Saturday, June 4, 2016

2016 Downhill at Dawn 5k

June 4, 2016 7:30 PM
Black Mountain, North Carolina



Time Pace Division Division
Place
Gender
Place
Overall
Place
Bib #
Michael 18:00 5:48 M13-15 1/2 3/37 4/97 2195

Written by Owen:

This is our second annual trip to Ridgecrest Conference Center for this race.  This time the entire family came, as did the Griffith's.  Also new this year was the inaugural 5k race Saturday evening.


Morgan and Alicia practicing volleyball

Alicia and Morgan at the coffee shop
 First up Saturday morning was the half-marathon.  Chris and Marissa were running, along with Jen's cousin Megan.  This was Marissa's first half-marathon.



The biggest uphill in the "Downhill at Dawn" half-marathon
















 Next up was the 5k that Michael was running. Grandma and Gramps even drove out to watch it, on their way to Florida for their big move.




The picture below sums up this moment so perfectly. Michael had set a goal that was SUPER aggressive. His PR in the 5k was 19:02, but hadn't run one since before cross country when he broke his foot. Since then, he's recovered from his injury and had a very successful track season.
This 5k is point to point, and net downhill. Not crazy downhill, and there is a very challenging uphill for the last 0.4 miles. He set his goal at 17:59. We kept saying how awesome it would be to say your PR was 17:59. I didn't say this, but I thought it was impossible.

When I saw him round the corner with approximately 30 seconds to go, and the clock said 17:35, I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES. We cheered like crazy people. He kicked like I've never seen before. He crossed the line at 18:00. The official results list him at 18:00.8!
Look at each of our faces in the background. I am so proud of him, this was a very special moment. (Thanks Jen for finding this awesome picture)

My favorite picture this year








Michael's Garmin Data:

Sunday, October 25, 2015

2015 Marine Corps Marathon

October 25, 2015 7:55 AM
Arlington, Virginia

Time Pace Division Division
Place
Gender
Place
Overall
Place
Bib #
Owen 4:57:16 11:20 M40-44 1,384/2,146 7,928/12,771 12,654/23,185 23169

Written by Owen:

Malissa had to work on Thursday and Friday, so the kids and I drove up to my mom's house on Thursday, then Malissa caught an Amtrak train at 2:00 in the morning on Saturday.

Goosebumps in 3D!
We got up somewhat early to go pick up Malissa at the Amtrak station.  We then went to a really fun corn maze.










Answering trivia for our next clue on which direction to go.
 Sunday morning we got up really early to go to the marathon.  We rode the metro, everyone was really sleepy.





I had heard such great things about the Marine Corps Marathon, that I couldn't wait to experience it.  It was a complete DISASTER.  The security lines to get to the marathon (for runners and spectators) was HOURS long.  We got there over two hours before the race started, and I was late to the start.  It had already started by the time I got there.  So I spent two hours in line, followed by rushing to the start and just kept going for 26.2 miles.  Not the way I wanted to prepare myself for the race.  I can't understate how bad it was, NOT IMPRESSED!

The line to get past security about a mile from the start

Before the race I had some friendly photobombers.


My support crew

















This race was very painful, I was grossly undertrained, and my pelvic issue throbbed the entire race.  Add to that the bad weather and the terrible race organization, and this is definitely my least favorite marathon out of all of them.

Garmin Data: