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Location:

Milton,GA,USA

Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Completed all 6 of the World Marathon Majors 2024

Completed each of the 5 majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin) at least twice.

8 x Boston Marathon (1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2020 (virtual due to covid) 2021, 2022)

13 x NYC Marathon (1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023)

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to enjoy running and racing as long as my body permits me.  

Personal:

Old guy - (grandfather even) been running for 40+ years.  

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Miles:This week: 14.75 Month: 118.75 Year: 511.80
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
169.500.000.000.00169.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with the guys and two of the dogs on the horsefarm roads before dawn.   This marks 3 years of my running streak.  Captured a photo of daybreak on the trails to remember it.   Thankfully my hamstring and achilles continue to behave well and progress has been especially good over the last week.  Pace was solid and it was nice to run without having to think about anything not functioning well or being painful.  It was a good day.   2100 meters of indoor rowing followed by a yoga session.

 

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AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trail in the rain - it had rained a fair amount overnight and the trail was pretty sloppy particularly in the dark.   Had a couple of times where I tripped or twisted a foot or an ankle and ultimately did fall more in an effort to keep from rolling my ankle - no harm done.   Really should avoid running this in the dark in the rain even with headlamps.   2100 meters of indoor rowing and a short yoga session afterward.

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5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs in the horse farm roads starting from his house.  Slowish first mile but picked it up later only slowing for Rosie a bit near the end.  

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5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with the guys and the dogs from the Starbucks.   Greg's dog decided about 4 miles in, that he was finished running and the only solution was to take him through the woods off leash to get him to run.  

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7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Finn early before church.  Both watches were low on battery - so I opted for the Garmin which did not connect to the GPS signal until late in the run - so it was showing some very nice splits using the accelerameter - which I knew I was not running at that pace - good solid run overall.  

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AM - 5 miles in the neighborhood with Finn before my workday started.  2100 meters of indoor rowing afterwards followed by a yoga session, 

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AM - 5 miles on the trail with Dan and the dogs.  2000 meters of indoor rowing afterwards. 

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5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn on the horsefarm trails - We started with Dan and Rosie from his house, but less than a mile in, the tree pollen in the air was so significant that it clouded over Dan's hard contact lenses to where he could not see.   This has happened a handful of times over the last few years in the Spring with him.   So he urged me to do the run without him - and he turned back and did a workout indoors.   2100 meters of indoor rowing and some yoga afterwards. 

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4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn in the neighborhood - felt very tired and decided to run slower and shorter today.   2100 meters of indoor rowing followed by a short yoga session. 

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AM - 5 miles in a light drizzle in the lower 50's through the neighborhood with Finn.  Nice spring-like morning with the flowering trees blooming and leafing-out and lots of birdsong.  

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AM - 5.25 miles on the trail with Dan and the dogs - we got separated from Finn for a while in the underdeveloped area - where we encountered a herd of deer - at least 20 of them and Finn off-leash decided to give chase - We lost track of him for a little while but Dan found him and I put him back on leash.   Heading down to Tampa this evening to do a fun race that I have not yet done - the Skyway 10k.  Staying with Richie - running together - should be a cool experience crossing the iconic bridge over Tampa Bay. 

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6.750.000.000.006.75

AM - met with Richie in St. Pete for the Skyway 10k very early this morning.   Had to park at the Trop and take school buses across the bridge and then they had essentially a bunch of starts in 10 minute intervals with no apparent connection to pace or ability.  Just basically selecting about 2-300 people at at time.   This was fine as it turns out because Richie was dealing with an injury to his IT band that I had not realized was as significant as it was - and he invited a younger runner from his office to join us who's goal was to break 1 hour.    So - I ran easily with them and averaged about 9 minute pace - and chatted and took photos and generally enjoyed the experience as the sun broke on the horizon as we crested the span.   Glad I got to run across it.  Glad I also got to spend time with an old friend.   

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4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the Milton trail - much colder here than Florida of course - but tomorrow we will be below freezing - just when I was thinking I was done with my cold weather running gear for the season.  

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AM - 5 miles with Dan and Finn through the neighborhood and part of the golf course - below freezing this morning and the next few mornings according to the forecast.  2100 meters of indoor rowing.   Yoga session in the afternoon.

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AM - 5 miles on the trail with Dan and the dogs - 28 degrees - and very dark - pace was slower as a result of the time change keeping things way darker for almost the entire run particularly in the wooded part of the trail.  2200 meters of indoor rowing afterwards. 

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AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs from Dan's house onto the horse farm trail roads.   2100 meters of indoor rowing afterwards.  

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5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.50 miles with Finn in the neighborhood in a light rain. Much warmer today but probably short-lived as there is a freeze warning again for tomorrow morning.   2200 meters of indoor rowing and a short yoga session afterwards.  

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7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Dan and Finn on another below- freezing morning.   Good run.  

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AM - 7 miles with Finn on another cold morning in the 20's before church.  Achilles was tender from yesterday but functional.  

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AM - 5 miles on the trail in the dark with the dogs - 23 degrees for the spring equinox...quite chilly.   Anyway, I of course took another fall in the woods - something about running in the dark even with a headlamp results in me tripping at some point, oddly this time I was just slowing to a walk because the terrain was quite uneven and Dan had stopped in front of me.   No real harm done, as I was wearing gloves and tights - and it was a "slow-motion" fall - meaning I was decelerating to a walk and not moving at a normal running clip.   Had an abrasion on my knee - more from the material on my pants than a cut from the ground.   2100 meters of indoor rowing afterwards. 

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6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn through the neighborhood and across Birmingham into the Grove subdivision and back.  First 1/2 was very slow and indeed caused me to question why I was even out there; but gradually the muscles and tendons warmed-up to normal functional levels and the rest of the run went well at my normal training pace (albeit with some achiness in the right Achilles as the primary area of discomfort, followed by the left hamstring tendon) - my right knee is sore from the bruising of yesterday's seemingly insignificant tumble on the trail and the upper back I guess had some residual pain from being jarred when I fell.   I am considering not starting my watch until I am fully warmed up - at least for the first 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile and thus eliminating a 10:45 to 11 min pace per mile from the rest of the miles in mid 8 min pace to at least make me feel better about the avg pace when I finish each day.   

This is the last day of sub-freezing temps on the weather forecast app for at least the next couple of weeks - hopefully that will be the end of wintery cold in the mornings for the for season. 

2100 meters of indoor rowing followed by a yoga session. 

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5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn on the horsefarm trail roads before work.   Better pace for the first mile than yesterday.  Finn seems like he may not be feeling well - early in the run he was running by my side instead of leading.   He improved later, but I will keep an eye on him.  2100 meters of indoor rowing followed by a short yoga session.  

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AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trail.  Wore my contacts and was very careful in the woods - no falls today :)   2100 meters of indoor rowing followed by yoga.   

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5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan from his place with the dogs.  Finally a warmer spring weather morning.  

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7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles on the treadmill because of a thunderstorm outside.   

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7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Finn before church.  

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AM - 5 miles on the slow side with Dan and the dogs through the neigborhood.   Started to rain a little at the end; finished up just before a thunderstorm.  

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AM -5.25 on the Milton trail with Dan and Finn.   A bit faster since Rosie was not with us.   Dan had to end early for an appointment.   Getting my iron re-tested this morning.  

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AM - 5 miles on the trail with Dan and the dogs very early.  Still have a cold, and the temps this morning were in the low 40's.   Got my iron test results this morning, and the serum Ferritin was only 1 point higher than it was 6 weeks ago.   I know that test results can vary about 15%+/- day by day, but was hoping to see some more improvement than this.  Will increase supplementation and re-test in about 2 month.  2100 meters of indoor rowing. 

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6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - roughly 6 miles with Finn in the neigborhood.   Watch battery stopped a little over midway through the run - which was strange because it appeared to have about 35% battery before we started.  I estimated the remaining part of the run.  

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AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trail.  2200 meters of indoor rowing afterwards. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
169.500.000.000.00169.50
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