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All About My Daddy!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

This is AQUAPOWERS 10 year-old daughter, Ashley speaking. I think my daddy starting to run is bad and good. This is why.
It is bad because I use to love to hug my daddy all the time but now he has a "6-pack" so it hurts my face ( I'm really short ) every time I hug him. This may sound weird but, yes I lost my pillow! Also, I can only run with him for 3 miles or less and I sometimes miss him on his "LSD's".
It is good because he said I could run the apple harvest 5-k in Southington,CT. The race is coming up soon so I get to spend a lot of fun time training. I can't stop thinking about it (or all of the yummy apple fritters! ) I also like to read Runner's World from time to time. ( Ha, ha )


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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 8/10/2011 9:51AM

    Ashley, you sound like an amazing person! Give your daddy all the hugs you can before and after his LDR's. Those can really keep us parents moving. Good luck on your Apple Harvest 5-k!

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MYBABYBEARS 8/6/2011 12:29AM

    Your daddy is very lucky he has a loving daughter like you! Get a snuggly pillow and snuggle with your daddy!

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THINRONNA 8/3/2011 3:39AM

    This is a wonderful blog about your daddy! Great job Ashley! I can't wait to read all about the Apple Harvest 5k. Good luck! Let us know how the apple fritters are...

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CARYNW 8/1/2011 5:26PM

    That is awesome! My son sometimes get bummed out when I take off for my LSDs, too, but he's really proud of his running mom! There are good and not-so-good things that come with running, but what a great example to set for our kids! Cute article!

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My first running trophy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I ran the Scottish Rite Freemasons 5K Run on Saturday July 23. I'm going to try to run this race every year because it was the first race I ran last year after I starting running last January. It is a small race with less than 150 runners, but it is well organized. Last year I finished third in my age group (40-49). Because it is a small race, trophies are awarded to the top two finishers in each age group. My goal going into the race was a top two finish.

For the participant's running enjoyment, the weather was not as hot and humid as forecasted. It ended up being 80F with moderate humidity. I started near the front of the pack. I only did this because the race was small. I hate when people start at the front and start walking 1/4 mile into the race causing a traffic jam behind them as people zig and zag to pass them.

I got off to a fast start (for me) and ran the first half mile at a 7:42 mile pace. The first three quarters of a mile are up hill, so I was really happy with my pace. I kept up the pace for the rest of the hill and then increased my speed in the half mile downhill section. The balance of the race was mostly flat with some small hills.

I ended up officially finishing in 23:45 (7:39 pace). I was thrilled when I looked at the results and found only one person in my age group ahead of me. Yes, 2nd place and I beat my last years time by two minutes!

I won't win many trophy's....there are numerous very fast runners in my age group and beyond, but I will take them when I can get them. I just hope the fast runners continue to say away from this race :)

Thank you for reading.

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THINRONNA 8/3/2011 3:43AM

    Take it where you can get it I say! I would be so thrilled to get a trophy in any race and I hope you are too! How awesome! What a great race report! Nice job beating last years time too!

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CARYNW 7/29/2011 10:26AM

    Congrats! That's a great time, no need to downplay it. Well done!

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KAYOTIC 7/28/2011 9:57AM

    Congrats! Small races can be more fun I think, bu then I'm not so big on giant crowds!

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IMSMILEY88 7/27/2011 2:06PM

    Congrats on your 1st trophy! And beating last year's time! My next race is a 5K on Sept 10th which was the 1st time I ran a 5K. I'm hoping to take off 10-12 minutes!!! One of the joys of being a 'slow' runner! emoticon

Thanks for the comment on my 4x400 post, too. It feels GREAT to be getting FASTER!!! (And, no trophies any time soon for me...I'd be THRILLED just to finish in the MIDDLE of the pack instead of the BACK! And, I WILL!)

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DANA564 7/27/2011 12:22PM

    Congratulations!! Well done!! You ARE a runner. Hope you get many more!

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Fairfield Half Marathon Experience

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

On Sunday June 26, I ran my second career half marathon, the Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon. The race started and finished at Jennings Beach. It was a great day for the beach, warm and muggy. I soon discovered that great beach days donít make for great running days. The temperature was a decent 75įF, but the relative humidity was a stifling 95%.

Having pre-race jitters, I was happy with the sixty-five port-o-potties. No, I didnít count them all, but I found a news article with some interesting stats. I didnít have to wait in line very long to use the plastic bathrooms the five times before the race.

The race started at 8:30 am with different starting points for the men and woman. Iím guessing this was to reduce the congestion of over 3,400 runners at the start of the race. I was happy to merge with the ladies shortly after the first mile as it improved the scenery.

The course was hillier than I expected. I wasnít consistent with my mile splits as the hills really slowed me down. There was nice downhill section in mile 8, but I was really gassed by miles 11 and 12.

Split Time Distance
1 00:08:33 1.00
2 00:08:21 1.00
3 00:08:48 1.00
4 00:08:17 1.00
5 00:08:57 1.00
6 00:08:44 1.00
7 00:09:06 1.00
8 00:07:53 1.00
9 00:08:31 1.00
10 00:08:43 1.00
11 00:09:05 1.00
12 00:08:52 1.00
13 00:08:39 1.00

While I didnít break my personal record, I was happy with my official finishing time of 1:54:23. I was a mere 50 minutes off the winnerís time of 1:04:40. The top four runners were all from Ethiopia. I guess I know where I need to train. I was happy to finish in the top 25% overall and in the top 36% of my age group.

My wife and kids came to support me and we enjoyed the post race party at the beach. Here are more of those fun numbers: 100,000 cups of water. 15,000 cups of Gatorade. 3,000 pounds of watermelon. 1,200 apples. 2,000 Gu Gel energy packets. 300 pizzas. 4,000 ice cream servings. 3,000 yogurts. 1,500 bagels. Nine water stations. Two bands, a deejay, a fife-and-drum corps and bagpipers. 1,500 volunteers.

Thank you for reading and your continued support!

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KAYOTIC 7/3/2011 9:16AM

    Nice times! And great description of your experience, I love the stats! (a bagpipe?) emoticon

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NOELLIEMAE 6/29/2011 10:56PM

    yeah!!!!! you did AWESOME!!! I don't think my 8th mile has EVER been my fastest mile ;) YOU ROCK! you ran a great race!

what 's next on the schedule?!


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SLENDERELLA61 6/29/2011 9:17PM

    Awesome!! Very impressive times! Way to go!! Keep on running! -Marsha

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WONDERJUL 6/29/2011 7:38PM

    emoticon on a race well run! Sounds like your family enjoyed the festivities. I am guessing there are more half marathons in your future! You are fast!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/29/2011 5:53PM

    Well done!

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4EVER21B 6/29/2011 2:32PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Loved reading your blog! Good luck in your next event.

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RWALTON730 6/29/2011 1:14PM

    emoticon run! I haven't run a HM yet, but am running my first in the fall.

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CARTER4414 6/28/2011 11:55PM

    Great work!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 6/28/2011 5:08PM

    emoticon That is a great time!!!

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Half Marathon tomorrow (6/26)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I'm running my second ever half marathon tomorrow, The Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon. I took a few days off of running and can't wait to get going! I would love to break 1:50. Wish me luck.

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STESS520 6/26/2011 2:42PM

    Good Luck on your marathon. Make sure to come back and let us know how it was!


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NOELLIEMAE 6/26/2011 10:17AM

    AWESOME!!!!!! I bet you're DONE with the half by the time I post this but CONGRATS!!!! let us know how it went! Noel

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DRB13_1 6/26/2011 1:36AM

    Wishing you a great race and a new PR! emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 6/25/2011 5:56PM

    Good luck on your next 1/2. That is an awesome time and if you PR tomorrow, it will be even more awesome.
Hope the weather and all other conditions are the best for your goal! emoticon emoticon

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First run with the Garmin 305

Saturday, April 23, 2011

After reading many reviews, I decided to purchase the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS running watch. I have always been interested in statistics, so it wasn't a difficult decision to purchase the watch. If you are interested in what kind of data this GPS-enabled watch captures, check out the link below which details my first run with the watch.

Here is a brief summary:

Activity Name Untitled
Start Fri, Apr 22, 2011 7:51 AM
Time 00:39:47
Distance 5.01
Avg Speed(Avg Pace) 07:56
Avg HR 145
Max HR 152

My only concern is that I will spend more time analyzing my runs than actually getting outside and running .


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KKINNEA 5/3/2011 11:18AM

    Yay Garmin 305 - we need a team all our own to discuss our love of our device!

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SPEEDYDOG 5/3/2011 8:03AM

    I have a 305. There is nothing wrong with analyzing your runs. Over the past 3 years I have been able to determine my progress by looking at past runs.

Have fun.


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THINRONNA 4/27/2011 3:53PM

    Too fun! Enjoy your Garmin. (your fast my friend)

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KKINNEA 4/23/2011 4:59PM

    Garmin fan here - I haven't gotten into all the stats (I love analysis too!) but it's invaluable in it's basic state to know how far and how fast I'm going. Hope you enjoy it!

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ELISEL 4/23/2011 3:54PM

    I love my Garmin 305...won't run without it.

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KAYOTIC 4/23/2011 1:44PM

    great numbers! I wish I was that fast....hope you enjoy the new gadget!

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