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Adventures in the Thin Trade

My name is David (and Dylan to some). I am a runner.

Updated: 2018-03-07T14:50:05.171-05:00


Moving sale


Everything must go. 75% off. Liquidation prices just in time for the holidays.I am leaving Blogger. Leave a comment and I'll reply with the new address.

Thanks. I needed that.


After a week of Runner Susan-sympathetic lethargy I was glad to go out and run 10 miles this morning. I almost didn't make it.I cracked an eye at 6:36. I closed the eye. I thought about how nice bed was; whether I could still make it by 7:00. At 6:37 I decided I would turn into a fruitcake if I didn't get up. I hate fruitcake.In 5K speed I was dressed, had the Zippfizz packed on ice and a banana

The circus was back in town


After a couple of decades in the sports business and lots of "big" game media events, I am fairly non-plussed by media circuses. Today was a circus-plus day.One of our schools is situated at the end of a dead end road with no other access. It was along this road, within 100 yards of the front gate, that the remains of a young person were found this morning just into the nearby woods. Without

Hard core runners show up


There were fleeting promises of showing up to run this morning by many among the Sunday Orlando Runners Club crowd; after yesterday's taxing signature half marathon for Central Florida.I rolled onto Park Avenue at 6:56. Jurgen was there. He didn't race. Seth showed up. He hosted the ORC Christmas party the night before so he kinda had to show up. Chris showed up. Brian Jaeger, "Central Florida's

Father Jack won!


Yes, Jack won his age group by about five minutes this morning. A fine performance by the godfather of the Sunday running group. He'll be rigging some way to mount his trophy on his car hood tonight to show off tomorrow morning.I ran feeling pretty decent but my time was not up to snuff - 2:03:22. I had an equipment malfunction during mile 5 (shoelace came undone) that cost me my place running

Entering the canal


Hail all ships at sea. This blog is sailing into another ocean very soon. I just need to figure out how to clean up the WordPress layout so it's clean and I understand it.My navigator is the ever popular Internet Person.Tomorrow is the OUC Half. I haven't touched a sneaker since last Sunday. What do you think the over/under is on my time? Forecast is upper 50s at the start, sunny and around 65

Dedicated run


This morning's run was dedicated to TS who was a recent site visitor. I assumed parts of TS's name as an online alias recently while channeling a nostalgic recollection of the fine gray line.I was greeted with, "There's AWOL," this morning. Thanks Jack. I missed you too.The Orlando Runners Club Sunday bunch was huge today. Chris was trying to pad the numbers but it was a legitimate dozen. I

Turkey's soaring


I woke up with an attitude that it was not cold outside. It was 45F which is cold for us flatlander thinblooders. The sun was coming up and I had a race to run.I put the top down on the A4 and toodled on down the empty byways of Orlando to Lake Eola with Coldplay rising up from the speakers. I parked at a middle school track and felt indominatable. There's no explanation why. I just felt that

The streak is over


I couldn't bear it any longer.I dressed to run this morning then changed into work clothes to make in time for a bowls selection committee meeting (Capital One and Champs).At 5 p.m. I headed home and ignored all distractions and made it out on the roads before it turned dark and dropped six quick ones around the lake. I could sense I have been absent lately.Now I'm ready for the Turkey Trot.

Complete and utter shutdown


I took Mrs. T to a play at the college last night, "They're Playing Our Song." It ran late. I watched a lot of it with my ears open and eyes shut, up in the balcony.Yes, the mighty have fallen completely off the wagon. I did not even show up for the Sunday morning run today. That makes it a full seven day week since I ran last.I substituted a brisk 2-1/4 mile walk with Mrs. T to have breakfast at

State CC Championships


The Winter Park teams did well today. The Lady Wildcats had hopes of pulling off the sneaky upset to win States but finished second by six points to Bertram Trail HS in Jacksonville. They'll be back strong next year despite this morning's post-race tears. The guys came in as underdogs, barely making States with a sixth place finish in regionals. In States they ran well and finished sixth, a huge

Running on Empty. Empty on running.


If this were just a blog about my running, there would be no post to post. I haven't run since Sunday.Monday I felt sick midday and went to bed early.Tuesday I skipped to be sure I wasn't going to be sick.Wednesday I felt fine but it was too damn cold out all of a sudden.Thursday it was still cold and I was tired.This morning I overslept until 8 a.m.Maybe this weekend.Tomorrow is the high school

My kind of running day


Saturday. I skipped that 5 mile race pace run yesterday because I wanted to take the day off. It was so nice, I can't even remember what I did. Oh yeah ... I lazied around the house until 11 then went to aid Mrs. T at the Farmers Market. She had a table promoting the museum to those who would do well to enhance their cultural repertoire (the erstwhile beautiful people). A few nibbles, she reports

Back on the wagon


Okay, I am supposed to be in training but it just isn't happening like it would if I was marathon training. Why am I more loyal to marathon training than shorter distance training? Why would I be sure to run more miles for a mary and skip or cut short runs for a half mary?Work.What is with this work? Very demanding lately. It is the season. Budget slashing in Florida is the new blood sport. If

About what you'd expect


A not so disciplined run week:Ran Tuesday before the election return marathon that night.Skipped Wednesday's tempo run to recover sleep.Blew off Thursday's easy run.Thought about making something up on Friday but was too tired still. Just glad it was Friday.Yesterday I was running errands and cooking. It did not include running. [NEWS FLASH: I was cooking because Mrs. T was off leading a museum

Christy's New York result


If I am right, our Christy ran her inaugural marathon race in New York in 4:32! Beat my best by 14 minutes/ Good for her.

Zoom zoom


With an extra hour's sleep I was raring to run this morning. The race team reverted back to its usual men-dominant crowd with only Wendy and one other gal among eight guys. In official business at the pre-run meeting, Jack clarified that he is now director of recruitment for the Sunday bunch, since he answers all the e-mails that come in to the Orlando Runners Club site. He also announced Chris



Chicago blingRunNona bling; and I was "scolded" (nicely) for leaving the race before the awards were given out.Campaign bling, outside my office week before last

Genuine New York


It was genuinely chilly here this past week. I ran in the low 40s twice which was totally fine. Now we're back to the 70s but overcast. Good luck to everyone running New York tomorrow, especially Christy.I ran my 40th 5K this morning and finished just at 24:56, ranking 13th on my all time list. While that was cause for a genuine "eh" I looked up results on line to find I finished second in my age

Weather changes


Sunday turned out to be a beautiful morning to run. It was 62 at 7 a.m. and the crowd on Park Avenue was unlike it's ever been. The regular guys (Chris, Jack and Ed) were there plus Christy but then there were not one but four other women! The guys were actually outnumbered.I ran eight miles at a 10 minute mile pace in negative splits. The first four I ran with Ed and caught up on his latest



My age adjusted Chicago Marathon time did not break four hours like I wish i had: 4:07:54.88 .Barack and Hillary were at my place last Monday. Big rally right outside our school board building in front of the arena. I have pictures, just not here. It was quite huge with 40,000 or so on hand. The superintendent let district staff leave at 3 p.m. since those who were leaving needed to get out

What's next?


Next involved running some more. I started with a slow test-them-out week of three runs of two, four and six miles. The six hurt after mile 5 as my left knee and right ITB talked to me. I haven't tested them since.After my first two-miler I went to see Julie for the toxic waste dump massage. Oh, she hurt so good. I was tighter and more sore than I realized and she did me a world of good.This week

Chicago Marathon weekend through the lens


Mrs. T and I enjoyed the Art Institute of Chicago I also enjoyed a wonderful evening and meal at Mia Francesca with Runner Susan & Michael; and Rich & Katy who picked the restaurant. I loved the pace tattoos they used in Chicago. If you ran your pace you wear it for a week as a badge of honor. If you stunk it up, you scrub like crazy to get it off. Mrs. T's brother Rich ran his first marathon. I

Chicago tidbits


My greatest reward from the race is still on my right forearm. Nike and Chicago offered race pace tattoos which went on very easily race morning. It is still on my arm and other folks' arms unless they used industrial strength tattoo remover. I am still proud to wear it even though I missed the 4:45 goal. In the heat I was happy with having been close.My marathon photos arrived in my inbox. About

I ran the race for which I trained


Chicago did well to over-prepare after last year's debacle. It was unseasonably warm again. The race started with temps in the high 60s and quickly zoomed through the 70s and into low 80s. I saw one bank sign that read 87F but it was officially a high of 84F.It was sunny and steamy. I stripped off my shirt at mile 4 and gave it to Mrs. T the one and only time we were able to see each other. I