Will 2016 Be Different?

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We all look forward to the future. The future gives us hope and a focus to improve our lives.

2015 was an amazing year! My wife and I moved to a new house and welcomed our first child – Penelope Ciccarello. Fatherhood has been a great journey. Every minute is different, and I look forward to what the future holds.

With all of the changes I’ve had to adapt. 2015 was a year of little racing and less structured gym/running workouts. I’m looking forward to improved fitness in 2016 and re-qualifying for Boston.

Whatever your goal may be, take time to focus and make it happen.

Todd’s First Ironman

todd-stabenow-photoA good friend, Todd Stabenow, is participating in his first Ironman (Chattanooga) this year and raising money for a great cause.   I’m supporting him not only because of our friendship, he is also putting up a $1,500 4-night stay in Charleston to one lucky winner.

Every $30 donation gives you an entry where you have no worse than a 1/100 chance of winning a stay Sept-May in this beautiful Charleston home.

You can make an easy tax-free donation through the following link: http://goo.gl/IZ4wdO

Go Todd!

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Hill Workouts – Great Charlotte Location for Hill Sprints

According to Runner’s World, hill workouts are one of the greatest ways to improve strength and speed.

If you are unfamiliar with hill workouts here are two great articles on the benefits:

Hill Training – Brian Mac, Sports Coach
Mastering Hill Workouts – Pete Magill, Running Times

Looking for a good medium hill in Charlotte to do a hill workout? My favorite for the 400m distance is located close to the Bank of America Panthers stadium on Greenleaf Ave and West 1st Street off South Cedar Street.

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There is plenty of parking on either street, and the traffic flow is low in the mornings. After you warm up, I recommend starting here and running to the top of Greenleaf Ave.

Recover back down the same hill until you reach your starting point, then run the opposite direction (West 1st Street) until you reach the top. Repeat the recovery jog down, and run back up Greenleaf Ave.

Here is what the workout looks like if you are using a Garmin:

If you are using a watch, you can leave the clock running, pressing the lap button at the start and stop of each hill to gauge your splits.

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Give it a try, I believe you will like the hill variation, challenge and scenery.

2014 Race Calendar

Below is my 2014 tentative race calendar. Provided I stay injury free, the following are on my radar with New York City Marathon confirmed.

Charleston Half-Marathon (Jan 18) 1:18:45 (New Half-Marathon PR, 2nd overall)

BB&T Corp Cup Team 5K (Mar 8) 17:31 (3rd overall)

Charlotte 10 Miler (Mar 23) 17:15 (New 10 Mile PR, 1st overall)

Know Your Craft 5K (Apr 5) 17:15 (3rd overall)

CPCC Skyline 5K (Apr 26)

Blue Ridge Relay (Sep 5-6)

Lynchburg 10 Miler (Sep 27)

New York City Marathon (Nov 2) [Confirmed]

Do you have a race calendar in place for 2014?