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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Map My Run...

I can't seem to break away from this site as I get around to complete my runs and see how far I've gone during my route. I don't like what I see let me tell you. I am coming in short on the distance that I thought I ran according to my pace. In many respects is good but I am not happy to realize that what I am running is shorter than what I thought..

I need to make sure I use this before my runs so that I can have my distance mapped out and I can hit the markers that I need.

So far, the legs are feeling strong and I need to make sure I have enough distance this weekend so that I can complete my 17 Mile journey on Saturday. We will see how it goes...

So, if you'll allow me I need to excuse my self and make sure I map these runs so that I don't cheat myself anymore.

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Attempting a 15Mile Run...

So, now you know why the Clot Buster is marathoning this year...

Here is my attempt yesterday at doing 15 Miles of running. I went out for 2 hours of running in 28 degrees of weather with a stiff wind coming from the south which was half of my route that day. When I got home I realized that I had a serious difficulty talking as my jaw was very stiff. It was funny trying to tell Mrs. Clot Buster about the run and how it felt...I could not speak.

Today the legs are pretty sore after yesterday's effort. As far as I can remember 15 Miles is the longest that I've ever done... hard to believe. Next week's 17 Mile run is looking very intimidating. I just hope that I can keep it together. I will let you know how it goes.
I think that I need an audiobook to keep me engaged throughout the next effort. I will be itunes looking for something interesting...Any thoughts?

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I have a confession to make...

Dear readers of the Clot Buster's blog,

There is only one reason why I had a reaction like the one below. Last Monday was an incredible day for us because of what we were able to experience.

It was amazing to experience,

I am still in shock, a very happy shock,


Even My Mom (the crying one) and Liz's Mom were excited,


But ultimately to get My Father to smile like that it had to be EXTREMELY SPECIAL...

The WONDERFUL DISCOVERY that we will have a SON coming in June!!! There are no words to describe the feeling of seeing it come to live right in front your eyes. Simply incredible to be so lucky to have the opportunity.

So Dear Friends, MAJOR changes are in store for us this summer. Unfortunately, the triathlon season this year will be changed this year for obvious reasons. My fundraising for NATT will not have the same ring to it as it had in previous years which is the reason why I am concentrating on the marathon in May as my major fundraising event. 26.2 Miles are going to be a HUGE challenge for me and I am more than happy with this challenge as the one I want to accomplish this year personally and for the NATT fundraiser. Of course, I have plans with my friends from Cleveland to make the Greater Cleveland Triathlon another successful event for NATT with the raffle we have planned. So, the Clot Buster's adventure continues in 2008 just with a little different format...

I am already looking for a baby polka-dot outfits the Little Varga should wear out at the races next summer.

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Sunday, January 20, 2008

MUCHO FRIO!!!

Well, another Saturday came/went and another long run I was able to do. Although this time I had to improvise and stay indoors I managed to throw down 12 hard fought miles. I really hope that I don't have to do this procedure again because it really tested my patience while running. During this run I ran 84 Laps around our gym's indoor track for a total of 7 Miles. Hard to believe that I did not get dizzy after so many revolutions. One nice thing after running so long our track is that people stays out of my as they hear me huffing and puffing around the track. But after 84 Laps I could not take it anymore and I got on one of the trademills to finish up what I was set out to do. Those were some rough 12 Miles as I had to fight not to stop and throw my hands in the hair to quit because I could not take the monotony any longer. Unfortunately, I had not choice because it was freaking COLD out there... 15 degrees at the time I went to the gym. MUCHO FRIO indeed for this guy with nice warm south american blood running through his veins. I have a cut off point at which I stop playing outside. For running is around 25 degrees for riding is someplace around 48 degrees, of course depending upon the wind blowing at that moment. Do you have temperature cut off? What is it? Am I a whimp...?

Well, let's hope we get some warmer temperatures next weekend. Otherwise my 15 Miler on Saturday will push me not only physically but also mentally... In the mean time on Tuesday I will be going to the track to do 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400, 200 at race pace with 200 meters of recovery. We will see how that one goes!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Motivation is hard to find

These days not much desire to head to track and throw down 6 x 800's with the temperattur right around 33 degrees... I am glad that I don't live farther north than Columbus, OH.

But because 26.2 Miles are lurking in the background in May and I want to do a good showing for the Clot Buster nation out there I did go out there and pushed on through. How many people out there who has had a clot or know someone who has clotted is planning on doing a marathon or half of one this year? If you are one of those people let me know. I would love to hear from you!

This year the Flying Pig Marathon will be my early focus on the fundraising front. The Greater Cleveland Triathlon is shaping up to be another big event for the Clot Buster with the raffle taking shape with some really cool stuff to be available. Stay tuned for me as it becomes available.

So, I will be running my first 26.2 Miles wearing the polka-dots. Would like to come along? If you do then you need to get out there to your local track and do some sprints just like I did today!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Saturday, January 12, 2008

I made it!

To me is always a surprise to be able to run this far. I estimate about 12 Miles all together. My legs are pretty sore at the moment but I made it. Check the route below. Hard to believe that I went all over the place. But at the same time it is great to have the alternatives that we have around here to do long runs and never be too far away from home...



GOOD LUCK to my friends Harkness and the Spandex King as they are getting ready to run in Phoenix the PF Chang's Marathon. I bet that in Arizona they are going to be running well and fast!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Ahead of the big run of tomorrow...

Well, here comes Saturday again. Time for the long run of the week. This time around I am looking at 12 or 13 Miles, which is a jump from my 9 Miles from last weekend.
I had a nice track workout on Tuesday where the wind from the south really broke me down everytime I came down the far straight away but the final 100 meters were fun with the wind on my back.

Let's see if I can make it all the way tomorrow. It should be a cool one but I am sure I can handle it. Not really that I like the cold weather but I can deal with the temperature above the freezing point. I may dress funny but with some of the items I have from Spiuk I should be in good shape.

Wish me luck tomorrow. I am still within my normal range of running ability but next week will be different by pushing the 15 Mile mark.

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Sunday, January 06, 2008

First Long run of the 18 week training plan - COMPLETED

How about that?

I worked my way for a total of 75 minutes running for a grand total of 9 Miles on Saturday. Not a bad start as I was able to keep my pace consistent throughout the effort. Of course today I am not doing anything very fast but that feeling should improve as we continue with this training plan. I am starting to realize that running this long distances will require some serious concentration and some degree of distraction. I generally don't run listening to music but I may have to use some help on the longer runs coming up.

Has anyone used audiobooks to gain that distraction?

One week down, 17 more to go!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Friday, January 04, 2008

Totals for 2007...

Dear friends,

Over the last few days I was able to tally my totals of miles for last year. I can't believe all the miles and races I was able to participate in. It was nice to look back at the races and trying to remember how they felt and what I was able to see during the course of the race. I wish that I could describe to you all of the feelings that I had through my mind when I saw the names of the races and the different workouts that I did. But all things considered it was a GREAT year and it will be hard to improve in all levels.

Of course we can never improve enough in the area of introducing people to NATT and letting them know about blood clots and blood clotting disorders. That is one area in which I wished I had the highest numbers that I could come up with... who knows someday I will be able to match my excersize miles of the year with the number of people that learns about NATT and about blood clots.

So here are my number for 2007...

SWIM = 71.1 Miles


BIKE = 2,519.3 Miles


RUN = 567.6 Miles


Thank you for coming along in all of these miles. 2008 should be just as fun so stay tuned for more...

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 2008 WELCOME!!!

Here we are at the door step of a new year. Full of expectations, new challenges, and plenty of SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT BLOOD CLOTS AND BLOOD CLOTTING DISORDERS!

I hope everyone out there who dares to read my blog received the New Year in FINE FORM. Mrs. Clot Buster and I sure did as you can tell from our "New Year Receiving Feathered" outfit ensembles...
I hope that 2008 brings everyone all the happiness, good health, good fortune and peace you can handle. May all of your wishes come ture this year!

On the sporting side of things, yesterday December 31st I began my marathon training program that will take me all the way to May 4 and the start of the Flying Pig Marathon. This is a new experience for me as I will attempt my best to follow the training program as closely as I can. But yesterday I did not have a good start... On Monday, the schedule indicated that I needed to some cross training and have my first run workout (speed drills) on Tuesday. Well, I butchered this week already as I went out yesterday eager to run and I did a 6 Mile run with some mild intervals which I should have done Thursday! So, needless to say I need to pay a little more attention to the program before I head out do my workout. In the mean time, this week I need to fix the situation and adjust accordingly... I will attempt some cross training today and tomorrow and on Thursday I will head to the track and see if I can go for it and attempt the 12x400 with 90sec. recovery intervals in between (somehow I don't think that is going to happen but I will be happy if I can do 8 of those...). By then, I should be back on track and gearing up for my first long run on Saturday.

So, come along with me and entretain yourself with my trials at going through this training program all the way until May. This a new approach for the Clot Buster but one that I wanted to try to see how I hold up after 26.2 Miles. DON'T FEAR I still plan on doing some triathlons later on this summer but this year will much different than 2005 and 2006... soon enough you will know why.

Check back soon, as I go through this challenge of staying on course and giving this marathon thing a try.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

My 60th Triathlon Finish !!!

My 60th Triathlon Finish !!!
First Time ever My Son got to cross the finish line with me. Without a doubt a Wonderful Experience