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Monday, November 06, 2006

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dean fan

u r a beast

Brian Harvey

Dean,

Congrats on an awesome job! I've been following your progress from the beginning and looked forward to your blog updates every day. It'll be tough not having your blog to read in the morning, but at the same time motivating me to create my own stories, adventures and successes.

You have done such an incredible service to so many people by just motivating people to get off the couch and move. The fact that you’ve consistently promoted your adventures via book form, web, and mainstream media is an awesome thing!

I look forward to hearing about your next adventure, and if the public is welcomed, joining you and thanking the man who has made a profound difference in my life.

Brian Harvey

Mike

Way to go Dean! 28.5 on day 51! I had a feeling I would be seeing a new entry in the blog this morning. It has been an inspiration to me reading your blog entries and as I had hoped I see entry number 51 this morning. This blog has provided me with the mental fuel to lace up my running shoes and scurry out the door for the last 51 days. I will be running CIM on Dec. 3rd so if you don't mind running everyday till then I could use the power of your human motivation!!

I am sure the 50/50/50 contributed to physical fitness awareness all across this great country. Thanks for taking on the challenge.

Well time to hit the road out here in Hercules, CA.

Again Congratulations,
Mike

Brandon Janosky

Dean,

Don't stop now!! You told me on Marathon #1 in St.Louis that you run because "it's in my heart." I'll always hold that moment close to mine. If it's in your heart and sole (and legs!) to keep going, then by all means KEEP GOING!

Still following intently,
Brandon

John

Great job on the E50...don't stop. Why not run the reverse "Oprah" cross country route back to Cali? It should take you about as long!

Jason Costatino

I am glad to see you kept going Dean. Is it strange that all the way here in Fort Worth, TX I am feeling some of the same types of feelings as yourself. I have checked your blog, your stats, and Koop's blog everyday for the past 50 days. It feels strange and somewhat sad that it is seemingly over. I can't wait to find out what your next chapter will bring.

morgan murri

Hey Dean,
Ran with you in New Mexico... I too worried this morning about finding an empty 'blog', in my heart I bet you'd have a post.

Whatever you do, or where ever you go do it because you want to and know that many, many of us out here admire you unconditionally. Be great! Morgan

Hung-Kwong Ng

Hi Dean:
Here's a recap of this weekend that I shared with my friends and family.
-Hung-Kwong Ng.

Subject: #73 through #75 - 3 marathons in 3 days report

Running Philly, NJ and New York gave me a 3-day endorphin rush/runners high. Thank you Dean for coming up with the 50 in 50 in 50 idea and for inviting the public to join him. This was a truely unique opportunity.

I have even greater respect for Dean after he ran 3:00 in New York after a 49 marathon warmup. I thought he was being conservative when I caught up with him in Chicago; he was recovering from a cold.

I signed on for 3 marathons in 3 days for several reasons - some trivial:
a) I couldn't get the time off to do 5 in 5.
b) I wanted to out-do the Goofy Challenge (only a half and full in 2 days).
c) there was someone from our Orlando Track Shack group that got recognition for the most marathons in 2005; I wanted to make sure I got it this year. What better way than to knock out 3 in a weekend - I'll have 13 marathons + 2 ultras for 2006.
d) I wanted to see what was I left for New York after running a marathon Friday and Saturday.

In Philly Friday, we ran as a group finishing in 3:57. I have been running for time for the last 4 years -- I have forgotten how much fun is it to run in a group or to start in the back of the pack and talk your way up. Dean is an excellent pacer; I think he was trying to hold his heartrate to about 108 to optimize recovery. My heartrate from sitting around after a couple cups of coffee is 108. Several years ago when I wore a heart rate monitor in a marathon, my heart rate hovered 185-192.

We were led by a roving police escort through downtown Philly in mid-day traffic. Very cool. We had our own private marathon of 50 runners. I normally take a walk break through water stops so it was a first for me to pretty much run 26.2 continuously while grabbing water from a moving sag wagon. When conversation slowed, some guys started rapping. It was lot of fun. My right hamstring felt inflamed but other than that it was a leisurely marathon.

Joe Kulak, a top ultramarathoner, joined us in Philly. I look forward to seeing him at Umstead 100. I chatted with David Sylvester who was on a bike; after losing a friend on 9/11, he is biked as the first African American across 2 continents while raising money for scholarships.

Sat morning New Jersey: my left pinkie toe ached --- loosening the shoelaces helped. We finished in 4:09. Dean had 250 runners to meet and greet so the pace was slower. The group spread out; we kept running ahead of the police escort and had to stop to wait for the main group to catch up. We spent a lot of time chatting. Sponsored athletes from Northface joined us for the run -- including top ultramarathoners and a mountain climber. Sam Thompson who did 51 in 50 in the summer was also present. My left ITB was getting tight; I didn't enjoy the last 6 miles.

After the race, I made a mad dash to Manhattan to pick up the New York marathon race packet before the expo closed at 5. Logistically there was no good opportunity to pick up to the race packet Thurs or Friday. I was more nervous about finding parking and traffic than running the race itself. Fortunately, my brother knew the shortcuts as the tunnels were backed up for 40 minutes. I stopped by the Paragon booth where they were still waiting for Dean to arrive and sign books.

Carbo-loading was done with a fine bottle of Italian wine and pasta with Italian bacon.

Sun morning New York -I had expected some struggle on day 3. At the pre-race massage in Staten Island, the massage therapist confirmed that my left quads/ITB was tight along with the calves.

Surprising, once over the Verrazano Bridge, I start moving well (7:40 on mile 2). A friend from work offered support on First Ave in Harlem. She had a Dunkin donut and coffee waiting for me at mile 19. I had to pick up the pace on the downhills -- nudging runners out of the way, so the coffee wouldn't get cold and my friend wouldn't have the donut for herself. I finished in 3:35 with an even split.

Without the bridges and hills (800ft of elevation gain), and extra effort weaving through the crowds -- I think I could have run a PR. (3:27 Chicago). I think the 52.4 mile warmup from Friday and Saturday actually helped improve my speed slightly. I was already warmed up for Sunday. While I normally train only 6 miles a week, now I understand why hard-core runners train 70 mile weeks to get faster. On the other hand, I am extremely well rested between race weekends.

It was a very pleasant surprise that marathon 3 was no physical challenge at all. Maybe the endorphins were in overdrive. Day 2 was the hardest; there was a lot of stop and go and the time pounding the pavement was the greatest.

I asked Dean several times what I should expect for day 2 and day 3. He said some runners kept up and some didn't. And he had no prediction for me or himself for New York.

"I believe that our limitations are usually just by our mind and that our bodies can actually go much farther," - DK.

At the post-race gathering at the Northface store, "Coach" Dean said that he was proud of my New York run and the 3 in 3. It affirms his motto of "pushing preconceived notions of what is possible".

This triple is good prep for the JFK 50 miler a week from Saturday. Bekkie Wright, who cartwheeled across the NJ finish line, and ran 6 in 6 days, will be running it.

Monday - Recovery from 3 marathons is easier than recovering from just one marathon. In the walking downstairs with ease test, recovery that normally takes 3 days took only one day. The body seems to get used it; and perhaps it gets into hyper-recovery mode. One thing I started to do post-marathon is: soaking my legs in a trash can filled with cold water while wearing a fleece jacket and cap.

In listening to Koop, Dean's trainer from Carmichael (Lance's trainer), it seems that Dean is not breaking down as the medical experts in the mainstream media predicted. I think both Dean and Sam Thompson said in their blogs that, they found it easier and they were running faster as the body adapted to a marathon every day. My physical therapist had suggested years ago I give up marathons and take up tennis because of a skeletal issue that causes poor biomechanics. Lesson learned: find a medical specialist who tells you what you want to hear!

I asked Dean to dedicate one of the copies of his book to a school teacher I had dated; Unfortunately, the many weekends spent racing out of town this fall was a factor in the breakup. This multi-day event has helped me refocus.

My enthusiasm this weekend spread to my family and friends and brought us a little closer. I was a little surprised and am appreciative of their support and encouragement.

It's pretty amazing; Dean reached a lot of people. Strangers started talking about him when they saw I was wearing the Endurance 50 shirt. I think he inspired a lot of ordinary folks to get out there.

50 days on the road in 50 different states can be tiring and there isn't much time to catch the sights. Traveling is a endurance event in itself. I hope Dean's family and the support crew had a blast.

I look forward to another opportunity to join Dean on an adventure. Dean's passion is contagious.

Hung-Kwong Ng,
Orlando, FL

Adelyn

Dean:

Just wanted to say how happy I am that there was a new post up today. I kept checking yesterday, hoping that something new would show up, as, like others I've been a bit addicted to reading these daily posts. You're such an inspiration to runners of all abilities! Reading your book has made me eager to enter into the world of ultramarathons at some point (hopefully within the next year and a half, once I get a few more marathons under my belt). Meeting you at my very first marathon in San Diego last June was such an incredibly wonderful experience and made an already special day just that much more amazing. I live in Berkeley and have recently taken to doing my long training runs in San Francisco and often wonder during those runs if I'm running routes that you ever freqent. Maybe I'll even see you other there some time!

Thanks again for everything you've done.

Sincerely,
Adelyn Bonner-Lyon

Timpview

Can we now say 51 marathons in 51 days! Don't stop blogging! We are addicted to this ritual. Please share more about your post race recovery methods. What about talk show appearances? When and where?
Congrats Deano Supremo! The energizer bunny has nothing on you! As I picture you fading into the shadows of the NY night, I can still hear the kids in VofF chanting…"Marathon Man! Marathon Man! Marathon Man!"

Graham Honaker

Dean,

Congrats on your significant accomplishment, you are an inspiration to all runners!!!

Bonnie MacDonald

I'm honored to be able to leave a comment. I read your book about a year ago and it was so interesting. It's so nice to know that you're so famous and you're a real person! I'm 19; I hope to be a runner for the rest of my life and you've inspired me. Thanks!

Nancy C, St Helens Oregon

I have enjoyed your daily entries--and lived vicariously through your success. Many of my co workers said you were crazy and that no human being could with stand 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days. God bless you for proving them wrong! Keep up the good work and keep sharing. You truly are an inspiration--even to us walkers!

maria glielmi

hi dean! congratulations on completing 50/50/50 you are a true inspiration and super hero in my eyes. no on can compare to you! your the best! whenever i get lazy and dont feel like running all i do is think of you and i'm out the door! god bless you! wishing you all the best!sincerely ,maria

Diane Forrest

Dean,
Congratulations! You continue to blow my mind. I want some new shoelaces that say WWDD - "What Would Dean Do?" for my running shoes! (Okay, my apologies to the WWJD fans.) On those days when I'm thinking, darn, I've got to run 16 or 6 or whatever distance all I have to do is think "what would Dean do" and I'm out the door with a smile on my face. Where are you going next? Sacramento has the lovely CIM on Dec 3rd and we'd love to see you there!
Thank you for all the amazing stories!
Diane Forrest

homeschoolmom

Hi Dean,
You are beyond an inspiration. I am an out of shape yo-yo dieter that has had terrible time keeping the weight off and gain more each time. Watching you has made me want to run. My firend and I can barly make it walking 2 1/2 mile three times a week in about 50 minutes. It is a start. Do you think it is even possible for me to set a goal for my 50th birthday (4 years from now)to run a marathon? Just wondering :)

Tauras

Good job now time top go mtn biking and windsurfing, gonna blow tomorrow on the left coast!

Rita Jones

Thanks Dean! We needed to hear from you.
How do we begin withdrawal from this
great place we had to check in on daily?
You are welcome to come back to run in
Green Bay. Summer Nights are nice.
I always run with my heart, "Con me Corazon",
It makes me happy.
May the running journey never end.
Rita E. Jones

Brad Overstreet

Dean,
Great job in NYC. I know you are the better man for letting Lance do his thing. I wanted to give you an update for a change. I ran Ok, Tx, and La with you a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to
let you know I finished my first ultra (50K) Saturday. It was a
nice change of pace knowing I only had to run one race.

When you mentioned in your book about the ultra community being
differnet from the other "racers" I decided to give it a shot. You
could not have been more correct. Running the ultra was like
running the runs with you. Everyone was talking and having a good
time. I met a guy and we spent 20 miles running together ,and
before we knew it we finished. Traded numbers and went off to our
other lifes. Ultra running is everything you describe in your
book. Thanks a million for everything.

As a side note I had Andrew (you signed a book for him in La) run
with us. This morning (at training) he ask if i was sore. I responded like you
responded to me in Dallas , that yes I am sore but hey you put 31
miles on the chassis you are going to be sore.

Thanks for the inspiration, and the new friends.
Say hello to Garrett , and Koop for me.

David Chippi

Dean,

We measure our lives by the highs and lows. We don't really grasp the good times without experiencing the sad. We don't know what feels good without feeling bad. It's funny, like you, I feel a lack of closure having followed your story the last 10-15 races. The feeling was magnified only because I did hear about you during NYC Marathon, nor was I there to participate in the your run while you were here in Cleveland. I was not reading the blogs at the time, and thought I would slow you down. Little did I know that there were a many first timers in most of your runs.

Here's a closure idea for you and us...your avid followers, of which you created many along the way...

...one last large race...somewhere on the road back home...somewhere mid-United States...an invite race if you will...one where all of us can join you in the run now that we are awakened to the journey. Invite us to run with you and your growing family. I know I will rearrange my schedule and finances to join you. This run, with the help of your sponsors, will get the press coverage your mission deserves. And if you don't, your devoted followers and extended family will enjoy a run with Dean...the man who did the crazy, the unthinkable, the impossible, but IMAGINABLE. Let us run with you. This time will give both of us the closure our human hearts long.

Make the run longer than the 26.2 something mini-ultra to capture the spirit of Dean and challenge others. Some will run the half, others with run the full and others will complete the distance. We all will join you in the end for reflections and future goal setting.

The event can be what you wish to make it. Simple, just show up, to a fund raiser for your cause. Your choice.

In closing, I think you feel what we all feel, a need for some closure. Let us all join together in one last run to cap this journey.

Dave Chippi, Avon Lake, OH

Amy Duquette

Congrats, Dean!! Like many others, I have followed your blog everyday and find you so amazing and inspiring. Thank god there are people like you in the world for us all to look up to!
Amy Duquette, NYC

Lori Alizieri Stevens

Dean:
Congrats on a kickin 3 hour marathon. A week after completing the Triple Lakes Trail Marathon (my first one) I am still floating on air. The weather was great, the company was great and my friend Crystal stuck with me until the end. Why not make this a yearly tradition. I know that I will be there and many others. Thanks for being such an inspiration and thanks for what you do for our sport.
Lori Alizieri Stevens Apex, NC

steve hearst

Can't wait for the complete video.
This should be required viewing at every middle school. We can all do more than we know.
Thanks to Garrett, Koop and the rest of the crew for dragging Dean out everyday for the rest of us.

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