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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
28.500.000.000.000.000.000.0028.50
Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 8.50Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 8.00Saucony Rides #7 Miles: 2.50Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 9.50
Night Sleep Time: 51.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 55.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.000.000.000.006.00

I really have to tip my hat to Jake and Andrea for their efforts this morning. They have been so generous to give us all such an intimate view of what they have gone through this year as both runners and a couple. They have really been an inspiration to me and though they did not make their time goals I believe the overall experience has touched so many people in such a profound way that this in itself is a great accomplishment. I like Jake's quote from his race report.

"If you want to achieve great things in life, you have to push it to the edge, and sometimes that means you will fall short of expectations, especially when they are very high."

In any case I read their reports last night before my run and again this morning... Thank you for sharing this whole process...

My day was family until about 8:30pm then a quick run to Memory Grove and lab work until 11pm...

Avg. 8:06 HR 142 Ascent 921 ft Descent 1134 ft

Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 6.00
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
10.500.000.000.000.000.000.0010.50

AM: Back to my no sleep pattern. Had to do experiments before the lab meeting... Just a direct commute run into work in the rain in 39F weather. Let's hear it for Mondays :)

Mi 2.5 Avg. 9:09 Ascent 433 Descent 128

PM: Original home loop down. Nice this evening. I was over dressed.

Mi 8 Avg. 7:47 HR 142

Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 8.00Saucony Rides #7 Miles: 2.50
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
9.500.000.000.000.000.000.009.50

AM: Commute run in.

Mi 2.5 Avg. 9:40

PM: A very rare midday run. It was just too nice not to head out the door. Did the Memory Grove loop with John.

Mi 7 Avg. 8:21 Ascent 1075 ft Descent 1149 ft

Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 9.50
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

AM: Not a good sleep night. Woke up before my alarm. Commute run in to lab. My throat was sore again after only about 4 days of being fine. Considering both my wife and oldest daughter are coughing I'm not too surprised though. Right knee a bit sore to boot. Probably going to back off tonight and tomorrow.

Mi 2.5 Avg. 10:25 Ascent 443ft Descent 99ft

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 2.50
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Slept in and spent the day with the family. Head still stuffy and achy so no run...

I hope you all had great Thanksgivings!

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00Weight: 0.00
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Still recovering. Had to go into work today but slept in first.

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00Weight: 0.00
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This cold/flu will not quit. Finally have some time off and am spending it sick, yuck. Took two naps today and the bit I was awake just wanted to sleep...

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 13.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
28.500.000.000.000.000.000.0028.50
Brooks Launch #1 Miles: 8.50Asics DS-Trainer #4 Miles: 8.00Saucony Rides #7 Miles: 2.50Saucony Rides #6 Miles: 9.50
Night Sleep Time: 51.00Nap Time: 4.00Total Sleep Time: 55.00Weight: 0.00
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