Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

5 easy miles by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

5 easy miles by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

Can't believe I didn't post this past weekend.  Or did I....guess I should have checked first.  Let's see, I ran the Gary Burns 5k on Saturday.  Here's a link to that run  Garmin Connect - Gary Burns.  Kelley and I woke up around 6 and headed out the door at 7 for a 20 minute drive and an 8:30 start.  The run started out typical, everyone crowded at the front, gun going off, everyone trying to run over everyone else.  The problem with the run was all the high school kids.  Too many to count with no running etiquette.  Anyway, I'm tired of ranting about it...well, not yet.  The course was too long, not 3.1 miles, more like 3.22.   It does make a difference when you've got a kick for only a 100 meters and you rely on your Garmin to judge when to kick.  Ok, now done ranting.

Today's run seemed effortless as I kept my heart rate down.  Finally running to it.  Couple things did bother me, first my ankles were really tight.  I ended up stopping to tighten my laces which seemed to help.  Second, I couldn't find my running groove.  Just kept changing stride and posture to account for ankles, knees,  and hips.   After getting to the house I rolled on the drive way and stretched....that felt great.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Last run till Sat's 5k

Last run till Sat's 5k by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

It's been a bit since I posted, well without copying and pasting.  All has been going well, last weekend I completed 60 days of sobriety.  I've gone from 218 pounds to a current weight of 197 pounds since August 17th.  Work is going well... as work can go.  Couple of weeks I'm headed to the Bahamas to help out with a sales meeting.  It sounds cool, but without Kelley it'll be tough to enjoy myself especially since it's 6 days.  I hope to get it some good running when I'm not working the floor.

What else.... I have a 5k this Saturday in Frisco.  I'm from with Duane G and Garland so it'll be good to see some friendly faces.  I haven't talked to Kelley to see if she was coming to cheer me on.  Probably not since it's suppose to be 40 degrees.  We'll see.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Windy 5 by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

Windy 5 by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

Winds 18mph with gusts up to 24mph on a warm 85 degree fall afternoon. Ran out of steam the last mile. I'm going to take off tomorrow and Friday. Shooting for 12 on Saturday.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Amazing by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

It's been two months since I've had a drink.  I'm under 200 pounds as of this morning.  I ran 26 miles this week, most since Feb 2010.  I saw true color running around the lake as the sun was rising over the trees.  It's a good day.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Warm and Humid

Warm and Humid by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

A slow, sluggish and wet run up the north section of the Greenbelt.  An audio book and a single deer help me pass the time as the 73F temp and 86% humidity kept me at a sluggish pace.  Maybe next weekend I'll get in my 12.   This is the first Saturday in a month I wasn't racing in a 5k.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

weak 3 by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

weak 3 by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

thought about doing 5 but I had to cut it short to pickup Jacob from ROTC. Got out there and didn't have anything in me. Still lower back pain from a pinched nerve caused by golfing a few weeks ago. Just won't go away.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Another 5 by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

Another 5 by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

Another 5 only this one was tough.  About mile 2-3 my legs started to get heavy and the sweat starting to pour.  A few times I thought about walking but I was consumed by an audio book which helped me get through those slow moments.  It doesn't help its almost 20 degrees warmer than yesterday.

Monday, October 8, 2012

A perfect day for a jog

5 miles by cavern1996 at Garmin Connect - Details

Well it's been a few days since I've where to start.  I ran 5 miles today after taking off yesterday.  But I'd rather talk about this past weekend,  perhaps one of the best family weekends of the year.

I took off this past Friday from work.  Kelley and I packed up the cars while the kids were taken to school. I walked Katelyn and Kelley took Jacob.  A little after 10 I hopped in the Honda headed for Bonham.  After a fun filled hour of driving, you'd think that everyone was out to get me...again, based on the amount of cars on the road, I managed to get to Bonham.  I checked in and found the best location for the two tents.  After meeting Jarrett for lunch and a quick stop at Walmart, I returned to the campsite and waited my family to arrive.  Plenty of smiles and sleepy faces pulled in shortly later.  The cars were upacked, the tents were put up and the campfire got lit.  All in all a typical setup evening, minus the later night neighbor arrival with their barking dogs.  Oh, not to mention the cold temps that blew in...and of course let's not forget about the air mattress that was allergic to air...or whatever it was because it kept deflating.

We woke up before six, then at six, then just after six.  Neither Kelley or I wanted to get into the cold air from our warm flat air mattress.  Off I went to take a shower to return to a family of smiles and a wonderful feast to reality it was not quite like that.  But as I'm 90 and reading this, it was perfect.

Driving to Honey Grove seemed to go by quickly... Dodge City, Windom and hardly any traffic.  We arrived and checked in, cold and breezy temps awaited us as we shook hands with Brent and headed back to the car to stay warm.  My advise to Katelyn was simple, run as much as you can and walk when you need to.  Follow the course and don't finish last.  For Jacob, I was a little more specific since he's done some 5k's on his own.  Stay slow and try for about 30 minutes.  I mean come on, he's a baseball player who hasn't done a 5k in two years.  For Kelley, run hard and don't worry about the kiddos.

On your mark, get set, GO!  Jacob doesn't listen to a damn word I say.  He bolts off with the lead pack and I hold back smiling thinking about all the smart comments I planned on giving him.  Told you so, that's what you get for not listening, feels good doesn't it.  Just a few that crossed my mind.  Also up front was Brent, the race director.  I was hoping I'd give him a good run but couldn't find any of his historical times to see if I was anywhere near his speed.  He too took off with the lead pack.  I started out very strong and held back and waited for the hills and some of the "though they were fast" runners to start fading back.  About a mile I started passing people and catching up to several in the front.  I saw Brent and up ahead and started to gain some ground on him.  I made the turn and started heading back into the wind.  I lined up behind Brent and looked ahead and saw Jacob still maintaining a good speed. I was very impressed he made it this far.  Then coming around the corner was Katelyn.  She was running and looked very comfortable.  I didn't have a chance to see Kelley, which meant she wasn't far behind me.  About a mile to go I passed Brent and the guy he was chasing.  The rest of the race went great.  I was winded and I could still see Jacob in front.  He finished about 22 flat and I was a 22:23.  Kelley ran a 27:40 and Katelyn finished at 31:50.  Katelyn had a wonderful finish and was so worried that she had finished last.  She wasn't even close.  Matter of fact we all medaled.  Both kids and I finished first in our age group and Kelley finished 2nd.  Very proud of all of them.  Wish I could bottle up the moment when Katelyn got her medal, Jacob realized he beat me, Kelley was under 9 minute average and I shaved over a minute from the previous week.

The rest of the day was spent eating at Dad's and napping on his couch.  Then over to the campgrounds for some cold weather, a beautiful fire and good ol relaxing.

Female 9 to 10

Place    Name                             City              Bib No  Age   Overall         Time        Time        Pace  
 1    KATELYN BROWN                     PROVIDENCE VILLAGE   1014   10       24        31:57.6     31:57.6     10:18/M

Male 13 to 15

                                                                                               Chip         Gun  
Place    Name                              City            Bib No  Age   Overall         Time        Time        Pace  
 1    JACOB BROWN                       PROVIDENCE VILLAGE   1013   14        5        22:02.2     22:02.2      7:06/M

Male 30 to 39

                                                                                               Chip         Gun  
Place    Name                              City            Bib No  Age   Overall         Time        Time        Pace  
 1    TIM BROWN                         PROVIDENCE VILLAGE   1016   37        7        22:23.4     22:23.4      7:13/M

Female 30 to 39

 Place    Name                              City            Bib No  Age   Overall         Time        Time        Pace                                                                      
 2    KELLEY BROWN                      PROVIDENCE VILLAGE   1015   38       17        27:47.3     27:47.3      8:58/M