Monday, December 15, 2008


Good News:  I P.R.'ed. (3:23:02 - 10:50 pace) and burnt an estimated 2,472 calories.
Bad News:  Nothing really impressive to write home about.

Legs were only good for the first 2/3 of the race.  My gait must have changed on this hard pounding concrete with weak achilles and all.  I'm generally sore on parts I used to not be sore after a long run.

Here's a mile by mile break down.

Mile 1:  9:40
Mile 2:  9:29
Mile 3:  9:29
Mile 4:  10:21
Mile 5:  9:26
Mile 6:  9:58
Mile 7:  9:35
Mile 8:  10:05
Mile 9:  11:01
Mile 10:  9:44
Mile 11:  11:54
Mile 12:  10:01
Mile 13:  12:50
Mile 14:  11:51
Mile 15:  12:16
Mile 16:  12:07
Mile 17:  12:01
Mile 18:  12:35
0.75 miles:  8:42

I had to stop twice to adjust lacing on the shoes.  Too tight, then too loose then just right.  Then I had to reposition my right socks as it was rubbing weird and I could feel a start of a nasty blister. Got much better after adjustment.  The achilles also decided to alternate pain from one ankle to the other but never at the same time.  What's up with that?

High Point:  Seeing Adrienne barreling down during the first loop not too far behind the overall winner Heidi Lozano.  I was so proud of my club mate that the words, "Go Adrienne!!" jumped out of my vocal chords automatically.

Low Point:  Cramping up during the last 3 or 4 miles.  I even brought endurolytes caplets to mitigate this issue but left it in the car.  Doh!

High Point:  Hanging out around club tent after the run.  Oh how so much more fun these events have become because of the familiar faces I get to see.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Run Through The Woods 5 Miler

First time for everything.  First time signing up for a race on race day.  Lots and lots of runners showed up.  This was my second 5 miler race ever.  It is an unusual distance.  You're not sure if you should run like a 3 miler or like a 10K.  I thought I ran a pretty good race but was not able to beat myself from 2 years ago.

2006:  42:03
2008:  43:18 (8:40/mile pace)

What's up with that?

Karen was there on her first race back from her hip injury.  Jon was doing P.A. duty at the finish line with Debbie Tripp.  Bill Dwyer was of course there as a coach, club member and as a general ambassador to local running.  Egg and I came out to give out pancakes and sausage patties.  Community Coffee and pancakes after a nice 5 mile run tasted pretty yummy.  Strangely, I saw a bunch of runners wolfing down pancakes before the race started.  Hmmmm.

Just as I thought back in '06, it's odd that this race bills itself as running through The Woodlands but it really doesn't.  Vast majority of running is done in Oak Ridge, on the other side of I-45.  There really isn't woody area that we run through.  What's up with that?

What's up with me keep saying what's up with that?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Long but Short

16.6.  I was hoping for 18.6.  I mapped out a course that took me from my house to Northshore Parkand back that I thought was about 9 miles one way.  Nope, it was 8.3 miles.  So I thought I'd run along my 4 mile neighborhood loop once I returned.  But nope, I was totally out of energy.  All probably because I hadn't eaten anything significant the last 3 days.  I grabbed a nice cold Gatorade out of garage fridge and sprawled myself out on the driveway, guzzling.  Neighbors probably thought I was weird.  I am I suppose.

10.22/mile pace.

Powergel Tangerine is revolting.  I had 2 packets of that.  Yuk.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Robbed While Running

Amex left me a message about suspicious activity on my card while I was out running tonight.  Someone apparently tried to go to town at a JC Penney somewhere in Texas with my card number.  Funny thing is, the card is not lost, it is still in my wallet.  What the heck.  Amex managed to stop all charges except the first one for $300.  Now I need to wait for my statement to see what else went wry besides that and report it in.

9:40 pace for the my 4 mile run.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Taste Like Chicken

Not really.  But I did chicken out of Sunmart 50K and instead signed up to run the 30K out of Sugarland.  And so it goes.  Next weekend, I'll try to put together a long 18 mile run through The Woodlands.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate.  Achilles Too.  In honor of chickens, I'll have to make sure I pass by a Chik-Fil-A on the long run.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Some Sharing, Some Running

Beautiful weekend.  Great running weather.  I experienced my first water stop volunteering on Saturday at the 10 for Texas race.  It was the last water stop.  Perfect running temperature means cold shivering weather for the water stop volunteers.  It was chilly and windy.  Pretty exciting watching the runners go by.  Our team worked flawlessly.  I guess it's because we were there because we wanted to be not because we had to be.  I suppose that's the difference between a job and a hobby.

Later in the day, I went to see the new Bond flick.  Highly disappointing.  Daniel's first 007 was much much better.

Sunday, I ran.  First run since Rocky.  Right heel is still stiff and got stiffer towards the end of the run.  Perhaps the cold weather played part.  I did get up before sun was out but saw frost on the lawn and did not really feel like shivering.  I figured I did enough shivering Saturday to last me a while.  So I went back to bed and ran much later in the morning.  I managed a 9:50 pace as I was just out for a nice long run (9.2 miles on the Garmin).  I came back so famished that I ate two slices of wheat bread just slathered heavily with organic almond butter.  A hot bath and a long nap pretty much defined the rest of today.  Needless to say, I got nothing much done.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Trail or Road?

As I nurse my achilles (thanks for the helpful inputs!) this morning, I'm pondering whether I should run Sunmart 50K or Sugarland 30K.  The problem with the 30K is it's super boring course.  If only I can find a nicer 30K race nearby.  Not much issue on Sunmart except I need to get a really long practice run in sometime before Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, this coffee taste dang good so I'll just enjoy the moment and decide later today.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

2008 Rocky Raccoon 25K

Holden breaks last year's time.  

2007:  2:55:53 (11:19 pace)

2008:  2:55:11 (11:13 pace)

Now that I look at it side by side, it should be, "Holden matches last year's time by staying within statistical variable.  Weather and park conditions were beautiful.  Jon Walk was there with his daughter Waverly.  I suppose saying that Jon was at a race I was at is like saying, "I ran at the race."  Ken Johnson of 7 Hills was also present.  Other than almost wiping out 3 times tripping over roots with my right achilles aching foot kept me focusing on the trail.  Sometimes I wonder whether almost wiping out is harder on the body than actually wiping out.  One of these days, I'll just fall down rather than flailing my arms and legs in my attempt to stay vertical.

Best part, I burnt away 2,000 calories.  I can eat whatever I want today.  Yipeee!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Achilles Tendon

You really don't miss it until it hurts.  Which is true pretty much all the time when you hurt some part of your body.  During the last 4 years of running, I've become intimate with many bodily parts that I did not really think too much about during my first 38 years of my life.  Just walk up to anyone on the street and ask where their plantar faciatis is (did I even spell that right?).  Or that you have iliotibial band syndrome.  See how they react.

Achilles was bearable today so I went out for another nice night run.  It hurts a little less today.  So, hopefully, this means that by Saturday, I'll be feeling pretty OK.  Huntsville, here I come.

Switching gears, congratulations to President Elect Obama.  I did not vote for the dude but he is our President, my president so let's get on with the next 4 years.  If history repeats itself, the Republicans will take back the house and senate during the mid term elections just like during Clinton years.  That folks, is only 2 years away.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Not the movie muscle hunk version but my itty bitty ones.  Right leg is still stiff and sore from last Tuesday's soccer practice.  So much so that I opted out of our first game, which is being played as I type this.

Never the less, I went out last night to test the achilles out on a 4 mile run.  First few blocks felt stiff but it started to loosen up.  But after about 3 miles, it started to feel tight again.  I finished my 4 mile run, took a really hot shower and went to bed.  This morning, first few steps out of bed, I thought the dang thing was going to snap.  I'll try one more 4 miler tomorrow and decide Saturday morning if I'm going to run the Rocky 25K.  I so wish I can run it.

Hope you voted.  I'm going to bed.  I guess I'll find out tomorrow morning who our new president elect is.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Still No Results for Houston Half Marathon

What the hell is going on with Houston Half?  I still see no results.  Are we going to get results soon?

Went to soccer scrimmage last night.  After 90 minutes of blissful playing, my groin and achilles are just screaming.  What have I gotten myself into?  League play starts next Tuesday.  Hope it's not too embarrassing.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Rocky Raccon 25K

I just entered!  If this one goes well, I might have to turn to the dark side for a while and run the 50K later on.  Hello Sunmart!

No Official Results Yet

No results posted yet.  So I'll have to defer to my unofficial Garmin ones.

I must not be an efficient runner when it comes to picking the correct apex for turns.  My Garmin says I ran 13.24 miles.  Which is a good thing because that means I got a little more for my money.  1815 calories.  That was a good thing too.  Especially since I pigged out at Sweet Tomato after the run.  And I mean PIGGED out.  1:59:52.  This was satisfying because it was just under 2 hours.  I really ran my lights out after the last turn.  It felt good too.


Mile 1:  8:56
Mile 2:  8:54
Mile 3:  9:08
Mile 4:  9:10
Mile 5:  9:15
Mile 6:  8:52
Mile 7:  9:14
Mile 8:  9:16
Mile 9:  9:17
Mile 10:  9:12
Mile 11:  9:07
Mile 12:  8:57
Mile 13:  8:46
0.24:  1:52 (7:49 pace)

I guess I didn't really negative split.  I felt fast during the last loop though.  Maybe the wind picked up.  I'm quite certain if Barbara was out there cheering, I would have negative split.  But apparently, she was sick and stuck in Champion Forest.  Hmmmm, mile 9 was slowest.  I must have slowed down to hear TIR teammate Joe Carey calling my splits at that point.  Jon was there cheering.  At one point he called out, "You're the 4th placed blogger right now!"  Funniest moment for me was at the start,  Norman Langwell calls me out in the starting corral.  I go over and he says, "Are you running alone?  Wanna run with me?  How fast do you plan on running?"  I say, "About 9 minute pace."  He says, "Perfect."  Then the gun goes off and Norman is outta there like bat out of hell, way faster than any 9 minute pace I've seen in my life.  He might have been the fasted 7 Hills club member that day.

Peace Out!  Go vote.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

2008 Houston Half Marathon

Unofficial Results:


9:09 pace

Weather was pretty decent.  Lots of folks.  I was able to turn on the jets during the last loop for a successful negative split.

Gonna take a nap now.  Official results not yet posted.  It was nice to see old running friends today.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Barack HUSSEIN Obama

So what's up with middle names this election cycle.  Since when is it taboo saying a candidates middle name?  Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Harry S. Truman.  Dwight D. Eisenhower.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  Lyndon Bains Johnson.  Richard Milhouse Nixon.  George Herbert Walker Bush.  William Jefferson Clinton.  George Dubya Bush.  It is pretty much American tradition.

It is freakin' Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

There is nothing wrong with it.  It is not racial.  It is not politically incorrect.  It is just his name for crying out loud.

Getting all psyched up for Houston Half...  Yeah!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I Voted Today

I spent the last day and half at the Montgomery County Court house to answer summons for Jury Duty.  That's how long it took for this particular case to pick jurors.  It was a drunk driving case that included death of 2 innocent people.  Fortunately for me, I was not picked.  As I was leaving, I noticed a polling place across the street so there I went and got my voting fix taken care of also.

I voted for:


I could go into a long dissertation on why I voted for these fellows but this is not the right forum for that.  I also must not forget to pick-up my half marathon packet this week.

I also voted for Fred Edwards, the 9th district judge, the same presiding judge at the trial I was at. I personally think judges should be appointed rather than voted but what the heck, until rules change, I guess I'll be voting for them.

Go vote.  Many a people suffered and died for this right that we take for granted today.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ist Die Garmin Kaput?


Ja, Nein!

Other German words I know,

Mercedes Benz,

My Garmin is alive!  I was fiddling around with it last night as I was on to buy another one when the Garmin came alive.  Wunderbar!!!

So, I ran 9.93 miles exactly this morning!  Weather was perfect and I was sluggish from eating a cowboy burger at Appleby's yesterday but the run went very well.

Funny how some of my TIR teammates have retired from soccer and moved on to running while salmon head Choi here is going the other way.  I must admit, after recovering from last Thursday's workout, I feel so much better about my running.

Friday, October 17, 2008


No more boring running data from Holden.  My Garmin went kaput.  My Timex went kaput.  What the heck?  Is someone trying to tell me something?  I was forced to run last night without a measuring device.  Bummer.  So here is my stats:

4.14 miles.

I signed up for geezer soccer league last week and went to my first practice last night.  Because our team was short of over 35 players, we had to add some younglings and join the under 35 league.  We expect to get slaughtered, maybe.  Here are some mental notes I took.

1.  Don't go running before a soccer scrimmage, no matter how fit you think you are.
2.  Long distance running typically goes in linear fashion.
3.  Stops, cuts, side running, back pedalling, jumping, running, running while looking up, and generally a lot of sprinting are good core exercises for running.
4.  Soccer is good speed work.
5.  Cleats make you turn much faster than most 42 year old's joints can handle.
6.  This will manifest itself the following morning.
7.  Aleve is my best friend.
8.  Let's see, this is the first time I've played organized soccer since playing intra-murals at college and that was like 20 years ago.

I'm experiencing Garmin withdrawal symptoms.  How the heck am I suppose to run LSD this weekend?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


Distance:4.11 miles
Time:0 hr 37 min 55 secs
Pace:9:14 min/miles
Shoes:Asics Kayano XIII #2 
- 129.3 miles total on these shoes
Weight176 lbs
Calories burned:529.8 kcal

Mile 1: 9:27 
Mile 2: 9:22 
Mile 3: 9:08
 Mile 4: 9:02 
0.11: 0:56 (8:17 pace)

It actually felt really good to be out and about today.  Other than the Almond butter smeared french bread I gorged on after coming home, telling me it was still in the stomach, it really felt good.  Check out my perfection on negative splitting today.  Hopefully, I can have another one like this tomorrow night.  I hope to be running on Lake Woodlands Drive during my son's TKD class at the Y.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Road ID

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When I ordered, they gave me a coupon that I could pass along to my friends.  Here's the coupon number:

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You can thank me later,

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October's First Long Run

Type:Long run
Distance:13.25 miles
Time:2 hr 07 min 59 secs
Pace:9:40 min/miles
Shoes:Asics Kayano XIII #2 
- 125.2 miles total on these shoes
Calories burned:1707.6 kcal
Mile 1: 10:00
Mile 2: 9:54
Mile 3: 10:16 
Mile 4: 10:02
Mile 5: 9:26 
Mile 6: 9:27 
Mile 7: 10:02 
Mile 8: 9:20 
Mile 9: 9:34
Mile 10: 9:17 
Mile 11: 9:14 
Mile 12: 9:33 
Mile 13: 9:32 
0.26: 2:22 (9:18 pace)

Coming closer to race form.  Although pace was all over the place.  Fastest paces can be attributed to when I was day dreaming.  I had 2 good ones today.  One was planning aroad trip to Orlando and the other was about getting a motor bike again.  I used to have a fast Honda in the early 90's before resposibility and common sense manifested itself.  If I was the youngest sibling, I'd probably have a bike already.  But being a middle child, I need to balance that with the need of the family and practicality of owning such a machine.

Back to running.  I suppose I have the stamina to do OK at the Houston Half.  I should be planning a 16 miler run to get ready for the next level.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sign Me Up

Signed up for Houston Half Marathon today.  I have scheduling conflicts with Huntsville Half, 10 for Texas and USA 10 Miler.  So, this race just happened to be the next long race in Houston.  Not that I'm complaining.  This has always been a well run race with a nice tech shirt.  Yes, I run for the shirts.  Which brings me to HMSA 25K.  Houston Masters give out a very nice long sleeve....  I hope I can run that one also.

Still running.  Couple of after work runs this week.  One just below 9 min. pace and one just over.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Long Run

It was nice and cool.  Good enough reason for a nice easy run.  Looking forward to the best part of living in Houston.  The winter months!  Quads were a little stiff from yesterday's 5K but worked it self out by the 3rd mile.

Type:Long run
Distance:8.24 miles
Time:1 hr 22 min 46 secs
Pace:10:03 min/miles
Shoes:Asics Kayano XIII #2 
- 99.1 miles total on these shoes
Calories burned:1072.7 kcal

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Fat and slow.  178 lbs?  I keep going the wrong way.  Weather on the other hand was perfect!  Plus I won a pair of Asics socks to boot!  It was time to get some speed work done so what better than a nice 5K race around Alden Bridge?  I seem to have lost about a minute during the summer heat.  Ran out of gas during the last half mile.  

Distance:3.1 miles
Time:0 hr 25 min 15 secs
Pace:8:09 min/miles
Shoes:Asics Kayano XIII #2 
- 90.9 miles total on these shoes
Calories burned:403.9 kcal 

Thursday, September 25, 2008

R & R

Distance:4.16 miles
Time:36 min 56 secs (7:01 PM)
Pace:8:53 min/miles
Shoes:Asics Kayano XIII #2 
- 87.8 miles total on these shoes
Calories burned:539.1 kcal (Calories consumed this evening:  bazzillion from pigging out on Buca di Beppo - yummy tiramisu)

Nice way to unwind after a long day at the office and long commute home.  Apparently, everybody wanted to take advantage of free toll on Hardy this afternoon.

Another sub 9 pace.  The thing about streak running for me is that I get faster.  After a tiring hump yesterday, rather than feeling totally sluggish, I felt light and energentic.  Unfortunately, I'll break something if I keep it up.  So, tomorrow will be a rest day followed by RTW 5K race on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Night Run

Distance:4.13 miles
Time:36 min 47 secs
Pace:8:54 min/miles
Shoes:Asics Kayano XIII #2 - 67.2 miles
Calories burned:535.2 kcal

Cooler weather and pent up energy since Ike results in sub 9 minute pace.  It's nice slowly getting back to routine.  How fragile normalcy is.

We're Good!

Power finally came back on last night at 11:30 PM. Family all fine, house fine, and work is fine. All back to normal. Thank God!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Calm Before IKE

Went out for a quick run around the neighborhood. Everything looked very normal and calm. Other than having a feel of an early Saturday morning, things looked pretty OK in my neighborhood. The only reminder of impending storm was one house that boarded up their windows, albeit only on the first floor. It's a strange feeling, knowing that everything is normal now, yet by the day's end, should the storm track not change, there will be howling winds battering my neighborhood.

Ike has already changed my weekend plans. This Sunday is Korean Thanksgiving. I was scheduled to fly up to Chicago on Saturday afternoon except, Southwest, bless their hearts called me last night to tell me that my flight is cancelled and I need to re-book. So much for hanging out with Mom this weekend... I'm sure Dad understands.

Time: 7:33 AM
Type: Recovery
Distance: 4.15 miles
Time: 42 min 24 secs
Pace: 10:13 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII #2 - 63 miles
Weight: 176 lbs
Calories burned: 534.7 kcal

No stamina today. Legs felt very tired.

After the run, I took the whole family to Panera Bread at the Woodlands Mall and enjoyed a very relaxing breakfast.

Be Safe!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Night Run

Run - 09/09/2008 8:29 PM
Distance:4.18 miles
Time:40 min 05 secs
Pace:9:35 min/miles
Shoes:Asics Kayano XIII #2 
- 58.9 miles total on these shoes
Calories burned:549.8 kcal

Running wth a reflective vest.  Boy does the sun set early now.  Had TIR flashbacks.  

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Ghost Runner and Me

I came across this while rummaging through my pics this afternoon.  This is 2008 TIR, somewhere in Southeast TX.  It must be day one 'cause we're still smiling - genuinely.

Carbo Gain - 100% Complex Carbohydrates

I was killing time at our local HEB store the other day and came across this product.  I'm not sure what maltodextrin does for long runs but here is my synopsis from this morning's 13 miler.  I put half a cups worth into my Amphipod and drank it during the first half of the run (at which point I had to re-fill the Amphipod with playground water dispenser) and here is what I have learnt.

1.  It doesn't give me diarrhea which is always a good thing.
2.  It has a mild pasty taste but was not bothersome.
3.  I had a bloated stomach feel which wasn't bothering the run but it was "there."
4.  I finished the run feeling good but that could have been attributed to good weather.

Has anyone else used this product?

A Little Running Here and There

Another 4 plus miles on the Lake Woodlands Drive on Friday and a nice long one this morning rounds out my weekend running. First weekend of September and the temps are feeling decidedly cooler, at least in the mornings.

Date: 09/07/2008 5:41 AM
Type: Long run
Distance: 13.2 miles
Time: 2 hr 08 min 52 secs
Pace: 9:46 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII #2 - 54.7 miles
Weight: 177 lbs
Calories burned: 1709.9 kcal

Today's run reminded why I love running.

While running on Chochran's crossing, I ran alongside 5 does. In the semi darkness, the straggler doe stopped and turned around to see what lumpy and ungraceful specie was running besides them. Then one by one, they all stopped and turned to sate their curiosity to see me trundle by. I was just hoping that a big antlered stag wasn't near by. I'd hate to be chased by one of those. Amazing how they don't make much noise bounding about.

In the wee hours of the night, every time I took a swig from my green Amphipod, I tilted my head towards the heavens and was greeted by a beautiful star studded black sky. Then watching the night turn to day somehow gives me a sense of renewed hope for anything that comes across my mind.

Keep running!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Lake Woodlands Drive

Lake Woodlands Drive is my second most favorite running course. Starting from the Y and running to the Northshore Park and back. I only run this when son Alex is taking Tae Kwon Do class at the Y. So it's always between 6:30 and 7:30 PM. Thank goodness for restrooms at the park.

Date: 9/3/08
Distance: 4.66 miles
Time: 44 min 48 secs
Pace: 9:37 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII #2 36.9 miles
Weight: 180
Calories burned: 613 kcal

Mile 1: 9:51
Mile 2: 9:12
Mile 3: 9:26
Mile 4: 10:00
0.66: 6:19 (9:35 pace)

Monday, September 01, 2008

Tour de Art Run (Sept. 18th)

Labor Day Run Summary:
Distance: 4.23 miles
Time: 39 min 41 secs
Pace: 9:23 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII #2 - 32.2 miles
Weight: 176 lbs

Mile 1: 9:03
Mile 2: 9:04
Mile 3: 9:13
Mile 4: 10:17
0.23: 2:05 (9:04 pace)

I think the temp was in the low 80's but more importantly, the humidity was in the low 50's. That is supposed to be a thresh hold level where the sweat actually evaporates off your skin to keep your body cool. That was fine but the sun was beating down relentlessly. By the start of fourth mile, I was kaput with overheating. Otherwise, a pretty nice pacing.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

"Tea, Hot, Earl Grey..."

Distance: 9.71 miles
Time: 1 hr 37 min 48 secs (6:12 AM Start)
Pace: 10:04 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII #2 - 28 miles total on these shoes
Weight: 177 lbs
Weather: Fair
Temp: 72

Mile 1: 10:23
Mile 2: 10:19
Mile 3: 10:05
Mile 4: 9:59
Mile 5: 9:35
Mile 6: 10:35
Mile 7: 9:52
Mile 8: 10:07
Mile 9: 9:38
0.71: 7:15

Nothing very exciting. Just all over the map. I was drenched in sweat by the half way point. Now that I'm inside air conditioned environment, all showered up, I need a nice hot cup of tea. Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Run, Hot, Sweat, Sweat Some More

Time: 7:31 PM
Distance: 4.3 miles
Time: 39 min 57 secs
Pace: 9:17 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII #2 - 18.3 miles

Just another ho hum run except I ran well. Sweated like crazy but felt good and strong. Not bad on the time either.

Mile 1: 8:55
Mile 2: 9:27
Mile 3: 9:27
Mile 4: 9:24
0.3: 2:44

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Time: 5:59 AM
Distance: 9.7 miles
Time: 1 hr 38 min 54 secs
Pace: 10:12 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII #2 - 9.7 miles
Weight: 177 lbs

Still hot and humid. My rule of thumb is when my socks are just as wet as my shirt, it's humid. It didn't feel so bad but I was sweating a lot. I was also breaking in a new pair of shoes. Got blisters. I'm hoping the weather will turn for the better. I'm starting to get that burn out feeling. Being so hot and slow.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Finally re-breaking the 10 minute barrier. I'm sure it was the cooler weather. Must be the weather. Sadly, my Adrenalines did not do so well running in the hot afternoons. The sole is pretty much kaput. Thank goodness there's a pair of Kayano's on my bookshelf itching to get out.

Time: 6:27 PM
Distance: 4.27 miles
Time: 40 min 53 secs
Pace: 9:34 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 - 238.4 miles

Monday, August 11, 2008

Water Retainer With a Running Problem

What's up with the weight? I went from 174 to 179? What on earth did I eat last weekend? So my knee jerk reaction is to lace on some running shoes as soon as possible and go out. I think I'm finally getting used to running in the all enveloping warmth. How hot was today? I filled an amphipod full with ice and topped it off with as much water as possible. It makes a racket during the first mile.. like I'm mixing a drink while running. Lots of interesting stares from other pedestrians. By the second mile, it had totally melted.... bummer. But the couple of swigs I took early were very satisfyingly refreshing.

Time: 5:51 PM
Distance: 4.29 miles
Time: 43 min 16 secs
Pace: 10:05 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 - 215.7 miles
Weight: 179 lbs

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Saturday Long Run

Time of Day: 6:02 AM
Distance: 10.51 miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 - 211.4 miles total on these shoes
Weight: 176 lbs

There was some insider information about a birthday cake early Saturday morning. Not wanting to miss out on that, I found myself at the YMCA parking lot on Saturday morning. A bunch of Woodlands Fitters training for fall marathon were already assembled. Apparently, it was Karen F's birthday. Karen is training for another Ultra race. The November San Antonio marathon is only a training run for her. Anyhow, Karen was leading a group on a 12 plus miles which I didn't think would be a good idea for me. But Jon Walk was planning a run to the other YMCA which was just under 5 miles away. He was running one way and I wanted to put in about 10 miles or so. So I ran with Jon. For those who haven't tried running and carrying out a conversation, give it a try. It's a lot of fun and can get pretty profound. It also melts the miles away. The return trip by myself felt much longer and harder. I also managed to get lost briefly and added another mile to my run.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


The ear feels normal again. No pictures unfortunately. But it was about twice as big as the right ear. Despite the spider bite, my vision hasn't drastically improved, I cannot climb walls, shoot webs or have super human powers. Frankly, it's not even helping with my running speed or stamina. Sigh.

Day: 08/04/2008 7:48 PM
Distance: 4.28 miles
Time: 43 min 03 secs
Pace: 10:04 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 - 196.3 miles
Weight: 174

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Big Ear

I've been sidelined by a HUGE EAR and I mean huge. The left ear was about twice as big as my right on Tuesday. Doctor wasn't sure what it was but the betting money was on an insect or an arachnid bite. Whatever. It was itchy on Monday afternoon and by Tuesday morning, the ear was throbbing with pain. So to cover all bases I was on antibiotics, antihistamine and Aleve for fever reducing. Yes, I was also running a 99.6 Deg. F. temp. So the whole week was not so good for any physical activity. I was tired and sleepy most of the time. By Friday, it started to feel much better and am now proud owners of two equal sized ears.

I tried to go running late this afternoon. I was no match for this "dry" heat.

Time: 7:15 PM
Distance: 4.3 miles
Time: 45 min 34 secs
Pace: 10:36 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 - 187.7 miles total on these shoes
Weight: 176

Can you say S L O W ?

Such is the wimpish state of my running.

Monday, July 21, 2008

"I'm here to make a deposit..."

Yes, making a deposit into my relationship bank account. I went to watch Pierce Brosnan sing ABBA ballards. I was dead tired Saturday night and the 7 pm show was sold out so there I was for the 9:50 PM showing, after taking the family out to dinner at Macaroni Grill. Not as good as the musical but it's a nice escape from reality and I get a few "Get out of jail cards." There was a line for Batman and there was a line for ABBA. You could tell right away which was which because all the hipsters were waiting for the Dark Knight while the baby boomers were waiting on the other line.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Looong Run

Slowly coming back to form. Lately, my weekday runs are taking place after work and that means temps in the 90's. So what ever the temp was this morning at 5:44, it was feeling pretty good. All relative I suppose. I ran down Greenbridge, east on Research, south on Cochran's Crossing, west on Lake Woodlands, west on Sterling Ridge, North on Bear Branch, East on Research, back north on Greenbridge to home. 13 plus miles. On Sterling Ridge, about half a mile before Bear Branch, I was over taken by a bunch of Green Woodlands Fitters. Green runners are the fast variety and it was surreal as I heard their foot falls on concrete and got closer and closer. It was like I was the "prey" and them the galloping horde of some kind. They eventually overtook me. Their Coach Dan Green was in the lead and said "Hi." I had one lady runner ask me if I was that blogger guy. I forgot to ask her for her name... Sorry! But they were all passing me by so there wasn't much time for conversation. Then I met the sweeper dude, an assistant coach and a yellow runner who I guess is thinking about joining the Green group. I ran with them for about a mile and half at around 9 ~ 9:15 pace. I forgot their names.... But I know the assistant coach is like a 3:30 marathoner so Boston is pretty close to his realm. The green runners were doing 6 today.

The best part of long distance? After burning about 1500 calories, I get to eat whatever I want today.

Time of Day: 5:44 AM
Distance: 13.23 miles
Time: 2 hr 17 min 05 secs
Pace: 10:22 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 - 183.4 miles
Weight: 175

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Snooze button came in handy..... 9 mile run morphed into a 4 miler since I had other obligations to contend with. So rather than a 5 am start, it was later and shorter. Not that I mind shorter in this weather.

Time of Day: 6:33 AM
Distance: 4.26 miles
Time: 40 min 09 secs
Pace: 9:25 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 - 166 miles total on these shoes
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 543.4 kcal

Still a little slower than I'd like but it was a classic negative splitting clinic today.

Mile 1: 9:57
Mile 2: 9:27
Mile 3: 9:16
Mile 4: 9:15
0.26: 2:14 (8:39 pace)

It was a lot cooler than yesterday at 8 am when the RTW started and thus a tinsy bit more bearable. But it feels good to sweat it out - that is, after the post run shower.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Bunch of folks showed up today. It was HOT!! By the end of Mile 1, I wanted to call it a day. By the end of mile 2, I wanted to just stop and crawl but by then, the best course of action was to get to the finish line as soon as possible and try to cool off.

Time: 26 min 29 secs
Pace: 8:33 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 - 161.7 miles total on these shoes
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 395.6 kcal

Next up, a 9 miler at 5 am tomorrow. If I make it out of bed.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


It's July all of a sudden. Hello everyone! Feels like I've been gone a very long time. I've gotten back to running after a long hiatus due to shin splints and other personal issues. Well, it's all behind me now and am back pounding the concrete around The Woodlands.

Time of Day: 6:37 PM
Distance: 4.64 miles
Time: 44 min 42 secs
Pace: 9:38 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 - 158.6 miles total on these shoes
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 591.8 kcal

Nothing like running in the warm afternoon heat. So long as I keep to a slower pace, it feels O.K. Can't say the same about my running shoes' sole though. It's melting away on the hot concrete.

I think I can make it to the RTW 5K this Saturday. It feels good to get back on some kind of routine.

Thanks for all those kind words!

Sunday, June 01, 2008


Happy June Runners!

June feels like summer. Kids are almost out of school, sky's blue, roads are hot and it tests a runner's resolve to stay on the run. I ran today for the first time in 2 plus weeks. Just a short 4 miler. Shins felt a little stiff but so far so good.

Time of Day: 6:20 AM
Distance: 4.25 miles
Time: 39 min 08 secs
Pace: 9:12 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (121.22)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 542.2 kcal (831.3 kcal/hr)

Lost some speed but hopefully, that will come back. I'm going to focus this month on getting back to normal running routine. Now I need to go help out with lunch so we can go watch Indiana Jones this afternoon.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Do You Want a Revolution?

I'm down and out with a stupid left leg. So no running report to post. Here is a political commentary though.

Here is what I think. by Charlie Reese

What do you think? Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, The Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 300 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority.
They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.
No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.
Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility.
I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.
When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in IRAQ, it's because they want them in IRAQ. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like 'the economy,' 'inflation' or 'politics' that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Still sore. Time to dust off the hybrid bike. Rode 17 plus miles in 1 hour 20. Shins don't hurt but my butt does. Got passed by several pelotons that roam the Woodlands on weekends. They might have been wondering what I was doing. It's hard to get any kind of speed on my bike. 13.1 mph average with 23 mph as the fastest. Garmin tells me I burnt 1158 calories. Not bad.

I was jealous of runners I encountered.

Friday, May 09, 2008

No Pain, No Pain

One unifying theme in these running blogs; pain. Why? Because distance running, no matter your speed is all about pushing the outer limits of your physical self. What resides at the outer limits? Pain. I never seem to get the same pain twice. On my way up to Chicago this week, I picked up the latest Runner's World and there was a timely article on shin splints. Hah! It was talking to me. But not having run since last Sunday with the extraordinary Mr. Cook himself for about 13 miles, I wanted to go out and shake off some cobwebs.

Distance: 4.61 miles
Time: 42 min 45 secs
Pace: 9:16 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (112.72)
Weight: 171 lbs.
Calories burned: 578.9 kcal

Mile 1: 9:25
Mile 2: 9:03
Mile 3: 9:14
Mile 4: 9:36
0.62: 5:26

Stiff. Took a while to shake off the stiffness and general heaviness. I'm sure eating bad foods in Chicago had something to do with it. Never the less, the contentment that comes right after running and sweating is hard to beat. It must be the sense of accomplishment.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

April In Review

I closed out April with 113.9 miles under my shoes. Not as impressive as some of my TIR teammates but pretty productive for me. Listening to one's body should be a mantra with long distance running, something I don't do too well. I'm going to try to be better at it though. As I close out the month, my left shin has been letting me know that it's there. So, to alleviate any pain problems later on, I am going to take the next week or so a little easier than normal.

April has been pretty good to me. I became faster by notching two 5K P.R.'s. I am now a sub 24 minute runner. Pretty cool. I can now dare to dream of breaking 23 minutes and becoming a 22 minute and something seconds runner. That would be awesome.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


I did it! New 5K P.R! Woo Hoo!

Time: 23 min 53 secs
Pace: 7:42 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (86.62)

Mile 1: 7:30
Mile 2: 7:41
Mile 3: 7:56
0.1: 0:44

It is also my first time going sub 8 min/mile for all 3 miles. Once again, I went all out from the start and just hung on during the last mile. The wheels almost fell off but I survived. The heart managed not to explode out of the chest cavity, just barely.

Karen came and ran also. I think she P.R.'ed too!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Mucus Membrane Alert

I woke up with a runny nose. Was that a pun? But then, it was runny not running. Conversations with myself went like this today.

Devil Me: "I don't think I have the energy today."
Angel Me: "Oh, I don't know, the weather seem nice enough, besides, you'll feel better after a few blocks."
Devil Me: "I don't know, the legs are super heavy, I don't want an injury."
Angel Me: "OK, I suppose you can make it up at Memorial Park during your lunch today. Maybe 2 loops? Them crushed granite will prevent injury. Most definitely."
Devil Me: "Never mind, I feel good now! I'm going out there to Run!!!"

Time of Day: 6:01 AM
Distance: 4.24 miles
Time: 36 min 35 secs
Pace: 8:38 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (83.52)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 541.1 kcal

The nose kept on running. So far this morning, I've taken 4 of those tiny Benadryl pills. Very drowsy. I can use a nap right now.

Mile 1: 8:59
Mile 2: 8:42
Mile 3: 8:48
Mile 4: 8:17
0.24: 1:48

I'm going to take Friday off and race on Saturday. Then, a 7 miler on Sunday before Mass.

I hope I'm not coming down with something.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


After running away from Memorial Park with my tail between the legs (come to think of it, "running away" is probably a bad example in this case) I laced my GTS's again and headed out. Except, being the wimp that I am, I ran with the temps in the 70's. That 10 degrees difference made me go from seeing my life flashing by to just plain old, "why do my legs feel like lead and why are my quads so tired?"

Distance: 4.6 miles
Time: 40 min 19 secs
Pace: 8:46 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (79.28)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 587 kcal

Pace was all over the place.

Mile 1: 8:59
Mile 2: 8:42
Mile 3: 9:03
Mile 4: 8:35
0.60: 5:00

One last attempt at the record books this Saturday before the summer inferno settles around here. I'm going to see if I can achieve New Balance.... and hit 23:59 at the RTW 5K.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

My 45th Birthday Wish

I'm not turning 45 any time soon. It's about 3 years and 4 months away for that. But I do have a birthday wish for my 45th birthday. It's 8 minutes per mile pace. I'd like that to be my cruising speed for long distance runs. Perhaps it's heat stroke talking because I came upon the 8MPM pace during today's disastrous run at Memorial Park. This is Holden's Moon program. My streeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaatch goal.

LOL. Maybe my sanity will return tomorrow.

Memorial Park Run

Sometimes the running Gods giveths, sometimes they taketh away. Low 80's and moderate humidity under cloudy conditions didn't sound too bad. My plan was to run 2 loops and notch 5.8 miles. Perhaps I'm not used to even these moderately hot conditions because I was in trouble from the first mile. So I went from two loops to maybe gut out the second loop to am I going to be able to add the extra 10th of a mile so I can get 3 in?

Time of Day: 12:15 PM
Distance: 3 miles
Time: 26 min 03 secs
Pace: 8:41 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (74.68)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 382.8 kcal

I started at the water fountain by the tennis center and when I made the loop, my Garmin read exactly 2.90 miles. How's that for accuracy? I "gutted" out an additional 10th of a mile to notch 3 miles for the day. Some days, you just don't have it.

Mile 1: 8:39
Mile 2: 8:44
Mile 3: 8:38

Saturday, April 19, 2008


As in I ate 13 miles for breakfast today. How do you eat 13 miles? A step at a time. This is probably the last runner friendly weekend until November. I almost didn't make it out of bed. It was cold and the bed was warm. I also went to bed close to midnight the night before and that 5:30 alarm just was annoying. Somehow, I managed to get out of the house. Man was it cold!

Time of Day: 6:23 AM
Distance: 13.29 miles
Time: 2 hr 06 min 47 secs
Pace: 9:32 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (67.43)
Weight: 173 lbs.
Calories burned: 1686.3 kcal

Best part of these long runs are the burned calories. 1600 plus calories baby! That is like an extra meal for Holden today. Yum! Sometimes I think I run to eat.

Mile 1: 9:53
Mile 2: 10:24
Mile 3: 10:17
Mile 4: 9:40
Mile 5: 9:29
Mile 6: 9:15
Mile 7: 9:26
Mile 8: 9:16
Mile 9: 9:16
Mile 10: 9:19
Mile 11: 9:26
Mile 12: 9:12
Mile 13: 9:23
0.30: 2:32

I wasn't really awake until after mile 3. I wasn't really warm either through the first 3 miles. I was glad I had on a long sleeve. The starting temp this morning was in the 40's. That is wonderful running temperature. Only issue today was a blister on the left pinkie toe. For some reason, it was rubbing against the #4 toe and the blister developed between these two toes. Hmmm. Perhaps I did not do a good job of putting on the sock.

I'm beginning to like running in GTS 7's. They are lighter and a little more flexible than my Kayano's. Through the years of running, I think I've built up enough lower leg muscles and connective tissue that I'm able to run with less structure and cushioning. I still have a new pair of Kayano 13's so I can still experiment. I might also try GT-2130's. Those are supposed to be like the GTS series. We'll see.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Memorial Park Run

I found myself at Memorial Park during lunch hour today. It was nice to be running on softer surface for a change. My knees and other joints thanked me. My quads swore at me though. My legs are so tired. Tomorrow will be a rest day. Then hopefully, I'll feel good enough to run a 13 miler on Saturday.

Time of Day: 12:28 PM
Distance: 4.37 miles
Time: 40 min 18 secs
Pace: 9:13 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (54.14)
Weight: 171 lbs.
Calories burned: 548.8 kcal

Mile 1: 8:44
Mile 2: 9:09
Mile 3: 9:42
Mile 4: 9:29
0.37: 3:14

Temp in the 70's, cloudy and breezy. Not too bad of a condition for a run. I could use a nap right now.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rest Day

I need a rest day to pull back. This non-stop running is starting to take a toll on my left leg. But the weather has been so gorgeous lately that it's been hard not to run. I know what's coming very soon. Hot and muggy. So, hoping to rest up later, I've been taking every opportunity to go out and have fun with my 4 S's (ask EQ what that means and I'd really call it 5 S's because I'd like to add my stopwatch to my "gear"). For Industrial efficiency geeks out there, 5 S's stand for something entirely different. But that would be going waaaay off the running topic.

Time of Day: 7:31 PM
Distance: 4.24 miles
Time: 35 min 36 secs
Pace: 8:24 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (49.77)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 541.1 kcal

Mile 1: 8:15
Mile 2: 8:20
Mile 3: 8:40
Mile 4: 8:30
0.24: 1:51

I got a little too excited in the beginning and started out fast. Thus the positive splittage.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Amazon MP3

This is becoming my favorite music download site. Amazon uses MP3 VBR codec at an average of 256 Kbps. iTunes uses AAC at 128 Kbps which is allows their files to be twice as small as Amazon's. In theory, the bigger bit rate file for the same song yields a richer sounding music. However, in theory, there are differences between the codec's and some claim AAC's 128 Kbps sounds just as good as MP3 at 256Kbps. I don't own a $300 ear phones and have an audiophile's ear to tell the nuances between various codec's so it all sounds decent to me. As for the larger file size, I don't think that's a big deal as memory prices keep falling. Can you honestly fill an 80 GB iPod Classic full of music? If you worked at a radio station maybe. I'm depressed to declare that my 8GB Sansa e280 has less than 5 GB of music.
After only being around for 6 months, amazon MP3 has become the second largest on-line music download site after iPod. (read news here)Best of all, all of amazon's music is DRM free so you can do whatever you want with it, legally.
Can you tell that I don't have much running stuff to blog about today?

Sunday, April 13, 2008


What a great morning. Temps in the low 40's! This is Houston in April? I'll take it! Should have worn long sleeves and gloves. Hands were all but stiff by the end of the run. I had some difficulty unlacing my GTS.

Time of Day: 6:36 AM
Distance: 4.24 miles
Time: 37 min 07 secs
Pace: 8:45 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (36.63)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 541 kcal

Mile 1: 8:53
Mile 2: 8:45
Mile 3: 8:46
Mile 4: 8:41
0.24: 2:01

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Another RTW 5K P.R!

Stayin' Aliiiiiiiiiive!! O.K. I broke down and bought some Bee Gees tunes from Amazon MP3 store. As I approach the apex of my mid-life crisis/celebration I keep regressing my music selection to that disco era, or what I call my own wonder years. Actually, my MP3 player is a hodge podge of confusion, from ABBA, Lennon, Bee Gees to David Lee Roth, Queen, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, U2, B52's to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel to Beethoven, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Mozart to Beach boys, Phil Collins etc. No rhyme or reason. But right now, I'm "Stayin' Alive.."

I racked another P.R. today. Ran the 5K at 24:01, which translates into a 38 second improvement from the last best time. This means I ran it at 7:45 pace which is stupendously cool. So my immediate reaction after crossing the finish line was, "I missed breaking 24 minutes by 2 seconds.." Since the TIR, I broke a mental barrier about running daily. B.T. (Before TIR) I would always rest the day before a race. Heck, I'd always run with a rest day in between. A.T. (after TIR), I just let my legs decide if I can run or not. So, there has been a lot of consecutive running days. With that new philosophy, I ran 4 miles last night during my son's Tae Kwon Do class. Despite that, or because of that, I ran pretty well this morning.

The weather cooperated as well. Perfect P.R. weather, in the 50's with low humidity. One must take advantage of that.

Mile 1: 7:20
Mile 2: 7:50
Mile 3: 8:02
0.1: 0:47

Once again, my strategy was to go out as fast as I could and hold on for dear life. Dumb, but a strategy none the less.

Friday, April 11, 2008

In Response to Karen

Running Is All Fun And Games.

Where else can you get a dozen adults to ride a minivan together for 30 odd hours with little sleep and minimal hygiene and think it was so great that they want to do it again next year? Where else do you get the freedom to just step out and run? Where else do you get the satisfaction of getting a jump start on the rest of the world by running and witnessing a glorious sunrise? Where else can you meet a greater concentration of goal setting, great looking, great attitude featuring folks that eat the right kind of food? Where else can you meet the least concentration of smokers?

Where else can you find serious folks that don't take themselves too seriously?

I'm tagging, Bill Dwyer, Jon Walk, Jamoosh, Joe Carey and Sarah.

I have 10.3 miles of running left to do for the remainder of the week. So after speed work tomorrow at the RTW 5K, I'll have 7.2 miles left for Sunday. I know the perfect course to run that around Alden Bridge. It looks like the weather will be great for running on both Saturday and Sunday morning. I'll have to go out and enjoy as many cool morning days as possible as I think the end of cool running weather is upon us.
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Monday, April 07, 2008

Suicide Bombing at a Marathon

I ran today.
Then I read this story about a bomb going off right before a marathon start.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Long Run

Weather perfection. Low 50's at start with gentle breezes and overcast sky. Even some cyclists waved and said good morning. Can it get any better than that? I hope this bodes well for my fellow runners and friends tackling the Hog's Hunt 25K/50K today.

Cool thing about today's distance was that I was planning on running a half marathon distance and based on my running experience through the Woodlands, I eyeballed a new route and thought it'd be close enough to 13 miles. So without the aid of Gmaps or my car's odometer, I came pretty close, 13.26 miles according to my Garmin.

Time of Day: 6:05 AM
Distance: 13.26 miles
Time: 2 hr 08 min 34 secs
Pace: 9:42 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (354.27)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 1691.2 kcal

Mile 1: 10:13
Mile 2: 10:07
Mile 3: 10:09
Mile 4: 9:59
Mile 5: 9:41
Mile 6: 9:35
Mile 7: 9:40
Mile 8: 9:36
Mile 9: 9:27
Mile 10: 9:27
Mile 11: 9:32
Mile 12: 9:23
Mile 13: 9:26
0.26: 2:21

Friday, April 04, 2008


I had a Doh! moment last night. My daughter has an iPod Nano. I have a Sandisk Sansa e280. So I've been ripping CD's in both itunes and Windows Media Player. Their standard ripping codec is AAC and WMA respectively. The Doh! moment came when I realized that both players also support the mp3 codec. So by ripping it in mp3 populates both itunes and Window's Media Player. Now I can reduce my music memory in the hard drive by half. That's for CD's you already own.

So, to buy downloaded music, it is also better to buy from Amazon MP3 or Walmart Music Download site where they sell it in MP3 format. This will allow you to play music in iPod and non Apple brands. iTunes only sells it in AAC codec so it will only play on their iPod device and a few AAC supported devices.

I guess I'll be deleting my CD collection and re-ripping them all in MP3 at 256 bit rate this weekend while my running friends run Hog's Hunt.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Reflective Vest

I remembered to wear my reflective vest this morning. Actually, I was too lazy to put on blinkers and a headlight so the path to least resistance was a vest (All of this was bought for TIR I might add). I must say, cars did notice me from farther away and moved out of the way a lot sooner than usual. Perhaps I'll wear it more often (Not that I run this early too often). However, the extra weight caused me to run slower.... :)

Time of Day: 5:46 AM
Distance: 3.69 miles
Time: 33 min 48 secs
Pace: 9:10 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (336.92)
Weight: 173 lbs.
Calories burned: 468.3 kcal

Mile 1: 9:23
Mile 2: 9:19
Mile 3: 9:00
0.69: 6:06

Negative splitting = good.
9:10 pace = not good for short runs.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008


Distance: 7 miles
Time: 1 hr 06 min 46 secs
Pace: 9:32 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (333.23)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 892.9 kcal

This was by far the toughest run of the year. Not a single step felt comfortable. Perhaps the 97% humidity had something to do with it. I sweated a lot, drank a lot and keptd wishing the run would end soon. Luckily, I did not get rained on.

Mile 1: 8:57
Mile 2: 8:55
Mile 3: 9:38
Mile 4: 9:55
Mile 5: 8:50
Mile 6: 11:28
Mile 7: 9:02

On Sunday, I went to Huntsville and enjoyed the company of 7 Hill Runners. There was a club run involved. A 5K or a 5 miler. I think this is an annual thing and in past years, it was run in the Hunstville State Park. But to save the park entry fee, this year's event was held at the Lampson Ranch. Brilliant! I love saving money. I could be wrong, but I think the Lampson Ranch is as big or bigger than the park. In fact, it might be bigger than a small country like Liechtenstein. If not bigger, I bet the Lampsons have more Brangus cows than Liechtenstein. I love saying that. Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein...... I digress.

I was also late. I was about 10 minutes late. I felt so bad. They were all waiting for me. Sorry! I elected to run the 5K, being that it was getting a little warm and that I'd already run a 4 miler in the morning. The course was neat. It was mostly all trail with big puddles of muddy water. At one point, I had to do a looooong jump to get over a BIG puddle. Fun!

My time was 26:41 which included a pitstop in the woods. No port-a-potties on the course. :) Everyone got a nice looking medal and a grilled hamburger for post race festivities. So, next year, come on out and join in the fun, it's hosted by great folks, JP and Katy Lampson, it's at a beautiful ranch, on a beautiful trail and you get to hang out under the shade and look out on to the pasture with grazing cows. All this for $3.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

In Support of Earth Hour

I tuned my "lights out" on my blog in support of Earth Hour today.

No matter which side of the global warming issue you stand on, I think we can all agree that conservation is a good thing. Macro economics tells us that conservation has a direct benefit to the American economy by investing money saved in conservation into other income producing endeavors.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Time of Day: 7:45 PM
Distance: 4.14 miles
Time: 36 min 49 secs
Pace: 8:54 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (308.26)
Weight: 173 lbs.
Calories burned: 525.5 kcal

Tonight's run was windy. I think I overcompensated from yesterday's experience and ate too much during the afternoon. So, I was feeling sluggish. I felt like I was giving better effort than last night but tonight's run was much slower. I got to get off these evening runs and get back to the morning routine. Which means, this lazy butt has to get up earlier.

Mile 1: 8:40
Mile 2: 8:59
Mile 3: 9:04
Mile 4: 8:57
0.14: 1:10
Time of Day: 6:30 PM
Distance: 4.19 miles
Time: 36 min 27 secs
Pace: 8:42 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (304.12)
Weight: 173 lbs.
Calories burned: 531.9 kcal

A little warm but still not much humidity. Mile 3 was hard, like I was bonking with an intense craving for anything sweet. Perhaps the blood sugar dropped. Weird. Still, kept running despite urges to walk by convincing myself that this was only a 4 miler, how can you do that on a 4 miler etc. The shaming worked and by the 4th mile, I was feeling a lot better.

Mile 1: 8:40
Mile 2: 8:36
Mile 3: 9:00
Mile 4: 8:33
0.19: 1:38

Once I arrived back home, I downed a 16 oz Propel, re-filled it with water, drank that with a pb & j sandwich, a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar and a half bowl of udon (some kind of East meets West fusion dinner only a runner can tolerate). So maybe I was a tad bit hungry.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

7 Hillers @ RTW #197

L-R, me, Ken Johnson, Katy Lampson and John Paul Lampson.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Tripp.
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