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February 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:

Get back under 3 for my next marathon, September 2018; Berlin!

A friend of mine recently brought to my attention "Team for Kids".
This group is part of the New York Road Runners (NYRR) club.

He has run for them in the past. People who run for Team for Kids commit to raising money that is then used to fund school-based and free youth events around the United States to help the youth of America adopt healthy lifestyles through running and fitness.

- Since 2002, Team for Kids has raised more than $57,000,000.

- This money has been used to support programs reaching more than 267,000 children nationwide.

- This funding, in addition to the items listed above, helps pay for training of teachers and coaches, program and practice supplies, and student incentives.

- For most of these kids, running with a NYRR program is their only opportunity to get exercise or play sports.

This year I will be running for this effort as a charity participant in the Berlin Marathon. My fundraising goal is $2,000.

Please help me make this goal by contributing to the following: https://runwithtfk.org/Donate/Member/56641

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy being a Master's Runner.

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: 50.00 Month: 185.25 Year: 796.75
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 135.29
Saucony Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 226.22
Asics Japan #1 Gold Lifetime Miles: 43.00
Brooks Launch Neon #11 Lifetime Miles: 143.50
Brooks Launch Blue #12 Lifetime Miles: 146.00
Saucony Rides Grey #21 Lifetime Miles: 147.00
Saucony Rides Blue #22 Lifetime Miles: 158.25
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
196.000.000.000.000.000.000.00196.00
RM 090416 Miles: 0.45Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 42.50Brooks Launch Blue #3 Miles: 45.00Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 52.50Saucony Rides #9 Miles: 17.00
Night Sleep Time: 179.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 179.50Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Happy February I can not believe a month is already gone from 2012!

I had to work late last night so I slept in this morning to say hi to the girls before heading into work. I also took a different route in and did the Ave commute run in.

Avg. 8:29 HR 146 Ascent 1055 ft

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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Worked from home until the girls got up and then went into work after dropping them off at school. They enjoy that so much. The day was so-so but ended it with a nice run south with John. Overall felt good today.

Avg. 8:37 HR 139

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

Only time for the commute run this morning. Man was it windy! Reminding me of being back in Chicago :)

Have a great weekend!

Avg. 9:20 HR 150

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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

The girls requested that I run while watching a movie with them. So I did the treadmill. We watched Toy Story 3. I did an acceleration run. 8 min increased 0.2 mpm each mile until the last mile then every 0.1 mi. Finished in 59:30.

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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Southerly run on own. Out and back. The wind had died down and it wasn't too cold. Overall felt good. Did almost exactly the same pace as yesterday although this was outside and on a hilly course. 

Avg. 7:29 HR 152 Ascent 1231ft Descent 1156ft

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 in but did not sleep well. Only had time to commute in.

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01
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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM: 2-A-Day, decided to cut the run in half when faced with the wind this morning. I know I'm a wimp. Slept better last night.

3mi Avg. 8:21 HR 146

PM:  It is so great to actually be working in some workouts instead of just sanity running. Although it was much nicer out this evening I jumped on the treadmill. I did my favorite acceleration run. Start at 8mpm then increase 0.1mph every 0.1mi. I did that down to 6mpm then every 0.5 mi until the last mile where it was every 0.1mi again. If you are still reading kudus. The long and short of it is that I did 5 mi in 32:05 starting at 8:00 and finishing at 5:22.

5mi Avg. 6:25 maxHR 186 (no average on my treadmill)

Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 8.00
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
12.000.000.000.000.000.000.0012.00

AM: Long day so far. Only time for a commute run. Solid experiments from 7:30am-12:30pm. Then on to the computer for analysis...

Mi 2.5 Avg. 8:49 HR 150

PM: Had a much better day overall than yesterday. These evening run was very "foggy" though. Both in the weather and in my head. Did a southerly loop with John.

Mi 9.5 Avg. 8:46 HR 127

Brooks Launch Blue #3 Miles: 12.00
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

Since I only had computer work today, I opted to change around my schedule and work from home. Started on the computer until my wife had dropped the girls off at school and then went for the Suicide Loop run with her. It had been a very long time since just the two of us had run together. The weather more or less behaved and it was a good run. Now back to typing...

Avg. 8:36 HR 139

RM 090416 Miles: 0.10Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 7.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 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

Only time for the commute run. It was nice working from home yesterday but that does cause a few odds 'n ends to pile up... 

Avg. 9:36 HR 141

Saucony Rides #9 Miles: 2.50
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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Woke up early and went for a nice morning loop. About half way through got to see a very nice sunrise. It is nice to be back in the half century club... Back in time to make waffles with my youngest.

Avg. 8:25 140

Brooks Launch Blue #3 Miles: 10.00
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
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

Lazy day. Treadmill run.

Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 5.00
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
9.500.000.000.000.000.000.009.50

AM: Commute run. 

2.5 mi Avg. 8:35

PM: Evening memory grove loop with John. Felt tired for obvious reasons. My class lecture went well. Largest class yet.

7 mi Avg. 8:19 HR 154

Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 9.50
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
7.000.000.000.000.000.000.007.00

Caught up on some of the sleep I missed last night. Said good morning and happy V-day to my girls and headed to work. Did an extension on the A&W commute run. Still very tired but better than yesterday.

Avg. 9:07 HR 151

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 7.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50Weight: 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 ahead, commute only.

Avg. 9:04

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 2.50
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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Reset. This has been a hectic week and I opted for sleep and a run this morning. It is good to find that balance. Obviously after 34 yr I'm still looking. The run was great and I did a commute run via Memory Grove. 

Avg. 8:30 HR 144 Ascent 1307ft Descent 993ft

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Brooks Launch Blue #3 Miles: 10.00
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
3.500.000.000.000.000.000.003.50

So much for that balance. I obviously have too many passions in my life. I guess that makes it one beautiful bouquet though. Mid-campus commute run, it was the only additional time I could spare. Starting today I had already put in over 50 hr since Monday...

Avg. 8:37 HR 136

Saucony Rides #9 Miles: 3.50
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
11.000.000.000.000.000.000.0011.00

Wanted to get in a good run before the family woke up and had to stop by lab for about an hour. So still woke up to the alarm ran into lab and then on to Memory Grove again. This is a fun loop. The weather was perfect and there were so many people out this morning.

I didn't make my 50 again for this week but I refuse to be a mileage whore again and for now will let the count lie where it falls...

Avg. 8:08 HR 142 Ascent 1647ft Descent 1678ft

RM 090416 Miles: 0.10Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 11.00
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
13.000.000.000.000.000.000.0013.00

Nice group run. It was a smaller get together but still good. Started with James, Allie and Jake. Then dropped off James at 5mi and Allie at 8mi. Random running south of Sugarhouse and on campus. 

Avg. 7:27 HR 156

Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Southerly out and back. Slept in this morning because of the holiday and ate breakfast with the girls before they dropped me off at work. The weather was awesome this evening and I even put in two miles under 7min. I can definitely feel that my legs are coming back. Slowly but surely. 

Avg. 7:22 HR 154

RM 090416 Miles: 0.10Brooks Launch Blue #3 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 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

And the teeter, totters... Finding that balance is a constant effort. Stayed up a little too late last night talking. Commute run directly in to a very full morning. 

Avg. 9:26 HR 149

Saucony Rides #9 Miles: 2.50
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
9.000.000.000.000.000.000.009.00

Took some sleep time and some thought time today. Did a City Creek run with John. It had been too long since I'd gone any distance up the canyon. It was so nice and quiet up there. We did manage to run into another person though even at 9pm...

Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 9.00
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
7.000.000.000.000.000.000.007.00

Still catching up on sleep and thought time. Worked from home in the AM to do another run with my wife. It is nice to get these in from time-to-time. Suicide loop before getting dropped off at work.

Avg.  8:37 HR 152

Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 7.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Rest day. Got ahead of myself with mileage this week. Good news is my legs are still behaving, just don't want to push my luck.

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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Plan was for an early AM long run. However, the 20 mph wind w/ 30 mph gusts changed my mind. I know, wimp. I remember days going out in hail storms. Anyway I did 3 mi on the treadmill and will wait and see how the afternoon/evening shapes up. There is supposed to be snow, but that is fine without the wind. I hope the wind isn't as bad out at Saltair for Jake, Fritz and all the rest racing the 15K this morning. With a west wind the turnaround is going to be tough...

AM: 3mi

Brooks Launch Blue #3 Miles: 3.00
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
16.000.000.000.000.000.000.0016.00

Group run from Highland High. Got there a little early and Fritz was already there so we did a mile warm-up. Then by the time I got back to the cars Jake, Andrea and Adam (ACorn) were there. We did a major loop south and then Fritz and I finished off with a loop of SugarHouse. A fun run with great company. Made it fly by.

With the earlier start managed to get in the extra miles and still have time for breakfast before church. The afternoon was family time hitting up both the history museum and the zoo for an hour each. Nice to have season passes...

Avg. 7:31 HR 153

Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 16.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50Weight: 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

Only a commute run. Had three meetings today and had to work in the evening to make up for the lost time...

Avg. 9:35 HR 137

Saucony Rides #9 Miles: 2.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Sleep over running today. Don't like making that decision but sometimes it is the best training choice.

Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50Weight: 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

A&W commute run. There was some wind but fortunately it was blowing in the right direction so as only to be in my face the first mile. 

Avg. 8:45 HR 135

RM 090416 Miles: 0.11Saucony Rides #9 Miles: 6.00
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
196.000.000.000.000.000.000.00196.00
RM 090416 Miles: 0.45Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 42.50Brooks Launch Blue #3 Miles: 45.00Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 52.50Saucony Rides #9 Miles: 17.00
Night Sleep Time: 179.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 179.50Weight: 0.00
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