Back while living in Oregon when I first got the news that I got a job in New York I was looking around at the information about the area and found the NYC Marathon. I signed up for the lottery thinking I would never get in (Only 1 in 10 do). Of course that is the kind of thinking that leads to getting in. Great, with everything else going on I had no time for training.
I was very out of shape from doing so much desk work for my thesis and such. I went to the doctor for a physical to make sure everything was OK. He said I had hip problems and should only do low impact exercise. So I asked, "So I shouldn't be running a marathon?" He chuckled and said no. He thought I was joking about a hypothetical question, then he rushed out and never came back. Yea, over-worked medical system.
So my answer was to do low impact training for the marathon. I decided on roller blading. I was good about training regularly. (Like taking them with me to Arizona.) There was an old train track path near my house that they had paved for use by bikes and runners called the North County Trail. It was perfect for training and beautiful since most of it was shaded by trees that changed color. I did have some problems blading on wet leaves when they fell.
My enthusiasm for blading got my friend D. and his wife excited and they bought their own set. My wife L. had to many bad experiences from the last time we had inline skates so she would ride her bike when we all went out.