Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. In case you need to catch up, this is what you missed:

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Today was me and Bobby’s first official day of marathon training. It is official, we have begun! I have my schedule printed out and on my refrigerator, and I write my weekly schedule on a little dry erase board I have up there, too.
For those wondering, I am using the Runner’s World smart coach plan.  I believe you have to be a Runner’s World member to use it, but membership is free. You can find the tool HERE. It’s super easy to use, and you can use it for all distances of races, not just marathons. They have a printer friendly version which is nice, too.
Today called for 3 easy miles at a 12:00 min/mile pace. (Note, I can run faster than this but am just following what my training says!)
Bobby and I ended up running them at 11:35 min/mile. Oops. It was more humid than it has been lately, but there was a breeze which was nice.
In my comments yesterday, someone asked me about training while on vacation. I thought since it was such a good question I would share with the class. My training plan is 16 weeks long. My marathon isnt for 18 weeks (I think) So I built in some “cushion” time for myself for things like injury, illness, vacation, etc. in case I have to miss a long run or God forbid a whole week due to something. When I am in Disney in 2 weeks, I plan to run, hopefully 3 times like I am doing now, but, I will forgo the long run for just another shorter run. I will still do my easy run and tempo run and will throw in another one just to maintain. Then when I get home, I can do my long run as planned the next week and still have time in my training to get all my long runs in.
Disney has several great places to run! The deluxe hotels have gyms, and if you aren’t staying at one you can use the gym for a small fee. Also, there are so many trails and great places to run on property at th resorts! HERE is a great site with maps and trails of places to run in Disney.
I also wanted to mention, yesterday was the 5 year anniversary of hurricane Katrina. My entire family was impacted by this storm, and there are many places still recovering, so please keep them in your prayers! I leave you with a couple of pictures I took of some of the destruction close to home.
In these first two you can see the water lines. In the one directly below you can tell the national guardsmen that checked and spray painted this house were on a boat because of how high up the spray paint is.n61700476_30022900_1806




One of my dad’s employees parents died in this house during the storm. the double lines through the “0” mean two bodies.



These last two were taken from my parents yard. A tornado went down their street and 87 trees fell! My parents house was one of only two home on the whole street with no trees through the house and roof.




QOTD: What are your thoughts on Katrina?