Sunday, December 31, 2006

End of Year Run

I had planned to do 12 in order to finish with a nice round 3,300 miles for the year. I didn't make it. I did the east 6 route in 51 minutes (felt like much faster), with thoughts of just doing it again. Couldn't make it out the 2nd time however - just too tired. I did do 2 more on the mill after some weights. Hoping to make 20 tomorrow.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Today's Run - 2006-12-30

I did about 15 on the towpath and the old carriage trail with Dave and Amy. It was a nice, sunny morning, but it was cool (upper 20s) to begin with. The old carriage trail turned out to be muddy. We moved fairly slow most of the way.

After a stop at Bruggers I went over to see mom and take her to lunch. Had to hurry though, because I have the fixed ekg machine coming over with the nurse.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Yesterday and Today

Went to see Mom yesterday. Lunch with Debbie, Carol and Mom at Tony R's.

Had to work yesterday and today as well in order to fill in a bit.

Yesterday I just did 6 tired miles on the mill. But today was a good one. I did the Substation 11 loop in 83 minutes, including a 4-mile tempo run in 26 and a half. Really good going!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006


We went to Kathy and Mike's for Christmas eve-eve. I made pizza over there because Mike's been having more allergy problems with the cats here.

For Christmas eve we attended the usual party at Sandy and Nancy's. It was very typical of their parties - lots of fun. Too bad our girls were missing.

Yesterday it was Christmas day at Jen and Cliff's. Once again our girls were missing, but it was a nice time. Great food.

recent running

Last Thursday I did my 11-mile loop in 92 minutes. So-so.

Saturday I did 3 on the mill and then 16 with Dave and Amy on the muddy towpath, We did about 8.5 mpm going out and then 8's coming back. Not too bad.

So much for my "easy" 60-mile week. Next week starts the big push.

Sunday I did my 11-mile loop in 93.5 minutes. I was tired. Seemed like I was going much faster.

Yesterday I did 20 in the hood in 2:50 for my Christmas Day run. Pretty difficult, and it woulda been easy to quit. Glad I stuck it out.

Today I was going to meet Dave and run on the towpath. But there was a miserable cold rain, so I stayed home and ran on the mill. 9 in 64.5 with 2 3-mile tempos. But this run wasn't nearly as good as it sounds. I did way too much holding on. I was just too dang tired.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Easy Week

Today's run wasn't the greatest, but I did enjoy it. I did the 10 down sleepy hollow and up Rocklyn, coming back on Hick Ridge in 87.5 minutes. I should standardize that route.

I'd planned on an easy week, and it's really happening.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Yesterday's Long Run and Cousins Party

I really surprised myself by doing my second long run (this time the Substation 20 route) in 3 days yesterday. Even more surprising is that I ran at a steady pace the whole way. Lookit these 4-mile splits: 33:59,33:42,33:23,33:24,33:49. Overall time was 2:48:19. Don't know what's getting into me. Only thing is that my knee still talks to me.

We had a wonderful time at Mike and Karen's in Burton for brunch yesterday. All the cousins were there except for Rick and Lois. The food was fantastic. Lots of fun.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Today's Run and a DRNeo Note

I did 4 on the mill today - not feeling too bad after yesterday's 20.

Here's a note I sent to the neo deads.

DanF asks

>Incidentally, Dan H, Rita was informed by Run Ohio that she had done
>well in the Grand Prix series this year. How'd you finally make out?

Since you asked... I dunno. I picked up a RunOhio at the Columbus Marathon and was surprised to see my name in there for several events, including the Grand Prix. I wasn't on top, but I wasn't on the bottom neither. I've never paid a whole lot of attention to it - maybe I should.

But let's talk about the Subway Ohio Challenge Series. I finished 2nd in my age group the other two years I participated. I ran fairly well this year, and I was on top most of the season, so I had high hopes for an AG win. Unfortunately, Jim Wilhelm, a very young and very fast 50-year old, managed to get uninjured enough late in the season to do enough races to come out a little ahead of me in the standings. Or so it seemed...

Debbie and went to the awards banquet a couple weeks ago with me thinking I was still the perenniel bridesmaid, only to find out that they gave Jim an award for the top "grand master". By default (or you might say, by a technicality) then, I was the top 50-54 year-old. I'll take it anyway. The funny thing was that my winnings were less than I received for 2nd place a couple years ago. Those times I got $50 cash and a $50 gift certificate to Runners Supply. This time I got $25 and a $25 gift certificate to Raisin Rack. Next year I'll try for third - maybe that will be $150 or so.

By the way, I'm still recovering from Columbus, my knee injury, Greece, TEN (count them) TEN pounds, general sloth and Thanksgiving. That's why I'm sitting here at the computer instead of running. But I'll be back...

Dan Horvath

Friday, December 15, 2006


After 2 months, I'm back in 20 territory again. And it wasn't too bad. I did one on the mill, 16 outside, and then 3 more on the mill. 30 minutes for the 4 on the mill and 2:17.5 for the outside stuff. Still tipping the scales at 164 though.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Reality Check

Thought I'd be lighter. (still 165)
Thought I'd run longer. Like 13 to 15. (only the usual 11-mile course - too tired and slow to do more)
Thought I'd be faster. Like sub-8 pace. (I guess I was tired after yesterday's run, and the wind took a lot from me. I did the 11 in 94.5 minutes)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Yes, I'm 11 lbs over weight. And this on a day when I felt light.

But I did manage to run well today. Well enough, in fact, that this would've been a good run anytime, but especially now when I'm in my down time and 165 lbs. Solid the whole way. 8 on Substation in 57 minutes, with 6 at MP. Then one more to cool down. It helped that it was a nice warm (46) morning.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Recent Running

Saturday it was 15 with Dave and Amy on the parkway. Slow going - the wind was cold. Sunday I managed 16 without much of a slowdown. Steady as she goes. Today I did 3 runs - 2 2-mile runs on the mill before and between counts, and then 3 outside at lunch. It was nice and warm.


With Debbie's sinus/ear infection not getting better we got her to a doctor on Friday. Now she's on an antibiotic. She liked the new doc too.

Went to see Mom on Saturday. Took her to PF Chang and then to the Beachwood Place mall so she could see some xmas decorations. Something different.

I had won some tickets from the radio station to a choir concert featuring the Cleveland Singers and the Cleveland Boys Choir. It was ok. Since it was at Cleveland State, we went out to dinner nearby at the downtown Renaissance / Sans Suci.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Yesterday's Calls and Today's Running

TV Preview called TEN times yesterday to try to get more opinions from us regarding the commercials we saw Saturday night. Telling them not to call anymore didn't help. For some reason they didn't call today yet. Maybe they wanted all the info yesterday.

I did 7 on the mill early this morning and then 3 on the Presidents streets this afternoon. OK, but why am I always so sore?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Today's Run - 2006-12-05

Not too bad today - 8 on the mill at a brisk pace including 5 x 1200 @ 5 minutes each. All this woulda been an awful failure a couple months ago, but now it's a great run. It sure is tough to get back into shape.

Monday, December 04, 2006

more running

I actually ran two more times today - just two miles on the mill each time. It's gonna be like this for a while with these early morning calls the way they are.

Today's Run - 2006-12-04

Just two tired miles on the mill. That's all the time I had before the 6am call. Maybe I'll be able to do a couple more later on.

I will try to visit Mom along with Debbie today. We'll see if I can make it.

I'm also in the process of replacing the main bathroom faucet. Lots of bad words and I've still got more to do.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

recent running and other stuff

I went to see Mom and to get her a state ID on Friday. I had some trouble finding her SSN card, but eventually found an insurance card that did the trick. Friday night Debbie and I babysat for Dave and Jill. Mario was great! He was a whole lot of fun. Yesterday was my Ohio Challenge Series banquet. First place!! In my AG. After they took Jim Wilhelm out for the top Grand-Master prize. But I'll take it! I won $25 in cash and a $25 gift certificate to Raisin Rack. Debbie and I went right over to spend that right away since we were in the neighborhood. Interesting health stuff. Last night we went with Jessy and Kathy to a "TV Preview". It was nice to be with them, but the meeting was really weird. They said we were rating tv shows, but we were really telling them what we thought of the commercials and other products we might buy.

Yesterday I did 15 in BVH with Dave. The winds and the cold made it tough - wind chills were in the teens. Today I managed 16 more. I was happy to get through this, but I had a bit of knee pain, the first in weeks, for a couple short periods of time. And of course it was slow going.

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