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Sorry this is a bit early but I got a 5am run and then head to wine country for three days..<br><br><b>1. Why do you run?</b><br>
After being a competitive college wrestler, I left the active lifestyle for 15 years. A bit of weight had settled in, so I started running, 3 miles 4-5 times a week. Nothing serious. As a divorced dude in his late 30’s, I was looking for a running partner online, of course on a dating site. I found the Canadian! Her photo was awesome, this little bitty woman standing in her kitchen, with a glass of Jadot Beaujolais. In her post she had typed 3:48. Of course I had no idea what that could mean, so she explained she was a runner and that was her first marathon time, also a BQ. Okey dokey, I’m going to become a serious runner, like I said, she was cute!<br><br><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b><br>
In college, wrestling at the Nationals( and got my ass handed to me)<br>
Professionally, managing the largest sales territory in the company<br>
Running, whipping off 30 minutes(3:48 to 3:18 to qualify for my first BQ, then PR’d in Boston 3:09.<br>
Having a wonderful and successful relationship with Bettylou.<br><br><b>3.What is your motto/theme song?</b><br>
Only one?….Neil Young “Long May You Run” I could actually fill an entire page with songs I love to run to, anything Dylan, Neil, and JGB….I wish I could run to the Grateful Dead, unfortunately they just get too out of whack to do anything good for my tempo.<br><br><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b><br>
Generally Pepto Bismal…I don’t get caught up in bad runs, they are what they are. The key is to remember what may have caused them, try not to repeat the said action, and just get on with it.<br><br><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b><br>
No rewards during training. However, after every marathon, even some halfs, The Canadian and I always drink a bottle of Champagne, generally Perrier Jouet La Fleur. Other top nods would be the Piper Heidsieck Vintage 2000, and Pommerey. Of course anything Rose’.<br><br><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b><br>
A friend of mine who was told he would never walk again after a serious accident. 9 months later he was walking, it’s not pretty, but he walks. He went on to get 2 masters degrees, become the youngest elder in his tribe, and now runs a casino/hotel for his tribe. An amazing man.<br><br><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br>
My high school wrestling coach told me this my freshman year. “You’re not the best athlete on our team, your not the most talented wrestler in your class. The physical aspect of wrestling is not your strong suit. To be the best at what you do, you need to have more faith in yourself and work harder than anyone else.” I’ve used this bit advice for everything in my life.<br><br><b>8. What do you wish you had learned younger?</b><br>
Patience and understanding<br><br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can’t?</b><br>
I wish I were a great mandolin picker and play bluegrass at the Grand Ole Opry.<br><b><br>
10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b><br>
Lively, friendly and just a bit intense.<br><br><b>11. What do you wear running? Favorite outfit?</b><br>
Shorts, socks, shoes….My favorite outfit……..if it doesn’t have holes in it, it all works.<br><br><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b><br>
Boston 2006.…..just fantastic.<br><br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b><br>
Yep, a couple. Eugene Marathon in May. Going back to avenge a DNF, that kept me from running the rest of 2007. I got to get my feet back under me. I know it won’t be a PR, but not every race is. In October I’ve set my sights on my first sub 3 at Portland.<br><br><b>14. What makes you happy?</b><br>
Too many things to list here but a few of my favorite things are to have a couple of pints with the Canadian while listening to live music at our favorite pub with a plate of nachos. A great bottle of wine, good food , and a Bob Dylan/Neil Young concert. Receiving Eucharist, an amazing time with God!<br><b><br>
15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven’t said(at least not often) on this forum in the past?</b><br>
It would have to be my politico/sociologically belief. I should have been a Canadian and I love the fact that my faith is not guilt ridden…..of course I’m an Episcopalian!<br><br><b>16. Tell us one interesting thing about another user of this forum that has not been posted(at least not often)on this forum in the past?</b><br>
Labduck really did not get beat by a Subway Sammich…..It’s amazing that Johnny can run after attending that many Grateful Dead shows, and I think RunsTheBitterroot(larry) counts every backcast as a 1/10 of a mile.
 

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Nice to meetcha, winejunky. I'm currently drinking a 2006 Turning Leaf. Mmm... smooth. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Thanks for the POTD! Nice to meet ya!
 

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thanks for the great self-introspect!<br>
You are quite an interesting person, WJ...sub3 is my dream goal marathon time and one I will never achieve thanks to injuries and time constraints, so I will live vicariously through you...
 

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Nice, nice, nice!<br>
I live with a former wrestler/wrestling coach. I like 'em. Good dudes. So by the transitive property of wrestlers... you must be a good dude, too. Nice to meet you!
 

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Is it too early for a glass of wine? Great post!
 

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Nice POTD WJ.<br>
Looking forward to meeting you and the Canadian in Eugene (if you don't diss us like you did in Boston <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> )<br><br>
Keep those recommendations coming.
 

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Hi Winejunky! Great POTD! I liked the story about your meeting the canadian. You keep reminding me of the flyfishing, I think it is about time to add that back in. Larry
 

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Nice to read your POTD. I've wanted to know a little more about you, your posts are always so intriguing. Hopefully I'll have a chance to meet you and Betty Lou in Eugene.<br><br>
-Dove
 

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Hooray for our wine expert and his lady-love the canadian. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Hey WJ, nice to learn more about you. Good luck in your upcoming races, and in your new life with the Canadian!<br><br>
Call me crazy, but you bear a striking resemblance to Bob Dylan.
 

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What a pleasure to meet you - again! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I enjoyed chatting with you the other day.<br><br>
Thank you for sharing part of yourself with us!!<br><br>
Mary
 

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Nice to meet you. I worked in Canby for a year. Nice town.
 

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Thanks for the skinny WJ<br>
PeptoBismal <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br>
defecting to Canada, eh?<br>
jjj
 

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Nice POTD WJ. You know that we're moving to Ambrosia this year so that we don't have to put you in overflow seating again. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
What is your estimated pace for Eugene?
 
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