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September 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
286.750.000.000.000.000.000.00286.75
Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 129.50RM 090416 Miles: 0.66Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 24.00Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 114.50Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 10.25Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 8.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Just can't seem to sleep until my alarm... Up for run with Josh and a couple extra loops. Hopefully today is not as long as a work day. Much slower than last night.

Avg. 9:00

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 10.00
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
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Run with Sandra. Then writing day. Only way I actually get work done...

Avg. 8:39

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 5.25
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
10.750.000.000.000.000.000.0010.75

The more I work, the more I run... Funny how that works. I guess something about good work ethics being contagious. Was in lab from 5:30-5:30 + commute = long day... Plus long run to finish it off with. Really hitting the mileage again. Must be marathon season.

Avg. 8:24

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 10.75
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
9.500.000.000.000.000.000.009.50

Slept like crap. Would think with all the extra work and the extra mileage I'd be tired but nope... Up way before my alarm clock. Did a couple big loops and then a mile hard around the pond to finish it off (6:08, hard is relative I guess...).

Avg. 8:21

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 9.50
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
20.000.000.000.000.000.000.0020.00

Up before 4AM and still not able to beat the heat.

But I do have to say that today was one of my best runs in nearly over two years. I had two goals today. Get average pace under 8 and hit last mile as pond loops to try and get under 6 or at least beat the final 6:08 I did yesterday. Hit both so can't complain. Unfortunately, have to work the rest of the holiday weekend though... At least the running can be done in the early AM.

Avg. 7:36

RM 090416 Miles: 0.05Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 20.00
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
10.750.000.000.000.000.000.0010.75

Up early and worked until church.

Then some family down time, saw Minions...

Finished with evening run.

Avg. 9:01

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 10.75
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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Finally managed to sleep until my alarm. Then short family run before working all day and finishing with a work dinner with a visiting faculty member... So I labored on Labor Day...

Avg. 8:04

Saucony Rides Orange #13 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
10.750.000.000.000.000.000.0010.75

Busy, busy day. Up before my alarm and did one loop with Josh before heading into work.

AM mi 5.5 Avg. 9:30

Then a very hectic day, meetings/talks/etc straight through to the end of the day. However, do not want to fall behind in mileage so headed out for a second loop, solo.

PM mi 5.25Avg. 8:49

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 10.75
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
10.250.000.000.000.000.000.0010.25

Made it to my alarm but had to be in work early. Storm came through and made things nice and humid for my run. Did give me a nice light show in the distance and then a little bit of drizzle during the final two miles.

Avg. 8:31

Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 10.25
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
10.250.000.000.000.000.000.0010.25

Up to run with Josh. Hot and sticky out there... Did some random miles to hit the mark.

Avg. 9:26

Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 10.25
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
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

This week just flew by, my head is spinning. Electrical storm after dinner so just did a treadmill run.

Avg. 8:00

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 5.00
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
20.500.000.000.000.000.000.0020.50

Wow! It was finally under 70s at the start of my run. It even stayed more or less overcast the entire run. Felt good. Took it a lot easier than last Saturday.

Avg. 8:57

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 20.50
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
9.000.000.000.000.000.000.009.00

Took most of today off. The weather was perfect and went to the zoo with the family after church. Then worked a few hours prior to a late night run with two friends from church.

Avg. 8:56

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 9.00
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
8.500.000.000.000.000.000.008.50

Good work day finished by a nice cool run.

Avg. 9:17
 

Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 8.50
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
9.000.000.000.000.000.000.009.00

Another productive day. Wish they could all be this focused. Then late evening run with two friends from church.

Avg. 8:33

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 9.00
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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Rare run with Sandra. Did the Mountain Brook course. Nice climbs in that one...

Avg. 8:33 (identical to last night)

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 10.00
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
9.250.000.000.000.000.000.009.25

Honestly can't remember about this run. Writing entry a week late. At least the Garmin can remember the distance and pace for me :)

Avg. 8:24

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 9.25
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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

What I can, when I can. Got to run with my wife again today.

Avg. 8:25

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 8.00
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
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

From 20-miler to goose egg. The work push really begins today. Finish line Oct 8th...
 

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
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Another working day. Up early and worked before church. Did squeeze in a run after some family fun later that day.

Avg. 8:21

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 5.25
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
11.000.000.000.000.000.000.0011.00

20 hour day! Up early for work. Long run after dinner and then up late until work was done, sometime after 1AM. At least I got the run in.

Avg. 8:34

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 11.00
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
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Yesterday just had me wiped out. Almost bailed.

Avg. 9:09

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 5.25
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
13.000.000.000.000.000.000.0013.00

Wow, how'd a whole week slip by. Working like a crazy person. Four symposiums (two out of state) and a grant all in 12 days. And that is what starts tomorrow. I've actually still been running but fell off the mileage. Had a nice cooler run tonight. Saw one deer and a ton of people out walking. The first 12 miles I took very easy but hammered the final mile in a 5:35.6, one of my fastest miles in a very long time.

Avg. 7:55

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 13.00
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
13.000.000.000.000.000.000.0013.00

Similar run to last night but the final mile was as fast, still sub-6 though which makes this the fastest month for me in a long time...

Avg. 8:07

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 13.00
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
8.500.000.000.000.000.000.008.50

Traveling today, but also wedding anniversary so snuck in a run with my wife before heading to airport.

Avg. 8:22

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 8.50
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
12.500.000.000.000.000.000.0012.50

Lexington, KY running. Wild Cats were playing during my run so the streets were dead.

Avg. 8:00

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 12.50
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
15.000.000.000.000.000.000.0015.00

KY is a pretty state. I enjoyed running along the horse farms today.

Avg. 8:50

RM 090416 Miles: 0.60Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 15.00
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
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

Just trying to get some running in with a crazy work schedule.

Avg. 8:45

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 5.00
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
8.500.000.000.000.000.000.008.50

How is it possible that each year can be more intense than the last?
This, by far, has been a crazy year. Especially the last couple months.

Avg. 8:22

Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 8.50
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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Grind on the road, grind at work... I see the light but it is still such a small pin prick. Not sure how I will accomplish all I have set before me for the next week but one foot in front of the other is all I can do. Did get to run with my wife today at least. 

Avg. 8:42

Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 10.00
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
286.750.000.000.000.000.000.00286.75
Saucony Rides Silver #15 Miles: 129.50RM 090416 Miles: 0.66Saucony Rides Orange #13 Miles: 24.00Saucony Rides Red #16 Miles: 114.50Brooks Launch Aqua #6 Miles: 10.25Saucony Rides Silver #14 Miles: 8.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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