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Marathon training: week ending 10/14

Wednesday: Green Lake

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I was in Silicon Valley on Sunday & Monday, dinner plans on Tuesday and Amy and I left for Philly early Saturday. So I did have excuses this week but the final date looms near.

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Marathon training: week ending 10/7

Tuesday: Green Lake
Thursday: Green Lake

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No excuses this week. Only 49 days until the big one so next week's numbers had better look a bit better than this.

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Marathon training: week ending 9/23

Tuesday: Green Lake
Wednesday: Green Lake
Friday: Green Lake (after spending all day cutting down blackberry bushes)
Sunday: Green Lake 4 laps - 13 miles, half marathon!

This is getting a lot easier. The slight pain in my left shin that I was having last weekend and earlier this week seems to have subsided and my hip has been absolutely fine.

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It's all coming together and I still have 63 days of training left to improve.

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Photos at night

As I've branched out into more photographic experimentation, it's become increasingly apparent that I needed a decent tripod to compose some of the longer exposure shots. Last weekend I picked up a Giottos tripod but haven't really had an opportunity to try it out so after tonight's run, I took a quick stroll down to the bridge over the freeway and took some quick shots.

Lots to learn and practice here but it's going to be fun.

Night shots of I-5 from N 50th St 001

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Marathon training: week ending 9/16

Tuesday: Green Lake
Wednesday: Green Lake
Thursday: Woodlawn, past the zoo, up Phinney Ridge
Saturday: two laps around Green Lake (only six more to go!)
Sunday: Green Lake

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Seattle Marathon 11/25/07

It's been three years since Bob and I ran the New York Marathon and while ever since I've claimed to a 'runner', it's stretching the truth just a little. But things can change and nothing motivates like a real goal, so back in May I signed up for the full Seattle Marathon this coming November. Step 1 complete, goal defined.

While back in the UK, it dawned on me that that date was a mere twelve weeks away and, as much as I'd wish it, my body isn't constantly in a state of readiness for the 26 mile adventure. And therefore now comes the training regimen. I'm going to become very familiar with the footpath around Green Lake in the weeks to come.

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Marathon training: week ending 9/9

Monday: Green Lake inner track
Wednesday: 65th-Roosevelt-50th-Green Lake Way square
Thursday: 65th-Roosevelt-50th-Green Lake Way square
Saturday: Green Lake inner track
Sunday: Green Lake inner track

I now also have a fancy Polar RS200sd to monitor heart rate and distance and as a bonus it uploads it all to the web!

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Only includes Sat/Sun

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HR/time chart for Sunday's run. The lap distances correspond to landmarks around the lake. Hopefully they get better (or, better still, mean HR drops) over time.

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Road trip USA

Between 7/28 and and 8/7, Amy and I drove some 2590 miles across the northwest, hitting five states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana) and seeing some fabulous scenery, countless wild animals, many small towns and some cowboy hats.

The route, sketched out below, looked something like this:

7/28: Seattle to Boise by way of I-90, I-82 and I-84 clipping through the corner of Oregon 7/29: US 93, US 26, US 20, US 26 to a campground in the Gros Ventre range just south of Jackson 7/30: Short drive north stopping Jackson and on to Colter Bay in the Grand Tetons National Park 7/31: Stayed in Grand Tetons National Park 8/1: Pushed north into Yellowstone National Park 8/2: Stayed in Yellowstone National Park 8/3: Took the East Exit, through Cody and Thermopolis to camp in the Bighorn Mountains, west of Buffalo 8/4: Morning stop in Buffalo and on to Sheridan 8/5: Stayed in Sheridan 8/6: Long drive through Montana, dinner in Missoula and spent the night in Spokane 8/7: Drive home to Seattle

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Summer vacation photos on Flickr

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And relax.

August was quite the month. Back now in Seattle after driving 2600 miles through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, spending five days in New York City, being entirely surprised by a party on my birthday and taking a trip back to the UK with a quick jaunt to N Ireland.

Lots to write about but right now I'm pleased enough to report that Balls of Rubber won a solid victory over the Angry Pirates in kickball tonight.

Oh and here's a picture of just some of the tomatoes that had ripened by the time we got back. To think the little plants that Laura gave me in the cold winter could bear such wonders.

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