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January 2012

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Location:

Vestavia,AL,USA

Member Since:

May 31, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Marathon Top 10 Finishes: 7 Bridges ('15), Utah Valley ('13), Salt Lake City ('08), Top of Utah ('07), and St. Louis ('04). Ran around the equator (24901.55) in 4,388 days.

Personal Records
Marathon 2:39 (SLC '08)
1/2 Marathon 1:12.30 (Provo River, aided '08)
10K 34:16 (Track, sea level '00)
10K 33:15 (Des 10K, aided '08)
8K 25:32 (Crack of Dawn, aided '13)
5K 16:44 (Track, sea level '00)
5K 16:07 (Running of the Leopards, aided '12)
 

Short-Term Running Goals:

NYC Marathon 2019

London Marathon 2020

And my largest challenge to date, raise $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of my cancer survivorship...

https://pages.lls.org/tnt/al/london20/awende

Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy being a Masters Runner.

Get under 3 hours one more time...

Personal:

Grew up outside Chicago and joined the blog while I lived in Salt Lake City. Now living outside Birmingham. I am married with two daughters. Wife thinks I'm crazy for doing marathons. And yes I am crazy I'm a scientist for a living...

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 35.50 Year: 2123.25
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 135.71
Brooks Launch Gray #17 Lifetime Miles: 253.75
Brooks Launch Silver A #18 Lifetime Miles: 254.25
Brooks Launch Silver B #19 Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Saucony Rides Blue #23 Lifetime Miles: 252.25
Saucony Rides Black A #24 Lifetime Miles: 253.50
Saucony Rides Black B #25 Lifetime Miles: 254.25
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 76.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
151.500.000.000.000.000.000.00151.50
RM 090416 Miles: 0.72
Night Sleep Time: 147.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 147.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Family day. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Had to be in extra early to work this morning... So much for a campus holiday. Poor planning on my part but still got the work done.

Commute run in.

Avg. 9:49

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.000.000.000.003.50

Mid campus commute run in. Felt nice today. Glad it was still dark so I couldn't see the air, I could taste it though. Yuck!

Avg. 9:27 HR 135

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Home loop in the pm.

Avg. 7:46 HR 148

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Busy day. Commute run in.

Avg. 9:34

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Even busier day... Glad it is Friday.

Avg. 9:02

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Only time for home loop. Spent the day with family activities...

Avg. 7:35 HR 166 (note that the Garmin had to have been off as the first mile was 180 bpm)

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.000.000.000.007.00

Didn't sleep well last night but had a good day. Evening run with John from lab. 

Avg. 8:16 HR 140

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Slept much better although less hours. A&W commute run. It was chilly out there this morning...

Avg. 9:04 HR 140

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

For some ridiculous reason I was up at 4:30am... So I got into work a little earlier which was good since I was solid experiments from 5:30-3:15pm. Nothing special about the commute run in. I wish the inversion (SMOG) would have stayed away a bit longer after the snow storm.

RM 090416 Miles: 0.25
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

Well I caught up a little on sleep. Too many people at work are sick to mess around with no sleep. Even though the air still looked smoggy the weather guy said it was a green day. I did a SugarHouse loop from home. 

Happy Hump Day!

Avg. 8:35 HR 135

RM 090416 Miles: 0.37
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Later night. Went to dinner with an old friend from St. Louis who is in town to give a talk today. Slept in a little. It was cold this morning but I was too overdressed. There was a beautiful sunrise though...

Avg. 8:44 HR 151

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Commute run in. 

Avg. 8:56

Night Sleep Time: 5.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.50Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
16.000.000.000.000.000.000.0016.00

Long run with a nice large group. It was a fun run and totally worth it but I pushed it too hard for how inconsistent my training has been. Did the way out with the whole group and then at the mill when the women broke off stayed with the larger group. That also happened to be when we started up hill and by the 7-eleven at the mouse of Big Cottonwood my gut said enough. After a pit stop I eased back into and caught up with Steve to finish off the run. We had a good conversation and helped each other as we attempt to figure out how to get back into it... As soon as I got home the girls were waiting at the door asking to go on a run so I went another mile or so with them (mostly walking). My knee was actually pretty angry with me later in the day but it was still worth it.

Avg. 7:13 HR 162 Ascent 1527ft Descent 1515ft

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.000.000.000.004.00

Shake out run after a long family day. Knee still complaining but that is not a surprise. I thought the toe running had completely gotten rid of that but I guess I was wrong.

Avg. 8:12 HR 140

Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Decided to stay on the treadmill today for both time and if my knee misbehaved. Already felt better than yesterday.

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.000.000.000.007.00

Trying to get some sleep. People are sick around me at work again... Evening stadium loop with John.

Avg. 8:19 HR 138

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Knee mostly behaving itself. Still looking at the sleep department. 7 hr is soooo much better than 5 hr... A&W commute run.

Avg. 8:51 HR 146

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

Very busy work day. Ran into lab at 5:30am to get stuff set-up then home for PT conferences. The day was full with meetings as we had a visiting speaker. Did get both lunch and a very nice dinner out of the deal plus the face time with one of the world leaders of cardiac metabolism. Then back into lab until 11pm. Overall a good but very tiring day.

Commute in: Avg. 9:24 HR 141
Commute back: Avg. 7:08 HR 151 Obviously running downhill is better :)

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Looking at another very busy day... Only time for commute run in.

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.000.000.000.003.50

Finally caught up on some sleep. Then a lazy breakfast with the girls followed by two hours at the pool splashing and playing. The weather didn't hit until after we got home and although I like snow runs I opted for a quick run on the treadmill. 8pace down to 6:30pace increasing every .25-.5 mile.

Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.000.000.000.009.00

Cross training day. My wife and I decided to brave the snow and actually shoveled our drive. It too 2.5 hr because of the ice and the fact that we are a corner house so just a bit extra sidewalk. Then an hour of sledding with my daughter. Finished it off with a Memory Grove loop with John from lab. All and all a good weekend. Now back to the grind...

Avg. 8:22

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Always tough to go from "weekend sleep" to "work sleep". We have another visiting speaker today so another dinner and meetings... That also means getting in extra early. It was amazing but I saw the most people out this morning than I have in a long time. Especially for a 5:30am start to the run. Have a great week...

Avg. 8:57 HR 134

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Slept ok, even if not enough hours. A friend from Germany is visiting this week so he joined us for the work dinner last night. Another busy day today so only time for the commute run in. Had an Allie sighting just off of Foothill. 

Avg. 9:34 HR 136

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Commute run in. Nothing special. 

Avg. 9:22 HR 141

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

AM: Commute run in. Avg. 8:44 HR 141

PM: Treadmill. Just needed a little extra.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Broken record...

Avg. 9:01 HR 146

Night Sleep Time: 4.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.50Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

Treadmill run watching The Never Ending Story with the girls. Did a workout. Started at 8min pace and increased every 0.5 mi until the last mile and then every 0.1 mi until the end. Just under 35 min.

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

Southerly loop with John. Just gearing up for another crazy work week. One of these days I may be able to focus on running again. Did get some good family time both watching my youngest do her ballet class and some family swim time.

Avg. 8:34 HR 134

RM 090416 Miles: 0.10
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Happy Monday everyone. A&W commute in. The weather felt nice this morning. 

Avg. 8:49 HR 145

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Slightly cooler this morning but still a nice run it. I was feeling good on the downhill portion but then I remembered doing the A&W commute means 2 mi down then 4 mi up. Still a good run. Can't believe that Jan is already over...

Avg.  8:38 HR 156

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
151.500.000.000.000.000.000.00151.50
RM 090416 Miles: 0.72
Night Sleep Time: 147.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 147.00Weight: 0.00
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