2010 United States Air Force Half-Marathon
2011 Wright-Patterson AFB St. Patrick's Day 10K Fun Run
2011 Harrigan's Tavern St Patrick's Day 5K
2011 Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon
This was my second consecutive year running the Flying Pig and I was more than ready for it! I used the same training plan that I incorporated for the 2010 Flying Pig but accomplished 100% of my plan this year (vs. roughly 40-45% last year), including an additional 43.8 miles (see training plan below)! As some of you recall, it rained throughout the race last year in 2010. Well, guess what? It rained for about an hour this year in 2011 too….. I was prepared though, having accomplished over 7 training runs in the rain (some with winds in excess of 20-30mph).
2011 AF Marathon (26.2 miles)
#1 10K PR 0:50:20 27 June, 2011
#2 Dist PR 14 miles 6 August, 2011
#3 Dist PR 16 miles 13 August, 2011
#4 Dist PR 20 miles 28 August, 2011
#5 Dist PR 26.2 miles 17 September, 2011
#6 Weekly PR 32.2 miles 11-17 September, 2011
#7 Marathon (1st) 4:53:02 17 September, 2011
I was deployed this summer to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia where temps hover around 125f in the day to just above 100f at night. I signed up for the race in effort to obtain a USAF Deployed Location finisher's medal. Little did I know, the heat would prove to be brutal. My longest run of the year prior to race day was 10 miles (ran on 6 July 2012). I pretty much ran this race "cold turkey" but managed to finish and received my medal (and survived the heat).
#1 10:01 #8 11:46
#2 9:51 #9 12:11
#3 10:22 #10 12:39
#4 10:29 #11 12:35
#5 10:40 #12 13:08
#6 11:25 #13 13:52
#7 11:13 #14 10:10 (the infamous .1 mile)
13.1 @ 2:31:36 (11:30 pace overall). Not my best, but definitely not my worst either.
2012 USAF Half Marathon (Deployed Location) Finisher's Medal
2013 Texas Half Marathon (Dallas, TX)
I registered for the Texas Half Marathon (Big-D) because it fell on my OKC Memorial Half Marathon 12-mile training run day... I figured, "why not run for anther medal? I ran a PR pace up until mile #10 (that's where I bonked hard). The race was one of the smallest venues that I've run to date and I am not so sure about running this event again in the future (see why here). Overall, I was pleased with the fact that I finished and wasn't injured...
2013 Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon (28 Apr 13)
This race was created to honor those that were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. The race is in it's 13th year and continues to grow! This is my all time favorite venue for these reasons: the course is nice and semi-flat, offers up a scenic tour of Oklahoma City, the cause in itself is reason enough to run this race, but the volunteers were AMAZING! This was truly a Run To Remember!
Unfortunately, I left my Garmin GPS at home and didn't have gps map/pace data (doh)! Well, that's probably why I ran so carefree, I just did what I felt right! Honestly, everything aligned for this day. I suffered bruised ribs last Dec 12, a sprained ankle in Feb (prior to Austin) and shin splints prior to Big-D (Dallas). Thankfully everything healed up! I always knew I could run a 1:52 (I just needed to get out there and do it). I'm probably going to sign up for the full marathon next year (we'll see).