Red Nose Run

rednoserun_logo.5k.10k_2013I’m not an impulsive person by nature. I usually will spend some time analyzing every aspect of a decision before I decide what to do.

But today was different. I received an email from America Multi Sport about the Red Nose Run. After reading the event info I decided to register. Normally I would check my schedule, talk to the wife and talk kids to see if they have anything going on that I need to be attentive too, decide if I could run the distance (10K in this event), check the long-range weather forecast and then noodle the thought of registering for a few days (maybe a week or two) before committing to register for the race. I would hate to spend the money to register for a race and then have ‘something’ come up that would not allow me to participate. I would rather check all contingencies and cover every detail before committing the money and my future time and schedule.

But this time … it was different.

After I got the email I checked my schedule and nothing was on it and then I clicked on the register button and moments later I was officially signed up.

I now have two races in December to look forward too. This new Red Nose Run on Saturday 12/7 and the Jingle Bell Run on Sunday 12/15. I

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Weekend Miles and First Go Pro Video

An arctic cold snap has settled on central Indiana so I awoke to 16°F this morning! Wow … that’s cold. Thankfully, it was a very bright and sunny morning. So, I decided on a run and headed out for a few miles. I ran 6.2 miles in 1:00:10 for an average pace of 9:40 per mile. Although I didn’t feel like I was running at an average pace of 9:40. I felt like I was running at 10:00 or slower. On Friday night (11/22) I ran 7.15 miles at an average pace of 10:02. Strange how two runs can have completely difference results yet I feel the perceived effort was the same for both runs.

The Go Pro head strap finally came via Postal Mail. So, this morning, I decided to video tape the run with the Go Pro strapped to my head. This morning’s video weighs in at 6.62 GB for about an hour’s worth of video. Wow! It took over an hour to input the video from the Go Pro into iMovie. Then I was able to edit the footage into a 90 video with I posted on You Tube. The video was a bit bouncy even when I used the head strap. I’m not sure that can be overcome? But overall, it’s not bad considering it’s my first attempt.

The video is here!

My experiment with the chest harness resulted with useless video. It was too shaky and bouncy. Since I ran at night, every street light, house light, car light and every other light source is captured as a bouncing streak of colorful light. It makes for great abstract art (if you are into that) but it makes awful video. Unless I can figure out how to adjust the Go Pro’s shutter speed, I don’t believe is worth while to run with the Go Pro at night.

I signed up for the Jingle Bell Run in Indianapolis on December 15, 2013. I plan to run with the Go Pro and the video should be better. Running in the midst of a field of other runners makes for interesting video. Running solo on the street doesn’t make for interesting video. Unless, of course, it was running though a scenic forest or mountain valley. Then it would be interesting.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Cameras and Running

My Fuji XP and Go Pro Hero 3 cameras.

My Fuji XP and Go Pro Hero 3 cameras.

My favorite hobby is photography. I love taking pictures with any kind of camera, whether an Iphone, point & shoot, 35mm film or a DSLR. I own several cameras but my primary camera is a Nikon D-600. I take all the Company’s product photography with that camera and all of my pleasure shooting. It’s a great camera and it’s the absolute best camera for me. It’s way ahead of my old Nikon D-70 and light years ahead of my very old Nikon 6006.

But, if there is anything I have against the D-600 … it is the weight. It weighs a ton (not literally) but it is heavy. I carried it on a 8 mile hike through Brown County State Park and by the time I finished, my neck and shoulders were in pain from the load.

I take the Nikon to every running event but I usually leave it in the car. It’s too heavy to carry and run at the same time. I usually believe that there will be enough time after I finish the event to dash back to the car and grab the camera and dash back to the event to take photos. In the dozen or so running events I’ve done in the last few years, that has happened only once.

I thought about taking my Fuji point and shoot camera on event runs to take photos of the runners and spectators. Even that camera is heavy to hold while running. I’ve never tried it but I’m sure the shutter speed isn’t fast enough in the programmed setting to overcome the natural rhythm of running.

Recently, I came across this web site. The site features photos from a variety of running events. What sets apart this site is that the photos are taken in the midst of the event and not from the side lines. The photographer is running with the other runners and taking photos at the same time. There is a lot of action and movement in the photos.

I’ve always wanted to take photos while running. There is more energy, movement and life to be seen in the midst of the running pack than on the sidelines.

As I was thinking about cameras and running, what came to mind was this small Go Pro Hero camera that I have. I bought it in October 2012 but haven’t really used it for much of anything. I intended to produce all sorts of time-lapse videos (and I did a few that I posted on You Tube here and here). Recently, my son has used it on his RC cars. It’s lightweight and the video quality is excellent.

Maybe I’ll use the Go Pro instead of the Nikon or Fuji.

Someone said that running with a Go Pro camera strapped to your head will make you look foolish and silly, if not outright goofy. Geez. I have enough issues when I run in a staged event. Thoughts like … is my running attire of the latest fashion or do I look silly in these old shorts and shirt, I’m too fat to be a real runner, do I sweat too much … and on and on these thoughts swirl through my head. Now, if I want to time-lapse running events for the fun and novelty of it, I need to add … “and I look silly, foolish and goofy because I have a Go Pro camera strapped to my head”.

I’ve seen all sorts of uncommon fashion and gear at running events. Although I’ve never seen a Go Pro on someone’s head, I’ve seen people walking in full fire fighting gear (complete with O2 mask), people carrying flags on poles, people running in their underwear, people running in skirts and dresses with make-up, in wild costumes, wild hats and wild hair. I’ve read about people juggling while running a marathon and running backwards. Why would a Go Pro camera be such a foolish thing?

I’m sure that no one would give it a second thought.

So maybe I’ll chase down my son’s RC car and dig out the Go Pro and run with it at my next running event!

Stay tuned.

P.S. In my post about running across Golden Gate Bridge and how I would like to do that on my next vacation (whenever that may be) … well, here’s a Go Pro video from a runner who did it!

Miles From Last Night

So … I ran 4 miles last night. In the dark. But … it wasn’t as cold as it has been lately. Although the wind was stiff and strong for the 40 minutes I was on the road. The winds have been strong for the last few days. And … I am one of the lucky ones … as none of the 23 tornadoes that swept through Indiana on Sunday came close to my neighborhood.

Side note : about 10 years ago, a EF-3 tornado clipped the south-eastern edge of my neighborhood. Thankfully, my home wasn’t damage but the neighborhoods to the north and east were heavily damaged. The tornado damage you can see on TV is awful enough but to see it live and in person is beyond comprehension.


The first two miles of the run were hard as my legs were heavy and I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere. In the final two miles, my legs felt lightweight and I felt like I was actually moving. It was really a strange sensation. My overall time was 40:01 for an average pace of 9:58.

Tonight, I plan to run at least 4 miles. Of course, it will be dark. And the air temperature will probably be in the low 40’s or high 30’s. I really need to buy some sort of reflective vest or a strobe light or something similar so I can be seen more easily. I also need to wear my head lamp as I could hardly see the pavement last night because it was so dark.

Well … cheers to everyone today!

Indiana Trail 100

indianaTrail100_logoI came across this web site for the Indiana Trail 100. It is a 100 mile trail race staged at the Chain O Lakes State Park in northern Indiana. It’s the only 100 mile trail race in the state (so far). It’s scheduled for April 26-27, 2014.

I haven’t signed up for this race. I don’t think I could finish that distance at this stage in my running development. Although I would like to work up to it and do this race one day. For this race, you have 30 hours to complete it. Last year, the first place finisher completed the race in 17 hours and 35 minutes.

I looked at the online registration page to see what the cost is. The cost for the 100 mile race is $180 and the 50 mile race is $95. The minimum age is 18 and the maximum age is 75. Although they allow 15 year olds to run in the 50 mile race.

I’m envious of people who have the drive, determination and endurance to train for and compete in a race of this magnitude. Ultra marathons are a new concept to me and I’ve watched a few you tube videos on the topic. At times, I can hardly drag myself out of bed to run a few miles around the block let alone run 100 miles. But … it’s now a goal … time to get out of bed.

Stay Running!

Thursday Miles

So … I’m wide awake at 4:00 am. Normally I wake up at 4:30 when the alarm goes off but this morning I was wide awake at 4:00 am. One of the first thoughts that pop into mind is “should I go out and run?”.

In a perfect world, the answer is “yes” … but in my world, there is always a debate. Is it too cold? Too hot? Too dark? Do I feel up for a run? I ran last night, I shouldn’t run this morning. Do my legs hurt? Will I get injured? Is there enough time? What if there is a lion in the street? Geez … the debate can continue.

So, anyways, I finally decided to get out there and run despite the silly debate that rages in my head. I walked out of the house at 5:05 pm and started running. Of course, it is dark and cold. But not as cold as yesterday morning (when the question “is it too cold” won the debate). Yesterday, it was 18°F. This morning it was 31°F.

The air was crisp and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. That is one thing I do enjoy about these cold mornings, the stars are very bright. Orion was in the south-western sky followed by Sirius.

I  just ran 4.1 miles this morning. My overall time was 41:03 for an average pace of 9:58. I really need to work on my speed. That will come … one day!

I hope everyone has a great day and great running! Cheers!

Tuesday Miles

Last night I ran 4 miles … in the dark and in the cold. There is a cold snap going through central Indiana and it brought the evening temperature to about 33°F with a strong wind from the north-west for a colder wind chill.

The run was uneventful. No trips and falls this time around, thankfully. The only hazard is neighborhood traffic. In the evening there is traffic to watch out for. And, since it is totally dark by the time I get home in the evenings it’s hard for the drivers to see me. I need to buy a reflective vest as a safety precaution.

My time for the 4 mile run was 40:33 for an average pace of 10:05. It’s a bit slow for what I want to do … but I’m fine with it. I’m happy just to be able to run.

This morning, at 4:30 am … it was 18°F. Now, that is frigid! So, I stayed indoors and decided to run again this evening. The forecasted temperature at 7:00 pm this evening is 32°F …. and dark!

There is a bright side to the cold weather … the attic isn’t as steamy hot. So, I have set my mind to clean it out and get rid or (or rearrange) the attic stuff (junk). Last night, after my run, I spent about an hour moving stuff around and deciding what should stay and what should go. I came across my old backpacking gear that hasn’t seen the light of day in over 15 years! Wow.

I hope everyone is having a great day and cheers for a great run!

I woke up at 4:00 am this morning but I didn’t get out of bed until 4:30. I debated with myself if it’s worth the effort to get up and run a few miles this morning, especially since it was 29°F outside with a wind chill of 22°F. At least that is what the TV weather man was saying.

I skipped Thursday morning because my left ankle was swollen and hurting. I really didn’t want to skip another morning. So, at 4:30, the better half of my brain said “get up and run” and so I got up and ran.

And it was cold. I wore my running tights and heavy running shirt and hat and gloves. My first mile was a comfortable pace of 9:55. I was starting to warm up as I started my second mile when I slipped in loose gravel and fell twisting my left ankle and falling on my right knee. Oh my, instant pain in my left ankle and right knee. I laid on the cold pavement for a moment or two trying to get up, wondering if anyone was having a good laugh at my mishap. I was laughing at myself as it was a struggle to get up. At least it was totally dark outside. Hopefully, no one saw me.

Thirteen years ago I was hiking in Colorado (on the Hanging Lake Trail in the Glenwood Canyon) and I slipped on some loose gravel and broke my left leg and dislocated the ankle in one swift move. I still have the screws in the leg and ankle!

As I laid on the pavement, I thought of that experience, wondering if this incident was going to replay the surgery and rehab of the hiking experience.

I finally got up and tried to walk off the pain. Thankfully, nothing was broken and I could place my weight on my left ankle. My right knee was hurting but it wasn’t broken. I walked for a few minutes debating if I should quit and walk back home or continue running. I decided to take a few strides and see if I could run. And, thankfully, I could and so I continued the run.

I ran another three miles. My total time was 43:11 with an average of 10:25. The second mile, the mile where I fell down, was timed at 11:43.

Back at home, I discovered that my right knee has a 3 inch cut and it was bleeding. Thankfully, it’s nothing serious. I can run again.

I hope everyone stays safe today and enjoys their own run (without tripping or falling like I did). Cheers!


Wednesday Miles

I finally mustered up the energy and motivation to get outside and run. Thankfully, it was a mild morning, although there was some rain in the area.

I ran 3.2 miles at a slow pace of 10:17. My total time was 32:56. I can’t seem to find the speed that I once had. I know the reason …. it’s the weight I’ve gain and the beer I drink! I can feel it bounce up and down as I run. Geez. I really need to do something about that.

According to the Nike+ app, I ran 64.1 miles in October. My average pace was 10:11 … so maybe this morning’s pace of 10:17 isn’t too awfully slow for me. In September, I ran 74.2 miles with an average pace of 10:03.

Thankfully, I can run. I say that with gratitude. Too many people can’t run and I feel privileged to be able to run, even at my age (51). Even with all the domestic issues that are swirling around in my life, a few miles running around the neighborhood is an island of mental and emotional calm.

I am considering a trip to San Francisco for the summer of 2014. My nephew lives out there and I thought to visit him and take in the sights. In my internet research, I came across a girl who ran across the Golden Gate Bridge and blogged about it. I would like to do that if I can get out there. The run across the bridge and back again is only about 7 miles. The only time I’ve been to San Francisco is when I was in the 3rd grade and the family took a trip out west to visit my grandparents who lived in San Jose.

My wife isn’t too thrilled about my vacation ideas. She prefers the beach to anything I suggest. So, we usually go to the beach. I try to turn those vacations into running destinations. It is pretty cool to run on the beach during the sunrise and then take a swim in the cool surf.

Hope everyone is having a great running day! Cheers!