Monday, July 21, 2008

A long way to go, fellas

but I think, for me, it will look something like this:

Monday, July 7, 2008

So now what?

Unless I'm mistaken, I am the only one actually registered. Comments and/or suggestions would be appreciated.

2009 Newsletter
July 7, 2008 In This Edition Marathon & Half Marathon SOLD OUT 2009 Race Date

Greetings from the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, EP5K and ABB Team Challenge.

Marathon & Half Marathon SOLD OUT

The 2009 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon have reached their combined cap of 18,000 participants and are now SOLD OUT. Congratulations to the 18,000 registrants who helped sell out our races in record time and with a record number of participants.
Individuals who did not register for the 2009 Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Houston Half Marathon before they reached the registration cap may put their name on a wait list to receive a transferred registration.
Registered participants who will not be able to participate may opt to transfer their registration to someone on the wait list and receive a partial refund of their registration fee.
For more information on registration transfers and the wait list, click here.
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2009 Race Date The 37th running of the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, EP5K and ABB Team Challenge will be held on January 18, 2009.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

From my inbox this AM

Greetings from the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, EP5K and ABB Team Challenge.

Registration fees to increase on July 1
Registration fees in both the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon will increase on July 1. The marathon rate will go up $20 and the half marathon fee will increase by $10. For more information and to register online, click (on the link provided by Micah on the side.) Also, as of June 25th, the marathon registration was 70% full.

In other news, I started running again. It sucks. I can't believe I agreed to do this.

Love to you all.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What are ya'll doing?

I am in a slump. Who knew when we started that I would take off and challenge myself (not one who runs) to run? I have officially been training since Christmas. I have logged over 200 miles. My longest run has been 8 miles in 1:20-ish. My fastest mile has been 10:24-ish. I have been chased by dogs on multiple occasions and even bit once. (I even shopped for mace) I have graduated to wearing proper running clothes instead of just "workout wear" due to rubbing raw skin. I love my nike+ system that keeps me organized. (I love numbers and graphs)

Since the hot weather has become a constant, I have not enjoyed my morning runs. To avoid the heat, I should wake up and run earlier than 8 am, but that is proving to be close to impossible. (Apparently I am not the early morning person I used to be... I blame a night-owl husband and two kids) I began a training program with nike+ for a half-marathon in mid-April so that I could work up to training for the marathon, but I have failed the computer program. I have dropped the ball. I have fallen off the horse. My spirits are low, my excitement is gone. I do not have the perseverance related to marathon training. I need help. I need direction. I need accountability. I need training. I need team support.

Is anyone else thinking this? Maybe I am the only one totally overwhelmed. How did I get into this? I am no runner. Perseverance is not my thing. Where's my team?

Monday, June 9, 2008

I'm #1! (At least in one respect) to me
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Story

For your reading pleasure, the story of The JLowe Pre-Wedding Invitational Beer Mile is now available online. Submit all changes to Malcolm or Mrs. Malcolm.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Result for my mile time trial today. Not exceptionally fast, but shows im in a decent form. We ran heavy sprints the day before in football practice, leaving some muscles sore today. Other factors include: dirt track, no racing flats, no competition. Perhaps a 5:20 is within reach.
see u guys real soon.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Or 1:02:04 if you go by the chip time. It turns out there was about 37 seconds of transition time factored in there. I don't have exact splits, but I do have my halfway time. So, I ran the first half of my leg (6k) in 32:45. I ran the second half (slightly less than 6k) in 31:19. I do know that I ran a couple of my miles around 8:40, one around 8:30, one around 9:00, and one around 8:00. My overall pace was 8:35 or so.

The conditions for the day can best be described as blustery. There was a 10-20mph wind from the north throughout the run. My last couple of miles were actually running south so I think the wind helped me there. As previously stated I was/am sick, but other than perhaps being more cold than usual and having more mucus to hawk up during the run I'm not sure it really affected me much. The temp around the start of the race was 45-50. By the time my leg started, it was probably up to 50-55.

As for my thoughts on the race, all things considered I'm happy. My stated goal was to run 59:50, but I figured that probably wouldn't happen even if everything had been picture perfect. My secondary goal was to run a PR for the event, which I did. My previous best time was around 1:02:25. I do feel like I'm in a pretty decent spot to try and continue running from here. I think that may be the most exciting part.

Other news: I talked to the people with the Houston Marathon at the expo before the race, and registration is now officially open and only accessible online. Even my (soon-to-be) wife seems excited about the marathon. I would go ahead an register, but I would like to do it with my Mississippi address (which is another story entirely.)

Jackson, I hope I've answered all of your questions with this post. I am sure there is some more stuff I should have paid attention to that either don't know or didn't post. As for everyone, I would like to say that this blog helped me acheive one of my goals just by giving me a place to discuss/vent about training. I appreciate your tolerance of my ramblings and all the feedback. Onto the marathon.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

itching for results

as your previous entry states, we, or at least I, am itching for results..
cant find anything on-line... its allready the 28th here in Argentina.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Snot Fair

4 months of training. 14.5 hrs of driving. 2 days of family fun in my home state. And it all comes down to the fact that I can't breathe when I wake up because of the excessive mucus and sinus congestion my body has chosen to produce. My father has a similar ailment and welcomed me home by sharing it with me. I have just about 24 more hours to go until I actually start my leg of the race. One can only hope that the symptoms improve by then.

(As an aside, I have now had significant symptoms twice this year after going at least 3 years with no problems. And they have both begun while I was on leave/vacation. I never get sick at work around the sick people, but somehow I manage to get sick when I'm supposed to be enjoying the fact that I am well and away from sick people. The irony is not lost on me, my friend.)

I'll post tomorrow with the results. I know how much y'all are itching with anticipation for my race time. Our long regional nightmare will be over soon.)

Thursday, April 24, 2008


bad news and more bad news.
Bad news number 1: my training has taken a turn for the worse, and I am not getting in many runs. Nothing to be overly upset about, but running less means i am probably just maintaining or slightly losing shape, as opposed to progressing.

BAD NEWS #2: 4:15 4:15!!!!!!!!!! 4 stinking 15 and I have been silenced and put into place. What the heck is jack-nut talking about? well, today i had a track workout, so i decided, why not take a couple of beers to the track and see what i can do Half a beer mile in. Is the first 2 laps in 3:10 a realizable goal? I wanted answers. So, on a warm day, i headed to the track and did my warm-up, stretching, and intervals. I had planned to do 8 X 400 on the track, saving the last 2 400's for the practice beer mile. After hammering out the first several pretty good, i decided to cut the number to 7 400's. My times for the first 5: 73,75,77,78,82. I took an extended rest of about 7 minutes between the last 400 and the start of the "half beer mile". The beer i had was in bottles, as i couldnt find cans. I chugged the first one slowly, finishing it in roughly 20-25 seconds. Running the first lap was good and fast.. for the first 200.. then horror set in as the pain set in for the last 200 of the first lap. I managed to painfully chug the 2nd beer, and finished with a total time of 4:15. I have been humiliated. I have been floored. Jack-nut ran his mouth about sub-8:30's and talking about the beer mile as if it was not that big of a deal. The problem is that i learned, or maybe re-learned, that no one ownes the beer mile, the beer mile ownes people. (or at least me). I am not saying nesesarily that i want to take back everything i said about the beer mile, but I am saying that from here on out i will not throw out times, predictions, or whatever else. The beer mile inflicts pain. Pain indeed. Maybe i forgot about that pain. I know no analogy is perfect, but i want to describe how finishing the first lap of the beer mile feels, breathing heavily, with the 3 cans staring you down, knowing you have a LONG way to go. It is much like a 2nd grader picking a fight with the 5th grade bullies on the play ground. the first bully takes the little guy by the ears, throws him to the ground, and maybe knocks the wind out if him. If that was it, it wouldnt be to bad... but then suddenly... the 2nd grader looks up, and sees 3 other bullies waiting their turn to dish out a beating.... and there is no mommy in sight, not even a phone with which to call mommy. The pain will be inflicted.. horrors!!!
Yes, i have been beaten over the head with a 2X4 with just half of a beer mile.
I would have been lucky to finish under 10 or 11 minutes.
The ONLY SLIGHT bit of thing that i can consider "in my favor" was that i was allready slightly tired from the 5 400's previously. anyways, good luck racers, the race is anyones to be had. I do not run the beer mile to win, to break a certain time, or whatever.. i will run the beer mile to find that Steve Cram inside of me, that is bold enough to push through the pain.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Congratulations are in order

many miles remain, but the first are always the most difficult

Saturday, April 5, 2008


I'm a little disappointed, but I'll get to that in a minute. Here's the race recap. Rain the whole way. I ran the first 3 miles in just under 28 (something like 27:54), and I picked it up a little at that point. I used my iPod to mark the miles, but I have just realized that it doesn't give you the actual time at that point. It just gives you what it deems to be your pace and distance. Annoying. Perhaps the best indicator is that I got passed by about 60 people in the first 3 miles, and no one passed me for the next 3 miles. After that I slowed the pace a little. In hindsight, I just don't think I had the juice to go too much faster and finish well. Maybe I did. At any rate, I didn't feel as though I approached the next 3 miles as aggressively. I still ran faster than the first 3, I think. I got passed by about 5 people or so, and I probably passed another 2 or 3 myself. I had my traditionally strong kick at the end. One important note is that I really don't think this race was a full 15k. After 9 miles, it really didn't seem as though we ran another 0.3m to me. I was running faster, but I don't think it was that fast. Anyway, my best guess is that it was closer to 9.1m or maybe 9.15m than a true 15k.

Here's the disappointment factor: I don't feel as though I can really run at a fast enough tempo and maintain it for long stretches. This is obviously something I need to address in training. Bluntly, I need to train faster. Why I haven't been doing more of this I don't know. The next question becomes how. Do I finish out the last 3 weeks of my current program before the marathon relay? Do I try to switch one of the two easy 4-5m runs I have in a week to a faster or speed-focused workout? Questions abound. Perhaps I really can run faster, and I just need to do it more in practice so I feel more comfortable with it. Who knows? I'm just a guy who looks remarkably like some dude named Leonard from Buffalo who runs a mean steeplechase.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

3 months, 2 days, 1 man

This is mainly because of the fact that we can't go more than a month without a new post. So it is written. So it shall be done.

Random jlowe facts and thoughts:

(1) Shouldn't the subtext to the Houston 2009 blog read "...challenge OF life, liberty..." rather than "...challenge to life, liberty...?" Any English majors are encouraged to comment. If English is now your second language, your opinion will be discounted. Darn furiners.

(2) Are we still thinking that 8 people will be involved with the marathon in some way? I don't even care if everyone actually runs; I just think it would be cool if we could get everyone together in the same place. Do 8 people even read this?

(3) I've now completed 3 steady months of training (minus 1 week of flu-like illness). As you know if you care to remember, I am running a 12k leg of the OKC marathon relay in just over 3 weeks. My stated goal for the run is 59:50. I don't think there is really anyway I'm going to be able to pull it off. My training program has been great for endurance, but it has failed me in preparing me to run at or even near race pace. I plan on doing more treadmill workouts over the next few weeks just to try and get used to running at a necessarily faster pace. I suppose in the end this training problem is really more my own and less due to the program, but hey, the point is it seems to be too late to salvage the goal.

(4) I'm running in a 15km race this weekend that I just found out about. More updates on that after the race.

Hope everyone is well, and I plan on talking to y'all soon.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Videos for your amusement

I've been rummaging through you tube, watching some great middle distance races.
I think the more I watch, and the more I think about how fast a sub-4:00 mile is, the more I am amazed. My body doesnt even want to feel the pain of a mile that fast. If you want to be amazed, go to a track, run 200 meters in around 28 seconds, and then imagine trying to do that 8 times in a row. Or better yet, try to run 1 lap in under 56 seconds. good luck... in the words of Micah Strange to Wes Moulden ca. 1996, regarding the number 1,000,000... "You can't fathom that!"
1. Jim ryun vs snell and others 1965

2.800m final 1972 olympics

3.Steve prefontaine 1973 L.A. times mile

4. Steve cram crystal palace mile 1983

5. Sebastian Coe's leap into the world track scene

It's snowing in Fort Benning!

And I'm about to run 7 miles in Wartown with my friend Keeley. By the way, Fort Benning and its snow are actually south of here. I'll be back in about 71 minutes or so to give you the full scoop. I'm so fired up about this!

UPDATE: 1:10:09, and one of the best runs ever. 37F or so with wind chills in the 20s when we started. Their were intermittent patches of sunshine as well as moments of fairly heavy sleet. We both were reminded of running in Colorado, which is quite the notable event when you're actually running in central GA. I felt like an actual runner. Awesome feeling.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

2 months down and 1/2 mile closer to a PR (sort of)

So we're into March, and I'm still running. I talked to Jackson this weekend via internet phone for a while, and he was kind enough to take some time to look at my proposed training schedule for the next 8 weeks. As you may recall, I'm preparing for the 12k leg of the 3rd Annual Lowe Family OKC Marathon Relay. I've run the same leg the other 2 times, and as silly as it may sound, I have learned some new things about the actual distance in just the past few days. The OKC Marathon Relay website has the mile equivalent of 12k listed as 7.6 miles. After using an actual metric conversion tool, I was able to confirm that what I have read on several other sites is correct. 12k is actually about 7.46 miles. But wait, there's more.

If you scroll to the bottom of the aforementioned OKC Marathon Relay website, you can see that the 3rd leg (the 12k leg, my leg) is actually "about 0.3 miles short" because they can't put the transition zone in the middle of an intersection. They then go on to list the total distance as 7.3 miles, which presumably, means the distance is actually about 7.16 miles.

I guess my point is this: I am now almost 0.5 miles closer to my goal of completing the leg in 59:50. I felt like it was pretty doable before, but now I feel pretty confident that I can pull it off. Just thought I would share the positive vibes. If that doesn't work, try out this video of what happens when you raise your children to favor Notre Dame.

Much love,

Friday, February 22, 2008

State of the Shape

7 weeks into my new training program, I am feeling rather optimistic. I can tell that I am in much better shape than when I started on 1 Jan 08, but it is also obvious how much further I have to go. I'm having several random thoughts all jumbled together at the moment. I offer that as a disclaimer for the following comments.

Due to heavy rains in the area, last night I ran a 5k time trial of a sort. I tried to run it at an 8:00/mi pace, and I succeeded...painfully. I am also convinced that I would not have done it had I not been on the treadmill just because I don't think I would have kept the pace on my own. While I am sure that is right, I am not sure why it is that way. Do I give into being tired too quickly? Am I mentally weak? Does the treadmill act as another person encouraging me to run at a quicker pace? That might make sense, but when I run with a friend of mine (who is faster) he often has to wait on me if we are to actually run together. What's the deal? How can I get the most out of myself on a non-treadmill workout?

As many of you know, my family participates in the Oklahoma City Marathon Relay every year as a form of fun, fitness, family reunion, and with the Arts Festival a couple of blocks from the finish, a lot of food afterwards. Recently, my sister sent me a proposed training program to run/walk a 10k portion of the relay. My sister currently participates in rowing classes and dance/pilates for exercise and doesn't really run. After she showed me the program, my concern was that it may be too much too soon, and she may end up overstressing herself in the beginning in order to try and keep up. She countered with her need for a set schedule in order to be able to avoid "just skipping a day" turning into being a week or more behind. I am now of the opinion that she can go ahead and try it, but she needs to make sure that she doesn't overdo it in an effort to keep up with everything. My question is this: specifically, what signs/symptoms should she most attentive to that would let her know before it is too late that she is trying to do too much in her workouts starting out? (If you are really interested, let me know; and I will e-mail the actual proposed workout to you.) She is planning on starting on Monday, so any advice prior to that would be most appreciated. Jen, if you feel qualified to offer an opinion from the perspective of one who is or has recently begun running from scratch, I am sure that would also be welcome.

As for my own relay goals, I have decided I would like to try and run the 12k portion in under 1 hour. 59:50 is the arbitrary goal. For my own training purposes, does anyone know of a place/site where you can design a training program with specific goals like that over specific lengths of time (64 days and counting)? If not, I need to get faster and increase my mileage. Any opinions on how to structure a workout plan with this in mind would be most appreciative. My current fitness level is best described with a 9:30 pace over 4 miles (non-treadmill) being a good workout for me. My treadmill results would be about 8:30 for 4 and the aforementioned 8:00 5k.

Thanks for any and all help/advice you want to give. Gooooooooo Catahoulas!


Friday, February 15, 2008

Beer Mile

You've heard the predictions of 8:30... now I'm going to give you the splits for each lap of the beer mile.


see you in may.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Some thoughts on common running injuries, and the benefit of walking

These musings are not necessarily scientific, but may be based loosely on scientific conclusions that may or may not have been accurately remembered. It seems that running injuries come in two varieties: overuse injuries and violent injuries. The latter are less frequent and less easy to prevent. Ankle sprains or breaks from missteps or unexpectedly rough terrain are things that are hard to prevent without excessive caution. Few people, nigh Tigger, find these a common occurrence.

Overuse injuries may seem to appear out of-the-blue but instead build up over time. Stress fractures are the classic example and shin splints may fall into that category. Disorders of the plantar fascia and compartmentalized inflammation are a bit trickier, but probably also fit into this category. The real problem with this category of injury is that treatment often involves little other than rest and prevention often involves little other than specific strengthening and the sort of experience that guides you to understanding the subtle cues your body is always transmitting.

This proximal conundrum (it's probably not proximal at all, but i wanted to use that word) is not unlike that of education, which is given to the young but is only useful to those with wisdom, which is gained with age.

I would love to tell everyone anecdotes of my training and showcase your bad decisions (rather yours than mine), but this neither helps you nor strokes my ego. What may help you, actually, is walking.

As much as I hate to say it, walking can be an integral part of successful training. (If I see any of you fudgepackers Gallowalking the marathon, I'm out for vengeance.) [Now begins my official apology for using such a socially insensitive phrase as fudgepacker.]

Tim Noakes makes it clear that many overuse injuries are prompted by the cardiovascular system seeing training benefits ahead of the musculoskeletal system. What happens is that we feel faster and begin training faster when our legs literally aren't under us. And we often don't know until it's too late. That coupled with our psychological bent to push too hard and not wimp out (which is untrained to listen to our physiological cues until we gain the wisdom of a few races and subsequent injuries) leads us to many of the more common overuse injuries.

So Noakes prescribes walking in training to start and mixed in training to begin. Walking is beneficial to both systems but does not add the adverse stress of running and does not tempt us to progress to quickly.

And it may be that walking is a good recovery tool for runners coping with overuse injury for the same reasons. As with any injury, what you feel is what you get, so don't push through the pain, but walking may provide many more benefits than anticipated and can certainly get you out of the lack of training cabin fever mode that tends to settle with injury.

Happy trails.

Friday, February 8, 2008

My homage to Jessica Hagy

I had to vent a little about the society in which i live, so i did it in the form of

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Happy Mardi Gras Y'All

February Goal: Run every other day. So far, I've managed to play in a soccer game and run twice. By the previous standard, that doesn't quite cut the mustard. (How do you cut mustard anyway? Is that even the right saying?) I'm trying to run at least 30 minutes each time this month. Shin splints have started to rear their evil head so I'm contemplating starting swimming in addition to running. I blame the shin splints on soccer, but the playoffs start this weekend so I'm going to see that through. I do think I'll be more attentive to making sure I don't run any more than two days in a row until my shins feel a bit better. I'm also planning on switching shoes at the end of the month. I may even consider trying to get some custom orthotics made, but that has more to do with the fact that the Air Force would be kind enough to pay for it.

In happier news, please feel free to visit our wedding website. Comment here or there, but the intent is to encourage exchange of information.

On an entirely separate note, do you guys give things up for Lent? If so, what is it this year?

Thursday, January 31, 2008

1 month down

So I ran my self-imposed time trial today, which essentially consisted of me going to the gym to run on a treadmill so that I could make sure I knew the correct distance and time. I ended up finishing 4 miles in 36 minutes, running negative splits at 1 mile, 2 miles, 2.75 miles, 3 miles, 3.5 miles, and 3.75 miles. I only mention this to lead up to these questions:

1) Do you think that running on a treadmill gives you an unfair advantage? Specifically, do you think that you run faster because it propels you forward a little?

2) Is it better to try and run negative splits or to set a pace and try and keep it up as long as possible (until finishing a bit faster)?

3) If you are going to try and run negative splits, what is the best way to structure that?

At least 1 real running question per month....guaranteed,

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Other things to consider as you ponder whether the Alternative Minimum Tax has any bearing on your life

So after reading an article (and several others just like it) detailing the benefits of beer over water after a workout, I have taken to enjoying a bottle after running. My favorite after-exercise drink is most certainly a Shiner Bock, which, in my humble opinion, is most likely one of the greatest things to ever come out of Texas.

At any rate, I have noticed that the brewery in Shiner, TX was founded in 1909, meaning that our journey to Houston in 2009 would place us roughly 2 hours away from being a part of the centennial celebration of the brewery. It also occurred to me that the last trip that many of us (okay, me and Micah from this group) took together was the sojourn to Florida to watch the Gents try to win the TAAC tournament, where we witnessed former Owasso, OK standout Cornell Hardman make a game-winning 3 pointer to send us into overtime, got interviewed by the Jacksonville paper, and were treated to dinner with the team and free tickets courtesy of the coach. Digressing for a moment, one of the highlights of that particular trip was a visit to the Budweiser brewery in Jacksonville. (See pics above. Gotta love the scanner.)

Perhaps, we could all recreate a little brewery magic by taking a road trip to Shiner in 2009. Just a thought.

You're plenty welcome Jackson. Keep running and reading.

The breaking wind beneath your wings,

Monday, January 28, 2008

thanks jlowe

great posts jlowe, they added some "wings" to my day. good to see more activity here.
a couple things i want to address:

im struggling with training here. i dont know what it is, but its really hard to train here.... my daily routines are ever-changing, the culture is very non-commital, i have no training partner, the places i have to run are few... its tough. im not saying this with a whining attitude, just stating facts is all.

I have a great book suggestion, "bowerman and the men of oregon" by kenny moore. its a biographical book about Legendary Coach and nike co-founder, bill bowerman. prefontaine, being coached by bowerman, was definitely greatness.

click here for the amazon page for the book

keep it up all
scott jackson

Saturday, January 26, 2008

51 Weeks Left

To race day. (Not counting that extra day for leap year.) I'm pretty excited about the whole thing. I feel pretty confident about my chances to continue training through at least the OKC marathon relay at the end of April. I will be absolutely ecstatic if I can use that as a springboard to maintaining or even increasing my fitness level until marathon training time.

I figure that I will make the 12 runs in January goal (which I completely stole from Jackson.) I've also been playing soccer in a weekend league, but I haven't really counted any of the games because the fitness is just different. I suppose I should since I can't run very well in those games after 20 minutes in much the same way that particular amount of elapsed time represents the metaphorical wall in my training runs.

Anyway, assuming I finish out January as scheduled, here is my goal for Black History Month: run every other day.

MStrange, thanks for keeping the blog alive. Jackson, same to you. Here's a little something to help keep everything in perspective. What a great approach to racing. I just hope I can run that far sometime in the near future.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

You've bled with Wallace, now bleed with me!

So I literally bled on my sleeve while running tonight. I can't figure out if that's pathetic or cool. Bloody noses aside, I'm 10 runs into the month with a little more than a week to spare. Take that Jackson. Enjoy your nancy-boy Southern hemisphere weather.

I've got mad hits like I was Rod Carew,

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Dedication Holmes

So check it, fools. The future Mrs. and I (and her little dog too) decided to head up to the north Georgia mountains for the weekend to enjoy the approaching snow. A good time was had by all humans involved. Aside from soaking in the hot tub, lounging in front of the fire, and eating too much of our spoils from the grill, I managed to get a little hill training in prior to the snow hitting. I made it exactly 7 minutes 31 seconds uphill before I had to stop. I rule.

East side 'til I die,

Thursday, January 17, 2008

First 5k of the new year

39 degrees and running. Who's your daddy?

In all fairness, I skipped the run yesterday just because I felt that 33 degrees and freezing rain seemed like a better way to get sick than to get in shape. Of course, all I could think of was the Nike ad from mstrange's 2nd floor dorm room. I run for the glory. I obviously have a long way to go.

From GA to LA,

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I'm off'n runnin'

OK man sets PR for 5 times around neighborhood: Future wife impressed.

Well the headline would read something like that anyway. Shout out to the Port City.


Monday, January 14, 2008

"I am not a role model." - Charles Barkley

Wouldn't it be cool if I had something seemingly worthwhile to put into this post? Sadly, I don't. I'm pretty boring these days. Now that college football and fantasy football are over, I can truly think of no real reason to sit around on the weekend doing nothing active. Hence, I will return to running. Here's some perspective on how lazy I got. After recently taking an Air Force fitness test using the famed "Sportscenter Preparation Method" that once earned me a B on either an Organic Chem or Genetics test, I ran the mile and a half in 14:52. That's right, folks: 14 minutes, 52 seconds.

So, here's the deal. I'm actually going to use this blog, and I will actually run. Since I have discovered that I do best when training for an event, my next event will be the OKC Memorial Marathon Relay on April 25, 2008. You are all invited to read along with my misery and offer smug comments, or jibberish if you're Jackson (who at this point is the only one that might actually read this before I run in April.)

Jackson, I still dream of Antarctica.

Much love to the gauchos,

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

new year, new shoes, odd stretching question

so, being 2008 we can all offically say that we are training for a marathon "next year". how is everyone doing?? im ok, havent made huge progress, but have kept a decent base up. I think i need to strengthen my legs some, so hopefully i will be disciplined to do some strength training, or to hop on the bike once a week. I got 2 pairs of new shoes while in dallas (thanks sis for the gift card to sports authority). I got some nike air structures and some mizunos. i figured they will last me a while if i keep swithching them out.
ok, random question i thought about today: anyone (or should i just say this is for micah directly??) ever read or heard anything on whether its better to stretch with our without your running shoes on?? just a curious thought that crossed my mind today.
sj down south

Thursday, January 3, 2008

What's Worse?

The disappearance of chatter, blog posting and general hype of Houston 2009..... OR the disappearance of the OU defense against WVU???
On the 12th run of christmas my goal was fulfilled to me.. running 12 days in december...
ill be travelling back to south america on jan 4th, with a bike, which will hopefully help me with some cross training.
see u fellers