Monday, March 7, 2011

Best Part of the Weekend

Cowtown Marathon 010-cropped Yes, I placed 2nd in my Age Group in the 5K that I ran this weekend.  But, the best part of this weekend was running with my 15 year old son, Cairo!  As mentioned, after the Cowtown Marathon, he said that he wanted to run in a Half Marathon.

I asked him why he wanted to run and he said that it was cool to see all of those people cheering for the runners.  He wants to experience that!  That’s what got me hooked as well.  It’s very cool to have people cheering for you to finish.

So Sunday afternoon, we want on our first training run.  Run 5 minutes, walk 2-3 minutes, run 5 minutes. etc.  In total we ran 2.5 miles and walked .5 miles.  He did well!  We talked some throughout.  I stressed that it’s not about speed now, but building a base of miles that you’re comfortable with.

We haven’t scheduled a 5K race yet, but I’m sure that it’ll probably be next 4-6 weeks.  I cannot wait.  He was surprised that I said that I’d run with him throughout the race.  He thought I’d be shooting for another PR.  With him in the race, it’s all about him! 

I pray that his allergies and asthma hold up and allow him to run.  I cannot wait to be a part of this journey with him.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Redemption

2011-03-05 10.35.39 As you could tell, I was a little frustrated with how things worked out at the Cowtown Marathon.  So, I set my sights on the DRC Trinity River Levee 5K race to redeem myself.  I was just hoping to PR, but got the bonus round by placing second in my age group!  Way cool!

The DRC had a 10K and a 5K.  I chose to run the 5K since I ran the marathon 6 days ago.  Well, it seems that most everyone at the race ran the 10K event.  When I was running toward the turnaround point for the 5K I wasn’t seeing to many runners.  It was at that point that I thought I might have a chance to place.

Starting out was awesome as I kept my pace at 8:00 or quicker.  However, once I turned around toward the finish, I was running straight into the 20+ mph of wind.  Ughh!  Definitely lowered my speed as my breathing sucked!  I love how this race ends with a downhill… gravity just zooms you right into the finish line.  So much fun!

I beat my previous 5K PR of 25:34 by 12 seconds finishing in 25:22.  I know I can get that sucker under 25 minutes.  :)

2011-03-05 10.20.48 It was great to see Brandon and his wife, Autumn at the race.  They ran the 10K together. 

I stuck around with my DRC friends to see if I might’ve placed.  I remembered just repeating to Felix, “I hope they call my name! I hope they call my name!”.  They called the first place dude and he was just 9 seconds before me.  I was certain they were going to call my name and I screamed when they did!  Yep, I was excited!  This is only the second time that I’ve placed and this is the highest place. Race results

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Marathon #4 - Cowtown

Cowtown Marathon 015-croppedWhat if?  What if?  What if?  What if I trained harder?  What if I slowed my pace at the beginning?  What if I would’ve had more speed training, hill training, etc?  These and so many other thoughts run through your head after running a marathon that you had higher hopes for.  I know it’s a great feat to complete a marathon, but sometimes it’s a bit of a letdown when you wanted more from it.

I was reading other blog posts and came across Suann’s.  I’m stealing/borrowing her first 2 paragraphs as I could totally relate:

We have different points in a marathon where we breakdown. It's that time in the race where you don't really know if it's mental or physical. Your body hurts. You wrestle with your head because you know it's supposed to hurt now. You fight off every urge to slow down, to keep from walking.

Then the Lord Voldemort of marathons visits your head. You look at your watch and realize, I don't have this goal today. You let him convince yourself it's ok to not give it your all. He tells you it's ok, there's another race. And at the time, he comforts you. But when you get to the finish line, you're pissed. All that training, all that work, I could have pushed harder. What if I didn't start walking at mile 17? What if I just took it slower in the beginning? What if? What if? What if?

Make sure that we read Suann’s entire blog post as she paced a good friend of mine, Corina, during her 11th marathon.

I felt like I prepared well enough for the race.  Yes, it was very humid.  Yes, it was pretty darn windy.  Yes, it seemed like the hills were never going to end.  But, darn it, I put all of that training into it.  I wanted to run the race at a time that I thought possible.  How is it that I can run a Half Marathon at a 8:33 pace, but cannot hold onto a 9:30 pace for more 17 or 20 miles?  I know… I know… the wall, glycogen stores, and all that.  I just HAD to vent for once.  OK, I’m done.  I feel better!  :)

Race Recap

Thanks to Ursula and Cairo for following me around on the course.  I know it’s a challenge navigating foreign roads and closed streets... you guys are ROCK STARS!

We got to Fort Worth nice and early.  I saw some DRC friends and hit the potty before the race.  Ursula & Cairo stayed with me at the Starting line until it started.  I was psyched and ready to go!  First song that Pandora served up for me was Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics.  Not sure if I HAD sweet dreams.  It was a weird selection based off of the station.  So glad that my phone battery and Internet connection lasted the entire race.

Even though it was humid from the start, I felt pretty good through the first 14 miles or so.  I even powered up the dreaded mile 9 hill on Main street.  That was a doozy!

It was great seeing Ursula & Cairo at mile 6 at the Stockyards.  That was one of the coolest places to run through.  I gave them both a hug & a kiss.  They couldn’t believe how sweaty I was from the first 6 miles.

We were suppose to meet up at mile 13 or so, but unfortunately they tried to surprise me at mile 9 or 10.  In doing so, they landed up on the Half Marathon route after the split.  They tried to catch back up to me at 14, but it didn’t work out so they decided to go to the 3rd spot at mile 20.

It was great to see them at mile 20.  I really needed to see them!  I felt instant relief as I put on my CEP compression socks.  They felt so good that I thought I’d be able to run a lot more.  It didn’t work out that way.

I had goals of running from water stop, but that didn’t work out as well.  It’s so deflating to see the pace leaders and groups pass you by as you ultimately see your goal times pass you by.  You’re like, “Wait! Wait!”, but to no avail.

After all this whining & complaining on this blog post, I still wouldn’t give up this experience!  It’s a challenge, it’s hard, it’s a flippin’ marathon!

I love the words of wisdom, my non-running wife, Ursula, gave me at mile 20… “Your finishing the marathon is your PR!”  I thought and chewed on that for the last 6.2 miles.  It was hard to swallow!  But, it’s something that I have to come to get comfortable with.

A bonus was that after the race, Cairo said that he wants to run a Half Marathon with me… how cool is that!?!

Was it perfect, no, but marathon #4 is in the books.  I’m looking forward to the next one on May 1st… just 60 days away!  :)      Yes, I’m addicted!