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Location:

Vestavia,AL,USA

Member Since:

May 31, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Marathon Top 10 Finishes: 7 Bridges ('15), Utah Valley ('13), Salt Lake City ('08), Top of Utah ('07), and St. Louis ('04). Ran around the equator (24901.55) in 4,388 days.

Personal Records
Marathon 2:39 (SLC '08)
1/2 Marathon 1:12.30 (Provo River, aided '08)
10K 34:16 (Track, sea level '00)
10K 33:15 (Des 10K, aided '08)
8K 25:32 (Crack of Dawn, aided '13)
5K 16:44 (Track, sea level '00)
5K 16:07 (Running of the Leopards, aided '12)
 

Short-Term Running Goals:

NYC Marathon November 3, 2019 done 

London Marathon October 3, 2021 done

Tokyo Marathon 202#???...

And my largest challenge to date, raise $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of my cancer survivorship and in memory of those lost to blood cancer...
DONE! $26,403.70

https://pages.lls.org/tnt/al/london2021/awende

Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy being a Masters Runner.

Get under 3 hours one more time...

Personal:

Grew up outside Chicago and joined the blog while I lived in Salt Lake City. Now living outside Birmingham. I am married with two daughters. Wife thinks I'm crazy for doing marathons. And yes I am crazy I'm a scientist for a living...

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 68.50 Year: 424.50
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 136.06
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 200.18
Nike Vaporfly Pink Lifetime Miles: 105.22
Brooks Launch Blue #31 Lifetime Miles: 221.25
Brooks Launch White #32 Lifetime Miles: 224.75
Brooks Launch Green #33 Lifetime Miles: 223.50
Saucony Rides Black #31 Lifetime Miles: 222.25
Saucony Rides Grey #32 Lifetime Miles: 224.50
Saucony Rides Turquoise #33 Lifetime Miles: 222.25
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
65.000.000.000.000.000.000.0065.00
Saucony Rides #4R Miles: 31.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.47Asics DS-Trainer #3 Miles: 23.00Saucony Rides #5G Miles: 11.00WM 090416 Miles: 0.12
Night Sleep Time: 48.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 48.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Rather typical Sunday. Slept in to get a full 8hr though I did get up every 1/2 hr starting at 5am... Silly head. After church played in the backyard some with my daughter before lunch as it was finally sunny. Then after lunch went to City Creek for a run. The clouds had moved in by then and it drizzled a little on us but the stroller has a rain cover and it didn't rain that hard. It is much harder running up City Creek pushing a stroller. We started in Memory Grove and just went up 5 mi. The way back was MUCH easier. Avg.  7:48 HR 147

Saucony Rides #4R Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

Sorry about the delay. Things have been busy at work. I found out today that one of my competitors published a manuscript very similar to what I’ve been working on. This is bad; it is like showing up to the race in time to congratulate the finisher… Oh well, we will figure out some way to publish what I’ve already done. The run was just the Chad/Memory Grove/Work Loop. Avg. 8:29 HR 140

Saucony Rides #4R Miles: 8.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.10
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

Partly to deal with work stress, partly to put my feet where my mouth is I ran the home loop 5K “similar” to the New Orleans race to prove the point of the easier course. No special warm-up and the run was late. My wife had an activity and I was on daddy duty until about 8:30pm. One mice to Sunnyside and then the same 5K as on Saturday.

Mile 1 5:16.02 HR 174
Mile 2 5:22.94 HR 184
Mile 3 5:35.53 HR 187
0.11 0:37.83    HR 188
Total 16:52.32

Overall happy with the effort and the stress relief. Also, glad to see my estimate on my fitness and the course being sub-17 for the relative effort of the 17:37 in New Orleans was spot on. Avg. 7:13 HR 160

Asics DS-Trainer #3 Miles: 8.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.01
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.000.000.000.007.00

Still hitting the work hard. Another evening run. Just an easy Suicide Rock/Dog Park loop. Avg. 8:16 HR 137

Asics DS-Trainer #3 Miles: 7.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.01
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.000.000.000.008.00

When it rains it pours or so the saying goes. The good news is that the more adversity one has in their life the more I think they can learn to deal with. Sleep was hit-or-miss last night. I ended up resetting my alarm clock at 4am for an extra hour past the 5:33am I was initially going to wake up and that helped some. However, when I got into lab it was to a wet floor as someone had left the door to our freezer agar when they left last night. Of course there are four freezers in the lab and the one left open had my samples in it. Good news is that it had only warmed to about 4C so things weren’t completely thawed but instead of getting my run in at 7am as planned I didn’t get out until 11am. At least I got out, that is one of the main perks of academia. We may work 60-80hr weeks but we make our own schedules, more or less… Avg. 7:56 HR 150

Asics DS-Trainer #3 Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.000.000.000.0011.00

I had a relatively good start to the day. How couldn’t it be when the weather is so perfect. Slept in a little extra, I was in work until 11pm last night (after coming home for dinner with the family). Then set two things up in lab and went out for an 8 mile trail run. Decided to continue on and enjoy the weather. It was more or less the reverse of the run from last Friday. I saw two very beautiful birds. The first had an orange collar and a bright blue head. The second was ~90% turquoise. Spoke to my boss a little about my future and came out knowing what I already knew but with a little more steam in the engine. Avg. 9:20 HR 142.

Saucony Rides #5G Miles: 11.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.05
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.000.000.000.0013.00

Took last night off. Stayed up late watching Seven Pounds with my wife. Interesting movie. It was well done, not sure if I agree with his decision but the cause and how one deals with guilt and depression is interesting. My hip and knee were a little tight this morning so I slugged through my run. The good news is that I got in the miles. The highlight of the run was running into Chad one mile into the run and speaking with him briefly. Avg. 8:39 HR 130

Saucony Rides #4R Miles: 13.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.30WM 090416 Miles: 0.12
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
65.000.000.000.000.000.000.0065.00
Saucony Rides #4R Miles: 31.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.47Asics DS-Trainer #3 Miles: 23.00Saucony Rides #5G Miles: 11.00WM 090416 Miles: 0.12
Night Sleep Time: 48.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 48.00Weight: 0.00
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