27 miles later Vlad is Back!

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Yes, I'm back. Not really running, more like limping and crawling. Last year I ran my first half-marathon at Disney World and it was such a thrill for me that I only remember telling my girlfriend that I could have easilly done the full 26.2 miles. I don't do anyting small. It is one of the reasons I started running in the first place, I would always manage to out-eat my break-even at a chinese buffet. Take all you want, eat all you take! So yesterday was the big day and I ran the marathon. It was perhaps the best 18 miles I traveled on this earth. Miles 19-22 were a little rough. On mile 23 I actually contemplated taking a nap and I am not sure how exactly I made it to mile 25 but I did take a picture. From there on I can only imagine I felt like my friend Jen who is habitually drunk (FUBAR-style) at Epcot. No wonder she never wants to go anywhere, it definitely seemed much further than ever before and I've been to Epcot 100's of times. Suffice to say, I finished the full 26.2 miles plus about two miles during the start, looking for the parking lot, starting corall, etc. Now the big question is usually, why? Why do something so suicidal. Here is my somewhat honest answer and there are a few parts to it. Mainly, stupidity which is reinforced by being male. Next in the line is ego.. I'm extremely good at what I do and marathons are very much a humbling experience. If you're not an athlete and you've never been physically beaten by someone twice your age you might want to give competitive sports a shot. It gives you a really good perspective on where you stand despite your successes in other areas of your life. At least it does that for me… but man, never again. I'll just stick to my wuss half marathons and feeling great after ~ 13 miles. On the other hand, I've been virtually crippled for the past day or so.. and here comes the new Vladville. I am still working on little bits and pieces but it has some of the stuff I've really wanted on here for a while. I think the best description of the blog comes from Guy Kawasaki: "blogger, n: someone with nothing to say writing to someone who has nothing to do."; This blog has had a purpose since day one when I set out to mobilize IT folks in Florida and drag them to all the places they could get better at thier job. That eventually grew into the world-wide reach with over 57 countries leaving comments and sending email. I think this new design makes it easier to find what you're looking for without drilling through a bunch of junk and believe me… 3 million article downloads and hundreds of thousands of SBS Show listeners hit the piggy bank pretty hard – so I figured I'd do to Google what they wanted to do with me: Make that money for me . Hope you enjoy the new Vladville!

10 Responses to 27 miles later Vlad is Back!

  1. Jackie Rish says:

    Welcome back, we’ve missed you. I couldn’t believe when my Vladville folder in RSS bandid finally went bold!

    The site looks AWESOME! Here’s to you making enough money with ads to quit your day to day job and help us full time, though I’m sure you spend more than 8 hours a day on community stuff anyhow.

    Glad to see you back Running Man.

  2. Jonah Ellis says:

    ADS!!! You Sellout!!!!!!!!!!

    Just kidding, its about the damn time. If I had that kind of traffic I’d be selling Viagra, Nigerian money laundering how-to’s and even Microsoft NFR… after all, thats what you Florida boys are famous for 🙂

    wb.

  3. CharlesM says:

    welcome back, I’ve missed my daily Vladville updates on all things tech.

    Congratulations on your MVP!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Woohoo! I love the new Vladville!

  5. Congratulations, Vlad, on finishing one of the toughest athletic events in world. I agree, running a full marathon is not equal to running two half marathons back to back.

    I’ve finished the London Marathon as well as the New York City Marathon and want to run Paris in 2007.

    Again, congrats!!

    S>

  6. Philipp Kohn says:

    Hi Vlad,

    congrate to your MVP a second time (don´t know if you get my Mail) …

    Nice that you´re back online!

    Regards Philipp
    BTW: Send you an E-Mail for a topic suggestion for the podcast.

  7. Jen says:

    I am NOT habitually drunk (FUBAR-style) at EPCOT. (I only ever get tipsy.) I just think that if I have to be surrounded by screaming children (or Vlad) at Disney, I should have a margarita (or two) in my hand. And the main reason adults go to EPCOT is to drink around the “world.”

  8. Vlad says:

    Philipp,

    Hey man, I did get your email but I have not gotten through much of it lately because I’ve been working on the “bringing-home-the-bacon” stuff and not much else.

    It has been an insane month at OWN and I’ve been sick and a whole bunch of stuff rolling together to make it a bad time of the year to go through 1000+ messages a day.

    Thanks for the sentiment on the MVP award. I received my koolade today!

    -Vlad

  9. Beatrice says:

    Nothing wrong with deciding to stick to a Full Half-Marathon. Now you just have to do that one in under 2 hrs. How long did it take you anyhow?

    🙂

  10. Beatrice says:

    Nothing wrong with deciding to stick to a Full Half-Marathon. Now you just have to do that one in under 2 hrs. How long did it take you anyhow?

    🙂

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