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2010 Las Vegas Ragnar Relay

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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, 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
Total Distance
99.04
Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 39.11Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 White/Classic Blue/Raven Miles: 59.93
Weight: 189.22
Total Distance
5.43

Good luck to everyone running the St. George Marathon tomorrow.  You marathon runners are awesome.

I felt pretty good this morning, like I was on cruise control.  I ran forward this morning.  There's a canal that cuts through the city block at about a 70° angle.  I saw a guy turn around and head back along the canal.  I wondered if I could get to where it met the street again before he did.  Let's see.  The sine of a 70° angle is 0.9397.  The cosine of a 70° angle is 0.3402.  This means I'm running 28.17% more distance than him.  Do not check my math, AZDM. 

I beat him.

Time - 43:30 (avg. pace 8:01)

Splits - 8:06, 7:49, 7:53, 8:15, 8:02, 3:26 for 0.43 (8:00 pace)

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Day 89 P90X - Core Synergistics - Good workout.  One more to go!

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 5.43
Weight: 186.00
Comments(24)
Total Distance
0.00

Day 90 P90X - Yoga X - Let me start off this entry by saying it was not my intention to finish my P90X routine on the same day as the St. George Marathon or General Conference.  I just heard a talk from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf about pride which has really caused me to reflect on this entire experience.  There is good pride and there is bad pride.  Bad pride is when you say, "Look at what I just did", which translates into, "I'm better than you."  I can safely say that everyone who did the St. George Marathon is better than I am.  No issues there.  But why then did I seemingly boast my progress every day on the Fast Running Blog and Facebook?  Why did I bother taking 30, 60, and 90 day progress pictures if not too show them off?  Why did I let my wife rip sticky wax strips off my chest and back in an effort to look more appealing?

For the most part I think I can say that it was not because of the bad kind of pride.  Part of me has enjoyed the positive feedback I've received from you all.  But I'm no better than anyone else.  I'm just a guy with a guitar singing his heart out.  

I've been running now for almost 4 years.  I've made significant improvements the first couple of years, but I hit a plateau especially with my weight.  I knew I needed to start working other muscles in my body besides those that were being worked out by running alone.  I had a handful of friends that were doing P90X.  At first I thought it would be too extreme for me.  But one friend, 1miletogo, reassured me that I could do it.  He even talked me into joining the Beachbody Team as a way to earn extra money and help other people reach their fitness goals.  This is the main reason for the pictures.  I needed to show that an average joe could make huge improvements over a 90 day period.

I do have to say that I am proud of myself.  I am proud that I set a goal to accomplish the P90X workouts in 90 days, that I stuck with it, and that I finished without missing a day.  I think that's okay to be proud of.  What do you think?  And I want to thank everyone for the support and encouragement throughout this journey.  The last thing I want to say is that anyone can do it.  It is tough, but not impossible.  And it works.  So, with that, I will now unveil the 90 day pictures.  You've been warned.


Weight: 0.00
Comments(31)
Total Distance
3.00

Time to start training properly for Ragnar Vegas.  

Time - 24:34 (avg. pace 8:11)

Splits - 8:14, 8:08, 8:12

This should provide some comic relief.


Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(14)
Total Distance
5.44

We got an afternoon shower yesterday.  That made it cool and humid this morning.  I was sweating more than all 5700 runners at SGM combined.

Time - 45:58 (avg pace 8:27)

Splits - 8:22, 8:16, 8:24, 8:33, 8:39, 3:45 for 0.44 (8:28 pace)

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 White/Classic Blue/Raven Miles: 5.44
Weight: 191.00
Comments(10)
Total Distance
3.00

The cool thing about today's run is I had 1 mile in the 8's, 1 mile in the 7's, and 1 mile in the 6's.  Okay, that's not that cool.  But as I was cruising along in my 6's a teenager gave me the brotherly fist sign.

Time - 22:49 (avg. pace 7:36)

Splits - 7:54, 6:21, 8:34


Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 3.00
Weight: 191.00
Comments(21)
Total Distance
4.53

I went running this evening with Marilyn and Elizabeth at Las Sendas.  It was a gorgeous night.  We all felt a lot better than usual probably because it was 20° cooler than what we're used to.  We talked about my upcoming Ragnar race, their upcoming triathlon/duathlon, how I found out Marilyn's brother is in my ward, how I used to be in the ward Elizabeth is in now, how Elizabeth saw a man tied up in the street in her neighborhood, how I had a drive by shooting right in front of my house in that neighborhood, how Kelli has a picture of Marilyn on her facebook from Ragnar Wasatch Back.  We talked a lot.  Until we hit the hill.  That's when I took over double stroller duty.  Our goal was to do the loop in a 10 minute pace or better.  We had no problems because we were feeling good.

Time - 42:52 (avg. pace 9:28)

Splits - 9:32, 9:21, 9:37, 9:28, 4:54 for 0.53 (9:19 pace)

 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 White/Classic Blue/Raven Miles: 4.53
Weight: 0.00
Comments(7)
Total Distance
7.23

I'm trying to get a mock Ragnar in for Vegas in two weeks.  I ran last night, this morning, and I'll run later tonight again.  This morning I ran my "backwards" loop.  I'm finding out that running counterclockwise around the city block is dangerous.  People just aren't looking for pedestrians coming from that direction.  You constantly have to be on your guard.  I still need to test that theory a little more.  After running the 4.3 mile backwards loop I stopped and ate some energy chews and drank some PowerAde.  Then I went out and ran the canal loop.

AM run

Time - 1:02:04 (avg. pace 8:35)

Splits - 8:22, 8:27, 8:35, 8:38, 8:34, 8:49, 8:37, 2:02 for 0.23 (8:48 pace)

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 7.23
Weight: 187.00
Comments(14)
Total Distance
7.25

This was pretty much the same as my run last Friday except I ran the backwards loop inside out.  And a little farther to get to seven and a quarter.  I saw my HPGL.  I wonder when he's going to assign me as a home teacher.

Time - 57:20 (avg. pace 7:55)

Splits - 7:50, 7:45, 7:41, 7:48, 7:56, 8:09, 8:17, 1:54 for 0.25 (7:42 pace)

Here you go Scott.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 White/Classic Blue/Raven Miles: 7.25
Weight: 189.00
Comments(21)
Total Distance
3.00

3 easy recovery miles.  My back and chest hair is growing back and it's really pokey.

Time - 26:50 (avg. pace 8:57)

Splits - 8:57, 8:52, 9:02

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(19)
Total Distance
5.44

I went out at 10pm.  There's some weird looking characters out that late.

Time - 45:15 (avg. pace 8:19)

Splits - 8:31, 8:09, 8:16, 8:24, 8:13, 3:43 for 0.44 (8:30 pace)

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 White/Classic Blue/Raven Miles: 5.44
Weight: 0.00
Comments(7)
Total Distance
3.00

No creepy people out this morning.  No people at all.  That was creepy.

Time - 26:49 (avg. pace 8:56)

Splits - 8:49, 8:55, 9:04

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 3.00
Weight: 189.00
Comments(9)
Total Distance
10.02

I wanted to get a long run in in the heat of the day for some last minute Ragnar training.  It was 4pm before I finally made it out.  I took 4 Orange Mango electrolyte strips that dissolve on your tongue.  I put a bottle of PowerAde in the back of my truck so I could drink it after the first loop.  I'm not promoting PowerAde.  There was just a better deal than Gatorade.  Then I ran 0.7 miles to Fry's Marketplace to take back the Red Box DVD's.  Date Night and Karate Kid.  They were both good. 

Then I continued on trying to push a good pace on that first loop.  I was trying to feed off the energy of Nan's awesome performance today.  But that was making me emotional, so it didn't help much.  I finished the first loop and drank my PowerAde.  Then I went out for my second loop nice and easy.

I felt pretty good.  I don't think I could run a marathon anytime soon, but I'm looking forward to upping my miles and maybe doing one next year.

Time - 1:26:55 (avg. pace 8:40)

Splits - 8:11, 8:17, 8:08, 8:19, 8:33, 8:49, 8:55, 9:07, 9:15, 9:07

I had some some P90X Recovery Drink when I was done, and I will promote that.  Order yours today. :)

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 White/Classic Blue/Raven Miles: 10.02
Weight: 0.00
Comments(13)
Total Distance
3.00

I wanted to do more, but three is going to have to suffice.  Nice morning out.  Lots of cars.  Lots of hot moms at the elementary school that wanted my bod.

I just want to see what my wife's reaction is to that.  She reads my blog.  If I don't blog tomorrow, it's because I've been murdered.

Time - 25:41 (avg. pace 8:34)

Splits - 8:33, 8:32, 8:37

We need one more runner to do Ragnar Vegas this Friday and Saturday.  Registration is paid for.  You have to (get to) run leg #1.  I'm not going to invite anyone personally because I don't want to hurt anyone's PRECIOUS LITTLE FEELINGS.  Serious comments only.  Remeber what I said on Facebook.  I'd hate to have to drive over to Mamby Pamby Land and find you some self confidence ya jackwagon!

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 3.00
Weight: 190.00
Comments(15)
Total Distance
0.00

Not gonna run today.  My right calf was feeling pretty sore all day yesterday.  I don't want to injure it before Ragnar, especially if I have to run extra legs. 

My wife didn't kill me.  She figured she'd rather destroy a stain glass window as an artist such as myself.

Weight: 0.00
Comments(25)
Total Distance
3.00

I took Ginger, the hairless rat/weasel/flying squirrel/goldfish, with me this morning.  She mostly pooped on the dirt trail.  That was nice.  We ran at about a 9 min. pace.  Still need someone on my team.  Airfare is not an option.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 3.00
Weight: 190.00
Comments(28)
Race: 2010 Las Vegas Ragnar Relay (22.42 Miles) 03:15:07
Total Distance
22.42

I don't consider the Ragnar relays races, but here's my race report nonetheless.

I really wanted to do this relay for the selfish fact that I would get three medals out of it.  First would be the Vegas finishing medal.  Second would be the Saints and Sinners for finishing the Wasatch Back relay this year.  Third would be the Deuces Wild for finishing the Del Sol this year.  I asked Rae at Ragnar to hook me up with a team, and she found me one with a mix of people from Idaho, Utah, and New Mexico.  As it turned out, they were a fun group.  Our name was Reno 911.  We all met together for the first time at the carbo-load dinner the night before the race.  We donned our costumes so that we could get the maximum use out of them.

I was in van #1 with Betsy, her brother David, Kaylin, and Mariah.  We had a runner drop out the week before and could never find a replacement.  Of course you all know that, and you may now look away in shame for not stepping up.  Our start time was 6:30am on Friday morning in the Valley of Fire.  The Valley of Fire is pretty.  I've been there before.  Unfortunately it was still dark out at 6:30 in the morning.

The race announcer asked who was doing Ragnar for the first time.  A bunch of people raised their hands.  Second time?  More people raised their hands.  Third?  About 10 people.  Fourth?  A couple.  Fifth?  One person.  "Okay, you get to do the countdown."  Then Kaylin piped up and said, "Hey, Burt's done it 6 times."  So he made the other guy go back with his tailed tucked between his legs, and I got to do the countdown.  I counted from 10 to 2 and instead of saying 1, I yelled "Reno 911!"

Dave started us off as he, Betsy, and I split up runner #1's legs amongst us.  He passed 7 people.  That means he was passing people from the 6:15am group, and possibly earlier.  Only two people from the 6:30am group beat him.  Then Betsy ran.  She passed 20 people!  I was like, "Save some for me!"  After her Kaylin ran and passed one person and got passed twice.  Then Mariah ran and got passed by three or four people.  Next it was my turn.  I knew this was going to be my easiest and fastest leg.  I predicted I would run a 7:45 average.  I had a 7:37 average.  My splits were 7:47, 8:11, 8:02, 7:06, 7:02, 7:44, 7:31 and a 7:30 pace for the last 0.23 miles.  It felt good.  I got passed once by this speedy dude, and I passed 4 people.  Then Dave ran us into the first major exchange.  This is where I found out there were only a few teams ahead of us.

Rae at Ragnar was announcing the teams as they came in on the microphone.  I said hi to her, and she totally put me on the spotlight.  She told the whole crowd about how I just finished P90X in 90 days and that I looked great.  It was rather embarrassing.  My teammates were like, "I didn't know we had a celebrity on our team."  Ha!

I had a feeling our next speedy runner, Chris, would be able to catch the teams in front of us.  I'm pretty sure he did.  Amazingly, by the time it was our turn to run again, we were out in the lead.  I've never been on a team that was out in front, although we got close in Del Sol before the accident happened, but it was kind of exciting.  Betsy ran her two legs and kept the lead for us.  Then Kaylin ran, and got lost on the trail that wasn't well marked.  A team was able to pass us at that point, and she felt so bad.  I told her not to worry.  Poor Mariah never had a chance to pass anyone just because we were always so far out in front.  But I'm so impressed with the two of them because they only started running two months ago.  A few more teams passed Mariah, and then I got to run again.

It was 7:12pm, so I had to wear the night gear.  My last three legs were night runs.  This was another 7.2 mile run for me.  There were a couple of long hills.  I was going for an 8:00 pace and was able to do it for the first 4 miles, but the uphill started to take its toll on me.  My splits were 8:12, 8:41, 7:22, 7:36, 9:01, 9:07, 9:58, and an 8:44 pace for the last 0.17 miles.  Right at the end of mile two I came to the top of a hill.  It was a beautiful view of the Vegas lights.  In the third mile two real fast dudes came zipping by.  I decided to run with them for a bit.  I told them I was going to draft off them for a while.  They laughed.  They also had BO.  Anyway, it didn't last long.  They were running 6 minute miles, maybe faster.  Garmin clocked me going at a 6:06 pace.  They burned up the pavement, but guess what.  I caught them.  Oh yeah.  Uh huh.  It's my birthday.  So what if they got stopped at a stop light?  They should plan better.  I didn't pass anybody on this leg, but I did get within 10 yards of a girl in front of me.  She sped up when she heard me coming, and I wasn't going to hurt myself just to say I passed someone.

After our van had finished our second set of legs we drove to the next major exchange to wait for van #2.  We tried to get some sleep, but I couldn't.  It was my turn to run again.  I was surprised that no teams had come in yet.  I figured the faster teams should be catching up soon.  The first team came in, but their runner wasn't ready.  The next thing I knew Jamin was right behind him.  So he handed off to me, and now we were out in the lead again.  Wow!  What pressure.  I felt like I had to keep the lead.  At the same time I knew I had a killer hill coming up after the first mile.  So I decided to run my own race and find a pace that I could maintain for 3.67 miles.  I predicted a 9:25 pace.  It ended up being a 9:57 pace.  My splits were 8:45, 9:53, 10:47, and a 10:38 pace for the last 0.67 miles.  I think that strategy paid off because I never had to stop and I put a gap on the guy behind me.  But that hill.  Oh that hill got steeper and steeper.  I just kept climbing it like the Little Engine that Could.  I finally reached the top and last 0.2 miles was a steep downhill.  That felt good.  I opened it back up to a 6:18 pace tops.

I handed off to Betsy who was ready to be done.  She had 3 miles with an 869 foot elevation drop.  She ran a sub 7 minute pace down it.  You should have seen those little legs moving.  To give you an idea of how small she is, later when we were going up an escalator, I was standing on the step behind her.  I was still about two inches taller than her.  :D  She increased the gap even more.  That was the last we had of the lead as now some of the fast teams were catching up.

Two and a half hours later at 5am I was running my last leg.  This leg should have been easier than my previous, but I was wiped out.  This was 4.35 miles climbing up 535 feet.  My pace was 10:22; way off my predicted pace.  But my strategy again was to find a pace that I could maintain, and the mid 10's seemed to be what it was on that last set.  My splits were 9:47, 10:27, 10:29, 10:38, and a 10:46 pace for the last 0.35 miles.  I got passed once, passed no one, and I was glad to be done.  Dave ran his last leg, and our van was done.  I wondered if van #2 could work their magic again and make us be the first team to cross the finish line.  It didn't happen by a long shot because the fast teams were caught up and no longer in danger of being penalized for reaching the major exchanges too early.  But it was fun to be out in front on the course while it lasted.

We finished within a half hour of my overall projections.  Spot on as usual.  Our van tried to go to our hotel room so we could shower and change, but they would only let the team captain, who was in the other van, check in.  So for the second time I showered in the swimming pools' shower.  I changed into my costume and hung out on a lounge chair by the pool for a while.  Hanging by a pool?  Hot tubs to soak in?  Cabanas to watch TV?  I think I might like this race more than Del Sol.  As we were waiting for Jamin to come in eightkidmom spotted me.  She always spots me.  At all two races we've done together.  LOL.  I gave her and Ben (see the picture below) a high five as I ran by and some other random dude on their team that didn't want to be left out.  We took our team photo, collected our medals, and marked another Ragnar in the books.

 

If the rest of my team ever reads this, I just want to thank them for their hard work and the great time I had with them. You guys (Captain Jess, Clint, Syd, Melissa, Chris, Jamin, Betsy, Dave, Kaylin, and Mariah) were awesome!

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 White/Classic Blue/Raven Miles: 22.42
Weight: 0.00
Comments(48)
Total Distance
5.42

I can tell that I'm still sore from Ragnar.  It felt like I was pushing a sub 8 pace, but I only managed an 8:13 pace.  

Time - 44:32 (avg. pace 8:13)

Splits - 8:13, 7:58, 8:17, 8:17, 8:18, 3:30 for 0.42 (8:23 pace)

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 5.42
Weight: 190.00
Comments(2)
Total Distance
3.03

Recovery run.  Nice and easy.  Still I felt winded after I was done.  It doesn't matter what the pace or what the speed sometimes.

Time - 26:03 (avg. pace 8:36)

Splits - 8:30, 8:43, 8:35, 0:16 for 0.03.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 3.03
Weight: 0.00
Comments(14)
Total Distance
4.83

Tonight I went running with my Ragnar Del Sol team captain around Tempe Town Lake.  We ran at a 9:06 pace.  Afterward we went and watched Jun try out for the cheer leading squad.

I think he has a good chance at making it.


Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 White/Classic Blue/Raven Miles: 4.83
Weight: 0.00
Comments(13)
Total Distance
0.00

Weight: 0.00
Comments(16)
Total Distance
99.04
Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 39.11Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 White/Classic Blue/Raven Miles: 59.93
Weight: 189.22
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