It's been a while since I looked in here and I'm happy to see Don, Eric, and Paul are still around. Let me quickly update you on where I stand. After a career year in 2007, I was down for a lot of 2008 due to a back problem. Some outpatient surgery in May cleared most of the issue and I resumed running in July. I ran a marathon (4:08) in November.
2009 was a sporadic year of training as my Mother passed away in April and we bought a home in Florida USA in May and I spent most of my free time getting our house in Kentucky USA ready to sell. My wife & dog moved to FL in July of '09 and I made 3-4 trips here (800 miles) during the rest of '09. Sometimes I drove and sometimes on a plane. The house sold in Feb 2010 and I moved here for good. I now live about 40 miles from Eblues.
The training here took some adjustment of course. I have very few hills and what I do have are small. Also, the summer heat & humidity is intense. I'm doing my best to train for the Miami (FL) Marathon which is on 01/30/2011. I keep getting saddled with minor setbacks. I guess it's old age catching up. As of now my long run stands at 15 miles. I have 4:00 as a target time and last Sat (11/06) I did an 8 mile MP run and averaged 8:43. Unfortunately I haven't ran since due to severe pain in my lower leg. I gave it a week to heal and I'm heading out this A.M. for hopefully another 15 miler.
Paul, so glad you're still active in the sport. I know folks have pestered you for an update to RunCoach but I'm perfectly happy with it the way it is. Being able to upload directly from a device (such as a Garmin Forerunner) would be nice but I casn gladly live without it. The reports & graphs that RC does are invaluable.
Allow me to update my post from last November. With much difficulty and not ample training, I did complete the Miami Fl (USA) Marathon on 01/30/2011. It took me way over 5 hours but I escorted a fellow runner (a 265 pounder) for the first half so it was fun.
I'm now training for a 5k on Labor Day (09/05/2011) in which I'll go toe-to-toe with Eblues. At his present condition, he's probably 22:00 capable and my most recent 5k was 24:00. I have some work to do throughout the summer.
Thanks for the update. I was wondering if you are still using your Garmin.
I recently succumbed and purchased an iPhone. I am testing the Nike+GPS App. This uses the GPS and accelerometer (to measure footstrike). So far it seems very easy to use, log and upload runs although a little basic. Allows me to take one device when running.
These multi-purpose smart phones seem to have an App for everthing.
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