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Gateway Outer Banks (OBX) Marathon

Today marks 6 days since running the 2013 Gateway Outer Banks Marathon. Since this was a PR marathon for me, I would like to provide a short report on the course and experience.

Outer Banks (OBX) Marathon offers beauty, history, and pockets of sincere crowd support. This year the race was capped at 2,500 runners; something I understood later along the course. Just in front of me, in the elite corral, I offered support to Dalena Custer and Bill Shires, two strong runners from Charlotte who I train with. They took off a minute before the rest of the marathoners, fading around the bend. As the race director counted down, I took a couple deep breaths and mentally prepared for a few hours on my feet.

Miles 1-6 were relaxing on winding two lane roads. I settled into my target pace of 6:36, hoping to group up with other runners around the same split. Unfortunately, that never happened and I relied on the crowd as running partners.

Miles 6-12 warmed up with sunshine and historical flight. Passing by the famous Wright Brother Monument allowed you to shift focus, enjoying the beauty where the first flight took place. Surprisingly my wife had staked out a spot around mile 8.5, bringing an instant smile to my face. With my pace still on target, things were going pretty well before starting the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve at mile 10.

Miles 12-18 brought back memories of running junior varsity cross country. After two miles on hard packed gravel and sand, the course took a sharp left up a hill onto a narrow trail. I caught a pack of three runners; Natalie Hall, Jim Warrenfeltz (author of Runner’s World article: Race Recap: The Outer Banks Marathon), and Martin Thorne. Martin and Jim let me glide by and when the course returned to the road, I hung with Natalie for a bit. Jim caught back up a mile later and we enjoyed talking before I pulled away. Hindsight, I should have stayed with good company!

Miles 18-21 were flat and fast. Around mile 20 my wife was there to greet me with a gel and supporting words. Continuing around 6:36 pace, I could feel my legs getting heavy.

Miles 22-26.2, welcome to survival mode. A combination of wind (headwind at 8 mph) and fatigue hit me like a ton of bricks around mile 22. My pace slowed to low 7 minute miles. Natalie breezed past me, offering some kind words that gave me strength. I made it over the bridge and passed mile 24 cranking out high 7 minute pace. Jim passed me and then I realized that I had just over a mile left. Cruising in to the finish felt great, an inexpressible feeling of accomplishment that all runners love.

OBX was my 4th marathon, giving me a new PR of 2:58:45. My time was a bit slower than goal, however I was pleased with the result.

Natasha Herting Pre-ING Miami Half Marathon Run

@ 5:15 p.m. I ran over to meet Natasha at 5th & Poplar; 2 miles from my front door. @ 5:30. We took off southwest…checkout the straight line from E Morehead to Kenilworth… I stopped my watch while in traffic, and never restarted it until Picassos on East…no biggie. After the sun went down the temperature dropped considerably. At this point we were trotting on the park grass planning our route back. On East Blvd we witnessed a three car pileup, ouch. After a slight run down the middle of Euclid, we were back on Morehead, oh yeah! Right before the Dowd Y, I turned in for my finish…Natasha had .5 to go 🙂

Overall great run. Thanks Natasha, best wishes in the ING Miami Half Marathon on Sunday!

Running with bats

OK, I am going to have to set the tone. On a very quiet morning, 5:00 a.m. to be precise, I took off for a run. Dark clouds crowded the moon light, luckily the route that I had chosen was illuminated by streetlights. The streets of Charlotte are dead at 5:00 a.m., no other cars were in the road, so I take advantage by running in the road…against traffic of course.

Everything was going fine, then all of a sudden…WHAM!! Something hit me right on the top of my head. Imagine getting hit with a coconut, or even an apple falling out of a tree. Without breaking my stride I look around for a branch, or anything that could have fallen…nothing…I keep running. As I passed Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral something caught my eye, a bat. But was it a bat or some other flying creature…

Has anyone else every been a victim of an aerial attack while running?

Cooper River Bridge Run

I just landed in Denver Colorado. Over the next 3 days I will be teaming up with two other great snowboarders from Charlotte, NC and one from Colorado; we will be riding Steamboat Monday and Tuesday [Pictures Soon]. This will also be my last snowboarding trip of the season; spring training is coming up 🙂

When I return, I will be joining my wife Adrienne, in training for Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston SC on March 28th. This will be her first 10k, just a tad longer then a 4 miler, which she enjoys doing. Here is a copy of her program for anyone interested, 10-K Training

During the months of January & February, I scaled my running back to 10-14 miles per week. Gym work has consisted of 4 workouts per week, mostly free weights- involving heavy core work. During my last few runs, my body has felt refreshed and strong.

Off to the mountains…

The Off-Season

After accumulating over 550 miles in 2009, I need a break. January-February is considered my off-season. Why do you ask? There are three reasons:

  1. Recovery time
  2. Running in the cold is no fun
  3. Snowboarding season

Two weeks before Thunder Road Marathon (12/12/09), I developed an upper quadriceps strain. With the race nearing, I knew it was going to be an issue, but I ran anyway. Post-race my left quad was in bad shape. I took two weeks off, ran while I was in Jamaica for Christmas, and then immediately put a stop to all running until my leg was healed.

Instead of running outdoors in the cold, most of my time is spent indoors working out with free weights or playing racquetball. Twice a week, I will sneak in a run outside when the weather is mild, while keeping notes of how my body and legs respond.

The third reason why I take a break is due to snowboarding. I learned to snowboard when I was 14, and have never missed a season. This year, some friends and I went to Sugar Mountain, NC to ride in extremely cold weather, 8 degrees to be precise. In a few weeks, we will be going out to Colorado to conquer a few mountains. See you on the slopes, not on the road…