Friday, February 20, 2009

Running Legend Haile Gebrselassie

The title of Running Legend Haile Gebrselassie's biography is "The Greatest." Let me be the 1,000,000th person to say that as a reader this sets a very high bar for your book. Do not title your book "The Greatest" and then not have the ability to fill the bill. All I knew about Haile is that he recently broke the world record in the Marathon while running the Berlin Marathon late in 2008, running a 2:03:59 marathon.

Most elite athletes fight major hurdles in their life. Some athletes fight drug or alcohol addiction, some fight dysfunctional family lives. Haile fought the poverty of a nation. This is why his story is so remarkable. The poverty of a nation. Think about it.

Here is what I know about him now. He was born into a poor farming family in Ethiopia. He was inspired to start running by listening to the 1980 Olympics while countryman Mirtis Yifter won the Olympic Gold in the 10,000 meter final. Haile ran 6 miles each way to school everyday. This book is a striking account of his life, both growing up in Ethiopia, and his running career. I will leave out specifics because YOU MUST read this book for yourself.

He has broken 25 World Records from 3000m to the Marathon, and owns 2 Olympic gold medals. Here is the best part. He loves his country, and he does everything he can to empower his countrymen to Rise Up and be self-sufficient and prosperous. He owns a building and employs people. He is a true HERO in every sense of the word, and to top it off God gave him a very special gift, the gift of running.

"The Greatest" is a perfect title for his book. He is the Greatest distance runner to come from Ethiopia. He is the Greatest distance runner to ever lace up a pair.

You know, I want to help my country. Definitely I can help them, simply by winning races. Sure, they can follow my path to a good career. But for me it is not enough. I want to be more than that. In everything I want to be a role model. -Haile Gebrselassie

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A bit about SS (my Trek)

  • It is named SS for 2 reasons. 1) I owned a 65 Chevelle SS at 1 time, this is my version of a daddy hot rod (better gas mileage too.) and it stands for Stock Sale, which is how I acquired my ride.
  • I decided on a Road Bike and not a Tri Bike because I need to be able to do family rides too.
  • My Shoes are mountain shoes that I got as a gift from Mary Ruth's dad.
  • I installed the Aerobars myself.
  • The Tri seat is a gift from Mary Ruth, Heather and Dan.
  • I keep my last race number on the bike until the next race.
  • The wireless bike computer is on the back wheel despite the manufacturer's frowning upon it. It's so the CPU will work on the trainer.
  • My old neighbor gave me the back storage bag.
  • I am trying out the insulated water bottle.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Tri Gear

Today I "took the plunge" bought a wetsuit to wear in open water swims and races. Especially Augusta 1/2 Iron Distance in September. Of course Little Bear was fascinated by the material.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Jess and Jake visit

With Kent in Africa climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Jess and Jake are visiting relatives in Georgia, they came to visit us for a few days. Our outings included a trip to Mickey Piggs BBQ then to Brasstown Bald. A few days later we went to the Georgia Aquarium. Jake and Eyrleigh do a great job of playing together, and it was a great visit!

Photos Here:

Reborn Runner

Yesterday I finished 12 miles in 1:56:00 and my hips hurt and my glutes hurt. Granted it was a very tough run with a ton of hills. I do feel reborn every time I do a semi-long run, but its going to get back soon to cranking these out every Saturday, and it becoming easier.

Run the Reagan 1/2 marathon is next weekend, and it is downhill for the first 3 miles and flat for the next 7 miles and you guessed it uphill for the last 3 miles. So the strategy is to push hard (8:15 to 8:20 pace) for the first 10, and then give it all I got the last 5k, and I should PR.

I realized that I have not written much about the center of my world lately. My Eyrleigh! Even though I don't write here about her as much, she is my Iphone background, my desktop background, and I think about her when I am not with her. When I am with her we play, read, and practice walking! She is saying wa wa, mama, da da (sometimes), read read, yea, ready, bye bye. She is not walking yet, but it's because she is a cautious little girl and doesn't want to fall. But she can walk and does while holding my hand, and between mama and I. She is taking a nap right now.

Gotta Run...

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Shoe Review Asics Kayano XI

I figured that I had enough miles in these shoes to actually write a review on these shoes. Keep in mind the following information about the runner... 6', 178ish, FLAT feet, very slight overpronator, and mid foot striker.

I have run short and medium distance runs to date, and I must say these shoes are comfortable. and at 8.5 miles they have plenty of cushion, and they are very light. They are the Asics high mileage shoe. I can only afford 1 pair of shoes for anything from 5k to marathon, and I have found it. I also wear Sole Dean Karnazes Sig. Edition inserts, and for me this is a winning combination! Keep in mind that finding the right shoe / insert combination is a very individual task. Happy feet, Happy Running.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Back on the Bike

Tonight Mary Ruth and I got on the bike trainers for 30 minutes. 7.44 miles for me and Mary Ruth ent 2/10 further. I really need to work on this bike thing.