Sunday, February 23, 2014

Texas Beef Running Team

My first race to run as a member of the Texas Beef Running Team was the Galveston Marathon.  This year I am considered a Beef Tip.  My first year I have to meet the requirements of running at least 3-4 Team approved races and volunteering at a team approved race all in my Beef Jersey.  After this year, I will be a full fledged member and get all the great benefits of being on the Team!
We had a Beef Team meet up before the start of the race and we took Team pics.

During the race, there were Beef Team members, cheering, taking pics, and handing out awesome cold wet towels.  Loved the wet towels as it was hot and humid during this race!

This marathon was my fourth full marathon and even though conditions weren't ideal, I surprised myself with a PR of 4:24:19.

Go Beef!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 year in review

2013 was a busy year.  I completed 16 races, starting with the Houston Chevron Marathon on 01/13/13 in 4:26:38.  

On 01/26/13, me and the kids volunteered at the Surfside Shuffle, this was also Erin's birthday!

The next race was the Sugar and Spice half marathon on 02/17/13 in 2:13:36, this run was 13.9 miles as I went the wrong way oops.

The Sugarland Half Marathon was on 03/03/2013 and my finish time was 2:09:17.

Angie's half crazy half marathon was on my birthday 04/07/13, and I finished in 2:11:46.

My first ever triathlon was the Combat Tri in Texas City on 05/25/13 and finish time for the Sprint distance was 1:32:25.

The Sugarland Tri was 06/23/13 and I felt much more confident at this race finishing in 1:14:44.

The Firecracker 4 miler on 07/04/13 was a hot one and I finished in 35:50.  I love that my kids came to run this one!

The Blackland Tri was in Plano on 09/02/2013 and I finished in 1:36:29.  The hills and rain tried to beat me.

I scored a 1st place age group award at the Hometown Hero 5K in West Columbia on 09/14/13 with a finish time of 28:13.

Another 1st place age group award at the BCPOA 5K in Lake Jackson on 09/21/13 finish time of 27:32.

A fun first ever Lake Jackson Pub Crawl had a great turn out on 09/28/13.

One more 1st place age group award at the Holy Trinity 5K in Angleton on 10/05/13 in 27:20 finish.

A wet and muddy Brazos Bend half marathon on 10/27/13 with a finish of 2:18:00.

The Clear Lake City was exciting a new PR in 1:55:26 and 3rd place age group award on 11/10/13.

The Sugarland Turkey Trot on 11/28/13 was my first 5 miler with a finish of 43:14.

The Texas Trail Endurance Run on 12/07/13 was my first Ultra, a 50K at Huntsville State Park with a finish of 6:17:13.

On 12/14/13, I was the race director of the Brazoria Jingle Bell Run, we had a great turnout!

On 12/15/2013 I ran the Sugarland 30K and got a 21 minute PR with a finish of 3:03:53.

I had so much fun running, racing and volunteering in 2013.  Can't wait to see what 2014 may bring!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Ultra Race

The A race on the schedule is the Texas Trail Endurance Run on December 7th, a 50K ultra at Huntsville State Park on some technical trails with hills, roots, and pine trees.  This event is put on by Soler Sports and has me training some high mileage long runs to be ready.  Last long run was a 22 miler that had me feeling strong and confident that I can finish the Ultra.  Plan is to do a 24 miler and a 26 miler before tapering for the race.  Somehow working in some shorter distance races before the Ultra.  This weekend I'll be running the Clear Lake City half marathon.  Not expecting to PR as my focus hasn't been preparing for this distance.  Though I know I can easily finish the distance,  I won't be running at full speed.  I will save some for the heavy training I am putting in for my Ultra.  Love the fall season and cool fronts that make training so nice this time of year.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

2013 Combat Triathlon Review

On May 25th, I participated in my first ever triathlon.  Being a runner, I thought maybe triathlon will help me cross train and be less stress and injury.  Our local triathlete club, LJFAT had a great contest, called IronMay.  The contest was to complete the ironman distance at swimming, biking, and running in the whole month of May and log your progress.  This was great for me, as I had never swam and biked so much in one month, and it's great training for the Combat Triathlon at the end of the month.  I was able to complete the contest, and felt ready for the triathlon.  Being my first triathlon, I was pretty nervous.  I've never been a strong swimmer, and had a drowning experience in the past.  I also get foot cramps in cold water so my anxiety level was pretty high.  Luckily I was starting the pool swim at the back of the pack and had time to watch all the fast swimmers go through.  The swim was at the College of the Mainland in Texas City, and if anything, the water was too warm.  I had people in front of me, behind me, and all around, I panicked.  I was really glad that the pool was only 4 feet deep throughout the entire length, as the anxiety was very strong and I was really glad I could touch bottom when needed.  I came out of the pool in 8:39 and very stressed.  The 300 yard pool swim was done, I could transition to the bike.  I remembered exactly where my bike was, and was still feeling the remnants of the anxiety from the poor swim.  I shook it off, got geared up, and headed out pushing my bike to the line.  The 15 mile bike ride was an out and bike along the feeder road of the highway.  I started out a little too fast, and finally found a good pace.  I didn't have my garmin on, so I rode by feel and tracked my time with my ironman watch.  I had another lady who kept about the same pace, and we took turns leading.  Then at an intercetion, a police officer put his hand out and I hit the brakes.  The lady flew past me, and I lost her from that point on.  I finished the bike in 50:42 and hit transition for the run.  In transition, I had my right calf and both feet cramp up while trying to change shoes.  These cramps were debilitating and I had no choice but to stretch them out and wait for them ease before I could move on.  I finally started my run with legs that felt like jello.  At this point, all I could think was I just have to finish.  The run went through a residential section and I was able to run all except the water breaks.  I saw a man in a yellow jersey ahead of me, so I decided to try and catch him.  When I finally got close enough to read his age on the back of his leg, I saw that he was 73.  I caught up and chatted with him for a mile, before he told me to go ahead and finish strong.  I finished the 3 mile run in 29:13.  As I came through the finish chute, I remarked that this was as hard as my first marathon.  Which even though my overall time was 1:32:25, I definately felt that the exertion level was significant.  It was a humbling experience for me to finish at the "back of the Pack."  I have plenty of progress to be made and am training for the next one. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Jingle Bell Run 2013

The inaugural Jingle Bell Run in 2012 was such a success, we are bringing it back for 2013.  This event benefits the Salvation Army of Brazoria County.  Come run or walk with us while you ring the bell for the Salvation Army.

When:  December 14, 2013
Where: Brazoria American Legion Pavilion
What: 5K run or 1 mile walk and kids fun run
Who:  You and your friends and family
How:  online registration at

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sugar and Spice Inaugural half Marathon

The Sugar and Spice half marathon had all the makings of a great event.  I very enthusiastic race director, way cool swag that included a long sleeve tech shirt, a nice bag, a ear warmer head band, a sports bottle, chapstick and a koozie.  There was 350 women registered and the weather was perfect, about 45 degrees at race start.  However, it goes down as my worst race and here is why:  There was a turn before mile 2 that wasn't marked clearly and many missed this turn.  No one was at the turn directing traffic off the main road we were running down, which means I ran .8 miles more than the 13.1.  Every time I ran up to a mile marker I knew the race was off on distance.  This was very fustrating as I knew it blew any chance of a PR and my rank in my age group is off as I can't tell how many missed the turn and how many didn't.  On a personal note, I had some pain in my tendon on the outside of my right knee that was making running hard very difficult.  I was really exhausted going into the event and with the pain, and the fustration of the poorly marked course, I was mad the entire time I ran.  I am scheduled to run this course again on my birthday, April 7th and I hope the course is corrected at that time.  I hope to do better, though the chances of the temps being warmer are significant which warmer temps equals slower running times for me.  I am scheduled to run the Sugarland half marathon on March 3rd, so I hope I can redeem myself and have a better race there.