Friday, January 29, 2010

Returning from a Winter Break

I am back. I had a few inquiries as to the status of this blog. I am happy to say we are up and running.

Following the last posting, I ran the Jacksonville Bank half-marathon on December 20th. I paced a fellow runner, Cathy, for the first six miles of her full marathon. Even with the slower pace for the first half, I was able to post a respectable 1:58.

On Christmas Day, I flew to New York to be with my father who was seriously ill. He passed away on December 29th. I returned to Orlando on January 7th.

The Disney weekend was exciting. My daughter Katie, ran the half-marathon on Saturday and my son-in-law Phil, ran the full on Sunday. It was the coldest weekend in Disney history. Sunday morning it was 29 degrees!

In all, I took three weeks off from running. As frustrating as that was, in hindsight I think it was good for my mind and body. I have been running four days per week, adding one extra day to my previous training schedule. I will be running the "26.2 with Donna" half-marathon on February 21st and the "Colorado Marathon" half on May 9th. I will not run a full marathon until the fall. I am about 99% sure that I will run the "Wineglass Marathon" in Corning, NY, October 3rd.

This weekend our training group will head out to Apopka, FL for some hill training. I expect to run between 10-11 miles on the hills. The following weekend I need to get in a strong 14 mile run to simulate the upcoming half-marathon.

That pretty well covers my absence and brings you up to date on what I have been doing.

The photo has nothing to do with running. It was taken while I was in NY helping to clear some of the 30+ inches of snow that fell during my visit.

1 comment:

ShirleyPerly said...

Hi Jim, good to hear from you. Sorry to hear of your dad passing way recently but nice that your kids could be in Orlando for the Disney race. I few back from Hawaii on Sunday, the day of the marathon, and could not believe the cold temps we had. That photo, though, reminds us that we still have it pretty good here, relatively speaking.