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Running again

by on Dec.22, 2012, under Training Runs

I haven’t run much since Memphis and haven’t blogged at all.  I’ve been a bit under the weather all week, living on Nyquil and feeling tired.  I got out yesterday for a short run and then today to run 5 and have breakfast with the group.  It was nice to get back out running although even a couple weeks off and you can feel it.  As the Christmas break starts I’m excited to put together my 2013 race calendar.  Enjoying Christmas music and watching 2012 come to a close.  What a fantastic year it has been.

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Memphis Half Marathon 2012

by on Dec.02, 2012, under Races

Summary:  What an awesome day.  What a great weekend.  I am so thankful for so many people in my life.  Once again, I ran for my NF Hero, Mavia Evenson.

Now, on to the race report.  I didn’t really train specifically for this event.  I was trained up for this event and was focused, but my last few months were focused on the Chicago marathon and the NYC marathon that didn’t happen.  Then we went on a cruise over Thanksgiving where I did 3 treadmill workouts and some time spinning on the bike and weight training and drank a lot of beer ( :) ).  The week before the marathon I did a run and some speed work but that was it.

I quit drinking coffee and alcohol for the week prior to the event and drank a lot of water.  I had my first cup of coffee the morning of the race and felt the caffeine perk me up.  My goal was to run sub 1:40, the same goal I had in January when I ran the Houston Half and did a 1:43.  This was an aggressive goal, but why set goals you know you can reach?  Reach high.  I felt I could do it, but I knew it would be a stretch.  It was possible.  The day before the race, Tim texted me and said he was going to come and pace me.  At first I thought, ‘Awesome’.  Then I realized there was no slacking as I had my favorite pacer there with me.  It made me focus all week to be ready.

I was as ready at the start of the race as I have ever been.  No injuries.  Felt good.  Well rested.  Nutrition was spot on.  I had Tim to pace me and I gave him a gatorade bottle of Amino Vital mix with a chocolate Clif Gel with caffiene in it and he was to carry it and give me drinks from it every mile or when I wanted.  No aid stations to deal with.  Temps were in the high 40’s and the weather was good – a little windy and slightly humid but not a factor.

Off we went in Coral 2 with the 3:10 and 3:15 marathon pacers and hung with them for the first mile or so.  I felt great.  1:39:?? was going to happen today.  I remembered the course and thought I knew the uphill and downhill segments.  I’ve run this course 3 times in the marathon and 3 in the half.

First 5k was great.  Felt good.  On pace.  The plan was to get to the park on pace at mile 8 and then pick it up slightly through the park which I remembered as flat, then pick it up out of the park (mile 10) and start the 3 miles downhill (according to the website).  As we entered the park, I thought we were on pace.  The park was not flat.  It was gradual up, then down and then uphill going out.  I did not want to waste energy going up the hills and kept the same level of effort.  If I had known I was a bit off pace I might have pushed harder.  I am not sure what the result on the race would have been.  Coming out of the park I tried to pick it up and did a bit but the 3 miles of net down hill was really an up and down section.  Tim was pushing me hard but going up the hills I just didn’t have it.  I worked and focused but didn’t feel I could afford to give it my all yet and just gave it my best. We finished hard but it wasn’t enough to do a 1:39:??.  Ended up with a 1:42:23 (even though my garmin said 1:42:01 as it may have stopped when I walked for a few seconds at mile 8 to take a drink).

I learned a lot from this race.  First I learned that I need to have  a couple mile splits to check where I am in a race so I don’t think I am on pace when I am not.  I should have had a 3 mile, 6 mile, 9 mile, 12 mile split written on my arm so I would have known that I was slipping rather than thinking I was on pace.  Not sure if it would have mattered. Second, I learned to try and run slightly faster than your average goal pace.  My goal pace was 7:38/mile.  In the future I will try and run a 7:30 or 7:33 pace to achieve this goal.

After the race I was happy with my result but not satisfied.  I had set a goal, even though ambitious, and felt I could get it.  I didn’t.  I kept thinking, “where did I go wrong?”.  I will take the lessons learned from this event and when I train for future half marathons I will apply them.  On a positive note, this is my second fastest half marathon ever and my fastest in 3 years.  I have run 2 half marathons this year and one was a 1:43 (also tried to get under 1:40 at this one) and a 1:45.  Looking at the race results I found that I finished fourth in my age group and since the 1st finisher in my age group got an over 50 age group award, I officially finished third in my age group out of 108 runners.  This is very satisfying.  The personalized plaque I will get will mean more than the medal.  This fires me up to keep working and get my time down under 1:40.

Beyond the race and the finish time, I am amazed at the friends I have made running.  The NF Endurance team was there in full force and I am proud to be a part of them.  The Conway Running Club was there in full force and I am proud to be a part of them.  Many Little Rock Runners were there and I am happy to be friends with them.  The race started with Ellen, a patient at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, singing the national anthem.  She brought tears to my eyes.  The person who introduced her said after she sang, as people were applauding, that he was especially proud of her as she was his daughter.

Running through the St. Jude campus, giving high fives to all of the kids was so moving, as it always is.  If this doesn’t make your heart move, you need to get an EKG to see if it is still working.  This was a great race to finish out the year.

Here are my Garmin splits.  Happy to have all but 2 miles sub 8!  I just did not realize that miles 4-9 were so far off pace and did not anticipate the hills in the park in mile 10 or in the last 3 miles.  What if …. Oh, just stop it!

Here are the results of my age group:

There were 2181 males of all ages in the event and I finished 145th which is the top 7% of all males in the race and I have to feel good about that.

I ran 11.5 miles today as a recovery run.  I am so happy to be injury free and look forward to 2013 racing.

The fundraising support from FACEBOOK is encouraging!!!

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Speeeeeed Work

by on Nov.27, 2012, under Training Runs

Felt good to do some speed work today.  Left the fitness center thinking we were doing a tempo run and found out we were heading to the track.  That sounded good – let’s get the legs turning faster than race pace to let them know what is expected of them this weekend.  The goal this weekend is to average a 7:38 pace.  Did a 400 – 800 – 1200 – 1600 – 1200 – 800 – 400 ladder at the track with a short rest (with the watch off) between them.  1.2 mile warm up and cool down running over and then back.  Felt great and a perfect mental preparation for this weekend.  Especially great to be back running with my group!

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Birthday miles done

by on Nov.15, 2012, under Training Runs

Finished up my birthday miles with a nice tempo run.  I needed 56 and ended up with almost 58 from last Friday through today.  Since that is double what I’ve run per week for the past 4 weeks I’m glad I didn’t get injured!  Had a great run today with Curt, Brad, Steve and Tim. Nice to see it is 10 seconds off of my Memphis half marathon goal pace (7:38) which will get me in under 1:40.  And this is after over 50 miles of running this week.  We finished the tempo strong but I didn’t hit the lap button at the top of the hill so lap 5 ended up showing 8:03 as we started up again.  It’s all good, details, details.  The 7:48 pace we ran today is almost exactly my half marathon PR – 1:42.

I’m heading to Florida for probably our biggest business conference of the year and then disconnecting from the Grid to enjoy a cruise with my family.  On the first day of the 57th year of my life I am amazed at the many blessings and opportunities I have.  So thankful to be able to run, to enjoy friends, to see the world, to build something with talented people at the Pond and to have a family that is wonderful beyond my wildest dreams.  Let the new year begin.

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Birthday run

by on Nov.14, 2012, under Training Runs

Got in a birthday run with Stacy today as I close in on my 56 miles for the week.  5 more to go and I’ll finish them up tomorrow morning.  I woke up this morning to the news that a good friend and college roommate had died after open heart surgery.  Just last week he was posting pictures on Facebook and living life grand.  This brings on a mixture of sadness and thankfulness.  I realize how important each day is and the relationships that I have with others.  RIP Rob Elliott.  We will miss you.

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Good 8 miler

by on Nov.13, 2012, under Training Runs

Great variety run today; some slower, some fast, some on the road and some on the track. First frost of the year so we were running with hats and gloves.  I felt a bit stiff in the middle but had a very good finish.  46 miles into my birthday week “run my age” and feeling good.  Thankful for life.

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Renewal run

by on Nov.12, 2012, under Training Runs

Yesterday’s run zapped me.  Was it the hills?  The pace?  The run the day before?  Not sure but it was tough to hold on but thanks to my great running friends I finished it up.  I strongly considered not running today but if I did that I knew I wouldn’t get my birthday mileage in this week.  I rolled out into the cold morning, hat and gloves on, and did a nice 6 mile run.  I felt really good – surprisingly good.  We started a bit slow but then I got into a comfortable pace.  Ran with Mark but he cut off to get 4 miles and so I went on, did Bainbridge and finished strong.  Counting the 5k Color Run walk, I’ve got 38 miles in since Friday.  There’s hope to keep the tradition going.

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Couple good runs

by on Nov.11, 2012, under Training Runs

Tim reminded me this morning that it was my birthday week, the week I run my age in miles.  Thankfully I got in a 10 miler on Friday, 6 + the Color Run 5k in yesterday and 13 today so if I adjust the week back to start a few days early I may make it.  It’s a good tradition and although it will take a few “2 a days” I think I’ll give it a try.

Our 6 miler yesterday was a good one and although I wanted today to be a fast run – it wasn’t.  We did some good hills and I pushed myself to the end and feel good about it.  Great running friends who drag me through the streets to get me ready for my next race!

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Easy 10

by on Nov.09, 2012, under Training Runs

It is amazing how easy it is to run 10 miles with a slower group. Could have kept running forever.  I’ve been out of town all week and it was good to get back out for a run.  Beautiful morning.

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Social run

by on Nov.04, 2012, under Training Runs

Was hoping to do a half marathon pace run today but the other runners who were there were slower and I opted to run with them rather than running for a pace.  Good choice.  I enjoyed the time running with wonderful people on a beautiful morning, coffee at McDonalds afterwards.  It’s not all about pace.  Great social run today.

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