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Location:

Mesa,AZ,USA

Member Since:

May 12, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I started running again in 2007 after 14 years of not running.

Mile - 4:59 (high school 1992), 5:57 (9/21/2010 ARR Open Mile)

2 mile - 11:10 (high school 1992)

5k - 21:54 (11/18/2010 Tempe Road Runners 5k)

10k - 48:29 (5/9/2009 Race for Hospice)

Unofficial 10k - 47:11 (1/27/2011 Red Mountain Park)

1/2 marathon - 1:49:00 (4/4/2009 Havasu Half)

Marathon - 4:33:09 (11/21/2009 Mesquite Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run a half marathon in under two hours.

Run a marathon in close to 4 hours.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy long enough to live through the millenium.

Personal:

I am married and have six kids. 

Blog title explanation

Bloggers I've met in real life: 1MileToGo, Aaron Kennard, Andrea North, Arizona Desert Monsoon, auntieem, Bec, Ben, Benjamin, Bonnie, Camille, Cari, Collin Anderson, David Holt, DooneEight Kid Mom, Erico, Flatlander, Gary, Jake Krong, JamesW, Jose, Josse, Julieesplin, JunKelli, Kerri, KP, Kyle Dion, Lightitup, Little Bad Legs, Lybi, Marthon Dreamer, M, Mary Ann Schauerhamer, Misty, Nan, Peds Endo Doc, Rachelle, RADRhett, Riley Cook, Rossy, runningafterbabies, Sasha, Scott Hughes, Scott (Kelli's husband), Scott Wesemann, Slow Joe, Spencer Simpson, Stephen, Steve Piccolo, Susie, The Rookie, Toby, Tracy, Twinkies, TylerS, Walter

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 25.61 Year: 123.21
Mizuno Wave Inspire 7 Lifetime Miles: 802.53
Asics Gel 3030 Lifetime Miles: 204.85
Saucony Hurricane 13 Lifetime Miles: 149.22
Asics Gel DS Trainer 17 Lifetime Miles: 87.49
Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 Lifetime Miles: 800.59
Brooks Ravenna 4 Lifetime Miles: 88.83
Mizuno X10 Trail Lifetime Miles: 180.06
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 802.77
Asics Gel Kayano 21 Lifetime Miles: 7.98
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 798.19
New Balance 1260v5 Lifetime Miles: 9.19
Reebok Floatride Lifetime Miles: 8.23
Total Distance
25.61
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 25.61
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4.01

My knees were hurting after my last run.  Everytime I would walk up or down the stairs, they'd ache.  My wife asked me if I wanted to run Usery this weekend.  I said it depends on how my knees feel in the morning.  I woke up around 5am and decided to go for it.  I said to my wife, "Hey, get up."  She got mad at me.  But she got up and we left.  There were vehicles all over the place.  There may have been some sort of activity going on.  I saw a RaceLab truck.  Or just a bunch of people getting up early to be active.  That being said, we were the only ones that parked at the sherrif's station.  That's typical.

We stretched out and headed out of the parkin lot.  I kept waiting for my wife to run, but she wasn't, so I just started hoping she'd follow.  It took her a while to start.  So I had a good head start on her.  Despite all the vehicles everywhere, there weren't that many road bikers.  I mean, there were, but not as many as I would've expected.  I remember one guy cruising down the hill.  I stepped off to the side and within moments he was passing me by.  He must've been going 40mph, easily.  A lot of the cyclists would stop at the bottom, turn around and come back up.  So I saw a lot of them twice.

I got to the two mile mark and crossed the street.  I could see my wife coming.  She was probably less than 0.2 miles away.  I told her she was almost there as I passed by her, but she had her headphones in and didn't hear me.  She just asked how my knees were feeling.  I think her overall pace was faster than mine today.  We got home and showered just in time for the first session of General Conference.
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 4.01
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1.44

Emily came in our room around 4:30am.  She climbed in between us and proceeded to try and spread the sheet out for what felt like 20 minutes.  When it finally seemed like she had adjusted it to her liking, she got up and left 10 seconds later.  I couldn't get back to sleep, so I got up to run.  I signed up for one of those challenges on Strava where you are supposed to be active for at least 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week for four weeks.  Let's see how it goes.

My legs were a little sore from Saturday.  But it was the good sore.  So I decided to just do one loop.  I also decided to not stretch out.  It was approaching 6am and it was pretty much light enough out to be able to see real good despite the sun not breaking the horizon yet.  I saw a lady walking her dog on Adobe but I didn't catch up to her  before turning on to the Floodway path.  When I got to Brown I was treated to another beautiful sunrise.  There was scattered clouds throughout the sky and the sky turned maroon and pink.

Heading back I was thinking about how I hadn't seen anyone other than the dog walker.  Yes, I was only doing one loop, but it was light out, and I would've expected for more people to be out.  When I got to Adobe I did see two other runners heading west down Adobe.  The blonde girl looked real familiar.  I've probably seen her on Strava or something.  But now that Strava has disabled Flybys, I won't know for sure.
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.44
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1.45

I woke up at 4:57am.  I wasn't really dragging today like I do some days and got out the door and running at 5:41am.  I did stretch out beforehand today.  I wasn't expecting it to be so light outside.  The days are getting longer.  Today's sunrise wasn't as pretty as yesterday's, but it was still pretty good.  I saw a lot more people out today.  My legs were super sore.  I wanted to do two loops, but I opted for just one.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.45
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1.46

I got a late start today.  The sun had been up for an hour.  I saw sooo many people today that it was impossible to keep count.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.46
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1.45

I may have missed a beautiful sunrise.  When I went outside to stretch, the sky was pretty and pink, but I'm guessing that if I had been out there 10 minutes earlier, it would've been prettier.  Oh well.

I saw the old man that thinks I'm his best friend.  He was running towards me as I was heading south on the west side of the Floodway towards Adobe.  When he got about 20 feet from me he waved.  Then he said something that I couldn't make out, but I think it was, "I'll see you tomorrow."  Then he said, "I don't think I'll be catching you today."  I was already over half way to Adobe and was only going to do one loop again, so I said, "Not today."
 

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.45
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2.58

Emily came in our room at 3:47am.  I couldn't get back to sleep, so I went running.  I started at 4:26am.  It was dark.  I loved it.  I was feeling decent today, so I did two loops.  My wife is leaving today to hike the Grand Canyon again.  So I would like to run Usery tomorrow, but don't know that I will by myself.  That's also partly why I did two loops today.  I got over to University where Jeff lives.  He had a light on as he was laying on the ground.  When he saw me coming he tried to hide the light and then turned it off.  I could see something directly ahead of me in the bottom of the dip.  It was actually two things, but I couldn't tell what they were.  As I got closer I saw one of the things stand up and pick up the other thing.  It was a man and a backpack.  He said good morning to me, and I said it back to him.  I'm guessing he was a vagabond, also.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.58
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2.54

I forgot to mention Friday that when I took my shoe off, I looked inside at the heel and could see straight through them!  Will they last another 15 miles?  We'll see.

Last night I had two bouts with sleep paralysis.  The first time I tried to wake myself out of it as best I could.  I tried slinging my arm over the side of the bed.  But who knows what I'm really doing when this happens.  I finally managed to get my arm close enough to my night stand that I could knock on it with the back of my fingers in the hopes that my brother would hear me and wake me out of the sleep that I could not escape.  The plan worked.  Kind of.  My wife shook me awake.  I realized that I haven't shared a bed with my brother in 30 years.  I'm telling you, it's weird when you're dreaming something, but you think it's reality.  About an hour later I rolled over.  This time, the mere thought of sleep paralysis put me back in it.  Luckily my arm was close enough to my wife that I was able to nudge her so that she could wake me again.  It was almost 4am now, so I just stayed awake and got ready for a run.

Normally I try and have a bowel movement before I run.  But we're down to one bathroom in the house still and I heard someone upstairs in the one remaining bathroom, so I decided to hold it in and go later.  As soon as I stepped outside I saw a white cat running down the sidewalk.  It went and stopped under a car.  I stretched out and then heard noises in the leaves by our front yard orange trees.  I went to take a look and I saw a different cat jump up on the fence.  At least, I'm pretty sure it was a cat.  It was dark out.  I definitely saw a dark tail.  Anyway, I went over to the wall just to make sure it wasn't a coyote.  I shined my light, but I wasn't sure if it jumped in my yard or the neighbors yard.  Hopefully my neighbors didn't see me shining a light in their yard.

When I got to Adobe I could see a light coming my way.  I knew it was a cyclist.  I said good morning as the passed by but got no response.  I also saw a runner coming my way on the south side of Adobe.  I couldn't tell if it was a man or woman.  I started my first loop.  It was so dark this morning.  Some of the lights were blinding me again where it was hard to see the trail.  I got to the west side of the Floodway heading south towards Adobe.  I could see tail lights ahead.  I figure it must be an RWCD truck checking Canal levels.  Then the lights got dim.  At the same time, some white lights started to get bright right next to them.  It took me a second, but I realized the vehicle must've done a 360.  Now I had headlights shining at me, but I was still far away.  After a while the lights suddenly turned off.  I started imagining that the RWCD truck had driven into the Canal, and that I would have to make a dramatic rescue of the zanjero.  That actually happened to Mosiah once.  Luckily someone saw it happen and helped him get out.

Once I got to Adobe I saw a black car parked next to the fence.  So my dreams of being a hero were dashed.  It wasn't long before I saw a shadowy figure ahead.  It was a man walking two dogs.  He held them close as I went by.  When one of the dogs barked at me, I said, "Good morning!"  The man said good morning back.  When I got to University, I could tell the sky was getting a little blue instead of black.  I ran to Adobe and it was even bluer.  It won't be long before I won't be able to beat the sun anymore.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.54
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1.45

11 miles to go on these shoes.  I slept decent last night, although I woke up a bunch of times.  Mike King and I used to live right by each other.  We shared back walls.  One of our neighbors died yesterday.  I texted him about it.  Around 3:30am I looked at my phone to see what time it was.  Right when I did, Mike responded.  That has nothing to do with running, but I just thought about it, so I blogged about it.

Our dog Herbie had the runs last night.  My wife told me he went all over the stairs.  When I got up at 4:40am I saw that there was more on our welcome rug and at the top of the stairs.  I had to clean it all up.  I was already sweating by the time I started running. 

I just did one loop today.  It was getting light out already.  I saw lots of people walking their dogs.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 1.45
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Total Distance
2.55

I guess I forgot to blog today.  (Today being Thursday, but it's really Friday.)  I don't remember much.  I know I didn't run the day before, but I did walk Herbie.  I do remember it was dark and I heard a voice up ahead on the Floodway Trail.  Then I saw a guy zig out of my way with his dog.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.55
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2.58

I woke up at 3am.  Herbie was restless, which means he probably had to pee, so I took him outside.  I can't confirm whether or not I relieved myself under the grapefruit tree, but Herbie started barking at something and I couldn't get to him right away.  I'm not sure what he saw.  Maybe a cat.  I tried to go back to sleep, but I couldn't.  So I went running.  It was 4:30am and plenty dark out.  I felt pretty good.  I live inside my head so much that I really enjoy running this early with no lights.  But sometimes my mind does play tricks on me.  Today it was wondering if I was seeing a person, but I would quickly realize it was just the warning markers next to the Trail.  I saw Jeff with his light on from across the Floodway.  Rather, I saw a light where Jeff stays.  He must've seen or heard me coming because he turned it off before I got there and tried to stay hidden.  I also saw that same car that parked by the RWCD Canal as I did a few days ago.  Only this time I was behind him.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 2.58
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4.10

I was surprised when my wife's alarm went off at 5am that I hadn't already woken up.  We had to hurry and go today because my daughter needed to work at 9am, and I wanted to go to Rodney Reed's funeral also at 9am.  We got to Usery at 6am, just in time to do 2 miles up and 2 miles down.  Vickie left before me and said, "See you when you catch up to me."  I wasn't sure I would.

She was ahead of me by almost a tenth of a mile.  Probably not quite that.  I closed the gap somewhat, but when we got to half a mile, I couldn't close it any more.  At about thre quarters of a mile she stopped and started walking.  But that only lasted for 5 seconds.  Then shortly after a mile she stopped again and I caught her.  I was worried that she might catch me, but she never did.  She must've taken another break at the turn around point. 

I saw two of my Strava friends today.  One of them was the guy we saw two weeks ago.  I gave him kudos and he started following us.  On Strava.  Not in real life.  He waved at me while he passed by.  Another guy gave me a peace sign when he passed by.  I didn't realize it until later that it was another Strava friend of mine.

We got home just in time for me to take a shower and go to the funeral.  The problem is, my daughter drove to work and our van is broken down.  So I just rode my bicycle.  It's only 1.8 miles away.  I went nice and slow on the way there.  It was a nice service.  Then I pushed the pace on the way home.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 4.10
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25.61
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Miles: 25.61
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