Friday, July 6, 2007

A "Quote of the Day"...

"Running keeps me at a physical peak and sharpens my sences. It makes me touch and feel and hear as if for the first time. Through it I get past the first barrier to true emotions, lack of integration with the body. In it I escape the from the pettyness and trivialities of everyday life. Once inside I stop the daily pendelum perpetually occilating between between distraction and bordome. Dr.George Sheehan, From his book, Running and Being, The Total Experience, Pg 249 first paragraph...

Thank you George.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Hello Fellow Runners!

Yes, I know GREEN! Hey I was just getting used to spring what can I say?!

Well I know that it has been a while since my last posting, I'm still here. My running is going pretty good. I set a new PR A few weeks ago in a local 5K. I finished 12th out of 168 people with a 00:20:18. It was an amazing race. For the first 75 yards I was out in front and IT FELT AWESOME! I was quickly over-run by whome I call the "ELETE" guys, but man that few seconds was AWESOME! I have been averaging my mid thirty mile weeks now for about 12 or 13 weeks now. Dropped my running "EVERYDAY" to running more miles per run at four or five runs per week. I just kept feeling that I was really pushing the envelope towards injury running too often.

If you have kept up with me on this blog, you know of a mis-hap with a late-night driver who ended up going to jail along with her partner who decided to step out of the car and threaten me bodily harm. Well the court date was yesterday. So I had to appear. Well with over 200 cases to be heard that day it made it a bit hard to have "My day in court". It has been re-set for a month from now. To be honest, It's driving me fricken nuts. I just hate unfinished business of this caliber. I don't know how lawyers do it everyday, must be the $. Anyway, the whole incident rattled me really good, I had gotten away from my Posts Here and I guess got a bit depressed, The Good News... I'm back. God bless you all. Check back soon, DC

Sunday, May 20, 2007

How Is Your Springtime Running Going?

I guess that's a good question for you... How is your springtime running? Have you ran any good races lately? Not talking about "Time" so to speak, that to me is something between the runner and him/her self. A 13 min 5k is the same as a 59min 5k, the bottom line, you did it!

I have tryed something new over the last few weeks. Several times over the last few months I started increasing my mileage a little too fast and as it went I ended up with a sore shine or foot and had to back off for "a while". Then I read an article that suggested running less days per week but adding more miles to my runs. Now, I really love to get out and run for an hour and a half to two hrs, but running six-days-a-week it was just too much. At first it drove me nuts! I missed my daily run like you have know idea. But then when I did run and ran further it was awesome! As an example, in the last 7days I ran a 17miler, a 10+ miler and a 12+ miler with a 5+ and one day of "speed in there being today which was day eight. I ran two one mile loops around the block here and was quite surprised. Anyway, for me this has worked and allowed me to keep my weekly miles above 30 for the last 7 weeks. I'm sure there are several of you that run many more, I'm still a newbie! Anyway, this run longer and take a day and ride my bike or work on my core then run long on the third seems to be working for me.

Just a quick note. Since my little incident with the wacked out driver and having to use the pepper spray, all is better now. It really messed with me for a while. Time really does heal all or at least gives us time to adjust! Thank you all for your well-wishes. Remember though, always expect the UN-expected even while running near your home... DC

Thursday, May 3, 2007

This Could Happen To You, BE PREPARED.

Hi, Sorry for my absence of nine days or so. Alot has happened, Good and Bad. First I want to share with you the incident that happened just three houses down from our residence. I AM VERY SERIOUS ABOUT WHAT I AM GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU.

My day ran long as far as work and my commitments to family, so I decided to take a later in the evening run. Not so uncommon for me. And besides it was only 10pm +/-. First two nights before I had don the same and ended up extending my run my a mile or two. I which I had a somewhat "gentle" run-in with a Pit-Bull and a German Sheppard. As runners we expect that eventually we will have something like this happen and, if prepared all will pass without incident or bit marks right? So in having the "Close Call the next day I took my little girl to see the baby chicks at the old hardware store and since I was there, I picked up a 15gram bottle of pepper spray that would clip to my running shorts and really not be noticed...

On to the second night after the purchase. And a case of what I call "DIVINE SYNCHRONICITY"

I left my house for my 1/2 mile warm-up. Walk, Fast Walk, Up The HR Sync the GPS Then take off back that direction and re-passing the house onto where ever the run takes me. Just down from the house I saw a car coming erratically. Fast, Slow Fast, Slow, etc. I was cautious. Then just before they got to me they made a hard left into a driveway two driveways from mine. Put the car into reverse, So I slowed and changed direction and ran into the grass through the front of my neighbors yard and 10 feet from the front of the car. As I did this the driver reved the engine and basically put me on the hood. (remember they HAD it in reverse). At this time I can only say that it happened two more times followed by a rather large and intoxicated male passenger getting out of the car with bad intentions. I am 5' 11" and 160 lbs. Wearing only running shorts and shirt, shoes AND #1-CELL PHONE #2- PEPPER SPRAY. 911 was called, during the incident and the spray was used... I will only say this. IT WORKED and damn it, IT WORKED WELL. The car was caught within seven blocks after it left were everything happened. AND I was SAFE.

Now Listen. If you were faced with something like this, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Are you READY? I'm telling you, I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING THAT CLOSE TO MY HOUSE, OR EVER! This is a small town in the middle of the Smoky Mountains for goodness sake. Look, Alot of you guys out there would say, I'm going to buy pepper spray for my wife or girlfriend... WHAT ABOUT YOU? It can save your BUTT! I am living proof. Say I had been on a long run and am at about mile 10 or 12 and TIRED. Then something happens, YOU NEED BACK-UP DUDE.

I'm sure that I will have to go to court and point my finger at the woman driving and the man who threatened me, But I guarantee they will think about it before they do it again. That is how our system works. We have to speak up. Remember... CELL PHONE and PEPPER SPRAY as a precaution, don't go living in fear, just understand the possibilities in this day in age when running alone. DC

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

These Socks Are AWESOME!

I have some awesome news. I am always interested in finding that "little something" that will help me with my performance and comfort level with my running. I mean, If my body is comfortable while I run then I find it much easier to get into the "Zone" we all enjoy while running. First thing, I AM NOT being pain or compensated in anyway to "push" this product AND it takes alot to get me to really "get into" someone Else's brand name. Yesterday morning I received the pair of Injinji Socks that I ordered a few days ago via the web. I have been very curios about them since I heard what the Ultra Marathon guys and gals said about them. I put them on and at first they were a little on the "different" side. but as soon as I put on my shoes... WOW! I can best describe it as being "Barefoot" I immediately felt that I had more control of my feet even though I had my shoes on. I wore them throughout my work day. Then I returned home for my evening run. I set out for a 5 miler that I do quite often. As I ran I just could not believe the difference. I felt things going on in my shoes that I was not aware of. Massive control in stride to stepping off of curbs running on gravel and the occasional jump to the grass as cars passed... They REALLY helped me. I ended up running 11 1/2 miles with MUCH less fatigue in my lower legs. It's really amazing. I would say, it is my opinion, if you are looking for that added "something" to help you be a better runner if through nothing but through a better understanding about what your feet are truly feeling, try these socks, your toes have alot to say to you! Have a good one, DC

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Happy Week-End To You!

Just a quick note... I've got to get outside to enjoy the nice weather here in Western North Carolina, so I can't sit here too long.

Anyway, If you have been interested in my runs around the USA, please check out my link to just a little bit down this page on the right... And while you're at it, set up a FREE account for yourself, map out Your Runs and give me a shout. I'd really enjoy seeing where you run! Have a good day, DC

Thursday, April 19, 2007

My Week of Running... ok,12 days...

The past twelve days have been interesting without a doubt. I have had some great runs since my Marathon in Knoxville, TN, which is now well behind me. That next week-end I was able to knock +/- 7min. off of my 5k PR. That week was set aside just for my recovery from my first marathon. No driving (in the big truck) for a week after the race, I planned. Then the reality of being home started to brew. I started seeing opportunities around me that I just could not ignore. So I made the executive decision to step out of the truck and stay home. Once I ran the numbers and determined what "life on the road" was really costing me in dollars and cents as I was away from home, working really hard to eat good food (no McDonald's,etc) and get enough sleep, not to mention the level of stress that a person is under while guiding an 18 wheeler down the highway. This may sound like I am just complaining about the way of life and making a living that I had, a long while ago chosen for myself. Really, it was just killing me. The time that I really enjoyed was my running in a different town each day. In short for me it was/is just a time for a change. I want the time for my family, time to train and get involved with the running community in my area. There are SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES, POSSIBILITIES...ETC, ETC...

Anyway, My Running. The past 12 days have been awesome. Five of the days have been 7 miles plus, one six plus and a few short ones. What I have noticed is that now that I am running more in the daylight hours around here. As you may know, I have done most of my winter training at home in the wee hours of the morning 12am-3am in sub freezing temps as to not miss any time with family while at home. But anyway, I seem to really be getting stronger and faster. In the next week or two (I not exactly sure the exact date) I will be having my 1st Year Anniversary for my RuNnInG CaReEr! That's right, I'm still a newbie. Only a year ago I could not run 50 yards without thinking that "God I hope someone sees me laying here and calls the rescue squad!" (Well, that how I felt anyway). Now this morning I took a nice run in the morning sun and ran almost 6.4 miles at a 8:03 pace! That's speed goggles for this ole' wannabe runner! If I can do this anyone can! Just take the first step... REALLY!

Look, thank you for sticking with me through these changes, I know that it may not be as interesting as reading about some guy traveling the country, running in a different town each day. But I can say I'm a happier, healthyer runner for it... Thanks for stopping by and hey, If you've got a minute, check out my newest blog, and let me know what you think. A little more of my "Writting" can be found there. Thoughts that sort of come to me while on my runs... Run Strong, DC

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hi! Lucy, you have some splaning to dooo.....


Well, as you noticed I have been away for just over a week. My apologises for my disappearance. But here I am. I have been quite busy with a few new ventures in my life. The first being, just being at home more. You see, I am a runner and a trucker, and the list goes on. But about the trucker part. Driving can be quite a "romantic" thing. Rolling up and down the highways of this great country. However it's not the best way to watch your children grow up. You see, I have a little girl here at home that is essentially growing up without her daddy because I have been on the road so much. Not to mention ALL of the work that my wife has to do to take my place. Hence, I am at home now. DC the running trucker, after more than 11 years is becoming DC The Runner. I do hope that you understand were I am coming from. I will continue on with this blog and most likely will slowly merge into another including producing a podcast in the next few months. Something that I have been planning on and even have gotten started on episode #1, but this and that have happened.

My running continues on. I continue to feel stronger than ever after the Knoxville Marathon. I am currently keeping my eyes open for another in the next six weeks or so. I am open to suggestions if you know of a good one out there. I have been having alt of fun with the "Presidential Challenge" witch I signed up for last week and have been chopping away at my "point" to earn first my "Bronze Medal" then I hope to continue on to the "Silver" and "Gold". You can check it out for yourself at it's just another fun way to motivate you in your running and I'm having a blast!

I would also like to say CONGRATULATIONS! to Steve Runner of Pheddipidations at for his successful running of the 111th Boston Marathon! High Five Steve! We are all so proud of you!

I want to thank you for stopping by and please understand, this is not the end of anything, just the beginning of something much more grand! I will still be here, Posting to my nutty little blog! Thanks DC

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Short Race 5k Report:

This past Saturday, as you may have seen, I ran in the "Lake J 5k"... The first annual, that's pretty cool in itself! Just 6 days after my first marathon. I have heard some say that is too soon and that we need more rest after a long race like that. But, I felt strong and anxious to run again. I did take a five mile run the day before the 5k just to see how I might feel and all checked out OK. Just a little pain in my right knee.

We awoke to just over an inch of snow on the ground on race morning. And unfortunately it was also 15deg F to boot with a wind chill of about 5deg F. By the time we arrived at the starting area it had warmed up to about 19deg F, with a wind chill of 15F. One word... BURRRRRRR! I have trained/ran all winter in all types of cold down to below zero, and I must honestly say, this was the first time that i REALLY got cold. At the starters call we took off. My younger brother Ryan by my side. It was a VERY fast start. As I am a newbie and this was my Bro's first ever 5k (real cool) we just hammered at it. At the 1/2 mile mark we were at a 6:05 pace and I knew that we would never make it at that. by the time we reached the .75 mark we backed off and tryed to settle in at around a 7:15 to 7:30 pace. Three runners passed us. At a mile we had ran up an decent incline on one section of trail along the 5k route that follows a cliff along the lake shore. At the top looking down I signaled to Ryan to take the slope, I decided to just see what I could do. I ran down the grade with my arms extended slightly with my elbows away from my sides and boy, that new position really helps me with my downhill pace. Down the hill to the top of the Junaluka Dam in which the walkway is all wooded. The snow was just as it was after it landed... ALL THERE. I stayed in step with another runner tracing his steps as to not get snow in my shoes (There was around three inches on the dam), Crossed and stepped out and made a pass, feeling strong. Continuing to around the two mile mark My Forerunner 101 said I had a 7:31 mile, the first being a 7:22 mile. Now you must realizes in my 11 months running this is HUGE for me. I really have never ran this fast before. Please don't think that I am "Bragging" by any means. I am just blown away by my progress and wonder what is ahead for me... A year ago I would have laughed in your face if you told me that I would be able to run 1 lap around the local track that alone a 5k at these speeds! At the 2.72 mile a woman run up to my left, smiled and boom she was gone, I mean "speed goggle" gone, she was fast! Later I would learn that she was the winning woman. She was just awesomely quick! Mile three for me was also a 7:22. I crossed the line in 15Th place with a 22:25 or so (I do not have the official time yet). This was a FULL SEVEN SECONDS off my 5k PR! I was so excited! Only problem was that upon crossing the line my right knee felt as if I hit it with a hammer! Which after some stretching and cool down felt much better. So today, Easter Sunday, I took it easy, made myself fat with ham and macaroni and cheese and just plain relaxed... As I hope you did. That you for keeping up with me and reading. Any thoughts? I'd enjoy hearing from you, DC

Saturday, April 7, 2007

A Bit Snowy After The 5k This Morning...

This Was A Nice Week...

Hi, I hope all is well for you this first Saturday of
April! Believe it or not we here in the mountains of
North Carolina woke up to more than an inch of snow on
the ground this morning! WOW! Well, Monday, the day
after my 26.2, I took a 1 mile walk pulling my
daughter in her wagon. Ice cream time! Tues. The same
trip +1/2mi walking behind her tricycle... (cross
training), good times. Wed. Rest Thurs. A nice
thorough stretch routine. Fri. a nice 5 miles. AND...
Today, The Lake Junaluska 5k! 15th place over all with
a 22:25. I was able to knock off 9min from my old 5k
PR... I'm very excited about my progress. Ill post my
race report this evening, thank you for reading! Have
A Good Day, DC

Thursday, April 5, 2007

My First Marathon, By: DC 04h.07m.40s

I have reached the other side. Looking over my shoulder I can see who I was and in front of me who I am becoming, while standing here, understanding who I am. The race was run, the pain and euphoria felt. The friendships on that level never before experienced... made. Wholly and totally I have given. But not until challenged in this way had I ever given ALL. Crossing the line I felt such bliss. And in a different way, sadness. For it was just a passing moment. Something to be celebrated, then mourned for it's passing. This day of accomplishment not soon forgotten I'm sure. Time will pass, the pain will fade. But my memories will remain. Anxious to run into another sunrise and feel the light on my skin. As my feet begin to stick the earth, I know, I will feel new again. Here's to the future and all it may bring. For my recent past has surely made me a new man. DC 4h.07m.40s.

Marathon Mile Times...

Hi! Real quick I just wanted to share what my Forerunner 101 recorded during the race. Here are my times mile per mile though I don't understand mile 13, I remember that I lost signal in a wooded area for a minute or two. Would that account for the longer time? I bought it just for the race (to keep me slowed down) and still do not understand everything about it, other than it saved my tail a time or two... Thanks, DC.

Mile: (1)8:47, (2)8:49, (3)9:36, (4)9:49, (5)9:24, (6)9:33, (7)9:46, (8)9:53, (9)9:00, (10)7:45, (11)9:03, (12)9:43, (13)13:17, (14)9:02, (15)9:19, (16)10:40, (17)9:17, (18)9:16, (19)9:47, (20)9:08 (21)9:21, (22)9:33, (23)9:30, (24)9:46, (25)9:26, (26)8:26 and the last 385 yards are sort of lost because I forgot to turn it off for a couple of minutes! Bummer! Also said I burned aprox 3385 caleries! Thanks For Reading! DC

Monday, April 2, 2007

My FIRST Marathon! Knoxville 2007!

HI There, Sorry I haven't been around in a few days. I guess that the closing days up until my marathon I just needed to focus. I had some major stresses during the last few days up until the race. 3000 miles plus bouncing in a "Big Truck" and a last minute run up near Washington DC which got me home Thursday morning with a soar and cramping lower back to name a couple. BUT, all worked out great! I had a REIKI Session on Friday morning and just spent the day trying to and then successfully relaxing, I mean as much as I could before my first Marathon ;). I would just let the idea of running it pass through my mind and get a funky case of "Butterfly's". It was AWESOME!
I had to go to the EXPO the day before (Saturday) and pick up my race pack. I had a feeling that my downfall during the race would be if I started out too fast. So, I picked up a Forerunner 101 GPS wrist unit to wear during the race to help pace myself. I knew that I really had not spent enough time during my training to recognize my true pace with the excitement of the race and all, so this was a good option. A well spent $99, I now highly recommend this tool. The reason I mentioned this is, of course I had to try it out before the big day. Well I got caught up reading about the options, then for a short run, stretching, shower, packing all the needed stuff, ect ect.... I ended up leaving at after 4PM only to be 120 miles west of my where I was! Through the "gorge" I sped, on I-40 into Tenn... Well I was going a bit too fast 65+ in a 55 zone and..... There HE was, waiting for me. A Tennessee State Trooper. I knew what I had done and was ready to receive what I deserved... After over 1,000,000 in an 18 wheeler with no tickets. Here I sat on the side of I-40 with "Blue Lights" behind me. Bummer. He told me the reason he pulled me over I was clocked at 67 in a 55 zone. Bad DC, No donut. I told him that I was sorry and that I knew that I was going "pretty fast", He asked if I could tell him why and I responded that I was going to run in the Marathon in Knoxville the following morning and I needed to be there to get my race packet, without it I could not race. And that I had left the house late. He asked me if I could slow down for the remainder of my trip, I said Yes Sir, he responded with "Then have a safe trip and be careful". I WAS SO THANKFUL! I did not get your name officer, but thank you for your Mercie and understanding, I was without a doubt guilty of what I had done, Thank You Officer!

Once in Knoxville, I found the Expo Center, located my name on the list, got my bib # (470), received my goodie bag, time chip and t-shirt. Then took a few minutes to look around and browse through the different vendors. I stocked up on CLIFF Bars, SHOT Blocks and "super" Jelly Belly" Jelly Beans and headed out. I googled for the closest Dicks Sporting Goods Store, called them and got lost Ha! A lost truck driver! Can you imagine? (Just kidding of course, I STAY LOST!) Just down the block from Dicks I found a chines food restaurant (had to have chicken fried rice) then, across the street, a reasonable motel room and headed off to bed.

I woke up 10 min before the alarm went off, then my Dad gave me a call to wish me a Good race and my day was started! Showered dressed, gas in the car, boom parking garage, short walk to the starting line. I had decided not to go with a bright fluorescent 100% cotton tank top, something just said don't. Instead I choose my Nike wind/rain jacket which weighs about as much as a paper plate and decided that my "Alterra Camel Pack" would be best with 500 ml water phone to send blog updates,and carry the shot blocks, jelly beans and jacket when the rain stopped and got warmer. All of which happened and it was needed. I found that sometime you just need a sip of H2O to wash the "Blocks" down. 3 min before the gun the sky opened up, and with a dark morning sky, began to rain soft then it came quite a shower. Enough to completely soak you. The jacket kept me dry and warm, that was so cool.

At the sound of the gun we were all off. I was so surprised at the pace so many were trying to hold. I kept looking at the 101 GPS saying to myself, "Slow Down Man", "Too Fast, Relax". Below is a list of actual times for each mile as recorded. Within around three miles I had settled in. I met a gentleman from Virginia who's name was "JR" and we began to talk. We were very evenly paced, and as we talked the miles just flew by, Really. The course was so beautiful. The first being along the river, then into the what I call the "Victorian" section of town. The mansions exquisitely kept lawns, polished cars and smiling faces! These people were outside on their lawns having a danish and coffee as we ran by and at the same time cheering us on! I thought it was awesome! From there we eventually ran down to a paved bike trail which I must say was unbelievable. Now, during all of this is one hill after another, at this point rolling but still working our whole leg, so to speak. Soon before the half we made it to the older industrial side which as I could see was quickly being turned into a sort of "luxury condo section" There was a young woman who was close behind JR and I, who I thought was going to pass us, who jokingly said "don't worry about me, I'm just back here drafting of you two". Her name was Silke. We all ran for a while together, talking away. Then we made it through a water stop and right around the half JR had gotten 50 to 75 yards ahead uf us. We began to talk. I shared that this was my first marathon and found out this was her second Louisville being her first. We had such great conversation that again the miles just flew by. We passed the half at 2:04:21. I was very happy with the time, though a little concerned that It may be too fast. Miles 14,15,16,17,18 we just cruised. This was my first experience really running with someone and falling into a steady stride, where as you run you sort of "feed" off each others momentum. At around the 20 I could feel that the back of my right thigh was getting tight. I even told Silke, "If I stop, I'll see you at the finish line". With NO hesitation she turned and said, NO Dennis, let's get going, you are fine. That was all I needed. The right words at the right time. I will be forever grateful for the encouragement and compassion that she showed/shared at that moment. Looking back, I know that I was ready to walk and if I had it would have been very difficult to get back up to pace. Though from there we again just cruised along. We passed many other runners whom we both gave encouragement. What an awesome feeling to see them at the end of the race and see the look of accomplishment and satisfaction on their faces. At around the 24 I could feel that Silke was feeling as I was just a bit earlier. She also tried to get me to go on, " No, we're in this together, no let's get going, you can do it" We talked only in brief sentences, but we kept each other going. We got within a half mile of the finish and she basically demanded that I go ahead, she said "it's only a few seconds, now go". "I will not walk I promise" When I asked her again she promised again, so Reluctantly, and I really don't know how, belted out as close to a sprint as I could passing a few at the end, I mean, my stride was like I had NEVER felt in my time on earth, zig zaged three blocks, glances at my HR it read 172 I thought my heart was going to explode rounded the corner and down the "Shoot" into the stadium there stood a woman with a small sign that said "Slow Down, Slick, It's Wet" the look on her face as I was sprinting had to have matched mine. I just glanced and saw that to the right along the chain link sides it was dry. I never missed a beat. Then... BOOM onto the field of the Tennessee Volunteers. Which I have seen on TV so many times. All that I could see was the stop watch on the 50 yard line. I honestly forgot to look around and take it all in! I hit the line with a Negative Split! I finished In 4:07:46 (Actual Chip Time 4:07:40) The second half was 00:01:10 faster than the first! There was people asking if I was OK and trying to get the chip and handing me power aid. They wrapped a Mylar blanket around me and sat me down. They were so nice and supportive. Within a minute or so I got my senses back and stood up looking for Silke, after she came across the line, and got wrapped up I gave her a big hug and thanked her all of the support while on the course. I really could not have done it with out her. Again a HUGE Thank YOU Silke! I also met up with JR at the finish line. Who paid me the biggest compliments. I had passed him just as we passed the starting point, I can hear his words.."your looking strong Dennis, you can do it!". He also, after the race reminded me that this was a very hilly course and that if I choose to run a flat course he See's a 3:30:00 ahead for me... (Gulp!) Mabe someday JR, Thank You So Much for the good conversation and helping pass all of those miles with me.

I then saw my wife, little girl and dad waving and waiting to congratulate me, what a feeling! My Dad gave me a beautiful box chain necklace with a mini "dog tag" that commemorates the first running of a Marathon! It was such a special moment. Thank you Dad! I want to thank my Wife and Little Girl for all of the time given to let me get out and train while I was home from the road. The support you have given me has been such an encouragement to me. Thank you Roo for all of the "Run Daddy Runs" I have heard in the last several months.

This has been a wonderful experience. Hopefully the first of many. I can see many things ahead for me. Running really IS a metaphor for life. The more that I run the more that I understand life, and what it take to "live well and be a good animal".

A special thanks goes out to Steve Runner for his podcast "Phedippidations" Thank you Steve for all of the great information that you have shared with me through your outstanding podcast. Check it out at or search ITunes for the free downloads each week.

AND Thank you for taking the time to read a little collection of my life's experiences while running down the roads of America called . It means so much to know that you are out there. Have a Great One, DC

Silke and JR, drop me a line at the above address, unfortunately I did'nt get a link back to you yesterday God Bless, DC

Sunday, March 25, 2007

My Contact Info:

A couple of you have let me know that its more than a
little difficult to send a comment or a message to me
through/from my blog. Please, Dont let that stand in
our way, feel free to email me at: If Im awake I check it
every couple of hours or so. Take Care, DC

Another 'Historic' Run...

I'm on my way to Morristown, TN to deliver in the morning. So, I stopped about 20 mile south of there this after noon to run from exit 417 off of I-40 to run into Dandridge, TN. The second oldest town in TN! Hey, this makes 8 states in 8 days... Cool Beans

A Double Scoop... Running That Is.

Welcome back! Well Today, technic yesterday I took a
double... Two runs, one AM and one PM, both in
different states! (below are the pics). The first was
3 or 4 mi. and the second was around 6 1/2mi. Not a
bad days running. The run thru Fort Payne, AL was the
fun one. EVERY car and truck moved over for me! (no
sidewalks along most of highway 11 on my way back to
the truck) So many people waved and said hi and hello
I was begining to think they all knew something that I
didnt. IM NOT KIDDING! Thank You Fort Payne, for
making me feel so welcome! If you have a chance, go
run there and find out for yourself, they really are
that nice! Small town America Lives! DC By the way, I
was very excited, Iran seven states in seven days!
Thanks,just wanted to share that with you!

Run#1 Today, A Country Road In Meridian, MS

This was a quiet one away from the traffic and hustle. Just me the birds and gnats! YEP...GNATS! Spring is underway in the south without a doubt, enjoy.

PM/Fort Payne, AL

Behind me is the county court house in downtown fort payne. The most friendly town I have ran in to date, or mabe it was the shirt! They could see me comming for miles! I picked three of them up just for that reason. Oh, and they kept calling me 'Sir'...?

Friday, March 23, 2007

A Nice HOT Run In Louisiana...

I made my delivery this afternoon and got a good run in. I can say one thing for sure, spring has arrived down here! AND, I have alot of adjusting to do. The heat really affected me today. Causing 'spikes' in my HR, which is normal, I guess... Rock On, DC

Thursday, March 22, 2007

On My Way To Lower LA (Louisiana)...

Yes, thats right, one day a run to a 260+ year old
Mill in the mountains of Virginia, 36 hrs later the
shore of Lake Charles, La. Cool Beans! No run today, a
little too much sitting. Even if there is no visible
signs of swelling, if I run too soon after a drive
like this (not to mention all of the bouncing) it can
really be painful. I carry my core ball with me and
today will be my core workout which I do at least
three times a week. So, its not a complete loss. So
far this week, SUN=North Carolina, MON=Maryland,
TUES=Virginia WED= None THUR= Louisiana? Cool.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

My Wades Mill, Va Run...

A Bit On The Extreme Side (Part 2)

As I took my mug shot in front of the mill a gentleman
pulled up and asked how my day was going, I told him
about my run, he smiled a genuine smile and said I can
tell you one things for certain, alot better you than
me! and we both laughed... Nice to meet someone with a
sence of humor. As he pulled away I Headed back. As I
made my accent again I fell into rythem. I took the
opp to max my HR, allow it to come back to 144 then
back to max using trees and rocks for goals along the
way. The Blister Block really worked great in this
situation. I made it back to the truck stop where a
couple of drivers asked how far I ran acted very
surprized. Blister and all I thought to myself. This
was a very intence workout/run, one of my most
difficult yet. But VERY enjoyable. Aprox 8.2 miles in
all. Check Out they sell whole wheat
meal for awesome breads I read on their site. Thank
You, DC

A Bit On The Extreme Side To Wades Mill, Va...

After changing clothes it started with the question
Left or Right! Within a mile I was thru Raphine And I
had noticed a small wooden sign that raid Wades Mill
3mi. A good distance I thought to myself as I steadily
accended a decent grade. Around a mile later I began
to question my judgement of La Tierra I had began a
long relentless (however beautiful) decent to the
unknown. I just settled into rythem of baby steps, no
pulled quads needed B4 the Marathon! The only sounds
were a small rushing steam,birds and my adidas. I
rounded a tight curve & boom, I was there. The Mill
and surounding area are an amazing sight to see. Built
around 1750 it looks as it did, Im sure... (continued above)


On a scale of 0 to 5, 5 being extreme for accent/decent, this was a solid 4.5 run. If you are in this area and decide to run take plenty of water and tell someone where your going! There is NO cell service out there.

#2 Wades Mill, Va Run

The small 1 1/2 lane road from Raphine,Va to Wades Mill lead me to feel that I was in a different time altogether.

#3-Wades Mill Run

Just another shot of the historic road that I ran to Wades Mill, Va from the Wilco Truck Stop, close to Raphine, Va

I Know, It Wasnt For The Squeemish...

I hope that the last photo didn't bother you that bad.
I just wanted to show what can happen when you don't
pay attention. I was so excited about my new shoes
that I failed to check my orthotics for fit. I, as you
can see discovered that the left one had a small burr
that puckered with each step, which in turn created
the only blister I have had in my adult life. This
morning I hit a pharmacy wide open and to my surprise
had everything to fix me up... A box of new skin, tape
foam, athletic tape and some snips. Would You Believe
that I took a 8.4 mile run this afternoon? I STILL
CANT! i also found a product that I used today for the
first time BAND-AID Blister Block. I have noticed that
on my longer runs that the bottoms of my feet get
tender, not any more! I highly recommend this stuff!...
makes your skin slick! All of this happening just 10
days before my first marathon! Made me just a bit
nervous! But All Is Well... Thank you for reading, DC

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Um... Opps. Should Have Listened... Tape Please. ;)

Excitement with a dose of impatience stricks again! Take it from me, when they say, 'Just ware them around a little each day to let your feet adjust, they mean it!'This is 2 runs totaling 11miles+/-. I failed to check the fit of my orthotics.100% MY FAULT.

My Replacements of Choice...

I decided that I am not going to turn pro any time soon, so I had better start buying shoe that are going to late at least a little longer. The choice... Adidas Supernova Formotions. Lighter, and so far, more cushioning... 5 stars. STAY TUNED :) DC

Topside of the Retirees

Please note as I make these posts they're sort of in reverse order;)After just 370miles the 'Pegs' 'look' good but down under I had been using shoe-goo to keep them going. Which I now know is a harder compound after it cures. Result, OUCH!

The End of My Nike AirPegasus'...

I know that I have been wimpering for a while now about my knee and other discomforts and thank you for your patience. I was reading the other day that the soul of your shoes may be the window in which you see the root of many of your leg problems...

Monday, March 19, 2007

A Runners Veiw of 'The Village of Hazelwood'

A beautiful day in Western North Carolina today... Also my first run in my new Addidas. Stay tuned for more about those and the 'retirement' of my Nike Pegasus 06's after just 370 miles! Remember the knee problem?...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

My Windsheild...

A piece of glass and plastic thru which I can observe
the perfect blend of kayos & syncronicity along th
highways of America... DC

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Just A Thought...

If there is anything that I have learned from life out
here on the road, 4s that you can only go as fast as
the car/truck in front of you. Know Matter how fast
you COULD BE going they are there,in front, setting
the pace. It takes a trained eye to anticipate the
pattern of traffic ahead, as to not get yourself
stuck. As in our fitness goals/weight loss goals, or
training for that Dream Marathon PR/Finish, you need
to constantly be aware of your suroundings and events
unfolding around you. Just one exampke of many that I
could list, If you have a person/co worker/family
member, ect that just insists on going to the dount
shop for lunch everyday with you by their side and you
choose NOT to tell them you are changing your diet to
include healthier foods. No matter their responce,
Then you are putting their health before your own and
choosing to drive behind a guy doing 25mph in the fart
lane... REMEMBER... I Always Welcome Your Comments... DC

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Notes About My St Augustine Run...

Hi, Im not sure about the actual distanceas of yet. will help me with that when I return
home. I think their free service is Awesome for what
Im doing out here. SAT images and all for real
accuracy. I can tell you that my time was 01:40:30
w/AHR of145. That includes about 5 min for the
purchase of a $2.99 S.A shirt and a phone call from a
dispatcher. The knee issue, is getting much better. I
took a few min last night and built up a slightly worn
heels at the strik point and that seemed to help
almost as much as the foam roller. In short, there are
many points to the recovery process, and its all
working together. Thanks For Caring, just mabe
something you read here will help you down the road
oneday. As you may read below, I had a great run this
morning. I have since re-loaded and am headed on down
to Jupitor,FL for delivery in the AM. From there, mabe
on to Miami. Have to wait and see. Thanks, and take
care! DC

Me Again... [proof pic;) ]

The following are a few pics that I took along the way this morning. I had such a good time. Life on the road is hard, no question, but every once in a while... Sooo Sweeet! Ca-chow

Yes, That's Real Cobblestone...

As I ran down this street, I just could not help but think about all of the people who have walked across these stones, and all who will, long after we are all gone...


One of the many highlights was the 'path' around the castle/fort. Breathtaking dude!

The Water Front

The sea wall was great to run on, yes 'on'. At least until I got just south of town where I was informed that I had crossed into a 'Secure Area' OPPS! I Politely Ceased (he had a gun) ;)

The Zero Mile Marker...

I guess I could say this is a real point of interest to a trucker! (not to mention the history!)

Could'nt Run Away Without This One!

I found REAL history down here(400+ years). The old coble-stone back streets are amazing!

This Mornings 'Oldest City In America' Run...

This morning will go down as one of the most scenic runs I have ever taken. I mean, I ran around a CASTLE right here in the USA for Goodness sake! Ha Ha! AWESOME!

In Florida, Doing Better...

Well, another bullet run to FL (keystone Hights).
After my delivery at a constuction site, where no
truck had gone beforeand a good afternoon nap, I was
able to get an evening run in with much less pain in
the ole knee. The foam roller is really doing the
trick. Im not sure of the distance yet but it was just
shy of 40min at a strong pace. I have since driven
over just south of Jacksonville,Fl. I hope to get
another good one in before the next leg of this trip.
Historic San Augustine,FL?... Mabe...;) DC

Monday, March 12, 2007

A Light (hope) At The End Of The Tunnel...

As you know, I, DC have been running for around 11
months and have been a runner by my definination for
much less time than that. So I am a Newbe, period. So,
it comes to no surprise that when something goes wrong
concerning running, my world gets turned upside-down.
This has been the case over the past few weeks with my
right knee. However, last night, on a hunch, I
purchasd a 6in diam foam roller at a DICKS Sports
Sports Store. I incerted the DVD in the player for
direction and within 5min had true relief! But not
without some discomfort during the Rolling Massage. I
see a great improvement in just two days! I just need
2B patient. Thus, I now have Hope. Thank you for
stopping by, DC

Sorry About That...

First, my apologees for my rant about the
inconciderate pain in my tail section the other
morning. It was one of those sad moments experienced
all too often out here on the road...

Friday, March 9, 2007

Why Must People Be So Inconciderate?

After an all-nighter from N.OH to NC,I'm backing out of a long driveway to turn around and 'back' to the receiving dock when this wonderful woman drives around me and parks in my path to the receiving door (I have 72 ft of truck) Oh the TeMpTaTiOn!... ;)>

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Greetings! Home From Miami...

Well I could start this by trying to catch-up and write three or so separate posts, but, no. Here we go, I made it home Friday evening (remember I ran the day before in Miami at 80F) and my run the first night home was 30F+/- and I past an awesome mile stone (for this newbe runner)... My first mile 07:47... My second mile 15:34! a neutral split for TWO miles! I was SO STOKED! I really had to take it easy the last 4 miles or so, but man what a run. I kept hearing a statement out of a book I've been reading "Run from the hips!" It worked! Speed Goggles Man! HA HA!

The next night (Saturday), I just was not that lucky, I just had great difficulty "getting into it" the first two were a 7:36 followed by and 8:32 and down from that point on. The outside of my right knee was killing me and my left shin was on it's way out... I got it completed though.

Sundays are now for my long runs though I have only recently understood the importance of them in regards to the glycogen factor not to mention psychologically to boot. I did my J2J (Journey To Junaluska). A route I layed out to get a decent distance plus good hill work and got 12+ good miles in. At the slower "long run pace" I have much less pain and feel alot may just be over use, but more on that at a later date.

Monday, I took off and had a date with my new "Core Ball" at least that's what I call it. If it can make Brook Burk look as good as she does then I KNOW that it's bound to help an ole' guy like myself! Ha! I'll tell you what I like working with free weights from time to time, but this deal takes the cake. I literally shake from the inside using this thing!

Tonight, I had planned on taking the night off and work the ball again, however when my little Bro' (who is taller that I) told me that he may be in the mood for a 8:30pm run, well I just could not pass that up! We had a great run, nice slow at a "conversational pace"...Good Times. We had not had the opportunity in over 7 months.

In the next couple of weeks I will be posting some info based on my experiences with something I have been experimenting with. "ION Foot Baths" have you every heard of this? Really big in Europe, the elite seem to have been doing it here in the states for a while. People with many different ailments have been getting relief using this process. Here's what you could do, just Google IONIC FOOT BATH or ION FOOT BATH and take a close look at the info there. I am sure that you will find it VERY interesting. Trust Me... Thanks for stopping by and reading about DC's happenings, Run Strong,DC

Friday, March 2, 2007

Questions In Miami...

The first being, Why?! This all started after I ran in
the snow the first time in Pa. Compounded by driving
in it (cruse control is a big no no on ice, and just
on and off the gas 100s of times an hour in heavy
traffic) Anyway, the outside of my right knee is
driving me nuts! I can do the naproxin deal, that
helps for an hour or two, I just hate taking all those
meds. Have any advice? I sure could use some right
now. How can I stretch that area out? I heard
something about using a roller? Thankfully, I was able
to get in a couple of miles in around the perimeter of
the Int. Mall Of Miami @ 80F. I keep looking forward
to a run on South Beach... One Day ;) Thank You, DC

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

On Way Back To Florida...

Well here I go again, back to the sunshine state.On my way I stopped in Saluda,NC for a nice hilly run (More like a MNT run no hills there). Though it was a solid '8' as far as runs away from home go. CHEERS...

The 1/2 Way Point On My 18.9er

Well, I just had to thow in a pick with the Clyde Town Hall in the background... It's across the street from the guns that I mentioned. Sort of my 'proof' if you know what I mean...

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Well, I DID IT! 18.9 miles!

Though I know that I am a newbie to all this running stuff, I think that I am getting that much closer to a "Runners Status". I'm laying in bed last night just cat nappin'. As I had been doing most of the day, just taking it easy. I had the 10+/- run in Asheville two days before and a very quick 4.2mi run the night before, and now I was laying in bed when... BOOM! I heard the words, Get up and take a run to Clyde (NC). A little town about 7 miles away if you take the 19/23 bypass around town. I new that it would damage the thought if I questioned these words. So I did what any runner would do. I got up, suited up, filled my water pack, grabbed a banana, cut it in half and bagged it up and grabbed a powerbar and I was off. It was the coolest thing. Just to submit with out question and do what I knew needed to be done. I ran in a counter clock wise direction around town (Waynesville) and proceeded toward the destination. I only had one question. Which would be the best route? I soon had an answer. The old highway that ran towards Asheville, which runs through the town of Clyde. At the old town square in an old turret guns/cannon from a battle ship that is a WWII memorial. That was said would be my destination. (Don't ask me, I just listened and did what the voice said). I just settled into my pace and put the distance out of my mind, and in what seemed like no time at all I was leaving my city's limits well under way. I would not be exaggerating if I said that this course is VERY hilly. I do not have the stats now but I will be taking my GPS in the car soon just to check it out. Sever great accents and equal descents, NO DOUBT. I got to my half way point, arrived at the guns and started running in circles around them while digging out my powerbar, I felt that is was easier there,than eating while actually running down the side of the highway. On my return trip I ran the south frontage road and decided to run around Lake Junaluska (World Headquarters for the United Methodists) a very beautiful place. Actually half way around as I continued towards Waynesville and then home. At around the 13-14 miles mark I was experiencing things feelings that I had never had... The strange way you begin to question yourself, the doubt, then bliss and being positive and back a forth. Really quite amazing sitting here thing about it. When you are in that zone, you truly are in a different state of mind or an "Altered State" if you will. It was such a trip. I felt that because of my willingness to listen to that little voice I was being shown how the balance can tilt either to the positive or the negative with just a single thought, almost as if I was somehow watching from a third party viewpoint. (sorry for the deepness of all this) The experience was just that profound for me. Once I made it back to the house I had ran for a total of 18.9 miles in 3:09:30 a 10:01/mile pace and burned 2418 calories. Now I know that this distance was well short of a marathon distance, but knowing how I felt at the end, I am now very confident in my bid to finish Knoxville on April 1. Have you had any experiences like this? I'd love to hear for you and hear your stories.

In the morning I will be heading to Miami,FL. Where I hope to get at least a couple good runs in down there. I will be posing via cel, with the run-cam stay tuned! Thank you for taking the time to read this crazy running truckers blog, DC

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Advice I Read... Really Helped!

Recently I found a copy of Bob Glovers's "The Running Handbook". It has turned out to be a great purchase! THough it has been somewhat hard to read thru all of the tips and scheduals for new runners, I have simple been trying to remember the advise so that I can pass that on in the event I get to talk with a new runner. Today I was reading about "Your First Marathon". I am not a marathoner (yet) I hope to change my status on April 1 of this year in Knoxville,TN by the way ;). And the tips for starting out slow, for some reason, just "clicked". So after I got off work today I headed over to "JusRunning" ( ) in Asheville,NC talked with them a few and set out from there on a run. Man, I felt like that little pink bunny baterey salesman guy... I stayed focused on my pace, and just took the time to enjoy my surroundings... What an AWESOME RUN I had! I highly recomend a copy of this book. If you don't already have one. You have to remember, I am a bonafied "NEWBY" at all this running stuff, so much is knew to me (almost everything other than left, right, left, right, ect) I'm very excited! I got a little over 9 miles in tonight. Which included running through UNC-asheville, through downtown and up town mountain to "The Grove Park Inn" that was super cool, then down the mountain through all of the surrounding pristine neighborhoods... I felt great when I finished. I'm going to shoot for a 16 miler soon, I'm curious.

A Safe Return Home/I Figured It Out (I think)

I'm safely back in the Mtns of NC. I made it home late
yesterday and as how it usually takes place after
sitting behind the wheel for 10+ hrs my ankles and
lower legs had swollen just enough for me not to take
a chance on hurting myself. :( However, Today Is A New
Day! AND... I have a nice run planned for this
afternoon! My weekly mileage is at about 50% of normal
this week, and I can tell you that it has not been
easy. I'm getting a little antsy.

Oh, I believe I have
found the culprit to my knee issue... About 10 days ago
I changed the laces in my running shoes over to the
elastic lock type and I just have not been able to get
them adjusted correctly before each run. Sometimes too tight
on the top of my foot, another time tight at the
toe... VERY Inconsistent to say the least and I don't
enjoy any inconsistency concerning my shoe,
Nike Knew What They Were Doing When They Designed
Their Laces... I Should Have Left Them Alone!
Anyway, I believe that due to the laces "pinching" here
and there and unconsciously being forced to limp has affected
my stride and in turn caused the injury... Now that I'm
aware I'll see what I can get accomplished.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

My Workout Totals...

Well, while I'm on the road I do my "On The Road Posts" via my cell. Unfortunatly I am not able to run my mileage on "" until I get home. So don't be confused... I'm out here pounding the pavement in a town near you! Thanks, See ya!

Watson Pond State Park In Ma

I just had to have a pic of my rum in Mass...

I Made It to Massachusetts!

Well after a bullet run up here to Massachusetts (hope I spelled that correct) from North Carolina, bringing more orange juice than one person could ever drink... Here I am! I was quite tired and needed rest this morning so... I found a safe place to park slept and wa-la, re-charged and ready to take an evening run. The sun was setting and I woke up hungry, so I did what any runner would do. I walked over to the Chinese Food Rest. ordered a chicken fried rice to go, took it to the truck, got changed into my running shorts and I was off. It had been a nice day (slept with the truck off and windows cracked) but now it was getting cool...quick! I checked out the surrounding area via or was that,anyway I found that there was a state part just a mile or so down the road (Watson Pond State Park) There was a beautiful sunset as I ran, and the autos where courteous and moved over enough to keep me from becoming road kill. I did a short warm up down and around a shopping center,out and through an old cemetery (I aways say "just passin' through") just in case...;) and on to the state park. At this time of afternoon there was not alot to see, just a beautiful frozen pond (as big as a lake in my book) I took a pic as I usually do, and headed back. My rice was still warm when I got to the truck, Mmmmm. It was a fairly short run, but at least I can say "I've ran in Massachusetts!

A Bit Confusing... But This Is Part 2... Opps!

Anyway, After I took got changed, checked my route and got changed I took off running up Hwy 11. It did'nt take long and my HR was going nuts. I just could not figure it out. I'd slow down... drop two BPM speed up and Boom.. Max... What's going on? I just adjusted my pace, and settled in. I made it into town, past the post office city hall and the fire station and came to a decent down hill trot down to the next cross street (so that I had a reference point) and headed back. As I topped the hill that I had just ran down, I saw why my HR was so high... I had been running uphill for the last 2.5 miles! Ha Ha. This ever happen to you? But it was a great run in a new place... I got back to the truck stop got changed and headed over to a Subway... (At least it was better than a .99 cent hamberger/heart-attack)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Troutville,VA Part-1

I woke up today (2/20)in Troutville,Va excited to get out and run after a 2day knee rest. It turned out to be just as I had hoped. Right at 6 miles. The first 1/2 being a long slow HR raiser.Confused me at first I did't 'see' the hill! Ha Ha! ;)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

This Took Place After My Run In Troutville... Part 3

After the run and getting changed I headed over to
Subway, the best food I could find at the time. I took
my new used book: The Runners Handbook 1998ed By Bob
Glover. So far a good book. Got my sandwich and read a
few pages. I sat the book down and the man at the
booth next to mine asked if I was a runner. He
introducedhimself as Jim. He sgared a few of his
running experiences from when he was in the army with
me, and about running up to the summit of the Garden
Of The Gods while in CO, to watch the sunrise. Awesome
times, thank you for sharing that with me. Though wd
drive trucks now, remember, Once A Runner Always A
Runner, Run Strong Jim, DC. Thank you for taking the
time to read my blog...

Go North Young Man!

Well, Ok Im not all that young anymore, but it made me
feel good for the moment! I am now on my way to
Taunton,MA. About 63miles from your training ground
Steve (of the awesome podcast Phedippidations). I am
excited about this trip because I have been through
there many times, but never had the chance to run.
Along I95 are several beautiful towns and after two
days of rest, Im Ready To RUN! I have my first run
planned in Raphine,VA later this afternoon. I have had
to take a couple of days and just work on stretching.
My right knee has falken victom to gas peddle knee
syndrome (I Made That Up)Its from driuing this big
truck on snow and ice without the cruze set. Very
dangerous to use in weather like that. Not good... on
the gas,off the gas, on the gas. hundreds of times for
hours on end. Not good for a runner... Do you have any
suggestions as towhich stretches are best for the
right side of my right knee? Thank You For Stopping
By, DC

Monday, February 19, 2007

The 'Trail of Tears'

This past Friday I had the opportunity to take my run around Calhoun,Ga. I was able to run within just a couple of miles of the old geographical center of the Cherokee Nation prior to the 'Trail of Tears'to Oklahoma and dates back 1000+ years!Cool stuff

Sunday, February 18, 2007

A Nice Snowy Night Run Back At Home In Waynesville, NC

I'm going to have to start calling these 'Run Cam Pics'. This was my veiw as I ran past the Jr. High tonight. I love to run in the snow, but tonight was very icey and slick. Great for the ole' calves and shins!

Trail of Tears... Calhoun, Ga

I took this pic on yesterdays run in Calhoun,Ga.I learned that the geographical center of the Cherokee Nation dating back more than 1000 years was/is just east of town.Not alot of room for runners around here but most moved over for me, some I had to jum

Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Great Run To "Railroad" (Pa.)

In the wee hrs. of the 14th I had a great run from Shewsbury,Pa to Railroad, Pa.At 17F w/snow,sleet and towards the end quite windy. All at 3:30am.Just me and the snow plows.A solid top 5 in my list of peaceful runs! My 1st experience running in snow.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Not The Best Running Conditions...

I am on my way to Baltimore,Md from Cleveland,Oh. I just woke up after a good after-noons sleep to find these wonderful conditions. A couple of inches of snow and now freezing rain... Lets go RUN!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

I Made It Home Safe.

I made it home to NC after the "quick" trip to Florida. I sure enjoyed the warm weather and the two great runs that I got in down there. I'm a bit under the weather now due to mis communication with my Dr. This whole thyroid deal is about to drive me crazy. The reason I mention this to you is that if you have a "hyper" thyroid don't delay in treatment. Or as in my situation being stuck with no refill on meds... Not a good thing at all. Stress is my worst enemy at this point. So my morning run was a nice stress reliever. However My heart rate seemed a little "loose". Meaning that on my run it seemed to peek very quickly and drop to normal very quickly if I took a 30 second walk. Still I was able to hold my intended marathon pace for 6.5+ miles. I can only assume that keeping my running up will help me through this... Any ideas?

I will do my best to post while on my way to Cleveland,OH. Which as soon as I finish this post is where I am headed to. Have a great Monday... DC

A Quick Note: Production and preparation of the "DC The Running Trucker Podcast" is well underway! I will keep you Posted! Stay Tuned!...

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Nice Run In Pompano Beach, FL Tonight...

I made it back to Pompano, only this time I ran a bit north, up the A1A to the public fishing pier. Around a 7 miler and the pier was awesome! It cost $1 for a runner to run out to the end and back. A $1 well spent. (phone pics/updated via PCS)

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Fort Pierce, FL

Tonight I had the opportunity to take a nice 'trot' into Fort Pierce. I was able to get within 25 blocks of the Atlantic, mabe next time... It was a cool run, high 40's\low 50's and dark. It will be a better run during daylight hours... Peaceful though...

Saturday, February 3, 2007


Howdy! Well, I finally have some great news for myself. I wasn't falling apart after-all. Over the last few weeks I have mentioned that I would run my first three miles at a pretty fast pace, but then have to take one or two walks of a minute each. One after the first two miles and one after the third, then I found I could just run and run until I felt like stopping. However I just didn't understand the whole walking thing. I just could not figure out why after all of these months of running walk free why was I needing the walks now? Now I know. I WAS TIRED. and NEEDED REST. I took two days this week and rested, stretched and worked on a new set of exercises targeting my sins and calves. Then had to take a third (yesterday) due to my schedule at work (Cleveland,OH and back in a shot). AND MAN! Tonight what a difference! I felt great and finished with a nice 8:18 min/mile average for 5.25 miles! Not bad for a 38 year old steering wheel holding Trucker!

It was a nice cold night by the way. 15F when I stepped out the door and 12F when I returned. No wind thank goodness and I got started at 1:35am. The only people that I saw was two of Waynesville's Finest (Local Police) and two cars who's drivers both had to slow down and stare... Guess that it must seem a little strange seeing a guy run down the road at 1:45in the morning wearing running tights with a flashing red LED on his hat after having a couple at the bar...! Ha Ha!

Mal James of "point one of one percent" I got it figured out man! I'm absolutely ecstatic! Just a little rest was all it took! (Thought I was loosing it) Thanks Man! DC

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Howdy, Surprize?...

Greetings and Welcome...

Well over the last week I have been "Running Local" meaning that I drive to work, take trailers to be loaded or unloaded and take them back to the yard. And then a wonderful thing... I Get to go home for the evening until the next morning. It"s great to walk into the house and hear my little girl say "Daddy your home!" Something often missed by "Truck Drivers" everywhere.

I have been really contemplating something over the last week also... A DCTheRunningTrucker Podcast. Each evening and occasionally morning I take a few minutes to do research on how to get started. I mean come on, I just discovered blogging in December, so you know I'm abit behind times. I have been "practicing" my runcast. Which I found is not as easy as Steve Runner of Phidippidations and Nigel of Running From The Reaper make it sound. I really do have to adjust my pace, since I'm used to running alone and not speaking. My next question... Will anyone listen? I'm looking for ideas on content and music, mostly it will just be a running trucker talking about what he sees in any town USA.

Over the last week I decided to just take it easy. Feeling as I was closing in on burnout, I took two days and just rested. Have you had that experience?.. Just no get up and go? Shoot me some ideas on how to get though it, would you? It's been pretty rough. I got back to it again last night with a five miler and today with an all out DC sprint around the one mile block around my neighborhood, which was a 7:27/mile, not bad for a sedentary truck driver, Ha Ha. I'm quite sure that most of you can smoke me out there.

I'm on my way back to the truck in a few minutes. Now it's time for a quick Cleavland, OH turn, then possibly home for the week-end. I will try to shoot a few picks from my mobile on the way, Thank you for taking the time to read this Truckers Blog, DC

Send me some Ideas!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Cool Again Tonight...

I retuned home from my run a few minutes ago to find this on my desktop... An awesome run though. I'll be posting more in a few hours... Sleep time.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thank You Dr. Monte!

I just wanted to give a special thanks to Dr Monte of the "Fitness Rocks" podcast for the mention of my "Running Truckers Blog". Thank you Dr., That was really awesome of you!

If you are seriously interested in your health, PLEASE take a couple of minutes and download the "Fitness Rocks" podcast, Dr. Monte is extremely knowledgeable in nutrition and diet and believe me, we all have something to learn from him! Thank yoiu Dr.!

Hello... I'm Still Here, ;)

Hi! Long time no post, My apologizes. My schedule just got the best of me and have been dealing with some "wacky four wheeler issues" (the family car). I think most can relate.

Anyway, I have taken a few days off of work (driving the big truck) to get some much needed issues straightened out and have been able to get three runs in so far this week. I had to take yesterday off to let a pair of rather soar shins take a rest. I had noticed that on my "faster" runs that I was extending my pace just a little past comfortable and came close to paying a grand price for the quicker times... All is well now though after the day of rest though. Tonight's run was started at 1:30am and was 19F, just an awesome run, very smooth and know hassles or pains. I do look forward to getting back into my routine with driving and running, but I have Greatly enjoyed my time at home.

Tomorrows run in questionable. We are expecting wind chills into the single digits wind very windy snowy conditions (I'll believe it when I see it!) I'm doing my best to stay positive! Thank you for taking time to stop by...DC

Friday, January 19, 2007

My Toes Got Cold...

Well tonight was hovering around 18F. Not all that cold, but enough to get my toes cold. Would you believe in my state of mind I considered slowing down as to not let my feet pass through the cold mountain air so quickly! Ha Ha! I soon got over it and just settled into a easy pace. I have been very fortunate in the past week (8days) to run every day. As I love to run there are also times when I just want to climb into bed and forget about it. Ever have those days? I had a short week with just one quick trip down to Jacksonville, so that left four days to just kick back and spend time with my wife and little girl.

I really like my running to be the last activity of the day, just a great way to chill out and let the stress go. However, I have found that during the winter months that's probably not going to be the warmer choice... But it's so cool to finish up and start my "cool down" with all the steam rising!

Have a great day everyone, DC

Back in NC @ 22F

Hello all, I hope these typed words find you in good health and cheer. Thanks for stopping by.

I made it safely back to NC after a bit of a layover in Jacksonville,FL (took a while to find freight out of there). Though I put at least two and a half hours to good use... I ran! It was just like I remember last spring and summer when I had just started running, HOT! I made it back to find an assorted bunch of winter weather advisories in effect... Sounded like the world was going to come to an end with several feet of snow and ice... Well, I got out and ran that first night home, it was 22F. needless to say running tights and the work were in store. The next morning, well, no ice, only a dusting of snow, it was gone in the first few minutes after the morning sun started shining... Seems to me that was the third time this season that has happened. I'm worried that I'll get tired of them crying wolf and one day... BOOM! SNOW! ;)

I do have a question for you though. Lately I have noticed that the first three miles or so have been much faster than normal. Which I believe I have posted. I run the first in the 7:30 range w/ HR around 162-170. Second in the 8:30 range sometimes followed by a brisk 30- 45 sec. walk and kick in the third (which is a series of two long hills with a short drop in the middle). Well I guess the point is, is that after this first three miles, It's like I just "ZONE" I can then just run and run and my HR steadies out at almost a constant 152. Is this normal? As an example, last night I ran a little over 10 miles, the last 7 being in that "zone" state of mind, and the only reason I came home was that it was getting late... I felt like I needed a pink bunny suit with a big drum! I'm guessing that this is just the evolution of getting stronger? Love to hear what you think out there in "BlogLand".

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

79F In January...

OK, So I had to drive south 500 miles to work up one
heck of a sweat... IT WAS WORTH EVERY MILE! If you
have seen my Workout Log you know that I am quite
adjusted to running at night in the mtns of north
carolina (this winter 11F to 35F so far). Today was a
real treat & real taste of summer. A great run though
I did take two water breaks because of the heat. I
know that I got at least five good miles in. I got a
bit bummed out when I kept finding the end of the
sidewalk! This ever happen to you? With no real
shoulder I just found some good side roads and kept
going, still a very enjoyable day followed by a great
sunset. Now I'm headed back to NC where the current
temp is 22F... Thats truckn... burrr

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

An Old Friend...

Today as I ran an old friend appeared. Not a word spoken, but kept perfect pace like no one else. Though I tend to run in darkness, today was the exception. A nice reminder, that no matter how far or fast I run he is always there... DC

Monday, January 15, 2007

Drama- Part 3

OK, Read 1 & 2 Below First. Sorry about that, it"s
just I have found the limitations to updating via

As I past around the 1.5 mile mark I ran
across an intersection. As I reached the other side,
I noticed that there was a convenience
store that appeared to be new, and quite busy on the opposite
corner from me. Just like I see all the time. I was two blocks
past it when I heard the sirens, then the helicopter...
I had just missed seeing the store get robbed!
It Was Nuts! I sure was thankful that I
had taken my running bottle (water) with me, instead
of stopping and purchasing one at that store! Sometimes
even in our running lives syncrnicity can be our
saving grace. Thanks For Reading, DC

Drama-Part 2

Updating my blog via sprint moble is new 2to me so thank you
for your patience. This is the 2nd part of my PM entre,
as I have a 250 letter limit when attaching a photo.

The pic below is 2 me thankfuly rare. My Peterbilt and
residential areas just dont get along. However since I
was delivering a house to the constuction site, today
was my exception. A Hurricane Proof round house mfg by
Del-Tec to be exact. After a day of basicly just
watching others work the time was right to go take a
run. I knew that I was at the end of the main road
into the community, which was about a mile in length.
Thoughout the day I had noticed many people walking,
running and ridding their bikes to the end of the
street where I was. It was nice to see so much
activity! I got changed, stretched and was off in a
flash. I really dont understand why but lately it seem
that I just can not start out slow. My first mile has
been pretty consistant around a 7»30. Of course the
miles then drop off to mid to high eights. Strange...

Drama? Part 1

Well, as life likes to do at times, there was a bit of drama today. As I was on my run this afternoon a convenience store was held up@ gunpoint. Yes, within about two minutes of running past. Lots of activity that I had no need to be running though,take me home feet!

Unloading In Jacksonville...

Arrived before daybreak. Have just awoke to find partly cloudy sky's & warm! They are nearly finished unloading the round house from my trailer. The house will be very nice. And be built right on the river!I'm looking forward to running this afternoon down here!

I have mentioned these "round houses" If you are curious, the are semi-prefab. THe walls are built in sections along with the struts and joists loaded into trailers such as I pull then delivered to the final construction site. Then assembled by another crew. They can with stand winds in excess of 150-200mph they say.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

A quick run before I go...

Well my home time for the week is unfortunately gone and this afternoon it was time to get just one more short run in. It's hard to believe that I just ran in Waynesville, NC in the Great Smokey Mountains, in the middle of january and it was 60deg F? Crazy, but awesomely comfortable not doubt. Tonight I have to leave for Jacksonville, Florida. I'll be there in the morning (around 4am) get some sleep and hopefully go for a run in the Florida sunshine tomorrow before I head off to the next city... If you have kept up with this little nutty blog and you notice a couple very short postings with a photo, those are being sent in with my cellphone. A pretty cool way to keep things updated while I'm on the road. "Short But Sweet" Ha! Ha!

Lately it's been a real bear to keep motivated due to a thyroid issue that I've been dealing with the last few weeks. Lets just say that if you have the unfortunate dealings with "hyper thyroid ism" you better make darn sure to stay on top of your prescriptions and not run out of your meds! I just let an act of stupidity take over and tried to stretch them out by taking less... Not Good. And I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE.

As I said, I am off to the big FL and should be home by next weekend. To all out there have a great week and Happy Running! Run Strong, DC

Saturday, January 13, 2007

One of My Veiws Tonight

A nice run tonight. Due to a very tight schedual I had to take 3 long days off from running. Temp was in the high 40s. For a runner there is not alot worse than taking time off. But not alot better than that first run in after the break!

Oh, and the Pic shown here is of the old downtown section of Hazelwood, NC. Phone pic, so the quality is not the best...

Monday, January 8, 2007

A Special Thanks To Steve Runner and Phidippidations

Thank you Steve Runner for your words of encoragement and mention on your fantastic podcast Phidippidations - #78. You really surprised me the other night. While I was on a late night(3am)run. I had just returned from a drive up to Pittsburge,PA and Youngstown,Oh and was running down the street in my hometown, then began hearing about my blog on your podcast! Awesome Man! Thanks!

If you are a runner or want a better understanding of a friend, spouse or family member who is, LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST! Lots of interesting info, along with "rambling diatribes recorded during distance runs" and some great music. Check out "Phidippidations" on Itunes or at:

Keep up the great work Steve!

Sunday, January 7, 2007

A Nice Busy Week

Greetings! I had some great opportunities this week. First of all I am very happy that I was able to break 30 miles this week, Yeah! I know there quite a few of you out there that probably smoke that... But I'm getting there. It's been a great road to travel! I was able to get a 5.24 mile run in, in the small mountain town of Black Mountain,NC on Tuesday evening. Hence the photo, I'm not a fan of photos of myself, I just like to document that I was really there and in the future I'm sure that it will be fun looking back... Black Mountain is a awesome place to just set into your stride and take in the sights. A lot of coffee shops, antiques stores, backpacking and outdoorsport stores line the streets in an "old mountain style".
As you may know I drive and 18 wheeler over the road". This week took me up to Pittsburgh,Pa and then over to the Youngstown, OH area. the second day Wednesday I found myself just too tired to get out and run. However that was a different story when Thursday rolled around. Driving down through the east and then south east side of Youngstown I drove through a small town by the name of Poland,OH. The town itself was beautiful. I came to the junction of 616 and 224 and saw a small park area with a clock tower and large bronze sculpture and knew that if I could I wanted this place to be my destination for this mornings run... I mean how often do you get to "Run to Poland"? I eventually located the shippers address, as I had a 10am appt. With parking scarce I headed about 2 miles south and found a Truck Stop as a starting point for my run. I had a great time. from the beginning I decided that I would not look back. Eyes ahead and run I said... By the time I had made it to the clock tower in Polland that I had seen earlier I was 1:06:00 into my run! I was surprized! To make a long story short, I'm very glad Steve at had suggested ShotBlocks They got me through. Lately if I go over say 40 minutes running I am getting VERY hungry during my run. This run turned out to be 14.19 miles as per and finished in 2:18:30 I believe it was. Almost a bit more than I could chew for that morning, BUT, I Ran To Poland!

Monday, January 1, 2007

Happy New Year Everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment to say Happy New Year to everyone out there! I hope that this year brings to you all of the opportunities to make all of your dreams come true. I look forward to the year ahead with excitement and anticipation. Thank you for the opportunity to share my stories with you of the road as a "runner" and "trucker"... I guess that makes me a "Trucking Runner"! God Bless You All!, DC