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Monday, April 29, 2013

New Half PR!

OK people, guess who has another Half Marathon PR?  If you guessed me, then you're right!  I still can't believe it...  It was truly a run to remember!  1:52:06, besting my Austin time by over 4 minutes!

Well I have to admit, this is now my ALL-TIME favorite venue!  The course was nice and semi-flat, weather was awesome, and the crowds were at every turn!  The volunteers were amazing!  Unfortunately, I was stuck in traffic and missed the opening ceremonies...  I'm kicking myself in the head, but will plan to arrive much earlier next year.

Next up, USAF Full Marathon in Sep!  I'll post my training plan soon.

Take care and stay safe!

Training Plan

Finisher's medal!  

Finish time


Course Photos:

Happy running and God bless!
"Fight the good fight, finish the race, and always keep faith"
2 Timothy 4:7

Friday, April 26, 2013

Training Complete!

2013 OkC Memorial Half Marathon training complete, and with a surprise; a new 5K PR (23:49)!  I bested my previous time by 4 seconds, lol!

I can't guarantee anything for Sunday, but I'm going to try and run the best race that I can!  There is a lot riding on this race too...  This race was created to remember those affected by tragedy many years ago (from the OKC bombing) and of course the recent event at Boston Marathon weighs on our hearts...

I run to remember those victims and families affected by these tragedies, and much much more...  For those that know, our son was given a second chance at life courtesy of the brave and talented medical staff here in OkC (OU Children's Hospital and the Jimmy Everest Center).  Additionally, the local community pulled together to assist us through these trying times.  We are forever grateful and will never forget our greatest hero that we'll never know, the organ donor that saved our son's life!  We always pray for you and your family!

Oh, I am officially registered for the USAF Marathon and Tulsa Route 66 Half Marathon events!  I'm contemplating running Kansas City too...  Now, look at this mess that I've gotten myself into...  Ha!

Take care and stay safe!

Happy running and God bless!
"Fight the good fight, finish the race, and always keep faith"
2 Timothy 4:7

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Texas Half Marathon

Half Marathon #7 is in the books!  Sadly, I bonked hard at mile #10 and ran through leg soreness for the final 3 miles; I blame two straight days of indoor soccer  (a week prior) for this fatigue.

The Texas Half (Dallas) was one of the smaller scale venues that I've run.  I'm so used to being jam-packed with 22-25,000 runners on a closed course.  This event probably had a total of 3-4,000 for all distances (full, half and 5k).   It was nice to be back in my home state (and visit with family) but I don't think I'll be running this event in the near future.  I'll explain why...

The course takes you through some scenic areas of Dallas (parks, high-valued neighborhoods, downtown etc) but we also ran through a "rough" area too (obvious due to the higher level of Dallas PD personnel supporting that area).   The course wasn't a closed course (like previous venues that I've raced) but Dallas PD, Fire and volunteers were blocking traffic at major intersections when racers approached them.  The start and finish lines were in Fair Park (home of the Texas State Fair and Cotton Bowl).  The start line was VERY narrow, pace groups were few and far (apart at the beginning), and at times I found myself running with/against vehicle traffic!  YES, we were running along some streets with vehicles!  Of course, some of those drivers weren't following posted speed limits, and the majority of them were either on the phone talking (or texting).  I ran along the opposite side of traffic just to be safe.

The course veered off road onto a two lane (wide) running/biking trail alongside White Rock Lake (which was a surprise sight!).  The lake trail was still open for public use that day and many runners were bottle-necked waiting on opportunities to pass other runners.  I was able to pass freely once we made it back to the streets but lost some time on the lake trail.  The event used electronic timing (so they claimed) with bib-placed timing chips.  I crossed the start line about 15-20 seconds after the gun went off (8:00am) and crossed the finish line at 2:00:06 (gun time).  My Garmin 610 clocked me at 1:59:49, which later turned out to actually be 1:59:51 (once uploaded to Garmin's website).  The ONLY chip/timing mats for the half marathon course were at the start and finish lines (ZERO on the course).  I noticed an error in my time once the race website updated the finish results...  My initial start time read 8:00:00 (which was impossible since I was far back from the line at start) and finish time read 2:00:06 (actual clock time at the finish line).  They didn't factor in my chip time!

It's rather frustrating...  I paid nearly $100 to run this event, had to deal with traffic and crowds of runners (with the fewest entries in all of the events that I've run), inaccurate timing and water stations spread thin; I think I'll pass on this event and consider Dallas R&R instead...  Such a surprise for a 10 year old event too...

I know, I usually don't complain about stuff.  But, I was expecting more (and accuracy).  I'm just glad that I finished this event without having to walk (or drop out).

Oklahoma City Memorial is in two weeks!  I think I'm ready for it (and will avoid soccer until after the race).

On a side note, our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragedy at Boston Marathon.

2013 Texas Half Marathon (Dallas)

Finisher's Medal

Happy running and God bless!
"Fight the good fight, finish the race, and always keep faith"
2 Timothy 4:7