Just registered for my first 50k (31 miles) ultra marathon…. nervous, check, excited, check, ready to train, check! Only 145 days until Ice Age Trail 50 race day!
Been a while since I posted, but I finished the Chicago Marathon this last weekend in 4:13:49. My wife made a video, so make sure to take a look.
Finished my first marathon in 4 hours, 40 minutes, and 37 seconds.
Before the race ready to go!
Me pushing through at mile 26, almost to the finish
The training took dedication, but overall the experience was fun. Now I just need to figure out what to do next year.
Hey who is this guy?
A picture of use… before we got dirty!
First hay bale I think.
Soapy suds before we went down the giant slip and slide.
The freeze pit
Kayla got photogenic with herself.
My Hay bale jumping ability!
Still working on my hay bale jumping ability.
Not sure what I am doing here….
Hey a dark tunnel.
Dirty but finished!
Raw material, I did make one trace on the rubber as you can see in the picture.
The bottom piece is the top of the sole, while the top rubber piece is the bottom of the soul.
Tracing out my footprint from paper onto the rubber using a pen.
My first try at tying my new huaraches.
Found a video online that provides a slip on/off method, going to try this out for my first run
So… Warning this is just another running post. Over the last few weeks I have been pretty busy regards to running. Back on May 18th, I finished my third half marathon in 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 50 seconds which is a new personal best. My goal was to finish with a pace under 10 minutes per mile, which I did with a pace of 9:52. I have been building up my miles and averaged a couple 30 miles per week, even hit a new monthly record of 117 during May. While a 117 miles during a month is what some people do a week, its been a huge accomplishment for me.
I wanted to talk about my new shoes, previously I have been using Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas, but I picked up some new balance minimus MR00 shoes before the half marathon, but I didn’t get them broken in before the half, so I couldn’t use them. Since them I have added some miles to them, and even a long run and I have to admit, I really like them. If you are looking for zero drop minimalistic shoe, I would recommend the minimus. I attached a picture below.
My new shoes.
So, I posted about a week ago, that I would be running my second half marathon. I have completed the race, and what a race it was. I did a little more research this race, and did some things differently then last time. I broke up the race into 3 smaller races, 5 miles, 5 miles, and a 5k. One of the other things I did was take more gel packets ( I used the Clif Gels). I think I took 3 during my first half marathon, during this one I took 1 before the race, and 4 during the race (about every 25-30 minutes). I started off at my normal pace and took it very easy the first 5 miles. I was a little worried for the next 5 miles as it was on a gravel trail, however to much my surprise, I had tons of energy and the trail had hardly any rocks, more of a dust trail and it felt awesome on my feet. I posted my splits below for 1 mile paces, but as you can see, around mile 7, I picked up the pace, and ran faster then I probably should have, but pulled some awesome times (Disclaimer my GPS is always a little off, and it stopped recording around mile 11). I finished the race with a Gun time of 2:17:18, chip time of 2:16:53 and pace of 10:28/M. A very successful run, my only worry is improving upon this for the next one! Pictures posted below!
1 1.0 mi 09:18
2 1.0 mi 09:52
3 1.0 mi 09:54
4 1.0 mi 10:40
5 1.0 mi 10:25
6 1.0 mi 10:17
7 1.0 mi 08:42
8 1.0 mi 07:55
9 1.0 mi 08:33
10 1.0 mi 08:53
11 1.0 mi 09:53
12 0.2 mi 10:15
*GPS stopped recording
Start of the race
Right before the finish line.
I completed my first half marathon on May 19th, scary I am just getting around to posting about it.
My chip time was 2:33:17 and my gun time was 2:34:05, with a pace of 11:46.
Now all I have to do is find my next challenge.
Finished my second race, which was an 8k race. I ran the 8k with a chip time of 49:55 with a pace of 10:06. This was a very quick time for me, as I currently running 12min/miles.
Since there was only 2 people in my division, I actually got a medal too!
I will follow up when I finish my half marathon. Cheer!