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Havasu Half

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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.  I am a Ragnar Ambassador.

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, Spencer Simpson, Stephen, Steve Piccolo, The Rookie, Toby, Tracy, TylerS, Walter

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 113.48
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: 465.06
Brooks Ravenna 4 Lifetime Miles: 88.83
Mizuno X10 Trail Lifetime Miles: 52.08
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 31.42
Asics Gel Kayano 21 Lifetime Miles: 2.54
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 10.89
New Balance 1260v5 Lifetime Miles: 9.19
Reebok Floatride Lifetime Miles: 1.45
Race: Havasu Half (13.1 Miles) 01:49:00, Place overall: 59, Place in age division: 14
Total Distance
13.10

Every couple of weeks I recieve an email from the Arizona RunningEvents Co. with a listing of various upcoming races.  One that intrigued me because I grew up in Kingman and lived 60 miles away was the Havasu Half marathon.  When my wife told me that I needed to drive to Kingman sometime to pick up a washing machine and dryer from my mother-in-law's, I figured I had a good excuse to make the trip.  I could just stay the night at her house or my mother's house and drive up early the morning of the race.  Of course it would be much more convenient to stay in Lake Havasu City for the night, but who do I know in Havasu?  Rhett.  I wonder if he would be cool enough to let a stranger from the blog stay the night at his house.  Turns out he is super cool.  He not only let me stay the night, he offered me dinner, gave me the whole downstairs to stay in with my own room, bathroom, gameroom, gave me breakfast, drove me to the race and back, and gave me lunch.  He has an awesome family.  Of course he's a HPGL and I'm just a lowly second assistant.  Rhett had a great race.  So did his wife and kid, Chase.  Go to his blog to see his report.

On to my report: It's been very windy in the whole state of AZ the last week or so.  The night before we were pretty worried because it was blowing pretty good.  But for the most part it blows in the afternoon.  Come race time it wasn't too bad.  We arrived about a half hour before the race started.  The announcer told everyone to toe the line with the faster runners up front and the slowest runners near the back.  Literally no one went to the front.  Knowing that this wasn't a chipped race, I moved up to about 20 feet behind the start line.  There were 301 runners in the race.  With two minutes to go there were only about 5 guys at the start, so I moved right behind Dan Kuch (the eventual winner of the race.)

1 mile - 7:33 - The time I was shooting for was 1:50:00.  That would be an overall average of 8:24.  I didn't want to start out so fast, but it's hard not to when you're up front.  The bad thing about being up front is you get passed more than you pass.

2 mile - 8:11 - The first three miles were around the island.  I made up my mind beforehand to take a little drink alternating between water and Gatorade at each aid station.  Normally I skip the first couple of aid stations thinking I'm good, but then I crash.  The first aid station was at 1.25.  I just couldn't.  Knowing there were a ton of aid stations along the course I skipped the first one.

3 mile - 8:04 - My wife's going to kill me when she reads this part.  Two ladies passed me.  One of them had a very nice athletic body and looked to be in very good shape.  The other one didn't.  I wondered how she was able to maintain the pace she was at for these first three miles.  I stayed behind them until they stopped to get water at 4.5.  Then I never saw the not-so-toned lady again.

4 mile - 8:15 - At about 4.75 we crossed over the London Bridge.  That was one of the coolest parts of the race.

5 mile - 8:10 - Somewhere along here a sweet old lady caught up with me.  Her name was Wendy.  She was making sure all the volunteers were doing their job and cheering us on.  She also thanked every single one of them for being there.  I ran with her until mile 9 when she dropped me.  (She ended up beating me by 1:55)  Turns out she is in Rhett's ward at church.

6 mile - 8:22 - From mile 5 to mile 8.5 we were running into the wind.  It wasn't too bad, but still noticeable.  So far all of my miles were under the 8:24 pace.

7 mile: - 8:25 - First mile over my goal pace.  I knew we were getting close to the turn around and I figured we would be seeing Dan Kuch pretty soon.  As soon as I voiced this to Wendy, there he was, right on cue.

8 mile - 8:41 - Saw Rhett coming back.  He was in sixth place.  Wendy was about 10 feet ahead of me.  She went to give him 5.  He seemed to be scared that his hand would fall off so I think he purposely missed.  I put my had out to give him 5 and made sure just to lightly touch his finger tips.

9 mile - 8:18 - I reached the turn around and now the wind was blowing against my back.  Funny thing when it does that; you can't even feel it.  It's so much quieter, too.  But you can also feel the sun beating down on you.  Luckily it was only 68 degrees, but it felt warm.

10 mile - 8:14 - For the first time I started passing people.  That was kind of nice.  But I got passed by two guys.  I'm starting to think my strategy of taking waters and Gatorades, keeping myself feuled, was paying off.

11 mile - 8:40 - Second slowest mile of the race.  However, I start to think I'm going to smash my goal time of 1:50:00.

12 mile - 8:39 - See that I'm still on pace, but then I remember that after mile 13 there is still another 0.1 miles and that's another 48 seconds at an 8 min/mi pace.

13 mile - 8:29 - We run back over the London Bridge.  I've got a guy hot on my tail.  Trying to stay strong to hold him off.

0.14 miles to finish - 55 seconds (6:49 pace) - The guy is still pretty close behind me, but far enough to where I think I can hold him off if I finish strong.  He would have to run at a total sprint to catch me, and after 13 miles, I don't think he can.  I beat him by 10 seconds.  More importantly I beat my goal time of 1:50:00 by a full minute and PR'ed by over 16 minutes!  I'm a happy bunny.

Well, now I've run London's Run half marathon.  That's a run for little London Solomon who died of cancer.  I've run a half marathon over the London Bridge.  I guess the only thing left is for me to run a half marathon in London England!

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Marion on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 21:22:35 from 71.213.113.191

Hot Dog! Nice race!!! Are the other 10 miles a blur?

From Kelli on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 21:28:17 from 71.219.95.20

....and then his wife killed him because she was reading over his shoulder while he typed and saw the mile 3 talk...

From Burt on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 21:36:36 from 98.167.151.26

Let me finish!

From Kelli on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 21:41:43 from 71.219.95.20

Nope, not patient enough. HURRY....what is this with giving us a few miles at a time?

Honestly, how do you people remember so many details of each mile? It blows me away. I remember a detail here and there, but I am mostly oblivious.

From Burt on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 21:53:10 from 98.167.151.26

I'm done now ladies. Thanks for the patience.

From Marion on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 21:55:36 from 71.213.113.191

Yeah- what Kelli said!

From Marion on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 22:04:12 from 71.213.113.191

that was a lot of words :) I don't know if I know that many words ;)

YOU ARE A RACE ANIMAL!!!

From Kelli on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 22:04:15 from 71.219.95.20

I am all for the run in England, you deserve it.

Thanks for FINALLY finishing your race report. You did awesome, really! A PR by 16 minutes is amazing, AMAZING!!! And way to hold the guy off! No one understands how hard that is until they get passed twice in the last 2 seconds of a race which really STINKS!

From James W on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 22:15:47 from 70.190.199.29

Congrats on an awesome PR, Burt! I got your text yesterday morning and was literally waiting for you to finish your race report until now. Hope to see you at Pat's Run in a couple of weeks.

From Burt on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 22:34:57 from 98.167.151.26

Marion - I am an animal. That means you might stop to talk to me if you see me behind a fence one of these days while you're on a run.

Kelli - Sometimes that extra little push you give will kill their spirit and they just give up.

James - Thanks. Sorry it took so long. Long weekend with the drive back and conference.

From TylerS on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 22:52:10 from 66.119.143.249

Wow Burt great job! THat is a huge PR, 16 minutes!!!! Awesome!

From Bonnie on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 22:55:11 from 71.210.121.51

cool!! all those root beer floats and chili dogs paid off!!

Congrats on the PR!

I loved the little dig on Rhett for the lack of high-fives, you are one funny guy Burt.

From Smooth on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 23:12:20 from 71.36.85.29

CONGRATS Burt! WAY to beat that guy by 10 seconds and bag that HUGE 16 min PR and smashing your goal. Watch out London Marathon, here Burt comes!!! I'm so jealous you got to stay at Rhett's. He's the nicest guy, isn't he!!!

From rattletrap on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 23:28:54 from 24.19.93.139

Congrats on a new PR!! Sounds like it was a great race.

From Merri on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 23:47:36 from 207.88.76.69

Hey WAY TO GO!!! That's awesome.

From Burt on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 23:58:21 from 98.167.151.26

Tyler - thanks. I still have a way to go before I'm as fast as you.

Bonnie - Yep. Those beans just give you such a burst of energy. They're loaded in carbohydrates.

Smooth - Rhett is a cool guy. He' so excited to go to Boston with you and the rest of the crew.

Mike - Thanks. One thing that worried me was that it's still spring break for some schools. You've probably heard about the craziness around Havasu during spring break. I thought the college kids would be partying in the streets. But it was quite calm.

Merri - thanks. I'm glad Rhett let me shower up before my trip to Kingman. You know how I feel about stinkiness.

From Lucia on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 09:25:19 from 74.9.147.114

Nice job chicken legs! You are rocking the Arizona running scene!

From Eric Day on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 11:06:43 from 189.192.103.175

WOW, that is all I have to say.

From montelepsy on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 12:58:46 from 155.85.58.253

So if you made it under your goal time, does that make you an under achiever?

From sam on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 13:06:23 from 90.201.147.34

Hey, burt sorry its late, been away from running last week and blogs, I was in sammy Land, wot ever that is! LOL.

Way to go on your pb, excellent, so its fast chicken legs now, great write up too...

AMAZING :-)

From Burt on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 13:31:09 from 68.76.197.194

Rocket - Thanks. I haven't felt so strong at the end of a run this long ever.

Eric - como se dice wow en espanol?

Mike - That's right. Never set your goals so high that you can't go under them.

Sam - I've been wondering where you were. Good to have you back.

From Eric Day on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 13:35:01 from 189.192.103.175

Wow in spanish is: WOW!

I'm still in the WOW phase with you.

From Burt on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 13:39:54 from 68.76.197.194

Okay. Why hasn't anybody commented on my new blog picture? Especially you SMOOTH?? It's kind of an April Fool's joke. You have to go to Rhett's blog and look at his picture to get it. Come on people! It's funny!

From Kelli on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:06:05 from 71.219.95.20

You have to TELL us you have a new blog picture, they do not show up unless you open your page and then hit refresh. Now we know. And, yes, now I get why you changed the title to your blog. I was so confused!!!!!!

From rattletrap on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:06:07 from 70.193.226.218

Nice work on the big clock :)

From rattletrap on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:09:56 from 70.193.226.218

At first I thought you pasted the clock into your picture, but now I'm not sure. Do you both have the same giant clock?

From Kelli on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:14:13 from 71.219.95.20

Rattletrap, look at who he stayed with to run this race. That might help ya out!

From Lucia on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:21:21 from 74.9.147.114

So you have the same clock, or did you do some photoshop magic? Very funny!

Eric, I respectfully disagree... I'd translate "Wow" as "Guau". Which incidentally it's also how you spell the sound that dogs make: "Guau, guau!"

From rattletrap on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:41:55 from 70.193.226.218

OK, I'm a little slower than usual for a monday :)

From Eric Day on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 16:35:51 from 189.192.103.175

Lucia, well agree disrespectfully then!

Yes, you are right, the correct would be "guau", but I don't like the word, I prefer the word "wow" even in spanish.

=)

From sam on Tue, Apr 07, 2009 at 08:21:35 from 78.32.130.9

Hey burt, good picture, see the time had changed though on yours and rhett's, does his say 1.00 is that pm I am hoping! LOL

and wow in german I believe is Toll

so Toll Burt!

hahahah a

From Burt on Tue, Apr 07, 2009 at 12:02:16 from 68.76.197.194

Danke. Only you would notice the discrepancy in time. LOL.

From Burt on Tue, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:36:25 from 98.167.151.26

Sam - did you also notice how he's grown from the time Rhett took his picture 'til I took mine.

From Burt on Tue, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:36:55 from 98.167.151.26

(Replace that period with a question mark.)

From Smooth on Tue, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:49:29 from 207.200.116.131

Hmm...Chase might have grown but you can't tell when he's standing next to you! And where is his cool BYU shirt? He's still a diehard Coug fan, isn't he? You must have taken this picture BEFORE the race judging by the time on the clock and the absence of the medals around your necks. VERY COOL! FUN!

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