Friday, January 13, 2012

Olympic Trials & Houston Marathon

This weekend is just packed full of runner activities!

The US Marathon Olympic Trials are being held in Houston on Saturday morning. This means all the fast kids are coming to play!

A group of us are headed down to get a glimpse of the future Olympians. The course set-up is quite different from the normal Houston Marathon course. It will be three loops and another smaller loop around the Convention Center:

This means the race will pass us by 4 times and we will still be able to cut over to the finish line to see the winners. Very spectator friendly set-up and we are all excited to see what real speed looks like.

Wish you could be here?

I got your back.

Even if you are not cool enough to live or be visiting the Great State of Texas I, along with an assist from The Twitter (@JeffIrvin), will make sure to give you tons of live coverage. I will be live tweeting all the action along with pictures and tons of snarky comments. So follow me on The Twitter and start looking for updates around 8:00AM CST.

After the trials we are going to head over to the Expo to pick-up our race packets for the Houston Marathon that is happening on Sunday. Yep, you read that right I typed "our" race packets because I am now running in the Marathon.

Originally I planned on being a spectator and the official cheering team for Annie but a spot opened up and she asked me if I would pace her. AND my training plan calls for a long run of 22mi that day so I figured why not? This is going to be just a training run but with like 25K other runners. Going to try and pace Annie to a 4:10ish time!

Then to wrap up the fun filled Saturday, Annie and I have been invited to attend the Brooks Running party to celebrate the Brooks athletes that have made the Olympic Squad! This should be a really good time and we are planning on taking a bunch of pictures. However, it will have to be an early night as we have to be in our corral by 6:40am the next morning!

Brooks Running

Then Sunday morning it is race time and hopefully a new PR for my lovely wife Annie!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks for Reading,



  1. Insanely jealous that you get to go watch! So much fun. I am happy to hear there will be TV coverage in the afternoon.

    And--Go Ravens! ; )

  2. Awesome opportunity! Have fun and enjoy the marathon, best of luck to you both.

  3. Have a great weekend of fun! I am excited to follow your tweets!

  4. Sounds like a killer weekend, man. Enjoy.

  5. Good luck and go Annie go!

  6. Fun weekend! Looking forward to keeping up with the coverage. Will you be tweeting live posts throughout your marathon, too? Because, that would be awesome. :)

  7. Sounds like a great weekend and with the Steelers out you don't have to worry about rushing home to watch them......sorry just had to.

  8. Yep, I'm jealous all around. Wish I could be there to watch the trials!

    Have a good marathon run with Annie!

  9. Watch for my friend Serena Kessler! She is ranked #145 and qualified with a 2:44. She is really skinny with brown hair ;)

  10. That's a seriously big training group.

  11. Pacer schmacer... if the weather is in your favor... go get your BQ golden ticket!! Great course for it if the weather cooperates,,,and I just checked.. high 40s to 55 or so, little breezy.. go for it!!

  12. I guess I should have just read this and all my questions would have been answered. haha. Good luck and have fun! Hopefully Annie doesn't kill you.

  13. Sounds like a great weekend. We have a local gal that is headed to the trials - Angie Turner - excited to see how she does. Best wish to your wife for her PR, but I seriously hate folks that call races "training runs". :)

  14. wow, very cool a spot opened up and you get to pace Annie! You are going to have a blast.

  15. Yup. Quite jealous! Good luck to Annie!

  16. Yep, I'm jealous that you were there today, but honestly... what a cool experience! Can't wait to hear all about it!

    And can't wait to hear about your race with Annie! :) Hope you both have a great time!

  17. Can't wait to see how Annie did!! So awesome you were her pace bunny!

  18. Enjoy the Olympic event and have a good marathon. We are rooting for Annie!

  19. Too bad I missed the trials. Go Annie!!! How did you prepare for it? For the last Chicago Marathon I took pure protein for a solid month! Wondering if you've tried something similar... ;p

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