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Member Since:

Jan 10, 2011



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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: 50.00 Month: 118.40 Year: 118.40
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
Trek (Road Bike) Miles: 40.00Altra - Green Miles: 77.30
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

16 Miles on the road bike this morning @ 16.5 MPH.

Right foot is killing me.   Left foot randomly feels like I step on a nail or tack.

No good... :-(

Trek (Road Bike) Miles: 16.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

6 Miles on the EL machine. Right foot is better but still uncomfortable. I thought the left foot was fine until I stepped out of the shower after the workout and got a sharp pain.

Altra - Green Miles: 6.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Has anyone ever heard of Airrosti Rehab Centers (www.airrosti.com)? This place was recommended by a friend so I have set up an appointment for tomorrow morning. Hoping they can help!

Foggy again this morning so I went to the Gym again.

3 Miles on the EL machine then I tried 3 mile on the TM. Right foot sore but bearable, left foot just had a few little tweeks of pain. 9,9,8 min pace at 1% incline.

Altra - Green Miles: 6.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Went to the gym first this morning and ran 6 miles alternating each mile from the EL machine to the TM. 9 & 8 min paces.

Went to Airrosti Rehab today. They asked a lot of questions about my feet and then did physical therapy on both of them. It hurt so much I wanted to cry! They gave me some excercises to strengthen and stretch my feet. I will be going back at least a couple more time for the next weeks. Really hoping this will help!

Altra - Green Miles: 6.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

My foot has been so sore I haven't been able to run for a few days. Went out for a bike ride and ran into this 20 miles into my ride. Had to turn around and have Sarah come pick me up at mile 24 since the original plan was to meet her at her sisters for dinner which is about a 35 total mile trip. There was no other route for me unless I went on the freeway. :-(

I didn't realize the bridge had washed out in the Memorial Day flood. 

Trek (Road Bike) Miles: 24.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Went to the physical therapist last Thursday for my feet. I've been doing some excercises to try and help but honestly my feet feel the same. I only ran 18 miles last week and 12 of those miles were on the EL machine and none on the road. My right foot was really hurting this weekend and I couldn't run but rode my bike one day. 

Today I woke up and my right foot felt a lot better, the weather was great (52 degrees, 82% humidity and 48 degree dew point)! Decided to try a short run and came up with this out and back run. Legs felt great to start but lack of conditioning made my cardio struggle. We'll see how the feet like this run after a few hours.

Mile Time HR HR % Max HR
1 7:21:00 147 77%  
2 7:26:00 162 86%  
3 7:16:00 167 89%  
4 6:41:00 173 93% 179
Total 28:44:00 162 86%  
Pace 7:11:00     WT
Temp 54 Humidity 82 157
Dew Point 48 Wind    

Altra - Green Miles: 4.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Went to the gym intending to run on the EL machine but it was being used when I got there so I got on the TM. Ran 7 miles total with 6 miles in the 8:30 range and the last mile @ 7:30.

My right foot was a little swolen but bearable, my left foot was okay with just a couple of little tweeks.

Altra - Green Miles: 7.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Still struggling to keep up some mileage so I can make it through the Chosen Half on the 21st. Went back to the physical therapist doctor today, he wants me to go back to the foot doctor and find out how much stress can be put on the toe and joint.

I've lost a lot since my last run similar to this one about a month ago.

Mile Time HR HR % Max HR
1 7:43:00 151 80%  
2 7:47:00 157 84%  
3 7:42:00 161 86%  
4 7:44:00 161 86%  
5 7:32:00 162 86%  
6 7:46:00 162 86%  
7 7:51:00 162 86%  
8 7:39:00 163 87%  
9 7:31:00 163 87%  
10 7:17:00 170 91% 172
.35 Cool-Down        
Total 76:32:00 161 86%  
Pace 7:39:12     WT
Temp 61 Humidity 39  
Dew Point 36 Wind   156

Altra - Green Miles: 10.35
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Mile Time HR HR % Max HR
1 8:01:00 141 73%  
2 8:03:00 154 82%  
3 7:39:00 155 82%  
4 8:11:00 156 83%  
5 7:51:00 157 84%  
6 7:49:00 156 83%  
7 7:43:00 165 88% 171
Total 55:17:00 155 82%  
Pace 7:53:51     WT
Temp 57 Humidity 62  
Dew Point 44 Wind   158

Altra - Green Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Chosen Half Marathon coming up this Saturday. I think I've made it through the training cycle (if you can call it that) and will be able to race. My right foot continues to give me problems. I have been to the physical theropist twice and now they are sending me back to the orthopedic doctor this Wedensday. My toe won't really bend up and the bottom, at the joint, is very..very sore. The physical theropist doesn't know what to do.  My left foot continues to have intermittent sharp pains. I know, I know...just a lot of whining here. :-(

When I signed up for the race, I was hoping to run a decent race but now I'm afraid I may have to settle for a disappointing slow run. Aiming for a 7:25 pace (which would still be my 10th slowest out of 11 half races in the last five years) seems too optomistic. I'm really thinking that if I can break the 7:30 avg pace I would be doing the best I could based on my condition. Anyway...feel free to estimate my race time based on my haphazard training. :-) The good news is they are breaking the awards into age groups of 5's this year. I must say I'm glad to be running in the 55-59 group this year. Before I was always wanting to run in the 30-40 age group! :-)

The course in now a point to point and not an out and back as it has been in the last years. I was hoping it would make it faster but looking at the elevation chart it seems to have more hill in the first half now. In the first two miles there is a stretch that rises 200' in about a half mile, I may walk that portion!

Here's my run for today:

Mile Time HR HR % Max HR
1 7:39:00 142 74%  
2 7:54:00 153 81%  
3 7:46:00 158 84%  
4 7:52:00 161 86%  
5 7:52:00 160 85%  
6 7:38:00 163 87%  
7 7:52:00 163 87%  
8 7:43:00 163 87%  
9 7:46:00 165 88%  
10 7:37:00 169 90% 174
.35 Cool-Down        
Total 77:39:00 160 85%  
Pace 7:45:54     WT
Temp 61 Humidity 39  
Dew Point 36 Wind   156

Altra - Green Miles: 10.35
Race: Chosen Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:39:29, Place overall: 39, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Well I guess you can consider this my signature race since I've run it 5 times now. This year was the first time its been a Point to Point race though. The race has normally been in October but this year they moved it to November, I assume to try and have it when the weather is more conducive to running. But, needless to say, that was a fail as the weather was very hot and humid. It was 67 degrees, 100% humidity and foggy during most of the race. The norther blew in very quickly for the last mile of the race, oh how I was hoping it would blow in at the start.

As you know I was ill prepared for this race as I have been recovering from foot/toe surgery for 8 months now. I had to go to Florada to a trade show on Thursday and Friday also and walk the trade show floor for two solid days. I was very concerned as my foot was very sore and swolen all day Friday and as I flew home that evening. I decided to take a regiment of vitamin I starting on Friday and thankfully it did the trick as my foot was bearable before and during the race. My left foot has actually been much better lately and I haven't had any sharp pains for a few days. (I'm hoping the pain I was seeing in that foot was only a nerve condition and not a tendon condition.)

I would say the race was not as enjoyable overall as in the past years. Since it was a Point to Point race this year, they had to bus people to the start with some of the bus assignments starting as early as 4:00 am. My ride was at 5:30 am. I feel sorry for the people who had the 4 am rides as they had to wait 3 hours for the race to start. I heard a lot of complaints about this. The good thing is they bused us to the start where there was an indoor resort lodge were we could wait. Luckly it was warm so the lodge, which would only hold a hundred or so people, was not packed, most were just outside waiting.

I felt good at the beginning of the race and was hoping to pull off some miricle run. The first mile felt pretty good and I ran it as planned close to 7:30 pace. Miles 2 & 3 I tried to keep an even effort through some small rolling hills but was suprised that my HR was already well above 160.  At mile 4 I decided I needed to let off the pace a little to try and keep my HR from rising any more. As you can see I ran the next four miles with a very consistant effort but obviously at a much slower pace than I wanted. I could already feel my quads tightening up around mile 4 or 5. Knowing that feeling doesn't go away but only gets worse I just tried to maintain the effort through mile 7. Mile 8 and 9 are mostly flat with some slightly down hill so I tried to pick up the pace a little and knowing the dreaded mile 10 was coming up I hoped to pick up a little time before that awful 1 mile climb. I slogged through mile 10 at a blazing 8:10 pace with my quads really screaming at this point of the race. I knew that if I could get through mile 10 I would be able to at least crawl to the finish line. Mile 11 is a nice long straight run with some long rolling ups and downs and I felt like I was gaining some confidence back so I pushed a little on the last half of the mile. I had caught up to a group of four people and decided to challange them to a sprint to the finish. They took me up on that challange and we ran together for the next mile or so but each one dropped off through the next couple of miles. The last one dropped off at mile 12.5 as I picked up the pace to below 6:00. As I pulled away he said "I give up". I just smiled internally and continued to push to the end.

Obviously this was not my best race timewise but I do feel like I controlled a high level of effort throughout the race. My quads have confirmed that effort the last couple of days. 

Mile Time HR HR %
1 7:28:00 152 81%
2 7:32:00 163 87%
3 7:32:00 165 87%
4 7:45:00 165 86%
5 7:31:00 165 88%
6 7:54:00 165 89%
7 7:31:00 165 89%
8 7:32:00 168 91%
9 7:37:00 168 88%
10 8:10:00 171 89%
11 7:24:00 172 89%
12 7:39:00 175 91%
13 6:53:00 178 96%
13.1 1:01:00 182 99%
Total 99:29:00 167 88%
Pace 7:35:39    

I am not sure what is up next for me in running and racing. I have to get this foot healed if I am to continue. I cannot continue to go through the pain I'm having....The runnings is not fun right now. 

Altra - Green Miles: 13.10
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Mile Time HR HR %
1 7:40:00 145 76%
2 7:31:00 160 85%
3 7:10:00 165 88%
4 7:27:00 170 91%
Total 29:48:00 160 85%
Pace 7:27:00    

Altra - Green Miles: 4.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Gym: 2 Miles Elliptical, 1.5 Miles TM (all about 8:30 pace)

4 Upper body weight excercises inbetween each mile.

Altra - Green Miles: 3.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Trek (Road Bike) Miles: 40.00Altra - Green Miles: 77.30
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