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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
  • 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: Chosen Marathon for Adoption (13.1 Miles) 01:33:44, Place overall: 14, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

1:33:44 "Official Time" (7:08 pace) but I was actually a little faster as they missed my start time and had to use the "gun" time for my start. 1st in my age group and maybe 14th overall.  

First of all, this is a great race run for a great cause. If you are at all interested in running a race for a good cause this is one you should consider!

This was an interesting race to run for me. After a long summer of only biking (because of my hip problem) I was able to average 32 mile running the three weeks prior to this race. Last year I did a similar training pattern because of another injury. In this report I'm going to do some anaylisis, since I've been running 2-1/2 years and have seen some interesting improvement. This specific race I would say was one of my best in regard to feel, speed, preformance, etc.

Here's a comparison of the 6 Half Marathons I've Run:


Date Race Pace HR
2/20/2011 Livestrong Half Marathon - Austin 7:48:24 165
3/6/2011 Moe's Better Half Marathon - San Marcos 7:20:57 164
10/29/2011 Marathon for Adoption - Gruene, TX 7:19:19 166
1/29/2012 Austin 3M Half Marathon 6:52:36 165
7/14/2012 Orange Leaf Half Marathon - New Braunfels 7:54:07 166
10/28/2011 Marathon for Adoption - Gruene, TX 7:08:33 165

The interesting thing is the HR comparison. 165 is 90% of my HR reserve so it looks like I've run all of my races at a consistant overall effort while my times are dropping considerably.  (I discount the Orange Leaf race as it was over 80 degrees and 97% humidity.)

Here's the Race Report:

My plan going into this race was to try and run faster than I did last year. Last year was a 7:19 pace. I got to the race about 30 minutes before the start and decided to sit in my car as long as possible so I wouldn't get cold. I wore my light tights, arm sleeves, light gloves and a scull cap which all ended up being just right. With the reynolds syndrom I have even 48 degrees can be painful if I'm not clothed properly.  When I heard the nationl anthem being played I headed up to the starting line. The full marathoner started immediatly after the anthem and the half marathoners were supposed to start 15 minutes later. The race actually started late so they let the half marathoners go 5 minutes after the full. This posed a problem just a few miles into the race when all of the faster half runners caught up with the slow full runners. I guess I'm becoming a running snob because I was very irritated having to weave in and out of all of the slow full runners for several miles. They were just jogging along, yapping and laughing with no concern some people were trying to run fast! Anyway, back to the start. I got to the chute and was working my way up to the front when the gun sounded and the race was off. I had thought I would have 15 minutes to get to the front but because the full runners started late they decided to start the half runners early. I was about 20-30 yards from the start line when the race began.  This was another problem because my start time was missed and they had to use the gun time as my start adding several seconds to my time since I was so far back in the pack.

As I began to run the first mile my goal was to try and run the first three miles below 7:20 pace. I guess I must have been stiff and not warmed up on the first mile as my pace read 7: 33 after the first mile. I was thinking as I ran that it shouldn't seem this hard. I guess I limbered up on mile because it was a 7:08 and felt much easier. Mile three has a pretty good incline and I slowed down a little to a 7:19 pace. Mile 4 is a long downhill and I was able to catch my breath and begin to pick up the pace and ran it and 5 at 7:03 and 7:00. Mile 6 and the turn around were good at 7:08 and I was feeling good. Mile 7 has another slight uphill so I just kept the same effort and ran a 7:13. At mile 8 I was thinking, I feel pretty good, my breathing is steady and I had a couple of miles before the dreaded climb at mile 10 so I picked up the pace a little more. Mile 8 was 6:58 and mile 9 was 7:09. Last year I ran mile 10 at 7:55 and remember how tired I was when I got to the top. This year I ran it at 7:43 and my HR didn't raise at all. At this point I knew I could finish the race strong so I began to pick up the pace again and rand a 6:53, 7:11 and 6:29 on my last three miles.

***Now here's a footnote to ponder: How could I run a 6:29 on mile 13 of a half marathon and last week only average 6:26 on a 5K race? Hummm? My fastest track mile is 5:35, why can't I break 20:00 in a 5K.***

I ran the last .1 in 49 seconds. I'm not sure what that pace is but there's a 90 degree turn that slows you down right at the end.

Overall I was very pleased with this race. Negative split for the two halves of about a minute.

When it was over I felt like I could have run it 5-10 seconds faster per mile. Maybe next year I can average under 7:00 for the race.


Marathon for Adoption - Gruene, TX
Mile Time Heart Rate HR %  
1 7:33:00 166 90%  
2 7:06:00 161 87%  
3 7:19:00 164 89%  
4 7:03:00 164 89%  
5 7:00:00 164 89%  
6 7:08:00 163 88%  
7 7:13:00 164 89%  
8 6:58:00 165 89%  
9 7:09:00 164 89%  
10 7:43:00 165 89%  
11 6:53:00 167 91%  
12 7:11:00 168 91%  
13 6:29:00 169 92%  
13.1 0:49:00 174 95%  
Total 93:34:00 165 89% 50:22:00
Pace 7:08:33     49:36:00
48º - 14 mph wind Elevation Gain 1250
14 Out of 1,250 Runners
1st In Age Group Out of 47

James 1:27

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Saucony Kinvara 2 (Race Shoes) Miles: 13.10
From flatlander on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 08:06:51 from

Congratulations, looking forward to the full report.

From SlowJoe on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 10:33:59 from

Wow, great job and congrats on crushing your goal.

From derhammer on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 10:40:56 from

Congrats!! Very nice indeed.

From Dave S on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 18:18:20 from

Wow nice job! Looks like your fitness is coming back nicely!

From Carl on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 01:22:28 from

Nice job. You hit your goal, right?

After you BQ in February, we'll have to meet in-person for Boston 2014! Any other FRB'ers planning on doing that?

From SlowJoe on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:40:32 from

Great report. Looks like you definitely could have gone faster with the way you ran the last mile, nice job. 1st out of 47 in AG...wow!

Are you doing the downhill Austin race again this year (I can't remember what it's called)? That one could be a big PR.

From Rye on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:49:40 from

Nice race and report. I agree with Slowjoe, you could have a run touch faster just looking at your splits. Well done my friend from the flatlands:)

From Carl on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 14:51:51 from

About the footnote:

Last week's race was 60 degrees, vs. the 48 degrees of this race. You also did a prolonged warmup on the bike last week, so your core body temp was higher. I'm betting that is why you were faster this week than last week.

From DLTheo on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 16:32:21 from

Yeah, that long bike ride last week before the race would probably slow you down a bit, similar to a triathlon, even though the bike ride was a slow warm up. Either that or you need 12 miles of running to get warmed up. Maybe next time you need to run 10 miles at 1/2 marathon pace and then jump right into the 5K!

Great race and report. You are definitely heading in the right direction!.

From I Just Run on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 07:54:04 from

Thanks everyone!

Carl, yes I hit my goal and then some. I actually felt like I could have run a little faster. I believe there is always a group from FRB that meets at Boston but I've never (in my 2 yr running career) been able to qualify so I don't know the details :-(

Joe, yes I plan to run the Austin 3M Half on 1/13/13. I'm hoping to run about a 6:45 pace.

Carl again, I'm running two more 5K's in the next month so hopefully I will break the 20:00 mark. I won't be able to train much for the races, but hopefully I will just have it in me.

DL, Ha ha I think I just need to set my 5K goal at 19:00. I think I'm focusing the goal and not just running to my ability :-)

From Matt Schreiber on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 08:05:36 from

Nice race. You definitely keep improving! Congratulations!

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