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Faces of Gametiime: California runner, Clinton Munkres, beats type 2 diabetes & goes couch-to-marathon

Hey, that’s me! Many thanks to Gametiime for featuring me and I would suggest everyone check out their site for race listings and other great information.

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Clint_First_5KSometimes we never know how life’s twists and turns will lead us to something that changes our lives. This certainly happened to Clinton Munkres — a new marathon runner residing in Lincoln, CA. Clinton wasn’t always a marathon runner. He became one through hard work and perseverance. In joining in a weight loss journey with his wife, Clinton discovered running, overcame type 2 diabetes, and (just recently) accomplished an incredible feat — going from 20+ years of living a sedentary lifestyle to becoming a couch-to-5K participant to finishing his first full marathon about a month ago.

Read more about Clinton’s running story below.

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Back from my break!

Been awhile since I have posted. Been busy with life in general. New updates coming soon with information on my latest races and subsequent injuries. Hope everyone made it through the holidays and the new year!

CIM or Bust! What have I done now?

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Well, If running the Buffalo Stampede and joining Team ASPCA wasn’t enough for 2013, why not sign up for my first full marathon. Just a few days following my 45th birthday I will be running in the 31st annual California International Marathon. For those that know me, I ran my first 5K just days following my 44th birthday. A lot has changed in a year. My running has progressed nicely so far (knock on wood and shake the chicken bones). I already have one half marathon under my belt and hope to have another done in October. So wish me luck as I embark on another running quest. Hopefully the journey and destination will both be amazing.

Introducing: Just added races

Great new feature!

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Have you ever visited Gametiime, found a race that you knew wasn’t there yesterday, and thought to yourself, “I should add that one to my wish list!”

At Gametiime, we pride ourselves on having one of the most comprehensive race directories around. From road runs to trail runs to mud runs to triathlons, we are constantly adding to our catalogue of events to keep it fresh, relevant, and always with something new for you to discover.

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@yurbuds winner announced!

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Congratulations to Andy A. for winning the yurbuds giveaway. Everyone stay tuned for more giveaways this summer as well as a special runners prize pack raffle to benefit Team ASPCA! For those of you who haven’t met Andy, please take time to check out his very inspirational journey at http://bigandysrunning.wordpress.com/

Should You Train By Time Or By Distance?

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shutterstock_123786298-631x421We break down the benefits of each method of training.

One of the most common debates in training is whether it is better to base workouts on time or distance. In the world of ultra races, running based on time is an accepted approach, even in competition. (In 24-hour races, the runner who covers the most distance in the allotted time wins.)

The popularity of using distance to gauge a workout might be due to the fact that most races are defined by their length. You’ll be hard pressed to find a training plan that doesn’t include specifics such as 400-meter repeats, a 2–4-mile tempo run or a defined-distance long run.

In hopes of shedding light on some of the differences between running based on time and distance, a recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise tested 38 children in a 750-meter run. While most of…

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Ten great tips on how to start running consistently

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Beat-the-Bridge-Race-012Heather Koski, Guest Contributor (Seattle, WA) – Maybe you’re a recreational runner who runs when the conditions are “right” or you’re mildly interested in running, but don’t know how to begin. Maybe you’re a seasonal runner who runs when the weather warms up or a race enthusiast who enjoys competing on the weekends.

Anybody who identifies with these descriptions or any other running types would likely agree that running more consistently is on their list of things to improve.

Consider these 10 tips to start running more consistently and ultimately improve your running regime.


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Sweat the details

So I went out for my Friday run as I normally do. I drank some water and hit the road as normal. Slightly warmer than normal with the thermostat hovering around 70 degrees. Typically I don’t bother using my Mueller anti chafe stick on runs below 10 miles because, well, I never really needed to. Then this happened…

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You might think this is the color from the shirt logo running but I assure you that is my own blood. I know because I got into the shower shortly after and got a rude reminder to always mind the details no matter how small they may seem.

Nurse!!!

Adventures of a fundraiser noob

So I decided I wanted to try my hand at combining my new found love of running with another cause that is near a dear to me: Pet adoption, prevention of cruelty to animals and pet health. There are many causes out there and I wish I could give something to all of them but I am starting with helping critters. I feel some people think of animals as disposable where as I think they are a huge part of the symbiotic nature between people and our own earth. They can help save lives, bring joy to lives of the young and the elderly, and are part of our families. People should be wardens of those who cannot always help themselves and I believe that includes animals. I have chosen to run for Team ASPCA in support of the ASPCA as they encompass the values that align with mine on this.

I have never participated in fundraising other than giving monetarily to various causes. I am kind of a blank slate at this point but am learning new strategies every day.

Here are ideas I am working on now. Some are in the works and other I am just mulling over.

  • Use social media to spread the word. Predominately interacting on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email friends and family.
  • Email sports companies, mainly running gear suppliers.
  • Planning a rafflecopter raffle of a prize pack of some sort.
  • Perhaps having a virtual run via #Anywhere5k using donated items as prizes.
  • Asking a company to sponsor a twitter chat to raise funds and awareness.

Has anyone else gone through this recently? Any tips would be appreciated.

My Story – Part IV

I am a little delayed at getting this installment done due to the events in Boston. Just didn’t seem so into it last week for obvious reasons.

So I started getting up at 5am in order to my C25K runs done. That is also something new to me. Getting up early to exercise…totally not me. But if I was serious about this running thing, sacrifices had to be made. It was either run in the nice cool morning or run in 100 degree heat of the Central Valley sun. Not really a choice in my mind. I had bought a nice (on clearance of course) Day-Glo green running jacket to be seen by the early morning traffic and hit the road. After the 9 week training plan, I had made something of myself. 5K Straight!  While a huge accomplishment to me at the time, it was just a start.

On the weekend after my 44th birthday in December, I entered a local 5K. No real goals in mind other than run it and get a taste of the race. Ran my heart out and came in at 29:18. Not too shabby. Good enough for 3rd in my age group but unfortunately no prize for that in this little race. I got a nice red long sleeved tee and the pride of finishing my firsts 5K. Also, weight was down to around 202 lbs. which was another great side effect.

For the next month or so I kept running 3 miles 3 days a week. It was getting a little boring at that point. One day I figured I go a little further so I ran about 4.5 miles. I found out a little more about myself and running that day. I found out that it takes me 3 miles to just warm up. That last 1.5 miles was easier than the first three. I must be on to something new! Well not new, just new to me.  I was around that time that I started reading The Big Guy Blog written by Professor and pancake aficionado Ted Spiker and his journey into running as a big guy. That sounded a lot like me and so I joined his Facebook group The Sub-30 Club. A page dedicated to those trying to run a sub 30 minute 5K. This was another great find because the cast of characters on in this group were super supportive and had all levels of runners coming together from all over the country. They confirmed my new found idea of ‘yeah, you can run further’.  I also had signed up for another 5K near Presidents day 2013. I had done a little speed interval work and hill running to prep myself. Much to my delight, I recorded a person record of 24:46.

So I started running further. And further. I was planning to do a 10K but had kind of already been running 6 miles for my weekly long runs. So I started on my next journey to train for a half marathon. The Running of the Elk Half Marathon to be precise.

Stay tuned for Part V and my marathon experience.

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