Owen at 15 Months

Owen will reach the 15 month mark on Tuesday. Four more of his bottom teeth came this last month bringing the total to 14 (6 top, 8 bottom). On June 7th he began transitioning from infant to toddler room at daycare. Now, instead of being one of the oldest kids in a room of 8, he is the youngest in a room of 10. It has been a rough transition for all of us since he is also going through a serious bout of separation anxiety. Luckily, a few of his friends from the infant room are transitioning to the same toddler room over the next couple weeks.

Owen at 15 months

Here is the headshot.

Owen at 15 months

Personal record in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle half-marathon

Earlier today, I completed my fifth half-marathon, running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle 2010 Half-Marathon in 1:54:12. That time sets the personal record I have been striving for since my very first half-marathon, Bellingham Bay 2008.

The race felt great. I feel great. It is a good day. Here are my numbers:

Keith's Rock 'n' Roll Seattle 2010 half-marathon results

TB and Owen cheered me (and the other 27,000+ runners) along on a cool, overcast Seattle day. I credit Hal Higdon’s training regiment—which I mentioned briefly back in March—for helping me prepare for this race. I stuck to his Novice 1 marathon training guide for 16 weeks, running four days every week. I never missed a day, peaking at 18 miles (Week 13) before tapering for today’s race. I did not feel tired or winded at any point and I never stopped running. My left hamstring tightened up at mile 10 but the muscle fatigue did not destroy my race like in Skagit Valley. Training beyond the half-marathon distance really helped build my endurance and increase my speed.

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Besides running faster, I made one other significant change for today’s race. For the first time, I ran without carrying any fluids. No CamelBak (reference). No FuelBelt (reference). Instead, I drank the water and CytoSport Cytomax sports drink at each hydration station spaced ~1.4 miles apart on the course. Doing so forced me to hydrate at regular intervals and allowed me to shed ~4 pounds of weight.

  • Before the race, Owen enjoyed mimicking my Bershawn “Batman” Jackson getup.
  • During the race, apparently, only a handful of us donned our stunna shades.
  • After the race, Team Smith posed for a group photo.
Owen "Batman" Smith and His Sidekick Nice headband Team Smith!

Lastly, for comparison, here are the results of my first five half-marathons:

Race Date Finish
1. Bellingham Bay 2008 Sep 28, 2008 1:56:56
2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona 2009 Jan 18, 2009 2:09:39
3. Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle 2009 Jun 27, 2009 2:01:51
4. Skagit Valley 2009 Sep 13, 2009 2:15:59
5. Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle 2010 Jun 26, 2010 1:54:12

Next up: Bellingham Bay 2010 on Sep 26. I figured I would celebrate the two-year anniversary of my first race by running it again.