Tuesday, May 29, 2007

MCM 2007

I told myself a few years ago that I wanted to do a marathon before I turned 30. On Sunday May 27th, at 11:14 a.m. I made good on that commitment. I've been training for the 2007 Mad City Marathon since the end of February. Since then, Katie and I took a trip to Europe which really hurt training, although I did two runs, one in Munich and one in Freiburg.

The training really had an impact last Wednesday as my tapering was coming to an end. I had gone on a 4-mile run that felt fantastic. I came home and told Katie that I was ready - that the training had prepared me for Sunday's race. Saturday evening Katie put together a family dinner for the carb-loading.

Saturday night, I was a little nervous. Katie and I loaded the final songs on the new iPod Shuffle she got me for birthday/marathon gift. By the way: if you're training or working out, you need a shuffle.

I won't take you through the play-by-play of the marathon, but here's a summary: I went out as slow as I could for the first 6 miles and felt good. I sped up the next 9, and "cruised" for miles 15-18. Miles 19-21 got tough, and from 22 to the end, I wasn't quite prepared for how difficult that was. One coach of mine calls the last 6 miles the "survival shuffle." Now I can see why. I walked more than I wanted, and I was slower than I had hoped. At mile 22, I had a chance to finish under 4 hours for the race (which was my ultimate goal) but I couldn't quite hold on. I finished in 4:04, which I am still happy with for my first marathon.

Katie was a fantastic supporter the whole race. I will never forget her running across a field to get ahead of me, take a picture, and give me a high-five. My parents, sister, and the Robertsons were wonderful encouragement also. Special props for my sister who ran about 8 miles that day due to bike failures.

On the back of the Shuffle, Katie inscribed the following:

Plan, Work, Perform, Succeed. 26.2

There is nothing more satisfying than planning, working towards that goal, performing your best, and finishing with success.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dad's Birthday on the Golf Course

My father-in-law would like to spend a few more days on the golf course than he actually gets to in a season. So his wife organized a 4-some last weekend for his birthday -- dad, Grant, Peter, and I.
Dad had the best round, shooting an 89. We all played really well. Luckily for me (and probably Grant and Peter, too) the course was wide open. I'm proud to say I only lost 2 or 3 balls.

Golf is such an addicting game. One good hole and you're hooked for another couple rounds! I had the drive of the day (310 yds), Grant had the chip of the day, and here dad had the put of the day.

Grant had a great shot on this par 3, 133 yds. The funny part was the next picture (click to enlarge) which shows how he used his driver off the tee.

This is our 18th. On our last hole, "We shoot 'til we're happy." If you look closely (click to enlarge), our four-some had 7 balls on the green. Happy Golfing!!