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2009 ARR Summer Series #4 - 5k

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Member Since:

May 12, 2008



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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.


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, Susie, The Rookie, Toby, Tracy, Twinkies, TylerS, Walter

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 5.16 Month: 26.26 Year: 637.24
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: 105.76
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 800.21
Asics Gel Kayano 21 Lifetime Miles: 3.99
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 229.39
New Balance 1260v5 Lifetime Miles: 9.19
Reebok Floatride Lifetime Miles: 8.23
Race: 2009 ARR Summer Series #4 - 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:22:49, Place overall: 202, Place in age division: 22
Total Distance

Thursday's workout was designed specifically to determine whether or not I would run in the Arizona Road Racers Summer Series #4.  I did the first race with James W.  I might have done the entire series, but they have 2 of the 5 races on Sunday.  I like to avoid running on Sundays.  Bad things happen.  Back to Thursday.  Since I hadn't been training for speed lately due to the increasing temperatures, I wasn't sure how I would do.  Thursday I ran a mile in 6:35.  Before my last 5k I ran a 6:26.  I knew I was a touch slower, but decided to run anyway.

I forgot my Garmin today so I'll just post a bunch of pictures instead of giving a mile by mile breakdown.  Who doesn't love pictures?

Wait wasn't too bad.  Immediately afterwards I took the high ground and did a 1.4 mile warm-up.

After my warm-up I stretched out.  I had about 4 minutes before the start of the race.  By this time the chute was full of runners.  I started out in the back and it took me about 2 minutes before I crossed the starting line.

Because I started so far back, I was passing people the whole race.  I got passed a couple of times.  It wasn't long and I knew I wouldn't be PR-ing.  Too hot.

Down the stretch I was able to pass a bunch of runners.  Enjoy these action shots in Tempe's beautiful Kiwanis Park.

At one point in the race there was a gentlemen on a bicycle coming down the path.  I was ready to clothesline him.  "Can't you see there's a race going on old man??"  It turns out he was the race official making sure people stayed to the right.  The pack of lead runners was right behind him.  Man, they were fast.  (I look so dorky when I run.)

Staying wide to the right to avoid the puddle of water.  My wife said she saw someone biff it.

Sweat levels 10 - Captain Insano.  I could use the services of an experienced waterboy.


(Notice the can of soda I nicked in my pocket.)  After the race I saw an old high school friend of mine.  Even though we ran cross country together, I never expected to see him at a race.  I wasn't sure it was him at first, so I yelled "Somar!" and looked away.  He kind of paused.  Then I said, "Mike Somar!" and did a 180.  Now he stopped, and I turned around so he could see me.  He was like, "I know  you from somewhere.  I recognize your eyes."  He probably didn't know it was me because I was too cool to wear my glasses in high school.  It was good to catch up with him, and we've already added each other as FaceBook friends.  The End.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 White/Classic Blue/Raven Miles: 4.50
Weight: 0.00
From ChrisM on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 14:00:44 from

Pictures are cool!

Good work on doing the race and getting training when it is so hot. When it was hot in the UK couple of weeks back I was really struggling so much respect!

From Snoqualmie on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 14:06:15 from

Pretty green for a desert! Was the whole course like that? Congratulations on your race, Burt. Love the pix! (Only a bunch of runners could possibly love your porta-potty-sans-line photos! lol)

From Eric Day on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 14:14:52 from

I hope you pushed out of the race the bandit (guy with white shirt) in front of you...anyways, good race, good time.

From Snoqualmie Ridge Runner on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 14:19:34 from

Nice wheels baby, especially at the end!!

From Burt on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 14:31:15 from

4 comments already? I wasn't even done yet! Thanks guys.

From Eric Day on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 14:36:46 from

Darn, I have to read more?

From Burt on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 14:41:37 from

Chris - It's only just begun down here.

Sno - the race was all the way around the park. There was even a man-made lake. In previous years they've had the course up by the canal. They said they changed it because of how uncomfortable it is to run next to it. That's where I did my warm-up. There were plenty of gnats out.

Eric - nice catch. Actually, a lot of runners that sign in this series opt to buy their own timing chip. So a lot of people weren't even wearing their numbers because of the chip timing.

Sno 2, I mean Jeff - Thanks. Hopefully I wasn't holding back too much during the race. I knew I was far enough back that there would be no one at that point that could pass me.

From JD on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 14:51:43 from

You and I have the exact same eye glasses.

From Burt on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 15:12:27 from

Eric - you GET to read more.

JD - I always knew you were a cool dude.

From sam Dean-Howard on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 15:26:37 from

Burt- patience isnt a virtue I have LOL great pictures, so glad you enjoyed it and it can be used as a speed workout cool!

Way to go meeting an old school friend :)

I love the pics of the porta loo's LOL you wanna see the queues at marathons I may be tempted to take a piccy now hehehe

From RivertonPaul on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 15:29:25 from

Well done! Be sure to run good tangents in the next race to save you a couple of seconds. :) Cool pics.

From Burt on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 16:06:06 from

Sam - take the piccy while your outside of the loo.

Paul - tangents were impossible to run. It was kind of frustrating. Wish I'd been able to start closer to the front.

From Mat on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 17:45:05 from

Great job Burt!! You seen to have a long history of running. Keep it up!!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 19:11:44 from

See if James W would pace you to a sub-22:00 5 K on the track in a time trial on a cooler morning in the next month or so. I think you have it in you.

From Burt on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 19:38:50 from

Mat - thanks. I like the picture you posted. I hope that wierdo tattoo guy isn't you. LOL.

Sasha - that would be awesome. Unfortunately, I think James is on injured reserves right now. What would that be, 12 and a half laps around a high school track?

From Teena on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 19:41:26 from

EXCELLENT job on the race and LOVE the pics!!!

And, of course, outstanding job on the "sweat levels."

Have a great weekend!!!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 20:58:19 from

Burt, yes, 12.5 laps. 22:00 is a little bit faster than 1:46 a lap. So if you go for 1:45 per lap you'll get it. 1:45 - 3:30 - 5:15 - 7:00 - 8:45 - 10:30 - 12:15 - 14:00 - 15:45 - 17:30 - 19:15 - 21:00 - 21:52.5.

From allie on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 21:10:02 from

great report, burt. i love the pictures, it really brings the race to life. :) nice job on your race.

From beef on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 11:07:14 from

Despite the heat it looks like a beautiful day - nice pictures! Gotta love palm trees and porta potties.

From Huans32 on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 11:45:29 from

Awesome job. To bad about the garmin and your paces. Looks like a great run even if it was hot. Great report and pics.

From Burt on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 13:25:03 from

Teena and Allie - I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. It's pretty much a gimmick to get people to visit my blog.

Beef - Palm Trees and Porta Potties. That could be the name of a country western song. Or maybe a beloved children's book.

Mark - I got about 3 miles away from home when I remembered. I hate turning around so I just said, "Forget it. I guess today I won't be a slave to the electronic pace master."

From auntieem on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 14:26:00 from

Looks like a beautiful race to me. I love heat and palm trees. You don't look like a dork when you run, you look like a runner. Nice race. Nice photos.

From RAD on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 20:47:00 from

Nice race Burt! That heat can get brutal, and you did an awesome job! Glad you got to leave that pesky pace master at home, sometimes it's liberating! :)

From Merri on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 23:45:00 from

love the pics, nice race!!!

From Lily on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 23:45:03 from

Right arm dude. Oh man, I can't imagine having to run in the Arizona heat! Yuck!

From Steve Piccolo on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 01:01:44 from

Great job doing the race and being GQ! I don't remember you mentioning your time. Surely it was to avoid people asking for your autograph.

From Leandra on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 12:03:26 from

Oh the pics are the best, who needs mile by mile the pics explain everything! Still trying to figure out how to do that... Someday. Great race! Seriously I'm impressed at any running you can do in that kind of heat. In the mornings here its in the 70's and I'm passing out by the end of it. Great job!

From argentinerocket on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 14:30:56 from

Nice job Burt! We all look dorky when we run. Well, maybe you look a bit dorkier than everyone else, but what can you do? :) Congrats on a great race!

From Twinkies on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 16:55:19 from

A late congratulations on your race. The pics are great, especially the ones with the shadow of your photographer.

From James W on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 17:40:36 from

Great job at the race, Burt. Kiwanis Park is a nice place to run. I did the NIN southwest region race there last year (citizens race) and got to meet the Black Cactus. I have officially started up again, so I think once the weather cools off some again, maybe I will take Sasha up on that challenge to pace you to a sub-22:00 5K on the track. Yup, 12 1/2 laps is right. We'll see how the foot holds up now that I have officially started up again.

From Burt on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 19:08:57 from

Auntie Em - thanks for saying I'm not a dork.

RAD - I hoped it would be liberating, but I really missed it and started crying like Bob when the two brothers separated for the first ever time in Strange Brew.

Merry and Lily - thanks. Utah's probably getting pretty warm itself.

Steve - I have to protect my anonymity.

Leandra - I've seen you post pictures before. What are you talking about?

Rocket - I look like Tweedle Dum. Thanks for the post card.

Twinkies - a late thank you. My wife asked why I didn't mention that she took the pictures. I told her everyone could see her in them.

James - Good news. Good news. How's that new baby?

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