Easy Morning Run & Travel Planning for #RWHalf

I went into Augusta to drop off my Rise “N Shine 5K race registration for September 28th and while in town, I stopped by the rent-a-car place to see how much it would cost to rent a vehicle for a week

That way I can do some price comparison’s between flying or driving to the Runner’s World Half and Event in Pennsylvania. In case you haven’t noticed I am very excited about going to run and blog about this event, but there is no way I am driving my old 1999 Dodge Dakota that far, with the cost of gas over $4.00 a gallon and the lack of reliability it has shown lately.

There are just a lot of logistics to consider when doing a race that is almost 500 miles away and one of those things includes figuring out travel costs and which way is the best way, especially when the travel and lodging costs are coming out of the savings account. Smile 

Plus when I have time I prefer to go and do things face-to-face instead of over the computer, it is easier to ask questions and get answers a little quicker or special rates that you wouldn’t have known about just doing the online reservation system.

After all that I needed to get out and stretch my legs.

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5.0 and 5.0 Today 9/7/12

Today was a little different, since we only have two cars and three people who need to use them, we have to be flexible in our planning. So this morning I drove TheWife to work and decided to go for Bennie’s long walk over on the Bond Brook Trails – where I run the 5K Trail Races.

I didn’t realize before how different the trails look when you walk on them versus when you are racing. I know then I am racing I am so focused on where I am putting my feet and going faster, that I don’t look around at the scenery all that much.

Augusta Trail’s – Bond Brook Recreation Area is actually a very beautiful place to take a walk.

Here are photos I took while I walked parts of the course.

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Bond Brook 5K Trail Race Series Race 3


Tonight I ran in the 3rd race in the series of the Bond Brook 5K Trail Race. I have made 2 out of 3 so far and I plan to run the rest of them.

Before the race my legs felt tired, tight and heavy, due to my high mileage in July and already having 31 miles this week. As a result I really thought that I would be a lot slower tonight than I was the first time.

I ran over 1.5 miles to warm-up and then really worked on stretching out my hamstrings which were so tight. At the start I still felt really tight and just didn’t feel like I was running very fast at all. It turns out the reason that I felt so bad was because I was running faster, not slower than I did last time. Continue reading

Bond Brook 5K Trail Race– 7/12/12

P7120017I made it to the Bond Brook 5K Trail Race tonight!

This is a big deal for me, as I explain in this post. Although a couple of times during the day and on the way there, I really thought about trying to find an excuse not to go, but I quickly shoved those thoughts aside.

Needless to say, I am glad that I did!

I got to see Jen from Running With the Girls and Dan from Wicked Decent Learning – Dan is from my teaching days

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Bond Brook 5K Trail Race Course Orientation

P6280004-001This was a two run day, which wasn’t all that bad, but I learned something very important tonight.

After finishing tonight, my feet felt as though someone had beat them with a ballpeen hammer. I haven’t experienced that feeling with these shoes before, but even with a few hours in between the runs, my feet are pretty darn sore. There are a lot of rocks, roots and little stumps that I just seemed to find, step on wrong and there was just a little too much ground feel for me. Continue reading

Bond Brook Exploration Trail Run

Today is Father’s Day and I decided to go for my first trail run in a while to celebrate it. I have been intrigued by the new Bond Brook Recreation Area in Augusta and decided to go exploring.

Bond Brook Exploration

As you can see I doubled back over a few trails and didn’t really go all that far. I got in 3.96 miles according to the GPS and just went slow, trying to figure out where I was and which trail I wanted to do next.

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RunLog 12/5/11 – Bond Brook Exploration

For my Sunday trail run, I thought I would go down to the new Bond Brook Recreational Area in Augusta, (yes Maine – not Georgia) and see what it looked like.

Of course I had to do things differently, instead of going to the trail head at Mt. Hope cemetary, I used the Bond Brook access. When I got down to the trail from the parking area I came across this. Continue reading