First, my apologies for not posting in so long. For most of late July and early August I have been in "vacation mode". In July I spent a week with my family having a wonderful time in Bar Harbor, Maine. Then in early August I spent 12 days out West with my childhood friend Kirk (you can read about that trip on my other blog).
But training knows no vacation. Following training schedule, I had a 10.5 long run scheduled for while we were in Maine and a 14 mile run for when I was in Anaheim.
For the 10.5 mile run in Bar Harbor on July 15 (I did the run 2 days later than scheduled but hey! I was on vacation!) I ran down the main road toward town, back across the bridge into Trenton and then back again. It was a good course to run, I felt rested and strong, and and I was able to maintain pretty good pace. And some of the scenery was beautiful!
For the 14 mile run in Anaheim on August 10 I ran around the Disneyland Resort (which was a lot of fun) and down Harbor Blvd. Harbor is flat with wide sidewalks, so I was anticipating a pretty easy run. I was wrong. The problem is that every corner on Harbor is a major intersection with a relatively long wait for the light which really broke up my pace. In addition I was concerned about being late for the D23 expo, so I ended up cutting the run short at 11.25 miles.
I got right back on the horse in two weeks with a 17 mile run. Being back home I ran at the local carriage trail. I was very happy with the results, feeling pretty strong throughout and maintaining a steady pace right up until the last two miles. This was my longest run to date. I'm feeling very confident about my first full marathon, the Roue 66 Marathon n Tulsa OK.