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Profile: JR Mintz Poster: JR Mintz Tuesday, 3/21, 2017 9:03 am
Man of a Thousand Races,
10,000 Race Miles
50,000 Total Miles Run
Profile: Mark Pagaran Poster: Mark Pagaran Monday, 9/26, 2016 8:24 pm
The sjb was awesome it was my best performance to date ! Loved it! And it was in my hometown. Everyone i talked to that day were friendly!!
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 9/27, 2016 10:59 am
Glad you enjoyed our San Juan Double. You ran well.
Profile: kelly emo Poster: kelly emo Monday, 9/26, 2016 8:44 am
Should have run the double run, did a charity run in Campbell instead on Saturday because the cause was important- but they forgot to put anyone at the turnaround and we all ran significantly further than 5k-- Organization matters!
Profile: Kat Powell Poster: Kat Powell Tuesday, 9/13, 2016 6:17 pm
Headlands Endurance Run 75 miler, 15,000 feet elevation gain. It was like a Double, where I completed 100K for first leg, took a 1 hour plus half time break, then did half marathon for 2nd leg.
Only difference is that my break time was added into the finish time, which makes me look like a real snail!!!!
Profile: kelly emo Poster: kelly emo Monday, 8/29, 2016 9:25 am
Learned something last week--always double-check that you are indeed entered when you sign up for a race at an Expo. Signed up for Santa Rosa Half at Oakland half expo. Made plans, trained, then came to find out four days before I was never entered. They had lost my entry form. And now the entry fee is way past my threshold. Well,, made the most of it by trashing my quads in the Coast Diablo Mountain 10 miler instead. fun climbing 2900 feet up a gorgeous peak. no harm, no foul but glad I checked before heading to Santa Rosa!
+reply by Bob Anderson Monday, 8/29, 2016 2:18 pm
I know how you feel. A few years back I trained hard for the Kaiser Half Marathon in SF. I thought I could enter the morning of the... more
+reply by kelly emo Saturday, 9/03, 2016 5:57 pm
not going to make San Juan due to a volleyball tourney... can catch a 5k for Ovarian Cancer in Campbell at 9 then have to head to daughter Lauren's HS...... more
Profile: Kat Powell Poster: Kat Powell Monday, 8/22, 2016 5:15 pm
Getting psyched for the National 50K Trail Championship race coming up this Saturday at the Golden Gate Headlands. Race starts in Santos Meadows at Muir Woods. Course runs to Rodeo Beach, through Tennessee Valley, climbs up to Cardiac Hill, then down to Stinson Beach, back up to Cardiac Hill, and finally finishes with a nice, challenging downhill back to Santos Meadow . With 7,300 feet climbing, it's a tough grind, but I hope to finish under 8 hours.
Profile: Kat Powell Poster: Kat Powell Saturday, 8/20, 2016 4:49 pm
Disappointed that I took wrong fork in 6K, following the 1:58 pacer who left me in the dust. Went too far out, doing extra mileage. Did not arrive early enough to warm up for 10 miler and had to start with fast group.
Guess I was not ready for this race, so used it as a workout.
This was a great learning experience for me.
Thanks Bob for challenging me...I have a lot of work to do.
My training has been sub par due to sciatic pain and other issues, but I truly feel blessed to be running at my age!
Profile: Rolwin Lewis Poster: Rolwin Lewis Sunday, 7/03, 2016 1:49 pm
Has anybody come across a PROMO discount code for the upcoming San Jose Double Road race on 8/20?
Profile: Nancy Hood Poster: Nancy Hood Tuesday, 6/21, 2016 10:10 pm
Question re: Virtual Runs - can club members include virtual runs on their profile log on races entered
+reply by Bob Anderson Monday, 6/27, 2016 3:41 pm
Good to hear from you Nancy. Sorry, but only actual races can be included here. But do it anyway, good training. Hope you are well!!
+reply by Nancy Hood Tuesday, 6/28, 2016 9:54 pm
Thanks for the feedback Bob. I am doing great; thank you for asking. I pray all is well with you too.
Profile: PYATICH LUKA KIBET Poster: PYATICH LUKA KIBET Wednesday, 5/11, 2016 12:54 am
I normally follow my daily schedule, I will not train out of the program. when hard time comes hard people remain, I will remain hard always.
Profile: Kat Powell Poster: Kat Powell Tuesday, 4/26, 2016 6:42 pm
Finished Boston 2 Big Sur Double Marathon with a combined time of 9:22:09 and at a 10:43 pace. My Boston time was 4:38:32 and Big Sur time was 4:43:37. So after a 6 day halftime, where I did tons of walking daily plus a 4.5 mile run on Weds nite in Boston; I slowed down only by about 5 minutes for a much more challenging course.
+reply by Bob Anderson Thursday, 4/28, 2016 10:27 am
Way to go Kat. That is a tough Double. See you May 8th in Pacific Grove! Our Double will be easy compared to the two Marathons... more
Profile: Ronald Tucker Poster: Ronald Tucker Monday, 4/18, 2016 12:42 pm
2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon / miniMarathon presented by Walmart
Profile: kelly emo Poster: kelly emo Sunday, 4/03, 2016 2:00 pm
Good luck everyone at the Sac 10 miler. Got some insights this weekend, you can run a fast road race the day before a steep trail 10k but not the other way around :) After Grizzly Peak 10k yesterday, (gorgeous run in Berkeley hills but so steep) today's all about a very easy, slow recovery run -- good thing I didn't pre-pay for any races today!
+reply by Kat Powell Tuesday, 4/05, 2016 6:11 pm
That's precisely why I did NOT run AR50 this year...50 miles with a killer mountain to climb to get to Auburn finish line is a bit too much 1 day... more
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Kelly Van Zant Maine Friday, 4/01, 2016 10:11 pm
Hi Bob, This is Kelly Van Zant Maine, who used to live in the Bay Area (now in Ramona) I hope to see you at the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday.....Hopefully you will get a Double Road Race set up for SoCal soon! Good Luck
+reply by Bob Anderson Monday, 4/04, 2016 2:36 pm
Sorry I missed you Kelly. Hope you had a good race. Hope to get a Double in Southern California soon. Bob
Profile: Kat Powell Poster: Kat Powell Saturday, 4/02, 2016 8:15 pm
Here in Sacramento relaxing before my 10 mile race tomorrow AM.
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 3/09, 2016 3:06 pm
This coming Sunday at 2am our clocks need to move forward by one hour. Don't be late to your race Sunday morning. Palo Alto Double 8k is this Sunday.
Profile: Asya Cabral Poster: Asya Cabral Tuesday, 2/16, 2016 2:58 pm
Took my first trip to California for a double dose of excitement. I watched the Olympic Marathon Trials in person on Saturday and ran the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday. The course was an adventure since I'm not used to hill racing. I went into the race with a hamstring injury, so I didn't run for time and took it easy. For once I was able to enjoy the scenery of a race and enjoyed every minute of it.
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 2/15, 2016 11:24 am
Been getting in 40 miles a week of Double-Style training. I am hoping to be in better shape for our upcoming San Jose Double Feb 20. See you there!
Profile: Nancy Hood Poster: Nancy Hood Monday, 2/01, 2016 10:35 pm
Time to get back on track!! Signed up for my first race of the year. And I surprised myself by joining the Treadmill Triathlon Club. It will be a new adventure for me. So Excited.
Profile: Dave Nevitt Poster: Dave Nevitt Thursday, 1/14, 2016 5:27 am
I'm planning a trip to California next month and I'm looking forward to my first Double Road Race in San Jose on Feb 20th.
+reply by JR Mintz Thursday, 1/14, 2016 9:02 am
good to cya in our area though l'll be in Pacifica on that day at Montara Mountain doing a 20M trail Run...
+reply by Bob Anderson Thursday, 1/14, 2016 12:08 pm
I saw that you signed up for our San Jose Double Feb 20. Will be nice to finally meet. Your first Double! See you in a few... more
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 12/24, 2015 11:48 am
Merry Christmas everyone! Be sure to get in a Christmas Day and New Year's Day Run.
Profile: NOOR KIPLANGAT KIPLIMO Poster: DANIEL MTAI Thursday, 12/24, 2015 10:08 am
Commit yourself in hardworking and eventually your performance will light attract more funs.
Profile: kelly emo Poster: kelly emo Friday, 12/18, 2015 12:22 pm
Looking forward to trying to keep my daughter Lauren in sight for the double sprint tomorrow. with my late season injuries my pace resembles more the tortoise right now so it will be fun to see how far ahead she can get with those speedy 13 year old legs!
Profile: Kathy Zoubareff Poster: Kathy Zoubareff Wednesday, 12/16, 2015 4:34 pm
I went to the gym today. I walked the treadmill, did free weights and machines.
Profile: JR Mintz Poster: JR Mintz Monday, 11/16, 2015 9:44 am
10,000 Race Miles Accumulated on 11/14/15 at the Race to the Flagpole 1/2 Marathon in Livermore,CA and 1,000th Career Race as Well
in Only 12th Year of Frequent Racing
Profile: Eldon Regua Poster: Eldon Regua Wednesday, 11/11, 2015 9:21 am
200m interval workout, then off to celebrate Veteran's Day at VFW Manteca. Happy Veteran's Day to all you Veterans and thank you for your service! I love running in a free country.
+reply by Bob Anderson Wednesday, 11/11, 2015 11:56 am
Well said Eldon. Wishing everyone could run in a free country!
Profile: Steve Cryer Poster: Elliot Daniels Tuesday, 9/29, 2015 9:18 am
Please! Stop racing for 5 weeks so I can win the Ujena points contest! 😛
Profile: Bill Dunn Poster: Bill Dunn Monday, 9/21, 2015 9:52 am
Going to test my fitness this Saturday evening on a dirt 5k course nearby. Certified course, fairly flat. Fitness level is getting better as I am getting ready to run the National Cross Country Race in S.F. this Dec. 12th. Last race wearing a WVJS singlet!
Profile: Kat Powell Poster: Kat Powell Wednesday, 9/16, 2015 6:28 pm
Had 'Serious Fun' at the Headlands Endurance Run this last Saturday and Sunday in the Golden Gate HeadlandsI. Completed 3 25-mile loops for 75 miles and the Women's Course record... I am the only woman to have ever completed the 75 miler!!!
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 9/14, 2015 6:09 pm
I did a 21K Double Training Run yesterday. I first ran 15k (9.3 miles) from my house to Stanford. At 9.3 miles I started walking and by 10 miles I was at the Coupa Café on campus. I ordered a banana, a bottle of water and some chips. It was my personal halftime. After about 20 minutes I started walking again (I was enjoying my halftime). The second 6k stage would start as the rules state...two hours and 30 minutes after the start of the first leg. I walked a mile or so before the clock hit 2:30. I started running again. I certainly felt better than when I stopped after only about a quarter of a mile. But I hit the wall about two miles later. I did finish my 21k Double Training Run and I have a time to beat..two hours 3 minutes and change. Give it a try!
+reply by Richard Stiller Wednesday, 9/16, 2015 3:02 pm
Can you get the Coupa Cafe to put in a refreshment station at your future Bay Area doubles?
Profile: Steve Gilbert Poster: Steve Gilbert Friday, 9/04, 2015 10:59 am
I was honored and humbled to be a nominee for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Fan Pass photo. If you would like to support a fellow Ujena Fit Club member as well as this great community race please go to monumentalmarathon.com and vote for @rsbbean It is legal to vote early AND often through Sept. 8th. Thank you. If you don't have anything on your calendar for Nov. 7th, this is a great event
+reply by Angela Robinson Thursday, 9/10, 2015 7:35 am
Very cool!! I'll be there on 11/7! :)
Profile: Kat Powell Poster: Kat Powell Wednesday, 9/02, 2015 6:49 pm
Had an awesome day Saturday running the Tamalpa Headlands 50K USATF National Trail Championship race, in spite of forgetting to bring my trail shoes. Had to run in the Vibram Fivefinger shoes I was wearing...it was actually raining!!! when the race started at 7:30AM, so that made the already difficult course even more challenging. We had to climb 7300 feet over roots, rocks, stairs and muddy, slippery conditions.
Actually had a close call as I slipped off the muddy trail into the bushes on a cliff, sliding down head first...but miraculously stopped myself at a fallen tree branch and was helped to my feet by a hiker and a runner who was following me.
In spite of this adversity, ran my fastest time on this course at 8:11:28 and snagged 1st place in the USATF Championship for Female 60-64.
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 8/10, 2015 12:23 pm
Coming up a week from Saturday is our 5th San Jose Double Racing Festival (Sat Aug 22) presented by IDT. Packet Pick Up is Friday at Road Runners Sports in Campbell noon to 6pm or race morning 6am to 7:15am.
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 7/31, 2015 3:45 pm
Good luck to everyone running our Golden Gate 8k Double Adventure Run on Sunday Aug 2. There is one tough hill near the start of the 5k leg. Then there is a good downhill about a mile and a half out. Half on roads and half on trails. The GG bridge is in view most of the way. The 3k leg is all flat. Weather forecast is good. Packet Pickup at ARM in San Francisco on Saturday 2-6pm. Or race morning from 6am to 7am. We have a few spots left if you have not signed up.
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 7/26, 2015 6:45 pm
Way to go Risper. First female at Wharf to Wharf 6 miler. You make us proud!
Profile: Ben Dahlgren Poster: Elliot Daniels Monday, 7/20, 2015 5:03 pm
fast young man and respectful and friendly as well! Inspiring runner!
+reply by Bob Anderson Wednesday, 7/22, 2015 2:40 pm
Ben is a really nice guy. Second overall at the Palo Alto Double 8k. He is only 15.
Profile: kelly emo Poster: kelly emo Monday, 7/20, 2015 10:48 am
First, thank you Bob for a very fun double 8k event in Palo Alto, hope it stays a regular on the schedule and that next year, I can participate healthy... note to self, when the Achilles barks, listen... luckily I didn't end up with a full blow tear, but rather a hamstring pull that will take less recovery time... Swimming anyone??
+reply by Bob Anderson Monday, 7/20, 2015 4:24 pm
It was great seeing you yesterday. I was wondering what happened and I am glad you backed off the second leg. AT issues are worse than hamstrings! Take... more
Profile: Angela Robinson Poster: Angela Robinson Sunday, 7/05, 2015 7:30 am
Does anyone know how to find the 2014 Women's annual rankings? All of the links I've found on the website take me to the 2015 info... even when it says it is 2014. Tried sending a message through the Feedback link but never got a reply. Thanks!! ~Angela
+reply by Bob Anderson Sunday, 7/05, 2015 4:05 pm
Angela are you looking for the 2014 Annual Ujena Fit Club Rankings? Here is that link: http://www.ujenafitclub.com/qtrstat-2014.php Let me know if this is the link you are... more
+reply by Angela Robinson Sunday, 7/05, 2015 4:47 pm
Hi Bob. Yes and no. This link takes you to the 2014 MEN's rankings, but when you click on the WOMEN's rankings link on that page, it actually... more
+reply by Waitman Gobble Monday, 7/06, 2015 6:33 pm
looks like a typo, links should be updated.
+reply by Angela Robinson Sunday, 7/12, 2015 5:20 am
That fixed it. Thanks so much!!
Profile: Kat Powell Poster: Kat Powell Thursday, 7/09, 2015 5:27 pm
Canyon Creek Park sounds like a blast going uphill on dirt...that's my kind of workout! I'll see ya all there!!!!
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 7/09, 2015 11:48 am
Double Training Run tonight (July 9) at A Runner's Mind in Burlingame at 7pm . No cost. Can you join me?
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 7/07, 2015 9:47 am
Next Double Racing Event is happening July 19 in Palo Alto. Half trails and half paved roads. Good course! Double 8k (5 3) and Kids Cup Double 1.5 mile. Flat and fast.
Profile: Lester Natoni Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 6/25, 2015 3:26 pm
Good luck on Sunday at the 3rd Annual Overland Park Double Road Race. See you there!
Profile: jasper bell Poster: jasper bell Sunday, 6/21, 2015 8:07 pm
I am proud to be the 2015 double race 5k in ft Lauderdale this year.
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Richard Hefner Friday, 6/19, 2015 6:41 pm
Hi Bob... Just wanted to say my wife and I watched your movie today and it was fantastic! Makes me want to get out and run even more!
Profile: Gary Greenberg Poster: Gary Greenberg Monday, 6/15, 2015 1:21 pm
Please vote for Noah Kibreab!
Profile: Bill Dunn Poster: Bill Dunn Monday, 5/25, 2015 9:26 am
Well it has gotten to the point that my back, left leg problem is to uncomfortable to run on. So will just walk for a few weeks and see if things improve.
+reply by Kat Powell Wednesday, 5/27, 2015 6:14 pm
Walking is is great way to rehab...good luck with a speedy recovery!
+reply by Brad Chatfield Saturday, 6/06, 2015 2:54 pm
I don't know if you've ever been injured, but I assume have, and you, and Kat are right. All I can say is every day we can't run, makes time... more
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/09, 2015 8:12 am
Sorry to hear this Bill. But I think you have made a good decision to take it easy for a few weeks. But don't let three weeks become... more
Profile: kelly emo Poster: kelly emo Sunday, 5/31, 2015 12:35 pm
Found a new type of "double"--yesterday TBF racing had their annual TBF Tri for fun at 8:30am at Rancho Seco lake, but this year they added a "super sprint triathlon" starting at 8:00am which was only a 200 meter swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run. Three of us decided to try to do them both, it was crazy fun.. finished the super sprint in 25:19 and had about 10 minutes to get into a wetsuit and back down to the water for my 8:42 am wave to go for the Sprint tri (800 meter swim, 16mile bike, 3 mile run) fun experiment--Double Tri! -- definitely needed the wetsuit for the second swim however, to catch your breath :)
Profile: Kat Powell Poster: Kat Powell Wednesday, 5/27, 2015 7:26 pm
I an very happy to say that I ran my personal best 10K in Marin on Monday...not only did I get a PR, but I also broke into the 80% age grade for the very first time in my running career...
Indeed, this was a Peak Performance! But I need to thank my competition, Bob Lord of WVJS, for pulling me to this Peak performance!
+reply by Bob Anderson Thursday, 5/28, 2015 8:08 am
Congrats Kat. Breaking into 80% age-graded is moving to the next level. Way to go!
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 5/26, 2015 2:18 pm
Got in 33 miles over the weekend (Saturday-Monday) at about 9 minute pace. It felt good to get in more miles than I have been doing. I even worked in four quarters at about 1:35 each. My legs feel it today!
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 5/17, 2015 4:04 pm
Fort Lauderdale Double Racing results are at: www.floridadouble.com
Profile: Kat Powell Poster: Kat Powell Saturday, 5/16, 2015 4:30 pm
I feel bummed that Sunday's Ohlone 50K trail race has been canceled by EBRPD authorities due to Thursday's thunderstorm that dumped about 1/2 inch of rain and made the access roads impassable to emergency vehicles.
Oh well, I can now spend Sunday in my garden transplanting the 9 Heirloom tomato plants, and the kale and broccoli that I purchased today at the Farmer's Market in Saratoga.
Profile: Gary Greenberg Poster: Gary Greenberg Monday, 5/04, 2015 3:11 pm
Catch Sweet HayaH at the PG Double Racing Festival on May 10.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 5/05, 2015 11:21 am
I really like the music of Sweet Hayah! How many Double Racing Festivals have they played at so far? See everyone this weekend.
Profile: Adam Roach Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 4/26, 2015 2:30 pm
Congrats Adam on your Big Sur Marathon win
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 4/24, 2015 8:49 am
Congrats to all our members who ran the Boston Marathon. Was the weather as tough as what the news reported? Ujena Fit Club member Meb Keflezighi finished eighth with a time of 2:12:42.
+reply by Sharon Vos Friday, 4/24, 2015 12:25 pm
Congrats to Meb and all members who ran. Yes, for most of us the weather was as tough as reported. Headwind, rain almost nonstop after mile 10 (showers... more
Profile: Waitman Gobble Poster: Waitman Gobble Saturday, 4/18, 2015 9:03 pm
2015 Bali Double Road Race Results are posted. https://www.doubleroadrace.com/o.php?pg=Bali2015Results .
Profile: Laura Webb Poster: Bob Anderson Saturday, 4/04, 2015 1:48 pm
Laura it was nice meeting you. Congrats on being our overall female winner this morning at the OKC Double Road Race.
Profile: Scott Downard Poster: Bob Anderson Saturday, 4/04, 2015 1:38 pm
Congrats on winning the Double Victory Cup (best age-graded score) and the overall win this morning at the OKC Double Road Race!
Profile: Waitman Gobble Poster: Waitman Gobble Saturday, 4/04, 2015 9:11 am
Oklahoma City Double Road Race results are posted.
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 4/03, 2015 8:03 am
Off to Oklahoma City for the OKC Double Road Race April 4. See you there.
Profile: Eric Shelton Poster: Eric Shelton Wednesday, 4/01, 2015 1:16 pm
5k speedwork on the hills, 80° and 20 mph south wind...7:45 pace...I'll take it. :)
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 3/25, 2015 11:24 am
Michael and I did a Double Interval workout yesterday. In total we covered eight miles. Four of it on the track. We ran two laps at about 7:55 pace, jogged half lap and then ran one lap in 95 seconds. Walked a half a lap and did this four times. Good workout.
Profile: Therese Diaz Poster: Therese Diaz Tuesday, 3/17, 2015 8:55 am
Training for the Double 15k. The past two Saturday I've put in 6.0 and 6.61 miles my personal best.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 3/17, 2015 11:39 am
Sounds like you are getting ready!
Profile: Nancy Hood Poster: Nancy Hood Sunday, 3/15, 2015 3:19 pm
Our first trail run of the year started out fun; then went to total confusion of some non existent trail markers that added add'l mileage not planned, to making it fun anyway. Setting my next goal of the 8K Double in PG this May
+reply by Bob Anderson Sunday, 3/15, 2015 6:54 pm
Never fun when we go off course but it happens...Glad to hear you are planning on doing our PG Double May 10. Beautiful course! See you in a... more
Profile: Dean Passmore Poster: Dean Passmore Tuesday, 3/03, 2015 10:58 pm
Check out my video on my profile!
+reply by Bob Anderson Wednesday, 3/04, 2015 8:50 pm
Was this a track workout in South Africa?
+reply by Dean Passmore Wednesday, 3/04, 2015 9:20 pm
Hi Bob,yes a workout in South Africa.That particular one
10 by 400's all in 74 seconds
+reply by Bob Anderson Friday, 3/06, 2015 12:52 pm
Good workout Dean for any age! Did you get my email?
Profile: Vicki Foshay Poster: Vicki Foshay Sunday, 3/01, 2015 2:27 pm
408k Race to the Row. Took 6 minutes off last year's time and beat my best time for that race by 2 minutes!
+reply by Bob Anderson Sunday, 3/01, 2015 6:16 pm
Way to go Vicki. Maybe the San Jose Double helped!
Profile: Vicki Foshay Poster: Vicki Foshay Saturday, 2/21, 2015 7:22 pm
Had a great time running today. Loved playing leap frog with Bob Anderson. He, of course, made it to the finish first!
Looking forward to the next race.
Profile: Heide Unger Poster: Heide Unger Friday, 2/20, 2015 3:36 pm
runStarted out as an easy, slow paced walk, but felt good so I kicked it up a notch. I'm excited about my first Double 5K tomorrow. Heide Unger 2/20/15 3:35 pm
+reply by Bob Anderson Friday, 2/20, 2015 7:25 pm
Good luck tomorrow. See you there!
Profile: Nancy Hood Poster: Nancy Hood Wednesday, 2/18, 2015 4:04 pm
Its been a long road back to running. Ever since my surgery last August, it's been a struggle to get back on the road. Just when I thought I was ready to go, I started to develop lower back pain. Ugh so frustrated. Good news, I am once again cleared to start running again. I started back up last week and will try to get back into a routine of 3xweek. I am so out of shape. I pray all goes well. I really missed so much not being out on the trails with my workout buddy. Happy to be back.
Profile: Therese Diaz Poster: Therese Diaz Wednesday, 2/18, 2015 1:14 pm
We had great double training runs these past few week. Thanks to this crew
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 2/12, 2015 9:03 am
Lots of PR's at the 3rd Annual Pleasanton Double Road Race. World record times! Fast fun course! Mark your calendar Dec 20, 2015. ... more
Profile: barbara robben Poster: Julie Snider Tuesday, 2/10, 2015 7:01 pm
You are an inspiration! Thanks for your steadfast dedication to our sport!
-Julie Snider, Carmichael CA
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 2/10, 2015 9:11 pm
Barbara is an amazing person. I am so impressed on what she has done and what she is doing.
Profile: Crystal Milana Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 2/02, 2015 4:46 pm
Glad you will be joining us at the San Jose Double 5k Feb 21st. All the way from Baltimore. See you soon.
Profile: Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 1/26, 2015 9:03 am
Yesterday was Steve Prefontaine birthday. He would have been 64. I ran 6.4 miles in memory of this great runner who will never be forgotten.
Profile: Jerald Kracht Poster: Jerald Kracht Tuesday, 1/06, 2015 11:28 am
Double Road races in the Central States are beginning to take shape. The Oklahoma City, OK Double (Inaugural race) will be first out of the gate April 4th, Then Indianapolis IN, (3rd Annual) May 31st and Overland Park KS, (3rd Annual) June 28th. Then 3 more Inaugural races later in the season Omaha NE, Lincoln NE, and Tulsa OK. It is going to be a great racing season in the Central States.
+reply by Jerald Kracht Tuesday, 1/06, 2015 12:01 pm
Go to www.jkrunningevents.com to register for the Oklahoma City Double Road Race. Or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 1/06, 2015 5:54 pm
I can't wait to run my first Double in Oklahoma April 4th. Join me.
Profile: Gary Greenberg Poster: Gary Greenberg Sunday, 12/28, 2014 4:59 pm
Check these photos from Pleasanton. s://facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.739693992785087.1073741866.279693398785151
Profile: David George Johnson Poster: David George Johnson Friday, 12/26, 2014 6:09 pm
Does anyone have a bib that they are not going to use for tomorrow's Brazen race?
I'd love to end 2014 by running this race!
Profile: Gary Greenberg Poster: Gary Greenberg Tuesday, 12/23, 2014 8:15 pm
Come to the Crow's Nest on Dec 26 at 9pm for a night of music and dance.
Profile: Elliot Daniels Poster: Elliot Daniels Tuesday, 12/23, 2014 5:01 pm
The Pleasanton Double Road Race 2014 was very fun. I love the halftime and getting to use a foam roll. Thank you Bob Anderson!
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 9/22, 2014 7:27 pm
I can't wait for our next Double Racing Festival. San Juan Bautista was so much fun on Saturday. Next up Pleasanton Dec 21... ... more
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 9/15, 2014 10:00 am
Good luck Peter this weekend at the San Juan Bautista Double 15k. Going to be competitive. See you soon! ... more
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 5/11, 2014 8:02 pm
Click on this link to read an article about the PG Double. ... more
Training Idea: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #13 Monday, 4/28, 2014 7:37 am
+reply by Steve Gilbert Monday, 4/28, 2014 7:37 am
One caveat from my experience: A beginning runner may not understand the importance of glute involvement. I injured my knees training for my first marathon because I had always run with quad and hamstring strength. When my long runs went over 2:30, I lost knee stability and caused quite a bit of damage. Fortunately, with accurate diagnosis and improved technique I was able to overcome the problem.
Training Idea: Blind Turns Can Give You a Racing Advantage Monday, 4/28, 2014 7:30 am
+reply by Steve Gilbert Monday, 4/28, 2014 7:30 am
As my running progressed, I enjoyed moving from the mental state of merely trying to figure out how to finish, to thinking about strategy - whether I could implement it or not!
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 3/24, 2014 3:51 pm
Rich Stiller's approach to racing the Double. I am not sure if I can run the 10k leg without running all out! But that's just me. I always run my 5k leg at the same or faster pace. My best Double is 1:05:03. I ran 43:25 for the 10k leg (6:59 pace) and 21:38 for the 5k leg...just a little faster. But there is no right or wrong way to race the Double. The best way is what works for you! Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rich... ... more
Interview: 2013 Ujena Fit Club Male Runner of the Year Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 3/17, 2014 11:57 am
I asked our editor David Prokop to speak with Chris Jones, our male runner of the year. These insights confirms how amazing a feat Chris pulled off. Congrats chris!!! Glad to see you are racing well again this year. ... more
Training Idea: Losing my Edge by RIch Stiller Friday, 3/07, 2014 12:24 pm
+reply by Bob Anderson Friday, 3/07, 2014 12:24 pm
I am the second of five boys in our family. We were all very competitive even at the dinner table.
+reply by Brad Chatfield Friday, 3/07, 2014 11:46 am
Dan I only had 3 brothers, I was the youngest of the 4; and I out did them all, but I look up to them to this day. Still it was a great day when I kicked their A.
+reply by Dan Roddy Friday, 3/07, 2014 7:13 am
I grew up in a family of 5 boys, I was number 3. Everything we did was a race; how fast can you do that? I run every race knowing I gave it my best effort.
+reply by Richard Stiller Thursday, 3/06, 2014 7:18 am
I recommend that you visit the Level Renner website. levelrenner.com
+reply by Brad Chatfield Wednesday, 3/05, 2014 8:32 pm
Richard great article, do we (runners) all have some of the same issues as we go through our lives? I have never trained like I should, I just use the gift God gave me. When I run, or workout I race or max out the workout. It always ends in injury or burnout. Thanks for the story it's going to help, the rest is up to me, and a good coach if I'll listen, and learn.
+reply by Bob Anderson Wednesday, 3/05, 2014 3:08 pm
Interesting insight to my 50 race challenge in 2012. Thanks Rich for always being there and helping me out. Our movie A Long Run is being released in a couple of weeks.
Article: Poster: Kat Powell Tuesday, 2/25, 2014 9:10 pm
Enjoyed reading your article David! Great connection with the two winners...I can sure relate to Tori, since I'm also an endurance runner. ... more
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 2/23, 2014 8:30 am
I knew the way to San Jose. Great article David. Congrats to all our winners! ... more
Race: Poster: Phyllis Karsten Tuesday, 1/21, 2014 9:32 am
I am in awe over my co-age group member. Melody-anne Schultz, you ran to race twice as fast as me! I take my hat off at your 97.78% age grade ranking! and your 1:13:29 against my 2:27:35 at the Pleasanton Double. I was happy just to finish!
Phyllis Kartsen -
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 1/13, 2014 4:07 pm
All Double runners need to read this article by David Prokop...San Jose Double is coming up Feb 22! ... more
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 12/23, 2013 10:56 pm
There were six world Double Road Race records set in Pleasanton. Congrats to all our finishers! ... more
Article: Poster: John Hofacre Monday, 12/16, 2013 10:28 pm
It will no doubt be your BEST second annual! ... more
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Saturday, 12/14, 2013 6:05 pm
The stage is set, the weather forecast is good and more than 1000 runners will be joining us Double Weekend in Pleasanton Dec 20-22! ... more
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 11/10, 2013 3:09 pm
Congrats to all our winners at the Manhattan Doulbe. Joe Moore ran the second fastest time ever. He posted 44:48.
+reply by Bob Anderson Sunday, 11/10, 2013 3:37 pm
Results are posted on the Double Road Race Manhattan website. Click on link above to read story. Photos will be posted Monday. Z
Interview: Julius Koskei: All In the Family Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 11/07, 2013 2:20 pm
Julius has confirmed he will be running the Pleasanton Double Dec 22...it is going to be a strong field. The women's world record holder Sarah will also be running... ... more
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 11/03, 2013 9:44 am
Good coverage of the New York City Marathon...Geoffrey Mautai made his move at 20 miles and won by a minute. Priscah Jeptoo was over three minutes behind Deba at the half way point but caught her and won by 49 seconds. It was a tough day for running with the win...
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 10/09, 2013 8:47 am
The field at this year's B.A.A. Half marathon is top notch like last year. Kim Smith from New Zealand is in top form...she won the women's race last year in 1:10:57.
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Saturday, 9/28, 2013 10:19 pm
Congrats to Sarah and Daniel... ... more
Interview: Daniel Tapia Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 9/20, 2013 10:11 am
Good luck Daniel in San Juan Bautista next Saturday...you know the course. It is fast and I think you have a shot at the world record!!!! ... more
Race: New York Mini 10K (women only) Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 9/17, 2013 3:27 pm
What a close race between two giants of our sport. While 40-year-old Haile Gebrselassie runs 1:00:41 setting a new world best for 40 plus...
Training Idea: How many Miles Should I run weekly? Monday, 9/16, 2013 4:21 pm
+reply by Bob Anderson Monday, 9/16, 2013 4:21 pm
How many miles should we run weekly? Or how much time do we have to spend running? How many miles are you running currently? Good advice Hal...
Interview: TINA KEFALAS Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 9/16, 2013 11:29 am
It is going to be great to see Tina again at the San Juan Bautista Double Road Race Sept 28 ... more
Race: Around Cape Ann 25K Poster: Bob Anderson Saturday, 8/31, 2013 10:25 pm
This race was so much fun. It was one of my 50 races in 2012 and I loved it. Make sure you put this on your bucket list.
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 8/25, 2013 9:16 am
Thanks David for writing this article. Congrats to all our finishers yesterday. It was a good day for racing. Nice meeting so many of you.... ... more
Training Idea: Mental Performance Tips - for the Double Road Race Wednesday, 8/21, 2013 12:22 am
+reply by Bob Anderson Wednesday, 8/21, 2013 12:22 am
Dr JoAnn will be running on Saturday...have you read her advice...I follow her advice because it works!!!!
+reply by Bob Anderson Thursday, 8/08, 2013 11:42 pm
Thanks JoAnn for sharing some great ideas. You have really helped me be a better runner.
Interview: 38.7 SECONDS! Poster: Steve Gilbert Wednesday, 8/07, 2013 9:10 pm
Double Road Race Indy packet pick up with Bob Schul 3-6 PM Saturday!
Article: Eating Well for Running Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 8/06, 2013 12:01 pm
I am running all of our Doubles this year...even thinking about going over to Greece to run the Double Tina and Pavlos is putting together there Dec 1st....but I am not sure how I would handle the jet leg???? ... more
Interview: 38.7 SECONDS! Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 8/05, 2013 6:53 pm
We are honored to have the only American to win the gold medal in the 5000m at the Indy Double Road Race this Sunday...August 11th!!! Can't wait to meet you Bob Schul. ... more
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 8/04, 2013 10:26 pm
This is the third Double of the year...good course...good competition!
Interview: Team Dunn: The Famly That Runs Together... Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 7/18, 2013 10:42 am
It was super meeting the Dunn family at the Overland Park Double June 30th. Excited that they will be joining us in Denver for the Double this weekend. Good luck to the Dunn family!!!! ... more
Article: Defining a Tempo Run Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 7/01, 2013 12:26 pm
There were so many good stories from the Double Roard Race...this is what our editor David Prokop heard. Good job David. ... more
Article: Runners Need Carbs Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/25, 2013 10:02 pm
If you are running the Double, you need to read this article...Tyler McCandless and Christine Kennedy are racing in Overland Park on Sunday along with hundreds of others! ... more
Interview: Michelle Meyer Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/25, 2013 6:51 pm
Michelle has been running well and has signed up for the San Jose Double Road Race August 24th ... more
Race: Flying Pig Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/25, 2013 6:45 pm
Happening this Saturday...has to be one of the toughest races anywhere. Has anyone here run it? My age-group winner takes 22 hours to complete it. I think it would take me at least a week! But I am sure there is a time limit.
Race: Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/25, 2013 6:41 pm
Risper, one of our top Ujena Fit Club female runners, was only one second behind the winner last year. Risper ran 32:23 and placed third. It was a sprint to the finish. Her coach and husband George, told me she is rested and really wants to win this year! Go Risper!!!! This is one of the biggest races in the country...nearly 58,000 finishers last year!!!! Who else is running?
Interview: Mark Covert Interview 28 Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/25, 2013 9:55 am
My brother Bill Anderson is 14 on the Official USA Active Running Streak List...he has not missed a day of running (at least one mile) since Sept 27, 1976...way to go Bill!!!! ... more
Race: 10 for Texas Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/25, 2013 9:42 am
I really like this half marathon...I have run it three times. I am going to miss this year because I will be in Denver for the Double Road Race. Otherwise I would have been on the starting line again. Make a plan to do this one!!!
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/25, 2013 9:23 am
The weather forecast for our Overland Park Double June 30 is good. Not going to be too hot...65 degrees at 7:30am and 74 at 11am. That will work!!!
Interview: Peter Mullin Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 6/23, 2013 10:06 pm
Peter Mullin from Houston is having an amazing year. He has already posted 19 races and leads our Fit Club Rankings with 5058 points. Dave Nevitt is second with 3931 points followed by Tyler McCandless. Who is going to be this year's Ujena Fit Club 2013 Male Runner of the Year? ... more
Interview: Billy Mills Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 6/23, 2013 10:03 pm
The First Double Road Race of the Year is coming up quick...June 30th in Overland Park, Kansas (just outside of KC). Billy Mills is our guest of honor... ... more
Interview: Mark Covert Interview 28 Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 6/21, 2013 1:46 pm
I just read that in just over a month Mark Covert is going to end his running streak. On July 23 he will no longer run at least a mile every day. He will end up with a 45 year streak. Mark is an amazing guy. He says "this is nothing to be sad about. I have always said that I would end the streak when I wanted it to end. The end is something I could have done many times the past several months and I would have been just fine with it. Over the last several months I have not been able to push at all. All I have done is to keep the streak alive." You are making a tough but good decision Mark... ... more
Interview: THE METAMORPHOSIS OF MOLLY Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 6/21, 2013 1:35 pm
Is Molly going to be able to break the Double Road Race World Record in Overland Park? After reading this article by David Prokop, I think she has a good shot at it. Go for it Molly!!! ... more
Race: Manchester Road Race Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 6/14, 2013 5:33 pm
I have always wanted to run this race. It was started 35 years ago and they do a half too. Some very fast times there. Have you run it?
Race: Flying Pig Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 6/14, 2013 5:12 pm
Excited to have Josh, this year's winner running our Overland Park Double June 30th...good luck!
Race: Monumental Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 6/14, 2013 4:36 pm
Already missing not being in SF this weekend for the half marathon. Love this race...good luck to everyone who is running!!!! I have been running the second half...
Interview: Billy Mills Poster: Bruce Gilbert Tuesday, 6/11, 2013 8:11 pm
Dave, great story. I met Billy Mills in 1984 when he came to KC for Hospital Hill Run. Can't wait to see him again. ... more
Interview: Billy Mills Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/11, 2013 3:23 pm
I have not seen Billy Mills for over thirty years. It is so exciting that he will be joining us June 30th at the Overland Park Double Road Race. He will also be celebrating his 75th birthday on that day too! ... more
Interview: Michelle Meyer Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 3/06, 2013 9:09 am
Our editor David Prokop is on a roll...he writes an article about a runner and right afterwards the person runs well...like Michelle who won the recent Napa Marathon... ... more
Interview: Sharon Vos Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 2/25, 2013 9:21 pm
Two years in a row...Ujena Female Runner of the Year. I can also tell you these triplets are all simply amazing...feel honored to know all three! Congrats Sharon!!!! ... more
Interview: Michelle Meyer Poster: Bob Anderson Saturday, 2/23, 2013 12:14 pm
Michelle Meyer is a very talented runner. It was so exciting to have her at our Double in Pleasanton. She was second female... ... more
Race: 12K's of Christmas Poster: Sharon Vos Thursday, 2/21, 2013 10:02 pm
Al Gordon is a nice race, a bit hard to park if driving since it's a Saturday. Course is nice with one major uphill in the beginning and then rolling. Weather can be cold!
Interview: Peter Mullin Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 2/19, 2013 3:39 pm
Ujena Fit Club 2012 Male Runner of the Year - congrats Peter Mullin. You posted 22 races that totaled 5432 points. You won a Ujena Fit Club Elite Racing singlet and free entry and a two night hotel stay for the 2013 Double Road Race of your choice. You will have 10 to pick from. It will be great to meet... ... more
Article: Runners Need Carbs Poster: Eldon Regua Tuesday, 2/19, 2013 2:00 pm
My two cents. I concur with Bill's assessment : re 5K pace slower than 10K pace for relatively not in top shape runners. Given the weather, I probably went too hard on the 10K to compensate for bad weather, thus when the gun went off for the 5K, I couldn't get going, my 5K was almost two minutes slower than my PR. That said, I was still pleased to medal in my age group. For the next Double, I will attempt to keep legs moving and keep warm during the intermission. ... more
Race: Chevron Houston Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 2/17, 2013 9:34 am
I really enjoy this 8k race in Palo Alto. I would run it in a heartbeat however this year I am going to be out of town. Running the Ujena 5k that day in Cancun.
A Long Run: Boston Marathon Training Run Poster: Bruce Gilbert Saturday, 2/16, 2013 6:34 pm
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. ... more
Article: Make a Plan and Set Goals Poster: Bruce Gilbert Saturday, 2/09, 2013 9:14 am
Tyler, great story, very informative details--we will try to get you some better weather conditions in Overland Park. ... more
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 2/05, 2013 8:28 am
Thanks Eldon and Shari for your support. I know you both do enjoy running the Double!!! ... more
Article: Poster: Eldon Regua Monday, 2/04, 2013 5:50 pm
Congrats to the "Double Federation" team! ... more
A Long Run: Ran first race of 2013 yesterday Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 1/30, 2013 7:40 am
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! ... more
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 1/09, 2013 11:56 am
Several Ujena Fit Club members are running this marathon including Fernando Cabada who wants to get under 2:10 which would bring him up to the next level. Good luck Fernando!!!!
Article: Intake of fluids while racing in a Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 12/27, 2012 11:23 pm
Be sure to check out David's story on the Double. Lots of World Class times with tons of Christmas spirit. Met many families. The mood in the Recovery Zone was magical...at least for me!!!! ... more
A Long Run: Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 12/27, 2012 10:02 am
Here are more details about The Moody Two race on Saturday. This will be race number 50 of the year and I hope you will join us. Bob Anderson ... more
Article: Learn From Your Races Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 12/19, 2012 3:26 pm
I can not hardly believe that my 50-race challenge is coming to an end this Sunday in Pleasanton at the Double. Here is Dave Prokop's take on the Challenge... ... more
Interview: Bill Rodgers Poster: Steve Gilbert Saturday, 12/15, 2012 4:16 am
Really enjoyed this . Bill offered some encouragement before my first marathon in Indianapolis in 2011 (Indianaplis Monumental Marathon). 12/23 we will be in the same AG, if not in the same pace group. ... more
A Long Run: Back on Pace...finally Poster: Steve Gilbert Sunday, 12/09, 2012 7:54 pm
Great job. If it were easy, it would not have bee a worthy goal. This prize will have your name on it soon. ... more
A Long Run: Back on Pace...finally Poster: Bruce Gilbert Sunday, 12/09, 2012 7:13 pm
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???? ... more
A Long Run: Did I make the right decision this morning? Poster: Barry Sackett Monday, 12/03, 2012 6:04 am
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. ... more
A Long Run: Did I make the right decision this morning? Poster: Bill Dunn Sunday, 12/02, 2012 8:47 pm
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. ... more
A Long Run: Did I make the right decision this morning? Poster: Roger Wright Sunday, 12/02, 2012 8:19 pm
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. ... more
A Long Run: Did I make the right decision this morning? Poster: Steve Gilbert Sunday, 12/02, 2012 7:47 pm
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. ... more
Article: Why the Long Socks? Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 11/26, 2012 7:53 pm
Dave Prokop has put together some really good information here about training for the Double Road Race! ... more
Interview: Bill Rodgers Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 11/18, 2012 10:04 pm
Great piece on Bill Rodgers. It is exciting that Bill will be out for the Double Road Race in Pleasanton 23! ... more
Race: Davis Turkey Trot 5K Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 11/12, 2012 10:46 pm
I ran this race about 15 years ago. I think it is a fast course...I hope so! This will be race number 42 for the year!!!!
Article: Keep a Running Log Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 10/30, 2012 10:19 pm
Some more good Double reading...thanks Dave and I can not wait to read your next 10 strategies... ... more
A Long Run: Being More Focused Helps Poster: Pam Kennedy Wednesday, 10/24, 2012 2:06 pm
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! ... more
Article: You Only Need One Reason Poster: george hirsch Monday, 10/22, 2012 5:16 pm
The Double looks like a fabulous event that should only grow in interest. folks are
looking for new, innovative race experiences.
Article: You Only Need One Reason Poster: Neil McDonagh Monday, 10/22, 2012 5:12 pm
Read your article. I don't measure, time (outside of speed work) or count my miles, so obviously my strategy is #1 Bomb's Away!!! In 2010 over a span of 10mo I dropped my half marathon time by 7:30 (71min -> 64 min), just by having fun and being relaxed. I laugh and smile during races now and have been ripping pr's along the way. If only I had a time machine to clue myself in about 10 years ago! Looking forward to the Double in December... ... more
Article: Your body need easy Days Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 10/17, 2012 9:06 am
Hope you are enjoying Dave Prokop's writing as much as I am, "the Double has been described as a road running chess match in shoes, shorts and a singlet." ... more
A Long Run: I wanted to get under 21 Minutes and I did Poster: Jodi Labossiere Sunday, 10/14, 2012 4:17 am
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! ... more
A Long Run: Race Number 38 in the Morning Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 10/10, 2012 10:50 am
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... ... more
A Long Run: Race Number 38 in the Morning Poster: Jodi Labossiere Wednesday, 10/10, 2012 10:42 am
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! ... more
Article: Improve your chances of Running Well Poster: Roger Wright Tuesday, 10/09, 2012 7:06 am
Wow Boston 2013 is shaping up to be a very interesting race for a number of reasons and Christine versus Joan will be very interesting. Debating whether to run it again or help on the sidelines. ... more
Article: Dealing with Bad Days Poster: Dick Beardsley Saturday, 10/06, 2012 4:38 am
I wish you all the best Christine! The weather should be perfect to go after the record! You are one tough gal, go gettem! Dick Beardsley :-) ... more
Race: Portland Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 10/05, 2012 6:40 pm
Met several runners from Eugene area that are running this marathon. Good luck to all of you! I know that at least one of you are running your first marathon ever. Don't go out too fast!
Article: Dealing with Bad Days Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 10/05, 2012 1:42 pm
Good luck Christine...thanks for taking the time to speak with our editor Dave Prokop yesterday! ... more
A Long Run: How Could This Have Happen? Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 9/27, 2012 3:52 pm
That seems like a long time ago...have run 36 races since then...I healed up well and today you can hardly notice the damage...but it did hurt at the time Trisha...see you in Eugene this weekend! ... more
A Long Run: Very Important Races Coming Up Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 9/20, 2012 10:29 pm
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! ... more
A Long Run: Tough Race in San Deigo Poster: Steven Richardson Wednesday, 8/29, 2012 6:13 am
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. ... more
A Long Run: Working on Issues Poster: Bill Dunn Friday, 8/24, 2012 4:14 pm
BOB, now you are starting to understand why I have stretching every day with my posts. ... more
A Long Run: Tough Race in San Deigo Poster: Jodi Labossiere Monday, 8/20, 2012 7:21 am
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:) ... more
A Long Run: Tough Race in San Deigo Poster: Bruce Gilbert Monday, 8/20, 2012 6:20 am
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! ... more
A Long Run: Falmouth Road Race No 32 Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 8/15, 2012 9:57 am
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! ... more
A Long Run: Falmouth Road Race No 32 Poster: Sharon Vos Wednesday, 8/15, 2012 7:58 am
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! ... more
Race: America's Finest City Half Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 8/14, 2012 10:16 am
Just watched the course video again...looks like my type of course. Some downhill in the beginning and the hills in the last two miles don't look too bad. I checked the weather report and they are saying 69% humidity and 70 degrees. Sounds okay!
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 8/14, 2012 10:17 am
This will be race number 33 of the year on Sunday. I hope to get under 1:32...
Training Idea: Take an ice bath to assist in recovery Saturday, 8/11, 2012 3:36 pm
+reply by Richard Stiller Saturday, 8/11, 2012 3:36 pm
Or you can turn a garden hose on your legs after a run. An old horse trainers trick. Jack Foster the great masters runner from NZ used this all the time.
Race: Falmouth Road Race Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 8/07, 2012 9:35 pm
I have heard so much about this race over the years. This will be my 32nd race of the year. It looks like they have set up an outstanding field...
A Long Run: San Francisco Half Marathon! Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 7/30, 2012 1:24 pm
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 ... more
Interview: Mark Covert Interview 28 Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 7/27, 2012 3:08 pm
I include walking if running does not work for my streak. Not sure how Mark has kept this up. I can remember him way back when. Congrats Mark!!! ... more
Article: Run Point-to-Point on Turns Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 7/27, 2012 10:12 am
Can Galen Rupp pull off an upset in the 10000 Aug 4th? Anything can happen at the Olympics. Billy Mills did it...Go Galen!!!! ... more
Training Idea: You don't have to wear a iPod Sunday, 7/15, 2012 9:22 pm
+reply by Shari Mernett Sunday, 7/15, 2012 9:22 pm
I don't listen to music when I run outside. I run with my dogs, and even though they are very well behaved, I like to hear if any traffic is coming - I would be very devastated if one of them got run over. I also like to be able to hear where the dogs are and to be alert to any wildlife that I might run into. But really, how can you enjoy the great outdoors and the wonder of mother nature if you are plugged in? I will admit to listening to music or watching a movie while on the treadmill for extended periods of time....
+reply by Steven Richardson Thursday, 6/28, 2012 5:54 am
I have never been able to listen to music while I run. I think for the most part its because I dont like to cary anthing bigger then my watch with me. I also dont want to get used to it because we are not allowed to take the PT test with music so I figure its best to just get used to running silently.
+reply by Gary Funck Wednesday, 6/27, 2012 10:50 pm
Costas Karageorghis and Peter Terry have also authored a book, "Inside Sport Psychology", which got some play a while back. It is mentioned in this blog: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/22/does-music-help-you-run-faster
+reply by Gary Funck Wednesday, 6/27, 2012 10:41 pm
I don't listen to music when exercise, though I can see how it might help when indoors on a tread mill or exercise bike. It is safer then anyway. There have been various studies that indicate that listening to music, esp. "synchronous" (in tempo with the exercise, up-beat, etc.) can improve performance by as much as 15% for a non-elite athlete. Google for the paper "The Psychological, Psychophysical, and Ergorenic Effects of Music in Sport: A Review and Synthesis" by Costas I. Karageorghis
+reply by Barry Anderson Wednesday, 6/27, 2012 11:35 am
Not for me. I enjoy the sounds of nature - particularly in the morning workouts - and the greetings and encouragement from other runners on the trails.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/26, 2012 9:53 am
The only time I tired listening to music while running was in 1965. I had a little transistor radio with an ear plug. This was before iPods. After about a mile I took it out. It was just taking too much away from my run. On the other hand, I do like running the Rock n Roll races with music every mile or to run the Bay To Breakers with music at spots along the way. BUT I just don't like it every minute in my ear. Never have and never well. How about you?
A Long Run: Getting this under Control Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 7/12, 2012 9:59 pm
Thanks for the words of encouragement...it really means a lot to me. That first hill on Sunday is a Butt Burner for sure... ... more
A Long Run: Getting this under Control Poster: Gary Funck Thursday, 7/12, 2012 9:15 pm
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 ...>>. ... more
A Long Run: Getting this under Control Poster: Bruce Gilbert Thursday, 7/12, 2012 2:17 pm
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. ... more
A Long Run: Third Best 5k of the Year Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 7/06, 2012 3:06 pm
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... ... more
A Long Run: Third Best 5k of the Year Poster: Bruce Gilbert Thursday, 7/05, 2012 9:24 am
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. ... more
Training Idea: Why the Long Socks? Tuesday, 7/03, 2012 6:34 am
+reply by Shari Mernett Tuesday, 7/03, 2012 6:34 am
I use mine every once in a while... Mostly if I have a long run along the highway.... I have also worn them to bed at night when my legs have been tired. Not sure if they helped more physically or mentally....
+reply by Bob Anderson Monday, 7/02, 2012 12:12 pm
I have thought about trying these socks...I know that Ujena Fit Club member Meb swears by them...any other members wearing them?
A Long Run: Fell this morning Poster: Gary Funck Monday, 7/02, 2012 9:50 am
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. ... more
A Long Run: Fell this morning Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 7/02, 2012 9:36 am
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... ... more
A Long Run: Fell this morning Poster: Gary Funck Saturday, 6/30, 2012 9:44 pm
Bob, I hope that you can make the best of the situation, and come back strong next week. ... more
Article: A racing tip from Bob Anderson Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 6/29, 2012 11:37 pm
Emil Zatopek won the 5,000, 10,000 and marathon at the 1952 Olympic Games. He was the first runner to run under 29 minutes for the 10k. He won 38 consecutive 10,000 meter races. George Hirsch wrote this article about Emil Zatopek and that Olympic Games for the New York Times recently. He wanted to share it with us. Thanks George. Really enjoyed reading this... ... more
A Long Run: My Hamstring is not Right! Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 6/28, 2012 7:55 pm
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!! ... more
Training Idea: You Only Need One Reason Wednesday, 6/27, 2012 11:05 am
+reply by Steven Richardson Wednesday, 6/27, 2012 11:05 am
This is a very intresting article. Reading through this I thought back to a few times when I cut my workout short or just didnt run and some of the times when I just didn't want to run but did. I never really though about why I ran and why I didn't but after reading this article I relized the answer to that question. The days I quit or didn't run I had no reason to run besides just running the days I pushed myself to run was to prepare for a upcomeing race. So I defiently think this article is a great one and is defiently true.
Training Idea: Keep a Running Log Wednesday, 6/27, 2012 11:00 am
+reply by Steven Richardson Wednesday, 6/27, 2012 11:00 am
I have been using my garmin to keep track of logs and its really helped me keep my motivation levels up along with preparing for my races. I used to run without loging my runs and in every case I would quit after a few months. I think its very important to keep track of your progress in order to keep going with your workouts.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/26, 2012 9:55 am
I have been keeping a diary for years. It has really helped me get through injuries (knowing what I did before) and to plan for races. I also now post deaily on the Ujena Fit Club. I know I have run a lot of extra good miles because I want to reach the next level of points. How about you?
Training Idea: Pre-Race Routine Tuesday, 6/26, 2012 11:58 am
+reply by Barry Anderson Tuesday, 6/26, 2012 11:58 am
Wow! Your have had lots of practice at your pre-race routine this year...got it down pat! Like to see enough effort in your warm up to break a sweat...very important.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 6/26, 2012 10:18 am
I believe in doing the same things before a race. Here is what I do. I get up at least two hours before the start. I will eat a half of a banana right away. I will drink a cup of coffee (decaf right now). I will go to the bathroom. I will NOT put on my racing shoes or racing singlet (always wear a red singlet and black racing shorts) until 15-20 minutes before the start. I will warm up in sweat pants, t-shirt and sweatshirt. I like to run a mile warmup. I want to break a sweat. Then I will put on my racing singlet and start getting used to the temp about 15 minutes before the start. I will go to the bathroom again and would have most likely gone 3-4 times since getting up. I want to clear my system. I will drink some water. Before putting on my racing flats I will rub my feet with Icy Hot. Makes my feet feel warm and different than a training run. (I am sure I am the only person in the world who does this. I also hardly ever get blisters and this might help that too.) I will eat one pack of glu before races 10k or longer. And I will make sure to carry one for 10 mile plus races. I will for sure double knot my shoes and tuck the laces into the other laces. I might have taken one Aleve one hour before too. Started this ten years back and it seems to help? I will get a good starting spot and off I go...
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #8 Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 6/15, 2012 6:45 am
My first pair of running shoes were converse...they were so bad...then I got a pair of adidas that were just as bad...Lydiard, Nike Waffle Trainers, the original New Balance, etc. Now it is adidas in the bright colors that's working for me... ... more
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #8 Poster: Richard Stiller Thursday, 6/14, 2012 4:14 pm
I remember those well. The Lydiards too. I remember when Nike started to go hog wild on making the soles wider and wider. Sort of like the tail fins on 1957 caddies. I had one pair and the inside of the sole would slash across the inside of my other leg. After that I stuck with NB. ... more
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #8 Poster: Barry Anderson Thursday, 6/14, 2012 12:10 pm
For a year in college we got to try out some Lydiard shoes. He spent several days in Manhattan for some reason and I think he brought a bunch for us to try out. Liked them a lot but they wore out fast...of course that was at a time when we were doing 150 a week for months in a row. Not real sure how long they were made. ... more
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #8 Poster: Richard Stiller Thursday, 6/14, 2012 7:17 am
I found an old pair of New Balance 320's from the 1970's. One of my favorite trainers. But now, looking at them, it is hard to believe I ever could have run in them. ... more
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #8 Poster: Steven Richardson Friday, 6/08, 2012 8:50 pm
I like trainers because they are alittle heavier then my racing shoes. Seems to help with my build up for the race. Then on race day I ware lighter shoes and its seems like I'm running on air. ... more
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #8 Poster: Barry Anderson Friday, 6/08, 2012 10:44 am
At your low weight (145) and weekly mileage Bob, I would think that training shoes would work fine. If you were pounding out 100 mile weeks that would be a different story. Do you have a pair or two that you save just for races? ... more
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #8 Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 6/08, 2012 12:19 am
I am doing most of my training in racing shoes. I try to not wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. I am rotating about six pairs now... ... more
Training Idea: Dealing with Bad Days Monday, 6/04, 2012 1:42 pm
+reply by Barry Anderson Monday, 6/04, 2012 1:42 pm
Thanks Steven. Hope you are recovering well from your marathon.
+reply by Steven Richardson Monday, 6/04, 2012 7:30 am
I love this article because it relates to the past two weeks for me. I have not felt good at all for the last two weeks. I continued on even though my miliage was lacking and then ran a marathon. Even though I felt bad for two weeks and I just new I would do terrable on the race I ran it anyway. Ended up setting PB times from 9 miles up in once race. Of course anything over 13.1 miles would be a pb no matter what time I got. Just like you said in the article een though you feel bad and it seems you are not improving you are. Dont let the bad days force you to quite!
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #8 Poster: Steven Richardson Wednesday, 5/30, 2012 5:49 am
Your defiently on track with this article. Seems everytime I get a new pair of shoes I get a PB time in some distance or another. I am still experamenting with shoes at the time and have found my racing shoes but still playing around with diffrent trainers. ... more
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #9 Poster: Richard Stiller Thursday, 5/24, 2012 8:13 am
We had a runner on the West Coast named Mitch Kingery. He ran with his head tilted to one side. At fifteen he ran in he low 2:20's for the marathon. 2:23 if I remember correctly. ... more
A Long Run: San Jose Mercury News Article Poster: Richard Stiller Tuesday, 5/22, 2012 11:40 am
Plus now I have been dragged into the limelight too because I am mentioned and quoted. It was all I could do to fight my way into my house past the press and autograph seekers. ;-) ... more
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #9 Poster: Barry Anderson Tuesday, 5/22, 2012 10:43 am
Classic photos with this article. I believe the one with the rather excited official is his finish at the state meet which is still the fastest mile ever run in high school competition...47 years ago this month. ... more
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #6 Poster: Barry Anderson Monday, 5/21, 2012 10:18 am
You do have to use some caution with downhill training. The most common mistake is too steep of a grade combined with a hard surface (road). Very gradual grassy slopes are great if you can find one that is smooth...like a golf course. Of course, that can cause an entirely different problem since runners are often not welcomed on golf courses. ... more
A Long Run: San Jose Mercury News Article Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 5/20, 2012 5:10 am
I have not seen the paper but I guess it was on the front page...been getting a lot of emails about it...thanks everyone for your support...means so much to me! ... more
A Long Run: My next race is Bay To Breakers in SF Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 5/20, 2012 5:08 am
Up early and getting ready to race the B2B...got my sub seeded number...hope I don't loose a minute on the Hayes Street hills...but I know I will love the last few miles through Golden Gate Park...want to run 6:55 or better pace...thanks Rich, Bill and Barry for your thoughts...My on site support crew Michael and Waitman will be here to meet Catherine and I in 40 minutes... ... more
Interview: Barry Anderson Interview 27 Poster: Barry Anderson Friday, 5/18, 2012 7:42 am
Thanks Bob. I have already been inspired by the enthusiasm that so many of our Ujena Fit Club members show in their posts. Hope to see even more start to post their workouts and thoughts on running. Am looking forward to helping in any way possible. ... more
A Long Run: Race 21 DSE Mother's Day 5k SF Poster: Bruce Gilbert Wednesday, 5/16, 2012 8:32 am
Bob, you are keeping the right attitude and keeping things in perspective for the LONG HAUL. Maybe your body will at least compromise with you and you can knock off 2 or 3 pounds. If you keep going this fast, the unnecessary weight will get discouraged and will eventually go away. Good luck in the big one this Sunday, save a little back for the last half. ... more
A Long Run: Race 21 DSE Mother's Day 5k SF Poster: Richard Stiller Sunday, 5/13, 2012 5:23 pm
I love gravel ;) Raced this section for years over many DSE courses. My father's last post at the end of WWII was the Presidio and for all I know he put the gravel there in 1945. Lol ... more
A Long Run: Race 21 DSE Mother's Day 5k SF Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 5/13, 2012 4:07 pm
If you live in San Francisco or when you are visting SF, you can always count on the DSE to have a race for you. I have done four so far out of 50...thanks DSE Runners!!! ... more
Training Idea: Race Over the Hill Friday, 5/11, 2012 8:51 am
+reply by Richard Stiller Friday, 5/11, 2012 8:51 am
Luckily in age group competition you are running against others who are going through the same thing. I was a good uphill runner but could really turn it on going down hill ( sub-5 pace or faster). Not any longer.
+reply by Steven Richardson Friday, 5/11, 2012 7:45 am
I would imagine as you get older you start to loose alot of muscle in your legs. going down a hill requires alot less effort on the muscles and puts more strain on the joints and bones. You have been running so long that your bones and joints are used to the impact but no matter what you do you will lose muscle as you get older and will have to work that much harder to keep it.
+reply by Barry Anderson Thursday, 5/10, 2012 12:40 pm
Do you incorporate any specific hill training in your workouts?
+reply by Bob Anderson Wednesday, 5/09, 2012 8:36 pm
I was a much better hill runner when I was younger...I can still really hold my own racing down a hilll but up a hill is another story...I wonder why it is different now?
Training Idea: Run Point-to-Point on Turns Wednesday, 5/09, 2012 8:32 pm
+reply by Bob Anderson Wednesday, 5/09, 2012 8:32 pm
+reply by Daniel Huddleston Wednesday, 5/09, 2012 7:36 am
Only one change to your comment, Bob, "was" should be "is". :) What Ken did for course standardization and record keeping is about on-par with what you did in expanding the knowledge base of running.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 10:45 pm
Ken Young was a master at making sure the course was spot on...
+reply by Richard Stiller Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 8:42 pm
I measured courses for the TAC and the Pacific Association and we used a calibrated cycle. It was a burden as far as time was concerned but we knew the courses were accurate. I don't believe Garmins and G-Mapping is as accurate.
+reply by Daniel Huddleston Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 8:03 pm
From what I understand viren was the master at being precisely at his best fitness for the biggest races. Ahead of his time.
And about the ave course, ken young certified it. He rides a calibrated bicycle (with people on radios on either side of the turn) in just the manner that barry described. From the way ken talks every course measurer SHOULD be doing it the same way.
+reply by Richard Stiller Monday, 5/07, 2012 1:29 pm
Pre would have had to shift to the 10k. He might have medalled there but not in the 5k. That turned out to be a kickers race which Viren won. But it was a near thing by his own admission.
+reply by Bruce Gilbert Monday, 5/07, 2012 9:54 am
I believe they measure the shortest distance that you could realistically run it without other runners to contend with. So many folks seemed zoned out and are just staying in a particular lane--maybe they think it would be rude to cut across, and it is rude if you are cutting off other runners to do it.
+reply by Bob Anderson Monday, 5/07, 2012 9:48 am
The timing of this article was so perfect. There were a lot of turns in the Ave of the Giants half marathon on Sunday. Most runners did not follow this advice, I did. I know it helped. My question, how do they measure a certified course?
+reply by Barry Anderson Friday, 5/04, 2012 9:43 am
I totally agree Richard...the bronze maybe but not the gold or silver. Viren was the best runner and racer on that day and 4 years later. Much faster than people have given him credit for. He could really put the hammer down for a long push to the finish and would consistently run 1:55-1:57 for the last 800...even in the 10k. Think he may have also placed 5th in the 76 Olympic marathon...good range.
+reply by Richard Stiller Friday, 5/04, 2012 8:06 am
If Pre did as you say I doubt he would have won but he might have nabbed that Bronze he lost is the last few meters. Viren was the better runner that day.
+reply by Barry Anderson Thursday, 5/03, 2012 6:59 pm
As long as you don't get caught Bruce. As I remember, Ward Parkway is kind of a winding road so this may have been a good tip for that race...even through it is pretty simple. I have also seen it work well in track meets on staggered starts. You are running well—keep it going.
+reply by Bruce Gilbert Thursday, 5/03, 2012 2:18 pm
Right Bob, and I saw lots of folks at Rock The Parkway just staying in their lanes like the car traffic would do, not finding the tangents--I knew you were not one of them as you sped to the finish the straightest possible.
Barry, I try to practice your technique ON THE WAY TO THE RACE, if not too much traffic--is that appropriate?
+reply by Bob Anderson Thursday, 5/03, 2012 10:52 am
I see a lot of runners not doing this. It is a simple thought but a good one. Just think about how many extra yards you would run in a marathon with a lot of turns...
Training Idea: What is the Best Race Warm-up? Wednesday, 5/09, 2012 7:07 am
+reply by Steven Richardson Wednesday, 5/09, 2012 7:07 am
Before my last race I did 2.25 slow about 45 minutes out then did a few real short strides about 20 minutes out. Was the longest warmup I have done but I also had the best race time since I started back.
+reply by Richard Stiller Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 8:46 pm
I always did two miles and then strides. Scott was correct. I don't race much anymore but even before a harder workout I run slowly for 25-30 minutes, do strides and then go do the workout,
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 12:56 pm
I saw Steve Scott before the start of the Carlsbad 5000 a couple of years ago. He told me that he had to warm up a lot more since turning 40...I think that day he ran a sub 15 5k!!!
Training Idea: Using Races as a Part of Your Training Program Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 4:32 pm
+reply by Bill Dunn Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 4:32 pm
MY thoughts on pacing are the longer the race the more important pacing becomes. In my case with many years of racing experience under my belt the 1st mile of a race is automatically built in. Thats to say my body goes out at what it feels like which usually borders on the edge of sane. Racing every week is totally different as I know from cross-country season when you run something like 12 races week after week. Keeping your head in the game becomes spotty and more attention must be paid to the mind and body. I still try to push as hard as I can this time of year but as I said it's only 12 weeks , not 50 races and 1 year.
+reply by Barry Anderson Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 1:06 pm
You know yourself best Bob and should do what you feel most comfortable with towards your 50 race goal. With some of the splits I have seen you run (6:30 last mile in the Zippy on a bad day...your words) I think it would be interesting to see if you could go 6:20. You would be passing people like crazy (probably, but know nothing about the race). If you went around 7:00 and 6:40 for the first 2 miles you would still have a good time. No need to fret about it however.
+reply by Barry Anderson Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 12:30 pm
Exactly...racing "all out" every week will take a toll both physically and mentally. Physically, you can turn this into a 1-1.5 mile hard run by running a very comfortable pace (for you) the first mile...will also get you warmed up better...the next .5-1mile is a gradual build in tempo...then see what you can do the rest of the way to the finish. Don't set an overall time goal. Of course this is like asking a life time smoker to stop cold turky.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 12:28 pm
I have run 20 so far all out...I don't know how else to race...and this is what makes my 50 race Challenge more interesting...dealing with injuries, burn-out, stress, etc....certainly keeps it more interesting...race 21 this weekend!!!
+reply by Richard Stiller Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 11:57 am
I think what Barry is saying is that you can't run each race all out.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 11:53 am
I would like to run splits like this but I do like to bank time early...but I know I don't want to be in the spot I was in when running the Zippy 5k...or even the Great Race...in both cases I needed more of a warm up I think...
+reply by Barry Anderson Monday, 5/07, 2012 7:19 pm
Very true...has been that way his entire life. Would love to see him try splits like 7:00/6:40/6:20 plus or minus 5-10 seconds on each. You are a great asset to the Fit Club Richard. Hope we can meet in person some day.
+reply by Richard Stiller Monday, 5/07, 2012 7:07 pm
I am having lunch with Bob Thursday. Will discuss but you know Bob. He is all out. But that's what makes him such a force.
+reply by Barry Anderson Monday, 5/07, 2012 6:23 pm
Richard, we did this also back in the days at K-State. Bob, I don't want to be the cause of you missing your goal but would like to see you try some negative split running and not your "bank it early" style. It will take a different mental approach but, as Richard says, you will still be under your goal. In your next 5k try a first mile at 7:00-7:10 which should seem to be an easy pace based on the splits I have seen. Then pick up your tempo through the last 2 miles gradually with your last mile being the fastest. Don't worry about where you place but you will surprise yourself with how well you will run. Probably will feel better afterward...and recover faster. Your biggest danger in reaching your goal is over-racing. Can lead to injury and/or mental exhaustion. Have some fun on a few of these.
+reply by Richard Stiller Monday, 5/07, 2012 3:35 pm
If I were running 50 races in a year I would not try to run each one all out. You only have so many really good races in you over a year. I would aim to be fresher for the longer races which are your strength and run the shorter races as Barry described. You'll still be well under your seven pace goal on those.
+reply by Richard Stiller Monday, 5/07, 2012 3:32 pm
Barry, back in the day I used races all the time in place of speed workouts. I called them 95%ers. I would not run them all out but during the race I eould move from tempo to more race-like efforts. I did much better off of these thsn track workouts which tended to tear me up.
+reply by Bob Anderson Monday, 5/07, 2012 2:38 pm
As you know, I am racing nearly every weekend this year between 5k and half marathon...it can be tough when you don't hit your goal but you have to shake it off and move to next week. My 5k and 4 mile time in this weekends half was almost as fast as I have been racing those distances...what do you think about that?
A Long Run: Race 20 Ave of Giants Half Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 11:46 am
Thanks Bruce, Lis and Christine...I have a plan to get under 1:30 for my next half marathon...of course it is Fontana with a lot of down hill and first five miles... ... more
Article: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #5 Poster: Barry Anderson Tuesday, 5/08, 2012 9:11 am
Nice article Steven. You have set some very realistic goals for yourself this year...am sure you will make them with your work ethic and positive attitude. Also, thank you for your service. ... more
A Long Run: Most of our Video Gear was Stolen Poster: Roger Wright Sunday, 4/22, 2012 1:50 pm
Really sorry to read this Bob. Sadly the equipment will sell for pennies on the dollar and more than likely the culprits have already spent their proceeds in a few days. Ironically the ramifications on your end will be felt for a long time but fortunately the footage is still intact. I don't even want to think about it if the footage was also lost! ... more
A Long Run: Most of our Video Gear was Stolen Poster: Bob Anderson Saturday, 4/21, 2012 1:51 pm
I am ready to race in the morning...and nothing is stopping us in making our film. We have rented equipment and we are not letting this get in the way. No footage was lost. Thanks Jodi and Bill... ... more
A Long Run: Most of our Video Gear was Stolen Poster: Jodi Labossiere Saturday, 4/21, 2012 10:45 am
I can't believe that! Right out of the driveway? Hopefully they catch them! It hasn't seemed to slow down the training! I think you'll break the 20 minute 5k! ... more
A Long Run: Getting ready for Kansas Poster: jim barker Friday, 4/13, 2012 6:15 pm
Enjoy the run and fellowship, Bob! Too many years ago, our Iowa (Graceland U.-Bruce Jenner alma mater) came down to Lawrence to a multiple-college meet at Allen Field House track. That day I got to meet Jim Ryun, who ran a 3:58 mile, fastest of the year at that point. I ... more
Interview: Dr JoAnn Dahlkoetter Interview 26 Poster: Joann Dahlkoetter Wednesday, 4/11, 2012 9:41 pm
Thanks Bob for interviewing me, you did an amazing job, I loved your well-thought-out questions. It was an honor to be interviewed by you. And I'm excited to be part of your performance team for your 50 race quest. http://www.PerformingEdgeCoach.com ... more
Article: Poster: Shari Mernett Saturday, 4/07, 2012 6:57 am
I just finished reading his book - I quite enjoyed it! ... more
Article: Poster: Shari Mernett Saturday, 4/07, 2012 6:56 am
Jodi - thanks for sharing!! Besides the plyometrics, do you also do weight training? ... more
Interview: Gerry Lindgren Interview 25 Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 4/02, 2012 11:48 pm
Thanks Gerry for doing this interview...how can anyone ever forget how good of a runner you were in high school. Running a 13:44 5k as a senior. And that was back in the days of cinder tracks and heavy shoes... ... more
A Long Run: Good day of filming in Carlsbad Poster: Bob Anderson Sunday, 4/01, 2012 10:11 pm
You wanted to get under 25 and you did it. Great time!!! I think the wind the second mile cost us all 10 seconds...It was fun hanging out with you and Ollie... ... more
Interview: Amol Saxena Interview No. 24 Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 3/23, 2012 11:04 am
Thanks Amol...I am glad I only had to see you once at your office...but I know you are the guy to see if something ever happened to my foot or ankle...thanks for doing this interview! I really enjoyed reading it!!! ... more
A Long Run: Leaving for Fort Bragg, CA Poster: Bob Anderson Saturday, 3/17, 2012 10:15 pm
I did a little better than what I thought I could do. I finished 13th and ran 21:11. I went out at 6:30 but could not hold it. I am not back home yet but will post details and photos Sunday. the good news is that I was able to finish number 13. ... more
A Long Run: Talking With Dr. JoAnn Poster: Shari Mernett Sunday, 3/11, 2012 1:56 pm
That is an interesting e-mail you received... I wonder if he is just jealous because you thought of the idea before him? ... more
Interview: Verity Breen Interview No. 21 Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 3/06, 2012 11:05 am
I enjoyed reading your interview. Good luck to you with your new company Thirty Birds and your quest to break 1:20 for the half... ... more
Interview: Dave Rhody Interview No. 20 Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 2/21, 2012 3:33 pm
Sometimes runners including myself take it for granted that the race we are running is going to be measured and timed correctly. Plus we want everything else that is going to make our experience a good one. It is what we expect these days. Your races are enjoyable to run and I look forward to the next one. Thanks for telling us about the man who makes it all happen... ... more
Article: One of my secret training ideas... Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 2/16, 2012 10:28 am
That was so special to have Grete out here for our 5 miler New Years Eve in Los Altos...wished we could have kept that race going!!! It was a great way to start off the new year... ... more
Article: One of my secret training ideas... Poster: Richard Stiller Wednesday, 2/15, 2012 8:49 pm
I wanted to run against her in the five miler that year but came down with the flu. I doubt I would have beaten her. I just wanted to line up with the elite runners and be in the same race with her, ... more
Article: One of my secret training ideas... Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 2/15, 2012 8:47 pm
We were lucky enough to have Grete and her family with us one Christmas back in the early 80's. She came out to be part of National Running Week. She was at the top of the world then, yet she was the nicest person ever. I will never forget the training run we did together! Thanks George for sharing this with us. ... more
Interview: Jeff Sacchini - Interview No. 17 Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 2/13, 2012 4:33 pm
It is interesting to read about what goes on behind the scenes in making an event happen. I look forward to running your half marathon. Thanks for the invite...see you in September! ... more
Article: Poster: Jodi Labossiere Wednesday, 2/08, 2012 2:38 pm
Hi Todd! Thanks for the advice, I will start working this in :) ... more
Race: Big Sur International Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 2/08, 2012 9:01 am
I really like this half marathon. Thanks Dave Rhody and company, Pamakids and Buzzword Productions for doing the timing. It was a perfect day for racing in San Francisco!!! 10 Ujena Fit Club members ran some good times!!!
Article: Poster: Todd Jennings Wednesday, 2/08, 2012 7:01 am
Hi Jodi, It's terrific to see how runners develop and become more than they ever thought they could be as a runner. Keep up the great work! All the stuff you're doing to improve is wonderful, and I might suggest adding something else to your training - progression runs. A progression run is one in which you start at a slower speed and then with each mile (or each SET of miles on longer runs) you ratchet up your speed. So for a 5 miler, you might run it as such: Mile 1 - 8:30 Mile 2 - 8:00 Mile 3 - 7:45 Mile 4 - 7:30 Mile 5 - 7:15 (or better if you have anything left) Progression runs have always worked for me, and perhaps they will for you, as well. Keep running! =Todd= ... more
A Long Run: Race Number 5 10 Miler Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 2/03, 2012 8:28 am
Thanks Shari...this is going to be an exciting adventure...six of my races will be the Ujena races...hope you will be back with us in Cabo...I would like to do a race in BC...it would be good to include you in our film... ... more
A Long Run: Race Number 5 10 Miler Poster: Shari Mernett Friday, 2/03, 2012 5:51 am
Bob - I just came across this blog this morning. Very inspirational!!! I quite enjoyed reading your blog entries. And wow, what a nasty cut!! I was checking out your planned races. We will have to try and see if we can run in one of the races that you are entered in..... Kauai or the San Jose Half sounds intriguing.... Any chance you are doing a race in BC, Canada? ... more
Interview: Rich Benyo - Interview No. 13 Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 2/01, 2012 12:20 pm
Rich, I really lik your interview. You have done so much for running over the last 35 years. I am glad to have you as a friend. We will see you at your place in May... ... more
Training Idea: Hal Higdon Tip of the Day #9 Sunday, 1/29, 2012 11:05 pm
+reply by Bob Anderson Sunday, 1/29, 2012 11:05 pm
I am still trying to figure out what is going on with my hamstrings. I don't call these issues injuries...I call them situations and I do think there is always a solution to every situation. At least I am still racing...BUT I still do have situations!!! Thanks Hal for your tips...like your advice!!!
A Long Run: Race Number 4 in San Francisco Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 1/25, 2012 12:16 pm
I am glad I thought through this race and so far my hamstring is holding up. Now my right one is feeling a little odd but I am doing hip swings. Ceci Hopp St. Geme, a top master runner told me about them... ... more
Interview: Michael Dove - Interview No. 11 Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 1/24, 2012 11:40 pm
A very informative interview. I did not realize how involved you are in the sport of running. You are certainly making a difference and your Just Run program was much needed in this country. Just love the way you end this, "Everyone deserves to be happy." Thanks Mike!!! ... more
Interview: Mike Fanelli - Interview No. 10 Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 1/24, 2012 12:41 pm
I am really enjoying doing these interviews. I have known Mike for many years and I just did not realize how much I didn't know. He has done so much. Great interview! ... more
Interview: Mary Etta Boitano Blanchard - Interview No. 9 Poster: Bob Anderson Monday, 1/23, 2012 12:48 pm
It is so great to know that you love running just as much now as you did at age five...maybe even more! What an amazing story...see you in Sonoma this coming July! Thanks for doing this interview... ... more
Interview: Hal Higdon - Interview No. 8 Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 1/19, 2012 9:07 am
Hal has helped so many people be better runners and have more fun doing it. I have know Hal for nearly 46 years. He sent me articles for my magazine when I was like 18 years old and he was already writing for Sports Illustrated. How nice was that? Thanks Hal for doing this interview. Lots of good reading! ... more
Race: Carlsbad 5000 Men 30-39 Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 1/18, 2012 10:49 pm
62-year-old Gary Romesser really ran a good half marathon in Naples with 1:23:10. 63-year-old Terry Mafr even ran better age-graded with a 1:32:21. That's is 96.19% for her. Congrats everyone. Looks like a fast race!!!
Interview: Dane Rauschenberg - Interview No. 7 Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 1/18, 2012 8:23 pm
I remember hearing a news story on the radio about this guy who just ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks and I was amazed. But I was even more amazed when I met Dane last September up in Oregon at a half marathon. He is a nice guy with tons of energy. Thanks Dane for sharing your thoughts with us. ... more
Article: Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 1/17, 2012 10:13 pm
Wow...there was some top notch racing the day following the trials in Houston!! ... more
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Saturday, 1/14, 2012 9:06 am
It took a PR but Meb pulled off a great victory today. The top three London Olympic qualifiers all finished under 2:10...first time in US Trails history!
Interview: Bob Anderson - Interview No. 1 Poster: Justin Wall Friday, 1/13, 2012 12:22 pm
Really enjoyed reading about the history of Runner's World. It's a great story and you're an inspiration to the running world. Keep it going! ... more
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 1/12, 2012 5:04 pm
I have added this race to the 50 I am running in 2012. I have not raced in Hawaii since I ran the Honolulu Marathon back in 1983 or so. I am running this half in Kauai...thanks Jeff!
+reply by Waitman Gobble Thursday, 1/12, 2012 5:17 pm
Sounds like a blast!
Interview: Joe Henderson - Interview No. 2 Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 1/11, 2012 2:33 pm
Thanks again Joe for doing this interview. Can you believe it...we have known each other for 43 years! It does seem like forever on one hand but then it doesn't on the other. You have done so much for running and you deserve a BIG THANK YOU! ... more
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 1/11, 2012 10:31 am
The talent in Houstin is simply amazing. It is going to be exciting to see how these races will play out. I can't wait...
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 1/10, 2012 6:21 pm
Thinking about making this one of my 50 races that I am running in 2012. Just viewed the course and it looks beautiful.
Race: Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Tuesday, 1/10, 2012 4:43 pm
If I was still racing marathons I would put this one on my list but don't you think it is time that someone breaks the course record that has been around since 1987?
Race: Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 1/05, 2012 11:16 pm
There are few races that give prize money to the top age-graded finishers...I like this!!!
Interview: Bob Anderson - Interview No. 1 Poster: Roger Wright Thursday, 1/05, 2012 10:13 pm
Great interview Bob! I always wanted to know the "inside" scoop about you and Runners World and this answered all my questions. Your passion for the sport will be, without question, recognized as an integral part of running history. Thank you for your invaluable contribution to the sport and for your continual efforts to help improve the life of others. ... more
Race: San Francisco Second Half Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Wednesday, 1/04, 2012 3:46 pm
I have run this half several times and it is one of my 50 races I am doing in 2012. It such a great way to see the city of San Francisco. There are some tough hills, so don't plan on running a PR.
Training Idea: Threshold-mile workout Monday, 1/02, 2012 6:19 pm
+reply by Bob Anderson Monday, 1/02, 2012 6:19 pm
This sounds like a good workout...once I am back 100% I want to try it. Maybe we can do it together at Foothill?
Race: Chevron Houston Marathon Poster: Bob Anderson Saturday, 12/24, 2011 4:55 pm
The day before in Houston is the Olympic Marathon Trials...we will have a writer and photographer on scene to cover the action. Our writer, Dave Ross, a Ujena Fit Club member will be running on Sunday. Justin Whitlow is our photographer, see some of his work in our Best Shot Challenge gallery...going to be a good race!
Race: Gate River Run Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 12/23, 2011 12:15 pm
A lot of fast times. Congrats Terry on your 56:38 at age 62. Missed you at the Napa to Sonoma Half marathon this year. You have had a great year!
Race: Lilac Bloomsday Poster: Bob Anderson Friday, 12/23, 2011 11:11 am
We noticed that you had a Joanne Helm finishing in a time of 42:00 at age 55. We don't think this time is correct and we think the person listed is the first 50-59. You should check this out. I really am thinking about running your event some day.
Race: Boilermaker 15k Poster: Bob Anderson Thursday, 12/22, 2011 6:43 pm
For some reason I have never raced 15k but I want too. I like the distance. This is one race I would like to do. Like the fact they also spread out their prize money.
Training Idea: Tape it! Tuesday, 12/13, 2011 4:21 pm
+reply by Richard Stiller Tuesday, 12/13, 2011 4:21 pm
Since the KT tape won't stick I may try some duct tape. I have a roll in the garage.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 12/06, 2011 11:04 pm
By the way, I would have used the KT tape in Cabo if I had it but I only had Duct Tape available. Anyone else doing any taping?
Training Idea: One of my secret training ideas... Wednesday, 12/07, 2011 1:37 am
+reply by Sonny Workman Wednesday, 12/07, 2011 1:37 am
5x3 inches, 2 AAA batteries.. Internal memory in case batteries go bad.
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 12/06, 2011 11:06 pm
What is the size and weight? What kind of batteries does it use?
Training Idea: Pace-Up Repeat Miles Track Workout Tuesday, 12/06, 2011 11:48 pm
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 12/06, 2011 11:48 pm
About a month ago I did two one mile on the track. The first was 6:38 and the second 6:19. A week later I ran my best half marathon of the year. I need to get back to these workouts...
Training Idea: Three mile test with HRM Tuesday, 12/06, 2011 11:02 pm
+reply by Bob Anderson Tuesday, 12/06, 2011 11:02 pm
I have thought about getting a heart monitor for some time. Which one works best for you? Good article...