I'm retired from racing. Really.

January 22, 2019

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Location:

Greenville,SC,

Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

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

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

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

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

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

Short-Term Running Goals:

Goals 

None for now

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon

Personal:

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

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 4.00 Month: 76.00 Year: 76.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 541.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 418.50
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 459.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 351.00
Road M2 3 Orange Lifetime Miles: 264.00
Road N2 Purple Lifetime Miles: 192.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

AM- I wasn't sure how I'd feel today give the soreness and tiredness of the rest of the week. It is a cold, rainy morning so I hit the treadmill again wanting at least 6 miles. I felt good enough to extend to 7, then 8. 68 min. Less sore and tired, but still not great.

There's over 4000 people who started accounts on FRB. I remember back when you could reasonably comment on all the blogs, or at least all the new blogs. Well, FRB is back to that point- there are exactly 4 people who joined within the past year and have posted within the past month. There are 89 total people who have posted in the past month, in fact. The days of so many people being on it are over.

Breakdown of active people (active meaning posted within a month)

Joined in 2018: 4

Joined in 2017: 0

Joined in 2016: 6

Joined in 2014-15: 11

Joined 2009-2013: 34

Joined prior to 2009: 34

It's amazing to me how many people have left. To us few who remain, well done.

Road N2 Purple Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From allie on Fri, Jan 04, 2019 at 21:48:39 from 73.53.95.221

interesting stats. i post/comment far less frequently now, but i can't cut it out completely because everything is here -- 10 years of my daily life! that said, i have a fitbit on the way, and i think the biggest reason for the decline are new gadgets and apps that are easier/faster to use and provide a lot more data without any effort.

i don't plan on leaving though, regardless of how great the fitbit is. :)

From Jon on Fri, Jan 04, 2019 at 23:25:23 from 96.33.86.208

Allie, I definitely appreciate the history of my blogs, too. I don't run with any gadgets (I have a Suunto that I haven't charged in years) so maybe that explains why I prefer this to Strava or similar. Either way, I'm glad Sasha keeps this going.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jan 05, 2019 at 07:15:09 from 67.177.30.39

This blog was a pioneering endeavor at first. It's interesting to me that it didn't continue to evolve with the technology and social media. That being said, I know several people who don't post here anymore because they stopped running and competing seriously. It was a life phase that passed.

From jtshad on Sat, Jan 05, 2019 at 14:15:39 from 65.129.148.50

I have been watching this change too. There are a number of folks who keep dual logs (here, Strava) due to the differing tools and analysis as well as the alternate communities. I too like the simplicity of this blog as opposed to the complexity of the other sites. That being said, many/most of my best friends have been developed via the FRB and I truly love the people who I still connect with here.

From Jon on Sat, Jan 05, 2019 at 22:01:10 from 96.33.86.208

Rob, I'm not surprised it hasn't updated for new technology. I remember Sasha did add linkedin options once. But I don't think he had the time/interest to make it compatible with GPS watches, etc. I like it as-is.

I would guess a majority of the people who don't FRB don't run much now, either. Many still do, but I'd guess more don't. And like Jeff, I have some lifelong friends thanks to this simple site.

From Jason D on Wed, Jan 09, 2019 at 21:42:09 from 73.144.88.57

My blog participation is way down from my peak years of 2012-2015, but if my blog entry is late a day I feel like I did something wrong. I still check in on my favorites. Always sad to see people go, especially people with long bids, like Tyler (originally from Washington and moved to Lafayette, Louisiana). He was an early blogger and a pretty consistent one since I have been on the blog, which is 7 years now.

Strava is a great dataverse, but people rarely comment or get on long tangenty goodness that used to happen on the blog.

Megan and I will have a conversation and wonder where we were for (in a recent example New Years) a particular time and I always say, "Let me check the arbiter," which of course means "the blog." It helps me to situate myself in time and link up with people who have been essential life and running influences. That's a big deal to me.

From JG on Sat, Jan 19, 2019 at 11:15:28 from 174.228.15.74

Jon, I joined in 2011 when I first decided to commit to consistent training and strive to be a competitive (recreational) runner. I attribute most of my success to the people on this blog. In fact, I often cite you as having given me the best running advice I ever received: 'Try to run an hour a day, it does not matter how far or fast.'

I am returning to the blog attempting to adhere to that advice, I was surprised to see a lot less people posting. I am not a Strava person, but know that is the route many have gone. The support that is here has always been appreciated and I look forward to tracking my progress on here as I regain my strength and speed in 2019!! Happy Trails

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