Monday, February 27, 2006

Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon

It's official. I signed up to run my second marathon. March racing schedule is looking mighty busy now.

Surfside Pictures!

Thanks to Barbara Boone's heads up email regarding Surfside pictures, I was able to get these downloaded for show and tell. Surfside allows you to download your pictures for free as long as it is for non-commercial use like this blog. Another reason why Surfside Beach Marathon & Half is such a cool event. As you can see, my eyes are closed in both pictures. I think I was trying to imagine away the wind. Everyone should try beach running.


I've developed a bad case of throat cold. Started with a little tickle last night and now, I feel like crap. No energy. I've been popping Dayquil and vitamin C today.... Hope I recover in time for a trail run this Thursday.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

5K run with Fran

Fran and I ran this afternoon. The weather was too gorgeous not to go running. She feels too pressured if I run besides her so I let her set the pace by running a few steps behind her.

Mile 1: 9.33
Mile 2: 8:48
Mile 3: 9:04
0.1 Mile: 0:50

Total: 28:16
Pace: 9:07/Mile
Kayano Miles: 206.4

Yet another P.R. for Fran. (What have I created? FRANkenstein?)

Perhaps I should look for a March Sunday 5K race for her to run in. I wonder how she'd do in race conditions.Posted by Picasa

Jones State Park Trail

Saturday Night Special: 7.34 Mile Wet & Fun Run.

I missed RTW 5K yesterday morning. I was up in Willis, TX, volunteering for Destination ImagiNation regional tournament. Actually, for my kid's team to compete, the tournament requires at least two parents to volunteer at the tournament. Good news is that Allison's team won their division and Alex's team came in 3rd. So both came home with a medal, and Allison's team now will compete in Corpus Cristi for State Tournament next month.
As for me, I got home late in the afternoon and despite lousy weather, I decided to go for a run. (I read in Runner's World that when you feel the least like running is when you should actually go running.) After mapping out a nice course that started from my house to most of RTW 5K course and back to the house on the gmaps pedometer, I went. Cool thing is, I really did not feel like running. I just wanted to take a hot shower and just watch the Olympics. 1 mile into the run though, I was so glad I was running and found energy that I did not have 10 minutes ago. This despite light & heavy rain through the run.

Fun facts:

Water puddles splashed: 4
Dryness factor: Zero, wet to the bone
Distance: 7.34 miles
Total elapsed time: 1:10:04
Speed: 9:32/mile
Kayano Miles: 203.3

Hot and long shower after the run was once again divine.

Congrats to my fellow Woodlands runner David Smarts who again ran sub 25 minute 5K at the RTW race. Congrats to all HRB'ers who ran the Rodeo 10K. Hope Y'all had fun!Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Anadarko Tower & Clouds

6.07 Mile Fun Run:

I'm having lots of fun with the Gmaps Pedometer lately. (Poor man's Garmin/Pedro).

Last night I mapped out a course that took me from my house to Bush Elementary School (site of the Run The Woodlands 5K). Running without worrying about splits might be bad training but it is a lot more pleasant on the holistic well being of one self. I activated the timer feature on my Ironman to beep every 10 minutes. This reminder allowed me to take a drink and also acted to serve as a loose mile marker.

Left knee and right ankle was bothering me this morning. Both were new pain I have not experienced before. Never a dull moment.

Temp: 50's
Elapsed time: 55:06
Kayano Miles: 196

Once again, Fran beat me out the door. She ran my 5K neighborhood course. Today she clocked in at 28:47. This woman is flying. She still insists 5K is the max distance she is willing to run.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Market Street Cinemark

Tuesday fun run:

Mile 1: 8:48
Mile 2: 8:25
Mile 3: 8:19
0.1 Mile: 0:37

Elapsed: 26:10

Kayano Miles: 189.9

Nice upper 40's weather with very gentle breeze and a bit of fog. Very good running weather.

Fran beat me out to the door. When I started out, she was coming back from her 5K. Over the weekend, she felt the need to start timing herself so we went out and bought a Timex Ironman. Well, according to the new stop watch, she broke 30 minutes, ending her run in 29 minutes and 47 seconds. I think she's much more of a natural runner than I am. Hmmmm. We'll see how she does at the RTW 5K. I think the earliest one we can make is the first one in April.Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Keep Right

Despite unseasonably cold weather (I mean, how often does the temp needle not get out of the 30's during day time in Houston?), I found an hour and a half of idle time while taxiing kids around (They are practicing for D.I. [Destination ImagiNation] tournament which is next weekend). The practice was taking place close to the YMCA so after dropping off the kids, I took off on a 6 mile route that I mapped out on Gmaps Pedometer.

Distance: 6 Miles
Time: 57.42

Kayano Miles: 186.8

Unlike yesterday, the run felt good all the way. I wore 2 technical shirts and some old socks for gloves. It is true. As long as your hands feel warm, I think the rest of the body can handle the cold. Hot shower at the Y after the run was devine.

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Saturday, February 18, 2006


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Did some photo shooting down in Galveston today. It was cold and wet and wished I brought more clothing.

I planned on running a lot today. But the cold, wet and gray weather conspired against all that. I still got out, dressed well for a long run. In the end, I could only muster 3 miles. Bleh. I'll try again tomorrow but I don't think there is going to be much change in the weather.

Mile 1: 9:08
Mile 2: 8:53
Mile 3: 9:34
0.1 Mile: 0:47

Kayano Miles: 180.8

I even walked a little in mile 3. Pathetic.

Hot shower felt real good though.

Friday, February 17, 2006


Have a great vacation Royston! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Run to the Border

When I was younger and living in Chicago, "Run to the Border" meant going to Taco Bell. Since moving down to Houston, I've realized that Taco Bell isn't even remotely Mexican.

In running news, I ran 6 miles today. 3 of which I ran with Fran. There was a hint of summer humidity in the air this morning, thank goodness the temp hovered in the upper 60's.

Mile 1: 9:12
Mile 2: 9:29
Mile 3: 9:23
Mile 4: 10:17
Mile 5: 9:44
Mile 6: 9:08

Total: 57:16

Kayano Miles: 177.7

I stopped to top off my water bottle during mile 4.Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Spice of Life

Condiements, yearning to add spice to your life. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Gazebo In The Woods

Tuesday short run went well. Legs were still a little fatigued from the weekend.

Run Synopsis:

Mile 1: 9:12
Mile 2: 8:30
Mile 3: 8:33
0.1 Mile: 0:38

Total: 26:55

Kayano Miles: 171.6 Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 13, 2006

Dreamy Flowers

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Family Fun Run

Sunday afternoon, our family decided to go "running." There is a black topped path around a large "lake" (retention pond) in my neighborhood that measures 0.6 miles. So we decided to do a Sunday afternoon 1.2 mile fun run. Despite my half marathon run on Saturday, I laced up and ran 2 loops with my wife and daughter. Son got smart and put on his roller blades.

Allison pulled over after 1 loop while Fran, Alex and myself finished the 1.2 mile loop in 12 minutes 4 seconds. Seems we're slowly evolving into a running family.Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 12, 2006


Trees reflected off from a lake inside the Jones Forest Preserve in The Woodlands. Taken while taking a walk with Hunter in the forest preserve. First time Hunter saw horses, I think he was a little afraid of them. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Surfside Beach Half Marathon

First of all, I would like to thank the gracious hosts for putting on a great event. Everyone was very courteous and helpful, from the water station volunteers to BBQ staff. Great show everyone!

WIND CHILL. After leaving Chicago for warm and humid Houston, I thought I was forever done with wind chill factors. Wrong. It reared it's ugly head today in Surfside. As I run more races, I seem to experience all sorts of weather conditions. From hot to cold, from humid to dry, and as experienced today, wind gusts.

My hats off to Jon Walk, our resident Energizer Bunny, he just runs and runs. He ran NOLA marathon last weekend and here he was running yet another marathon today.

Run Synopsis:

Mile 1: 9:13 Right behind Bezner
Mile 2: 9:11 Bezner slowly pulling ahead
Mile 3: missed the split
Mile 4: 18:38 (mile 3 & 4 combined) Turn around point, right into headwind
Mile 5: 9:44 Caught up to Bezner, as he was having an equipment malfunction. I run over to my car and tie my wind breaker onto the side view mirror. Wind breaker was acting as a sail and keeping me off balance
Mile 6: 9:35 Head wind sucks, wind going right to my bone. Brrrr!
Mile 7: 9:49 Head wind sucks...starting to see leaders of Half Marathon heading back
Mile 8: 9:37 Head wind sucks, where the heck is the turn around?
Mile 9: 9:45 Turn around!
Mile 10: 10:04 Ahhh, wind is now mostly on my back
Mile 11: 9:23 Cruise control
Mile 12: 9:11 Just running, running..
Mile 13: 9:05 I think I see the finish, picking up a notch
0.1 Mile: 1:13 Sprint to the end.

Total: 2:04:35 (Timex time)

The camber was not bad. In fact, I think Houston Marathon had worse cambered streets. Pain has been non-existent today. Not even a blister. I seem to do well on softer surface. Perhaps Dalton is right. Maybe I should try trail running. Thinking very hard about entering the Big D Marathon in April now.

My running goals:

5K: Break 25 minutes.
10K: Haven't run one yet but hoping for sub 1 hour time. I have Bayou City Classic and Blue Bell 10K coming up shortly.
13.1: Break 2 hours.
26.2: Break 5 hours.

Edwin Quarles

Today's "Leave No Blogger Behind" duties fell to Mr. Edwin Quarles of Angleton, TX. Mr. EQ is one of HRB's fastest runners in every distance from 5K to Marathon. EQ attributes his speed to his unusual good looks, Pedro and of course, Asics Gel-Kayano XI's. Posted by Picasa

Quickie Post: Surfside Beach Half Marathon

2:04:35. I believe I bettered my previous half marathon time by 35 minutes. This is a great event. I encourage all you runners to run this next year. Running on hard packed sand is definitely joint friendly. Nothing hurts today. How about that? More later.

Total Kayano Miles: 167.4

Friday, February 10, 2006


Rice Milk. I've discovered rice milk in the organic section of Krogers. These tend to have 3 to 4 times the carb of soy milk. Thus I am trying to drink half gallon of this stuff before the half marathon. It tastes a little strange but seem to be benign to my digestive system.Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Just Orange

Orange and Blue would make my school colors. "Hail to the Orange, hail to the Blue..." Posted by Picasa

Memorial Park Redux

My struggles to run a marathon must have influenced my wife. She has been running more lately, and now can run continuously for 5K. Well, with a 20% New Balance coupon burning a hole in my pocket, we went down to Memorial Park around lunch time, ran the course (this time, finding the 3 mile marker and the start point) and ran together. I was doing pacing duties, staying slightly behind her, giving her distance and time updates. We completed the loop in 29:12. I was actually impressed. That would beat my 5K time I recorded back in November of 2004.

After quickly finishing a banana each, we headed over to Post Oak New Balance store and got her fitted. At the store, Fran was diagnosed with a very mild overpronation and prescribed neutral cushioned shoes. She swears she's not interested in anything other than running 5K distances. My words exactly when I started running. LOL.

BTW, I was doing some advertising and wearing the HRB shirt.

Kayano Miles: 154.3

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


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Spring Flowers

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170.8 lbs

Heh..heh. Joy from the bathroom this morning. I think 170.8 lbs is the lowest my bathroom scale ever told me I weighed since maybe 1988. So where do I go from here? To Surfside me thinks. Half Marathon beckons me. Too bad the weather is going to be on the crappy side.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Memorial Park Run

In preparation for the Surfside half marathon, I felt that I needed to find some softer turf than concrete or asphalt to run on. So I headed down to Memorial park for the first time, parked the car by the Smoothie place and took off running. The weather was gorgeous 60 something and I was running as the sun was setting. Simply gorgeous (Did I say that already?). There were a lot of runners running the loop course. I don't know exactly how long this loop is, my guess is that it is either 3 miles or just short of 3 miles. My time to loop the course was 26:10.

I did get a little gravel piece that found it's way into my left shoe. I wonder how much sand will get into my shoes on Saturday. Will his be an issue? Will I have to pull over once in a while to empty the sand? Inquiring minds want to know.

Kayano Miles: 151.3

In the immortal words of PMOA, Rock on!

More Hunter pics

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Hunter with backlighting

Technical data:
1/250 at f/5.6 at 105mm (167mm equivalent)Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Cold 9 Miles

It was really crispy this morning. I put on a long sleeve and a windbreaker to keep warm. I should have also brought out socks to cover the hands because I started to lose some feeling in them by the second mile. I knew it was cold too because the water I was carrying got colder and colder until it felt like I just took it out of the fridge. I guess that wasn't too far off because the temp couldn't have been more than 40. Things got much better when the sun came out but that only happened during the last 2 miles.


Mile 1: 10:34 Very cold and stiff
Mile 2: 10:14 Getting a little warmed up
Mile 3: 10:24 Finally broke a little sweat
Mile 4: 10:38 Hands are still very cold
Mile 5: 10:15 Starting to feel better
Mile 6: 9:38 Warm enough to think about taking the windbreaker off
Mile 7: 10:25 Windbreaker comes off
Mile 8: 9:41
Mile 9: 9:33

Total: 1:31:25

Kayano Miles: 148.3

Overall, I liked this morning's run. If it wasn't for Sunday church service, I think I could have run at least 6 more miles without much discomfort.

Why the flag you ask? I was trying out a zoom lens (EF 75-300 f4-5.6 III USM) set at maximum length, which on 10D translates to 480 mm.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

6 Miles

6 Mile day. Yep. It was long and tiring. You see, I went again for a bike ride yesterday, something like 12.3 miles according to the Gmaps pedometer. Then, just to be on schedule, I hit the gym for weight training and some stair climbing. I think I quit after going up like 34 floors at level 5 setting. Bottom line, the thighs were really abused yesterday and did not like the running thingy one bit. Still, the weather was beautiful and after yesterday's rain, the air was as clean as it can be.

Run synopsis:

6 Miles: 58:07 (Sorry, I forgot to hit the splits during the first couple of miles so I decided to forgo mile splits.)

Kayano miles: 139.3

Hmmm, I think I hear the pool calling me.