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BREAKING THE BARRIER… FINALLY!

The old saying goes “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.”

2hours

The “barrier.”

But exactly how many “tries” should one attempt? I think I might finally have an answer to that question.

You see, back in February 2009 I ran my very first half marathon (Surf City) and crossed the finish line in 2:36:01.

No sooner had I received my first ever piece o’ bling, then I challenged myself to one day run a sub 2-hour half marathon.

I thought it was happen sooner rather than later.

That would be a big ‘ole nope.

It didn’t happen on my 2nd half marathon, nor my 3rd.

  • 10th– afraid not.
  • 15th– guess again.
  • 25th– that’d be a big no.

In September 2014, I literally came within 60 seconds of doing it as I ran the REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon in 2:01:00. Read the rest of this entry

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BRAND SPANKING NEW (RACE)…

new

Yay for “new.”

I’ve been doing marathons/halfs/10Ks consistently for seven years now and during that time I’ve run several races multiple times. I’ve completed a septet of LA Marathons. This year I’ll have finished a 6-pack of Peachtree Road Races (since 2009). And last month I collected my fifth consecutive finisher’s medal from the Hollywood Half Marathon.

There is something uniquely enjoyable and comforting about running a race you’ve done before. You know the course and are most likely prepared for any race-specific idiosyncrasies. And you also can use a familiar race as a benchmark to see how you’re progressing from year to to year.

At the same time, running a race you’ve never run before presents an exciting challenge. You’re not sure what to expect as everything is utterly new to you. The course, the expo, the race support… even the T-shirt and bling… all new experiences. Very cool. Read the rest of this entry

ODDITIES AND ENDS…

Hi Trippers,

Just a quick mishmash of things today:

THE “KEEPIN’ KOOL” CONTEST CONCLUDED

Mashing with the mish.

Mashing with the mish.

I hope you enjoyed the weeklong contest featuring Kool ‘n Fit.

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit the Kool ‘n Fit website: Click here

And FYI, the winner of Day 5 of the contest is: ANDY BORDERS

Congrats to all of the winners and I’ll be sending out the prizes in the next day or so (aka as soon as I get to the post office to slap some postage on ’em).

SPENDING THE NIGHT AT SEA… KINDA

Historical... and haunted.

Historical… and haunted.

Thursday night Lindy and I spent the night onboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. For those of you who don’t know, not only is this grand lady of the seas a cool museum, but it’s also a floating hotel.

You can check out the Queen Mary website: Click here

The Queen Mary was a beautiful ship in her heyday, but that day of hey is forever frozen around 1967. So, we did have to temper our expectations a little when it came to accommodations.

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