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May 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
168.500.000.000.000.000.000.00168.50
Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 21.00Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 55.50Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 54.00Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 20.00Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 10.00
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
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

The deer were out in force today, saw 4 in two different spots. It was perfect temps again, 50F out the door. Nice start to the day. Have a great weekend!

Avg. 8:38 HR 137

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 5.00
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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

Barefoot run on beach in Destin, FL. It's amazingly clean and was a beautiful day. Did get a couple blisters but still great. Then swimming, shopping, and meals with the family.

Avg. 7:25

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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

Another beach run but owing to the blisters the day before opted for shoes. Another perfect family day on the beach.

Avg. 8:05

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
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Recovery day. Had a lot of work to catch-up on, even with only Sat/Sun off...

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

Ran first part with Josh and then on my own. Not sure if it was the beach run or something else but knee really acting up so stopped at 9.5 instead of doing an extra pond loop to finish the 10.

Avg. 9:20 HR 135

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 9.50
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
1.000.000.000.000.000.000.001.00

A treadmill run just to test the knee.

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 1.00
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

Ran with Josh. Knee still tight but much better than on Tue. Really nice morning out.

Avg. 9:24 HR 131

Saucony Rides Silver #15 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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Treadmill run. It was hot out after dinner so just stayed in. Also still nursing the knee until it is feeling better.

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 3.00
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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM: Up before 5AM but to work. Then did a family run/bike before a day of errands. Not exactly the running week I had planned but still a good week.

Avg. 7:46 HR 136

PM: Decided to make up some of the missing mileage with an evening treadmill run.

Avg. 7:58

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

Up early to plant flowers for Mother's Day. Then a day with the family. Finished with a night run. It have cooled of a bit by then. Saw 4 deer and a number of neighbors out running.

Avg. 8:13 HR 140

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 5.00
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
8.250.000.000.000.000.000.008.25

Typical Monday... Evening run, saw 4 deer. Did some surges.

Avg. 8:07 HR 141

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 8.25
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
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Loop with Josh. Humid out there this morning.

Avg. 10:13 HR 127

Saucony Rides Red #16 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
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

Had a long day in Huntsville yesterday. It is nice up there. Did an out and back before hitting the road.

Avg. 8:31 HR 133

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Out with my church men's group till 1:30AM... So slept in till 6AM and had to go straight to work. Long but good day at work visiting with a speaker from Houston.

 

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
10.250.000.000.000.000.000.0010.25

Loop with Josh and then solo loop. Today has been packed and it is only about half over.

Avg. 9:10 HR 132

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 10.25
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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

No family run today but my wife and I did trade 5Ks. For mine I did a 2 mile warmup, 5K with 50ft net elevation loss, and 5 mile cooldown. It was humid but not too bad because it was overcast. Relatively happy with the effort.

2mi Avg. 8:13 HR 136
5K Avg. 6:09 HR 174
5mi Avg. 8:44 HR 147

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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More akin to a slow death march. I think I was feeling yesterday's harder effort.

Avg. 10:12 HR 124

Saucony Rides Red #16 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
8.250.000.000.000.000.000.008.25

Trying to get out of missing my mileage marks. Each week this month I was trying to hit 50 but something just seems to keep coming up. Did an evening run with MapMyRun and actually even listened to music during the run... No headphones just through the phone speaker. Did still see two deer and a blue huron.

Avg. 8:13

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 8.25
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
7.750.000.000.000.000.000.007.75

Ran with Josh and then solo loop.

Avg. 9:09 HR 134

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 7.75
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Treadmill run due to busy schedule.

Avg. 8:07

Saucony Rides Red #16 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
2.000.000.000.000.000.000.002.00

Knee and foot just not right.

Avg. 9:03 HR 133

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 2.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Rest day

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Family run.

Avg. 8:05 HR 140

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 3.00
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
4.000.000.000.000.000.000.004.00

Easy morning run.

Avg. 9:16 HR 131

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 4.00
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

Solo run.

Avg. 9:07 HR 133

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 5.00
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

Ran with Josh plus a little extra.

Avg. 9:17 HR 125

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 6.00
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
2.000.000.000.000.000.000.002.00

With threat of weather just did 2 miles on treadmill.

Avg. 8:13

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 2.00
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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

Slightly cooler but still pretty warm. Did first part with Josh and then a little extra on own.

Avg. 9:10 HR 131

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
9.000.000.000.000.000.000.009.00

Strange morning out. Very pretty sunrise in a very cloudy sky. The wind was doing some very interesting things with these wispy clouds. It was so humid that it was really raining down just condensing before your eyes. It lead to a beautiful rainbow. With a mile to go it did start pouring the most refreshing cold rain. Happy Friday.

Avg. 8:35 HR 140

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 9.00
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
13.000.000.000.000.000.000.0013.00

Slept in but paid for it. Ran in what turned out to be the worst part of the day. Even though the temps were mid-70s at the start the RealFell/Heat index was in the mid-90s. I slowed down considerably over the duration of the run. It was also my longest in awhile. With both those things said it felt good to be out there pushing again.

Avg. 8:44 HR 153

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 13.00
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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Sleep again. Then in the later evening went for a very nice run. Mostly loops near the pond. But what was nice about it was listening to the frog chorus while watching an amazing heat lightning storm in a partly cloudy sky. Bright moon with lightening, very nice.

Avg. 8:00 HR 139

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 3.00
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
168.500.000.000.000.000.000.00168.50
Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 21.00Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 55.50Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 54.00Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 20.00Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 179.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 179.50Weight: 0.00
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