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10kTruth.com Web Letter - December 2003

10kTruth.com Web Letter - December 2003

Manciata took a Philosophy class many years ago. The most valuable thing in the world, he learned, is the head of a dead cat because no one can put a price on it. No one can put a price on 10k Truth because we all work for free around here. So you get what you pay for and with the frequency you pay for it. The webletter may be sporadic but not the running. Quite a bit of that going on this past year. Looking back, our last emailing was in March 2003. Since then we've seen some fast times and good turn outs at the local races. Looking forward to the New Year...the prediction by our not overly ambitious webmistress is we'll get a couple of these sent off in 2004. Feel free to abandon our list at any time.
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"The most valuable thing in the world is the truth; so valuable that it has often been barricaded by a bodyguard of lies." - Winston Churchill "And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world." - John Steinbeck The Most Valuable Thing in the World? Winston says truth, Steinbeck says an open mind, others say time, still others say knowledge, love, life or virtue. With the passage of millennia, the debate still rages. Here at 10kTruth, we're very partial to Steinbeck but ultimately leaning towards the head of the dead cat. More quotes on the Most Valuable Thing in the World at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/most_valuable.htm
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To Go With a Group or Go Alone? Recently, I went on a run with some folks I didn't know. Bad mistake. We just didn't click. My repeated attempts at breaking into their conversation just didn't get anywhere. Yeah, I know...so what's wrong with trying to branch out a bit, broaden one's running circle and who knows, maybe even strike up some new friendships? I'm not suggesting these approaches are things to avoid in the pursuit of running. This just wasn't the day to try it with this particular group. From what I could see, that particular group was closed. I sensed no hostility, just a conscious choice to keep me outside their circle. No big deal. Sometimes, the chemistry just ain't there. They might have their own tight group they escape to every week and it doesn't happen to include you or anyone else...EVER!...especially someone who is called "The Rage" on some weird website. Guess I can't blame them...maybe that's why I find myself running alone a lot...hmm. As I whined about it over coffee with my regular running mates, Coop was the first one to suggest that perhaps I had picked the wrong rainy day to stretch that prophylactic over my dome, offering: "You know, I love you, Rage, but aside from the impact your abnormal personality has on most people who don't know you very well, it took most of us a long time to get used to that reservoir tip flapping in the wind on top of your head." The silence at the table was deafening as I slowly and painfully peeled it off. Just like that, my curiosity for what a true intervention felt like had just been satisfied. If you ever find yourself in one of these situations, don't over-analyze your approach, behavior or worse yet, start pouring through your Runners World issues wondering if you should have hugged your way into their circle. Let it go, man. Respect their thing and move on to yours. Mine's at the track, on the trails, on relays, hills and long runs...with runners of all different abilities. We push each other while pulling others along. Most importantly, we tell each other what works for us, offer suggestions and encouragement. I think running with a group you are comfortable with is a large part of how all runners get better. There's also a level of spoken and unspoken respect given the knowledge of what each individual's situation is (e.g. racing success and disappointment, surgery, injury, cancer...). As I get older, I find myself getting more selfish with my time and who I spend it with. I am what I am. Take it or leave it. While I'm certainly not going to force something that's not there, I hope that when I go to the track on Tuesdays, nobody feels like they're not welcome and can't join ol' Dickhead for some spirited loops. However, there does come a time when it needs to be just me...especially when I am getting ready to race. Sometimes, I need to go on a hard run and concentrate on my own pace, breathing and form and get a sense of what race day might feel like when it's just me. And as the ol' saying goes: "That's where the rubber meets the road." And that's The Truth. The Rage (11/08/03) More Running Training Tips at http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/training_tips.htm
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"We don't claim to be the best, but we're damn hard to beat." - Adam Barnes More Quotes at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/quotes.htm
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10kTruth Q & A - Q: This is a question for Rage. I recently suffered a ruptured disc in February. I somehow didn't require surgery, but it was still a very bad case. I took almost 6 months off, and have been trying to run for the past month or so even though I still feel some pretty weird sensations back there a few times a day. What I was wondering was how your back was doing. I really appreciated the essay on the back injury. I can't begin to tell you how much it's helped, especially when I hear that it's common for people with this sort of injury to never run again, let alone at the good level you do. That is about where I aspire to if all goes well. Thanks again for sharing your perspective and all the great writing on your site. - J., 9/29/03

A: Oh man, do I know what you're going through. Patience, my friend. While I was very lucky, I think I had a lot going for me, according to the doc. First of all, I only weigh a buck thirty. That takes a lot of pressure off my back to begin with. Second, mine was an acute case...that is, I knew it the second I did it, and it was a major hosing...making surgery a no brainer, even for the tightest of tight ass HMO claims dudes who held my life in their hands. Even through I got in quick and got the pressure off the nerve, I still have numbness in my lower leg calf area. It's not bad. I just know it's there. My only physical problem is the quad is still smaller than the other. It doesn't really affect my running...just looks weird...that's all. I also think I don't have the push off up hills, which is where I have really fallen off performance wise. However, I am very pleased overall to be where I am now. I ran a 29:58 five miler my first race back and almost lost it in the chute. You can't know...oh, wait...yes you can. I ran a 38:21 10k in August and really cruised it...so in that sense, I was pleased. My next event will be the Civil War Relay which is a 5 person 50 mile team event with each runner going 5 x 2 miles. So, in that sense, I am totally recovered. Will I ever be back to where I was? Probably not. Not because I don't think I could. It's mostly that I just can't bring myself to pull the trigger mentally on stepping up the rigor of my work outs. Right now, I am enjoying being pain free. I will never forget where I was...just a short 10 months ago. Good luck to you. I know you can come back just like I did. Just be patient. Get a good MRI and talk to a good neurosurgeon on advising you on the best course of action for you.

Good Luck. - The Rage (10/10/03)

More about coming back from injury at http://www.10ktruth.com/q_and_a/training_tips.htm#comeback
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"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." - Beverly Sills
More Training Quotes at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/train.htm
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Coop Runs 50 on 50th - Earlier this year, Coop was acting weird. I probed a bit for what was up. I was relieved to learn he wasn't hangin' with any JMH's (e.g. Junk Mile Huggers) sparing me the chore of another Truth Intervention. What Coop was so slow in 'fessing up to was a desire to attempt a 50 miler on his 50th birthday. The implication of this challenge was that what I had to offer him in the way of training and preparation was now way below him and it had become necessary to "broaden" his training circle. "Nothing personal, Rage, but this ain't Liverpool no more" as he spoke haltingly in barley audible tones, looking rather smug and quite comfy I might add, standing there in lane one (Copy that: Lane Uno). While I wasn't ready to assign this particular rift the same Lennon/McCartney intensity that he apparently had, I must admit it caught me somewhat off guard. After all, it couldn't have been anything like Bruce Hornsby having to play keyboards on "My Baby Takes The Mornin' Train" for Sheena Easton before he made it big...could it? Now just a minute here. It's not like I delivered him completely out of shape for the 2001 California International Marathon where the dude P.R.'s in a driving rainstorm. Rage can go long too, baby. Just not 50 miles. That's not so bad now, is it? 'Nuf said. The reality was that my running just wasn't pushing him enough and he'd decided to move on to the next level...on to Les, Galen, Dan, Bill...some real runners. O.K. I get it. - Continued at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_rage/rage.htm
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"No doubt a brain and some shoes are essential for marathon success, although if it comes down to a choice, pick the shoes. More people finish marathons with no brains than with no shoes." - Don Kardong "You only get to negatively affect your DNA."- Manciata's explanation for why some people can't run a marathon. More quotes on Running at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/run.htm
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Civil War Relay Race Report 2004 - So it all began with one simple proposal from Coop: "How about this, Rage: I'll captain the team if you get us some runners." And so the deal was struck for our entry in the 2003 Civil War Relay...a 50 miler starting at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon and finishing at Linn Benton Community College on the south end of Albany. The theme of this relay refers to the annual football match up between the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State University Beavers...fondly referred to in these parts as "The Civil War." I definitely got the better end of the deal than Coop, as the team captain typically deals with most of the logistics. While I never mind doing it for the great people I get to run with, I appreciated Coop's offer. A couple of Sunday runs later and we had a full boat: Rage, Coop, T-Bone, K.C. Taylor and John Helmick. Based on my wild guesses at each of our 5k times, Team Kong found themselves starting with "The Big Dogs" in the last starting wave of runners. I was pumped until a volunteer overheard me talkin' smack to another team that would be trying to hang with Team Kong while shooting the curl on Wave Big Dog. I assumed they too would be heaping on yet another heavy dose of envy I'd been getting all morning regarding my monogrammed starting robe with "Rage" embroidered on the back. "Nice robe buddy, but the only reason we started you guys in Wave Big Dog was we had some of our staff who wanted to sleep in and still get to see you guys trying to get the keys out of your rig again this year..." a not-so-discrete reference to our mental indiscretion from last year's CWR. My beaming smile slowly dissipated and I slunk back to our rig. Continued at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/civil.htm#continue
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"Truth is, you're always going to lose when you play a game of cat and mouse with the cat." - Cory Eberhart "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." - Mark Twain More Truth quotes at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/truth.htm
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10kTruth Mailbag - Subject: Civil War Relay Report - Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 - http://www.10ktruth.com/the_result/result.htm Check out the race report on Team Kong. Thanks again for running this year. I had a great time and hope you all did too. - Rage John Responds - Nice work! Great story, great photos. Especially like the team 32 (the Silver Streaks) photo! http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/civil.htm#silverstreaks Need more competitors like those; they were funny. Like the photo of you talking smack to Wendy.

How come I am the only team member without a cool nickname? I feel like such a loser. - John

Rage Asks the Webmistress - John sounds like he would love to use our nickname generator service! I know Bruce weighed in strongly on this topic, but I can't remember if you kept it on the site. Any chance we could turn John on to it..sort of like an "ask and you shall receive" kind of gesture? - Rage

Webmistress Responds - Here's the link...I did keep it despite Manciata's negative opinion... http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/schedule.htm#nickname

Subject: More Site Comments Date: 26 Nov 2003
I came across your site by way of a "running quotes" search on google. Other sites had only a few quotes, and all which I'd heard before. I was impressed with your quotes section, and merely want to say thank you. I'll probably print off the whole page and read it before my meets. I was also pleased to see it so recently updated. I'll throw you on my favorites and keep coming back. - N.D.
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"There will always be hope for our country as long as more people watch 'Monday Night Football' than 'Friends.'" - Michael Logsdon "Update: Last week 4.7 million more people watched 'Friends' than 'Monday Night Football.' I think I'm going to move to Canada." - Michael Logsdon More Football quotes at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/football.htm
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Rage's Shameless Fun Run Sandbag Attempt Turns into a Trip to the Woodshed - http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/funrun.htm
O.K. So I confess. But, as rare as a "W" is on my running resume, is it such a crime to wear a game face to a "Fun Run?" as in the Sunriver (Oregon) Turkey Trot Fun Run? When I showed up that cold November 27 Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving, I didn't expect to see too many runners, especially in a resort community after gorging themselves the day before. But, maybe that's why we do because we can...or something like that. I know I certainly had no intention of racing. When I got to the registration table, I was pleasantly surprised to see about two dozen hearty souls of all ages had already arrived 45 minutes early and more were starting to pull in. Not bad for a 25 degree morning and about eight inches of snow on the ground. The course was a sheet of ice. Racing would be out of the question. I went for a short warm up jog and actually found myself practicing a short, skid proof stride, trying to compensate with as rapid of turnover that my 47 year old parakeet quads could possibly produce...which isn't much. But it was enough to start thinking to myself, "Well...it ain't race pace but I think I can hang on to this for three miles without falling down, and if no stallions show up, who knows I just might be able to win this thing." Uh-oh. Next thing you know it, I am actually scanning the crowd for stallions. Yeah, I listened closely to the starter's instructions...who drilled into our heads: "I've got two words for you all: FUN RUN." But, I still wanted to win it! It wasn't like I was lined up in the front row with elbows poised to knock some kid into a snow bank or anything. I know a low key deal when I see one, o.k.? Heck, nobody really even knew exactly how long the course actually was. Just head to the mall and follow the pink paint marks in the snow. And the guys in front of me started off very responsibly, making sure of every step to prevent a pile up on the first couple of sharp turns. Nope. I was just going to try to keep in contact with whoever decided to lead and see what happened...that's all. After about a quarter mile into the thing, the pace appeared manageable (Translation: If Rage is in the lead pack AT ANY TIME, it's either (1) within 50 meters from the start; (2) everyone else is on crutches; (3) a lot of runners slept in that day or; (4) Bruce paid them all to pull a George Plimpton). Then, all of a sudden, this one guy starts to pick up the pace. I thought, o.k. I can cover that...I think...uh wait! It wasn't long before I realized I couldn't cover it and this kid was for real. He had a classic Manciata-like leg flair that was way cool. Effortless. Pure cruise control, baby. This guy was good, and he was taking me to the woodshed something fierce...and making it look awful easy. I watched him slowly pull away. My goal became just trying to keep him in view. Wrong again. I arrived at the fifth tee box on the Meadows Course and broke into the open, finally found some dry pavement and hoped to get a glimpse of him. By the time I saw him again, he had almost a minute on me. By the time I finished, it was more than that. I sought him out at the finish and here was the exchange: Rage: Nice run. You from around here? David: Thanks. Just visiting. My dad signed me up. Rage: So where do you run? David: I run in college. Rage: Yeah? Which one? David: Stanford. Rage: (Gulp) Oh. Rage: (Pause. Choke. Gag.) Rage: So...do you know Ian Dobson? David: He's my room mate. Rage: No kidding. I followed his career at Klamath Union High School with him and Eric Logsdon running against each other. He did great in Waterloo (NCAAs). Rage: You guys must have been amused at the talk Stanford runners not being able to handle the cold, eh? David: Yeah. I'm from Montana. You? Rage: Uh...yeah...I really don't...It's just kind of a mid-life crisis kind of thing... David: Yeah. Rage: Nice talking to you. And nice run, too. What a class, humble individual he was to take the time to deal with my stupid questions. Sure hope he didn't mind. When I got back to town, I checked out the Stanford Cross Country Team's website. Sure enough, there he was: David Vidal, who owned the 11th fastest high school mile time in the nation as a senior and who earlier this year had recorded a personal best in the 1500 of 3:47. Wow...(and gulp again!). So that's what class, talent and a bright future look like. O.K. I get it. And that's The Truth. - The Rage (12/05/03)
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"...a fighter can condition his body to go hard certain rounds, then to coast certain rounds." - Muhammad Ali

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