I'm retired from racing. Really.

January 2016

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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 

Enjoy running, stay fit (and maybe lose a few pounds)

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: 9.00 Month: 89.00 Year: 1251.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 228.50
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 409.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 208.00
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 225.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1611.0046.0032.0013.00259.001961.00
Road N2 2 Grey Miles: 28.00Test Shirt Long Miles: 2.00Road M2 2 Miles: 408.50Trail N2 Miles: 89.00Test Shirt Med Miles: 1.00Road M3 3 Miles: 57.50Test Shirt Short Miles: 1.00Road M3 2 Miles: 46.50TS11 Miles: 235.50Fuel Trail 4 Miles: 6.00TS12 Miles: 242.50Test Shirt 3 Miles: 11.00Test Hat Miles: 8.00Test Shorts 2 Miles: 8.00Trail N2 2 Orange Miles: 62.00Road N2 Miles: 39.00Road M3 Grey Miles: 251.00
Weight: 156.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

My longest run after June last year was 10.0 miles. Forced rest and recovery. Now that it's a new year, my restriction is gone. I didn't intend to go longer right away, but I felt so good on this run with spry legs and great weather (60 deg, no rain) that I ran 10.5 miles in 76 min. I'm still not racing for at least 6 more months, though. That would mean a whole year of no racing, and 2 years of no competitive racing (yes, Western States 100 was non competitive).

Road N2 2 Grey Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

PM- several of us have a bit of stomach issues today. By the late afternoon, I felt mine had settled enough to do a short run without needing to carry a full roll of toilet paper. 4 miles in abour 31 min.

Road N2 2 Grey Miles: 4.00Test Shirt Long Miles: 1.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

AM- 11 miles. Planned on 10, and it was a slow 10 (mainly 8 min pace or slightly faster), but then I figured now that my 10 mile ban is over, why not throw on an extra mile, just cause I can. 

Road M2 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

PM- PM run with Seth and Barry. It was pretty cold out, below 40 and breezy. I actually felt really good, as opposed to yesterday. Lots of energy, no soreness from the hills or rocks, and I even ran away from the other two at the end. Normal loop, plus a little extra to go see the property Barry is thinking of buying.

Trail N2 Miles: 10.50Test Shirt Med Miles: 1.00Test Shirt Long Miles: 1.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 at 19:24:01 from 24.10.247.181

Any goals for 2016? Assuming that is that you aren't REALLY retired from racing.

From Jon on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 at 19:34:21 from 96.33.87.148

None. Stay retired.

I plan to do nothing serious, no racing, for at least 6 months. That will give me a full year since my last race, and almost 2 years since my last competitive race. When July rolls around, I'll evaluate how I'm feeling and see if I want to start training for anything. Don't expect so much as a 5k for a long time, though. I'm boring.

I do have some races I've wanted to do, so will likely unretire at some point in the distant future.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 at 19:41:25 from 24.10.247.181

Does the Greenville Track Club still do the Paris Mountain Road Race?

From Jon on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 at 20:01:17 from 96.33.87.148

The 20k? Yes. Although they changed it to a half marathon for a year or two, but then changed it back to a 20k. I've never done that one, though might consider it, too. Although I haven't paid for a road race in 6+ years.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 at 20:07:21 from 24.10.247.181

I finished 2nd one year. It's a road race, but a tough one. Everyone focuses on the climb up Paris Mt., but the rollers on Poinsette Hwy. are the hardest part.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM- 10

Road M3 3 Miles: 10.00Test Shirt Short Miles: 1.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.003.000.000.008.00

Lunch- Dan wanted a workout, so we ran to the lake and ran a 5k. I tailed behind the others- my lungs generally felt ok, but my legs were burning, especially my hip flexors. Started at 6:25 pace, then gradually slowed till I finished at 6:45 pace. It was my first sub-7 min miles since June. I'll take it. Finished the 5k in 20:30 (that's nothing to write home about!) and did 8 or so miles in all.

Road M3 3 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Thu, Jan 07, 2016 at 20:00:07 from 24.10.247.181

Nice work. I ran a few sub 7 minute miles myself today. Felt good, but like sub 6 used to feel.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

AM- 9. Not much to say today. It's Friday.

Road M2 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

PM- Finally had time for a run late afternoon, so I figured I'd tackle two items at once- went to the gym and watched the first half of the NFL playoff game while running 13 miles. Felt pretty good, a bit tired by the end. Once again, this was my longest run and my first 60+ mile week since June.

Road M2 2 Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jan 09, 2016 at 17:19:01 from 24.10.247.181

Good work Jon. You'll be ready for the Reedy River Run in April.

From Jon on Sat, Jan 09, 2016 at 20:30:58 from 96.33.87.148

I might be. Except I'm not racing at all. :)

Please refer to my goals at the left.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jan 09, 2016 at 20:39:40 from 24.10.247.181

All my races these days are seat-of-the-pants. I usually schedule them 1-2 days out if I feel like racing and have the time. That way I have fun and don't stress over it.

So I guess you could say my goals are to have fun and enjoy the occasional challenge of racing.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM 10 in 76 min

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.500.000.000.000.007.50

PM- PM with Barry and Seth. A bit warmer but breezy. Took short route on Kanuga so only ended up with 7.5 or 8 miles.

Trail N2 Miles: 7.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

lunch 10 w the guys

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.500.000.000.000.007.50

Lunch- frisbee friday, but on a thursday. That was due to expected cold, heavy rains all day tomorrow. Ran the GE trail plus a bit by myself first, then an enjoyable game of frisbee with 10-11 people. Fun times.

Road M2 2 Miles: 4.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

AM- morning run. Felt kind of "blah" probably due to 4-5 hrs sleep most night this week. Cut the run a bit short, 6 miles.

Road M2 2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

AM- 7 easy, 8-ish pace. Been a tiring week, and I think I needed a bit of a lower mileage. Hopefully I'll get more sleep and a few more miles next week.

Road M3 3 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

AM 11 pretty slow.

Road M2 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Was supposed to do a cold run at Paris Mtn with Seth, but had to cancel to take a kid to urgent care. They couldn't figure out what is wrong with her arm, though. We'll hear from the radiologist tomorrow.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 17:43:52 from 24.10.247.181

Sorry! Good luck.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

AM- 10.5

Road M3 3 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 20:41:39 from 24.10.247.181

Any update on yesterdays post?

From Jon on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 04:18:18 from 96.33.87.148

Lots of X-rays, and trying to pop elbow in thinking it was nurse's elbow. They couldn't find anything, but then she started using the arm an hour after we got home and said it was all better. So it must have been dislocated and the doc popped it back in without knowing it.

From Rob Murphy on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 05:58:04 from 24.10.247.181

Cool. Kids heal fast.

From Jon on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 19:57:06 from 96.33.87.148

Indeed. Thanks for asking.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.000.000.000.003.00

We're supposed to have ice and snow tomorrow, so we did Frisbee Friday on Thursday again. Great weather for a game, not too windy, cool. 5v5. I even got a black eye from a contested catch. Fun times. Broke my streak of running pre-game.

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Freezing rain is falling, it's 30 deg and 20+ mph winds, the roads are icy, and the gyms are all closed. I'm going soft- I think I'm just taking a goose egg for the day. Plus, kid number 4 is turning 3 years old today. She's now allowed to play with almost every toy, according to the toy makers. I better sit back and watch

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Grew up in Denver. Not sure I ever saw a more intense game than that. Here's hoping I'll be a Broncos fan in Carolina country for a Super Bowl showdown. ‪#‎GoBroncos‬

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 10:47:23 from 163.248.33.220

I was a huge Carolina fan back in the day. I don't know if you know this, but their first year back in the 90s they played all their home games at Clemson while the stadium in Charlotte was being built. All the visiting teams would stay at the Hyatt in downtown Greenville. So it was like Greenville was an NFL city for a year.

Love Denver and Manning but they aren't good for the blood pressure! Man that was a stressful game.

From Jon on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 18:12:01 from 96.33.87.148

I had never heard that before. Cool.

From allie on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 17:14:51 from 24.99.46.55

i'd like to see manning win one more SB, but the panthers are not going to make that easy. i just hope it's a good game... unlike the last super bowl the broncos played. :)

From Jon on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 20:25:51 from 96.33.87.148

Oh man, low blow from the Seahawks fan...

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

AM- 11

Road M2 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

Lunch with the guys. Great day for a run, 50 deg and overcast, minimal wind, not rainy. Felt pretty dang sluggish at first but stuck it out for 78 min.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

lunch- 10.5 with the LR group. Didn't feel great, but we were moving quicker than normal.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Got sucked into work during lunch, but made it out at the end of the day. I was a bit underdressed for the temp and wind, but not terribly so. 10 miles that were slower at the end than the start.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Lunch run then ultimate frisbee.

Road M2 2 Miles: 3.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

AM- Holy cow was I tired today. I've come down with yet another cold, and am stuffy, sore, and tired. I slogged through 6 miles in 50 min or so. Not a great run, but better than 0. This is my second highest week since last June. Looks like I'm finishing the month just over 200 miles.

Road M3 2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

Lunch- 9 miles with the guys. Still feeling under the weather and tired from not enough sleep so it was a struggle to keep up. Beautiful weather for running, though- about 60 deg and overcast.

Road M2 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.500.000.000.000.009.50

PM- PM with Barry and Seth. Seth and I were sick and slow. 50's, cloudy, misty, a bit rainy- felt pretty nice, though my glasses kept fogging up. Still fun. Not much traffic on the trails, of course.

Trail N2 Miles: 9.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 at 20:41:01 from 24.10.247.181

Are you fired up for the SC primary? I sometimes miss living in a state that matters politically.

From Jon on Wed, Feb 03, 2016 at 06:08:14 from 104.129.204.76

I'm just glad I don't watch TV so I don't have to see all these ads. I wish the polling phone calls would stop (they call about every hour some days). As for the primary, I'm not voting. Blasphemy, I know. I voted for Ron Paul 4 years ago, but I don't like any of the candidates this time so will abstain. Lest you get upset, I'm sure I'll vote in the general election, although will likely leave the president slot empty.

If I did vote, I'd most likely vote in the democratic primary for Bernie rather than the republican primary. Not that I like him- I don't at all, not at all. But I'd much, much rather see him elected than Hillary. I look at all the candidates and am saddened to think one of these people will be elected in November. Personally, I think anyone who wants to run for a high office should automatically be blocked. I think our country would be better off if all of Congress and the President were randomly chosen from the phone book for 1 term each- you'd be less likely to get narcissistic, egomanic, sociopathic/psychopatic, power and money-seeking politicians that we have today.

Hmm, I might have just shared my true feelings about government officers. Strong views, but I honestly believe what I just wrote.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

PM- it was pouring rain at lunch so I went running after work. 5 miles by myself, then 5 with Phil and Jim. Felt better than I expected and was able to keep up well enough.

Jan 15, 1978, Super Bowl XII, Broncos vs Dallas. I was born 9 months later, mid-October.

3 of the 7 young men in my church group were born the same week as me. 7 of the 14 varsity cross country runners on my team in HS were born that same week. My best HS friend was also born that week (talking to you,Michael). I never put it together until I saw this video- we're all Super Bowl babies!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KqekigARfE

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From allie on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 at 06:35:27 from 24.99.46.55

hahahahahaha

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

AM- slow run. Supposed to be 10 miles, cut it off at 6 as I was feeling so bad. Almost stopped at 3. Was doing 8:15-ish pace by the end. Blah.

Cool Runners World articles on Paul and Amber circulating the web today. Neat to see them getting some ink.

Road N2 2 Grey Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

lunch- 3 run, then 3 frisbee. Only 3v4, so a lot more running than usual. Tired. 

Road N2 2 Grey Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Lunch- 4.5 pretty slow miles. No real aims when I set out and I felt very tired, so I was satisfied with 4.5 miles in 38 min.  I'm retiring my shoes today- they are almost at 500 miles and my arches hurt when i use them. I have 7 pairs of normal road shoes (not Hokas or racing flats) and 6 of them are at 430+ miles. I better start retiring some and using a few new ones.

Go Broncos!

Road N2 2 Grey Miles: 4.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

BRONCOS!!! What an awesome, stressful game. What a defense. World Champs!

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.000.000.000.0014.00

AM- 14 miles. I set up 3 tv's in front of me at the gym with ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN2, and listened to all the Super Bowl recaps and commentary. Riding on a high today. Run felt easy and enjoyable- I thought I'd go 10-12, but just kept going till the treadmill timed out at 99 min, then restarted it. 14 miles total in 1:45 or so. Longest run since June.

Road M2 2 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

PM by myself. A bit chilly and windy but still fun. Even did hike only Brissy Ridge just for kicks. Not sure distance, but 1:54, so we'll call it 11 miles. Longer than the normal route for sure.

Trail N2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Lunch- very big group on a cold day. Wind chill in lower 20's. 12 guys- that's a big bunch. I stopped at an hour.

Road M2 2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From allie on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 20:35:50 from 24.99.46.55

freezing here as well! bleh.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

lunch 9. that is all.

Road M2 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

Lunch- it snowed today. Not predicted, actual real big flakes falling for a few hours. Even stuck on the ground a bit. I was pretty disappointed that by the time the fool-hardy of us frisbee players made it outside at lunch, the snow had all melted. We still had 10 people despite the snow on what proved to be a very enjoyable game. The cold wasn't even too bad, we were shedding layers by the end. Did a bit of running first, too.

Road M3 3 Miles: 2.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

AM- 28 deg and windy, it was my first run wearing pants in 2 years. Felt ok, only had time for 9 miles before I had to get home.

Road M2 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM- 10.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

PM- PM with Barry and Seth. Lake loop waiting for Seth, then normal route. Good temps, light rain the second half.

Trail N2 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

PM- skipped the lunch run due to boss being in town and inviting to lunch. Did an end of day run instead. Planned on only 4 but felt good enough to run 6.

Road M2 2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch- 10 or so. Not too fast, kinda tired. Didn't sleep a single minute last night, just tossed in bed. Finally decided to just get to work. You can get a great parking spot at 4:15 am. It was even the day of my annual performance review with my boss, who was in town from Atlanta. I think I was attentive the whole time.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From jtshad on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 14:47:37 from 141.221.191.225

Hope the review went well. Get some sleep tonight!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

lunch run plus fun game of 4v5 ultimate frisbee.  I was on the 4 team, so more running than usual. We usually play for about 40 min, then a game to 3 pts.

Meanwhile at home, we have some kind of stomach virus going around. 4 of the 5 kids have puked in the past 24 hours, some of them numerous times. Blah. Hope Marci and I don't get it.

Road M2 2 Miles: 2.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Saturday long run- all of 4.5 miles in 37 min or so. Yes, impressive. I used to do 4.5 hrs, not 4.5 miles. I'm not sure if it's cause of my lack of days off during the week, lack of sleep, stress, or frisbee on Friday, but my legs are generally very tired every Saturday. Oh well.

Road M2 2 Miles: 4.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From allie on Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 17:41:49 from 24.99.46.55

4.5 is the perfect distance when you are retired from racing. really.

you're still putting in supermileage compared to most humans!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch 10 with the guys. Gorgeous day for running- overcast, low 60's. Did the trail and a bunch of laps.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

AM- 11. Felt sluggish at first, then fine during the middle, then a bit tired again at the end but good enough to add an extra mile. And I kept it at 7:30 miles the whole time, too, which I don't always do these days. 

Road M2 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 19:29:28 from 24.10.247.181

Glad you're feeling a little better.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM 10

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

AM 9

Road M2 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.000.000.000.003.00

Lunch- no run due to engineering week lunch, but I did make it for frisbee (with an uncomfortably full belly). Fun game- I even got upended and landed flat on my back during a jump, knocking the breath out of me. I can already tell my back will be very sore tomorrow. Worth it.

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

AM- 7 miles. Started 8-ish, finished sub-7:30. Legs felt better than most Saturdays, but back is definitely sore from my fall yesterday. It was chilly- 27 deg and no wind. Only the second run I've worn pants in 2 years.

Road M3 3 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 19:10:34 from 24.10.247.181

Bet you're glad to see the last of the politicians leave tomorrow?

From Jon on Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 16:06:36 from 96.33.87.148

I kind of enjoy the entertainment value of the whole thing. I'll be glad when the whole election is over, though, and we'll get back to the government stealing more of our money and killing more people overseas without as much focus on it (not that those things are good, obviously, but there's a reason the circus only comes to town once a year, if you know what I mean)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch- 10. 65 deg and sunny, brilliant weather.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

PM- PM with Seth, Barry, and, for the first time in a year or so, Merle. Seth and Barry dropped off after 4 miles. Warm today, 70 deg or so. Nice day. We moved quick but I felt pretty good.

Trail N2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

Lunch 10.5

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

lunch 9 with Aaron and Jim.

Road M2 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Lunch short run then frisbee

Road M3 3 Miles: 1.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

AM- 7. I need to start getting up earlier so I can get in more miles before Marci has to leave at 8:20 each Sat morning.

Road M3 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch- big group for some of the run on a gorgeous, sunny, 60's day. 10 miles.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

Lunch- Frisbee Friday on a Tuesday. Playing twice a week this month due to exceedingly nice weather.

PM- Normal PM run with Barry and Seth. Legs were very tired from earlier today but time wasn't much above normal. 1:43 or so.

Trail N2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

Lunch 10.5

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM- 10.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Lunch run then ultimate frisbee. Mid-70's, felt warm. Fun. Less sloppy than last week.

Road M3 3 Miles: 2.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

AM- 9

Road M2 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

PM- PM. Instead of Barry and Seth, it was Eddie and Merle. Eddie's doing his first 100 in a few weeks, so we talked about that most of the time. It was the hottest run of the year so far, already 80 deg. Didn't feel too bad, though. Usual 10 miles 1:38.

Trail N2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

Lunch- snake day. Right as I started running, I saw what looked like a small dead snake on the GE track. As I went to poke it, I decided better and grabbed a stick. Then a longer stick. I poked the little critter (maybe 18 inches long) and it was very much alive. It started slithering off the track, then curled up in stricking position. Inspection by the 3 of us out there led to the conclusion that it was a timber rattlesnake. I'm glad it didn't bite me. A few minutes later, we saw a big (2.5 or 3 feet long) black rat snake in the middle of the road. Jim jumped over this one. Ran 10.5 miles or so on another hot day- not as bad as the record 86 deg high yesterday, but still warm today.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From allie on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 18:06:32 from 24.99.46.55

you poked a rattler with a stick?! haha

From Jason D on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 18:54:29 from 68.80.27.222

I'm glad if you decided to poke it you opted for a stick.

I think we have those in parts of PA. I'm originally from Maine where you basically don't have to worry about large animals or poisonous ones.

From Jon on Sat, Mar 19, 2016 at 20:27:15 from 96.33.87.148

Yeah, wasn't my brightest moment.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Lunch- run and Ultimate. Beautiful day outside.

Road M3 2 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

No official run, but I did play 5 hours of paintball. It was a blast (get it?)

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Mar 19, 2016 at 18:12:36 from 24.10.247.181

Was this a work-related-team-building activity?

From Jon on Sat, Mar 19, 2016 at 20:28:10 from 96.33.87.148

No, church activity. Although I did do 2 work-related paintball team building activities. They were both in August. In SC. The weather today was much more comfortable.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch- 10 miles. There was some sort of accident on Dublin at the sharp corner and the road was closed (someone said there were bodies in the road, another said power lines down, so who knows), so we ran the GE trails and track instead. Colder today, in the 40's. Last week was in the 70's and 80's.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch 10- perfect day for a run.

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

lunch- 10 miles on another gorgeous spring day

Road M2 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

AM- lots of lunch meetings, so morning run. 50-ish, felt great. First few miles with Dan, then the rest by myself. My neck and back have been very painful for a few days (like the pulled muscle, can't move kind of pain), and the run didn't help it. I wanted 6-10 miles, ended up stopping at 7. Good times.

Road M2 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

Lunch- 3.5 run then an hour of ultimate. It was 4 v 5 today, and very windy. I was on the 4 person team, so more running than usual. My back is improving.

Road M3 2 Miles: 3.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- in Charleston on vacation for a few days. Ran around Mount Pleasant and over the huge Ravanel bridge. It's a pretty cool bridge. 8 miles, an hours.

Road M2 2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- second day around Charleston. This time I ran to Shem Creek boardwalk, then the Mount Pleasant nature trail, and some roads. Another hour. We had a great trip- perfect weather, lots of walking around, kids were generally good.

Road M2 2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch- nice day. Ran with the guys. Discussed work, Lance Armstrong and ultrarunning, and government/private property rights. I enjoy these conversations.

TS11 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 20:43:14 from 24.10.247.181

Sounds like you have a good group of running friends in Greenville that you can actually run with. I wish I had that. My runs are solo or with 16 year-olds.

From Jon on Fri, Apr 01, 2016 at 08:50:03 from 96.33.87.148

Yeah, most days we have 4-8 guys. Sometimes fewer. The record is 16. I rarely have to run alone if I don't want to.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Lunch- due to rain tomorrow, we played frisbee today. I ran a bit first, then we had 3 vs 4. I was on the 3, so lots of running. However, my sore back/neck really acted up and I've been incredible pain ever since. I can barely move. Ouch. I'm not sure I'll even be able to go to work tomorrow.

TS11 Miles: 4.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 20:40:51 from 24.10.247.181

Back/neck problems? My recommendations...

1. New mattress?

2. Lift weights.

From Jon on Fri, Apr 01, 2016 at 08:50:49 from 96.33.87.148

3. Get a massage. I'm trying this one today.

Other options to follow.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

No run, crippled at home with back pain. Ouch. Just scheduled an hour massage for later today. I think it could really help.

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

No run, though I did spend most of the day working the aid station at Blind Pig 100 while my 2 oldest kids were running in the woods. We have 2 sick kids right now with lots of puking. Fun.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Bob on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 at 18:47:09 from 98.222.16.15

Good job volunteering. Keeping up with those BM tweets? Sick kids are tough. I wash my hands like someone with OCD and don't touch my face when the pukes are in town. I think it works.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Lunch- 8. Took it a bit easy to see how my back was feeling. It felt pretty good for most of the run, just a bit sore at the end. Not too bad after. 

TS11 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Apr 04, 2016 at 19:44:49 from 24.10.247.181

Looks like Jared is going to get #3. I just watched the movie. Impressive that you gave that race a real shot!

From Jon on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 05:32:49 from 104.129.204.75

Yes, Jared did it. Amazing. And 2 others also started the 5th loop- which means it was the first time 2 runners dropped out during that loop.

I didn't give it a great shot, not compared to what the finishers do. It's an amazing race. When are you doing it?

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 07:49:13 from 24.10.247.181

I just read your report again. Have I ever told you that you are a very good writer? Seriously, if this engineering thing doesn't work out for you...

What's the oldest person to ever attempt it? I'll be 52 next year. Not even a possibility but I used to be pretty good with a compass and a map back in my Army days.

I just walked by Jared's house - still no one home obviously. I want to congratulate him in person.

From allie on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 14:07:18 from 24.99.46.55

i've been seeing bits and comments about barkley around the webz, but i never looked into what it was until i read your [fantastic] report. i actually pulled up a chair and read the whole thing. with snacks.

insane!

i loved all the background info you provided on how the race came to be, and the cigarette-puffing mastermind behind it all. true adventure. it's awesome you were able to give it a shot. maybe you can go for round II when you unretire.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 16:16:31 from 24.10.247.181

Wait... Jon retired???

From Jon on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 19:31:56 from 96.33.87.148

Rob, did you not know I was retired? As for age, I'm pretty sure there have been Barker's in their 60's, though they weren't making a serious attempt at finishing. I think one of the finishers was around 50, though.

Allie- you're pretty close to Barkley-land in GA. I hear about it more in SC than I did in UT.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 at 20:24:42 from 24.10.247.181

Of course I knew. It's on the title of your blog. You need to re-think that btw.

From Jon on Wed, Apr 06, 2016 at 07:15:05 from 104.129.204.75

Why do I need to re-think it? I'm still retired. I haven't done a single race in 9 months. I haven't done a run longer than 14 miles or 2 hours in 9 months. And I've only done 1 race in 18 months.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.004.004.00

Back was flaring up from yesterday's run, so I scheduled massage for tomorrow, biked for a while, and donated blood. Only 2 of those directly impact my back.

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.005.005.00

AM- did some biking. Another massage in the afternoon. The masseuse said my back was a mess with lots of huge knots/trigger points. Ouch.

Going backpacking with my girls Fri night. Hope the back doesn't hurt then.

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.005.005.00

AM- more biking

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Went backpacking with my 2 oldest. Had a great time- about 2.5 miles packing in, stayed at a lake. Pretty chilly and windy Sat morning, with windchill of 34. They did great, though.

Fuel Trail 4 Miles: 3.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

Lunch- 10.5 with a big group. I felt better than I thought considering I hadn't run in a week.

TS11 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

PM- 10 miles with Seth at Paris Mtn. Felt a bit slow and sluggish today. Nice weather, though, and they added a boardwalk this weekend over the muddiest part.

TS11 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- 8 in the morning. Nice temps, a bit windy. Listening to podcasts about Barkley and Austrian Economics (that's a bit of a mix- different podcasts, obviously). Run started a bit slow, only got a bit faster as it proceeded.

TS11 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 19:01:11 from 24.10.247.181

Go to youtube and search for "fear the boom and bust". Funny video re. Keynes and Hayek of you're interested in Austrian economics.

From Jon on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 19:13:55 from 96.33.87.148

Pretty funny. Love rap battles, never saw an economist one before.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM- 10. Kind of like yesterday morning, only a bit farther. I went on the GE trails for a while, turning around when I could see the turkeys ahead on the trail. I hate the tom turkey.

TS11 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 18:56:35 from 24.10.247.181

I saw a bunch of wild turkeys myself this past weekend. I did not develop a hatred for them however.

From Jon on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 19:11:40 from 96.33.87.148

You've probably never had a huge male turkey chase you for a mile. Multiple times. Coming within 6 feet of you, ignoring any rocks or sticks lobbed at it. He once chased me off the trail, across the GE track, and halfway though a parking lot (dodging parked cars) until a pickup truck almost ran him over. Then he turned around and started chasing some guys walking on the track. It's chased quite a few people, and it's really big. This might change your mind.

I've run into lots of other turkeys without incident. It's unfortunate the only problem turkey is the one where I run the most.

From Rob Murphy on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 16:10:01 from 163.248.33.220

You should arm yourself and escalate the conflict next time. Then bring it home for Thanksgiving.

From Jason D on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 19:35:19 from 68.80.27.222

They are not as good eating as I thought they would be. A bit darker than I imagined but perhaps I have been spoiled with white, store bought turkey meat for years.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.000.000.000.003.00

Lunch- well, I had a morning meeting that ran over so I couldn't run and was 20 minutes late to Ultimate. Fortunately, I convinced everyone to play 15 min extra. Still fun, if not as long as I hoped.

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

Lunch- 10.5 with the group. Felt very sluggish today. The heat probably didn't help- it was in the 80's today. Summer is coming. Tomorrow will be 89 deg F.

TS11 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

PM- PM with Seth and Aaron. It was the hottest day of the year, upper 80's, but cloudy so it actually wasn't terrible. I felt much better than yesterday.

TS11 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch 10 again. Pretty standard. Warm again today, felt a bit sluggish the first half.

TS11 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.500.000.000.000.003.50

Frisbee Friday on Thursday due to expected rain tomorrow. I couldn't run first as I was coming from Lasik evaluation (I'm thinking about it- anyone have any recommendations one way or the other?). Fun game, though too many people for our field- 7 vs 7

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From J Cole on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 06:23:48 from 73.38.118.238

I had LASIK back in 2013. It has been amazing. Highly recommend it. Dr. Parker did mine at Carolina Cornea.

From Jon on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 08:56:07 from 104.129.204.76

Justin, do you remember if you had all-laser Lasik (bladeless)? Or did they use a blade to cut the cornea flap?

Do you remember price?

From J Cole on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 05:57:34 from 73.38.118.238

I had the all laser LASIK. Its been so long I don't remember the price, but I want to say it was around $1000/eye.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

AM- 8 on the GE track. Overcast, hint of rain. Felt pretty good.

Lunch- Frisbee Friday. 5 v 6, I was on the team down a man, so even more running. Fun times.

TS11 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.000.000.000.0014.00

AM- 14 on Georgia Rd loop. Started slow a sluggish around 8 min pace, gradually increased till last 2 miles were just under 14 min. 1:46. I don't think I've gone longer than 14 miles or 1:50 since Western States last June. Perfect weather for a run, mid-50's and a little breeze.

TS11 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 19:08:57 from 24.10.247.181

Excellent work. You flirted with a 60 mile week too!

From Jon on Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 19:26:45 from 96.33.87.148

I guess I did. I didn't know that before I put in my mileage. Of course, even if I had known, I wouldn't have run the extra mile.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.004.000.000.009.00

Lunch- 5 running then ultimate frisbee. My team was overmatched today and I was the only one with much speed/endurance, so I ended up running much more than usual. It was tough, plus hot. Felt good, lots of fun. I'm counting those as speedwork.

TS11 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

PM- Paris Mtn by myself as Barry bailed. It was hot, I was tired. More walking than usual, plus 2 sit breaks. Pretty quiet- I didn't see anyone for the first 70 min, then saw lots of people the remainder of the way. 10.5 miles in 1:50 or so. 

TS11 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch 10 miles. Pretty hot today.

TS11 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.002.000.000.0010.00

Lunch- ultimate frisbee first, then 45 min run with Jason on the GE trail. Saw a black snake and turkey.

This has been one of my busier weeks at work in a long time. I was at work from 6:50 am till 8:30 pm today, minus my lunch run. Time really goes quick all week when you are busy.

TS11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch- 10 with the guys. Not quite as hot as yesterday. Not near as hot as what is to come.

TS11 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

AM- beautiful weather for a run. 10.5 miles. First mile was 7:40, last was 7:10. 76 min, I think.

We bought tickets to go to India yesterday, leaving in October. My wife and I are going, along with our oldest daughter, while Marci's oldest sister babysits our kids.

TS11 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Adam RW on Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 09:38:51 from 71.45.10.210

Wow, what an adventure. Have a great time!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.004.000.000.0014.00

AM- 10

Lunch- an hour of ultimate. Good times. We had 14 people today.

TS11 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, May 02, 2016 at 20:09:44 from 24.10.247.181

I just bumped into Jared Campbell at the park and had a nice conversation. He asked how you were doing and I said "still retired".

From Jon on Tue, May 03, 2016 at 17:09:23 from 96.33.87.148

How is he doing, with his recovery from Barkley and all? He's a nice guy and amazing runner.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- 8. Half outside before the thunderstorm moved in.

TS11 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM- 10. First by myself, then with Jason, then Todd and Jason, then just Jason, then by myself, then with Scott. Perfect morning weather for a run- in the 50's, a bit breezy, not too humid. Felt wonderful. The baby geese and their overprotective parents are all over the GE track so makes running laps a bit of an adventure.

TS11 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM 8 around home. Working from home to help move furniture. We're getting out 5 year old carpet cleaned for the first time.

TS11 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.001.000.000.000.008.00

Lunch- about 5 miles with Jim, then an hour of frisbee. 7 v 8 on our crowded field. The wind was doing strange things and we weren't playing great. I dropped at least 3 passes right in my hands.

TS11 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
12.000.000.000.000.0012.00

AM perfect 50 deg weather. Ran 12 miles, a little more tired than past Saturdays. 1:29.

Looking at some FRB numbers- over 2700 of the blogs have not been updated for 3+ years, while 1200 have been updated in that time. Fewer than 600 have been updated within the past year. There's almost 4000 FRB addresses, and less than 10% have been updated this year. Interesting to see how few runners are still using this site. I wonder how many have stopped running entirely vs. how many are now on Strava. From what I can tell, the largest active group now is Utah high school runners.

TS11 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From jtshad on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 06:56:15 from 173.198.176.201

Interesting. May end up going back to us long timers like it was in the beginning. Too bad for the changes, Strava appears to be more about KOM and beating the other folks on the app. FRB is more about community (most of the time) and many of my best friends have come from relationships via the FRB.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 08:34:21 from 24.10.247.181

When the FRB came out it was pretty pioneering and cutting edge. It suits my low tech needs just fine but the failure to update the platform has led to the steep drop off. It's also true that running is only a temporary life phase for some folks.

From Jason D on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 10:59:18 from 68.80.27.222

I consider FRB my official training log. I expect to be on it as long as I run.

I do use Strava because I can never manage to recruit my in-person running friends :-) If you like data I think Strava is it.

I don't see a lot of people chasing segments too earnestly. I do myself every once in a while but it's generally good-natured competition. I would never suggest it proves anything about my fitness--more likely my ability to not get hit by cars.

The long time FRBers I suspect are likely life-long runners or people who have excelled at the sport. That would be a bit tough to determine but to my knowledge Paul and Glen are probably two of the longest term, active bloggers (I'm not including Sasha of course). I see a lot of people's "Johnny B. Goode's Boston Training Blog" that are never really updated.

From Jake K on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 11:42:47 from 67.166.113.191

You need an easy to use app these days. And all that would probably do is keep the longer-term users content. It wouldn't attract new users at this point, so I can see why Sasha wouldn't devote resources to that.

That being said, I like being able to paste in photos and do simple HTML... FRB is still a great digital marble composition book.

From Bret on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 11:55:40 from 107.77.90.47

Never used Strava - but I wonder if it would capture the sense of community FRB provides. Maybe Jason can comment. I have used a few other online training logs - but currently this is my one and only. An app would be nice - but not essential for me.

From Jon on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 12:11:30 from 96.33.87.148

I have a GPS watch, but never use it. Same with Strava account. I prefer the old-school, quick and easy to enter what I want, FRB format, like you guys said. And the social aspect. I'm still sad Davy Crockett and Cody stopped using it.

Jeff, those were the good ole days of 2007-8, when we knew most of the bloggers.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 12:39:26 from 24.10.247.181

I miss Cody and Davy too Jon. They added a lot.

From allie on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 17:00:43 from 24.99.46.55

i miss michelle L and bonnie!

i plan to stick with FRB until i run my 100th des news.

From Jon on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 17:02:19 from 96.33.87.148

Michelle- another one I miss. I don't think I know Bonnie. Lots of great ex-FRB-ers, may they rest in peace... :)

From Rob Murphy on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 17:15:29 from 24.10.247.181

Another thing the FRB needs is a "like" or "heart" button for comments.

From Jason D on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 17:41:11 from 68.80.27.222

I forgot that Allie has been on since 2005, mostly because she's a couple years younger than me. I liked Bonnie's blog. Lots of positivity. Some blogs are set to private. It's weird when I see a rare comment from someone I thought had disappeared but click to find that their blog is private.

From allie on Sun, May 08, 2016 at 18:39:59 from 24.99.46.55

i only go back to 2005 because i wrote race reports for those years. i didn't actually join the blog until mid-2008 -- after learning about FRB at ragnar. :)

From Jake K on Mon, May 09, 2016 at 12:41:18 from 159.212.71.69

I'm still shocked that the "Share to Linkedin" button didn't turn this site into a Strava-killer.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, May 09, 2016 at 14:36:06 from 163.248.33.220

Now see that right there is funny Jake.

From Jon on Mon, May 09, 2016 at 18:08:23 from 96.33.87.148

Say, when did that feature disappear, anyway?

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.001.002.000.0010.00

Lunch- 6 run, then a good game of ultimate with more running and sprinting than usual. My team got smoked.

TS11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch 10. Warmer.

TS12 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

AM- flying to Indiana for work trip today, so ran this morning. It was pretty slow. I think most miles were 7:45-8:15 or so. I did 1:28, so I'll call it 11 miles. Last day with these test shoes today, but they already sent me another pair to wear and review.

TS11 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- 8 miles in Terre Haute, IN. Ended up running by a minimum security prison and the wastewater treatment facility. I wouldn't suggest this route as the "best of Terre Haute" running tour. I spent a month here during HS. Feels kind of like a run down town.

TS12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 12:33:00 from 24.10.247.181

They don't call it the Rust Belt for nothing.

From Jon on Sat, May 14, 2016 at 03:54:36 from 96.33.87.148

Yep. And the government doesn't help. I'm here due to a huge local coal power plant shutting down due to new EPA emissions requirements. So much equipment and money, now idle forever. So many people laid off. Electronic city will be more expensive. All to give a fairly minuscule reduction in air pollution.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

am 7 tm

I've been having a terrible time sleeping again. Stress, I think. I wake up most days before 5 am, often 3 am. I'm tired in the evenings, but often toss and turn for hours before falling asleep. Right now, for example, I've been awake since 4 am Fri morning and it's 2:15 am Sat morning. I'm conducting an unintentional experiment of one to see the impacts of 3-5 hrs sleep for weeks on end. This can't end well. 

TS12 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

AM- After my 3 hours of sleep, I finally got up and went running. Beautiful sunny day, mid-50's. Right away, I felt a lot more energetic than the past few days. Ran out to Georgia Rd area, as usual. Gmap-pedometer puts my run at 11.0006 miles- I guess my internal odometer of where to turn around for 5.5 miles is pretty darn accurate. Averaged 7:11 for the run. Now I get to go set up tables and chairs at the church, take kids to a birthday party, and spend the day from 4 pm on at the church for Stake Conference. We've got a 70 coming, so I'm pretty excited. Now I just have to hope I can stay awake.

TS12 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.002.000.0010.00

Lunch- nice day, upper 60's. 6 miles with Shamgar, then an hour of Ultimate.

TS12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

PM- PM with Barry and Seth. It rained all day but let up mid afternoon so we were muddy and humid, but dry (other than sweat). I was really dragging today. We did the short loop, only 8 miles. Still took almost 90 min.

TS12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 156.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch 10. Warm, humid. 

TS12 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM- 10. It rained pretty hard last night but stopped before dawn. I ran 10 somewhat slow miles on GE track. No other runners on the track, just a bunch of canadian geese with their goslings. Some of the parents are pretty aggressive so I have to reroute.

TS12 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.003.000.000.0010.00

am 5

Lunch long game of frisbee in the rain. Wonderful other than foggy glasses. My LASIK surgery in a week will solve that 

Pm daddy daughter date of pillow hockey and kick ball 

TS12 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM 10 in 74 minutes. Cool but humid (60 deg, 95% humidity)

My home computer died last night. Refused to start windows. Reimaged drive, now having to fix everything. The good news is that I have an external hard drive that I had not backed up to for a year, but did just last week.

My last 5 weeks have all been 57-60 miles. Pretty consistent. One of these days I'll slowly start upping that up to 70 miles, mainly by adding to my Saturday run. Hopefully that little boost in mileage will help the 10 extra pounds I'm carrying to start coming off.

TS12 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.004.000.000.000.0012.00

AM- GE track run. Nice weather. I felt good, so decided to do my second speed work of the year (other than the ultimate frisbee I play). I ran 3x1 track lap (.68 mile) with .5 lap recovery. Times were 4:24, 4:20, 4:17 (6:28-6:18). Nothing spectacular, but you gotta start somewhere. 8 miles total.

Lunch- good game of ultimate, though I dove several times on gumballs so am all scratched up.

TS12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

I actually was able to sleep in till 6:30 am today. This is the first time I've slept past 5 am in a long while. 

PM- solo run at PM. Kind of warm. Felt ok, not great. Didn't see many people on the trail. Always great to get a trail run in. My last trail run ever with glasses, I hope. Lasik surgery on Thursday, then a week of no running, then a week in Switzerland.

TS12 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 20:35:35 from 24.10.247.181

Switzerland - Fun but I can easily top it. I'll be road tripping to Minnesota to attend my MIL's hip replacement surgery.

From Jon on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 20:37:49 from 96.33.87.148

Yes, you win. I won't see as many lakes, that's for sure. And my MIL won't be there, either. Actually, she'll be at my house, so my trip is resulting in me missing time with my in-laws.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 21:04:43 from 24.10.247.181

So sorry about that Jon. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch- hot, and my shoes were made of concrete and my legs were filled with iron. In other words, slow and sluggish. Still ran for 75 min.

TS12 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From allie on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 16:43:37 from 24.99.46.55

your "none" bullet points just made me lol

From Jon on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 18:51:40 from 96.33.87.148

Just being honest.

My running buddies keep asking if I'm doing "such and such" a race. I simply reply, "If it includes the word 'race', then no." They still don't believe me fully.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

AM- 9. Slow again. Last run for a week.

TS12 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From J Cole on Sat, May 28, 2016 at 20:53:07 from 73.38.118.238

How are the new eyes?

From Jon on Sun, May 29, 2016 at 12:59:39 from 96.33.87.148

Great. I love it.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

PM- first run post-Lasik. Didn't want to sweat much so did afternoon treadmill run. Wanted 4-6, but felt ok so chugged out 7 miles as just under 8 min pace.

I'm leaving tomorrow for a week in Switzerland. 2 days sightseeing in Lucern and Zurich, then work till Thursday in Baden. It's my first time there and I'm really looking forward to it. Switzerland and the Alps are probably my number one top dream vacation.

TS12 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- 8 slow.

Road M2 2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

No run, but arrived in Zurich this morning and took a train to Luzern, where I spent all day walking around. Since I only slept one hour on the redeye flight here, I was pretty exhausted by the end of the day. Awesome town, though.

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

World's steepest cog train up Mt. Pilatus. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and rainy at the top, though the clouds lifted for a few minutes for me to see one valley. On a good day, you can see much of the Alps from here, including the Eiger and Jungfrau. Did a fair bit of hiking then took the gondola down. Eventually took train into Zurich for more sightseeing, Ended up in Baden by the evening for work over the next few days.

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

AM- very early morning run in Baden, Switzerland. Fortunately, sunrise is 5:30 am. Found a nice trail that ended up being incredibly rocky and slow going, so only did it for less than a mile. The rest of the road was a combo of trails, gravel road, and tarmac. I think I did 60 minutes, about 6 miles. 

TS12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- more Baden miles. 70 minutes today. Kept getting lost from my intended route and bailed out by my iPhone and my hand map. Also took some pictures. Never stopped the watch. Hilly, very hilly. I think I ran ran 7 or 8 miles.

TS12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- Another 5:30 am run, my longest yet. Found a delightful forest with lots of gravel roads and beautiful singletrack on a hill/mountain. Wonderful. Only saw a couple people the whole time. Looking at a map, I can take this network of trails unbroken almost to Zurich. It's been generally rainy the whole time, but still so much fun. 80 minutes, 8 or 9 miles. I found a big concrete bunker at the junction of two gravel roads- I can't envision it being anything other than a WWI or WWII bunker. Cool.

TS12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

AM- last Switzerland run before long flight home. Another network of trails on a mountain, plus some road. Only did an hour, about 6 miles.

TS12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

AM- I had been up almost 24 hours straight when I went to bed at 9 pm last night. Woke up at 1:40 am (7:40 am Swiss time) and never got back to bed. Worked, read, then went running sometime before 5 am. Dark and quiet, watched the sun rise. First mile was 7:30 and second was 7:00, and I never slowed down from there. I felt great, which was a surprise given all the Swiss food I ate and how little I slept the past week (4-5 hours per night, on average, sometimes only 1-2). Nice temps, though it will be warm the next week (high of upper 90's, low's around 70). 

TS12 Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Am- 8 or so while cheering for Marci doing Sunrise Run 8k.

TS12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.500.000.000.000.009.50

AM- Marci, the inlaws, and kids 1-3 are going to Atlanta for a few days, so I'm working from home while watching the two youngest. Fortunately, our gym membership includes free babysitting (particularly nice as the high today is upper 90's). I did 9.5 miles before I ran out of time. 

TS12 Miles: 9.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

AM- 9 at the gym before running out of time. The Euro Cup soccer comes on in the last 30 minutes, which is pretty nice to watch while running.

TS12 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.500.000.000.000.0010.50

Lunch- Holy Hot, Batman. Easily the hotest, most humid run of the year so far. As Jim said, you know it's hot cause the whole back of my shirt was sweaty (I sweat very little, even on hot days). Almost 80 minutes.

TS12 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

I had to option of running by myself midday outdoors in humid 95 deg temps, or running on a treadmill and watching Eurocup soccer game. I can report that Northern Ireland won their first game in major tournament play since 1984.

TS12 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.002.000.000.000.0012.00

AM- 8, most with Todd

Lunch- Hot, humid day. First ultimate frisbee since my Lasik. It was overly crowded with 9 on 9, which led to lots of blocked passes (I took a hit on the shin and elbow). Even game until we started our official, "first to 3 wins" at the end. My team won 3-0. Then we played again, 3-0 again. Sweet.

TS12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

AM- sleep issues continue. Took me 3 hrs to fall asleep at 12:30, then woke up at 3:30.

Run was very slow, 8 min pace or so. 9 miles. Listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast series on WW1. It's about 24 hrs of details on WW1. Interesting, yet horrific. I'm very opposed to war, and this podcast is just reinforcing that. So many senseless deaths.

TS12 Miles: 9.00Test Shirt 3 Miles: 1.00Test Hat Miles: 1.00Test Shorts 2 Miles: 1.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- 8 before heading to Young Men camp for a week.

TS12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 07:09:32 from 24.10.247.181

And so it begins...

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

4 miles or so at scout camp.

Trail N2 2 Orange Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.002.000.000.000.005.00

AM set up the 2 mile race course for scout camp, then ran. We had 2 leaders about about 8 boys, plus me. One of the boys hung on for the first mile, then dropped off. I won, so no one collected on my promised reward of eating first for beating me.

Trail N2 2 Orange Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- ran from scout camp up the Mt Mitchell trail to meet the YM high adventure group finishing their 3 day backpacking trip. Passed all of them, kept going up, then passed most of them again on the way down. 8.2 miles, 2 hours. The trail is pretty dang technical for much of the distance. It gained 2700 ft in 4 miles, which is probably more vertical than I've had in a month since Western. My quads were sore by halfway down but held out ok till the end. Sore for a number of days afterwards. If I start doing trail races again, I'll definitely have to toughen them up. Good trail, I miss trails.

Trail N2 2 Orange Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

4 miles river trail loop before leaving scout camp. Great trail, lots of fun- it was on the NC Mountains to Sea trail for a bit. Makes me miss running in the mountains so much. I wish I lived right next to some trails, if would definitely reinvigorate my running.

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

Lunch 6 slow, painful miles while Aaron recapped his recent trip to Finland and Estonia. Then an hour of ultimate. It was very hot and humid and I suffered accordingly.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 20:05:09 from 24.10.247.181

Why was listening to Aaron's recap so painful? I hope he doesn't read your blog.

If you're going to catch me on the mileage board you're going to have to wait for the fall. Summer is my prime time. Or hope I get injured which I don't.

From Jon on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 05:37:28 from 104.129.204.79

The miles were painful (still sore and fatigued from trail runs last week), the travelogue was entertaining and informative.

I haven't filled in mileage from last week yet. Watch out. And once I get caught up on sleep in the next week, I'm hunting for you.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

No run. Sick/tired, so much so that I had to go take a nap in my car within an hour of arriving at work. I've been running on fumes since I left for Switzerland, and it finally has hit me full on. Came home from work 3 hours early and just slept. Still tired.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From allie on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 19:21:59 from 172.58.155.188

that sounds rough. hope you can catch up on sleep and get the traveling body clock fixed.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

Lunch- 7

Road M3 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Lunch 8

Road M3 2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Frisbee 4

Test Shirt 3 Miles: 3.00Test Hat Miles: 2.00Test Shorts 2 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

AM- short 4 mile run before starting on a busy day.

Road M3 2 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

AM- 6. Pretty slow, but who really cares. Nice to not have an alarm this morning, although I still woke up before 7. Actually, my wife had been asked to take a neighbor to the airport at 4 am, so I actually woke up then, first, then took a while to sleep again. Going blueberry picking after Marci returns from soccer, then bbq tonight. Hot here, upper 90's to 100's all week, plus humidity. Retired my shoes today. I have lots of pair over 400 miles, and no test shoes right now, so I'll be having to grab some of the dozen+ new shoes from the boxes in my closet.

My dad had emergency heart surgery in India last night. Reports are he is doing ok, with several stents put in. Praying for him. I think the only people that will even read this are my parents plus Rob, and maybe a couple others.

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Also known as Secession Day (yes, I live in the South now)

Test Shirt 3 Miles: 1.00Test Hat Miles: 1.00Test Shorts 2 Miles: 1.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Little Bad Legs on Mon, Jul 04, 2016 at 08:15:30 from 76.27.255.99

I read your blog all the time. ;)

Hope all is well with your dad and it's a smooth recovery.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Jul 04, 2016 at 09:15:00 from 24.10.247.181

I'm sorry about your dad but glad he's ok. I feel like I know him after reading his book!

From Jon on Mon, Jul 04, 2016 at 21:14:20 from 96.33.87.148

Thanks, Glen and Rob. I'll have to remember I have at least one or two other readers.

From allie on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 at 09:41:30 from 71.199.20.13

make that three readers. :) unless you are coach murphy, i feel like three is a pretty high number these days.

best wishes to your dad.

From Jon on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 at 13:17:22 from 104.129.204.79

I'll be the first to admit I used to regularly check dozens of FRB's, now I only check a few, and not often. It's pretty much a personal journal now that I make public.

I've noticed that much of the recent FRB growth seems to be high school runners in Utah, which I think is great. They certainly take over the Race Reports list after a track meet.

From jtshad on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 at 13:22:33 from 141.221.191.225

Sorry about your dad, he is in my prayers. Hoping for a good recovery and prognosis.

From Jason D on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 at 19:50:05 from 68.80.27.222

I check in on you fairly often if for no other reason than to make sure Albuquerque Turkey hasn't taken you out.

Best wishes and speedy recovery to your dad.

From Jon on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 at 06:19:08 from 104.129.204.79

Jason, I heard 2 separate incidents of where the turkey attacked runners in the past few months and they grabbed a log and beat the tar out of it, leaving it stunned on the ground. Yet he still keeps chasing runners. Next time he chases me again, it might be my turn to deliver a beating.

From Jason D on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 at 22:05:25 from 68.80.27.222

I know they can be aggressive, but that turkey has a screw loose. They aren't as good as store-bought turkey in case you were wondering :-)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

PM- PM with Barry on a hot day (heat index above 100). Did the full 10 mile loop with a nice swim in the lake at the halfway point. Actually jumped in twice. Hot, got it done. Nice to be on trails. Lots of good discussion, as always- health, dogs, and the double standard for normal people vs the Clintons.

Trail N2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

Lunch- 9 miles on a very hot day, mainly hearing about Jim's recent 3000 mile, 7 state tour.

Road M3 3 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch- 10

Road N2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

Lunch hot 6 miles, then an hour of ultimate. Dead by the end. Upper 90's and humid means well over 100 for Feels Like temp.

Road N2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Am- only had time for a (slow) 8 miles in 64 min before heading out on a busy day. Slow, again. 80+% of my summer runs are this way, partly due to heat, partly due to me being in not great shape, and partly due to excess weight and fatigue.

Road N2 Miles: 8.00Test Shirt 3 Miles: 1.00Test Hat Miles: 1.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

AM- 9 miles. Training all week at work, with my whole team from across the country in town. That means 40 hours of training and then a number of hours of work after. I've generally not been getting home from work until 7 pm or later many nights, and this will likely continue. Too busy.

Road N2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

AM 7 miles with a group of coworkers who are in town for the week of training. Kinda slow, but not too bad. I think I did about 70 minutes, so probably 7-7.5 miles.

Road M2 2 Miles: 7.00Test Shirt 3 Miles: 1.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.500.000.000.000.009.50

AM left for work at 6:15 am. Ran 76 min w Jim and Jason first- nice temps. Call it 9.5 miles. Then work, then stayed late to work on church talk (too noisy at home). Left work at 9:30 pm. One of those days. 

Test Hat Miles: 1.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

am left home at 6:15 am and ran 9 miles. Gone all day till 10:30 pm. Long day. So tired

Road M2 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

AM- only had time for 6 before work. Saw the turkey, the turned me around. I was in a pretty bad mood- I was daring the turkeys on the GE track to get in the way, cause I was willing to give one a kick in the head if needed. I think they could sense my mood and wisely ran out of the way.

Road N2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 17:28:48 from 24.10.247.181

It's time for you to open up a can of whup-ass an them turkeys!

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Slept less than 3 hrs. Gaaah, this is going to kill me. Now I'm moderating iRunFar Hardrock discussion board for 4 hours, then watch the kids all morning/afternoon as Marci does youth temple trip. Somewhere in there I need a nap and to finish writing my sacrament talk for tomorrow.

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AM- 8 on GE track. I'm glad for podcasts.

Lunch- ultimate frisbee on hot day. 5 vs 6, so not too many people. Hot.

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Lunch- I was super slow at the start with tired legs and a sore left calf, but better by the end. Hot, of course (heat index near 100). 75 minutes.

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From allie on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 08:28:52 from 24.99.46.55

hot. yeah.

From Jon on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 09:48:20 from 104.129.204.115

It's such a given during the summer that it's almost not worth mentioning. However, the heat is so noticeable and impactful on running, that it seems silly to not mention it.

From Rob Murphy on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 11:29:09 from 24.10.247.181

I'm ready for fall. Another 101 today here in Salt Lake.

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AM- 10 with aaron and jim

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Lunch- 8 of us today, the biggest group I've seen in a while. 56 minutes together, then the others stopped and I ran 3 lonely, hot miles by myself. Ugh. 80 minutes, 10 miles.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 10.00
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Lunch- 4 followed by an hour of ultimate. Hot. Fun. Not as sloppy of play as a few weeks ago.

Did Breakout as group in the evening. We almost got out. I had a long week so immediately got in bed at 9:30 pm. Then I couldn't fall asleep until after 1 am. Of course I couldn't sleep. My no sleep streak continues. Even though I'm extremely tired everyday and feel on the verge of breaking down, I can't think of the last time I slept more than 5 hrs. Blah.

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AM- very tired. Slogged through 4 miles at 9:15 avg pace. I've done a 100 mile race at faster average pace then that, y'all. But I needed it. The last mile was as slow as the first, so no improvement. Left shin is sore, not sure if it's shin splints or just sore.

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Got a touch of what I think is shin splints, so taking a little rest.

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Am- shin splints still not fully gone, so I did 3 xt machines for 20 minutes each. We'll call it 6 xt miles.

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AM- exact same workout as yesterday, except did the machines in reverse order.

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From Rob Murphy on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 20:37:08 from 24.10.247.181

You gained 6 miles on me today.

From Jon on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 06:40:56 from 104.129.204.70

I still have an entire week from June I haven't recorded, as I haven't bothered to plug in my GPS to download my runs from then. It shows I never use my watch.

You're 180 miles up on the year. Might be an insurmountable lead at this point, especially if I don't do any 10+ mile runs.

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AM same as yesterday

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Lunch- 2 mile run as I felt terrible and didn't want to run more. 10 min xt. Then we ended up with enough for Frisbee Friday (we thought we only had 3 people at 11:30) so did that. Hot.

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Lunch- 4 slow miles. 8:40-8:00 pace. Blah. Can't believe how out of shape, overweight, and slow I am these days. I really need to turn all of this around.

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From steve ash on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 15:53:30 from 67.2.58.87

You will. Downtime is good I think for runners who are in it for the long term. You have had a pretty intense ultra career the last few years. Speaking of which, I just saw a documentary on Badwater and I thought of you. It really intrigued me as well having a lot of respect for those folks who completed the event. What are your thoughts about it?

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 16:15:19 from 24.10.247.181

Running Badwater will make you look like a withered prune and it will melt your shoes.

From Jon on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 19:13:20 from 96.33.87.148

I think Badwater is definitely a tough event, from what I know and people I've talked to. Doesn't interest me at all- I don't like racing on roads or the heat. But some people seem to really take to it. To each their own. No one will say it's easy.

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Lunch 2 run then frisbee. Less running than usual today. I've caught a cold now with sore throat and runny nose.

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Sick, no run. Which is sad, as it would have been my first trail run in a while. I probably should not have even been at work, except they took away all of our sick time and I had a couple of important meetings. I'm afraid I'm going to get worse before I get better.

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sick at home, no run.

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Lunch- it was just Aaron and me for the run today. Rainy and cooler, maybe below 80. I thought I might only go 2 miles but we started discussing Russian history, US foreign policy, coups in Turkey, and other interesting topics. Ended up running for more than an hour and felt better at mile 8 than mile 2.

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Lunch- frisbee

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No run- went to the temple for the first time in probably 6 months. Left at 5:45 am, home at 1:45 pm, when (how's this for a change of pace) Marci promptly left for a run in the mountains. I'm home with kids as she's gone for hours. When she gets home, it's date night.

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From steve ash on Sat, Aug 06, 2016 at 13:05:54 from 67.2.58.87

I'd be thrilled:)

From Little Bad Legs on Sat, Aug 06, 2016 at 14:53:02 from 76.27.255.99

Has she always ran or is this a new development?

From Jon on Sat, Aug 06, 2016 at 19:45:54 from 96.33.87.148

She is a regular gym rat, doing combat, spin, etc. And she's run a number of races- maybe 6-8 half marathons, even a marathon. But she's doing her first trail race next weekend so has been training on trails some, and says it's addicting. She did 6 miles today, and her race is only a 7k. Although she swore she'll never do an ultra (which obviously means she will).

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Aug 06, 2016 at 21:14:09 from 24.10.247.181

That's pretty cool. Wish her luck.

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AM- a sluggish 8. Tired

Lunch- Ultimate frisbee. Tired right from the start, but had fun. Very humid thanks to several inches of rain the past few days, including a crazy thunderstorm last night.

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Lunch- 6 on a rainy day. Kinda tired and sluggish. 80 deg rain isn't so bad, though.

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Lunch- an hour. Due to wet shoes yesterday, I grabbed a way-too-old pair of shoes that had my ankles and shins screaming by the end. Ouch. I threw them in the garbage before leaving the gym to make sure I didn't do that again.

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Lunch- no run, just frisbee.

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AM- 6. My ankles/shins have partially recovered from the run in worn out shoes last week, but not completely. Tired. I finally found my Strassburg socks, so can wear those at night. My left Achilles has been real painful lately, so taht should help.

Lunch- ultimate frisbee. We've had very competitive games with lots of runnings the last 2 times. Fun.

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PM- PM with Barry and Seth. It was hot- mid 90's, and probably the most humid run I've had in years. Just oppressive- we were commenting on the humidity within the first few minutes. Holy humid, Batman. Barry did short route, Seth and I did the long route but with a shortcut around the lake. Fun, but so humid. And slow, at least a mile per minute slower than usual.

My wife ran a trail 7k last Saturday and loved it. She said she's addicted and is already counting down till our youngest is in school and she can go trail run daily.

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Lunch- 10 or so. Hot again. Some clouds did blow in the last 10 minutes which provided welcome relief from the heat index of near 100 deg. I'm ready for some cooler fall weather.

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Lunch 9.5 or so in 75 with Aaron and Jim. 

Pearl Izumi announced today they will stop making running shoes and gear this year. Sad day- I'm proud to have run on their team for 2 years, and still have several years worth of new shoes in my closet (with 4 more pairs on the way).

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AM- 7

Lunch- ultimate. Another competitive game, though a bit shorter today as we were all dying due to heat/humidity.

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Am- easy short 2. Feeling sore and tired, and it's already my first week over 50 in a month. 

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AM- 7. Only planned on 6 but felt better than expected

Lunch- Ultimate frisbee. A bit cooler today, low 80's. Big crowd, 8 vs 8. I ran full speed into another guy's shoulder and am pretty sure I bruised a rib right by my sternum. Still hurts to take big breaths, cough, etc. I was only out of the game for 5 minutes, though, but had a bit of trouble recovering afterwards.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 7.00
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PM- So running with a bruised or cracked rib is extremely stupid. First, I received 3 shots today for my India trip, so my shoulders are very sore. Then, I decided I could still run and went to Paris Mountain with Aaron and Seth. Right from the start, I felt like I was slowly suffocating- I couldn't breathe quite deep enough, and I certainly couldn't take deep breaths to catch up. But I did ok until about an hour, then gradually slowed. At 1:10, I lost the group, but they waited for me to catch up, though I slowed even more and fell behind again. By this point, any step that jarred me at all hurt my ribs, so I really tensed up. Between the combination of the tense core, unusual shoulder movement, and chest injury, my back suddenly tightened in 2 places and I could barely run. I half walked, half slow-jogged back to the car on the road, hoping to hitchhike. The last 30 minutes was on the short, short list of most miserable experience on a run. No fun at all. I'm sore all over, tired, and can't breath. Anyways, I think I'll take it easy for a few days. Like I said, don't try running with a bruised rib. I think it was around 9.5 miles in 1:50+.

On a good note, I got a solid 8 hours sleep last night for the first time in months, and hope to again tonight, as well.

Trail N2 2 Orange Miles: 9.50
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From Jason D on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 19:36:24 from 24.127.111.174

Rest easy.

From jtshad on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 07:40:20 from 141.221.191.225

Sorry about the injury. Hope you can recover quickly. Take it easy and don't worry about running, get well.

Have a safe trip to India. When do you go?

From Bob on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 08:27:23 from 163.191.36.14

Take it easy and get well.

From Jon on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 18:30:13 from 96.33.87.148

Jeff, we go second half of October. Marci and I, plus our oldest kid.

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Misery, thy name is Jon.

Nothing today. Too much pain. Didn't even bring the gym bag to work. Maybe I'll try some light stationary bike in the upcoming days. No running for a while- I'm in too much pain.

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From Jake K on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 09:09:46 from 159.212.71.173

I bruised and/or cracked several ribs in a ski crash during the first spring I lived in Vail. I never got the XRay because I was young and poor and figured it didn't make much of a difference what the exact diagnosis was - I knew how much it hurt.

I don't think I even tried running for about a solid month. You can imagine how those lungs expanding against the ribcage at 8000 feet felt.

The worst part for me was sleeping. I had to surround myself with pillows so I wouldn't shift position during the night and roll onto my side.

All that being said, I kept skiing the whole time the ribs were messed up :-)

Anyways - I feel for you... that is a really sucky injury.

From Bret on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 14:47:55 from 216.234.133.229

Sorry to hear about the rib injury - I have had that in the past too (playing soccer). The good news is that there are not too many great or safe places to run in India in my limited experience - so, you may have been sidelined anyway. Where in the country will you be?

From Jon on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 18:31:50 from 96.33.87.148

Jake, I don't feel so strange about trying to run if you kept skiing. And my pain isn't as bad as your- mainly if I move my right arm the wrong way, or if I take a deep breath, sneeze, cough, laugh, etc. Sleeping is uncomfortable with lots of waking up, but not extreme.

Bret, we're going to New Delhi and the golden triangle.

From Rob Murphy on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 18:42:26 from 24.10.247.181

Sorry Jon. Here's hoping your recuperative powers exceed Jakes and you're back at it soon. Jake was in his 20s at the time and without full frontal lobe capacities and so you've got that on him as well.

Enjoy your rest.

From Jake K on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 20:02:36 from 67.166.113.191

Rob is right. My rib injury also was packaged with a bonus concussion.

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AM bike for 45 min

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AM 1 hr stationary bike. Exciting.

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AM- an hour on the bike. Yawn. Ribs are improving but still painful, especially when I sneeze or try to lift something heavy with my right arm.

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From allie on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 18:48:44 from 24.99.46.55

i bruised a rib or two in a river-tubing-gone-wrong episode back in 2013.

i recall that the pain got worse after 3-4 days. initially my only discomfort was a sharp pain every time i breathed in (which made running annoying). then that subsided and it turned into a deep ache that was more constant, and really sharp if i did something bad like turn abruptly, move in my sleep, sneeze (ahhh!), etc. the hardest thing was getting in and out of my car.

i think this lasted another 3-4 days and then everything subsided a lot and i was running and moving fine again in just over a week. random sharp pains continued for about a month, but only with the wrong movements like abruptly twisting my torso (sorry, frisbee).

i understand severity is different for everyone though, so i hope this doesn't linger too long for you and hope it feels better soon.

From Jon on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 16:52:48 from 96.33.87.148

Thanks, Allie

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AM- I decided to try running. Big mistake. I did 2 miles and my ribs hurt the whole time, plus the knots in my back from a week ago started acting up again. Then did 40 min bike. My ribs had improved to the point they only hurt when I sneezed, lifted something heavy, etc, but they hurt all day today due to the run. Stink. This is going to be a while. Biking doesn't use my lungs much while running does on every breath.

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From Rob Murphy on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 18:20:28 from 24.10.247.181

Sorry.

From Jake K on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 20:12:44 from 67.166.113.191

Told you (although I'm not happy that I was right). 2-3 weeks minimum. It takes way longer than you think it will.

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AM back to the bike

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AM more bike

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AM- 6. Bad night last night, only slept 2 hours. Ugh. I did get a massage today, which should help with my back pains that stemmed from my rib injury.

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AM- another hour xt. Maybe try running later this week. Finally starting to feel noticeable better. Sneezing doesn't even hurt too much. I'm more worried about reaggravating my back at this point. 

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From Rob Murphy on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 at 19:27:41 from 24.10.247.181

Good news. Be careful.

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AM bike. Thinking of trying a short run tomorrow. Chest is good, back... who knows.

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I ran. Only 2 miles, but still. 45 min bike, 2 miles run. Felt ok- sluggish, back still not great, but doesn't hurt afterwards like it did last time.

In other news, I'm really tired after staying up so late last night watching the Broncos awesome win. For 2 straight games, it's fun being a Broncos fan in Carolina country.

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From Rob Murphy on Fri, Sep 09, 2016 at 20:29:28 from 24.10.247.181

Happy for you on both counts.

I'm enjoying those "Peyton on a Sunday Morning" commercials.

From Jon on Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 19:24:12 from 96.33.87.148

ELI- I'll pencil you in for Tuesday

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Lunch- 4 miles in 34 minutes or so. Ran at lunch, so it was in the 90's. Fall still isn't here yet.

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Sick at home, no run. Really sore throats really stink, as do noses that are stuffy yet runny.

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From jtshad on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 13:58:46 from 141.221.191.225

Get well soon.

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Slept 11 hours last night, took a good nap this afternoon. Hopefully can go back to work tomorrow.

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From allie on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 16:07:53 from 24.99.46.55

yuck on being sick, but the positive is it looks like you got some extra rib rehab. hope it's all feeling better soon.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 20:52:59 from 24.10.247.181

Your blog is depressing. I predict you don't make it through the week.

From Rob Murphy on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 20:53:25 from 24.10.247.181

That was funny right?

From Jon on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 16:39:18 from 96.33.87.148

Rob, it's a tossup between Hillary and me, one of us not making it through the week. And given that I just insulted her, be very wary if I suddenly commit suicide.

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Back to work, but no run yet. Probably tomorrow. Between Monday morning to Wednesday morning, I slept about 24 of the 48 hours. Oofdah. Not sure when I've ever slept that much.

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AM- 15 min bike, 2 mile slow run was all I had energy for. Hey, it's a start.

 

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Lunch- played Ultimate frisbee for the first time since the rib injury. Skills had slipped a bit and I couldn't run quite as much as usual, but still so much fun. If I could play ultimate more and run less, I wouldn't complain. Fun sport.

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From Rob Murphy on Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 08:24:16 from 24.10.247.181

My brother-in-law coaches the Ultimate team at the Air Force Academy. Apparently it's a pretty serious club sport at a lot of schools. Especially among white guys.

From Jon on Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 08:41:01 from 96.33.87.148

Do you play?

When I lived in Logan after college, I played 2-5 times a week. I would frequently wake up early on Saturday mornings, go for a 20 mile trail run, then immediately play ultimate for 2+ hours. Ahh, to be young and energetic again. This didn't stop until Marci was pregnant with our second kid. It's fun to be able to play for a few hours a week again.

From jtshad on Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 08:52:01 from 173.198.176.201

I was on a team from my fraternity house that won the intramural championship. It is a fun sport. There is a group that plays at lunch in the park by our offices a couple of times a week. I have thought about trying to join them, just never have taken the opportunity.

From Little Bad Legs on Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 10:08:26 from 76.27.255.99

I love running. But more ultimate and less running sounds like heaven. Great sport.

From Eugene on Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 10:31:40 from 130.160.194.5

My roommate is on University of Alabama's traveling ultimate team.

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AM- went for a nice morning run after a long day yesterday (work then temple means leave before 7 am, home at 10 pm). Getting home was delayed as I wanted to fill the car with gas but multiple stations were out due to a pipeline breaking in Mississippi. It's amazing how our just-in-time society is so dependent on everything working just right. One pipeline leaking results in gas going up 35 cents in a few hours and multiple stations running out of gas. If there were a long time shortage... well, it wouldn't be pretty.

Anyway, today's run was a slow 6 miles- 8:30 avg pace, or so. Lower legs are a bit sore from the running yesterday, plus bad sleep the past few nights (4 hours last night as I was up at 3 am onward due to sick kid). I listened to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History series- amazing podcasts. I'm on the 5th of 6 in the WW1 series, and each one is 4-5 hours long. WW1 is amazing and so sad.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 6.00
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Lunch- frisbee monday. fun game- my team was shorthanded the whole time (6v7, then 5v6) but won 5-2 at the end. If you win when you have an extra person, it's kind of expected. But if you win when down a person, it's that much better. Still warm out- fall has to come at some point, right?

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From allie on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 20:27:01 from 24.99.46.55

yeah, why is it still summer hot?

From Jon on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 07:25:29 from 96.33.87.148

Tomorrow and the next day are low 80's, which is the normal high. So hopefully the 90's are gone.

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AM- working from home today. 6 miles, 8:20-8:00 pace. I can't believe how slow I am these days. Then again, I think I've had a permanent shift and the old days are never coming back.

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From jtshad on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 07:48:24 from 141.221.191.225

I hear you brother, I feel the same way.

From Jason D on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 20:33:26 from 24.127.111.174

It comes back or can come back. Or you can just run. Some days I'm perfectly content to run 9-minute pace if that's what it takes.

Hope you are healing well still.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Lunch- ran to the lake where I met Aaron, then did a lap and ran back. 4.5 miles total.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 4.50
Weight: 0.00
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Lunch- 5.5 with Rob and Webster. Overcast, good temps today.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 5.50
Weight: 0.00
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Lunch- ultimate frisbee. My team won the game at the end 5-0. Pretty good.

The Bear 100 is today. I was reading updates and realized they changed the course from Logan River to Ranger Dip. I spent a while figuring out the new path. I know they were expecting terrible weather (cold, rain, snow, wind). I started looking on facebook and discovered they actually changed to a snow course this year, and out-and-back to Tony Grove. Oofdah, that's a big change. Here's wishing well to all the racers.

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From Rob Murphy on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 05:47:31 from 24.10.247.181

Oofdah! That's exactly what my mother-in-law would say.

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8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Lunch- 8 at the gym on a hot day (still mid 90's). 64 min. First hour+ run since Aug 23. Slowly getting back in shape. 

Road M3 Grey Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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From steve ash on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 14:49:35 from 67.2.59.220

Nice work Jon. You are way to young for retirement:)

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Lunch- fall temps will come eventually, right?!? Frisbee today- 5 v 6, my team had the 5. So much running. We got our butt kicked most of the day before the official game to 5, which we won 5-3. Sweet. Most tired I've been from a game in a long time, though.

Weight: 0.00
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PM- 5.5 or so miles during Aspen's soccer practice. Cut short due to lightning.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 5.50
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From allie on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 17:34:50 from 24.99.46.55

seriouslystormy here, too.

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8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- 8 miles while watching Mike Golic do the ghost pepper challenge. I honestly laughed out loud quite a number of times. 64 min.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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From Rob Murphy on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 17:59:09 from 24.10.247.181

I've started watching Mike and Mike more and more in the morning instead of politics. Better for my blood pressure.

From Jon on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 19:16:24 from 96.33.87.148

Pretty much the only TV I watch is the occasional morning Mike and Mike, and the occasional football game. Not much else. I think I went 3 months this summer without watching anything. Didn't miss it.

I agree sports is more enjoyable than politics/news shows. And the morning shows seem better than daytime shows- I don't see how anyone can watch tv all day. Blah.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.500.000.000.000.008.50

Lunch- 8.5 with Aaron, Rob, and Shamgar

Road M3 Grey Miles: 8.50
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From Rob Murphy on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 17:57:48 from 24.10.247.181

You gained 3.25 miles on me today.

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Lunch- frisbee. First day below 80 deg- mid 70's but breezy. Between the wind and just sloppiness, it was a pretty bad game- lots and lots of bad throws.

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From allie on Sun, Oct 02, 2016 at 13:00:39 from 24.99.46.55

today was my first long-sleeved run since early april. i was starting to think i would never feel a chill in the air again.

From Jon on Sun, Oct 02, 2016 at 17:00:23 from 96.33.87.148

The heat will soon be a distant memory. For 6 months.

I went camping Friday night, and it was 51 deg when I woke up. Finally.

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Lunch- frisbee. Fun. Won the game 5-4.

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PM- PM with Barry, Seth, and Aaron. First time in a while. Perfect weather. Longest run by 25 minutes. We did upper Kanuga except Aaron, so then we jogged to meet him. 8.5 miles in 90 minutes or so. Tons of bikers.

No school busses for the rest of the week for my kids- they sent them to the ocean to shuttle everyone evacuating away from the hurricane.

Trail N2 2 Orange Miles: 8.50
Weight: 0.00
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10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM- 10 with Jim, Shamgar, and Joe. Jim and I argued half the time about the election and war.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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AM- I had a lunch meeting scheduled (that ended up being cancelled) so ran GE track for 8 miles this morning in 63 minutes or so.

I had some time for thinking during the run, so here's a few of my thoughts (which few people on earth will ever read, but writing them is somewhat carthatic).

I'm just wrapping up the 25-ish hours of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast series on World War I (amazing, insightful podcast series, by the way). We look at that war now and are amazed how it actually started- almost a series of misunderstandings and mishaps that no one would back down from. However, I look at the world today and fear we are blundering into a similar conflict. I hear nothing from the mainstream US media except propoganda against Russia, Syria, Iran, China, etc. And the US government has troops all over the world, including right on the borders of those countries. Yet no one really thinks a catastrophic war will start and we see ourselves as world protector rather than an occupier of sorts (why do we need troops in the Baltics on Russia's doorstep???). However, all it can take is some unforseen blunder or misunderstanding and we can find ourselves in a hot war with Russia.  I don't understand why the human race, or at least the government leaders, feel the need to bluster and promote power so much rather than work for peace. Sad reflection on them, and us. We're all people, let's not find reasons to kill others just because they live in another country. I think most of the blame for the wars today lies with the US and our "exceptionalism" and invasions, meddling in the affairs of other people.

In unrelated news, I hope the damage from this hurricane is minimal. It's not significant, but my kid's elementary school carnival and my work family day (both with food, rides, etc) may be impacted by the wind and rain.

Finally, company benefit enrollment is approaching and I saw prices today for medical. They are drastically rising again. Even though I work at a top company with "good" benefits, my medical insurance premiums have risen over 500% in the 6 years I've been here, and my deductible has almost doubled. I now have to pay almost $8000 before insurance kicks in a dime. What a joke- yet government tells us their involvement is helping, and inflation is low.

Anyway, my libertarian ranting is over. Moving on...

Road M3 Grey Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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From Little Bad Legs on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 at 21:43:17 from 76.27.255.99

Stay safe with the hurricane.

I'll be making medical selections shortly as well, and my experience has followed your same pattern. It's disgusting. But hey, more people have insurance so everything is great. *eyeroll*

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Lunch- frisbee friday. Hurricane outer bands gave us rain/drizzle off and on but wind wasn't really much of a factor, surprisingly.

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Lunch- Beautiful, 70 deg day. Ultimate frisbee- perfect weather. My team won 5-3. We had 1 fewer players but a bit more stacked team- I didn't have to run as much as usual.

Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.500.000.000.000.009.50

PM- PM with Aaron and Seth. What perfect weather.

Trail N2 2 Orange Miles: 9.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

AM slow 7. Tired. But considering I thought of stopping at 3, 7 is ok.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
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AM- easy 8 miles outside on the track and GE trail, 61 or 62 minutes. Brisk today, under 50 deg when I started my run. I actually wore long sleeves and light gloves, the first time I've worn those probably since March or April. 

Just about finished listening to the Dan Carlin WWI podcast. What a well spent 26 hours. He does an amazing job with those, very informative.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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AM- 4 easy. taking off work on account of my birthday

Lunch- went to work to play ultimate. Because if you can't choose to play frisbee on your birthday, what kind of birthday is it, anyway? My team won 5-2 and then a second game 2-1. Such beautiful weather. 

Road M3 Grey Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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From Rob Murphy on Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 10:30:56 from 24.10.247.181

Congrats on everything.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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PM- late night, 8 pm run. Not sure how far or fast. 77 min, so we'll call it 10 miles.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 10.00
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Lunch- 2 on treadmill then frisbee. I played pretty darn crappy today- throws were generally off, defense was lackluster, catching was just ok, and I even accidentally knocked a catch out of my own teammates hand. Blah- still better than sitting in the office. Plus we won 2 games 5-3 and 3-2. In my defense, I'd say the sloppiness was way up today for everyone, and energy level seemed muted.

Heading to India this week.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 2.00
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AM- haven't been feeling well, getting a bit sick. My planned 8 mile run ended at 2, and it was a struggle to even make it that far. Blah.

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Been on a vaction in India since Wednesday last week, so no running.

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Lunch- frisbee. Won 5-3.

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Lunch- 6.5 or so with Todd and Shamgar.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 6.50
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AM- Just Todd and me, Hartness again.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 6.00
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Lunch- 6.5 with LR group

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Lunch- ultimate. Too many people today, 20, so we did 7 v 7 with 3 subs each team. We won 5-1. Then played a bit more at the end.

Road M3 Grey Miles: 4.00
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Lunch- ultimate frisbee. Only had 14 show up today, so a perfect number. My team lost this week.

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From Rob Murphy on Mon, Nov 07, 2016 at 21:28:22 from 24.10.247.181

It will help prepare you for America losing tomorrow. See I just couldn't resist that.

From Jon on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 at 09:34:06 from 104.129.204.130

No matter who wins, we lose.

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PM- PM with Seth, Barry, and Aaron. Achilles hurt the whole time. short loop, 8 miles.

Trail N2 2 Orange Miles: 8.00
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AM- Achilles is very painful so I did a bunch of stationary bike while watching election results.

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From Jason D on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 at 20:53:16 from 24.127.111.174

I thought your achilles issues might have been connected to the election. Hope it heals soon.

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AM- same as yesterday, except today I read news on my phone instead of watching TV. I have a bad feeling this Achilles thing is a long term issue. Normally wearing a Strassburg sock for a few days knocks it out, but a week has barely done anything.

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Lunch- Frisbee- great day for it, 70 deg, sunny, no wind. Compared to the 20 people last week, we had 13 today. My team won 5-2, then 2-1, then 1-0.

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Lunch- ultimate on a great day- mid 60's, no wind. However, there are wildfires in the area making the air very smoky and hazy. Not India bad, of course, but bad. You could even smell it indoors all day. Anyway, my team won the game that counted 5-2.

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From Bret on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 11:26:44 from 216.234.133.229

That's funny - because the conditions did make me think of India.

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Cut the ride short due to being just really tired.

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Marci and I went to see Pentatonix last night. Fun concert. Good XT today- first time ever burning 600 calories on the bike in under an hour. I had to work pretty hard to do that.

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PM- working from home to attend kid Thanksgiving meal at school, but went to the gym in the afternoon.

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Lunch- ultimate frisbee. It was a great battle today, playing longer than usual (almost 90 minutes). My team won the real game 5-4.

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Lunch- a bit breezy today and cooler. Smaller numbers due to the holiday- it was a nice game of 5v5. My team won 5-3, then lost 3-0.

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AM- Marci left this morning to spend a week with her family so I'm now Mr. Mom. Thankfully, our gym membership includes babysitting, so I did an hour on the bike. Now errands of various sorts for much of the day.

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From Rob Murphy on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 11:21:29 from 163.248.33.220

The "Kids Club" at my gym was a lifesaver for me a few years ago.

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AM- another hour on the bike, then a full day with the kids (trampoline park, krispy kreme, walmart, lunch at sam's club, lowe's, pick up tools from friend's house, wait in line an hour at local BBQ joint for some of the sweet potato cruch for tomorrow, then finally grocery store).

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AM- same as before. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. 

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From Jason D on Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 11:07:13 from 70.210.78.142

Happy Thanksgiving, Jon.

From jtshad on Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 12:51:22 from 173.198.176.201

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a great day with the kids. Safe travels to the rest of the family when they return home.

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AM same

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same

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AM- same. At this point, I just wish I could run, and pain free. Right now, can't even do that.

My wife returns today after a week away. It actually went great with the kids, other than the dog we got a few weeks ago. The dog kept jumping on and hurting the kids. And, it damaged/destroyed probably $1000 worth of stuff (chairs, couches, pillows, shoes, toys, etc). I returned it to the pound today, and it will be a long, long while until I consider getting a dog again.

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From jtshad on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 10:08:48 from 141.221.191.225

Safe travels to Marci and the kids.

Sorry about the dog. Our dog and cat are fun and nice, but still have cost us $ for carpets, furniture issues, etc. If the animals are good and not harmful, I guess it is worth the price. But not if they are hurting your kids.

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No workout today. Feeling under the weather- sore, tired, and painfully sore throat. I actually fell asleep last night at 7:30- not sure if I've ever gone to bed that early. It was even an hour before Marci and the kids got home from Idaho, so I didn't see them till Tuesday. 10.5 or 11 hours sleep. 

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no workout. Really sore throats really stink. Man, so painful.

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PM- 30 min. Throat feeling a tiny bit better, but the rest of me is a bit worse. Decided to work out anyway.

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Lunch- frisbee. 4 on 4 today, so lots of running. I felt better than I thought I would. My team went up 4-2 but the other team came back and won 5-4. Doh. The grass is dormant now so it's rather rough and scratchy when you slide on it now.

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PM- solid bike. It's getting easier, my calories per hour is going up. 

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Lunch- frisbee Monday. 5 vs 6, my team was down a person, and holy crap did we have to run a lot. Fun times. We represented well considering we were down a person. In the final game, the other team went up 4-2, then we tied it up before they finally won 5-4. Fun day.

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There was a good movie on so I stayed on the bike extra, for almost 90 minutes. The movie was Runaway, with Denzel Washington. Made the time go fast.

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75 min bike

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xt

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Lunch- frisbee. The other team was stacked and kicked our butt 5-2.

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xt

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Frisbee- got our butt kicked 5-1 today. Windy, and we played terrible.

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bike

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AM- another hour.

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stayed home from work to go Christmas shopping with Marci. I don't think I worked out.

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Frisbee. Cold but fun. However, my team lost 5-2 (or 5-3?), then I switched sides and my new team lost. I was the only loser.

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Lunch- We had 6-7 people so played Box for a while, then number 8 showed up and we played regular ultimate. Windy and cool, but fun. I had a 1 pm meeting where I was presenting to a customer, so I had everyone show up 30 min early. For the actual games, my team won 3-1, then lost 2-0, then won 2-1. Fun times, though my hands are bruised from blocking so many cold frisbee throws. Worth it.

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AM- bike

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xt

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xt

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yup

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Comments
From Rob Murphy on Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 08:39:57 from 24.10.247.181

Closing out the year with some consistency :-)

From Jon on Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 11:40:21 from 96.33.87.148

Yup. Just wish it was the running kind.

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Almost went to the gym at 5 am before remembering they open at 6:30 on weekends. Broke out of a run- 70 minutes! 

Merry Christmas, everyone! It's the most wonderful time of the year (and I love that Andy Williams song).

Speaking of songs, here's 2 on my Christmas playlist right now.

https://youtu.be/EM2Fnp_qnE8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRP8d7hhpoQ

 

Anyone know how to embed these? I used to be able to do it...

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xt

As I won't run the rest of the year, it looks like I'll finish with 1702 running miles for the year. I used to be 3000+ most years, with a high just under 4000 miles. And almost all of my miles this year came in the first half of the year. This darn Achilles is really starting to annoy me.

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xt

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xt

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xt. same as always. Happy New Year, everyone.

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Comments
From jtshad on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 at 11:27:26 from 173.198.176.201

Happy New Year!

From Jon on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 at 16:54:09 from 96.33.87.148

And to you and your family, Jeff!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Dec 31, 2016 at 21:28:44 from 24.10.247.181

Happy New Year Jon. It's not a bad life right? Embrace the ebb and flow...

I'm saying that as much for me.

From Jon on Mon, Jan 02, 2017 at 07:14:15 from 96.33.87.148

Not a bad life at all, Rob.

Sometimes I just wished the ebbs didn't last quite as long.

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