A Balance, Redefined

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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...

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 96.50 Year: 1242.97
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 136.06
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 177.93
Nike Vaporfly Pink Lifetime Miles: 98.72
Brooks Launch Blue #31 Lifetime Miles: 139.75
Brooks Launch White #32 Lifetime Miles: 144.25
Brooks Launch Green #33 Lifetime Miles: 141.25
Saucony Rides Black #31 Lifetime Miles: 142.25
Saucony Rides Grey #32 Lifetime Miles: 144.07
Saucony Rides Turquoise #33 Lifetime Miles: 151.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.000.000.000.0011.00
Saucony Rides #2 Miles: 3.50Saucony Rides #3 Miles: 7.50
Night Sleep Time: 31.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 31.50Weight: 0.00
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Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

What can I say? Been busy, New Orleans, then home to take care of my daughter as my wife was sick, then to Chicago and back home. Needless to say in addition to some continued pain in my knee other things have been weighing heavy on my mind. However, I was jolted to a reality that no matter how hard you work that if you do not take care of what is important to you there is an emptiness. The good news is that I've been able to take care of what my family needs, the bad news is that I have been able to take care of my self. Again to The Balance, find it again and do what I can when I can without worrying about what hasn't been finished... Today's run was just a commute run into lab as Sandra needed the car.

 

Saucony Rides #2 Miles: 2.50
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Treadmill run to get the muscles warmed for my stretches. Today talked with my boss about my grant plans. Big deadlines coming up as well as 3-weeks to our due date so things are going to get interesting... balance is all I can chant to myself. 

Saucony Rides #2 Miles: 1.00
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
2.500.000.000.000.000.000.002.50

Trying to get back into the groove. It is amazing that in the past I was running 80+ miles per week and made it work. While right now I don't feel like I have enough time to get the work and family done much less run. It is a strange thing time and our perception of what to do with it. Or maybe it is just that I take on too much. In any case I will do what I can as that is all one can do. Commuter run into lab.

Saucony Rides #3 Miles: 2.50
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Treadmill run to get warmed up for stretching... Nothing too noteworthy today, just taking it one thing at a time.

Saucony Rides #3 Miles: 1.00
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
4.000.000.000.000.000.000.004.00

Longest run in three weeks. I took it off from work-work and did home-work. The day was good in that I spent it with family. In the morning Kaitlyn and I did errands and chores. She helped me rake the yard and make sweet potato stew for guests we had tonight. During her nap I did a run up and down Foothill. 

Saucony Rides #3 Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50Weight: 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
Saucony Rides #2 Miles: 3.50Saucony Rides #3 Miles: 7.50
Night Sleep Time: 31.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 31.50Weight: 0.00
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