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It’s DARK outside at 6 a.m.

Posted: August 18, 2009 in family, Marathon

So, today was my first day running in the morning since the kids returned to school. This has added a whole new wrinkle to my training schedule.

It appears that this is going to be a bit of a chore. Both kids are going to elementary school this year (One is in Kindergarten and the other is in 4th grade) and need to get on their way by 7:30.  Because of this, I have to get up at 6 a.m., so I can be back in the house by 6:45 to help get them up and ready.

Today I did my usual 4-mile (3.8 actually) route. I got out the door at 6:07 and returned at 6:35… 28 minutes.  Average pace:  7:16. It was a good run, but there’s one MAJOR difference running at that time: IT’S DARK OUT!

When running through the neighborhood, I find myself having to remain very alert for traffic coming at me. I’m sure most drivers at this time are having their morning coffee and not really paying too much attention to the road. It gets worse when I get out on the main road. Over the final mile, there’s a dirt path I run on along the edge of the road. This path has small rocks and tree roots that stick out of the ground. During the day, I can see them easily and avoid stepping on them. (I don’t want to twist my ankle.) But at 6:20 a.m., it’s hard to see exactly where I’m stepping so I have to be cautious.

Perhaps, I might have to look into getting one of these:

headlightSure, it might look a bit dorky, but it beats getting hit by a car… I would think.

As I was running, it dawned on me that I wasn’t even sure how many miles were on the schedule for today. When I finished, I saw that I was supposed to do 5 miles, not 4. I guess this makes up for the 4 miles I ran on Sunday when I was only supposed to do 3. It all evens out in the end, I suppose.

Tomorrow also calls for 5 miles. That should add another 7-8 minutes to the run, meaning I will have to make sure I’m out the door before 6:10 to be back in time for school to start.

Then it’s 4 on Thursday and 12 on Saturday. Next week is a BIG week. Saturday calls for 18 miles. Oofdah!


10 miler

Posted: July 18, 2009 in family, Marathon
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First, let me just say that this is a test of my blogging skills on the iPhone.

It was pretty crowded on the Silver Comet this morning at 730. (I overslept a bit.)

I remembered to stretch beforehand, which made a BIG difference. It was a perfect morning. About 65 degrees. Absolutely awesome temp for a long run.

One tip I have discovered for myself… Tie the laces on the side of the shoes not the top. This keeps them from annoyingly hitting the opposite ankle when running. A small thing but it works.

One other tip… Make sure you suck down all of the energy gel from the pack before you put the wrapper back in your pocket.

Here is a map of the run:
10 Miles silver Comet Trail
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After the run, which took me just 1:10 thanks to the beautiful weather, I head home and take the kids to a cool puppet show!

We had a blast!

Next, it’s off to the Mets-Braves game followed by the free All-American Rejects concert. What a day.

My weekend will begin with a 10-mile run. As of Friday afternoon, my calf muscles were still feeling a little sore. Hopefully this eases before I hit the trail at 6:30 am.

When I return to Chateau Buteau, half a gallon of low-fat chocolate milk will be consumed and legs will be stretched. Then, the car will be loaded up with two kids in search of a local puppet show. Who doesn’t love a good puppet show?

Following the puppet show, me, my son and his friend will head to Turner Field for an afternoon game between the Braves and Mets. Should be fun! Nothing like a little good old fashioned National League East rivalry.

all-american-rejectsBut the real fun starts after the game, when the All American Rejects take the Turner Field stage for a free concert.

The concert is part of a much-delayed 9th birthday present for my son. Last year, I took him to see Bon Jovi. Considering he was born in NJ, it only seemed appropriate.

The only drawback to seeing the All-American Rejects… I will be missing out on my chance to see Brian Wright and The Waco Tragedies!

Anybody who has heard Brian Wright, you know that missing his concert is a true tragedy! ( I thank my good bud Mason for introducing him to me.)

Sunday then calls for an “easy” 4-miler to stretch the legs. Whew!


Oh, and for an update on my sock issue, a colleague of mine suggested I check out these Asics.