Who puts a marathon the day after Halloween and on the same day as the clocks fall back? And then lets the Mets play in a World Series game that night? This means that the revelers in my neighborhood partied for an extra hour. Instead of getting an extra hour of sleep, I got an extra hour of exhaustion.
My corral start time was at 10:15am, but I had signed up for the 6am midtown bus. I was tired before I even started! The bus took over an hour to get to Staten Island so I only had about two and a half hours to kill before I had to be in my start corral.
Cute marathon bear
With the Columbia Gorge Marathon finished the Lower 48 states! I only missing Alaska and Hawaii for the 50 States. Like last weekend at the Hayden Lake Marathon, I was right over the Washington state line at Hood River, a small ski/activity town in Oregon.
I didn’t have much time to enjoy the surroundings though. I drove down from Seattle and arrived the night before just after 6 PM, when paid parking was no longer enforced but most of the shops had just closed. After packet pickup I drove back to Cascade Locks to stay in an inexpensive hotel (which, by the way, was so much better than the Tropicana Resort I stayed at in Atlantic City).
I combined my remaining states for the 50 States Club with some training runs. Idaho’s Hayward Lake Marathon fit the schedule. I haven’t run more than 13 miles since the Rock the Ridge 50 miler, and that 13 mile was last week. Read more
October 12, 2015
Atlantic City, NJ
After the Staten Island Half Marathon, I drove down to Atlantic City. I’d never been and wanted to see what it was all about. Besides all the usual things you’d do there, I went for a short run to stretch out my legs along the boardwalk and the beach. Read more
Ever get an email reminding you to pick up a bib for an event you forgot you registered for? Was it for a distance longer than you’ve ran since the beginning of the summer? Because that was my week. But, this is the Staten Island Half and we’d get to finish inside a ballpark. Read more
Sept 24, 2015
Wheeler Bay, ME
At the end of summer (literally, since it included the equinox) I took another trip that prevented me from running. Instead of lame excuses about long work hours, dangerous conditions, or bad weather, I have a good one. I wasn’t on land. Read more
August 25, 2015
I’ve never been to Mystic. I’ve passed it hundreds of times speeding on 95 and wondered about what might be there. I’ve seen the movie that it famous. This summer I moved Mystic to the top of my to-do list. Read more
I didn’t make running plans after the Triple 7, plans made me. My friend Ken from Team RWB suggested I run the Rock the Ridge 50 Miler. He suggested it more than a couple times, eventually challenging me to do it carrying the US Flag the whole way while representing a big veteran presence at the race. Once he did that, I knew I had to do it. Read more
April 8, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles can be a difficult place to find a quiet place to run, but this week I stayed near LAX so I could explore the paths around West Bluff Creek and Playa Vista. It runs from the 405 to the beach along the bluff. I’d start at the LA Clippers training facility on South Centinela, past Loyola Marymount University then by the Ballona Wetlands until it runs into the beach. Read more