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I feel guilty that I haven’t been making videos or updates here as I once was. I talked about that in my last video, but I am glad to say the light is definitely at the end of the stress tunnel. Work at Microsoft has been going well. While I have still been working longer [...]

Garmin Marathon 2012


Garmin Marathon 2012 was a tale of two races for me.  I talked about my goals for this race in this post.  My prime target was sub 4:05:00 marathon (9:20 pace) with an idea if I could run a 4:00:00 (9:10 pace) being an outside chance.  It was an aggressive target, but I [...]

2011 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon – new PR!

To say I was nervous going into this race would be a grand understatement.   With the injuries in training and weather reports that had 50% chance of rain and 25-35 mph winds / gusts over 40 mph, the chances for a great marathon seemed really low.  I adjusted my goal time and running plan to [...]

Trouble in marathon training

I completed my 20-mile training run on Saturday.  I have had much better runs this year, and I ended up walking at the end almost as much as running.  I developed a pain in the top of my foot and ever step was a stab of pain.   I had felt this type of pain before, [...]

On the hook – Cellcom Green Bay Marathon

With the marathon registration already above 95%, I could not dawdle any longer in making my mind up which Spring Marathon I was going to do.  This morning I was honestly convinced that I was going to do the Lincoln Marathon because Laura could not get off work.  With no race day packet pickup, [...]

2010 Des Moines Half Marathon weekend and life as 2:10 pacer

This past weekend was the weekend of the 2010 IMT Des Moines Half and Full Marathon.  I was scheduled to help out and pace the two hour and ten minute (2:10) half marathon pace group, which means I would have to run at roughly 9:55 pace over 13.1 miles while cheering on the other runners [...]

Des Moines Marathon – Not quite the results I envisioned

Kent Altena

bib number: 836 age: 35 gender: M location: Polk City, IA overall place: 849 out of 1428 division place: 99 out of 146 gender place: 605 out of 862 time: 4:34:48 pace: 10:30 half: 1:57:55

Not quite the results I had hoped for. I am bummed (sometimes slightly, sometimes more) [...]


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