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Surviving the Summer

  It’s almost September and this is my first post since the Pig Half Marathon race report.  The summer has been crazy.  We went to Disney, we survived the 100 degree weather in Florida for a week (barely).  The kids had a blast with their favorite sitter, Lizzy.  And I took most of the summer off from running.

  I’m finally getting back into it.  I’ve been running about a month, mostly treadmill.  I’ve had to do the Dreadmill since the summer has been mostly 90 and above.  I’m starting to train for the Cincinnati Thanksgiving Day Race.  It’s a 10k, oddly enough, on Thanksgiving.  I’m hoping to have a good PR, about a 50 – 52 minute race.  I’m using a plan by Pete Pfitzinger to get me ready.

  Over the summer, a lot of things have happened.  Let’s see.  I’ve trained Leo (my Labrador Retriever) to stay outside of his crate when we aren’t home.  I had $8000 worth of trees taken out of the yard.  Most of them were going to crush my house or a neighbors.  I’ve toyed with the idea of “auditioning” for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (I know…don’t tell me).  I’ve basically been disowned by a brother, seen several friends lose their jobs, and basically decided that work is no fun any more.

  I did, however, do a couple of good things.  First, I’ve been able to do a couple of talks for the CFF.  Let me tell you, the crowds love it when I tell them I used to eat sticks of butter rolled in sugar.  (Hello, CF’ers like me had to gain weight when we were kids)  They are also usually shocked when I tell them that my average daily cost for meds is $253.  Do the math, that’s $92, 345.  Luckily I have good health insurance. 

  I also got to go to a Rush concert, just this past weekend.  I know, they’re old and I don’t care.  They are great performers and I love their music … so there.  I drove to Columbus with Brian and Andy, and Brian’s friend Craig.  We didn’t get home until about 2:30.  It was a great time and I got to take the new Subaru for a long drive.  Oh, by the way, I got a new car,  a 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT.  I love it.

  So, I’m going to start posting again.  I hope to get a post in each week.  I have a lot of plans for the next year.  I turn 40 next year and one of my goals is to run a sub 4 hour marathon.  We’ll see if that works out or not, but it’s my goal.  More on my 40th to come….

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