Saturday, July 02, 2011
July 2nd, 2011
Dallas Running Club (DRC) Independence 10K (my 4th, I think)
White Rock Lake
So this blog starts like most of my race blogs, didn't sleep well, got up early nerves, excited, ready! Beautiful day when I got up, but the heat came on quickly this morning.
I arrived plenty early and met Shelly (Iusecrayons) then found Lynette(Marathonmomto4) who was volunteering AND running this race. It was great seeing Lynette since I've not seen her since January when we did a race together. After collecting the bib and timing chip, I started the ole body warmup as usual, getting the legs going, etc.
fast forward to 8am. Race time. The gun sounds...WHAT HAPPENED to the big announcement that says "We are the DALLAS RUNNING CLUB....and TODAY...we RUN" and we all scream?!?! They've not done that for two races in a row, I need to contact management about that I think!
We're off an running, the opposite direction from any race I've run from Winfrey point. I quickly figured out the is because this direction there is tons of shade!! It was already over 80 when we started so that helped having the shade.
Mile 1 = 8:33
Mile 2 = 8:36
Mile 3 = 8:50
Mile 4 = 8:58
Mile 5 = 8:50
Mile 6 = 8:56
remainder = 8:05 = big time sprint to the end while chasing the dude in front of me, nope, I didn't catch him,dang it!!!
Official time was 55:31 total, officially a 9:05 mile average. I've never understood how my garmin is always OFF from the official times, etc. OH WELL! I had a great time on the run and visiting with several spark friends!! LOVE it when Spark friends get together for events like this. All in all it was a great run and a great preview of the 15K I'm running next week since most that race is the same course!
Here is a picture of Lynette, myself and Shelly
Here is a picture of Mich’s daughter, Mich, Me, Lynette, Susie and Gary
Oh yeah…this was my first race with my new art work as well.
it means WARRIOR
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
Dallas Running Club Bloomin 4 mile race
Dallas White Rock Lake
pictures taken - zero
As always, I was up early and didn't sleep great. I guess those excited nerves will never go away. Actually I hope they don't, that would mean that I don't get excited for races anymore, right?!?!
I was up around 5am or so to start getting ready, doing the normal race day activities. Shower, dress, peanut bar for breakfast, make my Spark and Mass Impact drink for later, water water water, then on to active stretching. I've learned that active stretching is the best thing for my body. After I do this for a while, I'll do the good ole stand by stretches, but I have to get my body warmed up first!!
I left home about 6:30ish for White Rock Lake, about a 30 minute drive. Beautiful morning to say the least, It was about 74ish when we ran, the lake was like glass, just a near perfect morning to run a bit! I met a buddy of mine, John at the race site and continued an active warm up the entire time we talked. Then Shelly showed up (IUSECRAYONS) and it's always great to see her. That lady is always smiling and happy, love that about her!! Amy was also there, but I never saw her, dang it. I drank my Spark/Mass impact, had one stinger waffle and I was ready to run!
Race started at 8am, and at 5 minutes till, I still wasn't ready. I didn't have my headphones on, no tunes running, Walk Meter not going, Garmin not on, geez, Jerome, get with the program dude! LOL I managed to get everything up and running quickly, thanks to my brand new iPhone 4! HA
8am sharp, the gun sounds and we're off. John and I started way at the back of the pack of about 600 runners or so. We did this to make us feel good about getting to pass some folks after the race started. The bad part is that path isn't all that wide so it gets tricky to get around those running the race as well as the typically bikers, walkers and runners on the path at the same time. Anyway, we're OFF and running. I was bobbing and weaving in and out of traffic and having a great time. Pink was in my earphones and that girl had me pumped up to run saturday! Mile 1 was 8:45 for the mile and I felt great.
Feeling good, following this dude in front of me as a pacer we come to the first little up hill section, not bad and i blew right threw it! Still feeling really good we come to the bridge that flexes and bends as you run across it. That dang thing almost throws me off every time I run on it!! FREAKS ME OUT!! Anyway, I made it across and shortly I'm at the 2 mile turn around point. Mile 2 was an 8:40 average, part of that was down hill, but ya know what, I'll take it anyway! HA
WOW, I'm feeling pretty good ya know, then I hit the bridge AGAIN and start the long climb up the hill. I slowed a little up that hill, it's a long gradual climb. I took it fairly easy up the hill, still following that dude as a pacer, keeping him in my sights! Mile 3 was an 8:47 average.
Alright, Mile 3 complete and I decide to turn it on, one mile left, I can do this, I can finish strong and LEAVE NOTHING!! I cranked out my stride and passed the guy in front of me and don't even look back. I feel the shoulders start to rise up a little bit and the legs start to cramp . I slowed up and relaxed in my stride. That dude had the nerve to pass me back with about a half mile left. I thought to myself "oh no he didn't!" (I'm goofy like that) I stepped it up again, pushing myself like I hadn't in any race I've run. It was cool that there were people actually cheering at the end, that helped fuel a little bit as well. I almost caught that guy, he finished 4 seconds ahead of me!!! Mile 4 was 8:26 average and I still felt good!! The Endorphin Warrior in me came out to say the least!! I LOVED every mile of that run!
I finished in 35:01 flat so my average was better than I was hoping for. My goal was an 8:45 average per mile and I beat that! I placed 12th out of 22 men in my age group(I'm always mid pack and that's OK) Overall place was 177th out of 541 runners on the result sheet.
Good race on a beautiful day!
link to my garmin stats
After the race, I went hope and push mowed nearly a 1/3 of an acre (my lawn), then got in the car and drove to Oklahoma City to visit my Sister In-Law for 3.5 hours and drove home, 3 hours each way. Yes, Saturday June 4th was a very long day!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
OK OK OK....I admit, I sorta freaked out a little bit first thing this morning.
I sat down at the laptop, KNOWING it was June 1st, 2011. I've been looking forward to this day for a long time. I was going to register for my first FULL MARATHON, the Dallas White Rock Marathon!! I got to thinking, which is always sorta scary!
HOW IN THE WORLD IS THIS GUY GONNA RUN A MARATHON??
Then I remembered, my EVIL TWIN(that's what I call this guy) ISN'T HERE ANYMORE!!! Oh don't get me wrong, that Evil Twin will run, he always runs when I do, he's chasing me, WAAAAAAAY back there!! That dude will NEVER catch me again, NOPE, won't happen!
SO friends, on this day of June 1st, 2011, NATIONAL RUNNERS DAY, I registered for my first full marathon!! December 4th, 2011, I WILL RUN 26.2 miles (along with my friend ABSOLUTZER0) !!
THIS GUY - will do the running though
Why did I blog about it? Because this has been one of the moments on my journey that I've been looking forward to very much! I've always said that I would run the WRL 26.2 in 2011, and now I'm prepared to do so!
Hey Nicholas....Let's DO THIS!!!
This race benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
Monday, May 30, 2011
what Apps do my friends use for the Android phones to track their walk/run stats??
I am TRYING the Motorola Atrix for a while and I want one that will email stats off the phone every mile, post to FB every mile, etc.
your input in requested please.
Monday, May 16, 2011
So Imagine this......6 incredible years ago the Lord blessed our family with Sydney Faith JinYan in Nanning, Guangzi, China. What a blessing she has been and will continue to be. Below is an excerpt from the blog I wrote at the time of our trip. I hope you enjoy this. (If you want to read the entire journal of our trip, sparkmail me)
16 May 2005 09:19 CDT
We have Sydney
It's 9:35pm Monday Night
This day started at 4:10am with a very early wake up call. We had to have breakfast out of the way and on the bus by 6:15 to catch the flight to Nanning today. We had a good flight and arrived all in one piece just fine. The airport here is sort of in the middle of farm land. It was awesome to fly in and see the different crops and workers working their fields. These are an amazing people what I admire very much. We met a second guide named Roger who will help Li from here forward. While riding to the hotel he explained how the day would work.
1. Go directly to hotel room and wait for luggage.
2. Back down stairs for lunch
3. directly after lunch we meet in business center to do paperwork.
4. Leave at 4pm to meet the babies
5. rest of day off to do what we needed.
When we got to the hotel where we met the babies, there were tons of nannies in the lobby apparently looking for parents of babies they took care of. Chelle and I were approached by a younger girl with her parents. This girl spoke great English and explained that they are Jin, YanKong's foster family.(Sydney's's foster family). This was a blessing to meet them. They explained that they had sent some gifts for Sydney's and Emily both and a note telling us more about Sydney's life with them. We were having good conversation when the director of Mother's Love came over,and made them leave, and tried to take the note out of Chelle's hand. Chelle's quick thinking told the director that her Mother had given her the note and that was that. She let her have the note and left us alone. Time to go upstairs.....
We were led into a room with many flags and a small stage at the front. No air conditioning of course, that's too much to ask for. The official from the civil affairs office came in and greeted us. From that point it was organized chaos. Name after name, family after family. One right after another to greet their baby. When they called us, we handed out cameras and stuff off and went up. Sydney, being independent, walked into the room on her own. She wasn't sure about going to Chelle so she had to reach out and pick her up. They handed us 4 bags of stuff from her foster family. Sydney did cry a little bit, then not, then cry again. Naturally she is very confused.Yes, Chelle cried some and so did I. We just talked to her while waiting to leave that hotel. She calmed down and actually fell asleep in Chelle's arms on the bus on the way back to our hotel. When we got back to the room, we stopped her and put a diaper on. She is attempting to potty train I guess and didn't have a diaper on. Nor did she have panties on. Just her shorts. She relaxed and got to playing and laughing with Emily. Emily has been great thus far, infact almost too helpful if you can imagine that.
Sydney's hasn't been feeling well according to her foster family and had a low grade fever. We gave her some motrin right before bed time. She really didn't eat much for dinner. Just some sweet milk that the foster family gave to us and cherrios. Yum!So far, she has adjusted very well. She and Emily were asleep by about 8:30ish tonight which is good, we have an early wake up call again tomorrow. Tomorrow we'll go to Civil affairs office and finalize the adoption. She will official be ours as of tomorrow. We had a rash of different issues today also. My laptop would not connect in the room. Imagine this, they blamed my laptop. Well I fought and fought. Basically, the NIC wouldn't connect. Turns out that I'm on at 10MB connected LAN and my NIC was set to 100FULL. They didn't play well together. I changed that setting to auto detect and it worked great. The first room they put us in at the hotel wasn't being cooled by the AC. ARGH!!! They moved us down the hall, and now we have had to turn the thing all they way down to keep from freezing.
Well, it now really late....and we're really tired.
Picture taken the day we got her (that's big sister Emily with her and Chelle)
This was Sydney at our "Gotcha Day celebration day" at the Texas Rangers game
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