Hillsboro, Ill 5 Mile Run

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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: 37.25 Month: 155.65 Year: 155.65
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: Hillsboro, Ill 5 Mile Run (5 Miles) 00:34:03, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Well...at 8:00 last night I decided to look on the internet and see if I could find any races near Effingham, Ill where we are staying. I wasn't really planning on racing while I was up here but low and behold there was a 5 Mile Race just 60 miles away in Hillsboro, Ill. I asked if anyone cared if I got up early and went to the race (it started at 8:00). No one had a problem so I got up at 5:15 and headed out. It was 72 degree and very humid but didn't seem as hot as 72 in Texas. The race was run on an out and back course with a few hills. The race was also run in conjunction with a Biathlon and all of the runners started together. I'm not sure how many were competing in the Race portion (maybe 30) and another 100 in the Biathlon.

At the beginning of the race I was determined not to go out too slow, like I did in the last 10K, but at the end of the first mile I was wondering if I had made a mistake. Most of the first mile was down hill or flat but the second mile had a long incline. I hit the hill pretty well and felt pretty good at the top. There were two guys running with me until the hill and by the midpoint of the hill they had both dropped out (ha ha...I don't think they run may hills up here in Illinois:-). On the third mile I began to labor a little and decided to slow down some and save a little energy. I really wanted to keep a 6:45 pace but kinda lost track of my pace, as you can see on miles 3 and 4. I was running completely by myself at this point with no one anywhere close to me (Sounds pretty cool at this point doesn't it...but the truth is there were about 6 or 8 of the Biathletes pretty far ahead of me and a couple of girls). Anyway mile 5 had a pretty good uphill to the finish but I pushed hard up the hill to finish strong with a 4:54 pace to the end. As you can see from my report I was the top Male (Runners only...there were a few Biathletes who actually ran faster but the run and the Biathlon were separate for the awards). I received a nice big trophy and had my picture taken with the Women's winner (who actually beat me by about a minute;-(

Overall I ran the race I wanted to run. I had run a 10K a few weeks ago and paced at 7:00 so my goal was to go for a 6:50 on this race. I still need to build my cardio, my legs seem good and I feel like I can run faster but I just labor breathing and my heart rate gets too high.

It was a fun race in a small community that has been run for the last 23 years. I got to sign the winner's podium for being the Fastest Male Runner so my name is etched in stone (well actually black permanent marker) for all to remember for generations to come!

Hillsboro, Ill -  5 Mile
Mile Time Best Pace Fastest
1 6:32:00 6:16:00 5:35 153 80%
2 6:45:00 6:19:00 5:58 168 90%
3 6:58:00 6:23:00 6:15 171 92%
4 6:57:00 6:20:00 6:30 172 93%
5 6:51:00 6:21:00 4:54 174 94%
Total 34:03:00 168 90%
Pace 6:48:36 75º High Humidity
Won 1st Overall

1 Samuel 7:11-13

11 The men of Israel rushed out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Kar.

 12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,[a] saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”

 13 So the Philistines were subdued and they stopped invading Israel’s territory. Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines.

Brooks Launch (Retired) Miles: 5.50
From Steam8 on Mon, Jul 04, 2011 at 17:50:49 from

YeeeeHoooooo! Great job on the race today! 1st place for your age has got to feel great!! I am so excited for you.

How is the knee after that kind of stress?

Oh, just to make you jealous....I ran 5 in 41 minutes this morning. haha!

From TexasLindsey on Mon, Jul 04, 2011 at 18:32:08 from

That is awesome! What a way to start 4th of July!

From I Just Run on Mon, Jul 04, 2011 at 19:35:43 from

Thanks Steam, I actually won 1st for the Overall Male Runner...!!! I hope the "real" runners on the Blog don't see this ...I'm sure they'll laugh their heads off! I haven't said much about the knee lately but it's the same, whether I run hard or easy..?? It's not getting worse so I just keep running. I took 2 Ibuprophin before the race so it was a non-factor. 5 in 41 is really good, I'm not jealous, I'm happy :-)...Way to Go..!!

Hi Lindsey,

Thanks, I could just make the 4th of July the first of my running year so I get off to a good start!

I forgot to express my appreciation for the true reason we celebrate the 4th of July. Thanks to all those who have fought to make our nation free and allow us to enjoy all of the comforts and freedom we have. Thank you if you serve or have served for our great USA...!!!!!

From JG on Mon, Jul 04, 2011 at 19:40:10 from

Swwwweeeeet! Awesome run, nice win!

From SlowJoe on Mon, Jul 04, 2011 at 21:11:30 from

Look at those 6's across the board. Really impressive run, and great win!

From Rossy on Mon, Jul 04, 2011 at 21:33:16 from

Preston, I was wondering if you got into a Fourth of July Race…. Awesome race (first overall male, trophy, name on rock… legend!) and I love the report. Happy Fourth!

From I Just Run on Mon, Jul 04, 2011 at 23:36:16 from

Thanks JG and Rossy!

Hey Joe, now to work on adding another 21.2 miles to this pace...:-)

From Dan on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 00:13:22 from

Nice race!! Hey I will take permanent marker or etched in stone any day! Oh and if I may recommend something- do not look at it as adding 21.2 miles, just look at is as doing this race 5 times with a small sprint at the end.... wait... is that better or worse? :)

From Steam8 on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 00:46:37 from

OH..Okay, I saw first in age and not the first overall! YeeeHHOOOOOOOOO! again !! So glad you are not jealous of my 41 minutes for 5 miles. hahaha!

From Kelli on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 00:53:23 from

Dan, that is BETTER, I am sure of it!


From flatlander on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 14:24:13 from

Congratulations Preston! I am sure there will be many more wins to follow. Great that you could run that fast in the heat with all of the injury issues you have been dealing with lately, very impressive.

From derhammer on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 17:33:15 from

I guess I am late to the party on all of these race reports. Anyway, job well done - way to represent Texas!

From Dave S on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 18:14:20 from

Nice job! congrats on hitting your pace goal and on getting the overall win! Pretty cool getting to take a permanent place on the podium.

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