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Cool Tool for Fitness-Minded Travelers

One of the tough things to do while traveling is to get in your exercise routine. And while I’ll blog more on fitting in 20 miles a week + 3 days of weights later, I thought I’d share a great tool with you in case you’re traveling over Thanksgiving.
It’s an online pedometer that is powered by Google Maps. Read the instructions, zoom into the area you’re in, and you can start click way-points along the roads that make up your potential route. You can toggle between miles and kilometers, and it will show you a reasonably good estimation of the distance. I tried it today for a new 8 mile out-and-back lollipop near my house and it worked just great.
So the next time the hotel staff looks at you like you’re crazy when you ask for a good 5 mile jog from the hotel, you can just go to this website and create your own route.

CVS Strong Legs Run Results

A few people have googled me looking for race results. So without further adieu, here’s a link to the Atlanta CVS Strong Legs Run 2005 results.
Here are my results from the race.

Running Stats for October

Welcome to November, my friends. Here are the stats for a rather successful October:

  • 66.95 miles
  • 28:08 time in the Run for the River 5k (that’s a 9:03 min/mile for those w/o a calculator handy)
  • I’ve hired a trainer for strength training & nutrition (more on that in a post later this month)
  • Tammy has started running again

What’s on tap for November?

Mondays are Hard Enough

Sure, Monday Night Football makes life a little easier in the Fall. But by and large, Mondays really stink. Today I realized another reason Mondays are terrible – my training log. It’s great on Sunday to look back at the past week and see the mileage logged. 19.2 miles last week on the pavement. Today, I look and see a big goose egg, along with 18 miles planned for the week. How depressing.
Now I’m looking forward to Sunday so I can look back and see how trivial this line of thinking is. But then Monday will come. Oh, the vicious cycle.

The Duluth Fall Festival 5K

Today I ran the Duluth Fall Festival 5k. Not a bad day for it – it was overcast and around 70 at race time. I’m not sure how many people ran, but it was quite a large crowd. No – I did not see Jennifer Wilbanks (the infamous “runaway bride”) there (not that I looked for her) although someone did mention her name while we were lining up.
My time? 33:49. I was shooting to be under 30 minutes, but running with a crowd is different than running from home. First, when the timer starts, you haven’t started (unless you’re keeping a 5 min mile pace and are on the starting line). Second, depending on the width of the course, you are going to lose a little pace. Third, if you take water, that is going to slow you down. My first two mile splits were just under 10 minutes each. I took water at mile 2 (against my better judgment) and that killed a little time when I inhaled it into my lungs instead of drinking it. And then there was that hill just .3 mile past there. Oh well – it was a learning experience to say the least.
For those of you who like to see the course route ahead of time (nice to pick out landmarks), here is a map of the course my Forerunner captured. I’m also including the elevation chart, although it is deceiving. I’m not sure why the elevation is screwed up right at the end unless it was the trees at mile 3. It should have returned back to the 1050 ft elevation. Oh well. Turn by turn directions are below the charts.

Route Elevation
Duluth Fall Festival 5K Route Duluth Fall Festival 5K Elevation

Turn By Turn
Start on Hill St directly behind ampitheater. Head up hill and turn left on W Lawrenceville St. This becomes McClure Bridge Rd. Turn Right on Howell Springs Rd (1 mile mark right at the turn). Follow this until right before it ends, turn right on Howell Mead Drive. Follow this road around, it will change names to Irvindale Rd after it goes around a 90 degree bend. After the bend, it’s a short distance to mile 2. Then up a hill, down a hill, and then the road will dump you back out at W Lawrenceville St right by Joan Glancy Hospital. Hang a left here to head back to the start finish line. Yes, it’s up hill here, but you’re almost there, so kick it in!

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