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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Down to the wire

September 25, 2013 - With a month and a half until the Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon, it's crunch time for training.

I've been pretty good about it, running twice a week most of the time since May. My courses have been the longest I've ever tried during training Ė from downtown Clarkston down Waldon to Sashabaw, to Maybee Road past Birdland back to Main Street.

Still less than half a half marathon, but my speed is getting better. Needs more work, though.

Dr. Rod Rock, Clarkston schools superintendent, mentioned he saw me training. But he used the word "walking," even though I'm still in the "running" phase when I go by the school administration offices on Clarkston Road.

I might need to pick up my pace a bit.

I saw on Facebook, Clarkston Wolfpack Running Club is going to start practice runs for the half marathon and 10K next Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. in Depot Park.

This sounds like they're starting off with the whole 13-point-whatever run up to the northern border of Independence Township and back.

This is a bit ahead of schedule for me. My plan was to train as much as I can to just barely finish the course on race day. Not practice the whole thing to improve my final time like a real athlete would.

I'll be there, though.

The club's official practice run will be on Oct. 26. I'll be as ready as I'm going to be by then.


Principal Gary Kaul can be seen on the front page doing his best Great Gatsby impression with the unsuspecting help of LEAD teacher Amy Quayle.

I like the faces of some of the students watching from the stands. They have the same what-is-this-I'm-looking-at expression I've seen before when Gary springs into action.

They had it a while ago when the principal dressed up as The Batman and went for a walk around Clarkston High School during lunch.

I imagine these aren't the only times this has happened. The man saved the lives of students under his care on more than one occasion, also. I hope students appreciate him and all the other super-heroish teachers and staff in the district.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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