New website

Welcome to the new “My Scattered Thought Spot.” The name has been changed because I got a great deal on this web address.

I am thinking about changing hosting providers for my main website, In doing so, I thought I would give a try. They are currently the host for this blog and domain. I get 2 free URLs with the hosting package I chose. So I checked out Already taken, so I added the “my” and got It is registered free as long as I keep them as my host.

I have had a little difficulty with the change over of the database to the new server, but have not lost anything yet. The comments are all gone from the site, but they are still in the database. I just have to figure out how to get them to show up.

Welcome to the new blog location. I will work on promoting it and seeing if we can get some readers. Of course I have to actually put something up of interest.

The Second Half

I have been very bummed about running since the half a couple of weeks ago. But the desire to run again has come back this week. I have been getting back into my other exercise programs since the half too. I had backed off of my main exercise (Tae-Bo) to dedicate to the running in preparation for the Indy Mini.

I now have my next half to train for. This will be the Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon on the weekend of October 7 and 8. This will be a “virtual” race. We will all either run an official half during that weekend, or we will map out a course and run it on our own. Very much like I did the Indy event.

Join us for the race. You don’t have to be a listener to the Phedippidations Podcast to participate. One of the goals is to get new runners involved. As time goes on, the race directors will have training programs available. They will offer registration so you will be assigned a number, there are even plans for t-shirts for the event.

The Half Marathon

I did great!

After mile 10 I just really ran out of juice. I ran fine, a little off of my goal pace. I had wanted to run 10 minute miles. That was a little unrealistic, but a goal none the less. I ended up with a final pace of 11:20 per mile. I guess I did not get the rest that I needed the few days before the race. We had been running around trying to get a move going. Paint, load boxes, drive across town a million times. All of that led to a severe deficit in the rest department. Though I never felt like I pushed myself in the cardiovascular or pulmonary areas of my physiology, I just hit a point where my body did not want to go any more. Like I had used up my batteries.

But, I was still happy with the result of finishing it. My final time was 2 hours 29 minutes exactly. So now I have a goal for my next half.

Only 2 injuries. I guess my feet did not like the shoes for that distance. Though I have only logged 200 miles on these shoes, they were pretty worn before I started running in them. One of my toes will probably lose its nail soon. I am not sure why, but it was like my foot was suddenly 2 inches longer and I was banging against the front of the shoe for quite a bit of the race. And, on the same foot, I have a spot where my shoe rubbed a bruise on my ankle. It took 4 days before I could put those shoes on again without serious pain.

Then the move. Wow, what an event. Not so bad if that is all you are doing. But training, race and move has just worn me out. I think now, one week later, I am finally catching up on my sleep. I have been getting several more hours of sleep this week than normal. I just cannot stay up too long at night, my body is crying for rest. Getting better now.

Coast to Coast

I have just read about a book called Coast to Coast. It is the story of a group of friends who try to break a 25 year old running record. A relay race of 2,730 miles from the Pacific Ocean near San Diego to Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis. They beat the previous record by almost 2 full days!

This run was done in November of 2004, but the book is just now coming out. It is published through Lulu, an on line, on demand publishing company.

The reason I am blogging about it is 2 fold. One, I have entered a drawing for a free copy of the book if I write about it. Secondly, I really would like to get my hands on a book printed by Lulu. I am very curious to see their quality.