My first half-marathon is coming up in two weeks. I’m a bit overwhelmed by this route:

I can’t believe it’s the end of August.  I didn’t really have a summer. Okay, that’s not totally true. I did have several weekend getaways to see various family and friends throughout the summer months. I’m just bummer that we’re well on our way into September and the end of the year is not too far away.  I’m attempting to embrace the fall season by purchasing fall-seasonal beer.  It helps slightly.

 

Fred!

 

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The past two years have been a period of transition for me.  Two years ago I made a professional change to a new organization which has been great. I’m very happy to be where I am, and not that I have a major complaint about where I was.

With that change came a fairly significant additional change which occurred on a personal level. One of the ways to deal with it is running.  I run when I can.  I run in races almost once a month.  This all started about a year ago when I really wanted to make a strong effort to get in shape, and get healthy. I feel more healthy now than I have been.  I wouldn’t say I’m a great runner, I’m not finishing first. I just enjoy the thrill of running with others, and having that rush of pushing your body.

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Racing bibs on my bulletin board.

This past weekend represented a little bit of a milestone for me in running. A year ago kicked off this new found love of fun with the first ever “Shore to the Pour” race which was hosted by a local brewery in my hometown of Stratford.  Since then I have run in 10 other races.  This past weekend was the 2nd annual “Shore to the Pour.”

To up my game, the coming weekend is my most ambitious race yet.  I’m running a 20k (12.4 miles) in the New Haven Road Race on Labor Day.  This is followed by my first half marathon in October.

I’m loving every second of it. I feel better about myself. I feel more athletic now…than I ever have. I kind of wish I got into this sooner!

 

Fred!

 

I’ve been at my new job for almost two years.  I suppose that means it isn’t necessarily a new job anymore.  I’m still very happy at my semi-new job. Hopefully some day I can move into a house again. I miss having my own vegetable garden.

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If you were watching the Superbowl for the ads, I’m sure you were disappointed. I was watching for the actual game, which was equally disappointing.  I did  like the RadioShack advertisement. It’s nice to see when a brand is self-aware. They’re acknowledging the fact that they were the place for those odd bad batteries, a pack of blank cassettes, remote-controlled cars, and some new wires to use in the stereo.  In other words…when was the last time you needed to go to RadioShack?  Maybe this advertisement reengages the audience. It was a good laugh in either case. It was nice to see Q-Bert get some airtime. It’s been awhile.

 

Fred!

 

This is an entertaining video to watch. This is the route for a 10k race I’ll be running in April. Now, if I can only run as fast as this video…

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Look at Mr. Met and the Philly Phanatic being the best of friends…

Fred!