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By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
September 22, 2013
Category: Running

What a fun day!  Arrived early to set up our sponsor's table with my wife, Mary, and my assistant, Audrey.  

The organizers couldn't have been nicer.  Met a few of the other sponsors.  A number of people stopped by our table to pick up information and ask questions. One of my favorites was an older gentleman who came in from Staten Island.  He spoke of a heel injury suffered in 1951. In school, their track shoes were converted baseball spikes.  But her still runs, slowly, but he runs.

 

As for me and the actual race--well, I finished.  This race was on a "retired" golf course and in the first 1.5 miles there were two uphill par-4 holes, the second of which I don't know if I could have reached in 2 shots when the course was open.  Those took a lot out of my legs [note to self: a bit more specialized training on hills].  As a result, I walked more than I thought I would have to, but the good news was that I was actually keeping up a good pace--for me--in spite of it all.  My training took me at about an 11:30 pace and that's what I accoplished, even with all the walking mixed in.  35:40 for the 5K, not bad for the first effort in 9-10 years.  I finished faster than at least 30 people and was 14th in my age group.  Should I mention there were about 200 runners overall?  

That's OK, it was all about putting one foot in front of the other and finishing.  It was all about the fresh air, exercise and the fun of the experience.  And the food.  Good food, drink, and snack provided by the other sponsors.  And the day was made even more complete later on when we made the trek to Piscataway, NJ to see Rutgers' come-from-behind victory over Arkansas!

 

The little kids fun run at the end was adorable.  Plenty of people brought dogs to the park--not to run, but to help cheer on their owners.  Next year, I'll for sure bring my dog Moose.  He'll be happy to greet the masses as he's sure everybody he meets has come out to see him.  He'll even be an experienced runner.  Next month, after my next 5K in Bethelehem PA, we'll run together in a 1 mile dog run.

By Brandon Macy D.P.M.
September 19, 2013
Category: Running

Saturday, I'm running in my first 5K race in many years, the Paul Jackson 5K in Clark.  There will be a Clark Podiatry Center sponsor's table set up for runners, walkers and their entourage to stop by to say hello, pick up a little educational information and ask me any questions you might have.  I'll be there before the race and, depending on how long it takes me to finish, after the race.

 

It has been a long road back to racing this year.  I started up with running in May, barely being able to run 6 minutes at a time before various aches and pains set in.  I'd mix in walking and running to the point where I can complete those 3.1 miles (I'm fairly sure I can, at least).  How fast and how much walking will be mixed in remains to be seen, especially if it is windy or if there are too many of those "mountains" to climb in the park formely known as the Oak Ridge Golf Course.  Playing golf there was far easier save for the all-too-frequent errant shot.

 

I had a patient come in earlier in the week, a marathon veteran who is dialing things down to 10K and half marathons and she said that for her, and I suppose for many of the longer distance runners, running 5Ks is for when you want to support a charity.  It's a nice warm up run. For the rest of us beginners and novices, we can barely finish the 5K, but for them, the first 3 miles of a workout are the hard part and this patient CLAIMS that in miles 4, 5 and beyond it actually gets easier.  She may well be right, but I'll believe it when I see it.

There's hope, though.  Last time I ran over in Tamques Park in Westfield, at the end of 3 laps (2.4 miles) my legs were very tired.  Thereafter, alternating 1/10 mil walking with 1/10 mile running hard--the mileposts are marked--resulted in each successive "sprint" being faster and easier than the last.  That could be my way of busting through the barrier.  We'll see.  

 

Anyway, I hope to see as many of you as possible on Saturday Sept. 21 at Oak Ridge Park. Stop by and say hello and after the race I'll get back to the booth as fast as my tired old legs will take me.

 



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