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Homecoming 5k

I don't have much to say about a 5k I did yesterday ... one of the steepest hills I've encountered in a 5k absolutely killed my time. That being said, I ran a solid 25:12 in the first-ever 5k at Lynchburg College's Homecoming. I was on target for about 24 minutes until the route came back onto campus. Apparently the entrance has a name that didn't exist when I went to school there -- Entrance Hill. According to my Garmin, just after mile 2 I was at an elevation of 629 feet; at the peak of this hill just past 2.5 miles, I was at an elevation of 791 feet. The race had a total elevation gain of 367 feet.

To show at that hill killed my time, my splits were 7:28, 8:10 (which included a nice uphill of Faculty Drive in Lynchburg) and 9:33 in the final 1.1 miles. It was my slowest 5k in almost 5 years.

I'm certainly not complaining or disappointed. I'm happy with how things went and would not do anything different. It was awesome to have a race at my alma mater with about 40 other alumni, many of them former track stars in NCAA Division III athletics. And if they keep doing this every year, I have a new course record to break.

In the year 2000

This weekend is homecoming weekend at Lynchburg College, marking a celebration of 10 years since I graduated from there. I'm not really getting caught up in the "I can't believe it's been 10 years" thing, but I have thought a lot this week of how so many things are different now. Besides the obvious personal things of getting married and having a family, running is a big part of why things aren't anything like they were back in 2000.

In the year 2000 ...

  • I'm not sure how much I weighed.
  • I drank a lot of beer and created "Chug Fest 2000." You had to be there.
  • I wasn't completely inactive -- I did play tennis once or twice a week. And then drank a lot of beer.
  • I had a minor role in "Diary of Anne Frank."
  • My roommates and I created the most symmetrical beeramyid EVER, complete with probably 10 different types of beers. I have photos, somewhere, to prove it.
  • My first job out of college was at large credit card company. I worked there less than two weeks and then worked at a golf course for about three months before getting my first real job in my career field.
  • I drove a light blue 1990 Ford Escort.
  • Did I mention that I drank a lot?

Of course as we age and mature, the beer drinking goes away, we get better cars and many people stop taking care of themselves. I feel fortunate that I've gotten a grip on my life and can go to my 10-year reunion 30-plus pounds lighter, along with what I think is a stable job and my lovely wife and son.

Five years ago when I went to homecoming, things were definitely different than from five years before, but five years later things are even more different. I've ran 10 half marathons, I've tackled one marathon and am close to being in the best shape of my life.

A decade is a long time for people to have ups and downs and go through drastic changes, and I couldn't be happier with where my life right now. Homecoming is an awesome time to reflect on these things and give my confidence another boost as training for the Richmond Marathon draws to an end in a few weeks.


* After such an awesome April, May has very much started ho-hum. Not that I didn't need it -- the first four months of the year were so good that I didn't have a chance to slow down. And my blogging has slowed too. There's nothing wrong going on -- I'm just easing back on the gas pedal for a short time. * Ten years ago yesterday I graduated from Lynchburg College. I actually had a good post typed up yesterday about where I've been since that time and how I want to surprise people at my 10-year reunion at Homecoming in October, but my computer literally ate what I typed. Disappeared. Gone. Maybe by October I'll get around to putting those thoughts together again.

* When a run goes bad, get out and run the next day. On Wednesday, I had a horrible run. It just felt bad; it was hot; I felt slow; my breathing felt totally off; I felt like I had taken a shower with my clothes on. Then on Thursday, I had a great run. Take the bad things that happened the night before and reverse them. A key to bad runs is to bounce back like that and forget about them. Consider it forgotten.

* I really, really, really need to get my nutrition in check. This whole losing 5 pounds in May thing isn't going anywhere. The scale says what it did two weeks ago, and I have no one to blame but myself. After a bad dinner tonight, I'm mad at myself. And, usually, if I get mad at myself, I can turn it around. It's worked with running this year. Now I just have to get the other half of the puzzle done.

How sweet the sound

I'm not sure if there's anything more chilling than hearing "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes. Especially live. Check out a clip from last night's Relay for Life at Lynchburg College:

As promised, I ran 10 miles after raising $500 through 4 p.m. yesterday. It was very interesting to run customized loop after loop to do it, but as I ran I thought about all the people in my life who have been impacted by cancer. An inconvenient run is simple; battling cancer is not. But thanks to the many people who donated to this effort, we're perhaps one day closer to winning the battle.

After participating last night, I realized that this is something I have to do again. I already have some ideas in my head that I'll keep to myself right now, but running to raise money to fight cancer is at the top of my list of things to continue doing.

A while back I mentioned how this run would be part of my streak of running every day in April. I ran 5.6 miles before midnight. I started around 10:30 p.m. and took a few breaks up to that point. I then ran 4.4 miles after midnight. I had to veer off the loop that was created for the event. The loop created in LC's Dell was just under two-tenths of a mile and very crowded with the teams of students -- those of us with the Central Virginia Alumni Club were certainly much older than most everyone else around there with the exception of a few faculty and staff.

After a few laps, I always stayed within distance of hearing the music, speakers and seeing everyone else walking. It was quite a site. All told the 36 teams raised nearly $30,000. My team was No. 4 overall and I was actually the No. 3 fundraiser with $550 -- $50 coming after my mileage cut-off. To hit 110 percent of my goal is just awesome. I can't say thank you enough to everyone who helped out.

Relay for Life

Just before I made the switch to this site I wrote about running in Relay for Life at Lynchburg College. Well, that is tonight! As of 9 a.m. I have $345 raised - just $5 short of running 7 miles. My plan is this: for every $50 I will run a mile up to $500, or 10 miles. If the donations go beyond that, I will run a mile for every $100, up to 15 miles or $1,000. My personal cutoff time for my challenge is 4 p.m. today. Of course, additional donations after that time are welcome.

To donate to my efforts, click here. As of this hour, the Central Virginia Alumni Club - the team I am on - is No. 5 in online fundraising out of 36 teams, and I am No. 5 overall out of 530 participants. So far all the Lynchburg College-related teams have raised more than $21,000.

11:10 a.m. update: The total is now $430! 12:15 p.m. update: Just $45 to go to my goal of $500. 3:30 p.m. update: $25 more and I'll run 10 miles tonight. $475. Who has $25?

GOAL MET! Less than 5 minutes after my last update, I had a $25 donation to get me to $500. I’m blown away with all the support I have received today. Words cannot express how grateful I am for people stepping up for such a great cause. Now I have to run 10 miles tonight … that’s a lot of circles in the Lynchburg College Dell, but it will be very much worth it. Thank you so much!