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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 November 3, 2019 done 

London Marathon April 26, 2020

Tokyo Marathon 2021???...

And my largest challenge to date, raise $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of my cancer survivorship and in memory of those lost to blood cancer...

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: 6.50 Month: 57.75 Year: 2232.25
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 135.71
Brooks Launch Gray #17 Lifetime Miles: 273.00
Brooks Launch Silver A #18 Lifetime Miles: 272.25
Brooks Launch Silver B #19 Lifetime Miles: 268.00
Saucony Rides Blue #23 Lifetime Miles: 267.75
Saucony Rides Black A #24 Lifetime Miles: 262.00
Saucony Rides Black B #25 Lifetime Miles: 262.25
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 76.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
32.003.000.000.000.000.000.0035.00
Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 21.50RM 090416 Miles: 0.25Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 10.50
Night Sleep Time: 46.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 46.50Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Today I celebrate 7 years of marriage to my wonderful wife Sandra. We spent the morning at church. A friend of ours brought her 4 day old baby so it was nice to meet her. The rest of the day was just chores but that is ok time together is still time together... Otherwise I took the day off of running to kick the last of the cold. I have not taken DayQuil since 9am and am finally breathing clear.

Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50Weight: 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

Unfortunately I'd say I'm only about 60% recovered. My breathing was fairly labored this morning and my legs felt like lead so I cut the run short. I did the lower campus commute run. The cool part of this mornings run is that right by the stadium I went to cross the street when there was a clearing in the few early morning commuters and at the very same moment 5 deer decided to do the same thing in the opposite direct. Me going from cemetery to stadium and them the reverse. They were maybe 50 m from me.

Avg. 9:06 HR 138 A 869 D 637

Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.50Weight: 0.00
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Slept in and then went on a hike with my wife's cousins from Australia. We did the Dog Lake hike at the top of Mill Creek for 3.6 mi round trip. The weather was about perfect and it was such a great way to spend the morning. The afternoon was the full family touring around Park City and watching the Olympic Skiers practice on their water jump. 

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

A&W commute run. Still coughing up some phlegm. Not sure about the weekend yet.

Avg. 8:31 HR 143

RM 090416 Miles: 0.25Brooks Launch #1 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
10.500.000.000.000.000.000.0010.50

AM: Wakara Way commute run.

2.5 mi Avg. 8:50 HR 130

PM: Memory Grove run with John. Later night. Full day.

8 mi Avg. 7:31 HR 154

Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 10.50
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

Wakara commute run. Finally not coughing up phlegm. I'll run tomorrow but not sure how it will go...

Avg. 10:07 HR 133

Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 2.50
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Race: OktoberFAST 5K (3.11 Miles) 00:17:41, Place overall: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.003.000.000.000.000.000.0011.00

First, I have to thank Jake and Andrea for putting this together and their sponsor Saucony for sending official race numbers! I like that level of local support for the running community.

Second, I have to thank Jake and Andrea for being so awesome. It was fun warming up and cooling down with both of them and I really look forward to seeing their perfromances in the trails. I rooting for both of you!

The day started fine. I slept in a little and got ready and ran down to the Highland High track (~1.5 mi). I then did some laps with Jake, Andrea and then Chad R. After that a number of other people showed up and it was great getting to meet a bunch of new people and seeing a few old faces. I even got to chat some with Allie and Paul. Both it had been too long.

The race started fine except my time off the track was obvious. I went out WAY too fast. My first 200m was in 36 sec. The next 400m was still too fast 78 sec and then I finally fell into rhythm but by then it was too late. I hit three nice 400m in a row 81, 82 and 83 but then fell apart. Total splits and don't ask me why I did the 200m first instead of last :)...

36, 78, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 86, 87, 89, 91 (YUCK!), 90 and 85

Total time was 17:40.57 HR 187

I was pushing but both the time off the track and my inconsistent training were obvious. Overall though it was a great experience. It was fun being on the track again. It was nice seeing Jake run even if he just missed his mark. It was great seeing Andrea get a PR. I wish I wouldn't have gone out like an idiot though and been able to have more of a race at least I hope I was a good target to help pull her along. I think she passed me at about the half way. ACorn also passed me soon after but I just did not have it in the tank to go with them. Hopefully next time on the track I'll be a little more controlled off the line.

After the run we did a loop around the park and then I ran home. The girls came to cheer us on and that was nice. Kaitlyn even did some running and both girls got race numbers. Sandra gave me my splits and cheered us on in the "dark corner" of the track with Paul and his kids as well.

All and all a great experience and thanks again! Especially for the cold chocolate milk at the end. I looked back and the last time I did a track time trial was June of 2007. It was a 17:45 (solo) but at least today was faster. Prior to that it was October 2004 in 17:31 and that was at sea level so I would say I'm pretty consistent so thanks for getting me out there.

Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 8.00
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
32.003.000.000.000.000.000.0035.00
Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 21.50RM 090416 Miles: 0.25Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 10.50
Night Sleep Time: 46.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 46.50Weight: 0.00
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