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Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Finishing the Flying Pig Half-Marathon back in 2006... First time ever the Clot Buster jersey was used in a race!

It is only the Wednesday before the BIG DAY next Sunday and the butterflies are flying high inside my stomach every time I think about the upcoming marathon.

Am I ready?
Am I tapering properly?
Is eating Chipotle for lunch today a cause for concern?
(I actually had a salad bowl instead...)
Will my legs be able to hold the pouding?
How am I going to deal with the hills of Cincinnati?
What pace should I start with?
Will spending the night at the Hospital for 5 days impact me in any way?
What pace should I keep during the hard miles of the race?
What pace should I kepe to finish off the race?
What else should I do in order to be ready for Sunday?

I really hope that I don't forget my running shoes when I leave Columbus sometime on Saturday to head South to Cincinnati... knowing me I probably will do something like that. Imagine if I forget the Clot Buster polka-dots... well that will not happen as I already stashed the jersey in the car just in case.

I am very much looking forward to do this race on Sunday but my heart will not be entirely in the race because I have to leave my better half at home in Columbus due to an entirely differnt type of anticipation the two of us along with our families are going through... more than keeping your fingers crossed for me and the race cross them so our Little Varga stays in the oven just a while longer...

Let's see if I can catch some sleep with all of these butterflies inside of me.

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Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Saturday, April 26, 2008


** Hard to believe that April is almost over.

** Hard to believe that I have not update my blog in so long... sorry about that but life gets in the way sometimes and time is not available very much to do the things you consider a part of your "normal" routine.

** Hard to believe that our son wants to come and join us a little sooner than expected... say about 2 months ahead of time. He is giving us a nice rollercoaster ride before he is even out!

** Hard to believe that it is so warm out there these days... did we skip spring here in OH? I saw in the news that in Minnesota they are getting up to 15 inches of snow...WOW!

** Hard to believe that the Flying Pig Marathon is just about a week away... ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?! To say that I am a little nervous is probably pretty accuarte. I've been training very hard to get to this point and I cannot believe it now when I look back at the training program I started 18 weeks ago.

** Hard to believe that my legs will be ready to carry me for 26.2 Miles all over the city of Cincinnati next Sunday.

** Hard to believe that I am actually going to be doing this when I always considered this distance a very difficult challenge for me to undertake.

** Not so hard to believe is all of the support and interest that I have received throughout this process. I wish that I could provide some live updates of the race next Sunday but I guess we will have to settle for a complete report once I find my way to a computer and I am able to function once more.


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The Clot Buster

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Number 31 + 31 Weeks for our Little One + Last Long Run of the Training Program

So much has been going on this week...

Perhaps the most amazing/interesting of all was that the exact same day I turned 31 (last Thursday) our baby boy was turning 31 weeks. What are the chance of that taking place? That was/is really wicked for sure!

Yesterday, I had the chance to run my last long run as I start to taper ahead of the marathon coming up in May. It is scary to think that it is so close and now my mileage will decrese considerably. I really need that because aftre my 26 Miles the weekend before my legs definitely felt fatigued and it took a long time to get them back. So, here we are getting closer and I can't even believe that for this year I am well over 420 Miles worth of running... that is out of control! I am very pleased with the 3 days of running per week. It has really done wonders for me and getting me where I need to be to finish this race. Now, I just need to dream about some realistic goals times and go for them.

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Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I think I am still recovering from Saturday...

Well My friends, how crazy do you think I am?

From my previous blog you know that Saturday I ran in the Capital City Half-Marathon. The race went well for the first 10 Miles as I was keeping an even pace of just over 7 minute miles, 7:07 to be exact. I was very satisfied with that, however during the last 3.1 Miles of the course I struggled big time just trying to hold and finish. All together I managed a 1:34.53 which is outstanding!

After a brief pause to catch my breath I continued to run and I ran from downtown Columbus all the way to my house on the north part of the city for a nice round 26 Miles worth of running for the day. 3 hours and 44 minutes all together it took me... I am still fatigued from that I believe. I guess that now I understand why people don't go all the way 26 Miles while training but for my own peace of mind I needed to have the experience under my belt to see how it feels. This was a HUGE MILESTONE for me and I thrilled to be stepping into my tapering phase of the training as the marathon draws closer.

I better get some more rest... I need to keep my feet up while at work to help the recovery.

PLEASE CONSIDER helping me out on my effort of raising funds for NATT through the running of this marathon! You can DONATE through this link HERE.

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Friday, April 11, 2008

Back from a little R & R

Mrs. Clot Buster and I had the chance this past weekend, long weekend that is (Thursday through Tuesday), to make our way to beautiful Cozumel for a little down time. After the winter we wanted to have unlimted amounts of sunshine, the chance to swim in crystal clear water, and to have some sand between our toes. It was very nice to be on the island and get to experience sunsets like the one above and beach front landscapes like the one below.

This place really has a little bit of everything. All you need is enough time to do it all. As we go along I will try to share some more pictures so that you can see what we were able to see.

So, we came back on Tuesday and had to attempt our best to catch up with everything. The house, work, mail, you know the usual suspects. No worries, I was able to get some runs in Cozumel but I did not follow my training program all that much while down there. You know, vacation is vacation, no rules to follow like at home.

Well, here I am Friday afternoon and I just realized that I signed up to race a Half-Marathon tomorrow. I sort of did not think too much about it while dipping my toes in the white sand... but now it is all coming back. I was going to run the Bank of America Capital City Half Marathon that takes place in downtown Columbus tomorrow at 9AM and then I am planning on running home from downtown, which is about 12 Miles or so, for a grand total of 25 Miles for my VERY LAST LONG RUN of the training program.

So, Mrs. Clot Buster will drop me off at the race start tomorrow morning and somehow I need to find my way home after the race. We have a nice trail system along side the Olentangy River than I plan to use so either running or walking I should be able to make it home.

Stay tuned for a full report of this craziness sometime over the weekend.

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

($1.00 $/Mile x 26.2 Miles) = $26.20 for NATT

26.2 Miles racing to create awareness about blood clots and blood clotting disorders!!!

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My 100th Triathlon Finish !!!

My 100th Triathlon Finish !!!