2013 Fairview Half Marathon – #3 for the year

April 6th, 2013
Fariview, TX
Fairview Half Marathon
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I registered for this race quite some time ago because I love the group that puts these races on.  They put on a very good race and limit the number of entries to a smaller amount, yet is has the feel of a major event. 

There was a facebook group for this race and they kept us up to date like none other.  That was super cool to follow, I mean, we even got to see the port-a-pots being placed on the course….I had a plan!  (but didn’t have to use it this race….woot!)

This race was all about the miles of smiles.  There was no pressure for time, except to have a good time, nothing more.  This was my third half marathon of 2013, and actually my third half in two weeks.  The night before the race, we had my traditional pasta dinner to ‘carb up’.  After dinner, I packed my stuff and was off to bed by 9pm.

4am alarm is normal for me and today was no different.  I was rested and felt pretty good.  I took care of business, did some rolling while I watched some Duck Dynasty and was out the door by 5am.  I had about an hour long drive to Fairview.

I had zero traffic, which was nice, but that’s only because it was so early.  I met my friend Nancy Howard who had my race packet and we chatted it up for a while before heading to the starting line to get ready.

The temperature was about 56 degrees, but the wind made it much colder.  We were all hiding form the wind in the City Hall building here the race started.  I love having conversations with other runners and hearing their stories before a race, it’s sort of like hearing fishing stories.  J  Start time was 7:30am and we got started right on time.  I had decided to run with the 2:05 pace group.  I’ve never done this, but I wanted to give it a try today and see how it would go.  I’ve followed pace groups, but never actually started and stayed with a group, so this would be a different experience.

I always take a pre-race pic
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Off we go……

Miles 1-3 were 9:19, 9:12 and 9:05.  Feeling really good and making good conversation with those running in the group.  We started at the city hall and headed to the country side.

Miles 4-6 were 9:26, 8:54 and 9:22 This part of the race ran through a very nice subdivision.  It was beautiful. There were huge homes, creeks, trees and  beauty all around.

Miles 7-9 were 9:27, 9:31 and 9:45.  I think there was a hill at mile 9, and I don’t like hills, at all.  Lol  I had walked through a water stop, as I always do and I lost the pace group for a little bit.  Don’t fret, I caught them though.

Miles 10-12 were 9:18, 9:11 and 9:23.  Clearly I was feeling OK at this point and ready to finish with the group.  The group had shrank a lot, with really only me and the pacers left at this point.  Two of the group ran ahead and the rest fell behind.  At mile 12, Claudia looks at me and said, if you feel ok, run, go ahead!  So I did….sort of.  LOL

Mile 13- end were 8:51 and 10:04.  The wind was horrible all day long and just worse as time went on.  I would say that the wind was worse than the hills for me today.

I did finish in 2:04:30 officially.  I was the 199 M to cross the finish line and the 21st male in my age group.

I have decided that this was officially my toughest half marathon to date.  Between this hills, which I admit that I don’t run well and the wind, it was a tough day!  I felt good, I felt comfortable at the pace I ran, just a tough day with the wind and hills.

These are the ladies that paced the 2:05 group.  Claudia on the left and Blanca on the right(as you look at the picture).  Claudia is running Boston soon and her fastest marathon to date is 3:29.  I’m impressed!
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I think this was my favorite bling to date
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The t-shirt was also very cool
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My lil runner friend Nancy, we’ve ran several of the same races and it’s always a joy to see her
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This link is an actual video of the course.  Can’t really get a feel for the hills, but it’s very cool to watch.  IT does require the Google Earth plug in though.

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/render_route_video?route_key=155136529672759082&site=mapmyrun.com

This link is my Garmin stats
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/293980807

I posted on Facebook asking everybody what their favorite sign was that they’ve seen during a race.  The answers are a varied as we are in number, which is what I expected.  For me….my favorite sign I saw during this have said this:

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I guess I need to tattoo Strength on my left wrist to match the Courage tat on my right.  🙂

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Fool’s race – Half Marathon

March 29th, 2013
Cedar Hill, TX
The Fool’s Race

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I was looking for an addition race to run in April as a training run.  I’ve really learned to enjoy virtual races just for the convenience sake.  I can run WHEN I want, WHERE I want….and still collect ‘da bling’.

What are virtual races you might ask, well, they are exactly what I just said.  These race give you the opportunity to support a great cause, such as this race.  The beauty of these races is that they are usually cheaper and typically give you two weeks or so to complete the race.  My whole family did a half marathon at the end of 2012, the girls and my wife did it one mile a day to get it all done.  GREAT way to get the family involved.

I found this race and thought it was a great cause!

Friday March 29th, I got my race packet in the mail.  I was excited to finally get this since I’d registered months before.  I ripped it open and found a really cool t-shirt, medal and a GU.  I was going to go for a run anyway so I thought what the heck, let’s run this half marathon right here, right now!  So I did……on the treadmill!  I can hear the moans from here, LOL.  I don’t do that distance on the treadmill often, but I do like to prove to myself that mentally I can do it.  It’s tough to run 13.1 miles in the garage while staring at the red dot on the ladder hanging on the wall.  I do it and I do it often!

I ran this race in intervals.  Starting at 9:31 per mile for a mile, then to 8:49 for a mile.  Back and forth for several miles.  Then 8:49 for two miles around 5.5-6.5 or so.  Then interval all over the place.

I finished in2:01:32 with an average pace of 9:14 per mile.  I’ll TAKE IT!!  Did I mention this was my second half marathon in 5 days?

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I didn’t really wear the bib.

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Second half marathon of 2013 – a huge success!

 

2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Recap

March 24th, 2013
Dallas Texas
Rock –n- Roll Series
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I’ll start by saying that I LOVE the half marathon distance. Ok, now that that is out of my system, I can more on with this blog. 🙂

I hadn’t been training in the running department as much as normal since the first of the year. My wife and I had been doing Les Mills Combat since the first of the year. That is a great program that developed some monster like legs and toned my arms, but really didn’t do much for the ole running legs. I’d kept about an 8-9 mile base long run on the weekends so I felt OK going into the race weekend.

Race weekend came and the whole family went to the Expo Saturday morning and had a great time! We came out of that place with three bags full of free stuff. LOL. Most of it was a new brand of chips that are quite amazing really, I’d tell you what they were called if I could remember. I looked at new Garmin’s and should have bought one, OH WELL! The girls got free stuff as well as some head bands and such they wanted. I got a new waist pocket called iFit to carry my second phone in when I run. I think I like that more than my arm band now, wish I’d have gotten the iFit with two pockets, again…OH WELL. Lol Probably the best part of the Expo was seeing friends! Many Love is like alittle sister to me and I’d not seen her in a while. It was great to see her, hug her neck and catch up for a little while.
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Please don’t hold the OSU tshirt against her. Lol
I also got to see Audrey for a few minutes. She just happened to be in town for a convention that was in the same building as the expo! Audrey and I grew up in the same town and she’s now one of the BeachBody coaches I work with.
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I also got to see Mimi and Kevin and their daughter Courtney. Fun times to say the least!
I spent the evening with Sydney(my daughter) after we had some pasta for dinner then off to bed around 9pm. As usual, I didn’t sleep much that night. I still get nervous! I suppose it’s excitement, wonder, worry, fear, joy, anticipation, accomplishment and just an overabundance of courage to get started, I don’t know, but I know I don’t sleep much! I suppose there was also the concern in the back of my mind since I knew I wasn’t fully trained as I like to be for this distance.

4am alarm clock as normal to start getting ready. David and I text each other to make sure we were up and around. This was David’s first half marathon and I was pacing him through, step for step. It was MUCH colder than I wanted and the wind was howling, no fun in that is there?! There was much discussion about how to dress. After stepping outside for a few seconds, it was clear that I needed my tights, arm warmers and long sleeves. David picked me up at 5am and we headed to the Dallas Fair Grounds. This race started in downtown Dallas and finished at the Fair Grounds, they bussed us to the starting line. It was FREEZING in downtown. There was no place to get out of the cold and the wind was horrible. I had on my trash bag that helped a lot, but I’m cold by nature anyway
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Can I ROCK a trashbag or what?

As more and more people came and gathered it helped block the wind. Great conversations started to happen. I learned about the guy in the Army who was running his second half marathon. The lady who was running her first half marathon and she wasn’t all that excited about it. Then there was the 17 year old kid who was running his 3rd annual Rock N Roll half marathon. The only part of this I didn’t care for was one lady that rubbed me the wrong way when weight loss came up. I got nothing but rotten looks after she learned I lost 100 pounds without surgery. Yes, I lost it without surgery, please don’t look at me surprised or anything, that’s the natural way. Yes, I was offended by her. I might add, she had lost over 100 pounds, but she had bypass surgery. There were several others friends I tried to connect with, but the cold and huddling sort of made that impossible.
Off to the starting corrals we go.
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David and I at the starting line moments before we took off. This was taken after our corral had moved up about 5 or 6 times too get that close to the starting line.

Aaaaaaaand we’re off on the 2013 Rock N Roll Half Marathon
Miles 1-3 were 10:07, 10:06 and 9:53. I promised David I wouldn’t go faster than 9:55 and no slower than 10:15 per mile average pace so this was a nice pace, felt comfortable and I felt like it wouldn’t wear us out.
Miles 4-6 were 9:53, 10:28 and 9:50. Not sure what happened in mile 5 that slowed us down a little, but the average pave was fine. Nearly all of the course to this point was a very slow uphill climb.
Miles 7-9 were 10:05, 10:04 and 9:41. I think it was around mile 8 that I had to stop and pee, never fails, I always have to atleast once.
Miles 10-12 were 10:46, 10:31 and 9:50. About here is when most hit the wall. David was starting to have a few aches and pains about here. We walked a little bit and I talked him off the edge. Basically told him that it’s all heart from here, suck it up and run. Lol
Miles 13- end were 8:41 and 7:52 for the last surge. I felt amazing at the finish, much better than I expected to feel. Again with the free stuff! More food than the two of us could carry it seemed.

Final time was 2:11:51.  4800 out of 10,709.  436 our of 725 in my  age division and 2525 out of 4145 men.  Not my fastest by any stretch, but it was a rock solid run with a great friend!

We actually headed to the care to drop stuff off, then come back to the party. Ofcourse now we’re sweaty, wind howling and freezing. As we walked the mile back to the car, David started cramping up. I got a little worried that he wasn’t going to make it back, even asking me to drive his car!?!?! We sat and warmed up, stretched a little and decided it wasn’t worth the walk back into the party where is was freezing!
Here are a few more pictures from Race Day

David just being David. LOL
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Post race after we got to the car.
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DA BLING!
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Action shot running to the finish! – just out for a stroll.  🙂
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This was my 10th half marathon! What an HONOR to be doing what I love …..
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