Friday, October 26, 2007

Dublin Marathon

Well Folks,

Today we are embarking on our trip to Ireland for the Dublin Marathon, the official BCRR International Marathon for this year. We are a small but intrepid group, consisting of Mark and Irma Conran and yours truly. My brother Mike will be joining us in Dublin as well. Mike is not a runner, but we will see what we can do about that...

Of course we are looking forward to the race, but we all have other reasons for coming since we have family ties here. Mark is actually from Ireland and I have numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as my father came from Ireland as well.

I hope to be able to send a couple of updates and perhaps a few pictures from the road. I don't expect it will be as riveting a read as Bob's updates from the Lake Tahoe Relay, but I will do my best without actually stretching the truth. Of course, if something really interesting happens, it will probably be something we wouldn't want to post for all to see:)


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

BCRR Trip suggestion!

From Todd Gilbreath:

When it's hotter than all get out next summer I suggest we do this: .....

Thoughts? Comments? Ideas? Take it away!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Marathon Horror Stories

Congratulations to all BCRRers who ran (or attempted to run) a marathon this weekend. You are true Spartans!!

The record high temperatures in the North East made even Houston's weather look good. The most dramatic development of course was the cancellation of the Chicago Marathon in progress. The organizers cite the dangerous conditions and numerous heat-related casualties, including the death of one runner on the course, as reasons for the cancellation. But that's only part of the story. There are a number of really angry runners out there who fault the race organization for lack of preparedness in anticipating the increased need for fluids. A major problem was apparently little or no water or Gatorade at the aid stations. It's hard for me to imagine running a marathon on a cool day with inadequate fluids, much less a really hot day.

If you ran Chicago or one of the other marathons (Steamtown, Milwaukee’s Lakefront, etc) let’s hear your war stories.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Marathon Bib Transfer

Now that the marathon has been sold out, people are asking if I know anyone with an extra bib!
This is the place to go Bayou City to sell your bib. Let's try and keep the HARRA points in the club. If you are injured and can no longer run, sell your bib here to a fellow BCRR member. If you somehow didn't get in on time, check back often or leave your request here.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Headlamp on Ho Chi Minh

So, I finally gave in, and bought a headlamp to wear during the Saturday morning Ho Chi Minh trail runs with HTREX. At 6:30, it's still dark in them thar woods, and the roots are sharper and the rocks gnarlier. Hopefull my handy-dandy $9.99 headlamp from Target will prevent me from doing a face-plant before the sun even rises. Tho' experience has shown that most trail trips are done during the walk breaks anyway...right, Kathryn??

More next weekend on my first headlamp experience.


BCRR Records Keeper?

I received this interesting reply this morning from long time member Wes Montieth after I sent out the weekly email.

So Eddie, since you will not apologize for breaking records, who has a list of the current record holders in our club for the fastest race, male and female, in all of our HARRA series races? Do we have an official/unoffical statistician for this?,(Mark Fraser?). Just curious as to how the new crowd is doing.

Does anyone know the answer to this? It seems like we have enough people that are interested in other runners times to know who's run the fastest HARRA races! If not, does anyone wish to volunteer and do research for this?