Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mayor taking it a mile at a time

Usually if the locals say the mayor is running again, they’re talking about politics. But if you’ve heard people use the phrase lately about Livingston Mayor Jason Medley, they really are talking about running, literally.

At age 35, Medley has decided it’s time he got himself physically fit, and he’s challenging residents of Livingston and all of Rockcastle County to do the same. He’ll participate in the 4th annual Livingston Leap Aug. 31, and he has issued the town’s first-ever Mayor’s Fitness Challenge. The names of those who finish ahead of him in the race will be put in a drawing for a cash prize of $50.

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Race Day at the Rockcastle Regional Duathlon

First, let me say that this is one of my favorite races of the year and I’m already looking forward to next year’s race.  The race would probably be considered a sprint duathlon – consisting of a 5K (3.1-mile) run, a 16.7-mile bike ride, and then finishing with a 2.2-mile run.  The first run is flat and runs along the shore of Lake Linville, the ride is through the rolling hills of Rockcastle County with a couple of pretty tough climbs thrown in for good measure, and the last run is along the opposite shore of Lake Linville.

My race strategy for the initial 5K was simple – find one of the Bullen brothers and try to keep him in sight for as long as possible.  It worked out just as I had planned: just as one of them faded into the distance, another one blew by me with a few hundred yards to go to the finish.  They guaranteed me a good starting time on the first leg of the race.

Friday, August 9, 2013

My Journey from Couch to Duathlon

It was a dark and cold February evening....somewhere a dog howled....and I was attending the Couch to 5K program at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital. In the years since I finished pharmacy school I had let my weight inch up to well over 200 pounds and I had decided to try to do something to turn that trend around. The program was well attended as a standing room only crowd filled the new presentation room on the third floor of the hospital. We heard from physical therapists, dietitians and many other knowledgeable people on what it would take for each of us to extract our butts from the living room couch and complete our first 5K run (3.1 miles for those of you metrically challenged). We were given printouts, planning schedules, diet tips, and other very useful information to help us complete this challenge. It must have worked quite well, as the Rockcastle County Wide Stride races had banner years in 2012 and 2013.