JANUARY 1, 2017 (SUNDAY)

Well, here we go again.  I’m running through the neighborhood in the rain and cold and thinking about the brand New Year, 2017.  We all know that New Year’s Resolutions abound at this time, and I fit right in with that.  That is, when I’m not thinking how much I don’t like this cold rain during my run…but, what can ya do?

Resolutions grind their way into my brain as I run, putting my thoughts of cold and rain somewhere else.  I try to think back to thoughts earlier in the year in which runs or races told me facets in which I needed improvement.  So, here I go with the resolutions for 2017.  I’m documenting them here so I can be held accountable.

#1.  Improve my diet to insure that I will ingest healthy food for fuel to insure energy for the run and nutrients for recovery.

#2.  Include a muscular strength program at least three day per week.

#3.  Do flexibility work after each run or, at least, at the end of each day.

#4.  Consistently, be attentive to my bio-mechanics during each run.

#5.  Drink more water.

#6.  Include speed work on a weekly basis.

#7.  Plan ahead with my runs and races.

That seems to be all that I can remember as I ran about what I needed to do to improve my running.  I haven’t been too good in the past with resolutions.  Hopefully, this year will be better.

As I neared the finish of my 11+ miles today, I began to have second thoughts about this stuff.  I decided that I needed to simplify this plan.  So, in my last mile, I had an epiphany, a manifestation of the reality of resolutions.  I made a change before I reached my home front finish.

I gladly finished,being cold and wet, with the satisfaction of simplifying my 2017 RESOLUTIONS to:  #1.  Run every damn day!

Simple, huh?

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Extraordinary Streak

Posted: December 30, 2016 by smrtnsasy in Uncategorized
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Finishing a 43 year old streak with daughter and granddaughter

Richard Westbrook finishes a 43 year strong running streak, on December 29, 2016. Accompanying him through the finish is his daughter, Season Westbrook, along with her daughter (and Richard’s sidekick), Braylee, AKA Rainbow.

Westbrook currently holds 6th in the nation of longest running streaks. Approximately 708 runners have active registered streaks.

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REFLECTIONS FROM A ’47 ROADSTER

Posted: October 20, 2016 by coachwestbrook in Daily Runs & Reflections
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OCT. 20, 2016 (THURSDAY)

I had an easy run of a little over 5 miles through the neighborhood this morning.  In that run I noticed on three separate times a changing driving behavior that is not a good thing. One of the incidents was definitely not a good thing for this runner.

It’s like this.  Drivers increasingly are stopping and STAYING at a stop sign at an intersection even when no other cars are coming…or even in sight in any direction.  It’s time to move their vehicle on down the road, but they elect to just sit there.

Why?  The drivers are using their phone, that’s why…talking, texting, or any other phone thing they can do at the time.  Meanwhile, their vehicle is sitting there when the driver should be driving to their destination.  They are not focused on their driving, electing to use their phone during this crucial activity.

Today, the first incident during my run had one car sitting at a stop sign while I approached the intersection.  I watched to see if the car was going to pull out and go left or right.  He did neither.  His fat ass just sat there with his eyes down looking at his phone.  I turned right and ran beside him to look into his car.  He never knew I was there.

The second incident was a bit more personal to my running.  Running into another neighborhood, I saw an suv pull up to an intersection of a main connector road.  I was to run straight ahead with that vehicle to my left.  Should I run in front of it?  Should I run behind it?  Should I wait?  I slowed to give the driver a chance to make his move.  He did not move.  Another car came up behind him…and waited.  I don’t know why the lady in the car behind did not lay on her horn.  Too nice, I guess.

With the car behind the idiot in the front car, I chose to cross in front of the suv.  Just as I got mid-front, the driver finally looked up from his phone and started out into the main connector road.  Of course, I was right there in front of him.  I had to stiff arm his hood with my left as I gave a slight jump to get out of his way.  This idiot then blew his horn at me.  I stopped and looked back at him as he accelerated onto the road.  The lady behind pulled up, rolled down her window and said to me, “That man should not be driving!”  And, then she asked me if I was alright.  Yep, nice lady.

Third incident about a mile later.  The driver just stopped his car in the middle of the road and used his phone.  At least he had the sense to not text and drive.  I ran past him while his thumbs danced on his phone.  When I turned at the corner, he was still there in the middle of he road.  I didn’t stop to see how long he stayed there.  It was already too long.

Driving behavior is  changing.  Runners, beware!

 

 

 

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LAVS 2016 – WESTBROOK MADE IT!

YAY! Westbrook completed the grueling 314 miles, hobbling in on a painful, blistered foot around 1-2 am this morning. His time was 8 days 15 hours 20 minutes and 26 seconds finishing 35th out of 40 screwed runners. His quote after the race from the tracking website: “Boy…oh boy…. Somewhere along the way I opened Lazdora’s box, and out jumped blisters and muscle spasms.”

Out of 22 crewed runners, 6 remain on the road trying to make their way to the finish. Of 40 screwed runners, 3 are still running along somewhere.

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THE ENTRANCE TO CASTLE ROCK, A PRETTY TREE LINED STREET TO THE DIRT ROAD.

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WESTBROOK ENTERING CASTLE ROCK

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WESTBROOK COMING INTO CASTLE ROCK

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DIRECTIONAL SIGN FOR THE LEFT HAND TURN AT THE DIRT ROAD. EVERY SIGN THEREAFTER CONTINUED TO SAY 1 MILE TO GO, REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH CLOSER YOU WERE. – EVEN JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE FINISH.

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TERRIBLE PHOTO WITH ALL THE DUST AND DIRT BUT WESTBROOK MAKING HIS WAY UP THE HILL AND THROUGH THE SOYBEAN FIELDS TO THE FINISH

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WESTBROOK KISSING THE ROCK, CASTLE ROCK, AS HE COMPLETED THE RACE. LAVS 2016

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WESTBROOK AFTER THE RACE RELAXING WITH LAZ AND OTHER FINISHERS AND RACE STAFF.

 

LAVS 2016 – FINISH

Posted: July 23, 2016 by smrtnsasy in Race Reports, Uncategorized

WESTBROOK HAS FINISHED BEFORE HIS NEXT CHECK-IN. MORE TO FOLLOW…

LAVS 2016 - DAY 8 AND 1/2 UPDATE

LAVS 2016 – DAY 8 AND 1/2 UPDATE

Not exactly sure where Westbrook is at the moment, except that he is not far from the finish. He is either 10 miles out or 5 miles out. I think he may be hallucinating and not very clear at times where he may be. He has to go up Sand Mountain at the end with a foot mangled with blisters. We are heading out to the finish to find him now, if we can.

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LAVS 2016 – END OF DAY 8 UPDATE

Westbrook is coming into a nice breeze and downhill for the next three miles, currently at mile 288. You would think this sounds nice. The breeze yes, but downhill no. His blistered foot will slide around in his shoe while going downhill only to create more friction. Not to forget that downhill is harder on one’s knees and muscles if your are very exhausted and sore. All in all, the downhill will probably be painful rather than a relief. He remains 29th out of 43 screwed runners with 26 miles ahead of him.