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NDORFNZ Folkz Races for April of 2019
 
On Saturday, April 6, 2019
AthleteComments
Dan Fucinaro (Dan)
NDORFNZ Racing

Eisenhower Marathon

Certified? Yes

26.2 milez in 03:19:09

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-06
Overall9th
Age2nd
PR Rank42ndmissed Certifed PR by 0h 15m 22s
Total Races55 races for 26.2 miles55certified races for 26.2 miles
 93 races overall91 certified races overall
   9States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"

Thanks to God, my family and friends for a wonderful race at the Eisenhower Marathon in Abilene, Kansas! A few special thanks: Carl for organizing a fabulous send off run a few days before. And to Dick Beardsley...I often listen back to his speech on a CD called "A Matter of Faith", where he ties in his running, his career, and his sobriety with his personal lifelong faith. I had listened to it again on the drive down to Abilene and some things that stuck with me in the race were the idea of not giving up, and trusting in God, especially when things look the worst.

Many of you know that the main reason I ran this Eisenhower Marathon race was in hopes of getting a 2020 Boston Marathon qualifying time...for me this is sub 3:25. I had blew my chance in Miami a few months before. And even with the fact that I would be running the 2019 Boston just 9 days before Eisenhower, I thought this would be a better opportunity to Boston-qualify (BQ) than on the hilly Boston course AND on other races after Boston, as you get into the slower race times associated with summer races. So a BQ was my main objective, but I had formed a few other goals for this specific race...

One goal was to "redeem myself" from my 2004 Eisenhower Marathon
performance. That race was my very first marathon, and I had made every rookie mistake there was to make, and then some, in it. Finally, a last goal in the 'return to Eisenhower' was the same as my other races: to try to do my very best with my fitness, the weather, and other factors, on race day.

I am so happy that I can say that I feel I personally achieved these 3 goals in the race!

I got into town the day before the race, and was greeted by "Welcome Runners" signs all over their main street, Buckeye Street. At packet pickup was the same kindness and warmth that I had experienced with the people of Abilene 15 years before. Checked into my hotel and got to bed as early as I could.

On race morning, weather conditions were much better that morning than on the 2004 race day. My Garmin said 48 degrees with 7 mph south wind...weather from the internet had predicted temps climbing to low 60's by 11:00 am and the south wind picking up to about 15 mph by then. And it was cloudy, so I had that going for me. The 2004 race was significantly colder and more windy, with a bit of rain as well.

The start of the race was the intersection of Buckeye Street and SE 3rd Street, right in-between St Andrew's Catholic Church on the west and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum on the east. Abilene was the boyhood home of President Eisenhower, and hence the marathon was named for him. One of the many nice things about this small town race was free parking right near the start/finish and minimal waiting at the portable restrooms. Chatted with a few folks from the area and also some with Nebraska gear on! I would go on to see the Nebraska folks out cheering for their runners and would also chat with them post race.

The start went off at 7:00 am and I wanted to get this race "right" from the get-go. The initial headwind going south was not problematic at that point, so I tried to relax and nail down a pace of 7:30-7:40 per mile on my Garmin, which would put me at about 3:20 finish if I held the pace throughout the race. The pace over the first few miles felt "do-able" for the entire marathon--challenging enough, but not the speedier pace of a shorter race. I had to think of the many miles ahead.

The course was different than the course in 2004, and I had studied it beforehand. The new course was a double out-and-back for the full marathon. And the out-and-back consisted of a southbound stretch; then heading out for a clockwise (hOg-wise) loop of Brown Memorial Park plus an east turnaround, then going out of the park to a southwest turnaround, then doing a COUNTER clockwise (counter hOg-wise) loop of the park you were just on with the east turnaround, then a northbound stretch to the start/finish. So full marathoners did this twice; half marathoners did it once. There was also a 5K and a 10K for this race.

I liked the new course, and it was not confusing given I had done my homework beforehand. I found it had broken up the race into manageable bits. The course had lots friendly volunteers both at the places where you turned and at the many water/Gatorade stations.

I got to "know" many of the runners just from being out there on the course, whether we talked much or not in the actual race. There were some brief conversations, but I did not want to mess up their race, or to mess up mine. There were some runners that would pass me, or that I would pass, but there was always good sportsmanship all around and no dog-eat-dog attitudes. There was one couple with matching "Just Married" shirts where I shouted my congrats to them!

Heading back to the start/finish for my first out-and-back I had briefly chatted with a woman who would go on to be the 2nd place woman in the half marathon. Just after my turnaround at the start/finish to begin my 2nd out-and-back, she was finishing and I cheered her. I knew that the 2nd out-and-back would be a bit more windy than the first, especially feeling it in our faces in the initial southbound miles. I knew not to overly "fight" the wind, just get through it for a few miles and soon I would be making the turn to the park and out of the headwind. That headwind, plus the fact that I had half of the race behind me, had slowed my pace for a few miles, but surprisingly recovered physically and pace-wise once I hit the park. The familiarity of what I had ran before was a comfort. I knew there were just a few more southbound stretches with the headwind, so I tried to keep focus. Obviously the increasing miles were taking their toll. Past 20 miles, I would see folks walking and I thought how nice that would be, but I did not give in. That was their race and their business, mine was to do everything I could for the BQ. Finally I was on the northbound stretch with a tailwind and just over 2 miles to go. I was doing the math in my head, and it not only looked like if I kept it together that I would not only run sub 3:25 for the BQ, but sub 3:20. I was even tempted in the last half mile or so to take a brief walk break but thankfully did not and finished in 3:19:09. More than 5 minutes quicker than my BQ time! And, I really felt like I had run the best race I could...steady, fighting the urges to overly speed or overly slow here and there, and thinking of struggling for a few hours in the race is better than giving up or giving in when things got difficult.

After the race, I had many lovely conversations with fellow runners, their supporters and the fine folks of Abilene who volunteered and cheered us on. I was actually 2nd in my age group, but got the award for 1st place men 50-54, as the actual first place in the age group was the overall race winner. After showering and checking out of my hotel, I visited the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum before heading back.

It was my 55th marathon, and I had come full circle from my first marathon there in 2004. Lots of wonderful memories, lots to be thankful for, and many memories to come!

Song of the day: "Abilene" by Sheryl Crow.
Barb (getfuzzy)

Spirit of White Bear Lake 5K

Certified? Yes

3.1 milez in 00:30:56

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-06
Overall31stTop 44.9%
Age3rdTop 37.5%
PR Rank14thmissed Certifed PR by 0h 8m 26s
Total Races24 races for 3.1 miles15certified races for 3.1 miles
 44 races overall29 certified races overall
   0States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"


Nice race, nice people.

The weather was meh but at least it wasn't super cold and rainy!

I'm just plugging away at this running thing. :)


(JeremyMorris)
NRGE

Rockin K trail run

Certified?

26 milez in 04:17:00

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-06
OverallDnfth
Agen/a
PR Rank2ndmissed Non-Certified PR by 0h 48m 0s
Total Races3 races for 26 miles0certified races for 26 miles
 152 races overall4 certified races overall
   1States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
Fell and hurt back and right hip so dropped to 26 miles.
Scott Haug (hOg)
NDORFNZ Racing

Early Bird

Certified? Yes

10 milez in 00:59:48

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-06
Overall12th
Age1stWon Age Group
PR Rank5thmissed Certifed PR by 0h 1m 38s
Total Races8 races for 10 miles8certified races for 10 miles
 185 races overall158 certified races overall
   11States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
Steve Scoville (hskrrs)
NDORFNZ Racing

Early Bord

Certified? Yes

10.0 milez in 02:05:53

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-06
Overalln/a
Agen/a
PR Rank2ndmissed Certifed PR by 0h 4m 25s
Total Races2 races for 10.0 miles2certified races for 10.0 miles
 436 races overall25 certified races overall
   0States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
Run / walk. Probably would help if I trained a bit...
 
On Sunday, April 7, 2019
AthleteComments
Erik Hash (Hasheri)
NDORFNZ Racing

Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon

Certified? Yes

13.1 milez in 01:32:13

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-07
Overall33rdTop 0.3%
Age5thTop 0.5%
PR Rank3rdmissed Certifed PR by 0h 4m 19s
Total Races11 races for 13.1 miles5certified races for 13.1 miles
 90 races overall27 certified races overall
   2States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
Bathroom stop at about 4.5 miles.
Bob Garcia (leanto)

Florida Lake 5k

Certified? Yes

3.1 milez in 00:21:45

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-07
Overall5thTop 2.5%
Age1stWon Age Group
PR Rank32ndmissed Certifed PR by 0h 4m 4s
Total Races90 races for 3.1 miles40certified races for 3.1 miles
 276 races overall131 certified races overall
   0States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
Felt tired most of the way but recent work seems to be kicking in.
 
On Monday, April 15, 2019
AthleteComments
Scott Haug (hOg)
NDORFNZ Racing

Boston Marathon

Certified? Yes

26.2 milez in 02:54:27

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-15
Overalln/a
Agen/a
PR Rank11thmissed Certifed PR by 0h 10m 40s
Total Races36 races for 26.2 miles32certified races for 26.2 miles
 186 races overall159 certified races overall
   11States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
Dan Fucinaro (Dan)
NDORFNZ Racing

Boston Marathon

Certified? Yes

26.2 milez in 03:30:32

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-15
Overalln/a
Agen/a
PR Rank51stmissed Certifed PR by 0h 26m 45s
Total Races56 races for 26.2 miles56certified races for 26.2 miles
 94 races overall92 certified races overall
   9States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"

BOSTON number 14!! I was so happy to return to Boston! Especially relieved that I had a qualifying time for next year's 2020 Boston Marathon as well, from my Eisenhower Marathon nine days prior. Going into the race, I thought that I could just enjoy the experience since I had a qualifier...and also run it easy since I would not be anywhere near 100 percent because of the back-to-back races.

For race weekend, I got to Boston on Friday, went to the expo and met up with Scott, Kristy, and her husband Chad for a nice visit. On Saturday, we had a party of 11 (myself and my Rhode Island/Massachusetts cousins) for a wonderful mini-reunion and lunch. I was especially touched and grateful that my cousin Stacey had come, as she was diagnosed with cancer last year, battled the disease, and came out cancer free, happy and healthy one year later! On Sunday, Scott, Kristy, Chad, myself, plus a family that were friends of Scott's did the fun Boston "Duck" tour on land and water!

Race morning. Luckily, it looked like the predicted rain would be before and after the race, and that is what happened. Thank heavens it was not like last year's nightmare weather of headwinds, heavy rain and starting at 38 degrees or so. I went to get on the bus at 6:00 and who is there among the 30,000 runners but Scott and Kristy! I talked Scott's ear off on the bus ride to Hopkinton. On the trip, the buses pulled over twice due to lightning and heavy rain. Each stop was about 10-15 minutes, and I was wondering if they may delay the race start if this goes on...thankfully this did not happen. At Athlete's Village I always love meeting runners from all over and chatting.

I was in the 2nd corral of the 2nd wave, which went off at 10:25 am Boston time. The temp was 57 degrees, with a 10 mph SSE wind and cloudy. That first mile is always jam crowded, elbow-to-elbow. I was just doing what Obi Wan instructed Luke to do in "A New Hope"...put the blast shield down and go on instinct...translated to the race: going on feel. The majority of the course up to mile 16 is downhill and I was thinking of what Mo taught me for downhill running, and also letting gravity "do the work" so as to conserve energy, which would have been my wise father's advice. Once the crowding dissipated a bit, I also tried to enter into a prayer state, thinking about all of our safety and doing this for God. I always dedicate my races to my dad as well.

First mile split was 7:30 and I thought, "well, that was downhill and just my first mile of 26.2...ease up, kid". My average pace at Eisenhower over the whole thing was 7:36, and I thought there is no way I was going to pull that off again 9 days later. But I kept trying to back off the pace and I kept getting 7:30ish on my Garmin! I was feeling good and it did not feel like I was "pushing" my limits. I heard the Red Sox classic of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" twice in maybe the first 5 miles! Amazing crowds as always! Going though the first few beautiful New England towns of Hopkinton, Ashland and Natick... There was a sign that said "Leaving Natick" and so I yelled out to the crowd, "See ya next year, Natick!!"

I went through each 5K split, wondering how long I could hold the 7:30ish pace. At some points I was wondering if I would do a similar time to Eisenhower...better think twice on that one, kid. Just past the "scream tunnel" of Wellesley was the half marathon mark...I have done some races where I hit the half and it FEELS like I did a half marathon effort...it did NOT feel like this! OK, I knew mile 15 was a serious downhill before the 4 Newton hills from miles 16-21. Just enjoy it, because a very tough road is ahead. I did the first hill of the 4 hills with no walking. But after the majority of downhills previously and the sun coming out...AND that 7:30ish pace...it kind if hit me. Not like hitting the wall, but it was very significant.

I got past the firehouse turn just past mile 17 and did my first walk break. And just like potato chips, the walk break was addictive, and "you can't have just one." I told my cousins later that before the Newton hills, I had a hard time remembering that I had ran a race 9 days before...and after the Newton hills, I DID NOT have a hard time remembering this!! I wasn't cramping in the legs, but I was fatigued. I had my BQ time for next year, so I was not going to overly push today. For the remaining 3 Newton hills (concluding with Heartbreak Hill), I made sure I ran at least part of them. Did some walk breaks after the hills were over also. I gave myself permission for this and did not care. Many in the crowd encouraged me, yelling my number "9642" or "Go, Star Wars", as I was wearing a Star Wars cap! If I was walking, I nodded, waved, or gave a thumbs-up to them that I was indeed finishing this thing, just taking a walk break at the time.

Once past Heartbreak Hill, you go down that famous hill and approach the cheers of Boston College. The worst of the course is over, but you still have 5 miles to go. Then past Coolidge Corner where my cousins Viv, Mary Lou and Stacey were (thanks, ladies!), down-and-up an underpass, right on Hereford, and--would you know it--left on Boylston once again! Got my medal and hugged the woman who gave it to me. I thanked the volunteers and the police for a beautiful and safe journey from Hopkinton to the finish!

I had a joyful reunion again meeting Viv, Mary Lou and Stacey at Chef Chow's House in Brookline. This is nearby where they watch at Coolidge Corner, at about mile 24. Excellent Chinese lunch/dinner and a beautiful time together! After that, I did the Fenway Park post-race party where Jen and Matt took time out to meet me for a lovely visit! The next day, I had breakfast and a great post-race chat with Scott and Kristy! CONGRATS to Matt, Scott, Kristy and ALL the runners!

Thanks as always to God, my family and friends! I could not have done this without all of you. You inspire me and keep me coming back.

Song of the day: "Wonderland" by Nils Lofgren. On this day, the Wonderland was the Boylston finish line!
 
On Saturday, April 20, 2019
AthleteComments
Bob Garcia (leanto)

Arizona Trail 7k

Certified? Yes

4.34 milez in 00:33:11

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-20
Overall5thTop 3.9%
Age1stWon Age Group
PR Rank1stNew Certifed PR by 0h 33m 11s
Total Races1 races for 4.34 miles1certified races for 4.34 miles
 277 races overall132 certified races overall
   0States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
 
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019
AthleteComments
Bob Garcia (leanto)

Grand Blue Mile

Certified? Yes

1 milez in 00:06:07

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-23
Overall200thTop 25%
Age4thTop 20%
PR Rank14thmissed Certifed PR by 0h 1m 46s
Total Races23 races for 1 miles15certified races for 1 miles
 279 races overall134 certified races overall
   0States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
For some reason, my time and Craig's time was not recorded, so I'm giving estimates of where I finished. Regardless, for the layoff I had and the little training I've been doing, I was happy with the time.
Bob Garcia (leanto)

Grand Blue Mile

Certified? Yes

1 milez in 00:06:07

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-23
Overall200thTop 25%
Age4thTop 20%
PR Rank14thmissed Certifed PR by 0h 1m 46s
Total Races23 races for 1 miles15certified races for 1 miles
 279 races overall134 certified races overall
   0States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
For some reason, my time and Craig's time was not recorded, so I'm giving estimates of where I finished. Regardless, for the layoff I had and the little training I've been doing, I was happy with the time.
 
On Friday, April 26, 2019
AthleteComments
Shannon Stenger (sweetness)

Drake Relays

Certified?

.5 milez in 00:02:05

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-26
Overall2nd
Agen/a
PR Rank1stNew Non-Certified PR by 0h 0m 3s
Total Races11 races for .5 miles9certified races for .5 miles
 131 races overall77 certified races overall
   0States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
Ran 2:05.57 for the Drake Relays Masters 800m run. Great to be back on that track.

Was hoping someone would take the race out decently hard but that did not happen. Took the lead after the cut-in off the curve and went through the first lap in 62.2 feeling really good. Had to battle the wind on the backstretch by myself and went through 600m at 1:34. Knew the defending champion was right behind me at that point. Kicked as hard as I could from 200m out but he went by me at the 725m mark.

Happy with effort and place and only 3 track workouts. Will be back next year and hopefully in really good 800m shape.
 
On Saturday, April 27, 2019
AthleteComments
Barb (getfuzzy)

4H Clover 5K

Certified? Yes

3.1 milez in 00:31:35

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-27
Overalln/a
Age4thTop 36.4%
PR Rank15thmissed Certifed PR by 0h 9m 5s
Total Races25 races for 3.1 miles16certified races for 3.1 miles
 45 races overall30 certified races overall
   0States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"


Well, this was a tad disappointing but oh well. Lots of ups and down on the terrain. My first mile I thought I was running so fast! Ha ha! Not so. I sure hope I can break 30 this year. I run faster than this often just running during the week. Oh well. #keepmoving
Bob Garcia (leanto)

Trail 5k

Certified? Yes

3.1 milez in 00:23:25

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-27
Overall6thTop 3.8%
Age1stWon Age Group
PR Rank39thmissed Certifed PR by 0h 5m 44s
Total Races91 races for 3.1 miles41certified races for 3.1 miles
 280 races overall135 certified races overall
   0States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
Scott Haug (hOg)
NDORFNZ Racing

Drake Relays Masters 800m

Certified? Yes

.5 milez in 00:02:19

Race Data Statz as of 2019-04-27
Overalln/a
Agen/a
PR Rank2ndmissed Certifed PR by 0h 0m 2s
Total Races2 races for .5 miles2certified races for .5 miles
 187 races overall160 certified races overall
   11States of "All 50 States Marathon Club"
Total Races: 16 | PRz: 2