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Back to Atlanta

I had the chance to return to Atlanta GA this past week for work. We were staying at the Hilton, so I knew that there would be treadmills at my disposal since I would be missing 3 days of lunchtime run slots. I would have preferred to run outside, but I wasn’t sure of where the Hilton was located in Downtown Atlanta and whether it would be relatively safe for me to be running out and about.

I was having some major congestion issues, it was almost like I had a full-blown cold except for the fact that I had no signs of actually being ill. I deduced that it must have been a result of my Chiropractic appointment when the massage therapist worked on my upper back. She had mentioned that it was REALLY tight, and therefore the toxins released from that session was coarsing through my body. I had gone through something similar for about 6-8 weeks back in September, so the whole action-reaction was still fresh in my mind.

Sure enough, if I could massage the muscles in my back by using the corner of a wall, then my congestion would go away for about 10-15 minutes but then come back. I was able to run for 3 miles on the treadmill and I only really stopped because the air in the workout facility wasn’t moving very much and felt stuffy.

On the way back to Knoxville (ab 3.5 hour trip), I made an appointment to see my chiropractor. I had my shoulder worked on again and now the obnoxious amount of congestion is gone but I still have some small amount of rattling in my chest. I’ll work on my back over the next few days and see if that won’t help some.


I thought on my trip that I would have time to work on the next episode of Gravity[at]1053′ but I didn’t get further than making a few talking points. I’m thinking that I will need to redesign a few things with the podcast such as the name since the¬†ampersand won’t work well with Twitter. I’m also thinking of redoing the show intro as well.

Sparing Gear

Tuesday was my first taekwondo practice as an Orange Belt (Belt #3), well technically I haven’t gone through Awards ceremony yet. I guess that would make me an Orange Belt Elect or something similar. I noticed that during warm-ups I was able to stay upright without much effort during the leg stretches.

My 30+ years of soccer and 12+ years of running have made my legs really strong and at the same time, very inflexible. So with taekwondo and all of it’s knee bending, running around and kicking in the air, I find that I could devastate someone’s shin. Anything higher than that is unpredictable. So when it comes the floor leg stretch where you spread your legs as wide as you can, I am almost to a 90 degree angle. The real progress that I have made is that when I have my legs stretched out, I am not having to fight my sciatic muscles wanting to pull my back smack on the floor. I can lean forward slightly now.


Today (6/6/12)… [Tangent] If I just add a few math symbols to today’s date, we can get “6 + 6 = 12” [/Tangent] is National Running Day and I ran 4 miles. Of course, I would have run 4 miles today even if it hadn’t been National Running Day.


I’m in the process of compiling talking points for the next episode of Gravity[at]1053′. I haven’t decided if I am going to do a run-record format or something else. From my history of podcasting, I have to make the editing process as easy as possible. So we will see, maybe the podcast can be more frequent then an annual event.

Logo Stolen!

Gravity@1053′ Episode 28: A New Attitude

In this episode I talk about my renewed attitude to running and about the five miles that I ran on Father’s Day. I even toss in a little bit about the fall and my approach for the Flying Monkey Marathon



So, until then Fa’afetai for listening! Remember: “Relax, Look Ahead”

If you don’t already have (or had deleted by “mistake”) the feed for the podcast, you can get it here: Gravity@1053′ Feedburner

The direct download for the show can be found here: Gravity@1053′ Episode 28

Gravity@1053′ Episode 26: My Flying Monkey Marathon Train-wreck-ing

If the Hills don't kill you, the Monkeys WILL!
If the Hills don't kill you, the Monkeys WILL!

In this episode, I talk about my Flying Monkey (Harpeth Hills) Marathon training from the time frame of around 17 days from Race Day (11/22/2009). I try to address some of the issues that have been plaguing my running and strategies that I took for an abbreviated Training Plan. This will be my second running of the Flying Monkey marathon. Episode 27 will be about my Taper period and strategies for Race Day. I am anticipating having Episode 28 be a race report from the marathon itself, but that will depend on scheduling, as we are going to be traveling to California the day after the race for a week.

Gravity@1053′ Episode 25:World Wide Festival of Races

Gravity In this episode, I capture my running of the 4th annual World Wide Festival of Races where I ran the Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon Challenge. Once again, I ran on 3rd Creek Greenway in Knoxville TN, but this time I had to alter my route because I wasn’t sure if I could make it the entire distance! This also began what maybe a train wreck, as I started a training program for a slightly undulating and monkey-infested race at the Harpeth Hills Marathon coming up on November 22nd.

Gravity@1053′ Episode 24: Prelude to the Flying Pig Marathon

Okay, here we go… if you get the Podcast by the RSS Feed then you got a bonus, because this isn’t going to post until Sunday at Noon, when I am a FINISHER of the Flying Pig Marathon!

Roger THAT!So, until then Fa’afetai for listening!

If you don’t already have (or had deleted by mistake) the feed for the podcast, you can get it here: Gravity@1053′ Feedburner

The direct download for the show can be found here: Gravity@1053′ Episode 24

Gravity@1053′ Episode 23

Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc, are you trying to tell me that my mother has got the hots for me?
Dr. Emmett Brown: Precisely.
Marty McFly: Whoa, this is heavy.
Dr. Emmett Brown: There’s that word again; “heavy”. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth’s gravitational pull Gravity@1053′ podcast?

Back to the Future

Uh yeah… that’s right, it IS a Gravity@1053′ podcast… I know, I am speechless too.

Actually, in this episode, I talk about the (at least then) upcoming Knoxville Marathon and some of the potential issues that I was having leading up to the race. It was recorded in one run along the Will Skelton Greenway and parts of the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, two of my new fave places to run.

Following this episode, will be the audio OF the marathon, along with some commentary (I am imagining) during the run.

Then in Episode 25 will be audio of a post marathon run that I had with podcast extraordinaire, David Peach during a lunchtime run here in Knoxville.

That should carry me into May, which will be the Flying Pig Marathon, where I run my first “large sized” marathon. So we will see how I do there.


I have changed the format just a tad, it’s a new, easier to make Intro, then the “Core” of the show, I’ll have comments, questions, advertisements, etc, then the Outro. So, all in all, it should be easier to slap together ONCE the audio is edited but really, I plan on doing as little editing as possible and this should help keep Gravity on a less than every 6 month submission.


I am also planning on calling The Extra Mile submission line, so you will be able to catch me on that podcast AND I know that I will be on an upcoming Runner’s Roundtable in June.

Roger THAT!So, until then Fa’afetai for listening!

If you don’t already have (or had deleted by mistake) the feed for the podcast, you can get it here: Gravity@1053′ Feedburner

The direct download for the show can be found here: Gravity@1053′ Episode 23

Inigo Montoya: Offer me money.
Count Rugen: Yes!
Inigo Montoya: Power, too, promise me that.
[He slashes his other cheek]
Count Rugen: All that I have and more. Please…
Inigo Montoya: Offer me anything I ask for.
Count Rugen: Anything you want…
[Rugen knocks Inigo’s sword aside and lunges. But Inigo traps his arm and aims his sword at Rugen’s stomach]
Inigo Montoya Planet3rry: I want my father Monday back, you son of a bitch!

Scene From Princess Bride as told by Planet3rry as the role of Inigo Montoya and Life in General as Count Rugen

I know that Monday April 13th existed, but I don’t really remember much about it. I was only really coherent for about the last 1 hour of work and from there it was basically just going home for Date Night. And while Date Night did include us being in bed, we were totally asleep. There was no dinner… there was no movie, there was nothing. Next thing I knew it was 5am on Tuesday and I was ready to look at the finances.

So, I am scratching my head wondering what I am going to do and now I have more stuff to do today, that I should have done yesterday and I have to plack it in today… which is filling up fast!

Over the weekend, I did not run at all. I had wanted to make last week, the last tough week of training before I started tapering here in the next few days. Now, I have to cram an extra long run in here somewhere and make do. I think what I will do is something that I did LAST year, but I have forgotten about until now… the 2-Fer! That’s right. I think today, I will do a 5 mile at lunch and then a 10 miler after work. I need the extra time tonight with the many errands I have to run, but I HAVE to get the mileage in! I realized that today that I probably have not trained properly to shoot for a sub-4hr marathon given my training to date. I should look back and see what I have run (hence the need for the Trusty Rusty Running Log) and perhaps a sub 4 isn’t really in the cards (unless the planets are aligned and Mercury isn’t in Retrograde) but a PR might be something that I could touch (take that MC Hammer)… 4:06 or so.

AND… there is a NEW episode of Gravity@1053′ just about finished! I PROMISE! I am starting to catch back up on podcasts, but still way back in last year and I have the compulsion to listen to each one, in order, just ANOTHER reason for some long runs. Also, look for a new feature on! I am going to roll that out in the next couple of days or maybe hours… let’s see how motivated I can be.

Inigo Montoya Planet3rry: Is very strange. I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.
Westley: Have you ever considered piracy? You’d make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.

I’m bringing this fashion back by force

I Down with the DRCDespite the fact that I am MONTHS… no YEARS behind on my podcasts, I received a package from Podmaster Matt over at the DUMP RUNNERS CLUB podcast. For some of his hippest, coolest and stylish listeners, he send out custom made headbands! So today, as I was bustin’ up the hills over at Lakeshore Greenway, I styled and profiled the DRC on my forehead. It worked Great! To get your headband, send $29.95 to Matt over at DRC and if you act now, he’ll send you the second one for twice the price! That’s right TWO headbands for $89.85! What a DEAL!

Gravity@1053′ podcast is going to be coming back to a RSS feed near you. I need to make some recordings for future episodes, as I have changed the format of the podcast, to make it just a tad easier to get out then once every 10 months. Plus, I want to have an ASD Athletes podcast as well, which will need to be a little more polished and presentable, then what I am spewing out now.

I also have the audio from my Fun Run at the Knoxville Marathon 21 Miler on March 29th. Plus, there is audio that I have from Podcaster Extraordinaire and Missionary Guru, David Peach, where I talk a little bit about how I scored my first DNF in the marathon category.

Oh, and the best thing about running with the Dump Runners Club Headband today, I passed by a local Water Treatment Facility (one of qualifying places for membership to the DRC*) 3x in my run!

2.1 Loop
Clickie to makie Biggie

*Dumpster Diving, however, is NOT a requirement.