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

Friday, December 23, 2016

Week 3 Marathon Training Program

This is week 3 for the training program. Everything is going well. No injuries. Sometimes I feel some pain on the top of my left foot, and also on the hill of the foot. Pain disappears or it is not noticeable when running. Fighting against the weather, but so far so good.
Had to run on treadmill (TD) three times last week, because weather conditions were horrible. Also, I have been trying to run with friends as much as possible. That helps a lot.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Training for Saint Louis Marathon

This is week One for my marathon training. Haven't decided yet which program to follow. Most probably, I will do something in between the Beginners and the Experience Runner Program.
We ran eight miles starting at 5 o'clock this morning. Had my first fall running. My right knee hurts, but no real injury other than that.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Bo Run Half Marathon

Signed up a couple of days before the race. I was able to get a t-shirt. Signing up was easy.

Race started at 7:30 AM near the New Bo Market. There were about 500 runners for the half marathon and 320 runners for a 10K race, We all started at the same time. Chip was behind the bib number.

The route was a little bit different than in 2013 when I ran it for the first time. This time was a little bit more scenic. Beautiful course. Lots of good runners, so it was easy to stay in a group.

Some people liked the ceramic medal, I didn't. Goodies after the race were excellent (burritos and pastries).

It is always hard to decide how fast or slow to run. It all depends on how one feels. Having so many runners makes it easy to stay with a group, and if it is too slow, catch the group ahead.

Pictures were taken by Dan Rolling. He did an excellent and professional job.

Results: Open in a new window.

Gamin Connect: Open in a new window.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dam to Backpocket 7 mile Run

I picked up my t-shirt and bib number on Friday, one day before the race. They also gave me a glass with the Backpocket emblem embedded on the glass.

Cost of the race: $45 dlls.

Buses departed from Backpocket at 4:00 PM on Saturday. They took us to the Coralville dam, where race started. We walked to one of the shelters on the one side of the dam, where there were bathrooms. The shelter was a nice place to hang out before the race, which started at 5:00 PM.
First mile is tough because first we go downhill, but then we have to climb up the first hill again. Once we get to the Overlook Rd things get flat. The bicycle trail on Dubuque Rd is not too hard. Most of it is downhill.
The "heartbreak hill" was at the peninsula neighborhood. There was a table with water just before the hill, which was very nice. I received third place in my age group. Unfortunately, no medals are given in this race.

Very happy with my chronos this year, improved more than a minute from last year:

2013:   56:43 min
2014:   56:23 min
2016:   55:15 min

Results: http://xterrasugarbottom.com/backpocketrun.com/files/Dam-Backpocket-Run_7-Dam-Miles_Overall_Div_old.html

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Amana Millstream Amana Back Roads Half Marathon

I registered a day before the race trying to save some money on on-line fees. Cost of the race was $65 dlls. On the expensive side, but a lot of half marathons are about that price these days. Walk-in registration ran from 5:30 to 7:00 PM on Friday. I got a t-shirt this time. Not a bad quality t-shirt.

Race started at 7:00 AM on Saturday. Excellent time to avoid the warm weather. The director did a wonderful job letting runners how much time there was left before the race started. There was plenty of parking near the start line.

There were 137 runners for the half-marathon, 65 males and 72 females. There was a 5K race that started at the same time than the half-marathon. There were enough porta-potties near the start line.

First couple of miles were on asphalt. Rest of the race was on gravel roads. Some parts of the road were nice to the feet, but others were too rough (to go barefoot). There is a tough hill in mile seven (from 724 ft to 892 ft). A couple of other hills are also a little bit tough. On mile 10.25 you go down on a steep hill and then gets flat again to the finish line. You can find a map of the race with elevation chart @ http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/fairfax-ia/back-road-half-marathon-route-325368875.

There were enough water tables on the way. Most of them provided runners with water and/or Gatorade. There were volunteers in most of the turns, and not being an elite runner, it was easy to follow the route with other runners.

Results were posted a few hours after the race the same day. http://www.wayzataresults.com/event/show/355387862.

Award ceremony started around 10:00 AM. Socks were given to first three places in each age group. It seems to me there was a mistake, and 60 and + group did not get awards. That was a misfortune because these guys deserved proper recognition. I hope the director pays more attention to this important detail. It's not about the award, but the recognition all these runners deserve.

Medals were given to all finishers. It's not a bad medal, but I have seen better ones. The medal can be used to open Mexican beer!

Friday, July 29, 2016


Not so sure how my feet are recovering yet. I changed to running on my new Nike shoes and they have caused a small discomfort on the side of my toes. I am wearing band-aids around the toes and they seem to be helping. Decided to run Bix7 tomorrow morning. Plan to go slow and take it easy... at least the first half of the race.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

First Week Two Miles

Started running again on the road. Clear Creek Trail is a nice place for short to medium distance running. Ran a couple of miles for two days in a row. Legs are feeling alright. Decided to run on my new Nike running shoes. It feels like I am out of shape. A month has passed since Grandma's marathon in Duluth.

Ultra runners are finishing Badwater 135 today. Oswaldo came in eighth place. That is the toughest foot race on earth. This man is unbelievable. He finished in 27 hr 59 min!