Monday, June 22, 2015


Although, one would think that I would have abandoned this post, that is far from truth.  I do realize that it has been months since my last post.  I was talking of training and how my next race was the Gettysburg 10 Miler.  Well, that has long since been in the past with an unforgiving time of less than 2 hours.  I did have fun though, and look forward to that event next year.

What is happening with my running now is not a whole lot of it.  My schedule has been chopped in a good way of course.  I use to run when mom would watch the two boys in the day time.  Now mom works, so I get to watch the boys in the day time and work at night.  Through the past few weeks I have learned one thing.  At first I was sure I would miss running, but now I do not.  I will not have the time I have with my kids forever.  There will always be a race going on.  Although there are fitness losses associated with the lack of running, it is all worth it.  My boys and marriage will always be #1 priority.

Speaking of races going on, I have registered for the Harrisburg Half Marathon which is next week.  I will still do it, as my wife requested off to watch the boys, but I haven't ran in about 2 weeks.  lol.  I don't think I have lost a lot of fitness, but will go for a little run tonight to get the legs moving.  Even if I have to run walk it, Ill do it, and have fun.  Mom promised we can all go to the pool afterwards.  yay.  Since I have down time in the day, I will be posting more often now.  Now let me see if I can find a good picture of my two dumplings.

I know it was yesterday, but Happy Belated Father's Day.

Happy Running

Friday, March 6, 2015

Training (5k Time Trial), and a Giveaway

Training is going great thus far.  After this week, I have 7 more weeks until the Gettysburg 10 Miler.  One thing that my coach (2l coaching services) does that is great is throw in Time Trials in my training to see where my fitness lies.  So, tomorrow I have a 5k Time Trial.  The last one (end of Jan) provided me a time of 25:31.  I am hoping for a sub 25.   As far as my long run goes, I can comfortably go for 13 miles.  I am sure I will be going into Race Specific training here in the next few weeks.  I look forward to sharing how that goes and what it involves.
This week is as follows:

Mon - 7 miles easy
Tues - 8 miles (2 miles warm up followed by 4X 3/4 mile @ 8:10 pace with 1/4 mile recovery, then a 2 mile cool down
Wed - 6 miles easy (I ran 7 on accident)
Thur - Rest
Fri -   Hey that's today - 5 miles easy
Sat - 5k Time Trial

Total - 29 miles

Wow, I have not done a giveaway in a long time.  But here is the deal.  I am very ready for Summer.  Winter straight into Summer.  90 degrees.  100% Humidity.
Are you a winter person?
If the answer is yes, leave a comment as to WHY you are so crazy as to like cold weather.

The giveaway you ask?
All the snow piled up in my driveway!  If there are multiple winners I will split up the prize.
Thanks and best of luck to you.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Race Schedule for 2015

Wow, it's been a while since I have connected here, besides a photo last Friday.  I can remember the good old days when writing a post every day was nothing.  Now, I'm lucky if I do one once a month.  Seriously.

Here's a little something to tell you where im at now.  I'm a very proud Dad of two beautiful boys.  I try and help mommy out as much as possible, and getting use to the routine.  The oldest
(Gabriel one year old)  loves organizing my running shoes in his own way of course.  Being a Dad's just totally awesome.

Now as far as racing and running, my first race this year is the inaugural Gettysburg 10 miler at the end of April.  The Harrisburg Half that I usually do in September actually changed dates to June, so I will do that in June.  Then in November I will do the Gettysburg Half.  My plan this year for the half marathons is to get some where between 1:50 - 1:59.59.  The 10 Miler will be a jumping board to see where my fitness is.

Gettysburg 10 Miler - April 26th
Harrisburg Half - June 28th
Gettysburg Half - November 1st

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A New Year Welcomes a New Life

Welcome Vincent O'Neal Jones, born January 07, 2015.  Weighing in at 6 lb, 13 oz.  and measuring 18.5".  We are all home.  All are healthy and mom is recovering.  The oldest [I can say that now] is so good he even helps with the dishes. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

A lot to Lose and Gain.

Wow, my whole post I just got done typing, I accidentally erased it some how.  O well.  At least this version will be shorter cause I don't feel like typing it all out again.  Basically, I don't have any more races this year.  My plan is to lose a ton of weight.  And I want to qualify for Boston some time in the future of 3 years or so.  Next year I will be 40 so that will make me a Master right?  Okay, well that's it, and I hope your running is going swell.  Mine is.  I did a 10 miler this morning and was shifting.  Well going fast for my standards, and getting better.  I think I will post some stuff on my fitness getting better and all that.  Until then, you know how I like to keep things short and sweet.  OH yeah, I almost forgot.  My next race will probably be the Hershey 10k next April.  Until then I will train smart, and write about it.  My goal also with the blog is to get something in at least once a week.  Looks like Mondays are it.   

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gettysburg Blue Gray Half Marathon

I hope everyone's race day went well that had one.  Today I ran the 4th Gettysburg Blue Gray Half Marathon.  I didnt set any PRs but did a good time despite.  I didn't end up with a negative split but my shorts did.  Ill leave it at that.  The time was a PR for this year though.  The best part of the race was finishing and seeing mommy and Gabriel right there to congratulate me on finishing.  .

If you have not ran this, I would strongly recommend it.  It is somewhat hilly, but beautiful scenery.  You might think that the hills are bad, but you are going down or flat mostly so even pacing is key.  I pulled the trigger today and just went for it.  I blew up around mile 9.75 on the courses biggest, I think, ascent.  And today's wind was 18-25 mph but I was okay with that.  

The North won again for the 4th time in a row.  So...all the runners on the North side won a commemorative coffee mug.  Very cool.  I live in PA but was raised in NC.  I always pick the North because they always win.  

This is my last Half Marathon of the year.  I will be focusing on some 5k and 10k action this winter and spring.  Time to bring on some break neck speed.  I will also mention my 5 year goal plan here.  or 3 years.  It depends how it goes.  

Cheers to the Courage of Discovery.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Race Week, Happy Fall

First off,  Happy Fall season as the weather sure is starting to show Autumn signs with the leaves changing and tempuratures dropping.  This week is race week as I will run the 4th Gettysburg Blue Gray Half on Sunday.  I did a stellar tempo run yesterday and I have a few more 3-4 mile easy runs before race day.  My weight is dropping and my fitness is improving.  Now as learned from the past but not executed - make sure this continues after the race.  Keep going.  Thats more post race stuff though.  Its race week but im not going to list a bunch of dos and don'ts this time. Just one don't and that is don't eat like a vulture.  Do eat sensibly.   My time for this race I want to say sub 2:15 based on my current fitness.  But I will just have a good crack at it and see what comes out the other side.  Training has gone well so we'll see.  Cheers to the courage of discovery.  Do you have any specific dos and don'ts of race week?  

Friday, October 17, 2014

RW.......... Really?

Do you also get those email messages from Runners World.  Its been a while since I posted but when I saw this today I had to write it here.  So,  Budd Coates has a book called 'Running on air' .  Im sorry I thought we were fish.  The email describes the book as an educational tool on how to breathe while you run.  Since I took my first step I used rythmic breathing and using my belly because this was natural to me.  Hence the premise of this book.  Why do people have to make running more complicated than what it is?  Granted there is a bunch of running terminology out there but the very act of running should be natural.  Maybe there should be two RW magazines.  One for dummies and the other for people who like wasting money.  Now......wheres that unsubscribe button before I get another morning motivation quote that does far from motivating. 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


I love my life right now.  I could not be happier.  Life is not perfect, but when you have God in your life and a great family to back you up, that's all that counts.  My first born son, Gabriel, will be 8 months soon and is growing so fast.  I love him so much and he is such a blessing.
Ryan Hall ain't got noth'n on me man!  26.2 here I come!
 Latest News.....The Lord has blessed the Jones's  Family with another baby boy.  My Wife and I are very happy & excited.

In 11 days I have the Harrisburg Half Marathon to complete.  I am using that as part of training for the Gettysburg Blue Gray Half in October.  This summer, my training was lacking and I had no energy it seems.  About 2 weeks ago I passed a pretty good sized kidney stone.  Since then I have felt so much better.  I look forward to running this Half Marathon next week and putting the medal around my son.  What more when we can run it together.  Take care and come back and visit.