running

I started running in the spring of 2001.  At first it was just around the block after work, but eventually I worked up to three miles in thirty minutes.  In May of 2003, I decided to run the Human Race 5K run.  But when I got to the 5K/10K fork, I decided to go for the 10K.  I managed to cross the finish line in just under an hour.  I ran several other 10K races in 2003, until I injured my knee hiking Yosemite's Half Dome in October 2003.  I decided to run again in 2004.  My goal for the summer was to break the 50 minute mark (8 minute mile), which I did.  I took 2005 off from running to focus on other activities.  I'm getting back into running for 2006, with the hopes of completing a marathon.

"There will be days when you are not sure if you can finish a race.  There will be a lifetime knowing that you have."

"The miracle isn't that you finished a run.  The miracle is that you had the courage to start one."


My favorite 10K race is the Wharf to Wharf race, because the entire community turns out to support the runners all along the length of the race.  It's a very moving and emotional experience.  Plus I saw someone die the first time I ran the race.  My second favorite race is the Human Race, because they play Amazing Grace at the beginning, which I think is a wonderful way to start a race, and it's a festive atmosphere.
I listen to a custom mix of MP3's on my iPod when I run, and at my friend Dennis' suggestion, I wear a BreatheRight Nasal Strip and Road ID tag each time I run.  My training regimen consisted of treadmill runs several times a week, in addition to weightlifting routines.


Race
Month
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
Campbell Rec. Fun Run
10K, Campbell
Feb      53:10
8:33mm

Mercury News Run
10K, Downtown SJ
March  54:16
8:44mm
Susan Alves Mem. Run
10K, Andrew Hill High Sch.
April      
The Great Race
4m, Saratoga
April      
HP's Up and Running
10K, Cupertino
April  
Pat's Run
10K, Leland High School
April      
Run For The Future
10K, Baylands Park
April51:42
8:20mm

Race for Literacy
10K, Shoreline Park
May56:31
9:06mm
  
LSI Logic Classic Run
10K, Milpitas
May  
Human Race
10K, Shoreline Park
May58:38
9:26mm
52:38
8:28mm
  
Bay to Breakers
12K, San Francisco
May3:03:00
(walked)
  
I Care Classic
25m bike, Almaden Valley
May2:30:00?     
Tri-For-Fun
Mini-Tri, Pleasanton
June1:58:00     
FrontRunners Pride Run
10K, Golden Gate Park
June    
Run for the Law
10K, Vasona Park
June48:57
7:52mm
    
Jungle Run
10K, Los Gatos
July    
Wharf to Wharf
6m, Santa Cruz
July54:30
9:05mm
  
Chiropractic Challenge
10K, Vasona Park
Aug    
Run for the Community
10K, Baylands Park
Sept54:54
8:50mm
      
Trailblazer
10K, Stevens Creek Trail
Sept52:10
8:24mm
      
San Francisco Classic
10K, Golden Gate Park
Nov    

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