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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)

Ran 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin) at least twice.

5 x Boston Marathon

10 x NYC Marathon

 

 

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 - been running for 40+ years.  

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 27.50 Month: 93.75 Year: 1073.75
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1042.6019.8511.300.001073.75
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

AM - 5k on the treadmill- lots of heavy rain all day.  Awoke with some type of stomach bug and was really feeling unwell for much of the day.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 8.25 miles with Dan and Greg with their dogs.  Kept Finn home to give his injury a little more rest.   I felt like I would run easy and maybe shorter than what the guys had in mind - but it was a nice day and my body seemed to recover from whatever had me down yesterday.  Perhaps it was something that I had eaten that didn't agree with me.   Hope that I don't regret it later.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

PM - 6.25 miles on the treadmill in the late afternoon/early evening.   Too many house projects and clean up of the holidays to get outside earlier.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - just about 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - chlly this morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.750.000.000.006.75

AM - just about 6.75 miles with Dan and the dogs mostly on the golf course this morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - cold morning - 5.25 miles with Finn through the neighborhood.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan and his dog as I kept Finn inside today again.   He's having some type of problem physically not during but sometime later after a run where he seems to have an injury such as a strained muscle - last week it seemed to be in his left hind quarter - but this week it appears to be either his ear or perhaps a toothache?  He will cry out as if in pain suddenly when he repositions himself on the floor - very abruptly and then is fine.  Seems to go away if I give him a few days off of running.

Very shocking and disappointing day we witnessed yesterday in this country.   Dan and I certainly had a lot to discuss on our run. 

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on a misty/drizzly cold morning - a few degrees colder and further north they have snow.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Finn on a cold gray winter morning.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.004.004.000.0010.00

PM - completely unplanned tempo effort 10 miles with Finn on the Forsyth Greenway trail.  Temps in the mid-40's with very little wind; I started off the run not realizing that my pace was already under eight minutes per mile at mile 2 and then was surprised to notice that I was running seven minute pace when I made the turn around. I increased the pace slightly to just around 6:50 per mile and finished  the last mile at 6:38 for an avg of 7:05 pace for the full run.  This was just one of those days where things just felt very good and I decided to take advantage of it.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - a little over 4.5 miles easy with Dan and the dogs this morning before some weather moves in.  Leg's were fatigued from yesterday's effort.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on a wet cool morning - early start.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - a bit colder and foggy this morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - mostly on the golf course. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.750.000.000.008.75

AM - 8.75 miles with Dan and the dogs.  We attempted to run each of the culs de sac in the neighborhood.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

AM - 7.25 miles with Greg, Dan and the dogs over in the Cambridge HS/North Park area.  Gray cold day, with some snow flurries.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.001.100.000.0013.10

PM - treadmill long run - half marathon with the last 1 mile fast finish.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - roughly a 10k this morning with Dan; we took the dogs on the former golf course which is still not open to the public and let the run off lead - which they thoroughly enjoyed.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - about 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs this morning - about half on the golf course - temps in the high 20's.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course - good bit warmer this morning.   Turned my ankle on a pine cone - I need to rememember to wear my contacts!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles in the cold rain with Dan and the dogs.  Finn got a bath afterwards and he was not happy about it. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn in the neighborhood. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 8.25 miles with the 3 amigos and our dogs on the Summit/Brittle/Wood road trail.  Crisp 32 degrees but sunny.  Great conversations.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.250.000.000.009.25

PM - 9.25 miles with Finn on a hilly route.  Worked harder than I should have.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs in a light rain.  Cool out as well but warm enough for shorts.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on another rainy morning.   Pretty signficant electrical storms came through overnight, but by the time we ran, it was just light rain. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on yet another rainy morning - 3 days in a row.   Much heavier rainfall at times today - we ran along the cart paths on the golf course because the grass is too saturated and slippery in places - but even the cart paths had some ankle-depth standing water.  Slow slog.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles with Finn - windy and cold - over 30 degrees colder than when I ran 2 mornings ago.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs.  Dan is taking his eldest daughter back to UVA this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Noon - ran with Finn along the Alpharetta Greenway - started on Windward to explore the latest construction of the trail to ultimately connect it with the Forsyth trail.   They still have some work to do - but they were actually doing quite a bit of work even today.  Ran very even splits - just about 7:45 pace each mile - the whole way from start to finish - the trail is nearly flat so there were no significant hills to influence the pace except at the end.   I should have been pleased with the run, but the weather was overcast and cold and I was not feeling all that great for some reason - so the last few miles were more of a grind than usual.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

PM - 6 miles with Greg Dan and the dogs.   Wet roads and cold but we escaped any rain.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs in a very fine light snow - no accumulation.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - very windy - cold wind chill in the low 20's.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - a little over 7 miles on another cold morning with temps in the 20's.  Ran with Dan and the dogs through the neighborhood and the Grove and Tullamore. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn - partially on the golf course.   Still cold. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Greg, Dan and the dogs on the trails after an overnight rain.   Dogs were filthy muddy afterwards.   Nice sunrise with mist/fog from the rains on the horse pastures.   Happy Friday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - 10 solid miles with the guys and the dogs on the Forsyth Greenway.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs in Wood Valley - snowed and rained overnight - no accumulation.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.750.000.000.008.75

AM - 6.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - we explored a different route this morning - which turned out to be primarily uphill - and with about a half mile or more of running along a busy road in the dark with no sidewalks (not the safest of situations) - but overall it was good for a change. 

PM  2.25 miles on the treadmill then 3000 meters of indoor rowing. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.000.008.50

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs around the golf course.  
 

PM - 2.25 miles on the treadmill and then 2000 meters of indoor rowing.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn on a warmer morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - overnight rains made for a foggy damp morning with temps in the 50's.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

AM - 7.25 miles with Dan and Greg and the dogs in a cold rain.  Part of it was in the woods on the Kings Ridge cross country course.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - nice run with Dan and the dogs - connected some different routes we normally run - for a total of 8.25 miles.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM - another cold rainy/drizzly morning - Dan had the day off for President's day and decided to sleep-in, so Finn and I plodded along "solo" today.   

PM - 2.25 miles on the treadmill after work to transition/stress relieve and then 2500 meters of indoor rowing. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 3.25 miles on the treadmill before starting my workday.   Weather forecast said black ice was likely and so Dan and I decided we would try to run at noon for the main run of the day.

PM - noon - with Dan and the dogs - it was only 25 degrees at noon and quite windy.   No ice was noticeable - so we probably could have run in the morning.   I was pressed for time and could only squeeze in 5 miles.  
 

PM - 3500 meters of indoor rowing 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 5.5 miles - quite cold in the low 20's - Finn wiped out on some ice in the parking lot of the golf course.  
 

PM - 2.5 miles on the treadmill and then 3000 meters of indoor rowing.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles on the treadmill - steady rain, 38 degrees with occasional lightning, and a gimpy Finn, kept me from going outdoors this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles - solo as Finn needs a few days to recover from whatever he tweaked when he slipped on the ice when we were running a few days ago; and Dan texted that he's got a sore throat and his son has had a slight fever - so playing it safe and keeping our distance for a few days. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM - 8.5 miles with Dan - a chilly but sunny morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.000.008.50

AM - 8.5 miles with Greg Dan and the dogs.  We went into the woods for a mile or so and one of the dogs inadvertently roll blocked me down.  No harm done and it was pretty funny.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - just time for 4 miles this morning, as I had a short notice early call scheduled at 7 am and some delays getting outside.   Another rainy cool morning - I am ready for some warmer temps which I think are maybe a few weeks away.

PM - 3 miles on the treadmill and then about 4000 meters on the indoor rowing machine.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.000.008.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - about half on the golf course - temps in the mid to low 30's but clear skies and a nice sunrise.  
 

PM - 3 miles with Finn after my workday.  So nice outside with temperatures in the upper 60's - I had to get out to enjoy it.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn through Wood Valley. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

AM - just shy of 6 miles with Dan and the dogs in the neighborhood; it felt colder than the temperature indicated.  The afternoons are warming nicely - may try to get out for a few more miles after work to enjoy the weather. 

PM - just short of 3 miles with Finn on a very pleasant afternoon/early evening after work .  2500 meters of indoor rowing following dinner. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - pouring rain and in the mid 50's, a sore throat and an insistent spouse (not to go outside) had me running indoors on the treadmill.   Just 3 miles - may do more later. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles with with the three amigos and the dogs on the trails. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles with Dan and the dogs on a foggy damp morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

AM - 6 miles in the rain with Finn before work.   This marks exactly 1 year - 365 days of running without a day off.   I have run at least 3 miles per day since March 1 of last year.   Pleased that I have been blessed with the good health and time, to be able to do this everyday. Certainly one benefit of the pandemic is the elimination of international travel from my schedule and not having to otherwise commute to an office.  

PM - 3 miles with Dan and the dogs after work and then 2000 meters on the indoor rowing machine.  

Comments
From Nora Jo on Thu, Mar 04, 2021 at 16:21:43 from 68.50.212.88

Congratulations! That is quite the accomplishment. May you have another successful year of running!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - temperatures dropped again in the upper 30's.   Ready for Spring to kick in.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles around the golf course with Dan and the dogs.  Rained overnight, but was clear by the time we ran.  Still on the cold side in the mid 30s.

PM - 2000 meters of indoor rowing

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - a little over 6 miles with Dan and the dogs.   Pace has been slower the last week or more.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

PM - 8 fastish - hilly miles with Dan.  My dog pushed the pace.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 8.25 miles with Greg, Dan and the dogs on the trails.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 chilly miles with Dan and the dogs before work. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn- a bit faster pace this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs mostly on the golf course.   Warmer today.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 8.25 miles with the guys and our dogs on the trails.  Really pleasant weather - lots of pollen in the air though.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles with Finn averaged under 7:30 per mile the last couple of miles.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs - partly on the golf course and an easy recovery pace.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - good bit colder and wet.  Watched the NCAA Cross Country Championships on YouTube from yesterday - the coverage was great - and Conner Mantz was very impressive with the win - just throwing down in the last kilometer.   Nicely done. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - slightly different route - same weather, cool damp/wet.   Dan and his wife were vaccinated yesterday - they went to a Kroger to get placed on a waiting list, and happened to be there when there was a no-show for 2 appointments and instead of putting them at the bottom of a lengthy list, they just administered the vaccines for them on the spot.  Timing is everything sometimes.  My wife and I are traveling to Toccoa tomorrow for our first doses.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs in the rain - with some storms blowing through.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn - temperatures dropped again - Springtime fluctuations.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

AM - 9 miles with the guys and the dogs on the Forsyth trail - with crisp temps in the upper 30's.   Was suprised to learn that a friend of mine participated in the Barkley Marathon this week - evidently when you are selected to do the race, it is an unwritten rule not to make it known to too many people.    He completed the first loop and had to stop in the second loop when it was clear he was not going to make the cut-off.   One of the last books he had to locate was entitled "It wasn't always easy, but I sure had fun" - which is what he entitled his Strava entry.   He wore orange and blue including a Florida Gator's visor.  Of course only 2 runners even completed the "Fun Run" this year of 3 loops.   Well done, Chris Hanlon.  
 

Update- I had not realized Karen McNeany - also was a participant in the Barkley race   She and Chris met when he crewed for Amelia Boone in 2018 and have been a couple for nearly since that time.   Karen finished the first loop outside of the cutoff time but had the distinction of having bib#1 in this years race.  Congratulations to Karen as well.   

 

 

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 09:29:52 from 67.177.30.39

I feel like the race director was offended that Jared completed it 3 times and so now has made it close to impossible.I predict it will be another decade before anyone finishes.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Dan and the dogs - great morning for a run. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs - easy pace on the golf course - very dark and the battery on my headlamp was low so the light was not as bright.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs.  Finn decided we were going to run on the golf course again, and would not accept no for an answer.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs - early start because of early meetings for work - same distance as yesterday, but completely different route.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - a little over 6 miles with Dan and the dogs in a light rain which is supposed to continue through the weekend.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.750.000.000.009.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs.  It had rained and stormed overnight, including some hail, but it was warm enough that I went shirtless the second half of the run.  Coincidentally, I think it was last year to the day, that I put in the blog that it was the first day of the year for shirtless running.    

Dan had taken his dog, Rosie, off the leash when we were running on the golf course.   She inadvertently clipped my heel from behind when we were running on the cart path and took me down like a cornerback making a great open field tackle.   Scraped up my leg and knees, and Dan was overly apologetic and Rosie came over to offer her sympathies as well.  No real harm done - it looked worse than it actually was.

PM - 4 shirtless miles with Finn after work   

 

Comments
From dugco on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 13:01:39 from 73.42.43.155

Not sure the cornerback/open field tackle analogy works for a guy barely cracking 130 lbs soaking wet... how bout a cheetah taking down a juvenile gazelle... hyena cross checking a baby antelope. Sorry, maybe I got too caught up in your story ;-)

From Bret on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 13:17:05 from 99.1.32.252

LOL - true - probably more accurate to say old dude fell when the tennis ball came off his walker....

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - just under 6.5 miles with the guys on the horse farm trails. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - ran with the guys downtown today for a change of scenery.   Lots of people out walking and running with their dogs too.  We finished on the old track of the former Milton HS which was rebuilt as a STEM school called Innovation Academy.  They did not renovate the track which is in poor shape and interestingly actually is not on a level plain - so part of the track is uphill! :)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn before work - temperature dropped overnight to the high 30's again - and it appears later this week we may get even colder on those mornings - but that may be the last gasp of cold weather - I hope.   The trees and flowers are all in early bloom - the azaleas outside my office window greeted me with pink and white flowers this morning when I opened the shade.
 

PM - 3 miles with Finn after work.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs - a bit warmer than yesterday, more comfortable and a nice daybreak finish - sunrise not yet quite visible with lots of birdsong.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs in the rain. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn.   Dan started the run with us, but the pollen in the air was considerable, and he wears hard contact lenses - and some pollen got in his eyes which he could not clean out - so he returned home after less than a mile.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 hilly faster miles with Finn - chilly for April 2 - it was 31 degrees with a real feel of 27.   Perhaps one more day of winter weather before we leave it all behind. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.007.300.009.30

AM - 15k with Finn mostly at tempo effort.  Up Mount Pritchard and around Echelon - cold start with frost on the ground but an otherwise glorious morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn before church this morning.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn on a crisp Spring morning.  Lots of pollen out now - nearly every surface is coated with the yellowish dust.   

My streak of running everyday continues - I am at Day 400 without a day off.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM  - 5.5 miles with Finn before work.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn before my workday started.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles a bit easier than the last several days.   Got my second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine today.   :)

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.250.000.000.009.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan who returned from a ski trip in Colorado yesterday.   The second vaccine dose that I received yesterday had me feeling achy and I had a headache.   Drank a few bottles of water and that seemed to resolve the issues by mid morning.  
 

PM - 4 miles with Finn after work. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - 10 quick miles with Greg and the dogs on the Greenway. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn before church 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - a little over 5 with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - just under 5 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 with Dan and the dogs.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with Finn. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

PM - 7 miles with Finn late afternoon.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.750.000.000.006.75

AM - 6.75 miles with the guys and the dogs downtown.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - feeling a bit fatigued- just 4 miles with Finn before work 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - easy 5.5 miles partly on the golf course with Dan and the dogs.   Dan had his second dose of the vaccine yesterday and wanted to take it easy.  

Registered for the Boston Marathon for October.  Have to wait to see if it will be accepted.  My age in October will be 55 which moves me to a standard "BQ" qualifying time of 3:35.    I submitted my Grandma's marathon effort from 2019 of 3:13.   Hopefully that will be sufficiently under the standard for my age-group to get me in.    Although I have officially run the race 6 times - I have been trying to run it for the last 3 years since my daughter started law school in Boston and actually lives on Commonwealth Ave - but with a heart issue in 2018, and then all of the disruptions of Covid - the opportunity never came.  Now, she will actually graduate this May - before I get the chance to possibly run!   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs before work. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs - partly on the golf course - very unseasonably cold start at 30 degrees this morning!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

AM - ran with the guys and our dogs on the Milton trails today before work - as a provisional in the event that our Saturday run gets rained out as forecast.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles on the treadmill- I had met the guys earlier for a run in the rain but a decision was quickly reached after we got out of our cars that the rains were too much and we called an audible and went for coffee instead.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

PM - 8 miles with Finn midday - warmer than Finn was prepared to handle - cut it short to get him some water and shade.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.   Really pleasant morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs - shirtless warm weather for maybe the second morning so far this year.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - just under 6.5 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.  The dogs ran off-lead and had a grand time.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.007.500.000.007.50

AM - 7.5 miles with Greg for part of the run on the Greenway.  We got our signals crossed and he had started earlier; but we connected and ran about 4 miles together.   I would have gone longer but Finn basically shut it down a few hundred yards past the turn to the parking lot and refused to go anywhere but back to the car.   Either he was thirsty or not into the fast pace or got spooked about something ahead.   So I went with his guidance and finished earlier than planned.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - got an early start on a day with lots of things to do - 5.25 miles with Finn before sunrise.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - very sore muscles from working around the yard yesterday.  Easy 3 miles between rain storms.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs.  Managed to avoid the rain and storms today. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with Dan and the dogs after a night of storms.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs.   Cold front over night took the long sleeve shirt out of retirement for the summer - upper 40's this morning.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles with the guys and our dogs downtown.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.750.000.000.008.75

AM - 8.75 miles with Finn before church.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles in a light rain with Dan and the dogs - legs fatigued a bit sore from a faster effort on some hills yesterday.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - just under 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.   Finn had a great time running a dog fartlek off lead.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - 6.5 miles in a steady rain with Dan and the dogs about half of it was on the golf course.  I generally would have opted to run indoors on a day like today - but between Finn and Dan who both love running in the rain .... Good training partners for sure.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - a little over 5 miles with Finn.  Crisp spring morning in the upper 40's with mist rising from the creeks and ponds in the valley heading into the East Bluff neighborhood.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs - another really nice spring morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - just under 7 miles with Dan and the dogs.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8.5 miles with the guys and our dogs on a pleasant morning before church. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - a little short of 5.5 miles with Dan and the dogs.  Dan's dog, Rosie, was not in the mood for running this morning - stopped multiple times just to sniff and then dawdled even when she resumed, at a really slow pace.   But sometimes you need an easy day, so it was relaxing.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs - better pace today.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan (sans his dog) and Finn - about half on the golf course.   

My wife and I will celebrate 31 years of marriage today.

Comments
From dugco on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 06:41:53 from 73.42.43.155

Congrats on the anniversary... and the run as well, of course. Finn is surely the fittest dog in the southeast.

From jtshad on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 07:24:08 from 141.221.191.222

Congrats on your anniversary, that is a great accomplishment and model for all of us.

From Bret on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 15:11:19 from 107.77.233.5

Thanks guys!

From Rob Murphy on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 19:25:06 from 67.177.30.39

Wishing you 31 more. Congratulations!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn; we ran about 3 miles or so with Dan and his dog, but she has been far more interested in sniffing and walking lately, and Dan has had some knee discomfort, so he planned to only run part of the way with us.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.001.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles with the guys on the trails along the horse farms - beautiful morning in the mid 50's.  Ran a quick last mile.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

AM - 7.5 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.006.250.000.006.25

AM - impromptu tempo run with Greg and the dogs.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM- 5.25 miles with Dan and the dogs at an easy pace.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 or so miles with Dan and Finn - a bit faster than usual as Dan ran without Rosie this morning.   Day 450 of my running streak.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan and the dogs. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.750.000.000.004.75

AM - just under 4.75 miles on the trails with Dan and the dogs.  Heading up to Boston this afternoon for Riley's law school graduation tomorrow. 

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Thu, May 27, 2021 at 06:27:11 from 67.177.30.39

Wow...that went by quick! ongratulations to Riley.

From Bret on Fri, May 28, 2021 at 18:27:09 from 50.235.88.98

It sure did Rob. Thanks - I will let her know!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.750.000.000.008.75

AM - 8.75 miles around Boston near BC and the Chesnut Hill Reservoir - commencement ceremonies later - met Riley for a short part of the end of this run.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles in a cold rain, quite windy.  Ran out Commonwealth Ave - reverse heartbreak hill and then back - but not to the bottom as Riley texted me to run back to her place to run a few miles with her.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

AM - 7.25 miles from Cleveland Circle to Boylston on Beacon.  Basically the last 3.5 miles of the Boston marathon course.  Cold amd windy going into town.  Rain started up again as I finished. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Riley in the rain on her birthday before we head home.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn back at home. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 10k with Finn before my workday.   Dan is on vacation this week and then next week he starts a new job out of state and will be moving to Virginia Bch and commuting on a weekly basis until permanently relocating....So our runs together  will be few and numbered before he relocates toward the end of the Summer.  He's been a great training partner and friend.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn before my workday started. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Finn - nice late spring/early summer - warm misty morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.750.000.000.007.75

AM - warm humid morning - met Greg at the Alpharetta Greenway - ran with the dogs.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with the guys and the dogs at sunrise.  Finn decided we were finished before we were actually done.  It was quite humid and warm and he seemed to know he needed some water.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - just under 6 miles with Finn on a very muggy humid and drizzly morning. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - just 3.5 miles in the mist/drizzle - tropical-like weather today.  Busy morning schedule, will try to get some more miles later. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 hilly miles with Finn before my workday started - very humid still, but a nice morning to enjoy the sunrise.  Did not get a second run in yesterday as I hoped.  Instead we had a picnic dinner with my grand daughter on the Milton Green whilst my daughter conducted a yoga class for new moms.   Turned out to be a much more enjoyable option over a second run.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles mostly on the golf course with Finn.  Been battling horseflies the last two mornings...

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Dan and the dogs- we did a walk run because Dan was sick and his calf was tight   

 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn and partly with Dan. 

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 miles on the treadmill- late afternoon.   Too hot for a run outside.  

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 09:38:50 from 67.177.30.39

104 here today. Ugh!

From Bret on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 09:41:41 from 99.1.32.252

That's oven-like! But at least it is a dry heat. :)

From Jason D on Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 21:12:25 from 73.161.42.48

I guy I used to work for used to tell of how he was out west somewhere in the army and his superior office would shout "it's [whatever temperature] in the shade and their ain't no [expletive] shade!" I do like low humidity, which for Bret might be in the 70s? and for you, Rob, in the low teens? Lower? It was in the 50% range here (glorious), though it has been a very mild summer in Michigan so far. Upper 40s tonight! (Well below normal).

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 sluggish miles with Finn - to be fair it was a little hilly - but also my legs felt leaden and it was very humid.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - just under 6.25 miles with Finn - hilly but I felt stronger today.  Passed a high school aged runner going uphill on the Milton trail - small victory for an old guy.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn before my workday.  Much cooler out today - though that did not help today with my pace.   

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - 3.5 miles with Finn on Summit/Brittle trails - when I got a text alert on my watch that there was a water leak in my basement - so I had to cut it short and get back home.   Having an issue with a bad check valve in my basement sink pump - with the water coming back up the sink instead of out to the septic tank...yuck.  Helpful to have leak detector devices set up to mitigate water damage - but also, it ruined an otherwise enjoyable run.  

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1042.6019.8511.300.001073.75
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