I've done the training, now the reward. I am off to Athens, Greece for vacation and a run in the marathon. First time out of the country and to fly over the ocean. I hope I like Greek food, because I like to eat.
Did I sit around on the couch? No. Did I run? No. But I did witness more miles ran than I can count.
I went to Cassoday, Kansas - the prairie chicken capital of the world in the “Flint Hills” region of South Central Kansas to cheer on and help crew for some the the RunnersWorld runners in The Heartland 100 - Spirit of the Prairie 100 & 50 Mile Cross Country Race.
Running from RunnersWorld Tulsa were the following: Jason McGinnis - 100 miles, furthest run to date. Kathy Hoover - 100 miles (5th 100 miler). Third place female finisher. Ken Childress - 73 miles (he's completed six 100 milers). Ken Saveth - 69 miles - furthest run to date. Lisa McGinnis - 50 miles - furthest run to date. Roman Broyles - 50 miles - furthest run to date.
Running with Lisa and Roman was Randy Ellis, what a guy.
Crewing and cheerleading from RunnersWorld Tulsa were the following: Dana Childress - Crew Babe Extraordinaire crewed for her hubby Ken Childress and his buddy Ken Saveth. Sandra Wright - Head Cheerleader crewed for Lisa McGinnis and Roman Broyles. Susan Michaels - crew assistant for Lisa McGinnis and Roman Broyles. (Sandra and Susan now go by the name "Crew Chicklettes"). Bobby Michaels - crew assistant for Ken Childress and Ken Saveth. Wish I could have paced you guys in the final miles. Brian Hoover - Was there to lose a bet and to cheer everyone on (got that pink tutu fitted yet Brian?). Christin Bennett - crewed for Kathy Hoover. Russell Bennett - crew assistant for Kathy Hoover and pacer for Ken Childress and Ken Saveth in their final miles.
Crewing and cheering for Jason McGinnis was his mother and stepfather, his grandparents, one of his sisters, a couple of Uncles and an Aunt.
Congratulations to all the runners and thank you to all that helped and cheered. The weather was brutally cold for this time of year and very windy, yet everyone hung in there and stayed all day and all night with little if any sleep.
Roman Broyles, Randy Ellis, Lisa McGinnis, Earl Blewett
Jason McGinnis, Brian Hoover, Kathy Hoover
Roman Broyles, Lisa McGinnis, Brian Hoover, Randy Ellis
Ken Childress (aka Trail Zombie, K1), Ken Saveth (aka K2)
Lisa McGinnis, Randy Ellis
Ken and Barbie or is that Ken and Ken?
Dana's Oreo's with peanut butter and M & M's. Yummy!
Jason McGinnis, Kathy Hoover
Jason's mom, Jason McGinnis, Jason's grandfather, Jason's uncle
Jason's grandfather, Jason's grandmother, Lisa McGinnis, Jason's uncle
Went for my usual run tonight. Got caught in the rain. I love to run in the rain. Seems more like I am playing, like when I was a kid. Shoes are soaked. Need them dry by Saturday. What to do? Stuff them with four full sheets of wadded up newspaper. You do get the Tulsa World don't you? It's a good idea to carry a couple of towels and a change of clothes in the car. Went out to eat after the run with the eating club. Went to Jason's Deli. Had to borrow dry clothes. Thanks Roman. I promise I will wash them before giving them back to you.
The knees, the knees, oh, lord, the knees. They hurt as bad as doctor's fees. Piriformis, tendinitis Shins that splint, severe arthritis Meniscus torn? The pelvis scanned, Beware the iliotibial band.
My breath is hampered, my face is bright red. My legs are becoming weak and useless, And now my hair is matted to my head, From all my gross sweating I look a mess. The hills seem to grow with each step of mine, The wind whips my legs, as the cold grows worse. I concentrate on the sidewalks cracked lines. Blood pumps through my veins, my heart is the source. When I run my world quickly whizzes by. Running lets me contemplate my troubles, My options seem to extend to the sky. Running down the hill my slow pace doubles. I start to head home, looking for my street, Cleansing mind and body, running is a retreat.
Author: Amanda Rae Klohmann, USA
"Long Distance Runners"
They don't like running in the heat, because only so many layers can come off as their shoes bounce along the street and the city's exhaust makes them cough.
Because only so many layers can come off, unlike the adding of shirts in winter, and the city's exhaust makes them cough they sometimes wish they were sprinters.
Unlike the adding of shirts in winter, they prefer long distances in fall. They sometimes wish they were sprinters, though their talent in speed is small.
They prefer long distances in fall, though spring is also nice. Though their talent in speed is small, long distance runners pay the price.
Though spring is also nice as their shoes bounce along the street, long distance runners pay the price. They don't like running in the heat.
“It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse.” Ann Trason
“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.” Frank Shorter
“I've always felt that long, slow distance produces long, slow runners.” Sebastian Coe
“We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” Will Rogers
“I'm going to go out a winner if I have to find a high school race to win my last race.” Johnny Gray
“I always loved running - it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” Jesse Owens
“Running is my church.” Joan Van Ark
“I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street.” Neil Armstrong
“Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?” Peter Maher
“A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.” Steve Prefontaine
Got my airplane ticket bought, hotel booked and entry fee paid. I guess I am going to Athens, Greece this November to run in the marathon and have a vacation. Susan and I have never been out of the country so this will be quite the adventure for us. We will be traveling with 23 other people, some from the RunnersWorld group and some not. Anyone got any Euro's they would like to donate?
EMSA has issued another heat alert today according to the Tulsa World. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very dangerous. Listed below are a few precautions recommended by EMSA.
• Reduce outdoor activity, particularly during the late morning and afternoon hours. • Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption, and up your water intake. • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. • Spend as much time as possible in an air-conditioned environment; visit a library, indoor shopping mall, community center or other such venue if you don't have air-conditioning at home. • Play close attention to those at increased risk for heat-related illness, including young children (under age 4), senior citizens (Ken), people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure (Susan), and outdoor laborers. • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. • Runner's - drink, drink and drink more throughout the day before running.