Tag Archives: half marathon

5 random photos from my iPhone #2


This is the first photo I ever took on my first iPhone... of the cutest dog I've ever known.


This is my desk at Racepoint Group before I left. Mary Murphy, cheeto tree, Idaho potato, my favorite hand painted mug (broken), a coffee mug from the Georgia O'Keefe Art Museum in Santa Fe (also broken), a Jimmy Johnson action figure, a fire warden helmet, and plenty of other crap. I try to keep a much tidier desk now.


I used to be obsessed with the iPhone app Tris. I would play it for hours and hours, especially in car rides up to Tahoe during ski season. I got really good. I went for big points...


I didn't have a ton of time to do a lot of sightseeing when I was in Barcelona earlier this year for work but Kersti, Lindsey, Katie and I made sure to carve out time to visit La Sagrada Família. It was definitely a highlight of the trip and one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.


Katie and I love us some half marathons. Here we are before indulging in brunch after the SF Half Marathon this July.

Work it out Wednesday > #46

This weekend I ran the 2nd half of the San Francisco Marathon and this song, which I pulled from the Electronic Daisy Carnival album mixed by Kaskade, was probably the highlight of my playlist. I only had the two and a half minute version radio edit on my run but I’ve since discovered this extended version.

Dirty South featuring Rudy – Phazing

Fun facts: PDX Half Marathon

As earlier reported, I recently blew my half marathon personal record out of the water at the Portland Half Marathon with a finish time of 1:50:36. My previous PR was actually from my first, the Kaiser Permanente Half in February: 2:00:07.

Happy, wet finisher

While waiting for finish photos to be posted, I found a collection of fun race stats from the race. Here are a few worth sharing:

  • I finished 155th out of 2,273 and in front of 97% of female runners.
  • It took me 2 minutes and 39 seconds to get through the start line.
  • Over the last 4.2 miles, I passed 47 runners and was past by 4.
  • My average speed was 7.1 miles per hour.

(Belated) Trip report: Portland


Two weekends ago, Dave and I ventured up to Portland, OR to have playtime with our friends Margaret and Kenny, AND to do a little racing. Dave ran the full Portland Marathon and I ran the half. We spent 3 full days up there and had a total blast. With this type of trip we like to try to just act as locals with our hosts. We don’t need to see the sights, per say, because in a lot of instances we’ve already seen them or we just don’t need to. We just want to hang out and have a relaxed time, which is what we did!

We went to the Plumper Pumpkin Patch and entertained ourselves with caramel apples, beehives, annoying kids, disfigured gourds and most importantly, a pumpkin sling shot, which incidentally was one of the most talked about activities of the trip.

Ready, aim, fire!

We also braved the crowds of Buffalo Wild Wings to binge on wings, fried pickles and an outstanding MSU victory over U of M. We made friends with some visiting drunken douche bags, one of which had just taken a dare and jumped in a fountain naked. They were wasted, rooting against MSU (I ended up making $5 in a bet), when when they should have been getting ready for a wedding later that night.

BW3 was not the only stop on our eating and drinking deliciousness  train. We had beers at the Widmer brewery (YUM HEFEWEIZEN), brunch at Bijou Cafe, met up with old SF friend Jade for barbecue at Russell Street BBQ and I showed a giant calzone’s who the boss was at Hopworks.

Amazing calzone from Hopworks

But of course Dave and I were there to run. The race was early on Sunday morning and we woke up greeted to rain, rain and more rain. While I’ve definitely done a bit of running in the rain, I’ve never raced in it. I snooped around Margaret and Kenny’s apartment to find a garbage bag to help keep dry, which was kind of a joke. I eventually took it off after a few miles and just embraced the down pour.

Garbage bag? check.

While I started off in a little pain, by mile 4 I was cruising along and feeling great. By mile 10 I was soaked but I felt really great and decided to pick up the pace. I later found out that I passed about 40 people over the last 3 miles stretch and I finished strong feeling like I still had a lot left in me. My goal was under 2 hours (finally) and I ended up pulling into the finish in 1:50:36. I definitely attribute my strong finish to my training, particularly my long 16-18 mile runs recently.

Dave also ran a strong race, finishing his full in under 3 hours pretty easily. Now we’re both shifting gears in preparation for the California International Marathon in December, which as we all know will be my first.

It was a weekend full of fun and we had a blast with Margaret and Kenny, two of our closest friends for sure. I really loved Portland this trip and can’t wait to go back again soon. More photos here!

I knew this was going to happen…

I ran my first 5k about a year and a half ago. Since then I’ve continued to train and gotten quite ambitious. Today I ran my first half marathon. My goal was to finish in under 2 hours which obviously means anything under 2:00:00. For example, 1:59:59 would be fine.

I paced myself the whole race, wound up a minute or two ahead of pace a few times, but in the end had my worst fears realized… see finish time below:


Alas, the world is not over. I’m disappointed but also pleased that I beat more people than beat me, and fired up to tackle another half in the near future to try again.