Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Boston Marathon 2016 Race Report

Flew out of San Antonio, Texas 4/23/16 missed my flight at 7:00 am then connected later at 10:00 a.m. and was able to get to Boston at 6:00 pm instead of my scheduled time of 3:30 p.m.


7:00 PM  went for a run to South Boston then bought a pizza and took it to the Hotel.

10:00 PM crashed out


9:00 am Picked up my BIB and left back to the hotel

11:30 am headed out to Fenway

4:00 pm headed to meet Jack Murray so we can eat dinner at Yucca

8:30 pm headed back to hotel to crash out and get ready for race day.

3:30 am borrowed GPS watch from Jack
4:00 am woke up and drank some Starbucks coffee at the hotel complimentary drinks are always good.

5:00 a.m. took a taxi to MIT

6:30 am departed to Hopkinton

8:40 am headed to corrals

10:00 am Showtime for 6-8 miles

Miles 8-21 stopped about 8-10 times, took off shoes twice, 1 to take off socks 2 to apply vaseline

21-26 enjoyed the run and absorb the Boston crowd!

2:30 pm headed to the hotel via TRAIN

3:00 PM took a shower and proceeded to the airport

4:30 PM boarded plane and forgot what had just happened.

Another 3:10 marathon without training HURTS! It is what it is! I'll get back into the swing of things to redeem myself for my masters years!

Pictures will come soon!

Sorry gotta put my race reports that's the only way I'll remember how my marathon went!

Until the next marathon! Love the #thon

Houston Marathon Race Report

Decided to run the Houston Marathon back in June 2015.

Fast forward to January 2016 when I accidentally replied to Facebook post about pacing someone in the Houston Marathon Facebook page. I put on the post sub 2:45 or bust! Well little did I know that a girl from Chicago name Chirine Njeim from Lebanon needed a sub 2:45 to qualify for the Rio Olympics for her country.

Chirine Njeim

Fast forward to race day! Met with Chirine and her husband we talked about tactics and what not.
For the Houston Marathon I upped my mileage from 30 mpw to 65 mpw just to get fit for the race.

Took Chirine through 9 miles but in mile 10 I had to go pee and that stopped made me fall behind by 30 seconds and that's how I stayed for the next 17 miles viewing all her moves from the back.

I ended running a 2:44:49 while Chirine ended up qualifying with a 2:44:14

 Garmin Connect Splits Houston

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Revel Rockies Marathon 7/19/2015 Race Report

Drove up from Laredo, Texas to Raton New Mexico on Friday 7/17/15 continued drive from Raton New Mexico to Denver on 7/18/15 about 4 1/2 drive since we were heading towards Northwest Denver by Golden Colorado.

Picked up my packet on 7/18/15 around 5 pm it was situated in the Colorado School of Mines indoor track facility. It was a small expo but well organized, quickly got it and left the building.

Saturday 7/18/15 slept around 10:30 pm and woke up at 2:00 a.m. to head out for the start.

Sunday 7/19/15 got to the parking lot around 2:50 and waited for a bit for the buses to arrive, a couple of buses got there and I decided to get down. I figured if I get there early and avoid all the people that I would be fine. (Revel Marathon Cancellation) Good thing I got there on time. As we headed up to the mountains nobody was talking or saying a word to each other and about 2 mins into driving up you can hear the bus get loud as people started to break the silence. I on the other hand just put my head down and went to sleep.

4:40 a.m. We finally arrived to the top of the Mountain and as we got down I could feel the cold air. It was 39 degrees for Texan that summers are highs in the 106 this type of weather is winter for us! Anyways got down and saw they were giving out gloves and Mylar blankets got both of those items and sat down. As I was sitting down this volunteer ask me where I was from and I told her I was from Laredo, Texas and she just said oh boy you are not ready for this type of weather, she got another blanket and covered me up and told me just to listen to her. I told her that she didn't have to but she insisted and told me, look if you don't warm up you will dehydrate and you still have twenty six miles to go. So I took on her suggestion and remained warmed to the start. I saw my friend Kory Cool from Kansas (placed 3rd overall) talked to him for a while and asked why he was doing the marathon and both of us responded with the same answer #Vacationing and still running like crazy!

5:50 a.m, we were told that the race was being pushed back till 6:20 a.m. we wondered why (Revel Marathon Cancellation) but kept our cool since we didn't know what was happening! At around 6:00 a.m. we were told that we were going to start at 6:10 a.m. so we quickly got undressed and went out to the start.

All I can say from this course is that it's downhill from start to finish, you have a couple of slight uphill running around 13-16, but the rest is downhill.

Volunteers were great!
Course was BEAUTIFUL!
Expo was small but I don't hang out in EXPO'S so it was just right!
Traffic was well taken cared of!
Perfect Weather for us Texans ;)
Medals were neat!

I will definitely go back to this marathon!

Mile 1-4 downhill at 6:40 and stopped  and pee'd in mile 4
Mile 6 Ate a banana
Mile 15 Ate a banana

Drank at every water station either Gatorade or water.

That's how it went ran about 25 mpw and just wanted to qualify for Boston as I needed to get under 3:10 since I ran 3:11 at Boston this year. Now I'm aiming at 2:25 in January since I'm healthy and ready to up my mileage and work on marathon workouts.

Here are some pictures! Enjoy!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Boston Marathon - Live and Die by the Sword

Training for Boston

For this marathon build up I started ramping up mileage right after cross country season concluded.  I ramped up mileage from 40 mpw to 95 mpw (Mistake 1) In January I continued to up my miles from 95-100 and by mid January I was having foot problems. I scheduled a visit to the podiatrist to confirm my injury and it was posterior tibial tendonitis. I continued running around 60-70 miles eventually making things worst. In February I continued pushing the envelop by cutting miles and increasing the intensity to see if I could save the buildup. (Mistake numero dos) I ran the Founding Fathers 5K in Laredo, Texas hitting a 15:53, but after that race I was pretty much done.  On March 1, 2015 I ran my last long run of 18 miles basically just folding.

From March 1, 2015 till April 20, 2015 I basically ran when I could and only going as far as 8 miles. My injury shifted from posterior tibial tendonitis to anterior tibial tendonitis and finally to not being able to push off of my left foot. Basically there was no buildup, no long runs, no motivation to get going as I was literally in pain every day.

Fast Forward to Boston Marathon Weekend


On Saturday left Laredo at 3:00 am to San Antonio, Texas

5:30 a.m. Arrived at San Antonio
6:00 a.m. Check in to flight
7:30 a.m. Flight to Washington Dules
12:30 a.m. Flight to Boston, Ma
2:30 p.m. Took the Silverline to Westin Waterfront
3:30 p.m. Went to the expo to pickup packet
4:30 p.m. Ate at Uno on Bolyston
5:30 p.m. Went for a run 4 miles at 7 min pace! Felt really good but only because the naproxen was kicking in.

7:00 p.m. Took a shower
9:30 pm. LIGHTS OUT!

Long Freaking Day!


5:30 a.m. Coffee and Early sunrise woke me up!
7:30 a.m. Ate breakfast at the Lobby
10:00 a.m. Went downtown

12:30 a.m. Went to eat at South Boston Pizza
1:30 a.m. - 5:30 pm  Nap occasionally
6:30 p.m. Watch Basketball
9:00 p.m. Prepared my racing gear

12:00 p.m. Fell asleep watching the Spurs


Boston Marathon

4:30 a.m. Alarm went off

5:30 a.m. Headed to the lobby
5:45 a.m. Took a Cab to MIT
6:30 a.m. Depart from MIT
7:20 a.m. Arrived at Hopkinton
9:20 a.m. Depart to starting line
10:00 a.m. Let HELL Begin!

Mile 1 6:19 Watch everyone run passed me
Mile 2 6:12 Locked in on pace
Mile 3 6:13 Felt just right to run 6:13
Mile 4 6:10 Coasting
Mile 5 6:21 Kinda of hilly
Mile 6 6:09 Easy
Mile 7 6:10
Mile 8 6:16
Mile 9 6:12
Mile 10 6:19 Felt in control and knew it was going to be a good day!
Mile 11 6:23 Started to Rain
Mile 12 6:11
Mile 13 6:16 Felt kind of tough just figured it was a bad patch coming
Mile 14 6:27 Slowly down a bit
Mile 15 6:28 Nope we can't go into the 6:30
Mile 16 6:06 Chasing Ariel Galvan as soon as he passed me.
Mile 17 7:11 Walked a bit, felt cold "No snowman building for me" lol
Mile 18 8:01 Walked more
Mile 19 7:51 Walked some more and couldn't wait for 21 to come and go!
Mile 20 8:25 Walked some more
Mile 21 9:36 Toasted DONE!
Mile 22 8:12 Came back on the downhill
Mile 23 8:53 Walked some more
Mile 24 9:19 Getting passed by CASPER! LOL
Mile 25 10:14 Looking for a Bagel
Mile 26 10:11 They only gave me oranges and bananas!

prolly hit
hypothermia at mile 18 didn't realize it to I finished.
.2 Can't Remember

Total time 3:11:??

Blood pressure was low and my body temperature read 94 degrees I was in the Medical Tent for  90 mins!

Swollen ankle after the marathon.

1:15 p.m. Spent time at the medical tent
2:30 p.m. Got released
2:40 p.m. Took Subway to the Hotel
3:00 p.m. Checked out
3:30 p.m. Headed to Airport
5:00 p.m. Flew back to San Antonio
11:30 p.m. Arrived and drove back to Laredo.

Key things to learn from this marathon.

1.) Don't Race out of Shape
2.) Don't Run Injured
3.) Take as many pictures as possible
4.) Stop as many times as you want besides you paid for it! lol

From my FB POST:

I ran 18 miles at 6:12 but it wasn't the pain of the foot it was the cold weather that got me! Rain and low temperature gave me hypothermia. I couldn't hack it anymore from 18-26 don't know how I finished, but I can tell you this much I ran from 6:12 to 10:50 pace the last 8 miles. After crossing the finish line medical personnel took me to the medical tent where I spent 2 hours trying to warmup again my temperature read 94 degrees! It's all good I was not the only one hit with hypothermia so many other southerners were hit with it! The bigger bodies prevailed the smaller bodies got zapped! It's all good! We get to live another day!

I'd like to thank Team Mizuno Texas for all the support as I couldn't have done it without the wave riders ;)

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