Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Shoes

Last week, I purchased a new pair of running shoes. In fact, these are the shoes I will wear for my first marathon. If all goes well, these might be my lucky shoes. My color choices for the Asics Gel-1170's were purple or green. I chose green and according to Color Wheel Pro...
"Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility." 
Don't read into the fertility thing too much, but everything else matches well with my personal experience preparing for this race. And of course, Green means Go! 


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Almost a Rite of Passage

Every Sunday night, I take a moment to look at the calendar and see what's ahead in the coming week. I plan when I'm going to run and adjust days if necessary. However, this past week was not looking good. I had one too many things scheduled after school that would prevent me from running then or would force me to go running much later than I'd like. 

It was then that I realized I would have to do something I didn't think I could do: run before work. That's when MarathonMike runs... not me! Yes, I can run early on Saturdays but it's way too early on a weekday. But, I had no choice... I had to run before school. 

On Tuesday, my alarm went off at 5:15am and I was out the door by 5:45am. I had my reflective vest, a blinking light and my Road ID

As soon as I got back, I emptied the dishwasher, so I know that I had some kind of positive experience from my early run. I also had the satisfaction of being done with my run before I even started the day. This was one small step towards marathon-ing in just 5 weeks. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Destination Run - Bar Harbor, ME

School is going strong and yes, it's been good to be back. But, when I was studying the calendar this summer, I discovered a 3-day weekend in September that was just begging for a weekend get away. Bar Harbor, Maine was our destination of choice! 

Mike and I did a drive around the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park. Here we are at Thunder Hole. Sadly, the thunder (water) wasn't really booming... 

We made our way over to Jordan Pond after a short hike to the top of the Bubbles (the two mountains on the right in the picture below). We happened to be seated at the table with an uninterrupted view of the pond and the Bubbles. 

MarathonMike's parents joined us for part of the weekend. The first thing we did together was catch the sunset on top of Cadillac Mountain. It was a bit cold and windy, but worth it to see this view.

Then, we all went for a lengthy and fun hike Sunday afternoon with some great views along the way. Here we are on our way down Champlain Mountain.

I really enjoyed hiking in Acadia. It was a great way to exercise my legs without having to do a long run. Fortunately, the timing worked out for our trip that I didn't have to go for a long run over the weekend. I did go for two short runs around Bar Harbor.  I saw 3 deer, a golf course and cruise ship. It was much cooler at 7am than I was ready for after a summer of warm running. But, it's time to switch to cooler runs and this weekend was the perfect way to start. 

37 days to go! 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Why Run #9

Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best.
- Meb Keflezighi

Monday, September 3, 2012

Back to School

I can't believe it's September already. That means that October is next. And that means my marathon is getting closer and closer. MarathonMike and I enjoyed a few more "summer" things before it was time to face reality and go back to school. 

We went to Tanglewood...

...and a Red Sox game. 

As much as I love summer (which I do!), I was looking forward to going back to school. I like having structure and a routine in my schedule. It's better for my running too. I know exactly when I can run -- after school, on days when I don't have meetings -- and that keeps me more accountable. 

I finished my first week of school feeling good about the year. I got all of my runs in including an 8-miler on the first day of school and 17 miles on Saturday. Making the transition from summer to school will probably be the hardest part of my training. My focus now is 1) getting plenty of sleep, 2) eating good food to fuel my loooong runs and 3) avoiding germs at school with handfuls of hand sanitizer. 

54 days to go! 

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