I’ve always enjoyed running and in the past few years (since graduate school). I’ve have had the time and energy to train and enter in a number of races. I don’t win. I don’t even really try, but I get out of running what I want for the amount of time I can put into it. I love being outside and getting to just have plenty of time to think. I do listen to the iPod on longer runs, to help pass the time. However, just getting to people watch and sight see is always fun. I’m always looking for interesting routes to take around my house and the office.
I enjoy entering races, not because I expect to win or even really compete, but because they give me a goal. If I know I have a race coming up, I’ll be sure and keep my running schedule up so I don’t crap out in the middle of the race. Of course, I now have a hefty collection t-shirts lying around the house.
Back in December 2004, Angela got me a Garmin Forerunner 201, which is a runner’s GPS watch. Unfortunately, the ability to retrieve the GPS data onto a PC isn’t working (damn serial ports!, why didn’t they use USB?).
Once I get that worked out, I’m going to post up some aerial photos with my routes traced over them on the Blog (or Flickr, I haven’t decided). I have posted up two of my marathon runs on Flickr under the tag “USAPhotoMaps.”
Some Of My Race Results:
- 2009 Zoo Run 5k at the Nashville Zoo 28:28 (Cold & windy; but a very fun run through the zoo)
- 2008 Stroud’s Barbeque Turkey Trot 5k 27:21 (Thanksgiving Day in Cookeville; we’re thinking of making this an annual tradition)
- 2008 Fourth of July Music City 10k 1:05:36 (Getting back into running – my 5k split was 30:11)
- Once and Done 5k 29:09 (2007 Running across the newest bridge on the PA turnpike; a one-time event before the bridge was opened to traffic).
- 2007 Monument Ave 10k
- 2006 Turkey Trot 10k
- 2006 Suntrust Richmond Marathon (Two marathons in two weeks? What was I thinking?)
- 2006 Marine Corps Marathon
- 2006 VA Beach Rock ‘n Roll Half-Marathon (Hot. I mean, really hot.)
- 2006 Ukrop’s Monument Ave 10k 54:28 (3/1 – Proof of where no training gets me).
- 2006 Sweetheart 8k 41:20 (2/11 – Cold, wet and hilly and I nearly threw up).
- 2006 Frostbite 15k 1:21:33 (1/22 – So glad to have finally run this race).
- 2005 Turkey Trot 10k 56:28 (11/24 – Best Thanksgiving morning ever).
- 2005 Suntrust Richmond Marathon 4:36:30 (11/12 – My first ever marathon, time based on chip). My splits were: 1/2— 2:13:47, 20 mile— 3:28:31, total clock time— 4:36:30.
- 2005 McDonald’s X-Country Festival at Maymont 8k – 44:38 (9/22 – Really hot day, but a fun race. See some photos here.)
- 2005 Battlefield Half-Marathon 1:52:39 (9/4 – My first half-marathon ever).
- 2005 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k 50:45 (4/9 – Angela’s first 10k as well. I’m proud of the both of us.)
- 2004 NTelos 8k(.pdf file) 39:18 (11/13 – Very cold day to be running.)
- 2004 Autumn Harvest 10k 51:57 (10/9 – Hilly race through downtown Richmond)
- 2004 Virginia Naturally 5k 26:50 (9/25 – Cross country at Pony Pastures)
- 2004 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k 55:05 (3/27 – Me and 14,000 friends)
- 2004 Ukrop’s X-Country Festival at Maymont 5k – 23:56 (10/2 …although I believe this time is incorrect.)
- 2003 Ukrop’s X-Country Festival at Maymont 5k – 32:57 (This is a extremely hilly race in Maymont)
- 2003 NTelos 8k42:08 (11/15 – The walk up capitol hill to the car is nearly as fun as the race.)
- 2nd Annual Flatwoods Four 4mi – 38:27 (4/13 – A very flat & hot cross-country race near Tampa, FL)
- 2003 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k 1:00:57 (I saw Lt. Gov Tim Kaine in this race, and beat him! I’m voting for him, though.)
- Garmin Forerunner 201
- CamelBak Classic (mine’s an older model)
- Mizuno Wave Inpsire – These shoes are the first ones I’ve owned in which my feet don’t hurt, no matter how far I go.
- Insport Running Gear – Great clothes that don’t break the bank.
- Clif Bars – Makers of tasty energy bars (that don’t taste like sawdust and motor oil) as well as Clif Shots. Give ‘em a try.
- RunRichmond – Sean "The Running Gnome" Cusack’s great running site for Richmonders.