Monday, April 9, 2007

How I Keep On, Keeping on...Running

It has been quite a long time since I added anything here. My intention was to be very regular, but I am failing at this much as I fail at journaling. All I can do is what I can do, and "keep on keeping on" and running, running, running.


Since the Tallahassee 1/2 Marathon in February I have run more than my fair share - especially if you ask The Boys in my family - of officially sanctioned races: in the cold on March 3 - Thomasville Road Baptist Community 10K; March 10 - 30th running of the Jacksonville River Run 15K, this day was unexpectedly and unseasonably warm; and on March 17 - Shamrock Scurry 5K (plus running to and from the start making it about a 10K day). Honestly, I had planned to also have in there another 1/2 marathon that did not ever materialize, and the Springtime Tallahassee 10K on March 31. However, that weekend I got give my parents a 40th Wedding Anniversary party on the 31st instead! YEAH for them!

Anyway, the best training program for me is to have a goal - a race/run - to really stay focused on my consistent running. So, I put something, some run or race, on the calendar all the time to give me something to always be working towards. Lots of times, I don't get to the race itself; like the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati in May. The logistics and economics just won't align for that run - oh, well. And, then there is the Rock-n-Roll 1/2 Marathon in Virginia Beach on September 2. I don't think I'll make that one either, but it is a righteous run. Right now there isn't anything "REAL" on the calendar except to hopefully be prepared for the Jacksonville Marine Corps. 1/2 Marathon the first weekend in October. That means running through the summer - and I usually take the summer off - along with trying to make sure to SPIN! some days as well. After the JAX Marine 1/2 I think I will plan on the Boston, Georgia, "Mini" Marathon at the end of October, and then train via the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving into December for the JAX 1/2 Marathon in mid-December. That will bring me pretty much up to speed for the Disney again in January.

I have promised my 12 year-old that I will "tri" with him in July if he wants to do the Freedom Springs Triathlon in Marianna, FL, on July 4th. Of course, my idea of the "tri" that day is really more of a "du"athlon. I have told him I will register, and forfeit the swim portion so that I can be in the transition area when he gets out of the water, and we will do the rest of the event together. I could probably finish the swim (1/4 mile), but he would be way ahead of me, and that sort of defeats the point of being there for him. The last two legs should be relatively easy: 10 mile bike and 3.1 mile run; so I think we will have a great time.

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