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#CaptnKarls 2014: Pedernales Falls State Park

Last Saturday evening, I had fun running the Captain Karls Pedernales Falls trail race, the first in the series for 2014. It was fairly hot and hillier than I expected:

However, it was absolutely beautiful chasing the sunset into the late evening:

I decided to do the 30k and finished the race in 2:56:

It was a crazy finish because I managed to chase down someone about a kilometer from the finish line and then he tried to catch me at the end so it was a full sprint the last 400 meters or so to the finish line. Not the way I wanted to end the race but I recall being 7th overall in the group so that’s not too bad!

Trail Race: XTERRA 16k Muleshoe Bend 2014

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take part in the XTERRA 16k in beautiful Muleshoe Bend. Besides waking up at 6am during the weekend, it was a great race and I didn’t have any issues running the course or slipping on a cactus.

I could have definitely ran the course a bit faster given that I placed 4th in my age group, but I wanted to enjoy the scenery:

I ended up running the 16k in 1:23:16 which is about an 8:22 mile.

Next up? Capt’n Karl’s night time trail series ­čÖé

Texas Independence Relay (#TIR2014)

Last weekend, I had an amazing time running the Texas Independence Relay 2014 edition with a bunch of old and new friends.

This was an amazing race to do before I start tapering for the Boston Marathon which is going to happen in a few weeks. On top of that, the weather was nearly perfect, during the day bluebonnets were in full bloom like I haven’t seen in many years.

During the evening, we witnessed a beautiful Texas sunset:

So how did I end up doing? I ended up running 4.5 legs (we had an injury so I ran half of an extra leg):

Overall, I had a blast and was impressed I was able to keep my average pace under 7:00/mi for the whole race, this puts me in great shape for the Boston Marathon. We actually ended up finishing 2 hours ahead of schedule roughly which put us finishing 8th at the San Jacinto Monument.

As a reminder, I’m still fundraising for the┬áThe Leukemia and Lymphoma Society so if you have the means, please consider a donation for this great cause. I promise to live tweet everyone thanks during the marathon as a token of appreciation.

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#RunAustin Half Marathon 2014

I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve been neglecting my blogging about running. Last week, I had the opportunity to run the Austin Half Marathon during an extra humid morning.

My splits were:

  • 5K: 24:00
  • 5m: 38:42
  • 10M: 1:15:43
  • 21K: 1:39:32

Overall, I felt pretty good minus the humidity causing me to be soaked.

I’m confident that I’ll be able to finish the Boston Marathon in a couple of months, just not sure how fast I want to do it yet given my level of training currently.

For those who aren’t aware, I’m fundraising for the┬áLeukemia and Lymphoma Society so if you have the means, please consider donating. I promise to live tweet the full marathon!

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#Boston2014

For those who know me, know that I absolutely love running. It helps me clear my mind, keeps me in shape and something we as humans have a genetic predisposition to be decent at if we try.

This year, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to run in the 118th Boston Marathon. Last year and especially for those in the running community, we all watched in horror when two foolish people decided to execute an attack of terror.

One of the first things on my mind was, damn, I could have easily been there. Second, the Boston Marathon needs to move to the top of my bucket list as no one should fear participating in an event like that. This year, I’m lucky to be joining a group of 14 people who are raising at least $250,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please consider taking the time to support our cause if you can.

For those who donate, I can promise that I will give you a front seat to the event by live tweeting each of my miles with lovely commentary and photos.

Zilker Relays 2013

I recently had the opportunity to run one of my favorite local relay races last Friday, the Zilker Relays.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I ended up having to run the lead and anchor legs as we had trouble with our 4th runner. It was a pretty hot Austin summer evening with the temperatures still hovering around 100 degrees when I started my first leg. I decided to take a bit easy the first leg since I still had another leg to run. I ended up finishing in 16:05.4 which I considered an OK time for me not putting in punishing workouts at the track lately. The only benefit of the last leg was that it was roughly 5-10 degrees cooler than when I started due to the sun setting… ended up finishing in 16:43.0!

Lesson learned? Travel less for work and spend more time at the track to get my speed up!

I look forward to running the Car2go marathon relay later in the month.

Steep Ravine Trail Run

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of running the Steep Ravine Trail Run put on by Coastal Trail Runs. It was a fun race, the only downside was getting to the start line… I showed up a few minutes late due to the fog and had to make up for some lost time. My plan was to take it fairly easy the first few miles since all we were doing is climbing…

Once I made it to the top… I was floating on clouds ready to tackle the descent, the fog was mesmerizing.

I made up a lot of lost time on the way down… the conditions were a bit slick but the terrain wasn’t too technical. At the start of my second climb which met up with the Dipsea trail… the course became more technical. On the way down on the Dipsea, it was muddy and plenty full of slick steps…

I managed to finish the race in 2:21 (2:26 if you include my late start) which is definitely not the fastest time for me, but considering there was a lot of climbing and the trail was fairly technical I’m happy with the time. As an added bonus, I finished third in my age group and┬ástill have a few months of training before tackling the North Face Endurance Challenge trail marathon.

Running at Eclipse Summit Europe 2010

Thank you to everyone who participated in ESE Exercise!

We had some great runs during the course of the conference. There is no better way to start the day then getting some fresh air outside and get your body moving. I mean, who would resist the beautiful foliage in Ludwigsburg?

In the end, I hope everyone had a great time running!

Silicon Labs Marathon Relay 2010

This morning I had the pleasure to run the Silicon Labs Marathon relay in Austin, TX.

I had the second leg which was a 10K and finished it in about 41 minutes which isn’t that bad for me. It was also delightful to run as a ringer on the Austin Runners Club women’s team. Overall, I felt good and think I’ll be good for the Chicago marathon in a couple weeks… my right ankle showed no sign of pain!

Captn’ Karls: The Shoe 2010

Last weekend, I ran The Shoe (part of the Captn’ Karls trail series). The course was pretty challenging given the fact that my ankle isn’t 100 percent still and there were rocks everywhere…

And then it got dark which made it a bit worst when it comes to detecting rocks… so of course I managed to roll my bad ankle again…

I ended up finishing in roughly 3 hours and 20 minutes… which I’ll take given the course…