Archive for June, 2011


Posted: June 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

The temperature was over 100 in Austin when I began my run this evening. This is one of my favorite destinations and I’m fortunate to make it here regularly. The is the headquarters for Whole Foods so their flagship store is located here. I stocked up on organic fruits and vegetables before departing for my run. I was purchasing my favorite soap (Oatmeal Mint from Hugo Naturals Artisan Soap). Hugo happened to be nearby and engaged me in conversation. He is in Austin to lobby Whole Foods to not carry brands that contain dangerous chemicals…you have to love that! If you’re interested in learning more about his product you can go to (soy and gluten-free, vegan and no animal testing!

The number of runners along the lake this evening was impressive. Thankfully, there were 5 gallon containers of water along the course. It’s been a long time since I’ve suffered this much during a run but I’m so thankful I completed the distance. I focused on maintaining my form as I struggled with the heat.

The thoughts that run through my mind when I’m running, particularly when I’m struggling, tend to gravitate to how grateful I am to be able to challenge myself on this level. I know my determination is strengthened when I suffer and my gratitude is enhanced when I am deep in the well of pain.

I have a lot of work ahead of me to achieve my running goals but I’m determined to return to a high-level of fitness. I leave for Dallas tomorrow morning @ 5:30 a.m. but I’ll be back in Austin tomorrow evening. Lori, Rider, Macie and I are taking a family vacation next week to the White Mountains in New Hampshire…it will be filled with trail running, hiking, kayaking and flyfishing…I’m so excited to return home a take a long overdue vacation.

Good Night!

New Beginning

Posted: June 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

I had two wonderful runs this weekend. Lori and I ran on local Grafton Land Trust trails on a rainy Saturday and this morning I ran through the woods near the Willard Clock Museum where we were married 12 years ago. I ran with our Rhodesian Ridgeback and he chased a wild turkey down a trail encased in trees. It was nice to not wear my Garmin GPS and be consumed by my pace, distance and average heart rate.

I look forward to easing back into regular training program and building a solid base of mileage.

Lori and Rider raced in the Worcester Firefighters Memorial 6K today. Macie Jo and I cheered them on under the largest American flag I have seen. I am so proud to be an American and continue to be grateful for Seal Team 6 for their recent mission in Pakistan!