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On the Road for Education Marathon

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Member Since:

Aug 10, 2008



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Running Accomplishments:

Marathon PR - 3:05 (3:06 at Boston)

Completed a dozen marathons and a handful of 50 mile ultras.

Short-Term Running Goals:

Make a come back from setbacks and build aerobic base. Pacemaker implant for Symptomatic Bradycardia in 2016.  Cardiac ablation for SVT in 2019.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Lose about 50-60 lbs. and maybe complete another marathon.


Enjoy doing stuff I wasn't built to do.  Married with children, and two fluffy dogs. 

Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  1 Cor. 1:20

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:29

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Race: On the Road for Education Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:11:59, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
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Participated in the 12th annual On the Road for Education Marathon in Mason City, IA.  More than likely the last marathon I'll run in Iowa since we have relocated to Springfield, IL.  Anyway, instead of recording split details, I'll just summarize the highs and lows.  The day was cloudy, humid, with starting temps in the low 50s.  I ran very well the first half with the only setbacks being a 1 min bathroom break at mile 5 and running about 3 miles on gravel road.  Running on gravel is a bit tricky and kind of like running in sand.  I was wearing flats and stepped on a rock which jabbed into the ball of my left foot.  It got better as I ran, but this would come back to haunt me later.  I crossed the first 13.1 mi in 1:31:30.  During the second half I gradually started to fade.  The course was interesting because it covered all kinds of terrain, trails, and roads.  So the scenery was always changing.  A cold wind started to blow through during the second half.  My arms were getting a bit chilled.  Around mile 16 the ball of my left foot started to burn at the spot where I landed on the rock.  It felt like an extreme case of "hot foot" that just got worse and worse with every step.  A couple miles later I was going to call it quits.  I slowed down and tried to change my foot landing, but it was still burning terribly.  Then a bit later it gradually got a little better or I just dealt with the pain better.  At mile 23 I was mentally drained.  Legs were still moving pretty good, but I had a hard time picking things up.  I stopped looking at my Gramin and decided to just stay comfortable, as much as possible, until the finish.  Surprised I ended up 4th overall and winning my age division for the first time.  Yes, it was a small race, but I still got my first trophy!!  Overall, I feel really good about the effort considering the injury, heavier bodyweight, and all the stuff going on in my life.  I obtained my "C" goal with a BQ, but more importantly I recharged my running as I slowly got my life back on track this year. 

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From JimF on Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 16:37:22 from

Great job on the race especially considering the issue with your foot. I hope that it doesn't cause any problems later. Glad to hear that things are settling down for you. You are not going to be too far away now so maybe we can schedule a race to run together some time. Congrats on winning your AG and the BQ!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 18:02:27 from

That sounds like a good race to me. As you know, all marathons have their high points and low points and it sounds like you plowed through the low points in fine fashion.

Always nice to bring home some hardware! Congrats and good luck on the move.

From rockness18 on Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 19:37:39 from

Great time, especially considering this past year for you. Always inspired by your focus and determination- the trophy is a nice bonus!

From Bob on Sun, Oct 31, 2010 at 10:24:12 from

Thanks for the kind words guys.

From Dave S on Sun, Oct 31, 2010 at 16:18:15 from

Great job! Congrats on the AG win and 4th overall. Glad to hear that things are getting back on track for you.

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