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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 (7:49 pace) The Woodlands Marathon BQ 3/3/16
  • 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: 

  • Turkey Wobble Hunnington Beach, CA - Nov. 22
  • Boston Marathon March '20 Not Going, Callie didn't make the cut! :-(
  • Another Marathon to Qualify for Boston '20...???

Long-Term Running Goals:

  • Win 1st in the World Series Team Roping Finals Dec. 2018
  • 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: 12.00 Year: 1130.39
Brooks Racer ST 5 (Race Shoes) Lifetime Miles: 146.57
Saucony Kinvara 2 (Race Shoes) Lifetime Miles: 404.02
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 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
From Tom K on Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 17:53:12 from

Win the age group! Sorry you're not happy with the time, but you did great! Well done.

From SlowJoe on Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 18:36:35 from

It was rough weather today, but considering what you've been through, that's a great result! Congrats on the AG win.

From I Just Run on Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 18:40:39 from

I felt bad picking on those old guys.

From Rhett on Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 20:16:13 from

Congrats IJR. Taking first in your AG is always great no matter what your time is...and 1:39 is pretty darn good, especially considering your toe problems.

From Dan on Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 20:46:22 from

Awesome! 1st is exactly what you earned. Imagine time without your injuries. Very well done!

From flatlander on Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 05:55:43 from

Congratulations. Indeed it was very warm yesterday morning. They missed it by a day, as it is 30 degrees cooler today.

From Hillbilly Runner on Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 16:22:46 from

Congratulations on a nice comeback run. You've been through a lot with you're feet you ought to be proud of this run and age group win.

From derhammer on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 08:38:03 from

Congrats on the AG win, IJR.

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