2009 Crim Festival of Races

by Frank Perez August 22, 2009

Today I ran the 10 Mile Race at the 2009 Crim Festival of Races. My official time was 1:23:33 (hh:mm:ss), which was 34:35 (mm:ss) faster than my previous record. This is a personal best for me with almost a 30% improvement over last year. I am definitely pleased with my results.

The Crim is one of those events that I look forward to each year. It attracts thousands of runners, yet still maintains a small town feel to the event. I also appreciate how the Crim has become a tradition for the city of Flint and has been held every year since 1977.


Links:
Crim Fitness Foundation http://www.crim.org/

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2009 West Bloomfield Rock and Road

by Frank Perez May 17, 2009

Today I ran my best 10K race (6.2 miles) at the West Bloomfield Rock and Road. My official time was 54:43 (mm:ss), which was 8:15 (mm:ss) faster than my previous record. Almost a 15% improvement in the span of one year.

This was my second year running this race, and I will probably run it again next year. I like this course because it is a mixture of roads, hilly trails, flat trails, and grassy hills. Plus it always seems to rain a day or two beforehand. So the opportunity to get some mud on your shoes and legs are pretty good.

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Martian Marathon 2009

by Frank Perez April 5, 2009

Today I completed my first marathon (26.2 miles) with a time of 5:03:36 (hh:mm:ss). Not quite the original estimate of 4:45 (hh:mm) I made back in December. But when I consider that less than 1% of the population ever completes a marathon, it is something I can be proud of.

To train for my first marathon I chose Hal Higdon's Novice Training Program. The program is 18 weeks long, consisting of four training runs a week, ranging from 15 to 35 total miles per week. This was the first time I used any kind of program to train for an event. My half marathon training program was more of a just run as much as you can and as often as you can system. Overall, I liked having a schedule. It helped prevent me from over training in the first weeks, and under training in the final weeks.

The hardest part of my marathon training was the time of year I chose. Michigan had some record setting snow fall this winter, many sub-zero degree days, and I am an outdoor runner. Fortunately, I spent twelve years living in Fairbanks, Alaska and have experienced much worse weather conditions. But it still takes a lot of dedication to get up on a Saturday at 5:00AM, with three inches of fresh snow on the ground, -10 degrees Fahrenheit (-25 if you include the wind chill factor), and go out for a 15 mile run.

Despite the early reports of bad weather (rain and a couple inches of snow), race day was beautiful. It started out around 30 degrees and reached a high of 50 degrees with lots of sunshine. The course was a mostly flat, out and back run along Hines Drive, with a start and finish at Dearborn's Ford Field Park. There were aid stations every few miles with water, Gatorade, and GU Energy Gel. If you like a marathon that is somewhat secluded and feels more like a run through the park, I would recommend it.

In the end, what helped me the most with my first marathon was having a running partner, and an awesome group of running friends. If I had tried doing this on my own it would have been far too easy to skip a training day just because it was cold outside or just because my legs were sore. But when you have someone to train with, well it's not as cold out, and the pain is only half as bad. So you get up and do it, because your friend probably feels the same and needs your support.

Now that my first marathon is done, the big question is would I do another? YES. My plan is to do some smaller races over the summer (10Ks and half marathons), and find a marathon for the fall. Right now I am signed up for the half at The Trail Marathon on April 26, 2009. It’s a tough course with a lot of hills, so I don’t expect a PR (personal record). But it will be a lot a fun. :)


Links:
Hal Higdon's Marathon Training Guide http://www.halhigdon.com/marathon/Mar00index.htm
Martian Marathon http://www.martianmarathon.com/
Trail Marathon http://www.trailmarathon.com/

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Training for My First Marathon

by Frank Perez December 1, 2008

This week I begin my 18 week training program for the Martian Marathon April 5th, 2009. The Martian Marathon is a two day event that begins with a 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) on Saturday. The Full Marathon (26.2 miles) and Half Marathon (13.1 miles) take place on Sunday.

For this race I will be using Hal Higdon's Novice Training Program. This program consists of four training runs per week, averaging 15 to 25 miles each week. I don't have any strong reasons why I chose this program over others. I can only say that it worked with my schedule and that it filled the need to have specific goals every week.

Based on my recent Half Marathon results, my goal is to complete this race in 4:45 (hh:mm). That's an average of 10:50 (mm:ss) per mile. Although, since this is my first Full Marathon, just crossing the finish line will be in itself a personal victory.


Links:
Martian Marathon http://www.martianmarathon.com/
Hal Higdon's Marathon Training Guide http://www.halhigdon.com/marathon/Mar00index.htm

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Brooksie Way 2008

by Frank Perez October 5, 2008

Today I completed my first half marathon (13.1 miles) with a time of 2:15:35 (hh:mm:ss). My first goal was simple - cross the finish line. After that, I was shooting for a time of 2:15 (hh:mm). So I must say that I am pretty happy with my results.

As for the race itself, this was the inaugural year for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk. From my perspective I think everything went really well. I like the course, a mixture of paved roads and dirt trails, flat ground and hills. There were plenty of aid stations, lots of volunteers working the course, and a beautiful finish line at the Meadow Brook Hall on Oakland University campus.

I would like to say thanks to my family and friends who cheered me on along the course and at the finish line. Every time I saw your faces and heard your voices it made me forget the fatigue and gave me the boost I needed to push harder.

Now that I have done my first half marathon, I'm thinking the Martian Marathon (26.2 miles) on April 5th, 2009.


Links:
Brooksie Way Half Marathon http://www.thebrooksieway.com
Martian Marathon http://www.martianmarathon.com/

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About Frank

Frank lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan with his wife and three children.  When he is not writing code, he enjoys long distance running and riding his motorcycle.

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