UjENA FIT Club Posts
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
1 hour spin, ran a mile.
Monday, April 21st, 2014
Ran the Boston Marathon. Felt great and was very optimistic but had one of the worst races of my short 5 year "career". Felt good at the start but unfortunately around mile 8 one wheel fell off the wagon, at mile 11 another wheel broke, soon after the wagon flipped over and burst into flames. It was downhill...actually uphill from there as I dragged the flaming and mangled heap up the hills of Newton and eventually over the finish line.
So I'll get the wagon fixed, put the wheels back on and run another marathon next month in Vermont. And while I'm extremely disappointed in my performance, this years race was not about me but about healing a wounded city. And without question it succeeded. Congratulations to everyone that was lucky enough to be a part of the race. Regardless of the time, we are all winners.
This happens in marathons or sometimes even shorter races. This year's Boston will never be forgotten. We are not just Boston Strong. We are America Strong. Meb ran one of his best races ever. People don't mess with our races. We are runners. Way to go Roger! and everyone else!Bob Anderson 4/21/14 10:50 pm
I think you... and your wheels!... will keep on rolling! I had images of a running cartoon from your creative writing!John Hofacre 4/22/14 8:31 am
Thanks Bob and happy I could actually be an inspiration for something John. lol It was an incredible event but personally it's been a tough 48 hours. Had such high expectations, felt great and can run every mile of the course with my eyes closed. Stupid "rookie" Boston mistake of coming out too fast (no one in front and 9000 behind me) and the increasing heat/sun was a lethal combo for me. Hopefully I can redeem myself next month in VT.Roger Wright 4/23/14 5:11 pm
Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Ran three easy miles with my 78 year old neighbor. I barely beat him! Tomorrow I finish Boston stronger than I started.
Can't wait to hear how you did today! Looks like the temp is perfect but I am not sure about the wind?Bob Anderson 4/21/14 8:34 am
Friday, April 18th, 2014
1 hour spin then off to Boston Marathon expo to pick up packet and Boston Strong scarf.
Boston Strong!!!! Have fun tomorrow!!!Bob Anderson 4/20/14 7:58 am
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Ran a nice easy 6.5 miles. Have reached the "forget about work until next Tuesday" stage of pre-race anxiety.
Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Had a 2 Hour Boston Marathon/Cystic Fibrosis Spin Bike fundraiser today. Huge success and someone made custom chocolates!
Friday, April 11th, 2014
30 minutes weights, 1 hour Spin, 3 miles. Did interview with local Boston station for the marathon broadcast and they gave me a medal. :)
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Ran 6 miles at a comfortable pace. Sunny but still cold.
Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Ran 15 miles along the Boston Marathon course. Balmy 40 degree and sunny weather!
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
30 minutes weights, 1 hour spin, ran 4.25 miles
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Check out my video on my profile!Roger Wright 3/23/14 2:20 pm
Each year I make a video for one marathon to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. This is my 2014 Boston Marathon video. http://youtu.be/3AsQjx1lxLURoger Wright 3/23/14 2:21 pm reply to comment
Wow, bombs just went off at the Boston Marathon! Fortunately Bob and Mike should be ok. Roger Wright 4/15/13 12:35 pm
talked to bob, they are OK. he said it went off just about the time when michael crossed the finish line, bob was waiting for him.Waitman Gobble 4/15/13 12:52 pm
richard, latest news is cell phone service has been intentionally shut down in boston.Waitman Gobble 4/15/13 2:41 pm reply to comment
Check out my video on my profile!Roger Wright 4/13/13 8:29 pm
Inspirational, Roger. Hopefully, this will encourage others to get out there and keep moving.Gary Funck 4/14/13 6:51 pm reply to comment
Is it me or is the Fit Log messed up? Looks like Sunday was repeated from last week to this week (of all the weeks to move my LSR from Sunday to Saturday! lol) and there is no Saturday listed. Roger Wright 11/7/12 1:56 pm
Something did happen but our webmaster is getting it fix. Be sure to keep us informed of any situations we need to fix OR improve! Thanks BobBob Anderson 11/7/12 1:59 pm reply to comment
Yesterday, after hearing the NYC Marathon was cancelled, I wrote this in defense of my running friends on Facebook who had received abuse from both strangers and friends.
My thoughts on the NYCM.
First, I can completely understand the negative sentiments regarding the New York City Marathon (NYCM) being held. Hurricane Sandy was a horrific disaster that obviously affected millions of people to a degree that will never be forgotten. I am 100% certain that there is not ONE runner who does not have compassion for everyone affected by this storm and it's effects. If there is anyone that doesn't care, even non runners, then they are not human in my eyes.
Life is complicated and every day we are faced with decisions that are not easily made. And some are beyond our control. Having been given the OK to run by Bloomberg and the NYRR, the runners of the New York City Marathon found themselves in a situation that they really didn't have control over. "Damned if you do and damned if you don't".
The NYCM is the largest marathon in the world with approx. 50,000 runners. And because of it's size and prestige, runners come from not only every state in this country, but this year, approximately 20,000 came from other parts of the world to run it. For most of the runners it starts as a dream, turns into a goal, and becomes a non wavering commitment. They ran through blood sweat and tears, sun, rain and possibly snow, day and night, dusk to dawn, just to run ONE race.
I was not registered to run this year's race but I do have many friends and family that were. I can tell you that every one of them is actually feeling a sense of relief right now that the race has been cancelled.
The runners in this year's race are not selfish, evil, uncaring, apathetic or any other degrading term that they have been called this week. If you believe that, then you should be ashamed of yourself. Relatively new to the sport of running, I immediately found runners to be some of the most caring people in the world, with a large majority raising millions of dollars and awareness for charities throughout the world. And if you think it is easy to spend hours, days, weeks and months soliciting donations from friends, families, coworkers and strangers, then I sincerely encourage you to try it. Trust me, it is MUCH harder than running 26.2 miles.
Hurricane Sandy is a tragedy that has few rivals in 21st century America and the victims will wear a scar on their life that will be extremely hard to ever remove. But I also believe that, to an obviously much lesser extent, that the runners of this race are also victims in one way or another. Roger Wright 11/3/12 6:22 pm
Richard Stiller 11/3/12 8:26 pm
What you have written says it so well. Thanks Roger for taking the time to share your thoughts. They are right on...Bob Anderson 11/4/12 5:04 pm reply to comment
Have you recoverd from Berlin? You are running the BAA Half this weekend!!! Have a good one....Bob Anderson 10/5/12 6:30 pm
Thanks Bob. Got back from Germany yesterday (incredible time!) so I just updated everything. Heading out right now for an easy 5-7 with running club so see how I feel for tomorrow's BAA Half. I don't expect much for tomorrow but at least it's supposed to be cool...Roger Wright 10/6/12 3:37 am reply to comment
Congrats! Roger you are our Ujena Fit Log winner for the week ending June 24. AND because you are a 2-star member, we doubled your winnings. $100 is on its way...it does pay to workout daily and to post daily at Ujena Fit Club...who is next? BobBob Anderson 7/2/12 9:40 am
That's awesome Bob, I am so excited that I finally won! That said, I actually win every week because this Fit Log does encourages me to work out everyday, even if it's just a quick mile. Thanks Bob, you really made my day! Roger Wright 7/2/12 7:29 pm
congrats!!!Shari Mernett 7/3/12 6:31 am reply to comment
Roger, did you do the half on the 18th. I didn't see your name in the results? Are you getting set for Boston?Bob Anderson 3/26/12 10:05 am
Hi Bob. Always nice hearing from you - thanks for the interest!. I ended up running the New Bedford Half at 1:57:29. About what I expected with a really bad hill for the last mile. Someone should tell them to run the race the other way! lol Finished my long run for Boston over the weekend. Ran from Hopkinton to the top of Heartbreak Hill and felt good. Did 1:57 at 13.25 which is good for me. That said, the 2nd half of Boston is obviously the hard part! Congrats on your Oakland Half! You seemed a little disappointed with your 1:31 but from my perspective I could only dream of a time like that! You're awesome! :) Roger Wright 3/26/12 2:07 pm reply to comment
Good luck on your News Year day 5k...Bob Anderson 12/30/11 9:37 am
Thanks Bob. Unfortunately I pulled my left calf running a few days ago so I have been doing everything else (spin, swimming, elliptical, etc) in hopes of a recovery. First race I have ever had to cancel. Hopefully it's OK before Miami Marathon in 29 days. Happy New Years. Roger Wright 12/31/11 11:19 pm
Sorry to hear this Roger...I hope you have a speedy recovery...be sure to get some massage!Bob Anderson 1/1/12 3:53 pm reply to comment
Good job Roger...blisters can be the worse. You can run faster and on to the next one. But I am sure you had a wonderful experience. I wished I would have been there with you! Good luck in Miami...Bob Anderson 11/6/11 6:25 pm
Thank Bob. Marathons are always special and obviously the New York City Marathon (NYCM) is one of the world's greatest. Regardless of my time, it was a great experience. I'm only 50 so plenty of time to improve!
BTW, thanks to this site, I recognized Marshall Ulrich at the NYCM expo and had a great conversation with him about his incredible accomplishments and my weightloss/marathon story. Both he and his wife Heather are wonderful people. Only at chapter 4 of his book (Running On Empty) but very riveting! Roger Wright 11/8/11 3:48 pm reply to comment
Hi Roger! I finally joined up. Glad you are liking it here. Knew it would be your cup of Boston Tea.Aneese Totah 10/4/11 10:23 pm reply to comment
I have always wanted to do a road relay and for some reason I never did one. Looks like you do several per year. They must be fun?Bob Anderson 9/26/11 10:21 pm
They are a blast as long as you have a team who accepts that it is more about having fun instead of expecting everyone to set a world record pace. You also have to accept that you MIGHT get 2-3 hours sleep for the next ~36 hours if you are lucky, that you will probably be running through the middle of nowhere in the wee hours of the morning with only a headlamp to guide you and that the van ends up smelling like a locker room within a few hours. And those are the good things! LOLRoger Wright 9/27/11 12:48 pm reply to comment
I just watched the new video you linked and I loved it!! Yes, happy tears again. I think what you have accomplished is truly amazing. Congratulations! Trish Tompkins 9/22/11 4:54 pm reply to comment