Sunday, September 02, 2007

My First Race

Today is the one year anniversary of my first race. Run For Brooke 5k in Kiwanis Park. Last year I finished August with about 62 miles run for the month. This year I finished with 81.4 miles run. The third highest monthly total for me. It took me 17 hours and 38 minutes for the month.

Which is ironic, because I've been reading about Iron Misty or Geekgirl who just finished the Ironman Louisville in just over 17 hours. That's in one day! If you haven't read here blog on her louisville experience you should. To fully appreciate it you should read from her post on 8/27 and then read in order to the present day. Oh hell, read from her first blog to today. It's inspiring.

How Inspiring?

So inspiring that I just got the crazy ideal that I could do the PF Chang's Marathon here in January. It pails in comparision to what she accomplished (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run), but I will run a full marathon for the first time on January 13, 2008. I said I would do it the other day, but did not commit fully to it. If my knee holds up, if I can get in the longer runs in november and december. Well, I'm dropping the 'if's' and I will be on the start line for the full marathon.

The Stephen Colbert Generator

A Dairy Queen Run

Last night I ran 3.48 miles in 46:57. My wife and kids met me at DQ for a after run treat. This is the 53rd straight day of exercise. No mad truckers during this run. Although, the guy at DQ gave me a weird look when I walked into their store.

My next race will be this Saturday at Kiwanis Park. It's a 5k and will be similar to the race I did one year ago. Except this year I will be trying to get under 30 minutes for the first time. On a mostly flat course I will try to do three 9:30 miles and then race into the finish.


Darrell said...

Running for ice cream sounds like a good idea to me.

Good luck with the 5K, hopefully you can make this you streak race.

PF Changs was my first marathon back in 2004.

Moon said...

Congrats on committing to the marathon!

By the way - this is the site where you can make your own "On Notice" graphics :) (

J~mom said...

What? What? What? I am missing a 5K at Kiwanis? Gotta look that up!

Iron Misty is SO inspiring!

I know you can do the full if your knee holds up!! I will be taking notes for next year! Will you join tnt again?

scott keeps running said...

whoa whoa whoa, are you saying DQ employees aren't used to athletes coming into the store? set 'em straight, will ya.

scott keeps running said...

(and good luck with the marathon)


Firefly's Running said...

You can do it, Pat. Keep up with the training and you will do great!

Marcy said...

YEE HAWWWWW you can do it Pat!! Sub-30 for sure!

And AWESOME for committing to the marathon!

Joe & Nancy Monahan said...

Happy Anniversary We're very proud of you.

Love Mom & Dad

J-Wim said...

Congrats on jumping in there feet first.
You'll do great.

Amy said...

Congrats on signing up for the marathon! How wonderful! Thanks for the link to Iron Misty blog - very inspiring is right.

Love the note from your mom and dad too!

Jeff said...

Way to go, Pat! I'm very happy for you. It will be tough, but how will you handle the brisk 65 degrees starting temp when you've been doing all this heat training?

Congrats on the commitment.


RunnerGirl said...

WAY TO GO PAT!!!!!!! I am so excited for you!