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August 2013

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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
144.500.000.000.000.000.000.00144.50
Brooks Launch #4 Miles: 37.00Saucony Rides #10 Miles: 32.00Brooks Launch #5 Miles: 34.50Saucony Rides #11 Miles: 41.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.22
Night Sleep Time: 169.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 169.50Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

So today was my first day as a professor. Assistant professor but still a start. Really it signifies the end of a 30 year race and a start to the next 30 year race. Since kindergarten I said I wanted to be a scientist and now at 35 I have my own lab. The next few years are going to be a whole new set of challenges. From the perspective of the blog one of the most critical is keeping the balance I have worked so hard to nurture throughout the training. No run today but I did have a great day. Even started with a publication being accepted. 

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

Second longest run since we moved to Alabama. My left heal is still being a pain but other than that it was a nice morning (no foggy glasses today). Happy Friday!

Avg. 9:03 HR 128

Brooks Launch #4 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
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Up crazy early, no alarm. Got some work done and then out for a fairly pleasant run. Definitely starting to know the streets around here. All mostly loops from a central parkway but at least I'm mixing up the standard out and back. 

Avg. 8:11 HR 137

Saucony Rides #10 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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5.500.000.000.000.000.000.005.50

Still up before my alarm. But at least I got some decent sleep. I was up once or twice through the night with some storm action. This led to a very muggy run but it still felt good. I pushed a few stretches but still kept it relaxed. Anxious to get back to real training but need my schedule a little better defined and need a target race. Definitely nothing on the calendar right now.

Avg. 8:16 HR 132

 

Brooks Launch #5 Miles: 5.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Up before 4am. Part of the early waking is an earlier bedtime. Really the best way to get everything in the day. Morning is easier to get the run and some work in than the evening. Saw two deer at the end of my block. 

Avg. 8:51 HR 119

Saucony Rides #11 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Nice morning run. Nothing special.

Avg. 7:56 HR 146

Brooks Launch #4 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Just to work. No run. Trying to catch up with some remaining Utah to do list items.

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Doing what I can. The office set-up is going well and I got a lot done yesterday. Started the day off right but crawled the rest of the day. Say three deer this morning about a quarter mile from the house. 

Avg. 8:41 HR 126

Saucony Rides #10 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Happy Friday. This week seemed the most routine. It also marks the end of my first official week on the job. Things are going slower than I would like. I had hoped to have finished off more on the data end but I did at least get my office and computer setup finalized. So next week should be good to go. The run this morning was nice. 

Avg. 9:10 HR 120

Saucony Rides #11 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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

Did a few more miles with some spots a bit quicker but my heal did complain. Even with that it was a nice run. Then the day was chores around the house. I have to give it to Craftsman. We had purchased a lawnmower and weedwacker in St. Louis. They spent the last 7 years in storage as our last place had lawn care with the rent. I just filled them with the right gas and oil combos and they started right up. The lawnmower did need a gas line replaced which turned out to be the rest of my afternoon but all and all happy to have that done and to have mowed the grass again for the first time in over 7 years. 

Avg. 7:46 HR 135

RM 090416 Miles: 0.10Brooks Launch #5 Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.50Weight: 0.00
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One of the few days I slept until my alarm. Overall a good day but no time for a run. Started with church then off to a house warming for a neighbor followed by guests visiting us. After the girls went down though I had to work instead of run... Up until midnight.

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

I can count on one hand the number of times I have been woken by an alarm clock since moving to Alabama. I hope that means I'm just getting enough rest. Up early and into lab to start the week. A very busy day. It is amazing how quickly things pile up. Now that I'm officially in the system a number of items have popped up that need to be taken care of. It is good and I am but it is keeping me from finishing off some work for Utah. I want that done so I can move on. In the evening I decided I needed a run so I went and did a little extra. 

Avg. 8:44 HR 131

Brooks Launch #4 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Up early for a run and then into work. Today had a number of paperwork surprises. It seemed like every time I opened my in box there was another e-mail that actually needed attention. I'm used to a lot of e-mail but normally 90% could be put aside. Lately it seems like 90% needs to be addressed and usually within a day or two. A little tough adapting but I enjoy the challenge. 

Avg. 8:59 HR 113

Saucony Rides #10 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Today is my fourth run that I have seen deer. I am not sure if it is the same one or switching around. I felt good this morning. Hopefully I can tick off a number of items. Up before 4am (no alarm) and took care of a little work before the run. Now off to lab. 

Avg. 8:22 HR 126

Saucony Rides #11 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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I was impressed this morning. Started my run a little before 4:30am and still saw three other people out there. Also, saw 6 deer this morning and a 4-5 inch long millipede. It was even slightly cool at the start of the run.

Avg.  8:46 HR 108?

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Brooks Launch #5 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Managed to sleep a little extra. I was surprised even though I was earlier yesterday I saw three people. Today I didn't see any. I think that is the first day here not seeing someone else. I did see a deer. This one was much further into the subdivision. The new animal sighting was a momma opossum with three babies riding on her back.

Have a great weekend.

Avg. 9:00 HR 122

Saucony Rides #10 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Bummer. Hammered my knee playing basketball last night. Think I just bruised right on the knee cap. So hurt not injured but limping this morning so I just bagged the run. See how it loosens up today. 

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Today is my wife's birthday. I took another day off. After church we went bowling for only the second time in about 7 years. It was fun. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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In to work before 6am so no morning run. Trying to get some stuff done. Then after the bedtime routine had a nice evening run. It started raining about a mile in and felt so nice. The perfect summer rain. Because of the evening run I did break my deer sighting streak.

Avg. 8:11 HR 142

Brooks Launch #4 Miles: 5.50
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Back up early and back to the deer. Two sets of three. Nothing else really to write about other than the deer. It is usually still dark when I run so spotting the deer under the street lamps is what I have. 

Avg. 9:57 HR 114

Saucony Rides #11 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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One of those humid mornings. My glasses fogged up a little. I think the deer know I'm on to them. This morning I could see them from my driveway, 5 of them. Then a little ways away I saw a 6th. Does it still count as a run if you don't get your HR over 100?

Avg. 10:04 HR 98

Brooks Launch #5 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Did not sleep well last night, although the total was the same I'm dragging today. More on the deer story. This morning I only saw two, from the driveway again. But this time there was a buck. Pretty good rack on it. It was a great temp out but still the super humid that my glasses fogged up a little. I'll have to look into contacts again :)

No Garmin

Saucony Rides #10 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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About the same as yesterday but the deer did sleep in. Today I saw four but all on the way back not on the way out. 

Happy Friday

Avg. 9:45 HR 125

Saucony Rides #11 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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8.500.000.000.000.000.000.008.50

Slowly getting back to it. Still dealing with the heel pain but happy to be getting some runs in. This morning I slept in a little and it was actually light out. So I did not see any deer but had a good run anyway. Did a new loop through an adjacent neighborhood.

Avg. 9:01 HR 112

Brooks Launch #4 Miles: 8.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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No run. Just catching up on sleep and then family time and errands.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
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Not much going on this morning. Just trying to get a good start to the week. Lots of things coming up as August is already almost over... No deer but did see a few other people out.

Avg. 8:36 HR 60? That has to be a mistake.

Brooks Launch #5 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
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No deer again. Ok run.

Avg. 8:02 HR 74? I did try and spook myself so I think the battery might be going...

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony Rides #10 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Slept in a little so a later run. Actually in the light! So definitely no deer.

Avg. 9:12 HR 120

Saucony Rides #11 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Evening run. Started right as the sun was going down. Saw a few dozen bats circling the nearby field. I pushed a few segments of this run. On the way back the deer were out. I saw two solos and a group of 4 for 6 total.

Avg. 7:47 HR 108, no way my heart rate was that low. Will try and get a new battery to see if that makes a difference

Brooks Launch #5 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
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This getting up a little after 4 A.M. thing is working out pretty well. Get in a good run. Get to work and still have an hour or so before other bodies show up. Very productive mornings. That being said nothing special about the run. It was slow. I did not get a chance to test the HR monitor. I have another one laying around so I'll see if I can find it and switch out if my mom's Sea Level theory pans out. It makes sense there is more oxygen in the air so hopefully more goes through the body per heart beat. 3 runners, 3 walkers, and 2 deer this morning...

RM 090416 Miles: 0.10Brooks Launch #4 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Managed to sleep in a little. Started in the light and still saw one deer. Not as many other people out as I would have expected but it was very humid this mornig. This marks my longes run and highest mileage week since the marathon.

Avg. 8:24 HR "72" I really need to find the other heart strap...

Saucony Rides #11 Miles: 10.00
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
144.500.000.000.000.000.000.00144.50
Brooks Launch #4 Miles: 37.00Saucony Rides #10 Miles: 32.00Brooks Launch #5 Miles: 34.50Saucony Rides #11 Miles: 41.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.22
Night Sleep Time: 169.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 169.50Weight: 0.00
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