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After running the course this past weekend, and in discussion with Adam: we're now thinking it might be best if we made a slight change to the Poco Loco course, so that rest-rooms would be available through the course. Here is what we're thinking now. The red course is 5.79 miles long, and the blue course is 7 miles long. There are two possible public rest-rooms; the first is at the Double Tree Suites Hotel, and the second is at the Science Museum Cafeteria.
This is the second video I shot as I ran the Cambridge side course of the Poco Loco Curso. I ran over the Arsenal Street bridge, back east towards the city. It was a great run, however there werent any public rest room facilities. I felt great, really took my time because I wanted to scope the place out. Ill have a full report on my blog at steverunnerblog.com
This is video that I shot as I ran the Boston side course of the Poco Loco Curso. I parked at the science museum and then ran the Boston side, up Charles Street to Storrow Drive, past the Longfellow Bridge, the Hatch Memorial Shell (the Esplanade) and up past Harvard Bridge, Boston University (and the BU Bridge) past the Harvard Business School onto Soldiers Field Road where I stopped at Christian Herter Park. This is part one of a two part video.
As a test of the Amazon Direct Publishing system, Ive published my short story from episode 268 on Amazon.com as an e-book. BUT Ive also published a PDF of the story to my dropbox, and provided a link in the show notes at http://steverunner.com. Im not looking to make money from my story (which is why I posted the free PDF at the same time); Im just using this as an opportunity to learn how to use the ADP system for future projects that I'm working on.
A brand spanking new episode of Phedippidations is coming out this weekend; dated for Sunday the 27th but arriving on your favorite podcast listening device at midnight on Friday (Eastern Daylight Savings Time). This is going to be something special that I hope you enjoy: an original fictional short story written by some doofus named Steve Runner. As a bonus (oh yeah, I know you like bonuses) Ill have a link at SteveRunner.com where you can download a PDF (portable document format) of the story if you want to share it with others.
I needed a win today, and I got it done. Two 10 mile loops around the house and I finished up with a 6 mile loop (plus the obligatory 0.02; thanks for the great advice Adam). I felt great, as expected, through mile 25. I ran the first 3 miles with a 3:2 run/walk ratioand then did 30 seconds/30seconds for the remainder. By the end of the 1st 10 mile loop I felt awesome; by mile 13 I was still feeling great, into the second half of the second 10 mile loop (around mile 16) I started to weaken, but not that badand still on target run/walk wise. This was the single most important run I think I have ever completed. Todays run really had NOTHING to do with running; it was all about doing something I loved on my own terms without care for clock or outside (imaginary) pressures. I really feel like todays run was a turning point in my running; and in a lot of ways: my life. My wife was there for me the entire way, watching me live on Endomondo and ready to rescue me if it didnt work out. This was a BIG win today; on a day that I honestly wasnt sure what I could do. I went into this run without expectation: and approached it with the question I wonder if I can run a marathon today? Turns out that I could. Turns out that I can do just about anything.
I appear to have broken myself again. My right ankle, which has caused me so much grief in the past, is once again causing me to suffer. Its getting close to the point where Im going to need one of you watching this to drag me out-back and put me out of my misery; if ya know what I mean.
POCO LOCO SEVEN WEEKS OUT
As I write this we are a mere 7 weeks and 6 days away from el Poco Loco
! In the next week (or so) John Ellis and I are going to drive both courses (up the Charles) and look for a suitable place for our “Half Time Show”. Boston
PRE AND POST RUN VENUES
Also, I’m going to make some phone calls this week to find a suitable place for both the Pre-Run Party (Friday, April 29th) and the Post-Run Meal. I’m hoping, with the latter, to find someplace where we can all sit around the same table (or at least have our own room) that doesn’t cost us too much (i.e. “anything extra”). The goal in selecting a restaurant or pub is that we keep the financial costs low (the spirit of el Mojo Loco is to make this as inexpensive as possible).
SO, today’s Poco Loco question is this:
Is anyone expecting NOT be attend the post run festivities?
I want to provide as accurate “head count” as I can. My assumption is that there will be (at least) 16 of us, but I think Tim Cleary will have his family with him…and I’m not sure about anyone else.
Does everyone have a place to stay? I’m going to be spending the weekend with Eddie and Adam at my parents house in
; but I want to make sure that Kelly, Jeff, Neil, and Tim Cleary have a place to stay. Weymouth
That’s all for now, sorry for the long message. Now that I’m back home (from vacation in
) I intend to spend a lot more time and kilojoules on el Poco Loco Boston! I think it’s safe to say that this is the single GREATEST running event to take place in my hometown! (although, there is another event that takes place the week before). Florida
Viva el Poco Loco!
This is an invitation to anyone who may be in the Boston area on April 29th, to join us for a Pre-Run Party with Team Poco Loco Boston! Were going to get together the night before the Poco Loco to have a beer, get to know each other and talk the night away. If youre into new media, social networking or just want to meet some of the coolest runners in the world: send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Ill keep you posted on where and what time were getting together!