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October 23, 2018

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Location:

Mesa,AZ,USA

Member Since:

May 12, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I started running again in 2007 after 14 years of not running.

Mile - 4:59 (high school 1992), 5:57 (9/21/2010 ARR Open Mile)

2 mile - 11:10 (high school 1992)

5k - 21:54 (11/18/2010 Tempe Road Runners 5k)

10k - 48:29 (5/9/2009 Race for Hospice)

Unofficial 10k - 47:11 (1/27/2011 Red Mountain Park)

1/2 marathon - 1:49:00 (4/4/2009 Havasu Half)

Marathon - 4:33:09 (11/21/2009 Mesquite Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run a half marathon in under two hours.

Run a marathon in close to 4 hours.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy long enough to live through the millenium.

Personal:

I am married and have six kids. 

Blog title explanation

Bloggers I've met in real life: 1MileToGo, Aaron Kennard, Andrea North, Arizona Desert Monsoon, auntieem, Bec, Ben, Benjamin, Bonnie, Camille, Cari, Collin Anderson, David Holt, DooneEight Kid Mom, Erico, Flatlander, Gary, Jake Krong, JamesW, Jose, Josse, Julieesplin, JunKelli, Kerri, KP, Kyle Dion, Lightitup, Little Bad Legs, Lybi, Marthon Dreamer, M, Mary Ann Schauerhamer, Misty, Nan, Peds Endo Doc, Rachelle, RADRhett, Riley Cook, Rossy, runningafterbabies, Sasha, Scott Hughes, Scott (Kelli's husband), Scott Wesemann, Slow Joe, Spencer Simpson, Stephen, Steve Piccolo, The Rookie, Toby, Tracy, TylerS, Walter

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 4.92 Month: 58.41 Year: 438.19
Mizuno Wave Inspire 7 Lifetime Miles: 802.53
Asics Gel 3030 Lifetime Miles: 204.85
Saucony Hurricane 13 Lifetime Miles: 149.22
Asics Gel DS Trainer 17 Lifetime Miles: 87.49
Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 Lifetime Miles: 800.59
Brooks Ravenna 4 Lifetime Miles: 88.83
Mizuno X10 Trail Lifetime Miles: 53.60
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 247.84
Asics Gel Kayano 21 Lifetime Miles: 2.54
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 57.64
New Balance 1260v5 Lifetime Miles: 9.19
Reebok Floatride Lifetime Miles: 6.41
Total Distance
8.70

I've always shunned away from having to run the first leg of the Del Sol Ragnar Relay.  That very first leg is extremely difficult. 8.7 miles, mostly uphill.  But we have a few injured runners and a few novice runners in our van, so I decided to finally run it.  Earlier this week I asked my wife if she'd be interested in going with me to Wickenburg and being my support vehicle while I ran it.  I really wanted to gain some confidence that I could do it.  She said yes.  The plan was to leave at 8am.  That would put us there at 9:30am.  I figured it would take me about an hour and 45 minutes to run.  Then we could go to our favorite restaurant, Anita's Cocina.  Well we after getting up a tad late, cleaning up dog poop, packing a bag so I could change my clothes, dropping stuff off at Good Will, and gassing up the Kia, we finally got on the freeway at 10am.  Still, it was cloudy out and the weather was beautiful.  About 30 miles outside of Wickenburg we drove through some heavy rain.  But when we got there it had cleared up and stayed dry the whole time.  It was cooler than I thought it would be, but it was nice.  I stretched out and started to run.  The first 1.75 miles is actually downhill.  Then you turn south on Vulture Mine Road and you start the climb.  It was around mile 2 that I saw my wife for the first time.  She went to a Walgreen's or something to use the restroom, but they didn't have a public one.  She didn't think I had made it to Vulture Mine Road yet, so she drove back down looking for me.  Then she turned around and found me.  She asked if I wanted water, but I didn't take any until mile 3.  I was feeling pretty good.  At about 4.1 miles I told her I was almost half way there and I still felt good.  But right about at mile 5 it started getting difficult.  I knew I only had 3.7 miles to go, so I pushed on.  At mile 6 I contemplated throwing in the towel.  But then I thought, "I didn't drive all the way out here to only run a partial amount."  The hardest part was at 6.7 miles.  My wife had stopped to get me some water, so I started walking.  I probably only walked about 30 feet, but it was a steep incline.  I said to myself, "I only have 2 miles to go, and I know the last three quarters of a mile is downhill."  So I powered up and kept going.  At mile 7.7 I imagined seeing the One Mile to Go marker.  I could also see the top of the hill I needed to get to.  I kept plugging along and got to the top.  It didn't seem like it was really dowhill until the last 0.3 miles.  I made it.  It was difficult, but I'm glad I did it.  I'm still real sore, so I hope I can get some quality runs in over the next three weeks so that I have no problems running my next two legs.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 Miles: 8.70
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tracy on Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 05:51:13 from 172.56.13.7

Good for you, Burt! I didn't realize you actually ran the course. That's awesome! Thanks for taking one for the team!

From Burt on Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 16:10:02 from 70.176.85.97

Just you wait, Tracy. Someone's gonna get hurt and then you'll be taking one for the team by picking up their legs. Bwahahahaha!

From Tracy on Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 17:22:36 from 172.58.137.217

I think I might die if that happens.

From Burt on Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 21:36:21 from 70.176.85.97

You might. Totally worth it, though.

From Rhett on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 06:38:02 from 66.185.234.58

Great preparation Burt. Nothing like running the actual course to get you ready.

From DaleG on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 19:24:35 from 152.216.15.5

Kudos to you Mr. Burt. I'm proud of you. If you put your mind to it, you can do anything, or so I hear.

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