A Year in Running 2013

Once again, I chronicle my year in running. I ran in 7 events this year, some repeats, some new. This was a fast year with lots of good new personal records (PR’s).

2012 Go! St. Louis Halloween 10K

Date: 10/14/2012
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 10K
Time: 1:03:23
Pace: 10:12
This was a good 10K PR. The last 10K I ran was over a year ago. I was in the middle of training for the Rock’n’Roll, so I was pretty well conditioned.

2012 Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon

Date: 10/21/2012
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 2:15:11
Pace: 10:19
This was a great run. I was so pleased with the half marathon PR. I trained hard and it paid off.

2013 Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Run

Date: 11/22/2012
Location: Kirkwood and Webster Groves, MO
Distance: 6 miles
Time: 57:46
Pace: 9:38
The only race this year that I did not PR. I was still recovering from the half marathon, so I was just having a fun time burning some calories before Thanksgiving dinner.

2013 Tuffle Shuffle

Date: 2/9/2013
Location: Cottleville, MO
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 35:53
Pace: 8:59
I don’t have a previous 4 mile PR to compare against, but this was my fastest distance pace in a long, long time! It was so cold. And there was a challenge. Runners who finished in front of Cupid would get a bottle of wine. So I was trying to keep up with him. Although I did not beat him, I attribute that challenge and the really cold weather to my fast running.

2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run

Date: 3/16/2013
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 5 miles
Time: 46:06
Pace: 9:13
Yes, another PR!

2013 Go! St. Louis Half Marathon

Date: 4/7/2013
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 2:15:06
Pace: 10:18
OK, not as fast as I’d hoped for, but still a PR by by 13 seconds. My goal was to beat 2:10. The coarse included a “Holy Hill” segment, a 1 mile incline in the middle of the race. I was keeping a good 10 min/mi pace, but that segment just took the wind out of me. So I’m still thrilled that even after that challenge I still beat my PR from October.

2013 Benton Park Reclaiming the 80’s 5K

Date: 6/1/2013
Location: Benton Park, St. Louis, MO
Distance: 5K
Time: 28:18
Pace: 9:07
Not a pace PR, but a 5K PR for me.

October: A Pops Concert, Two Races, and Three Weddings

It’s been a few weeks since I posted anything. Been real busy and in a slump all at the same time. I ended a 15 month relationship last month. I am not going to talk about that here. But that is where I’ve been. In the meantime, there were some really great things to write about that I just haven’t gotten to until now.

The afternoon of my breakup, I played a wedding. Not sure if that is technically irony in the Alanis Morissette way, but it was tough nonetheless. It was a beautiful wedding at a resort at St. Albans. We played outside with a gorgeous view of the Meramec River valley at the height of the fall leaf colors.

The next week, the St. Louis Philharmonic had a great concert on October 19 starring Mario Frangoulis, tenor from Greece. We performed at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL with guest artists artists Deborah Myers, soprano from London, and George Perris, tenor from New York. I do enjoy pops concerts. But we are ready to do Brahms and we are in full rehearsal now for our concert on Friday, November 19. We are doing Brahms Symphony #4, Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet, and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Are you going to be there?

October also included two races. First the 2012 Go! Halloween 10K on October 14th. This was downtown and went through Soulard. I ran this run with my friend Audra and completed it in 63:23 minutes, a full 10 minutes off my 10K PR from a year ago.
The 10K was a good pacing run for the race I did the next week, the 2012 St. Louis Rock & Roll Half Marathon on October 21. This is my third half marathon and the second time running this particular race. It was so awesome, really. We started running at around 7:30. The sun was just starting to come up behind the arch. I finished this one in 2:15:11 – a full 18 minutes off my half marathon PR. All I can say is that all the running and speed work really paid off. I am really proud of myself for that accomplishment.

The half marathon weekend was pretty crazy for me. It started with the Philharmonic concert on Friday, two wedding gigs on Saturday, and the half marathon on Sunday. The weddings were in Sunset Hills and the City Museum. I ended up driving downtown three separate times that weekend. By the time I got home Sunday, I was ready to just sit down and Netflix. My recovery included two grilled pork steaks, some beer, and a Walking Dead bender. It was a great time.

Breaking up was hard. But at least I had lots of activities to keep me busy. Plus, I lost 10 pounds from all the running! Oh, my other accomplishment for October was that I finally replaced my garage door opener which has been broken for 4 1/2 years.

Next up: Kirkwood/Webster Turkey Day Run 6 Mile on Thanksgiving morning.

A Year In Running 2012

It’s that time of year again when I reflect over my fitness accomplishments. This year was a busy year with two half marathons!
2011 Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon
Date: 10/23/2011
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 2:33:10
Pace: 11:41
My first half marathon. And the longest distance I ever ran. I ran without walk breaks and felt really great. Had a strong finish. I felt so good, I scheduled my next half marathon within a week!
2012 Run for the Chocolate
Date: 02/12/2012
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 5K
Time: 29:22
Pace: 9:28
It was so cold! So cold, that I ran so fast! This race was new PR for me.
2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run
Date: 03/17/2012
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 5 miles
Time: 47:55
Pace: 9:35
I was happy with the time/pace. It was pretty close to my 5K PR pace. And considering it was a longer distance, I did pretty well.
2012 Maryville Race Against Violence 5K
Date: 04/01/2012
Location: Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
Distance: 5K
Time: 31:15
Pace: 10:05
It was hot, windy, and hilly. A better time than last year.
2012 Go! St. Louis Half Marathon
Date: 04/15/2012
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 2:38:58
Pace: 12:14
Bleh. Slower than last October. It was warmer and had some long uphill stretches.
2012 Benton Park Totally 80’s 5K
Date: 05/19/2012
Location: Benton Park, St. Louis, MO
Distance: 5K
Time: 29:04
Pace: 9:22
New PR! I really pushed myself on this one and really kicked it in in the end.
2012 Go! St. Louis All American 5K
Date: 06/17/2012
Location: Kirkwood/Webster Groves, MO
Distance: 5K
Time: 29:09
Pace: 9:24
This race was billed as the fastest 5K in St. Louis because it was “all downhill”. Well, that was a lie. They also failed to record my finish time. So this time/pace was based on my watch time. Nonetheless, I pretty much matched my PR from the month before by a couple of seconds.
So that is my year in running. New PR’s. Longer distances. Can’t wait to see what this next year will bring. My training paces are already getting faster. So we’ll see how I do at the Rock’n’Roll half marathon in October.

A Year In Running 2011

Each year on my birthday I like to take stock of my fitness achievements over the last 12 months. Here are the results of the events that I have taken part in over the last year.
2011 Maryville Race Against Violence 5K
Date: 03/27/2011
Location: Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
Time: 38:21
Pace: 12:22
This one was rough: it was my first race back after a 9 year hiatus due to a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2002.
2011 Pound the Pavement for Parks 10K
Date: 08/27/2011
Location: Wentzville, MO
Distance: 10K (6.2 miles)
Time: 1:13:42
Pace: 11:52
This was my first 10K ever. I felt really good about it. Had some friends at the finish line who took me out for breakfast at IHOP.
That’s it! Only two events this year. But I got the bug now and look forward to my first half marathon in October.