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@Mueller375

Houston, TX Raving since 2017 50 States hopeful/finisher, 100 Half Marathons Club active 1 day, 8 hours 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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(Marathon &/or Ultra) + Half

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Personal Bests (3)

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
75 flights Houston, TX Mar 24, 2018 34:48

Future Races (12)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Athens, Greece Nov 9, 2019
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 1, 2020
Half Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Apr 26, 2020
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA 2020
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO 2020
Half Marathon Crazy Horse, SD 2020
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK 2020
Marathon Arlington, VA 2021
Half Marathon Virgin, UT 2021
Half Marathon Kiowa, MT 2021
Marathon White Sands, NM 2021
Half Marathon London, United Kingdom TBD

Past Races (26)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
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

New Orleans Women’s Half Marathon & 5K

New Orleans Women’s Half Marathon & 5K

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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Honolulu Marathon

Honolulu Marathon

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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Trinity River Run

Trinity River Run

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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Vail Valor Races

Vail Valor Races

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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ALSF Lemon Climb Houston

ALSF Lemon Climb Houston

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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Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

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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Disneyland Paris – Val d’Europe Half Marathon Weekend

Disneyland Paris – Val d’Europe Half Marathon Weekend

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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Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

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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Grateful Dad Half Marathon

Grateful Dad Half Marathon

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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The Cowtown

The Cowtown

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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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

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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The Cowtown

The Cowtown

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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Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

Chevron Houston Marathon & Aramco Houston Half Marathon

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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