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  • SteveBikeRun Legend 455 posts since
    Aug 3, 2010

    Dan and Rob:  Congratulations to both of you on your achievements, Dan on your first marathon and Rob on your PR. 

     

    We are home from Des Moines and Sunday's HM.  The weather could not have been better, sunny, upper 40s at the start, rising to the mid-50s at the end.  No tights today, just shorts, a short-sleeved top and arm warmers that I pushed down after about three miles.  As I had planned to do, I found and ran with the 2:20 pacer.  I think we started with about eight or 10 of us, several doing their first or second HM.  Our pace leader was excellent; she knew whether we were ahead or behind our goal time at the end of each mile and adjusted our pace accordingly. 

     

    I don't think I have ever felt more in control in any of my previous HMs than I felt in this race.  We started at about a 10:25-10:35 pace and maintained it through the entire distance.   Because we started at a conservative pace, the first 7.5 miles were nonstop.  I carry a water bottle, so I drank and took gels on the run and did not have to stop for a refill and gels until the water stop between miles seven and eight.  That took only about 30 seconds and I was off again.  Our pacer slowed for water, but did not stop to walk.  I kept her in sight and gradually caught back up, no panic, just slowly reeled her back in.  At no time during the race did I feel so out of breath that I had to slow to a walking pace.

     

    Miles four through eight of the HM course go through two parks in downtown Des Moines.  That middle part of the course is so scenic that it makes the miles go by quickly.  The parks both have lakes and I can see the faster runners ahead of me on the other side of the lake.

     

    The first 26.2 runner passed us with a motorcycle escort somewhere in mile 10.  This happens every year.

     

    The only time I fell farther behind was when I slowed at the beginning of mile 11.  Miles 11 and 12 have some slight rises as we approach and cross bridge spans.  At that point, they felt far steeper than they actually were.  Again, no panic, just maintaining a steady pace and accelerating as the road flattened out.  I caught up with about a mile to go.

     

    The thirteenth mile is along King Drive in downtown Des Moines.  It's six lanes of concrete, flat as a board, and it seems to go on forever.  The only saving grace is that at the end of that mile is a left turn into the home stretch with the finish line visible in the distance.  The crowd is three or four deep on both sides of the street, necks craning to see relatives and friends.

     

    Today there was no finishing kick, just a steady pace to the finish line.  Got my finishing medal from one volunteer and another cut off my timing chip.  Our pacer gave me her 2:20 sign as a souvenir.  Today was not a PR day, but I had a level of satisfaction that I have rarely felt. 

     

    Goal time = 2:20:00.  Official finishing time = 2:19:55, good for 12th out of 25 in my 65-69 age group.

     

    My son had already finished, although only 5-1/2 minutes ahead of me, and we met at our arranged spot in the downtown plaza.  He said the 2:10 pace group passed him and he was concerned that we might catch him too.  Three cartons of chocolate milk later, we headed home.  Our wives stayed home with our granddaughter.  She's still far too young to take out for several hours. Our daughter-in-law has restarted her triathlon training and may do an indoor tri in January.

     

    I have said this before, but it bears repeating.  If you're looking for something to do in October in Iowa, come to Des Moines.  They know how to put on a race.

     

    This was my fifth and last HM for the year.  I may not do five next year (especially the first three in the space of four weeks in May and June).  Although we stayed with family for four of them (the fifth was local) and therefore did not have hotel expense, we spent a lot on gas and entry fees.  Decisions, decisions.  Ask me again in February.





    --Steve

    Completed in 2012:

    The Qualifier HM, Midland MI, May 2012, 2:58, 80+ degrees

    Dam to Dam 20K, Des Moines, IA, June 2012, 2:17, PR for this race

    Garry Bjorklund HM, Duluth, MN, June 2012, 2:20

    Fox Valley HM, St. Charles, IL, 9/16/12, 2:23

    Des Moines HM, 10/21/12, 2:19

    Tentative plans for 2013:

    Wisconsin (Half) Marathon, Kenosha, WI 5/4/2013 (registered)

    Dam To Dam 20K, Des Moines, 6/2/2013 (registration opens March 20th)

    Grandma's (Half) Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/22/2013 (if I get picked again in the lottery)

    Des Moines HM, 10/20/2013 (registered)

  • justamaniac Pro 170 posts since
    May 30, 2007
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    4,486. Oct 23, 2012 11:40 AM (in response to mkayc)
    50 and over, 5k and beyond - what are your challenges?

    mkayc:  Thanks for the link to the article.  Great reading and encouraging to say the least.

     

    Paintinglady:  Even though the Newtons are helping me run faster, I'm worried that it may be too much on my archilles tendon.  I'm starting a new routine (beginning with allowing my AT to fully heal) that will help me determine if the Newtons are not right for me.  If I remember correctly there was a 60-day return period... worst case.

     

    Thanks again folks,

    -b

  • justrundan Legend 202 posts since
    Jul 22, 2011

    Honky Tonk Dells Marathon rr:  as many have said, the weather was ideal in many parts of the country for a race, and southcentral WI was no exception.  39 @ 0800 start, rising to upper 50's by my finish.   130 runners in full and 447 in HM, so I had company the first 6.5 until they turned around.  We started near one of the huge indoor/outdoor waterpark resorts just north of the Dells (Chula Vista for those who know the area) and headed south back to the main part of town.  Very scenic shaded area near Wi river that was almost all downhill for the first mile. I did take note of that!  second mile through town and across the WI River before we headed north along the river.  Since I haven't done many long races, I'm not sure how this compares, but there were quite a few hills.  Very good spacing of water/Gatorade/GU stops, with frequent porta potties.  I stopped several times because I wasn't sure how far till the next one.  being on a country road there weren't many flat spots so the first was tipped forward and could hardly get door open enough to squeeze in, the second tipped backward so if I lost my balance it could have tipped all the way!  lol

    As I neared the 13.1 turn around I felt pretty good; DW met me there with more water and a hug!  Then after the turn I figured out why the first part might have been a little easier-I was now running into a significant breeze!  Darn.  There were several runners that I tended to lead then trail as I ran/walked my 1:1 ratio, we joked about seeing each other at the end.  Most of the way back I ran alone, but could see the one fellow about 300 yards ahead. 

    The last 4-5 miles I had to increase my walking time, 2 reasons. I would tell my heart rate was really up there and didn't want to push it too soon, then I also began to have significant pain at the joint margin on the outside of each knee.  It got bad enough the last 2 miles I was really grimacing every time I started running again.  I passes several runners in the 24th mile and caught the man I'd been talking to with about 1.5 miles to go.  I suggested we just finish together so we ran/walked the last bit side by side and chatted.  I could not believe how great it was to see the 26 mile flag.  We picked it up and ran the rest of the way, and saw DW and DD and MIL waiting with cameras.   As we crossed the finish they announced each name and were handed the medal, a Honky Tonk Marathon belt buckle and cowboy hat!! 

    We were so slow we missed the awards ceremony and after party with band. O well.  We celebrated by going to Culver's for a concrete shake!  better than the beer they had at the after party! 

     

    finish time was 5:39:09, with split of 2:44:43 and 2:54:26.    When official report came out on the web site I was 125/130.  It's getting frustrating to always be near the bottom, but I have to remind myself that I'm in this primarily for health, not notoriety.  I told DW that this might be like childbirth, I'd have to forget the pain before I could think of running another.  But now, 2 days later, I think, sure, sometime.  Really no pain 2 days later, but stiff when I wake.

     

    again, thanks to all for their tremendous support. So glad I found you all, friends!

     

     

    Apprehensive look before race

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    The  back of shirt I had made for the race, posing with MIL, DD & her fiance'.

     

     

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    Big smiles at end of race, posing with my co-finisher.  Medals both backward, unfortunately!





    Dan-started running 1/29/2011 at age 57

    notable 2012 runs:

    Crazylegs Classic-Madison-8K--4/28/2012--00:52:14

    Roxbury Rural Run--5K--5/5/2012-- 29:32-PR

    Haslanger Classic--10K--8/4/2012--1:06:19 PR

    WO-ZHA-WA Run--HM--9/15/2012--2:37:45

    Honky Tonk Marathon- Wisconsin Dells- 10/21/2012-5:39:09

    2013 runs:

    Fleet Feet New Year's Day Dash-8K-1/1/2013--54:23

    Door County HM- 5/4/2013

    Fox Cities HM- 9/22/2013 (60thBD!)

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009

    Steve & Dan, tks for great race reports!!  You both did awesome!!!!

    Dan....what is a concrete shake?  If ice cream, I would prefer it any day to beer. Great pics and thumbs up on the shirt!





    Marie from Tennessee

    Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

    61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

    Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

    Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb

    Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45

    Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,

    Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39

    Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb

    "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1


  • girlintheorchard Pro 168 posts since
    Aug 2, 2010

    Marie~A concrete shake is a Dairyland delight!  It is made with frozen custard, super thick, super creamy & super delicious!  

    Dan~Thanks for taking us along on your journey.  Great RR and photos.

    Steve~Well done!  Congrats on your 5th HM for the year.

    MaryKay~WTG!  Very inspiring reading about pushing through to your finish.  Take care of that cold, and please take some time to recover and reflect on all you have accomplished this year.  You deserve it!

    Welcome justamaniac, saundra! 

    Great to hear from AZ, Rob!! 

     

    Ran the Fall Classic 10k this past Sunday.  My older son ran the 5k.  Sunny, crisp autumn day.  Perfect for running!  The route was along a parkway and through a very hilly residential area. 10k was a double loop, so we ran the 4 hills twice!  I was hoping for a better time, but did take a minute off my last 10k.  Finished in 1:06:16.  We have a lot of excellent women runners( AG 55-59) in our area. Well, they certainly were not running in this race, because I came in 2/3 in my age group!  The first 2 runners in each AG received a nice dry-wick hat with the race oak leaf logo on it.  My son came in 1/13 in his AG, so we both enjoyed wearing our hats as we enjoyed a late breakfast.  Always a lot of fun running with one of my sons!

     

    70 degree temps yesterday and today before the winds blow in more seasonal weather.  Looking forward to a run with younger son who is off from school, and a bike ride tomorrow.

     

    Run strong, friends!

  • SteveBikeRun Legend 455 posts since
    Aug 3, 2010

    Debra, congratulations on your finish and on being able to run with your son.  The only Wisconsin race I've done is the Kenosha race (full and HM) in May.  This year I think it was the same day as Door County.  Not as scenic as Door County, but a well-run event just the same.





    --Steve

    Completed in 2012:

    The Qualifier HM, Midland MI, May 2012, 2:58, 80+ degrees

    Dam to Dam 20K, Des Moines, IA, June 2012, 2:17, PR for this race

    Garry Bjorklund HM, Duluth, MN, June 2012, 2:20

    Fox Valley HM, St. Charles, IL, 9/16/12, 2:23

    Des Moines HM, 10/21/12, 2:19

    Tentative plans for 2013:

    Wisconsin (Half) Marathon, Kenosha, WI 5/4/2013 (registered)

    Dam To Dam 20K, Des Moines, 6/2/2013 (registration opens March 20th)

    Grandma's (Half) Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/22/2013 (if I get picked again in the lottery)

    Des Moines HM, 10/20/2013 (registered)

  • Webpro11 Legend 258 posts since
    Feb 27, 2011

    Steve great race report . Sounded like a good race.

     

    MKay Way to go

     

    Debra nice race. a minute is a lot to shave off of 10k time.

     

    In regards to the concrete shake. You all have my mouth watering !!!!!





    2012 Races: Tony from Florida

    Jan.7,2012 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Orlando FL 02:09:14 PR

    Oct 7 2012 Chicago Marathon Chicago Illinois 05:17:43

    Feb 10, 2012 Rock N Roll Half Marathon St Petersburg FL


    2011 Races:

    Started running at 58 ( Nov 23rd 2010)

    Half Marathon Results

    Oct 31,2011 Fl Halloween Halfathron 02:18:22

    Sept 4, 2011 Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Virgina Beach Half Marathon 02:28:20

    April 30,2011 Country Music Half Marathon Nashville TN 02:56:02

  • justrundan Legend 202 posts since
    Jul 22, 2011

    Debra- Nice job on the 10K!  I'm looking forward to running with my adult son in the Fox Cities HM next September-it's usually held near my birthday and this year that was his gift, an offer to run the HM or FM with me.  Doing some training runs when they come to visit will be nice.

     

    Spending long weekend in Door County so hope to run once or twice, nice and easy as I recover from the marathon.  It will be nice just to stretch things out and get out there again.

     

    Run strong and safe this weekend friends.





    Dan-started running 1/29/2011 at age 57

    notable 2012 runs:

    Crazylegs Classic-Madison-8K--4/28/2012--00:52:14

    Roxbury Rural Run--5K--5/5/2012-- 29:32-PR

    Haslanger Classic--10K--8/4/2012--1:06:19 PR

    WO-ZHA-WA Run--HM--9/15/2012--2:37:45

    Honky Tonk Marathon- Wisconsin Dells- 10/21/2012-5:39:09

    2013 runs:

    Fleet Feet New Year's Day Dash-8K-1/1/2013--54:23

    Door County HM- 5/4/2013

    Fox Cities HM- 9/22/2013 (60thBD!)

  • girlintheorchard Pro 168 posts since
    Aug 2, 2010

    Dan~ Some good friends ran Fox Cities for their first HM in 2011and raved about it.  Enjoy training and running it with your son.  Both my boys are light-years faster than me, but they keep their ol' mom happy by running at least the first .5 mile at mom pace (aka slow)!   Have a wonderful visit to the Door.  Checked out the Fish Creek web-cam, and there is still a lot of color on the trees.  If you get a chance, drive Middle and Skyline roads in Peninsula State Park.  Stunning!

     

    Tony~Take care with Hurricane Sandy approaching!  What event are you training for next?

     

    Steve~Not sure I'll be able to run the Door HM in 2013 as my younger son has a school event the same weekend.  Wisconsin HM would be a great alternate, though.  Many folks from my church's running group run it each year.

     

    Looking forward to a trail ride with my son this afternoon on the bike path along the river.  Run strong, friends

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
    Jun 8, 2011

    Thanks to all for my race kudos!

    Marie, thanks! It felt great to have mental and physical control! I've just been so energized by this race. It was such a pleasant relief after the struggle of the White Tail HM.

    Steve - Congratulations on executing your race plan so well!! You should feel hugely satisfied!! That's an awesome finishing time, too!

    Dan, love the after pix!! You look so happy and proud compared to the before pic. And you should be! You had an awesome run with a great time!! A belt buckle for a medal? Nice score!

    Debra, Kudos on the great time for your 10k, your AG win and for making the race a family affair!! The hat is a great bonus!!

     

    Post-race blahs here. Spent most of the week treating a serious dripping nose with all forms of Sudafed waiting for it to get worse - or better. Left the laundry in the washer so long I had to wash it a second time. Still in the dryer two days later. Passed on a great 5k last night. It was raining and cold. I just didn't want to go out. DD called and filled me in for an hour so it was actually a good thing. Have been eating each meal like it's my last. This must stop.

     

    Three weeks until Philly HM and then I can relax until spring. I'm excited because I'll see DD and run the streets I've driven so many times. This race will have hills. There will be food like Aztec hot chocolate at Naked Chocolate, roast pork sandwich from the Reading Terminal market, dinner at Buddakan, Salted Caramel Budino from Barbuzzo's and a hoagie from Wawa. Let the stomach ache begin! I can't wait!! Had a room at the airport because everything downtown was sold out. Then DD got me into the Omni at $99 a night. Unreal! Whenever we go out, she gets free stuff and folks hover. I have had to text her during meals so prying ears wouldn't hear our personal stuff. She's a booking agent with the company that owns all the music venues. Her job is killer stress but the perks make it hard for her to hear me when I worry she might look back and regret not spending this time growing in a job with a more future. Anyway, I'm excited about the trip and wish I could take more time off to visit or convince her to come back with me for a while. Have to stop or I'll be a mess for the next three weeks.

     

    Run strong and fearless!





    Mary Kay

    Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;

    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

  • justrundan Legend 202 posts since
    Jul 22, 2011

    Debra-  Beautiful weekend here in DC.  Yesterday we drove the HM route through the park and I imagined doing that in May.  Looks challenging but beautiful.  Most of the leaves are down but the park is always great, no matter the season. 

     

    Mary Kay-  thanks for the kudos.  It was easy to make the after picture better, just had to make sure it didn't happen as I crossed the finish line-those are never good.  The smile of being done felt good!

     

    Finishing off my recovery week, plan to start slowly again this next week. 

     

    Run strong and safe friends.





    Dan-started running 1/29/2011 at age 57

    notable 2012 runs:

    Crazylegs Classic-Madison-8K--4/28/2012--00:52:14

    Roxbury Rural Run--5K--5/5/2012-- 29:32-PR

    Haslanger Classic--10K--8/4/2012--1:06:19 PR

    WO-ZHA-WA Run--HM--9/15/2012--2:37:45

    Honky Tonk Marathon- Wisconsin Dells- 10/21/2012-5:39:09

    2013 runs:

    Fleet Feet New Year's Day Dash-8K-1/1/2013--54:23

    Door County HM- 5/4/2013

    Fox Cities HM- 9/22/2013 (60thBD!)

  • Webpro11 Legend 258 posts since
    Feb 27, 2011

    Debra Looks like Sandy is going to blow right past FL. Today was a beautiful day but we did have steady high winds all day. Went to the beach to look at the gulf. First time in a very long time we saw steady 5 ft swells. Hoping all our Northern family and friends are as fortunate.

     

    I've been trying to edit my profile & add upcoming races. However after i click save profile. I get an error message that bsays see below. It erases what i just added. Anyway

    i have two half Marathons I'll be running in early 2013. Rock N Roll St Petersburg FL Feb 10th. Then the Florida 13.1 Beach Halfathron March 17th. The second race is my A race which I'm hoping to break that 2 hr time barrier.





    2012 Races: Tony from Florida

    Jan.7,2012 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Orlando FL 02:09:14 PR

    Oct 7 2012 Chicago Marathon Chicago Illinois 05:17:43

    Feb 10, 2012 Rock N Roll Half Marathon St Petersburg FL


    2011 Races:

    Started running at 58 ( Nov 23rd 2010)

    Half Marathon Results

    Oct 31,2011 Fl Halloween Halfathron 02:18:22

    Sept 4, 2011 Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Virgina Beach Half Marathon 02:28:20

    April 30,2011 Country Music Half Marathon Nashville TN 02:56:02

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
    Jun 8, 2011

    Just wanted to mention if you run with a touch screen phone, I wore running gloves this last race made of a synthetic material and they totally worked on my iPhone as well as the ones I have with special finger tips.





    Mary Kay

    Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;

    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

  • girlintheorchard Pro 168 posts since
    Aug 2, 2010

    Mary Kay~Sounds like Philly is going to be a blast.  Enjoy time spent with your daughter, all the great food and a great HM race, too!

     

    Tony~The "Edit Profile" feature is very temperamental!  Last week I posted race results with no problem, but today I attempted to add events and I received the same message you got. Frustrating!  What training program are you using for your next 2 HMs?  All the experience and confidence you gained training/running for the Chicago Marathon will help you achieve running the HM under 2 hours! 

     

    Dan~Glad you are enjoying your post-marathon recovery in DC.  The family is planning on a few days there during Christmas break to snowshoe, x-country ski.....No snow, we'll run or hike the trails! 

     

    Nice 8 mile run yesterday.  Winter is knocking at the door in the Great Lakes area, so it is time to dress in layers. 

     

    Have a great week everyone!

  • SteveBikeRun Legend 455 posts since
    Aug 3, 2010

    Mary Kay:  All those great food choices, but no cheese steak?  Maybe that comes afterwards.  Anyway, you will have a fun time, especially being with your daughter.

     

    No running for me this past week, just some health club time and lots of leaf raking.  We don't have a big yard, but we do have two large maples. 

     

    Anyone in Sandy's destructive path, please stay safe and evacuate if you haven't already done so.  The storm is blocking the eastward movement of our cool weather system, so we're sub-freezing at night and no more than 50 in the daytime until it moves out.





    --Steve

    Completed in 2012:

    The Qualifier HM, Midland MI, May 2012, 2:58, 80+ degrees

    Dam to Dam 20K, Des Moines, IA, June 2012, 2:17, PR for this race

    Garry Bjorklund HM, Duluth, MN, June 2012, 2:20

    Fox Valley HM, St. Charles, IL, 9/16/12, 2:23

    Des Moines HM, 10/21/12, 2:19

    Tentative plans for 2013:

    Wisconsin (Half) Marathon, Kenosha, WI 5/4/2013 (registered)

    Dam To Dam 20K, Des Moines, 6/2/2013 (registration opens March 20th)

    Grandma's (Half) Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/22/2013 (if I get picked again in the lottery)

    Des Moines HM, 10/20/2013 (registered)

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