Sunday, February 11, 2007


I finished the Surfside Marathon in 4:11:06. It is not my worst marathon time and not my best. The wind was tougher than I imagined it would be. At thirteen miles I was under 2 hours but I started to have some cramping in my legs. From that point on I slowed it down and ran comfortably. I walked some in the last four miles.

Over all it was a good experience. It was kind of weird to run a marathon so close to home. This was the first marathon I’ve run without Andrea in attendance so that was weird too. I saw Barbara (whom I’d never met) before the race and said “hi”. I saw Edwin, and Mark working the race for BARRA. I talked to Jason too.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Surfside Marathon

On Saturday I will attempt to run the Surfside Marathon - 26.2 miles on the beach. My goal? To finish… that’s all, just to cover 26.2 miles and get a medal.

In December I ran the Dallas White Rock Marathon. I set a PR and felt pretty good when it was over. Around the same time that I finished White Rock, my mom was asking what I wanted for Christmas and telling her “surprise me” was not an adequate response.

In the afterglow of a good performance at White Rock and in a fit of optimism, I asked her to buy me an entry for the Surfside Marathon.

I reverse tapered to recover from the marathon and started training for another one. The training has gone okay but it has not been near as focused as training for White Rock.

I am to the point now where I am a bit tired of having to run so far. I am ready to run some middle distances on the weekend or take off a day or two without worrying about losing conditioning.

I am ready to not have to eat carbs. Don’t get me wrong I love carbs, but I feel like I am eating to run.

This weekend I am going to run as hard and fast as I can, but it will not hurt my feelings if I do not run the fastest race ever ….