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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

Running Form Questions:

I drew the following illustrations and would like some help understanding this aspect of running. Looking at a lot of my running photos I believe the first image represents how I run. The second image is what I see when I look at Kenyan and other "fast" runners form. I have been doing some drills to help increase my speed but feel like this may be an important aspect of running form to not only make you faster but also more efficient.

I notice two main things: The first is angle "A" is much more narrow on my running form. The second is angle "B" where the foot goes up and back to an almost horizontal position on the Kenyan form. I've tried to do both of these things and find that it is not natural to my stride.

Also studying many of my running photos I do see that my front foot strikes the ground very parallel to the ground and under my body. I worked on this part of my form when I first started to run and feel I have accomplished the mid-foot strike form pretty well. (It took a couple of months to change this part of my form and it was uncomfortable at first. Now it's a natural stride for me.) 

Any insight or comments on this form issue would be appreciated! 



Hill Blast Today:

2.75 Mile Easy - (6) Drills x2 - 8x8 Sec. Hill Blast - 2.75 Mile Easy

I can feel to Drills and Hill Blast troquing my left knee and hip. 

Genesis 32:25 

When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.

Saucony Mirage II Miles: 6.00
From Tom K on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 08:00:26 from

Turbo torquing cowboy!


Hopefully, you put out slightly less smoke.

From DLTheo on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 13:48:47 from

Better watch that. YOu don't want injuries!

From I Just Run on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 14:12:11 from


Ha ha ... !


I'm being very careful. I think I need to do a little more stretching and the drills more than twice a week. The discomfort is not anywhere near injury right now, just an observation.

Would both of you go back to my blog and read the additional entry I entered today and comment? I'm looking for insight.


From Russ on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 15:05:38 from

In regards to running form and my knowledge of the subject, I'll quote your blog title: "I Just Run". I'm not sure of the proper form for me and I haven't really had it reviewed. When I run at the Y on the TM there is a wall of mirrors in front of me and I try to run so that I don't bounce my head out of the mirror. I'm most successful at high speeds and I feel like I mimic the elite form best when running 10 mph (a glide instead of a bounce) although I can only hold that speed a short time. I would venture a guess that Bam, Jake K, Claudio, allie, or others might have a better idea for you on your question. Very intriguing.

From rAtTLeTrAp on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 15:09:22 from

My only observation is that the mini skirt is not a good look for you in either diagram.

Seriously, I don't have a clue about any of the technical aspects of running form etc. I just run too :)

From derhammer on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 15:14:13 from

If only were we genetically gifted with proper funning form. Time is better spent running and doing some drills. I won't every look like that when I run, but at my level I don't think it matters. I have seen plenty of really fast runners that don't have "perfect" form. But if you want to learn a lot about form and specific exercises then get a copy of this book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDpU4zV5Gm0

Or if you are ever in Austin you can borrow my copy. :-)

From SlowJoe on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 15:42:02 from

I know next to nothing about running form, and have never attempted to alter my own, so I'm probably not the guy to ask. But I think the difference in the picture is speed. I bet you look like the Kenyans when you run 4:50 pace.

Nice drawings!

From DLTheo on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 16:30:36 from

The Kenyan running form that you observe is probably mostly from Kenyans running hard in a major race like the Olympics. You would expect a wider stride then.

When Kenyans run slow, they run really slow like 9-10 min mile pace and they run at a shuffle. I doubt they have the wide A angle in those situations. Is your diagram for yourself when you are racing in a short race, or when you are running normally?

From Dan on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 19:59:04 from

Well... I think your running is going well... why do I say that? Because I know so little here. Keep me posted on your findings. Sorry about not keeping up, two weeks on the road did me in.

From Tom K on Sat, Jun 01, 2013 at 11:41:43 from

Well, you know I'm nt crazy about my running form right now, either. I'm doing drills, like you, but I really think the big changes are going to happen as a result of speedwork. I believe as you try to go faster, you body will adjust to eliminate inefficient movements. I've heard of 3 wys to correct form: 1. Barefoot, or near barefoot running, 2. Form correcting drills, and 3. Speedwork. The logistics of the barefoot answer are hard for me to get to right now, so I'm going with the other 2. Does that help?

From butlerbrunning on Sun, Jun 02, 2013 at 19:37:10 from

I just run,

I would run to what seems the most comfortable to you. If you are not having injuries and feel good running I would continue doing what you're doing.

You probably carry more body weight than them kenyan runners as do the rest of us. If the pattern of wear on your shoes is on your forefoot then I would think you're doing something right.

The more miles you run the better off in my opinion..this will help you drop weight, blood capillaries to grow, body to be better prepared for the miles..

From flatlander on Sun, Jun 02, 2013 at 20:07:40 from

No real answers here. I see a lot of skepticism in the professional literature about how effective it is to try to change running form. But a lot of coaches try to do it. I think the greatest determinant is ham, glute and core strength vs. body weight -- the higher that ratio the longer your stride. Elite runners almost all seem to have a longer stride rather than a faster stride, as noted in your drawings.

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