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A short update on the running.

Here’s an update.

Been very slow going this week, I’ve still got that weird “pop” feeling in the back of my left foot, around where my achilles is … so for that reason, I’ve basically rested up this week and will get back on the horse come Tuesday. It really is problematic when I walk around barefoot and walk up the stairs.

Maybe when I cut the grass tomorrow (it’s way too long and it’s all wet right now), I’ll get a feeling for how the rest has done for it. I had tendonitis in my right achilles a year or so ago and had to wear a boot around for like two weeks. I’ve worn the boot on my left foot just to keep it straight for a few hours at a time, but I’m still doing things with the girl that require anything other than the boot — batting cages, driving range, dinner, movies — so I don’t want to slow the pace.

That’s the abbreviated update for the time being.

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June 27, 2009 at 5:04 pm

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Marathon Update: June 23

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June 23, 2009 at 11:01 pm

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Marathon Update: June 18

In case you’re wondering, there hasn’t been any video this week because I’m all out of tape. Yes, I sadly do NOT own a hard drive camera, so that would mean I have to run out and get some of those little miniDV tapes.

I’ve bought too many of them this year and after using an HDD camera yesterday down in Rochester while covering the Jimmy Chase-Justin LaValle wrestle-off, it’s about time I “get with the times.”

Thursday’s run sucked. I got zero pace, no motivation, no rhythm. 3.34 miles (or 3.44). iPod started working tonight after I got home.

So I didn’t run Wednesday. My left achilles was feeling a bit funny, so I just rested instead of trying to pressure it. Bad runs for me right now, mean more walking and running.

So for now, I need a real video update, but I’ll just get a new camera instead, then work on it from there.

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June 18, 2009 at 11:09 pm

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Here’s the seven mile breakdown … Marathon Log.

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June 14, 2009 at 12:05 am

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Things I don’t want to do today …

This run …

I’ll do it anyway, but I’m really NOT feeling motivated.

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June 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm

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I’m not Cameron Crowe, but knowing early is something else

Kyle Klingman, my partner in crime here at Wrestling 411, often points to the Cameron Crowe movie “Almost Famous” in referring to things I’ve done with writing. I love music, I love writing, I love the concept of being able to explain what I write to the common reader in terms they can understand, comprehend and envision.

But it’s a lazy Saturday here in Arden Hills and I’ve got a seven-mile run looming. There’s a point in this movie, where the character, William Miller, plays The Who’s “Tommy” and the track “Sparks” plays. It’s one of my favorite tunes by The Who and it made me want to tell another story.

I’ve been around sports for much of my life. Not my adult life, but my life in general. One of my early “gigs” was with a semipro football team back home in Virginia — the Peninsula Poseidons. They had an aggressive marketing campagin surrounding the Mason-Dixon Football League team. The team was nothing special, but Ed and George Fiscella, wrestling people before I knew they were wrestling people, got the community behind a team which comprised of shipyard workers, bartenders, bouncers and former high school football players. Some personalities had solid careers, like Brian Darden, a speedy wideout who played in the Canadian Football League. Others, like Kevin “Half Pint” Vines, stood at 5-foot-2.

Andy Cohen, a local real estate agent was the P.A. announcer, was an early model in announcing. Guy was hilarious and really gave me some insight on the sporting world.

Well, I started going to Poseidons games back in seventh grade. I kept track of the league, the stats, called up Ed Fiscella weekly on the Poseidons office line to get info on the league and the team. I ended up working as the press box assistant and even made the program. The spring of seventh grade, I moved to Poquoson, about 10 miles from Newport News, but still continued going to games and volunteering, trying to get any jump start on any experience I could in writing and broadcasting.

So in eighth grade, I sat at a Hardees waiting for my mom to come pick me up after a game. The game was a win by the Poseidons over the Virginia Invaders, a team based in Richmond. I sat down and started writing on a legal pad. I was writing a game story, for no other reason, than to write one. As I was sipping on my sweet tea when a couple of the Invader players started chit chatting with me about the game.

I said I was in middle school and wanted to be a sports broadcaster. The Invaders lost that particular game, but one of those guys asked to see what I was writing. They, as a group, read over it and actually thought it was good. It probably was bad. One of them even commented on how neat my handwriting was.

Well, as I sat there, and they offered me the rest of their fried chicken (which was new at Hardees at the time), I kept writing. I never thought that moment would mean anything, but I sometimes wonder what set this all into motion. I enjoy writing, I like covering a game or an event and providing an insight more than just a “who did what.”

One thing I learned in my time working at the Daily Press was the coverage feature. It’s standard in sports writing, but not too frequent in wrestling writing. Sometimes fans will complain that “you didn’t talk enough about this,” or “why didn’t you talk about that?” What I like about being able to write is to tell another angle of the story. What was the biggest part of the match? Well, to fans, that’s not always what intrigues the writer.

The biggest match in a dual isn’t always when the top two wrestlers in the country wrestle, but the worst two wrestlers in the respective starting line-ups decide the outcome.

But this isn’t about wrestling entirely. I’ve told stories about seemingly innocuous events in sports. I remember covering a women’s basketball home opener at Hampton University against the University of Virginia. Debbie Ryan was recovering from breast cancer. Hampton made it a game, but the powerful ACC team was too much.

I get on rants and ramble at times, but in watching “Almost Famous,” I think back of my own experiences growing up, writing about semi-pro football games and youth super bowls. I think about writing a feature on a local wrestler who went on to become a Division III All-American. I think about my start with the Peninsula Poseidons. I think about my start in wrestling.

I think about living that dream that Cameron Crowe outlined so well in a great rock movie.

Everyone has to start somewhere, I’m just happy I started before I even turned 13.

Now if I only could get motivated to edit video, clean the house, do laundry and then run seven miles.

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June 13, 2009 at 4:57 pm

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June 10 Marathon Update (no video, just notes)

So I’ve finished up the three straight days of running here in week two. I’ve been reading a lot about tips to prevent injury, stretching and ways to stay motivated.

I think doing the videos already has been a positive influence, because while posting them here, I’m also posting them over at TheWrestlingTalk.com and for my “friends list” on Flo. The support I’m getting has been beneficial, because many people I know on the boards have come to realize I’m not such a prick in real life, I just play one on TV.

All kidding aside, I feel really good about this. It’s going to be a battle. There are going to be days I don’t want to run. There are going to be days where I make excuses. I’ve had one real bad day where I was down on myself (Tuesday), but the last two days were good. My pace isn’t what I need to be worried about right now, although today, my pace was around 13:30. I ran 3.03 miles in just under 41 minutes.

I realize “fit” people can do a mile in about 10 without trying, probably much less, but I’m not in the greatest shape. My breathing and heart rate have adapted very well. I’m pleased that I’m not “dying” on these runs, but I’m also setting small goals.

The first two runs, I went with Abby, who is just over a week away from running her first marathon. She’s not even breaking a sweat when I’m just pouring out the perspiration. It’s like “the sweat guy” (I can’t remember what cartoon that was from).

I have to set small goals. Like running to a point without stopping, walking, then running to another point, then walking, etc. I just have to make that “point” get further and further each run, so I can keep setting small goals and achieving them without being discouraged.

The support from the folks on TWT, this blog and Facebook have been great for keeping me motivated. I just need to not worry about time, not get discouraged, and continue to utilize my rest days.

Tomorrow is a rest day, but I really, really need to mow the lawn. It didn’t rain for weeks, then I watered the lawn and it rained four out of the last six or seven days, so the weeds (aka, my lawn) are growing high.

I went to a retirement party tonight with Abby for one of her co-workers. Ironically, Friday is Abby’s last day at her job, she’ll be working with another company starting after Labor Day, so she’ll be traveling to South Africa for some volunteer work for most of July and August. I’ll be going over to South Africa in August to join her for a week and celebrate my 30th over there. Then we’ll come home for a week, then head to Virginia for Labor Day weekend.

Get to see some friends, meet more of the family and get to hit ODU’s first home football game in about 70 years.

So thanks to all who have been supportive on the runs. It’s been a big help. I appreciate it a lot.

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June 12, 2009 at 12:34 am

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