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February 28, 2009

Ortega River Run

No expectations for this race. Since I broke my elbow 6 weeks ago, I've been able to run some but no speed or tempo work. Speed is always the first to go. I have endurance, as evidenced by being able to run the marathon 2 weeks ago after essentially a 4 week taper.

The goal today was to hit the first mile in 7:20 and then crank it down. I'm never one to stick to plans in the heat of a race. My first mile was a little under 7, and the next one was right around 7. The third mile is tough, going over the US 17 bridge. That one was slower, coming in around 7:23. I was hurting, but decided to hang on and tough it out. My fourth mile was 7:09 and then I finished it up with a 7:05 to come under 36 minutes at 35:47.

This was my first race in Mizuno Precisions and I love them. I can't wait to race in them with more speed in my legs. Very light and good feel. Plus, the just look dang fast!

Two more weeks until the Gate River Run. I am optimistic I can add some more speedwork in before then and have a respectable time.

February 23, 2009

Activity report from my run in North Carolina

Here are the details from my quick run yesterday in Raleigh, NC. Would love to go back when I have more time. Greg uses the trails for his 3-hour runs. No doubt why he is a strong runner.

Need Girl Scout cookies?

Here are the times and places you need to know about!

Saturday, February 28:
Whale of a Sale, Jax Fairgrounds (8:30 - 2:30)

Sunday, March 1:
Lowe's at Cassat and Lenox (10:00 - 12:00)
Publix on Roosevelt (2:00 - 4:00)

Saturday, March 7:
Publix on Riverside (10:00 - 12:00)

Sunday, March 8:
Lowe's at Cassat and Lenox (2:00 - 4:00)

Saturday, March 14:
Publix on Roosevelt (2:00 - 4:00)

Tell them MetaMarshall sent you.

February 19, 2009

Jacksonville Running Company announces group run schedule

Jacksonville Running Company has announced their group running schedule.

Group Run: Easy 3-7 mile Kenyan shuffle.

Track workout at UNF: Bring Your Light Weight Training Shoe! All levels welcome, meet at UNF Trail Head for warmup jog to the track.

Group Run: Easy 3-7 mile Kenyan shuffle.

Trivia Night Group Run: Meet for easy 3-7 miles, then head over to Hooters for Trivia at 8pm

Prediction Run: Bring $5 and leave your watch at home. It's a 5 mile loop, guess your time. Closest time win half the pot. The other half is for pizza and drinks at Hotel Indigo. Anyone can win!

It really is exciting to see alternatives in Jacksonville. I think the entire running community is going to benefit!

UPDATE: It is my understanding that the runs will leave from the store at 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Suite 4, Jacksonville, Fl 32246. The development is so new, it's not on Google Maps yet, but it is over by Seven Bridges and Merrill Lynch. Give them a call (904.379.7170) if you need directions.

UPDATE 2: They will leave the store at 6:30 pm.

February 18, 2009

Jax MS Mud Run

It really is too bad this race is the same day as the Ortega River Run.

I participated in a tour of the Cecil Commerce Center today and saw the 6-mile course under construction. It really is impressive. A really cool section of the course is up and down over the old weapons bunkers, which rumor has it once held nuclear weapons.

Of course, I couldn't do it this year with the recovering elbow. One bad slip or fall and the recovery process would start all over.

February 17, 2009

Twittering during a marathon is nothing compared to this

Twittering during a marathon is one thing, but how about while performing a surgery? Wow!

jax REcycle Spring Bike Work Nite

A few months ago I mentioned the jax REcycle project, where old bikes are fixed up for folks staying atthe local homeless shelter to provide them with a means of transportation.

If you would like to help, they have scheduled a spring work night for Wednesday, March 18 from 6 pm to 9 pm at City Cycle. They have an event page on Facebook where you can RSVP. If you would like more information, call
(904) 707-8796 or e-mail them at

February 13, 2009

Twittering for a cure

This Sunday a group of runners are going to provide live Twitter updates throughout the National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer. Personally, I am doing this in an effort to raise money for the cause. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and the disease has affected too many people that I care about. This seemed like a great opportunity to have fun with Twitter and raise money for a great cause.

Steve Vandergriff and I will be pacing a group of marathoners who are aiming to break 4:30 in the race. The goal is to provide the race updates while making sure our group achieves it's goal. On top of all of this, since my broken elbow has not completely healed from my accident, I'll be twittering and running and trying not to fall.

Here is the map for the race:

That's it for now. Don't forget to track us on Sunday!

February 12, 2009

Bike to Work Day 2009

City preparing for cycling season - Jacksonville's Financial News & Daily Record

"Bike to Work Day 2009" will be held May 15 and Redman said cyclists from all parts of Jacksonville are invited to leave their motor vehicles at home that day.

Mark your calendar. I'll be in LA and I don't think I'll see too many bikes on I-5.

February 8, 2009

Old School Bike Racing, circa 1981

Old School Bike Racing, circa 1981This picture cracks me up. Dad and I built this bike for the single speed division of what I think was the predecessor to the Jacksonville Cycling Classic. It was held at FCCJ. I raced in the single speed division with this bike that featured some crazy gearing like 52-16. It was a two lap race and it took me the first lap to get up to speed. I picked off folks on the second lap and won at the finish line.

The next year, the rules were changed prohibiting drop handlebars from single speed races. I was the youngest kid in my age group that year and came in second with the same bike, sans drops.

February 3, 2009

Looks like Pepsi is having a Coke moment

On the heels of news that Coca Cola is dropping "Classic" from the name of it's iconic drink after a stupid marketing ploy in the mid-80s, Pepsi is now on the verge of a similar monumental gaffe.

Gatorade Name Change Upsets Inventor's Family : NPR

You might not have noticed during your last trip to the grocery store, but Gatorade is now known as "G." The name change has disappointed the family of a University of Florida professor who helped invent the sports drink to give the school's athletes a way to stay hydrated.

Darren Rovell did a marvelous job in his 2005 book First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat Into a Cultural Phenomenon, describing how Gatorade became a marketing juggernaut in the sports drink marketplace.

I understand the need to freshen up a brand, but they can't do any better than this? This is the same company who freshened up a fried chicken joint with the same strategy, hello "KFC". Pepsi marketing is looking less like advertising and more like a Wall Street ticker.

Avoid the dreaded 800-number phone tree!

The Get Human Database was mentioned on the Wall Street Journal This Morning podcast yesterday. This is a list of frequently used customer service numbers and the sequence you need to enter to quickly speak with a human.

Of course, there is no guarantee that all of the cheats still work. You know the phrase: "Please listen closely as our options have changed." Grrrr.

February 2, 2009

Max Jones' marathon prediction formula

I need to give this marathon prediction formula a try.


Tax Almanac

It's almost time to start working on 2008 taxes. I found out about the Tax Almanac in Groundswell. Looks like a great resource.

TaxAlmanac The free online tax research resource and community for tax professionals.