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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: 4.00 Month: 4.00 Year: 1014.54
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

Today was a pace run day for me before the race on Sunday. Ran the loop at what was supposed to be Half-Marathon pace. The way I have it calculated it that's 7:38 for me to reach my goal of less than 1:40:00. As you can see I ran it a little faster than that mainly because I got started a little faster and just didn't want to slow down. (Ha...Ha...that sounds like I was really flying doesn't it..!) Anyway, the bad thing is I forgot my heart monitor so I don't have any data on that. I really wanted to see what my heart rate was at this pace after the 6.6 miles so I could convience myself...YES...I can do it...no problem! The pace felt pretty good but my legs were a little heavy at the end. I'm trying to compare what I felt like halfway through the Austin Half-Marathon a couple of weeks ago and I think I felt about the same halfway through that race. I remember at about 7 or 8 getting a second wind and feeling better. I hope I get that second wind Sunday. Tomorrow is easy and Saturday is very easy so it's down hill until the race.

Mile Time Heart Rate
1 7:25:00 Forgot to put on my heart monitor Loop - Half Marathon Pace
2 7:32:00
3 7:25:00
4 7:37:00
5 7:36:00
6 7:24:00
6.6 4:46:00
Total 49:45:00
Pace 7:28:00 44 Deg.

Matthew 11:29-30 

29 "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Mizuno Wave Rider 14 (Retired) Miles: 6.63
From derhammer on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 10:30:36 from

Maybe you need to start leaving the HR behind for a few runs. I think sometimes what you know can hold you back. :-) LOL.

From I Just Run on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 10:49:17 from

People are always asking me "why do you run" and I say "I don't know...I JUST RUN". You're probably right I should just do what I do and not fret over the numbers so much.)

From SlowJoe on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 12:21:00 from

Nice run, your pace is looking great. I love knowing my pace, but knowing my HR would probably be a bad thing for me.

From I Just Run on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 13:36:35 from

Slow Joe,

I'm probably a little obsessed with the HR thing. I just keep crunching these numbers because of the BQ thing.

From derhammer on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 15:32:47 from

Hey Preston,

There is not much that you can do that is going to make some magic improvement by the Oklahoma Marathon. Increasing your running economy and aerobic capacity takes years and consistent training - which is what you are doing, I know. But at this point I think you should stop obsessing over your HR. I can see how it could be of benefit to measure it every 3-4 weeks to check for improvement, but there are so many daily variables and fluctuations that you are probably causing yourself more stress than necessary. Also, think about running a marathon with your HR as well. What do you do if it stops working, or gets interference from something, or stops sending correct info because of too much perspiration, etc? Then you start to panic and your marathon is over. I am not telling you not to do it, just have some sort of back up plan. And then there is the race itself. There are so many variables that go into a marathon - it is a whole new monster. Any one thing that goes wrong can turn into a bad day. In the end a marathon is more of a mental race then a physical one. You are just going to have to go out and run it for the experience. If you BQ, great, if not, learn and move on. You should still have time to run another race before Boston registration in September. So try to relax and not stress out so much.

From tesspip on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 15:46:26 from

wow, i'm just curoius what does it mean to you to QB with your first marathon? what will you believe about yourself if you do? what will happen if you don't? and in the end does QB go along with why you run? and if this is just too much thinking.....better just hold onto distracting youself with that heartrate monitor :)

From TexasLindsey on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 16:47:56 from

I don't run with a heart rate monitor, but I do run by how I feel.

A girl I used to run with before my first marathon told me that whatever pace you consider "comfortably hard" in training runs... take 30 secs off that, and that's what you will feel is "comfortably hard" during a race.

Since she said that I have noticed that she is right... although I'd say it may vary between 15-30 secs depending on the race. If your logging some quality long runs and you can hold 7:30 pace for 6.6 miles, I think you may be surprised that you can run even faster than 7:30 pace during the whole half.

From I Just Run on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 17:13:50 from

Hey Tesspip,

Ha..Ha...It's just a goal...I Just Run because I can... "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." If I don't qualify it's no big deal in the scheme of things..."For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I know my plans aren't to be an Olympic runner, I really just Run and Blog for fun ...and I find all of the numbers, PR's, HR, etc. (related to running) interesting how they relate. I'm really not that worried about it, I just like to talke about it. If I don't BQ then I'll just cheer you real runners on...!

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