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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Raja Ampat Video

After a couple of technical difficulties, we finally have the video uploaded of Todd's photos from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This is not the entire Indonesia video that he created (there is a Bali portion also), but it's part of it.


If you would like to see more of Todd's amazing photography (or order it for display in your own home), please see Todd's Red Bubble Portfolio.

Also, feel free to check out my long winded Indonesia Trip Report.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Remembering Coach Sean

I was shocked to read on Facebook that the founder and creator of Cardio Coach, Sean O'Malley, passed away yesterday. I have mentioned his workouts on this blog before, and the fact is that I will not step foot on a treadmill without one of his workouts. There are 8 of them, and I was hoping for more soon.

Sean has been with me, at least figuratively for so very many workouts. Countless runs on the treadmill. His words of encouragement are awesome for getting you up a hill or getting you through a tough run that you really don't want to do. In fact, there are times that I choose a treadmill workout even on a nice day, just because I know how great of a run I get when I'm working out with Sean.

Even in New York for the marathon, when the going got tough, I thought of Sean, and some of the things that he says during the Cardio Coach workouts and it helped to get me through. I absolutely, 100% credit Sean O'Malley as one of the people who has impacted my running the most. Somehow, there is just no way to "take it easy" when you're doing a Cardio Coach workout. Somehow, Sean's voice just makes you want to go a little harder, or go a little farther.

I'm going to miss you, Sean. I can't believe that there won't be another workout. I can't believe that there won't be someone for me to send a Facebook message to saying "Hey, Sean, you really got me running hard today!" (I've done this a few times). I am thankful that I do have the workouts that I have, and I can continue workout with Sean well into the future.

Thank you for all that you've done for me, and rest in peace.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stats as of 28 February 2012

February 2011
24.9 miles
5 hours, 11 minutes
Avg Pace: 12:29/mile

February 2012
65.2 miles -- 40.3 miles more than in 2011
13 hours, 47 minutes -- 8 hours, 36 minutes longer than in 2011
Avg Pace:  12:41/mile -- 12 seconds slower than in 2010

Year Totals for 2012:
126.3 miles @ 12:44 pace

I totally forgot to post this at the beginning of this month. So far, March has been a crazy month so far and clearly this just slipped my mind.

So, last year, I was still in Indonesia until February 12, so I went basically half the month with no runs at all. Even so, I didn't just double the mileage this year, I almost tripled it. The difference is that last year I was training for a half marathon in May, and this year I was training for one in March (which I ran yesterday, more on that later).

This was a pretty good month for running, and I had some pretty good runs. Honestly, though, I don't have anything that really stands out to mention. I'm just kind of going through the training, running my runs and doing my thing.

In other exercise news, I am continuing my swimming - I logged 6750 meters in the pool in February. I still haven't made it on to the bike, but I'm also getting my strength training in (and yoga when I can).

So, more later. I'm clearly a little behind on posts (secret: I was out of town March 2-11), so more to come later this week...

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Disney Marathon Relay Photos

I finally ordered the photos from the Disney Marathon Relay and I thought I'd share! Some of them were repeats of photos that I'd taken with my phone and already posted on my original race report, so here are others...
Animal Kingdom, I think


Getting close to the finish
Todd and me

Just me

That's my cute hubby

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

10-Second Book Reviews

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption: I was nervous about reading this one because it sounded like it might be a little bit boring. It was not. In the prologue, we meet three men in a life raft, who are being strafed by a Japanese plane. One of the men jumps out of the life raft to avoid the bullets and sharks are circling. He has to fight off the sharks, while trying to avoid being captured or shot by the enemy, and while wondering what is happening to his fellow men who are still in the raft. It was an incredible opener, and an incredible book. I started reading it because I knew it was a running book. In fact, the book is about Louis Zamperini, who went to the Olympics in 1936. After the Olympics, he went on to fight in WWII, and his story is truly incredible. I cannot imagine going through the things that he went through. And yes, a true story.

Cutting for Stone: An epic story about twin boys growing up in Ethiopia amid a revolution. The boys were born from a doctor and a nun, and as you can imagine, that created somewhat of a scandal. The story takes place in a hospital and the real gem of the book is the medical procedures and practices that are described throughout the book. It's fascinating to hear about how surgeries were performed and how patients were treated. The author, Abraham Verghese, is a doctor and it shows through his writing.

Moloka'i: Another sort of medical book, I suppose. This is the story of a young Hawaiian woman who shows symptoms of leprosy and is sent to live in the leper colony on the island of Moloka'i. She spends her entire life there, and we learn how the lepers in the colony learn to cope with being totally cut off from their families and the rest of the world. They create basically a whole other world, while being basically ignored by the state and the rest of the world. I really enjoyed this one.

The Handmaid's Tale: I started reading this because it went on sale for $1.99 on Kindle, and I had heard it mentioned here and there. If you haven't read it, it's a dystopian tale of what the world would be like if reproduction, and therefore women, is controlled by the government (or at least society). It's a strange book, and quite a bit disturbing. There have been times lately where I have felt like we are leaning towards this a little bit too much. Very interesting story, and a great read.

What's the Matter with Kansas? I wanted to like this book, but I found it so incredibly boring. I am always interested in politics, and I read this because I wanted to understand why certain voters tend to vote the way that they do. However, I think I would have been better off with just an article rather than a book. It just couldn't keep my interest and I only read it about halfway through. I might go back to it eventually.

Sing You Home: When I went and visited my sister in November, I forgot both of my Kindles and had to quickly pick up a book in the airport. I cannot be without a book on an airplane. This was what I picked up, mostly on Jodi Picoult's good name and since I'd read My Sister's Keeper and enjoyed it. I finished it in a weekend. I honestly don't want to give too much away about the plot because I enjoyed not really knowing what was going to happen. Suffice it to say that it involves some lesbian/gay issues and also child custody. The concept was pretty interesting, and the characters were genuine and real. A good one to pick up if you've read other books by Jodi Picoult.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012


Bah, I fell down on my run tonight. I hate that. I had never fallen down on a run before June (well, unless you count the two times I've fallen off of a treadmill)... In June, I fell while running with my group on a weekend run - to applause from the group behind us. Now, I fell tonight :( I was just running along - granted, downhill. I was almost home, maybe about a quarter mile away and just tripped on a bit of sidewalk. I tried to dive into the grass, but only succeeded in getting my shirt dirty. I did manage to protect my right knee, but  not my left.


At least it's only my skin that was hurt, I didn't break or sprain anything, which is always a worry. I'm just sad that I had planned to go to the pool tomorrow morning and now I can't. I mean, I'd be annoyed if someone showed up at the pool with a big bloody knee. Besides, that's just asking for an infection. I thought I'd share the gory photo if you'd like to see it. I hate it when people put gory injury photos on a blog or Facebook without warning, so you'll have to click here if you want to see it.

Share your running falling stories if you have any!

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