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I have ITBS.  That stands for Iliotibial Band Syndrome.  12% of all long distance runners get it.  (Sounds kind of cool to be included in that running group)  It is a pain located on the outside of my left knee caused by over use of a muscle that is connected to my lower leg bone, under my knee, from my hip.  My Doctor says that an athlete (like that term) is unable to "run through" ITB pain.  When one runs or walks, this joint rubs on a natural liquid "washer".  However in my case, it becomes inflamed and hurts.  This started two weeks ago and has gotten worse.  However, it is short term (good news!) and can be helped by physical therapy.  So, I have decided to take it easy a bit, see my physical therapist, and still hope to run May 10, Lord willing, and may have to run through the pain if it shows up on race day.  Pray for healing that I may reach my intended goal on May 10, 30 days away!  Thank you all.

Ken Van, the running man.

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12 miles are in the history books for this guy!  Saturday I laid out a run that went along the Kent Trails starting at 44th heading south to 84th then West to Wilson, South to 52nd, West to Canal and then the home stretch to 44th and Canal at our current, temporary residence.  Two people from church noticed me and commented on how sorry they felt for me jogging along.  I have to admit that I did a lot more walking and resting this time around.  I have developed a small pain when I run in my left leg but I am going to try to wait it out and not force the run.  With the race just 33 days out, I can smell the 15 mile finish line.

162.54 miles run in training since December 1, 2013

Ken Van the running man....

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With these much longer runs toward the goal of 15 miles, there is a need for planning refreshments (and Men's Room stops) along the way.  In planning last Saturday's run of 11 miles, and by the way I did it!, I ran from the corner of Canal and Rivertown Drive along 44th to Clyde Park.  There were two gas stations I stopped by to load up on water.  Then I ran South on Clyde Park to Harvest OPC, my church, where I earlier in the day stocked the church refrigerator with Gatorade and GU.  I liked the clean bathrooms and the use of the kitchen area during this stop :)   Then onward and homeward along 52nd street with a stop at the Pasma's home, a member of the church.  Thanks guys!  I was at this time reflecting on how long 11 miles really is!  With my last turn in sight, I began the last home stretch North on Canal and then my iphone reminded me that I had reached my goal of 11 miles, just 1/2 mile of my apartment.  Yea!!!!!  I stopped and called my wife to come and pick me up.  I was not going to go any farther than needed!

150.49 miles run since December 1.

Ken Van the running man. 

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Saturday is here.  My goal today was 10 miles and I did it!  Last week I pretty much ran a pattern after the letter "L" and found out that 4 1/2 miles one direction and then back again for a total of 9 miles was pretty boring.  This week I laid out 10 miles patterned after the block letter "O" and went around a huge block twice.  This was a whole lot more "fun" than last week.  Everything went well but I think I am going to need help getting to my feet tomorrow in church to sing.  Maybe they will do the singing sitting down. NOT!  Still getting around and excited about hitting the 10 mile mark.

138.99 miles of training since Dec 1

Ken Van the running man.

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What a great day!  Sidewalks have no snow and I can run there instead of the streets.  With the goal of 9 miles today, another first for me for distance, I did all those stretches needed before the run.  Now being in a new location to start from, I mapped out where I needed to go on Google Earth.  Because of the longer distance, I was told by my marathoner friend at work that I should start drinking Gatorade used in the Fifth/Third Run so that my body would get use to it and not reject it if taken first time at race time.  With stretches done, dressed for 20* more than the current temp, water, and Pineapple GU, an energy boost.  Everything seemed to work as planned and my air was just fine but it takes a bit of mind control to keep my legs moving.  After completing the run, I worked on preventing sore muscles from getting too stiff and took a nap.  By the way, I left out the waffles.  Never eat them 1/2 hour before your run.

128.99 miles of training since December 1.

Ken Van the running man.

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I have been away for a bit but here is an update.  This past week the running has been on a sabbatical.  Everything is fine but it has just been too busy with other things like working on a Mission Conference, moving, and having a birthday.  Now living in a different location, I need to figure out the new territory and the lay of the land.  Mostly, what streets are clear and safe to run on. :)  With a new location and those other things behind me, last Saturday I hit the road with 8 miles!  With one mile to go and running on Canal street heading South, I hear, "Way to go Ken!  Keep on running!  Happy Birthday!  You are doing good!"  I do not know who these people are!  So I give the thumbs up sign anyway and yell a thank you back and then I see who it was.  Eunice Pearce, my assistant at work and her husband, Ed, members of Harvest OPC!  Thank you guys for giving me that little extra to finish the last mile.  Next major goal is 9 miles Saturday.

Money has been coming in and I hope to update the total collected so far for the campaign soon. 

119.93 miles run in training since December 1, 2013

Ken Van the running man.

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Saturday night, while at the 3 mile mark of a 7 mile run, this white vehicle pulls up and rolls down the window and yells out, "Hey Ken, need a ride?"  Thanks for your kindness S Ter H and D Ter H!  :)  I did not take them up on the offer and I completed the 7 miles and look forward to the 8 mile run this coming Saturday.

110.93 miles of training since December 1!

Ken Van the running man.

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Last night I went to the Rivertown Mall to follow the task for the day.  I was required to walk for 40 minutes.  With pools of water in the streets and cars splashing it up on you if I walked, I figured the Mall was the best place to go.  This helped a lot as I could feel the strength coming back into my legs from all the running.  Oh the temptations that abound as I pass the fudge shop four times!  Those A&W Root Beer Floats, the Dairy Queen Sundaes, Biggby Coffee, oh, this is not good.  Back to the streets today ;)

Ken Van the running man

 

PS  I went to my CPA today and dropped some things off.  I showed them my flyer, that I carry with me all the time, and they wrote me a check for $50.00 just like that.  All you have to do is ask!

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I am thankful for advice given to me from someone in our office who runs marathons.  She is younger than I but I think she knows what I have been going through since December 1 in training.  In talking with her, I have decided to try to take it a bit easy on my legs.  I have been outside running every day except Sundays and one day because of a blizzard.  She said the schedule I am following is a bit agressive.  I am going to still run the distances but take more days off inbetween to rest.  Last night I ran at 10 pm during the snow storm in which we were getting dumped on with 5 more inches or more.  After 1 mile I just stopped because the street was just too hard to run in grooves made by cars.  Thanks M. T. for your comments!  This past Sunday, I was glad that someone was sitting in the seat in front of me in church because I needed that backrest to help me pull myself up.

103.93 miles in training since Dec 1 and working toward the short term goal of a second Saturday in a row of 7 miles.  Next week 8 miles.

Ken Van the running man

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I finished my 7 mile run today and it was a great day to be out!  This run brings my total mileage to 102.93 miles since December 1.  If this is what old feels like, I don't like it.  My lungs are just fine.  I get plenty of air running and that is not the hard part.  It is my leg muscles.  At least I get a massage tonight right Trudy, Trudy, Trudy?.  Looks like I might not.

Goal for next week is 7 more miles Saturday and then 8 the next weekend.  This is almost the halfway distance of the 25K.

Ken Van the running man.

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The snow is melting! (kind of)  I have exchanged my daily, all-terrain shoe for running shoes!  Stridders, located almost next door to me, did a great job in picking out shoes that fit my situation.  I wanted shoes that will last until May 10 and then they will be hung up and used in other ways.  The advice I got was to wear them all the time so that my feet can adjust to them.  All day I wore them and even ran 3 miles last night with them.  When I woke up this morning, I was wondering why Trudy had a shoe imprint on her back.

95.93 miles run in training since December 1

Ken Van the running man

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I got a call from Dan B and he is doing what we all need to be doing to get us to the goal of $200,000.  Dan is talking to everyone he meets and tells them about the campaign.  He is handing out flyers and asking his clients to visit the website.  You should adopt Dan as your campaign manager for your half of the goal.  As I always say, I know these are bad odds but Harvest members are going to have to put up with me against you!  Keep up the good work Dan B.!  See you at the finish line!

92.93 miles run in training since December 1

Ken Van the running man

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I want to thank all of you for your concerns for my safety especially in regards to me possibly slipping while training outside.  As some of you know, my commitment to run is to train outside, no mater the weather.  The schedule I use calls for Sundays off and I have only missed two days because of some blizzard or something like that.   I do wear strap-on springs that bite into ice and snow and work very well.  I try to run on a dry roadbed but that has been very hard to find lately.  With these longer runs leading up to May 10, it is harder to find clear streets and I don't want to run around in a circle in some gym or fitness club.  I am already setting my sights on Saturday for 7 miles.

Thanks for your concern, support, and prayers!  Until next time......

Ken Van

the running man

91.45 miles run in training since December 1

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Someone asked me how do I know how far I run each day.  Good question!  I am using a total of 4 apps on my iphone 5s all going at the same time.  One lets me know how many steps I take in a day and how far I walk or run in 15 minute intervals.  It is free and called FITBIT.  It is can be used for calorie intake and/or how many calories I used up.  I use NIKE + iPOD and NIKE RUNNING also.  These two help plan a route and let you know the time per mile and also shows a map of where you have run after you have stopped.  I also use the Fifth Third app for what I need to do each day to complete the 15 mile run.

Please feel free to contact me on the blog with your comments and/or questions.  I appreciate your interest and support of this blog and the campaign.

Ken Van the running man with the goal of ending this week of running 7 miles on Saturday.

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When first training for this 15 mile run for New City Fellowship, I had no idea what I was doing.  I would put on my all terrain everyday shoes with thin socks, long underwear, bluejeans, winter coat, scarf tied around my neck and an old beanie hat.  Can't forget gloves, two mismatched ones because I am still looking for the other one somewhere.  You can imagine what a sight I was running down the streets.  On one run after running a few hundred feet, I am already huffing and puffing, and there in front of me is this hill.  I am going to make this!  Just as the top of the hill is almost cleared, here comes this woman runner who was the queen of running fashion.  She was decked out in the latest gear from head to toe and back again.  To add to insult, she was gabbing on her phone.  How do you do that?  When I got home I went shopping.  I have noticed lately that I have a pretty good stride going for me and I even answered the phone the other day while running!  Maybe there is something to this clothes thing.......

Since December 1, 2013   87.49 miles run including 6.08 miles today!

Goal for next week Saturday 7 miles.

Ken Van the running man.

 

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Last Saturday was one of the longest runs for me so far.  6 miles is also on tap for me to run tomorrow.  I hope I can time it like last week.  My running route is from my current part-time address between Byron Center Ave and Burlingame on 52nd street, West to Ivanrest, then u-turn back East to Clyde Park, u-turn again back West to my starting point.  (Let me just say that in regards to a privious post, this is not 44th street :)

As I began my run, it was 20* and we had just a light cover of snow, only 4" this time!  A mail truck passed me and I had this great idea of just letting the truck go in front of me and I could keep pace with the driver as he/she stopped at each mailbox along 52nd street, a two lane road.  I was perfectly safe as I was in this pocket of space as cars were very careful in passing the mail truck.  I did not have to worry about a car coming too close to me from my back as they made their moves to pass.  The only problem is that when we got to Ivanrest, the mail truck turned.

78.63 miles so far in training since December 1.  Yes, I did go out last night when it was 9* out.

Ken Van the running man.

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I called my dad today to tell him about my "conversation" I had with him for the Congregational Meeting Monday night.  If you were there, you know what I mean.  He thought it was sooooo funny.  Then he said to me, "Where do I send the $100.00?"  I could just kick myself when I heard that.  Why did I not ask for $500.00!

All you have to do is ask!

Total miles run in training as of today 76.87 miles.

Ken Van the running man.

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Last night, one of my fellow Elders took me aside and highly encouraged me to not run on 44th street in the traffic lanes anymore.  OK, I will not do so anymore.  In my own defense, it was a blizzard and very few cars were out on the road anyway but thank you for your concern.

74.09 miles of training to date.

Ken Van the running man.

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Welcome to this blog that will be used to update you on the Capital Campaign for the church plant of Harvest OPC called New City Fellowship.  I hope to keep you informed about my personal goal of running in the Fifth Third River Bank Run on May 10, 2014.  Did I tell you I am registered for the 25K or 15 miles!

Last night, I introduced the congregation to the campaign and tried to present it in a fun, entertaining, and informative way.  May thanks to my helpers in making a normally dull meeting of numbers and motions, an interesting congregational meeting.  It was a great night of unity!  I know you all were really interested in my legs!

Thank you for your interest and support!

Ken Van

PS  Since December 1, 2013  72.4 miles run in training.  This Saturday goal of 6 miles to be run.

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Here is a video introduction to New City Fellowship OPC, the new Harvest church plant at 700 Burton St. on the Southeast side of Grand Rapids. Rev. Mika Edmondson is the new church planting pastor and the Sunday morning worship service begins at 10 am.

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This Sunday

Morning Service, 9:30 AM

Sunday School, 11 AM

Evening Service, 5:30 PM

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Apr

Presbytery Meeting

Saturday, Apr. 26

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OPC General Assembly

June 4-10, Kuyper College

16-20
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Vacation Bible School

June 16-20, 6:00-8:30 pm

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Chattanooga Mission Trip

June 21-28

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OPC Family Camp

Aug. 4-8