This winter, it has seemed like my life has revolved around Connor’s travel sports. If we didn’t have a basketball tournament one weekend, we had a preseason soccer tournament. Or both on the same weekend. We spent a lot of time driving all over the place for his love of sport. We wouldn’t trade it for the world, though; watching him grow as an athlete and a person. When I heard he had a soccer tournament in Virginia Beach the same weekend as the Shamrock Marathon races, I had the “Register Now” button clicked before I even finished reading the schedule. (more…)
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When Sara asked me if I would run a 50K in Virginia Beach with her, I gladly agreed. I have coached her through several marathons and knew she was ready to try a new distance. Would I be able to run a race without racing, though? Could I quell those competitive juices and just enjoy a nice long run with a friend? Would she be able to put up with me for several hours? What if I am the one that struggles?
All of those questions were answered Saturday, December 17, when Sara and I ran the Seashore Nature Trail 50K. (more…)
My exact words last year when I wrote about my first Ultramarathon experience, the JFK 50 Miler in Boonsboro, Maryland were:
“Such a terrible idea.”
I reiterated those sentiments several times in the article. See for yourself: http://www.runningdad.com/30-past-races/jfk-50-race-recap/
Somehow, though, those words did not sink in and I ended up back in Boonsboro this year for the 54th Annual JFK 50.
Glutton for punishment?
Looking for redemption?
Boston Marathon #2 is officially in the books. I finished the race in 3:11:11 and placed 3063 out of 26639 finishers. Not bad. I missed my goal of a sub-3 hour marathon, but my time should qualify me for the 2017 Boston Marathon, so I can give it another go. (more…)