Tuesday, March 3, 2009


February had a hell of an ending. First, I decided to skip on training two weeks ago, because I had to work. I did go tubing that Saturday, which was a lot of fun. Probably didn't do much for preparing me to run 13.1 miles, but nonetheless. Last weekend was a weekend off of training with the team. I decided to take advantage of the fact that I didn't have to get up at 6:30AM on Saturday, and went out to an extended happy hour with a friend. I took FULL advantage of it, because happy hour turned into dinner, which turned into running around Federal Hill until the early morn. So, this week it's back to work, and by work I mean training, not work--work has already been taking priority, and part of the point of this training is to put work in its place. Work is important, but there are other more important things going on in this world, like people fighting for there lives; not to mention, people fighting for our lives! Anyway, maybe I should just say it's time to hit the pavement.

I have got to thank everyone who has been so generous this far. I really appreciate it. Here is a link to Jen's blog--she is one of the people we are helping.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Going steady

Since I will be back with the team on Saturday, I thought I should post before then.

It was a good week. The training was pretty easy. I attribute that to accidentally training for two miles all week, when I was supposed to do only one. It's actually kind of hard to find a one mile route. I did it though...down to Rash Field, up to Light Street, and back home. This week's weather hasn't been too harsh. Thanks Mother Nature!

Here are a couple pictures from last week's training session:

Well, my laptop's about to go into sleep mode, which means it's probably about that time for me, too. More later!

Monday, February 9, 2009

So far, so good

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Sunday I met my team! We met at Fort McHenry at 7:30AM. The coaches were all impressed by our promptness. They kept saying how early we were, but we all know they told us to be there at that time. They did let loose a little tip that most of the time they don't get started until 8 or 8:15, so maybe I don't need to roll out of bed at 6:45 this weekend.

I just hope the weather stays this kind for the month...hell, until May. Please, God, can you make sure it is a constant 50 degrees every Saturday morning until May 29th...please?

We just had to complete 2 miles. I'm pretty sure I'm going to jog the 13.1 miles, so I decided to stay with the run/walkers. It was super easy. I'm sure they start that way so nobody gets discouraged right off the bat. The next two weeks, are spent doing 1 mile runs during the week and 2 mile runs on the weekend. I'm totally loving this while it's easy. Although, the program progresses pretty slowly, so I don't think it will be too hard.

No crazy pictures yet, although I did want to share a picture of the Baltimore sky that I took last night. I noticed it while laying on my couch, you know, recovering from training :-)

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

And we're off!

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Today was the "Kick-off Breakfast of Champions" at the Inner Harbor Hard Rock Cafe. It was mainly an opportunity to meet some of the people who have volunteered their time to make sure I finish 13.1 miles. There were a few speakers who have been touched by Leukemia or Lymphoma. I am definitely going to keep those people in the back of my mind when I am feeling unmotivated. When you have cancer, you can't put off your treatments because you don't feel like it!

So, tomorrow is the first day of training. I'm kind of relieved that we are going to be training at Fort McHenry for the next two weeks. Our coach had to move it from the NCR trail, because it is still icy. I'm also glad it's warming up a little this weekend. It's going to make it a little easier to pull myself out of bed at 7:00AM on Sunday!

Stay tuned. I will be bringing my camera to training to record the experience. If anything, I'll make sure to post some embarrassing pictures of myself after I've run. Should make it interesting!

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