Today I was at Mom and Dad’s house and this evening Zach laid next to me and I read him part of a book I just received from work. I’m not so sure Zach understood the words and the only picture was on the cover, but he sat through one paragraph so I’m proud of him!
Today marks the 29th wedding anniversary for my Mom and Dad. Thankfully, it’s really easy to remember because I just need to add one year to my current age! :-p
Here’s to many many many more anniversaries ahead!
Yesterday I ran the Chicago Half Marathon. While I am happy that I was able to run it and it was certainly an amazing experience, I didn’t end up getting the time that I wanted and although it’s only my second half marathon, it’s also my last.
I ended with a time of 2:09:07, which was more than my time for my last half marathon, but not bad given that the weather was about 15ºF hotter than I was expecting. Having ran this half marathon, it did allow me to confirm that I’m going to focus on improving my times for the shorter 5k runs instead of going between those and endurance training for half marathons. I will do better than ever next year during the Purdue 5K Challenge and beyond!
Thanks Justin, Mom and Dad for coming to support me during the race!
Quick note to say Happy Anniversary to my parents and congrats on their 28 years of marriage so far and countless more to come!
Last Sunday, Justin, Dad and I went to the 100th Indianapolis 500 (although it was the 95th running of it). I’m still sorting through the pictures and will try to post some later, but here’s a few videos I took before and during the race. While we went to the race, Mom and Danielle stayed at our house with Zach and Corey.
My first half-marathon took place in October of last year. Needless to say, this post is a little bit dated!
The race occurred on October 24th, 2010 in Flora, Indiana. While the original location was supposed to be in Lafayette and West Lafayette, there was a long drawn-out series of events which prevented that from happening. Needless to say, I won’t be going into that in this post.
After arriving at the town with my family (Justin, Mom, Dad, Corey, Danielle and Zach all came along), we found a parking spot. As this was supposed to be a fairly sized event but was moved to a very small town, parking really wasn’t very good. I immediately got into the potty lines, after which it was pretty much time to start the race. As was expected, it wasn’t really very clear where the line was or if there was going to be sections based on the pace that you expected to keep. A normal race will have pace sections so that the faster-paced people are in the front – to avoid congestion.
All-in-all, the race wasn’t really too bad. As it was just a small town, some of the roads could have been better, but there weren’t really any potholes to trip on. The worst part was at one point when a dog started to chase people and another when we were running past on-coming cars. I was under the impression that it was supposed to be a close-course.
In the end, I finished the race while beating my goal of completion in under two hours with a final time of 1:55:43. I would have done better, but I hadn’t really trained for the event as good as I should have. As such, I actually stopped and had to walk a few times during the last few miles.
Will I run this event again? Probably not. The hassle the runners had to go through along with the general organization of the event was quite disappointing. However, I’m not letting this discourage me from running in other events. I’m currently registered to run in the 2011 Purdue Challenge 5K along with the 2011 Chicago Half Marathon which both will be great events!
Just a fairly quick post. I’m still alive and kicking, just have been even less frequent in posting than usual (I’ve been trying to post at least one a week or two).
Some quick updates:
- We took a nice trip to Buffalo NY and Toronto almost two months ago. Pics here here and here.
- A few weeks later we went to Indianapolis for lunch and then went to a Corn Maze in Lafayette. Want to see some pictures?
- Last weekend Justin, Dad, Corey and I went to Chicago as a bachelor party for Corey. We went to the Museum of Science and Industry, ate at Subway, then went to Shedd Aquarium. It was a pretty fun trip ending with us getting drenched. More pics!
- I had stitches a few weeks ago after a few moles were removed (all normal) and finally went running today for the first time in several weeks. Felt great!
- Lastly, I’ve been secretly working on a project that will go live here in the near future. It’s coming along nicely after having been stalled for quite a long time. I’ll post a decent update for that once it’s ready.
In the meantime, I’ll try to actually post some stuff occasionally.