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San Antonio,TX,

Member Since:

Dec 13, 2009



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

5K PR - 18:01 - Nov '14

10K PR - 38:37 (workout) - Oct '14

Half-marathon - 1:22:43 - Jan '14

Marathon - 2:58:43 in Boston! - Apr '13

50 mile - 7:49:30 (2nd) - Nov '15

Short-Term Running Goals:

- Balance

- Run more trails, volunteer, more social running, run with a team

- Race a lot more.  learn.

Race results / possible schedule:

Apr 2 - Hells Hills 25k trail - 4th

Apr 9 - Toughest 'n Texas 20-mile Trail - 2nd

May 7 - Paleface - Trail Marathon - 3rd

May 29 - American Hero road 25k - 2nd

Jun 25 - Pedernales Falls 30k nighttime Trail - 5th (sick)

Jul 16 - Muleshoe Bend 30k nighttime Trail - 3rd

Jul 23-24 - Fossil Valley 9-hour nighttime Trail - 2nd

Aug 6 - Colorado Bend 30k nighttime Trail - 4th

Aug 27 - Reveille Peak 30k nighttime Trail (entered)

Sep 10 - Franklin Mountains 50k (entered - not all-out effort...I hope)

Sep 17 - Lighthouse Hill 20-mile trail (entered)

Sep 24 - J&J 50 mile trail

Long-Term Running Goals:

Compete in a few more ultras without going off course (again)

Sub-18 in a 5k

One.  Good.  Marathon.


I started running at age 30, in late 2009.  I have 2 daughters (10 and 8 yrs old).



Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Saucony A5 Lifetime Miles: 1054.70
Kinvara 2 - Gray/red Lifetime Miles: 1551.08
Kinvara 3 - Gray/red Lifetime Miles: 1244.23
1160s Lifetime Miles: 888.70
Saucony A5 Red Lifetime Miles: 565.10
Saucony A6 - Yellow Lifetime Miles: 214.00
Saucony A6 - Red/blue Lifetime Miles: 61.50
NB MT101 Trail Lifetime Miles: 302.00
Fastwitch 6 Red #1 Lifetime Miles: 286.50
Fastwitch 6 Red #2 Lifetime Miles: 267.00
Race: American Hero 25k (15.534 Miles) 01:39:37, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

70F/85% -> 75F/80%.  Some ridiculous thunderstorms last night came through and hung around until right before the race started.  We got off to a bit of a late start, but the storms made things cooler than they would have been otherwise - looks the dew point stayed below 70, although it was increasing throughout the race.  Leftover t-storm wind was an issue on one of the legs (3/4-mile homestretch) but not too terrible, maybe 10-15 mph.

I really liked the format - it's mostly a relay race, so there are teams of 5, the course is 5 x 5k laps, and each lap has 2 different out-and-backs so you're never more than a mile from the starting line.  Only about 60 of us bozos did it as a solo 25k.  I definitely didn't mind the monotony of the loops and kind of enjoyed keeping tabs on each 5k time and getting encouragement from the crowds near the start.

The race plan actually went just like I'd envisioned for once, with progressively faster 5k's, and overall faster than I thought would be possible given the temperature.  The guy that won already had an insurmountable lead after the first lap, and there was no one close behind me, so I was able to relax and go by feel.  Splits:

20:18, 20:00, 20:02, 19:57, 19:20.

Laps 3 and 4 both had a 10-15 second stop to re-fill my bottle, so it was probably a near-perfect progression, even though the sun came out in full force for the last 4-5 miles.  Last thing to note is mile 15 was my fastest full mile (6:06) and the last ~1/2 mile+ was at 5:50 pace, so a really strong finish.  Pretty solid result in my first road race of the year. 

Saucony A6 - Yellow Miles: 18.00
Weight: 0.00
From Dan on Sun, May 29, 2016 at 13:43:27 from

Excellent race Joe! Those last miles are impressive and even more so with the conditions. Bozo.

From Tom K on Sun, May 29, 2016 at 19:14:14 from

Those 5k times are very consistent. Great, smart race, Joe.

From Derunzo on Sun, May 29, 2016 at 20:23:58 from

Strong race Joe!

From SlowJoe on Sun, May 29, 2016 at 20:25:27 from

Thanks gentlemen

From Yasir on Mon, May 30, 2016 at 10:21:38 from

Now I see why you were running on TM all the time lol this race is like running on a TM great job. Last 5k 19:20? wow

From SlowJoe on Mon, May 30, 2016 at 17:37:00 from

Thanks Yasir - yeah, maybe TM actually was good for practicing that faster turnover... One day maybe everything won't be so flooded everywhere down here!

From Jason D on Mon, May 30, 2016 at 17:37:16 from

Really good stuff, Joe. This might be your longest run sub-6:30. Really not so far off you half PR pace.

From Jake K on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 09:34:48 from

I like the 5x5K format! You nailed it, nice job.

From I Just Run on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 at 13:37:45 from

Wow...Nice Race! Looks like your race plan went perfect. Sounds like you are back in full force!!!

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