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August 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
101.000.000.000.000.000.000.00101.00
Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 36.00Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 35.00Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 30.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.25
Night Sleep Time: 180.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 184.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Ditto

Avg. 9:18

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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Family pond run.

Avg. 9:42

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50Weight: 0.00
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Just wanted to sleep...

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
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Just wanted sleep again. Did not have a restful night. The day went fine but did not feel productive. Did an acceleration run on the treadmill to avoid the heat and push it a little harder.

Avg. 7:35

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 4.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.00Weight: 0.00
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Treadmill run again. Slept slightly better last night but had a so-so afternoon. Mainly wanted to do the treadmill run to get to a light workout. I'm going to try and focus on whole body health a little more this month.

Avg. 7:57

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Tired but had to run this morning if I wanted to get it in. Cooler before sunrise but still pretty humid.

Avg. 9:51

RM 090416 Miles: 0.25Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Blah

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Garmin died. Both died this summer :(

Rough day. But had a good run. Headed out just as it started to rain. Sure I went slow but it was nice. 

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Obviously from amount of sleep I was not feeling good today. After the nap felt much better. Seemed like a stomach bug. So no run.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 12.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
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Much better today. Had some catch up to take care of. Low key day with a treadmill run.

Avg. 8:57

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
4.000.000.000.000.000.000.004.00

Not the most restful of nights. Woke up a few times before my alarm so just got up. Feeling better than Saturday though. Even though the rain barely glazed us it was very humid this morning.

Avg. 9:33

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Still up before alarm. Yesterday turned out to be productive but long, full 12 hr day... This morning was ok. Saw a lot of people running in the neighborhood (11). Probably all try to beat the heat although there is no beating the humidity. Nice sweat going even on this slow run.

Avg. 9:01

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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This week is just crazy. Too much to do and didn't feel like squeezing in a run.

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Well the insanity continues. Up early and I worked ~15 hr today only taking time to eat and this run. Since I was writing from home I didn't even have commute time. I did get to run with my wife at least which as the only real break of the day. Did not finish but got a big chunk done.

Avg. 8:58

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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No run, long work week but much better than the week before...

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Family run with a hard mile mixed in. Loops around the pond.

Avg. 7:52

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
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Early Sunday run before church and a fun family day before a bit of evening work.

Avg. 9:47

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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Up very early for work after a light night prepping for the week... No run.

Night Sleep Time: 4.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.00Weight: 0.00
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Ouch, ouch. Two tough nights in a row. Storm woke me up three times and I still had to be in early again. Things went well, just tired. Decided to do a treadmill run before the evening session of work. Got a good 14 hr of work in today and still playground time with the girls.

Avg. 7:09

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 4.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.50Weight: 0.00
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Sleeplessness continues with too much work = no run

Good days none-the-less...

 

Night Sleep Time: 4.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.00Weight: 0.00
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Slept in to make up for the last four nights... Good productive day and a treadmill run to finish it off.

Avg. 8:37

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Finally made it outside for a run. Continued with the strange sleep habits and was up a good 45 min before my alarm. Which was good because even with the pre-5AM start it was hot and humid out. A number of other people were thinking the same thing and even before 5:15AM I'd already seen over a dozen other runners.

Have a great weekend.

Avg. 8:32

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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No run. Caught up on sleep and some household errands. Then had to work a little in the evening.

Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50Weight: 0.00
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Up early and just went for it. Got in two hours of work and a run before the rest of the family was awake. One good way to be productive. I had some fun with my run this morning. One of my neighors was at the 2 mi mark headed toward the house, so I decided I'd try and catch her on my way back. I contined on to the 2.5 mi turnaround so by the time I got back to the 2 mi mark she had a mile head start on me. I managed to just barely accomplish my goal catching her one block before the finish. It was good actually pushing the pace again.

Avg. 7:23

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 4.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.50Weight: 0.00
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Busy day. Was going to skip the run but opted for one on the treadmill.

Avg. 7:37

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 1.00
Night Sleep Time: 4.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.50Weight: 0.00
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Got up early and ran with a neighbor friend from church. Met up with him at just passed a mile and then ran about 2.5 with him before finishing off home alone. It was good to have some company and discussion. Also, saw a deer on that last solo mile.

Avg. 9:56

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 4.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.50Weight: 0.00
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Needed to catch up on sleep. Things have really begun to pile up at work and the last few days I've been burning the candle at both ends. So slept in a little and did a run with my wife before starting the day. It will be a long one.

Avg. 9:09

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
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I am just destroyed this week. Had a great day in lab and got good news and stuff done. Just way to much replacing what I get completed. I ended up working a total of 15 hr today. Only did one mile on the treadmill to get the blood flowing and wake up.

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 1.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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So-so day, not as good as yesterday. Just jumped onto the treadmill to squeeze something in.

Avg. 8:30

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Family loops around the pond. Then had to work some. Too many things piling up lately.

Avg. 8:58

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
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The joys about not being able to sleep is that your see interesting things on your runs. It was very humid out because of the storms yesterday. I could see my breath and the fog was great over the hills. I ended up seeing three deer, two armadillos, and an opossum. The last stood there while I walked up to and just checked it out. Surprisingly I did not see a single other runner. Although I was up early even for me.

Avg. 9:14

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 9.00
Night Sleep Time: 4.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
101.000.000.000.000.000.000.00101.00
Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 36.00Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 35.00Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 30.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.25
Night Sleep Time: 180.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 184.00Weight: 0.00
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