2015: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon

As noted in my looking ahead post posted several weeks ago, I had registered for several running events in 2015. Unlike the 2014 edition of this event, I procrastinated much less and was far more disciplined in keeping up with eating, sleeping and working out routine — in spite of being somewhat sick during the first half of January. The decision to participate and do better in the 2015 edition of Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, much like the 2014 edition of Madison Half Marathon, was finalized several strides before I had even finished the 2014 edition. All I knew then, as did I when I was approaching the finish line with clock ticking past 2:43:xx, was that I had to find ways to do better in 2015 edition — much much better than 2014, and that Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, as it was in 2014, would be the first half marathon of 2015 calendar year.

Thanks in great part to the HPC Advisory Council, the Stanford Conference would, for the second year in a row, start a day after this half marathon event giving me an opportunity to redeem myself and get the new calendar year of running on a good footing, and experience the sunshine, a bit of freedom from the cold grips of winter and be disciplined and be a good ambassador for me, Michigan Tech and folks in computing in general. Having recently been ranked (or statistically elected) as the the #1 airport in the country for delays, I had to bid adieu to United Airlines and opt to fly out of either Minneapolis/St. Paul or Milwaukee via Southwest Airlines — depending on where in the country I was headed to.

Given that I was headed (sunny) California, choice was easy. It had the added benefit that I’d get to see/hang out with a number of dear friends I hadn’t seen in a while who live in Twin Cities, and pit stop in Black Cat Coffeehouse and Ashland Baking Company along the way. Some car trouble (very grateful to have found it the day before start of the journey than the day of) caused some unnecessary headache but my colleagues and kind folks in Michigan Tech Transportation did their magic and let me take a reliable automobile (with Michigan Tech decal too!).

The drive to Twin Cities — thanks to students and participants in my UN5395 course that didn’t mind not having a class and were understanding of the weather related road closures, etc. — started early in the morning, and was smooth and uneventful. A short meeting with Mark and Linda south the cities soon led to hanging out and staying the night with Jess, Joe and Andrew north of the cities.

Summary of training activities since the last race
# Date and time Activity details
Device, Distance, Time, Pace, Speed, HR
Cadence, GCT, Vertical Oscln, Stride Length, Training Effect, NGP, Grade, rTSS
Weather notes
01 2014-11-12 17:30:00 Downtown → SDC Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.64 mi, 0:18:19, 11:10 min/mile, 5.37 mph, 167 bpm, 3.4
151 spm, 9.3 cm, 308 ms, 0.95 m, 9:33 min/mile, 2.70%, 26.2
25 F, 14 mph NW, 13 F, 74% humidity; cloudy with snow
02 2014-11-12 18:02:00 KRG Run #25 (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.71 mi, 0:41:40, 11:13 min/mile, 5.35 mph, 169 bpm, 4.4
148 spm, 9.1 cm, 300 ms, 0.97 m, 11:05 min/mile, -0.30%, 45.1
25 F, 13 mph NNW, 13 F, 74% humidity; cloudy with snow
03 2014-11-13 16:12:00 Classic XC Ski: MTU Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.12 mi, 0:55:37, 17:49 min/mile, 3.37 mph, 135 bpm, 3.0
16:31 min/mile, 0.30%, 27.4
25 F, 12 mph NW, 14 F, 74% humidity; cloudy with snow
04 2014-11-15 09:31:00 SC14 SCinet 5k (US » LA » Orleans Parish » New Orleans » 70130)
Garmin 620, 2.98 mi, 0:25:15, 8:29 min/mile, 7.07 mph, 172 bpm, 3.9
162 spm, 10.4 cm, 242 ms, 1.17 m, 8:01 min/mile, -0.10%, 51.6
43 F, 11 mph ENE, 37 F, 56% humidity; sunny
05 2014-11-16 07:27:00 NOLA Run #2 (US » LA » Orleans Parish » New Orleans » 70130)
Garmin 620, 3.12 mi, 0:30:37, 9:48 min/mile, 6.12 mph, 157 bpm, 3.5
159 spm, 9.50 cm, 229 ms, 1.03 m, 9:03 min/mile, -1.10%, 49.4
61 F, 11 mph SE, 61 F, 82% humidity; sunny
06 2014-11-17 17:01:00 NOLA Run #3 (US » LA » Orleans Parish » New Orleans » 70130)
Garmin 620, 3.73 mi, 0:38:18, 10:16 min/mile, 5.84 mph, 161 bpm, 3.7
145 spm, 9.20 cm, 258 ms, 1.08 m, 8:49 min/mile, -0.80%, 65.4
52 F, 22 mph NNW, 52 F, 43% humidity; sunny
07 2014-11-18 16:12:00 NOLA Run #4 (US » LA » Orleans Parish » New Orleans » 70130)
Garmin 620, 3.26 mi, 0:32:45, 10:04 min/mile, 5.96 mph, 159 bpm, 3.6
161 spm, 8.90 cm, 250 ms, 0.99 m, 9:25 min/mile, 48.8
48 F, 14 mph N, 43 F, 37% humidity; sunny
08 2014-11-19 17:27:00 NOLA Run #5/KRG Run #26 (US » LA » Orleans Parish » New Orleans » 70130)
Garmin 620, 3.17 mi, 0:30:21, 9:35 min/mile, 6.26 mph, 162 bpm, 3.6
160 spm, 9.60 cm, 270 ms, 1.05 m, 8:24 min/mile, -0.30%, 56.8
57 F, 7 mph ESE, 57 F, 36% humidity; sunny
09 2014-11-20 08:30:00 SC14 FLOPS Trot 5k (US » LA » Orleans Parish » New Orleans » 70130)
Garmin 620, 3.09 mi, 0:25:35, 8:17 min/mile, 7.24 mph, 169 bpm, 3.8
166 spm, 1.17 m, 7:55 min/mile, 0.40%, 53.6
52 F, 7 mph SSE, 52 F, 76% humidity; sunny
10 2014-11-21 07:28:00 NOLA Run #7 (US » LA » Orleans Parish » New Orleans » 70130)
Garmin 620, 3.34 mi, 0:33:37, 10:03 min/mile, 5.97 mph, 154 bpm, 3.4
164 spm, 9.00 cm, 250 ms, 0.98 m, 9:27 min/mile, 49.90
52 F, 4 mph E, 52 F, 87% humidity; sunny
# Date and time Activity details
Device, Distance, Time, Pace, Speed, HR
Cadence, GCT, Vertical Oscln, Stride Length, Training Effect, NGP, Grade, rTSS
Weather notes
11 2014-11-22 08:24:00 Thanksgiving 10k (WR4BC) (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 6.57 mi, 1:05:21, 9:57 min/mile, 6.03 mph, 157 bpm, 4.4
164 spm, 8.50 cm, 255 ms, 0.98 m, 8:16 min/mile, -0.10%, 128.6
57 F, 11 mph E, 57 F, 82% humidity; sunny
12 2014-11-25 17:29:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 2.27 mi, 0:39:07, 17:14 min/mile, 3.48 mph, 146 bpm, 3.3
16:45 min/mile, -0.20%, 18.6
19 F, 3 mph W, 19 F, 57% humidity; cloudy
13 2014-11-26 17:30:00 Downtown → SDC Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.44 mi, 0:16:00, 11:08 min/mile, 5.39 mph, 167 bpm, 3.1
152 spm, 0.95 m, 9:35 min/mile, 2.10%, 22.7
21 F, 11 mph N, 10 F, 79% humidity; cloudy with snow
14 2014-11-26 18:01:00 KRG Run #27 (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 4.50 mi, 0:50:02, 11:08 min/mile, 5.39 mph, 164 bpm, 4.3
152 spm, 0.95 m, 10:53 min/mile, -0.10%, 56.6
19 F, 12 mph N, 7 F, 86% humidity; cloudy with snow
15 2014-11-27 07:23:00 Turkey Trot #1 (VR) (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 6.36 mi, 1:10:57, 11:09 min/mile, 5.38 mph, 164 bpm, 5.0
153 spm, 8.6 cm, 296 ms, 0.94 m, 10:46 min/mile, 82.5
7 F, 9 mph NNW, -7 F, 66% humidity; cloudy
16 2014-11-27 09:00:00 UP Health (Portage) Turkey Trot 5k (US » MI » Houghton County » Hancock » 49930)
Garmin 620, 2.53 mi, 0:28:14, 11:08 min/mile, 5.39 mph, 166 bpm, 3.7
155 spm, 8.3 cm, 301 ms, 0.93 m, 10:34 min/mile, 0.60%, 33.3
7 F, 9 mph NNW, -7 F, 66% humidity; cloudy
17 2014-11-29 12:04:00 Houghton 5k (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.25 mi, 0:33:29, 10:15 min/mile, 5.85 mph, 159 bpm, 3.7
154 spm, 9.6 cm, 282 ms, 1.02 m, 9:26 min/mile, 0.70%, 49.8
25 F, 14 mph S, 13 F, 80% humidity; cloudy
18 2014-11-29 17:06:00 Pie Gobbler 5k (USRR) (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.30 mi, 0:36:13, 10:59 min/mile, 5.46 mph, 159 bpm, 3.7
155 spm, 8.6 cm, 292 ms, 0.94 m, 10:47 min/mile, 41.3
36 F, 9 mph S, 29 F, 75% humidity; cloudy
19 2014-12-03 17:32:00 Downtown → SDC Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.43 mi, 0:14:52, 10:23 min/mile, 5.78 mph, 168 bpm, 3.1
155 spm, 9.0 cm, 287 ms, 1.00 m, 8:52 min/mile, 2.6%, 24.6
19 F, 25 mph WNF, 2 F, 62% humidity; cloudy with snow/precipitation
20 2014-12-03 18:02:00 KRG Run #28 (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 2.12 mi, 0:25:53, 12:14 min/mile, 4.90 mph, 167 bpm, 3.7
148 spm, 0.89 m, 12:16 min/mile, -1.80%, 22.6
19 F, 22 mph WNW, 3 F, 57% humidity; cloudy with haze
# Date and time Activity details
Device, Distance, Time, Pace, Speed, HR
Cadence, GCT, Vertical Oscln, Stride Length, Training Effect, NGP, Grade, rTSS
Weather notes
21 2014-12-07 07:09:00 21st Amendment Recovery Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 5.40 mi, 0:56:44, 10:30 min/mile, 5.71 mph, 167 bpm, 4.5
156 spm, 8.3 cm, 271 ms, 0.98 m, 10:21 min/mile, 0.30%, 71.00
23 F, 7 mph S, 15 F, 58% humidity; cloudy
22 2014-12-10 16:30:00 SCIW Warm Up Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
0.55 mi, 0:05:00, 9:05 min/mile, 6.61 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
22 2014-12-10 16:30:00 SCIW (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
1:30:00, 0.00 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
23 2014-12-10 18:04:00 KRG Run #29 (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 4.08 mi, 0:40:42, 9:59 min/mile, 6.01 mph, 174 bpm, 4.5
156 spm, 1.03 m, 9:53 min/mile, -0.80%, 55.5
21 F, 5 mph NNW, 15 F, 85% humidity; clear skies
24 2014-12-12 16:30:00 SCIW Warm Up Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
0.55 mi, 0:05:00, 9:05 min/mile, 6.61 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
24 2014-12-12 16:30:00 SCIW (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
1:30:00, 0.00 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
25 2014-12-12 18:00:00 SCIW Interval Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
0.75 mi, 0:08:00, 10:40 min/mile, 5.62 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
26 2014-12-15 16:45:00 SDC Treadmill Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.50 mi, 0:13:30, 9:00 min/mile, 6.67 mph
9:00 min/mile
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
27 2014-12-17 18:04:00 KRG Run #30 (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.52 mi, 0:39:34, 11:15 min/mile, 5.33 mph, 170 bpm, 4.1
145 spm, 8.90 cm, 293 ms, 0.98 m, 2:08 min/mile, -0.30%, 0.00
23 F, 9 mph NNE, 13 F, 86% humidity; clear skies
28 2014-12-20 17:00:00 SDC Indoor Track Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.13 mi, 0:11:51, 10:30 min/mile, 5.71 mph, 157 bpm, 2.3
154 spm, 8.30 cm, 286 ms, 0.99 m, 10:31 min/mile, 0.00%, 13.8
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
29 2014-12-21 15:15:00 SCIW Warm Up Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 0.50 mi, 0:04:58, 10:00 min/mile, 6.00 mph, 155 bpm, 1.7
156 spm, 9.20 cm, 256 ms, 1.03 m, 10:03 min/mile, 0.00%, 6.2
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
29 2014-12-21 15:15:00 SCIW (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1:30:00, 0.00 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
30 2014-12-21 16:37:00 SCIW Interval Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 0.86 mi, 0:08:12, 9:30 min/mile, 6.32 mph, 174 bpm, 2.5
158 spm, 9.50 cm, 244 ms, 1.08 m, 9:23 min/mile, 0.00%, 11.9
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
# Date and time Activity details
Device, Distance, Time, Pace, Speed, HR
Cadence, GCT, Vertical Oscln, Stride Length, Training Effect, NGP, Grade, rTSS
Weather notes
31 2014-12-22 17:25:00 Polar Bear Run 10k (WR4BC) (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 6.55 mi, 1:09:33, 10:38 min/mile, 5.64 mph, 173 bpm, 5.0
159 spm, 8.50 cm, 285 ms, 0.95 m, 10:15 min/mile, 0.00%, 89.2
36 F, 7 mph ESE, 30 F, 87% humidity; cloud/foggy
32 2014-12-28 12:20:00 SCIW Warm Up Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.00 mi, 0:08:47, 8:47 min/mile, 6.83 mph
1.05 m
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
33 2014-12-28 13:40:00 SCIW End Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.20 mi, 0:11:04, 9:13 min/mile, 6.51 mph
1.05 m
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
34 2015-01-01 09:19:00 New Year Run 10k (USRR) (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 6.23 mi, 1:20:43, 12:57 min/mile, 4.63 mph, 170 bpm, 5.0
146 spm, 7.80 cm, 312 ms, 0.85 m, 12:13 min/mile, 0.20%, 73.2
18 F, 11 mph W, 5 F, 85% humidity; snow at times heavy and blinding gusts
34 2015-01-01 09:19:00 Resolution Run 10k (VR) (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 6.23 mi, 1:20:43, 12:57 min/mile, 4.63 mph, 170 bpm, 5.0
146 spm, 7.80 cm, 312 ms, 0.85 m, 12:13 min/mile, 0.20%, 73.2
18 F, 11 mph W, 5 F, 85% humidity; snow at times heavy and blinding gusts
34 2015-01-01 09:19:00 Hangover Run 10k (WR4BC) (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 6.23 mi, 1:20:43, 12:57 min/mile, 4.63 mph, 170 bpm, 5.0
146 spm, 7.80 cm, 312 ms, 0.85 m, 12:13 min/mile, 0.20%, 73.2
18 F, 11 mph W, 5 F, 85% humidity; snow at times heavy and blinding gusts
35 2015-01-01 16:17:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.28 mi, 1:03:40, 19:24 min/mile, 3.09 mph, 153 bpm, 3.3
18:21 min/mile, -0.10%, 25.4
19 F, 7 mph WSW, 12 F, 86% humidity; cloudy with light snow fall
36 2015-01-03 15:04:00 Sickness Recovery Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.00 mi, 0:11:23, 11:23 min/mile, 5.27 mph
11:23 min/mile, 0.20%, 73.2
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
37 2015-01-06 06:05:00 SCIW Warm Up Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.00 mi, 0:09:03, 9:03 min/mile, 6.63 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
38 2015-01-07 06:15:00 SCIW Warm Up Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.00 mi, 0:08:59, 8:59 min/mile, 6.68 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
39 2015-01-07 18:05:00 KRG 2015 Run #01 (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 2.00 mi, 0:25:00, 12:30 min/mile, 4.80 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
40 2015-01-08 06:10:00 Morning Short Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 2.00 mi, 0:18:30, 9:15 min/mile, 6.49 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
# Date and time Activity details
Device, Distance, Time, Pace, Speed, HR
Cadence, GCT, Vertical Oscln, Stride Length, Training Effect, NGP, Grade, rTSS
Weather notes
41 2015-01-13 17:21:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 2.24 mi, 0:39:08, 17:29 min/mile, 3.43 mph
14:25 min/mile, 25.0
14 F, 8 mph SSW, 3 F, 52% humidity; sunny with blue skies and great sunset
42 2015-01-14 06:40:00 SCIW Warm Up Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.10 mi, 0:09:30, 8:38 min/mile, 6.95 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
43 2015-01-14 07:10:00 SCIW Speed Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 0.51 mi, 0:04:07, 8:04 min/mile, 7.44 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
44 2015-01-15 06:20:00 Track Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.66 mi, 0:17:13, 10:22 min/mile, 5.79 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
45 2015-01-16 16:19:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.05 mi, 0:53:01, 17:24 min/mile, 3.45 mph, 136 bpm, 2.6
17:02 min/mile, -0.30%, 24.5
10 F, 7 mph ESE, -1 F, 66% humidity; sunny with blue skies and great sunset
46 2015-01-17 08:32:00 Hancock-Houghton Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 5.05 mi, 0:55:53, 11:04 min/mile, 5.42 mph, 165 bpm, 5.0
156 spm, 8.20 cm, 291 ms, 0.94 m, 10:40 min/mile, -0.20%, 65.8
21 F, 5 mph SSE, 14 F, 93% humidity; cloudy
47 2015-01-17 17:07:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 5.20 mi, 1:19:31, 15:18 min/mile, 3.92 mph, 145 bpm, 3.2
73 spm, 5.8 cm, 626 ms, 1.44 m, 14:58 min/mile, -0.10%, 48.1
30 F, 12 mph W, 21 F, 86% humidity; cloudy with mist
48 2015-01-18 09:43:00 Houghton Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 5.36 mi, 1:02:43, 11:42 min/mile, 5.13 mph, 164 bpm, 4.7
151 spm, 0.91 m, 11:17 min/mile, -0.10%, 66.4
27 F, 10 mph NNW, 17 F, 74% humidity; cloudy and snow flurries; ankle deep snow
49 2015-01-18 16:42:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 5.13 mi, 1:22:36, 16:06 min/mile, 3.73 mph, 160 bpm, 4.5
15:26 min/mile, 0.00%, 47.0
19 F, 10 mph NNE, 8 F, 73% humidity; cloudy
50 2015-01-19 15:56:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 5.13 mi, 1:26:48, 16:55 min/mile, 3.55 mph, 135 bpm, 2.4
16:15 min/mile, 0.00%, 44.6
18 F, 3 mph SE, 18 F, 73% humidity; cloudy
# Date and time Activity details
Device, Distance, Time, Pace, Speed, HR
Cadence, GCT, Vertical Oscln, Stride Length, Training Effect, NGP, Grade, rTSS
Weather notes
51 2015-01-20 17:50:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 5.12 mi, 1:20:11, 15:40 min/mile, 3.83 mph, 146 bpm, 3.1
14:43 min/mile, 0.10%, 50.1
18 F, 3 mph ENE, 18 F, 92% humidity; cloudy
52 2015-01-21 07:05:00 SCIW Speed Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.10 mi, 0:10:02, 9:05 min/mile, 6.61 mph
60 F, 0 mph, 60 F, 60% humidity; sunny
53 2015-01-21 18:03:00 KRG 2015 Run #02 (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 4.51 mi, 0:48:14, 10:42 min/mile, 5.61 mph, 164 bpm, 4.2
155 spm, 8.90 cm, 292 ms, 0.97 m, 10:33 min/mile, -0.10%, 57.9
25 F, 0 mph, 25 F, 93% humidity; cloudy with mist
54 2015-01-22 16:58:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.11 mi, 0:47:45, 15:21 min/mile, 3.91 mph, 140 bpm, 2.0
14:27 min/mile, 0.10%, 30.6
30 F, 9 mph SSW, 22 F, 50% humidity; sunny with glorious sunset
55 2015-01-23 16:58:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.34 mi, 0:57:20, 17:11 min/mile, 3.49 mph, 127 bpm, 2.0
15:55 min/mile, 0.10%, 30.4
36 F, 18 mph W, 25 F, 69% humidity; cloudy and windy
56 2015-01-24 16:03:00 Crazy Monkey Run 5k (USRR) (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.12 mi, 0:29:06, 9:20 min/mile, 6.43 mph, 170 bpm, 3.80
160 spm, 9.40 cm, 268 ms, 1.08 m, 9:00 min/mile, 0.20%, 47.4
19 F, 10 mph NNE, 8 F, 73% humidity; cloudy – mostly snow and ice free roads and sidewalks
57 2015-01-25 16:23:00 Houghton Lakeshore Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 3.15 mi, 0:31:34, 10:02 min/mile, 5.98 mph, 158 bpm, 3.30
162 spm, 8.30 cm, 280 ms, 0.99 m, 9:26 min/mile, 0.30%, 47.0
18 F, 0 mph, 18 F, 57% humidity; cloudy – mostly snow and ice free roads and sidewalks
58 2015-01-26 17:37:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 6.30 mi, 1:27:03, 13:49 min/mile, 4.34 mph, 158 bpm, 4.0
13:24 min/mile, 0.10%, 65.8
21 F, 8 mph S, 12 F, 73% humidity; cloudy and snowy
59 2015-01-27 17:19:00 Classic XC Ski: Michigan Tech Trails (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 5.17 mi, 1:41:44, 19:41 min/mile, 3.05 mph, 139 bpm, 2.6
18:15 min/mile, 0.00%, 41.6
25 F, 6 mph S, 18 F, 74% humidity; cloudy but comfortable
60 2015-01-28 17:40:00 Downtown → Campus Run (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 1.08 mi, 0:10:11, 9:27 min/mile, 6.35 mph, 161 bpm, 2.50
158 spm, 9.80 cm, 272 ms, 1.08 m, 9:31 min/mile, -0.30%, 14.5
28 F, 7 mph ESE, 21 F, 74% humidity; cloudy and comfortable
# Date and time Activity details
Device, Distance, Time, Pace, Speed, HR
Cadence, GCT, Vertical Oscln, Stride Length, Training Effect, NGP, Grade, rTSS
Weather notes
61 2015-01-28 18:03:00 KRG 2015 Run #03 (US » MI » Houghton County » Houghton » 49931)
Garmin 620, 4.40 mi, 0:44:49, 10:11 min/mile, 5.89 mph, 171 bpm, 4.40
153 spm, 9.20 cm, 284 ms, 1.03 m, 9:54 min/mile, 0.40%, 61.0
28 F, 7 mph ESE, 21 F, 74% humidity; cloudy and comfortable
62 2015-01-30 19:23:00 Polar Bear Run 10k (USRR) (US » CA » Santa Clara County » Palo Alto » 94301)
Garmin 620, 6.29 mi, 1:04:30, 10:15 min/mile, 5.85 mph, 158 bpm, 3.80
155 spm, 8.40 cm, 265 ms, 1.02 m, 10:00 min/mile, 0.10%, 86.8
55 F, 6 mph NNW, 55 F, 94% humidity; cloudy but comfortable
63 2015-01-31 11:41:00 F-22 Raptor Run 10k (USRR) (US » CA » Santa Clara County » Palo Alto » 94301)
Garmin 620, 6.25 mi, 1:02:04, 9:55 min/mile, 6.05 mph, 157 bpm, 3.70
155 spm, 9.20 cm, 255 ms, 1.04 m, 9:29 min/mile, 0.10%, 92.8
48 F, 5 mph, 47 F, 71% humidity; sunny and cozy warm

Being someone that likes to have a plan or at least some semblance of it, Southwest Airline’s choose your seat policy was something not very easy to become a fan of. I only needed to wait until the second leg of the journey from Denver, CO, to San Francisco, CA, to see the value in chance2 (chance played a role even when I knew where I was sitting as I didn’t know who would sit next to me), and be the recipient of yet another unrewarded, unsolicited, undeserved act of kindness from a hitherto unknown person: the gentleman named Mike Sereda, hailing from Connecticut and working in Missouri while living in the Bay Area, that I struck up a conversation on my way into the plane offered to sit with me. Topics of conversation were quite all over the board and I ended up learning that he works with a recent graduate of Michigan Tech. When it turned to the purpose and duration of my visit and upon learning that I’d be running in this event, it took him no time — being a very prolific runner himself and a participant in this race for many many years — to offer me a ride to and from the race even though he lived midway between Palo Alto and Golden Gate Park.

Knowing the Bay Area and its transportation system fairly well and having reached SFO mid-morning, I chose to take public transportation from SFO to Palo Alto for a fraction of the cost instead of the usual and usually expensive cab ride. An easy check-in at the Cardinal Hotel was followed by a customary visit to Apple Store and a first meal in a diner once frequented by Steve Jobs and Bill Clinton. Scheduled meetings went on schedule for rest of the day, and the sunshine and warmth induced happiness in people’s face and that jump in their step turned out to be little too contagious. Deciding to give my plane legs a little jolt, and use the said warmth and sunshine (and the chance of not wearing more than a couple layers of clothing), I went for a short run — or at least I thought I was going on a short run.

Listening to the fantastic stories narrated in The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution — starting from, albeit with a short account of, Ada Lovelace — as I ran through the history-filled and familiar yet goosebumpy streets of Palo Alto, it was easy to lose track of space and time. And in doing so, the supposedly short run turned into approximately 10k at moderately decent pace. Dinner and hanging out with dear friends, Srichand and Anusha, in Redwood City was the other highlight of Friday evening proceedings. Waking up early on Saturday morning (in eastern time, thanks to jet lag or something like that) and having plenty of time before the meetings got underway, I decided to do one more short run. And just like the night before, I lost track of space and time yet again listening to the book and being wonderstruck through the aforementioned streets of Palo Alto and ended up running yet another ~10k at moderately decent pace. A valuable lesson came along the way (something that dear friend Andi ascertained a several days later): training in (difficult) conditions different than race area doesn’t necessarily translate to faster times in race, and neither does automatic shedding of extra layers of clothing.

Race day morning came much later compared to a year ago and the gentleman I met on plane was right on time to pick me up from the Apple Store shortly after 6:30 am. An uneventful drive to the vicinity of Golden Gate Park and a brief but successful search for a suitable parking lot led to walking/jogging about a mile to the start line. For one of the only times I remember doing so and I was/am very ashamed of doing so, I didn’t stand still for the rendition of the National Anthem. Weather conditions, compared to a year ago, were a few orders of magnitude better and near ideal: sunshine, gentle breeze (3 mph winds) and a near ideal temperature to run (+50-55 F).

13.28 miles, 2:01:13, 6.57 mph, 9:08 min/mile, 167 bpm, 161 spm
Splits: 8:18, 8:12, 8:51, 8:52, 8:54, 8:33, 8:58, 8:59, 10:14, 9:38, 9:25, 10:17, 9:11, 10:20
Garmin Forerunner 620 and WP GPX Maps plugin for WordPress


Once the gun went off, the first mile or so was spent in weaving through a plethora of fellow runners and find my pace that matched the training, my current capacity and the prevailing weather conditions. I thought I managed a decent pace, good enough to earn a PR, through the first 8-9 miles. I did consume enough water and electrolytes at set intervals but started feeling quite dizzy starting about the 9 mile mark along the Great Highway right next to the Pacific Ocean. Fearing that I wouldn’t be able to run if I stopped, I just kept running at a very unsatisfactory pace of 10+ min/min for the next three miles or so. With one of the goals for the event — to keep every mile under the 9:00 min/mile — quickly carried away by the gentle Pacific breeze, I tried focusing on keeping the overall time under the 2:00:00 mark. Dizziness slowly went away but that one last hill into the finish chute still turned out to be my nemesis for the second year in a row — costing me both a PR and sub 2:00:00 finish.

Personal goals for the event (in order of importance)
## Goal Result
01 Improve upon the current PR for half marathon: 1:58:40 (6.57 mph, 9:04 min/mile) No; 2:01:13 (6.57 mph, 9:08 min/mile)
02 Finish under 2:00:00 (6.55 mph, 9:10 min/mile) No; 2:01:13 (6.57 mph, 9:08 min/mile)
03 Keep every mile under 9:00 min/mile pace No
04 Finish in the top 50% overall, amongst males and in age group Yes 2358/4801; No: 1543/2473; No: 234/363
05 Improve upon the current PR for this event: 2:43:42 (4.90 mph, 12:30 min/mile) Yes; 2:01:13 (6.57 mph, 9:08 min/mile)
06 Maintain good posture throughout each run, especially in the latter half No (there’s photographical evidence for it)

A quick hug and chat with Diane Kotta, the lady who had helped me quite a bit the year before with registration and such, I picked up my goodie bag and started the slow but contemplative 2+ mile walk back to the car. The walk felt very long once the satisfaction of improving course/event PR by 42+ minutes from a year ago was soon taken over by the realization that the primary reason for missing just about every goal I had for the event was my lack of discipline and inability to not yield to temptation. Though hindsight was/is 20-20 and though there was no guarantee of it, I quite possibly would have not felt dizzy, not lost steam, kept my pace and earned just about every goal I had for the event had I not run two 10k within 36 hours of the race time.

Another uneventful ride back from the Golden Gate Park area to Palo Alto with the aforementioned gentleman saved me a lot of time compared to last year’s delirious call to the cab, cab ride and public transportation. Analyzing the transferred log from my trusted Garmin Forerunner 620 to the Garmin Connect Portal, and more importantly, chatting/texting back and forth with dear friends in the Yoop to not take the earning a PR too seriously, there were a few positives to take away from event and seemingly indisciplined runs before the race (i.e., results of my experiments with life):

  1. Spicy food a day or two before the race isn’t that good of an idea, and that I should keep the diet about as close to what I have trained with. It’ll probably require some more research especially races that are away from home turf.
  2. The average heart rate for any race longer than 10k usually was in upwards of 175 and for this one, it stayed below 170.
  3. The training effect parameter too has been maxing out at 5.0 for any race longer than 10k, and for this one, it stayed around 4.5.
  4. Should I end up with 1000 miles on December 31, 2015 like I dream about doing — instead of 988, I will have these two indisciplined runs to be thankful for.
  5. The goals for the 2015 running season will require a tiny bit modification: rather than keeping every half marathon under 2:00:00, attempt to keep the average time for all half marathons under 2:00:00.

The next event of similar distance will involve a lap at the ground level of the Holy Lambeau Field and is about 100 days away. Hopefully, it’s plenty enough time to recover from any ill-effects and/or sickness along the way, experiment a little more with my life, learn to be a little more disciplined (at least the week before the race), earn a PR to keep The Ambassador agreement with dear friends Chelsea and Nils, and do my people proud.

The week after the event turned out to be a very very memorable and a humbling one: my Patriots pulled off a Super Bowl win, the conference went well, made very many new friends and hung out with ole friends, ran quite a bit, ate plenty of good food, met few legends in computing that I have been worshipping anywhere between 2 to 12 years, visited (and cried in) Computer History Museum as well as Intel Museum, and more. The return journey home was equally uneventful: choose your seat led met sit next to Nate Young, who stood in my dear friend Adam Manty‘s wedding many a moons ago; a stop to see dear friend Mahesh, Vinita and their recently born baby daughter, Kavi, and a walk along the mostly frozen Mississippi … before heading back to the Yoop listening to The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. Happy to be home, and amidst my people.


Praise be to the Good Lord and life's blessings, and thanks be to

the opportunities, organizers, sponsors, volunteers, law enforcement/border patrol/immigration officials, timing folks, photographers, community members, fellow racers, electronic gadgets, software, internet, and my good friends -- the Abbotts (Kathy and Mike), the Blakes (Amy and Scott), the Bogans (Ronda and Jim), the Boissevains (Margi and Paul), the Bradfishs (Anna, Eva and Eric), the Brauns (Teri, Louis, Louis, Tom), the Brewsters (Katie and Brian), the Bunkers (Kris and Kate), the Carlsons (Abby, Cassondra, Josh, and Justin), the Carmeans (Jess and Tim), the Chards (Amy and David), the Donnelys (Darcy and Brian), the Durochers (Bridget and John), the Eles (Sarah and Stephen), the Engstroms (Christine and Jaime), the Ericksons (Maija and Nat), the Fredricksons (Linda and Dave), the Friedrichs (Dr. Mary and Dr. Craig), the Gracis (Kara and Sam), the Grays (Stasi and Richard), the Greens (Kim and Greg), the Handlers (Christine, Rob, Shannon and Stephen), the Janowiaks (Rexx and Maria), the Johnsons (Rich and Erik; Robyn and Adam), the Kramers (Mandy and Jim), the Kostinskis (Dr. Lilliana and Dr. Alex), the Lehtos (Tammi and Chris), the MacDonalds (Cynthia and Bruce), the MacInnes' (Elizabeth and Scott), the Makelas (Lynn Czarnecki and Jason), the Manderfields (Leslie and Peter), the Meyers (Lisa and Mike), the Meyers' (Jeanne, Ted and John), the Milligans (Sheila and Dr. Walter) the Obermanns (Alicia, Catherine, Doug and Tim), the Ontls (Kelly and Todd), the Oppligers (Shawn, Emily, Ruth and Doug), the Pandeys (Aparna and Dr. Ravi), the Pergers (Liz and Dr. Warren), the Ransoms (Cindy and Chip), the Rasners (Amanda and Donald), the Resslers (Dee and Tom), the Richards' (Carrie and Dr. Bob), the Rukkilas, the Salos (Chris, Karen, Dan and Don), the Seelys (Nancy and Dr. Bruce), the Smigowskis (Christina and Tim), the Stenvigs (Alexa, Annie, Chelsea, Erik, Helen, John, Nils, Mike, Nancy Verscheure, Tom), the Stickelmyers (Kari and Steve), the Tervos (Chris, Jim and Ryan), the Tomasis (Susan and Mike), the Vendlinskis (Andi, Jim and Rick), the Vertins (Melissa and Joel), the Vizankos (Kelly and Steve), the Watrous' (Liisa and Matt), the Weathers' (Stacy and Bryant), the Wendels (Heather and Caleb), the Wilmers' (Kelly and Stephen), the Youngs (Amber, Christine and Michael), the Zerbsts (Kristen and Ron), Adam Griffis, Dr. Alex Mayer, Alice Flanders, Alison Umbarger, Amanda O'Toole, Amy Madsen, Angela Luskin, Angela Yu, Ann Anderton, Ann Hoover, Ashley Ames, Ashley Miller, Audrey Manderfield and Kyle Kelley, Aurelia Leigler, Dr. Bryan Suits, Ben Wittbrodt, Carolyn Stevens, Cassandra Wagner, Chelsea Fagan, Chris Swanston, Christopher Buckley, Christopher Schwartz, Cindy Harwood, Crystal Haataja-Holzberger, Dana Bianco, Dr. Daniel Fuhrmann, Dean Woodbeck, Deedra Irwin, Elizabeth Stempihar, Ellen Manderfield and Ryan Jones, Erin Kauppila, Greg Reed, Jeff Brookins, Jeffrey Burl, Jeffrey Toorongian, Jenelle Potvin, Dr. Jennifer Slack, Jim and Randy in Cardinal Hotel, Joan Becker, Joe Caron, John Burton, John Vertin, Jonathan Kilpela, Julie Koskinen Ruotsala, Julie Springsteen, Justin TerAvest, Karen Koethe and Adam Manty, Kate Waring, Katie Temple, Kay Tislar, Kelly Wooten, Kelsae Eliszewski, Kenny Gilkerson, Krista Kasuboski, Kristen Schmitt, Kristin Thompson, Laura Mlynski, Lauren Schaefer, Lauri Keteri-Smith, Leah Tollefson, Lianna Miller and Benjamin Ciavola, Lena Widman, Louisa Raisbeck and Jesse Cleaver, Lynette Potvin and Matt Manders, Lynn Geisler, Mahesh Shastry, Marc Rea, Mariana Grohowski, Marine Foucher, Mark Schnabel, Marilyn Swift, Mary Webster, Matt Mlinar, Dr. Maximilian Seel, Melissa Elmer and Justin Hoffmeyer, Michael Babcock, Michael Karinen, Michael Sereda, Mike LaMotte, Patrick Rozich, Peter Negro, Polly Bolduc, Shreya Kumar and Randal Harrison, Ray Sharp, Rebecca Anderson, Ryan Towles, Riccardo Tortini, Robert Larson, Dr. Robert Weidman, Sam Roache, Sam Robinson, Sandy Houle, Sarah Bird and William Atkinson, Sarah Conner, Sarah Menassian, Sarah Stanek, Scott Gibbs, Shannon Vairo, Sue Peterson, Tom Edinborough, Tony Schwenn, Wayne Mills, 5th & Elm Coffee House, Copper Country Track Club, The Fitz, Houghton Pizza Works, Houghton Police Department, Keweenaw Running Group, Madison crew (Christine and Scot Van Asten, Mark Mehler, and Susan Speth), Michigan Tech Athletic Department, Michigan Tech Public Safety, team /var/run (Nancy Banfield, Joshua Myles and Amy Blake), and more (in and outside of my community) -- for the often unexpected, undeserved, unrewarded acts of constant encouragement, and offerings of constructive criticism, tested tips and tricks to improve myself as an athlete.