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Fit Life Blog

Monday 06/14/2010
Posted: June 14, 2010 - 4:30 am
After running the Philadelphia Marathon in November, it didn't take long for him to fall out of shape

"... But while I'll continue to run through the end of the year (I get VERY cranky if I don't), I need to rest and let my knee and foot continue to heal. The worst thing I could do is continue to push myself and not let my body recover. It will be hard to keep from doing that, but I'll ease back. ..." - Me, The Press, Nov. 30

Monday 11/23/2009
Posted: November 23, 2009 - 10:30 am
The morning after, and more thoughts

Ow.

Posted: November 23, 2009 - 12:15 am
Video of Kevin Clapp's Philadelphia Marathon run

Hey folks, Press of Atlantic City digital reporter Dan Good here. I completed a video of Kevin's Philadelphia Marathon experience, called "13 to Go." It was inspiring to see his performance -- and watch him reach his goal after months of training and some setbacks.

Sunday 11/22/2009
Posted: November 22, 2009 - 3:30 pm
Post-race thoughts

Gonna keep this one a little short; feeling a little tired right now. Not sure why...

Posted: November 22, 2009 - 11:40 am
Finish line!

Kevin Clapp finished the Philadelphia Marathon! 03:56:59, for a pace of 9:02 minutes per mile. His legs cramped at mile 18 or 19, but he stretched them out and kept running.

Posted: November 22, 2009 - 9:10 am
Halfway point

Kevin Clapp is halfway to the finish! He crossed the halfway point at 01:52:14, about 15 minutes ago. His pace is 8:33 and his predicted finish is 3:44:28 -- which means he actually sped up from miles six to 13.

Posted: November 22, 2009 - 7:20 am
The race is underway!

Hey folks, Dan Good here. Kevin Clapp is on his way! I grabbed video of him before the race, flipping his Gatorade bottle back and forth between hands.

Posted: November 22, 2009 - 6:00 am
Race day!

Hello everyone, this is Press of Atlantic City digital reporter Dan Good, guest blogging for Kevin Clapp. Kevin has a pretty good excuse for not writing this morning -- he's running in the Philadelphia Marathon!

Saturday 11/21/2009
Posted: November 21, 2009 - 9:15 pm
Of fundraising and weddings

Just got out of the Team In Training pasta party/pre-race meeting. Just like my first TNT event 10 years ago, it was an emotional reminder of why the 117 of us who've raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society signed up in the first place.

Posted: November 21, 2009 - 5:00 pm
Free stuff and other fun

I love the swag bag.

Posted: November 21, 2009 - 12:00 pm
And I'm off

Well, we're getting close now. Less than a day from now -- hopefully -- I'll have crossed the finish line. Of course, that's getting a bit ahead of myself.

Wednesday 11/18/2009
Posted: November 18, 2009 - 5:30 pm
Four days and counting

Oh, we're getting close now.

Monday 11/16/2009
Posted: November 16, 2009 - 5:00 pm
No. 4432

It came to my personal e-mail account at 1:49 p.m.

Sunday 11/15/2009
Posted: November 15, 2009 - 11:15 am
A beautiful morning on the Boardwalk

I came out to the Atlantic City Boardwalk this morning, one week before I tackle the Philadelphia Marathon, to run the 5k race. I figured I'd run a nice, leisurely pace for a light workout.

Friday 11/06/2009
Posted: November 06, 2009 - 1:30 pm
Catching up with Kristen Hallock-Waters

Last week, we met Kristen Hallock-Waters, the Stockton professor who was preparing for her second New York City Marathon as a member of Team McGraw, which raises money to fight brain cancer. Her husband, Jeff, died of brain cancer in 2007.

Sunday 11/01/2009
Posted: November 01, 2009 - 7:00 pm
Eat up

My eating and drinking while on the run is a work in progress. It shouldn't necessarily be this way, but it is. The gist of it is consistent; check out this week's video to see my general routine.

Friday 10/30/2009
Posted: October 30, 2009 - 7:45 pm
The routine

As a runner, I crave consistency. I try to eat the same things before runs, do similar warmups, eat the same things at roughly the same time during the run.

Monday 10/26/2009
Posted: October 26, 2009 - 4:30 pm
A cause close to her heart

Why do we run? For many reasons. It can be for a reason as simple as getting a little exercise. Or it can be for a more noble purpose.

Sunday 10/25/2009
Posted: October 25, 2009 - 9:00 am
Four weeks

Four weeks. Four weeks from today I'll be in Philly, getting ready for the culmination of more than six months of work.

Saturday 10/24/2009
Posted: October 24, 2009 - 10:30 am
... And about that knee

Six weeks ago, I wondered if I'd be able to run the marathon at all given the pain in my knee. Four weeks before that, I was planning to obliterate my marathon personal best.

Friday 10/23/2009
Posted: October 23, 2009 - 4:15 pm
... 18 ... 19 ... 20

Two weeks ago, I ran 20 miles. Check that. I tried to run 20 miles.

Monday 10/19/2009
Posted: October 19, 2009 - 3:00 am
Tuning in to the rain

We've already established I love the rain. And, as you can see in the latest video, rain happens, and I've got to deal with it.

Wednesday 10/14/2009
Posted: October 14, 2009 - 2:10 pm
Bundle up folks, it's gonna be a frosty ride

I feel like a Doublemint twin, 'cuz it's time to double your pleasure and double your fun with two blog posts in one. ...

Thursday 10/08/2009
Posted: October 08, 2009 - 7:35 pm
Graduation day

Had my last physical therapy appointment this morning. It felt... odd.

Wednesday 10/07/2009
Posted: October 07, 2009 - 8:00 pm
Wind happens

This area may not have much in the way of hills. But it has its wind, and that makes up for it.

Monday 10/05/2009
Posted: October 05, 2009 - 3:00 am
Pounding the pavement

I just rewatched the video attached to this entry, and it strikes me: I look like a TOOL when I run. All stiff and rigid, arms tight. It never feels like that while I'm doing it; I guess it's like listening to your voice on an answering machine...

Thursday 10/01/2009
Posted: October 01, 2009 - 6:50 pm
Resting up

When I first got injured and stopped running, all I could think about was getting back at it. The prolonged layoff was hard to stomach.

Monday 09/28/2009
Posted: September 28, 2009 - 3:40 pm
Short takes

Another week begins with a little leftover business from the weekend...

Sunday 09/27/2009
Posted: September 27, 2009 - 12:30 pm
Rain king

The skies finally seem to be brightening up now, but this morning, drops pounding the pavement, was one of my favorite runs in a long while.

Friday 09/25/2009
Posted: September 25, 2009 - 2:30 pm
Funny things

So, I rocked a 16-miler this morning ... I know, yay, hurrah, streamers flying everywhere. But what I really want to talk about is running humor.

Wednesday 09/23/2009
Posted: September 23, 2009 - 3:05 pm
Early morning bliss

I used to run at night. I fell into that habit in high school and didn't shake it through college and beyond. I don't really remember when I began running in the morning, but I can't imagine going back to that old schedule.

Sunday 09/20/2009
Posted: September 20, 2009 - 10:00 pm
Finding pleasure in the pain

There are days, my leg taped up, wrapped up and iced up, when I'm ready to tell someone to stick a fork in me. I'm done. Don't want to do it anymore. Any pleasure I derive from running is trumped by the pain.

Friday 09/18/2009
Posted: September 18, 2009 - 2:35 pm
Just a sec while I catch my breath

Runs like these are why I wanted to call this blog Sucking Wind.

Thursday 09/17/2009
Posted: September 17, 2009 - 1:50 pm
Anticipation

I'm feeling giddy. And nervous. But mostly giddy.

Tuesday 09/15/2009
Posted: September 15, 2009 - 3:30 pm
Tape

I'm at physical therapy and the staff is playing around with some of this funky tape that's supposed to be able to increase blood flow. You've seen it on basketball players, in their shoulders, and on U.S. Olympians like beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh. So they ask me if I want to try it out and say sure, because, hey, when you've already offered to write/blog/record your experience, what's a little guinea pig action?

Posted: September 15, 2009 - 1:30 pm
Another good day

This is more like it.

Monday 09/14/2009
Posted: September 14, 2009 - 1:50 pm
Test results? A couple of passing grades

Wrote Friday about the time to start testing the leg out, building back up after six lost weeks. Because there's 10 weeks until the marathon now; it's not around the corner, but time's still a-wastin'.

Friday 09/11/2009
Posted: September 11, 2009 - 12:35 pm
Testing time

Another setback this morning. But this time, IT'S NOT MY KNEE'S FAULT. ... It's been a good week, with a couple of five milers that didn't cause too much discomfort, and three physical therapy sessions that have showed what I need to do to get stronger and not backslide. ...

Tuesday 09/08/2009
Posted: September 08, 2009 - 2:55 pm
A whirlwind weekend in review

Time starts flyin' and before you know it five days have gone by. But don't think the lack of posts hasn't meant nothing's going on. Take a look:

Thursday 09/03/2009
Posted: September 03, 2009 - 11:35 am
Physical therapy. Woo. Hoo.

OK, can you bend your knee this way?... Does it hurt?... Can you duck walk? Good ... How does that feel?... Does it hurt when I do this? ...

Monday 08/31/2009
Posted: August 31, 2009 - 4:00 pm
Continued rehab

The good news: I can still run.

Posted: August 31, 2009 - 12:30 pm
Uh-oh

I was supposed to test my knee on Saturday. I didn't. It didn't feel right. I did go for a run Sunday, however, 10 days after my last run.

Thursday 08/27/2009
Posted: August 27, 2009 - 2:15 pm
We were on a break

Maybe you've noticed I haven't been posting as much lately. That's because I haven't been running much lately.

Monday 08/24/2009
Posted: August 24, 2009 - 5:20 pm
Interval training video
Saturday 08/22/2009
Posted: August 22, 2009 - 10:00 pm
Marathon training: What I don't like

Running can be hard. It can be a grind. There are days I don't want to get out of bed and put on my running shoes. You might think, by watching the latest video on interval training, that it's easy.

Thursday 08/20/2009
Posted: August 20, 2009 - 3:00 am
Progress?

Yesterday, I ran for the third day in a row for the first time in a couple of weeks, since my knee started bothering me.

Wednesday 08/12/2009
Posted: August 12, 2009 - 5:00 pm
Jekyll and Hyde

One step.

Saturday 08/08/2009
Posted: August 08, 2009 - 5:00 pm
Marathon training blog: Foot loose and fancy free

My garage looks like the place where old running shoes go to die.

Wednesday 08/05/2009
Posted: August 05, 2009 - 2:35 pm
My new toy

Broke out a new gadget today: The heart rate monitor. Back when I first spoke with AtlantiCare exercise physiologist and fitness supervisor Rich Owens, he started preaching the benefits of training by heart rate versus pace.

Tuesday 08/04/2009
Posted: August 04, 2009 - 1:55 pm
Pain in the ... kneecap

So I'm at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa., on Saturday. Sunny day, hot day and the fam is up on this net contraption. I'm getting ready to crawl through my second gauntlet of nets - Josh really wanted to do this - when I take a step toward it and with full force I knock my right kneecap into the side of the thing.

Kevin Clapp
Susan Lulgjuraj