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The Only Way to Fly

November 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

OK, not the only way…not even my usual way…but it was the way today (or at least part of today.)

Training Journal – 11/6/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 5 mile easy run @ 8:37-9:37 pace
  • Comments: Squeezed in 5.49 at 8:03 before the taxi came this morning…BOOYAH!

St. Pete Views

October 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

Some photos from my after-dinner walk last night in St. Petersburg…

North Yacht Basin from Bayshore Drive

Panorama of North Yacht Basin from Bayshore Drive

Awesome cloud formation

Tampa Bay at sunset

Downtown at sunset

Movie night at Straub Park
I didn’t watch…had to pack.

Training Journal – 10/19/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 5 mile easy run @ 9:09
  • Comments: I did 5.11 at 8:25

This past Sunday, I ran the 2012 edition of the U Can Finish 5 mile & 2 mile race in Orlando, FL. Yes, Orlando. I had to travel there for business and, since I needed to travel on Saturday for a Sunday PM meeting, I checked the web for Sunday morning races in the area and found this one! I thought, “why not!” So, after checking with the organizer to make sure it was open to “out of towners”, I registered.

The race, held at the University of Central Florida and organized by a running store called Track Shack, was actually three races in one event: a 5 mile, a 2 mile, and a combined time of the two called the “Distance Dare.” They timed the 5 & 2 distances so people could run both – the 5, then the 2 mile. Finishers of the “Distance Dare” got a special medal. They also had a few races for kids as well. The overall event drew a good crowd: 1,385 for the 5 mile, 831 for the 2 mile, and 417 runners took the “Distance Dare.”

The weather was nice and clear. The announcer kept saying that the weather was cooler for this race; but, that is relative. Being from California, “cooler” to a Floridian is a lot different than someone from the San Francisco Bay Area! Still, it was good running weather.

I think I cried off at least a pound!

The course was flat and made its way through the central part of the UCF campus. There was a slight breeze on most of the course, though running through several of the quads was pretty stifling because of the close buildings or covered walkways. They had a great amount of volunteers staffing the course making sure people didn’t take wrong turns and, at the same time, cheering everyone on. Because of the course’s layout, I saw many families at multiple points on the course cheering on their runners…which was pretty cool!

The finish line had a great supply of water, bananas, sports drink, and such; as well as a few vendors. They also had a VIP option (for a few extra dollars) that had better food options as well. I hung out for a bit, but left to go back to the hotel…and escape the heat!

The U Can Finish was a great race. It is actually part of a whole series of races put on by the Track Shack and supporting sponsors. From the looks of their website and the draw at the race, they know how to put on a great event.

My Race


I’m happy with my times! Just over an 8 minute pace for the 5 mile and just under 8 for the 2 – I’m not gonna complain! My splits for both distances were negative, so I’m happy with that – since it means I was pacing slower at the start as I need to do better at all around (based on my last two races.)

Not one to take too many photos during races, here are a few from the race:

Start crowd for the 5 mile race

Start line for the 2 mile (“let’s git dis ting started!”)
I didn’t intentionally cover up the “t”… 😉

Finished! (get me to an air-conditioned environ!)

Bib, shirt, & bling!
Did you catch the “UCF” race name & location tie-in?

Pre-race & race-day fuel: Since I was on travel and these were not long distances, I didn’t do any carb load or specific pre-race nutrition. I did eat a pack of GU Chomps and drank 20oz of GU Brew during both races.


Bottom line: It was a blast to run, though I prefer California weather conditions. Having said that, I bet the weather for the Honolulu marathon will be similar…

Post-race meal: After the race, I ended up eating a Panda Bowl and heading back to the hotel…only to then head out for my planned, Monday, long run of 18 miles. I was pretty drained after that (running 25.38 miles total in upwards of 85-degree weather) and ended up having my “fun” post-race meal that evening – the special at Cracker Barrel:


Training Journal – 10/18/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 8 mile easy run @ 9:09
  • Comments: I did 8.12 at 8:33

Hotel TP Presentaion

October 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

One guess: Which roll presentation is from the Ritz-Carlton & which is from the Hampton Inn?

Coming tomorrow: U Can Finish race report

Training Journal – 10/17/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 8 mile easy run @ 9:09
  • Comments: I did 8.25 at 8:32

Boulder Creek Path Runs

August 9, 2012 — 1 Comment

I’ve been in Boulder, CO this week on a biz trip. Fortuitously, my hotel was right next to the Boulder’s Boulder Creek Path. So, prior to leaving on the trip, I mapped out a route: a nice, out-and-back, steady-climb, 10K.

This was my first time running at altitude as well. I could really tell the difference, but my pace and times were still pretty decent:

  • 8/7: 6.54 miles @ 8:52 pace
  • 8/8: 6.47 miles @ 8:50 pace
  • 8/7: 6.36 miles @ 8:45 pace

Since I run at 0-dark-thirty, pictures aren’t possible – or really practical. So after my meeting let out today, I ran by one of the park areas to snap a couple of photos…and see what part of the Path looks like in the daylight! It was a nice area to run and I’m sure it even is nicer in the light – at least more scenic!

Boulder Creek Path footbridge at Eben G. Fine Park

Oh, and I also did some souvenir shopping on the way to the airport…

Training Journal – 8/9/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 3 mile easy run @ 9:09
  • Comments: I did 6.36 miles at 8:45


August 7, 2012 — Leave a comment

Thank Goodness For FedEx Kinko’s.

It saved my bacon this aftternoon evening tonight since the hotel’s business center computer/scanner was busted. Got an important document generated, printed, signed, and emailed to a colleague. WHEW!

Ah, the life of the ever-connected worker…

Training Journal – 8/7/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 3 mile run @ 9:09
  • Comments: I did 6.54 miles at 8:52. I’m on a trip and the route just lent itself to a 10K… 😉

My wife and I enjoyed an extended get-a-way at the Disneyland Resort last weekend.  The Grand Californian was very nice and Disney did a great job on their new Cars Land – we only waited 135 (daytime) then 120 minutes (nighttime) for the Radiator Springs Racers (the main attraction.)  That wasn’t too bad for a new ride – I read that on opening day, the wait was 300+ minutes at times…!  [Fast Passes were gone by 0900!]

Anyway, the weather was perfect and I did come home with a requisite Mickey Mouse t-shirt as well as two bags of my favorite Dark Chocolate Covered Mickey Mouse Pretzels!

Oh, I did discover one other “souvenir” – a product of our impromptu Disney character breakfast yesterday.  While running this morning, I couldn’t get this song out of my head:

There was a farmer who had a dog
And Bingo was his name-o

[insert laughter, knowing that everyone reading this is now, at this very moment, humming this tune in their head…  Mwahahahaahhaha!]

Training Journal – 6/26/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program
  • Today’s session: 4 mi easy @ 9:19
  • Comments: First day back after a four-day rest. I did 5.2 @ 8:40.  It was a nice rest, but I’m glad to be back running!


June 10, 2012 — Leave a comment

PBJ, ala concierge-level!

Second day for this tasty treat – I’m thinkin’ there’ll be a few others!

Training Journal – 6/10/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program
  • Today’s session: 6 miles @ 9:19
  • Comments: I did 6.24 @ 8:54.

I’ve only seen these at O’Hare, so maybe the inventor is the
brother/cousin/uncle/or-something of the airport manager…

Training Journal – 5/11/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program
  • Today’s session: Rest day
  • Comments: Early morning flight home from my biz trip. Walked around the Chicago airport for about an hour to get some activity and decide on a lunch option (during breakfast time) for the second leg home. A pint of steamed rice, apple, banana, and an almond/apricot bar where the winners.

Towpath Run 2

May 10, 2012 — Leave a comment

Question:  You finish your meetings a little bit early than planned and need to drive to Newark for the night before catching an early AM flight home. What to do, what to do?

Answer: Run another 10k on the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath – this time heading north from the Millstone Aqueduct.  So much better than running on the hotel treadmill!

Very nice run – not as muggy today and a little breezy.  I think I could get into trail running…

Some photos:


Lake training:

Millstone Aqueduct Foot Bridge:

Training Journal – 5/10/12:

  • Current plan: Half-marathon program
  • Today’s session: 5 mile Easy Run @ 9:19
  • Comments: I did 6.42 @ 8:43. Still a little stiff, but not as bad as a few days ago. More ice tonight!