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#201 Becky My Darling

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 07:04 AM

"Never been that good at anything"

 

Psh, I'm no deathbeast - that's for sure.


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 06:43 AM

Another 5k this weekend. 17:02 for first overall.

 

My friend paced me through about 2.5miles. Felt great through about 1.5 then my lack of strength (endurance) caught up with me and the last half was a sufferfest. 5:17, 5:25ish were the first and second mile splits with the third being in the mid 5:30's.

 

Overall, I'm still pretty happy even though I didn't break 17. This is the fastest I have ran in 7+ years and with only 8months of consistent running (Oct - now). May was also my highest mileage month in 7+ years, so I'm sure my legs were a little worn down for this race. With some solid summer base mileage, this fall will be very interesting.

 

Pics from Saturday:

 

The last straightaway in the race:

 

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So close...

 

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And done.

 

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And the hardware

 

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 06:55 AM

What is the guy in the back doing....



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:19 AM

In the last pic? Looks like he's yawning.


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:19 AM

No, he's trying to suck out that woman's sole. Congrats though. I used to be decent at 5Ks when I was under 15. 



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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:09 AM

Ran a local 5k on Saturday. This was my first race back since my son has been born and since I've had upper GI issues which caused me to take 15 days off in June.

 

There wasn't really any competition so I decided I was just going to have fun with the race. I am always very competitive so I very rarely just get to race and have fun with it. My goal was to go out slow, pick up the 2nd mile, and hammer the third mile.

 

We went out pretty slow for the first mile (5:44) and I had my friend with me after the first mile. He seemed to be running pretty strong, so I decided to hammer the second mile (5:23). After passing the 2mile mark, I looked behind me on a turn and saw that he was pretty far back so I just cruised in the last mile for the win (5:33 + :43 for the .1mile).

 

1st overall in 17:25 - won by 21 seconds

 

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My 18year old brother ran in the race, too. It was his first 5k race and he only runs a few miles per week. He finished 3rd in his age group, 42nd overall with a time of 23:32. He was pretty pumped.

 

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:26 AM

Nice work!



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 01:37 PM

I ran 14miles yesterday. Averaged just a hair under 7:00/mile pace.

 

I haven't ran a single run that far since probably 2005ish. Man, what a confidence booster. It's so awesome feeling like your hard work is actually paying off. I can't wait until October when I'll be peaking for a couple of races.


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 01:39 PM

Oh, and I am seriously contemplating signing up for this very laid back 50k "race" (31miles) on Dec 31. It's a 3 mile loop that you complete 10 times and there is an aid station at the start so you can have assistance (hydration, nutrition, etc) on every lap.

 

I'm not aiming to win it or anywhere close (winner ran under 6:30/mile pace last year), but my goal would just be to complete it under 4 hours.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 12:36 PM

Wow, it has been a LONG time since I posted in here.

 

I have a blog now that I try to keep updated with race results and a somewhat autobiography of my running "career". Here is my blog for those that care: http://runitlikebeckham.blogspot.com/

 

Here is the summary from 2014:

 

- In January, I was selected to become part of the Fleet Feet Racing Team. This selection has been a huge help with motivation and support of my running comeback - especially at such an early stage (only a few months after starting back running). A big shout out to our Fleet Feet Huntsville store for having this team and selecting me to be a part of it. Fleet Feet Racing Team

- Once I decided I was going to take running seriously again, I contacted my old college team mate Will Rodgers at RunningLane.com. RunningLane was created by knowledgeable and competitive runners to assist runners of all talents reach their goals. I would not be as far along as I am without their help and guidance. Definitely check them out. RunningLane and RunningLane on Facebook

- I was selected as part of the Earthfare Earthlete Ambassador program. This was another great program that I am thankful I was selected for. Earthfare provides the best organic and nutritional foods in the Huntsville area and I am proud to support them. Earthfare

- The spring racing season started out with the Covefest 5k. This was a flat, fast course but unfortunately I believe it was a 3mile course instead of a 5k since I finished 1st overall with a 17:07.

 

- My next spring race was the Double Helix 5k in Research Park. With good competition, I was able to get 2nd overall with a 17:25 finish. Not too bad and was feeling much better.

- My last goal race of the spring was a last spur of the moment to try and get under 17min for the 5k. My workouts had proven that I was in shape to do so, so we picked the certified and fast course at the PCRA 5k in Priceville. A BIG thank you to Brandon York for assisting me with pacing duties for the first two miles. I felt great, but my lack of endurance showed up on the last mile. I finished with a 17:02 and the overall win by almost 2min. A good race, but just shy of my goal.

- After that race, my summer running was essentially was put on hold. My wife and I welcomed our baby boy, Leland, into the world on June 18. It was one of the best moments of my life. My wife had a pretty rough delivery, so we are very thankful that both her and Leland are okay. 

- Shortly after that, I started having some heartburn issues. We scheduled an endoscopy in July, but had to stop it shortly after it started because of my abnormal heart rhythm. Long story short, this was followed with a appointment at The Heart Center to perform a stress test, echocardiogram, and eventually a cardiac MRI. All of these tests came back normal and the structure of my heart is perfectly fine (GREAT news!). Apparently, my rhythm is just weird (actual electrical rhythm - my heart rate, heartbeat, blood pressure, etc are all normal).

- Unfortunately, these medical issues put quite a damper on my training. I was a little paranoid until I got the all clear and even then I wasn't 100% mentally into it. My mileage total for the month of October was only a mere 50miles.

- Jumping back into training, I had the Liz Hurley 5k coming up. With not much training under my belt, I was able to finish 6th overall with a 17:26 which was almost 1min faster than my 2013 time. I was very excited about this race and executed a very nice race plan.

- After this race, I started to put the hammer down on some training mileage in preparation for the Recover from the Holiday's 50k on December 31. I chose to do this 50k since it is a very laid back event and simply 10 loops of a 3mile course. A few weeks out from the race, I was able to complete a 17mile training run (my longest run ever) with Brandon York averaging under 7min pace (last few miles in the 6:30's or less), so I was feeling fairly confident in being able to complete the race. The goal was to finish between 4:30-5hours.

- The 50k started out great. I ran with a few others during the first 6miles, but after that it was a solo journey. I was running most miles between 7:40-8:00 pace for the first 22miles and feeling good. I was in 3rd place by a few minutes and was wondering if I was actually going to finish 3rd overall on my debut 50k. Unfortunately, my legs decided otherwise and started cramping very bad around mile 23. It was downhill from there. I was limited to having to walk the uphills and jog the downhills (~10min pace) for the last 8 or so miles. In that time I was passed by 11 people, but I still stuck with the grind and finished 14th overall in 4:52 - still within my goal!


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 12:38 PM

In 2015, I have set a new post collegiate 5k PR of 16:25. Hopefully dropping into mid-high 15's this year and running my first half marathon and marathon this fall.

 

So far in 2015:

 

May 25: Cotton Row Run 10K - 36:18 - 18th Overall, 3rd in age group (~3,000 runners)
May 9: Chick Fil A 5K - 17:12 - 2nd Overall (won 9 months of free Chick Fil A!)
May 2: Steeple Chase 8K - 27:39 - 1st Overall
April 18: Cookie Dash 5K - 16:25 - 2nd Overall, 1st in age group
April 7: Double Helix 5K - 16:51 - 1st Overall (new course record)
February 14: Hug a Cub "5k" - 15:58 - 1st Overall (course was 3miles instead of 5k)


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