To all my friends and all the runners who are running today’s Boston Marathon “Run Strong, Boston Strong”.
The color run has finally made it to our slice of the world and as it grows in popularity around America it only seemed logical to have one right here in Broome County. This event sold out quickly with 5, 000 participants. Usually on Sunday’s I do my long run/group run which I absolutely love. Intrigued by the color run I decided to go and see what all the hype was about. In spirit of the day I ran the 9 miles from my home to the campus of Broome Community College where this event was wing held.
Sun was shinning and the wind blowing, did I mention the sun was shinning? Temps were little chilly but tolerable. For those of you not familiar with the color run 5K.
Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:
The fun continues after Color Runners complete the race with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!
You can either run or walk and it is billed as the “Happiest 5K” on the planet, and that it was. I enjoyed spectating and even capturing a few iPhone photos. So check out their website to see if a color run is coming to you. http://www.thecolorrun.com Also check out my short video from the post party! http://youtu.be/YW3h2jXH0iQ
As the title states, I was selected in the lottery process for entry into the 2014 New York City Marathon on November 2nd. I am ecstatic to say the least. My plan so far is to concentrate on a few upcoming races. The Seneca 7 (http://www.seneca7.com) and the Binghamton Bridge Run Half Marathon (http://www.binghamtonbridgerun.org) then enjoy myself and start my training come mid July for the marathon.
As things progress I will update you all periodically. Thank you for all of your support!
In mid February I entered the lottery for the 2014 New York City Marathon. Lottery entries officially closed on Tuesday March 18th and selection begins on March 26th. I’m nervous, nail bitting nervous. Reaching into my soul part of me wants to get in so desperately, meanwhile a part of me hopes I do not.
You’re probably asking yourself “Is this guy crazy??” To be honest this would be my first marathon andI feel intimidated. I’m totally capable of running this race. What really has me freaked is how 2014 has started out for me. So far I’ve been clobbered by a brutal cold and now I have strained hip flexors. So my training and morale have really been affected. I know, I know, plenty of time to heal and train. I’m a worrier!
As I nevously wait over the next several days pondering my fate I can tell all of you this. If I do get selected to run in 2014 New York City Marathon, I will take every advantage that this experience offers. Now if I don’t get selected, look out 2015.
Recently I began taking yoga classes at “Yoga Body Shop” in Johnson City, New York. I have been taking “Hot Yoga” classes and let me tell you they are hot! The room is around 100 degrees and the work out is definitely a butt kicker. Well at least for this newbie. I have yet to have Blake as an instructor nor have I met him. However I find his blog post below intriguing. Please read on and share your thoughts if you care to.
My thoughts on optimizing your “Biological Human Machine”
Written by Blake Hickey: Yoga Body Shop
First and foremost we need to take the time to realize how blessed we are to be in control of the human body. Look at yourself. A blob of differentiating cells all performing their own tasks to keep themselves alive, combining and working together to make up you. The self. Look at your hand. I mean really look at your hand. That hand isn’t “you”. It is something that you control. You have the opportunity to experience life in a vehicle that is capable of so much. Some would say that your vehicle is evolutions greatest design. Every movement you make, every thought you create, every interaction you experience is because you pilot the vehicle known as the human body. Is there a way that we can enhance our reality that we experience with this body? I think the answer is yes and I believe there are three specific things you can focus on to begin the process of transforming your biological human machine into its optimum state.
One thing that I am certain of is in order to achieve the most optimal state of body and mind you must give your body the nutrients it needs. Your body needs specific vitamins, minerals and fatty acids in order to run at its most efficient state. Being in a yoga studio throughout most of my day, I hear many people talking about ways to stay healthy and fit. Many times I hear people talk about calories. Calorie counting is not an effective way to optimize your body. What kind of calories are you counting? If you have a 1500 calorie diet consisting of flour, pasta, dairy, sweets and your occasional soda filled with high fructose corn syrup would you be better off compared to someone who ate a 2000 calorie diet of lean fats, grains like quinoa, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables and nothing but water? Of course you wouldn’t. Your body would be lacking in the vitamins and minerals it needs and you would essentially be walking around “sick” all the time. In order to optimize your human body you need to feed it the right amount of nutrients it needs. My theory on nutrition is to think simple. I myself follow more of a paleo lifestyle which basically states that you eat natural growing fruits, vegetables and meat. I believe our bodies evolved to intake these natural foods and didn’t evolve to eat processed pasta, processed bread and chemically filled sugary drinks. If you give your body the nutrition it needs and craves you will begin to see not only physical benefits but you will also notice a higher mind state. Remember, your brain needs specific nutrients to operate at its maximum capacity as well. The key here is to explore your food. Try new things. Have fun with it. Actually taste your food. When you eat your food, sit down and focus on what you are eating. Notice how you feel directly after you eat and two hours after you eat. Calories here don’t matter as much as the quality of calories you are consuming. I always try to remember that everything I put into my mouth can either make me better off or worse off.
Another way to make your experience in this human flesh vehicle as enjoyable as possible is to exercise. Our ancestors evolved by constantly moving from one area of resources to another. We survived by hunting and gathering. There were little to no time periods during our waking hours when we could rest, unlike today where so many of our professions require little to no movement. Our bodies evolved to be in constant physical stress. That need to exercise is still programmed into our DNA. There is no debating that exercising is a healthy part of any lifestyle. It not only benefits your physical body allowing you to be more versatile and capable but also, it helps your mentality as it decreases depression, reduces stress and increases brain power and creativity. Exercise also Increases relaxation which leads me into my final way to optimize your human machine.
After putting your body through physical stress and then feeding it the nutrients it needs it is now time to begin the final step to this process. This final step is rest. So many times I hear how people average about five to six hours of sleep a night. This can have negative effects on your wellbeing especially when you consider long term. Appropriate rest is essential to repair your body and mind. Your body needs to shut down and focus its energy on repairing instead of moving and thinking. Also, I believe dreaming is more than we believe it to be. I don’t know exactly what our brains are doing during that time but I know we all do it and that it is important. Enjoy your dream time. You need it.
Here we are almost the middle of March and so far 2014 has been a running roller coaster for me. After ending 2013 with a mild calf injury I bounced back in January with a stellar month of running. February also began happy, in the first five days of the month I had logged just shy of fifty miles.
On the evening of February 5th I returned from running with friends and was getting ready for bed as I had to get for work at 0230. Suddenly I felt sick, it was like I had just been hit with a hammer. I called in sick to work and climbed into bed for two days. In all honesty this winter has been brutally cold here in New York.
I was out of commission for five days before logging my next two runs of five & eight miles followed by a rest day. I just wasn’t feeling it, I felt blah as if running wasn’t fun anymore. I think not only was my body still fighting a cold and run down but this cold, dreary winter was finally taking its toll on my morale. For the first time I felt defeated!
This sense of being lost had flowed over into the early days of March, my spirit till broken I was looking to heal. Then on March 3rd I got together with a friend, Dan Cavalari for an 8 mile run. Beginning our run I began to tell Dan about how I had been feeling lately. During our conversation Dan had made some interesting points to me. He thought I needed to change things up a bit. My body had become complacent with the mileage I was doing, he had suggested doing some speed workouts and so on.
That afternoon we were running at an easy pace in the mid to low seven minute pace for our first two miles. Unknowingly Dan began to slowly push me a bit and our pace increased. Now we were running under a seven minute pace,teetering in the high six minute pace for two miles. Pushing me harder again and now we’re at the mid six minute pace for another two miles, finishing our last two miles with a mid seven minute pace.
I felt rejuvenated, like the greening of our world after a long cold winter, no more was I lost, I was inspired. March was going to be a great month of running for me. I was out for my run after work on Friday March 7th and I began to feel some discomfort in my groin area. I automatically knew what it was as I had felt some discomfort a few days earlier but brushed it off. Yup, you guessed it I strained my hip flexors. Actually it comes as no surprise as I have been totally lax in my stretching, rolling and pre run warm ups. It kind of serves me right, wouldn’t you say!
I’ve been really depressed the last several days not being able to run. Yesterday was no boost of morale with temperatures at almost sixty degrees complete with sun. However sitting here today penning this blog post, looking out our office window there are giant snowflakes dancing in the cold winters air. Maybe this is a good time to relax, heal and take a moment to reflect on my running priorities.
Stay warm my friends!
By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications
February 23, 2013
North Brunswick, New Jersey
Australia’s Jason Belmonte became the first bowler in nearly 50 years to successfully defend a United States Bowling Congress Masters title on Sunday as he defeated EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 221-177.
Belmonte, the reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year, opened up a big lead early and eased to the title at Brunswick Zone Carolier. With the victory, Belmonte, who earned $50,000 for the win, is just the third player to successfully defend a Masters title, joining Billy Welu (1964 and 1965) and Dick Hoover (1956 and 1957).
“This tournament is so difficult to win,” said Belmonte, who won his ninth career PBA Tour title and his third major. “I always have high expectations for myself, but to go down in history as the third one and first in 50 years to win back-to-back is a huge honor.”
In the title match, Belmonte got out of the gates quickly and took advantage of a slow start by Tackett, the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year. Belmonte started with a spare before rattling off four consecutive strikes to take command.
The match wasn’t settled, however, until the final frame when Belmonte converted the 4 pin and struck on his final ball to shut out Tackett.
“I wish I would have had a chance, but Jason did what he had to do to win,” Tackett said. “I’m disappointed I didn’t win, but it’s an experience I’m going to learn from this and hopefully next time I can win.”
In addition to making history with consecutive Masters victories, Belmonte also added his name to a short list of players who have won back-to-back major titles. He won the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in January and is the seventh player in history to win back-to-back majors.
In the semifinal, Belmonte hung on for a one-pin victory over Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, 235-234, by putting a spare on the board in the final frame and getting nine pins on the fill ball.
Belmonte, who entered the championship round as the fifth seed, took down No. 3 seed Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 202-173, and opened the stepladder finals with a 227-214 win over fourth seed Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.
The Masters, which featured a total prize fund of $315,000, is part of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour. A sold-out field of 468 players from 15 countries started the week in their quest to take home the trophy.
2014 USBC MASTERS
At Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J.
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 885 (four games), $50,000
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 177 (one game), $25,000
3, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 234 (one game), $15,000
4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 183 (one game) $10,000
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 214 (one game), $8,000
Match One – Belmonte def. Ciminelli, 227-214
Match Two – Belmonte def. Smallwood, 202-173
Match Three – Belmonte def. Haugen, 235-234
Championship – Belmonte def. Tackett, 221-177