"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go"
T. S. Eliot

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Marion Arts Festival Half Marathon

Wasn't sure how to get to the start line and where to park my car, but I made it. Put on my shirt with the bib number and met with Jeff and Shawn. I told them my goal was to keep a pace of 8:20 or so during the race. The gun was shot and I started following Jeff, but I saw he was going a little bit too fast for me, so I let him go and try to run my own race.

The weather was not the best. It was raining and cold. In some points of the race, the wind was hitting hard. There were more than a thousand runners, so it was easy to follow some good pacers. Realized I was going faster than my goal time, so I kept the pace and tried to do better the second half.

There were 415 runners in the half marathon (223F and 192M). I guess many runners decided not to run because of the weather conditions. Zack Baker finished in 1 hr 10 min, that's a 5:19 pace!  This guy is fast!  I wonder how much he improved in his last trip to Kenya. 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Red Shoe Half Marathon 2017

Didn't know how fast to run this race, as usual. I met with Jeff and thought about running with him. He started too fast, first mile at 7:49 and second mile at 7:09 min/mile. I knew that was way too fast for a half marathon. But, tried to maintain the pace. Then, I saw Shawn, so I thought about keeping her pace.  She was running a little bit too fast for me. But we helped each other and stayed together until the end.
Got second place in my AG. Robert Cornell got first. Jeff got third place! He was not too far behind us. I got two medals in this race!


Monday, April 24, 2017

Kewash Nature Trail Half Marathon 2017

There were more runners this year than last's. The first part of the course was new and had to run in some streets of Washington, IA. Running on the trail was the best part.  You can feel the difference once we finish the trail and have to run on the street asphalt.

I was able to run faster this year than the previous ones. Very pleased with my time. However, the last mile was painful running uphill on the streets. 

2017       PACE: 7:45 MPM              TIME: 1:41:30     DATE: 04/23/2017
2016       PACE: 8:23 MPM              TIME: 1:49:54     DATE: 05/21/2016
2015       PACE: 8:09 MPM              TIME: 1:46:48     DATE: 06/06/2015
2014       PACE: 7:59 MPM              TIME: 1:44:40     DATE: 07/07/2014

Now, the question is, can I recover enough so that I can run well again in two weeks for the Red Shoe Half Marathon?  I need to be smart.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Long Run

Training for Kewash Nature Trail Half Marathon next Saturday. I have run this race since it was started in 2014. I think I should be able to PR this race (really? faster than 8:09?).

8:23 MPM
8:09 MPM

I feel like I can do better than the last couple of years. I know, I am tired from last week. But, I guess I am pretty fit and haven't been hurt lately. Ran about 9.6 miles this morning (avg pace: 8:32 mpm). I wanted to run 8:45 pace, but it was hard. I ran faster the second half.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Go! Saint Louis Marathon

Things did not go the way I wanted. Tried to stay with the pace group (3:40), but he was going faster than what was expected (8:23 MPM). I was not planing to go faster than 8:17 MPM.

Miles 2 (7:47), 3 (8:00), 6 (8:07), 8 (7:55) and 10 (8:09) were faster than I had planed. I guess I needed a better pacer for the first 13 miles too. I trusted the group pacer too much. Also, the course was very tough in the first half of the marathon. Running so fast the first half just killed me.

Felt tired when I was joined by Jeff on mile 13. Had terrible cramps on my left calf at mile 18. Had to stop running and started to walk. Tried to run again and cramps appeared again and again. I read some ultrarunners take salt tablets at mile 5, 10, 15, and 20. I might try this on my next marathon.

I need to learn to trust in myself (and my Garmin) and do my own race. Next time, I should try to do it on my own (if the pacer is too fast or too slow).

Anyways, another marathon, another learning experience.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ready for Saint Louis Marathon 2017

Well, I am as ready as I can be.  Tapering time. Now, I need to feed myself well and get lots of rest. The idea is to follow the 3:40 pace group for the first half of the marathon, and then, join Jeff and run the second half a little bit faster, hopefully.
Running along with Jeff will make all the difference.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Two Weeks before Saint Louis Marathon

Ran nine mile this morning with the Run319 group. Jeff and I ran slightly faster. I was surprised to see that we ran at 8:18 min/mile average for the nine miles!


Dave and Dan leave to Europe on Wednesday to run Rome this weekend and Paris on the 9th. It should be a lot of fun!

Last run on US soil before heading to Europe. Go D&D!  Make us proud!