Chicago Half Marathon

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!

Indianapolis 500

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.

The Last Flight of Space Shuttle Endeavor

Today at about 8:40 I got a phone call from Mom that the live streaming video of the Space Shuttle Endeavor was going on and that it would launch in about 10 minutes from then.  I fired up MSNBC’s site and waited for history.  The gallery below are some screenshots taken of the video feed during the event with a few more shots when they later replayed some other angles.

My First Half-Marathon

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!

Funny tree that Justin found while I was runningMe at mid-run.  This was at about mile 5 or 6Zach fell asleep while everyone walked during the runCrossing the finish line