A 13.1 Mile Double Down

It’s time to Double Down.

And no, I’m not heading to the casino.

Instead, I’m doing something only slightly less foolish this weekend–I’m running 2 different half marathons in the same day. That’s right yall, I’ll be toeing the line at 7 am for the Red Ribbon Half Marathon here in Lakeland. At 10 pm the gun goes off again, this time for Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon. Read more

Blue Springs Marathon

Last weekend, the wife and I traveled to the Kansas City area for the wedding of my wife’s best friend.

While the reason for the trip was the wedding, which was wonderful, the trip also provided me with an opportunity to continue my marathon journey by running 26.2 in Missouri.

But before I get to race day itself, I just want to put another plug in for Shawnee Mission Park. If you’re ever in the KC area and are looking for a quite, beautiful, piece of nature in which to run, look no further.

Confession time, I had planned to keep this review relatively short, and instead put together a little video diary of the race. I got a few clips recorded on my phone, but I didn’t have anything to carry my phone with me to record while running so the video segments got scrapped. Hopefully that will change for the Double Down coming up in about 10 days.

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Shawnee Mission Park–The Best Place to Run in Lenexa/Overland Park/Olathe/Shawnee KS Area

I’ve never realized how hard it is to find a good place to run when you’re in an area where you have no idea where anything is located.

I’m currently hanging out in a Lenexa, KS, hotel room watching some football and waiting for a friend’s wedding this afternoon. My wife is in the wedding party, so I’ve had most of the day for myself to do whatever I wanted, as long as I make it to the ceremony location on time.

Also this weekend, I’ll be running my 4th marathon, so after I dropped my wife off to start getting ready, I wanted to go and get in 2 or 3 easy miles to loosen up my legs a little bit and break a little sweat.

Who knows if I’ll be in this part of the country again, so I wanted to see something cool–whether that be neighborhoods, neat parks, or anything else that I can’t see when I’m running in Lakeland.

Easier said than done.

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I Got a Fever! And the Only Prescription…

Finally!

I’ve been waiting for next weekend for a while now, and it’s finally less than a week away. Next weekend, I’ll be flying out to Kansas City for the wedding of my wife’s best friend, and to run my next marathon!

I’m excited for the bride and groom, but let’s be serious–I’ve got a terrible case of race fever!

While it’s been just over a month since I ran the Aching Quad series, and I did run the Watermelon series this summer, I haven’t run a long race since February. A long summer of long runs in the Florida heat has gotten old, but I’m finally ready for the payoff!

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Are Marathoners Dying to Run?

I saw an article the other day with a headline that kind of jumped out at me.

Running a Marathon Hard on Heart, Especially in Less Prepared Runners.

Did I mention I’m running a marathon in 10 days?

keep-calm-it-s-only-26-2-miles-2Obviously I clicked on the headline and read the article. Read more