Action 475 – Influence The Family.

I’ve been running for over a year now, and my family knows that it’s become very important to me. And this weekend, I got a chance to see the effect my running is having on other people.

Action 475 – Influence The Family.

In November, I am running the Silver Strand Half Marathon on Coronado Island. And my cousin, who lives in Washington, had already decided to come down and run it with me. It will be her first half marathon, and I’m excited to run it with her. (Plus, a friend of mine is coming down from Las Vegas, so we planned to be a running party of 3!)

But this weekend, my two other cousins surprised me by saying that they are going to run the event, too. Neither cousin has every run that far, but they have already registered and are ready now to start training. Both of them are responsible for their own decisions to run, but I know that they would not be coming along if I wasn’t running. Influencing other people feels great, but influencing family? Love it!

Even though I have to say goodbye to the family tomorrow morning, it’s exciting to know that I get to see many of them again in November.

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Action 474 – Enjoy Texas Style BBQ.

It’s Texas, and that means at least one night of dinner from a family favorite, Rudy’s.

Action 474 – Enjoy Texas Style BBQ.

Tonight was a delicious dinner of brisket, ribs and chicken. And since a bbq meal isn’t complete without side dishes, I also enjoyed cream corn and potato salad. I ate too much, but it was definitely a treat for me.

Oh, yeah. I’m happy to be heading home tomorrow. It’s been a great time with family, but I really am looking forward to getting back into my own routine.

Action 473 – Drink More Water.

It’s always a good idea for me to stay hydrated, but this weekend has my thirst cranked up a few notches.

Action 473 – Drink More Water.

It’s Texas, and the warm weather and humidity are taking a toll on me. I’ve also been eating more chips and other salty foods, and that makes me thirsty. And of course, drinking more alcohol than usual has me dehydrated.

So, the solution is to drink more water. Since I’ve been here, I feel like I have had a glass of water in my hand constantly. Hey, if I’m going to be indulge, I need to at least do something good for myself, right?

Action 472 – Tick Off The Days.

After more than ninety days, it’s really sinking in. I’m running the Pasadena Marathon in less than a week. It’s no longer something that is happening in a while. It’s happening at the end of this week. THIS WEEK! After Monday, then Tuesday, etc. I can now say this, next Sunday, I’m running!

Action 472 – Tick Off The Days.

This time next week, I’ll be done. I’ll be wearing my finisher’s medal and celebrating the end of my 100 day, 26.2 mile journey. I’m down to the last week of the calendar and now, I’m ticking off the last few days.

Hurry up, Sunday!

Action 471 – Run The Same Neighborhood.

Despite a second late night here in Austin, I stuck to my training plan. I woke up early, threw on my workout gear, and headed out for another few miles.

Action 471 – Run The Same Neighborhood.

Rather than trying to find a new place to run, I decided to stick with the same course again this morning. That meant another go-round with the hills of Canyon Creek, but I was up for the challenge. Fortunately, the weather was absolutely perfect for running.

It was another three mile run, not too fast and not too slow. I felt a bit sluggish, but I’m blaming that on a lack of sleep.

Not a great run, but I am proud of myself that I didn’t let partying with the family keep me from my training.