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No. 1039

After so little blogging in the past few months, I feel this sudden urge to write about a lot of things. Only problem is having the time to do that. Like everything else outside of work and family, I have to devote 30 minutes a few times a week to sit and write. That'll happen eventually. For now, I just need a mind-clearing post and turn some of these into actual posts later on:

* This weekend I'm running the Five and Dime at the Runner's World Festival. That's a 5K followed by a 10K. My plan remains like it was when I first mentioned this ... which is I don't know. I certainly won't "race" these two events. I'm just running them a little faster and with more effort than other runs I've had lately. And that, to me, is all I need headed into the rest of fall.

* By "rest of fall," I mean also taking part in an event that I know I won't fully "race" -- the Richmond Half Marathon. This event to me is all about seeing where I am. Will going for a PR 5 months later at Shamrock be realistic? Will I not go too crazy doing another race and not setting a goal in stone? It's kind of a race that'll fit what's become the theme of my year -- a test.

* I'm also raising money for Comfort Zone Camp at the Richmond Half. Help me out and win cool stuff in the process.

* I realized recently that every year I've been running I've set at least one PR. Some PRs are bigger and more important than others, but it's a streak that I can't let end this year. I decided that in December to go for a PR in the 10-miler at the Surf 'n' Santa race in Virginia Beach. It's flat and at sea level. Certainly I can beat last year's mark at the Virginia Ten Miler. I'll explain more in a later post ... about everything.

No. 1,025

  • Writer's block has hit me hard-core, but only here. Funny, though, that I'm not struggling at work or when I start a post on the #RunChat site.
  • I am signed up for a spring marathon. Perhaps I should write about that one day. You can figure it out if you like blog tags.
  • I met Patton of Optimal Run this week. Great guy, great company. Can't wait to get to know him better and share more of our thoughts.
  • Instead of writing in my spare evening time, I'm thinking a lot about baby names. It's funny how one day something sounds just right, then the next it doesn't. The process of picking names and also keeping it secret is one of the greatest things in life I've experienced.
  • I have a fundraiser for my half marathon in November. I need to write about that, too, but in the meantime click here to go check it out.
  • Quick update on my August goals: 10 running miles so far, 6.5 biking; 145 total push-ups in 6 days; 6 miles was my long run on Friday. Everything is right where it needs to be, except I missed a ride this morning due to thunderstorms.

Running ... for the kids

Comfort Zone Camp logoA couple of months ago I had the opportunity to run for Comfort Zone Camp's Grief Relief Team at the Disney World Marathon. The experience of getting to know some of their staff and what they do for kids put into perspective for me that it was time to run for a new cause.

Comfort Zone Camp is a place for grieving children to go and be a kid. A child who loses a parent or sibling deserves a chance for normalcy, and that's what these camps do.

Sending a child to camp, though, takes a commitment from donors. Without the generosity of others, these kids wouldn't have this chance to laugh, to smile, to play.

It costs $500 to send just one child to camp. And that's why I'm joining the Grief Relief Team for the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k in April.

But I want to go beyond $500. I want to get to $750. Getting to $1,000 would be even better.

You can donate to my team HERE. Donations of ANY amount are accepted. $1 ... $5 ... $50. Every penny is accepted.

For more information about Comfort Zone Camp, visit their website.


Disney's magic

Walt Disney World Marathon, Mickey, Pluto

Walt Disney Marathon Magic KingdomThere are no words to explain what participating in the Walt Disney World Marathon was like. I left my watch behind, I left any crazy thoughts about running hard behind and I went out there and had a blast.

In a way, yesterday felt like a celebration of running. It was the absolute perfect way to kick off 2013 without any stress involved.

I've admittedly taken running too serious lately and I let that get me down a bit after the Richmond Marathon. While I have some big goals for this year, I had none yesterday except to have fun.

And 6 hours (yes, 6!) of fun (well, except for some middle miles that were a bit boring and hot) is what I had.

I can't thank Comfort Zone Camp enough for letting me a part of their Grief Relief Team. Find out here how you can help make a difference in the life of a child.

I'm sure that I'll have more to say in the coming days about this past weekend, but I'll let the pictures tell the story.

Walt Disney World Marathon, Genie

Walt Disney World Marathon, Belle

Walt Disney World Marathon, Tigger

Walt Disney World Marathon medal, mickey

Have fun. Go watchless. Finish.

Disney Marathon 2013 medal

It's a race week like no other. Unlike the Richmond Marathon two months ago when I felt fully prepared (but had a miserable experience), I am running the Disney Marathon this weekend mostly unprepared.

It's not like I was going to be "ready" for it -- I was simply running to keep a good base going. When I got sick a few weeks ago, though, those plans went away.

My thoughts about Disney since I made the commitment to Comfort Zone Camp have been, quite simply, to have fun and finish. After watching the course video today, I have to say that I'm finally excited about what's ahead. And that "have fun" goal certainly will be reached.

I've been so disconnected with running in the past month that I've decided for this weekend that I'm going to do the marathon without a watch. With not having major time goals for this race, I can't come up with a good reason to actually wear one.

If I get excited at the beginning and bust out some fast miles, what good would it do me to know that?

If I want to stop and take a photo with Mickey, what's a slower mile going to do to me?

If I get halfway through and feel good, or get to mile 20 and have a lot left in the tank, I'm going to know what my time is by a clock. I don't need a watch with me to worry about whether I'm going to hit a certain time or fall way short should I decide to go all out.

By leaving the watch behind, it's also one less thing I have to worry about packing. No watch, no charger. Just one set of running clothes and shoes. It will also allow me to quickly cross off one of my 13 goals for the year.