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LAVS 2016 – FINISH

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

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

MAY 4, 2016 (WEDNESDAY)

I had an easy 3+ mile run today tapering down to the Strolling Jim 40-Mile Run this Saturday in Tennessee.  The race is actually 41.2 miles.  It is on the roads in Wartrace, Tennessee and is a tough race…which makes me wonder…

I have run this race several times over the years.  I remember how tough it is.  I remember how my quads burned in the severe hills early in the race.  I remember baking in the sun on stretches Tennessee asphalt.  I remember thinking they forgot to put out the aid stations as the miles seemed to get longer.  I remember the “walls,” a series of rolling hills late in the race that seemed to be there just to punish the runners (especially me.)  I remember finishing strong over the last two miles on my way to a victory (I have to reach way back for that memory.)

As I ran along in this cool morning, I wondered how I would do (as I normally think before a race) because of my recent training not being like it should be preparing for a race.  I had recovery time from an injured foot followed by a cold contracted from Rainbow, a granddaughter.

Interestingly, I read an article last week in ULTRARUNNING that was written by the Strolling Jim race director, Gary Cantrell.  It hit on the subject of race goals for the “runners with longevity” (which are old runners, like me.)  For those runners, he stated there were often multiple goals.  The first was “just finish” followed by “happy with” and culminating with “dream” goals.  This kept coming back to me as I ran today.

I think I fit into that genre.  I’m sure I will be on the starting line with the first (“just finish”)  goal in mind.  I hope I can progress to the second (“happy with”) goal.  I don’t think I can get to that third (“dream”) goal…just not prepared for that.  My mind bounced around all this as I ran easily through mile three to my finish.  We shall see how it goes on the hills of middle Tennessee

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Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.”

                                                                                                                           -Chinese Proverb

MAY 4, 2016 (WEDNESDAY)

I had an easy 3+ mile run today tapering down to the Strolling Jim 40-Mile Run this Saturday in Tennessee.  The race is actually 41.2 miles.  It is on the roads in Wartrace, Tennessee and is a tough race…which makes me wonder…

I have run this race several times over the years.  I remember how tough it is.  I remember how my quads burned in the severe hills early in the race.  I remember baking in the sun on stretches Tennessee asphalt.  I remember thinking they forgot to put out the aid stations as the miles seemed to get longer.  I remember the “walls,” a series of rolling hills late in the race that seemed to be there just to punish the runners (especially me.)  I remember finishing strong over the last two miles on my way to a victory (I have to reach way back for that memory.)

As I ran along in this cool morning, I wondered how I would do (as I normally think before a race) because of my recent training not being like it should be preparing for a race.  I had recovery time from an injured foot followed by a cold contracted from Rainbow, a granddaughter.

Interestingly, I read an article last week in ULTRARUNNING that was written by the Strolling Jim race director, Gary Cantrell.  It hit on the subject of race goals for the “runners with longevity” (which are old runners, like me.)  For those runners, he stated there were often multiple goals.  The first was “just finish” followed by “happy with” and culminating with “dream” goals.  This kept coming back to me as I ran today.

I think I fit into that genre.  I’m sure I will be on the starting line with the first (“just finish”)  goal in mind.  I hope I can progress to the second (“happy with”) goal.  I don’t think I can get to that third (“dream”) goal…just not prepared for that.  My mind bounced around all this as I ran easily through mile three to my finish.  We shall see how it goes on the hills of middle Tennessee

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Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.”

                                                                                                                           -Chinese Proverb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 14, 2016 (THURSDAY)

It was 11.91 miles on a great looking day in the county in Clayton of the state of Georgia.  My running is getting better after the slight injury in last few miles of the Nashville Ultra 50 Mile Race on November 7.  I thought I would never get over the sore right ankle that I managed to place into a hole in last three miles of the race.  But, I did recover…only to have a sore, tight left Achilles tendon.  It took a month to the day to recover with the right ankle and left me doing the mile-per-day recovery runs.  Then, it took me about three weeks to get over the left side being messed up.

After a gradual build-up of mileage (which is still progressing), I am feeling a lot better getting some higher mileage under my belt.  Today’s run in my Altra Paradigm 1.5’s was a good one.  My fatigue level in the runs is less.  I’m able to change the pace within the runs without crashing.  I can walk into the house when finished instead of crawling.  Progress!

Now, I’m ready to watch the GOP front runners in their debate tonight.

42 YEAR STREAK COMPLETED

Posted: January 5, 2016 by smrtnsasy in Uncategorized
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Daughter, Season, and granddaughter, Braylee, finish Westbrook’s last run of his streak year with him.

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Richard Westbrook has run every day (at least one mile, but usually many more) for 42 years as of December 29, 2015. No matter the weather, possible injuries or sickness, he always gets in a run sometime during the day. As of today, January 5, 2016, Westbrook maintains 7th place in the ranking of USA active running streaks.

UPCOMING RACE

Posted: January 1, 2016 by smrtnsasy in Uncategorized

Once again, Westbrook is registered to run the 314 mile Vol State Ultra. “It begins with a ferry ride across the Mississippi River, from Missouri to Kentucky, and finishes at “the Rock,” high atop Sand Mountain in Northeast Georgia. What lies in between are 314 miles of the great unknown.” (Ultrasignup.com)

LAST ANNUAL VOL STATE

The race will begin July 14, 2016 at 7:30 am. As before, Westbrook is in the “screwed” (unaided) division with the other crazy people. Wish him luck, donate on the website here if you wish, and stay with us for results as we here them.

NASHVILLE ULTRA

Posted: November 15, 2015 by coachwestbrook in Uncategorized
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The start of Nashville Ultra

The start of Nashville Ultra

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And they are off, as Westbrook waves

Westbrook completed the 50 miler in 9:48:10 and was 22nd overall place. There were 26 males in the race with Westbrook in a finished place of 15th. Sixteen females ran the 50 miler with only one DNF (did not finish). First place as Senior Grand Master men’s division, Westbrook is a NATIONAL CHAMPION! He had a sore ankle for much of the race and didn’t care for the off road portion. The weather was cloudy and cold throughout. The many hills didn’t do the runners any favors either. He did have his wife, daughter, and exuberant granddaughter at the race for support. Way to go, Westbrook.

Running Nashville Ultra with her Paw Paw

Running Nashville Ultra with her Paw Paw

Waiting for her Paw Paw at the finish of Nashville Ultra 50 Miler

Waiting for her Paw Paw at the finish of Nashville Ultra 50 Miler

Westbrook's first place medal, National Champion, for the Nashville Ultra 50 Miler

Westbrook’s first place medal, National Champion, for the Nashville Ultra 50 Miler

Westbrook receiving his Senior Grand Master award for the Nashville Ultra 50 Miler

Westbrook receiving his Senior Grand Master award for the Nashville Ultra 50 Miler

Westbrook showing his granddaughter his medal.

Westbrook showing his granddaughter his medal.