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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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Awesome Marathon in Huntsville

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Marathon #14 is done.  It was fantastic – I finished in 4:39:21 which is my fourth best time of the 14 marathons that I’ve run.  The course was fantastic, the weather was perfect, and I had a great pace car (Matt Shobe).

As I mentioned in my previous post, I didn’t feel particular ready for this one.  My running has been solid and steady with a good base, but I was feeling tired from the cumulative effect of travel combined with four other marathons this year.  I had a great vacation a week ago, but last week was brutal and I didn’t really spend any time thinking about the marathon until Friday.  Oh – and I’m still heavier than I want to be (although lighter than when I declared a jihad on my weight.)

There were about 1100 runners in the race.  Matt and I started in the very back of the pack so it was satisfying to pass a number of folks (I was the 847th finisher.) I felt very strong at the half way point (2:18:36) and was able to hold the pace in the second half (a 10:29 per mile pace overall.)  I had a ton left at the end – I had an 8:46 pace for the 1.2 mile stretch from 25 on.

Once again Amy has been a phenomenal sherpa.  We’re sticking around to see Huntsville (US Space & Rocket Center anyone?) and are planning to have dinner with Andy Smith, the founder/CEO of Gyminee (one of the TechStars 2008 companies that is based here.)

I feel superb right now – a little sore but basically like I just did a long run.  I’m hopeful that I’m starting to figure out how to train for and run these things.

  • http://www.joshhovlane.com Josh Lane

    Great to hear it. I hope you and Amy are enjoy the rest of your trip.

    Holiday Cheers!

  • http://muchosalsa.com/blog David

    Congratulations Brad! That's a nice time especially considering your state of mind entering the race. I also know that this isn't the easiest time of year to get consistent training done in Colorado. Great job!

  • Dean Richardson

    Brad:

    Congratulations on #14! Your persistence in working towards your goal continues to impress and inspire me.

    –Dean Richardson

  • http://blog.travelfli.com Krista

    Nice work Brad! Enjoy the rest of your trip and say hello to Andy from me.

  • http://www.naffziger.net/blog Dave Naffziger

    Congrats on the finish! The US Space and Rocket Center rocks – its been years since I've been there, but I recall it being really, really cool.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      It was really really cool. And – they have a new building – the Davidson Space Museum – next door that is 100% dedicated to the Saturn V (including having a life sized replica of one.) Awesome.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dave_naffzi2081 dave_naffzi2081

    Congrats on the finish! The US Space and Rocket Center rocks – its been years since I've been there, but I recall it being really, really cool.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/krista51951 krista51951

    Nice work Brad! Enjoy the rest of your trip and say hello to Andy from me.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/david8921 david8921

    Congratulations Brad! That's a nice time especially considering your state of mind entering the race. I also know that this isn't the easiest time of year to get consistent training done in Colorado. Great job!

  • Josh Lane

    Great to hear it. I hope you and Amy are enjoy the rest of your trip.

    Holiday Cheers!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/hikari17 hikari17

    Brad:

    Congratulations on #14! Your persistence in working towards your goal continues to impress and inspire me.

    –Dean Richardson

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    It was really really cool. And – they have a new building – the Davidson Space Museum – next door that is 100% dedicated to the Saturn V (including having a life sized replica of one.) Awesome.

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