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Welcome to my fitness blog. I started running in early 2012, having set my sights on the Walt Disney World Half Marathon which I ran in January 2013. (You can read about that in my other blog). I intend to update this blog weekly with training progress and run reports. Please follow and join this blog (links below) for updates. If you want to share please feel free to, there are links to share via Facebook or Twitter below as well. You can also follow me on twitter. And please comment letting me know what you think!

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Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon - DC March 15, 2014  

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Monday, August 26, 2013

No vacation from training

Hi all.

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.

Well, I'm 100% back into training mode now, getting ready for the marathon. In the meantime I'll also be running a half marathon and a 10K - both are Rock 'N Roll races. I'll be posting full reports here.

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