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@Mueller375

Houston, TX Raving since 2017 50 States hopeful/finisher, 100 Half Marathons Club active 6 months ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Team RWB, Cypress Running Club

  • Rave race:
  • Race that's calling my name:

    Marine Corp

  • I run because:

    I started running because of a dare. I was 270+ lbs and lazy. I was challenged to complete a Sprint Triathlon in October of 2012… I started losing weight and changing my life.

My Races

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Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 19, 2014 5:55:31
Half Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 23, 2014 2:30:00
5K Galveston, TX Dec 15, 2019 40:00
75 flights Houston, TX Mar 30, 2019 25:36

Future Races (10)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Crazy Horse, SD Oct 3, 2020
Half Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Oct 4, 2020
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO Oct 17, 2020
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 17, 2020
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 21, 2020
Half Marathon Virgin, UT Feb 27, 2021
Marathon White Sands, NM Mar 21, 2021
Half Marathon Kiowa, MT Jun 26, 2021
Marathon Arlington, VA 2021
Half Marathon London, United Kingdom TBD

Past Races (32)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Sandusky, OH Jun 13, 2020
10K Little Rock, AR Feb 29, 2020
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR Feb 29, 2020 3:06:00
5K Galveston, TX Dec 15, 2019 40:00
Marathon Athens, Greece Nov 9, 2019 7:30:07
75 flights Houston, TX Mar 30, 2019 25:36
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Mar 10, 2019 3:08:42
Marathon Honolulu, HI Dec 8, 2018
1 Miler Honolulu, HI Dec 8, 2018
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Nov 10, 2018 2:48:29
10K Dallas, TX Nov 10, 2018
Half Marathon Vail, CO May 28, 2018 3:38:38
75 flights Houston, TX Mar 24, 2018 34:48
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV Nov 12, 2017 3:20:00
Half Marathon Paris, France Sep 24, 2017
Half Marathon Seattle, WA Jun 18, 2017 3:15:00
Half Marathon Portland, OR Jun 17, 2017 3:01:52
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Feb 26, 2017
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Feb 25, 2017
5K Lake Buena Vista, FL Feb 24, 2017
Half Marathon New Orleans, LA Feb 28, 2016
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Sep 6, 2015
10K Anaheim, CA Sep 5, 2015
5K Anaheim, CA Sep 4, 2015
Half Marathon Fort Worth, TX Mar 1, 2015 3:00:00
Half Marathon Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 11, 2015
10K Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 9, 2015
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 8, 2015
Half Marathon La Porte, TX Nov 16, 2014
Half Marathon Fort Worth, TX Feb 23, 2014 2:30:00
Marathon Houston, TX Jan 19, 2014 5:55:31
Half Marathon La Porte, TX 2013

My Raves

Expo was good, a lot of other races trying to get you to come back to Arkansas. The temp was great both days. Races started a bit later than I … MORE

Expo was good, a lot of other races trying to get you to come back to Arkansas. The temp was great both days. Races started a bit later than I had anticipated/preferred (730 on Saturday and 8am on Sunday) so be prepared for a full race in the sun. There are quite a few hills that you should prepare for.

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I have been running this event since 2012 and my family looks forward to it each year. There have been hiccups a few times but it's fairly consistently a well … MORE

I have been running this event since 2012 and my family looks forward to it each year. There have been hiccups a few times but it’s fairly consistently a well put together event.
My only gripe is they never seem to be able to get the new and slower runners to keep right while running and to move to the back of the corral so us faster runners can sprint out.

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#1 point - Don't make this part your first time coming to Greece... Mostly because you are coming during the "Off Season" and many places aren't open or are closing … MORE

#1 point – Don’t make this part your first time coming to Greece… Mostly because you are coming during the “Off Season” and many places aren’t open or are closing down. This is a great race for someone who’s been to Greece before or has a followup trip planned in the future.
#2 point – If you are a runner who goes slower than 6.5 hours this race isn’t fun.
(More will be forthcoming)

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The Punny Jokes on the walls, helps as you climb so MANY stairs! It's warmer than you really want it to be, so dress accordingly. It's a wonderful cause and … MORE

The Punny Jokes on the walls, helps as you climb so MANY stairs!
It’s warmer than you really want it to be, so dress accordingly. It’s a wonderful cause and Alex’s dad greets each one of us as we get ready to go up the stairs.
I can’t wait to do it again!
ONLY NEGATIVE…. No Medal 🙁

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Obviously I am not the "Target Demographic" for this race however I enjoyed the chance to run with my wife. On a positive note I won 3rd place in my … MORE

Obviously I am not the “Target Demographic” for this race however I enjoyed the chance to run with my wife.
On a positive note I won 3rd place in my Age/Gender = LOL

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I’m trying to figure out how an event can continue to be this big yet be this disorganized with 45+ years of practice. I’ll start with the CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR of … MORE

I’m trying to figure out how an event can continue to be this big yet be this disorganized with 45+ years of practice. I’ll start with the CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR of the entire operation including the race director to the Honolulu Police Department

The amount of children (barely walking toddlers all the way up to under 18) that were on the course made my skin crawl.
I walked up to a cop (HPD) to voice my concern that there are multiple cases of child abuse and wreckless endangerment of a minor going on right in front of him he responded “Yea, it happens every year especially with the Japanese tourists” I was so dumbfounded that I just walked away before I caused myself to get arrested.

ALERT** Japanese Tour Groups Infestation Overload
I understand that sounds bad but until you’ve experienced it yourself out of 30,000+ runners 50-75% are taking over the place. Japan Airlines is a huge sponsor and it’s obvious that they treat them much better than the rest of us

Packet Pickup – non Japanese shuttles pick up and drop off to 3 locations very regularly was great thankfully we picked a random hotel nearby.

Bib pickup – was smooth however I don’t think I was asked for my Identification

Expo – fairly large but it wasn’t anything super special

Pre-race Swag – All you get is your 1 miler shirt (if applicable)

Pre 1 miler – NO transportation you get a discount at a mall parking lot $2.00 if you’re in by 6am and out before 9am however the lot is about .75 from the start line

Post 1 mile – after we finish they ask us to stay and watch the elite runners run a sub 5 min mile which is stupid because they run so fast you barely see them go by then it’s a .75 mile walk back to your car

1 Mile race swag- after the 1 miler they move us into the sand (exactly what you want if you’re running in the same pair the next day) they give you an ok medal (but since you CANNOT preview it before the run) you have to guess if it’s worth it.

Pre-Marathon – race starts at 5am No transportation again (unless you are in one of Japanese tour groups. All roads are closed at 4am so you have to walk with the thousands of others to the start line (1.5 miles for me)

Start line – they are reminding us to line up by our bib colors but only the avid running Americans are following the rules. You would think that a race that allows runners UNLIMITED TIME would but the walkers in the back or start them hours in advance so they aren’t walking in the sun for 10+ hours (this year’s last person was 17:50.52)
Couple of big hills at mile 6-7 (100+ feet elevation) and you get them again on your way back at 24-25

Post-marathon – they give you a map before the race like you are going to memorize it and then you wonder around trying to find water, food, finishers shirt shade and pictures
We found out the Japanese Airlines has their own tents and sections with food and drink

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The Course is open for 5 HOURS! The insanely long amount of time allows runners to run a variety of distances and speeds at the same time. (3.1, 6.2, 9.3, … MORE

The Course is open for 5 HOURS! The insanely long amount of time allows runners to run a variety of distances and speeds at the same time. (3.1, 6.2, 9.3, 13.1, 16.2, 19.3, 22.4) I chose to do the 19.3 (Half Marathon then a 10k) the half started at 4pm and the race closed at 9pm so if you are a walker wanting to walk a half or if you are training for a marathon like myself you have the ability to have the pottys and water stops. It is a night course so you get to see it but despite the medals having the Dallas skyline you aren’t in downtown.

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I’ll be upfront I think next year this race will be much better. The former RD was ill and nothing including registration was started until Mid February. However the new … MORE

I’ll be upfront I think next year this race will be much better. The former RD was ill and nothing including registration was started until Mid February. However the new company seems to be a well run machine.
Coming from Houston the altitude and lack of humidity was brutal so I had to walk way more than I wanted.
The course was amazing rivers and waterfalls with mountains all around. I think there was 100 runners total so it wasn’t big. 1st place Marathon male & female were 3:25 & 3:35 so it’s possible to speed.

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Would I run it again? NO GREAT MEDALS, Weak Shirts, Course was good but if I didn't bring my own music it wouldn't have been a ROCK & ROLL race. MORE

Would I run it again? NO
GREAT MEDALS, Weak Shirts, Course was good but if I didn’t bring my own music it wouldn’t have been a ROCK & ROLL race.

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Don't compare RunDisney at DL or WDW. They are very much learning how to do what they have mastered. Not even packet pick-up or the Expo is even close. MORE

Don’t compare RunDisney at DL or WDW. They are very much learning how to do what they have mastered. Not even packet pick-up or the Expo is even close.

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THE BLUE MILE WAS AMAZING - It is the only reason this course gets 2 stars. FYI for those that don't know you run a mile through picture after picture … MORE

THE BLUE MILE WAS AMAZING – It is the only reason this course gets 2 stars. FYI for those that don’t know you run a mile through picture after picture of fallen HEROs with US flags and if you don’t tear up you don’t have a soul….

The course didn’t go pass any of the must see things in Seattle… You only see the Space Needle if you do the Marathon, neither distance passes Pikes Place and the original Starbucks… There were a few places were you can almost get a cool view but overall nothing special was seen.
The medal was eh at best the shirt was weak also… I have been very disappointed with R&Rs shirts and medals overall (NOLA and Vegas were the exceptions)

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Great Tech Shirt was bummed it wasn't Grateful Dead themed however it was still cool shirt. The Medal was cool it had the Dancing Bears on it. MORE

Great Tech Shirt was bummed it wasn’t Grateful Dead themed however it was still cool shirt. The Medal was cool it had the Dancing Bears on it.

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This year the race was almost canceled due to a massive (texas) blizzard. We had 1.5 - 2" of snow. You laugh if you're from the North however Texas can't … MORE

This year the race was almost canceled due to a massive (texas) blizzard. We had 1.5 – 2″ of snow. You laugh if you’re from the North however Texas can’t handle that stuff.
They managed to clear the half marathon course so anyone who wanted to run was able to do so however the full and ultra were canceled.

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A) A Race like you have never done before B) It's not about the speed... It's about the journey. C) Stop for the pictures D) Make sure you have a … MORE

A) A Race like you have never done before
B) It’s not about the speed… It’s about the journey.
C) Stop for the pictures
D) Make sure you have a good Proof of time. If you are doing the half you need a good 10K time for the full you need a 1/2 time, so plan one that you go as fast as you can to qualify into a better corral
E) The Kids 1 miler wasn’t worth losing 3 hours in the parks… do the 5k with them and just make sure you keep a good pace.
F) Plan for COLD and WINDY weather bring stuff to toss

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This race is the first one I suggest to anyone coming to visit. It's normally a bit colder than Houston because it's a 45 days after which makes for a … MORE

This race is the first one I suggest to anyone coming to visit. It’s normally a bit colder than Houston because it’s a 45 days after which makes for a better run. Best SWAG and the Bling is unFREAKING believable Every time I don’t run this race I kick myself because they really step up the bling
I always suggest the 2 day challenge add a 5 or 10k warmup and then enjoy a great half/full/ultra
Most years they do a 3 year series so when you finish all three years the medals join together beautifully with some sort of plaque. The Series I did was 3 Spurs with a leather strap and each year they did a different color (Gold/Silver/Bronze) with a different style buckle (on the strap) as well as a different spur design.

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I started running in mid 2013 and signed up for this to be my first half. After overtraining I decided the half would be so easy that I would make … MORE

I started running in mid 2013 and signed up for this to be my first half. After overtraining I decided the half would be so easy that I would make it a challenge and do the full. I have lived in Houston (too damn long) and never looked at the course. The course is boring lots of turns and while I had a horrible run time wise I would NEVER suggest this course for a person trying to check off TX on the road to 50. Do the Cowtown it’s a much nicer course better time of year (Jan for Houston and Late Feb for Cowtown) which means you get to start training later in the year for people living in hotter areas you can start training in August vs. starting in late sept means the temp drops a few degrees and it helps

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