I'm retired from racing. Really.

March 2018

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Location:

Greenville,SC,

Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I also maintain a blogspot running blog. Check it out. 

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: 16.50 Month: 83.50 Year: 512.50
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: 541.50
Fuel 2 (road) Lifetime Miles: 463.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 350.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 421.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 237.50
Road M3 Black And Blue Lifetime Miles: 458.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 104.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
74.504.000.000.0013.0091.50
Trail M2 2 Black Miles: 15.50Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 22.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

AM- 5 miles on GE trail on a drizzly morning with lots of puddles. Saw 10 turkeys but they stayed a little ways off my path. Plus about 10 deer and a blue heron.

Trail M2 2 Black Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.004.000.000.000.0010.00

AM 6 

Lunch- fields were dry enough to play on despite two days of rain, but we made 2 small fields, each with 4x4, to stay out of middle muddy spot (caused by shadow of 1 big tree). Windy. I've been religiously icing my arm/shoulder, and it's feeling better though far from normal. Still restricting my play, especially backhand throwing.

I had a good team today. We won the first game 5-2, then played the other winning point. One of our guys immediately went down with twisted ankle, so we played the other team 3v3 and quickly got up 3-0. They brought on their 4th player, but we still won 5-3, despite being down. After both games were done, we cobbled together one more 4v4 game, which my team won 5-3. 

Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM4. shorter than usual on account of rather sore back recently and not wanting to overdo it

Lunch- 6v6 frisbee. Slight breeze, great conditions. My team won 5-4.

Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 4.00
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6.000.000.000.000.006.00

AM 6 on the treadmill cause I didn't feel like running in the cold rain.

Lunch- 45 min yoga class. I've been very sore and tight lately, especially my lower back. I figured a bit of yoga could help. I'm the least flexible person in the room.

Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.500.000.000.000.007.50

AM- 4.5 with Paul at exactly the same pace as my treadmill run yesterday, except we ran around neighborhoods

Lunch- 6v6 frisbee in perfect, 50 deg weather with a pretty strong breeze. My team had a speed advantage. We won 5-3.

One of the guys on my team today said he really needed a win today as he had been on a long losing streak. I hope I don't jinx myself, but I went and look and my team has won 13 straight (not counting one game where we played down a person)

Trail M2 2 Black Miles: 4.50
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6.000.000.000.000.006.00

AM 6 slow miles on GE trail. Around freezing temps. 3 deer, and 10 turkeys blocking my path with a half mile to go requiring minor reroute.

Trail M2 2 Black Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

no run on account of being tired and sore

Lunch- 45 min yoga, then frisbee. Temps were nice, very breezy, 7v7. I played terribly, especially my passing. And my team could have used 1-2 more good throwers. They were doing a zone and we just didn't have the enough throwers to beat it. It was a 5-2 massacre, and it wasn't even that close. I got frustrated enough that I kicked a cone at one point. I haven't gotten that frustrated during frisbee for a while. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

AM 5 on treadmill. Legs felt ok but back was done after 5 miles

Lunch- cold, rainy day. Only 4 of us crazy enough for frisbee so we did 2v2 hot box. Alex and I won 5-2.

Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 5.00
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1.000.000.000.000.001.00

AM- I managed 1 mile before back hurt enough to stop

Lunch - yoga

Definitely sick- I have a cold. I blame daylight savings time.

Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 1.00
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sick at home, no workout

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Lunch- 16 people for frisbee. Neither team played great- I missed a few catches and throws, but played some good defense, even if I was fairly tired and easily winded from being sick. My team won 5-2.

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Am- just stretching and some strengthening exercises

Lunch- it was supposed to be rainy but was quite nice, no rain, overcast, small breeze. Only 7 people showed up but we grabbed one more who was running on the track. Lots of running with only 4 people per team. My team won 5-3.

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AM- had to do something physical as I'm going stir crazy not running. Did 30 min bike plus a lot of stretching my back.

I've taken to not publishing my blog posts recently. I'm composing and saving all of them, just never publishing. No one on the FRB has noticed yet, or at least no one has commented on my almost 4 week absence other than my mom. Just an interesting data point.

I'm not one to maintain regular contact with friends who move away. I'm finding I feel rather alone most of the time these days with almost no one to honestly talk to. I've run with people for most of my life, till recently. Now, I don't run at all due to injury, and pre-injury, I did every run solo. I've run thousands of miles with Todd, Jim, and Aaron, but they all left the company in the past few months, so no lunch work runs with them. The openness and cameraderie of running buddies is completely gone. I love my 3 days a week of frisbee (probably the highlight of my week), but you don't get the hours of open talking like during a nice run.

Work is rather stressful right now with lots of layoffs, forced retirements, and voluntary departures (I work for GE- look in the news if you want to guess the overall company morale). I try to not bring work stress home with me and be a drag on my family, so I don't really share much with my wife. Most of the people on my team are in other locations, so there's no one close to talk to here. The guy in the cube next to me is one of the few people I talk to about how we are feeling with work stress- we share thoughts and articles back and forth fairly regularly. Today, however, he said he was going to give me unsolicited feedback, then told me I've been  too much of a Negative Nelly with all the bad news and asked me to stop. So, I will- no more sharing feelings with him. It's pretty amazing that you can work in an office with hundreds of people yet sometimes go the entire day speaking to no one. Yet I'm working long hours, late- often till 8 or 9 pm. But still alone.

I feel like everyone has thoughts and feelings about work, stress, life, etc., and that we need somewhere to process/discuss/share them. More and more, though, I don't feel like I have anyplace to open up. The few people I can open up to have mostly left. I don't want to burden my wife. I've been struggling with depression for a number of years. I feel alone most of the time but then push away people. It's an interesting situation. I enjoy talking to people but feel like there's no one to talk to, no one who is interested.

Some may say that I'm being self-centered. I just need to stop looking inward and go help others. Probably a fair statement. Hard to do when you feel isolated, shut out, unwanted. Maybe I'm having a mid-life crisis and reverted to being a teenager with all their feelings of isolation.

I think the FRB is a reflection of my life and feelings- I used to have lots of real-life friends who were also on the FRB. There was lots of blog commenting. Now we've all moved apart, and the blogging and commenting has petered out. I don't know the last time I saw a FRB-er in real life, especially since Cody left FRB. 3 years, maybe, when I saw jtshad? Heck, even James and Allie just moved- I never saw them, but at least they were near. If I run or not, there's no one to know other than me. I'm not one for social media, but external encouragement can help.

In Utah, I had a lot of coworkers I was close to and we honestly talked. Here, only a couple, but the talking is very intermitent. Life can be lonely.

I'm not sure if I'll publish this or not. If I do, I'm not sure if I really want anyone to read it, or if anyone will. It's kind of a stream-of-consciousness post, I guess. I saw that Rob Murphy was having a rough day, though he didn't go into details. I think most of us struggle some or most of the time with all sorts of doubts/insecurities/trials, but we generally try to maintain a stoic, strong outer shell. I guess my shell cracked a bit today and a little of the truth leaked out.

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Lunch- windy day, only 6 people so we played full frisbee 3v3. My team was slower and I think we did well to do as well as we did, especially considering the other team had some great defensive plays. I had some great catches and was ok on defense, throws could be a bit better (wind didn't help that). Fun game overall, lots of running. My team was down 3-0, and ended up losing 5-3.

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xt and stretch

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yoga and frisbee. I didn't play the best, but lots of people were dropping it. For some reason, I ended up with lots of physical contact today- jostling, a few of us knocked each other down, etc. None on purpose, but a lot more contact than usual. I was joking by the end about all the people I was beating up. My team lost the first game 5-3, then a smaller group played again and my team won 3-1.

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AM 20 min bike, stretching. Back is worse today, due to excessive sitting today

Lunch- frisbee. 4v5 for most of it, then 10th player showed up just as we started the game, requiring 2 of us to switch teams. My team was down 4-2 but scored 3 straight for the win. Cool, a bit breezy.

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AM bike and stretch

Lunch yoga

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Only slept less than 1 hr last night for no particular reason, so tired today

Lunch- warmer, steady wind, 7v7 frisbee. My team got down 0-3, then tied it, then lost 5-3.

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Am bike and stretch

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AM stretch

Lunch yoga and frisbee. 6v7 on a windy day. My team lost 5-3.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
74.504.000.000.0013.0091.50
Trail M2 2 Black Miles: 15.50Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 22.00
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