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Mr_Tomahawk
03-01-2012, 10:12 AM
I am not sure how many runners we have here, but feel free to share anything running related...

Mr_Tomahawk
03-01-2012, 10:14 AM
Great idea!

I'll start...

Going to be doing a handful for 5k runs in the next few months, but I am also doing the Brew to Brew run in a month. http://brewtobrew.com/

It's a 44 mile relay run from KC to Lawrence. I have never done it but am doing it with a couple of friends who've done it in the past and said it is a blast.

Anyone else done this race?

L.A. Chieffan
03-01-2012, 10:15 AM
i saw some dudes run on tv once

kepp
03-01-2012, 10:44 AM
Great idea!

I'll start...

Going to be doing a handful for 5k runs in the next few months, but I am also doing the Brew to Brew run in a month. http://brewtobrew.com/

It's a 44 mile relay run from KC to Lawrence. I have never done it but am doing it with a couple of friends who've done it in the past and said it is a blast.

Anyone else done this race?

I'm registered for a few half marathons around KC this year: Rock the Parkway, KC Corporate Challenge, Hospital Hill and probably The North Face half in November

Mr_Tomahawk
03-01-2012, 05:07 PM
I'm registered for a few half marathons around KC this year: Rock the Parkway, KC Corporate Challenge, Hospital Hill and probably The North Face half in November

Have you ran any one of those prior to this year?

I have been tempted to do the Hospital Hill...I've heard its a fun/challenging run.

Stanley Nickels
03-01-2012, 05:59 PM
Hospital Hill 10K was harder than any half-marathon I've ever ran. No shit. It's exhausting.

Rain Man
03-01-2012, 06:30 PM
So far this year, I've done...

The Key West Half-Marathon in Florida (2:03:23 officially, but really 2:03:11 counting the time it took me to cross the starting line). I was on pace for two hours until the ten-mile mark, and then I fell apart.

The Yeti Chase 10K in the Denver Metro Area (59:07). Had some minor hills and kind of cold, but I probably should've been faster. This was my first 10K ever.

Ralston Creek Half-Marathon in the Denver Metro area (2:06:05). Had one small hill and one good-sized hill, but also had a perfect downhill to make up time. This is my record for a Denver-area half-marathon.

Next up: The Gusher Half-Marathon in Beaumont, Texas. I'm going to be in the area and figured, why not?

keg in kc
03-01-2012, 06:50 PM
I'm what you call a plodder. These days I can handle about 3 miles (which is really good for me in March, this is usually my "get back in shape" time of year), but I run really, really slowly. I'm not sure I can even hit a 12-minute mile at this point.

Even when I was 20 years younger and 50 pounds lighter, I was never fleet of foot. Back in my cross country and road racing days, I was lucky to do much below 8 minutes/mile, and I don't think I ever finished a 10k under 50 minutes.

Mr_Tomahawk
03-01-2012, 09:32 PM
So far this year, I've done...

The Key West Half-Marathon in Florida (2:03:23 officially, but really 2:03:11 counting the time it took me to cross the starting line). I was on pace for two hours until the ten-mile mark, and then I fell apart.

The Yeti Chase 10K in the Denver Metro Area (59:07). Had some minor hills and kind of cold, but I probably should've been faster. This was my first 10K ever.

Ralston Creek Half-Marathon in the Denver Metro area (2:06:05). Had one small hill and one good-sized hill, but also had a perfect downhill to make up time. This is my record for a Denver-area half-marathon.

Next up: The Gusher Half-Marathon in Beaumont, Texas. I'm going to be in the area and figured, why not?

That's an impressive resume you have building for the 2012 year Mr. Rain Man!

Mr_Tomahawk
03-01-2012, 09:33 PM
Hospital Hill 10K was harder than any half-marathon I've ever ran. No shit. It's exhausting.

This is what I have heard...

Edit*

Yikes! 253' grade change in 1 mile!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Or5ffzy1Hu8/TeFAsWSKjBI/AAAAAAAABJQ/D6eCFVObRR8/s1600/hospital+hill+elevation.jpg

Marcellus
03-01-2012, 09:56 PM
Doing a half marathon in May hoping to run about 1:50:00. Haven't done a half yet but have done 11.5 miles at an 8.5 pace.

Hope to run a 5K in 20:00 this year. Best time last year was 23:30, actually that was this year on New Years day.

Hoping to run in at least 8 organized races this year and get faster.

Today is actually the 1 year anniversary of me starting C25K ironically.

Rain Man
03-14-2012, 03:10 PM
I finally broke two hours in a half-marathon! 1:58:56 in a race in Beaumont, Texas, last weekend. I was aided by a flat course, perfect weather (mid-50s), overcast sky, and sea-level oxygen. The wind was even pleasant for 11 of the 13 miles, and I only had a notable headwind in Miles 10 and 11.

Spott
03-14-2012, 03:45 PM
Finally ran a 15K for the first time last week in just under 76 minutes. Was hoping to do it a little quicker but it was pretty windy Saturday morning. I've been doing 5k runs every Tuesday and Thursday and running a few miles a day on weekends, but this was my first time I've ever run that far.

Mr_Tomahawk
03-31-2012, 08:21 AM
Running (in a team of 4) the "Brew 2 Brew" tomorrow. KC to Lawrence ~44 miles.

Rain Man
06-30-2012, 08:20 PM
I got two runs in in June due to a fluke of timing. Today was brutal.

June 30 - Leadville Heavy Half Marathon - It's a "heavy half" because the distance is 15.46 miles instead of the standard 13.1. Finish time 4:26:08. The race starts at an elevation of about 10,200 feet, and then you climb to 13,185 feet in the first half and then come back down. Oxygen is at a premium. The other challenge is that it's on a really, really rough trail so you can't make good time at all on the downhill side unless you want to kill yourself. For a good chunk of it you're running on a very rough trail of rocks that range from orange-sized to cantelope-sized. I made it to the top in 2:30:13, but then it took me another 1:55:55 to get back down. I beat 25 percent of other runners, and I'll gladly take that since high-altitude mountain runners are beasts. 404 total runners.

On June 17, I did the Estes Park Half-Marathon. It's all paved, and goes from about 7,500 feet or so to 8,000 feet or so. My official time was 2:17:50, which I was very happy with because I beat about 55% of other runners. I'll take a top-half finish in Colorado any day. The marathon is billed as the highest all-paved marathon in the U.S., and I'm not sure if that's true of the half-marathon as well. 310 total finishers.

On May 12, I did the Fear The Deer Trail Half-Marathon, which is billed as the toughest trail race along Colorado's Front Range. Finish time of 2:45:27, which beat only 19 percent of runners, but again it was a tough trail race. Elevations ranged from about 6,000 feet to 7,400 feet, but it had so many hills that you actually have 2,800 feet of uphill in total. 76 total finishers.

On April 7, I did the Redline 13.1, a pretty flat half-marathon in the Denver metro area. Tanked it with a 2:09:48, beating only 33 percent of runners. Not a good run for me. 166 total finishers.

On March 10, I did the Gusher Half-Marathon in Beaumont, Texas. Perfect weather, sea level, and a flat course finally let me beat 2 hours, at 1:58:56. I beat 75 percent of other runners. 485 total finishers.

On February 12, I did the Ralston Creek Half-Marathon in the Denver metro area. It wasn't really flat as it gained about 400 feet over the first eight miles, and then lost it. I did okay on the uphill and flew on the downhill with the fastest mile split I've ever recorded in a race. Finished in 2:06:05, which is a Denver-altitude record, and beat 43 percent of other runners. 422 total finishers.

On January 28th I did the Yeti Chase, my first-ever 10K. Relatively cold weather, reasonably flat course with some mild hills. Finished in 59:07, which beat 44 percent of other runners. 310 total finishers.

On January 22nd, I did the Key West Half-Marathon. Perfectly flat, but got pretty warm after Mile 10 and I fell apart. Was hoping to break two hours, but finished at 2:03:23. Beat 65 percent of other runners. 722 total finishers.

Mr_Tomahawk
06-30-2012, 09:10 PM
Wow.

You've been busy. I on the other hand have only done a few 5k's. Don't know when I will do another half.

How old are you Rain Man if I may ask...? And building off that question, where did you finish among your age "group" on those races if you can remember?

Rain Man
06-30-2012, 10:31 PM
Wow.

You've been busy. I on the other hand have only done a few 5k's. Don't know when I will do another half.

How old are you Rain Man if I may ask...? And building off that question, where did you finish among your age "group" on those races if you can remember?

I'm 49, and I'm terrible among males in my age group, almost always in the bottom quarter. My theory is that most guys in their 40s who are running are people who were always good at it, and there aren't a whole lot of casual runners like me who are not serious trainers. At least, that's what I tell myself.

The one good thing about turning 50 is that I think the 50-59 age group is significantly slower.

Mr_Tomahawk
06-30-2012, 10:34 PM
Casual or not...a sub 2 hour half is impressive in any age group IMO. Kudos to you Mr. Rain Man!

Rain Man
06-30-2012, 10:42 PM
Woohoo! I came in 303rd out of 404 runners in the Leadville Heavy Half. Beating 25 percent of runners makes me pretty darn happy since this is not a race that draws casual runners.

Rain Man
06-30-2012, 10:44 PM
Wow.

You've been busy. I on the other hand have only done a few 5k's. Don't know when I will do another half.

How old are you Rain Man if I may ask...? And building off that question, where did you finish among your age "group" on those races if you can remember?

How'd your KC to Lawrence race go?

I've been semi-invited to be on a team that's doing a 200-mile relay in a couple of months. It's actually not very hard, because they're 12-person teams, so you do three shifts of about five miles. I've never done something like that before, and am not sure how fun it would be since you run 5 miles and then ride in a van while 11 other people run five miles.

Mr_Tomahawk
06-30-2012, 11:07 PM
How'd your KC to Lawrence race go?

I've been semi-invited to be on a team that's doing a 200-mile relay in a couple of months. It's actually not very hard, because they're 12-person teams, so you do three shifts of about five miles. I've never done something like that before, and am not sure how fun it would be since you run 5 miles and then ride in a van while 11 other people run five miles.

It was fun. I think I will do it with the same group again next year...

That said, I think the success of those relay races hinge on the group you ride with...obviously. The group I ran with all knew eachother pretty well. There were 2 people in my group I didn't know going into the race and they ended up being pretty easy-going which was nice. Also...you want to make sure you are all on the same page in the sense of whether you were running the relay like you wanted to win it, or if you were going to run it just to have fun. We ran it just to have fun...

So in all, I guess if you do it....it helps to know a couple of the people in your group because you will be spending the day riding in a van and waiting at check-points together...don't want to be stuck with a bunch of Raider fans...make sure you have a few Chiefs fans in your group...I suppose you could always volunteer to run most of the legs if all else fails. :)

Silock
06-30-2012, 11:12 PM
Running sucks. I don't know how you guys do it. I used to run all the time, but it was just boring as shit. Kudos to you guys that can stick it out!

The last running I did was the Martini Mile relay a couple of weeks ago. Pulled out a mid-5 minute 1.1 mile time. Any longer than that and I would have wanted to kill myself.

Rain Man
06-30-2012, 11:17 PM
It was fun. I think I will do it with the same group again next year...

That said, I think the success of those relay races hinge on the group you ride with...obviously. The group I ran with all knew eachother pretty well. There were 2 people in my group I didn't know going into the race and they ended up being pretty easy-going which was nice. Also...you want to make sure you are all on the same page in the sense of whether you were running the relay like you wanted to win it, or if you were going to run it just to have fun. We ran it just to have fun...

So in all, I guess if you do it....it helps to know a couple of the people in your group because you will be spending the day riding in a van and waiting at check-points together...don't want to be stuck with a bunch of Raider fans...make sure you have a few Chiefs fans in your group...I suppose you could always volunteer to run most of the legs if all else fails. :)

Yeah, this could be good or bad. I got invited by someone who is very nice, though I don't know her very well. And I don't know anyone else in her group. There's potential risk and reward in that.

Rain Man
06-30-2012, 11:18 PM
Running sucks. I don't know how you guys do it. I used to run all the time, but it was just boring as shit. Kudos to you guys that can stick it out!

The last running I did was the Martini Mile relay a couple of weeks ago. Pulled out a mid-5 minute 1.1 mile time. Any longer than that and I would have wanted to kill myself.

You ran 1.1 miles in the mid-5's? Even if it's boring, it still seems like you could train a little bit, get your Olympic medal, and move on.

Silock
06-30-2012, 11:21 PM
You ran 1.1 miles in the mid-5's? Even if it's boring, it still seems like you could train a little bit, get your Olympic medal, and move on.

:spock: Not sure I understand what you're getting at. Is that an attempt at sarcasm?

Mr_Tomahawk
06-30-2012, 11:25 PM
:spock: Not sure I understand what you're getting at. Is that an attempt at sarcasm?

Running 1.1 in the mid 5's shouldn't provide you with any additional time to be bored...

Silock
06-30-2012, 11:28 PM
Of course not. The point I was getting at is that running any distance longer than that is boring to me.

Mr_Tomahawk
06-30-2012, 11:35 PM
Yeah...I have to have music when I run. I would probably never run if I didn't have music. Once I find a comfortable pace, I'll usually just get lost in the songs and "coast"...really not paying attention to the distance. A bad run is when my ipod dies in the middle of my run and I realize how far I am from my destination...bah!

Rain Man
06-30-2012, 11:36 PM
:spock: Not sure I understand what you're getting at. Is that an attempt at sarcasm?

No, I just meant that that's really fast. If you can do that, it seems like you've got some talent that pikers like me envy.

Rain Man
06-30-2012, 11:37 PM
Yeah...I have to have music when I run. I would probably never run if I didn't have music. Once I find a comfortable pace, I'll usually just get lost in the songs and "coast"...really not paying attention to the distance. A bad run is when my ipod dies in the middle of my run and I realize how far I am from my destination...bah!

I think the really fast runners don't use music, but it really helps me. I've got a racing playlist that includes a bunch of really fast songs, and I think it helps me keep my pace up.

Silock
06-30-2012, 11:41 PM
No, I just meant that that's really fast. If you can do that, it seems like you've got some talent that pikers like me envy.

Not really. I mean, that's faster than I ever ran in high school (my fastest then was a 6 flat). And I play soccer 6 days a week, so I get plenty of running in. That time is my limit. I wasn't even approaching the real runners, who were easily clearing low 5s. I'm still like a full minute away from even Olympic qualifying time. There's no way in HELL I could ever even entertain the notion of being that fast.

Rain Man
07-23-2012, 04:04 PM
July 22 - Vail Half Marathon - This is my third time running this race, but they completely changed the course this time out. The start and finish lines are the same, but they shortened it from 14.5 miles to 13.1 miles, and now much of it is on single-track trails. It's got the same elevation profile, so it's a little steeper on the way up. I always struggle with this race, and did even worse this time. Both other times I beat 18 percent of runners, and this time it was only 11 percent. The race starts at about 8,200 feet in elevation and in the first nine miles you climb to 11,200. Then you go down a little ways to the finish line at about 10,400 feet. Miles 8 and 9 worked me over, and my legs were a little too rubbery to push hard on the downhill considering it was a little tiny trail and you didn't want to fall. I ran a 3:14:18, and was really hoping to break 3 hours. Bleah.

June 30 - Leadville Heavy Half Marathon - It's a "heavy half" because the distance is 15.46 miles instead of the standard 13.1. Finish time 4:26:08. The race starts at an elevation of about 10,200 feet, and then you climb to 13,185 feet in the first half and then come back down. Oxygen is at a premium. The other challenge is that it's on a really, really rough trail so you can't make good time at all on the downhill side unless you want to kill yourself. For a good chunk of it you're running on a very rough trail of rocks that range from orange-sized to cantelope-sized. I made it to the top in 2:30:13, but then it took me another 1:55:55 to get back down. I beat 25 percent of other runners, and I'll gladly take that since high-altitude mountain runners are beasts. 404 total runners.

On June 17, I did the Estes Park Half-Marathon. It's all paved, and goes from about 7,500 feet or so to 8,000 feet or so. My official time was 2:17:50, which I was very happy with because I beat about 55% of other runners. I'll take a top-half finish in Colorado any day. The marathon is billed as the highest all-paved marathon in the U.S., and I'm not sure if that's true of the half-marathon as well. 310 total finishers.

On May 12, I did the Fear The Deer Trail Half-Marathon, which is billed as the toughest trail race along Colorado's Front Range. Finish time of 2:45:27, which beat only 19 percent of runners, but again it was a tough trail race. Elevations ranged from about 6,000 feet to 7,400 feet, but it had so many hills that you actually have 2,800 feet of uphill in total. 76 total finishers.

On April 7, I did the Redline 13.1, a pretty flat half-marathon in the Denver metro area. Tanked it with a 2:09:48, beating only 33 percent of runners. Not a good run for me. 166 total finishers.

On March 10, I did the Gusher Half-Marathon in Beaumont, Texas. Perfect weather, sea level, and a flat course finally let me beat 2 hours, at 1:58:56. I beat 75 percent of other runners. 485 total finishers.

On February 12, I did the Ralston Creek Half-Marathon in the Denver metro area. It wasn't really flat as it gained about 400 feet over the first eight miles, and then lost it. I did okay on the uphill and flew on the downhill with the fastest mile split I've ever recorded in a race. Finished in 2:06:05, which is a Denver-altitude record for me, and beat 43 percent of other runners. 422 total finishers.

On January 28th I did the Yeti Chase, my first-ever 10K. Relatively cold weather, reasonably flat course with some mild hills. Finished in 59:07, which beat 44 percent of other runners. 310 total finishers.

On January 22nd, I did the Key West Half-Marathon. Perfectly flat, but got pretty warm after Mile 10 and I fell apart. Was hoping to break two hours, but finished at 2:03:23. Beat 65 percent of other runners. 722 total finishers.

LiveSteam
07-23-2012, 05:06 PM
I farted just now & it ran down my leg.I'll be right back

Mr_Tomahawk
06-17-2013, 01:22 PM
I know this is the '2012' thread...but oh well.

I achieved a personal best yesterday running 4.01 miles in 26:55.

Last year if I could run 4 miles in 30 minutes, I would consider that a good run. I have dropped about 15 lbs since the beginning of the year and trained throughout the winter. I have yet to run a 5k but am amped to do so. I am thinking that I could complete a 5k in under 20 minutes. We shall see...haven't signed up for one yet.

kepp
06-17-2013, 01:30 PM
I know this is the '2012' thread...but oh well.

I achieved a personal best yesterday running 4.01 miles in 26:55.

Last year if I could run 4 miles in 30 minutes, I would consider that a good run. I have dropped about 15 lbs since the beginning of the year and trained throughout the winter. I have yet to run a 5k but am amped to do so. I am thinking that I could complete a 5k in under 20 minutes. We shall see...haven't signed up for one yet.

That's a nice pace. My fastest 5K so far is 20:46, but my goal is to beat 20. I've been running half marathons for the past couple years though, with a 10K mixed in here and there. My wife and I ran the 39.3 series as well as Hospital Hill this year. I set a new PR at HH - 01:41:17.

And, Rainman...I'm actually running in the Vail Half marathon this year. We booked a condo for that weekend through the following week and decided try it. It'll be my first trail run, and the elevation chart scares me. What can you tell me about it?

rageeumr
06-17-2013, 02:35 PM
I totally missed this thread last time around.

I just did Ironman 70.3 Kansas last week. I did it last year in 6:20:xx, and this year I did it in 5:54:59. A 25+ minute PR, which made me very happy.

I've been running for 6 or 7 years now, and only picked up triathlon a couple years ago. I've only done one running race this year: Rock the Parkway in 1:39:18.

Marcellus
06-17-2013, 02:54 PM
That's a nice pace. My fastest 5K so far is 20:46, but my goal is to beat 20. I've been running half marathons for the past couple years though, with a 10K mixed in here and there. My wife and I ran the 39.3 series as well as Hospital Hill this year. I set a new PR at HH - 01:41:17.

And, Rainman...I'm actually running in the Vail Half marathon this year. We booked a condo for that weekend through the following week and decided try it. It'll be my first trail run, and the elevation chart scares me. What can you tell me about it?

We are at a similar level. Best 5K is 20:46 and hope to break into the 19's this year.

Best half time is 1:37:46

I ran my first full this year in OKC at 3:32:34

I would have ran HH but had conflicting plans. A friend of mine finished it in 1:42 so he would have been a little behind you.

Plan to do another half and another full this year and possibly try to qualify for Boston in April 2014.

Marcellus
06-17-2013, 02:54 PM
I totally missed this thread last time around.

I just did Ironman 70.3 Kansas last week. I did it last year in 6:20:xx, and this year I did it in 5:54:59. A 25+ minute PR, which made me very happy.

I've been running for 6 or 7 years now, and only picked up triathlon a couple years ago. I've only done one running race this year: Rock the Parkway in 1:39:18.

That is insane. The swimming would just kick my ass.

kepp
06-17-2013, 02:58 PM
That is insane. The swimming would just kick my ass.

I would sink like a rock and not make it to the other portions of the race.

kepp
06-17-2013, 03:01 PM
We are at a similar level. Best 5K is 20:46 and hope to break into the 19's this year.

Best half time is 1:37:46

I ran my first full this year in OKC at 3:32:34

I would have ran HH but had conflicting plans. A friend of mine finished it in 1:42 so he would have been a little behind you.

Plan to do another half and another full this year and possibly try to qualify for Boston in April 2014.

I haven't run a full yet, but I'm looking for a good first-time race. Any suggestions?

RunKC
06-17-2013, 03:03 PM
I'll be running 30 miles this week as part of my diet plan.

Marcellus
06-17-2013, 03:05 PM
I haven't run a full yet, but I'm looking for a good first-time race. Any suggestions?

OKC was fun I think there were 26,000 total runners with about 2750 doing the full. I plan to run it again next year.

I am going to do the Bass-Pro Nov 2nd in Springfield. I did the half last year and its a flat fast course. Weather should be decent, training will a bit warm end of the summer but it should only make for more speed in the fall.

I hear any of the Rock N Roll series are good.

I would suggest doing one at the coolest time of year you can find and have time to train for.

kepp
06-17-2013, 03:36 PM
OKC was fun I think there were 26,000 total runners with about 2750 doing the full. I plan to run it again next year.

I am going to do the Bass-Pro Nov 2nd in Springfield. I did the half last year and its a flat fast course. Weather should be decent, training will a bit warm end of the summer but it should only make for more speed in the fall.

I hear any of the Rock N Roll series are good.

I would suggest doing one at the coolest time of year you can find and have time to train for.

Hmmm...the Bass Pro in November sounds intriguing. I'll check it out.

kepp
06-17-2013, 03:37 PM
I'll be running 30 miles this week as part of my diet plan.

That's good mileage. How many days are you running?

rageeumr
06-17-2013, 04:08 PM
That is insane. The swimming would just kick my ass.

I am a complete rock in the water. When I started training for my first tri, I would swim 200 yards and then drag myself out of the pool and lay on the deck gasping for air.

I'm still embarrassingly slow, but I've trained enough where I can do the distance. It took me 46 minutes to do the 1.2 miles. There were a bunch of guys in my age group that did it in under 30.

rageeumr
06-17-2013, 04:19 PM
I haven't run a full yet, but I'm looking for a good first-time race. Any suggestions?

The only full I've done is KC, and I've done it twice. It's a very pretty course in spots, but it shares a lot of those spots with other races in town. It's also reasonably hilly and doesn't have great crowd support.

My next full will probably be Chicago, but I likely won't do it until 2015. Flat, fast course with a great crowd.

kepp
06-18-2013, 09:00 AM
The only full I've done is KC, and I've done it twice. It's a very pretty course in spots, but it shares a lot of those spots with other races in town. It's also reasonably hilly and doesn't have great crowd support.

My next full will probably be Chicago, but I likely won't do it until 2015. Flat, fast course with a great crowd.

Yeah, Chicago is the one everyone tells me to start with, but it sells out quick. I think my wife and I are going to try to get registered for 2014.