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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:

Get back under 3 for my next marathon, September 2018; Berlin!

A friend of mine recently brought to my attention "Team for Kids".
This group is part of the New York Road Runners (NYRR) club.

He has run for them in the past. People who run for Team for Kids commit to raising money that is then used to fund school-based and free youth events around the United States to help the youth of America adopt healthy lifestyles through running and fitness.

- Since 2002, Team for Kids has raised more than $57,000,000.

- This money has been used to support programs reaching more than 267,000 children nationwide.

- This funding, in addition to the items listed above, helps pay for training of teachers and coaches, program and practice supplies, and student incentives.

- For most of these kids, running with a NYRR program is their only opportunity to get exercise or play sports.

This year I will be running for this effort as a charity participant in the Berlin Marathon. My fundraising goal is $2,000.

Please help me make this goal by contributing to the following: https://runwithtfk.org/Donate/Member/56641

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy being a Master's Runner.

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: 35.50 Month: 151.50 Year: 1207.50
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 135.29
Saucony Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 226.22
Asics Japan #1 Gold Lifetime Miles: 43.00
Brooks Launch Neon #11 Lifetime Miles: 258.75
Brooks Launch Blue #12 Lifetime Miles: 294.50
Saucony Rides Grey #21 Lifetime Miles: 221.75
Saucony Rides Blue #22 Lifetime Miles: 230.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
81.000.000.000.000.000.000.0081.00
Saucony Rides #7M Miles: 20.00Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 35.50WM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony Rides #6B Miles: 12.50RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 50.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 50.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

The weather was nice enough to go on a family run. I took Kaitlyn on a snowman hunt running up and down the blocks south of SugarHouse. We found so many we lost count. We even found a snow elephant. Avg. 8:12 HR 125

Saucony Rides #7M Miles: 10.00
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
12.000.000.000.000.000.000.0012.00

AM: A new year and a new outlook on Mondays. I wasn't up back on "normal" schedule yet. But at least earlier than I had been the last couple of weeks. It was about 25 degrees colder by "RealFeel" but considering it is Jan  not too bad. I just took it easy to the MG overlook and back from lab. Mi 6 Avg. 8:35 HR 128 

PM: Overall the day went well for a Monday. I did a quicker altered home loop. Knee was a little sore at the end but otherwise fine. Mi 6 Avg. 6:58 HR 153

Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.000.000.000.000.008.50

AM: I have to enjoy the flexibility of my hours. I opted to sleep in this morning and got to see my girls before I started the day. However, because of the late start I ended up just doing the direct commute run. Mi 2.5 Avg. 9:26 HR 133 Ascent 481ft

Side note I just noticed that for my double yesterday my runs started exactly to the minute 12 hrs apart...

PM: Today went better than yesterday. Knee not as sore either. Air quality just horrible. Did another new variation of the home loop. Mi 6 Avg. 8:29 HR 132

WM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony Rides #6B Miles: 6.00Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 2.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.000.000.000.006.50

A very long day, not bad, just long. Ended up going back into work after the bedtime routine and then decided to do a late night run to the Memory Grove overlook. I did it as a look this time and the capitol building looks nice at night. Fortunately the sleet had stopped earlier so it wasn't too bad out. Avg. 8:32

Saucony Rides #6B Miles: 6.50
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
13.000.000.000.000.000.000.0013.00

AM: Maybe because of the late night yesterday, the 8F windchill this morning, or the orange air day (down from red at least) this morning was a death march. I managed to slog through it and did a similar run as last night but as a commute run. Mi 9 Avg. 10:03 HR 130 Total Ascent 1,007

PM: Well I'm glad the dedication paid off and that I wasn't sorry for forcing the issue. The day went fine. Then I opted for a hard treadmill workout. I did one mile warm-up avg. 6:30, starting at 7 working down to 6 at a regular quarter mile interval. Then from there I played around with the speed I dropped down a little too quickly, hovered around 5:33, then dropped it again for the last little. Final 3 in 16:36. I was pushing it and it felt good. The last tenth of a mile was twice as fast as my run this morning. Mi 4 Avg. 5:46

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 13.00
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

AM: Weather channel had it at 5F with no wind. I dressed warm and it didn't feel that cold. I'm sure I was wearing too much but it was nice to get back from the run without a frozen nose or toes... Memory Grove work loop. Mi 8 Avg. 9:00 HR 137

PM: Very busy but good day. Did two miles on the treadmill to warmup for a good stretch and a few exercises. Mi 2 Avg. 7:03 

Saucony Rides #7M Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50Weight: 0.00
Comments(2)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
21.000.000.000.000.000.000.0021.00

I didn't sleep well last night. But that didn't stop me from having the best run in a very long time. All pistons were firing. The goal was to run about 1 min per mile slower than goal pace. My A goal pace would be 5:55 for a 2:35 so I was shooting for 6:55. This is fairly hard to do as the portion of the race course I run on is the most hilly. Miles 3 to 14 and back (minus a little on the way back). This is probably my most common long run course so I'm becoming very familiar with these hills though. Total there is +1,145/-1,177 of elevation changes. I kept a pretty even effort and my pace more or less matched. I only had three miles slower than 7 min pace. My slowest mile was my first mile at 7:22. My fastest mile was my eighth mile at 6:28 which also had the most descent -141. Avg pace as a little quick but better than a little slow. Avg. 6:50 HR 162

Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 21.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
81.000.000.000.000.000.000.0081.00
Saucony Rides #7M Miles: 20.00Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 35.50WM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony Rides #6B Miles: 12.50RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 50.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 50.00Weight: 0.00
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