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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Sunday, March 23, 2008

I ran. Just because. Weather was perfect for running. Air was dry. It was a great morning to be alive and breath in fresh air. Do you ever do that?

Time of Day: 7:21 AM
Distance: 4.21 miles
Time: 39 min 08 secs
Pace: 9:18 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (299.93)
Weight: 172 lbs.
Calories burned: 531.5 kcal

Mile 1: 9:39
Mile 2: 9:29
Mile 3: 9:11
Mile 4: 8:58
0.21: 1:51

Saturday, March 22, 2008


A new record. No, not a running one. I got out of bed at 7:30, did the morning bathroom rituals and was at the RTW by 7:45. I was technically awake at 7 but being sleep deprived from driving most of the 2,200 miles myself, I was trying to talk myself into sleeping in. I would have too except I then told myself that at TIR, I ran with even less sleep.

Time of Day: 8 AM
Distance: 3.1 miles
Time: 25 min 04 secs
Pace: 8:05 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (295.72)
Weight: 172 lbs.
Calories burned: 391.6 kcal

Mile 1: 7:55
Mile 2: 7:56
Mile 3: 8:26
0.1: 0:45

Weather conditions were perfect for setting P.R.'s, which is what my fellow 7 Hiller Katy Lampson did. Me on the other hand did not.

Friday, March 21, 2008

i just completed a 2,200 mile road trip with my family plus a dog and managed not to turn into an ax murderer

Because an ax was not available and it would have taken too long with my little swiss army knife.

Time of Day: 5:30 PM
Distance: 4.19 miles
Time: 37 min 21 secs
Pace: 8:55 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (292.62)
Weight: 172 lbs.
Calories burned: 529 kcal

Mile 1: 8:50
Mile 2: 9:03
Mile 3: 9:00
Mile 4: 8:43
0.19: 1:45

We just returned from a road trip to Chicago. Thankfully, I hadn't gained any weight which is contrary to the norm as I eat and eat and eat through the endless miles. It was also too cold for me to go running in Chicago. Day time highs did hit into the lower 40's but when you are constantly shivering, it doesn't inspire you to shed clothes to go out running. Of course, this is after acclimating to Houston weather for the past 5 years. I did see a bunch of Chicagoans running. They probably thought it was perfect March weather to be running. Well this afternoon was perfect March weather for me. Temps in the 70's with humidity in the 50% range. Great for nice and easy.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

10 Miles

Time: 6:30 AM
Distance: 10.13 miles
Time: 1 hr 38 min 19 secs
Pace: 9:42 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (288.43)
Weight: 171 lbs.
Calories burned: 1271.8 kcal

Mile 1: 9:35
Mile 2: 9:50
Mile 3: 9:50
Mile 4: 9:31
Mile 5: 9:20
Mile 6: 9:22
Mile 7: 10:07 (Cliff Shot break)
Mile 8: 9:27
Mile 9: 9:20
Mile 10: 10:48 (Out of gas, walk break)
0.13: 1:12

Houston's warm muggy days are slowly making a comeback. There was a hint of it today when the sun came out. I hadn't done a long run in a while so this was a great opportunity to get one in before the demands of household responsibility raised it's head.

Normally, Cliff Shots agree with me but today's raspberry flavor was giving me the burps. I suppose that's still better than dealing with issues on the other end of the GI tract.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Black Belt Test

Alex going through his forms during last weekend's TKD blackbelt test.
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Newly Minted Blackbelts!

Gentleman on the left is Master Alexander, his teacher. The gentleman on the right is Grandmaster something.. and is the regional big dude.
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1 Mile

Jr. High School Track Meet at The Woodlands High School last night. Allison ran the Miler for Knox Jr. High. She ran it in 6:24 and came in 5th. I need to get her some track shoes.
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7th grade boys and girls get ready to run the mile.
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Thursday, March 13, 2008

LED, Reflective Vest and Blinky Too

I finally made it out in the dark of the morning. It was chilly and humid. currently says its 93% humidity. I saw my breath on the LED headlight beam. I wore a reflective vest and a blinker on the back. This is the first time I've been so lit up on a neighborhood run. Legs were obviously still sleeping by the looks of my splits.

Time: 5:30 AM
Temp: 46F
Distance: 4.21 miles
Time: 38 min 16 secs
Pace: 9:05 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (275.3)
Weight: 171 lbs.
Calories burned: 528.7 kcal

Mile 1: 9:14
Mile 2: 9:07
Mile 3: 9:10
Mile 4: 8:59
0.21: 1:46

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Time: 6 PM
Distance: 4.3 miles
Time: 35 min 59 secs
Pace: 8:22 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (271.09)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 548.8 kcal

Based on what I ate today, I think I've had a net positive caloric intake day. Not so good. Fortunately, non of the food I had was bad or junk. Originally, I woke up at 4:30 this morning but it was so totally pitch black that I just went back to bed despite now owning a reflective vest, a head light and a couple of blinkers all thanks to TIR.

Mile 1: 8:18
Mile 2: 8:33
Mile 3: 8:36
Mile 4: 8:20
0.3: 2:12

Developed a side stitch on the 3rd mile. Probably due to the food in the stomach.

I'm continuing my work on the running form. Re-read a big chunk of Chi Running to get the mental picture correct. Looking at my pace between this run and the Huntsville 5K race, it is obvious that the hilly course at Huntsville is a little tougher than a flat Woodlands course.

Sunday, March 09, 2008


Day: 03/08/2008 6:30 AM
Distance: 4.19 miles
Time: 38 min 23 secs
Pace: 9:10 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (266.79)
Weight: 175 lbs.
Calories burned: 537.3 kcal

I couldn't go to RTW run. Apparently, I was the driver to Alex's black belt test. So, a local run through the neighborhood had to do. It was brisk!

Mile 1: 9:33
Mile 2: 9:29
Mile 3: 9:30
Mile 4: 8:26
0.19: 1:25 (7:25 pace)

Turned up the pace a bit on the last mile. I mostly practiced my "Chi" running. I've been lazy and have been letting my running form devolve.

Huntsville 5K

Day: 03/09/2008 2 PM
Distance: 3.1 miles
Time: 26 min 29 secs
Pace: 8:33 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (266.79)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 395.6 kcal

Today was the second inter-club meet between 7 Hills and TWRC at Huntsville. 7H took back the saw. Boy, can you say hills? These were hills you just cannot experience running in The Woodlands. It just shows you that I need a little more variety in my training.

Mile 1: 8:41
Mile 2: 7:54
Mile 3.1: 9:53

Splits are all over the place. Obviously there was no planning and no fore-knowledge of course topography.

Still, running takes me places. This was my first visit to SHSU and to Huntsville.

Oh, I also joined 7 Hills today.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Treadmill and Weights

Weights and light treadmill workout tonight.

Distance: 3 miles
Time: 30 min 00 secs
Pace: 10:00 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (259.5)
Weight: 174 lbs.
Calories burned: 382.6 kcal

Won't be making the RTW 5K tomorrow. I have to take my son to his Tae Kwon Do black belt test tomorrow at Klein H.S.

Maybe if I'm brave, I'll run at 6 AM and freeze my derriere.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Red Bull

Red Bull is the new Gatorade when it is 2 AM and you are west of Katy, TX with 100 plus miles to go.

My last 2 legs were saved by Red Bull. I was tired, sleepy and just plain pooped. One can of this baby about half an hour before your run makes you want to go out and P.R. Too bad it's only good for about mile and a half.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

More Relay Pictures

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2008 Texas Independence Relay

After finishing this grueling relay, I think I now understand General Sam Houston's tactics. Making someone move over 200 miles will just about make anyone go crazy enough to kill a cow with their bare hands or turn around and annihilate a numerically superior and better armed army that has been chasing you. Houston's men decided on the latter and this glorious monument is the end result. You just cannot mess with Texas.

For me, the relay started on Friday night. At 10 PM, I took a shower and shaved. To alleviate my fear of leaving my running shoes behind, I packed an extra pair into my duffel bag. Then all of my stuff was left on the foyer. Since Dave was picking me up at 2:10 AM, I set the alarm for 1:40 AM and tried to sleep. Not much luck there. Karen, Dave and I arrived at Jon's house right on schedule. Katy and Adrienne showed up a few minutes later. We loaded up the minivan and left for Gonzalez. I dozed during the trip and had a little dream about leaving my gear on Jon's driveway. Cassie's van arrived almost at the same time as our van. Such great timing. Its great to see familiar faces again. It has been a while since we all met up like this. I meet Tommy and Jose for the first time. We meet Bill Dwyer's team. Morning light approaches and pretty soon, we run our epilogue. David Smart, launches into his first leg. We see him disappear into a thick morning fog.

Leg 2

Day: 03/01/2008 8:07 AM
Distance: 4.85 miles
Time: 40 min 51 secs
Pace: 8:25 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (256.5)
Weight: 177 lbs.
Calories burned: 628.7 kcal

This is the first exchange. Having burnt a lot of time being bussed back to the van, we make it to the exchange point with less than a minute to spare. The fog is still thick. As I wait in anticipation, runners slowly appear out of the fog. My heart starts to pound as I see Dave approaching. We bungle the exchange. The baton gets dropped twice! Then I'm off. About a minute into the run, I check my Garmin. I'm on a 7:20 pace. Crazy!! I'm not going to last. All this excitement and fog is making it hard to judge distance and speed. I take several deep breaths and force myself into a good rhythm. It is exciting. I see vans going to their next stop. I see our van with teammates yelling encouragements. This is pretty exciting stuff! I finally make it to the end and see Adrienne waiting for me. Handing over the baton, I glance at my Garmin to check my pace. 8:25. Thank goodness, I haven't let my team down...yet. For whatever reason, since Jon gave me 9:08 as my predicted pace for this relay, I was obsessed with staying ahead of that pace the entire time. Psycho.

Leg 14

Day: 03/01/2008 5:18 PM
Distance: 4.69 miles
Time: 42 min 26 secs
Pace: 9:03 min/miles
Shoes: Asics Kayano XIII (256.5)
Weight: 177 lbs.
Calories burned: 607.7 kcal

Attack of the crazy dogs, TWICE! We were mindful of dogs and such. TIR had given us info about certain legs containing canine cautions. Well, this leg was not one of those and wanting to carry as little as possible during my runs, I elected not to carry any pepper spray with me. Bad decision. Halfway through the run, 3 dogs came after me. I had to stop and stare them down. Eventually, they left me alone. Few more minutes into the run, 3 more dogs. What the heck. Stopped again and stared them down and lost precious time. This would be the only time during the relay where I had to stop. With 1 mile to go, my right hip flared up. Pain started to pound away. This was worrisome as there was still a lot of running left to do. After handing over the baton, I downed a couple of Aleve pills. Later that night, I tell our captain Jon that I might have an issue with a sore hip. We decide to see how my morning run goes as that is only a 3.6 miler.

Leg 28

Day: 03/02/2008 4:21 AM
Distance: 3.6 miles
Time: 31 min 00 secs
Pace: 8:37 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (9.29)
Weight: 177 lbs.
Calories burned: 466.6 kcal

A few legs after my leg 14, our van (Blogger 1) made our way to a Marriott hotel in Katy. Thanks to Jon's bazillion Marriott points, we were able to secure a couple of rooms for shower and a quick shuteye. I remember laying there after my heavenly shower and thinking that I was too tired to sleep. Next thing I know, we are stumbling out of bed because we're way late. Thanks to Manny's aggressive skillful driving, we make it to our exchange point with time to spare. Again, we become the active van. My leg comes up in Cinco Ranch. We have finally left the countryside and are now running in the city. I am now sore, stiff and tired. I'm also worried about my hip. On a whim, I decide to change shoes and wear my new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 and break one of the cardinal rules of running, "never try a new shoes on race day." Well, this relay will be all about rule breaking. Well the hip doesn't bother me and I'm able to cruise at a comfortable pace. The GTS 7 agrees with me. Thank goodness. Oh, and 30 minutes before this leg, I down a Red Bull for the first time in my life and have a WOW!! moment.

Leg 40

Day: 03/02/2008 2:14 PM
Distance: 5.31 miles
Time: 48 min 19 secs
Pace: 9:06 min/miles
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (9.29)
Weight: 177 lbs.
Calories burned: 688 kcal

At the downtown exchange, the 2 vans meet and the final leg runners move into Blogger 1. This would be Keith, Cassie, David, Karen and myself. I have the last leg. As my leg approaches, I say a quick prayer. "Dear God, please help me hold all my joints together, that my knees don't blow out or one of my tendons snap on this last and very crucial leg, Amen." The run starts smoothly enough. It is a straight shot and at mile 2, there is a sharp left turn towards the finish. I ask Manny to wait for me there just to make sure I make the turn. I get to the turn, I see the van and I make the turn. There is this HUGE HUGE incline to get over the 225 expressway. Arghhhh. I think I hear Manny say, "It's only a small hill..." LOL. I had another Red Bull before this leg but it was wearing out. I ask for a gu but kept shouting, "Gel! Gel!" Eventually, my van mates understand and David runs out to me and hands me a gu. After catching my breath from that monster hill, I suck it down and run on. For whatever reason, I also think this is a 4.3 miler and start to pick up the pace at around mile 3.5. Then, out of breath and nowhere near the end, I realize that this is a 5.3 miler. Sheesh. All throughout, the monument is in front of me, taunting me, but not getting closer. Garmin bleeps at mile 5. I am now passing a sea of parked vans. Everyone is congratulating me. Then I see Bill Dwyer's team, all lined up, clapping and congratulating me. What great sports persons. I finally see my teammates. I'm gasping and wheezing for breath. I raise my arms. I want to kiss the ground as soon as I finish....... I'm finally done! Then reality sets in. Jon says, "OK, lets run to the finish." I remember saying, "What? More running?" Then I hear someone say, "It's only .38 miles..."

Monday, March 03, 2008

The End of the Line

Yipeee!! I don't have any more legs to run!!!! At this point, I am delirious, in pain, with Red Bull, with gel, with PB & J sandwiches and seriously needing some sleep.Posted by Picasa

Downtown Exchange

Blogger 1 crew waiting for Jon to come in from the Captain's leg.
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The Glue

Blogger 1 pilot Manny Mondragon was the glue that held the crew together. I understand Blogger 2 pilot, Jose was just as impressive. Here is Manny running out and filling Cassie's and David's bottle.

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At The Shiner Brewery Exchange

Waiting for Keith to come in. Blogger 1 is about to become the resting van as Blogger 2 takes over the relay.
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Blogger 1 Van Crew Minus Katy

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Our TIR Team Minus Cassie (who was running a leg)

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Texas Independence Relay Medal

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