Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday, August 1st

Got out for 3 miles late this morning, trusting the oldest child to watch the other 2.  He offered to babysit for a small fee.  I agreed, as I need to learn to give him more responsibility, especially when he is willing.  As a parent, I see my biggest responsibilities on making my children are happy and SAFE.  Letting go a little and letting them grow up can scare me at times.  That said, I was never more than about 2 minutes from home on my loop and made sure that I passed by our place several times just to make sure it was still standing.  All was good.  Its' sometimes hard for me to trust him.  Might be that I'm not so ready for any of them to grow up yet, but it was nice to get out on my own for a few minutes.  Hot out!  Still sucking air because of that, but the shoe experiment is working and the foot felt great.

Here are a couple of great videos that I saw today.  I see great lessons to be learned from both of them.  What do you do to achieve greatness?

Congrats to George Zack on his win with Jack the burro at Sundays World Championship burro race.  George and Jack ran 29 miles together, climbing up and down Mosquito pass in Fairplay, CO.  I need to do this race someday!!!

I've also been following Marshall Ulrich's circumnavigation of Death Valley.  He has been a hero of mine for a long time.  I've followed his explorations for 17 years or so, beginning with watching his teams race in each of the Eco Challenges.  Daily updates, including links to pictures and some video, as well as a link to live-tracking this expedition can be found here.

This after Marshall ran the Badwater 135 just a few days before.  Here's a great recap video from this year's race.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 30th

Got out for a run all by myself after dark last night.  Only did about 5 miles, but it was very relaxing.  I ran when I felt like it and walked when I didn't.  Ran in the new shoes...more about those later.  Foot felt great - no plantar pain at all!

Most of my runs the last year and a half have been with others.  Although I really do enjoy the company, I thrive on the miles I run by myself.  I see the need for both of these in my life and when things get all "lop-sided" I feel like something is missing.  I enjoy the conversation and stories I get to hear when running with a partner, with my kids, or a group like the Stewie Striders.

Running with Abbi on the summit of Pikes Peak last month.

At the same time, I need to have time to myself when I can let my thoughts drift from one subject to another.  Other times, I find myself lost in the simple sounds of my breathing and footsteps on the ground.  This can go on for hours.  Getting lost in nothingness can happen for me during daytime or nighttime runs.  It is during these runs that I feel most refreshed and for at least a short time all the stresses of life don't seem to be as big.  The best part of this is the fact that this feeling of peace can last for hours.

So, what do you think?  Do you primarily run with others, alone, or a good mix of both and why?

Ran alone and with a group this evening.  Ran to the Williw Creek Reservoir to meet up with Jim Mason's Tuesday trail running group.  Did a couple of laps around the reservoir with them, then finished up the rest of my run into Rochester's south Target store.  Started out way too fast, then ran too slow, then was forced to walking, but the foot felt good again.  Another run that I would rather have suffered through alone, even though the company was great.  12 miles.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Run With Marshall Ulrich

I finally got a chance to run with one of my heroes, Marshall Ulrich.
Jim Parry
Don't set your limits.  Go out and find them.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pacing Med City Marathon 2012

I will be pacing the Med City Marathon on Sunday for the MN PACERS.  Pacing the 4:30 marathon group this year.  Follow my progress on RunKeeper Live by clicking the RunKeeper link to the left.

Jim Parry
Don't set your limits.  Go out and find them.

Friday, April 27, 2012

RunKeeper Sponsorship

Excited to announce RunKeeper as my newest sponsor.  The RunKeeper app and website are a great way to keep track of your running and other exercise, as well as diet.  The RunKeeper app is available for your mobile device through iTunes and Google Play, formerly Android Marketplace.  This service is free, but a premium service called RunKeeper Elite is available for $5/month or $20/year.  This gives you access to additional information, but the biggest advantage is that it gives you access to RunKeeper Live.  RunKeeper Live allows others to track your movements during a workout or race and see your progress.  My profile can be found at and you can sign up yourself at

Monday, April 23, 2012

You Can't Control Everything

So my 24 hour run this year was cut short...really short, due to the weather.  Temps were in the mid 30s, with 15-25 mph winds and nonstop rain that made being outside miserable at best.  My biggest concern was that someone would end up in the hospital.

My run started out well.  I cruised through the first 12 miles or so at about 10:00-10:30 per mile.  Everything felt great and under control.  I was already thinking about the number of miles that I might be able to cover.  I wanted to bank a few quick early miles, knowing that it would likely rain, and that the rain would slow me down.  I figured that once the rain let up, I would then be able to easily pick up the pace again.  That turned out to never be the case.

The lesson of the day had to do with CONTROL.  I could control my pace, my attitude, what I ate, what I drank, but I could not control the weather.  The weather defined this run!  It started raining at about 10am and would let up slightly at times, but never gave up all together.  This made the conditions miserable at best, and likely dangerous for myself and those outside with me.  Mike showed up late in the morning and stayed with me like he said he would.  I was hearing from others that the rain would continue until midnight, and most likely throughout the night as well.  There was no way I was going to be able to continue this for the next 16-18 hours!

We made a quick pitstop in the school at about 4:30pm to change into dry clothing.  There were students waiting to join me for the next loop, but it was simply too cold, too wet, and too miserable out.  I did not want anyone to get ill for this run.

I made the decision to walk laps inside the middle school/high school.  5 1/2 laps equals 1 mile, so I figured I could walk this for a while and re-evaluate my goals for this day.  I was cold...very cold and had the shakes pretty bad for a while.  But, on the other hand, I did feel ok, and did not want to let go of this, so we walked.  It took me an hour or so to come to my senses and realize that my day was done. 

We ended up resetting 2 possible goals - 12 hours, or 50 miles within a couple of hours after that.  I was joined inside by students, staff, friends, and strangers for the final miles of my journey.  I decided to call it quits at 46 miles.  But then again "quitting" isn't really the right word for it either.  I simply stopped because it would have been unwise to continue.  I was ready to go home to a warm bed at that point.

You can't control everything.  I am ok with how things turned out.  Disappointed at first and not ready to let go, but fine with it once I made that decision.  I don't dwell on that stuff...I can''s just not the way I am wired.

Don't set your limits.  Go out and find them.  On this day, I definitely found mine!

Just so you know, Kyle Amos had a perfect day in KS, covering 116 miles!  Amazing!  I am proud of him and what he does to help out the students in his school.

24 Hour Run Start

Check out this video by Donny Rowles of Hey! Original Productions.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kyle has finished 100 MILES!!!!

Kyle has finished 100 miles at 20:02:03 hours or 5:02am.  He is doing great and is looking forward to seeing his students and staff soon!

Jim, Kyle wanted to tell you he is sorry to hear about the battle with the weather.  Congrats on finishing 50 miles!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I'm done...

9pm, I'm done, 46 miles.  Going to bed until sometime tomorrow afternoon.

The New Plan

Still inside, but calling it quits when I hit 50 miles at about 10pm.  The wet cold just too much out of me.  I hope Mr. Amos is doing well.  Too tired to check myself...


Due to the weather, I am now inside for a while, but only until 12 hours or 50 miles.  Not sure which yet.  Felt good today, but the cold and the rain and the wind beat me down.

Kansas Update!!

It's close to 4:00 and Mr. Amos just finished 40 miles!  Students are out for the day but many are returning with their families later this evening.  The weather has been beautiful and it looks like the rain went around us.

Kansas Update!

4 hours into the run and Mr. Amos has hit the 25 mile run.  The weather continues to be relatively nice and the rain seems to be holding off.  Students are having fun staying active!


Kansas Update!

Mr. Amos has completed 17 miles so far!








The 24 Hour Challenge Has Started in Kansas!

~Bridget Hale
6th grade teacher
Stewartville Middle School




And he's off...
Good luck Mr. Parry!




At the beginning...


Krystal Peterson
6th Grade Teacher
Stewartville Middle School


Central Intermediate

Bonner Elementary

4 miles done

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cards for Mr. Amos

Fourth graders at Moonlight Elementary gave Mr. Amos some encouraging cards in honor of tomorrow's run.

Live Track Me Through RunKeeper

Just added...LIVE now have the option to track my exact whereabouts in real-time during my 24 hour run for Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge.  Go to the following link or click on the RunKeeper icon on the left.
Satellite and hybrid views tend to work the best.

KSTP RunKeeper Live Tracking Story

Check out this KSTP  TV story about me live tracking my 24 hour run through RunKeeper Live.

Monday, April 9, 2012

2012 Shirts

These shirts are available for purchase at Stewartville Middle School.  $10 - cash and carry - no checks please.  All sizes available.

Friday, March 30, 2012

2012 24 Hour Run Map

See the 2012 24 Hour Challenge tab above for more detailed information about the challenge. 

This run starts at 8:15am on Thursday, April 19th and will continue until 8:15am on Friday, April 20.  Stewartville Middle School address is 500 4th St. SW.  My run begins and ends here and will be passing by the school during each of my 4 mile loops.  This 4.01 mile loop will be run counter-clockwise.  I will have my aid station in my vehicle set up in the MS gym parking lot behind the school (NW side of the building).  I will again be keeping a log of my miles and the time of day I last stopped by my vehicle on my last lap.  See this log on the front passenger seat to figure the approximate time of my next return.

At some point soon after 6am, I will be switching to this shorter loop near the HS/MS.  This 1.5 mile loop will be run clockwise. This will keep me away from traffic and will allow me to be closer to aid the last couple of hours.

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