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Nice run with good people


There is lots to talk about this week, so I will try not to bore you and keep it simple.  But before I get into the more personal items I wanted to write a bit about the 2009 NYC marathon.  I watched it LIVE online with my wife using the Universal sports site. (It is great being able to see things that normally would not get any air time on national TV.)  For those of you who missed it I can tell you that it was a very exciting ending for both the mens and womens races.

The main reason I bring up the NYC marathon is because of the buzz around Meb winning the race for the USA.  I got goose bumps as I watched him point to the USA on his singlet when he was about the cross the finish line, and then after crossing he dropped to his knees and kissed the ground in symbolism of kissing the United States.  It was truly a great moment for the USA.  However, leave it to the media to ruin a moment.  It wasn’t even 10 minutes after the win that the reporters were already saying he was not really American.  They didn’t mention that he migrated to the USA at the age of 12.  They didn’t talk about the silver medal in the 2004 Olympics for the U.S.  They didn’t talk about how his family struggled to get to America during a turbulent time in country of his birth.  More can be found here. It sickens me that almost all media came out negative instead of lifting the victory up as an American triumph.

(Adam steps down from the soap box.)

OK, on to other items.  This past week I had my annual medical check-up.  I decided that one month prior to running my first marathon was a good time to make sure all is working OK.  The doctor was happy with the results and said that I seem very healthy, and was glad to hear that I have been training for a marathon.  Just as a precaution I am also getting blood work, and a visit to the cardiologist as well next week.

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Jensen Beach 1/2 marathon…check!


Well, it is done and I did better than expected!  I had planned to run my first 1/2 marathon at an 8:45/mile pace, and actually performed at an 8:33/mile pace instead.  I feel great!  Meanwhile I also learned a valuable lesson, at least for me.

This was the 12th week of my 18 week marathon training schedule, that concludes with the running of the 2009 Palm Beach Marathon on December 6th.  It also happened to be a mileage drop week and only required 13 miles, which was the perfect opportunity to get in a 1/2 marathon as a practice race for the marathon.  After some searching I found the 2009 Martin County Halloween Half held in Jensen Beach being held by the Stuart Fleet Feet location.

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Contemplating my first 1/2 marathon

Having just finished my first 18 mile run, and surviving, my weekly mileage continues to climb.  But first this week my mileage takes a slight dip to only 31 miles (I can’t believe I just said “only” while talking about miles in excess of 30 in a single week.) and closes with my first half marathon run EVER!

It was a fun weekend, but I did not get as much rest as I would have liked.  After running 18 miles I rested for a couple of hours, then drove (actually my wife drove) 3 hours to Disney so my son and I could perform a judo demonstration with our club at the 2009 Disney Martial Arts Festival.  Immediately after the demonstration we then drove (again, my wife drove) back home, arriving around midnight to get to bed.  I slept very well Saturday night.  Phew! (Some pics of the demo are available through my Facebook page.)

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Signed up for my first 1/2 marathon today

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I have decided that in preparation for my first marathon, the Palm Beach Marathon on December 6th 2009, that I would like to hit some other races as part of my training.  I wanted to stick with my training plan as closely as possible, so that meant I would try and fit one or more half marathons in as my 13 mile long run weekends.

So far I found one that stood out from Martin County (Jensen Beach, FL) Halloween half marathon on October 25th.  Not only is it kind of local, but it also fell on a 13 mile long run weekend.  Plus it will be a nice run a couple of weeks prior to a 20 mile long run, as well as a full month prior to my first marathon.

I found the people conducting the half marathon to be both friendly and helpful.  I signed up and now continue my training.

My map of the 2008 course (They are still planning the 2009 course.):

Run PDF signup: Race Application PDF

Online signup: Martin County 1/2 Marathon signup