I had just posted after a long break and noticed the design of my blog and other things just weren’t right. So I updated everything so it should look a lot better and easier to navigate. Enjoy!
I haven’t been posting much lately. Just updating my Race Schedule. Here’s some hi-lights from this past fall.
I received a pretty significant knee injury during a local OCR 5k mud run. I was in the lead and lost the lead because I took a wrong turn. By the time I got back on track I was near the middle of the pack. So I ran extra hard trying to regain the lead. I was slowly reeling in the leader. I had him. But because I was running so hard I was also very reckless. I ran beyond my ability. I ran up to the top of a 7 foot hay bale ladder and leaped from the very top. Everything came crashing down on my knee. It started swelling immediately and I was unable to bend it.
I missed a week of work and kept and aggressively treated it. I never went to a doctor or got an MRI taken. I’m assuming at worse it was a torn MCL. I was more depressed than anything. I sat around and instead of working out I ate ice cream and watched TV. I slowly got back into running again, albeit a bit painful, and only recently have I started strengthening again. I did do a couple of races, a 6k and a 5 mile race. I felt faster than I thought I would be but a ways off from where I was. 4 months later my knee still hurts at times and gets stiff often. I have increased my running and overall I feel great. Bending the knee is still an issue but I feel myself coming along nicely.
In other news, my 1998 Honda Civic EX finally bit the dust. For the past few years I stopped spending money on it. There were many issues and I just didn’t want to take care of it anymore. Besides the normal oil changes. It was time to get a new car. I bought a brand new 2016 Honda HR-V EX AWD. It’s a beautiful car. It’s considered a crossover. A mini-SUV. I am absolutely in love with it. Can hardly wait to take it on some road trips!
3 weeks later a rock would hit the windshield of my HR-V. I made the mistake of getting the windshield repaired instead of replaced. There is an awful looking blemish there. Most likely always will be.
That’s all for now!
I started running in October of 2011, here is a list of my past races and my upcoming race schedule.
3/6/2016 Naked Bavarian, Leesport PA, 40 miles, trails
3/12/2016 Looney Leprechaun (Looney Double), Tyler State Park PA, 5k & 10k, trails
5/12/2016 3 Days at the Fair, Augusta NJ, 72 hour endurance race
6/4/2016 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut, Pennypack Park PA, marathon
8/12/2016 Ragnar Relay, Bruceton Mills WV, various distances, trails
1/1/2016 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 41:30, 44 of 410
12/5/2015 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails, 28:07, 16 of 96
11/7/2015 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 2:08:30, 485 of 1082
10/11/2015 Sloppy Cuckoo, Pennypack Park PA, 12 hour endurance trail race; 26.2 miles, 9:30:30, 56 of 61
9/27/2015 Fernbrook Farm Run, Chesterfield NJ, 5k, trails; INJURY
9/12/2015 Spartan Super, Vernon NJ, 8 miles, obstacle course; 3:10:36, 1044 of 5700
9/7/2015 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 52:01, 22 of 116
8/15/2015 Spartan Super, Marseilles IL, 8 miles, obstacle course; 2:42:06, 1014 of 5968
8/5/2015 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 21:39, 23 of 120
7/18/2015 Running With The Devil, Vernon NJ, 12 hour endurance trail race; 30 miles, 11:38:28, 13 of 27
7/11/2015 Spartan Super, Palmerton PA, 8 miles, obstacle course; 3:55:21, 965 of 5873
6/13/2015 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut, Pennypack Park PA, marathon; 4:22:03, 44 of 90
6/6/2015 Spartan Sprint, Tuxedo NY, 5 miles, obstacle course; 2:13:01, 1098 of 5105
5/30/2015 Spartan Sprint, Tuxedo NY, 5 miles, obstacle course; 2:54:24, 2909 of 5730
5/16/2015 3 Days at the Fair, Augusta NJ, 24 hour endurance race; 66 miles, 23:55:12, 17 of 46
5/9/2015 Bucks 10k, Tyler State Park PA, 10k; 45:37, 2 of 61
5/3/2015 Bucks County 10 Miler, Washington Crossing Park PA, 10 miles; 1:15:25, 18 of 229
4/18/2015 Spartan Beast, Vernon NJ, 13 miles, obstacle course; 7:28:33, 4505 of 5545
3/29/2015 Naked Bavarian, Leesport PA, 40 miles, trails; 9:33:36, 38 of 65
3/28/2015 Phillies 5k, Citizens Bank Park PA, 5k; 21:11; 63 of 5011
3/14/2015 Looney Leprechaun 3, Tyler State Park PA, 10k, trails; 55:07, 13 of 122
2/14/2015 New Hope For Love 5k, New Hope PA, 5k; 21:53, 16 of 145
12/6/2014 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 25:09, 5 of 129
11/29/2014 Gobbler 5k, Medford NJ, 5k, trails; 23:42, 7 of 116
11/27/2014 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 22:13, 40 of 518
11/15/2014 Rocky Balboa Run, Philadelphia PA, 10k; 47:08, 133 of 3252
11/8/2014 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 1:44:43, 161 of 1439
10/19/2014 Atlantic City Marathon, Atlantic City NJ, marathon; 4:12:38, 324 of 820
10/11/2014 Parx Octoberfest 5k, Bensalem PA, 5k, 21:21, 10 of 139
9/20/2014 Spartan Beast/World Championship, Killington VT, 16 miles, obstacle course; 8:52:07, 2614 of 4963
9/6/2014 Spartan Super, Vernon NJ, 9 miles, obstacle course; 3:19:13, 1993 of 6642
9/1/2014 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 54:56, 23 of 126
8/16/2014 Bradley Beach 5k, Bradley Beach NJ, 5k, 23:07, 118 of 771
8/6/2014 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:38, 25 of 85
7/19/2014 Running With The Devil, Vernon NJ, 12 hour endurance trail race; 30 miles, 11:25:23, 19 of 33
7/13/2014 Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5 miles, obstacle course; 3:06:56, 2302 of 4443
5/18/2014 Hair of the Dog, Working Dog Winery NJ, 5k; 21:51, 42 of 1122
5/10/2014 Washington Crossing 5k, Washington Crossing Park NJ, 5k, trails; 20:40 (course mismeasured), 9 of 117
5/4/2014 Bucks County 10 Miler, Washington Crossing Park PA, 10 miles; 1:16:29, 25 of 246
4/26/2014 Asbury Park Half Marathon, Asbury Park NJ, half marathon; 1:47:37, 130 of 1131
4/13/2014 Donor Dash, Philadelphia PA, 10k; 47:08, 98 of 1011
4/5/2014 IAS Woods Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 26:45, 7 of 78
3/22/2014 Phillies 5k, Citizens Bank Park PA, 5k; 22:08, 138 of 4747
3/15/2014 Looney Leprechaun 2, Tyler State Park PA, 10k, trails; 52:58, 23 of 159
2/8/2014 Cupid’s Chase, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:39, 15 of 154
1/1/2014 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 37:46, 81 of 495
12/14/2013 Mistletoe 5k, Mercerville NJ, 5k; 23:19, 15 of 153
12/7/2013 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 27:59, 16 of 106
11/28/2013 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:45, 124 of 667
11/9/2013 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 1:48:38, 261 of 1476
11/3/2013 Cooper Norcross Run The Bridge, Camden NJ, 10k; 48:46, 529 of 3400
10/26/2013 Spooky Tails & Trails, Washington’s Crossing NJ, 5k; 22:40, 22 of 162
10/20/2013 Seaside Half Marathon, Seaside Park NJ, half marathon; 1:57:15, 235 of 678
10/12/2013 Tomm May 5k, Robbinsville NJ, 5k; 22:32, 16 of 105
9/28/2013 Spartan Sprint, Citizens Bank Park PA, 3 miles, obstacle course; 1:01:42, 865 of 4383
9/21/2013 Spartan Beast/World Championship, Killington VT, 14 miles, obstacle course; 9:29:29, 2651 of 3124
9/15/2013 Rock N Roll Half Marathon, Philadelphia PA, half marathon; 2:07:26, 8657 of 24295
9/7/2013 Spartan Super, Vernon NJ, 9 miles, obstacle course; 3:10:42, 2722 of 5269
9/2/2013 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 1:00:41, 42 of 129
8/25/2013 George Wah Memorial, Veterans Park NJ, 5k, trails; 23:11, 102 of 228
8/7/2013 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:08, 44 of 97
7/13/2013 Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5 miles, obstacle course; 1:56:32, 1875 of 5624
7/4/2013 Revolutionary Run, Washington’s Crossing PA, 10k; 54:53
6/25/2013 ETS Firecracker 5k, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:36, 61 of 460
6/9/2013 Princeton Healthcare 10k, Princeton NJ, 10k; 49:48, 100 of 551
6/8/2013 Run For Your Lives, Medford NJ, 5k, mud run obstacle course; untimed/non competitive event
5/23/2013 CYO Memorial Day, Veterans Park NJ, 5k; 22:15, 8 of 38
5/19/2013 Hair of the Dog, Silver Decoy Winery NJ, 5k; 22:05, 37 of 930
5/4/2013 Miles for Isles, Mercer County Park NJ, 5k; 22:09, 17 of 96
4/20/2013 Asbury Park Half Marathon, Asbury Park NJ, half marathon; 1:52:27, 273 of 1204
4/13/2013 Spartan Sprint, Citi Field NYC, 3 miles, obstacle course; 1:19:47, 2300 of 9663
3/16/2013 St. Patty’s Day 5k, Bordentown NJ, 5k; 22:37, 37 of 507
1/1/2013 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 40:22, 140 of 459
12/15/2012 Mistletoe 5k, Mercerville NJ, 5k; 22:34, 19 of 199
11/22/2012 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 22:46, 83 of 591
11/10/2012 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 2:00:03, 596 of 1400
10/27/2012 Spooky Tails & Trails, Veterans Park NJ, 5k; 22:41, 22 of 197
10/13/2012 Race to Restore, Ewing NJ, 5k; 22:45, 9 of 57
9/22/2012 Carnegie Center, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:51, 107 of 546
8/12/2012 Runyon at Yankee Stadium, Yankee Stadium NYC, 5k; 28:31, 241 of 2944
8/8/2012 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 24:29, 55 of 149.
7/15/2012 Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5 miles, obstacle course; 2:38:58, 701 of 2011
7/12/2012 Strides for Stroke, Veterans Park NJ, 5k: 23:28, 40 of 203
7/8/2012 The Color Run, Philadelphia PA, 5k: untimed/non competitive event
7/4/2012 Revolutionary Run, Washington’s Crossing PA, 5k: 23:50, 41 of 412
6/17/2012 Run for Dad, Mercer County Park NJ, 5k: 24:43, 144 of 516
5/24/2012 CYO Memorial Day, Veterans Park NJ, 5k: 25:07, 21 of 72
5/20/2012 Hair of the Dog, Silver Decoy Winery NJ, 5k: 25:14, 110 of 934
4/29/2012 Run the Vineyards, Heritage Winery NJ, 2.5 miles: 22:40, 6 of 90
1/1/2012 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles: 45:26, 224 of 470
11/24/2011 Turkey Trot, Newtown PA, 5 miles: 53:48, 651 of 781
10/2/2011 Sowebo Landmark, Baltimore MD, 5k: 37:08, 97 of 182
I will update this page as races are finished or added.
It’s time again for Art All Night, this weekend, June 20th/21st; Art All Night-Trenton is a 24-hour long arts extravaganza occurring annually on the 3rd weekend in June. AAN encourages any artist of any age, medium or skill level to submit one piece of art of their own creation for display in a gallery-like setting. It is free to submit art and free to attend. At Art All Night-Trenton 2014 over 1,000 artists of all ages, skill levels and mediums submitted work and more than 20,000 people attended! Enjoy live music on indoor and outdoor stages, interactive art, our brand new film festival, lectures about using art to revitalize cities, meaningful kids art activities, interesting food, and plenty of artful surprises!
Over the weekend I ran a 24 hour ultramarathon. I’ve received many comments on Facebook and just had to share this one:
I’m so proud of you. I told my son what you’ve been doing. He asked if you’re a hero just practicing. I said practicing for what? He said heroes practice just to practice because heroes make us want to be better like them.
That was so touching to read and really kept me going during the race. It made me think of the 2nd time that I did the Spartan Race World Championship in Killington and my friend sent me this message later:
Impressive! And you still had the spirit to smile at us as we passed over you on the gondola as you were decending from that hellish summit. *my son* said “John is my best friend” several times this weekend.
It feels so good to be an inspiration to these kids. Motivating them to go outdoors and be active and enjoy nature makes me feel so great. Our planet is beautiful, I wish that I had spent more time enjoying it as a child, but I feel even better inspiring other kids to do just that. Go outside!
May – June 2015
Movis – Maverick Parallels
May 6– June 13 (Opening Reception – May 9, 6-8pm)
For this exhibition, the artists of MOVIS find expression in 2 and 3 dimensional works, as well as sound pieces, using a wide range of materials including paint, photography, bronze, steel, wood, video, knitted fiber, masking tape, hand-made paper and mesh. John Goodyear offers a kinetic construction in which the images appear and disappear on rotatable parallel slats; Margaret Johnson’s elegant prints show evidence of the hand moving in parallel gestures; Eve Ingalls works across 2 and 3 dimensions in her large constructions that juxtapose the parallel prongs of a tuning fork and the scattered energy of the city; Berendina Buist uses thread and fabric with parallels running across the rows and up and down the panels; Rita Asch, MOVIS’ composer/musician, creates a lyrical sound piece inspired by the song of the thrush allowing the trills of the thrush to interact in parallel with the digitally-generated sound of the flute and the human voice; photographer Frank Magalhaes creates a video stream of enhanced photographic images comprising a fantastical, parallel view of Umbria; Susan Hockaday presents a parallel version of the Dymaxion World Map created by Buckminster Fuller, substituting botanical imagery for the usual land masses.; and Marsha Levin-Rojer offers a work from her Mandala series comprised of wooden beads suspended in parallel, as well as a tape installation where a set of parallel lines seems to remain constrained as long as it can before breaking out into a burst of energy.
Guest artists include Dana Stewart, whose carefully positioned animal sculptures create strong visual parallels; Jim Perry, whose tall wood totems gracefully and elegantly carry the parallel concept vertically from floor to ceiling; and Jerry Hirniak, whose photographic assemblages and video presentation offer parallel views of an historic 10 day period involving the civil rights movement.
e. pluribus Unum – Susan Hockaday
VSA of NJ – Art Par Excellence
May 6 – June 13 (Opening Reception – May 9, 6-8pm)
Art Par Excellence statewide touring art exhibition featuring two dimensional artwork by students through age 21 with disabilities. All schools in the state were invited to submit two works. Selected artists will have their works displayed in the Community Gallery.
To find out more about VSA NJ, CLICK HERE.
Ede Sinkovics – Upcyled Art
May 16 – June 13
Ede Sinkovics, resident artist at TerraCycle, will be showcasing his upcycle artwork in the ARtLab. Come see how our everyday trash can be transformed into something with value, like art!