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Okay, Masters. We need to keep a sharp eye out for the madness and nip it in the bud. Report incidents here.<br><br>
mc, 5 seconds faster than planned today? Tsk, tsk.<br><br>
What would Monty Python do? Why, bring out Cupid's Foot, of course. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Python-Foot.png" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Paul, Tim, ksrunr ... and others coming up later in January ... we're watching!
 

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.......mc//.......could you define ''a little''??????
 

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Now comes the hard part, since my tune-up race is over. "If I had just run 19 that last time," etc.
 

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"and speaking of visualization exercises... i get to mile 18 in phoenix and feel great, slowly lowering the hammer and passing people... dropping into that wonderful pool of lactic acid... but feeling calm, relaxed and powerful. i lift up my eyes a little and see the next guy up the road, grit my teeth, hammer a little harder, breathe a little louder. slowly i make my way up to his heels... i focus on his feet, flying back with each stride. i look over... and it's paul tergat! we fly down mcclintock stride for stride... up and over the little bridge, heading for the 24 mile mark. the band at the mile marker: mc solaar!!! "carpe diem!" he yells into the mike as we fly by, feet floating over the road. tergat looks over at me, winks, and drops into 4:30 pace, leaving me in the dust! as he disappears into the distance, the fans on the course are still yelling at me that i've got second place... and at mile 25 haile jogs past, cooling down from another world record half marathon, and yells "go mc go!" at me. left turn on 6th, high-five my coach, right turn up packard, on my toes, and sprint to a new marathon pr.<br><br>
at least that's how i picture that it's going to happen... <img alt="" src="http://runningahead.com/images/forum/emo_smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;">"<br><br>
This quote is from McSolar and is not a visualation; it is the real deal. How do I know you might ask. Because I was there and so was Hermosaboy! Let me fill in the rest of the story.<br><br>
We 3 make a pact to race together. All is going well. The crowds are yelling for McS and for ksrunrrrrrrr. Lot's of crimson and blue the crowd. We felt badly for Hermosaboy. All his cheerleaders were cooking this awful smelling fish dish. By the time they looked up all we could here was<br>
MN.......s.......ta........r............eeeeeeeeee eddddddddd. Oh well. We were running well, surging, covering, clicking off the miles. These guys are tough. Hermosaboy keeps wanting to stop for the smelly fish dish. We warn him not to do it. We come thru the 1/2 at 1:28. McS and Hermosaboy look good; I'm trying to hang on.<br><br>
Mile 15 Hermosaboy actually stops and eats that stuff. McS just grins and we go on without him. Likely not to see him the rest of the day. We continue to run strong thru 18,19,..... go McSolar go ksrunr......mile 20, 21, 22, pr's in site 23, 24,25 what's this? Hermosaboy is back. But alas his valiant effort fails as the fish gets the final revenge.<br><br>
As we turn on 6th McS high fives his coach and I take advantage briefly. We are neck and neck and it is a photo finish.<br><br>
Hermosaboy finishes shortly afterwards and is a pale gray. Not a good look with that MN red running gear.<br><br>
Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
 

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oh my goodness, ksrunr....<br><br>
i love it!<br><br>
Carpe Diem, indeed!
 

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A little crazy? But <i>of course</i>!<br><br>
I think I'm getting the <i>Taper Vapours</i> offa you two. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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SS - I think it's the fish!
 

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<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> ks.<br><br>
...but that's not the only story... but maybe it'll have to wait until tomorrow, my rest day <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
hey, those tucson kids kicked-butt and won the midget division (10-13?)boys national title. ryan silva is running low 17's for 5k and finished 3rd overall, and my old pal wally (outkicked me in a 5k last may) finished 19th overall. their team won by just under 7 seconds... close one... (boys results are halfway down the page... 10:42 and 11:02 respectively for 3km xcountry... speedy...)<br><br><a href="http://www.usatf.org/events/2007/USATFJuniorOlympicXCChampionships/results/national/Midget.asp" target="_blank">http://www.usatf.org/events/2007/USA...nal/Midget.asp</a>
 

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Apparently so. Do you think those were <i>really</i> dogs running after you, Tim? Or were they only fuzzy wuzzy kitties that only <i>looked</i> like rabid dogs under Taper Madness? <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"><br><br>
Antagonizing the Antagonist. Definitely madness.<br><br>
Okey dokey schmokey. And ...<br>
All righty then. Thing is with mc, it's kinda hard to discern the Taper Madness from the garden variety everyday Mcsolar Madness (find those caps irksome? <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> ) Ah, well. Entertainment value is high in either case.<br><br>
I shouldn't mock the taperererererers. Must try to be helpful. In addition to the many miles you've put in, the speedwork, visualization, etc., etc., apparently you can chase your dreams while asleep. At least there's an article in this month's Runner's World about it.<br><br>
You are ready. As Skip would say ... <i><b>Believe</b></i>!!!
 

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ok, here's the r-rated taper madness quote (from a really crummy movie):<br><br>
i am the ripper, the tearer, the slasher... i am the teeth in the darkness. mine is strength, and lust, and power. i am beowulf!<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4cthQTOBU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4cthQTOBU</a><br><br><br>
ps - the peace and love stage of taper madness is due to arrive any day now...
 

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Hum.....I am really confused now...maybe they were not dogs....squirrels? ,,,they can be scary too?..right?????<br><br>
I can say this.....mentally I am all over the place....up one day...down the next....haven't checked the weather report yet.....on purpose...but I will just have to some time today..now I am concerned about my dead....sore legs.....did I peak tooooo early?...<br><br>
Ahhhhh...this is crazy......<br><br>
But...when Sunday arrives..."I yam what I yam"...(as Popeye would say)
 

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I wish you boys would CALM the heck down cuz you are making ME nervous. You'll be GREAT!!!
 

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Boys! Wow. This is why my marathons have been so carpy... I got no madness, no madness at all.<br><br>
It sure has been a fun vicarious taper this time! Keep up the good work!<br><br>
Good luck, run well, have fun, you planned the run...now run the plan... and all that other pep talk stuff... for the Gipper, etc.<br><br>
Here, watch this silly little video... I run around here, except it is usually dark and there aren't many tourists at 0530...<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hZPeVzKS4Q" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hZPeVzKS4Q</a><br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">But it is better than that awful Beowulf trailer... made me want to cheer for Grendel.</span>
 

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Taper Madness?<br><br><span style="font-size:300%;">HURRYUPANDBESUNDAY ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;">that's better now. Oh marathons aren't fun 'till they're over.</span>
 

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Yeep. Somebody ... quick ... toss the Ostrich a <span style="font-size:xx-small;">taper<span style="font-size:small;">worm.<br><br>
Cheeel, baby. Cheeel.<br></span></span>
 

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ok, the other quotes from lotr are: theoden has a nice speech before riding into battle:<br><br>
"spears shall be shaken; shields shall be splintered; a sword day, a red day 'ere the sun rises. ride now, ride now, ride for ruin and the world's ending!"<br><br>
my other favorite from the movie: "i am no man." just doesn't cut it for marathon inspiration. but definitely the coolest scene in the whole film.<br><br>
although it's all pretty damn cool with a led zeppelin soundtrack:<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyxaZ415AJ4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyxaZ415AJ4</a><br><br>
braveheart has a pretty good battle speech too:<br><br>
"aye, fight and you may die. run and you'll live -- at least a while. and dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they make take our lives, but they'll never take... our freedom!"
 
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