Yesterday was the first annual Purdue Half Marathon and 5K. It was a pretty cold day ( 43º according to the Nike Running app), but the race itself was pretty fun.
As it took me days to fully recover from the half marathons that I have run, I have decided that they definitely aren’t for me. I congratulate those that did run it, but I’m perfectly happy to run the 5k alone.
I’m also happy with my overall time although it definitely is lower than the first 5k I’ve ever ran back in 2010.
OVERALL RESULTS: (Number finished = 763)
Overall Grp Name Pace FINISH
74 11 KEITH MCDERMOTT 07:57 24:42.5
The hardest part of the entire race was definitely the climb back up the back of the stadium. That is quite a steep incline! (You can tell where this was on the track by looking at the darkest part of the heat-map for my run of the 5k to the right. I actually just walked part of the way up!)
Despite the one slow-part I encountered, I did enjoy the race and would definitely run it again and recommend it to others. It was the inaugural race so of course there will be kinks to work out, but it can only get better over time!
Enjoy a small gallery below of pics of runners from the half marathon and others in the 5k portion as well.
Today was the 2012 Purdue 5k Challenge. Mom and Dad came down to watch us run. This was Justin’s first official 5k and he did great! My bib was #888 and I finished 179th place with a time of 24:03. Justin was #1392 and finished 433rd place with a time of 28:14.
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!
This morning I ran a 5 mile run. I have a half-marathon coming up in the middle of September and need to be running more especially in the morning. This is especially important given the recent crazy heat Indiana and much of the midwest has been seeing. Today’s temperature hit the low 90′s with a heat-index of over 100ºF. So, I made a point of going to sleep earlier last night so I could run this morning.
Despite getting up around 5:45 and starting my run just after 6am, the weather was still crazy-hot for so early in the morning. I was OK with my overall pace given the heat, but it certainly wasn’t what I was aiming for (under 8min/mile). I’m trying to lengthen my runs while obtaining an overall pace of 7:30/mile.
Over the past month or so, Justin and I have worked to build up our own personal mini-gym. While it’s not much, it’s enough to get us in a schedule to improve ourselves and our health.
We now have a basic weight bench with 80 lbs of weight, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 lb dumbbells, workout mats, bikes and running gear. Every Monday/Thursday we do weights, Tuesday, Friday basic cardio and Wednesday, Saturday either a 3 mile run or a 5+ mile bike-ride.
Our weight-lifting is by-far the most difficult and pushes us the most I think, but the results will be worth it once we start to see them. On a side-note, do you know how expensive good dumbbells can be?!
As I continue on my medication for my acne treatment, I am finding running to be harder for various reasons but I’m still going strong. Today was Spring Fling at Purdue which is an afternoon of activities in appreciation of staff and faculty.
After lunch with some coworkers I had a French tutoring session with my tutor, Julie. I then went home, took Sparky out and got ready to go running. I ran a few times with Justin last week which were quite nice. I haven’t really ran with him much so it was nice for us to do something together outside that’s good for our health. This was the first run where I’ve really pushed myself in several weeks and it showed. While I had a decent overall pace of 8:19/mile, I only ran 4.5 miles and that was with two breaks.
This ran was flawed for several reasons. Primarily, I shouldn’t be running during the day at all anymore for a few reasons. Although I did have lots of sunscreen on, it’s just too hot to be running during the day. Either nighttime running or early morning runs will have to be required. Second, my longer hair is making it a lot to run just because heat gets trapped more when trying to escape from the body.
Although I did run 4.5 miles today, I actually had to stop twice to rest which was pretty disappointing psychologically. Still, it was a good run overall that was also o a more hilly route than normal and went a direction I normally do not go which provided a nice change of scenery.
After I complete my Isotretinoin, I’ll need to start training for a half-marathon as I am running one in Chicago on September 11th of this year. Yes, it’s also the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Until next time, au revoir!
Today was the Purdue 5K Challenge benefiting the Purdue Cancer Center.
I’ll post more pictures and information later, however I was able to do better this year than last with a time of 22:36 placing 16th among my age bracket and 58th among all men. Until the final results list is released later today I won’t know my overall rank however I’m confident that I was still in the top 100!
Today was the first time in two weeks that I have actually ran at all. I ran one mile tonight on the treadmill that my parents brought down last weekend (thanks Mom & Dad!)
While I only ran one mile and (including a slow one minute warmup) it took about nine minutes to run, I couldn’t really go any further afterwards. The main cause to this is just that my knee was acting up and I could actually feel my pulse from my right knee down through my lower leg. Hopefully that’s just temporary and it should be due to combined with not having ran for two weeks due to the bitter cold temperatures along with the fact that this isotretinoin does wear me out quicker than if I weren’t on it.