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November 2011

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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
143.500.000.000.000.000.000.00143.50
Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 38.50RM 090416 Miles: 1.01Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 39.00Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 39.50Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 18.00Saucony Rides #7 Miles: 8.50
Night Sleep Time: 207.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 211.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM: Was watching TWC and saw the 20% chance of rain to open the door to a downpour. The temp was still ok and the direct run into work was fine.

Mi 2.5; Avg. 7:55 HR 162

PM: Today was better than yesterday at work but still trying to figure things out. Too much up in the air at the moment. Came back again and did an Ave run from campus. I forget how hilly it is there.

Mi 7.5; Avg. 7:22 HR 153 (always interesting about the AM/PM HR considering this was a harder run both pace and effort wise).

Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 10.00
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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

A&W commute run. Just keeping it going.

Mi 6 Avg. 8:51 HR 143

RM 090416 Miles: 0.07Saucony Rides #6 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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

I really needed to clear my head. Slept in some extra time and took an extra long run into work via Memory Grove.

Avg. 8:08

RM 090416 Miles: 0.26Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 10.00
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
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Trying to be better about sleep. Too much thinking to do this week and next. It was raining but it felt good. 

Avg. 8:54

RM 090416 Miles: 0.07Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 2.50
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
9.000.000.000.000.000.000.009.00

Still focused on sleep and clearing my head. I had hoped to join Andrea, Jake and crew for a workout but it is better that I didn't. Besides the 4+ inches of snow up by me I was just wiped. Even with the extra hours of sleep the last few nights. It was fun running in the snow though, especially in the early morning dark. I think of it as flying threw space with the stars (snowflakes) flying past my face. I had hoped for 60 mi this week but with everything going on at work etc. I think the extra rest was better for me than the extra miles. I did manage to make it home 5 min before my girls woke up so I got to play in the snow with them a little before making waffles with them and then heading into work...

Avg. 7:50 HR 140

RM 090416 Miles: 0.02Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 9.00
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
7.000.000.000.000.000.000.007.00

Run with John in the evening...

Avg. 7:59 HR 136

RM 090416 Miles: 0.25Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 7.00
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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Refreshingly cool morning run in. A&W commute run.

Avg. 8:02 HR 151

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Asics DS-Trainer #5 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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Guess what? I did the A&W commute run into work today! I bet you're surprised :)

Avg. 8:18 HR 142

Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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I've been MIA, traveling for a job interview. Today was all travel. I could have squeezed in a treadmill run but felt the extra sleep would do me better for the day of talking ahead. The whole family came with which also changes the dynamics a lot. It is the first work trip they have come with and overall the girls did great but there was no down time...

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
5.000.000.000.000.000.000.005.00

Managed to wake-up for a treadmill run. It felt good. The rest of the day was talking and touring around Birmingham. Also, had a good dinner that the family got to join with.

Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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The guy on the plane next to me was hacking up a lung and it looks like I did not avoid catching whatever he had. Opted for the sleep and hoped that I could manage another full day of talking. The fall colors here are beautiful. Dinner with friends that recently moved here from SLC. 

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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House hunting day to get an idea of the market and the neighborhoods. Managed to get some pool time with the girls before a final exit dinner and then off to bet to try and kick this cough.

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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One final day of travel. Made it back to Salt Lake by about 3:30pm but did not have it in me for a run. Still coughing... Overall the trip went well. It was nice to have a break from the normal work routine and the girls enjoyed the trip and the plane rides.

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
8.500.000.000.000.000.000.008.50

AM: Back to the grind. normal work routine today. Still foggy in the head from the cold but significantly less coughing. Direct commute run into lab.

Mi. 2.5 Avg. 8:38

PM: The day dragged on a bit and it is always a bit of a hurdle to get momentum again after time away. Did a home loop with John after the girls went down.

Mi. 6 Avg. 8:09 HR 135

RM 090416 Miles: 0.02Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 8.50
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

AM: Almost no coughing so far this morning. The weather was nicer than I was expecting and I was a bit overdressed but the run in was good. Legs are tired from all the down time (and probably sickness) the last few days. I swear I have been sick more this year than the last 5 yr combined :( A&W commute run into work.

Mi. 6 Avg. 8:44 HR 141

PM: ? Nope

RM 090416 Miles: 0.26Saucony Rides #7 Miles: 6.00
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

Still on the mend but improving. Slept through my alarm this morning. Good thing today was an analysis day and I didn't have an AM experiment. Went in late for a couple hours then a Memory Grove overlook run. 

Avg. 7:21 HR 150

Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50Weight: 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

AM: Nice sunset last night and equally nice sunrise this morning. The weather was perfect for running. A&W commute.

Mi 6; Avg. 8:45 HR 146

PM: ??? Nope

RM 090416 Miles: 0.05Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 6.00
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
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Worked from home today. Then in the late afternoon ran into work for one quick item. Did an Avenues run in. Went past the stadium on the way there and was sucked up in the crowd. I really pushed the pace there.

Avg. 7:25 HR 157 Ascent 1531 Descent 1522

Brooks Launch #1 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
12.000.000.000.000.000.000.0012.00

AM: Family run, pushing the girls. It has been a while and the fact that the snow actually stuck on the street/side walks this time made the run a super challenge.

Mi 5 Avg. 9:39 Ascent 441 Descent 453

PM: Suicide loop with John in the evening.

Mi 7 Avg. 8:08 HR 138 Ascent 868 Descent 902

Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 7.00Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 5.00
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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

I really have to tip my hat to Jake and Andrea for their efforts this morning. They have been so generous to give us all such an intimate view of what they have gone through this year as both runners and a couple. They have really been an inspiration to me and though they did not make their time goals I believe the overall experience has touched so many people in such a profound way that this in itself is a great accomplishment. I like Jake's quote from his race report.

"If you want to achieve great things in life, you have to push it to the edge, and sometimes that means you will fall short of expectations, especially when they are very high."

In any case I read their reports last night before my run and again this morning... Thank you for sharing this whole process...

My day was family until about 8:30pm then a quick run to Memory Grove and lab work until 11pm...

Avg. 8:06 HR 142 Ascent 921 ft Descent 1134 ft

Brooks Launch #1 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
10.500.000.000.000.000.000.0010.50

AM: Back to my no sleep pattern. Had to do experiments before the lab meeting... Just a direct commute run into work in the rain in 39F weather. Let's hear it for Mondays :)

Mi 2.5 Avg. 9:09 Ascent 433 Descent 128

PM: Original home loop down. Nice this evening. I was over dressed.

Mi 8 Avg. 7:47 HR 142

Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 8.00Saucony Rides #7 Miles: 2.50
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
9.500.000.000.000.000.000.009.50

AM: Commute run in.

Mi 2.5 Avg. 9:40

PM: A very rare midday run. It was just too nice not to head out the door. Did the Memory Grove loop with John.

Mi 7 Avg. 8:21 Ascent 1075 ft Descent 1149 ft

Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 9.50
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
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

AM: Not a good sleep night. Woke up before my alarm. Commute run in to lab. My throat was sore again after only about 4 days of being fine. Considering both my wife and oldest daughter are coughing I'm not too surprised though. Right knee a bit sore to boot. Probably going to back off tonight and tomorrow.

Mi 2.5 Avg. 10:25 Ascent 443ft Descent 99ft

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 2.50
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Slept in and spent the day with the family. Head still stuffy and achy so no run...

I hope you all had great Thanksgivings!

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00Weight: 0.00
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Still recovering. Had to go into work today but slept in first.

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00Weight: 0.00
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This cold/flu will not quit. Finally have some time off and am spending it sick, yuck. Took two naps today and the bit I was awake just wanted to sleep...

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 13.00Weight: 0.00
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Slightly better today. Made it to church and out of the house a little with the family. 

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
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

At least most of the cough is gone but the nasal congestion is still there. We'll see how today goes. Right knee pretty sore with all the time off. Like a rusty motor. Commute run in.

Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 2.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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My body decided I needed more sleep and I went straight through my alarm. Fortunately my wife was able to drive me into work only an hour later than I had wanted to arrive...

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
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Did not sleep well. Probably due to concerns about sleeping through the alarm again. Did the commute run into work. Still coughing but not as tired, even without the sleep.

Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 2.50
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
143.500.000.000.000.000.000.00143.50
Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 38.50RM 090416 Miles: 1.01Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 39.00Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 39.50Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 18.00Saucony Rides #7 Miles: 8.50
Night Sleep Time: 207.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 211.00Weight: 0.00
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