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We are going to be filming at 50 races during 2012 plus some during the week.  We want to speak with runners of all abilities and share your ideas in our film.  This is our diary...

Co-Producers: Bob Anderson and Catherine Cross  Directed by: Michael Anderson 

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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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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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Boston Marathon Training Run
Michael and I ran 23 Miles this Morning
Saturday, February 16th, 2013
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(Side note: Michael and I finished the 2013 Boston Marathon.  I ran 3:32 and Michael ran 4 hours.  What happened after we finished was horrible but the experience of running the Boston Marathon was incredible.  Probably the most exciting running event I have ever run.)  My son Michael and I are running the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013.  I have not run a marathon since 1983 and I thought I was done with them.  The 1983 Honolulu Marathon was my 10th and my fastest.  I finished in 3:19 but it was so tough.  I started to blister at two miles and by the time I finished both feet looked and felt terrible.  I just did not think my body was cut out to do a marathon.  But maybe a lot of the problem was that I was not doing enough training.  I was publishing Runner's World and found it hard to get in more than twenty miles per mile.  Many weeks less than that.

We were back in Boston for the Falmouth Road Race last August.  We dropped by the B.A.A. offices and spent several wonderful hours with Jack Fleming.  It was so inspiring and we got lots of material for our movie "A Long Run."  We met up with Bill Rodgers at Falmouth and had a super sit down interview with him also for our movie.  But it would not be complete without me running Boston.  Thanks to the B.A.A. they made that happen.  And I am hoping to get under 3:30.  For my age group 65-69, that should get me in the top five.  But I did not get in a single run over 15 miles in all of 2012.  I have been wondering if I could handle the distance.

My son Michael and I decided a couple of weeks ago that we needed to run to the Ocean.  We have a 23 mile course that starts at the top of Alpine road (in the foot hills just about ten miles from my house) and runs to the Ocean.  It is not an easy course.  There is a lot of steep downline and there is Killer Hill.  We climb for 1.6 miles.  It is all runable but it is tough.  We slowed to over 12 minute/mile pace this morning.  The last time we ran this course we stopped at the 22 mile mark in 2009 but this morning we decided to finish at the Ocean.  I had not run this far since 1983.  We ate pasta and meatballs the night before.  Catherine would be our handler.  We were all set.

 

We didn't do much of a warmup and we took it out easy.  We hit the two mile mark at 17:15.  There were some tough hills on mile two and we didn't push it.  But then things started feeling good.  The weather was perfect (like 49 degrees) and there was no wind.  We averaged 7:32 for the next five miles.  Killer hill was coming up, Michael had a rock in his shoe, and we backed off the pace.  But once we got to the top (mile 12) we picked up the pace again.  The next four miles were just at 8:15 minute pace.  I felt like I could have pushed harder but I kept thinking about hitting the wall at 20.

This is a beautiful course.  You have to pay attention since this is a favorite bike route too and some cars drive too fast.  However, there is no better way to spend a Saturday morning.  And to spend it with my son beside me and to have Catherine in the Jeep handling us, I just can't think of anything more special. 

I never hit the wall.  I am sure eating three packs of Glu, drinking two bottles of Gatorade and two bottles of water helped.  I also went out easy and I just wanted to finish without hitting the wall.  That happened.  Michael also didn't hit the wall but he did blister up and the downhill did a number on his quads but at the end he was just a few minutes back.  We love running side by side but we also have an agreement.  If one of us feel a little better than the other, then go for it.  I have finished behind Michael many times.

This was a welcome sign as we approached Pescadero.  Once here we were just two miles from the Ocean...our finish line.  I finished the 23 miles in 3 hours and 17 minutes.  I could have run another 3.2 miles today.  I could have run 3:45 today.  And this is not an easy course.  However, I am not ready for Boston yet.  I want to get under 3:30.  At least that is my goal.  Before this run I was not sure if that was possible at all.  Now I think it is.  Michael and I are going to run 25 miles on this same course (just start two miles back) in four weeks.  We are going to up our mileage in general and we both want to drop a few pounds. 

The Pacific Ocean.  It was 65 degrees when we got there.  We were ready for a hamburger.  Thanks Catherine for all the help.  You make it so much more fun.  And Michael...we did it.  We are going to be ready for Boston.  I am sure there were lots of runners out this weekend getting in a long run as they too are getting ready.  Boston is just eight weeks out.  photos by Catherine Cross Ujena Fit Club

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run Thanks Michael and Catherine for making this run so special. My longest run in thirty years.
Bob Anderson 2/16/13
run Great job, both of you. Hey Michael, Marathon Junkie and some others use anti-perspirant on their feet to prevent blisters--I haven't tried it but maybe you want to check into it.
Bruce Gilbert 2/16/13
I did it...last race was my fastest
Finished The Moody Two this morning...race number 50!
Saturday, December 29th, 2012
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I did it.  I have finished racing 350.8 miles and have averaged 6:59/mile for the year.  My last race this morning which was put together quickly by a good friend Rich Stiller was so much fun.  We ran on the same course we used to hold the Runner's World fun runs for over 25 years starting in 1972.  Brought back good memories.  There were nine runners in the field.  I finished fifth posting 12:12.  My fastest race/mile of the year.  I only needed to make up 22 seconds  so I am very happy.  I have averaged under 7 minutes/mile for the year.  That was my goal.

Thanks Rich for putting on The Moody Two and thanks Tom.  Thanks to Lyman and Amol for driving the lead and follow cars.  This race brought back a lot of good memories.  It is also fun running a race with just 9 runners.  Photos by Catherine Cross

 

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I am now 33 seconds down
Ran Ted Corbitt 15k Classic
Saturday, December 15th, 2012
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Ran 1:05:48 this morning in Central Park.  It was the Ted Corbitt 15k Classic (9.3 miles).  (Photo at the 5 mile mark.)  This was a New York Road Runners event.  Wow, they really know how to put on an event.  I was impressed.  I wished my boby felt the same way.  I just never could get moving.  Felt like my feet were in cement most of the way.  I am now 33 seconds off pace in total with just the Double to go.  I think I can make it up.  Been a good trip.  

NYRRC CEO Mary Wittenberg and me after the race.  She has has a tough month dealing with all the issues of canceling the New York City Marathon. 

Notice my new shoes.  These shoes from adidas weigh less than 7 oz.  I tried them out at the Bah Hambug 5k and they felt good.  I was not sure about wearing them for this distance but I took the chance.  Felt good and I am glad I did not.  Not sure if I would wear from above this distance however. 

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run You can do it Bob!
Barry Sackett 12/17/12
run 1 to go Bob;nice and steady;itsquite afeat you,ve aimed for;i,m cheering for youth at the Double! Bill
Bill Rodgers 12/18/12
Did I make the right decision this morning?
I need to make up 40 seconds over the next four races.
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
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Got up at 5:45am to get ready to run the DSE Ferry Building 4 Miler this morning.  It was pouring down rain on the way over.  Catherine and I decided to spend Saturday night in SF (after running the Bah Humbug 5k) so we didn't have to deal with the drive up Sunday morning.  The race started at 8am.  Catherine and I like any excuse to stay in SF.  We stay at this little boutique hotel and it is like having a place in the city.  Good fun...

In any case, the DSE race was to be number 46 of the year.   I was 29 seconds off pace to average under 7 minutes/mile for my challenge after running Saturday.  I wanted to pick up another 45 seconds or so today.  On October 27 I had run the Cabo Double (10k and 5k) but I decided in advance not to count the two races because I knew I would not run well because of the heat, humidity and being on my feet for three days taking photos of our Ujena models in Cabo Mexico.

I spoke with some of the runners I know and asked them for their advice including 78-year-old Barbara (white jacket).  It was not the rain and the standing water that had me concern.  It was the wind.  It was estimated by Neil (a running friend) that their were gusts over 40 mph.  Much worse conditions than Davis a couple of weeks ago. 

I would have run this race today if my challenge is also about time.   About 25 did run.  I like running in the rain.  But the best I could have done in these conditions would have been 7:15/mile.  Maybe even worse.  In any case I would have lost one minute or more today.  Once I run the race I would have to count it.  I decided not to run.  That was so hard for me to do.  Once I set out to do something I don't like changing the plans.  Did I make the right decision? Within the hour (too bad the race didn't start at 9am), the wind died down.  It was still raining however.  I had to do a training run.  Mike and I went back to the hotel and we ran my seven mile Giants course.  We were soaked when we got back and I was glad I decided not to race today.    I might have been more like 7:30/mile pace today...

So what am I going to do? I have a 10k in Golden Gate Park next Sunday and then I am running the Ted Corbitt 15k in Central Park (NY) the next Saturday.  Then my final two races of the year is the Double in Pleasanton Dec 23 (I count the two legs as two races for this challenge).  I have to run each one well.  I really should not double up next weekend.  On October 27 (photo) I ran the Cabo Double.  And as expected I did not run well.  However, I had two races on reserve if something might happen.  I ran 21:56 for the Ujena 5k and I am now going to count that race.  

On Saturday I ran 20:52 (photo) and picked up 50 seconds.  By counting the Ujena 5k I lost 11 seconds in that race.  So now after 46 races I am 40 seconds off pace.  I have four races to go.  I was hoping to be ahead at this point.  I have to run well in Golden Gate Park on Sunday.  I should be able to make up most of the 40 seconds I am behind.  I need to run 6:53/mile pace or better.  I should be able to do that.  Then we are off to New York Dec 12.  The 15k is Saturday Dec 15.  Can I run under 7 minute pace for 9.3 miles? There is going to be a lot of pressure on me going into these final races.  This is going to be close...but I am going to do everything I can to make it happen!   Thanks for your support!!!!

 

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run Pretty nifty thinking. Since I have run the Ferry Building run under the same conditions I would say you made the right decision.
Richard Stiller 12/2/12
run I believe you made the wise choice. Your pressure is self-imposed. Forcing yourself to run in bad conditions with a preconceived pace in mind is inviting trouble resulting from bad decisions along the way. Keep doing the right thing and you will prevail.
Steve Gilbert 12/2/12
run When you made the challenge at the beginning of the year, I doubt you even thought about running conditions such as today. Regardless, your challenge was NOT to run a specific 50 races this year, but rather, run 50 races with a net pace average of less than 7 minutes. You have made it very tough on yourself but I think you made the right decision. The pressure is on but I have sincere faith in your drive to accomplish your goal.
Roger Wright 12/2/12
run Bob, you definetely made the right decision. I went out just after 8 AM and immediately was soaked to the bone. Going over the Highway 237 bridge the rain was hitting my face hard from the side due to the wind. I decided that if it kept up I would turn around and come home. While making the decision a guy on a bicycle came by and shouted " hard core " and we high fived. With that I decided to keep going. There was alot of flooding in the streets and several times ran through water at least 4 inches deep. I managed to run 8 miles but I looked a sight when I got home. The only reason I did it was I needed it with the Double only 3 weeks ahead. I don't want to let our team down. I've been running along time and today's run ranks in the top 5 all time for conditions. It was not racing weather.
Bill Dunn 12/2/12
run Thanks guys...it was a tough decision not to run. If I had not raced on Saturday...I would have raced!
Bob Anderson 12/2/12
run Bob, you made the right decision, always tough to step away from the starting line, but a run would have taken you out of the challenge. We are all cheering for you, good luck next weekend.
Barry Sackett 12/3/12
Just was not my day
Race 44 by Golden Gate Bridge
Sunday, November 25th, 2012
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I really thought I could run 20:30 5k or better today.  But it did not happen.  I had run under 21 minutes for the first 5k of the Thanksgiving Day 10k on Thursday.  I went out at about a 6:25/mile pace but then fill apart.  I hit the first mile in 6:44.  I actually thought I was over 6:50.  I miss read my watch.  Then I ran 7:02 for the next mile.  It was on gravel which doesn't work for me.  One might think that it would be easy for me to run sub seven pace on these shorter races.  Well today I thought I had fresh legs.  I had to push it as hard as I could to run 6:53/mile pace.  

I finished with 21:19.  Not what I wanted but I did pick up 27 seconds which I needed.   Three things that might explain why this was so hard.  I woke up at 3am and could not go back to sleep.  I had a slight sore throat.  I really don't race well on gravel.  Loved the course but we were on gravel for over a mile...mile two was totally on gravel.  I am not looking for excuses but trying to understand what went wrong today.  This is going to be close and I want to reach my goal.

I am now 1:21 in total behind pace.  I can make it up.  I have six races to go.

Race director Dave Rhody brought me up on stage to talk about our new event the Double Road Race coming up Dec 23 in Pleasanton.  That will be my last race of my challenge.  Thanks Dave for putting on such good events.  I have run many of them.

It was nice seeing so many people having so much fun...me too!  I hope these girls can make our Double.  They certainly bring a lot of spirit to an event.

A running friend Verity ran well today.  She was second female overall and first master.  She told me she has her team of three together for the Double.

Verity and Kevin were top master runners today.  Both will be running the Double.

Me with the top three runners today.  They ran well today!

There were 14 female runners 70 plus running today.  Barbara placed third.  She decided to enter a team for the Double.

So great to have the support of A Long Run director Micahel and crew.  Thanks Michael, Waitman, Catherine and Justin for all your support.  It helps so much.   Photos by Catherine Cross

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run Another 23 sec! You are still on your game plan. Run, recover, repeat.
Steve Gilbert 11/26/12
run Tough to run an all out 10k on Thursday and come back on Sunday.
Richard Stiller 11/26/12
Race 42 - Davis Turkey Trot
It was rainy and windy
Saturday, November 17th, 2012
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This was a tough race but I was able to get back 31 seconds.  I was hoping to pick up more but with the weather as it was I am pleased.  I ran 42:59.  I was  21:02 at 5k.  Lost focus the second half.  The wind was really bad the last half mile.  Good course and good event.  Always tough when it rains.  My next race is 10k on Thanksgiving morning in San Jose.  We need this rain but....

Five minutes before the start...then it started raining again

At about the quarter mile mark.  I ran the first mile in 6:35.

I really don't mind running in weather like this but when you are going for time it does cost seconds.  I know I lost 30 seconds today. 

But I made up 31 seconds.  Now I am just 2:59 in total off pace.  My next race is Thanksgiving morning in San Jose.  I hope to get under 42:30 there.  Photos by Catherine Cross  (Michael and Waitman were there in the rain capturing some good video for the movie.  On Sunday the weather was great.)

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What did I do my third and final free Weekend?
My son and I did a training relay
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
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My 40th official race of the year (since I did a Double in Cabo that I am not counting) is the Clarksburg half marathon next Sunday.  So this was going to be an easy weekend.  However, I did think I would get in some extra miles this week.  I have felt I had lost some of my conditioning along the way.

My best friend from high school (Dave Zimmerman in the middle) was in town.  He came in Saturday morning and we spent the morning interviewing him for our movie.  He was there when I started Distance Running News.  In fact, he was the person I first told that I was starting a running magazine.  He had so many memories to share and in fact he got Michael jazzed up.  So jazzed up that Michael suggested the next morning that he and I do the 32 Mile Relay to the Ocean we once did about 10 years back. 

Our relay works like this.  One person drives the car while the other is running.  Then we tag off and so on.  We don't decided in advance what the legs will be.  One thing for sure, the course is very tough.  It starts at my house in Los Altos (which is about 200 feet elevation) and goes up Moody Road.  We climb to about 2000 feet, then we drop down to about 400 feet before climbing again to about 1500 feet.  Then it is mostly downhill to Loma Mar.  We hit the town of Pescadero and two miles later we are at the Ocean.  32.1 miles...

  

This was a tough workout but I think it is going to help me this Sunday.  My legs do feel pretty tight and tired right now but with all the downhill not as bad as they have in the past.  I got in 47 miles this week.  I am only doing 30 miles next week and 13.1 will be on Sunday.  

When we saw this sign, we had already done a lot of climbing.  We just had 22 miles (20 to Pescardero and another 2 to the Ocean) to go.

 

It took Michael and I 4 hours and 48 minutes to complete our relay.  It is a tough course.  That is 9 minutes/mile pace.

Michael checking his split.

We brought a lot of gear but we did not have enough Glu with us.  However, I am glad I brought along four shirts.  I wore them all...

It is a tough course but also very beautiful.

The Ocean is almost within sight.

We made it...32.1 miles.  This is only the second time we did this.  The first was over ten years ago.   Thanks Michael for suggesting this.   Thanks Dave for inspiring us to do this.  And thanks Catherine for all your support.

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Being More Focused Helps
Ran Race Number 40 this morning
Sunday, October 21st, 2012
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Catherine and I drove up Friday afternoon to Benbow which is about thirty minutes from the starting line of the Humbolt Redwoods Half Marathon.  It is about five hours north of Los Altos.  This gave us the time to relax and focus.  This course is beautiful and we drove it again on Saturday.

The entire course runs through Redwoods like these.  An interesting aspect of the course is that it seems we are running slightly downhill most of the route on an out and back course.  Of course, that is not the case but it feels that way.  There is one short hill at about 12 miles.  The weather was perfect...about 42 degrees at the start.  It warmed up to about 55 degrees at the finish.  The field was strong and I was ready to run race number 40.  My goal was to run 1:32.

 

I started off a little slower than normal.  I hit the first mile in 6:49 and it felt pretty comfortable.  Right before the three mile mark (20:29) I latched onto a woman runner.  We had never met before but ran together for a few miles.  She got a few yards on me at the turn around and I let her go.  I should have dug a little deeper but she was just a better runner.  I looked her up in the results and Pamela Kennedy (age 34) ran 1:30:14.  I was not ready to run that fast.  Thanks Pamela for letting me run with you for awhile.   At the turn I saw 72-year-old Hans Schmidt.  I was about a quarter mile ahead of him and he was looking strong.

In the end Hans was just nine seconds back.  He set a new 70 plus course record.  He ran 1:32:48.  My official chip time was 1:32:39 and I was second 60 plus.  This is 7:04 per mile.  This cost me 58 seconds but I can make it up on the 10k's and 5k's I have coming up.  BTW, I finally got the sore on the top of my right foot squared away the night before.  That had me worried...and it did cost me some good workouts!

Michael and Waitman were sick this weekend and could not make the trip.  However, Catherine got it all covered.

It was great to see Rich Benyo.  We talked after the race as his wife Rhonda ran the full marathon.  Photos by Catherine Cross

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run Awesome job, Bob--great report.
Bruce Gilbert 10/22/12
run Great race, Bob and thanks for the shout-out! I was struggling a little in the first few miles to hit my groove so thanks for pushing me. :) Hope to see you at the next one!
Pam Kennedy 10/24/12
I wanted to get under 21 Minutes and I did
I enjoy these local races
Saturday, October 13th, 2012
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I was going to take this weekend but I needed to make up some time.  I decided not to count the Cabo Double (Oct 27) in my 50 races.  I love the Double but in Cabo it is hot and after being on my feet for three days taking photos of Ujena bikini models I was for sure going to run over 7 minutes/mile.  So I put on my schedule this race, the Campbell Oktoberfest 5k.  One issue I had leading up to the race, I developed a sore on the top of my foot and I could not tie my shoe regularly.  But right before the start I figured out a way to tie it.  (Lead photo Jose Pina Jr. and I talking about his race.)

Before the start I spoke with Brian (left) and Scott.  Brian and I have been racing together for years.  In fact, earlier in the year he ran the 5k on the track I did.  I had hoped to hang on to him in that race, but I just didn't have it that day.  Brian is 57 and is still running well.  Today he ran 20:02.  Scott just turned 60 and we both knew that we would blow away the 60 plus course record of 23 something.  He beat me today by 30 seconds or so.   He was first 60 plus and I was second.

It was great to see the Pina family.  We had not seen them since we got together for a training run and filming for "A Long Run."  I knew they had been running well.   Omer, age 11 was also running today.  Jose Sr. did not run because he has an important cross-country race Sunday morning. 

I was so proud of Jose Jr. (1472) today.  He was first overall.  He run his best time ever.  I think he ran 15:36.  He is only 15-years-old.  His brother Omer ran 21:37.  Most likely the Pina family will be running with us at the Double in Pleasanton.

I wanted to get under 21 minutes and I did.   I hit the first mile at 6:34.  I ran 20:50.  I am now just 40 seconds in total behind my 7 min/mile goal.  I have 11 races to go.  Next up is the half marathon next Sunday up in the Redwoods.  I hope to run 1:31 there.   Photos by Catherine Cross

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run Hey Bob today I went and got a Moji!! It is a little hand held massager ( stainless steel roller balks). A trainer I know here let me use his after the San Jose 1/2 I am hooked!!! Only around $30.00 my legs feel so much better!
Jodi Labossiere 10/14/12
Race Number 38 in the Morning
San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
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I really like the San Jose Rock n Roll half marathon.  I have run it every year since 2007.  My best time is 1:27:53 in 2009.  Last year I ran 1:31:22.  I would love to get under 1:31 this year.  I am feeling pretty good but my legs are not fresh yet.  I am sure all this racing is not helping.  Dr JoAnn made a motivational tape for me.  I listened to it last night and I will again tonight.  Just thinking you can do something is half the battle.  Thanks JoAnn. 

Ujena Fit Club member and Ujena model Jodi is in town.  She is running the half too.  After walking a mile with Mike, Jodi and I went to Foothill college.  We ran an easy mile and then she timed me for a mile.  I ran 6:32 evenly passed.  It didn't feel as easy as I was hoping but it wasn't that tough either.  However, my hamstring is not 100% for sure.  I went in and got a sport massage on Wednesday and that seemed to help a bit.

Our crew is going to be busy.  Catherine will be shooting stills at the start, the four mile mark and at the finish.  Plus she will be getting additional behind the scenes shots.  Waitman will be shooting video at the same spots.  And Michael will be running the whole half marathon with a Go Pro camera. 

Jodi came up on Friday.  She has run a half marathon before but that was over 12 years ago.  She started back in running at the Ujena Jam.  She has run five of our Doubles (10k + 5k) in Mexico and has been running regularly since January, 2011 when she started getting in shape for her first Double in Cancun March 5, 2011.  She hopes to break two hours in San Jose.

One thing I like to do is have a Hamburger for lunch the day before a half along with some fries.  Afterwords we went to see the new Clint Eastwood baseball movie.  Going to eat an early dinner which will be 8 oz of lean meat, mash potatoes and steamed Vegas.  

Mike and I call this our club house, otherwise known as Burger Town in Los Altos.  This is where Mike and I detailed out the plans for my challenge and our movie.  And they make the best burger in town.  My brother Barry agreed when he was out.  Lis, Justin and the grandkids are going to be at the race in the morning.  Justin will be running too!  Going to be fun!!!!

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run Hey Bob, I just saw the official times from the San Jose, and they have you down at 1:34:39 that is 4 seconds faster than you thought, and every second counts right now! :) My official time was 1:57:59 :) Cheers!
Jodi Labossiere 10/10/12
run I need every second I can get. Wow, Bobby McKee ran a good race. He told me everythng just clicked for him. He ran 1:26:54...Congrats again Jodi...
Bob Anderson 10/10/12
Press in Eugene
The Register-Guard ran a story on Monday Oct 1
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
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Bob Keefer from The Register-Guard and I sat down and talked before the race.   His article came out the next day.

Racing for a goal

The founder of Runner’s World adds Eugene to his project

by Bob Keefer

Half a century ago, when he was a high school cross country runner in Kansas, Bob Anderson couldn’t find out, even from his coach, how best to train for a marathon.

So the 14-year-old boy sat down and wrote letters to people around the country. In a short time, he had accumulated so much information he had an idea.

“I’m going to start a magazine,” he told a friend.

Within two years, Runner’s World magazine was born.

On Sunday morning at Alton Baker Park, Anderson lined up in running shorts and shoes, wearing bib No. 1 on his bright red shirt, at the start of the Oregon Track Club’s annual race called The 10-Miler. He was here in town — his first visit to Eugene in more than three decades — to promote his latest project.

Anderson is celebrating 50 years of running by running in 50 road races, going for a cumulative distance of more than 350 miles — and trying to do it all at better than a 7-minute-per-mile pace.

“For a 64-year-old guy that’s like a 28-year-old running 10 miles in 54:25,” he said Sunday morning as he prepped for the race.

Continued on their website

Last minutes thoughts from Barry before I started my warmup.

I started out easy for me.  I normally like to bank the first mile of any race.  I hit the first mile at 6:39.  Normally I would have liked to have been 6:25 or so.  Mixing it up...and my legs really did not feel fresh.   I finished in 69:19 which is 82.35% age-graded.  According to the age-graded tables this would be like a 28-year-old male finishing in 53:54.  Or a 28-year-old female running 60:20.  Photos by Catherine Cross   (The article appeared in the Register-Guard but not the actual edition pictured.)

 

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Under 7 minutes/Mile Pace for Race No 37
The Ten Miler Eugene Oregon
Monday, October 1st, 2012
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Race director Ken Vendley and the Oregon Track Club  Masters put on a good race.  The Ten Miler held Sunday September 30 went off perfectly.  The course ran along the river and was mostly flat.  The weather was perfect and there was no wind.

There were 152 finishers.  I like the big races but I love these smaller races too.  Chris Yates (no 215) went out strong and finished first in 52:41.  Lots of runners told me that they ran good times on this course.  (If you are looking for a fast 10 mile race, put this one of your calendar.)

We had dinner with second place finisher and top Master runner Everett Whiteside on Friday night along with race director Ken Vendley.    Everett finished in 54:25.  We could tell he was ready to run well Sunday.

I tired to keep Trisha Kluge (a Ujena Fit Club member) in sight during the race.  We ran the first two miles together and at one point she pulled ahead 50 yards.  I closed the gap a little but she just keep pushing.  She finished in 69:05.  Thanks Trisha for helping to pull me along.

Just about 20 yards from the finish.  I placed 38th overall...first 60 plus.  I ran this race a little different than normally.  I liked to push it the first three miles but today I backed off a bit.  My legs were not totally fresh and I thought this was the right approach.  I hit the first mile in 6:39 and the second in 6:51.  At half way I was at 34:24.  I knew that I was going under 70 minutes which was my goal and maybe even 69.  But I slowed the last couple of miles.  My worse mile was 7:05.  I finished with 69:19.  I was happy with the time but I hope I can run this pace for the San Jose Half Marathon this Sunday. 

At the finish line was Joe Henderson, the Eugene Marathon director Richard Maher and Olympian Bridget Franek (steeplechase).  I really enjoyed talking with them.  It was great that they came out.

There are so many people in Eugene who love running and racing as much as I.  Always an honor when I am asked for an autograph.

Everything worked out so well in Eugene.  I am now 1:27 in total ahead of pace.  I have 13 races to go and I am really feeling that I can finish my 50 race challenge at under 7 minute/mile pace.  Thanks everyone for making our film crew feel so welcome.  photos by Catherine Cross

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Very Important Races Coming Up
I need to bank some time before Cabo
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
Talking running with Lots of Runners
Kauai was the perfect backdrop
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
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We had a full schedule when we were in Kauai (Aug 30 - Sept 3).  On Friday we spent the day with Gerry Lindgren.  We went out for a run.  Shot a lot of video footage and still images.  Then we sat down and talked for a couple of hours.  Gerry was and still is an inspiration for me.  That was Friday and just the beginning of all the things we would do for our film in Kauai.  Thanks so much to Jeff who invited us to his event...the fourth annual Kauai Marathon and Half was such a fun event.  He gave me number 50.

After speaking with JT Service at the fun run Saturday morning, we sat down and talked running.  (Photo with director Michael Anderson).  JT has run some outstanding times so far including a 1:07:40 half marathon.  He has a bit of an injury now but is planning on being ready to run our Double Road Race Dec 23 in Pleasanton.  What really sets JT apart is that he has gotten into race production.  His first year 408K race in San Jose earlier in the year sold out with 3000 runners.  The course is great and he plans to really grow it.  He had lots of good things to say.

 

We next sat down with Bart Yasso.  He is the current Chief Runner for Runner's World Magazine.  Bart has run many races over the years and back in 1998 he ran a 2:42 marathon.  These days he is running 1:56 half marathons but he has some leg issues.  We talked about a whole lot of things.  Bart was very candid about the roll Runner's World  is playing these days in helping to turn more people on to running.   Bart started working for Runner's World in 1988, three years after I had sold to Rodale Press.  We had only met once and it was brief before the San Francisco half marathon a couple of years ago.  He told us many things... all good stuff for our movie.  Thanks Bart for being so open and honest...

What was really cool, after I was giving the winning plate for being first in the 60-64 age group for the half marathon, Bart was right there to congratulate me.  Thanks Bart, that meant a lot.

Next up was 65-year-old Ron Pate from Honolulu.  He has been running as many years as me and he is still running well.  When he was younger he was running some really outstanding times.  Much better than me.  The next day he ran 1:34:41 for the Kauai half.   Now he did have the advantage because he set up the course and had run it all four years.  Ron has so much to say, knows many runners and is going to be a good addition to our film.   He and his wife are thinking about coming over for the Double December 23.

We had to talk with Dean Karnazes.  In 2006 he ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days.  His last marathon, New York was his fastest when he ran 3:00:30.  He has a great story and it is interesting to hear what he thinks about my challenge.  Besides his 50/50/50 he has done other things like run 350 miles without stopping.  He did his 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes.  I am spending one year to race 350 miles but I hope to finish in under 41 hours.  Most recently Dean ran across the US in 75 days.  That was in 2011.

Not all my running friends are world class athletes.  Shari and Chad are from Canada.  We met  when they ran the Ujena 5k in 2010.  The next year Shari ran the Double Road Race (aka Bob Anderson 15k Challenge) held in San Jose del Cabo.  They then joined the Ujena Fit Club and I got to know them.  They are fairly new to running but they love it.  They ran the half marathon the next day and finished just over two hours.  It was refreshing to hear how they are approaching running.  They will both be running the Double in San Jose del Cabo Oct 27 and are planning on doing our Double in Pleasanton.

It was a good trip.  The next day I ran the half marathon.  Now, wasn't that why we really came to Kauai?  I ran 1:37:30.  Then we took it easy and even had time to go to a hula that night.  On Monday morning before our flight, we drove up the coast and then drove up into the mountains.  It was beautiful there and we just had to capture some footage before heading back to the airport. 

 

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Training Run and Filming with Gerry Lindgren
We met up with Gerry on Friday in Kauai
Friday, September 7th, 2012
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I had never met Gerry Lindgren until Friday August 31 in Kauai.  Gerry lives in Honolulu and we flew him over for the day.  We did a training run which we filmed and then we sat down the talked about everything.  I can still remember the day I was glued to the black and white TV set when he beat two seasoned Russian runners to win the 10,000 meters at the USA-USSR Track Meet in Los Angeles.  It was July 25, 1964. 

I had started running in 1962 and watching Gerry win that race was so inspiring.  Just watching him pull that off gave me more drive.  Gerry had to be part of our movie.  I asked him and he agreed to meet up with us.

It is so beautiful in Kauai and Gerry said it is just as beautiful on Oahu too.  I have been there several times and I would agree.

We talked about so many things including how he beat the Russians on the day in July in 1964.

He also gave me some advice on how he would run the hills on the first half of the Kauai Half Marathon.  His advice really helped.

We mixed it up and ran in several locations.

Gerry was telling me about his 350 mile weeks.  Yes, I said 350 miles.  That's a lot of miles...

Mike and Catherine got it all on film.  After the run and lunch we sat down and talked for another hour.

We thought this was funny but maybe you had to be there.  Thanks Gerry for spending most of the day with us.  Good luck with your running.  It sounds like you love running just as much as ever.  Photos by Catherine Cross Ujena Fit Club

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An Hour with the Queen of Marathoning
Interview with Paula Radcliffe
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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I had never met Paula Radcliffe until tonight.  Paula is very down to earth.  We could have spoken for hours about running but as the sun set tears came to her eyes when I asked her about the Olympics.  Even through she has held the world marathon record for almost ten years, she has not won an Olympic medal. 

On April 13, 2003 Paula broke her own world record by almost two minutes when she posted 2:15:25 at the London Marathon.  No other woman in the world has run the marathon under two hours and eighteen minutes.  Paula has done it three times.  She also holds the current world record for the women's road 10k.  She ran 30:21 on Feb 23, 2003.

Paula came over to Palo Alto from England to have Dr. Amol Saxena fix her foot problem that took her out of the Olympics in London.

Paula wanted to know about my 50 race challenge and she offered some advice.  "That's a tough challenge and at age 64...," she said. 

I was so impressed and inspired by Paula.  She just loves the marathon and she can't wait to be able to race that distance again.  She shared so much with us.  What a great addition to our movie.  Thanks Paula.

She is going to be on crutches for six weeks.  She thinks that she will be running sub 2:20 marathons not too far down the road.  With her commitment to running, she will be back winning marathons before we know it.

Mike captured everything on film for "A Long Run."  On Thursday we are off to Kauai for the Half Marathon on Sunday.  On Friday I am running with Gerry Lindgren and then we are doing an interview with him.  Plus a lot of other really exciting things. Fun stuff...  I did see Dr. Hunt today for my back which seems to already be helping.  Sunday is race number 34 of the year.  With all this inspiration, I want to run well.  Photos by Catherine Cross

 

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run Good info on Paula, she is very inspiring. Be fast in Kauai, say hi to Dean K, he was here in KC running with us a couple of weeks ago.
Bruce Gilbert 8/29/12
run I was really hoping she would do well in the London Olympics and was sorry to see he hurt. She is a legend in London. Great pictures!
Roger Wright 8/29/12
Tough Race in San Deigo
My worse race of the Year
Sunday, August 19th, 2012
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The San Diego Half Marathon was tough for me.  I am just not running well when it is hot and humid.  Even through the marathon started at 7am it was already 73 degrees and the humidity about 77%.  By the time we finished it was about 80 degrees.  On top of this there is a mile long hill starting about 11.5 miles.  The course overall is beautiful and the organization was amazing.  Spoke with Neil Finn the race director who has been involved for all 35 years before the start and he is really on top of things.  I understand that this was the hottest day ever for this race.  Photo: finishing...I can't say I was sprinting in.  I didn't know him but number 251 just ahead of me was Alan White age 62. 

The day before Catherine and I drove the course and this is what you see looking towards the San Diego Bay and on the other side is the Pacific Ocean.  The race begins at the historic Cabrillo National Monument.  The sun had just come up when the race started the next morning.

There are some downhills the first five miles (along with some uphills the first two miles).  This is between three and four miles on the course.  I am not sure what really happen.  I just know my legs were feeling heavy starting about six miles, I lost focus, and then I hit the mile long hill at 11.5 miles.  Yet the winner, Tesfye Alemayehu runs 1:03:44.  Not as fast as what he did in Napa to Sonoma but still...

Here are my crazy splits: 6:52/7:10/6:48 (20:50 at 3 miles) There were about four solid hills and a couple of good downhills.  The next mile is mostly downhill and I ran 6:08.  Loved this mile.  I was feeling so good.  I was passing people and thinking that I was going to easily reach my goal.  Next mile was 7:07 and then we were in full sun with a little hill 7:27 (41:32 at six miles).  It was here my legs really started to feel heavy and I had lost focus.  My seven mile split was 7:38, then 7:45, 7:47 and 7:51.  My legs were dead and I was not racing any more.  My time at 10 miles was 72:33. This was still right at 7:15/mile pace.  My goal was still in sight.  During mile 11 and when I hit the one mill hill my legs started feeling like Jello.  I was even thinking about walking.  And it got worse.  Mile 11 split was 8:10.  Mile 12 was 9:21.  Once I got to the top I was able to pick it up just a bit but still my mile 13 split was 8:57.  And I finished in 1:40:34.  I almost walked across the finish line.  I spoke to the PR person for the race afterwards and she told me that this race should be the heart and sole of my challenge.  Why, because I didn't walk.  If I had, I could have lost at least another  another 10 minutes.  She is right.  When I crossed the finish line I could hardly stand...it was bad!

   

I changed my shirt, watched some of the runners come in, did some filming with Mike and Catherine, drank a bottle of Gatorade and ate some chips and I started feeling like a person again.  I think I have not been getting enough sleep.  This is going to change.

Mike got some good footage today for our movie.  Catherine got a lot of images.  But one thing we talked about is that I need to look carefully at my remaining races.  I have 17 races to go and I am only just over five minutes ahead of my 7 minute/mile goal pace now.  After 228.5 miles of racing I am averaging 6:59.   I am going to need to pick up the pieces and get focused.   I really want to reach my goal of finishing my 350 plus mile race challenge (50 races) at under 7 minutes/mile pace.   

I really appreciate all the people who are supporting me.  Ujena cover model Jodi and a good runner drove down from LA to have lunch with Catherine and I on Saturday.  I really want to make my challenge and all this support gives me more reason to do it.  I don't want to let you down. 

In closing I want to leave you with this image we took on Saturday.  This is at about 7.5 miles on the course.  This is how beautiful this course is.  Even through this is my worse race by time of the year I still want to stay focused that I did run a sub 7 minute 10k, a 7:15 10-miler but then I ran a 28:01 last 5k.  I did finished third for 60 plus (maybe second since I can't find any info on the winner of my age group) and 265th out of 8000 runners.  Update: I finished second in my age group.   Photos by Catherine Cross

 

 

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run Bob, it is crazy that we are still learning after so many races and so many years of racing. Maybe you spent too much of your savings running that 6:08 in the heat, I think that cost you later on. You can definitely hold your sub-7 pace at Indy Nov 3 where it will be cool and flat! You had to have your worst race at some point, just be glad it's done!
Bruce Gilbert 8/20/12
run I think everyone in sports has a bad day. You had a bad day. It happens.
Richard Stiller 8/20/12
run It is good you are getting all of the longer races out of the way. Bruce is right it will be much cooler moving forward. It was great to see you guys Saturday:)
Jodi Labossiere 8/20/12
run I think your doing great even with that time you beat my half time by 10 minutes :) Like everyone else said everyone has a bad day its going to happen exsepcially when you race every weekend. I have had a couple really bad runs this year and exspect to have a few more.
Steven Richardson 8/29/12
Falmouth Road Race No 32
Lots of Humidity but what a fun event
Monday, August 13th, 2012
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What an amazing trip back east.  I have not posted before because we didn't get back yesterday until 2 am.  Our plane from Atlanta was delayed a couple of hours.  I am going to post several reports from the east coast but I want to start with the Falmouth Road Race.  This was race number 32 for the year.  The race starts at 10am in Woods Hole near the drawbridge on Water Street.  It is a point to point course and finishes at Falmouth Heights Beach.  Tommy Leonard started this race 40 years ago.  We ran articles in Runner's World right from the beginning.  I have always wanted to run th is race.  That is what I like about doing this 50 race Challenge.  I am running races I have always wanted to run but never did. 

Above Photo: Finishing in 49:18.  Placed second for 60 plus.  61-year-old Mark Uliasz finished ahead of me running 46:33.  I was one minute behind me at three miles and he blasted me the last four miles. 

Mike and I was at the starting line when we met Sharon Vos.  One of the top 55 plus runners in the country.  Her sisters Honor and Shelley live out my way but since Sharon lives on the east coast we had never met.  They are the fastest triples on the Planet.  The rain had just stopped and as I told Mike, "it does not rain on our parade."   And it didn't.  But the humidity hit 94%.  It was not that hot but...

I hit the first mile in 6:46 even with a couple of hills.  Sharon was just ahead and I tried to keep her in sight but I didn't.  She ran about a minute faster than me with 48:07.  The first three miles have a lot of rolling hills.  Not the type of course even without humidity that works for me.  However, it was so beautiful and then it leveled out until a couple of hills in the last mile.   And there are people all along the route the last three miles.  Some places they are four to eight rows deep. 

I wanted to run under 49 minutes and I got 49:18.  I know I lost at least one minute because of the humidity which it is not normal for Falmouth.  Super runner Joan Samuelson at age 55 ran 43:44.  What an amazing performance.  This is 97.13% age-graded.  Joan was the winner of the first Olympic Marathon for women in Los Angeles in 1984.  She was so focused at the start...

76-year-old William Riley won his division by almost nine minutes.  He ran 51:54.  He started running forty years ago and that is when he first started reading Runner's World.  Good story...

The overall winner was Stanley Biwott from Kenya.  He posted 31:59.  This is 4:34 per mile.  Just not sure how these guys can run so fast in this kind of humidity and with the hills.  However, he was 51 seconds off the course record.   So maybe when I am thinking I was a minute slower than what I thought I could do is not that far off...

The last time I saw Rod Dixon was thirty years ago in Palo Alto during National Running Week, an event I put together when I was publishing Runner's World.  Rod was such a great guy then and just as nice today.  He had won the bronze medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in the 1500m.  He is from New Zealand but now lives in Los Angeles.  The year after I saw him in Palo Alto he won the New York City Marathon in a time of  2:08:59.   He had run a New Zealand national record for the half marathon with 1:02:12 in 1981.  He is now 62-year-old and he ran 53:45 yesterday in Falmouth.   I beat three super star runners in my age-group yesterday...Rod, Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter.  I think their 100 plus mile weeks in the past might have caught up to them...BUT it is great to see them still running. 

We set down with Bill Rodgers after doing a training run and spoke for more than an hour on Saturday.  Bill ran 54:06 the next day.  Bill and Rod loves running just as much as ever.  Frank and I had did not have a chance to speak but it appears he likes to at least jog.  He finished in 1:08:36 but at least he is still involved in running.  Frank was the official starter.  I wonder what you have to pay Frank to start a race these days? 

The gang along with Catherine Cross who took all the photos.  It was great working with my brother and Ujena Fit Club Coach Barry Anderson.  Mike ran the entire course with the Go Pro on his head.  He got some amazing footage.  He started off early and I met up with him (after he got footage of the runners ahead of me) just past the three mile mark.  He ran sub 7 minutes for a mile with me. 

This was one of my toughest races of the year.  I was still able to get under 7 minutes per mile but for sure the humidity cost me a minute or more.   I felt sluggish the whole way and if this had been a half marathon...it would not have been pretty.  I am 14:40 minutes ahead of pace after racing 215 miles.  I have 135 miles to go.  I am really concerned about the half marathon in Kauai coming up September 3rd.  There are hills the first seven miles and the humidity could be...Next race is this weekend in San Diego.  Half Marathon.  Some good downhills the first few miles but a tough hill in the last mile or so.  Photos by Catherine Cross

 

 

 

 

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run Falmouth is indeed a great race. The humidity was really dreadful this year. There have been other years with humidity as well, but I've never had this much rain beforehand as well. Was the wettest I've ever been, my feet as well!! Bob, I was also a minute slower than I wanted and that I ran 2 years ago. It's definitely the humidity!! It was indeed a pleasure meeting you in person and I'm glad I happen to glance over and recognize you!
Sharon Vos 8/15/12
run I am so glad we met too. It is amazing the effects on high humidity. I am thinking about running Boston in 2013 but there is no way I could have run 26.2 miles last Sunday. If you ever get out west, lets do a training run...all four of us!
Bob Anderson 8/15/12
San Francisco Half Marathon!
Race number 31 started in Golden Gate Park
Sunday, July 29th, 2012
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I was ready to break 1:32 this morning but I blew it with some slow early miles. (Lead Photo - at the start)  The first miles is mostly downhill and that was great.  I hit the mile at 6:30 and it felt pretty easy.  But my legs all of a sudden were feeling heavy.  My second mile was 7:10 and my third was the slowest of all.  I ran that one in 7:17.  There were a lot of marathoners on the course (they started at 5:30am) and I did have to slow a few times. 

After seeing 20:57 at the three mile mark and I knew I had to pick it up.  My next two miles were 7:03 and 6:48.   I really started feeling my hamstring tugging a bit at this point.  I am sure glad that Catherine massaged it the night before.

I am also glad I had put on a Hot patch before the start.  This kept it together and I am sure if I had not had on this patch, it could have gone south.  But it didn't.  I am going in for a massage on Tuesday to get it totally straighten out.

On this course they close down one road and then direct runners to another and then back and forth.  This way cars can get through.  I was about 20 seconds behind the guy I thought was in my age group but then I lost track of him when we had one of these breaks at about the 7.5 mile mark.  I didn't see him again until about a half mile to go.  It was too late to catch him.  He did tell me he was going for 1:32 and he ran 1:31:59.  I should have been there. 

My sixth mile split was 7:02 and then another 7:02.  I then hit 6:49 and feeling strong.  But I did not see the guy I was shooting for.  I think we hit some more hills and I slowed a bit to 7:08, 7:04 and then 7:11.  I looked at my watch and I knew that I needed to do something.  I ran 6:58 and 6:54 my last two miles.  And my last .1 was at 6:28/mile pace.  My final time 1:32:23.  I was 172nd overall and I was 20th age-graded overall. 

This was the fourth straight year I have run this half.  I beat last year's time by over one minute.  This was my second fastest time so far.  It is a good course but challenging.  It is tougher than Napa to Sonoma.  After 31 races I have raced 208 miles.  My average is 6:56/mile and I am 14:16 ahead of pace.   Photos by Catherine Cross

Mike along with his crew Waitman and Catherine are getting tons of good footage for the movie. 

 

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run Great job Bob at the SF Half. Only 19 to go!
Justin Wall 7/30/12
run Bob, way to hang tough in this one. Great age graded result too. By the way, how do you choose which half to run at SF?
Bruce Gilbert 7/30/12
run Like wise Bob...great run. Some how that number 19 seems to sound more manageable.
Barry Anderson 7/30/12
run Bruce, I run the second half in SF because it is not as hard as the first half...and 19 more does sound more manageable...only 142 more miles of races to go by Dec 31...at under 7 minute pace/avg..that's all
Bob Anderson 7/30/12
Update - Wharf to Wharf Six Miles
Ran 40:22 for race number 30
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
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Ran the Wharf to Wharf six mile race today.  It starts at the Wharf in Santa Cruz and goes to the Wharf in Capitola California.  I ran 40:22 which would be equal to a 41:53 10k.  This would be my best 10k since November 2009.  Maybe this racing nearly every weekend is working.  There were over 15,000 runners and walkers today.  It is a fun race and it is the type of course I like. 

Just got this photo from Sean Curry right at the finish line.  Thanks Sean...

I had not seen Monica since February.  She had been injured but that is behind her now.  She ran 37:44 today.  We are still planning on getting together for a hill workout for the film.

The top Ujena Fit Club member performance of the day was turned in by Giliat.  He ran 28:11 and finished sixth overall.  We are going to get together for a training run and then sit down for an interview.  Gil is going to be featured in our film.

There were some fine times run today.  Shadrack Kosgei was the overall winner in 27:20.  Risper Gesabwa was the female winner with 30:58.  16-year-old Vanessa Fraser was the local female winner.  She ran 35:15.  Mitch Moriarty was the local male winner.  20-year-old Mitch ran 30:19.

I finished 309th place overall in 40:22.  My splits were 6:23/6:39/7:02/6:46/6:54/6:37.  I lost focus in the middle of the race.  I should have been under 40 minutes. 

Michael and Catherine getting it all covered...

The day before it was 80 degrees in Capitalo.  This is from the pier looking back toward the hotel where we stayed.  The finish line is in front of the hotel.  On Sunday it was about 60 degrees...perfect running weather.

The race starts about 200 yards down the road from the the Giant Dipper.  It is a narrow start and if you want to ran a good first mile you need to be up front.  I was about five rows back and did not loose any time.

 

This is the kind of scenery we see along the route.  But when I am racing I don't really notice much of it.

I loved running this race.  But it is now Tuesday morning and they still don't have the results right.  I know this race does not do age-group awards and they seem to mainly care about the elites and then everyone else.  They don't need more runners.  It sells out and the course could not handle more runners.   However, they should get the results right.  I think results in the past have been correct but they used a new timing company.

Here is a photo of two "finishers" that came in about a minute before me.  Bob Warfield (7890) was second in my division.  They have his time as 39:28.  He is 69-years-old.  I am glad he participated but most likely he started more than an hour before me.  I have sent this photo to the timing company and to the race director.  69-year-old Virginia Delaney (4976) ran 30:29 as well.   The winner of my division Lonnie Applegate ran 34:56.  He is sixty years old.  We do not have a photo of him nor does he show up on our video.  The only Lonnie Applegate we can find on the internet is a 59-year-old guy living in Sacramento.  In his last race he did a 5k in 59:17.  What an amazing improvement.  Or it is another Lonnie who ran an amazing first race.   It would be nice to know what really happened.

Here is what I got from the timing company Monday July 23 at 2:25pm:  "We will look at the times that you identified.  We had runners jumping up and punching our antennas and that caused us to have some damaged equipment.  Not to worry though, we had 8 systems at the finish line for redundancy and we had 6 high-definition video cameras.  It would be virtually impossible for someone to get past the finish without us being able to identify them.  Check back in a few hours on the results site and let me know if your time hasn’t been corrected."

I am sure they will get the results right at some point.  This is a race I would recommend.  It is a beautiful course.  It is a fast course.  My Garmin did say it was six miles.  I can accept no age-group awards.  Not sure why they give out thousands of dollars to the elites and not even a ribbon for age-group winners but that is the way they do things.  It is also great that they raise a lot of money for youth sports.  That is so cool.  BUT they need to get the results right.  I race to get an offcial time.  And I want to know who in my age-group was ahead of me.  Enough said...

1pm Tuesday update: they have corrected the results and it looks like there were nearly 300 walkers who started early or jumped in.  I did not place 309th overall.  My corrected place is 266 which seems right to me... Thanks Scott and Kurt for taking care of this.

 

 

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run Why is Bob always around the pretty girls?
Richard Stiller 7/23/12
run Bob, you may have taken a short mental break during mile 3, but that conserved brain energy needed for a strong finish--great job!!
Bruce Gilbert 7/23/12
Not sure how I pulled this one off
Race Number 29 - 1:32:12 half marathon
Sunday, July 15th, 2012
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This race was really a concern because of the situations I have had the last two weeks.  I love the race and this was the third year in a row that I have run it.   There are some hills in the first few miles including a tough quarter mile hill right after the start.  For many, these hills really are not that big of a deal but for me it does slow me down.  I like to go out fast and today I hit the first mile at 7:04 which is at least 25 seconds slower than normal.  But more importantly, on Wednesday I could not even run a quarter of a mile and even through by Thursday I did do six miles at 8:41 pace I was beginning to think that 1:35 would be the best I could do.

The night before Michael wanted to capture some footage about the situations I had been having getting ready for this half.  We both decided that the only way I was going to be able to run well was to use the Pre method...run my guts out.  That was the plan.  I would be happy with 1:35 but my goal was to get under 1:33.  However, I was really concerned.  I like going into a race knowing I am ready.  I just was not ready...

But when the gun went off my legs felt good.  I was ready to race.  I went out hard but then got passed by 50 people on the quarter mile hill right after the start. 

I met Kathie Mcquire at a race last October.  We have seen each other several times at races and in fact she is being featured in our film.  She was about 120 yards ahead of me at some points but by the 7.5 mile mark (photo) I was just 60 yards behind.  She told me at the starting line that she was hoping to run 1:30.  I kept her in sight for 11.5 miles before I caught her.

Here are my splits: 7:04, 6:39, 6:50, 7:00, 6:49, 7:04, 7:07, 6:59, 7:24 (not sure what happened here), 7:02, 7:09, 7:05, 7:07.  Photo at the 7.5 mile mark with Katie just ahead.  My legs felt strong the whole distance. I was 69:58 at 10 miles.  I did my last three miles faster than normal.  Maybe the two weeks of "rest" helped?  My official chip time was 1:32:12.

It was great to see Catherine at the 7.5 mile mark and Michael (shooting video) at the 10 mile mark.  Then to also see Mary Etta Boitano Blanchard at the 8.5 mile mark.  All of this along with having Katie right ahead of me and Christine and Verity out front helped me today.  Plus I did have my perfect pre race dinner the night before.

At the finish with Katie just behind. 

I told Katie that I focused on her butt the whole way.  I could see her ahead of me for 11.5 miles.  Seriously, I knew she was trying to run 1:30 and by keeping her in my sights it really helped.  She has been injured and this was her first race in six months.  She ran well and won her age division.

The day before race director Matt went over the course with me.  I had run this the last two years but it was nice to get a good review.  I also feel that Matt's and crew warm welcome helped me get focused. 

I have been first in my age-group 19 of the 29 races I have run so far this year.  I hope to add more.

After the race we interviewed Mary Etta for our film.  She started running at age 4.5 and held many world records.  She ran the Bay to Breakers before women were even allowed to run that distance. Can you believe when I started Distance Running News (1966) women were not allowed to run more than a half mile.  She has a great story and at age 49 she loves running just as much as ever.  She has always been out at the 8.5 mile mark on this course to yell out words of encouragement to me the last three years.  Thanks Mary, you are such an inspiration!!!

Mary had a lot to say and we captured it all on film.

I won a bottle of wine, got a nice medal and a box of chocolate.  This is a fun event and I will be back.

Tesfaye Alemayehu was the overall winner.  He ran 1:02:37 which is a course records.  Amazing time...an amazing runner!  Very nice too!

57-year-old Christine Kennedy turned in one of the best performances of the day.  She ran 1:25:10 which is 95.85% age-graded.  She is being featured in our film and will be sharing her training secrets with us.

One quick shot with Verity and Lisa (who works closely with Matt on the race) and we were out of there.  On the way home stopped by a hamburger joint and wow that tasted so good...

 

 

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Working on the Back
A good improvement today
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
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I just have to get this back thing behind me.  Yesterday I just walked three miles and by the end of the day my back was not better.  I just don't have the time to waste.  So, I started off the day by having a deep tissue and trigger point massage by Asha at the Shawsu Workout Studio in Los Altos.  It is only about a mile from my house.

Asha has been doing massage therapy for 22 years.  I had just met her right after I took that fall a week ago Saturday.  She worked on me for one and an half hours.  She is good.

Since Catherine can not run right now because of a foot issue, she works out here three times per week.  Catherine introduced me to Asha who works out of this studio.

The charts on the wall of the massage room reminded me on how complex the human body really is.

Can you tell that I have been laying face down for nearly an hour? I felt so much better after this massage.

Then tonight Dr Hunt worked me in for a session with him.  He used his laser treatment for the first 30 minutes.  Then he did some adjustments on me.  I like his style and I felt some more improvements right away.

If I was not doing my 50 race challenge, I most likely would not have seen either Dr Hunt or Asha today.  And like many times in the past, something like this can get worse.  Over the last couple of years I have not been able to race at all for 4-6 weeks because I don't jump on the problem.  I am thinking I have gotten a handle on this.  I am not totally out of the  woods yet, but I know I am heading in the right direction.  Thanks Asha and Dr Hunt for working me in today.

 

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My Back is Not Good
...and I have a half marathon on Sunday
Monday, July 9th, 2012
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Last Thursday morning I felt a weird pain in my lower back (left side) but I didn't want to think much of it.  I had just run a 5k race in Morgan Hill the day before (20:24) and I thought it would be a passing thing.  I think this situation is related to the fall I took a week ago Saturday.   Thursday night I did a workout and I was able to get through it. I just pushing through it reaching my 30 miles for the week.  Now today it is worse than ever.  I only walked three miles today.  I could not run.  I have been putting heat on it. 

 I am concerned because I have a lot of races coming up including the Napa Half Marathon this weekend.  I am going in for a massage first thing in the morning.

This will be my third straight year running the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon.  It is a good course and some way or another I will be ready to race on Sunday.

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The Amazing Pina Family
Did an Interivew and Training Session
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
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I first officially met the Pina family at the Trailblazer 10k/5k race in Mountain View, California last September.  I had seen Jose Pina senior at some of the races over the last few years but we had not spoken.  I was waiting to pick up my award for the 10k and I noticed the Pina family.  Jose Pina won the 10k in 34:14 and Jose junior at age 14 had won the 5k in 17:07.  His 10-year-old brother Omar didn't run but you could tell that he wanted too.  This was truly a running family...the next time I saw them was at the All-Comers meet in Los Gatos last spring.  We told them that we wanted to feature their family in our movie "A Long Run."

Then we saw them in Morgan Hill at the July 4th race.  Jose Jr placed second over-all in the 5k running 15:49 and his 11-year-old brother Omar won the kids mile in a time of 6:55.  We wanted to find how more about this family and why are running so well.  We set up an interview and training run with them for the next day...July 5th at their house in San Jose. 

Trophies, plaques, medals and ribbons line most of one wall of their place.  Jose was the first master at the San Jose Half Marathon in 2011.  He ran 1:14:57.  In 2009 he ran 1:13:58.  Jose started running in 2003 while living in Mexico before moving to America.  Within a year he ran a 31:38 10k.  He nor his sons have ever been injured.  We wanted to know what they do...

For one thing, they have a very special diet which includes a morning "Pina Shake" which tastes great.  A bowl of cereal loaded with goodies about mid-morning and then lunch a couple of hours later.

They eat a very healthy diet and from what I tired it also taste good.  One thing they made up but was not finished before we went running was their beet tea.  I will try that Saturday when we get together again.

Then we went over to the Rose Garden, just a few blocks from their place, for our workout.  It was already getting dark, so we only did a little of what they normally do.  Everything they do is quality.  They start with a 5-10 minute warm up, they they run laps on the grass around the Rose Garden.  We only did one half mile loop.  They told me that they ran easy today.  We were running at 6:30/mile pace.  They normally run a minute faster per mile when they do their 10 laps.

The kids have many talents besides running.  They are very involved with their church and they like music. 

Jose running strong at the San Jose Half Marathon.  To get ready he would run 22 miles on Saturday at about 6:05/mile pace and then run the same course on Sunday in the same time.  As I mentioned in our interview, I wanted to know what was in that morning shake.

We talked for about two hours.  They shared a lot of great insights and we captured it all on film for our movie.  We are meeting up again tomorrow morning.  The light will be better to capture their unique training routine.   

11-year-old Omar Pina was the first to finish the 12 and under mile in Morgan Hill July 4th.  He ran 6:55.

Jose Jr. was right were he wanted to be at the half way point July 4th.  He went on to finish 2nd overall in 15:49, a PR.  Photos by Catherine Cross Ujena Fit Club

 

 

 

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run Very interesting--will watch for the rest of the report.
Bruce Gilbert 7/7/12
Half Done with my 50 Race Challenge
27 Races completed and I am ahead of pace
Sunday, July 1st, 2012
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My 50 race 2012 Challenge (A Long Run) is half over.  Overall it has been a very good six months.  I have completed 27 races so far and I am averaging 6:56/mile for my first 173 miles.  I have 177 miles to go.  Several of my up coming races are  half marathons.  I love this distance and I am planning on being real close to 7 minutes/mile or under on each of them.

It is ironic that 13 days before the start of my journey I fell and really messed up my knee and opened up a hole in my head that took over 60 stitches to close.  Jennifer the plastic surgeon on call at El Camino did an amazing job of sewing me up that December 18 afternoon.  In fact the scar right above my eyebrow is hardly noticeable now.  However, it took over a month for me to be able to bend my left knee completely. 

My first race January 1st was one of the hardest of the year.  I could not take a fall stride.  I hit the mile at 7:49 in the DSE 5k race in San Francisco and that was all I could do.  Somehow I was able to pick up the pace and finished in 22:19.  I was able to gut it out the last two miles.   But my goal for this challenge is to average under 7 minutes per mile.  To do this I need to run 5k's under 21 minutes, which I have been doing mostly.

Six months to the day (yesterday) I fell again.  But this time it was different.  I broke the fall and I rolled.  In December I hit my knee and then my head without breaking the fall.  Still not sure what happened that Sunday morning last December.  I was not running as fast yesterday and I almost didn't go down.  But I did, however nothing like before.  My right hip and left wrist is what hit first.  I should be 95% by Wednesday which is my next race.  But I was not ready to race this morning.  I can run easy and I am sure I could have somehow ran as good as what I did January 1st but I am not going to reach my goal running 5k's over 22 minutes. 

What is ironic is that I started off this challenge with a fall and doing a DSE 5k afterwords (but I did have several days to recover) and six months later I fall again and then canceled running a DSE 5k.  This is not a big thing, but I did have to cancel a race because of it.     

I want to thank everyone who has helped me these first six months.  You guys make this all worthwhile. 

 

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run Good attitude Bob, and I like the Rock The Parkway shirt!
Bruce Gilbert 7/5/12
A message from the Lucile Packard Foundation
Thanks for taking the time to send me an email Jose!!!
Thursday, June 28th, 2012
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I introduced myself quickly at last Saturday’s Packard Summer Scamper 5k/10k and just wanted to follow up with a note of thanks for competing in our event.  It meant a lot to me personally, and I know many others as well, to see an individual who has done so much for the sport participate in our budding community fun run.  I thought you might appreciate the attached photo that one of our photographers captured.  Thanks again for your support – and good luck with your 50-race goal! 

Jose Gordon, Senior Director Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

Thanks Jose.  I really enjoyed running your race and I plan on returning next year.   I am glad to hear that you have raised over $160,000 for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.  You guys have done so much for so many kids.  I hope I can do more.   I know you must be very busy and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate it for you to take the time to write me.  This means a lot to me.  Thanks for sending along the photo. 

Bob Anderson

 

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The course was certified before the changes!
Better to be safe than sorry
Monday, June 25th, 2012
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Update: June 28 - (This is now on their website.  This explains it all.  I am totally cool about this.  It was a six mile race.) 

"Please note that our courses were not USATF-certified, in order to avoid widespread construction on the Stanford campus. We chose to steer clear of the dust and heavy machinery to make for a better (and safer) running experience. This decision was made close to race day and we apologize for any confusion it may have caused."

Original Post -

It is not easy to put on road races.  We have put on several and there are so many things that can happen.  For one thing we are running on roads that are made for cars.  It is nice that runners are allowed to run or walk on most roads.  But roads have to be kept up for cars.  I guess in the case of the Packard 10k held last Saturday at Stanford, there was some construction that changed the course at the last minute.  A friend of mine Tom Knight re-measured the course and found it to be six miles.  This is what my Garmin recorded too.  At the last minute the course had to be changed because of some construction projects.  It was a very well run race and I plan on doing it again.

I was excited to get under 42 minutes for 10k and I really wanted it to be true.  But I just can not overlook the fact that this course was 2/10th of a mile short.  Many of my other races have come up long.  In fact, many by 1/10th including a certified half marathon known course.  Being long is one thing.  You don't adjust it.  It is just a little long.  But a 10k 2/10th short is just too much to overlook.  I am officially adjusting the length for my challenge.   However, the course was given a USAFT Certified number (#CA09026TK).  Do runners need to start wondering about the real length of a certified course? I hope not. 

In any case, I enjoyed running this race.   I officially finished 48th overall.  My time was 41:22 and I was the first finisher 50 plus.  I will be back next year.

 

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Race 27 this morning
I really needed this
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
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After not running well in Puerto Vallarta last Saturday I was being to wonder about my half marathon in Fontana.  Was it just one of those days that everything works? I had gotten in some extra miles this week (like 38 before the start of the 10k this morning) and I ate later than normal last night.  But this morning I ran my best 10k race since Nov 2009.  I placed 50th overall, first 50 plus and finished in 41:22.  I really needed this.

I battled with the third place female over the last two miles.

I had a chance to met and speak with the overall winner after the race. 

Met Ujena Fit Club member Gary Funck after the race.  He ran the 5k.

Another good day of filming.  Waitman, me and Michael.  Photos by Catherine Cross

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It was tough racing in PV
Races 25 and 26 are complete...half way
Sunday, June 17th, 2012
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The air is thick in Puerto Vallarta.  I knew I would loose some time in PV.  Plus the 15k Challenge by itself is not an easy race.  We ran the 10k at 7:30am and the 5k at 9:00am.  In the 10k I really felt heavy.  I ran 45:16 which is 7:18 per mile.  I really thought I could get under 44.  But I was able to come back and run 21:34 for the 5k which was 6:57/mile pace.  Overall I lost about two minutes toward my sub 7min/mile pace average.  Good thing I banked some minutes in Fontana.

Photo: first Ujena model in the 15k was Jodi, Monica and baby, Carlos and myself.  photo by Steve Manente Ujena Fit Club

Carlos Fernando set the World Record in the 15k Challenge running 49:15 (33:40 and 15:34) and Monica Solorzano set a new female 15k Challenge record running 55:02 (36:45 and 18:17).  Great performances plus many top age-group records too. 

 The Ujena team won the team event.  Our top runner was David Perez Merida finishing in 54:31 (36:03 and 18:27).

Photo: our oldest finisher in the Ujena 5k was 97-year-old Miguel Lopez (341) finishing with some of  our Ujena models.  I gave him the $50 I won for being our first photographer finisher to Miguel so he can get some new shoes.
 

Photos by Steve Manente Ujena Fit Club

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Fontana Half Marathon
Best race of the Year
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
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Everything worked today.  On Friday I had a fifteen minute back massage, got a lot of rest (even through we had to catch a plane at 6am), drank a lot of water, ate early (8 oz of steak, mash potatoes, and one mile stride at about 8 pm (first mile on the race course).  Did about a half mile warm up, got a good place at the starting line and I took in a lot of deep breathes before the start.  Ate a Glu, put one in my shorts, put on my Icy Hot, drank a little Gatoraide, some water and I was ready.

Photo: just a few yards away from the finish line.  I ended up running the best age-graded performance of any race ever!  87.95%...

This is my kind of course.  The first three miles is downhill, the next three is rolling downhill, and the last seven is straight and slightly downhill with a couple of bumps.  It is a fast course but you can easily blow it.  My legs were so sore at 10 miles I was actually thinking about walking.  But I kept going.  I finished 35th overall (first print out said 32) out of 1025 finshers.  I was third 50 plus and first 60.  My chip time was 1:26:27.  I ran 1:26:26 on the same course three years ago.   Here are my mile splits: 5:57, 6:06, 6:13 (18:16 three miles - 18:54 5k),  6:30, 6:24, 6:33 (39:01 10k), 6:34, 6:38, 6:33 (59:28 15k), 6:55 (64:23 10 mile), 6:52, 7:10, 7:02.

Right after the finish Catherine gave me two bottles of Gatorade and two bags of Fritos.  I added a banana, a couple of bottles of water and I was already feeling better.  Since then I have been eating a lot and taking in a lot of water.  This is very important after a hard race. 

After the race Diana Pacheco (a new Ujena Fit club member who I met here in 2009) and I shared times.  She ran 1:35:22...her 2nd fastest half marathon time.   It was nice to see Diana again.

This was the 57th Annual Fontana Half Marathon.  It was a perfect day for running.  About 65 degrees at the start and about 69 at the finish.  Plenty of water stops and the times were right on and out quickly.  Cash awards to the first finishers and the top three in each age-group got a special medal.  The t-shirt was really nice and the goodie bag was filled with plenty of food items.   photos by Catherine Cross

 

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Ran first race of 2013 yesterday
Good to be racing again
Sunday, January 27th, 2013
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It was good to be racing again.  I had not run a race since I finished my 50 race challenge on Dec 29.  I was really missing it.  Yesterday I ran the Mission Ten in San Juan Batista.  It is a tough course and I could tell I had not been getting in enough training.  I finished in 73:06 (7:18/mile pace) and was 66th overall (4th in the 60-69 division).  Last year I ran over two minutes faster.    Photo with Bobby McKee (he ran really well finishing in 66:31) and David Romero who finished in 71:06. 

I felt good before hitting the hills.  I ran the first mile in 6:09 and was at 20:12 at three miles.  Then I hit the hill and ran 8:30 for the next mile.  I keep saying I need to train more on the hills.  One of these days.  But today I did not have to worry about time.  I just ran because I love racing.  Because I love the people who I see at the races.  Just a fun time all around.

Less than a quarter mile to go...tough finish.  Our movie is coming along well.  We are going to be shooting a few more training runs, and interviews.  Plus we need to set up the opening shot which is going to be so cool.  We have nearly 100 hours of footage.  We will keep you up dated on everything.

It is so great to have the support of so many running friends.

 

Had to eat in the Mission Cafe just a 100 yards or so from the finish line afterwards.  This could be a great little town for a Double Road Race.  What do you think?  photos by Catherine Cross Ujena Fit Club

 

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run I did not run a race for four weeks...but. Now I am doing three races in three weeks. Mission ten, Kaiser half and 10k Love Run in. Monterey. Really love racing and being around runners...we are editing our movie!
Bob Anderson 1/30/13
It's Not Over Until It is Over
The Double was even more than I thought it would be
Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
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I have been waiting to write this until I made a final decision about what I want to do.  I went into the Double being down a total of 33 seconds.  I also went into the Double knowing that I could consider it one race with two legs or two races.  What I did not know until yesterday is that I am 1.2 miles short of my 350 miles.  A friend of mine brought this to my attention.  I am going to put together a two mile race this Saturday.  I am going to call it The Moody Two.  It is part of a course I used to run all the time in the 70's when we put on our weekly fun runs at Foothill.  It will be a point to point race limited to 20 runners.   It is going to be a fast course and I think I can run under 13 minutes.  We will start at 9am.  If you want to join me, let me know right away.  We will issue race numbers.  There will be no entry fee.  Email me.  bob@alongrun.com

At the half way mark of the 10k leg of the Double.  I really enjoyed our Double and the feedback we have been getting has been super.  Of course, it would have been nice to have had better weather... The mood in our Recovery Zone inside the Gym at Hart Middle School was electric.  Loved every minute of it.  We will be doing more Doubles soon...dates to be announced on Super Bowl Sunday at the Kaiser Half Marathon.

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Back on Pace...finally
I am now One Second in Total Ahead of Pace
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
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I wanted to be at least even when I step on the starting line next Saturday in Central Park (NY) and I did it.  I ran 42:50 today at the DSE Runner's Golden Gate Park 10k.  It was a tough course too.  I am now one second in total ahead of pace.  I have three races to go including the Ted Corbitt 15k Classic on Saturday.  I will need to run 1:05:07 for 9.3 miles or 7 min/mile to stay even.  I am hoping I can run 30 seconds to a minute faster than that. It would be nice to have a buffer before the Double in Pleasanton.

I have to admit, I was not totally ready for this race.  After picking up some sores on my feet from a training run in the rain last Sunday, I was not able to train well all week.  In fact, I ran twice and walked the rest of the time.  I should not have worn new shoes in the rain.  Things like this do happen.  It is just part of running.

Ujena Fit Club member Riya Suising really helped today.  Riya was about 20 seconds ahead of me at about the three mile mark.  I pushed that mile and caught him by 4 miles.  After passing the 5 mile mark in 33:40 I was dead.  Riya came by and said to try to hang on.  I did for about a half mile before Riya pulled ahead and beat me by 10 seconds.  I am sure I would not have been under 43 minutes today if Riya had not been there.  Thanks Riya for helping me reach my goal.

I am always checking my watch at the finish line...My splits today were rather odd.  And it is not because the distances were not right.  The mile markers and my Garmin were right on.  The hills are what made it a challenge today.  First mile, 6:46, second mile had a long hill 7:02, third mile was rolling 6:52, I loved mile four all downhill 6:14 (anyone who has run Bay To Breakers know this hill), fifth mile was rolling 6:47, and then the sixth mile...all uphill and even mud near the end 7:47.  Maybe that 6:14 was a little too fast?

   

This challenge is coming to an end.  It has been great working with Waitman, Michael and Catherine (who is taking the photos and doing all the paperwork).  Before long we are going to have our weekends free again.  This has been a real adventure and the time has just flown by.  It is sad to see this challenge coming to an end...but I am already looking forward to the next one.  I still have three races to go...I have to stay focused to reach my goal.

 

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run Bob, what an incredible journey and adventure this year--thanks for sharing it with us. Hopefully a lot of your weekends will get booked up next year, and MAYBE a marathon????
Bruce Gilbert 12/9/12
run Great job. If it were easy, it would not have bee a worthy goal. This prize will have your name on it soon.
Steve Gilbert 12/9/12
run Great race Bob after a week of light training.
Bill Dunn 12/9/12
run Super race Bob, NYC here he comes!
Barry Sackett 12/10/12
Picked up 50 Seconds today
My new shoes helped
Saturday, December 1st, 2012
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One of many things I have enjoyed about this challenge is meeting so many new people along the way.  Today after the race I met Ivan Medina (photo above)  He is a new member of the Ujena Fit Club and he loves our site he told me.  He is running the CIM marathon in the morning and hopes to break 2:25.  His next race after that is the Double where he hopes to run under 32 minutes for 10k and under 16:00 for the 5k leg. 

One thing that really helped was that I got in a good warm up before the race.  Here running on the trail by the starting line.

I got a couple pairs of new adidas shoes this week including a light racing flat.  It is just 6oz. Wow, I liked the feel of these new shoes.

I didn't go out as fast as I normally do. I hit the first mile in 6:43.  I was feeling pretty good but my legs did not feel fresh.  However, my breathing was better than what it has been. 

I ran the second mile in 6:40 and then the third mile in 6:46.  I was feeling good but not strong.  Last year I ran 20:36 on this course.  I picked it up the last mile.  Today I finished in 20:52.  I was 18th overall and first 60 plus. 

I met a lot of runners today including these girls from ClubSport.  ClubSport is one of our Double Road Race sponsors.  They will be at the Pleasanton Double Dec 23.

We have been looking for a Santa Claus runner and sure enough we found him.  Santa and his family will be with us at the Pleasanton Double.

And just as we were leaving these two girls told me they are running the Double too!

It was a wet weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We need the rain but it does make it tough for us runners.

And even tougher on the race directors.  Mark, from On Your Mark, is working with us on the Pleasanton Double.  He has lined up a super flat and fast course for us.  Thanks Mark...I need a fast course for my last races. 

 

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run Way to go Bob! You are doing the deal.
Barry Sackett 12/1/12
run Great job. You have the plan in hand.
Steve Gilbert 12/1/12
Race 43 Second Best 10k of the Year
San Jose Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
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This is the best way to start off Thanksgiving morning.  My family has been doing this for the last six years and we just love it.  I ran the 10k and finished in 42:19 which is 6:49/mile pace.  Felt good.  What really helped was when a friend of mine JT Service (next to me on the right at finish) came up to me at four miles.  Just two miles to go he said.  I hung with him to the finish.

I am now just 1:47 in total off pace.  I have seven races to go.  My next race is the Run WIld For A Child 5k in SF on Sunday.  Catheirne and I are leaving for the city (SF) and we are going to spend the weekend.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  I will post more later...

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run Great run Bob!
Barry Anderson 11/22/12
run Good to see you today Bob. Great race!! I think we represented the Ujena Fit Club quite well.
Bill Dunn 11/22/12
run Great Race Bob, you have a fan club in Okoboji, Iowa!
Barry Sackett 11/25/12
Ran my last half Marathon of Year
Just nine more races to go!
Sunday, November 11th, 2012
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Okay, I did want to run a little faster and I was on pace for eight miles (6:58 pace at that point)  but I slowed down and ran 7:17 to 7:21 miles for the last five miles.  I didn't fall apart, I didn't feel like I didn't have the energy, I just slowed down.  It is easy to loose focus.   This was my 12th and last half marathon of my challenge.   I ran 1:33:34 which is 7:07/mile pace.

At the Humboldt Half Marathon Pam Kennedy (pictured above with me) and I ran several early miles together.  It was one of those times when you don't say anything but we just connected as two runners pacing off of each other.  She blasted me the second half.  Today we didn't run together but "official" met at the finish line.  She ran 1:31:47 today.  Glad to have Pam in our Ujena Fit Club.  Great way to stay in touch...

Photo is at about the half mile mark.  Wished I would have stayed with Emily Wistar (503) She ran 1:29:23.  When I was younger it seemed easier to hang on to runners.  For some reason it does not seem easy these days.  But that is probably because I am not in that good of shape.  Resting does not get you in top shape in my book.  I know that many of your disgree with this comment but that's how I feel.  I do about three easy days per week and only one hard day...my race.

Both 72-year-old Hans Schmid and 60-year-old John Hirschberger will be featured in our movie.  Hans ran 1:35:35 and John 1:29:56 today.  Always fun to talk and compare notes after a race. 

Looking at my watch at the finish told me that I am now 3:29 in total behind pace.  BUT I can make this up I think.  I mostly have 5ks and 10ks left.  Before heading off to New York for the Ted Corbitt 15k classic Dec 15, I have two 5ks, three 10ks and a four miler.  For those six races I should be able to be under 7 minutes/mile pace at an average of 45 seconds per race.  That is 4:30 OR before going to New York I will be a minute ahead of pace.   5k at 7 minute pace is 21:42 and 10k is 43:24. 

I am not saying that in New York it is going to look like this picture on Dec 15 but it could.   The 15k course itselft according to the New York Road Runner's Club Chairman George Hirsch has some hills.  It might be tough to average 7:20/mile under these sort of conditions.  Which would be a negative three miles or before the double I could be two minutes down.  I need to have more of a buffer before going to New York.  The best I could do at our Double in Pleasanton Dec 23 (my last two races - it is one race with two legs but for my challenge I do count it has two races) would be something like 1:30 under pace in total.  Wow, this is going to be close...stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

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Talking with Dave Zimmerman
We interviewed Dave on Saturday
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
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Dave Zimmerman and I were just 17-years-old when I told Dave on a bus headed to a high school cross country meet that I was going to start a magazine about running.  Dave worked with me for one year before we both went off to college.  I went to Kansas States and Dave to Missouri.  I got busy with the magazine and 40 years went by.  We sat down on Saturday and Dave talked about Distance Running News. (lead photo...Dave and I when we were 17...we look pretty young to be starting a running magazine don't you think?)

Dave and I are both 64 now.  Even through we had not seen each other for over forty years we still have that bond that brought us together in the first place.  We were both runners in high school.  Our cross country team coached by Coach McGuire was first at regionals and second at state.  The team that beat us at team we had beaten at regional.  Dave and I were second and third at state on our team.  In track Dave ran a 1:51 half mile.  My parents moved to England my senior year and Dave's family had me stay with them to finish high school.  I will never forget this.  If I had gone to England I am sure I would not have started my magazine...

It is only fitting to be in front of Redwoods when Catherine is setting him up for the intereview.  Dave majored in forestry in College and is still currently working in that field.

Director Michael setting up the shot.  Waitman was on the second camera.  Catherine took still images.

Dave and I have so many good memories when we were in high school.  Dave's running ability got him a full college scholarship.  And my love of running got me into the magazine business.

I just had to take Dave to my Burger place after the interview.

Dave and I hung out at a similar place in Overland Park.

We could have talked for days.  So many great stories for our film.

After lunch Catherine, Dave and I drove to Santa Cruz, then the beach and finally to the Moutain House for dinner.  What a great day.  Dave and I agreed that we are going to stay in closer contact.  Forty years was just too long... photos by Catherine Cross

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run Looks like you had a great weekend! You're almost there!! On a side note, I am thinking you should buy Burger Town ;)
Jodi Labossiere 11/8/12
13.1 Miles through the Redwoods
Dealing with some issues getting ready
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
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I love running through the Redwoods.  The half marathon course we are running is the Ave of the Giants course I ran in May.  I ran 1:32:47 then and am hoping to run as well or better on Sunday.  Catherine and I are leaving Friday about noon. This way we can get up there and relax.  I want to go into this race with fresh legs. 

One situation that I need to get a handle on is a sore I have on the top of my right foot.  It just appeared after an easy walk/run last Monday.  I took off my shoe without feeling anything and there it was.  It doesn't look like much but it really hurts if I tie my shoe over the top of it.  I have changed the way I am lacing up my shoe and I also flip up the tongue so it does not touch it. 

This doesn't look like it would be that big of a deal but it is.  This was taken before the start of the 5k last Saturday.  It is still sore to the touch.  Weird.  Just another situation to deal with.  I hope that during the next three days it will just heal.

I have 11 races to go.  It has been tough but I am  going to reach my 7 minute/mile goal average pace.   I could loose some ground on Sunday but as long as I average 1:33 for this half and Clarksburg Nov 11, I should be okay.   But because it is going to be so close, I did have to take the Cabo Double off my official race calendar.  I will run that Double Oct 27 but not officially for my challenge.  It is just too hot there and I am going to be on my feet for three days taking photos leading up to the races.  I replaced these two races with the Campbell race I did last Saturday and a 4 mile race I am doing in San Francisco Dec 2.  One issue is that I am racing 5k on Dec 1.  I will  just have to deal with it.  I am running out of time...

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run Good luck on your race Bob.
Richard Stiller 10/20/12
run Bob, stay strong. You've got the experience/strategy and a great team to hit your goal tomorrow. Best of luck - Gary
Gary Funck 10/20/12
Lost some more ground today
Race number 38 - San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon
Sunday, October 7th, 2012
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I really wanted to run 1:31 half today but I didn't.  We ended up getting to the race with only thirty minutes to spare.  There wasn't enough time to do a warm up.  We were rushed.  But I started off okay.  My legs were feeling fresh at this point.  I hit the first mile in 6:26 followed by 6:41 for the second mile.  I was feeling a little outside my comfort zone however.  I had just raced ten miles last Sunday and other than some slow running and walking during the week, I just didn't do any real training in between.  I felt like I was missing the training.  My third mile was 6:56.  But I was under 20 minutes for three miles and still hanging in there.  But I was not myself.  I had not gotten enough sleep the last two nights.  I was sleepy tired but I was holding my own.  My next mile was 7:07 and then 7:05 and 7:07.  Certainly not what I wanted but I was still under seven/mile pace when I hit the 10k mark.   But other runners were beginning to pass me...

Normally I would surge and get back in control.  Or I would hang on to someone for awhile.  But I just didn't have the energy to do it.  I was just plain tired.  This was not going to be my day.  I had seven miles to go and I was already thinking about 1:35 not 1:31.  That didn't help.  Mile seven was 7:21.  But it wasn't like I was falling apart.  It was weird.  I had a GU packet with me I started taking it slowly over the next mile.  My next mile was 7:20, but then I dropped back to 7:34 for the next mile.  I just was not myself today.  At this point I decided to try to pick it up.  I could not afford to run another bad race like San Diego.  Mile 10 was 7:22, then I brought it down to 7:17.  Just two miles to go.  I am now thinking I can get under 1:35 but mile 12 was not an a tough mile.  I ran 7:32.  Just one mile to go.  I knew I had to pick it up.  I dug down deep and ran 7:11 for mile 13.  I finished in 1:34:39 and placed second 60 plus. 

Jodi was up for the weekend.  She ran her best half ever.  She finished in 1:57:59.  We talked afterwords about the race.  "Wished we would have left 30 minutes earlier for the race.  There was way too much rushing around.  I know I needed to be more focused to race well," we were saying.

We filmed it a little different this time.  Waitman covered the start, the 4-mile mark and the finish.  Instead of filming, Mike ran the half finishing in 1:45:19.  Then he got one of the camera and did some interviews.  Catherine did mostly still images at the same spots. 

I am now in a pickle.  I am 1:31 in total behind for my challenge.  I have 12 races to go and 78 miles.  Two of the races I have planned are half marathons.  I also have two doubles scheduled which can also be counted as four races (two 10Ks and two 5ks).  One of the Doubles is in Cabo where it is going to be hot.  And where I will be on my feet for two days taking photos of Ujena bikini models.  The other Double is the Pleasanton race.  That for sure is going to be race number 49 and 50.  I am going to have to closely look at these remaining 12 races.  I know I can still make my goal but I am going to need to make some changes I think.  Stay tuned...and thanks for your support!  photos by Catherine Cross

 

 

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More Eugene Trip...
Did a lot the last three days of Sept
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
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There are lots a great places to run in Eugene.  Friday I ran along the river near the Pre Trail.  On Saturday morning at 8am I met up with The Hackers.  It is a group race director Ken put together.  Not sure where the name came from because they all seem to be very talented runners. 

Talking with Ken and Trisha Saturday morning.  Trisha recently joined the Ujena Fit Club and told me she would be running the Ten on Sunday.  Her goal was to break 70 and she offered to help me get under that mark too.  She quickly found out that I do like to surge from time to time.  "We are at 6:20 she yelled out."   Then we hit a short little hill at 2.5 miles she pulled ahead.  But I kept her in sight the rest of the way which helped.  Trisha finished 14 seconds ahead of me in 69:05.  At a couple of points I thought I could catch her but she just kept going...good job Trisha!

 

We were off on our 5k easy training run.  At some points we were running 6:45 pace and we had to slow it down.  There is so much energy in the air it is hard to not speed up.   However, most of us were running The Ten Miler the next day and I know I didn't want to over do it.  It might have been more than what I should have done but I still hit my goal the next day.  Plus I just really enjoyed getting to know the Hackers.

Trisha and I are all set to race the Ten in the morning and Ken is ready to make sure everything goes smooth for his race.

Trisha is a massage therapist.  Just before leaving I told her my back and hamstrings were tight.  She showed me a couple of good exercise.

Then we headed over to Hayward field.  On Friday we couldn't get on the track because the team was working out but we would able to get in on Saturday for a few minutes.

The track felt so fast.  This was the same track where Mo and Gallen qualified for the Olympics.  It was exciting to run a lap.

In front of the steeplechase pit.  Later we would meet Bridget Franek who made the Olympic team and made it to the finals in Olympics for the Women's Steeplechase.  She works at the Eugene Running Company.

After getting what we wanted, we headed over to the Eugene Running Company.  Joe Henderson's running group run from there several days a week.

The Eugene Running Company has lots of things on display.  When we were in Kauai, Gerry Lindgren had mentioned the early issue of Runner's World cover he was featured.  And there it was.  Very worn along with photos of Pre and his coach Bill Dellinger. 

How could we not go over to the Nike store near by.  Barry, Michael and I picked up a Pre shirt.  All that we had left to do was rent a bicycle for Mike so he could get footage of the Ten.  Then I picked up my number at the hotel and got off my feet.   After writing all of this, I now know why my legs were not totally fresh.  But there was not a thing I would have changed.  Loved it all and I ran 69:19 the next day.    Photos by Catherine Cross

 

 

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Hanging Out With Joe Henderson
We spent Friday Sept 28th with Joe in Eugene, Oregon
Monday, October 1st, 2012
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Our trip to Eugene Oregon was everything we thought it would be and more.  We arrived very late Thursday Sept 27th.  The next morning we met up with Joe Henderson at his house.  Joe was my editor of Runner's World magazine from 1970 to 1977.  Before that he started writing for me when I called the magazine Distance Running News.  After 1977 he was our West Coast Editor and we published articles in every issue.  Don't know why, but we had not hang out much for 35 years.  We spent most of Friday with Joe and had lunch with his wife Barbara.  They really work well together.

Joe and Barbara at their house.  We talked about so many things and like always Joe has so much to say.  We captured it all for our movie.

There is so much history between Joe and I.  There were only a few marathons when we first started working together.  The Boston Marathon had less than 1000 runners.  Things have changed....

Joe and I looking at Pre's Trail map after lunch.

 

After lunch we went over to the Pre trail.  Steve Prefontaine was a world class runner in the '70s.  There has been a least two major movies made about his life.  On May 30, 1975 he crashed his car and was killed.  He died way too young.  There were so much more he wanted to do.  But his legend lives on.  Joe currently has a calf problem but we walked some of the trail dedicated to Pre.

I got so inspired that I just had to run on Pre's trail.  Even through I would be racing on Sunday I just couldn't hold myself back.  I am sure I was running sub 6:45 pace.

Then we visited Pre's Rock where he crashed his car.  Chills ran up and down my spine just being there.  Even after 37 years runners come here and leave race numbers, shoes and other things.  As we were packing up everything to leave I saw a woman in her garden near by.  I asked her if she was living there the night of the crash.  She was living there and in fact her husband was the first on the scene.  She called 911.   She shared some information with us that we had not heard before...

Thanks Joe for spending most of Friday with us.  It was a total pleasure...

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Oyster Point 5 Miler
Just 14 races to go
Monday, September 24th, 2012
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I think it was Bill Rodgers who said that you just know in the first 20 yards if you are going to run a good race or not.  Yesterday was like that for me.  I just could not shift out of third gear.  But I pushed as hard as I could considering how I was feeling.  I had written down on a yellow pad that I wanted to run 34:10 (I had mentioned on Facebook that I wanted to get under 34) and I finished in 34:19.  Glad it was not a longer race.  That is not that far off from what I wanted but as close as this is going to be every second count.  It just was not a good feeling race.  Good sure why.

What was really cool about this race was the setting.  We ran on the Bay Trail through Oyster Cove Marina in South San Francisco. The bike path was a little narrow and I was glad there were only a 100 runners or so.  It was hard to pass some runners but not too bad.  Near the starting line there were a couple of old cars parked.  I hope the owner didn't mind that I used the his front bumper to stretch.

We are meeting lots of runners with interesting stories along the way.  76-year-old Geores Buttner has done some interesting running adventures.  When he turned 66 he ran 2200 miles solo.  He started in Chicago  and six months and six days later he finished in Santa Monica.  He would drive his van which was his home out six miles and leave his bike.  He would drive his van back to the starting point.  He would run six miles to his bike, then ride his bike back to his van.  He ran on route 66.  His view points on doing challenges sent chills up my spine.  Geores is a very inspiring guy...and will be profiled in our movie.

That's my brother Barry and Catherine talking about something.  Barry came out on Saturday and will be with us when we travel up to Eugene on Thursday. 

Just not looking very relaxed right from the beginning.  Ran 6:39 for the first mile and mile three and four were 7:02 and 7:05.  I was able to bring mile five down to 6:42 however.  Bring on Eugene... I would like to hit the five mile mark of the 10 at just about this time.

Mike and Barry got some good footage...

Waitman setting up a shot...

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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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Back on Pace
End of Summer 5k Race Number 35
Sunday, September 9th, 2012
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I am back on pace.  I am right at 7min/mile pace after 244 miles of racing.  I have completed 35 races and I have 15 to go or 106 miles.  Today I ran the End of Summer 5k in San Jose and finished in 20:58 or 6:46/mile pace.  I have not raced this distance since July 4th and it felt a lot different.  Unlike a half marathon there is not time to makes changes in race strategy.  I was hoping to get under 21 minutes and I did it.

For some reason I lost focus during mile two and ran 7:01.  I picked it back up but the damage was done.  I was hoping secretly that I could run 20:30 but I just did not have it today.  I knew after 20 yards that it was just going to be a sub 21 minute day at best.

My son-in-law Justin ran today too.  He finished 4th overall in 19:15 and first 40 plus.  With some more training I think he will be running under 18 minutes soon.

I have known Michael King for over 20 years.  We have raced against each other in tons of races over the year.  I tried to stay with him today but I just didn't have it.  He beat me by about 30 seconds.  Michael is a member of the Ujena Fit Club.

The race directors are Emory (pictured) and Juana.  This is only their third year and they put on a good event.  I will be back and next time will probably run either the 10k or the half marathon.  I love the big races I have been running but I enjoy our local races too.

Our crew at the race Justin, Mike, me and Waitman.  Catherine taking the photos.  I am not running next weekend.  We are going to Disneyland with Justin and Lisa and the Grandkids.  The next weekend is a 5-miler in San Francisco, then we are off to Eugene Oregon for a 10 miler and then the next Sunday is the San Jose Half Marathon...

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Race 34 Kauai Half Marathon
It was tough but beautiful
Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
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The Kauai Half Marathon has to be one of the world's most beautiful half and full marathons in the world.  But it is a tough course.  This is not a course to PR on but you will have a blast when you run it.  You have to put it on your bucket list.  I finished 52nd overall in the half with a time of 1:37:30.  Won a nice medal and one of the best awards so far...a plate for placing first 60-64.  I spoke with a lot of people about the course ahead of time, we drove it twice, ran some parts of it and I am glad I did.  I normally go out fast.  In fact at the San Diego Half just two weeks ago, I was under 45 minutes at the half way point.  I hit the half way point (6.5 miles) at about 51:30 on Sunday.  I was concerned but I was ready for the downhill section.

 

The Kauai Marathon and Half ws created by Jeff Sacchini four years ago.  He was one of three people who gave me advice about the course.  It climbs for nearly 900 feet the first seven miles and then finishes along side the ocean.  "Run the first half easy and then make it up the second half," Jeff told me on Saturday. Thanks Jeff for inviting me.  We had a blast and we got great footage for our movie.  Your staff is amazing and the support you get from the community is impressive for a new event.

On Friday we met up with 66-year-old Gerry Lindgren.  He came over from Honolulu for the day so we could do a run and talk.  He is being featured in our movie since he inspired me so much back in 1964 when he bet the Russians in the USA USSR track meet at 10,000m.  When he was in high school he broke 14 minutes for 5k.  More about Gerry in a later blog.  We drove parts of the course, and he gave me some good advice.  "Just focus on certain points as you run up the hill making each one a finish line.  Once there, focus on another point until you reach the top," Gerry said.

JT Service won the first Kauai Marathon.  Besides being a good runner (he does have an injury right now) he has gotten in to race production.  Last April he put together the 408K Race in San Jose and sold out at 3000 runners.  During our interview for the movie, JT also gave me some advice.  "Make sure you don't burn up too much the first half," he said.

Ron Pate lives in Honolulu and certified this course.  I was glad he was not in my division (60-64).  He is 65 and in the next division.  But he would be the one to beat 60 plus.  He thought he would be under 1:35 this year.  Last year he has run 1:32:15.  "It helps to know this course," he told me.  "Don't panic if you run over 9 minutes for mile 5 to 6.  I have only been under 9 minutes once in four years," Ron told me.

I followed everyone's advice and it helped so much.  I ran the first half in 51:25 and the second in 45:18 plus 47 seconds for the last .1 and that all equals 1:37:30.   I never run like this and I am sure I would do better next time around.  I was hoping to make up another two minutes the second half but it just didn't happen.  I finished first 60-64 and second 60 plus. 

Right after the finish.  My last two miles on Sunday were 6:52 and 6:49.  Just two weeks ago in San Diego my last two miles were 9:21 and 8:57.  Of course in San Diego there was a mile long hill.  I was concerned with these two half marathons.  I did not do as well as I wanted but it could of been worse.  I am now 43 seconds over my 7 minute/mile pace goal but I can still make it up. 

We spoke with the marathon winner Tyler McCandless after the race.  He set the course record last year posting an amazing time of 2:23:21.  The full marathon course is tougher than the half.  Tyler was toasted after the race.  The rain and wind just made things tougher this year for him.  But he still won in 2:23:52.  What an amazing athlete.  He lead from the start.  "The aloha spirit of the race is unrivaled," Tyler said.  There were a record 1829 participants in the two races.  Runners came from 45 states and 15 different countries.  Photo by Catherine Cross Ujena Fit Club

 

 

 

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Working on Issues
Need to run a good Half in Kauai
Friday, August 24th, 2012
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Have really been thinking of all the things that I need to improve before my next race...the Kauai Half Marathon Sept 3.  For one thing, I have to get my right hamstring back to normal.  I went to see massage therapist Angelica Salgado at the Shawsu Fitness Studio in Los Altos.  We started off doing some stretching, then an hour massage with stretching and we finished it off with some more stretching.  That was yesterday and I am feeling better today.

After looking at this photo it reminds me that I also need to get rid of that belly fat.  Those extra 3-5 pounds are costing me time.  Thanks Angelica for working with me.  And for sharing your thoughts about why that 30 minute massage I had the day before San Diego probably was not a good idea.   We will need to speak with you more about that on film...

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run BOB, now you are starting to understand why I have stretching every day with my posts.
Bill Dunn 8/24/12
run I need to do more stretching like what you are doing Bill.
Bob Anderson 8/24/12
Bill Rodgers Is so Inspiring
We spent last Saturday morning with Bill in Falmouth
Thursday, August 16th, 2012
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There were four exciting highlights on our trip to Boston last weekend.  (Photo: running the interviewing Bill Rodgers on Saturday in Falmouth was so exciting.) First was my training run with Roger Wright on Thursday (August 9) in Boston.  We did a four mile training run along the Charles River.  Roger has an amazing story.  Before he found running he weighed 318 pounds.  He could not run more than ten yards.  Eleven months later he had dropped his weight down to 163 pounds and he ran the Boston Marathon.

Roger has run three Boston Marathons and several others.  He is now interested in not just finishing road races but he wants to improve on his time.  His story is very inspiring and we are glad to have him part of our movie. 

Friday morning we met up with Jack Fleming at the B.A.A. offices in Boston.  I have to say it was amazing to see everything on display.  Jack let me hold the Boston Marathon official cup.  It gave me chills.  Very few people have held this cup and I felt honored to have it in my hands.

Jack had me sign the official book near the front door.  The names among the pages brought back so many good memories I have of the oldest annual marathon in the world.  The first race, run in 1897, included only 15 male runners.  There is nothing like the Boston Marathon.

Our one hour interview with Jack was one of our best yet.  He has so much to say and he says it so well.  There are so many exciting stories surrounding the Boston Marathon and other events the B.A.A. sponsors.  Our segment on the B.A.A. and the Boston Marathon for our movie is going to be so good. 

In one of the many cases is Mutai bib from the 2011 race.  This is the race on April 18, 2011 that Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya ran the fastest marathon ever run.  He ran 2:03:02. 

Next Jack showed us the library.  They have a collection of Runner's World magazine dating back to 1971.  I first started writing to Jock Semple in 1967.  Jock was a key person in the B.A.A. at that time.  Jock was the race official that attempted to remove Kathrine Switzer from the race in 1967 when women were not allowed to run the Marathon.  The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines.  Actually  Katherine was not the first women to run the Boston Marathon.  The year before Bobbi Gibb ran the race without a number. 

Just being in the offices and speaking with Jack I got so inspired.  I have not run a marathon in 30 years.  I told Michael that my body does not like races over the half marathon.  But before we left I asked Jack what he thought about me running next year along with Mike.  He thought it was a great idea.  So, after I finish this 50 race challenge, Mike and I plan on being on the starting line in Boston next April.  My goal would be to run 3:20 or better which should be good enough for five top in my age group.

After visiting with Charlie at the Bill Rodgers Running Center we had lunch.  Mike, Catherine, me and Barry really enjoyed Boston.  The fish, lobster and Boston Clam Chowder is so good.  After lunch we headed to Falmouth.  It rained most of the way and it took over three hours to get there.  We called it a night.   We met Bill Rodgers the next morning for a training run.  As we were waiting, Craig Virgin came by and we had a good chat.  I had not seen Craig since he came out for National Running Week we sponsored 30 years ago in California.  Craig was an amazing world class runner.

Bill and I did a three mile training run (which we filmed) in the rain.  After that we sat down for an hour.  Bill has so much to share, so many great stories, and so much good information.  We are so excited to have Bill part of our movie.   The next day, we both ran the Falmouth Road Race.  Bill had won the race three times in the past. 

Michael and I have wanted to make a running film for years.  I am really enjoying working with Mike most every weekend.   His vision is happening.

This project is bringing so many people together.  My brother Barry lives in Manhattan Kansas and we just have not seen much of each other for 25 years.  But A Long Run has brought us together.  It is super to have Barry on our crew.  Photos by Catherine Cross

 

 

 

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Longest Training Run of the Year
Ran 15.5 miles with Mike this morning
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
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Even through my hamstring has been bothering me, I wanted to get over 13 miles.  Since I don't have a race this weekend and because I have some though races coming up, I wanted to go long.  Mike came over and we started out running our 501 Rattlesnake Loop.  That would have been 11 miles.  But we decided to add another loop.  When we got to Foothill college we ahead up Moody run to the twisters.  In the end we ran 15.5 miles...501 Rattlesnake BIG loop.

Mike, my son and director of "A Long Run," and I just have not had a lot of opportunities to run together.  Most weekends I am racing and we are both so busy during the week, it has been tough to get together for a training run.  I love running with Mike and for sure I would not have gone more than 10 miles without him today.  Even with all the filming, Mike has been getting in at least 30 miles a week...the magic number!

We really could have used some more water along the route.  There was a water fountain at the six mile mark but that was it.  One of the issues in doing long training runs is getting water.  I do not like to carry water.  Luckily it was not too hot.

Catherine was there when we got back home two and a half hours later.  I was hoping my hamstring would hold up.

I ran with a Hot patch as I call it on my hamstring.  I wore it during the SF half marathon on Sunday too.  I am not sure if I could have gone 15 miles without it.  It seems to keep everything together.  I have that feeling that my hamstring could pull up at any time. 

Catherine picks these up for me at CVS pharmacy.  They are like one dollar a patch and I cut it in half.  It is like using one of the sport tapes and beyond.  This patch has Capsicum on it which heats up the area bringing more blood flow to the hamstring.  I have had many hamstring issues over the years and this seems to be working for me.  In addition, later in the day, I also got an hour and a half massage from Asaka.  My body is so tight and I am trying to loosen it up.  I had gone in on Tuesday too.

Next up: we leave for Boston next Thursday.  We are going to do some filming in Boston on Friday morning and then head to Falmouth which is about an hour and half away in Cape Cod.  On Saturday we are meeting up with Bill Rodgers and I am exciting to be doing a training run and interview with him.  Then on Sunday I will be running the Falmouth Road Race.   A 7.1 mile race August 12.   I have heard so much about this race.  They are celebrating 40 years.  Bill Rodgers has run this race many times and have won.

 

 

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Training Run with Bill Dunn
Getting ready for San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
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I really needed this training run.  This is my third training run with Bill Dunn this year and I hope we will be able to do more.    He is on vacation this week and we were able to get together this morning and run my 7.7 mile Lake course.  We start at my house in Los Altos and run up to Rancho San Antonio.  We go through the back gate and into the park, then up to the lake.  There are some tough hills the first three miles.  Bill toasted me on the hills.  I need to run more hills to be ready for the Kauai Half Marathon Sept 3.   Overall we ran about 8 minutes/mile.

My legs are still tired from the race on Sunday.  One thing I for sure have noticed is that it takes two or three days to recover from a race.  My right hamstring is bothering me a bit and I put a hot patch on it.  I am going to need to drink a lot of water today.  I am running race number 31 on Sunday.  The San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon.  I am hoping to run under 1:32...or even 1:31 if everything goes right.

Bill has run some amazing times over the years.  He is turning 65 in a week.  He is running a 5k in San Francisco the first weekend in August and hopes to get under 20 minutes.  I like training with Bill and I hope to do more of it.

Bill is a proud member of the Ujena Fit Club.  He was telling me how much he likes our site.   Photos by Waitman Gobble Ujena Fit Club

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run So even though Bill "knew" you had a big race Sunday, he still pushed the pace? We're going to have to talk to his agent.
Richard Stiller 7/25/12
Getting ready for race number 30
Interview with Christine Kennedy today
Thursday, July 19th, 2012
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Been running and walking easy all week.  Have gotten in 23 miles so far.  Ran 11 miles on Tuesday.  My back is a little tight but not bad.  Everything is holding up well.  Going to run Wharf to Wharf this weekend in Santa Cruz.  This six mile race is celebrating 40 years.  I am hoping to get under 41 minutes.  I am 13:19 under averaging 7 minute/mile pace for 189 miles and it would be good to be over 14 minutes with 20 races to go.  Have some tough races coming up and I need a cushion.  Falmouth August 12 could be hot says Christine Kennedy.  And the race director for the Kauai Half Marathon Sept 3 called earlier in the week and told me the first seven miles of his race is uphill.  He says it might cost me four to five minutes.  Can't let that happen...

 

We interviewed Christine Kennedy tonight at her running shoe store (Athletic Performance) in Los Gatos for the movie.  She is an amazing runner.  At 57-year-old she ran 1:25:10 at the Napa to Sonoma half marathon at Sunday.  From what I can find on the internet, this might be the fastest time ever run by a 57-year-old woman in the world.  Yes, in the world EVER.  Earlier in the year she ran just over three hours in Boston in the heat.  I like the way she thinks, she does not step to the starting line thinking that she is competing against other 50-year-olds.  She is thinking about being the top master...40 plus.  She works out on the track twice per week.  I have known Christine for several years and we are excited about featuring her in "A Long Run."  Her goal for the Chicago Marathon Oct 7...2:52. 

Right before the start of the Napa to Sonoma Half. 

Christine at the finish of this year's Boston Marathon.  She ran 3:00:42 in the heat.  From what we can find on the internet, this is the best time for 57 plus in the world ever.  Rae Baymiller ran 2:52:14 at age 55 October 1988 in Chicago.  This is the time Christine want to beat. (With Chris is Terry McCluskey who ran just over 60 minutes for 10 miles at age 63 this year.  He ran 3:30 in Boston...he did not handle the heat well.

Earlier in the day I got a package from Kansas City.  I had already received a medal for finishing the Rock the Parkway half marathon.  Then I got a bigger medal for finishing first in my 60-64 age group.  And today I got a trophy for being the first 60 plus runner.  I guess I am a "Senior Grand Master."  Thanks KC Running.  You guys are all class.

As I get ready for my next 21 races for the year, I am wanting to continue to do the things I think is making this all work.  One simple thing I am doing.  I eat half a banana every morning and then the other half before lunch.  I used to not eat anything for breakfast.  Seems to be working...

TJ Nelson from the Napa to Sonoma race group sent along some more photos from the Napa to Sonoma Half July 15.  I ran 1:32:12 and was first 60 plus and 4th 50 plus.  It is a beautiful course!  Thanks TJ...

 

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Getting this under Control
Was able to run 10k this Morning
Thursday, July 12th, 2012
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My back is so much better today.  The deep tissue and trigger point massage, the laser and adjustments by a chiropractor and icing the last two days has worked.  I also have been taking some extra magnesium.  Yesterday (Wednesday) I could only run a quarter mile like the day before.  I have only been able to walk.  BUT today I was able to run 6.5 miles at 8:41/mile pace.  During the run my back was about 95%.  It is now about 90% but that isn't bad.  I do feel out of shape however.  This is why I needed this run.  Going to be really tough to average around 7 minutes for the half Sunday.

Thanks to my massage therapist Asha, my chiropractor Dr Hunt and the icying advice from my running friend Peanut Harms.  At this point it is all working and I now finally looking forward to race number 29 this weekend Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon.  The thought of trying to get through 13.1 miles with a back issue was not good.  This is not a fast course at least for me.

 

In 2010 I ran 1:34:17 and last year I ran 1:35:40.  Right now I am 13:49 ahead of pace for my 50 race challenge.  To stay even I would need to run 1:31:42 which is 7 minute pace.  I am hoping to get under 1:34 and not give back more than two minutes.  The next three races (32.2 miles) are critical.  The second half of the San Francisco Marathon is not fast either.  Wharf to Wharf also has some hills.  So if I can average 7:08 for all three races I will loose 4:18 minutes but I will still be under by 9:30 minutes of my 7 minute/mile goal.

At the 2010 Napa to Sonoma race I meet Terry McCluskey.  He finished about a mile ahead of me.  He is one of the top 60 plus runners in the country.  He has run a 1:25:02 half this year at age 63 and much more impressive he ran 1:00:10 at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.  He is not planning on being in Sonoma this year.  At least I have a chance of winning my age-group. 

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run Wow, Terry is just crazy fast! Bob, you know you are not REALLY out of shape. Glad the treatments helped and your back is better for this weekend. I don't think you are going to give back nearly that much time.
Bruce Gilbert 7/12/12
run Good to hear the back is better. Nice t-shirt!
Barry Anderson 7/12/12
run Bob, sometimes after an injury, the downtime gives your body a chance to come back even stronger. Good luck in Napa. Here is a quote from a web page describing the course: <<From there, the course follows a winding path southward along Duhig to Ramal Road, taking runners up the affectionately named "Butt Burner Hill" and then downhill into the Carneros wine country area ...>>.
Gary Funck 7/12/12
run Thanks for the words of encouragement...it really means a lot to me. That first hill on Sunday is a Butt Burner for sure...
Bob Anderson 7/12/12
Training with the Pina family
I really need to include more warmup and exercises in my routine
Monday, July 9th, 2012
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This morning I ran with the Pina family (we also filmed this for our movie "A Long Run").  They normally run around the Rose Garden, a park in San Jose near their place.  Like they do always, we started out with a one lap easy run.  Then we did some warm up exercises to get all the muscles going.

Photo: some of the warm up exercises include walking high kicks, lounges with waist twists, toe rotations, knee rotations and then last is the running butt kicks with hands behind our backs (shown)

Then we ran four laps on the grass around the park (about two miles) at about a 7:30 minute/mile pace.  They normally run ten laps under 6:00/mile pace.  Five one direction and five the other.  

Photo: I normally don't run on grass but I can really see the advantage after doing it this morning.  I felt like I was flying when we ran about a half mile on the road at the end of the workout.

Then we did some exercises including their most important bear crawl.  This exercise is good for your arms, legs and stomach muscles.  They are all racing in the morning so we didn't do their usual set of exercises that normally take 45 minutes to one hour. 

Photo: The bear crawl exercise is a regular part of the Pina family training routine.

We are getting a lot of good content for our movie "A Long Run."  We will be doing a lot of mini stories like what we are doing on the Pina family.

That's a wrap.  I finished off the morning by drinking about 8 oz of Beet juice they made for me.  After I got home I ran another six miles.  I have had some back issues the last couple of days (from the fall a week ago) and I needed some extra miles to reach my 30 miles/week goal.  Once I do another six miles tomorrow, this will be my 197th straight week of at least 30 minutes.  It can be walking if running doesn't work... photo by Catherine Cross Ujena Fit Club

 

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Running with the Grandkids at Foothill
My back has been bothering me the last two days
Sunday, July 8th, 2012
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It is always fun to take the grandkids to Foothill.  They just love to run.  Today Owen (age 5), Carly (age 7) and me spent about an hour at the track.  Jaxson went to a baseball game and was not with us this time.  Owen wanted to run a mile and Carly took some photos.  On July 4th Owen ran 10:55 for the mile.  His stomach was bothering him.  He wanted to show me he could run faster.  He did.  He ran a 8:59 mile easily.  I don't want to push him but I think he could get under 8 minutes but only if he wants too.  Carly just felt like two laps...and that was totally cool.  Owen also took some of these photos.  My back has been bothering me a bit the last two days.  I think I twisted something when I fell last Saturday.  I have been putting a hot patch on it too.

Carly took this shot while I was running another mile.

I had wanted to run with JT Service later in the day but my back was bothering me too much.  We agreed that we will set up a run at a later time.

Owen always has a smile on his face.

Owen took this photo of Carly while I was running.

Carly took this photo of me...

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run Great photos!!!!
Lisa Anderson-Wall 7/7/12
Third Best 5k of the Year
Fun Time at Morgan Hill July 4th Race
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
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We have been doing the Morgan Hill July 4th race since 2007.  This is one of our Family Running Trips we do.  The grandkids run the kids one mile first and then Lisa, Justin, Michael and me do the 5k.  Catherine, Crystal and Waitman took photos and did filming for our movie.

Photo: Michael has been so busy filming that he hasn't been able to run many of the races.  In fact, this is only his second of the year.  He ran Carlsbad.  Today he ran 21:42.  He will be under 21 soon.  Justin ran 19:44. 

I warmed up by running the mile with my granddaughter Carly.  (She is seven years old and ran 9:55.  Jaxson age 9 ran 7:55.)  Michael and I were on the front row and went out fast.  The first half mile was for sure under six/minutes per mile pace.  Justin passed me and I tried to hang on.  Ujena Fit Club member Michael King was right there too.  I passed the mile at 6:17 and Justin was two seconds ahead and Mike was two seconds behind.

 

Up ahead was 15-year-old Jose Pina Jr. (In green)...his first mile split was 5:03.  He finished second overall in 15:49.  We are featuring the Pina family in our movie.  They have a great story.  We are meeting at their house tomorrow for an interview and then doing a training run with them.  Jose's 11-year-old brother Omer won the kids mile running 6:55.  Their dad Jose Sr. is a top master runner.  More about them later...

I tired to hang on to Justin but he pulled away.  There was some wind on the second loop and I just didn't have it today.  I ran a 6:55 second mile.  Justin pulled out 25 seconds on me.  I then tired to stay with Michael King but he too pulled away.  I was able to pull out a 6:40 last mile which helped a bit.  Close behind me was Honor Fetherston.  She finished in 20:47 which was the best age-graded performance of the day.

Honor and I talked after the finish.  My 30th race of the year will be the Wharf to Wharf in Santa Cruz...this is one of Honor's favorite races and she too will be running.  It will be my first time running the race which is widely acclaimed as "The best little roadrace in California."

 I tired to hang on to Michael King (yellow shirt) but it just was not going to happen today.  He ran a good race.  He finished 24 seconds ahead of me.  I finished in 20:24 which is my third best time of the year.  Only two seconds off of my time in Carlsbad.   I was concerned after the fall just four days ago.  My left wrist and right hip are not back to 100% yet.  But I didn't loose any time because of that.   I am pleased.  

Right after the finish.  I don't think my time would have been faster if I had not gone out so fast.  I am now 13:49 minutes ahead of pace overall after 176 miles of racing.  My next race is the Napa to Sonoma half marathon July 15th.

The gang minus Crystal after the races.  Next up...the parade.

Crystal and Michael hanging out at the parade.

After running a 7:55 mile my grandson Jaxson ran the 5k with Lisa.  This is the first time he has run that distance without stopping.  Good going Jaxson...that's four miles for the day.

This is how the 4th of July needs to be celebrated.  First run as a family and then watch the parade as a family.  Photos by Catherine Cross Ujena Fit Club

 

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run Way to go Anderson/Wall family. Sounds like a fun event.
Barry Anderson 7/5/12
run Bob, good job with the sore hip! I managed a 20:22 at Lenexa Freedom Run in the heat but with a fairly nice breeze. Our age group had a 19:56 and 19:58, then I was third, but we also beat everyone 50 and over! This is a tough age group. I hope you are thinking about Indy for November 3--that's my hometown and my brother lives there and would love to meet you.
Bruce Gilbert 7/5/12
run Good job on the 20:22...sounds like we would have been battling it out to the finish...still looking at the Indy Nov 3 but I have a half the week later in San Jose...
Bob Anderson 7/6/12
run You can run easy 7s on the flat course in Indy and be ready to smoke the San Jose Half!
Bruce Gilbert 7/7/12
Fell this morning
I am concerned about my Hip
Saturday, June 30th, 2012
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4pm Update: My hip is not good and now my wrist is really bothering me too.  I have to cancel the race in the morning...I have done 27 in the first six months so I did have a little buffer.  Just did not want to dig into that yet...but racing sub 6:45 pace just is not in the cards....however I do hope I will be able to do a slow training run in the morning...

I can not believe how things can happen so quickly.  This morning Mike and I were running two miles over to the Los Altos Ride and Stride Fitness Festible.  Catherine was in the car taking some photos along the way since today is the half way point of our challenge.  All of a sudden I trip over my feet and start to fall.  Unlike my fall of December 18, this time everything was in slow motion.  We were only running about 9:30/mile pace and I almost stayed on my feet.  But I didn't. 

After Michael helped me up, Catherine drove over to the Fitness Fair in Los Altos.  We followed on foot, running and walking the mile and a half there.  My hip had already tighen up and it was not feeling good at all.  I guess I hit there first.  The blunt of the problem is my hip.  As you can see from the photo of my knee after we cleaned it up, that is not bad at all.  At the Fitness Fair Asha-Rose was there from Shawsu Workout. 

Asha-Rose has been a massage therapist for over 20 years.  She worked on me for about twenty minutes.  Mike and I then walked home after having lunch at Burger Town.  Burger Town is where Mike and I finalized our plans for this challenge last December.  They have the best burgers around.  We like the guys and we always treat ourselves after a long run.  After I got home I took two Tylenols.  I am not sure about tomorrow's 5k race.   My hip is not good.  It is not terrible but it would be hard to race at any pace right now.  But I don't like making plans and not following through.  I am ahead of schedule but I have some tough races coming up and I want to go into them with a buffer.

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run Bad break...no pun intended.
Richard Stiller 6/30/12
run This was a very strang fall...it just should not have happened!
Bob Anderson 6/30/12
run Bob, I hope that you can make the best of the situation, and come back strong next week.
Gary Funck 6/30/12
run Bob...How is the body feeling this morning? I hope you are ok.
Lisa Anderson-Wall 7/2/12
run I fell a little beat up...but nothing like before. I was able to run six miles easy yesterday...it is my wrist that hurts the most...
Bob Anderson 7/2/12
run A friend of mine uses arnica, for sprains, etc. Here's an NYT blurb on it: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/the-alternative-medicine-cabinet-arnica/ disclaimer: I've never tried it, and recommend that you research the possible side-effects/warnings if you plan on trying it.
Gary Funck 7/2/12
My Hamstring is not Right!
Went in for Cold Laser Therapy
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
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I normally do not see someone until something "really" happens.  My right hamstring has been feeling funny the last couple of days.  It might be a reaction to the 55 miles I ran last week.  Or just all the racing in general.  In any case, I wanted to get on top of it right away.  I went in to see Dr. Colle Hunt in San Jose last night.  He squeezed me in at 7pm. 

He uses Laser.  Cold Laser Therapy also known as Low Level Laser Therapy has been around for over thirty years.  Cold Laser Theraphy is widely used to treat muscle, tendon, and ligament situations in a non invasive modality.  Dr. Colle Hunt has used this treatment on many runners over the years.   Super master runner Christine Kennedy recommended Colle earlier in the year.  I went to see him about an ankle issue and I was able to race that same Sunday.

On the table.  I also have been putting on a patch that heats up over the last two days, drinking lots of water and taking magesium.

These are the protective goggles Dr Hunt gives me before we begin.  It is Laser.  My hamstring is still not feeling perfect but it has only been 15 hours since the treatment.  I am going out for an easy run and I hope I can put this behind me.  This hamstring has acted up before and I just can not let it go past that point where it is a real issue.  Thanks Colle... By the way, here is a link to his webstie: Dr. Colle Hunt

 

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run I am most impressed because you got to wear sunglasses inside.
Richard Stiller 6/28/12
run Hamstring update: my hamstring was feeling okay this morning and I ran 10k...my hamstring felt 100%...then early afternoon I ran 4.1 miles with Mike...my hamstring felt fine during the run...BUT over the last two hours it feels like it is tighten again...I think I need to drink some more water and eat!!
Bob Anderson 6/28/12
Almost stepped on a Rattlesnake
Over 50 miles for the week
Sunday, June 24th, 2012
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Mike and I ran 11 miles this morning.  At about the six mile point Mike yells out "Rattlesnake."  We were running about 7:30/mile pace at the time and I could not stop.  I hurdled over the top and Mike came to a dead stop.  The Rattlesnake was between us.  Mike decided to go out to the road and meet me on the other side.  This Rattlesnake was about six foot long.

But we got it together and ran the last five miles.  (We staged this shot after we got back.) I got in 55 miles for the week.  Most miles in a week all year.  It has been hard to train with all my races.

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run Did the snake take the second photo?
Richard Stiller 6/24/12
run Actually, when we got back we had Catherine take a photo as we remembered what happened. A little over the top?
Bob Anderson 6/25/12
run I like it.
Richard Stiller 6/25/12
Getting Back on Track
It is tough to stay focused
Friday, June 22nd, 2012
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I am just one week short of six months in doing my 50 Race One-Year Challenge.  There are a lot of things that makes my challenge unique and certainly one of them is the fact that it is a one year event.  I am not sure if I know of other one-year events?  You can run across the US in less than two months.  However, unlike those guys I have rest days.  I had a bad race in Puerto Vallarta and I am hoping to get back on track in the morning.

Photo: After the Ujena 10k last Saturday.  It was hot and humid.  I made sure to drink most of a bottle of Gatorade before starting the 5k 45 minutes later.  The Bob Anderson 15k Challenge is an interesting event.

Obviously we all have lots of things going in our lifes.  The trick is to fit the 50 races into my routine.  I am the CEO of the Ujena swimwear company.  I started Ujena back in 1984 and have been running our family owned company since then.  After selling Runner's World the same year, I threw myself into selling women's fashion swimwear.  We have made a good mark for ourselves.  We have sold over one million swimsuits to customers around the world.  One of my responsibilities is taking images of our product in real life situations.  About 90% of the images we use for our Ujena.com website are my images.  I take a lot of images.  The light was perfect in PV and I took over 35,000 images there.

Photo: I am going over the rules of the final shoot-out with our photographers and models at the recent Ujena Jam in Puerto Vallarta.  This is a totally unique judged event.  Models and photographers have 20 minutes to get catalog-style images and then another 20 minutes to get editorial-style images.  Their style of shooting and posing is judged.  And all the images are turned in for judging.

We do three Ujena Jams per year.  The Jams are held in locations we would travel to for photo shoots.  We go to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo.  They are 7-5 day trips and almost all of our images and videos we use to sell Ujena are taken at these three events.

The days are long and even through I do get in a run each morning, it is hard to get focused to race.  We have always been doing a 5k as part of our week activities.  Now we do the 15k Challenge.  I am only saying all of this not because I don't enjoy my job but it does add to the challenge of staying under seven minutes per mile.  I just know I am going to loose ground on these races and will have to make it up on my other races.

When you are not focused you are just not going to race as well as when you are focused.  I was focused on racing in Fontana June 2nd and averaged 6:36/mile for the half marthon.  I was not focused (I also had gained five pounds and was not getting enough sleep) June 16 in Puerto Vallarta plus it was hot and humid.  It was a flat course and I averaged 7:18/mile for 10k.  I was able to bring it down to 6:57/mile for the 5k 45 minutes later, however.  There is not a lot of room in my challenge to run bad races for me to reach my goal.  

 

 

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First weekend off
I had raced every weekend this year
Saturday, June 9th, 2012
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This is the first weekend of 2012 that I am not running a race by design.  I knew my legs would not be fully recovered from the Fontana Half Marathon the Saturday before.  Also, I leave first thing in the morning for Puerto Vallarta (for our Ujena Jam event) and it just didn't make sense.  What better way to spend some time today with the grandkids and watch Jaxson win his championship baseball game this morning.  He was the catcher.  Photo above is the grandkids and my daughter Lisa.  Catherine took this photo

One of many tough things about my challenge is working in all the things I want to do.  Like watch the kids play sports.  Earlier in the day Owen played soccer but we just could not get there.  We watched Owen and Carly play earlier in the season on a Saturday when my race was a local one on Sunday.

Jaxson scored the winning run.  He loves baseball and it is exciting to watch him play.

The Fontana Half marathon was race number 24 of the year and my best race so far.  I really pushed it and my legs are still recovering a week later.  However, I was able to run my Carly Bay 11 mile course this morning averaging 8:55/mile.  I ran two miles under 8 minutes/mile.  It is a good thing I am not racing this weekend because I just would not have been ready.   My next race is actually two in one.  The BA 15k Challenge in Puerto Vallarta has the 10k at 7:30am and the 5k at 9:00am.  These will be race number 25 and 26.   Half way there in my journey. 
 

Photo is from last year's race in Puerto Vallarta.  It will be hot and humid there.  This is the winner finishing the 10k part of the dual race event.  Hector did run 34:04 and 15:34 for the 5k which was just six seconds off the world best.   I ran 44:37 and 21:19.  This year I am hoping to get under 44 and 21 minutes.  It is the heat and the fact that I am on my feet all week taking photos of Ujena models in our bikinis.  I do love location fashion photography too.  The good news is I have a solid 13 minute buffer and if I loose a couple of minutes in PV, I will be able to make it up.

 

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Race number 23 in Marin
10k Memorial Day Race
Monday, May 28th, 2012
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This morning was race number 23 in Kentfield, CA.  It is called the Marin Memorial Day 10k.  I have run this race many times and I like the course.  This photo is just after the four mile mark. 

I normally am only a few rows back at the start but not this morning.  After doing a good warmup I lost track of time and before I knew it I had to squeeze into the pack.  It took me seven seconds to cross the starting line.  It was chip timed but it meant I had to weave in and out of people for the first mile.  I normally would have run the first mile under 6:30 but this morning I hit it in 6:39.

Hans (37) got a much better start and I could see him at least 100 yards ahead at the mile.  Hans ran a great race finishing under 41 minutes.  I am sure that was the best age-graded performance of the day.  Way to go Hans.

Mike is the president of the Tamalpa Runners who put on the race.  I had not met him until today.  We spoke before the start.  He told me that he was not in the same shape as last year when he missed breaking 40 minutes by less than a second.  Mike is now 61.  For the first four miles I kept hearing people call out his name.  He was right behind me.  At just over four miles we were running together.  He made a good move about a half mile later and held it to the finish.  I think he was about five seconds in front of me.  Great guy!

This race finishes on the track.  The college of Marin just got a new 1.2 million dollar track.  It was great.  I ran my best 10k of the year and better than my goal (42:30).  I finished in 42:16.  I think I was 7th in my dvision.  I can do better but for racing I do need to loose five pounds as I keep saying...

It is always great to see everyone at the races.  I wished there was more time to chat.  Here I am after the race with Hans, JoAnn and Bill.

I have now completed 23 races.  I have raced 144.75 miles and my average pace is 6:57/mile.   I am ahead by 8:11 minutes.  I still have to plan 10 more races.  I have 40 scheduled for 279.7 miles.  This means I need another 70.3 miles to reach my goal of 7 miles per race.  I am on target... photos by Catherine Cross    Mike and Waitman got tons of good video footage!

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run Another great race Bob.
Tony Brickel 5/28/12
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