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Route 66 Race for Hospice 2009

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Member Since:

May 12, 2008



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Running Accomplishments:

I started running again in 2007 after 14 years of not running.

Mile - 4:59 (high school 1992), 5:57 (9/21/2010 ARR Open Mile)

2 mile - 11:10 (high school 1992)

5k - 21:54 (11/18/2010 Tempe Road Runners 5k)

10k - 48:29 (5/9/2009 Race for Hospice)

Unofficial 10k - 47:11 (1/27/2011 Red Mountain Park)

1/2 marathon - 1:49:00 (4/4/2009 Havasu Half)

Marathon - 4:33:09 (11/21/2009 Mesquite Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run a half marathon in under two hours.

Run a marathon in close to 4 hours.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy long enough to live through the millenium.


I am married and have six kids. 

Blog title explanation

Bloggers I've met in real life: 1MileToGo, Aaron Kennard, Andrea North, Arizona Desert Monsoon, auntieem, Bec, Ben, Benjamin, Bonnie, Camille, Cari, Collin Anderson, David Holt, DooneEight Kid Mom, Erico, Flatlander, Gary, Jake Krong, JamesW, Jose, Josse, Julieesplin, JunKelli, Kerri, KP, Kyle Dion, Lightitup, Little Bad Legs, Lybi, Marthon Dreamer, M, Mary Ann Schauerhamer, Misty, Nan, Peds Endo Doc, Rachelle, RADRhett, Riley Cook, Rossy, runningafterbabies, Sasha, Scott Hughes, Scott (Kelli's husband), Scott Wesemann, Slow Joe, Spencer Simpson, Stephen, Steve Piccolo, Susie, The Rookie, Toby, Tracy, Twinkies, TylerS, Walter

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 15.00 Year: 164.72
Mizuno Wave Inspire 7 Lifetime Miles: 803.99
Asics Gel 3030 Lifetime Miles: 204.85
Saucony Hurricane 13 Lifetime Miles: 149.22
Asics Gel DS Trainer 17 Lifetime Miles: 87.49
Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 Lifetime Miles: 800.59
Brooks Ravenna 4 Lifetime Miles: 88.83
Mizuno X10 Trail Lifetime Miles: 180.06
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 802.77
Asics Gel Kayano 21 Lifetime Miles: 45.47
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 800.75
New Balance 1260v5 Lifetime Miles: 9.19
Reebok Floatride Lifetime Miles: 8.23
Race: Route 66 Race for Hospice 2009 (6.2 Miles) 00:48:29, Place overall: 9, Place in age division: 3
Total Distance

A few months ago my mom texted me and told me she was going to walk in the Route 66 Race for Hospice.  This is a 3 mile walk/5k run/10k run.  Proceeds from this event go into a fund to help build a hospice home in my hometown of Kingman, AZ.  I told her I would like to do the 10k.  We were going to take a family trip up to Kingman, but my my wife's mom came down here, so the rest of my family stayed home, and I went solo.  My mom ended up not being able to do her walk because earlier this week a glass shelf from her bathroom fell on the top of her foot and bruised it up real good.  My brother walked it in her stead.

 I had a couple of goals going into this race.  One was to hit a 7:30 average.  I knew that would be tough due to the big hill, but I thought if I attacked it, I would be able to make it up on the dowhill after we turn around.  The other goal was to beat this old man that lives in Kingman.  I don't know why he's so stinkin' fast.  Honestly, if you look at him, he looks like a bum.  He has stringy hair and an earth-worn face.  But he starts going and he keeeeeps going.  I talked to him before the race.  He doesn't say a lot.  I guess he lets his feet do the talking.  Anyway, I didn't meet either of the two goals.

 1 mile - 7:30 - I lined up behind Dan Kuch again.  I lined up behind him at the Havasu Half Marathon which he won.  He easily won today with a time of 35:10.  I wished I would've talked to him more before the race.  I could've asked him how long he's lived in Lake Havasu and what he thought of Rhett.  They counted us down and he was off.  A couple of guys weren't far behind, but as it turned out, they were running the 5k.  After about a quarter mile my mouth became incredibly dry.  It was wierd.  I talked to the winner of the 5k and he said the same thing happened to him.  I wanted to get a drink at the first aid station, but there was only one lady passing out water, and we were still bunched together, so I missed it.

2 mile - 8:25 - This is where we start going up El Travatore Hill.  I slowed way off pace, but I was running right next to the old man.  I felt like I could pass him, but thought I should play it safe, run with him 'til the turn around, then bury him.  That didn't quite happen as he gapped me by a few steps, and when two other guys passed me I started running with them, and the gap got bigger and bigger.

 3 mile - 8:23 - During this mile we turned onto Hualapai Mtn. Road.  This body builder dude passed me.  I ran behind him for a while and passed him back.  Then he was running right behind me letting me cut the wind for him.  Muscle-bound-jerk!  After a little bit he passed me again.  I decided to do the same thing to him.  Couldn't tell if it made a difference so I decided to pass him.  I was remembering the advice Paul gave to someone about passing people and burying them.  This time when I passed muscle man I made a surge and dropped him for good.  After the race he said, "I just couldn't keep up with you!"  I said, "I know.  I'm Lloyd Dobler. aka Burt McCumber."  I really didn't say that.

4 mile - 7:36 - Hit the turn around point and was feeling good.  Not good as in I could sprint all the way to the finish, but good as in I could hold the strong pace I was at.  I was drinking water at each aid station and that was helping with the dry throat problem.  I knew I was in 9th place, and hoped to reel in the old man who was in 5th.  First I would start with the chick that chicked me.  (She was actually the second to do so.)  Then I would go after the guy that kept walking. Then I would go after the no shirt heart monitor guy.

5 mile - 7:46 - I totally expected this to be my fastest mile.  The vast majority of this mile was down El Travotore.  I was hoping for a sub 6.  I felt like I was really moving, but it ended up not being as good as I'd hoped...by a long shot.  Hmmmm... Still hadn't made any distance up on the four guys in front of me, but the old man sure had put some major distance between us.

6 mile - 7:32 - Still hadn't made any distance up on anyone.  I started getting annoyed that walker man was still way ahead of me and that he probably was going to catch the chick.  Now I started having thoughts about just cruising on in.  I didn't think anyone behind me would catch me, and I should still get a PR.  But I still pushed on.

0.2 miles - 1:20 (6:40 pace) - Once again I was to worried about posing for the camera to remember to stop my Garmin.  It took me about 10 seconds to after they ripped the bottom of my bib off and handed me a water.  It was cool to have my mom and sister there to cheer me to the finish.

So now I start to wonder if I medaled.  Okay, 9th overall, two runners in front of me were female, one was the old man.  I know Dan Kuch and I are the same age.  Were there two more runners ahead of me in my AD?  Maybe.  They started reading off the AD winners for males for the 5k.  I quickly realized that I would be in the 26 to 35 year old category...and I'm 35!  How can I compete against these young bucks?  Well I waited until they announced the winners of the 10k for males.  "Third place in the 26 to 35 year old age division with a time of 48:29 - Burt McCumber." Yippee!  Er, I mean, that's right.  That's how I compete with young bucks!

It was a fun day.  After the race my brother and I went and loaded up a refrigerator from my mother-in-law's.  Then I went back to my mom's, showered, and packed up my stuff.  She took me to Mr. D's for lunch where I had, yep, you guessed it, a most delicious root beer float.  Then I picked up the last puppy from my brother's house to surprise my family with.  The End.

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From rattletrap on Sat, May 09, 2009 at 22:29:51 from

Congratulations on a new PR! You'll get that old dude next time. I hope your mom's foot gets better soon.

From Julie on Sat, May 09, 2009 at 23:15:40 from

Your report was fun to read. You did great. I'm sure you will just get faster and faster this summer.

From Burt on Sat, May 09, 2009 at 23:39:23 from

Thanks Mike. I figure I'm only getting better, and he's only getting older. It stands to reason. He's a sweet guy, though. And my mom has diabetes, so she already has all sorts of feet problem. Poor lady.

Julie - thanks. But since I write such novels whenever I race, I don't think you even got to read the whole thing. LOL.

From Julie on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 00:05:07 from

I was kind of wondering why it ended so quick. lol. That's much better. You deserved that root beer float. That sounds so good right now.

From seeaprilrun on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 06:12:13 from

That was a great race report! You'll get that old guy next time--good job on finishing strong and a PR!

From mikemac on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 07:21:12 from

Great race Burt.48:29 is not to shabby for a 10k. I hope that I can do that in my next race.I know what you mean about that old guy,some people just get it done. Who knows? Congrats on the hardware!I hope that your mom is ok.

From sam on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 07:29:12 from

Hey Congratulations Burt on your new PR, told you it would be okay! how were the legs then I presume ok?

Great read, you report is fun, I have had a old man beat me too, would you believe it though he is the worlds fastest for his age group, he still runs now 71 yrs....

A puppy did I read that right, what breed is it, more info please

From Steve P on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 07:57:08 from

Nice race, Burt!

From marion on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 13:26:18 from

OK- you ran a race- kicked some SERIOUS butt, THEN moved a fridge, then had a root beer float (I can get into this one ;) and then brought home a puppy??? WOW!! What an amazing day :) Congratulations on the FANTASTIC time and GREAt race! That old dude will be yours one day and that will be a fine day :)

what kind of puppy?

From montelepsy on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 15:53:26 from

I still can't wait until you dominate the sweet old guy! I'm staying tuned Burt!

From Burt on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 15:54:26 from

April - I'm not sure it it's healthy to have this obsession of beating the old guy. Especially when he lives so far away.

Mike - She'll be all right. She's on antibiotics and still wanted to walk, but the doctor told her no. Wouldn't you know it, but my sister got stung by a scorpion today.

Steve - thanks. I think if it was a flatter race, I could've shattered that time.

Sam and Marion - my SIL told me it was part sheppard and part weimaraner, but I think it looks like a shar-pei.

From Burt on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 16:01:51 from

Yes! I just had 3 Mikes comment on my blog!

From lucia on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 19:22:19 from

You are so funny, loved the report! Congrats, sounds like a fun time!

From Bonnie on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 19:35:27 from

Congrats on the race Burt! It sounds like a killer course.

A puppy!!?!??! that is so very cool!

I want a root-beer float so badly now ... I just can't ... oh but it sounds so good!!

From Eric Day on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 20:08:27 from

Super Burt, too bad you got your but kicked by the old man. But hopefully, someday soon you'll beat him.

From James W on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 20:39:58 from

Congrats on a great race, a PR and getting an age division medal! I think on a flat course, you would have gained at least 2-3 minutes. Can't discount those hills. Have you thought about doing the summer race series (at least the ones on Saturdays)?

From Rhett on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 12:55:34 from

Sweet race Burt. Now if you could have just taken out Dan, you would have been doing all of us a favor. LOL Congrats on the hardware. You rocked it.

From Gavin on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 16:08:49 from

Great Job! I enjoyed reading the race report. The visual imagery you painted was perfect. It was a scorcher on Saturday. Another medal to add to the trophy case.

From Burt on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 17:01:01 from

Thanks, Bonnie and Seeking my Inner Bonnie.

Eric - I like to think the hill kicked my butt. I would've tried harder to stay with him if it wasn't for my motor overheating going up the hill.

James - I think I will do that 5k with you. I sent my wife the link so she can sign me up.

Rhett - Funny. I heard some people talking about how he came cruising in and no one was near him. I piped up and said I thought about cross-body blocking him as he was coming back.

Thanks, Gavin. Gavin's a cool dude I met at a local 5k. He's fast, and he should join the blog to impart of his wisdom to us.

From Johny on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 20:55:40 from

4:59 mile?!?!?!?!

What the what? Is that for real? Smokin'...

From Burt on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 21:09:12 from

That was a long time ago Johny. A long time ago.

From Merri on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 11:09:55 from

Very nice race. I love the pics on the blog. And give me your puppy!!!

From Burt on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 11:18:49 from

Get your own puppy Merri! LOL!

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