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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: 15.00 Month: 49.75 Year: 599.75
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: 267.75
Brooks Launch White #32 Lifetime Miles: 254.00
Brooks Launch Green #33 Lifetime Miles: 248.50
Saucony Rides Black #31 Lifetime Miles: 244.75
Saucony Rides Grey #32 Lifetime Miles: 250.00
Saucony Rides Turquoise #33 Lifetime Miles: 248.75
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
18.000.000.000.000.000.000.0018.00
Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 3.00Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 3.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.02Saucony Rides #7 Miles: 3.00Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 3.00Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
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Rest day to recover from the long run yesterday.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Typical busy Monday. Had to come back into work so I ran from there. Just up Dry Creek the same little as the other week. Only saw one other runner this time though. The weather was very nice and even a little humid as a very brief rain shower had just come through. Knee was tight but not too bad.

Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

I am happy to have some consistent running again. For over a month now. However, I am still struggling with what to do about the "next step". My knee is still tight but not more sore after runs. I would like to start training again but... Next Wed is the one month for a potential ortho appointment. Every other day I go back and forth with it being worth my time going. With the small but steady increase in my running I am tempted to push back another month. I have a week to think about it... Commute run in.

Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Legs felt better today than yesterday. In a little earlier this morning, long day ahead... Commute run in. Had wanted to mix in some Fartleks again but it is tuff in the early AM on an all uphill course. About half way in though I heard some people gaining and that at least helped me kick it up a gear. By up a gear I think I went from 10 min mi to 8 min mi but it was something. It is amazing that in '08 the same effort would have at me at ~5:30 pace... I just have to keep telling myself that at least it is something and at least it is improving.

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Saucony Rides #7 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Things continue to move in the right direction. I am struggling with how much if any "pain" is acceptable. I would like to go out and have a run were my right knee feels the same as my left knee, i.e. I don't notice it at all. However, it does not seem like that is likely going into month 6 and really month 168 that I can feel my right knee. In many ways my knee is back to "normal" whatever that means and I should start training again. Sounds like good rationalization to me... In any case I did another Fartlek run today. There were a number of points I even got to marathon pace. Too bad I couldn't hold it for more than a quarter mile just another 104 to go... Commute run in.

Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Typical Friday. Ok end to a very busy week. Overall, I continue to be happy with my progress. Patience is still an issue but I am trying my hardest to be thankful for what I have. I lesson I am also working on with my daughter so it is good practice for both of us...

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

Continuing on my wife's training schedule. For some reason today's 6 felt harder than last week's 8, to both of us. It was considerably warmer... 

RM 090416 Miles: 0.01Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
18.000.000.000.000.000.000.0018.00
Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 3.00Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 3.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.02Saucony Rides #7 Miles: 3.00Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 3.00Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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