Maine Marathon Training – Week Two – The Lido Shuffle and a little bit more.

Te The training schedule that I am using (a combination of advice from Jeff Galloway and Jenny Hadfield) called for an 8-mile run at the end of the second. My week was as busy as ever at school, but I managed to complete my shorter runs, and I even did some hiking with my students on Wednesday as we took an annual trip to Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain.  


But no matter what I did or where I went this week, the thought of running 8-miles this past weekend was never far away. I have told myself at almost every turn that the long weekly runs that are included in this training program will be long slow journeys along the roads and trails of southern Maine. I kept thinking that I should focus on training at a somewhat slower pace and try not to get into the rhythm that now seems to be my running pace – easier said than done.

This past Sunday, I decided to take a route around Portland’s Back Bay and then along the perimeter of the Eastern Promenade in Portland. It’s a route I know well and one that I’ve taken many times with my running group. But this time I would run alone, but not really. During the week I put together a list of songs that first made their way to the FM airwaves during the time I was in high school. Yes, I’m talking about the ’70s.

And as my children will tell you, it’s a period of time that produced some of the greatest music, ever. With Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, The Cars, Boz Scaggs, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Annie Lennox, The Bee Gees, and even a bit of Diana Ross queued up on iTunes library, I was ready to go. 

The music does help and as the miles slowly ticked off, I realized I was going to make it. When I finished, I was happy, content, but now I was thinking about the week ahead. Two weeks in the books and about 18 more to go until the marathon at the end of September.  I hope I have enough music.

Stay tuned – as always, if I think it’s interesting, I’ll write about it.

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Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at