Archives for 2010

November 2010 Running Recap

Posted on 12/5/2010 to Health and Fitness

Well, another month has come and gone. With November’s passing, so too does my Movember mustache. Losing it was almost like losing a friend…almost. Other notables for the month: I started training for my next major race, though I didn’t register for it until December 1st. I also logged my first 16 mile run, which for now is my longest run by 1 mile, and by just under 8 minutes.

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October 2010 Running Recap

Posted on 11/19/2010 to Health and Fitness

Another month, and another running recap severely overdue. Life goes on. October was an exciting month for me, as Julie, Sam, and I took a trip to Colorado where I completed my 2nd half marathon—the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon, and got a lot of nice running in while I was there (besides the race). October also brought an end (mostly) to the extremely warm/hot days of August and September.

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Inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Denver Half Marathon Race

Posted on 11/19/2010 to Health and Fitness

It’s been nearly 5 weeks since I finished my second half marathon, the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon, so it’s way past time to capture my thoughts on the race before I forget too many of them.

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Loaded Oats

Posted on 11/18/2010 to Eats and Drinks

I was recently craving oatmeal raisin cookies, which happen to be my favorite cookies in the whole world. After trying to ignore the craving for a week or two, I finally caved, and ventured to the store to get the missing ingredients. In addition to buying the missing ingredients, I also came across 100% whole wheat flour, which I’ve never used, so I bought some.

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September 2010 Running Recap

Posted on 10/31/2010 to Health and Fitness

Way over due, I know… If August was the most grueling month of running, for non-running reasons, then September has been the most grueling month for running-related reasons. Actually, it wasn’t so much that it was grueling as it was time consuming, and challenging, as I hit the meat of my training for my 2nd half marathon.

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Playlist Suggestions For My Next Half Marathon

Posted on 9/29/2010 to Health and Fitness

With just two and a half weeks until I race my second half marathon, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver 1/2 Marathon, it’s time for me to start putting together a playlist of songs to listen to while I’m racing. First, let me get a few things out of the way…

  • Yes, I’m planning on wearing headphones during the race.
  • Yes, I know the controversy about wearing headphones during races—this post is not the place for commenting on that debate.
  • Yes, I realize that there will be bands playing every mile along the course.

So here is what I’m interested in:

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August 2010 Running Recap

Posted on 9/1/2010 to Health and Fitness

One of the most grueling months of my short running career has finally come to an end. It wasn’t the running that caused the month to be so challenging, it was the weather, which should come as no surprise—this is Texas, after all.

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July 2010 Running Recap

Posted on 8/2/2010 to Health and Fitness

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve written a running recap (March to be exact), and with some milestones being met and coming up, along with some additional news pending, I thought it’s time for an update. I won’t bother going back and providing a full month-by-month recap since March, but I will sprinkle in any pertinent information.

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Jacob Turns 10, Sam Turns 12 (weeks)

Posted on 7/20/2010 to Family & Friends

Wow. It’s been a while, huh? As I’m sure you know by now, Julie and I have been very busy with our little baby boy, Sam, along with traveling all star baseball and t-ball. I’m sorry for not posting anything here, but I’m sure you’ve seen all of the details on Facebook or elsewhere.

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The Inaugural America’s Run 5K Race Report

Posted on 4/16/2010 to Health and Fitness

This past Sunday, I, along with my brother-in-law, Steven, and 1200+ other timed runners, raced the inaugural America’s Run 5K, at Cowboys Stadium. In addition to the 1200+ timed runners, there were an untold number of untimed runners participating, making it an extremely large field for the 5K.

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March 2010 Running Recap

Posted on 4/1/2010 to Health and Fitness

Another month has come to an end, and for those of us running in north Texas, that means spring is finally in full effect, along with everything that comes with it—wind, warmer temperatures, wind, allergies, and wind. Did I mention wind? Seriously, I think we had a week straight of winds gusting 25-30+ mph! Not fun.

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My Cowtown Half Marathon Playlist

Posted on 3/10/2010 to Health and Fitness

I meant to do this last week, but forgot. I thought I would share what was on my playlist for the Cowtown Half Marathon. You can laugh, but don’t judge…

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February 2010 Running Recap

Posted on 3/3/2010 to Health and Fitness

When it came to running, February was all about the Cowtown Half Marathon. Every run was done with an eye towards how it would help me run the Cowtown. There was a brief time when my motivation slipped, but I never lost sight of the end goal. I pushed through the motivation issues, and completed all of my training runs; I might’ve even enjoyed some of them.

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The 2010 Cowtown By The Numbers

Posted on 3/2/2010 to Health and Fitness

I thought y’all might like to see some of the numbers behind my race.

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2010 Cowtown Half Marathon Race Report

Posted on 3/1/2010 to Health and Fitness

I’ve started and stopped writing this race report at least half a dozen times. I’m still not sure that I’m happy with it. This report will take you through the end of the race, and then I’ll follow up with some post race commentary. Fair warning, this is a long one!

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The Quiet Before The Storm

Posted on 2/27/2010 to Health and Fitness

It’s 5:18 AM, and I’m in the middle of my pre-race routine—eating some toast with peanut butter and honey (what you were thinking…). The Cowtown Half Marathon is this morning, and as you all know, this is my first half marathon. I’m excited, and I’m nervous. Really, more than anything, I can’t wait to get this show on the road. Let’s just skip past the rest of the pre-race stuff, and start the dang race! I don’t need to mess with traffic, parking, the crowds, or freezing my you know what off waiting for the start. Let’s race!

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My Road To The 2010 Cowtown Half Marathon

Posted on 2/24/2010 to Health and Fitness

At 7:30 AM, this coming Saturday morning, a gun will go off, signaling the start of the 2010 Cowtown Marathon, Half Marathon, Ultra Marathon, and 10K. A few minutes later, my corral should be released, and I’ll be starting the half marathon. It’s been a little over 72 hours since I finished the last key workout of my current training cycle, a 14 mile run (my second). In a little under 72 hours from now I will hopefully be finishing my first half marathon.

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10 Days Until The Cowtown Half Marathon

Posted on 2/17/2010 to Health and Fitness

It’s 10 days and counting until I run my first half marathon, the Cowtown Half Marathon. This past weekend I ran 14 miles for the first time ever. It was miserable. The wind chill was in the 20s, and the winds were steady at 11 mph, gusting to 38 mph (I think mostly gusting). As tempted as I was to call it a day after the first half mile, or to do half of it outside and half of it on the treadmill, I stayed the course, and did it all outside. I figured it would be good practice in case we get another shot of cold, windy weather for the race.

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Countdown To The Cowtown

Posted on 2/7/2010 to Health and Fitness

Today, in preparation for the upcoming Cowtown Half Marathon, I ran the second of two scheduled 13 mile runs. The first 13 mile run (my first ever) was two weeks ago, and I was eager to see what it would be like the second time out.

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Motivation Waning

Posted on 2/4/2010 to Health and Fitness

I feel like my motivation to train has been waning over the last couple of weeks. I’m not really sure why. It isn’t that I don’t want to run, it’s that I don’t want to be bound to a training schedule. I don’t want to be required to do 6 miles at tempo pace, or 5 x 1 mile repeats. I just want to run. 3 miles, 4 miles, whatever—just don’t tell me how fast or how far.

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January 2010 Running Recap

Posted on 2/1/2010 to Health and Fitness

First, you should know that since it is now February 1st and I’ve not yet posted my 2009 Running Recap, there will be no “year in review” post. Sorry. I know you’re really disappointed, but you should also know that I’m not planning on making it up to you. That said, here’s my January 2010 Running Recap…

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December 2009 Running Recap

Posted on 1/11/2010 to Health and Fitness

Whew…what a finish to the year, and what a whirlwind the last few days have been (more on that in a later post)! If you’ll recall, I finished up November with a 1 mile run on the treadmill, just so that I could hit 130 miles in a month for the first time. Well, November has nothing on December…

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