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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)
 

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: 0.00 Month: 10.25 Year: 1786.97
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: 296.75
Brooks Launch Blue #12 Lifetime Miles: 307.75
Brooks Launch Blue #13 Lifetime Miles: 153.75
Brooks Launch Black #14 Lifetime Miles: 115.50
Brooks Launch Neon #16 Lifetime Miles: 118.25
Brooks Launch Grey #15 Lifetime Miles: 114.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
52.500.000.000.000.000.008.0052.50
Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 16.00Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 20.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.13Saucony Compression Socks 1&2 Miles: 10.00Saucony Shadow #1Black Miles: 10.00Brooks Launch Blue #3 Miles: 2.50Saucony Rides #9 Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 40.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 40.50Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.000.000.008.0010.00

So hard for me to fathom that tomorrow is the last day of the year. It honestly feels like it started yesterday to me. For that matter it still feels like it is 2009... Where does the time go? Just did a south loop after a long day of family activities.

Avg. 8:15 HR 158

Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 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

A year-end recap

 

As always thanks to all who have supported me this year. It was so nice to partly be back on the blog. I don’t feel like I have contributed as much as I used to/should, but I still appreciate the support.

 

This year has been such a wild ride. In January I thought I’d be moving by June. Then in March I knew we’d be in Utah at least until the following June. That definitely caused some disruption in planning and life and was the constant undercurrent to this year. I also traveled more this year than any year to date. However, throughout it all I have maintained one of my highest mileage years since I started recording in Nov ’97 and was on 6 publications bringing my total to 23.

 

In fact with the run today I also hit a major running milestone, 50,000 km! Initially, and based off the 5K this spring, I was hoping to hammer a PR 5K today but that will have to wait. I started planning it when I hit the 30,000 mi mark. However, I never thought I’d get it done in 2012. The nice coincidence is that by hitting this mark I am exactly 1 mile into my 3rd highest mileage year ever. The only years higher are my record breaking 2008 (fun to turn 30) and the follow-up 2009 (2005 = 2564 4th, 2009 = 2674 2nd, and 2008 = 2797 1st).

 

Sunday when I started planning how to divide the final 22 mi to the mark I thought it would be nice to run 10 mi on Sunday so that I could have a 12 mile run as my last run of 2012. Yes I am a number freak. I am not exactly sure how this happened except that there were finally no major injuries and I kept consistent. My lowest mileage week was the first week of the year with only 23 miles. However, after that I had all additional weeks at or above 30 miles, with 23 weeks at or above 50 miles. Unlike 2008 when I had a number of weeks over 80 miles and four over 90 miles, my highest mileage week this year was a 74.5. By no means was this my fastest year and I was definitely more of a tortoise than a hare this year but I still managed one PR, a first since July of 2009! I also managed 11 races, more than 2010 and 2011 combined. It felt so great being back to running again.

 

Even as late as heading out the door this morning I was still planning on hitting some type of hard miles within this run. However, seeing the snow again and the ice underneath made footing very questionable at most places. At 3 mi I thought about turning around and doing the 5K on the treadmill but even with the questionable footing I was in need of the long run outside and just went with it. It snowed on me the entire run and was just a nice easy and relaxing run. I went to Memory Grove via a quick stop in lab to take care of my only bench work. Then took South Temple back up toward home. Saw deer in a couple spots and a few other runners out there.

Avg.  9:00 HR 132

There is a lot more I would like to write about life changes etc., but I think for now and for the purposes of a running blog I will close here with 2565 miles this year and crossing that 50,000K finish line. Next up 40,000 mi. At my 5-year average this will take me until about 2016/17 to complete…

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50Weight: 0.00
Comments(8)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Actually stayed up to welcome the New Year. Then slept in until 8:30am. Felt nice. I did have to work most of today which was a bummer but finished early and had some playtime with the family and a nice longer run. Then after a dinner out am back to it... Hit the new year hard. Random running.

Avg. 8:02 HR 130

RM 090416 Miles: 0.03Saucony Compression Socks 1&2 Miles: 10.00Saucony Shadow #1Black 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
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

AM: In to work early to take care of my lab work. It was cold, almost single digit with the windchill maybe below zero. Luckily I now know how to dress for this and felt fine getting in to work. Then after about 4 hr got picked up and working from home for the writing portion of my day.

Mi 2.5 

PM: New year but much of last year's to do list, so work and no PM run...

Brooks Launch Blue #3 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
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Year off to a good start but not exactly for the running. Only did a 6 mile acceleration run on the treadmill. I like these workouts. 

Avg. 6:57

Saucony Rides #8 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
4.000.000.000.000.000.000.004.00

Today was the last day of winter break for the girls so my routine should get back to normal on Monday. For now still ticking off the to do list. I think the training will pick up again once I know what race I'm doing next for now just getting a little in to stay sane. I like saying my running is the insanity that keeps me sane... So just another acceleration run on the treadmill. Right foot a little tweaked but that could just be the treadmill miles, and the harder finishes.

Avg. 6:45

Saucony Rides #9 Miles: 4.00
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
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

Low key day. Family errands and then a run while it was still light out, and in the double digits. Too bad I had to chew the air... Campus/A&W loop.

Avg. 7:56 HR 137

RM 090416 Miles: 0.10Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 8.00
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
52.500.000.000.000.000.008.0052.50
Saucony Rides #8 Miles: 16.00Brooks Launch Orange #2 Miles: 20.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.13Saucony Compression Socks 1&2 Miles: 10.00Saucony Shadow #1Black Miles: 10.00Brooks Launch Blue #3 Miles: 2.50Saucony Rides #9 Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 40.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 40.50Weight: 0.00
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