of rain in Oakland (CA) tomorrow. Actually I like running in the rain. However, I am still not 100% over the flu-cold thing I caught last week. This could send me back over the edge...
The half marathon starts at 9:15 tomorrow. It looks like a good course but I am not sure why the overall winning times have not been all that grand. The winning time last year was 1:10:46.
The winning time in the 60-64 year old division last year was 1:41:47. The first year (2010) my friend Ron Kiyono ran (he was 62 at the time) and he finished first in this division with 1:31:24. I have not had to chance to talk to Ron about the course.
In any case, this is a huge race for me. Due to situations, I have had to run shorter races a couple of times and I lost some mileage. I have been sick for over a week and still not 100%. I have not been able to train as much as I like. And I need to run around 7 minutes per mile to keep up my average.
My goal is to get under 1:31. However, considering everything I would be pleased with 1:33. But that is not going to help my under 7 minute/mile average I need. I am going into this race with a four minute buffer but I don't want to give back half of it or more in one race.
It could be a tough day for my support crew too. Plus, Catherine fractured her right arm while in Forestville last Sunday. Going to make it hard to do much. BUT the show goes on. We will pull it off...and then some!
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Published in "Run Blog Run" Mar 22
"This is a special interview for me," stated Larry Eder
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
As printed in Run Blog Run, " Bob Anderson is the founder of Runner's World. He ran it from its start in 1966 until he sold it to Rodale Press in 1985. Bob is a lifetime runner, and also a life time entrepreneur.
As with any entrepreneur, there are good things and there are not so good things. Bob had new ideas each and every day. Those were the good things. Some of the ideas worked, and some did not. Those were the bad or tough things.
Many great writers, editors and media savvy people came through the doors of Runners World. Amazing people like John Brant, Danny Ferrara, Dan Gruber, Tim Gruber, John Schenone, Jewel Chu, Vern Walther, Catherine Cassidy, all come to mind. Amby Burfoot, Bob Wischnia, Marty Post, Joe Henderson, Joan Ullyot and George Sheehan were also some of the great people who came through the doors of Runners World.
Before I worked at RW, I purchased running shoes through Bob's store, Starting Line Sports....
Bob Anderson's journey is fascinating. Going from a high school track athlete to a publisher before his high school graduation. Bob is still as competitive as they come, but he seems quite happy, with his business Ujena, his family, his grand kids, his running and his 50 race challenge.
In giving up the magazine he birthed, Bob was able to get back into running. Makes sense somehow..."
Here is the link: RunBlogRun
(Larry is the group publisher of Shooting Star Media and the president of Running Network. Thanks Larry for publishing this interview.)
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