The Comeback Trail…

February marks an annual event for NWBRRC that everyone does their best to attend. The Annual Beach Run sees the club transport its usual sweaty, tired limbed presence from the Starbucks on Coral Ridge to the Cove Parking lot in Deerfield Beach. A variety of runs are planned up to and around 10 miles. When the various rapid perambulations are complete, we all convene for a bagel and coffee with, of course, all the usual road stories and badinage for which we are famous.

Last year I ran out for 5 miles at a very easy pace to make sure I could escort a friend. On the way back I picked up my usual pace but noticed at the finish that I was feeling more sore than usual despite the relatively sedate nature of the warm-up miles. One of the club coaches reminded me that as the years pass, and a few have sneaked their way past me for certain, we need to take greater care. To cut a long story short, my year stuttered from then up to the first week of December. It was at this point that I had to shut everything down and take at least three months off from running.

Why do I relate this tale? Basically, I forced myself out of bed early for the first time in three months to join my club mates at the beach run to be faced with the very real prospect that I was standing at the threshold of the ‘Comeback’. Since curtailing my runs I had added 15 pounds, become very unfit and was still in possession of two rather fragile knees. How was I going to start on the road back to enjoying a glorious morning run, hopefully along the beach sometime, when faced with all the mojo sapping factors?

How indeed? Certainly, the encouragement of one of the club coaches ringing in my ears helped. I left the Beach Run thinking I had to get out on the road again. I even felt a little of the ‘mojo’ filling my previously empty chest.

The Comeback is something at least three of our members are facing. We will approach it in different ways, but I as the eldest of the three by far needed to adopt a plan. This plan would include a whole-body approach including diet changes, attitude changes, gym work and even a little running. It is this latter part that needed to change most. I have done the other things in various measures but I have always trained n the hard roads. I hated the ‘Dreadmill’ as I call it. Running in the gym was anathema to me. Melissa Schwartz finally got through to me. Her constant berating of my love of road running exclusively struck a chord in my dense brain. I needed ‘vary my surfaces’ and even run in the gym if these knees were ever to carry me around a race course again.

I certainly have missed running, I have looked longingly at runners easing along the roads close to my house. I have been envious. I know now that if I am ever to enjoy the thrill of a race or the emotional and physical challenge of a longer run again I will have to be smart. Smart means listening to running colleagues. It means eating better (less fish and chips and beer apparently) and it means using the tools available to us to preserve fragile joints. I will even risk looking a little odd in well cushioned shoes if it means I can run again.

The moral of this tale is this: If we are to come back and stay back, then we must train smart, eat smart and look after our whole body. Considering the shape I am in at present I will look forward to the changes I hope to effect. This month I have focused on me more than usual, but when I realized the scale of the comeback effort needed to rejoin my friends I thought it made sense to write about it. With the guidance of Melissa and others in the club I will relate over the coming months how 2017 will, I hope, be an altogether better running year than the last one. I wish you all the same. Be smart, be happy and be sensible and if you are on the comeback trail, have a plan and use the knowledge of coaches and experienced running friends. I failed to do this and nearly lost one of my greatest loves – running!!!! So…

Get a plan and use it. You know that makes sense, don’t you!!

Mark Darley aka Britrunner

News You Can Use!

We have been so busy racing and it’s about time to recap what great things we are accomplishing. Congratulations to the following members on their results:

Run to the Rescue 5k – Melissa Schwartz (3rd PL F Overall), Chuck Medcraft (3rd PL AG), Doug Eaton
Butterfly Run 5k – Dana Moss (1st PL AG),Michael Riedhammer (2nd PL AG), Cindy Brown
Rock and Roll New Orleans Half – Shelbie Seys, Rich Silcox, Rebeca Rodriguez, Roberto Hernandez (PR)
River, Roots, and Ruts Trail Run – Howard Helbein (2nd PL AG), Irma Robinson (2nd PL AG), Mimi Reeves
Run Through Central Park – Michael Riedhammer, Armand Greyvensteyn, Cindy Brown
The Donna Half Marathon – Gineth Yibirin
I Care I Cure I Run 5k – Katie Skopp (1st PL AG)
Everglades Ultra 50k – Zachary Zweig (2nd PL AG)
Komen 6k – Teresa Basilone (1st PL AG), Jill Hanson (3rd PL AG), Robin Campbell(3rd PL AG)
A1A Ft. Lauderdale Marathon – Anne Carroll (3rd PL AG), Willie Torres, Manuela Corrales, Vilias Cherubin, Juan Catoni, Alex Birchenall
A1A Ft. Lauderdale Half Marathon – Meryl Spector (1st Half and PR), Alex Birchenall, Lee Bernstein, Andy Espy, Shawn McManus, Eric Beasley, Doug Eaton, John Redmond, Heather Wilkinson, Hayley Kirchoff, Kristin Alba, Kristin Kohler, Dana Moss, Irma Robinson, Kimberly Reyes, Sergio Yibirin, Diego Velasquez, Lorena Velasquez, Roberto Hernandez, Linda Diamond, Rich Silcox, Cary Zinkin, Jay Goldstein, Hector Mayol, Maribell Nguyen, Michelle Manley, CHristine Lada, Tiffani Nardi, Gineth Yibirin, Maida Velez-Kopet, Walkiria Salem, Celia Blandon

NWBRR has a New Sponsor

I would like to welcome a long time friend of the club, former president, and now new sponsor with her business that can make you feel absolutely recovered from whatever you put your body through in training, from injury, or race ready in preparation for your next event. Ilene Sonin is owner of Mobile CryoSuite and here is a brief introduction.

What is Whole Body Cryotherapy? First off, let’s discuss cryotherapy (or as some call it… “Cryo Therapy”/ “Cryogenic Therapy”) in and of itself first before we dive into the “whole body” aspect of it. Cryotherapy, as defined by the ever-reliable Merriam-Webster dictionary, means “the therapeutic use of cold.” Based off of this definition Cryotherapy, in the simplest of terms, is essentially, COLD THERAPY.

Let’s back up for a second, what is the purpose of cold therapy? Studies have shown that exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures, aka cold therapy, can help reduce inflammation, relieve muscles soreness, improve energy, boost endorphins, and much, much more. Nice!Now to discuss Whole Body Cryotherapy. Whole Body Cryotherapy deals with exposing the WHOLE BODY to cold temperatures… cold as in -202ºF! Wowza, that’s cold. Now how does one expose their entire body to frigid temps? Well you could stand out in the middle of Antarctica while barely wearing anything but that doesn’t sound very fun, or safe; OR you could hop on into an Impact Cryotherapy Cryosauna for a quick 3-minute Whole Body Cryotherapy session!

Ilene would like to give you more information on the treatments and is also available to book appointments. Her contact is cell# 954-415-1000 or ilene@mobilecryosuite.com. Of course there are club discounts for the service which Ilene will share. She has also offered to come out if we can get a group of 10 or more who would like to experience a sample treatment (normally $50 but only $40 to club members for the first time).

Contact me if you would like to be part of the group and we will coordinate dates and times.

Until next time, have a great week.

Jay Goldstein
President
Northwest Broward Road Runners

Willie Torres

We are happy to shine the spotlight this month on Willie Torres, an outstanding runner, Coral Springs firefighter, family man and a very special person.

MS: Can you tell us when you started running, and if you had any particular goals or inspiration?
WT: Running for me starting around October 2005 after what I like to call the “T-Shirt Incident”! I had been out of the Marines for a little over 2 years and had gotten pretty comfortable not having to worry about always being in shape. Well I was 7 months out to getting married and I happened across a brand-new shirt that I never wore. Let’s just say that it was a 2-man operation to get the shirt off. After that I started to jog around the neighborhood to start losing weight for myself plus to get ready for the wedding. I haven’t looked back and the sad part is, I never got a chance to see if that shirt would fit!

MS: I know your life took a dramatic turn when you father suffered a devastating accident about two years ago. Can you tell us about that, and how you are coping?
WT: Yes, my father was involved in a life changing accident back in May of 2015 when he became paralyzed from the chest down with

very little motor function with his arms after his vehicle was struck by another vehicle driven by a drunk driver. In the beginning, it was tough for everyone to try to understand how this could happen to my father. We are talking about a man that wouldn’t hurt a fly and this is what his life has become. However, anyone that knows my father, knows that he is a very positive person and I feel that it was my father that help all of us get through this and continue with our lives.

MS: You have made your father an integral part of your training AND racing now. Tell us about that?
WT: My father was at my first marathon in 2014 which was the A1A Marathon. When I decided to run A1A Marathon again in 2016 my father told me that he was sorry and he won’t be able to be there. A few weeks prior to the marathon I suffered a minor leg injury that required me to take a few weeks off. I went out with the 3:45 pace group and was doing well till around mile 12 when I re-aggravated the injury at ended up finishing around 4:45 instead. I took the medal to show my dad that I still completed that marathon and he wanted me to hang it up in his house. My response to that was NO, I earned this medal and if you want one to hang in your house you had to earn it as well. That was that start of Team Torres Racing!

MS: Can you share any particularly memorable moments running with your dad?
WT: Every run that I have done with my father has been great. From the training runs to the couple of events that we have enter, have been memorable to both of us. We spend our time talking about the past, family, how his grandkids are doing, and sports. We tend to talk pretty much the entire run! He does get some pleasure in berating me during our runs, “why are you running so slow”, “why are you breathing so heavy”, “be careful you’re going to hit someone”, “POT HOLE, POT HOLE, POT HOLE!”

MS: Has your love of running been passed on to your kids yet?
WT: It has taken some time but my daughter has started to express much interest in running. Especially after the Tamarac Turkey Trot last year, she asked if she can run with Grandpa and me next year. Lily has also been waiting for Emma, Melissa Myers’ daughter, before school so they can run together and have Melissa and myself chase them!

MS: do you have any running goals right now?
WT: Our first goal is to cross the finish line together along with my step-brother Carlos at the A1A Marathon. Which hopefully that is the case when this article comes out. We have also decided to run the Women’s Wellness Half Marathon in March in honor of some family and friends that have suffered and/or dealing with Breast Cancer. We will also be participating in the Wings for Life in May. The event hits right at home for us, the event supports spinal cord research!

MS: anything else you would like to share?
WT: We would like to thank everyone that has help us get to where we are today. Especially our family and friends, my Fort Lauderdale Fire Family, my NWBRRC family and The Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters for their generous support in this journey! Without everyone’s support this would just have been a thought instead of an actual reality!

Melissa Schwartz
Vice President

News You Can Use!

It was cold, it was rainy, it was soggy, you ran sloggy but you did it. Hopefully you have defrosted and are warm by now. Congratulations to the following members on your race accomplishments this past weekend in some very difficult weather:

  • Miami Marathon – John O’Connell (1st Marathon and PR), Kimberly Reyes (1st Marathon and PR), Walkiria Salem (1st Marathon and PR), Mark Shachner (Pacer), Andrea Medalie (Pacer), Mike Zahalsky, Jill Katz, Anne Carroll, Fabio Tylim
  • Miami Half Marathon – Linda Diamond, Rich Silcox, Rebeca Rodriguez, Stephanie Rodriguez, Roberto Hernandez, Shelbie Seys, Denise Harrison, Jennifer Barter, Doug Eaton, Dana Moss, Tammy Meisel, Kim Wolman, Kristen Kohler, Corie Opdyke, Catalina Bonilla, Howard Helbein, Irma Robinson, Mimi Reeves, Debbie Meitz, Susan Frezer, Andy Espy, Gracia Lopez, Michelle Palazzo, Jill Hanson, Raquel Alderman, Zachary Zweig, Chris Miller
  • Miami Tropical 5k – Dana Moss

Obstacle Course Saturday at One to One Fitness

This Saturday, February 4th at 8am, the folks at One to One Fitness are conducting a kids boot camp. For those of you who have kids in our Youth Running Program you know what fun the kids have on the obstacle course. Manny plans on holding the boot camp classes one Saturday per month and the cost of the class is $15 with each additional child in the family at $10/class. Bring your children out for a fun time while encouraging their fitness. It is open to children of all of our members. One to One Fitness is located at 5451 N University Dr # 101, Coral Springs, FL 33067 at the corner of Westview and University. The phone number is 954-796-7001 for further information.

Beach Run

YAY!! It’s that time of year again to run with cool ocean breezes and finish up with coffee, bagels, and your fellow members. We will be having our annual beach run on Saturday, February 11th at 530 am (the weekend before the A1A Half). We will leave from The Cove Shopping Center in Deerfield Beach. The course goes to Spanish River Park in Boca Raton and back to The Cove (10 miles round trip). You can turn around at any time. Coolers will be available at Palmetto and A1A and there are bathrooms available at the golf course about a mile up from there. NOTE: If you decide to run out west that weekend, coolers will not be available so please plan your hydration accordingly.

Garmin Free

Few things divide running opinion as much as technology used on the road. I declare my beliefs from the outset. I do not, and never will, understand why people run with music piped into their ears, even less so in a race!!!! Having never been bored or in need of diversion for one yard of the thousands of miles I have run, it is an utter mystery why runners pollute the serenity and meditative qualities of running with music. I love music. I listen to it often. Never when I run. A run is time when I think, debate or structure thoughts free of influence from an increasingly noisy world. It is meditation in motion for me.

There is one piece of technology I have always used, namely the Garmin or GPS watch. Interestingly, I when look back I recall using a simple Timex ‘Ironman’ wristwatch strapped diminutively to my arm. It did little more than tell the time. Imagine that!!!! I often ask: How did I ever cope without knowing my splits and pace? How did I complete runs with absolutely no awareness of such esoteric details as calories burned, ambient temperature, humidity or cadence? How indeed?

Interestingly, the minutiae springing readily from the generously priced and larger device now adorning my arm still re- mains something of a mystery while running. Why? Because the ravages of advancing age mean that one’s ability to actually SEE this cascade of vital information recede with the passing years. Presbymyopia is my new running companion.

Runners oft times are caught furtively squinting at their watches vainly stealing brief glimpses of precious, nay life changing and critical numbers, conveniently and luminously tattooed to their wrists. I am no exception, but I ask fellow runners to read my watch for me to salve my need for information. Do they wonder if I can actually read? No matter. My craving surmounts any level of embarrassment that might result When, I ask therefore, will Garmin produce the Senior Runners GPS device? We have needs. The market should deliver. There are many of us. We are waiting!!!

A situation recently befell me at a post run breakfast. I had not run that day as I am, sadly, nursing a knee ligament and cartilage injury. This Saturday morning, I joined two friends. Conversation ensued. The joy of a race completed was shared amid humorous excuses as to why they merely strolled and did not race. This made sense to me. At least, it did, until I was exposed to a horrifying admission, read on.

Initially I noted nothing unusual. Then. Quite unexpectedly. One of us, with a fleeting hand gesture, beckoned the others to draw close. Our heads convened semi secretly around the full circumference of the Diner table we occupied in a vain attempt to ensure that NO ONE in the bustling restaurant would notice we might be learning something truly awful, embarrassing and above all shameful. They all stared, it seemed – maybe straining to hear the prospective horror.

Our impending confessor looked both of us in the eye. To make a point, we assumed. Next, she took a slow, deep, calculated breath before speaking in a deliberately hushed tone. Her eyes dropped. She quietly uttered, ‘You know. Today was not at all fast, but I have to tell you, I did not wear a watch’.

We, the listeners, fell back. Aghast at what we had been exposed to. The restaurant may have let out gasps of disbelief. I could not tell. I was caught in a subtle shock zone. Quickly, no doubt, in an attempt to capitalize on the silence in which the victims of this battery a sacred runner’s tenet found themselves; she then added, with an apparent sense of relief,

‘I was running Garmin Free!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

That was it. The air raced out of the room. Garmin Free?

Now, nothing made sense. At all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Darley aka Britrunner