Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

2018 Papa’s Peach Classic 5K and Fun Run

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

This morning, the kids and I ran the Papa’s Peach Classic 5K in Musella, Georgia. Rilianne also participated in the kid’s fun run. It was our first time running this race.

It was really hot! Rilianne did well at first, but I think a mile might be a little long for her. Kimberlie had to carry her a little bit.

Mackenzie came in first place in her age group. Tristan and I both came in 3rd place in our respective age groups.

Afterwards, we enjoyed homemade peach and strawberry ice cream.

Also, a big thanks fro my colleague Debi for coming out to cheer us on!

Ten Years Running

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

On this day, ten years ago, I decided that I wanted to run the Disney Marathon. I really didn’t want to run, but I wanted to get to go backstage on the course and get the awesome medal. So, I talked to Kimberlie about it and after much resistance, she agreed to let me register for it.  I lied a little and told her I registered for the marathon, but what I actually registered for was Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, which is a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday.

After I registered, it was time to start training. I went outside to run. I didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t have special shoes or moisture wicking clothes. I had regular tennis shoes and a cotton t-shirt. I ran and ran and after what felt like forever, I made it to the stop sign — a tenth of a mile from my driveway!  After that, I walked for a mile and came back in. I was in so much pain. How the heck was I going to run 393 of those? I looked over Disney’s refund policy to see if I could get my $300+ back, but I was out of luck.

So, I kept running!

I haven’t updated this is quite some time, but here is my mileage chart through January:

And, here is the last 12 months:

I really slacked off in 2017, but I’m back on track and plan to stay there!

2018 Al Toll Memorial 5K

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

This morning, Tristan and Mackenzie ran the Al Toll 5K in Macon with me.  This is one of the toughest races in the area. The first half of the race is uphill and the second half is downhill.

Here is our cheerleader:

I got first place in my age group. Tristan got 3rd place OVERALL male and Mackenzie got 1st OVERALL female.  They did awesome!

2018 Museum of Aviation Half Marathon

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

This morning, I ran the Museum of Aviation Half Marathon. It was freaking cold!  They made a lot of changes to this year’s race — some good, some bad.  The worst part was base security. They screened us this year like though all of us were criminals.  The museum isn’t even a restricted area so it was completely uncalled for.

The race went well. I was happy with my time, especially considering I did 48.6 miles of racing last weekend.

It was so cold out there, that Elsa and Olaf showed up!

This year’s medal was awesome!

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

On Wednesday, I drove down to Florida for the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. These first pictures aren’t necessarily you think of when driving through South Georgia, but its what I had to go through — snow!

I spent two hours stuck in this mess between Tifton and Valdosta. My five hour journey turned into a nearly seven hour journey!

Folks in South Georgia have no idea how to drive in the snow. There were accidents and overturned vehicles all over the place.

My poor new car hit 22,000 miles in the snowstorm.

I finally made it to the expo!

After the expo, I went to our hotel. I had an amazing view of Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney.


Because I have run every Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World, I am now a “Perfect Dopey”.

On Thursday morning, it was time for the 5K. It was freezing outside. The temperature was 26 at the start.

Thursday night, the family joined me. Mackenzie ran the 10K with me on Friday morning.

Mackenzie did an awesome job. Out of 168 11-14 year old females, she came in 7th place!

Next up was Rilianne’s 100 meter race:

Rilianne loved running towards Mickey Mouse. She was smiling the whole way!

She topped just before the finish to give Mickey a big hug. She was so excited!

Friday afternoon, we walked around Downtown Disney

On Saturday morning, it was time for the half marathon. Tristan ran it with me.

Here are a few photos from the starting line:

On the way to Magic Kingdom, I found my favorite hot air balloon.

Tristan said when got into Magic Kingdom, he couldn’t stop smiling.

It was a nice run back to Epcot. I passed my favorite hot air balloon again.

Tristan did an awesome job in the half marathon.

After the half marathon, it was time to refuel for the marathon. I think this was a good start.

Later that afternoon, we hit the swimming pool.

Finally that evening, it was time for roasting marshmallows at the hotel’s campfire.

On Sunday, it was time for the marathon.

Running through Champion Stadium at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports:

Running through Hollywood Studios:

Here is the site of the future hub of Disney’s new transportation system:


Once I got back to Epcot, I took advantage of a few more photo opportunities:

At mile 26 (of 26.2), there is always a choir. Hallelujah that race was over. This choir was especially photogenic.

Since it was the 25th marathon, we were surprised with a special set of Mickey ears.

And, here is my annual Dopey photo with all six medals.

On the bus ride back to the hotel, I had the best riding partner!

2017 Run2End Alzheimers 10.5K

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

This morning, Tristan and Mackenzie ran the Run2End Alzheimers 10.5K race with me.

I stole some photos from the race photographer’s website:

I’ve really been slacking lately with running so naturally I didn’t place. However, Mackenzie and I won first place parent/child team. Mackenzie also got first place in her age group.

Tristan got second place in his age group.

Al Toll 5K

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

This morning, I ran the Al Toll 5K with Tristan and Mackenzie.  Our littlest fan also came along.

After the race, she ate the cookies that were provided as recovery food for the runners. But since she’s cute, nobody cared.

Mackenzie won first place female. Not first place age group — first place female. That means she beat every other woman who ran the race!

Tristan won first place in his age group.  I won second place in my age group.

Sweetheart Run for Sight 12K

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

This morning, I ran the Sweetheart Run for Sight 12K. It was my 8th year running the race.

Below are my times from all 8 races. They are somewhat consistent!

2010 1:04:39
2011 1:04:47
2012 1:04:56
2013 1:05:58
2014 1:03:25
2015 1:06:47
2016 1:12:41
2017 1:06:58

My goal next year is to run it in less than 1 hour.

2017 Walt Disney World 10K

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The family arrived here in Florida late last night. This morning, we all got up really early for the Walt Disney World 10K. Tristan and Mackenzie ran the race with me.

Two Dopey Challenge races down, two to go!

Running Mileage and Other Data

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

I ran across a program that takes all of my data out of Garmin Connect and overlays it on a Google Map.

Here is a visual of all of the paths I’ve taken since we’ve moved into our neighborhood (Memorial Day Weekend 2013). I still have some streets and neighborhoods to check out!

running_paths_2

Zooming out a bit to show how far some of my longer runs have been:

running_paths_3

Here is a view of all of the running paths I’ve traversed in Warner Robins. The ones discontiguous to my neighborhood were races. You can clearly see my run(s) on Robins Air Force Base where I’ve ran quite a few Museum of Aviation Half Marathons.

running_paths_1

Here are my runs zoomed out a bit more. You can see where I’ve run races around central Georgia:

running_paths_5

Here are the paths I’ve taken at Walt Disney World during marathon weekends:

running_paths_4

And here are the two Disneyland races I’ve run:

running_paths_6

Here is the path Mackenzie and I took last October in Washington D.C.:

running_paths_8

And here are the two runs earlier this year in Chicago:

running_paths_7

This year has been my worst running year since I started.  You can see that in my mileage charts below. I ran about 10 miles in July!

Although 2016 was a bad year for a number of reasons, I have nobody to blame for my running setbacks but myself. I have become addicted to the wrong foods, lazy and fat. I weigh more than ever. Next week’s Dopey Challenge is going to be my toughest yet. I’m committed to doing better in 2017. I decided to start streaking again, running at least 5K per day every day. This morning’s run was day 10.

2017 is going to be my year. Happy New Year!