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September 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
87.000.000.000.000.000.000.0087.00
Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 25.50Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 29.00Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 22.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 8.50
Night Sleep Time: 162.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 162.50Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
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Even with the holiday could not get a run in. Had to do some work.

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

Didn't want two goose eggs but about the same thing. Started early with a class lecture and the day just dragged on.

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 1.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Had to be in early for an experiment and stayed late for a work dinner. Good day but no time for a run, especially when I had to work more after the 10:30PM arrival home.

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
1.000.000.000.000.000.000.001.00

Only one on the treadmill between work and rest.

Avg. 8:30

Saucony Rides Neon #12 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
1.000.000.000.000.000.000.001.00

Good day at work but just tired from the week. Treadmill only.

Avg. 8:30

Saucony Rides Neon #12 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
9.000.000.000.000.000.000.009.00

Up before the family and finally got in a run outside. It was humid but not too bad. Saw a few other people out including a coupld friends from church.

Avg. 8:47

Did a few more with wife while the girls played at the park.

Avg. 9:16

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 9.00
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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Up at 3AM and for whatever reason just went with it. Got one assignment done and then went for a sunrise run. Saw three deer and a blue heron standing on a platform in the middle of the lake. It was a good morning.

Avg. 8:40

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 6.00
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
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

To sleep a little ealier. Met up with church friend again. Same as a couple weeks ago. Saw three deer during the run. It was super humid this morning. It actually got foggier by the end. It was pre-sunrise. The moon was awesome but I guess tomorrow is the "super moon".

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Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Didn't get up and then had later work meeting. No run.

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Same as yesterday. But home even later as more social than work last night. Fun but 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
5.500.000.000.000.000.000.005.50

The group is growing. Ran with two friends from church this morning. It is good to have the company and the motivation not to skip a run. It is sad but I think I've skipped more runs this year than any 5 year period combined. But at least this mornings run was good.

Avg. 9:53

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 5.50
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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Long day, not as productive as I would have liked. Decided to do a treadmill acceleration run.

Avg. 7:21

Saucony Rides Orange #13 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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Slept in and then did a family run with some fartleks.

Avg. 8:15

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 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
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Did not sleep well so just decided to get up. Got some good work done and then I did a sunrise run. Pushed the pace with a few surges. It felt nice out this morning. Saw a lot of people out there.

Avg. 7:50

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony 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
5.500.000.000.000.000.000.005.50

Not a restful sleep. Up twice and got up without an alarm. Met with church friend for a loop. Likely be the routine for awhile. It is good to have people to run with again. Tomorrow it looks like we might have 4 people. Entire run before sunrise... Saw one deer on the last mile.

Avg. 10:07

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 5.50
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
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Slept a little better last night. Up early to meet with the church group. A new guy this morning but a different missing so three of us. Up to 5 though total so seems like we will always have some rotating through. Not as nice out today but still a good conversation.

Avg. 9:53

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Sleep over workout in the morning and long day so no evening workout...

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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Up about an hour before my alarm so did a little work before the run. It actually felt nice this morning. Also there were four of us total so the group continues to grow. We each start from a different point so it makes the mileage interesting. But went back a little extra today and happened to hit 6 at my driveway.

Avg. 9:40

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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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.000.000.000.002.00

Did not sleep well. Ended up meeting with the group again. Chaning each time but today we opted for a workout. We met at the turf field and kicked around a soccer ball for awhile. Tough to see in the pre-dawn. Then we did a workout that we each sprinted the field jogged back and added 20 sec to that time. Then set a watch on repeat, for me it was 1 m 20 sec. Then I did 13 repeats. Your rest could shrink each time if slower or grow if faster. I hit most of them with 22 sec left before the beep so I could have chosen a shorter time. Did some other running around.

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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

It is so sad but my arms are actually sore from the speed yesterday. Shows I've been out of it for way too long. My quads were also pretty trashed. Just did pond loops with the family. Now have to work today.

Avg. 9:06

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50Weight: 0.00
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No run, worked a little and then a family/church day.

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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In to work early, full 12 hr day. Then did an evening run after a little time with the family. Saw a deer by one of the ponds at dusk, it looked nice.

Avg. 8:35

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Up before my alarm but got back to sleep. When the alarm did go off I only wanted to go back to sleep but luckily was meeting with the group so got up. There were three of us this morning and it was about perfect running weather, mid- / low-50s.

Avg. 10:06

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Rare run with my wife. Very busy week with too many overlapping deadlines. Barely squeezed in this run but so be it.

Avg. 8:47

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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Run with the group. Three of us this morning. The pace is starting to pick up.

Avg. 9:26

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Sleep over run. I had a symposium I was speaking at today and needed to take care of a few things first. Because I took last night off (10th anniversary) I had to work after the girls went down. So much for a Friday night...

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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So it goes. Still having the feeling of two items put on my pile for everyone taken off. I hope that after Oct 5th things will slow down but really that will just be my start to take care of the things I thought I'd be doing this month... Did do the family run this morning before I started working. My youngest even ran a full mile with us.

Avg. 10:05

Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Up early to get a little work in before a day of family and church activities. Today we participated in the Magic City Miracle which is an outreach and service day to help aroudn the city. It was good and the girls enjoyed our activity. Helping bag 40,000 lbs of potatoes for distrubtion.

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Not exactly living by example. I always say since I do diabetes research I should know better than coming up with excuses as why I a not running but this month has just been too much work and the option with the deadlines I have is run or sleep and since without sleep you die... Not that it has stopped me in the past :) Maybe tomorrow.

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Had a group of 4 of us this morning. Yet another different set. This morning our pastor actually joined us. The weather felt good but it was foggy. Getting ready for an eerie Halloween. Nice run though.

Avg. 9:23

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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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
87.000.000.000.000.000.000.0087.00
Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 25.50Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 29.00Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 22.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 8.50
Night Sleep Time: 162.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 162.50Weight: 0.00
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