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October 2007

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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
189.000.000.000.000.000.000.00189.00
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First run, not pushing a stroller since the marathon. It felt good to get out and around the park. I definitely felt some aches and pains from the time off. My left foot has some pain but otherwise just felt good to be running again. I'm set on my next marathon SLC '08 and ready to start ramping my mileage back up.

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No running today. Still a little achey from the return...

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Great weather this morning. Back to basics. A couple loops of SH.

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Nothing big to report. Just miles for now. I'm getting jitters for the two big races this weekend. Good luck to all...

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Bad work day...

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SH loop before the rain started.

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2 with the family and then 6 on own. Best I've felt since the marathon. It was so uplifting to hear all the success stories coming out of St. George. It's a shame what happened in Chicago.

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Not too much new. Just enjoying reading the St George reports as they pop-up. Evening loops of SH.

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PM loops of SH

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I tried a different approach this morning. Instead of waking up really early to run in the cold and dark, I woke up very early to go into work. Then around 10am I went for a run in the mountains. It was slow going but great to see the light and get "out" into nature for awhile.

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Took the same approach today. Late AM run in the mountains. This time I took a new route south to This is the Place and then east. Some tough climbs. Slowest mile 13:00 fastest 6:46.

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No run today. I came in early to get in a late AM run but things didn't work out. I did however finally get my last thesis manuscript accepted. It was actually already published on-line yesterday. So it was a good day despite missing my run.

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AM run on own. I went out the door with Kaitlyn but with the rain decided it wasn't the best idea to push her around getting wet. So I just the the BST south O&B run. Out I did VERY easy, back I ran marathon pace but the effort to maintain it was much harder. I think my legs are s t i l l flat from the marathon. I am amazed at you guys that can to back-to-back-to-back marathons... Avg 7:10

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AM Family run.

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First day toward my goal. My "real" training will start on Dec 17th, however, everything I do from here on out has one focus. The SLC marathon on April 19th. I know this sparked a little discussion earlier but I believe this is the best marathon for me for three reasons. 1. Spring marathon, 2. No travel to the start (I live 5-10 minutes away), and 3. I can train on the course (My lab is a half mile from the start and I live 2-blocks from teh 2 mile marker.). I was up very late working last night so I didn't run this morning but made it in early enough to duck out around 1pm. I ran the first 4.5 miles of the course. Mile 4 is a screamer. I didn't even realize it but I was going 5:45 pace with relatively no effort. After I noticed that I made an effort to hold back. Avg 7:28 for the whole run. Two problems I see with running from work, 1. I have to finish up will or do trail running; 2. I don't stretch. When I run from home I always make time, from work I'm too eager to get back to it...

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First run with a group in awhile. Met up with the Black Sheep at the Kmart parking lot and did a run with some surges over the bridges on the BST. Felt ok, nice to talk to some people in person again about running.

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I took a lesson from Tues and ran along Wasatch instead of Foothill, nicer... I don't want this blog to become a rant about work. I like my work. However, it does seem that my running has focused more on trying to make time for it than actually enjoying it. The few discussions going on around the board highlight that at least I am not alone on this front. Instead I have come to look at my run as a nice break during the morning, day or night. Case in point, today I got into work early with plans to run around 10am however, work was busy. I did however finally get out around 3pm. The run was good. The first mile was beautiful then I get sleeting on for two miles and the rest I was drizzled on but I was warm enough by then. Avg 8:05

 

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Same course as yesterday just a little farther out. The weather was great. I got into work a little before 5:30 and was out the door for my run by 10:30. About a mile into it I decided I felt like some speedplay today. I decided to do the following: 2.5 mi wu then 4x1mi with 0.5mi recoveries. My plan was to shoot for 5:50/mile. The first mile mostly downhill was a very relaxed 5:52, the next mile was flat a little more effort 5:52, the third mile the previous in reverse in 5:49, the final mile was mostly uphill and it was a very painful 6:23. Recovery was 2.5mi back to lab. The warmups and recoveries were a very relaxed 8:30 to 9 min pace on the muddy trails. Avg. 7:47

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I ran an easy SH loop after my daughter went down for the night. Avg. 7:50

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AM family run, before the rain and snow...

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It was such a perfect day for a run. Just did a SH loop. Avg. 7:04

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Another perfect day for a run. In work by 5:30 out the door for a run by 10:30. I ran the first 6-miles of the marathon course and then through neighborhoods on the way back up. It was nice I was able to stop and say hi to the family for a minute as they were finishing up lunch. Avg. 7:08

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5:45am with the Black Sheep @ SH. Chad had a creative workout planned for us. 17 of the 20 or so of us who showed up were each given a section of the workout to choose what type of salsa we like. So it was a run of mild, medium, and spicy sections with a lot of hills and just general good fun.

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Fun run with a couple of my co-workers. We went to Virginia, up Virginia, to the big U, up over the U and continued up. Then headed down towards BST, NE towards Black Mounain and back down dry creek. About 200m to 400m of he up by the U and about 200m down the other side we had to walk but otherwise the rest was runnable.

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Another great day for a run. Dear I say it was even a little too hot... My initial plan on Mon was to do the same run as last Thur but my quads had other plans. Between the speedplay on Tues and the climb yesterday I had no pep in my legs today. So decided to just run a nice even recovery paced out and back. Avg. 8:39

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I didn't have a chance to duck out of work today. Ran in the PM after my daughter went to sleep. That was fine except the curry shrimp I ate for dinner before the run didn't like it too much;') Avg. 7:14

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Woke up a little early, did 6-miles on my own (SH loop +) then met up with my family and immediately added on another 3-miles. Avg. 7:49 then 10:10.

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About the same as yesterday. Early AM easy. First half alone second half with Kaitlyn. Avg. 8:29

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Skipped  run today. I don't know which of Sasha's list applies. I had a bunch. My AM meeting ran an hour over, I had an emergency project that needed 24hr turnaround, and I have family visiting from Chicago. No excuses though, I was just lazy...

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Early AM run with the Black Sheep. I was coach today. We did a ladder style workout in the cemetary at marathon pace. We went a little faster than pace but it was a good run. I did an extra long cooldown with Chad to get in a few extra miles... Avg. 7:34

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No run again this week. I still have family visiting and we went and walked around a lot. We went to Gardner Village in the morning and Trick-or-Treat'n in the evening.

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