Sunday, March 19, 2006

Los Angeles Marathon Race Report

Had a great experience. While my time didn't reflect it, I really enjoyed the L.A. Marathon. The temperature was perfect initially (low 60's), then unfortunately quickly warmed-up. I wasn't well prepared for same, as I didn't have any electrolyte capsules with me. I was also ill-prepared for the hills, which surprised me since I wasn't aware just how hilly the L.A. Marathon was.... until I started climbing the hills. I was inspired by many fellow Christian runners, who had wonderful excerpts taken from the Bible and printed on their shirts. I stayed at my Aunt & Uncle's wonderful home, and felt very welcomed all around. Great experience!

Official Race Results: Time: 04:41:03; Age 45-49: 582/1503; Male: 4428/12378; Overall: 5743/20276

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Houston Half Marathon Race Report

Two years after my first marathon I decided to try my first half-marathon. I loved it! It was run 75% on the same course as the full Houston marathon, and while it shared the most economically challenged portion of the course, the spectators made-up for it with tremendous exuberance and enthusiasm! The biggest benefit of running merely a half was the MUCH simpler preparation (as I said for many months afterwords, 90% of the fun for 35% of the effort!)

Official Race Results: Time: 01:44:26; Age 45-49: 51/422; Male: 541/3276; Overall: 659/7348