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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
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Mt. Timpanogos summit attempt. Started on the Timpanokee trail. Were the second people to sign the login. Up at 4:30am and started just a little after 6am. The first hour was in the dark by headlamp. A little after that we saw the people who at started before us heading back down, they had not made it to the summit. The rest of the way was more or less on our own. We could see two groups behind us by headlamps but that was all. There was snow from the lot on. By about mile 4 were were breaking our own way through the snow. Once we hit the ridge the wind was very bad and we were in the cloud bank. We couldn't see too much. Between the wind and wet feet we opted to turn back at 11,423ft. I know that is only a few hundred more feet of ascent but it looked like at least another half hour of climbing and with numb toes and numbing fingers we opted to turnaround. I guess next time. We ran whatever stretches we could on the way down but between the snow and our packs we didn't run much more than 3 mi of the 13.5 mi we logged. Overall, Garmin had 5,564 ft of ascent. 

Saucony Rides #7M Miles: 13.50
Night Sleep Time: 4.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.50Weight: 0.00
Comments
From bgrun on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 07:57:05 from 69.219.144.169

Now you can add to your personal that you are crazy for mountain climbing in the snow too :) Glad you made it back in one piece.

From Adam RW on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 08:55:11 from 155.101.152.103

In hind sight we were both a little bummed that we turned around but at the time it seemed like the smart thing to do. The fact that we were starting to lose visibility made it not seem worth to to trudge to the top.

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