stuff ‘round the mill
“What are you prepared to give for your dream? If it is not everything…stop pipe dreaming.” – T.F. Hodge
I had a dream. It’s not fake news, but it may be a fake dream…
It was a Tuesday morning in the month of May in the year of 2037. The 32 annual Pocono Marathon has started on Sunday morning at 7am! It was now sun up and it appeared as if it would be a bright beautiful morning. I was blazing down the road towards the Stadium! I was summoning all the strength and courage I had to give my all to my finishing kick, I felt GREAT! There was no doubt I would finish under 48 hours; as long as I didn’t trip!
As I turned onto the track I glanced to the left and saw the clock counting down. The sun was glaring in my eyes, I could see what appeared to be the figure of a person hanging on to the clock post. As I came round the turn I could see over at the clock and it was Don Jewell feebly hanging on half asleep.
As I ran a little farther down the back stretch I saw my grandson Jake and Grammie helping my daughter Lisa Flory with her walker into the stadium. Evidently the past few years have been hard on Lisa, of course she is now in her early 70’s! Red Cross Volunteers were rolling 2 people onto the track in wheel chairs. They were Bob Wertz and Bill Carlton and they were clapping and cheering wildly.
As I rounded the last turn and headed for the finish line both Bob and Bill tried to stand but they just kept falling back into their wheel chairs. Lisa began to tilt to one side and thank God Jake and Grammie kept her from falling over! She was mumbling “dad you MUST run faster! Don kept tight hold on the timing clock with one hand while extending the other to shake my hand all the while mumbling over and over again, “Rod you gotta work on your speed!”
It was the fastest marathon I had run in several years, it did take a few days but I had RFR number 32 under my belt!!! YES, Jesus love me!
FROM STEVE MIKELS – Rod
I am going to send you this every year until a Mill Rat shows up! – Steve
ST. JUDE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – NASHVILLE – APR 29, 2017
A Little Bit Country… A Whole Lot Rock ‘n’ Roll
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Many will shed a tear over this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXfLl3qYy0k&feature=youtu.be
FROM BRETT JENNER – Rod, not sure if you’re a member of USA Triathlon but if you are then you may have received this month’s issue of USA Triathlon magazine titled “The Workout Issue”. I am happy to report that they have included a workout that I wrote in this issue so be sure to check it out on pg32. It is a running workout titled “The Fastest Mile”.
From Rod – Brett is a very fine athlete and EXCELLENT coach who spent some time here in the area with us training and competing in ironman and local events! He was/is a blessing to those he touches!
01/11 – Boston training trip – please send me an email if you want to go along. Leaving at 5am plan to be back by 8pm.
SHIVER BY THE RIVER WINTER SERIES – http://www.pagodapacers.com/
FROM LEHIGH VALLEY ROAD RUNNERS – THE ICESCRAPER – http://lvrr.org
01/28 – The Beast of Burden 200 Mile Ultra Marathon Series is not a race…Sure, there’s a timing clock, a start/finish line, and some truly awe-inspiring world-class runners who will travel from the far corners of the globe to toe that line and race that clock on one of the flattest, fastest and most runner-friendly surfaces on the earth in hopes of setting new world records. But, that’s just a centerpiece for what really makes the Beast Ultra special. This event is our semi-annual family reunion for ultra-runners as unique as yourself.
04/23 – ST LUKE’S HALF – www.stlukeshalfmarathon.com
05/21 – RUN FOR THE RED MARATHON – http://poconomarathon.org/
06/17 – THE GREAT NEW YORK 100 KM & 100 MILE RUNNING EXPOSITION – TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, 47TH ST./BROADWAY
10/15/2017 – 2017 BARRETT SCARECROW 5K RACE
11/23 – Pumpkin Pie 5k – Nazareth YMCA – http://www.nazarethymca.org/5k/index.html
04/15 – NEW HOLLAND BIKE RACE 50MILE – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/
06/04 – INDEPENDENCE TRI – Lake Nockamixon – https://www.piranha-sports.com/
06/04 – Philly Int’l Classic – Pro/Am bike race – http://philadelphiainternationalcyclingclassic.com/
06/11 – WallyMan Tri - Lake Wallenpaupack – www.tri2evolve.com/events/wally-man-tri
07/15 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/
07/16 – Anthracite Tri – Mauch Chunk Lake Park – http://hazyracing.weebly.com/course-maps.html
07/22 – NJ State Tri – Mercer County Park, NJ – www.cgiracing.com
08/12 – REV3 POCONOS 2017- SPLIT ROCK RESORT Lake Harmony, PA http://rev3tri.com/pocono-mountains/
08/12 – Nightmare Tour – 177 mile bike race – Lancaster County – http://www.thenightmaretour.com/
08/13 – Steelman Tri – Lake Nockamixon – http://www.steelmantriathlon.com/
09/04 – Donut Derby – bike/donut race – Trexlertown – www.lehighwheelmen.org
09/30 – Walpack Wilderness Challenge Du Walpack, NJ – www.wwchallenge.com
09/30 – Morning Star 5k – Bethlehem – http://www.morningstarrotary.org/events/5k/
09/30 – Chilli Challenge – Montour Preserve – http://www.rivertownrace.com/the-chilli-challenge/
10/07 – Dirty Dozen Hill Climb – bike race 63 miles Adamstown, PA – http://www.adamstowndirtydozenhillclimb.com/
10/14 – New Holland Bike Race 50mile – New Holland, PA – http://www.newhollandbicyclerace.com/
10/15 – Lake to Lake 8k trail run – Lake Wallenpaupack – http://www.lacawac.org/lake-to-lake-8k-trail-run.html
RUNNING THE POCONO’S and BEYOND – http://blogs.thepoconos.com/running-the-poconos/