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.


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:


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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.