I'm retired from racing. Really.

January 2009

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Location:

Greenville,SC,

Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

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5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Goals 

None for now

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon

Personal:

I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 32.00 Month: 72.00 Year: 1492.00
XT Wings 3 Lifetime Miles: 235.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Peak Lifetime Miles: 282.00
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 500.50
Fuel 2 (road) Lifetime Miles: 454.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 263.00
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 174.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 237.50
Road M3 Black And Blue Lifetime Miles: 327.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
145.000.000.000.000.00145.00
NB 767 Miles: 21.00Adrenaline Miles: 58.00NB 768 Miles: 56.00Adrenaline 2 Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

I figure it is a good time for an end of year review.  For my goals, I did a pretty good job meeting them.  I stayed relatively injury free, met my mileage goal of 2500-3000 miles (I would have been pushing the upper end if it weren't for my slacking plus a number of sicknesses in Nov/Dec).  I did set new highs for weekly, monthly, and yearly mileage.

I placed top 3 at Striders, Logan Peak, and MMM, and barely missed my goal by placing 4th at Jupiter Steeplechase.  I crushed my 1/2 marathon goal by almost a minute and a half, though I completely missed my St. George goal. 

I would say the highlights of the year included the first 3 striders races, particularly the 10 mile- I really enjoyed the challenges of the hills.  I got sick before the 1/2 marathon, which threw me off for the 1/2, 30k, and Ogden marathon.  WBR was ok, but I don't think I'm going to do any more overnight relays- I've done 5 and the fun is gone for me.  I really, really enjoyed doing my first 3 trail races- Logan Peak was a very fun, challenging course where I learned a lot about trail racing while managing to win and set a course record.  Jupiter Steeplechase was just plain fun and I want to do better in 2009.  The high point of the year was the 2 week period where I crushed my 1/2 marathon PR by 2.5 minutes at the TOU 1/2, and then won the MMM and almost set a course record.  Fun times.  That was quickly followed by the low point and my only bad race of the season at St. George.  I had really been looking forward to that race and knew I was in sub-2:30 shape.  However, I think I had not fully recovered from my previous races, though I still would have run a PR except for the weather.  I can't complain about only having one bad race all year, though it is disappointing when it was the one I had been focusing on and building towards.  I planned to take a little time off and then train the rest of the year, but a very busy schedule combined with a number of illnesses have resulted in a end of year slowdown, with only 27 miles in Dec.

Now for next year- the first think I need to do is get in shape again for the Striders series.  I am really looking forward this these races.  Assuming I can do the training, I want to aim for 2:35 at Ogden.  If I can get that, I plan to run very few road marathons in the future.  I am definitely running Wahsatch Steeplechase in June, something I have always wanted to do.  Things are a bit fuzzy after that, though there will be an emphasis on trail races and ultras- potential races include the Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run 15k, Wasatch Speedgoat 50k, Jupiter and MMM, TOU 1/2, maybe pace someone at the Bear 100, run the Ogden Valley 50 miler, and maybe run NYC marathon in Nov.  Who knows.  First I have to get over this darn cold and get in shape.  I want to run 3000+ miles and stay injury free.  That is the plan for the year- should be a fun one!  I'm tentatively planning on a 100 mile ultra in 2010, so I better get ready for that!

Happy New Years, everyone!

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

The roads were pure ice, covered with 2 inches of new, dry, very slick snow.  In other words, the absolute worst running conditions possible.  So I went to Planet Fitness and was greeted with my first every Pizza Night!  All you can eat Pier 49 pizza!  Needless to say, I was determined to get my membership's worth.  I ate one big piece immediately, ran 3 miles, ate another piece (yup, I still have my stomach of steel), ran 3 more miles, then finished with 2 more pieces.  Yummy.

NB 767 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

6.

Adrenaline Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

8

NB 767 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

Seven.

NB 768 Miles: 7.00
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Goose Egg, which is too bad cause I really wanted to run every day this week.  But when you first step foot in your house at 9:30 pm, it makes it real hard to run that day.  12 miles tomorrow with Paul.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

Long run- it was my longest run since Nov 15 and my first run of more than 10 miles in a month.  Paul and I did the Youngward loop with a bit added on so I could get 40 miles this week.  Normal amount of chattiness for he and I, though I was breathing hard.  My legs were pretty tired by the end, as expected.  But I made it- it's nice to have enough fitness that I can take 2 months off and then just get up and run a half marathon distance (run, not race).

I got 3 running related Christmas gifts this year from my lovely wife, and I used 2 of them for the first time today- fleece headband/earwarmer, and a Garmin 205!  What a great wife!  I'm sure I will enjoy the Garmin.  Unfortunately, I somehow stopped it mid run today so cut out 3 miles.  But per Paul's garmin, we did 13 miles at 7:30 pace.  I have to comment on how most of my runs this week on a treadmill feel harder at 7:30 or even 8:00 pace for 6-8 miles than it does to run 7:30 pace for 13 miles on the roads.  I really struggle to run fast on treadmills.

Now it is off to an adult's pinewood derby, then watch NFL football!

NB 768 Miles: 13.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

7.  My left foot started hurting at the end of the run, so I will retire them one run earlier than planned.  So long, shoes!  They were good ones.

NB 767 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

It was my first run with Cody since Nov 15.  We did a Planet Walk/Providence loop.  I only planned on 7-8, but we ended up doing 10.  10 miles, 1:15:30.

Adrenaline Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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Almost 15 hours at work = no run.  I'll try to get up for a 4:30 am run tomorrow, but will likely be working 14 hour days every day till next Wednesday.  Fun.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Another 14 hour work day, leaving the house at 6 am.  I knew if I went home I would not get out the door to go running, so I took my clothes and went straight to the gym after work.  I did 6 miles at 7:30 pace, 2.5 miles at 6:30 pace, then .5 mile at 6:00 pace, then 1 mile at 8:00 pace to cool down.  Got home after 9 pm, just in time to say good night to my girls, shower, and now go to sleep.  Ah, life.  But it was good to get a run in, and my first run with faster miles.  Another long day tomorrow.

Adrenaline Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

13 hours at work, then straight to the gym (if I step in my house, I won't get out again).  8 easy miles.  My left foot is really starting to hurt under the arch, which isn't surprising given my 0 miles to 40 miles in one week.  Ice, rub, and hope it gets better.  PF? 

Not sure if I will get a run in tomorrow- I will be at work all day (and on Sunday, too).

NB 768 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

A lovely 12 hours at work.  After, I went straight to the gym and had just enough time for 6 miles before they closed and kicked me out.  Foot bugged me all day, the first time I have felt anything when I wasn't running.  A full day of work again tomorrow.

Adrenaline Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

14 hours at work yesterday, and Marci went running when I got home. By the time she got back, I was way too tired to run. So I got up this morning and left for the gym before 5 am, in hopes of doing a double today (assuming I can stomach another run at 8 pm).  The place was surprisingly busy- I saw Paul and Mark Jorgenson.  I did 1 mile at 7:30 pace, 3 at 7:00 pace, 1.5 at 6:30 pace, 1 at 6:00, then one cooldown.  Hopefully I can get more tomorrow.

Adrenaline Miles: 7.00
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What I dubbed my "Hell week" is finally over.  I intended to run after work yesterday, but ended up working from 6 am until almost 10:30 pm, so it was well after 11 when I got home.  In the past 8 days, I worked 96 hours with no days off.  If you account for my 2 hours commuting each day, it averages out to 112 hours (14 hours per day) away from my family due to work.  I know in some professions it is common to work 80-100 hours per week, and all I can say is I would quit if that were me.  This week almost killed me- I went days without seeing my kids, and all I did was work and sleep.  Fortunately, I am taking tomorrow off work so should be able to do a double to make up some of the miles I missed.  It is definitely easier to run 100 mile weeks and work my normal hours than it is to work as much as I did this week- I have no idea how MichelleL runs so much during her busy tax season.  I travel to Florida next week for business, so getting my runs in will not be easy.  I have just been so busy this month that getting in a good running routine has been difficult.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- 8.

NB 768 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

AM- 6

PM- 7.  I planned on 10, but had to cut the run short due to foot pain.  I have had a pain under my arch for a few weeks that has annoyed me and caused a bit of pain.  I haven't done anything, and it hasn't gotten worse or better.  During today's run, it became painful enough that I started to limp a bit, then it became almost excruciating.  Hmm, better do something now.

Adrenaline Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

After 3 days rest, I was hoping my foot would feel better.  It hurt for the first 1/2 mile, then started warming up a bit.  I ran for a few miles, then did elliptical with Paul while talking to him about PF, then ran another bit.  It hurt during the last part- dang it.  I'll have to really start treating this.  6 miles total.  Now it's off to Florida.

NB 768 Miles: 6.00
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Very nice, warm run on a 65 deg evening at 10:30 on the beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  No moon, so it was very dark, allowing me to see the cruise boats steaming out to sea.  I practically had the beach to myself and really enjoyed it.  The high was 10 deg in Logan today, so this was a nice change.  I wandered into the water at the very end, so I am hoping my shoes dry fast enough for a morning run tomorrow.  Now I will shower and sleep.  Tomorrow I will spend all day presenting my engineering drawing of the Ares Rocket to NASA that I have spent the past 6 months on at work.  Hope it goes well.

Adrenaline Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

10 at 7:30 pace.

Adrenaline 2 Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.000.000.000.0014.00

14.2 miles at just under 7:30 pace.  3 deg windchill when we started with plenty of icicles on eye lashes, clothes, and Paul's beard.  Cody and I did about 9 together, then we did about 5 more with Paul.  They even dragged me up the hill to Cliffside- man, I am not in good shape right now.  Foot hurt the whole time, but not overly so.  Longest run since SGM.

NB 768 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
145.000.000.000.000.00145.00
NB 767 Miles: 21.00Adrenaline Miles: 58.00NB 768 Miles: 56.00Adrenaline 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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