I'm a husband, a father, a blogger and a runner. I play my music in the Texas sun.
This is the story of my running adventures, marathons and ultra marathons on road and trail, and the people I've met who make it all worthwhile.
I ran the AT&T Austin marathon this morning - the fourth year in a row I've run this race. I've run two ultramarathons this season, but for some reason the marathon distance always seems to be the most difficult - maybe because I try to race it at a much faster pace. I do know that I'm feeling a lot more sore after this race than I was after either Sunmart or Rocky Raccoon. I knocked another 30 minutes off my best time to finish in 3:49:16 - an 8:45/mile average. I've had some calf problems this past week which I was nervous about, but I got away with it. I went out at a comfortable pace, which I maintained through the race and I was very happy with that. I walked through the final two aid stations and I also walked part of the hill on San Jacinto around mile 25.5. Other than that, I ran the entire race. By mile 20 I was ready to be finished, but I held on and was very happy with my time. Nancy took her bike and cycled round the course - she kept popping up and surprising me. All in all a very good day - extra large Mr Gatti's pizza tonight!!!