November 26, 2012

Run Tom Run!

Forrest Gump ran for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days and 16 hours.

As of the writing of this blog, I’ve been running 2 years, 9 months, 26 days and 13 hours.  During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to train for and complete three marathons, three half marathons, two cross-country relays and a handful of fun run 5K and 10K races.  The reason I run has been addressed in previous blogs.

My latest adventure is scheduled to be an Ultra Marathon, in Big Bend National Park on January 20th.

During my training, I’ve had the chance to be schooled by some great coaches who have provided group and personalized training.  The group I have been running with for the past three seasons is call the Oxy “Gen” Morons.  The name is funny because we are all an oxymoron in some form or fashion.  Our chant “Go Mo!”

So you don’t get any ideas.  My times will not qualify me for the Boston Marathon. And, the only way I am getting to the US Olympic Time Trials is if I buy a ticket to watch.  Here are a few of the things I’ve learned from my coaches and Runner’s World calendar provided to me last year:

  • “The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting forth above average effort.” – Colin Powell
  • My runs are more productive when I think about possibilities rather than reliving past mistakes.
  • “Fear is probably the thing that limits performance more than anything – the fear of not doing well, of what people will say. You’ve got to acknowledge those fears, then release them” Mark Allen, won six Ironman championships.
  • “Running is the greatest metaphor for life because you get out of it what you put into it.” Oprah Winfrey
  • “Running affords the perfect integration of body and spirit.  It makes for a fullness of life.” – Sister Mario Irvine, the oldest woman to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Trials (She was54 when she ran a 2:51 at the Trials in 1984)
  • You train your body by running 444 miles so your mind can make it for 26.2 miles
  • “Don’t ever accept anyone else’s preconceived limitations.  If there is something you want to do, there isn’t any reason you can’t do it.” – Any Dodson, broke the 26.2 mile women’s leg amputee record by 24 minutes, 13 seconds
  • You create what you state.  Think positive!
  • “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.” William Churchill
  • “Sport is not about being wrapped up in a cotton wool… sport, like all of life, is about taking risks.” – Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes.


  • Tom!!!! This is amazing! I didn’t realize you signed up for an ultra marathon!!! Holy cow.
    I also love this post and the inspiration – I am getting ready for a competitive trail run year in 2013 and will start training in January. And you know what? I would love it if you came up and did this race with me:

    • Thanks Lisa! Yeah, one of my running friends suggested I consider running it with him. Coincidently, he was the same person who made the same suggestion on the Valles Caldera Marathon (which was like an ultra) with 6,000 feet of elevation change. Anyway, it should be fun!

      I took a look at the Cutthroat Classic. LOOKS AWESOME! 11.1 miles of great trails and scenery. Definitely work considering. I’ll let you know. If you are coming to CAPRSA this year, there is a great 4 mile look from the hotel around a rover/lake in Austin. You will appreciate running at near sea level!

      • You guys are crazy, but I am sure it feels great afterwards. 🙂 Count me in on the loop in Austin. I wouldn’t miss CAPRSA – that’s non-negotiable.

        And?!?!?!?! Consider it! consider it!!! It makes for a great weekend – I love the Methow Valley. it would be a hike for you to get there – a four hour drive from Sea-Tac Airport but worth it.

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