Here we are the last day in January with no significant snowfall so far this winter and none in sight for the coming week. I’ve enjoyed this weather so much and as a matter of fact I’ve even run several days this month in shorts and a long sleeve shirt. I can proudly say I’ve only used the treadmill a handful of times due to my schedule and the wind. I hate the wind!
It has been a good month for me running and with no real races planned for the next 90 days I’m enjoying it even more. I call it stress free running. One thing I have noticed over the past two months is a tiny bit of speed improvement but by far I’ve seen my aerobic fitness increase. Last year my mileage was reduced quite drastically and I saw my fitness drop. However I have a long way to go in that department but the progress is promising.
This month the boys brought home the plague from school and kindly distributed it throughout the house. Ok not the plague but a cold to us guys is like the plague. I managed to get through it and have one of my biggest running mileage months. With a scheduled long run this morning I thought it would be best to get started early. Waking at 0545 in order to get myself together and get out there I hit the pavement by 0645. With winter still on the fence today was one of those shorts and long sleeve shirt days. I finished a strong month today with a total of 209.57 miles.
I’m hoping this weather pattern continues for February.
Frank Chetko, 78, of 2177 Lagoon Dr., Dunedin, FL, formerly of 118 Glenwood Ave., Binghamton, NY, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday, August 19, 1987, at his daughter’s home in Johnson City, NY. He was predeceased by his wife, Anna, in 1985. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Nancy Chetko, Bridgeport, CT.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and William Merrall, Dunedin, FL, Roxanne and Paul P. Misata, Johnson City; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Pigos, Binghamton; also several nieces and nephews. He was a photographer for the Binghamton Sun, the Endicott Johnson Corporation and retired from SUNY-Binghamton. He was a charter member of the National Press Photographer’s Assoc. He was a 50-year member of the Sokol USA and the Honorary Chairman of the Public Relations Department Sokol USA. He was a past president and member of Lodge 36 Sokol USA. He was a member of the Czechoslovakian American Society in St. Petersburg, FL. He was a navy veteran of World War II, a member of the First Ward American Legion, and the DAV Chapter 60. He was an avid athlete, playing baseball for the Triplets, playing semi-professional football and basketball.
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With the skies overcast, the atmosphere humid, the ground wet and some runners covered in mud, the cross country teams had a blast competing in today’s meet at Ann McGuiness school in Endicott, NY.
My son Michael runs modified for his school the “Maine-Endwell Spartans”. My mom and dad who have a home on Long Island and one just over the border in Pennsylvania happened to be up this weekend. This is actually the first time they have had the opportunity to watch Michael run in the two years he has been on cross country. I think they were impressed.
I myself was impressed. Michael isn’t setting any land speed records but compared to last year he has grown tremendously. Definitely in his running but more so in his attitude towards it. I saw this first hand yesterday when I had the opportunity to run with him and his team during practice, we paced an 8:00 mile together. Not only has his ability improved but I was most proud of his sportsmanship. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
I think the saying goes “There’s a first time for everything”. This evening was a first for me at least. The first time I have ever wore a dress. Now I know what your thinking, Joe Geronimo wearing a dress, pretty frightening. Especially that I am a full fledged representative of Man Caves LLC. However today was different, I was able to show some leg and get out and run the 16th Annual Red Dress 5K in support of the Crime Victims Center.
This was not an officially timed event but more of a fun run. As you all know that did not stop the competition between the dresses. Me personally, according to the clock at the finish line PR’d the 5K at 20:21 beating my last time of 21:16 back in April. Hey I’ll take it.
There was a lot of lipstick, blush and well just plain old fun. Honestly I was skeptical of the whole dress thing but in the end I had a blast.
Afterwards my wife and I went to Ebishura Sushi Restaurant in Vestal, New York for a bite. I had the fried shrimp tempura along with the beef short rib ramen noodle bowl. My wife had the same noodle bowl and found it to be just a weeeee bit more spicy than she likes. I on the other hand loved it! In the end I made it up to her with a trip to Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt http://sweetfrogyogurt.com.
Today April 22nd 2013 marks my twenty first anniversary of railroad employment. These twenty one years have flown by. Beginning my career on Metro North Railroad in the magnificent Grand Central Terminal. Three years later I would move to Central New York where I have lived since. A brief stop on the Ann Arbor Railroad in Toledo, Ohio but the Southern Tier of New York is where I call home.
As I briefly celebrate this page in the book of life I look back and think to myself how lucky I truly am.
Earlier this month I wrote about being hooked on running and what actually got me there. Yesterday I was reaffirmed of why I love to run. Community! The running community and atmosphere is what drew me in to begin with. Yesterday in Boston Massachusetts that community was evident. I am proud to call myself a runner and those people who did what they had to do to help one another made me even prouder.
Last night the #Runchat Facebook page posted this “There’s a movement happening for runners to unite and wear a race shirt tomorrow to honor and remember those lost today. Let’s do it. For those without a race shirt or if you have to dress up for work, wear the Boston Marathon colors of blue and yellow. Spread the word.”
This morning my alarm went off way to early, 0230 to early for work. I decided to wear my Binghamton Bridge Run race shirt in order to show my support for Boston. This particular shirt has special meaning. It is my first ever race shirt.
Today the Facebook page of http://www.runjunkees.com created a virtual event. Beginning April 16th-May 4th anywhere in the world. Here it is! “This is a virtual run event, which means you can run (or walk) any distance, anywhere and at anytime. It is intended to both honor the victims as well as display an act of unity and solidarity in the running community. This was an event dreamed up by fellow Runners and you are welcome to invite anyone to join. THIS IS NOT A FUND RAISER. PLEASE be careful of scams (already) of people claiming to be raising money. A special thanks to TJ from VO2 the MAX for creating the “race” bib. Once you’ve completed your unity run you are welcome to post a picture to the RunJunkEes facebook page (please do not email pictures). Other runners are suggesting to wear a race shirt as well, so if you have one and you’d like to do so that would be great.”
I personally plan on wearing this bib along with my race bib on Sunday April 21st 2013 when I take part in the Seneca 7 race http://www.seneca7.com in order to show my love and support for my fellow Americans.
Keep on Running!