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May 2014

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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
115.500.000.000.000.000.000.00115.50
Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 7.00Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 30.50Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 43.00Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 35.00
Night Sleep Time: 174.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 174.50Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.000.000.000.004.00

Last Bay run before heading home. Nice sun rise run. Then all day on plans and in airports...

Avg. 9:10

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Work recovery day. Had a lot piled up from being away so busy day. 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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

No that's not a typo. Major sleep recovery. Nice to be in my own bed again. After sleeping in did a family run around the pond.

Avg. 8:49

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00Weight: 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

Overall just a nice lazy weekend. Really needed it after all the excitement the last few weeks. After church have a friend from out of town visiting. Snuck out for a run anyway.

Avg. 9:13

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 6.00
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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Really nice sunset run. Saw a toad.

Avg. 8:26

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.50Weight: 0.00
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No run, too much work...

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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No run, family obligations...

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

Overall a good day. Both productive at work and enough time in the evening for a nice run.

Avg. 8:26

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 6.00
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

Up before alarm. Nice productive day with a bit of family time mixed in. Did a nice run in the AM...

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 7.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.50Weight: 0.00
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Up early for family trip to Atlanta. First time there, not just in the airport :)... We hit the aquarium and had a great time... Could have gone on an evening run but seemed like a lone enough day.

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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Not feeling it today. Cut the run short. It was a good day though and even included some pool time with the family.

Avg. 9:43

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Many hours of work... 6AM - 9PM, at least it ended with a nice work dinner.

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Another long day but this time with family obligations. Again no time for run.

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

Must be one of those weeks. Too much work but need to practice what I preach so went for a run. It was nice. Upper 60s and raining the whole way. Felt good to get wet.

Avg. 8:51

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Work, no run...

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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Late night and early morning for due date... Left work a little early and did run with wife before dinner.

Avg. 8:29

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 4.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.50Weight: 0.00
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3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Definitely a long week. Slept in late today and then chilled around the house before going on a run with wife while kids played at park. Just glad it is a full 1/3 mile round the pound.

Avg. 8:22

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00Weight: 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

Mostly a church and family day. Did a nice run before heading to a friend's birthday party.

Avg. 8:03

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 6.00
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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Did not sleep well last night but had a good day. Got a lot of work in and it was mostly the enjoyable kind (13 hr total). Still time for dinner and books with the family and after a little more work a nice evening run. If all days could have this balance it would be great. I would really like to see some > 40 mile weeks again. But for now I'll just be happy for whatever I can get. It was a nice night for a run.

Avg. 8:08

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 6.00
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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Very full day, but when aren't they? In a little earlier than yesterday but met family at pool for final 20 minutes of swim before dinner. After a couple more hours of work did a nice evening run. To Where the Sidewalk Ends...

Avg. 8:17

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Long, long day, but productive. Had a deadline tomorrow and had some additional things come across my desk that made for a better story but took me a lot longer to process than I thought. 6am-4pm and 7pm-2:30am = no run. Maybe tomorrow...

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

Not a typo, 3.5 hr of sleep. But getting a lot done and even with that sleep level still had a productive day. Warm out, hit 90s today. Still in the upper 70s when I ran. Maybe lower 80s. Teens out in force so I had some "motivation" during the run to keep me going. The best was the truck that raced me down the hill with the driver yelling "you are going 15 mph!!!" Obvoiusly most of the rest of the run was considerably slower with that average :)

Avg. 8:25

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 3.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 3.50Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.000.000.000.002.00

Even with the little sleep the night before still up before my alarm. Local meeting today so all day at that. Did finish a little early and made it home to join the family at the pool before dinner. Did just a couple miles on the treadmill after dinner.

Avg. 7:45

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 2.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Slept in followed by a family run around the pound with the girls on their bikes. It was HOT that is what we get for sleeping in. Then did yard work before heading to a BBQ with some new work friends. About 10 families there in all.

Avg. 9:15

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.000.000.000.000.008.50

Longest run since Feb 16th at the marathon! Woke up before dawn and did a nice run at sunrise. I did some adventure "running" off course in a new area of land they are clearing for development. Saw a few deer. Took it nice and easy and enjoyed the run. It was pretty humid but because it was early not too hot.

Avg. 9:54

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 8.50
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

Fun filled day. Slept in, ran some errands, worked a little, and had a nice neighborhood BBQ. Squeezed in a 5 mi run as well.

Happy Memorial Day and thank you to the Veterans.

Avg. 9:06

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 5.00
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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

The caveat with a weekend off is the pile you come back to... The day went fine though. Only problem was I was up till after 1AM... I did get a run in prior to getting back to work.

Avg. 8:08

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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No run between the late night last night and a pretty hefty pile again this morning. Again up until after midnight...

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

Had only typing today so worked from home. Nice to have the extra hour in the day. Had a productive morning then went out for a midday run just as it started raining. The 2nd mile was the heaviest and then it stopped completely for the final three miles. Would have preferred rain the entire run. Really glad to see double digit days again!!! Then went back to work and did a couple more hours after the girls went down. May have worked from home today but got in a good 12 hours...

Avg. 8:15

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50Weight: 0.00
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Catching back up.

Avg. 9:15
 

Saucony Rides Silver #14 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
7.000.000.000.000.000.000.007.00

Friend in town this week. So we did a gate loop.

Avg. 9:19

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 7.00
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
115.500.000.000.000.000.000.00115.50
Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 7.00Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 30.50Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 43.00Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 35.00
Night Sleep Time: 174.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 174.50Weight: 0.00
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