Thursday, May 30, 2013

Youngsters in the Mist... and in Our Midst

Here is something I wrote for the MCRR newsletter.


We often celebrate the accomplishments of the top runners in the club. Many of these folks have been around long enough to actually accumulate some accolades. Once in a while, however, we ought to take notice of what some of our younger club members are doing.

Patrick Fisher has been in the club since about the time it started. He was just beginning high school at the time, and already had a passion for running. Many of us have had the pleasure to observe his progress throughout his high school and early college years. Pat’s coaches have had to keep after him, however; he tends to run and race too much! That’s what happens when you have a mom like Shannon and spend time around Roy Heger. Although Pat concentrates on his studies and his college running, he came around in March to win the Buzzard Day 25K race.

Many of us have also been fortunate enough to be able to watch Alan Dravenstott run, almost from the time he got started back in elementary school. It appears to be safe to say that Alan is more responsible for his dad, Harold’s running progress, than the other way around. Like Patrick’s coaches, Harold is trying hard to keep Alan from running too much and hurting himself or burning out. Now in middle school, Alan is running strong, and evidently enjoying every minute of it. So are we.

Debbie and Rob Scheel’s daughters, Emily and Elissa are still in grade school, but are already running extremely well. Debbie and Rob will bring the entire family to a 5K on occasion, and the two girls usually run strong. Like a lot of kids, Emily and Elissa have several interests. They do especially well at skating, but of course their running is still improving as well.

There are many other young folks in the club; sorry to have to stop talking about them here. Watch any of them run; it’s a blast. But beware: their enthusiasm for the sport is highly contagious.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dan's 100

Here is the list of the hundred marathons that I've done. If you get as far as the bottom of the list, you'll find some additional information.

Number
Marathon
         Date
Age
    Time
1
Revco Cleveland
5/14/1978
25
3:04
2
Athens, OH
4/5/1981
27
3:21
3
Athens, OH
4/10/1983
29
3:23
4
Detroit Free Press
10/16/1987
34
3:16
5
Sy Mah
3/27/1988
34
3:12
6
Chicago
10/30/1988
35
3:33
7
Sy Mah
3/19/1989
35
3:10
8
Revco Cleveland
5/21/1989
36
2:59
9
Scotty Hanton
9/2/1989
36
3:25
10
Detroit Free Press
10/15/1989
36
3:01
11
Boston
4/16/1990
36
3:19
12
Revco Cleveland
5/19/1991
38
3:16
13
Scotty Hanton
8/31/1991
38
3:29
14
Detroit Free Press
10/20/1991
38
3:05
15
New York
11/3/1991
38
3:27
16
Glass City
4/12/1992
38
3:29
17
Revco Cleveland
5/17/1992
39
3:23
18
Scotty Hanton
9/5/1992
39
2:59
19
Detroit Free Press
10/18/1992
39
3:03
20
Boston
4/19/1993
39
3:50
21
Ohio/Michigan
7/11/1993
40
3:24
22
Scotty Hanton
9/4/1993
40
3:01
23
Detroit Free Press
10/17/1993
40
3:01
24
Ohio/Michigan
7/10/1994
41
2:58
25
Scotty Hanton
9/4/1994
41
3:23
26
Boston
4/17/1995
41
3:04
27
Scotty Hanton
9/3/1995
42
2:59
28
Detroit Free Press
10/15/1995
42
2:59
29
Boston
4/15/1996
42
3:16
30
Ohio/Michigan
7/14/1996
43
2:58
31
Scotty Hanton
9/2/1996
43
3:21
32
Toe to Tow
10/13/1996
43
2:59
33
Detroit Free Press
10/20/1996
43
3:17
34
Boston
4/21/1997
43
3:05
35
Ohio/Michigan
7/13/1997
44
3:05
36
Scotty Hanton
8/31/1997
44
3:24
37
Air Force
9/20/1997
44
3:29
38
Detroit Free Press
10/19/1997
44
3:08
39
Scotty Hanton
9/7/1998
45
3:04
40
Chicago
10/11/1998
45
3:05
41
Detroit Free Press
10/18/1998
45
3:22
42
Honolulu
12/13/1998
45
3:14
43
Boston
4/19/1999
45
3:16
44
Bayshore
5/29/1999
46
3:06
45
Scotty Hanton
9/5/1999
46
3:11
46
Detroit Free Press
10/17/1999
46
3:24
47
Austin Motorola
2/20/2000
46
3:12
48
Glass City
4/16/2000
46
3:13
49
CVS Cleveland
4/29/2000
46
3:07
50
Eriesistable
9/10/2000
47
3:38
51
Towpath
10/15/2000
47
3:06
52
Martian Marathon
3/31/2001
47
3:23
53
CVS Cleveland
4/29/2001
47
3:09
54
GCM Cleveland
5/6/2001
48
3:23
55
Towpath
10/13/2001
48
3:19
56
Ocala
2/3/2002
48
3:19
57
CVS Cleveland
4/29/2002
48
3:14
58
Detroit Free Press
10/6/2002
49
3:04
59
Columbus
10/20/2002
49
3:09
60
Boston
4/21/2003
49
3:17
61
Green Bay
5/18/2003
50
3:12
62
Columbus
10/19/2003
50
3:12
63
Ocala
2/1/2004
50
3:20
64
Martian Marathon
3/27/2004
50
3:15
65
Rite Aid Cleveland
4/25/2004
50
3:10
66
Towpath
10/10/2004
51
3:15
67
Detroit Free Press
10/24/2004
51
3:18
68
Boston
4/19/2005
51
3:32
69
Rite Aid Cleveland
5/22/2005
52
3:18
70
Tahoe Triple Day 1
10/6/2005
52
3:42
71
Tahoe Triple Day 2
10/7/2005
52
3:49
72
Tahoe Triple Day 3
10/8/2005
52
3:58
73
Huntington Marathon
11/13/2005
52
3:12
74
Boston
4/17/2006
52
3:09
75
Columbus
10/15/2006
53
3:18
76
Rite Aid Cleveland
5/21/2007
54
3:22
77
Chicago
10/7/2007
54
3:35
78
Inland Trail
11/4/2007
54
3:14
79
Prague International
5/11/2008
55
3:28
80
Erie
9/14/2008
55
3:28
81
Towpath
10/12/2008
55
3:21
82
Inland Trail
11/2/2008
55
3:17
83
Rite Aid Cleveland
5/17/2009
56
3:35
84
Towpath
10/11/2009
56
3:25
85
Run with Scissors
10/25/2009
56
5:35
86
Inland Trail
11/1/2009
56
3:20
87
Boston
4/19/2010
56
3:17
88
Rite Aid Cleveland
5/16/2010
57
3:13
89
Akron Marathon
9/25/2010
57
3:23
90
Columbus
10/17/2010
57
3:16
91
Landis Loonies
1/1/2011
57
3:36
92
Glass City
4/17/2011
57
3:38
93
Rite Aid Cleveland
5/15/2011
58
3:16
94
Inland Trail
11/6/2011
58
3:22
95
Jacksonville Breast Cancer
2/12/2012
58
3:58
96
On My Own Two Feet Kent
4/21/2012
58
3:53
97
Rite Aid Cleveland
5/20/2012
59
4:06
98
Canton Marathon
6/17/2012
59
3:47
99
Run with Scissors
10/28/2012
59
5:27
100
Rite Aid Cleveland
5/19/2013
60
3:39

The average is 3:21:36. If we ignore the three of these that were primarily on trails (On My Own Two Feet Kent and the two Run with Scissors runs), the average is 3:18:36. I still include the Towpath/Toe to Tow Marathon because although it's also on a trail, that trail is not much different or slower than pavement.

I've had one DNF: Erie in 2003. Of course it's not included. That one upset me quite a bit, since I could have made it; I was just hot and tired, and gave up at the half. I vowed never to let that happen again. It didn't, at least at a marathon. (Don't get me started about my Mohican 100 in 2011!)

Speaking of ultras, I've done 21. Here is that list:

Number
Ultra
        Date
Age
Time
1
Olander Park 24 hour (51)
1992
39
10.5 hours
51.5 miles
2
MI Fat Ass 50 (50K)
1995?
42
Approx 5 hours
3
Roadkill 6 hour (28)
1996
43
28 miles
4
Roadkill 6 hour (32)
1997
44
32 miles
5
Mohican 100M
2001
48
26.5 hours
6
Chicago Lakeshore 50M
2002
49
8.5 hours
7
Buckeye Trail 50K
2004
50
6.5 hours
8
JFK 50
2007
54
8.5 hours
9
Green Jewel 100K
5/3/2008
55
10.5 hours
10
Green Lakes Endurance 100K
8/30/2009
56
11 hours
11
Freedom Park 24-Hour
12/31/2009
56
23.6 hours
93.66 miles
12
Green Jewel 50K
3/6/2010
56
4:50
13
Emerald Necklace 100K
5/22/2010
57
10.75 hours
14
Another Dam 50K
6/2/2010
57
4:58
15
Buckeye Woods 50k
12/5/2010
57
4:46
16
Green Jewel 50K
3/5/2011
57
4:28
17
Mad City 100K
4/9/2011
57
9:31
18
Another Dam 50K
6/4/2011
58
4:43
19
Moebius Green Monster 50K
8/27/2011
58
5:01
20
Buckeye Woods 50k
11/27/2011
58
4:50
21
Buckeye Woods 50k
11/25/2012
59
4:57

These are, naturally, all over the map as far as consistency is concerned. Part of that's because of the nature of these things, and part is due to how seriously I took them.

I hope you've enjoyed these little lists. You won't need to see them (at least from me) again.

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