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Nov 11, 2009



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Finally started learning how to run in '09 after totally botching it up for the 14 years prior and dealing with chronic IT injury...have had zero IT band pain since fall of '09 and have run way more than ever before in my life...loving it.


Road Mile: 4:44 - Pearl St Mile August 2011 

2K: 6:32 - Uni HIll 2K 2011

3K: 10:07 - West end 3K 2011

5K - 16:53 - Turkey Leg 5K 2011

10K - 38:38 - Butte to Butte Eugene OR 2003 

Half - Never raced a half

Road Marathon - 2:57:19 - 11/12/2011 - solo.

Trail Marathon - 4:48 - Kings peak August 2011

55K - 4:59:54 - Moab red hot 55K 2011

Short-Term Running Goals:

Be healthy, run injury-free, listen to my body.

Sub 16 min 5K

Sub 34 min 10K

Sub 2:40 Marathon

    2012 Tentative Schedule

  1.  Quicker Quaker 5K January
  2. Boston Marathon - April
  3. ??

Long-Term Running Goals:

Get stronger, faster and more fit as a runner and biker to allow for bigger adventures as the years go on.

Still be running in my 80's.  


I'm married to Nan Kennard and she kicks my butt at running.  She has beat me handily in every race we have done together except for a downhill mile we did once.  She is my running inspiration.  I'd like to run a marathon with her someday and actually keep up.  

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Bare Feet Lifetime Miles: 282.68
Cycling 2011 Lifetime Miles: 291.40
Altra Instinct July '10 Lifetime Miles: 637.35
Altra Instinct Sep '11 Lifetime Miles: 481.45
Altra Lone Peak Lifetime Miles: 157.50
Altra Instinct Black Lifetime Miles: 69.00
Altra Adam Lifetime Miles: 27.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Altra Instinct Black Miles: 26.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Race: Boston Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:59:42, Place overall: 516, Place in age division: 493
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Wow, what a fun race!

This will be brief for now, but here's a recap:

I think I had mentally thrown in the towel on a 2:45 goal before the race even began for 2 reasons:

1 - I was sweating already just standing in line to get to the start at 10:40

2 - I was slated to start the race at the VERY BACK. Behind 26000+ other runners.  I could tell that was not going to help my chances.

So I decided to just go with whatever felt good and enjoy the experience fully.  And I did.

It was definitely hot, I was dumping water on my head after the first 2 miles in.

But it didn't bother me, I was really enjoying it actually.  I loved the run, and loved being out in the sun among millions of people running.  It was gorgeous.

But I could tell it was sapping the energy and making me slower throughout.  I was glad I went out conservatively, because I had plenty of energy the last 10K and was able to really enjoy bombing the long downhills to the finish.  That was a lot of fun.

I realized with about 4 to go that I was going to possibly not even run under 3 hours, so I kicked it into gear a bit and was able to squeeze in just under.  

The 2 factors going against me on achieving my time goal, were definitely big factors.  

As an example, my time of 2:59:42 placed me 516th overall this year.  That would have been 1477th overall last year.  Ummm, yeah, I would say it was not ideal conditions this year.  Though the two years were probably polar opposites since last year was the fastest ever. 

The other huge factor was starting at the back. Because this was my first official marathon I didn't have a qualifying time, so they placed me behind everyone.

I was able to jump into the 3rd corral fortunately, and bypass about 6000 runners, which helped.  But that still meant I had to weave through 20,000 other runners in front of me throughout the day.  

It took me a mile just to get to the front of my wave and have a clear road to run on.  But within 2-3 more miles I had caught up to the previous wave and from then on it was a literal see of people to run through.  Mostly I could run clear by staying to one side, not running the tangents.  But this put me in the sun the whole time, and added to the length of the course.  I clocked 26.5 miles on my watch due to all the weaving and running the longest route possible for the most part.

The 2 biggest challenges with the crowds were 1 - the aid stations, and 2 - the overall speed influence.

It was kind of weird passing people the entire time, kind of draining mentally actually.  Because people just kept getting slower and slower, and trying to maintain a fast speed among people that are walking and just barely moving was kind of odd...it felt like I was being held back by the energy in one sense.  I wished at those moments I could have started with people at my pace, but I got over it pretty quick.  I was too set on enjoying myself to care really.   I had a grin on my face the entire race I think, it was just a lot of fun.

The aid stations were definitely not helping my times though.  Usually I had to slow way down, and it got worse through the day as more people were dying off and walking through the aid.  It was hard to keep a momentum and rhythm going, so I just went with it.  I just slowed down at every aid station, doused with water, drank gatorade and water, then would pick it up again for the next mile.

Good times!  I have to say I loved my first official marathon and think it's really cool to have had it be Boston.  I'd love to go back and run that race again now and actually start with the proper wave. 

Altra Instinct Black Miles: 26.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Altra Instinct Black Miles: 26.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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