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Member Since:

Jul 02, 2008



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:



  •  2006 Mohawk Hudson River Marathon (NY)
  • 2007 Vermont City Marathon (VT)
  • 2011 BPAC 6 Hour Run (NY)
  • 2011 Mind the Ducks 12 Hour (NY)
  • 2012 Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon #1 (IN)
  • 2012 Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon #2 (IN)
  • 2012 BPAC 6 Hour Run (NY)
  • 2012 Mind the Ducks 12 Hour (NY)
  • 2012 Memorial Day Marathon (MA)
  • 2012 Around the Lake 12 Hour (MA)
  • 2012 Hancock Shaker Village 50 (MA) 
  • 2012 Bay State Marathon (MA)
  • 2012 First Descents Marathon (DE) 
  • 2013 Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon #1 (IN)
  • 2013 Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon #2 (IN) 
  • 2013 Circular Logic Marathon (IN)
  • 2013 Lake Waramaug 50M (CT)
  • 2013 BPAC 6 Hour Run (NY)
  • 2013 Ragnar Cape Cod Ultra Team (MA) 
  • 2013 Memorial Day Marathon (MA)
  • 2013 Relay For Life No. Berkshire (MA)
  • 2013 Ragnar Adirondack Ultra Team (MA)
  • 2013 BayState Marathon (MA)
  • 2013 One Day At the Fair Marathon (NJ)
  • 2013 West Palm Beaches Marathon (FL)
  • 2014 Arena Attack XL Center Marathon (CT)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #1 (IN)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #2 (IN)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #3 (IN)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #4 (IN)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #5 (IN)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #6 (IN)
  • 2014 Circular Logic Marathon (IN)

 Personal Bests:

  • 400 - 1:01 (2004)
  • 800 - 2:16 (2004)
  • Mile - 5:12 (2004)
  • 2Mile - 11:27 (2004)
  • 5k - 19:44 (2005)
  • 10k 40:46 (11/22/07)
  • 15k - 1:07:40 (11/11/07)
  • 13.11 Half - 1:38:31 (12/9/07)
  • Marathon 3:59:18 (1/25/14)
  • 50 miles 11:44 (5/14/11)

Eagle Scout with Bronze and Gold Palms (2002)

Biked from Ticonderoga, New York to Old Orchard Beach, Maine in August of 2005 (Total of about 290 miles

Short-Term Running Goals:

200 miles @ 72 Hour Race in May

Under 200 #

Sub 4:00 Marathon



Long-Term Running Goals:



I am 27.  Have done 33 marathons and ultras. Really trying to get in shape to get back to running the miles I want to. I love to read and worked for four years in a bookstore. I like to keep track of the books I read. Currently I work as a 6th & 7th grade history teacher at the only charter school in Berkshire County, as well as serve as the coach for the cross country team! Been experimenting as a pescatarian (eating only fish) since August 10, 2011. 


Just earned my Master's Degree in Adolescent Education for Social Studies. I have the most wonderful WIFE in the entire world.. EMMA! October 16, 2010

Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must. Just never give up! - Dean Karnazes -

We are all teachers and we are all students in this sport. - Dean Karnazes -

The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward at an accelerated rate can be one of life's greatest - and simplest - pleasures. ~Dean Karnazes 

"Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny." - MK Gandhi 

"The marathon mercilessly rips off the outer layers of our defenses and leaves the raw human, vulnerable and naked. It is here you get an honest glimpse into the soul of an individual. Every insecurity and character flaw is open and on display for all the world to see. No communication is ever more real, no expression ever more honest. There is nothing left to hide behind. The marathon is the great equalizer. Ever movement, every word spoken and unspoken, is radiant truth. The veil has been obliterated. These are the profound moments of human interaction that I live for." - Dean Karnazes 


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Vibram Five Fingers KSO Lifetime Miles: 367.52
Vibram Komodo Sports (yellow) Lifetime Miles: 570.38
Vibram Bikilas (red) Lifetime Miles: 655.87
Vibram Bikilas (blue) Lifetime Miles: 414.89
Altra Lone Peak Lifetime Miles: 155.19
Lizzy Miles 2012 Lifetime Miles: 58.60
Vibram Komodo Sport (black) Lifetime Miles: 195.60
NB Trail Minimus (orange) Lifetime Miles: 101.74
Altra Instinct (grey) Lifetime Miles: 389.78
Vibram Bikilas (red #2) Lifetime Miles: 10.60
Vibram Bikilas (green) Lifetime Miles: 230.05
Altra Adams Lifetime Miles: 2.00
Merrell Road Glove Lifetime Miles: 46.11
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
Brooks Addictions 8 - #2 Miles: 21.68Reebok Premier KFS Miles: 16.03Vibram Five Fingers KSO Miles: 4.342010 Cycling Mileage Miles: 14.51Scavenger Can $ Total: Miles: 2.35
Night Sleep Time: 14.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 14.50Weight: 0.00
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8:00 AM - Overcast, windy and cold. Saw some snowflakes. Temperature was about 30-31 when I started with a 12-15mph wind. Going out along the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail wasn't that bad. However coming back I really hit the wind. Experimented with a new technique for long runs using the 25:5 (minutes of running: minutes of walking). I found that I was able to maintain a consistent and faster pace during the runs and my 5 minute walking stints were a welcome break. It breaks the long run up and I only slow to about 14 minutes per mile pace when walking so it's not bad. Felt pretty good. Opted out of the 5 minute walk at the end and just pushed to the car. Finished the run just under two hours. Listened to two old CarTalk podcasts. I love NPR!

 Total Time: 1:58:11 Total Distance: 12.50 miles Average Pace: 9:27

RUNNING (25:00)

WALKING (5:00)

2.81 miles (8:54/ mile)

.34 miles (14:36/ mile)

2.78 miles (8:59/ mile)

.31 miles (15:51/ mile)

2.80 miles (8:56/ mile)

.35 miles (14:24/ mile

3.11 miles (9:03/ mile)


2:30 PM - Emmy wanted to go for an exercise date so I hopped on the treadmill while she was on the elliptical. I did another 3.60 miles while we watched a little bit of "Superbad" on FX.

Total Time: 33:33 Total Distance: 3.60 miles Average Pace: 9:19

Brooks Addictions 8 - #2 Miles: 12.50Reebok Premier KFS Miles: 3.60
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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6:00 PM - I hurt all day yesterday after the 16+ mile Sunday. Felt good though. Longest run I think since at least September, if not longer. I feel stronger, despite still being "heavy" and about 196lbs. As Emmy points out, maybe I'm gaining muscle instead of fat. Who knows. Had a long day at school and really needed to destress and take some "me" time. I hopped on the treadmill when I got home after picking Emma up because it has been raining the last two days. I ended up feeling pretty good. The plan said to shoot for 4 so that's what I did. Looking forward to this weekend where they said we could be in the upper 70s!

 Total Time: 38:00 Total Distance: 4.12 miles Average Pace: 9:13

Reebok Premier KFS Miles: 4.12
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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6:20 PM - Yet another morning of torrential rain. There are a lot of towns and cities in New England that are flooded. Thankfully we live on a hill! I tried to get to work early. Lots to do today. Had four classes to prep for, as well as several meetings at the end of the day. I managed to forget my lunch and Emmy drove it up to me in Adams! She is a sweetheart. I was go-go-going all day long! Have several hours of homework still to do tonight. It is terribly hard work and the week goes by fast! However, I feel that it is worth it and if I can even impact one child in one way then it is a worthwhile investment. Teaching is very much a performance and by the end of the day I am spent like an off- Broadway actor! Emmy went hiking earlier today and bonked her knee up good so no Ashuwillticook Rail Trail for us tonight. Instead I ran in my Vibrams on the dreadmill. First run with Injinji socks. I love them! No hot spots at all!

Total Time: 40:00 Total Distance: 4.34 miles Average Pace:  9:13

Vibram Five Fingers KSO Miles: 4.34
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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6:00 PM - Sunny and temperature in the high 60s today. We are in for a warm spell the next several days! Came to a few conclusions today:

1. My students need to think before they act. Nearly 20 students got I.S.S. today and then O.S.S. tomorrow for deciding that April Fool's Day was prime time for a game they called "Slap a f*g" in which they use obscene language and slap each other in the face. Oii. Stressful.

2. My students seem to like me enough not to pull any pranks on me (that I know of). They are for the most part great kids!

3. I am getting stronger. I am logging some decent miles now.

4. REEBOK SHOES STINK!!!!!  Less than 20 miles on the $134.00 pair of sneakers and the heels are nearly completely trashed. I need to stick to the shoes that are worth it for big runners like me, the Brooks Addiction and the Brooks Beast! Grr. Just angry I blew all that money on them.

Went to the bike trail and ran by myself. I wanted to do a couple faster miles so I did mile 2 and mile 4 "on", not all out, but steady, as if I were running a steady 5k or something. I felt good and not too out of breath. This is good considering I haven't done any speedwork this year. Splits were:

  • Mile 1: 8:16
  • Mile 2: 7:19 "on"
  • Mile 3: 8:09
  • Mile 4: 7:48 "on"
  • Mile 5: 8:48
  • Mile 6: 8:24
Total Time: 48:51 Total Distance: 6.01 miles Average Pace: 8:07

Reebok Premier KFS Miles: 6.01
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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4:45 PM - Sunny and temp around 74 degrees!! Despite it being good Friday BArT had a 1/2 day for students today. I let my two classes go outside and work on political cartoons and throw a football around. I didn't see any point in trying to introduce new material with in some cases 1/2 of the class missing! After the students left, staff still had a full day so we had meetings and assignments all afternoon. Got to leave around 3pm however so I rushed home and got changed and went with Emmy to the bike trail.

Emm and I wanted to do an hour. It was really tough because the bike trail was packed today! I didn't want to push it too hard. I'm supposed to do a long run tomorrow and then we are driving to NY to see my family for Easter this weekend. We rode out 30:00 with the wind, and then battled it on the way back, coming in the second half in 31:48. Not bad however too considering how many people we had to dodge, not to mention roller bladers, toddlers, Chihuahuas on 20' leashes and bimbos. Time for some television and resting up a bit. Up early to try to do some miles.

P.S. Today was the first day we drove by and Dairy Kone was open!!! So naturally we had to stop and get some ice cream!

Total Time: 1:01:48 Total Distance: 14.51 miles

2010 Cycling Mileage Miles: 14.51
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Highlight of today: running up the mountain road in Pittsfield State Forest. ~2.5 miles up and down; Starting Elevation: 1200' Ending Elevation: 2400' :D

8:00 AM - Today is going to be a gorgeous day! I woke up and it was sunny and 60 degrees at 6am. I made coffee and watched some Law and Order and then Emmy woke up. We were going to run together but her knee is still sore from bonking it on the hike the other day. I headed off to the Causeway and parked my car and then jogged to the trailhead at Pittsfield State Forest, about 2 miles away. I decided to run up the Berry Pond Circuit Road. It was a tough climb. I see now how MOUNTAINS HUMBLE BOYS AND MAKE MEN OUT OF THOSE THAT KEEP CLIMBING. Was huffing and puffing and huffing some more. The road is closed to traffic and I only saw one woman and her dog. I like running without running into people and bikes and rollerbladers. Much better than the other day at the bike path! I was sweating a ton however and by the time I got home I STANK so much Emma said I had to take a shower immediately because she said my smell lingered in the room. I told her I'd just dry my clothes in the sun and use them tomorrow and she gave me one of those "Oh no you wouldn't... but wait.. yes, yes you would!" looks. LOL. 

 Coming down the mountain, my quads were burning. I like running UP mountains much more than running DOWN them. I feel like going up I can dictate the pace and control a steady output of energy. Coming down you're just fighting gravity and inertia. It is good training though I suppose. Once I was down the 2.5 mile circuit road I ran back to my car at the Causeway. Next time I want to do the entire circuit road up and down which I believe is 8 miles from the start of the park. :). Feeling good! Now to enjoy this weather. They say a predicted high of 81 degrees and sunny!! Splits were a bit over the place, especially with the 2.5 miles of climbing. However, to me, the thing that stood out the most was my sheer consistency running on the flats and downhills and running 5 miles at a steady clip: 8:44, 8:43, 8:43, 8:44, 8:39

  • Mile 1: 8:44
  • Mile 2: 9:04
  • Mile 3: 11:13
  • Mile 4: 12:02
  • Mile 5: 10:00
  • Mile 6: 8:43
  • Mile 7: 8:43
  • Mile 8: 8:44
  • Mile 9: 8:39

Total Time: 1:27:29 Total Distance: 9.18 miles Average Pace: 9:32

1:00 PM - Sunny and 77 degrees. Gorgeous out today. Went for a fast walk with Emmy up Dublin Road and then onto some on East Slope. On the way back we noticed that there was a crazy amount of cans. Emma and I have come up with a neat idea. We want to be scavengers at least once a week now and pick up cans and see how much $ we can collect. Today in just about 10 minutes we collected $2.35 in cans on Dublin Road. I guess those Irish sure like to get their drink on. I want to save up the money and do something fun with it!

Total Time: 37:00 Total Distance: 2.30 miles Average Pace: 16:05

Brooks Addictions 8 - #2 Miles: 9.18Reebok Premier KFS Miles: 2.30Scavenger Can $ Total: Miles: 2.35
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50Weight: 0.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
Brooks Addictions 8 - #2 Miles: 21.68Reebok Premier KFS Miles: 16.03Vibram Five Fingers KSO Miles: 4.342010 Cycling Mileage Miles: 14.51Scavenger Can $ Total: Miles: 2.35
Night Sleep Time: 14.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 14.50Weight: 0.00
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