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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 19:35

Texas Blog: 11-14-10 Everything's Bigger in Texas

What’s the common thread between months in the year, inches in a foot, days of Christmas, roses, eggs, and San Antonio, Texas?  They’re all things that come in 12!  Our 12th state was an end of the year celebration with our triathlon club (Go Buehler Y-Tri) which saw 8 members make the trip down south to run in the half marathon and 2 brave souls test their endurance with the marathon.  Besides sampling the world’s largest cinnamon roll (yes, a heaping 3lbs of butter, batter, icing and cinnamon goodness the day before the big race) and feebly attempting the Texas two-step (there may be a warrant out for my arrest for desecrating the art of dance), San Antonio would hold two separate PRs for me – fastest half marathon while (1) wearing a sombrero and (2) being stopped by a freight train!  Yes, you read both of those PR’s correctly.  Wearing a sombrero (which was about 2 sizes too small) started as a joke but as the race continued I found the comments and cheers from the crowd all too motivating and entertaining to discard the hat along the way.  The freight train on the other hand left a little to be desired, as less than 1 mile into the race we were stopped for about 3 minutes due to an ill-timed freight train.  However; rather than complaining about the 3 minute deficit we decided to pick up the pace and cruised on to finish in under 2 hours – despite the train delay! Congratulations Ken and Jim on a great marathon finishes, and awesome job on crushing the half marathon Kristan, Christina, Karen, Sandy (1st timer!!!), Warren and Chris.
 
After completing our 12th state I realized that since this challenge began we have been running for nearly 24 hours, and personally I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day!  Stay tuned for a recap of our final state in 2010 – 2 hours or bust in Las Cruces, New Mexico!

Update: The San Antonio Rock n Roll race coordinator has updated the offical chip times to adjust times for affected runners! Take another 3 minutes and change off our time :)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 18:37
 
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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 19:35

West Virginia Blog: 11-7-10 13.1 Miles - Ya Herd?

After two full weeks of recovery (it felt like an eternity of healing) we packed our bags and headed to Lexington, Kentucky – a short drive in our sweet electric blue rental car (I think it topped out at 55mph) to our final destination of Huntington, West Virginia – home of the Marshall University Herd. After a brief stop along the bourbon tour (how could we fly into Kentucky and not sample some bourbon) and a short spelunking stint in the hills of eastern Kentucky we found our way to the starting line of the Marshall University Half Marathon.  Billed as a “no frills” race we were pleasantly surprised to park within a block of the starting line and find port-a-potties with no lines 15 minutes before the start!!!  Chilly would be a kind word to describe the starting conditions of the race (~34 degrees), but the cool temperature got our bodies moving and despite missing a few water stations (we were a bit spoiled from running in large events and basically ran right past the first unmarked water stop) we had a great time and ran a great race.  The last 100 yards of the race were across the Marshall University football field where I carried a football and did my best Heisman pose at the 5-yard line.  As we crossed the finish line a look of disbelief ran across our faces – we had just completed the race in 1 hour and 49 minutes – a feat we had struggled with all year (to qualify for Corral D at the Chicago Marathon), but which seemingly came with ease when there was nothing on the line!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 18:37
 
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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 19:35

Colorado Blog: 10-17-10 Mile High Mayhem

Since Kristin’s latest blog about our adventures at the Chicago Marathon we have been busy and instead of basking in the glory of running 26.2 miles (which by all means I would recommend, as running a marathon is truly an accomplishment that should be celebrated), we have continued our quest of completing a half marathon in every state in under 2 hours.  Less than one week after the Chicago Marathon, and still nervous that our bodies were not fully recovered; we crossed our finger and hopped a plane for Denver, Colorado (i.e. the “Land of Altitude”).  We capped a fantastic weekend of reminiscing with old college friends over a few cocktails, touring the Coors Brewery, and nearly hitting a moose (honestly that was totally unrelated to the brewery tour) with 13.1 magical miles in the mile-high city!  Finishing our race in Denver not only marked our 10th state – double digits Woowhoo! – but was also quite a personal achievement given the lack of recovery and the altitude differential (mile 4 felt more like mile 9).  Special congratulations to Wayne, Lindsey, Rob (aka the “Gingerbread Man”) and Ashley on completing their first half marathon!

Last Updated on Monday, 03 January 2011 18:00
 
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