I woke early on Thanksgiving morning and loaded the car to spend the weekend at my parents house on the gulf coast. I started to head south and stopped in Hattiesburg to participate in the “Hobble then Gobble 5 Miler”.
This race was took place in neighborhoods surrounding Lake Serene. It was a simple out and back course. Unfortunately for me this was the coldest day of year so far I. Southern Mississippi and it was hard to convince myself to actually get out of the car. After I registered for the race I spent some time stretching and warming up still in sweatpants and my jacket. With less than 10 inputs I finally decided to get out of the car and leave the sweats.
As the starting buzzer sounded we left the line and started the push forward. The cold wind immediately started to numb my fingers and toes. I held consistent at 7:00 min/mile pace for the first half of the race until the turn around. As the pack started to thin after the turn around I pushed a little quicker to 6:30/mile. As I approached mile 3 I heard and felt another runner behind me. He was an older man and as he pulled up next to me I began to run faster. Side by side we continued to increase pace and built up to another runner in front of us. We stayed three across as we passed the mile 4 marker and into the final stretch of he course. Being an out and back course I knew where the final hill was and told myself where I was going to start to push harder. With just over 800 meters to go I pushed ahead to a 5:45/mile pace and pulled ahead of the other two runners. I crossed the line in 33:14 (5 seconds in front of the next runner) finishing 10th overall of the 249 runners claiming 3 in my age group.
1) Vegas Racecation
I’m still trying to get caught up on work and homework from while I was in Las Vegas last weekend, but completely worth it. I had a great weekend with friends and team mates and I finished my 9th marathon! A full race recap will be up later this weekend, but be sure to read my post about the fun stuff I posted Tuesday.
2) High School Football
The season never ends… Marching band continues to operate in my schedule, tacking on Indoor Percussion also now. Only one way to make the kids better & that’s to provide them the opportunities to get better.
3) Half Fanatic
I appreciate that I am blessed enough to be able to go out and run a marathon. But there is little I enjoy more than running a half. It’s just long enough that I have time to play and enjoy the time and still long enough to where can’t be taken lightly. My next 4 races are all halfs. Leaving me time to recover before the Mercedes Marathon.
4) Run Streak
The Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak starts next week. The goal is to run at least 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. Who’s on board for a challenge?
Speaking of challenges… I want to run a double. I’m looking at the Wisconsin, Michigan double marathon in May. Anyone know of a few great races to knock out multiple states?
I left Friday afternoon for New Orleans to catch my flight out west. I love flying Southwest for many reasons, direct flights is one of them! Straight from New Orleans to Las Vegas after just a few hours in the sky. There’s very little that compares to waking up & seeing the Grand Canyon on your right side. The flight offered free wifi & live streaming television from Dish Network. Hello NFL Network.
After landing in Vegas I was picked up by Brooklyn and, per my request, headed straight for In N Out Burger. I never pass up the opportunity to enjoy quality In N Out. Single cheeseburger protein style to kick start my Vegas Racecation. I was lucky enough to stay with Brooklyn’s family About 15 minutes out of the downtown area. Great accommodations and the perfect place to gear up for the race weekend.
Saturday morning Brooklyn and I headed out to meet up with other athletes from Further. Faster. Forever. for a run at Red Rock Canyon park. It was a great time as a dozen of us ran the roads with incredible views and cheered on all the cyclists and runners we passed. Oh yeah, some of us happened to be dressed like superheroes. The first ever F3 Vegas Superhero 5k was followed immediately by the first ever F3 Dunkin Doughnuts smashing. I couldn’t ask for better teammates. If you don’t already follow F3 you are missing out on a great place for inspiration.
Saturday afternoon was full of hustle and crowdedness as we squeezed. Around the race expo. Packed from wall to wall with vendors, displays, and runners with their families left very little room and lots of long lines to wait in. I was told this was the first year that the expo was held in the convention center, maybe this location was a bit to small or maybe they didn’t utilize their space efficiently. Very little interesting things happened here, although I did find a little sparkle to finish off my race outfit for Sunday night. Thanks Sparkle Athletic! #TeamSparkle
Saturday night was the first ever F3 National Meet-up. I can’t express how great it was meeting all the people that I have interacted with via social media for almost a year. We met at an Ale House just outside of town and spent the evening eating, drinking, and meeting. Door prizes were given and I’m glad to say that the table we were at dominated! So much so that other people would run over to our table and almost immediately have their raffle number called. I walked away with a $15 voucher for a new Road id, which is great because I have been meaning to pick up a new one for a few months now. Back at home, we spent an hour or so relaxing in the hot tub before sleeping on Sunday to get ready for Sunday night’s race.
1) High School Football
The life of a band director takes backseat to the high school football schedule each year. Our team is undefeated in the district and in their class as they go into their final regular season game tonight. With a strong team it means that we will continue into the state playoffs. 4 more potential weeks of marching band.
2) runDisney Wine & Dine
Best wishes to all of my friends in Walt Disney World this weekend for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. This race is on my to do list for next year, but for now I just have to stay glued to social media. If you want to stay connected during the weekend be sure to follow TeamRunDisney on Twitter & Instagram.
3) Final Countdown
I received my final race instructions for Vegas. When I registered I put my estimated finish time at 3:45:00 so I’m starting in Corral 7. That plan has changed significantly, so hopefully I’ll be able to move ahead in corrals also. Race day is only 10 days away!
4) Also counting down
I leave for Las Vegas in 7 days, this means I am 7 days away from In -n- Out Burger! I missed the chance to go while I was in California during Dumbo weekend so it’s been calling at me since July when I discovered they were in the Dallas area.
5) continue to do good stuff.
Yes, I have met my until fundraising commitments for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but that does not mean the fundraising stops. If you’re able to feel free to donate to my page or any other. The money all goes to a great cause. Also St. Jude is beginning their holiday fundraiser where you can add $1 to your purchase at many retail stores around the country. Please don’t disregard how important that $1 can be to a child fighting for their life. do good stuff.
1) Payday, Raceday
Many runners can attest that the only reason we have a job is to afford our running. November 1 marks a price increase for several races I want to run in 2014 so I had to sneak in & register before today. Last night I registered for the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon & the Mercedes Ben Full Marathon. I ran the Inaugural THM in 2013 & loved it. I can’t wait to go back for 2014, the course has been altered and improved. Read my recap from this year by clicking the link below.
2) Ripped Cream
I was very excited to try this product. This protein coffee creamer combines 2 of my favorite things. Unfortunately, it wasn’t made for my taste buds. I’ll take the protein out of my blender bottle any day. After a handful of sips I decided to tackle the day without coffee. Anyone try Ripped Cream and have a thought? Share it below.
The Red Sox won the World Series, why do I like this? Because it means the Cardinals didn’t! I’m a Braves fan, I’d rather see any other team win other than St. Louis & Washington. It was a great season of baseball & now begins the long wait until spring training. This season I was lucky enough to go to 6 games in 5 stadiums, 4 of then for the first time. Check out my new page in the top menu with pictures from different ballparks.
NYC will be the biggest marathon since the attacks during the Boston Marathon in April. After having to cancel the race last year due to Hurricane Sandy I am excited to see everyone’s experiences from this race. As a community marathoners are strong and resilient, the normal attitude to a bump in the road is to jump over it, not to stop and turn around. Best of luck to all those running this weekend. Everyone else can tune in on ESPN 2 for live coverage Sunday morning.
Over the last 2 months my room mate has been neck deep in Weight Watchers. She has been counting every meal and totaling every point. I’ve been learning how the system and program works & been looking through websites on how to make different meals and thanks to a link on a friend’s page I found a blog called Emily Bites. A great resource of Weight Watcher friendly recipes. I foresee several of these in my near future.
Check out her blog by clicking the image below.
It’s a big day for runDisney fans. Today runDisney posted the medal designs for both Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend and the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I’m looking forward to adding the Tink 2014 Half medal to my medal rack in January. The 10k medal seems very similar to the Disneyland 10k medal last month during the Dumbo Double Dare.
The Princess Half medal has been redesigned and inspired by Cinderella. The Glass Slipper Challenge Medal was highly anticipated and I don’t think it disappointed at all. It looks great!
Are you earning any of these to kick off 2014?
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One of my favorite parts of the fall, other than race season, is playing fantasy football. I am playing in 3 fantasy football leagues, 2 for fun & 1 with a nice prize pot waiting for the champion. My strategy going in to draft day 2 months ago was to build each team as close to the same as possible. This meant 2 things; 1) my season will rest completely on the success of the Denver Broncos 2) their week 9 bye is going to be rough. To prepare for the Broncos week off I’ve been building my bench with sleepers & stand outs. Finally comfortable with my week 9 rosters, I didn’t realize that I was left in week 8 without a running back. Luckily, it didn’t stop my team from putting together a high scoring weekend improving my record to 7-1, claiming the current #1 slot in the league, & moved 1 week closer to the extra pay day. Week 9 strategies start now!
Here’s the recap from my other leagues, this is the first time since Week 1 I’ve pulled a win in all 3 leagues.
1) Track Running
I have finally found a track available for me to use! Located at a high school just a few blocks from my house this facility is open for the public use 7 days a week until 9 pm. Great track too, nice and open lanes, very few other people out there. You know what this means, right?
2) Speed Work
Last week I posted about incorporating Yasso 800s into my regular workout routine. Bart Yasso’s idea is that you can aim your marathon finish times relative to the times you can run 10 – 800 meter repeats. Let’s hope he’s right after this week’s session! Speaking of going fast…
3) Safe Driving
Going fast isn’t always a good thing. In late August I received a speeding ticket driving to work and this past Tuesday I wasted away a huge chunk of my sitting in a class learning about safe driving. What did I learn? That speeding is not worth the time or money spent after fact. The class is scheduled for 4 hours, I finished in just under 2. Apparently it’s okay to speed through the coursework.
4) Meal Planning
I am trying to take every precaution to ensure quality performance in the Las Vegas Marathon. With just under a month until race day I am focusing on nutrition and meal planning. I have put together a weekly menu and cooking for the week to stick to it. I’m not the best at avoiding a cheat snack here and there between them, but I’ve got my main meals covered. Taking baby steps.
5) Fantasy Football
I am in a league where the champion walks away with a $500 prize purse. I have put together a solid, league leading team built around the Denver Broncos. I knew on draft day that the Bronocs bye week 9 was going to be problematic so I started to prepare by picking up a few quality back ups for Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, and Matt Prater. Well, without realizing it, both of my running backs are on Week 8 Byes. I’m still uncertain as to what to do to solve my no running problem. Hopefully Peyton and Broncos can put up fantastic numbers this weekend at home against the Redskins. Coming off their first loss of the season last Sunday night I fully expect a lot of big plays.
Thursday is my favorite day of the week to peruse Instagram as friends post pictures from long ago for Throwback Thursday. This morning I dug around a little to find my first run. I was using the Endmodo running GPS app back then on an Android powered HTC phone. Much has changed since those first miles. Here’s the synopsis of my first run around the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton, MS.
September 26, 2011
Distance 2.17 Miles
Total Time 22:54
Avg Speed 10:33 min/mile
It’s great being able to see exactly where I started.