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Member Since:

Jan 10, 2011



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:


Some day I will not be able to do this...today is not that day!

Started Running (6/1/10) @ 50 Yrs Old

  • 5K:
    • 22:26 (7:14 pace) McAllister Park 8/14/10
    • 22:24 San Marcos (7:13 pace) 10/19/10
    • 21:09 San Marcos (6:49 pace) 11/20/10
    • 20:19 San Marcos-Faith Run (6:33 pace) 5/26/12
    • 20:06 Fentress (6:26 pace) 10/20/12
    • *19:21 Gruene (6:20 pace) 11/22/12 (*Short Course)
    • 19:42 San Marcos-Faith Run (6:21 pace) 5/25/13
    • 19:42 San Marcos-Faith Run (6:21 pace) 5/24/14 (Not a Typo, exactly same time as last year)
    • 21:38 New Braunfels Orange Leaf (6:58 pace) 7/19/14
    • 19:33 Gruene Turkey Trot (6:18 pace) 11/27/14
    • 19:43 Kyle-For the Love of Go (6:27 pace) 2/14/15
  • 5 Miles:

    • 34:03 (6:48 pace) Hillsboro, Ill 7/4/11
  • 10Ks:
    • 43:24 (7:00 pace) Gatesville, Tx 6/4/11
  • Half Marathons:
    • 1:42:16 (7:48 pace) Austin Livestrong  2/20/11
    • 1:36:23 (7:21 pace) Moe's Better Half  3/6/11
    • 1:35:55 (7:19 pace) Chosen Half Marathon for Adoption 10/29/11
    • 1:30:10 (6:53 pace) Austin 3M 1/2/12
    • 1:43:13 (7:54 pace) Orange Leaf  7/14/12
    • 1:33:44 (7:08 pace) Chosen Half Marathon for Adoption 10/27/12
    • 1:32:23 (7:03 pace) Austin 3M 1/13/13
    • 1:35:16 (7:16 pace) Marathon for Adoption 10/26/13 (Ran off-course .3 miles)
    • 1:36:48 (7:23 pace) SA Rock-N-Roll 11/17/13
    • 1:37:06 (7:25 pace) Chosen Half Marathon for Adoption 10/25/14
    • 2:00:28 (9:11 pace) Long Beach Half Marathon (Paced Callie) 10/11/15
    • 1:39:29 (7:35 pace) Marathon for Adoption 11/21/15
    • 1:34:06 (7:11 pace) Marathon for Adoption 11/19/16
    • 1:37:43 (7:37 pace) Marathon for Adoption 11/18/17
    • 1:36:30 (7:22 pace) Marathon for Adoption 11/17/18
  • Marathons:
    • 3:38:09 (8:19 pace) Oklahoma City Marathon 5/1/11
    • 3:30:16 (8:01 pace) Ft. Worth Cowtown 2/26/12
    • 3:30:53 (8:03 pace) Oklahoma City Marathon 4/29/12 
    • 0:00:00 (DNF) Ft Worth Cowtown Marathon 2/24/13 (Ran off-course)
    • 3:22:56 (7:44 pace) Temple Army Marathon BQ 4/21/13
    • 3:27:24 (7:55 pace) Boston Marathon BQ  4/21/14 
    • 3:18:40 (7:35 pace) CIM Marathon BQ 12/7/14
    • 3:33:07 (8:08 pace) San Antonio R&R Marathon BQ 12/7/16
    • 3:25:32 (7:51pace) The Woodlands Marathon BQ 3/3/18
    • 3:26:17 (7:52 pace) The Woodlands Marathon BQ 3/2/19
  • Triathlons:
  • (1:12:23) Martindale (Sprint) Tri For Old Glory 7/1/12
  • Ragnar Relay:
  • (28:24:24) SoCal Ragnar 4/6-7/18 

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • Run Boston Marathon with Callie
  • Break 19:00 in the 5K
  • Break 1:28 in Half Marathon
  • Hit 3:16:00 in the Marathon

Upcoming Races: 

  • Chosen (Half) Marathon for Adoption, Nov. 23rd
  • Boston 2020 with Callie...!!! (my daughter)

Long-Term Running Goals:

  • Win 1st in the World Series Team Roping Finals Dec. 2020
  • Run Boston with Callie, My Daughter
  • Run Sub-18:00 5K (Ouch)
  • Run Sub- 3:10 Marathon  Run 3:16 Marathon
  • Compete in a Full Iron Man (Not sure since my two major bike accidents)


Married, two kids  Kirby 24 (Baylor University, Married not a a Runner), Callie 27 (TCU University, Married and Runner).

My main sport is Team Roping, I've been doing that all my life. 

I started running in the spring of 2010.

I Just Run               

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 82.75 Year: 975.42
Brooks Racer ST 5 (Race Shoes) Lifetime Miles: 146.57
Saucony Kinvara 2 (Race Shoes) Lifetime Miles: 430.23
Swim Time Lifetime Miles: 26.00
Trek (Road Bike) Lifetime Miles: 974.00
Altra-Instinct-Blue Lifetime Miles: 551.67
Altra Instinct Black Lifetime Miles: 520.10
Altra Paradigm Black Second Pair Lifetime Miles: 7.00
Saucony Kinvara 2 Green (Race Shoes) Lifetime Miles: 145.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I just realized I've only run 20+ miles six times in my life and one of those was my one marathon race.

Today was supposed to be my 18 miler Long Run 9 weeks into my RLRF Marathon Training Program. On all of my previous long runs I've been unsure about the outcome. Today I went into this run with the confidence that I could complete it well. The weather was perfect for me at 48 degrees to start. I ran my somewhat hilly route but concentrated on keeping my HR around 150 for the first 12 miles, after 12 my HR began to rise so I switched to concentrating on keeping my pace at about 7:45. HR at about 150 feels comfortable but as noted I can't keep up a sub-8 pace after about 12. This HR rise happens on all of my runs over 12.

I believe this is one of my best training runs ever based on the time and distance. I felt really good even at about mile 17. The last 3 miles are on the hillest part of my route but I was determined to keep my avg. at 7:45 so I ran through the rising HR. Mile 20 is pretty much uphill and I pushed for a low 7 on this mile.

Maybe the best thing of the run is the recovery. I feel good after just an hour or so. Previously, on my long runs, I've been worn out for the entire day. Oh....and I ran 20 instead of 18 that was on the schedule...!

Mile Time HR HR %  
1 7:48:00 148 80%  
2 7:50:00 149 80%  
3 7:50:00 151 82%  
4 7:39:00 149 80%  
5 7:42:00 147 79%  
6 7:41:00 148 80%  
7 7:52:00 150 81%  
8 7:48:00 151 82%  
9 7:49:00 150 81%  
10 7:46:00 153 83%  
11 7:48:00 152 82%  
12 7:50:00 152 82%  
13 7:49:00 154 84%  
14 7:54:00 156 85%  
15 7:45:00 158 87%  
16 7:49:00 157 86%  
17 7:44:00 157 86%  
18 7:50:00 160 88%  

Bonus Miles.!!!19

7:55:00 164 91%  
20 7:09:00 169 91%  
Total 155:18:00 154 84%  
Pace 7:45:54      
Big Loop (clockwise) to Smallville to Lonely Road to Old Chruch, Back to Smallville and Finished Off Big Loop.
48º to 60º - Calm and Clear
Long Run - 18 Miles @ 7:56
This was one of my best training runs ever. Slowed to a walk at miles 3, 6, etc. to get a drink instead of trying to run through. I think this is best for me.

Ezekiel 36:25-27
"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command."

Saucony Ride 4 Miles: 20.00
From JimmySG on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 15:19:58 from

Sounds like you had a great training run. Keep up the good work

From SlowJoe on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 15:39:45 from

That really is a great run, every mile in the 7s. Congrats, you are definitely stepping up a few levels in your running.

From Rye on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 16:00:23 from

Super!!! What a great confidence booster! It is all paying off for you! Hope that this year is a great one for you. Thanks for your friendship these past few months.

From JG on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 18:14:01 from

Sweet run ... consistent, fast, and a kickin' Mile 20!! Awesome job, Preston!

Happy New Year!!!

From Jody on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 18:31:36 from

Sorry for the delayed response...

I have not run Cowtown before, but from what I have heard it is hilly....has hilly as Texas can get. We start running parts of the course next week during our Saturday runs, so I might have insight in a few weeks. Last year it was pretty cold and windy, it was just after the February Freeze.

Great run today....GO FROGS!

From rAtTLeTrAp on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 18:59:12 from

Nice run! Your avg. HR looks great! Don't worry about slowing down to take a drink.

I always walk through water stations, even in a race. I think it saves me more time than I lose with all the choking and gagging that happens if I try to drink on the run.

From flatlander on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 at 19:47:16 from

That is a platinum run, Preston, just very impressive. 7:09 for mile 20? Unbelievable. Happy New Year, and here's hoping for many more great runs. (Love today's scripture, by the way.)

From I Just Run on Sun, Jan 01, 2012 at 23:32:09 from

Thanks JimmySG, Hoping to and hitting my goal in Feb.

SlowJoe, About 5 more years of this and thing should be good!

Thanks Rye, Yes it was and thanks for your friendship and fun sense of humor :-)

JG, Thanks for your advice and encouragment. You've really helped me this year.

Jody, Keep me posted on what you learn about Cowtown. I've run the Trinity Trails before, they are nice with only a few rolling (small) hills.

RatleTrap, I feel like I get a boost when I actually walk every once in a while and am able to catch my breath. My HR will drop 10 beats in only a few seconds.

Flat, Thanks I'm hoping for many more. 7:09 ...not a mis-type, I wish I'd had my watch set on lap time so I could have pushed for a 6:?? :-)

From Dave S on Mon, Jan 02, 2012 at 19:06:13 from

Great run! You seem to be having a lot of breakthrough workouts lately. Keep it up!

From Rossy on Mon, Jan 02, 2012 at 20:29:21 from

Okay, I'm re-motivated; very nice run Preston; that is, you made quick work out of this 20 miler!

From Steam8 on Mon, Jan 02, 2012 at 22:52:40 from

WOW! What a great run! I can't believe how fast you are getting! I am so impressed! When is your next race??

From I Just Run on Tue, Jan 03, 2012 at 10:54:56 from

Thanks Dave,

It seems like it's coming together better now :-)

Hi Rossy,

Good to hear from you! It didn't seem that quick but it was enjoyable!


Very relative term :-)...thanks. My next race is the 3M Half Marathon in Austin on Jan. 29th. It's just a training run before my Marathon in Ft Worth on Feb. 26 but I'm still hoping for PR!

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