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Post  charles.moman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:00 pm

Not important, but another little easy trail down the road from the Turkey/Bird Trail.

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A decision had to be made and I did it!

Post  charles.moman on Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:17 pm

This is the 2nd week of my training schedule for the Indiana Trail 50/100.
Most of the runs have been going well, but today was just hard and I am not sure why.
I did 10.5, but was supposed to do 14 - it was odd and not normal for me.
I was also debating with myself about the Indiana Trail 50/100 and making a decision I knew was needed.
I am taking a nap and then I think I will go back out and do 4 - 5 miles.

I did sign up for the full 100 miles, but I was not really convinced I could do that much.
And I am still not convinced and I recognize that is virtually impossible for me.
I am confident about finishing the 50 miles at Indiana Trail event and that is being realistic.
I was well prepared for the North Country 50, but 95 degrees was just too much.
I just did not feel like dying that day - IU Med gets my body, but they will have to wait a while.
But that plan also was also pushing the boundaries of overtraining for me.

I think I will switch to a blend of the 50 and 100 mile training plans from Relentless Forward Progress.
My longest training run will be a 50K in week 19, instead of 50 miles.
I might just fit in 2 50K runs in my schedule if I can handle it.
Both plans max out at 50 miles week later in the schedule.

So . . . . my plan now is to do the Indiana Trail 50 and if I can do one more loop or two, I will go for it.
So I will be very happy with 50 miles, plus any extra I can do on that day.
That is a much more realistic plan and goal for me and where I am at in my running history of less than 2 years.
And I am at peace with this plan.

Amen.

Susie is going with me on some of my hikes on some tough hills at the forestry near Brownstown.
Speed is not the issue for these workouts, but Susie can do pretty well hiking.
She backpacked a lot with the Boy Scouts (assistant Scoutmaster) for several years when John Mark was in our church troop. Plus we just have a lot fun together out there.

That must mean I have a new video! It is just so easy now with my new iPhone.

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Post  Mark B on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:45 pm

Fun video! Susie has got a great sense of humor, which is mandatory if you're the spouse of an ultra runner! jocolor

Like I posted on FB, I think you made the right decision for you right now. Have fun learning and mastering 50 milers (and maybe a 100K) before taking that next huge step up in difficulty. There's nothing wrong with being realistic. It's still a big, hairy audacious goal. Go for it!
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Post  charles.moman on Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:41 am

Got in a 7.3 mile run to follow up yesterday's 10.5 and it felt better today.
I also went over 1,200 miles for the year - the most ever for me - well . . . in my measly 2 years of running.

I walked in the kitchen and told Susie - "Wow, you will be a splash of color at the library today!" For "some" reason she thought that was funny. I also normally wear a red sock hat to top off my cold running attire. Hmm . . .



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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:33 pm

Love the video and your wife sounds like a hoot. I'd love to meet you both - someday I'll venture to Indiana as I still need that state.
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Post  Mark B on Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:42 pm

Just keep telling Susie that your attire could be even more colorful: You could be a cyclist! What a Face
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Post  charles.moman on Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:33 am

Michele - Susie is just a lovely person and fun to live with.
She puts up with my attempts at humor and constant filming little videos.
I hope we do meet someday!

There are hills nearby that would love to have a crack at you!
They are pretty, but mean down deep!
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Post  dot520 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:39 am

I'll second that....Susie is a very enjoyable person to be around and yes, she seems to put up with Charles nicely! Smile
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Post  charles.moman on Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:36 pm

I am a big believer in NAPS!
My granddaughter, Addie spent the day and we made two movie trailers.
One about naps and the other about a music competition between us.
Yes, I sometimes have too much time on my hands!



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My Indiana Trail 100 practice run on 12/23

Post  charles.moman on Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:27 am



Yesterday was the running of the Fat Ass 50K at Chain 'O Lakes State Park in northern Indiana. Look around, you might find me in the photo somewhere. I "found a way" to make the 16.67 loop 17.27 miles! I missed two turns because I was motoring along - thinking random thoughts - basically, not paying attention to the OBVIOUS PINK FLAGS ! ! ! I hit 16.67 at 3:40 and I am thrilled with that. I ended up 3:48 for 17.27 - with an average pace of 13:14. I took a few extra walk breaks, so I could have probably gotten the loop done in 3:30. I was not sure I could do that, but now I know. VERY encouraging for the 50-miles I WILL do in April.



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Post  dot520 on Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:24 am

As usual, well done! I really enjoy your take on course elevation. We think very much alike and if you think it's just rolling then I wouldn't be disappointed or surprised. If you think it's a bit of a hill, then I'd believe it.

Good job and if you keep your training at this level you will certainly enjoy the 50 miler...yes, I said enjoy!
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Post  charles.moman on Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:51 pm

I made it official a couple of weeks ago with the Indiana Trail 100 staff - I am now an official 50-mile runner at the event. So I will be running alongside Tim Miller - in my dreams!

My runs have been pretty decent lately, but I have been a little hampered by a big toe infection.
I have been soaking it, using antibacterial stuff, but it has not been getting better.
I called my foot doctor and they had just gotten a cancellation - if I could get there in 10 minutes - I was in.
I made it and within 30 minutes I had a numb toe and the infected ingrown nail was taken care of.
It is ouchy right now, but I am glad to get it taken care of.
I think I will skip the 18-mile run scheduled for tomorrow . . . .

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Post  Mark B on Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:01 am

That is one stylish looking toe wrap, Charles! I hope what's underneath isn't the same color. Wink

Glad you got it taken care of. Infected ingrown nails hurt like the dickens, and they don't get better on their own.
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Post  charles.moman on Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:17 am

Nothing to report - so why am I reporting that?
My toe is much better and pain free - just a little sensitive to bumps.
I have not run for a week and a half, but that is fine.
I might squeeze in a five miler this afternoon after the all important NAP!
Then back on my schedule starting Monday.
I just found out there will be another FA 50K at Morgan-Monroe on January 5.
I think it will be called the frozen Turtle FA 50k and hopefully I will not get lost this time!
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Post  charles.moman on Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:33 pm

Year total - 1,300.01 miles.
Back to my training schedule tomorrow and the Indiana Trail 100 is 4 months away.
The national record holder for a 100 mile trail run is Ian Sharman and he is coming to the IT 100 to see if he can break his record and earn $25,000! That might get some other elites to come to our new Indiana event.
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First half marathon of the year!

Post  charles.moman on Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:18 pm

Finally back to longish runs - got 15.2 miles in today at the Refuge. Slick in places, but not too bad. Very very bright and at times, some killer wind. I had one too many layers one though. My schedule called for 20 or so, but I have missed an 18 and 2-14 milers, so I thought I would make it a B2B instead. 10 more miles tomorrow.

Saw the river otters twice sticking their heads out of the ice. I was glad I had my iPhone, but it if I had my Canon Vixia, I would have gotten some great close ups. I know you have been holding your breath for more Charles videos - here you go!







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Post  John Kilpatrick on Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:33 pm

Nice year of running Charles!

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Post  charles.moman on Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:18 pm

Three runs this week - 10.19 - 14.01 - 8.55.
My schedule for the 50-miler called for 45 total, but that was not happening this week.
I may do some TM tonight and a short run Sunday afternoon that I can add to the count.
I count my week of running miles from Monday through Saturday.
Next week I will have a long run of 24 and I am ready for it.
Just was too tired today for the full 12 and that is fine with me.
I now know I overtrained for the North Country run and it took a lot out of me.

Saw this yesterday on a road outside Bloomington.
Too funny, but real.


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Post  charles.moman on Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:36 am

Nothing exciting - still prepping for the 50-miler in April.
My 24-mile run last week, ended up being 22 - 16.5 in the AM and 5.5 in the PM.
I switched my schedule back to the 50-mile schedule - still some long runs, but not quite as many.
This week has just been too cold to get out much - the wind was the main issue.

So I ran 6 on Monday and not again until yesterday - Friday - did 14.4 on the trails.
Low teens, but no wind which was nice. I will get 5 in today this afternoon.
I am taking my oldest daughter, Jennifer to a funky breakfast place in Nashville, IN - Muddy Boots this morning.
She turned 34! yesterday!

SHort video from yesterday.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:45 pm

Wow, I expected more snow than that, Charles. I ran 15 this morning - about 9 of those miles were on a plowed all purpose trail with about 1/2-1" of packed snow, the remainder was on unplowed trail with 4-6" of snow. Interesting run.
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Post  Mark B on Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:14 pm

Good job on the 50-miler preps, Charles, and thanks for the video. Like you said, if you hadn't panned over to show the meadow full of snow, it would have looked like it was in the 30s of 40s. Fifteen degrees is nippy! What did you wear for that run?
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Post  charles.moman on Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:37 am

I wore Sporthill clothes mainly - stretchy running pants, with windproof wind pants over them - that was perfect.
Then a Sporthill long-sleeved shirt with a Brooks vest and jacket.
The jacket was too much after a few miles, but if I took it off I think I would have frozen.
I also wore my Nathan hydration vest and that got my back a little sweaty, but overall it was OK.

It will get 55 this afternoon whenI will run 7 - 10 miles.
By the end of the week it will be pretty cold again - 24 miles on Thursday or Friday.
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Free cremation Offer!

Post  charles.moman on Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:42 am

When I got to age 50, I started getting AARP mailers.
Then the pre-paid funerals and "final-cost" life insurance.
But THIS was a first!
I do not think I will mail it back in - they might make me accept the prize NOW,not later.
Mark - please mention your hilarious reply from FB!



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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:10 pm

So this is what the guy in north GA did and how he got so much money! Too funny Charles.

Hey, I'm going to run Monumental in the fall. I know it isn't trail, and it isn't long, but maybe you can come in the night before and I can finally meet you.
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Post  charles.moman on Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:41 pm

That would be great - I may be running the Monumental Half with a friend again.
Yes! We will work out a get together in Indy for the 365 runners!

Actually, after my 50-miler in April, I plan on not going so long very often,
I think I may just doing halfs, with the occasional full and at the most, a 50k.
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