The Running Realtor: Marathon Memories - Finishing the First One.

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Marathon Memories - Finishing the First One.

Being a lifelong New Englander I'm an early riser so waking at 3:00am in San Diego to run the Rock-n-Roll Marathon was easy for me.  Looking around before the race there were not many smiles at dawn.

Race day is the end result of many training miles. Most participants at the race ran 500 miles or more during the proceeding 4 or 5 months so they'd be ready to undertake the 26.2 Mile event.

The Course started out on the West Side of Balboa Park and we looped around going through parts of the San Diego Zoo on our way Downtown. The city streets were a little rougher than I expected so there were plenty of cracks and pot holes to dodge. Nothing worse then hitting a hole the wrong way and twisting your ankle during an event of this magnitude.

After the first hour I was slightly ahead of my theoretical target time so I pulled out my camera for some photos along the way.  As you can see in the photo below the running crowd was still pretty thick.  I lost some time over the next several miles due to the congested streets and constantly stopping to take pictures.  Suppose serious runners would never think of actually enjoying their time on the course but I typically run races with a camera.

Once we left the Downtown Streets it was time to head out on that highway. At that point I needed to refuel the camera.  Anticipating many photo opportunities I did pack spare batteries in my running shorts so I pulled over for a pit stop.  Yes... I carry way to much junk!

I did have some technical difficulty and the camera flash starting going off everytime I took a picture.  After wasting a few minutes fiddling with settings I decided I better get back to running.

As I rounded the bend I saw the second ambulance of the day loading a runner.  We were still a few miles from the halfway point.  My wife and I had prearranged a meeting spot where the course came closest to our hotel so I snapped a few final photos as I came through the water stop before leaving the camera with her.

My intension was to make up lost time in the second half but things don't always go as planned.  Once the cloud cover known as June Gloom in San Diego burned off the sun warmed it up.  I could feel the heat on the ball of my right foot.  The only other time I'd felt that sensation was during our longest training run of 20 miles.  Willpower and determination is not a problem for me so not crossing the finish line was never a concern. I did do a bit of walking durning the later miles so I finished at just before noon with a chip time of 5:15.

Recovery time was very fast.  By 2:00pm I was making my way to the hotel's outdoor cafe for a burger and beers...  One of my team mates from the Leukemia Society's Team in Training was there with his parents and we discussed the race and events of the weekend.

Simon's father, Peter, was so inspired by the TNT organization and the huge amount of money raised ( $12.5 Million at this one event ) that he is planning to run a half marathon as a participant this fall.

I still have a few more miles left in me so I will be running the Fairfield Half in two weeks and start up again in late September at the Philadelphia Distance Run.

In my spare time I'm available to sell houses. To arrange a private showing of any home listed on the Connecticut MLS that is in my territory of New Haven County  just contact me, Dan Cummings, The Running Realtor via email at or call my 24 hour access line : 203-672-2455

Comment balloon 29 commentsNo Longer Active • June 06 2008 07:00PM


Hey Dan - yep, I'd guess you are probably the first marathon runner that I know of that carries a camera and actually stops and uses it.  Looks like you guys had a great time though.


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 10 years ago

Dan, at 2:00 in the afternoon after a race they'd still be doing CPR on me! Looks like you had a beautiful day to run. I'll bet the weather was perfect!

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 10 years ago

Congratulations!   That is some achievement...   I would never be able to do it..

Posted by Colleen Kulikowski, Creative Real Estate Solutions... (The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Honey....I'm so very proud of you!  MWA!

Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi Dan,

You are soo funny, I'm gonna start calling you Camera Dan....I'm proud of you too! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I can feel the burn...LOL I can't believe you actually took pictures while you ran!

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 10 years ago

Ann... The guy at the running store looked at me like I was nuts when I went in to buy a belted pouch to carry my stuff.

Linda... CPR would certainly take the fun out of the day. Unfortunately some people do run into trouble.

Colleen... I didn't think the word "never" was in your vocabulary. If you put you mind to it you would finish!

Sandra... Now it's your turn!

Suzanne... I was also planning to bring the Flip Video so I could capture sight and sound but I figured that would be too much.

Monika...  Technically I didn't take many while running, they come out blurry so I have to stop.  :-)

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi, Dan:  Just checking in to see how the race went... congrats on a good race and participating in such a worthwhile charity event.  Nice pics, too!

Posted by Jan Evett, Broker Associate, 20 years+ in real estate (The Premier Property Group LLC) over 10 years ago

Way to go, Dan.  I'm glad our June Gloom kept part of your day under cloud cover.  I don't know how anyone runs for that length of time!  Happy to hear that so much money was raised by your group.

Here's the important question, did Sandra get to do some great shopping?

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Partners Trust Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Dan, I loved the video. 

You had to pick the "hot one" for your 1st. Oh well.

We are all proud of your accomplishement and I know all to well the rewards of the accomplishment of finishing your 1st Marathon. 




Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) over 10 years ago

I am proud of you and your accomplishments

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Jan... It was a fun trip with a small team,  only 6 members from the Connecticut Chapter did the marathon and 3 did the half.

Elaine... Our hotel was a stones throw from the Fashion Valley Mall but by the time we walked over I think Sandra was too tired to spend....LOL

Tracy... I wasn't even thinking about the weather, when I signed up with TNT the only two choices for a full marathon was The Country Music Marathon in Nashville or Rock-n-Roll.

Thesa... I think you success juggling 42 listings is at one time is much more impressive.....

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Dan what a great place to run a race and I bet the weather was great too. Looks like you had an awesome time.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

Dan, that was big accomplishment, Midddletown should be a piece of cake after that.  Come to think of it maybe that is what Sandra and I will be having while you are running around :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 10 years ago

Congratulations, Dan! I have a hard time driving that far.

Posted by Michael Cole (CPG Tours) over 10 years ago

It may not be typical but I'm so glad you took pictures. It brings back wonderful memories of when I lived in San Diego. Congrats on your finish!

Posted by Beth Forbes, Your 24/7 loan officer (The mortgage help you want when you need it.) over 10 years ago


Looks like a nice day....and aking the time to capture the event yourself will be priceless for you.

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) over 10 years ago

Bill.... It was a nice trip and the weather was fine.... 60's - mid 70's

George... That Middletown run is coming up July 16th... Thought you and Sandra were running this year?

Michael... A few years ago I considered a 5k long distance.

Beth... I did see a few other with cameras along the way,  when you're running for hours a minute or two for photos doesn't really make much difference in the finish time but certainly captures the memories.

Dan... I agree... Actually put a Recap together and emailed it to all my teammates & coaches.  Only 10 of us from Connecticut made the trip.


Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Dan, I just put that date into my calendar, so I will see you there.  And if Sandra has not told you already ...... in your dreams buddy ........ LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 10 years ago

That was a long run!  I can't believe you were so close to my stomping grounds that you didn't run over here and say hello!

Hope you and Sandra had a great time in SD!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 10 years ago

George... No offense but picturing you running will NEVER enter my dreams!   LOL

Renee.... We did have a brief stopover there and Sandra asked if I was going to call you but it's not like we were there long enough to meet..... Wonder if it's too hot for me to do Las Vegas Marathon


Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Geeeeeee Dan I am soooooooooo disappointed by that ............. LOL

I will try to find something else for you to dream about :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 10 years ago

Congrats on your race.  Also, I hope your fathers day was great! 

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) over 10 years ago

You're BETTER THAN THE ENERGIZER BUNNIE Dan!!  You carry so much stuff with your during these runs I can't help but wonder if you actually took it seriously and pushed for a timed run!  I LOVE IT!! 

You are a true inspiration!!  Your wife has her hands full with all your energy!!  You are truly DAN-GEROUS!!!

PS...I know I still owe you a big fat juicy blog but I was on vacation last week with no internet or cell service - BUMMER!  LOL

Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 10 years ago

Wow, very impressive, must be nice to have all the energy and gusto...Congrats!

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 10 years ago


Are you excited for the Olympic trials starting today.  I hope the US distance runners can make some noise in Beijing.  But you know it is hard to compete with the Kenyans and Ethiopians.  Good luck with your running.

by the way, Do you have an outside blog that I can add to my Blogroll ?

Thanks and look forward to reading your thoughts on the world of real estate.

Posted by James Wexler ( over 10 years ago

Dan~ I'm exhausted just reading about your race.  Love that you run with your camera, what dedication!!

Posted by Lisa Ryan, Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town (Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Dan, this is an amazing accomplishment! My daughter just got back from Vegas. Believe me it's too hot! :-)

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Dan-  Only a true blogger would think to stop and take multiple pictures during a run!  Way to go  :)

Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) over 10 years ago

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