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2010 November Tempe Road Runners Free Monthly 5k

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Member Since:

May 12, 2008



Goal Type:


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: 2010 November Tempe Road Runners Free Monthly 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:21:54, Place overall: 2
Total Distance

I was worried about running this race because of the "lung burn" I got doing my mile race two days ago.  It's still bothering me some.  Now, I know I can run, but racing as hard as I can might trigger it again.  And to have it happen while I'm running was scaring me. 

A lot of people showed up, more than normal.  We got to run next to Tempe Town Lake instead of the road because they finally opened that part of it back up.  The only bad part of that was a couple patches of gnats.  When I ran there a few weeks ago there was a lot more gnats.  I hate those little bichos.

When the race started Nick Coury took off in the lead.  Nick has evolved into quite the public figure in the local running community.  It didn't take long for me to settle into 2nd place.  I was constantly looking at my Garmin to make sure I wasn't running too fast or too slow.  I wanted to run a 7 minute flat pace.  I started a bit fast, so I slowed down.  After 1:29 my Garmin beeped at me.  I had set it to alert me for every 1:29 for my mile race.  I also set it to record my quarter splits.  So, I realized that I hadn't changed it back and that it was going to be beeping a lot.  Oh well.  At least I'd know exactly where I was.

I had Nick in my sights for most of the first half of the out and back course.  He wasn't even trying though.  He ran a 5:03 mile two nights ago at the Open Mile.  Then he got too far ahead and I lost him.  It was dark and the path was winding.  I began to wonder if I was supposed to turn or something.  Before long I saw him coming back.  We exchanged pleasantries, and he looked as relaxed as a Jabba the Hut on weed. 

As I was coming back I saw that I had the same lead on the 3rd place guy as Nick had on me.  It now became a race against the clock.  Everytime I looked at my Garmin it seemed like I was right on pace.  There were a couple of small hills that really suck the energy out of you.  But they were so small I tried to power up them and relax on the backside to catch my breath.  My plan was to run steady until I hit the last hill, then kick to the finish.  But I misjudged how close it was to the finish and lost some time.  Then when I got up the hill I held back a little still afraid that I would get hit by the bronchitis bus again.

I knew the course was going to be short, so I checked the Garmin right before crossing the finish line.  I was at 3.04 miles and decided to keep going until I hit 3.10.  I finished in 21:54, a post high school PR.  It took me a while to catch my breath.  But I had 0.06 miles to walk it off and go congratulate Nick.  Then we cheered on the rest of the runners as they came in including my Facebook friend David Weeks and new friend I met tonight Toothless Dave.  He seems like a nice guy and now wants to be my new running partner.  LOL!  ay yi yi.

After the race Muscle Milk was there handing out free samples.  I got vanilla.  Mmm-mmm!  I also got a pack of blueberry/pomegranate Gu Chomps, a vial of 5 Hour Energy (anybody want it?), and a Roadrunner Sports beanie.  I didn't win anything in the raffle, but David Weeks won a free entry into the PF Changs Rock and Roll Marathon.  He said he didn't want to run it.  I wonder if he'd be willing to sell it. (Anybody want it?)  Then there was a Ultra Running 101 Clinic that Nick put on.  Now I want to do an ultra.

Quarter Splits - 1:45, 1:44, 1:45, 1:46, 1:43, 1:46, 1:47, 1:44, 1:43, 1:49, 1:52, 1:44, and 0:40 for 0.10.

Mile Splits - 7:02, 7:03, 7:10, 0:40 for 0.10 (6:44 pace)

Mizuno Wave Inspire 4 Silver/Old Gold/Phantom Miles: 3.10
Weight: 0.00
From AZDesertmonsoon on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 00:59:27 from

Congrats on another post high school PR. what's the next distance you are gonna knock off?

From Burt on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 01:04:24 from

I need to get that elusive 10k.

From AZDesertmonsoon on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 01:19:27 from

Is that the one that sent you the wrong way last year?

From Burt on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 01:23:18 from

The same.

From SlowJoe on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 02:06:49 from

Sub 22 and a PR, great race! Pretty even splits too (I heard that was a good thing).

My only question is, what is Toothless Dave going to do with his Gu Chomps? Maybe they are softer than what I am envisioning.

From DonGardinero on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 03:05:06 from

Awesome post-high school PR!!!

If you want to run an ultra, come on up and run the Buffalo Run 50k next March. It's run on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake (in case you didn't know.) They also have the 50 miler and new this year, the 100 miler.


I'm signed up for the 50k

From Sammie Howard on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 04:51:42 from

Congrats Burt... Lung burn is good !!!!

Nice running there.... you should put the same effort up a hill and same down the hill the idea then is your using different muscles and you should end up with even energy output! just thought Id let ya know that lol....

Jabba hut on weed eh wow that must have looked pretty cool

AN ultra eh! Im cooking buffalo meat again today in beer for 9 hours slowly just thought Id let ya know that tooo ultra madness ! :)

From flatlander on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 09:43:46 from

Congrats on the new PR, hope your lung thing works out soon.

From rAtTLeTrAp on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:06:19 from

Way to go Burt! Congrats on the PR! You are getting FAST!

From Burt on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:36:56 from

Joe - In a month and a half when they recap the best comments of 2010, that's going to be in the top 10.

DG - I would love to go up and run more races in Utah. I'm pretty sure I know more of the Utah running community than I know of the Arizonan.

Sam - There are no buffalo in England!

Flat - The lungs are feeling much better today. Thanks.

Trap - You flatter me.

From PRE on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:49:46 from

Congratulations on the post high school 5K PR!!!.

Now as I understand you have one more race to do soon.

Are you looking to PR in that race as well and what is the distance?

You are PRing all over the place.

Good luck with your plans.

From Burt on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 12:14:44 from

PRE - Thanks. PRing all over the place is better than Ping all over the place. Although, that's pretty good, too. My next race is a 4 mile mud run Saturday. So I won't be going for speed. It'll be nothin' but a good time, and it don't get better than this.

From RAD on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 14:22:19 from

Congrats on an excellently run race Burt! I love the push at the end and that you finished out a true 3.1 - dedication.

Lots of fun Ultras to consider and if I wasn't so poor to travel I'd take the rock 'n roll entry, enjoy your new running buddy :)

From Dan on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 15:20:38 from

Hey congrats on the PR, nice strong finish! I blame Allie for the Gnats, but at least there were less of them.

From Bec on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 15:20:47 from

Look at you and all of these races. Great job getting some nice speed work behind you. I was thinking a lot about that marathon we did last year. It was fun but it was a killer beast! I remember there only being about three bus loads going up to the start line. Anyway, enjoy your the rest of your races, if you have any planned.

From Burt on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 15:34:38 from

RAD - I'll post a picture of my new running buddy later.

Dan - allie's to blame for a lot of things.

Bec - I have a mud run Saturday. Not really a race, I guess. But it will be fun!

From Seth on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 15:35:15 from

Nice job on the even splits, and PR!

From Tom on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 15:40:06 from

Nice job there Burt! Have fun rolling around in the mud!

From Burt on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 15:43:31 from

Seth - Could you say eerily even splits?

Tom - I'll have to get some pointers from you and Kim.

From Teena Marie on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 15:49:44 from

Congrats on the post HS PR!!! That is awesome! :)

From Burt on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 15:57:34 from

Teena - you're awesome.

From Sammie Howard on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 16:01:33 from

NOt that I have seen... there is no buffalo in England .......

I had bunny rabbits tonight in a stew with buffalo and beef! Wild rabbits :-?

From Steve Piccolo on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 16:15:18 from

Way to get that PR!

From seeaprilrun on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 17:39:03 from

Congrats on the PR! Nice consistent splits--lots of them! Wish I could run a 5:03 mile like it was a walk in the park. Well, I just wish I could run a 5:03 mile at all!

From allie on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 17:42:06 from

sorry about the gnats. they are hatching uncontrollably right now and the only logical place to release them is tempe.

nice job on the PHSPR. was derek detemple there?

From Rossy on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 00:14:11 from

Burt, props to you on a post high school PR!!!

From Scott Ensign on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 18:04:26 from

awesome! you are really cranking it up. keep up the good work

From Kelli on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 18:12:29 from

That is the LONGEST 5k report ever, I believe. Nice job, Burt!!

Hey, those GU chomps are AWESOME and so are Ultra's (in my vast experience of completing one short one).

From Burt on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 19:07:02 from

Thanks Steve!

April - Nick got to the Open Mile late and ran that 5:03 on the second mile. During the first mile 7 people broke 5 including his brother Nathan.

allie - you little bicho. Derek wasn't there. LOL! I don't know how to get a hold of him. But you may notice that I am Athlinks friends with his brother Gavin.

Thanks Rosswog!

Scott - That means a lot coming from you.

Kelli - I tried to make this short. I really did. Isn't this report shorter than my Open Mile report?

From Brent on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 19:56:31 from

Burt - 300 commando points for the PR, hippie head stand, read the shirt, nice work staying after it during the race. No guts not glory, good work.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Toby on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 21:19:48 from

Nicely done Burty! A PR is a double nicely done!

From artichoke on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 21:38:27 from

Great job Burt!!! Way to run that 5K. Great splits.

From Kelli on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 22:40:18 from

I guess I did not compare word for word....it was so interesting! Really, I am not teasing.

From Kelli on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 22:40:31 from

OH----how was the movie?

From Burt on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 09:09:55 from

I liked it. My favorite part was that her dog's name was Burt.

From Kelli on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 13:59:57 from

I missed that part somehow....

NOW you must see Inception, it is SO MUCH better!!!!

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