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Member Since:

May 31, 2007



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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...


Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy being a Masters Runner.

Get under 3 hours one more time...


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: Tough Mudder Atlanta (11.3 Miles) 02:00:00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance

A few friends from church talked me into doing a Tough Mudder. It was so much fun. In total 8 of us did the race. We picked up two additional people in the first mile and the 10 of us completed it together. This was not a group of runners and this type of an event is a challenge not a race so not sure what my time was. Over the 11.3 mi there are 23 obstacles ranging from climbing a two story rope to navigating 7 foot deep mud pits. Some of the tougher challenges were the team ones to get up and over a 20 ft wall. Many of the obstacles were designed to require 2, 3, or even more people to navigate. Others were mental challenges like swim 20 ft through ice water with an obstacle that forces you to submerge and the finish line set-up with exposed electric wires that give you one gnarly shock. I only got hit three times but other were double zapped to the ground. Overall sounds crazy (and it is) but so much fun everyone should do it.

Before, Midway, and Finish

Toughest Obstacle


Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From bgrun on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 18:11:01 from

Thank GOD you survived.

Your "Mudder" is SO proud of you.

From jtshad on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 09:22:19 from

Glad you had fun! I am still not interested in one of these.

From Adam RW on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 20:54:11 from

Yeah, this is not a running or even competition thing. All about team building. At least the way we did it.

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