WEEK 2 – Training in Paradise

So here I am at the end of week 2 of MMTR training, sitting in the Miami airport, sun-burnt and exhausted, reflecting on my continued training while vacationing.

All-in-all, I am pleased that I was able to focus quality attention on running and cardio improvement while also making sure my family did not have to experience any interruptions in the fun. This required me to get up between 6-7 a.m., sneaking out the room, and trodding down US1 counting mile markers. The downside is today’s long run. It didn’t happen. Partly due to too much fun at the Kokomo, at Holiday Isle in Islamorada, Saturday afternoon …actually, mostly due to the Kokomo, a few cocktails and a great reggae band skankin’ in the Florida sunshine.

I ran 6 miles Tuesday, 8.5 miles Thursday and 7 miles Saturday, all in extreme heat and humidity I might add. This should be great heat training for an 8-hour race I am running August 4. For additional conditioning, I weight-trained one day at the resort gym and kayak-paddled over 3 miles on another non-running day. There was lots of swimming, snorkeling and walking as well to keep me moving and my muscles working. I even took the stairs for every trip to and from our fourth floor room. …every little bit helps and with the race and training constantly on my mind, I try to fit in movement within every situation in which I find myself.

Many times, on vacation, I can let my diet slip, but not this time. I ate mostly seafood the entire time with very little excessive carbs or saturated fats. Naturally, in the heat of the Florida Keys, it was mandatory to stay adequately hydrated and me and the family easily burned through a case of bottled waters and drank plenty of water with every meal. I may have actually lost a smidgen of weight on this vacation. Imagine that…

Although I am feeling guilty about neglecting the long run today (Sunday), I still did pretty well. I still have 15 weeks to go and I am strong and pretty well conditioned. Things should improve exponentially over the next few weeks. I just need to stay focused and remember that no matter how difficult all this is, it pales in comparison to being a homeless child.

As I sit here waiting for my flight, watching my 12-year old stepson play his Nintendo DS handheld video game system, while listening to his iPod, I can’t help but think about those homeless kids that I am reaching out to with this race …sitting in their government subsidized hotel rooms, with no home, no iPods, no video games, no positive role models nor anyone showing them any quality attention, wondering when and where their next real meal will come from.

If you are reading this and can perhaps throw out some support, it would be a big help for these kids. $100, $25 and even $5 can make a HUGE difference for some of these victims of circumstance …and as I always remind folks, every single, solitary penny goes directly to the needs of these kids and nowhere else.

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Thanks for reading, checking in with me, and supporting the homeless kids. It sure feels good to do some good.

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