St. Michaels Running Festival Discount Code!

So what is the St.Michaels Running Festival?

It is a charming race-place in one of the oldest waterfront towns on the Chesapeake Bay..  It has shops along main street – but most importantly:

It has the flattest, fastest USATF half marathon in the region!!!!!

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The title is the week.. I have been a hot-mess all week.  Tuesday was supposed to be a five mile run – but turned into 3 as the cold & humidity made me unable to breathe.  My morning running partners – Zully and Suzanne were super understanding (or happy to run a shorter distance) and made sure I didn’t collapse on the way back.

Thursday I had to start by warning them that my hernia (lucky me, I still have an inguinal hernia) was bothering me – so I wasn’t sure if I was even going to make it to the first building before turning back – but I did!  I actually finished the run with no problems.

Zully and Tim were meeting this morning at six am to do ten miles.. I don’t do  6 am on Saturdays.  Suzanne (who apparently doesn’t do six on Saturdays either) agreed to meet at 6:45, and do the second part of their ten mile loop.  The plan was that we would do another loop to get our ten.

The run went well, but we decided to NOT do the second loop. Some blisters on my feet, humidity – all contributed to bailing. Though I think it was a good call.

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September Stridebox

So it seems I have somehow never posted about Stridebox.  I have NO idea how that has slipped through!

When the box arrives, its like a pleasant schrodinger's cat! No risk of dead things, just an unknown amount of cool stuff!

When the box arrives, its like a pleasant schrodinger’s cat! No risk of dead things, just an unknown amount of cool stuff!

For Father’s Day last year (that’s right, I’ve been getting these for over a year and never posted), I received a subscription to Stridebox.  What is stride box?  According to their marketing blurb on their website:

StrideBox is a fun and exciting way to discover running products and accessories. Each month, as a member, you will receive a curated box of apparel, accessories, and nutrition products to fuel your training sessions, workouts, and races.

According to me – its like a runner’s grab bag!  It will contain one gadgetry thingy (lights for my shoes, stretching band, no-tie shoe laces, water bottle, etc), some sort of race-refueling stuff (gels, powders, bars, etc) and who knows what else?

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Chaffing = Rest Day

After 30 hours of healing!

After 24 hours of healing!

Today’s schedule was to meet a buddy for a 5 miler, then 2 with the kids but a problem arose.

I didn’t choose my clothing very wisely yesterday and had a pair of old-school (literally old-school- I’ve had these shorts for 15 or 20 years) cotton shorts to run in.  They not only rode up on one leg, but proceeded to rub…  as other runners know (or will at some point) rubbing leads to chaffing, and chaffing leads to pain.


Rest day.

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5 at 5

Thursday (and Tuesday) mornings mean 5 at 5!!!  At 5 Am, over on the Crofton parkway a random group of Crofton-area runners meet up and do a five mile loop.   Around the parkway, with Eaton added in to make it 5 instead of 3.  (This is necessary, because i am not doing 3 at 3.  I’m asleep at 3.  Not like that Crazy Go Believe Conquer blogger who did 10 at 3.)

Usually Tim is able to join us,but he had a “thing” last night that kept him out late, so it was Zully and myself joined by Suzanne, the controller where I work.  I don’t know if there was an alpha-female thing going on – but our normal 9:15-9:45 pace was shot-down!  We had a couple of miles in the 8 minute range,and the rest were very low 9’s!

They did deny this when I mentioned it…

No pictures today.. Just  a quick update!

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Running with old friends and new

The summer has been on-again, off again as far as running is concerned. As soon as I get a couple of weeks under my belt, a family or work emergency crops up that prevents it for a couple of weeks.

No complaints here, as I have been able to take care of things – so it’s all good!  I’ve just avoided posting until I felt like it was going to remain on-again, as how many “restart” posts can I do in 2 months? It just gets silly.  So, since I am claiming to be on-again full-time, lets take a look at the routine.

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Sony Smartwatch 3 – initial impressions

sonywatchSo, I have always used my phone for tracking my runs, but recently decided to branch out and see if there were better solutions, that still allowed me to track my runs the way I like (aka – use runkeeper.)

After looking online, I saw that the Galaxy  Gear S,in theory, would do everything I wanted and more! Heck,its even a phone on your wrist!  Then I saw the price tag for verizon.. ($400), ok.. moving on…

The Sony Smartwatch 3 on the other hand has a gps chip in it, and can store up to 4 gb of music.. So it can track my run AND play my music? BONUS!!!!!

I watched ebay, and found one for $110 bucks.. Significantly less than the $400 of a Galaxy Gear S on Verizon.  Reports online were favorable- so I took the plunge!

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Running with 1/2 of Go Believe Conquer, and Tim.

I am a day behind on my blogging, so since it is Saturday, I’m now blogging about Friday.   (Considering how long I went without Blogging, I’m ok with this) I just wanted to make sure you were following along!

So yesterday, I went for a 5 mile run in Crofton with 1/2 of Go Believe Conquer and Tim.  I don’t Know which half Cindy is.. Is she believe?  Or Conquer?  Or if you only get one of the pair, do you just have lots of hope and accomplishment?  I’ll have to ask next week…. I don’t think Tim blogs.. If he does,  I will apologize to him profusely, add his blog-title to his name and erase this line.

But anyway, the 3 of us, all member of a super secret  Crofton running Facebook page (the first rule of the super secret Crofton running page…) all agreed that some pre-dawn silliness was in order… So I was up at some god awful time that is too late to be a bed time, and too early to be a time to get up (4:30 am) to meet up with these two fellow nut-jobs (Cindy is more of a nut job though.. she gets up ridiculously early normally… She considers 3 am an acceptable get-up time.  That’s a bed time.) to get some running in.

It was a chatty run.  I like chatty runs.  You get to learn about the people you run with, and the time goes by faster.  In the case of chatting with other runners, while running, you usually get to learn about runners they have run with too.  Interestingly, we seem to spend more time talking about our friend’s times – rather than our own


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Cruising with the Kids – catchup post.

Several runs under the belt this week.. Not saying I’m back on steady running – but I am making another attempt!  (I have really had issues reaching that level after the Marathon)  After running on the beach on Sunday, My son asked to go out for a run and start our training on Weds.  He wants to make sure he is ready for the Bridge Run in November.  As we headed down our road, a neighbor kid, in fourth grade, asked to join us.  After reassuring us he understood we were going to do 2 miles (and getting parental permission) – we headed out!

Bryce, my son (in case you had forgotten his name), did really well.  He was encouraging Aiden (not my son) and trying to help give him advise on his running style.   I was so proud of him – with his wanting to help like that.

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The Ocean makes me want to run…

I don’t know why, but any time I am at the beach, I have the urge to run.. My wife as gotten used to this, and anytime we go to Assateague Island, I know she just waits for me to pop out with:

This is my favorite view to run too. Except for the finger in the corner..

This is my favorite view to run too. Except for the finger in the corner..

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