Thursday, November 12, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
As we are in the midst of the HARRA Fall Race Series, let us give thanks for one of the major perks of BCRR membership: the impeccably maintained, incredibly clean, sweet smelling (at least initially) private BCRR Porta-Potties. In addition to the short lines, these potties are fully equipped with oodles of toilet paper, scented candles and a mirror! You'll never get caught when the gun goes off with your pants down and no TP in a dark, funky porta-can if you're with BCRR! We owe a huge debt of gratitude to John Phillips for building them, schelping them to every HARRA Race, and taking them and their contents back afterwards. Thank you John!
BCRR membership has it's privledges!!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
The Koala Health and Wellness Centers & Luke’s Locker Houston Half Marathon and Relay is scheduled for Sunday, October 25 at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston. This is the first race in the 2009 Houston Marathon Warm-up Series and a great way to train for the 2010 Houston half and full marathon.
As the managing sponsor, the Houston Striders is excited to offer all Houston metropolitan area running club members a special rate for one weekend only. Beginning Saturday 10/17/09 @ 12:00 a.m. and extending through Sunday 10/18/09 @ 11:59 pm, we are waiving the $5 increase fee bringing the cost of the race down to $45 for the half-marathon and $70 for the relay.
Runners can log onto online registration located at http://www.houstonhalf.com/ and should enter code HHM09 on the second page of the online entry form to receive the discount.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
In Todd's words: "A nice 47 minute easy run with Neeraj helped me overcome my jet lag and also gave me a flavor of local surroudings"
Todd and I will travel to lower foothills of Himalayas on Friday morning and will do our little Hill repeat workouts in a beautiful breathtakig Valley of Flowers.
If, you wanna join us for your marathon training, shoot me or Todd an email and we would love to meet you and help you finetune your marathon training...;-)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
...wanted to let you know about a class I took Saturday, it was Yoga, but we concentrated on stretches for runners. It was great, you might want to post this info for some of the other runners in the club. It is on Saturdays @ TRI ON THE RUN @ 10 am. It is only $10.00 a class and Nicole took us through some great stretches. This Saturday the co-owner of Yoga One will be there to work on back stretches and some more running stretches.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
And, here is a closeup of the award Mark Fraser won.
Finally, here are some of the pictures I took:
To download/print any pictures please click the text you are reading, click on the picture, and click download button (Slideshow, Share, download & print buttons are located on top-left corner of the page). It is as easy as it sounds :-)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
9. Heard in stands by some of the open runners: “What’s an LP?”
8. I now know how a hamster feels when he runs on that wheel.
7. We gave up Valhalla for this?
6. It’s nice to hear people cheer for you . . . for the first THREE laps.
5. When this was an hour long race, did they used to play the ticking clock from ’60 Minutes’ over the loudspeaker?
4. Even if we lost power, we could continue the race using the light from Rob’s Boston shirt.
3. The race doesn’t end any faster if you run slower.
2. No Simon Brabo and Don Brenner opens up the race for Runner of the Season
1. Poor hydration + 90° day + 20 minutes hard running = Dehydration + Cramps= Poor race.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Congratulations to the following BCRR members who placed in their age group and won a very cool model of a trolley car:
Katrina Stilwell 1st AG (35-39 women)
Suzy Seeley 2nd AG on her 50th birthday
Scott Bounds 3rd AG (55-59 men)
Ursula Spilger 1st AG (65-69 women)
Don Brenner 3rd AG (65-69 men)
Enhancing it's fast reputation, the Trolley Run course yielded the following PRs for BCRR members:
Rob Walters 18:18
Lara Allen 27;07
Lana Moody 25:29
Sheila Ramamurthy 25:45
Eddie Rodriguez 23:28
I am including a slide show of pictures I took before/after the race.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
2009: 55°F, winds at 10mph, gusting to 25 mph-it seemed much worse going through the buildings downtown. Mile 1 through 4 was directly into the wind. I looked forward turning around, but it seemed to just get hot, though ultimately, I think running with the wind at my back helped more than hurt.
2008: 70°F, 79% humidity winds SE 6 mph-- I did not run this. Jay Hendrickson, Rob Walter and I ran the Conroe hills that morning. We finished a 20 mile run about the time the race started. We all agreed we were happy not to be running the Rodeo Run.
2007: 70°F, 100% humidity, intermittent rain-- This was like a sauna. I remember struggling through the first mile with the humidity. It started to rain, which at first seemed like a relief, but ultimately, the conditions just became steamier!! The viaduct was like a death march!
2006: 54°, 100% humidity, some rain, winds NW9 gusting-- Even though the temperature was comparable to 2009, I remember being miserable. It was cold, wet and windy- not a good combination. The viaduct was torture. Besides having to wait around in the cold for an hour. I remember going directly to my car and not participating in the post race party.
2005: 49°F, 90% humidity, no wind-- Probably the best conditions in the last five years.
To me, 10K is a tough distance. It is easy to go out too fast and not be able to hold on. I was able to run a 'negative' split which means that I managed the pacing fairly well.
This race is getting big, maybe too big.
I only saw a handful of people from BCRR. I saw Clayton Smith and Mark Fraser at the start. Avi Moss joined as a bandit and I felt like I had my own personal cheerleader in Lara Allen and Deborah Touchy, who greated me at the start and again as I was running up the first hill on the return trip up the viaduct. I think they may have propelled me to a stronger finish.
Monday, February 23, 2009
The race course consisted of three 4.37 mile loops on Allen Pkwy with few under passages making it nothing but flat. However, the weather conditions were perfect for racing and small running crowd made the experience much more fun. Overall, the race was very well managed. They had water/Gatorade stations every two miles. The "5th" mile marker was placed incorrectly because I ran mile 4-5 in 9:15 and 5-6 in 5:14.
I had failed to run 3:30 in Houston marathon and I went into this race to attempt 1:38 or less. Good weather conditions and plenty of rest/slacking after Houston marathon made sure my legs felt fresh and I ran my PR of 1:34:41. Surprisingly, I won my first age group award. Bonnie Jo Barron and Fred Steves also won their respective age group awards. After race party was fun with some food, hot/cold beverages (No beer) and free complimentary chair massage.
If half marathon is your favorite distance then this might be your race to set a PR. Look out for this race next year.
All photos: courtesy of www.raceshots.net
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
For those of you looking to complete their bucket list of marathons, registration is now open for these races.
For those of you who are more worldly and wealthy you might consider doing
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I was a bit disappointed in my time this year. Maybe being sick at Christmas slowed me down. Some of you saw me at my worst at the John Phillips LOOONG Run, but I felt pretty good the two weeks before the marathon.
I know that many people would love to run the marathon in my time of 3:43, but everything is relative. This was one of the strangest marathons I have run. I started out great; I felt great. I was running easy and comfortably for the first five miles. I was confident I would have a good race.
Then at Mile 6 as we were running up some hills, I started to have trouble breathing. Since I needed a bathroom break anyway, I stopped and thought that would aid in recovering my breathing. I ran easily for about a mile and still had trouble. I really was beginning to worry about finishing. I stopped 4 times between Miles 6 and 9 and finally felt better and ran very comfortably up to Mile 21 where I started to hit "the Wall" with cramps and slowed down. At that point I ran from water stop to water stop. With about a mile and a half to go, I saw Linda cheering the runners. She asked me if I needed anything and I told her, "I need to be at the finish line".
Two minutes after the race, I was relieved to have finished. Two hours after the race, I began to wonder if maybe I should scale back on running marathons and now two days after the race, I'm thinking about how I will do better at my next marathon, probably sometime this fall!!
That's my story. I want to hear your story by adding your comments.
I am including a slideshow of some pictures I took before the start of race and after finish. Enjoy, :-)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It does look like we are going to have good weather for the marathon. This will be my tenth consecutive marathon and we have had a variety of weather. I did some research on a website called Weather Underground which records temperature, humidity, and other weather data from several points inside the loop of Houston. The table above shows the temperature, dew point, humidity, and wind and wind speed approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours after the start of the marathon. I think you can see the temperatures are fairly consistent, usually between 50-55°F, but there have been some fairly warm days as well. I will never forget the death march of 2000 and upon looking at the conditions in 2006, I now understand why I ended up walking some of the course with Allison Nadolski (now Abbott).
Monday, January 12, 2009
It would appear that we will have cool weather, but will it be raining or windy? Humid or really humid? You can monitor every conceivable parameter ad nauseum at the National Weather Service Forecast Website.
Knock yourselves out!