Moe's Better Half Marathon

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Member Since:

Jan 10, 2011



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Local Elite

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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
    • 1:35:00 (8:01 Paced Callie) Surf City Half Marathon 2/2/20
  • 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:

  • Running Boston Marathon with Callie 2020 ...!!!
  • Break 19:00 in the 5K
  • Break 1:28 in Half Marathon
  • Hit 3:16:00 in the Marathon

Upcoming Races: 

  • 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: 136.60 Year: 357.00
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
Race: Moe's Better Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:36:23, Place overall: 33, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Okay...The first thing you're going to wonder is why I entered 15.1 miles when the race was only a Half Marathon...Well after lunch Callie (my daughter) wanted to go and run 2 miles on the track so I went with her and ran (not quite with her) to make the extra 2 miles. My pace was somewhere around 8:15...?

Now about the race! Some runner might say it was a perfect day, 38 degrees at the start, low humidity with a light wind about halfway into the race. I was actually cold through about half of the race with my toes numb until then.  I really signed up for this race because I first heard it was a flat course and I wanted some advantage to try and beat my Half Marathon PR set two weeks ago at the Austin Livestrong Half. Well, after I signed up people started telling me that it is not that easy of a course. I decided to drive the course to find out what I was up against and decide a game plan on Friday before the race. I found that is was pretty challenging with several long steep hills. I'm not really sure how it compares to Austin because I only saw Austin one step at a time...if you know what I mean. I didn't drive that course and maybe that was a good thing...:) My game plan at this race was: first, not to be at the back of the pack when I started. At Austin I placed myself at the very back of the "chute" and because of that spent the first three miles weaving through people trying to get a pace established. As you can see from my chart below the first three this time were a lot faster but you can also see a little dip in my performance around mile 3. This always seems to happen when I run longer distances, I feel somewhat drained about mile 3 or 4 then a mile or so further I seem to get my pace and a second wind. At mile 5 I was feeling pretty good and decided to shoot for a 6:?? mile. I knew I had run one in the Austin race so I wanted to repeat that goal too. Well...I continued to feel good so I just kept running mile 6 at that pace. I knew at this point in the race that my heart rate was running higher than it was in the Austin race but I really wanted to check my stamina and see how I would hold up for a few more miles. Come to find out, after the race was over, my heart rate was lower overall than at Austin! Yeah!! At about mile 9 or 10 is where I feel I made a mistake in the race. I came up on a runner who looked about my age. As we ran along together I asked him about his running. He said he was 51 (my age) and had just come from Florida where he had run a Marathon. Being the cocky young old runner I am I proceeded to tell him of my goal to qualify for Boston on my first Marathon (In OK City) in a couple of months. He then told me, "Yeah, I've run it (Boston) several times but didn't have any interest in running it again"...basically he said "been there...done that". So again the smarty pants I am I said "how long did it take you to qualify for Boston". He said..."uh 20 years" so I proceeded to leave him behind in the race. Sounds good to this point doesn't it...Ha...but to my surprise about mile 12 he caught me, passed me and somewhat left me licking my smarty pants wounds and thinking I had completely run out of gas. Well...I guess I learned my lesson...RUN YOUR OWN RACE...and don't worry about the "other guy"! This guy ended up beating me by 30 seconds or so...But, the good news is, he did have to come from Minnesota to do it..:-} I was a little disappointed in my 13 mile as I think I had siked myself out and thought to myself "I am really tired". When I got about .25 miles from the finish I kicked and passed a few other runners just to make me feel in control again (actually my last .1 mile was 10 seconds faster than Austin...YES!!!...I really did have some more gas...

 I was really surprised how many runners were from out of state, many of them from way up north and some from Canada. The turnout was good with about 500 racers.

All in all I am very happy with my performance. I was shooting to beat 1:40:00 and simply blew that goal away! 

Oh...I should mention some of the breakdown of my run. My pace was 27 seconds faster than Austin and my HR was slightly lower. My fastest mile was faster (actually 2) and I ran every mile faster than the comparative mile in Austin except for one. Now, if I can just drop my pace this much over the next three races I'll be running with the Elites...:-)

Now for OK Marathon preparation....Any and all suggestions are welcome....!!!!!


Moe's Better Half Marathon - San Marcos
Mile Time Heart Rate  
1 7:16:00 149 33 Out of 500 Runners
2th In Age Group out of 25
2 7:14:00 160
3 7:41:00 163
4 7:13:00 163
5 6:58:00 162
6 6:53:00 164
7 7:33:00 166
8 7:19:00 166
9 7:22:00 167
10 7:27:00 166
11 7:11:00 168
12 7:31:00 168
13 7:41:00 170
13.1 0:57:23 169
Total 96:16:23 164  
Pace 7:20:57 38 Deg.  


John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

Mizuno Wave Rider 14 (Retired) Miles: 15.10
From flatlander on Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 00:51:34 from

Very, very nice, that is an impressive race, you will only get faster. Congratulations on a job well done.

From Brent on Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 10:59:59 from

Great race, 500 commando points for the PR and 2nd in Div. Seems your right on track for the BQ effort. What is you BQ time standard and what type of marathon course? How is the humidity in OK that time of year? I would bet that you would break 20 minutes in a 5K right now, big improvements over the last few months.

Stay Kool, B of bS Rools out

From Rossy on Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 11:01:32 from

Preston, I was expecting to see that you just made it under 1:40, wow, you blew away that goal. Awesome race and great improvement! It's really, really difficult to BQ on your first marathon (it took me six attempts), but you are on your way (especially with your HR adjusting to the increase in speed). Congratulations and keep it up!

From I Just Run on Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 11:23:27 from

Welcome back Flatlander,



Since I'm 50 my qualifying time is 1:35:59 (this is the last year for this time, it will go down next year). I'm not exactly sure what OK is like but based on what I've heard it's not too difficult, some hills but nothing too bad. I think the humidity should be fairly low in OK unless there is some sort of weather condition at the time. Now I'm hoping for good weather! I really think I can easily beat the 20:00 5K, I just haven't had a chance to do it yet...maybe I'll just go to the track soon and do it (unofficial) just for the heck of it.


Thanks....I know it's a big goal to BQ on my first marathon but what the heck...I'm not getting any younger...besides, since I waited until I was 50 to start running the qualifying times are a lot longer. Doesn't seem quite fair to you young guys...LOL

From SlowJoe on Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 12:12:50 from

Great job! I kinda thought you'd be around there, time-wise; you're getting fast really quick! Congrats on a well-run race.

From TexasLindsey on Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 15:23:05 from

I knew you were going to get lower than 1:39. I just had a feeling based on the 6.6 mile run you did a few days ago. Great job!!!

You're going to do great at the marathon!

From Kim on Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 15:29:15 from

Congrats on a great race! Loved the report!

From I Just Run on Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 19:49:12 from

Hey Turbo Joe,

I actually really suprised myself on this one. I actually have flashes where I envision myself jut cratering and not being able run even a 10 min mile...but I do have a good imagination! Thanks for sharing your confidence in me.

Thanks Fast Lindsey,

I'm hoping for good weather, good health at the time of the race! In the meantime my plan is to run some looong runs at or above my marathon pace to get feel of of maintaining over a greater length of time. I'm also going to run some Tempo runs each week. Hopefully be race day I'll really be prepared.

Hi Kim,

It's not as entertaining as Burt's writing but I tried to put a few interesting details in and not just the boating numbers. I'd like someone besides me and myself to look at my Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

From Kam on Wed, Mar 09, 2011 at 19:39:29 from

Don't worry if you are the only person looking at your blog...it will put you in good company with most of the other people on this site. Great job on the quick half. I think your BQ goal is within reach. My rookie advice is to be careful about over-training. You need to show up to your marathon fresh and uninjured. Pay careful attention to your mileage increases, so you don't end up beating yourself to a pulp before the race.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 10:08:06 from

Really nice run.There's no telling how good you can get at this. Solid, steady, consistent training over time is the key.

Good Luck!

From I Just Run on Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 12:10:00 from

Thanks Rob for the encourgment. That means a lot from a top elite runner like yourself. I have also had great encouragment and help form several other runners on the Blog! I'm kinda wishing I had started 30 years ago...never even considered running..:)

Anyway, I figure I got about five years to keep improving. My next goal is to qualify for Boston on my first marathon which will be on May 1st. Any advice you have for me would be appriciated. I have to run a 3:35:59 to qualify but would like to be about 3:25:00. I've been running about 60 miles per week but I think my weakness is keeping my heart rate low enough over the distance. I ran 12 miles friday at a 7:30 pace but my heart rate went into the lactate zone. I'm still trying to figure it all out...Again, thanks for commenting!


From TexasLindsey on Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 16:18:30 from

How do you know your lactate threshold? Does hr really accurately equate when you are at your lactate threshold? (I'm only asking because I am confused myself and don't see how hr factors into lactate threshold training.)

This article--> http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/lactate-threshold-training.html says, "...it is difficult to accurately measure lactate threshold outside of a laboratory setting"

The article further says, "If an athlete reaches VO2 max at a running speed of 24km/h (15mph) and lactate begins to accumulate at 16 km/h (10mph), they are said to have a lactate threshold of 67%. World-class endurance athletes typically have thresholds of up to 90% VO2 max compared to 50% in untrained individuals."

I read that Lance Armstrong has one of the highest recorded VO2 max... and if he's at 90% lactate threshold, his lactate threshold hr has got to be really high.

I am kinda confused now... I'm not sure how hr factors into it. I don't run with a hr monitor anymore because it is uncomfortable and it made me nervous. I, apparently, always run at a high hr. People I ran with were in the 160's and I was always in the 180's and 190's.

From I Just Run on Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 22:51:37 from

Yeah you're right I really don't know what I'm talking about. I'm really kinda making assumptions based on some general guidelines from some charts I've seen and based on my HR calculations from resting and max heart rate (which I've measured). Don't let me get you confused...:) I really, really don't know much about this stuff and can confuse even myself easily...!!! Remember, I Just Run

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