I'm retired from racing. Really.

April 2019

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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: 11.00 Month: 44.50 Year: 651.50
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 541.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 418.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 495.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 418.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 333.50
Road N2 Purple Lifetime Miles: 280.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 35.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
70.500.000.000.0016.0086.50
Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 27.50Trail M2 3 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

I've been getting very little sleep so collapsed into bed last night at 9:30 and was asleep soon after. Unfortunately, my body decided it had slept enough at 3:41 am. Oh well, I tried. 

Lunch- 6v6 on a cool, windy, sunny day. Good competitive game- I covered Graham all day with mixed success. Had a couple terrible throws but the rest were passable. No drops. My team was down 0-2, then tied 2-2, then 4-4, and we eventually won although both teams had a chance on the last point. Game ended on a bomb from Sam to Julian that seemed uncatchable but hung up just enough with the wind for Julian to run under it.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

AM 7 miles. Felt terrible right from the start and decided I'd stop at 4 if I didn't feel better. I didn't get a lot better but slogged through 7 miles.

I ran on the treadmill because it was supposed to be cold and rainy. Come to find out it actually snowed a bit during my run. Snow in South Carolina in April. 

Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Perfect weather for frisbee- 65 deg, sunny, not much win. 6v6 with a sub on my team. I'd say my team was a bit better. I played subpar with too many bad throws. Jason tore up his arm and had to go get bandaids from Dave's car, so my team played down 4 players vs 6 for a few minutes and almost stopped them- kind of fun to try. For the real game, we won 5-3, then switched it up and won 2-1 with 5v4 (I was on the team with more once I switched sides).

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Lunch- rain predicted tomorrow so 10 people showed up for frisbee today. Gorgeous weather- sunny, 70 deg, a little breeze but not so much to stop throws. Pretty fun game with lots of long throws. Elisha caught 3 of our points plus another long bomb just outside the endzone. I had 3 or 4 defensive plays I'm real proud of, each saving a point, including when where I was guarding the thrower who had an open receiver and I made him misfire. I had one bad throw but otherwise was accurate enough. Tom had a long, arcing bomb to me as I split two defenders in the endzone but it came in at ankle height and bounced off my fingers- that would have been an awesome catch. Next time. We played well (Tom said we only had 4 turnovers all game?) and won 5-3. Tired, but it's a good tired. Tom finally broke his losing streak, which had started March 6 on his 45th birthday.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Felt pretty tired today (maybe donating blood contributed). I've also been feeling weakness in my right inner hip flexor and lower back. Due to steady rain, I ran on the treadmill. Started slow and didn't pick it up much, but I did extend past the planned 5 miles. Stopped at 8 miles, 8:40-8:25 pace.

I had my body fat measured today. Back when I was training a lot and running ultras, I was generally 6-8%, which is very thin. As I ended my career in 2014/15, I had inched up to 10-11%. I'm now 20 pounds heaver and measured 17%. I guess that's still less than 82% of population, but higher than I'd prefer. Donuts just taste too good, and frisbee doesn't burn as many calories as straight running.

Road M2 3 Orange 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

AM 6 miles, 8:40 to 8:15 pace

Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 6.00
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Lunch- in the 70's, overcast, a bit breezy that increased as we progressed. 15 people, other team had sub. Good back and forth game, my team won 5-4 (I threw winning pass to Julian). Then 4v4 second game. With game tied 2-2, my team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory- we had 5 or 6 passes into the endzone that were incomplete for a wide variety of reasons (carried too far, curved the wrong way, hard to read, dropped). We found every way to NOT score. Other team finally won 3-2.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

AM- 7 holy-slow miles on muddy GE trail. 9:30-9:00 pace. 1 deer, 1 group of turkeys with a male, and 1 coyote. Slow, tired, sore, old. Blah. Staying up till 1 last night watching the game probably didn't help. It was exciting, though.

Trail M2 3 Miles: 7.00
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4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Lunch- 75 deg, sunny, a little breeze. GRRR- we definitely let the win get away from us today. My team was playing well and up 3-1. Then, we started doing horrible turnovers- drops, blocked throws, and mainly bad passes. I think 3 or 4 the other team's points came when they turned it over near their endzone, but then our thrower was SUPER slow in picking it up, letting the D get set up, and then we did a bad throw and immediately turned it right back over to them. Definitely more a case of us losing today than them winning. It's ok to get beat, but it's frustrating to beat yourself. We lost 5-4.

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4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Lunch- 80 deg and sunny, touch of humidity. Rain tomorrow so we had 12 people for frisbee today. My legs are noticably more tired and sore with no days rest- it was rough. My team was whupping on the other team in the warm up- we probably scored 5 straight points and were generally doing whatever we wanted. Sure enough, per tradition, the real game started, we made a couple quick mistakes and were soon down 0-2. We fought back to a tie, then alternated points with the other team always scoring first. They made very few mistakes. We ended up losing 4-5. Doh. Whoever plays worse early usually wins in the end.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Lunch- the rain actually held off but not enough people interested in frisbee today so I did rare lunch run. Upper 70's and humid. Felt terrible, stopped to stretch and walk a few times. Thought of stopping at 3 miles but kept going to 6. Blah. Felt a bit better by the end. Say a small group of turkeys, 5 or so.

Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 6.00
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Well, I've finally done it. I'd been having quad/back pain for a while, and I think the Wed/Thursday back to back frisbee games pushed my pains too far. While throwing some frisbees and playing soccer on Saturday, my right ham and quad started hurting so bad I could not run. I did foam roller yesterday, and today I did elliptical, stretch, and some drills while watching the marathon. Hopefully a few days or weeks off will get me back on track.

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0.500.000.000.003.003.50

PM- did some elliptical and stretching after work. Legs are already feeling much better, enough that I gave them a little shake out on the treadmill. Later, I tried playing tag with my kids but still felt enough soreness to stop. No frisbee tomorrow.

Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 0.50
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0.000.000.000.003.003.00

AM xt and stretch

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AM- XT then stretch, then a trip to the chiropractor.

Black Thursday- Mass layoffs among engineers at GE Power today. My team lost 40% of fellow application engineers, the guy sitting 1 cube down is gone, 2 former teammates, 4 people in the team I work with... it goes on and on. 17 in my department. It's an absolute bloodbath. There were 11 engineers doing what I do on my team 3 years ago. Now there's 3 of us, and I'm the only one with more than a year on the team. And the amount of work has increased significantly. I will miss all the people that are leaving- so many good, hardworking, nice people. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Lunch- beautiful weather, not beautiful frisbee. 7v7, other team had a sub. My team got stomped- turned it over a lot. Lost 5-1. 12 people for second game, we still played poorly but won 3-2. My back/quad/ham are super sore again afterwards. More layoffs again at work today, too, including the guy in my building who I'm closest to and talk to a lot. He's going through a nasty divorce and now he's been laid off. Brutal.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.000.000.000.003.00

only slept 2 hours last night. Figured working out this morning was as good of use of time as anything, but very sore from frisbee yesterday. 30 min elliptical, stretching. 

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Very sore and tired today. Did 20 min very low on elliptical. Back hurt all day today- I think last year when it acted up was during layoffs, too. 

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3.000.000.000.000.003.00

lunch- due to expected rain tomorrow, 6 of us showed up to play today. I'm less sore than yesterday but still far from 100%. 3v3 is LOTS of running. We started the game to 5 early as we were getting tired. My team won 5-3. I played pretty well, although had a couple very hard (but catchable) catches I missed. Then we did hot box just for fun- we didn't keep score but my team definitely scored more.

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No workout of any kind. The lack-of-motivation continues at work. A coworker and I decided to go see Avengers midday. Good movie. Then watch daughter's soccer game right after work. 2 more soccer games tomorrow, then wife and oldest gone the rest of the day with church stuff.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.000.000.000.000.002.00

My right quad/groin was still a little tight but feeling better so I decided to play ultimate. However, it twinged on every step and, after about 10 minutes, started getting more and more painful. After 20 minutes, I quit, limping badly. Really tweaked my groin. This stinks. I'll limping all over now. I've never had much of a muscle or groin issue, but this feels pretty serious. It will stink if I'm out of commision for a while. As my wife said, 40 has not been kind to me.

In some happy news, my 6 and 7 year olds are on a baseball team. The 7 year old hits the ball almost every at bat. My 6 year old had never gotten a single hit in the first 6 games, and only hit a foul tip in the most recent one. She is so happy and bubbly even though she wasn't hitting it, though. But she's been practicing, and today she got her first hit! She was so happy, and her team was doing well so hit her all the way home. Then she got her second, and then third hit. She scored on all 3 at bats today, and was literally jumping up and down. So cute. After, she was singing a song about how she can't believe she actually hit the ball. Gotta love kids

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Tried stationary bike. Hurt. Tried elliptical. Hurt. Threw in the towel for who-knows-how-long.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
70.500.000.000.0016.0086.50
Road M2 3 Orange Miles: 27.50Trail M2 3 Miles: 7.00
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