Runner, skier, father, IT Hero
Jan 12, a day I’ll never forget - marathon debut...
I have qualified for Boston Marathon in my marathon debut in a time of 3:00:47 taking 67th out of 19,000+ finishers. Here are the details…
Over a year earlier I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the family together at Disney while my brother’s and I ran the Disney marathon. At the time of discussion, all were on board, however things changed quite a bit by the time registration opened. Since everyone was out, I would be running it by myself and at that point, even I started having doubts of whether or not I would actually commit to the race. My wife knowing that I wanted to run, but was on the fence, gave me the motivation I needed when she agreed to run the Disney family 5K with me Thursday of Marathon Weekend.
We both signed up for the 5K and I finally committed when race registration was at 98% capacity. Serious training started immediately after beach to beacon, giving me over 5 months of training time, more than enough time to achieve success for an high ambitious goal.
Inside 2 weeks to my marathon debut and I'm risking months of training, but if you can't have a little fun what's the point? As the countdown to 2013 slowly winds down I put one more race in the books, followed by polar dip in the Atlantic.
I was asked to dash and dip by my wife and some of her work friends. I agreed, but was somewhat reluctant with the upcoming marathon. I didn't want to risk injury so I was planning on jogging with the gang, but the night before I reviewed the results from the previous year's race and saw a familiar name, Ben Fletcher. I hadn't raced against him since we were in high school and in the back of my mind I thought I might go out and race.
Monday Nov 18th
Despite a VO2 workout and a 1.5+ hr hill trail run the days prior, my legs and lungs felt great. I set out on a 6-7 mile with no timing device. I did not take note of when i started or finished. My pace felt quick, but never straining. 6-7 miles (added a few new streets to the loop - not sure of actual distance
Monday Nov 11th
3 miles easy just for leg recovery from Sunday’s 3 hour 20 mile endeavor. Right knee was a little sore when walking around, running stride was not affected. sub 7 pace was not a problem - was never winded
Monday Nov 4th
Flight to Chicago’s ORD for Business – Had a hard time finding a good/safe place to run. The area I was staying in did not yield much from previous runners on mapmyrun.com. I looked on Google Maps for Bicycle Paths and found Orland Park Grassfields – which looked promising. When I got out there – after crossing crazy traffic on La Grange – The grass was very tall and paths had only been worn in for part of the predicted route. I cut my 10 miler short, knowing it was going to be light mileage, I increased paced and started pumping out sub 6’s. Total mileage 40
The unofficial close of summer and kick-off to winter, Fall Festival Weekend came to Sunday River over the past weekend. Its time to celebrate the change of seasons with live music and the always-entertaining North American Wife Carrying Championship, not to mention a full array of activities for the whole family. In addition to the Wife Carrying Championships, the RAID Series held the Mountain Raid on Sunday, hosting a 12 mile & 4 mile trail run as well as a 5K Obstacle Course Race (OCR). My wife Lacey and I participated in the Mountain Raid: OCR.
On Sunday morning, I ran my second half marathon: Maine Marathon in Portland Maine. This race is almost the halfway point of my marathon training and I was looking for a new benchmark to adjust my training. I arrived early, too early, with my friend Adam Landry, he was running the full marathon. We were both jazzed for the race and neglected to read all of the email updates about the start. At 6:20am Adam and I were walking around the starting line wondering where everyone was considering the race was just 40 minutes away.
hold my beer and watch this...
"Hold my beer and watch this..." is a phrase of challenge, it drives one to perform things otherwise one would never attempt. These words are often the famous last words of rednecks as they execute some act of lunacy. Runners are often viewed as lunatics from outsiders...
I was considered an elite runner in high school and while I ran in college, never took it seriously. Even beyond college I found myself occasionally out for 3 miles, that is until I broke my ankle Jan 21 2005 in the parking lot of Vail Colorado. After breaking my ankle I focused on my career and started traveling extensively for years, running and general health were so far from my thoughts.
Fast forward to 2001; I found inspiration in a bar in Portsmouth NH partying with friends after Thanksgiving 2011. One of my friend's father, great runner, gave a great peep talk after many beers. The next day, I found myself out running. While there has been a gap in running around the birth of my son, I've been laying miles for 2 years, with a renewed and strengthened love for the sport.
"Hold my beer and watch this...while I qualify for the Boston Marathon"