I have a new accomplishment to share since you last heard from me. I am pleased to say (even though my body would say otherwise) that I ran my longest run yet of 18 miles. This was not a task taken lightly, and all my hard work and training up to now made it possible to tackle such an enormous feat.
My trainer had to coach me on how to run properly as to not injure myself; with gleaming pride, I can report that I did not injure myself. My time for my 18 mile run was very promising and is on pace to accomplish my desired time for the Marathon. I ran this the day before we took off for Las Vegas Motor Speedway to race my No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra in the Smith's 350. In addition to coming to Las Vegas for the race, I was also going to have a small vacation and some days of recovery from marathon training.
I was also able to take a tour around the 26.2-mile course with our friends at FOX Sports1, who taped the entire route as we cruised around in a 2014 Toyota Tundra. Let’s just say, the course was long. It makes me excited, but also makes me realize how long 26.2 miles is. It took us two hours to drive the course. Hopefully now I will not get lost while running the route.
Saturday's race was really disappointing for me and my crew. We didn't have the finish we desired and deserved. However, I could not wallow in disappointment too long as I was happy for my Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters and the No. 17 team, who were able to take home the trophy.
After the race, with a heavy heart, I was off to start my vacation with my family and friends in Las Vegas. As I mentioned, these were my recovery days, but let's not confuse the word "recovery" for "do nothing." I still had to train for the marathon, but the runs were much shorter. I would run to the pool, I would run to the casino, I would run to a Las Vegas show, but I can't divulge too much information because "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."
After some off-time, I am ready to get back to work and look forward to doing much better at The Fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega (Oct. 19th, 4 p.m. ET, FS1)
With warm regards from sunny "don't play the nickel slot machines; you'll lose your money" Las Vegas.