I'm retired from racing. Really.

July 01, 2020

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Feb 24, 2007



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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:


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


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: 8.00 Month: 93.00 Year: 709.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 211.00
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 260.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 106.50
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 61.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

I'm officially crazy. I ran 10 miles this morning with Shingles all over my waist/back/left thigh. On the short list of most painful runs of my life- almost stopped in the first 2 miles, but then got used to it. The overall pain has gotten so bad, though, that I couldn't sleep last night, went to the doc for meds today, and plan to rest the next few days. Work clothes are extremely painful, so no work. Shingles is excruciating. The nurse said she sees shingle patients all the time and I have the worst she's ever seen, and the doc agreed it was terrible (you should have heard all the nurses talking in the hall...). Very painful.

Stinson Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 16:12:48 from

You rule!

From allie on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 17:01:25 from

yikes, what?!

sorry. feel better soon, and maybe skip the 10 miler tomorrow. :)

From Jason D on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 21:17:35 from

Hope you get some relief soon. As for tips, as Riley. He had them twice in a matter of months as I recall.

From RileyCook on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 09:26:14 from

Ah, shingles. Yeah for some reason shingles are somewhat common in younger (30s-40s) adults who are otherwise very healthy, but exercise a lot.

I got them on my face and eye, not fun. The antiviral works quite well and pretty quickly. So hopefully you're taking one. Rest up and it'll go away soon. Good luck!

From Jon on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:04:20 from

Riley, are you saying the exercise causes/contributes to it?

I am taking the anti-viral.

Q: Is exercising with it just stupid? Does it cause harm or slow healing, from what you see? Or is it just painful but doesn't really matter from a recovery timeframe?

From RileyCook on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:10:58 from

Well, I'm no expert. But from what I've been told, those who exercise a lot obviously can wear their bodies down. The virus is from when you got chicken pox as a child and it never leaves your body. It just goes dormant. But when you wear your body down as we runners often do, it can create an opportunity for the virus to re-emerge.

As for exercising with it, I think I took 1-2 days off, but I had a marathon a week later, so I didn't want to take too much time off. I still had some scabbing on my face for the marathon, yet ran a PR.

I am certain the pain is worse for you with it on your back etc. The shingles on my face were painful, but I've heard stories of people wanting to kill themselves with it on their backs, and my pain was no where near that level. On the face you mostly have to stop it before it goes in your eye, as it can cause blindness. So I was mostly worried about that.

I'd rest if I were you and let the antiviral start doing its thing for a day or two and then give it a whirl.

From Jon on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 11:26:04 from

Thanks for the info. I'd so much prefer my face, as long as it didn't impact vision (that's the ultimate worst case). My clothes and movement and sitting/laying are killing me- it wraps the whole left side from back to belly button just at belt level, and then goes down from there (inner thigh- not fun), so wearing any clothes or sitting/laying down is excruciating.

I can't believe this may last 3-5 weeks, or longer. My aunt's nerve pain lasted 4 months. This is not going to be fun, but at least I know people like you have survived it.

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