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March 2015

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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
144.750.000.000.000.000.000.00144.75
Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 36.00Asics Japan #1 Gold Miles: 1.50Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 34.25Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 36.50Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 33.50RM 090416 Miles: 0.25
Night Sleep Time: 186.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 188.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.000.000.000.006.25

Worked after church then did a run with Josh in a light rain. It felt nice out.

Avg. 9:16 HR 133

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 6.25
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
1.500.000.000.000.000.000.001.50

Early AM VO2max test. Still waiting on results. I wanted a baseline as this is the most detrained I have ever been...

Asics Japan #1 Gold Miles: 1.50
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
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Another rainy run with Josh. Feels like spring with a high of 70F today. But then the weather goes bad dropping by freezing tomorrow night and low 20s the following day. Hopefully it does not all freeze over.

Avg. 9:42 HR 132

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 5.25
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
4.500.000.000.000.000.000.004.50

Well, not the best use of time. Was not very efficient last night but had deadlines so was up until 3AM. Problem was I had to be in work before 6AM... So got what I needed done then came up and did a run with Sandra before a short nap and then worked a bit more. Sometimes it is fun to mix up the schedule.

Avg. 9:04 HR 141

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 4.50
Night Sleep Time: 2.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 4.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Was not going to make the same mistake as yesterday. So opted to sleep in a little before work. Then did a night loop with Josh. The weather went from the mid-70s yesterday to a 16F windchill tonight. CRAZY!!!

Avg. 9:15 HR 140

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 5.25
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
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Day off; work and family

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

Slept in. Then did a family warm up followed by loops of the pond with a downhill surge for 15 surges. Felt like a good workout. Then enjoyed the great weather to do some yard work and other work items. Did at least get to end the day at the playground with the girls before working another 3 hr tonight. This year is just crazy...

Avg. 7:33 HR 153

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 8.00
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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Got to sleep in a little, even with the time change. Then church and a little family time before hitting the work. With how much time I give to it you'd think I'd get more done. That said a friend from the church/neighborhood was also working late and convinced me for a late night run in the rain. Luckily it stayed above 50F so it didn't feel bad. Bryan can always push the pace on me though. We did see an armadillo.

Avg. 8:07 HR 144

 

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 10.00
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

Planned no run. Because of the tougher weekend.
 

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
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Work no run.

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
5.750.000.000.000.000.000.005.75

Still too much work but wasn't going to skip three days in a row. Evening run with Josh.

Avg. 8:58 HR 132

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 5.75
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

Late night/early start... Had to go back to work tonight so came home an hour early and ran before dinner. Obviously crunch time and a bit boring to read about but having fun and getting stuff done.

Avg. 7:48 HR 148

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 3.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 3.00Weight: 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

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.

Avg. 8:35 Avg. no monitor

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 10.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 10.00Weight: 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

Family bike/run around the pond. Humid but did not rain. Then a little yard work before getting some work done.

Avg. 8:31 HR 126

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
5.500.000.000.000.000.000.005.50

Much easier start to this week. Slept in and then after church we had the Easter egg hunt and lunch. Then the day was about as perfect as you could ask for 70F and sunny so we spent the day at the playground and pound fishing. I did have a work dinner tonight but just squeezed in a very very pleasant 5.5 mi in perfect temps, low 50s... Even saw three deer. This week is going to be another crazy busy one but at least it is off to a rested start.

Avg. 8:00 HR 143

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 5.50
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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

Solo evening run looping through the neighborhood. Saw one deer.

Avg. 8:23 HR 135

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 8.00
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
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Early AM run with Josh. Felt sluggish. Busy writing week...

Avg. 9:24 HR 127

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 5.25
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
2.750.000.000.000.000.000.002.75

Good day. Really nice night for a run. But only had time for a short loop. Saw two deer.

Avg. 8:47 HR127

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 2.75
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
2.750.000.000.000.000.000.002.75

Perfect night for a run, just not enough time to do more.

Avg. 8:47 HR 133

 

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 2.75
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

Completely exhausted last night. Fell asleep very early but then woke up multiple times.

Avg. 9:30 HR 123

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 5.00
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

Family bike/run. Really nice morning for a run.

Avg. 8:30 HR 128

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 3.00
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
1.000.000.000.000.000.000.001.00

Slept in, family day...

One mile on treadmill to stretch and lift a little.

 

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 1.00
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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Random neighborhood loops. A bit later. A lot of trouble getting up the last too mornings so this was a night run. Bryan joined me for the middle 3 miles. A bit harder of a run.

Avg. 7:58 HR 140

Saucony Rides Neon #12 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
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Nice and cool morning. Mid-40s. Felt sluggish but glad I got out and ran. Usual loop with Josh.

Avg. 9:39 HR 127

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 5.25
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
3.250.000.000.000.000.000.003.25

Evening run. 7 hill repeats. Very nice night to run. Hopefully going to do this one every week or every other week. 6 by shorter gradual hill and then one bigger one. Not sure if I will keep this hill for the training session or move to a bigger one in the area. However it did the trick of getting the heart rate up.

Avg. 8:12 HR 146

43.0
42.0
40.9
41.2
40.9
41.1

Avg. 41.5

 

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 3.25
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
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Can't believe it is already in the 60s at 5AM... Felt pretty good though. Usual loop with Josh.

Avg. 9:17 HR 131

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 5.25
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
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

Trouble sleeping so went for a run instead. It was a long work day and did not get to take the night off which is never fun. Although it was a very nice and chilly/quiet night.

Avg. 8:46 HR 140

Saucony Rides Silver #14 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
1.000.000.000.000.000.000.001.00

Even with the very late night was able to sleep in. Short run is due to family activities. Just did a mile around the pond then on neighbor dog care duty for Spring Break.

Avg. 10:34 HR 118

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 1.00
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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

Another late night with one more to come. But I wanted to get in some downtime. Did a family outing and then after dinner run.

Avg. 8:21 HR 142

RM 090416 Miles: 0.25Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 8.00
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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Family run, worked out that way with spring break. Continued with the late nights working though. Day 3 after 2AM...

Avg. 8:54 HR 130

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 3.00
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
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Problem with late nights, is when you can't sleep in because of something. Crisp out this morning. Run with Josh.

Avg. 9:20 HR 129

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 2.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 2.50Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
144.750.000.000.000.000.000.00144.75
Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 36.00Asics Japan #1 Gold Miles: 1.50Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 34.25Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 36.50Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 33.50RM 090416 Miles: 0.25
Night Sleep Time: 186.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 188.00Weight: 0.00
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