Running: Back to Basics

Running: Back to Basics

I started running again a couple weeks ago.  I took a few weeks off from training last year. I took forty-nine weeks off actually.  I haven’t really done anything since Rocketman 70.3 in May. To say that running now is frustrating would be an understatement.  It’s frustrating, humbling, and depressing.  My three-mile runs are filled…

Event traffic backed up on Matthews Bridge on Gate River Run race day.

Missing the Gate River Run

After Jen and I took up running, our first Gate River Run, which serves as the U.S. 15k Championship, was in 2007.  I had barely started running at that point (Jen had recently completed her first half-marathon with Team In Training) and I recall smoking a cigarette in the parking lot before we walked to the…

Running Plan from the New York Times RunWell site

Free Training Plans at RunWell

Running plans for varying skill sets and of several different methods are available now through the New York Times RunWell program.  You can get a plan customized to your season schedule by the following Olympians and running groups: The Olympian Jeff Galloway coaches runners to stay injury-free with his unique run-walk method. Greg McMillan, a marathoner and…

New Running Shoes

Three Months to Marathon

With only three months until Disney Marathon Weekend, I’ve run myself right down to the wire.  If I start training tonight, which I did, I would have time to ramp up to 20 miles, then taper for two weeks before the marathon.  It’s unfortunate I didn’t start training a few weeks earlier like I had…

2009 Gate River Run 15k

Jennifer and I ran the Gate River Run this year, for our third time. We had a great time, both running very good times and enjoying the post-race hours with friends. Jennifer set a new personal record this year of 1:53, whereas I ran about the same time as I did in 2008. There was…

Running in the Jacksonville Bank Marathon

2008 Jacksonville Bank Marathon

This was my second year running in this event though I did the half-marathon in 2007. In retrospect, I probably should have done the half-marathon in 2008 too. By the time I ran this event, I had completed a packed schedule of races and also just finished coaching for Team In Training, which brought the…

Running the Outback Distance Classic Half-Marathon

2008 Outback Distance Classic

The 2008 Outback Distance Classic is a Thanksgiving tradition here in Jacksonville, Florida. It starts at 8:00AM every year on Thanksgiving Day and this year was the 25th running of the race. There is also a 6k race that starts at the same time. The course winds around the St Johns River and under a…

Before the Baltimore Marathon with Michele and Eric

2008 Baltimore Marathon

The Baltimore Running Festival includes several races: a marathon, half-marathon, team relay marathon, and a 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) race. Interestingly, all of these races are on the same course at the same time at some point in the event. Even more interestingly, the race directory pulls this off in a somewhat seamless fashion, allowing all…

2008 Marine Corps Half-Marathon

I did not originally plan to run the Marine Corps Half-Marathon this year but ended up scheduling it as a training run for the marathon team I was coaching for Team In Training. Looking back at it, I’m glad I did, because it was a fantastic run through some of my favorite parts of Jacksonville.…

Enjoying the post-race area with Jen after the Disney Marathon

2008 Disney Marathon

The 2008 Disney Marathon was my first marathon and by far my most memorable. The event is at Walt Disney World, so the location is fantastic and the weekend is totally enjoyable, even if only because there is so much to do around the property. The fact that it’s hosted on Disney property also leads…