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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
Race: SLCTC 15K (9.36 Miles) 01:00:20, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
15.000.000.000.000.000.000.0015.00

AM:

TOUGH, CRAZY, STUPID…

All words to describe the race today. Today was the final installment of the SLTC 30K winter series. As with the day of the 10K I got out of the house to a relatively pleasant winter morning and started driving over to the start. And once again after passing the airport the weather got progressively worse until it was near white out conditions. I did not bother doing much of a warm-up just enough not to freeze and to test what I was going to face during the race. A few people bailed for more favorable workouts. I decided I’d made it out there and may as well do the race. From ¼ mi in I was on my own in 5th, which is where I would finish. On the way out I just tried to stay in the tire tracks from the lead vehicle. By about 2 mi I could not see anyone, just snow. Ended up getting too warm but glad I had all the extra layers for after the turnaround. Once that hit it was brutal. I am glad I did it and was happy with my performance considering the conditions. Only wish I would have squeezed another 21 seconds out of my legs. But considering I did not check a single split during the race… I got a lot more sleep this week compared to before the 10K and that helped. The drive home was a little sketchy, front wheel drive cars with regular tires are not made for this. Even ended up bailing on some friends for coffee this afternoon. Now back to the grind.

 

PM: Had to go into lab tonight. Partly because the roads are a mess and partly as an excuse to do a second run I did commute run both ways. It was so peaceful. Reminded me that snow can be good, not like this morning... Even saw a small herd of deer.

5mi Avg. 9:04 HR 140

 

Brooks Launch Blue #3 Miles: 5.00Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Jake K on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 14:41:50 from 67.177.11.154

GREAT photo!

From josse on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 14:55:04 from 70.103.189.14

After running this last year in the brutal wind and the thought of bad weather was a huge turn off to me. Great job for toughing out the winter weather!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 15:29:55 from 24.10.249.165

Nice! Congratulations.

From jtshad on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 08:15:54 from 141.221.191.225

Nice job at another nuts run!

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