Friday, December 31, 2010

Good Times in San Antonio

2010-12-27 14.59.25_San Antonio_Texas_USI’m a bit late in posting this, but we had a great time in San Antonio at the beginning of the week.

My sister, Debbie and her kids, Michael and Kayla went to San Antonio for a little vacation fun.  They sure are growing up quickly! 

2010-12-27 16.20.26_San Antonio_Texas_USUrsula, the kids and I went down Monday and came back Tuesday.  Great weather on Monday for driving and the River Walk.  We definitely put in several miles walking around San Antonio.  We won’t count that part where I was trying to get us back to the hotel.  So glad that my Android phone has a GPS & Google Maps.  You’ve gotta love technology!

2010-12-27 18.00.59_San Antonio_Texas_USWe had dinner at a Mexican restaurant on the River Walk.  The food was alright, but the company was awesome!  I think Cairo drank 8 lemonades while we were there.

I used Priceline.com to name my own price on a hotel room and scored a great price.  We stayed at the Hotel Indigo.  It was on the River Walk and was wonderful.  I will definitely be using Priceline more often.  Check out this blog post on how to best use Priceline.com.

We introduced Debbie and her family to the wonderful game of Pass the Pigs.  It’s an addictive game that everyone can play.  Good clean fun, darn it!

So glad that we took the drive down I-35 to see them.  It was a lot of fun!

2010-12-27 16.35.48_San Antonio_Texas_US The Debbie!

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Social Network Christmas

The virgin birth of Christ is one of the hardest stories for us to comprehend.  If Facebook was around way back then, here’s a glimpse of what it might’ve looked like.

I think the language and comments would have been a lot harsher today.  Praise God for the gift of His one and only son!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Incredible Storyteller - Story of Jonah

First of all… A shout out to my niece, Kayla up in Elyria, Ohio!  Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do.

I tweeted this video a few days ago, but had to throw it up on my blog.  I wish that I had as much of a   storytelling ability as this youngster!  She must really love this story, because it would be too difficult to read it and then express it as well as she does.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I Wanna Be Like My Other Sisters too!

I brag on my running sister, Denise a lot, but I’ve got 2 other sisters that I love a bunch too!  GOSH!

2010-05-15 18.55.14_Elyria_Ohio_US-cropped Above is a picture from when I visited back in May.  There’s Deanna, myself, Debbie, and Denise.

Deanna is a free spirited chickie that loves her family and is proud of her boys.  She has an infectious laugh that will stick with you for days.  I wanna be like her  because she just experiences life and loves what she has.

Debbie… hmmm… who wouldn’t want to be Debbie!?!  When I think of Debbie, I think of strength, a fierce competitor, & a loving mom.  If I’m going into battle, I need to be on Debbie’s side not against her.  This girl will take you down in any competition - - WII Bowling, Shuffleboard, Racquetball, and of course, Roshambo.

Now, if I could only get Deanna & Debbie to start running!  :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Marathon Finish Video

Thanks to DallasNews.com for capturing video of the Marathon Finish from Sunday’s White Rock Marathon.  Too cool to see me finishing and hear my name.

Fast forward the video to 15:45.  I’ll be on the far right of the screen in a grey shirt and black shorts.

I really felt like I was going faster than it looks.  They must have slowed the video down.  :)

You can check out more Marathon Videos here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I Wanna Be Like My Sister!

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My sister has such a positive attitude that I’d like to be like her!  Here I’m striking a pose like her at the beginning of the Dallas White Rock Marathon.

Marathon #3 – White Rock Recap

I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, but I’m SMILING! I could beat myself up over my time, and how I walked more than I wanted to, but it doesn’t matter!  I saw so many runners out there overcoming physical challenges that my time really doesn’t matter.  Sure I’ll try again and gain to get faster and stronger, but the time is not going to be the only way to determine the success of a race.

It’s all about the entire race experience! Here’s my race experience recap…

A week leading up to the marathon, I have nothing but anticipation and excitement.  I cannot think of anything much but the race and what’s going to happen.  With 24 weeks of training leading up to the big event, I think of it as planning for a wedding, except there’s no frilly dress. 

Again, I like to consider the whole experience, because if I wasn’t running… I’d still be sitting on the couch watching Saturday morning cartoons and not much of anything else.

TweetUp Lunch-4 On Saturday afternoon, I had an awesome lunch with friends that I met through running.  A few friends I made through the Dallas Running Club and others through Twitter.  We had lunch at All Good Cafe in Deep Ellum.  I brought Briana along so that she could check out something other than the normal chain restaurants that are up in Frisco.

Briana and I had a fun time at the Expo.  Although it was crazy packed!  I wish there was a little more room to walk around or just stop to check something out.  It always seemed like you were in someone’s way.

Now for the race recap…

2010-12-05 06.56.31_Dallas_Texas_US It was definitely colder than I like, but I dressed appropriately.  I was more worried about my cheering section.  Thanks to Ursula, Briana & Cairo for following me all over Dallas!  You guys really provided the motivation for me as I was getting near the end.  Also, it was great to ditch the belt toward the end.

We got down to Fair Park extra early at about 6:20am.  Stayed in the car for a little bit and then waited in the Automotive building.  We were able to grab a table and chill until it was time to walk over.  It was great to see Brandon (FT Developer) and his wife, Autumn before the race.  They were both running the Half Marathon.

Before the race, I had 2 goals… beat my previous Marathon time of 4:18:48… I certainly thought that’d I’d be able to achieve that time.  My bigger goal was to finish between 4:00 and 4:10.  I thought these goals were attainable as my training was good and my Half Marathon time showed that I was capable of running that fast per the

I started out right behind the 4:00 pace group.  I wanted to run an even pace throughout the race and thought I could hang with them.  After running a few miles with them it seemed like they were ahead of a 4:00 pace.  I slowed to a comfortable 9:30min/mile pace.  I figured that I surely could hold that pace.

I was suppose to see Ursula and the kids at mile 7.5, but they called after I passed and said they missed me.  However, I did get to see one of the soccer moms from Briana’s team.  It was great to see Margaret out there!

Urs and the kids surprised me at mile 11.  Originally they were going to go onto the 2nd viewing location at mile 14.  I was feeling great at that time.  Hugs for and from the family – great feeling to have their support.

I next got to see my family at about mile 15.  I was still feeling good at this point.  :)

At mile 18, I got to see my boss, Scott.  It’s so cool that he came out last year and this year to see me run.  I told him that I was starting to feel the toll of the race on my legs.  He gave some encouraging words and I was back out there.

IMGP1243 I saw my family one last time on the course at mile 20.  My legs were so darn heavy & achy at this point.  I ditched my water belt and got rid of the long sleeve shirt.  I felt so much lighter.  However, my legs didn’t.

At mile 23, I got to see some running friends that were cheering everyone on.  So cool to see them!  Thanks to Corina, Running Couple (Lee & Isis), Mel, & Kris.

The last 4 miles were very tough for me.  I long ago gave up my first 2 goals of time and just wanted to finish the marathon.  As mentioned before, I gave into walking more than I wanted to, but I didn’t give into quitting.

As I finished the race, I gave it all I had as I sped across the finish line.  It was cool to hear my name called as I finished.  I finished with a time of 4:36:10.  A consolation prize was that I beat last year’s White Rock Marathon race by a couple of minutes.  Afterward, I joked that I liked the Cleveland Marathon much better since I ran it in 4:18.  Hmmm… maybe I’ll be going back to Cleveland.

All in all, I enjoyed the race experience! I didn’t get the time that I wanted, but everything else was awesome with family and friends!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Enjoy Life!

I really like enjoying life.  Seems easy enough, huh?  I really like when people go out of their way to get others to enjoy life.  Running has enabled me to enjoy life.  No, this isn’t another running blog post… just driving a point home.

I really like what Volkswagen did with their Driven by Fun campaign.  Giving everyday people a chance to have fun in the middle of their hectic day.  Very cool!

Experience life and enjoy it!  Have fun! 

Would you take the slide?  I would!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

20 YEARS!

Mark-Urs1991Today marks the twentieth year that Ursula and I have been married!  20 years is such an awesome milestone, but I consider each year as a milestone of its own. 

A healthy marriage takes a lot of work, patience, and most importantly, God!  Without God, we would not have made it this far if I just depended on my own wisdom.  God has always nudged me to do the right thing when it comes to understanding how to love Ursula.  Have I always listened? …no.  However, the times that I have really listened, I know for a fact that our marriage has been strengthened by listening to Him and not myself.

I thank God for bringing Ursula and I together.  I have been so blessed!

I just love this song from Tony Toni Tone – it’s back from our hay day!  It’s a perfect blend of both of us.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What is God Trying to Tell You?

RoadRageWhenever God is talking to me, I hear what he’s trying to tell me multiple times in multiple ways.  Huh?  The same message is repeated several times, by different sources.  I could hear it from a sermon at church, a news story on the radio, from a friend, or first hand experience.

Sunday at church, Pastor John was talking about road rage and how we need to check ourselves.

Monday morning, I was right… he was wrong.  Did I really need to be right and prove it?  Probably not, but I made my point and I didn’t need to.

I was on my way to work on Monday morning at O’dark thirty motoring at a good pace. I’m coming up to I-35 on 121 where 2 lanes merge down to 1 lane.  You know the story… The guy behind me decides that it would be better to be in front of me, so he gets into the right lane; the lane that’s going to end.  He speeds up, but doesn’t get in front of me.  He could of easily got back behind me, but he really wanted that coveted “in front of Mark Lindsley” spot.

He accelerates even faster and finally shows his true intention.  Once I finally let him in, he let me know who was number ONE.  I, flashed my high beam lights to dispute the claim.  He reemphasized his point.  It was at this point, that I’m snapped back to reality wondering why am I’m doing this… pride, ego, etc.  Well, things were escalating and he’s inviting me to pass him so that he can truly express himself.

Seeing how there were 2 people in his car and his “friendly” gestures were getting out of hand, I decided to duck off the highway sooner than I needed to.  I was hoping to avoid becoming a statistic.

Wednesday, on the way to White Rock Lake, I needed to get over a lane and none of my friendly drivers were letting me over.  Finally, I thought there was a gap large enough to get over, but that car sped up to not let me in.  I was able to get in after them and what did I see on the back of their car… yep, a fish!?!  Brother, dude, couldn’t you let me in?  Go figure, huh?  This was God really talking to me… I was that same person a couple of days ago.

Thursday on the radio, I heard that DFW was second behind New York City as one of the top of the Road Rage List.  That’s not a list that we should be too proud of.  No wonder, I’m not crazy on having my 16 year old out there driving.

All of this is a message to me… it starts with me.  I need to slow down, drive comfortably, and just don’t care about people getting in front of me.  Ego or no ego, it’s just not worth it.

What is God trying to tell you?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

An Inspirational Movie to wait for…

I just saw the trailer the movie 127 Hours and it looks incredible. 

It’s going to be an intense movie that I’m sure that will take us through so many heavy emotions.  I cannot wait for it.

Here’s the back story of Aron Ralston…

The movie will be coming out on November 5th.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Facebook in Real Life

I’ve been getting Ursula more and more into Facebook, but it’s been a battle.  I don’t think she’s ready for Facebook in real life…

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dad’s Life

Been quite from me on the blogging front, so I thought I’d throw a bone out there… here’s a cool dad video from a church in Tulsa.

Here’s the Mommy version… priceless!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Stop It!

I cannot count how many times that I’ve heard or read the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11.

1 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives,2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
  4 "Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the act of adultery.5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?"
  6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, "All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
  9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, "Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?"
  11 "No, Lord," she said.
  And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."

The story’s main focus is usually about all of us being sinners.  There’s not one of us that doesn’t have a blemish or fault.  There are so many different aspects of this story as well, such as the observation of Jesus.  He’s so calculated, patient, and loving.

Last night in my weekly men’s group, a different focus was given and kicked me in the stomach!  The last sentence: Go and sin no more.  Jesus recognizes our sins.  He forgives our sins.  Most importantly, he wants us to STOP!

Go and sin no more!  I think, actually, I’m pretty certain most of us receive forgiveness from Jesus and just GO!  However, we miss the last part of that commandment – and sin no more! 

Yes, it’s a challenge!  It’s going to be hard!  But so is everything else that’s worth it.  Getting a college degree is hard; but you study, take tests and do it.  Running a marathon is hard; but you train, eat right and do it.  The hard part is… stopping.  I know!  However, God always gives ways out of situations when we’re temped. (see below – 1 Corinthians 10:13)  Grab for His hand each and every time and He’ll help you stop.

13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

If you’re struggling with any type of repetitive sins, addictions, or anything that God would not be smiling about… STOP IT!  Go and sin no more!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ursula Graduates!

I’m so proud of Ursula! She has put in 1500 hours in her pursuit of working in the cosmetology career field.  She graduated from Paul Mitchell schools in Carrollton.  Actually… she’s done with school on July 3rd, but they have the graduation ceremony before you’re done.

IMG_5913The graduation ceremony was Saturday night and was a blast!  They had a fashion runway show with a bunch of IMG_5881cool hairdos!  Ursula actually got up and said a few words recognizing her teachers and the family.  Her dad would be proud of her speech.

IMG_5919 Here’s a picture of the proud family.  Uh oh, Cairo is getting close to my height.

Sooooooo… if you need your hair did, I mean done, give Ursula a call, e-mail, or a text.  She doesn’t do Twitter, but I’m trying to coerce her onto Facebook.  She does a fantastic job!  She’s been cutting my hair for close to 20 years.

Friday, June 11, 2010

You Were Called to Serve People, Not Software #FellowshipOne #chms

So many times people ask me, what kind of company is Fellowship Technologies?  What kind of software is Fellowship One?  This video does an awesome job of illustrating what our Church Management Software does.

I am so proud and honored to be a part of this company!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

How Do We Live Daily?

As some know, I’ve been transitioning to a different church near our home. There are a lot of different reasons why I chose to move to a new church home, however that’s not the reason of this post.

The main reason of this post is a message that was given at Hope Fellowship.  I really appreciate how Pastor John relates so well to where I am when he’s teaching.  Actually, I think he relates to everyone very well.

John stresses that we are not to go out and sin throughout the week and then expect to come back to church on Sunday and be redeemed by him.

After he said this, I leaned over to Briana and told her that he nailed it!  He really did!  This is how so many Christians go through their lives including myself.  I’m TRYING to live my life with Christ driving my actions & motives throughout the week.  However, it’s definitely a challenge, but I know that it’s achievable.  It’s achievable by getting it into His word daily and getting on your knees daily.  I cannot do it without Him!

Click here, to download the entire message.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Trail Running with Denise

2010-05-18 11.08.51_Sagamore Hills_Ohio_US-cropped Went on my first trail run with Denise in Nowhere, Ohio.  It was somewhere, but off of the GPS grid.  Ok, it was actually Peninsula, Ohio.  The rain let up for us, but it was pretty damp on the trail which made it pretty slippery and muddy.

Denise had fun laughing at me as I tried to keep my footing with my no grip street running shoes.  I’m glad that I didn’t fall.  :)

It was the first run after running the marathon a couple of days ago.  Logged about 4.5 miles on the trails.

Here’s where we were checking out a scenic waterfall.  One of Denise’s favorite location.

About to cross stream, however, I chose to turnaround since we already ran a couple of miles.  That was enough after running in a marathon a couple of days ago.

Nice set of stairs in the middle of the trail run.

All in all, I had a great time running on the trails with Denise.  I guess I should have been worried though when I found out that the trails were located next to some ski slopes.

I cannot believe that this is the set of trails that Denise runs in a 50K race.  Yikes! 

Family Visit – Gave my mom a spin

When I visited my family, my mom got up on a bench so that she’d be taller than me.  I came over and gave her a spin.  Make sure to check out her dismount.  Priceless.

I had a great time visiting family.  More pictures to be posted later.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Second Marathon was a Good One!

2010-05-16 11.31.58_Cleveland_Ohio_USI thoroughly enjoyed running in my second marathon in Cleveland.  The weather was great with the temps staying in the 50s throughout the race.

I finished the race in 4:18:48.  I’m really happy with this time.  I feel like I redeemed myself after running in my first marathon in December at the Dallas White Rock Marathon.  I know it was my first marathon, but I wanted to do better than my 4:37 finish.  I gave into the fatigue at the end of that race.  This time I pushed through and gritted through the last 4 grueling miles.

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Not bad results above… 1,276th out of 11,541 marathoners. 934th out of 5,108 men and 155 out of 728 in the Men 40-44 age division.  First half at 2:08:09 and the last half at 2:10:39.  The last half was pretty good since I had 2 long breaks.

As mentioned in my previous post I was planning on running negative splits.  I did OK with this, but it was harder than I thought to stick with running the first 8 miles at a 10:00 minute pace.  I was quicker than originally planned, but I didn’t think 10-20 seconds would hurt me too badly.  I did come up short in the last miles in trying to hit my target of 9:00 minute miles, but all in all, I’m OK with that.  I ran this marathon so much better than the first one.

I listened to my Android phone for most of the race except for when there were bands or other musical happenings.  It was cool to see a group that were like Stomp.  I wanted to listen to the Black Eyed Peas station on Pandora, but it lost connection after a few miles.  So I switched to Briana’s Playlist for most of the race.  After that, I listened to another playlist that brought me through.  For the last couple of months, I’ve been listening to music while running.  It gives me a different type of focus and minimizes the noise of the pain in my legs.  :)

I only stopped when I saw my family at miles 6, 13 & 21.  I also had to stop a couple of other times.  I had a long stop when I had to take care of some potty business on mile 18 and a longer water stop.

It was great having family support at the race.  Gary, my brother-in-law would call me to find out where I was and give me updates to where they were going to be.  He would tell me where they were going to be and so I would tell myself to hold on and I’d be able to take a short break when I see them.

I saw my family again at mile 25, but I didn’t stop.  I just ran by and gave them 2 thumbs up as I ran by.  I willed myself so hard to keep running I was going to stop at this point.

Once I finished, I gave Ursula a call and cried like a little girl.  I told her that I wished that she was there so that I could fall into her arms.  I missed her so much.  Yes, I get emotional at the end of running a marathon.  It’s a part of the experience.

Now for the details.  My mile splits were as follows:

  • Mile 1: 9:59
  • Mile 2: 9:43
  • Mile 3: 9:49
  • Mile 4: 9:31
  • Mile 5: 9:34
  • Mile 6: 9:39
  • Mile 7: 9:39
  • Mile 8: 9:40
  • Mile 9: 9:40
  • Mile 10: 9:34
  • Mile 11: 9:41
  • Mile 12: 9:24
  • Mile 13: 9:56
  • Mile 14: 9:27
  • Mile 15: 9:26
  • Mile 16: 9:21
  • Mile 17: 9:23
  • Mile 18: 12:38 (long potty break)
  • Mile 19: 9:33
  • Mile 20: 9:27
  • Mile 21: 9:30
  • Mile 22: 11:29 (visit with the family)
  • Mile 23: 9:28
  • Mile 24: 9:44
  • Mile 25: 9:48
  • Mile 26: 9:22
  • Mile 26.52: 8:58

I’m glad that I got an opportunity to run this race.  I would definitely run it again if I get the chance.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cleveland Marathon!

cleveland marathonI cannot believe that I’m less than 36 hours away from running in my second marathon.  Butterflies have been hanging out in my stomach the whole week… or maybe it’s been all the pasta that I’ve been eating!

I cannot wait to run in this marathon! The Cleveland Marathon will be a special one to run since I’ll be running it in my birthplace.  It’ll be great to have family there cheering me and Denise on as we run.

I think that I’m pretty well prepared, but ugly self doubt creeps in my head every once in awhile.  I feel like I’ve got a great plan for the race.  I’m planning on doing the following:

  • Miles 1-8:   10:00 minute pace
  • Miles 9-13    9:40 minute pace
  • Miles 14-20   9:20 minute pace
  • Miles 21-26   9:00 minute pace

This should put me on track for a time of 4:11:40 give or take.  This doesn’t really include any stops that I’ll have to make.  So, my true goal is 4:15.

I’m flying out Saturday morning, hitting the expo with Denise, and then a pasta dinner with the family.  Fun, fun, fun!

I’m bummed that the runner tracking text service is not available for this race.  At the last minute, I received an email from the race that the system crashed.  Being just a tad IT savvy, I thought the excuse was pretty lame.  This seems like a must have for any race!

Anyway, I’ll be updating Twitter and eventually my blog with how the race went after I complete it.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dynamic Church 2010 #DC10

dc10Hey church friends!  If you’re coming to Dynamic Church 2010 or affectionately known as DC10 come look for me and say hey!  This is going to be a fun year as we’ll be at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.  If you haven’t been to Prestonwood, you’re in for a treat. 

Here’s my schedule of where I’ll be hanging out:

Wednesday

  • 1:00pm – Keynote Presentation
  • 5:00pm – Meet & Greet

Thursday

  • 8:30am – Keynote Presentation
  • 10:00am – Groups 2.0 – Part 1 (presenting)
  • 11:00am - Groups 2.0 – Part 2 (presenting)
  • 3:00pm – Groups 2.0 Panel (moderating)
  • 4:00pm – Roadmap

Friday

  • 9:00am – Groups 2.0 – Part 1 (presenting)
  • 10:00am - Groups 2.0 – Part 2 (presenting)
  • 11:00am – Keynote Presentation

At other times, I’ll be serving in a greeter role in the education area.  Feel free to tweet, text, or call me to hook up.  I’d love to meet with you and catch up with you.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Being a Part of “I did it!” - C25K

c25kOn Saturday morning, we had a small group of runners show up for Week 5, Day 3 of the Couch to 5K program to run together.  Week 5, Day 3 is a milestone as it’s the first time in the program that you run non-stop.  20 minutes of running non-stop is huge for someone that 5 weeks ago didn’t run at all.

There were five us that got up early on that Saturday morning.  Based on ability, we split up into two groups.  I was paired with Kara and Ricardo.  This was Kara’s first time to run 20 minutes.  I consider it an honor to be a part of Kara’s first 20 minute run.

Here’s a run down of the 20 minute run…

The run was to start at 9am, but we waited to make sure that everyone was there.  While waiting, Kara, said, "Now that I’m waiting, I don’t want to do this.”  I told her that we were already at that the point of no return as we were already here to run.

We started with our 5 minute walk and then got into the 20 minute run. 

I told Kara that we were going to run at her pace.  I made sure that she knew that running should be at a comfortable pace where you can carry on a conversation.  However, I think I did most of the talking.

I kept checking with her on how well she was doing with her running.  She was doing very well up to 10 minutes.  A bit after 10 minutes, she was feeling it.

14 minutes into the run, she told me that she didn’t want to run anymore.  I can tell that she was laboring a bit as we were getting more into the run.  I kept encouraging her with the following:

  • We’ve only got 5 minutes left.  You gave me 5 minutes earlier.
  • 4 minutes left.  You got this!  Ease up a little bit off the pace.
  • 3 minutes – 30 seconds.  Here comes a downhill.  You’ve got to love downhills.
  • 3 minutes left.  Just think, you’ll get to tell everyone that you did this!
  • 2 minutes left.  We’re 90% there, you cannot leave 10% out there.
  • 1 minute left.  Only 1 tiny minute left.  You surely have 1 minute left in ya.
  • 30 seconds left!  Just to that tree.  You can run to that tree.
  • FINISHED!  You did it!  You turned a “I don’t want to do this” into a “I did it!”

We did our 5 minute cool down walk and basked in the glory of her accomplishment.

It was so rewarding to be a part of Kara’s triumph over the 20 minute running milestone.  This is what it’s all about… turning “I don’t want to” into “I did it!”

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pace Leading in a Skirt

I had a great time on Sunday, pace leading in a running skirt.  It was a crazy good time!  It was my first time pace leading for a race.  It was also definitely my first time running in a skirt! :)

Group Photo-croppedI paced for the 2:20 Half Marathon group.  We had a great group of ladies hanging out with us. It was so cool to see the first time Half Marathoners out there.  I still remember my first half marathonI ran it with my sister.  It was great to have her there for me.  I wanted to be able to pass on the same inspiration and encouragement that she provided me.

We got a lot of great photos out there.  Seems like everywhere we walked people wanted to take pictures of the men in skirts.  Go figure!  Check out pictures that I took on FacebookYou don’t need a Facebook account to see them.

It was cool to see some of the ladies from work: Erin, Coly, & Suzie.  I think they wanted to get some blackmail pictures.  They said that I looked too comfortable in that skirt.

Looking forward to the Cleveland Marathon in about 10 days.  CANNOT WAIT!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Fast 5 Miles

What a fun race weekend! A 5 mile race on Saturday and then I got to pace lead for the first time on Sunday.  I’ll talk about the pace leading in a separate blog post.

DRC White Rock & Roll 5 Mile Race

The DRC had two distances for the race on Saturday morning.  5 & 10 miles.  I usually go with the longer distances, but chose to go with the shorter distance since I would be doing 13 miles the next day.

It was probably my fastest race ever! I averaged 8:10 for the race with my last 2 miles coming in around 7:45.  My time was 40:50.

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I would have never thought that I could go that fast.  CRAZY!  I was definitely pushing it!  My cardio was doing everything it could to hold on.  I beat my previous 5 mile PR by close to 4 minutes.  Since I gave it all I had, I was kind of hoping to place.  OK, I was really hoping I would get some blingage.  There were some speedies in front of me as I finished 5th out of 19 in my age group.  Maybe next time.

The race was a lot of fun with pizza and other good eats.  They also had some great raffle prizes.  Unfortunately, they didn’t call my number.

Only 11 more days until I run in my second marathon in the Cleveland Marathon.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Biggest Loser in Dallas #BL9

IMG_1921-cropped-2It was so much fine to hang out with the Biggest Loser contestants back in February.  It was also very cool to see the 5 hours of production turned into 15 minutes of footage.  Here’s some pictures that Felix took with his camera.

I got a lot of tweets and texts during the show when people spotted me.  Very cool!  I’ll probably try to grab some of the video of where myself and others I know were spotted on the show.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Watch me on the Biggest Loser!

Tune into the Biggest Loser tomorrow night to see me hanging out with the Biggest Loser contestants.  I won’t say anything to give anything away, but here’s a pic of Felix and myself in our BL t-shirts.biggestloserWe make pink look good, don’t we!?!

You’ll also get to see some other DRCers and Twitter favorite: TxSkateMom.  DRC peeps that were there: EW, Mark Olateju, and Kevin & Katie Luper.

Oklahoma City Half Marathon Recap

2010-04-24 14.23.17_Oklahoma City_Oklahoma_US-croppedWhat a fun weekend!  It was such a blast to take the Dallas Running Club bus to OKC.  They’re such a great group of dedicated runners. 

I met up with Felix & Jeff bright and early on Saturday to catch the DRC bus.  We got some great seats on the bus.  After a group photo or two, we were off for OKC.  Heather & Stacy created a fun environment… Peace, Love, & DRC.

After a nice bus ride we checked into the hotel.  Thanks to Felix & Jeff for letting me share a room with them.  I brought the areobed so that I could catch my ZZZ’s in comfort.

We checked out the expo after trying to check into the hotel.  Our room wasn’t quite ready.  The expo was an average size, but VERY crowded.  I probably would’ve had spent more money, but was kind of pushed out of shopping areas.  The Cox Convention Center is big enough… they should have grabbed some more space.

I did snag a couple of shirts and a pair of sunglasses.  One of the bargain shirts I found was too small, so I gave it to my son.  He likes my hand me downs.  I definitely give better hand me downs than my dad gave me. (Sorry, Dad!)

I was able to hook up with a Twitter friend – Glenn McDaniel in the expo.  Pretty cool how Twitter makes this world so much smaller.  Also great to catch up with TXSkateMom. She rocked her 8th marathon!

For dinner, our group went to an Italian restaurant which was really nice.  The food was great.  Afterward, Jeff, Felix, & I checked out the OKC Memorial.  I’ve seen the memorial a handful of times, but each time it still grabs me in an emotional way.  It’s just pretty ugly what people are capable of doing.

We got to bed and before we knew it, we were getting up to run our tails off.  We arrived at the start with a few minutes to spare.  The weather was pretty much perfect for a half marathon.  It started off in the 50’ and probably warmed to the 60’s.

Overall, I felt pretty good about the race.  I missed my PR by 9 seconds with a time of 1:53:11.  I’m very happy with this time as it was a very hilly race.  I don’t think I’ll ever run a full marathon at this race.  Those last miles are not cool!  As well, it’s always windy in OK.

2010-04-25 09.03.17_Oklahoma City_Oklahoma_US-croppedUsually, I’m against cheeseburgers at 8:30 in the morning, but I couldn’t resist. It hit the spot and wasn’t too greasy at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 1:53:11 time equaled a pace of 8:38 per minute. Some cool numbers:

  • I came in 760th place out of 6,465 Half Marathon runners.  Top 11%
  • 537th place out of 2,126 male Half Marathon runners.  Top 21% of men runners.
  • 61st place out of 268 runners in my age division – Male 40-44.

I wish the OKC Race Director would provide tech shirts instead of t-shirts.  I would pay extra for the tech shirt.  I don’t really wear t-shirts that often.  As well, it’s a huge bummer not to get a finisher’s shirt for the Half Marathon.  What’s up with that!?!  I ran all of your hills, give me my tech shirt!

For a bit of history… it’s cool to see my blog concerning the OKC Half Marathon from last year.  What a difference a year makes.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Track me at the OKC Half Marathon

okc-iphone-appIf you’ve got an iPhone, iTouch, or iPad… track me while I’m running the half marathon in Oklahoma City. I’ll be running the race bright and early Sunday morning.  The start time is at 6:30am.  So, while you’re getting ready for church, you can cheer me on!

They’ve created an app that will have bib tracking.  My bib number is H935.  There will be other cool features in the app, but the bib tracking will allow you to see where I’m at in the race.

I’d like to beat my previous best of 1:53:02 which is a 8:37 minute per mile pace.  This will be pretty challenging.  However, I’ll want to make sure not to over do it as I’ll be running in a full marathon 3 weeks later in Cleveland.  I’ve got to play it smart so that I’m ready for the race that I’ve really been training for in Cleveland.

Hopefully next year they’ll have an Android application.  :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Why I’ll be Running in a Skirt!?!

Yes, you read it right… I’ll be running in a skirt.  On Sunday, May 2nd, myself and 15 other guys will don running skirts and pace for the Heels and Hills Half Marathon race.

The Heels and Hills race series is a great series that caters to women.  85-90% of the participants are women.  There are no awards for men.  Men can definitely run in the races, but it’s all about focusing on women.  I’m a huge fan of the Heels and Hills Race Director, Libby Jones.  She is such an inspiration to myself and so many other runners.  This will be such a fun event!

Lynne Fools 25K 2010-crop I got started in this running thing because of my sister, Denise.  If it wasn’t for her, I’d still be on the couch watching reruns of Ren and Stimpy.  She is a huge inspiration to me!  Whenever I run, I think of that smile on her face that you see in the picture on the right.  It just beams of “I love what I’m doing!”  Throughout the last 2 years of my short running career, she has encouraged me tirelessly.  Answering all of my silly newbie running questions with such joy!  She could definitely empathize with me as she went through each stage of doubt, anticipation, and excitement.

Denise and I definitely weren’t the athletic types of the family.  We were trying to get away with our charm and good looks.  It’s so cool, that running has enabled us to achieve something that definitely felt out of reach.

We have grown so much closer over the last couple of years.  Being separated by 1,100+ miles has been shortened by discussions of long runs, tempo runs, and the occasional fartlek.  My family and I live in the Dallas area and Denise’s family lives in the Cleveland area.  I’m looking forward to running in the Cleveland Marathon with her on Sunday, May 16th.

I’ll be running in a skirt to honor my sister that got me into this crazy thing called running.

Follow Denise on Twitter as she’s started to dabble in the Twitterverse.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Marathon is Big, but a 5K is Huge!

2010-04-06 18.23.50-cropped Last night was our first training run for the Fellowship Technologies Couch to 5k Training Program.  We had a great turnout of 20 employees.  All were eager to give this running thing a try.  It was great to see how the encouragement was so contagious amongst everyone.

We followed Week 1, Day 1 of the Couch to 5K program which consisted of the following:

  • 5 minute brisk walk
  • 8 repeats of the following:
    • 60 seconds of jogging
    • 90 seconds of walking
  • 5 minute cool down walk

Everyone did very well!  I made sure to stress that running is really an individual sport that is done at your individual pace.  After the run, I reminded everyone that a 5K is 3.1 miles.  I surprised everyone and let them know that they travelled 2.25 miles by doing the above and it was only the first day.  They can do this!

Last month I mentioned that FT would be having this training program.  It’s awesome to see the excitement surrounding it.  48 employees have signed up for the program.

So what’s up with the title of this blog?  Yes, a Marathon is a big deal, a big event, however, moving from nothing (the couch) to a 5K is HUGE!  Individuals training for their first marathon are already used to some level of training.  The difference is that they just have to bump it up and get past some perceived physical & mental hurdles.  Whereas couchers are making a huge conscious decision to make a positive change in their life.  They’re showing up (getting off the couch) to training runs which is a huge first step.  I'm proud of each and everyone of the Couch to 5K participants!

Personally and selfishly, it’s an incredible feeling to be a part of this program.  I just love seeing everyone get into the program and cannot wait to see the sense of accomplishment that they’ll experience. 

It is my hope and prayer that everyone stays healthy & mentally strong to stick with the 9 weeks of the program.  Everyone can do this!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I get paid to watch FC Dallas Games

fc-dallas3 OK, I won’t be watching the games, but working as an Usher/Ticket Taker. I’ve been trying to sign up for this gig for the last couple of years. I finally made it to a Job Fair and made the cut.

I’m looking forward to be a part of the FC Dallas Experience! Tonight’s my first game to work a game and the forecast looks pretty nasty.  Chance of snow on the first day of Spring? I thought I was living in Dallas!?!

While working, I cannot Tweet, FaceBook, or blog… bummer! I’m sure that I’ll go through withdrawals.  I’m sure that I’ll survive.  :)

This cool part time job will feed my enjoyment of running in races.

Make sure you come check out a game! We play our rivals in our home opener on March 27th – Houston Dynamo!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Race Photos

Evan-Pilchick-Race-for-the-Roses I try not to vent too much through tweeting and blogging, but I’ve just got to get this off of my chest.

Ever since I’ve started running a couple of years, I thought it was super cool that that there were photographers out there snapping pictures of us ordinary Joes running in a race.  However, I’ve always had sticker shock every time that I’ve gone to the photographer’s website to view the pictures.  For example, check out my pictures from the last race at the Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon.  $34.95 for one digital image or $64.95 for all digital images.  Gee whiz!  Yes, I understand that it costs a lot to have the photographers all over the course and for labor to tag all of the photos.  But, I really believe that there would be more photos sold if they were reasonably priced.

I would consider purchasing photos at $10 each or $30 for all available photos. If I did this and several other thousand people did than I’m sure that you’d make more money currently from the few hundred photos that you sell.  OK, I’m making up my own numbers here, but you get my point.

By the way, the Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon had the most photographers that I’ve seen at a race.  Yes, I look for them! My running sister, Denise taught me to look for them and to SMILE!  As well, they went above and beyond and had a video of the Finish Line.  That was way cool to see me hightailing across that line!

I was as well impressed with how quickly the Dallas Rock n Roll got the pictures.  I got an email on the next day that they were available for viewing.  That’s crazy fast!  Most other races they’re usually posted by Wednesday or Thursday.

Here’s some other blog posts that think race photos are too expensive:

Come on photographer dudes and dudettes, I’d really like to purchase race photos, but it shouldn’t cost as much as the race for a photo or two!

What are you thoughts on race photos? Why aren’t the photos cheaper? I feel like the photographers are just leaving money on the table.

OK… back to positive tweeting and blogging.  :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rock n Roll Half Marathon Rocked my Birthday

This last weekend was an awesome birthday weekend!

Rock n Roll Half Marathon Expo

My son, Cairo went to the expo with me on Saturday.  I love having him come along as we always make an adventure out of whatever we do.  For example, when we drove down there, we didn’t want to pay $8 or $10 for parking so we walked a few blocks when we parked on the street.  Bummer thing is that we needed $3 worth of quarters for the parking meter.  We walked over to McDonald’s to purchase an order of fries.  It was a great excuse to share some fries and get change for the meter.

There were a lot of people at the Expo on Saturday, but it wasn’t too bad.  There were just about right the number of vendors.  Two highlights of the Expo…

2010-03-13 12.50.46_Dallas_Texas_US 1 – I got to meet John “the Penguin” Bingham as he was moderating and guest speaking.  He’s the author of one my favorite running books: No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running.  I was given this book when I started running and have also given it to others starting out.  If you’re remotely interested in running,  RUN and get this book!

2010-03-13 13.06.18_Dallas_Texas_US 2 – I finally got to meet Lee & Isis affectionately referred to on Twitter as the @runningcouple.  I have gotten to know them over the past few months on Twitter and love their positive attitude about running and building relationships.  They are a must follow for Twitter.  Check out their blog at http://therunningcouple.com/.

My First TweetUp!

I finally got out and "lived a little" as I went to my first TweetUp.  What is a TweetUp?  A TweetUp is where you actually meet with people that you've been communicating with in Twitter in real life.  Yikes - scary!  It was fun!  Everyone was very cool.  I got to meet @runningcouple @seekrisrun @asingulargirl @JenZenator @jenn_if_er @bemadthen @TriBoomer @Kimberlyrunner @acmedragon337 We met at Campisi's in Dallas.

The RACE

Before the race, I met with Twitter and Dallas Running Club (DRC) friends.  I found Steve Griffin and we lined up in the back of Corral 3.  Before I started the race, Felix found me and wished me a Happy Birthday which was super nice.  After we started the race he took off and knocked out a killer time - 1:42.  I'm so proud of what he's done from losing 70 pounds to getting faster & faster!

I LOVED the start of the race.  Normally when the gun goes off in a race, everyone goes, or at least they try.  However, in this race, they held off so many people at a time, for exampled Corral 3 was broken into two groups.  They would let the first group go and then held the next to wait.  Why did I love this start?  For a couple of reasons:  1) We got to start like we were the elites... they brought us right up to the starting line and we had our own count down.  This was way cool as it really built the excitement level up!  2) This made it so that we weren't right on top of people in front of us.  We were pretty well evenly spaced out and didn't have to weave in out of other runners.

2010-03-14 10.08.12_Dallas_Texas_USIt was a joy to run with Steve.  Our race plan was pretty much the same - start at about a 8:50 pace, maintain, and then do negative splits toward the end of the race.

I felt great during a majority of the race.  Felt my legs getting a bit sluggish during the end of the race, but pushed through it.  I was so happy to hit my Birthday PR with a time of 1:53:02.  My previous Half Marathon best was 1:55:21 back in November.  It's a pretty awesome feeling to knock off 10 seconds per mile with an average pace of 8:38 per mile.

My Results

Age: 43 Gender: M
Distance HALF MAR
Clock Time 1:58:06
Chip Time 1:53:02
Overall Place 1475 / 9244
Gender Place 1048 / 3454
Division Place 163 / 539
Age Grade 55.9%
Pace 8:38
Ttlrace 9244
Ttldiv 539
Ttlsex 3454
5 Km 27:39
10 Km 54:58
7 Mi 1:01:56
10 Mi 1:27:23

Post-Race

stacy-1 After the race, I met up with my DRC friends and shared our tales of the last 13.1 miles.  A highlight was the Lettuce Wraps provided by P.F. Chang's.  Thanks to my friend Stacy for honoring my birthday by wearing a special shirt for Jeff and myself.

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A Valet Key - ARRRRGGGHHH!

A couple of weeks ago, we purchased a used 2007 PT Cruiser.  Pretty darn happy with it so far.  Seeing how we only got one key, I set out to get some additional keys.  On Saturday, I bought some valet keys since I didn't want to pay big bucks for the remote keyfob. It was my understanding that the valet key would unlock the driver's door and ignition, but not the trunk, glove box, or other secure storage areas within the car.

Well, we found out the hard way, that wasn't the case for the PT Cruiser. It actually only allowed the car to work for a short period of time. 

I went down early to the race riding on the DART from Plano.  Ursula and the kids were going to meet me at mile 6 and then the Finish Line.  Well, mile 6 and then the backup plan of mile 8 came along and I didn't see Urs and the kids.  I was then hoping to see them at the Finish Line. But didn't see them there either.  After I finished, I saw 3 texts from Ursula explaining the problem with starting of the car.  Ugggghhhh!!  She and the kids were bummed about not being able to make it to the race.  They welcomed me home with decorations and yummy cupcakes.

Dinner and a Movie

After chilling at home, had a wonderful dinner with the family at Razzoo's Cajun Restaurant in Plano.  After dinner enjoyed checking in Alice in Wonderland in 3D.  The movie was what I expected in the zaniness department.  The 3D affects were way cool.  I haven't seen a 3D movie for a long time and I was very impressed.  Briana giggled the whole way through the previews and she loved the 3D affects during the movie.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Track me this Sunday at the Rock n Roll Half Marathon

dallasrnrrunner_track-rnr I’m super excited about this Sunday’s Rock n Roll Half Marathon.  What better way is there to spend your birthday?  A band at each mile, thousands of my running friends, and a 13.1 mile scenic race.  I’m sure I’ll fit some cake and ice cream in there somewhere. 

For all of my family & friends, you can sign up for text alerts to see how I’m doing as I run this race.  Click here to sign up

My Half Marathon Personal Record (PR) is 1:55:21.  I’m hoping to beat that time.  It’ll be challenging as that was a 8:48 pace.  I fell confident that I can do it after running well this last weekend at the DRC Trinity River Levee 10K race.  That was one challenging race!  I PR’ed the race, but unfortunately, my time didn’t show up with the official results.

If you’re going to be at the race, please let me know so I can look out for you!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fellowship Technologies is Set to RUN!

fast-runner-blueI got the opportunity to share my joy of running with the company that I work with on Friday. At the quarterly Fellowship Technologies All Hands Meeting, I shared who and what got me into running and why we should all run.

Fellowship Technologies is an awesome Christian based company in which we try to not only grow as a company, but as individuals.  The company has a Get Fit program in which promotes a healthy lifestyle.  There have been several of these programs since I’ve been a part of the company.  I won the Biggest Loser challenge two years ago.  At the same time, I was training for my first 5K.  Nick Floyd who ran the Biggest Loser challenge was a great motivation to me.  I hope I can be as inspiring as he was/is.

As a company team, we will be running the Susan G. Komen 5K race in Plano on June 12th.  We will be running in honor of Jennifer Cunningham as she battles through breast cancer.  She has touched us all as she has braved through this period of her life.  Check out her blog to learn more about this inspiring young lady.

At the meeting I shared that I went from hating and dreading running to actually loving it.  It’s my hope that others will catch my passion and enjoy running.

We will be using the CoolRunning.com Couch to 5K program for anyone that has not been running.  This is the same program that I used 2 years ago.  It gradually moves you from sitting on the couch to being able to run a 5K in 9 weeks.  Simply put – it works!

I cannot wait to be a part of this program and to share my passion for getting fit and running.  I want to be used by God to share the same joy that my sister Denise shared with me.

Minutes before I presented at the All Hands Meeting, I was given this note:

Mark, thank you for continuously modeling a servant’s heart!!  Thank you for your example of your commitment to running and health!  It’s inspired me to start walking.  I’ve gone from none to over 10 miles in the last two weeks.  Thank you for the ways that you inspire me and others.  God bless you!  Joe Watts

I was very much touched by this note and had to share it at the meeting.  It’s an incredible feeling to positively impact someone else’s life.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I did it – Perfect Attendance!

perfect_attendanceI had perfect attendance for my marathon training schedule for February! Yeah! 

I didn’t do very well in January with sticking to the schedule.  I ran 55 miles in January. Mileage picked up in February and I did each of the runs. I ran 101 miles for the month of February. Yeah! I love 100+ mile running months.  There’s a great sense of accomplishment with running that number of miles in a month.

There were so many reasons not to run… too cold, too tired, too busy, too something, etc. etc.  There are always reasons not to run, but you’ve got to stay focused on your biggest reasons to run… Marathon Goal, PR Goal, joy of being out there.

I’ll be shooting for the same goal in March.  I believe that if anyone sticks with a proven training schedule, they can succeed and complete a marathon!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fathers – Speak Love Into the Lives of Your Children

I received this from an email from the makers of the upcoming film Courageous.  This movie is being produced by the same people that brought us Fireproof.

Showing Love to Your Kids
As we get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day on Sunday, chances are you've put some time and energy into how you can best show your love to your spouse. While that is a priority both in February and throughout the year, Dads need to remember to let their kids know they are loved as well.

We recently talked about fatherhood with Courageous executive producer Michael Catt. Listen to what Pastor Catt says about the importance of speaking love into your kids' lives, no matter how old or young they are.
 

This video message spoke volumes into my heart as I’m reminded of myself yelling at Briana last week in her High School soccer game.  Yes, at times, I get caught up in what she could of done better instead of speaking love into her life.  I do think that we need to encourage our children to do better however, yelling at them from the sideline is not the correct way to do it.  I’m so proud of my children, it is my prayer and hope that I take this role seriously and take every opportunity to genuinely speak love into their lives.

On another note… if you need to do something on the cheap for Valentine’s Day, I highly recommend renting the movie Fireproof.  It will definitely tug on your heart and bless your marriage.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

15K Blingage

Picked up my 15K 3rd place medal from a friend last night.  Here’s the picture of the blingage.  I still cannot believe that after 2 years that I’d be able to place in anything.  There is hope for us older guys, huh?

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Biggest Loser 5K

Heard through the Twitter grapevine that the Biggest Loser was going to be in town and was hosting a 5K on Sunday.  I figured it would be fun to run in a 5K even though I knocked out a PR 15K on Saturday.  The key here was that the race was free and a slight possibility of getting on TV.  Not too many chances for my mug to get on TV!  I talked my DRC running friend, Felix, into coming out with me.

I follow a bunch of inspirational runners on Twitter.  Before heading downtown, I noticed that one of them was going to be there, so I sent a message to her that we should meet up.  Luckily, she didn’t think I was some psycho and I had my very first Tweetup.  It was so great meeting Corina and her son.  Her son was bummed because they were only letting 18 years and older run.  Hollywood 5K rules stink!

ExtrasWe had to sign a bunch of paperwork to participate.  Too bad I couldn’t read anything without my reading glasses.  It took awhile for everything to get organized, but I finally got called to to get on a team to run with one of the contestants.  Too cool!  However, it looked like Felix was in a big group that was not going to be able to run.  Then at the last minute, they gave him a shirt and he was able to run.  He picked the same color as my team to run with me.  Again, too cool!

In the filming the event, there was a lot of starts and stops, but it was just so cool to see the whole TV process happening.

Start Line We got to meet the contestant that we’d be running with and ask them questions.  They told the runners that we could run ahead at our pace, but they’d like us to run back to the group.  At first, Felix and I tried to stay with our contestant’s group, but after a half mile, our race feet took over and we took off for the rest of the race.

We got to the end of the race and could see Corina up ahead.  We just had to catch up to her and cross the finish line with her.  It was so cool to experience her 5K PR with her.  Check out her story on her blog.  Of course, her story is so much better than mine!  :)

It was so cool meeting the contestants and the other fans.  There were a lot of inspirational stories.  I was very inspired to continue with my training and healthier lifestyle.

Felix brought his camera.  I’ll post some pictures when possible.  However, I cannot post any pictures with current contestants or they’ll come hunt me down. 

I hear that the episode should air in April.  It’ll be the episode with 7 contestants left.  Setting my DVR as I type.