Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The medal ceremony ;)

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Half Marathon, check!

As I mentioned on my last post, the Go! St. Louis Half and Full Marathon races took place in downtown St. Louis this last weekend. I had trained over 3 months for this event ("the half"), prepared myself for everything I thought I would face on race day, bought the right pair of shoes, shirt, shorts, ipod nano, armband, and there I was, in the middle of 17 thousand other runners just waiting for the gun to go off. The atmosphere would have been perfect if it wasn't for one small was raining! But I was not about to let one "small" detail (I thought) soak my goal, so here you go:

Mile 1: I had to make sure I did not go out too fast otherwise I would pay for it later. 7:45, perfect! I was at a conversational pace observing the views of downtown. Rain still coming down.

Mile 2: More of the same....same pace, more rain, dodging puddles!

Mile 3: At this part of the course, we went around the Budweiser brewery and the smell of hops and barley was in clearly in the air. I missed the mile marker but I'm assuming I kept up the same pace.

Miles 4-6: Not much going on. I was feeling strong besides having to go up a couple of small hills. The half-way mark was getting close.

Mile 7: I took my head phones off and scanned the spectators. This is what I saw:


Amy and Claire cheering me on! Claire was wearing her runners "bib"!

Mile 8: Energized by my personal cheerleaders, I probably had my best mile. Under 7:30! However, this is also the mile where I realized a couple of things: 1) I REALLY needed to go to the bathroom...I had been holding since mile 1 (so much for staying hydrated and drinking lots of water prior to the race). 2) The rain was not letting up and my shoes were now soaked and heavy. I started to feel blisters forming on both my my feet, and I still had another 5 miles to go.

Mile 9: Bathroom break. That's right, I stopped at a conveniently positioned porter-party next to the course path. This added about 45 seconds to my time, gave me some much needed relief, and officially made me an amateur runner.

Mile 10: At this point I had realized that this was the farthest I had ever ran before. I did not have much left to go, but I was starting to feel the race on my back. My feet hurt. Rain still coming down.

Mile 11-13: These were kindda of a blur. I don't remember much of them except that I just wanted to get to the finish line. I knew my pace had slowed down but I was still on target to make it under my goal of 1:45.

Finish: A quick sprint to cross the finish line.....official time.....1:44:32, success! Under the rained I started to make my way back to my car. I finished in 558th place out of 8533 half-marathoners. Not bad for a first timer! A special thanks to Amy, Kelly and Claire for coming to watch me!

Here are a few pictures taken by Kelly.

Claire giving me some pointers before the race

About half-way through the race.

Her "bib" says "daddy's future running buddy"

The end!

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Half!

It's has been 3 months now since I decided to train for my first half-marathon. Claire was only a week old and she slept for most of the day. Amy and I were still in our parental leaves from work so finding time to go to the gym was relatively easy. My motivation? I had a few....lose weight, get back in shape, run a marathon, find another hobby....
30 pounds lighter and a couple of chapped nipples later, I now find myself only a couple of days away from running the 13.1 mile distance. To be honest, my initial goal was to simply finish the race, but as my training went on, I started to feel stronger and more confident. Averaging over thirty miles a week was not easy at first, but it feels pretty routine now. My new goal is to run it between 1:40 and 1:45, but to do that, I need to make sure I don't get caught up in the adrenaline kick of the first couple of miles.
I will be blogging about my race next week, so stay tuned.

See Go! St. Louis for race details and results.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Claire updates

Claire is now a couple days over 3 months and she is growing so fast. Besides her usual morning talks (check out video below), she now picked up a couple of other skills/hobbies:
Smiling - Just about every time you look at her and make a face, she smiles.....
Mirror Game - She likes the mirror which every time she looks at it, it tends to trigger one of her other skills, smiling (see above).
Basketball - My personal favorite! Although we don't really let her watch TV, watching the NCAA tournament with dad is already becoming a must.

Good Morning Claire!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

We should have been more careful.....

oh well......I hope Claire is ready for a little sister/brother!
you should have known that I would pull an April Fool's joke today!