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Lovejoy Country Run 5K #blog

Going into this race I had one goal: To run under 22 minutes.  I hadn’t done that in a few years, and since I was taking a break from longer distances, wanted to work on my speed.  After doing track workouts for the past month plus, I hoped I could.  Spoiler alert: I did!  21:53.

Love, peace, and running grease.

Love, peace, and running grease.

It pleased me to reach my goal.  But I have a couple post race notes.

One – When I previously thought of a 5K, I always thought of it as a 3 mile race.  I never gave the last .1 miles much thought.  But then I looked at my average pace of 7:03 per mile.  In my mind I couldn’t figure out why it didn’t add up to a 21 minute TRT.  But then it clicked…that last .1 miles is  not a gimme.  It added almost a minute to my overall time.  Drats!  I don’t forget that in my races now.  13.1, 26.2, 6.2, etc. I’m not taking that last decibel for granted!

Two – I had looked up the previous year’s results for this race and I would’ve easily won my age group.  This year I finished 7th.  I was 41st overall.  That means in the top 40, 6 were from my age group.  That’s a tough age group.  That tells me two things.

One – You never know who is going to show up to any given race.  So results are never to be assumed.

Two – My theory is that my age group is one of the most competitive.  I think that in their 30’s people start to get into running to combat a slowing metabolism.  They start hitting their stride a little later on.  Keep in mind I don’t have any stats to prove this, it’s just what I’ve noticed.  So notice that.

All for now.  Love for all.  I’m out!





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Wounded Warrior 10K #blog

Believe it or don’t, but this was my first ever 10K.  Done tons of other K races, but this was my first time to race 6.2 miles.  Bad news is that I hadn’t trained for this distance at all.  I was still taking a break from doing three 1/2 marathons and one full marathon in the span of 4 months.  So not quite ready for this.  But it was for a good cause and the medals were cool.

I barely escaped being trampled by the galloping metal ponies!

I barely escaped being trampled by the galloping metal ponies!

The race was in Irving, TX and ran down their new hike and bike trail.  It was nice, but the paved trails didn’t seem wide enough for all the runners – especially after we hit the turn around and were running upstream (on the right side) on the way back.  And B to the W, there was no chip sensor at the turn around or on the trail at all that I saw.  What’s to stop someone from turning around early?  I don’t doubt there were some cheaters out there…and not just the kind from the TV show.

And can I just say that a summer run in Texas is going to be hooottt.  Holy sun-oly!  I’m not ashamed to admit I had to stop and walk through the water stops.  I was hurting from not being in shape for that distance and from the heat.  My god, the heat!  And it didn’t help that the race started waaay late.  The sun was up and in full effect by then, dude.

But I got done with a PR (remember, it was my first 10K) that I have since shattered by like 5 minutes.  So all’s well that ends…well.

Well, that is all.  Peace.

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4th of July Liberty 5k #blog

This will be short and sweet cause I be busy as a beaver bee.  So here it goes…

4th of July 2012 me and a few friends decided to run in a race since a) it was a holiday and b) why not.  There was a 5k and 10k, but it was HAWT, so I opted for the shorter distance.  The location was nice – right on a big ole Texas lake.  The course was OK, it just went through some neighboring neighborhoods.  I was trying to get in better shape at the time, so I called my speedy friend Mary to come pace me.  She agreed, but when we got there she said she wasn’t “feeling it”.  So right after the race started, she said she was going to turn around and try to find our friend Joseph who was also running.  Jo saw her coming and didn’t want to run with her cause he knew she’d make him speed up, so he hid behind other runners.  It didn’t work, she eventually found him.

Here I am with Joseph and Mary.  (sounds so biblical)

Here I am with Joseph and Mary. (sounds so biblical)

I did OK.  Despite the massive heat I ran 7:16 miles, good for 6th in my age group.  Pretty good for being somewhat not in shape.  But here’s the kicker – Mary got second in her age group.  And remember that she spent a good deal of the race running in the wrong direction!  I told you she was speedy!

Anyway, the post race party had free beer and a free view of the lake, so that was lovely.  You’re lovely too.

Peace out home slices!

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