Time to Get Serious!

This week was the first week in maybe a year where I actually fulfilled on my prescribed training and ran 4 days in 1 week, including 3 back-to-back-to-back days.  Luckily, I had the great opportunity to be in NYC this week for two of those runs and was able to run a few short blocks to Central Park and run around the loop with all the other city runners and bikers.

I must say, for a city so large it is an amazing experience to be able to walk two blocks away from 30-60 story buildings, be in the middle of a park, and look around and see nothing but trees, rocks, and greenery.  The city planners back in the 1830s really knew what they were doing.

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Also, after a few weekends off from my TNT team I was finally able to get back and join them for a great Saturday morning run.  Our meeting time has slowly creeped earlier and this week was at 7:00, which is where it will remain for the rest of the summer as we try to beat the summer heat.  I arrived a few minutes early and was greeted by the following setting.  Very serene for a peaceful Saturday morning.  Can’t wait to see this every Saturday morning for the next 4 months!


This was the first time we crossed the mighty James River, this time crossing the Boulevard/Nickel/Ten-Penny bridge.  I forgot how much I miss running across the James; such a beautiful setting for an urban landscape.  After a quick (32 minute) 4 mile run, I retuned to our point of origin – Byrd Park.

More stories to come, including a few more personal ones.  Please take a moment and check out my fundraising goal at the top right of this site.  I have a long way to go so please take a moment and consider a donation.  If you want the specifics on the goals I am setting for myself they are located on my fundraising page.

Tough Mudder

That was an experience.  Only two weeks into my formal training for the half marathon I jumped head first into the Tough Mudder with a few of my college buddies.  Leading up to the event I wasn’t quite sure that I my training (which consisted of running 1-2 times a week and tennis a couple days a week) would be enough to run 10 miles plus be able to fulfill on all the obstacles.

I’d have to say that the Warrier Carry was THE hardest obstacle.  Unfortunately for my friend Mike, he ended up getting paired up with the tallest guy on the team.  I went first and carried him 100 yards on my shoulders and then he reluctantly did the same with me.  I’m glad that specific obstacle was towards the end of the 10 miles because otherwise I would have been spent.

All in all it was a great experience and I will definitely do it again.  The only thing I didn’t enjoy was getting shocked – 3 times – for the final challenge.  Each time I got dropped to the ground.  Other than that I’ll definitely consider doing it again.  If you haven’t had a chance, check it out as it raises money for a great cause – the Wounded Warrier project.

Well, onward and upward to the remainder of my training for the Richmond half and time to get serious about my fundraising.  More on that to come…

Have a great week.