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I love running during my vacations, although it can be the absolute worst at first to wake up at 6 am Eastern Time when you live on the west coast. >_<

Really though, I can't think of a better way to get to know a new destination than letting be rubber soles pound the pavement in the early mornings. (Your run in North Carolina sounds decadent!)

I ran on a cruise ship last winter a few times. It was amazing to watch the sun set while you're in the middle of the ocean, but I was otherwise MISERABLE: the soft winds were either trying to take the my hat off or blowing salty water on my face or both. There were a million people to dodge. (Walking the deck before 7 am is not allowed and right at 7 is a group walk anyway) The worst were people walking with headphones in their ears - they could not hear my monstrous footsteps coming behind them! Even worse, the random splashes made the deck a little wet, I almost slipped a couple of times.

Have fun on your vacation on Wednesday, Maine is absolutely stunning!

The best vacation run I had was one year in Caerleon, Wales. Out at 7 am, got such a different perspective of the town, and really got to learn my way around. The highlight of the run was a street sign warning drivers that a two-way road was turning into a one way road (and one way the wrong way for the drivers it was warning). It said "Changed priorities ahead". I had to go back and take a photo later. I have many points in my life where I could have used a sign like that. :-)

Good luck running in Maine

Yay-blake: Thanks, I'm hoping to have a great time! It looks like it may well be rainy, so we're working on a rain plan.

Margie: I bet running in Wales was awesome, and I love that sign! I would want to steal it and put it on my wall.

Or you can sign up for races out of town and make a vacation out of it as well.

Otherwise, like everyone else, I may pack for a run during vacation, but I never really make it out there.

Margie: Don't you just love road signs in the UK!

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Running/Fitness Blogs and Sites

  • Skinny Sweet Pea
    A fellow female getting out there and getting fit.
  • Running is Funny
    This guy is great, so funny! Love his Carnival of Running entries.
  • Map your Running Routes
    There are several sites that do this, but this is the one I've used for a while. Not only can you map your route in detail (I recommend the "hybrid" setting, which puts the map on top of a satellite photo so you can see the sidewalks in your neighborhood), you can also search through routes other people have saved on the site and find a route you hadn't thought of!
  • Cranky Fitness
    The title says it all--a woman (now joined by a co-poster) after my own heart.
  • Ask the Penguin
    More Penguin, this one a q and a blog that's worth reading.
  • Penguin Chronicles
    John "the Penguin" Bingham is a champion for slow runners, though he's sped up in recent years (at least by my standards). Nonetheless, he speaks to all runners and is funny and accessible.
  • Jeff Galloway's Blog
    Galloway's walk/run method changed my perspective on running and made marathoning a possibility for me and many other people.

Favorite Non-running Blogs

  • Zen Habits
    I admit, I'm an organizational junkie--I obsessively mind my calendar and to do list, and I like keeping things efficient and orderly. Zen Habits has lots of good tips that keep me in line.
  • Pasta Queen/Half of Me
    Jennette Fulda's blog started out as a weight loss journal, chronicling her journey losing half her weight. Now she continues writing about life in a thoughtful, clever way.
  • Vintage Rescue Squad
    My friend Sue's blog about her junking experiences--she's a witty writer and a creative soul, check her out!

Races for Slow Runners

  • Freedom's Run Marathon/Half Marathon/10K/5K, Shepherdstown/Harper's Ferry, WV
    Date: October 3, 2009 Start Time: Marathon--walk start 6 am, run start 7 am/Half Marathon- 9 am/10k and 5k- approx 9:10 Time Limit: Walkers in the marathon will have 8 hours , runners 7 hours. Half marathon participants will have 5 hours. Fee: $70/$40/$25/$25 Swag: Unclear--sounds like there'll be shirts and some finisher's medals

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