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Summer Running…

September 5, 2021

Lots of running oh my

The summer has been full of running, including my one and only trail race. I started out the month of June running the Junebug 5K at Frank Lisk Park, a dirt track/gravel in parts trail. I finished that race 2nd in my age group (30:34), July brought on the Run The Greenway in Salisbury, this was the same course as the Bare Bones 5K, I finished this one in 3rd in my age group (29:15).

August brought 2 races, including the for mentioned trail race, the Mystic Mayham at Lake Norman. A 5.5 mile course, that I tried to keep a slow trot the whole time. I only came close to falling twice, a little trip on a root and that was it. I may have went another loop, but i had to go car shopping since I had a kid run a stop sign at Walmart and wrecked my car, his insurance decided to total it, so i found me a 2019 Honda HR-V, and it so awesome to have a car that i feel like needs to go in the shop at least once a month.

Race 2 was the Mt Pleasant High School Booster 5K, Daniel and I went to this race is style as the rental i got for the wreck was a 2020 Mustang Convertible. It was so much fun to drive, Connie wanted to keep it, but there wasn’t anyway to float 2 car payments. So back to the race, I finished 7th out of 10, I even tied my personal record of 26:50, not to bad considering it was hotter than 40 hells.

September brought the furtherest away 5K i’ve ever done, the Cochecho Challenge 5K in Dover New Hampshire, there were 46 runners in the race as this was a combo event with a 1/2 Marathon. After I weaved my way through the crowd, i started picking off other runners, including my race bitch. I finished the race in 13th overall, 8th in the mens and 1st in my age group (40-49), I beat my PR by almost a minute (25:56)

Now to get ready to start training for the Huntersville 1/2 Marathon. I’ll be sprinkling in a few 5Ks throughout the rest of year.

On a final note, I finally crossed over to the 180 pounds lost since I started all this back in September 2019.

China Grove 5K Main St Challenge and I’m Crazy…

June 10, 2021

China Grove 5K Main St Challenge and I’m Crazy…

This past week had 2 moments of joy. Friday night (6-4) Daniel and I ran the China Grove 5K. There were 241 runners, Daniel had 4 in his group and I had 14. it was a gun start and chipped finished, as usual my finish time and Watch time were different, (28:32) clock time and (26:50) watch time.

I’ve come so far in my running, i’m within 3:20 of being 20 minutes faster than my first recorded time back in May of last year.

On a crazier note, I signed up for the Huntersville Half-Marathon, Daniel is planning on signing up as soon as he can confirm graduation dates for his brother and girlfriend.

Training starts at the end of September….

Update in the making…..

May 6, 2021

It been a while since i submitted an update for your reading pleasure. Since my last post I’ve had 2 real races, signed up for 2 more, including 1 in Dover, NH in September.

In March I ran the Mt Hope Church for Missions 5K, I was 1 of 5 in a larger age group (40-49) and I finished 2nd in 29:48. Connie was able to go with me to the race and cheer me on. I was so happy that i was able to finish and medal for her. Daniel missed the race helping his girlfriend move.

April continued training with the Bare Bones Cosmic Brownie 5K occurring on 5-1. Daniel and i scouted out the course earlier in the week and went into the race high in confidence, as the course was pretty flat except for 1 small part. Daniel was the only 1 in his age group, and I was 1 of 2. For half the race i thought i was ahead of the other guy, til he passed me between mile 1 and 2 as he went towards the finish line and i was headed to the turn around. Oh well, I had a 2nd place finish in 28:40 (27:40) on my watch. I also got to meet Michelle, Daniel’s better half. After the race, we stopped and enjoyed a post race donut at Krispy Kreme.

My weight has maintained in the mid 180’s. I think this fits me perfect and don’t for see it dropping much more.

Will run for Food 5K….

March 2, 2021

This past Saturday, Daniel and I ran the Will Run for Food 5K, and lets just say I crushed it. Even though my race time was 29:37, my Strava time 27:27. It was awesome to keep up a sub 9 minute pace, as the temps were perfect, the course wasn’t to hilly, overall one of the best courses i’ve ever run.

As far as my weight, I’m still in the 190’s. Its starting to get frustrating, but i will keep up the hard work and I will see the results that I want.

Sub 30 5K

January 14, 2021

With the way things were going, it had to happen and last night it did. I completed the 5K route that has become our standard route in a time of 28:25, coming in almost a full 1:30 below my target of a sub 30 run time. Mile 1 and 2 were sub 9 minutes and the last 1.2 averaged out at a 9:29 time.

Training will now shift some to distance versus speed. The few long runs i did last week, I believed help me achieve my goal, I will keep you posted.

Knocking on the Door

January 12, 2021

In 2 back to back runs, I was able to hold my pacing at sub 10 minutes to close within :12 seconds of a recorded sub 30 5K time. I’m going to give it another try on Wednesday night after taking a night off to do a leisure walk.

I have a 1000 mile goal for the year and after today i’ll have a 6 cushion, with a goal to add to it every chance i get.

Cancelled Race

January 7, 2021

Due to Covid hitting my house, i had to drop out of the Winter Flight Race, I’m going to continue to get out and run on my own and once cleared, I’ll run with Daniel and then shoot for a Race in February. Needless to say i’m disappointed, but we will prevail……

The End of 2020……Thank God!!

January 1, 2021

My last run of the year was on 12-28 and it was a 4.7 mile run with Daniel to celebrate my 47th Birthday, Connie and I did several 3 mile walk to round out the year. December was good to me with the weight loss and i ended up dropping 9.8 pounds and i crossed over to Onderland (Final weight 198).

Training will continue as Daniel and I plan to run the 38th Annual Winter Flight Race in Mt. Ulla on 1-17-21. Our first run to get ready will be on 1-2-21, i want to do another 4.7, i think Daniel will be surprised by that. I will let you know.

My goal numbers for 2021 are to get down to between 169-179, obtain a sub 30 minute 5K and to run/walk 1000 miles.

Thanksgiving & Santa 5K

December 17, 2020

This past weekend I ran my second real 5K. The first one on was Thanksgiving Day, it was cool and had been raining, and since this was a unfamiliar course, I took it easy, and finished in a respectable 31:38, that ended up 7 out of 9, my age group had some of the fastest guys in it. A small side note, i did fall the Friday before this race, chipped a tooth and had to go the the dentist to get everything fixed. Daniel O’Kelly ran the race with me and finished 2nd in his age group (20-24).

The Santa 5K was a race that I ran on my own, Daniel was dealing with Shin splints, and we talked that one race wasn’t with him getting hurt worse. This course was also new for me, but rather simple, other than the never ending hill heading into Mile 1. My times paced out pretty even and coming in 31:27 and a overall 3rd place in my age group, i was super happy with my times.

My weight is continuing to come off slowly and i currently sitting at 203.4, just a few pounds to One-derland.

Run Jamie, Run….

August 20, 2020

Never thought I would be a runner, unless something was chasing me. Well since my surgery, I had to get more active, so I started C25K (Couch 2 5K). I finished the program, hoping the fall part of my town 5K races would be back in the plan, Covid-19 stopped that.

Since early May, I’ve running on my own, I really enjoy the time to reflect on stuff, listen to great music, baseball…etc. This past week, not sure what got into me, but I shaved off 2:38 or so minutes of what was my fastest time. I wanted help with my pacing, and thankful for my friend that laid out a foundation. I thought i had another source, but they failed to send me anything and i moved on.

I currently have a 36:06 time; nearly half the time it took me to run my 1st 5K 5 or so years ago. I did a little research, and based off my current fastest time, I would improved my 2019 Run Kannapolis races by moving from near last to the middle of the pack, heck in one race, i would have finished 3rd in my age group.

My weight this morning was 230.4

Here are my 5K times since May

5-9–> 43:20

6-24–> 41:17

6-26–> 41:25

6-30–>43:12

7-2–>41:48

7-17–>41:07

7-20–>39:44

7-22–>38:46

7-24–>38:57

8-2–> 38:58

8-13–> 38:44

8-16–> 36:06

8-19–> 37:00

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