Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
We got some much needed rain today, although not much at my house. I ran 2.5 miles on the trails at the park this afternoon. Obviously, there had been more rain at the park. No mud, but the sand was packed down and the rain washed the leaves off many of the roots. Nice running surface.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
We had our club's annual Leftover Turkey 5K yesterday morning. I finished the hilly course in 38:14. Then, I drove to Waco for the First Responder Half Marathon this morning. The course avoids Cameron Park, so it is flat. I last ran this race in 2013 and finished in 2:56:53. This morning, I finished in 2:41:35, making it my fastest half marathon in recent years. I was 2nd in the 70 and over age group. The finisher medal was a police car, complete with battery powered flashing lights. This was my 79th half marathon.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
I made the 100-mile drive down to La Porte (east of Houston) early this morning to run the La Porte by the Bay Half Marathon. The temperature was in the 30's when I left Huntsville and was in the 40's for the start of the race at 7:30 a.m. Clear weather, so a perfect day for running. I ran into a lot of old friends, including John and Julie Loftus, who were here from New Zealand. For the most part, the course was flat. Then, there were out and back trips over the Hartley Bridge over the Houston ship channel. Each way over the 178-foot bridge was 2.6 miles. I made it without having to walk. In any case, I finished in 2:51:47, less than 2 minutes faster than my half marathon in Nacogdoches last Sunday. There were nearly 1,800 finishers and I was 4th of 5 in the 75-79 age group. Half marathon number 78 done.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
I had to get up early this morning for the AC guy and had a doctor's appointment and several errands in Conroe. I felt sluggish, but got in a workout at Iron Works and a 2-mile road run at the park. Two races coming up this weekend; a 5K and another half marathon.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016
I drove 2 hours over to Nacogdoches yesterday for the East Texas Half Marathon at 7 a.m. this morning. The temperature was in the high 40's and low 50's during the race. Could not ask for better running weather. The course was mostly flat, going back and forth across the city and into some neighborhoods. The pavement was rough in places and we ran over some curbs, but I managed not to trip. I finished in 2:53:10, my best half marathon time since December 2014. I finished 2nd of 3 in the 70 and over age group.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
I will be thankful when this day and the entire campaign is over. Tonight, I chose to watch a football game I found on TV, rather than election results. Jason and I were the only ones who showed up at the park this evening. I ran 3 miles on the park roads, while Jason ran trails.
Monday, November 7, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Long day. I got up early this morning and drove down to Conroe for the Texas 10 Series 10-Miler at 7:30 a.m. Nice weather, with a temperature in the 60's. I finished in 2:09:54 and was 4th of 4 in the 70 and over age group. I got back to Huntsville in time to get a shower and make it to 12;30 Mass. It was in Spanish and I did not understand a word. Being Catholic, Mass every Sunday is an obligation. After Mass, I changed clothes and went down to The Woodlands and ran the Sunday Night 5K. It rained early in the race, but then let up. I finished in 36:54. I returned home to visiting famiily.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
I drove over to College Station this morning to run the Ready, Set, Go 5K at 9 a.m. on the Texas A&M campus. Had not run this race before, but have run the course several times. I drove through a heavy rain as I entered College Station, but there was no rain during the race. I finished in 36:08, two seconds slower than my 5K last Saturday. It was non-competitive, but I would have been first in the 70 and over age group if it was.
Friday, November 4, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
This evening, I ran 2 miles on the park roads. I plan to run a lot of races this season, but my focus is on half marathons. I have completed 3 this month to give me a life-time total of 76. My goal is 101. Below is a list of the half marathons I plan to run for the remainder of this season. If I can complete these, that will give me a total of 91. Then, I should be able to reach my goal next year.
Sunday, Nov. 13, East Texas Half Marathon, Nacogdoches
Sunday, Nov. 20, La Porte Half Marathon
Sunday, Nov. 27, First Responder Half Marathon, Waco
Sunday, Dec. 11, BCS Half Marathon, College Station
Sunday, Dec. 18, Santa Hustle Half Marathon, Galveston
Sunday, Jan. 1, Texas Half Marathon, Kingwood
Saturday, Jan. 7, River Road Half Marathon, New Braunfels
Sunday, Jan. 22, 3M Half Marathon, Austin
Sunday, Feb. 12, Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon, Houston
Saturday, Feb. 17, Love.Run Half Marathon, Huntsville State Park
Saturday, Feb. 25, Jail Break Half Marathon, Baytown
Saturday, March 4, The Woodlands Half Marathon
Saturday, March 18, Lucky Trails Half Marathon, Seabrook
Sunday, April 9, Vantage Half Marathon, Houston
Saturday, April 15, Big Star Half Marathon, Frisco