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Location:

Kingsbury,TX,USA

Member Since:

Jan 10, 2011

Gender:

Male

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
    • 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)

Personal:

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: 7.00 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: California International Marathon (CIM) (26.2 Miles) 03:18:40, Place overall: 816, Place in age division: 55
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.200.000.0026.20

I found some additional notes I wote about the CIM Marathon...Here they are.

CIM (California International Marathon) what a great race!

Now that I’ve actually done it I would highly recommend it to you guys. The course is very nice, great support and spectators and best of all excellent weather.

I actually decided to run this race last year from a recommendation from DerHammer (I think it was after I had trained for the SA Rock-N-Roll Marathon and had to drop down to the Half Marathon because of the hot weather). I decided to go to Sacramento to try and PR for another Boston BQ.

My training has been a little disappointing leading up to the race with the exception of the last couple of weeks where I finally began feeling good…with the exception of my foot. I have what the doctor calls “2nd Metatarsal Overload” and it may require surgery to fix it. I have had two injections, one on Friday before the race to relieve the pain. We’ll see about that..?

I planned my race pace based on a racing calculator (www.findmymarathon.com/paceband.php) that I found. It takes into consideration your  goal pace, target effort throughout the race and the course profile. It worked very well for me in the Army Marathon and in this marathon too.

Going out my plan was to run a very conservative first half and then an aggressive second half. I knew if I ran to hard and elevated my HR early in the race that I would bonk and not finish strong. As you can see I did exactly what I had planned except for a few seconds loss here and there. I pretty much walked at every water station to make sure I hydrated well. I also was able to run with a couple of girls for the first half that were pacing for a 3:25-30 marathon. I broke my miles into 5 mile increments, the same way I’ve been doing it in all my long training runs with the intention to drop the average pace at each set of five. As you can see I did pretty well at that except for the last five (7:39, 7:37, 7:31, 7:24, 7:29…5 mile averages).

Throughout the race I felt under control watching my HR trying to make sure, even on the up hills, my HR didn’t spike over 160 bpm until after mile 20. It did begin to spike above 160 at mile 18 but at that point it was time to push and I couldn’t hold back. On miles 22, 24, 26 I walked twice and as you can see it cost me some extra time. My legs were really burning and I thought it best to give them a little extra rest to make sure I didn’t completely burn out.  

Below is my original entry:

Some Race notes... CIM is a great course. I was lucky an hit it on a perfect day (temperature was 54 at the start) for me with it not being too hot or too cold. The humidity was pretty high at about 90 percent but it didn't seem to bother me too much with the lower temperature. I was expecting a much bigger "feel" to the race knowing that it was a very popular fast run. The atmosphere was much more layed back than some of the other marathons I have run. The crowds at the start weren't bad and they had plenty of port-a-potties. 

I used the race pace calculator (www.findmymarathon.com/paceband.php) to help me with my pacing. I had used it when I ran the Army Marathon and it seemed to work very well. It allows you to pick your paces based on the specific course and then adjust based on your strategy (conservative,even,aggressive, very aggressive splits,etc.). I chose very a conservative start with a very aggressive negative split for the finish knowing how I like to run. I also added in my own HR averages based on all of my other races and training runs. I believe I hit my goals about as close as I could expect as you can see from my comparrison chart. At this point I'm not really sure what I could have done better other than be in better shape or simply exerted more effort earlier in the race but based on my slowed pace on mile 26 and my elevated HR I'm pretty sure I would have just blown up earlier in the race.

Stopping for now...I'll write some details on the actual race soon...

I've been comparing some of my target numbers verses actual. Here are the comparrisons.

  CIM Marathon Target -vs- Actual
  Target Actual Over/Under
  Pace Avg HR Pace Avg HR Pace Avg HR
1 7:41:00 158 7:43:00 147 0:02:00 -11
2 7:48:00 154 7:45:00 152 0:03:00 -2
3 7:39:00 150 7:31:00 151 0:08:00 1
4 7:39:00 150 7:43:00 149 0:04:00 -1
5 7:30:00 152 7:37:00 150 0:07:00 -2
6 7:42:00 153 7:41:00 151 0:01:00 -2
7 7:38:00 151 7:36:00 151 0:02:00 0
8 7:39:00 149 7:43:00 151 0:04:00 2
9 7:36:00 149 7:37:00 153 0:01:00 4
10 7:35:00 151 7:30:00 153 0:05:00 2
11 7:27:00 150 7:24:00 154 0:03:00 4
12 7:23:00 151 7:40:00 154 0:17:00 3
13 7:29:00 151 7:36:00 155 0:07:00 4
14 7:20:00 151 7:31:00 156 0:11:00 5
15 7:24:00 152 7:28:00 158 0:04:00 6
16 7:23:00 153 7:29:00 158 0:06:00 5
17 7:14:00 153 7:21:00 159 0:07:00 6
18 7:19:00 155 7:27:00 159 0:08:00 4
19 7:24:00 154 7:22:00 161 0:02:00 7
20 7:18:00 156 7:25:00 161 0:07:00 5
21 7:20:00 159 7:20:00 163 0:00:00 4
22 7:20:00 161 7:35:00 164 0:15:00 3
23 7:21:00 164 7:22:00 166 0:01:00 2
24 7:19:00 165 7:42:00 166 0:23:00 1
25 7:20:00 169 7:27:00 170 0:07:00 1
26 7:20:00 172 7:47:00 172 0:27:00 0
26.2 1:38:00 177 2:15:00 176 0:37:00 -1

 

3:18:40

 

Saucony Kinvara 2 (Race Shoes) Miles: 26.20
Comments
From Yasir on Sun, Dec 07, 2014 at 12:50:24 from 99.20.240.112

yah baby cant wait for more detailes

From Derunzo on Sun, Dec 07, 2014 at 12:58:40 from 24.218.179.128

PR Baby!!!!!!!!!!!

From SlowJoe on Sun, Dec 07, 2014 at 14:07:10 from 104.51.208.13

Nice!!! You get to round that down to 3:10.

From Tom Slick on Sun, Dec 07, 2014 at 14:07:58 from 69.171.160.196

Way to go Bro Preston, you came, you saw and you kicked it's butt! 3:18:40

Can't wait to read your race report to get the nuts and bolts of your race. What do you think in your training helped you and what hurt? Inquiring minds want to know?

From flatlander on Sun, Dec 07, 2014 at 17:08:59 from 76.31.29.220

Cool, big PR, can't wait to hear the details.

From Hillbilly Runner on Sun, Dec 07, 2014 at 18:45:40 from 207.162.186.109

You nailed it.... Great job can't wait to read your full report. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Tom K on Mon, Dec 08, 2014 at 06:23:53 from 73.27.178.76

JUST WHAT was in that foot injection!? It is PR juice! Stock up on that stuff!

I look forward to the report. Great race!

From Matt Schreiber on Mon, Dec 08, 2014 at 21:27:20 from 66.17.102.175

Nice job man! Great to see this. Congrats!

From Rye on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 at 20:51:19 from 65.129.53.150

Super pacing!

From Tom K on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 07:57:41 from 73.27.178.76

Those splits are impressive.

From JG on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 09:35:54 from 73.187.232.158

How does it feel to have the 20 mile monkey off your back? I love the gradual uptick in your heart rate, looks like you expended the perfect amount of effort throughout the race.

From Tom Slick on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 10:24:27 from 168.179.157.113

Yes, very impressive splits and heart rate management. Write some more stuff...

From DLTheo on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 11:23:16 from 155.130.107.43

Now that's the way to run a marathon - just a nice progression run with a strong finish! Way to go IJR!

From Russ on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 17:00:00 from 74.114.3.253

Preston, you killed it! Congratulations on blowing 3:20 out of the water and rocking a solid 4+ minute PR. You've worked so hard for it and I'm way excited for you.

From seeaprilrun on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 17:45:30 from 205.172.12.210

Firstly--Congrats on BQ and a PR!

Secondly--your splits are remarkable, you appear to have ran the perfect race with a negative split and powerful finish. You nailed this one!

From I Just Run on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 08:28:12 from 67.79.11.242

Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments and support! I'm so busy I haven't been able to write a full report that, in my mind, doesn't sound dumb so I decided to just add a few details over the next few days. I started with some general notes and my pacing strategy and actual comparisons today. I want to add some details about the actual race and an update on my foot/health as well as my future goals.

From Tom Slick on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 08:49:13 from 69.171.160.95

Are you just teasing all of us?

From Yasir on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 21:10:17 from 99.20.240.112

Great pacing on this one. I have to agree with tom you are the master of suspense. rest rest...

From Tom K on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 10:20:14 from 73.27.178.76

Only half of your race pics have you with your tongue out!

You really need to step up that portion of your training!

From rAtTLeTrAp on Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 21:25:44 from 24.19.84.40

Way to go, Preston! You have this down to a science. I can't wait to read the full report.

From SlowJoe on Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 21:37:17 from 104.51.208.13

Amazing splits. One day I hope to run a marathon like this. Nice going!

From flatlander on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 15:00:28 from 198.207.244.102

Have never seen a more beautiful set of splits, amazing the way you could push your heart rate up at the end like that -- very difficult to do unless you are in great shape and have paced the race perfectly. Congratulations again.

From butlerbrunning on Sat, Dec 27, 2014 at 16:09:29 from 104.52.196.53

man, Impressive run.

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