Monday, November 07, 2011
Sunday November 6th, 2011
Dallas White Rock Lake
This race has been on my calendar FOREVER! I just wish Iíd remembered to register a little sooner, it would have been cheaper! Oh well, I needed the timed event so I paid the fee, at the encouragement of my wife to get out there and do it!
As usual, I didnít sleep well the night before, prolly didnít help that it was time change weekend as well, sigh. I was up and down all night!
Iíll add that my training hasnít been GREAT by any means lately. Iíve been dealing with piriformis/sciatic issues in my right butt cheek. Oh dear does that ever hurt sometimes, well, most of the time actually. Hurts to sit, stand, walk, you name it, itís a royal pain in the rear! Iím able to push through most of the time though, I just canít run really long miles like I need!
So I get up early and head over toward White Rock Lake since parking was going to be a huge mess, I planned to be really early so I didnít have to mess with shuttle busses. My plan worked out, I got to park in the lot I wanted and walk to the race site, WOOT! As usual, I have to find a potty, what can I say, I was getting my hydration on! LOL
I found my favorite Spark Coach Nancy, well, her husband anyway, eventually she strolls into the picture. I LOVE every time I get to see Nancy. She cares about people and I learn from her every time we get to visit! Thanks Nancy for being so awesome, you are amazing and inspire me daily!! We spent about an hour talking before the race as usually, and then here comes Mimi! She and Kevin had just finished a 9 mile run and they gave us the race course report. Loads of hills and humidity, two things we didnít want to hear!! Oh well, it is what it is, right. Amy was also there and itís always good to see her as well! I love seeing Spark buddies at these events! This was a big race and the starting line was in a spot that Iíve never seen it before so we started moving closer to the start line.
This is Nancy's friend Linda, Amy, Nancy and me
As we moved about in the crowd around the starting line, I lost Nancy and Amy, oh well, I knew where to find them, at the finish line!! This was the first race Iíve ever ran where they played the National Anthem and it was beautiful!! I love hearing that song as it makes me think of my Momma, she was the most patriotic person Iíve ever known. I had to get my music going and my walk meter set so it would post to FB every mile. I enjoy hearing the comments back to me when I do races, itís very encouraging! Soon we were off, slowly at first due to the crowd, it was HUGE! Clearly from the picture below it was a slow start and really for the first several miles.
Miles 1-3 were 9:06, 8:55 and 8:49 respectively. Outside of the onramp we had to climb to get onto the route, the first three miles were fairly flat. It was more about jockeying for position that it anything else.
Miles 4-6 were 9:13, 8:43, 8:58. This is when were started hitting the hills. Iíve never run this portion of the lake, well, it was actually the neighborhood by the lake before. The hills were killer. I always hear people say ENJOY, when you tell them you are running a race. SO, I try to enjoy them. I took in all the really cool old and beautiful homes along the course. There were people out cheering most of the route which was totally awesome to experience! There was lots of chatter, mainly me, talking to other runners on the hills, LOL! I shared with them how I hated this or that hill or how I welcomed the one really long downhill! HA
Miles 7-9 were 8:58, 9:01 and 8:56. This section was still in the hills; however most of it was down, so it wasnít bad. As we crossed the half way marker it was in front of some people watching the race. I started cheering for the marker saying how I loved that sign. The folks there cheered saying, ďYou can do itĒ it was awesome to hear I say! I as I rounded the corner right there I was right behind the 2 hour pace team, I mean like two paces behind them. :-) I said out loud, I feel a PR coming today, as long as I donít fall apart. Well, about mile 9 my piriformis stated cramping up big time. DANG IT!! I started my chant to myself, no pain, no pain, no pain. It worked! Sort ofÖugh!
Miles 10-12 were 8:56, 9:00 and 8:54. This is where my butt really started to be a pain! Couple strong cramps about put me on the ground, but I kept going, kept chanting, kept pushing. Somewhere in here I started losing the feeling in my right knee due to the sciatic pain. Maybe itís that it hurt so bad I just forgot about it, I dunno, I just know it hurt! I was doing the miles/distance/pace math and knew I could make it under two hours if I kept pushing. Press on Jerome, press on!
Miles 13 and beyond were 8:50 and 8:00. Thankfully the last 4 miles or so were basically flat, not entirely, but not like the first 7 miles were by any means. I was able to push myself and press to the end. There is something about finishing a race with people on either side of the street cheering for you, I LOVE THATÖwhat a rush, thatís all it is, total rush!! Seeing my friend Mimi step out near the finish line and cheer was awesome, NO CLUE what she was yelling, but she was yelling all the same. I was in a sprint to the finish when the guy next to me realized I was coming, he turned it on as well. It was exhilarating to finish a race of this magnitude like this, at least in my opinion. :-) I didnít stop my garmin right away because I didnít want a picture of me doing THAT! HA. I stopped it at 1:59:00ÖWOO HOOÖLess than two hours!!! I hobbled over to get my medal and a bottle of water, then to have my picture taken, thatís one Iíll buy Iím sure. :-) Then, it was off to find some muscle milk, I love that after a race, itís the only time I drink it.
Obviously me finishing and that's Mimi in the purple yelling at me. Thanks Mimi!
I was starting to be my legs back now so I waddled over to find Mimi, Kevin and Sean. We watched for Nancy to finish. She amazes me; she took a nice easy long run and was running very strong when she crossed the finish line!! Then came Amy and Nancyís 67 year old friend Linda a little later, I can only hope to run at that age! Ofcourse we stood around talking forever, taking pictures and enjoying the day! Eventually I went over to one of the village area and had one of the chiropractorsí to stretch me out a little bit and work on my pain in the tush! That helped, but I see a chiro weekly anyway, so no luck getting me to come to THEIR officeÖhehe.
All in all this was a GREAT race day for me. I got a PR for in my 4th half marathon of 1:58:56, my old record was 2:02:29(my first half ever). I didnít expect to run this well with all the piriformis issues Iíve had so it feels absolutely fantastic to have done it!
Link to my Garmin Stats:
The next milestone on my calendar is my first ever marathon on Dec 4th. Iíll be running this with my Bro. Nicholas!
The Three Sparkateers
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Place: Arlington, TX Convention Center
I didnít sleep great the night before, almost as if I were running a race on the 22nd of October. I wasnít running a race though. Why be so nervous then Jerome??
Saturday at 6:30am I was in line at the convention center to check in with Beach Body. I was about to do my very first LIVE workout with Shaun T of Insanity and Insanity Asylum!! HOLY SMOKES, what have I gotten into here?!?!
I was surprised there werenít more in line yet. I mean, the workout didnít start till 9am, but this was SHAUN T after all! I sat around talking to those in line, mostly to a 16 year old kid who had done P90X with his Dad and lost over 30 pounds himself. He was excited and ready to roll with Shaun T as we all were.
One dude walked in with Taco Cabana for breakfastł SERIOUSLY DUDE??? I looked at him and asked that he hang onto that bag and use it as a barf bag, LOL!
My friend Sheryl showed up later and we just visited shared stories about our journey, etc. They tried to get me to do a BeachBody success story, but I didnít do it. Yes Iíve completed Insanity, but that was only one small part of my 100 pound journey, I didnít feel that I could give all the credit there.
Finally about 8:45 they opened the doors and everybody just rushed into the room, to the front by the stage of course!! So here we are, probably about 500 people stand shoulder to shoulder expecting to do an Asylum workout. Some people just kept pushing to the front and I got bold about calling them idiots, do they not realize they need more room to do this work out? Sheesh people, get real!
The energy in the room was incredible! Iím glad Iíd had my spark and mass impact so I was good and ready for this workout, I knew it would be incredible!! Of course the first thing they did was ask us to spread out. So we did, sort of!
Soon enough here came some white dude with hair on stage, umÖ.you are NOT Shaun T! LOL Shaun entered from the back of the room and came through the crowd to the stage. No talking, no welcome, just jogging in place, get after it right away! Let me tell you, we did some crazy stuff, I worked my butt offÖ.and LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!! Shaun worked the crowd very well even coming out onto the floor several times, once walked right by me. I guess I was doing a good job; he didnít stop and yell at me. HA!!
All in all I am SO glad I got to do this event. I learned a lot, I got an incredible workout and met some really cool people in the process!!
This is Kim, Sheryl, me and Carin
Pretty cool pic of Shaun T during the question and answer session following the workout. This guy is THE REAL DEAL!! I've admired him for over a year and think even more of him now!
Saturday, October 08, 2011
October 8th, 2011
Pumpkin Run 10K
Joe Pool Lake - Grand Prairie, TX
This race is sentimental for me because I ran this last year and was my first ever 10K race. I also ran this race last year with a major sports hernia and had surgery two weeks late.
I'd set out this year to be my PR, which was STILL this race from a year ago! I ran again with my friend Lynette which was an honor to run step for step most of the way. hehe. Lynette finished 3rd here last year and this year she WON! Congrats Lynette!
I came out of the gate strong with miles 1 and 2 being 7:58 and 8:07. About mile 1.5 or so, some little boy (maybe 9??) who was running the 5K looked at me and said..."Hey, can I try to keep up with you?" I said, sure, if I can try to keep up with you. He said SURE! He went on to tell me that he was kicking his Dad's tail who was also running the 5K. At the split, I said well little dude, good luck, he say's yeah, you too! Too cute!
Miles 3 and 4 were 8:30 and 8:57. It was hotter than I wanted and my piriformis started to tighten up quite a bit about mile 4. I actually had to stop and stretch for a moment.
Miles 5 and 6 were 8:53 and 8:30 with the last .31 (on my garmin) was 7:42.
Not AS fast as I wanted to run it, but I STILL got my PR by 30 seconds. I ran officially in 53:19.2 placing 8th out of 15 men in my age group. I was 54th out of 194 runners in the 10K race.
ALSO.....Lynette brought me a special gift, wasn't that nice of her! This started as a joke, then a .....then a dare....then reality! She made me a kilt, SO I WORE IT!!! LOL. It was funny and wasn't in the way. Here are a few pics.
Pre Race with a little LEG action
New the beginning of the race
Me and Lynette post race
Great fun....Great day...and my wife even missed her woman's retreat so she could be there to watch me, that was awesome!!!
Monday, October 03, 2011
Saturday October 1st, 2011
Dallas Running Club
The Loop 15K
Dallas White Rock Lake
So I ran my only (hard to believe) my second 15K race this weekend. This blog will be fairly short and to the point, just enough to detail the event,,
I actually slept really well the night before, I couldn't believe that! My family was supposed to go with me, but Sydney was having horrible allergies and we decided that Chelle and the girls would stay home!
I arrived about an hour early and got my race bib and timing chip then started getting my legs going with an active warm up and stretch and trip to the porta pot and I was ready!
I met a friend John there so that was cool to see him again! We started way at the back, that's a great way to make ya feel good. You can pass lots of people that way...hahahaha. I ran with John the first mile or so, then took off. I saw another friend and co-worker of my wife on the run as well.
I made great time during the run and felt great about ever step.
Miles 1-3 were 8:38, 8:14 and 8:27 respectively and still feeling pretty strong!
Miles 4-6 were 8:24, 8:33 and 8:29 and I couldn't believe I was STILL holding 8's...WOW...Me, JEROME was running that fast?!?!?! GET OUT!!
Miles 7-9 were 8:34, 8:41 and 8:25 AMAZED!! WOW was I amazed. Relaxed and kicking it pretty well. My right knee did start to hurt a little toward the end, but nothing horrible!
My last .5 was 7:47.
My Garmin time was 1:20:30 and my official time was 1:20:57. Amazed even ME!! I placed 19th out of 44 in my age group.
My previous 15K, which was in July was 1:30:52 so I beat it by 10 minutes!! WHEW
It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed that run very much, THAT is why I run! I hit the runners high like never before!
There ya have it.....DRC 15K 2011 is in the books!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Just looking at old pictures tonight when I came across the BEFORE pic.
I can't believe our transformations!! WOW WOW WOW
This is my wife ChelleJoBean and I (with Emily) in China in 2005
the After picture was taken in July of 2011 in Tulsa, OK.
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