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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:

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

Upcoming Races: 

  • Boston Marathon March '20 Not Going, Callie didn't make the cut! :-(
  • Boston 2020

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), Callie 27 (TCU University, Married and Runner).

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

I started runnin in the spring of 2010.

I Just Run               

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 496.95
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: 934.00
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: Chosen Marathon for Adoption (13.1 Miles) 01:35:16, Place overall: 12, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Well… I’m a little embarrassed to write this report. I seem to have a knack for running the wrong route in races as this is my second one in the last year. I really don’t know where to start except to start making excuses:   It was dark, the route wasn’t marked well, no one was as the turn to tell you that you were going the wrong way, I was running alone, I ran the route I had ridden my bike before and it looked familiar…. I guess I could go on and on but I think I’ll just stop and write the report! J

I was really expecting to knock down a really great half marathon time on this race going into it. My goal was to break a 7:00 pace for the race. I wasn’t expecting to run a PR as this course is really pretty tough and as I ran it I realized it was even tougher than I had remembered. I feel like I have been working hard and could achieve this goal but things just didn’t quite turn out the way I planned. I really think the biggest problem was the Temperature, Humidity and Dew Point. I had been watching the weather and was expecting it to be more like 48-50 degrees as it has been for the last two years but the cool front didn’t materialize and it turned out to be quite hot and humid so missing my goal pace by 6 seconds per mile isn’t a big surprise. I exerted the effort, as indicated by my HR, but the lactate build up just got me on the last couple of miles where I expected to pick up those extra seconds.

Again this race is a fun race with a great cause. It was extra special this year because Callie (my daughter) was finally able to run her first half marathon. She is the one who got me started about 3.5 years ago. Plagued with injuries and just business she has never been able to work up to a half marathon. I was very proud of her for her effort and dedication to work through the training and finally achieve that goal. She ran a respectable 6th in her age group with quite a few in that age bracket.

As usual I started out a little ways back in the corral as I always feel more comfortable chasing people rather than having them pass me later in the race. I had worked out a “perfect” pacing plan but…ha ha…forgot to bring it with me so I had to just run by memory which isn’t very good.  I couldn’t remember what I was supposed to run the first mile and hurt myself a little running a 7:30 instead of the 7:17 on the plan. It was completely dark on the first few miles so it’s really had to judge the grade and distance of the hills. I was afraid to run faster at this point but in hind sight I know I should have pushed it a little more. Most all of my miles were a few seconds slower than my planned paces and in hind sight I really wish I would have remembered my pacing chart. I actually though I was running okay.  I was trying to figure out where I needed to be and at the turn-around my garmin said an average pace of 7:03. I thought this was good but it actually needed to be 7:01 to be on my planned pace.

As I was approaching the turn-around I started counting runners who had already made the turn, 1,2,3,4,5…. I was 9th and at this point there were two runners  just a few steps in front of me.  I rounded the turn and decided to go ahead and overtake the two guys so that put me in 7th. I continued to try and keep an even pace through miles 7,8,9 as this is the flattest part of the course. When I got the mile 10 (the dreaded long uphill) I set my goal to pass a couple more runners. 7:49 doesn’t seem that fast for a mile but this uphill on mile 10 just kills a lot of runners. I passed one girl and said something like “this hill is a killer” and as I ran by she just stopped and started walking. I passed another guy close to the top and this now put me in 5th place. I could see all of the 5 runners in front of me, although the first and second guys were way out of reach I was thinking I might be able to catch the other two and come in 3rd overall. J

When I got to the next sharp turn on the course I had lost sight of the other runners, we were in the neighborhood where there are a couple of turns and small rolling hills.  I couldn’t figure out how those two guys had gotten out of my sight. I was also confused at this point because my garmin was saying that I was running mile 12 and I knew I should be running mile 13! WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON? This is where I guess I just lost complete concentration, my last two miles were not what I planned them to be. When I got to the long straightaway near the finish my watch had already registered 13 mile and now I could see several runners in front of me….WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

I was totally confused, my garmin said 13.4 miles, the race results showed me 12th overall with an avg. pace of 7:16 pace.

I guess I would be really upset if this were an important race but I was really just doing it as a training run anyway. Someway I’ve got to lean to run the right course and quit blazing my own trail…this is getting old!

Here’s the actual details:




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“But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren't alone
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promised joy.”

Here's a pictue of the Routed Route...

And a picture of my trophy...


Saucony Kinvara 2 (Race Shoes) Miles: 13.40
From derhammer on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 09:45:38 from

Nice job Preston. I wonder if that girl was Sarah who I trained with on a few runs last year. She ran a 1:30. I haven't talked to her but she probably ran it as a MGP run. If she was walking it must have been a tough course (she ran 3:03 at Boston last year.)

Didn't they have people out there directing runners?

From rAtTLeTrAp on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 09:51:24 from

Nice work. That's a great time, especially for taking the long way.

I gotta say that course looks tough to get lost on though. I think you have a gift for that :)

From DLTheo on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 11:10:14 from

Don't feel too bad about going the wrong way. It happens. Not to me, or most people I know, but I hear it happens to some people. :)

Seriously, if the course isn't well marked and they don't have somebody pointing you in the right way to go, it's really on them. Maybe if you weren't so fast you could have some other runners to follow.

From JG on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 11:51:16 from

So, let me get this straight ... you ran off the course and back on the course without ever knowing you left the course? You should get an award for running the worst tangents! :)

In any event, great job & nice trophy.

I would come to San Antonio & run with you, just to help you stay on the course ... unfortunately I would not be able to keep pace with you!

From flatlander on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 12:40:31 from

I've gotten lost on a 5K before. I think that must be some kind of a record. I never cast stones at anybody else. Looks to me like you should have gotten 3rd; very fast pace for such a tough course. You really got your heart rate cranking at the end, is that the highest you have measured it?

From Tom K on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 13:32:13 from

I’m trying to imagine the folks that live on the street you ran down that was not part of the race.

“Ethel, get out here! The runners are coming down our street!”

“No Fred, they are supposed to go down Blah-blah Street!”

“Ethel, I’m telling you there’s a guy about to run by our house right now, so get out here and clap your hands for these athletes, woman!”

…(2 hours later, still clapping)…

“Fred, that man must have had a really big lead!”

“Why do you suppose he had his tongue hanging out?”

Kidding aside, that is a really, really good pace. You are one fast dude. And congratulations to Callie, as well!

From I Just Run on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 16:03:47 from

Ha ha...I knew you guys would get a laugh out of this debacle! I'm just glad it wasn't for a BQ or something. I really think I need to get a seeing eye dog or something.

DH, might have been the girl but the times don't seem to add up for it to be her.

RT, what can I say...I'm a man of many talents, but directions is not one of them, just ask my wife!

JG, I just thought of this, should I have been disqualified? Should I give the trophy back? ...Could you keep me on course at Boston?

Flat, My max HR is 182 so I still had some fuel in the tank :-) I just held back at the end, on the last straightaway, when I saw all those people in front of me. :-)

Tom, Don't worry, there were no people cheering on any runners in the neighborhood. It was like a ghost town.

From SlowJoe on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 07:24:44 from

Your pace was just about what you wanted, on a tough course, so I say great job! Just, you know, go the right way next time. The good news is that Boston is pretty much a straight shot and there will always be a crowd in front of you to follow.

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