Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Game Over

That's a wrap for the Cancerman blog.

It has been an awesome ride. This will be my last post to this site, extenuating circumstances nonwithstanding.

If you want to check out my new site, please click here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Boy Todd

This is a photo of me and my boy Todd, who ran around Manhattan on Sunday. That's right - he ran around the entire freaking Island of Manhattan. Unsupported. Meaning, he was responsible for carrying his own water and food. In the 80+ degree Manhattan heat and humidity. And he did it in the amazing time of 5:30 which is incredible. He wins the award - by far - for biggest badass performance. Unbelieveable job, Toddie - well done.

Pictures people, I need pictures.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Wiley's

One of my favorite families of all-time, the fabulous Wiley's, after a double px90 session. I've seen px90 up close and personal and it is pretty damn hard. Awesome job, Wiley family and great seeing you all this weekend.

All you other peeps - where are the pictures at?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Picture 2 - Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5k

So I followed up yesterday's 5k swim with a 5k run earlier today. It was the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5k, which is sponsored by my client and is in part produced by my work team. I'm exceptionally proud of being part of this important cause.

I ran this with the entire family. The kids led the pre-race stretch with our friend Jen Shelton. Think they had a blast. The Boy started the race like a bat out of hell and I had a hard time keeping pace. I ran with him until around the 1.5 mile mark where he started to falter a bit. I took off and finished in 22:06. He was about a minute behind and the Girl came in at 27 minutes. Even the Wife had a great day finishing in 30 minutes flat.

When we got home I checked out the results and was excited to see that the Boy won his age group, the Girl took second and yours truly also took 2nd. Solomon family, represent!

Picture Number 1 - Big Shoulders 5k Swim

This is me an my boys Dave and Jim after finishing the Big Shoulders 5k swim. It was rad. It stormed the day before which made for epic conditions. We had 2-3 foot waves the entire time with some four footers thrown in for good measure. Made for a tough day but it was fun as hell being out there and I was stoked with my time (1:38) considering the conditions. I'd love to do this one again.

Kudos to my man Dave for finishing after having a really rough past few weeks.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Greetings From NYC

I'm in New York CIty for a few whirlwind days of business, meetings and events. I'm headed to the US Open tonight with clients, which should be a lot of fun. Tomorrow I'm headed to Chicago for a weekend of 5k's; I have a 5k swim on Saturday am (I am suitably nervous - will be my longest swim ever) and then Sunday I have the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5k run. That run is sponsored by a client, so this too is a quasi work event. Should be fun.

Remember that it's also the Howard Solomon Thyroid Run for Cancer. Get out there, do something and be sure to send me a photo.

And special word to my boy Todd. He will be running around Manhattan on Saturday - literally. 31 mile self-supported run in this brutal New York City humidity.

That's hardcore.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Paul Ryan

I generally do not wade into politics because, quite frankly, I don't exactly care to the extent I used to. I've grown cynical about politicians ability to be honest and get the job done, regardless of their political affiliation.

But I digress.

Putting aside political orientation, I was absolutely mortified to learn of Paul Ryan's lie about his marathon time. There's a code of honor among runners; you don't lie about your times. Period, end of story. And I can assure you that NO marathoner has ever forgotten a time. I've run nearly 20 marathons - my first was about 15 years ago - and I could probably tell you my time for each one, plus or minus a few minutes.

For those of you not familiar with what I'm talking about, the long story short is that Ryan was asked his marathon time. He quickly replied that is was a sub 3. Runners World got to work and determined that he really ran a 4:01.

Unreal. If he had gotten it wrong by a few minutes - half hour even, it would be forgiven and forgotten. But to say under 3 - which is a major badge of honor - is absolutely unforgivable and there is no way I could possibly vote for a guy who demonstrates such a fundamental lack of integrity.