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St. George,UT,U.S.A

Member Since:

Apr 02, 2005



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

97th at Boston

1:09:40 Half Marathon

2:25:50 Marathon


Short-Term Running Goals:

Get healthy enough to enjoy a run again.

Long-Term Running Goals:

To be able to do it... long term. 


"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift" -Steve Prefontaine

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Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Baby Jogger Lifetime Miles: 623.95
Kinvara Lifetime Miles: 313.32
Asics TRI Lifetime Miles: 610.65
Pegasus Lifetime Miles: 520.90
Kinvara2 Lifetime Miles: 350.20
Ghost Yellow Lifetime Miles: 374.25
Kestrel Bike Lifetime Miles: 1883.75
NB- Rainbow Lifetime Miles: 57.80
Red Cumulus Lifetime Miles: 594.95
Neon Launch Lifetime Miles: 533.40
DS Trainer Lifetime Miles: 467.77
Green Pegasus Lifetime Miles: 479.75
Lunerglide Lifetime Miles: 276.70
Blue Pegasus Lifetime Miles: 528.06
NoosTri Lifetime Miles: 283.07
BlueKinvara Lifetime Miles: 216.60
Innov Lifetime Miles: 58.50
Ride Lifetime Miles: 207.45
NavPeg Lifetime Miles: 162.50
Green K5's Lifetime Miles: 88.00
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Mirage Miles: 24.00Lunarfly #1 Miles: 33.00Blue Launch Miles: 45.10LunaRacer Miles: 12.40Lunarfly #2 Miles: 21.20Ghost Miles: 24.70Blue Launch 2 Miles: 32.30Cumulus Blu 1 Miles: 52.30Baby Jogger Miles: 12.20New Speedstar Miles: 37.50Pulse Miles: 3.40Kinvara Miles: 42.40Ghost 3 Miles: 3.40Cumulus Blu 2 Miles: 28.60
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So so run this morning. Did a lot of stretching last night and had Mik'L roll my hammies out. So this morning the legs kind of felt noodlely. No watch so the run seemed to drag on forever- but in reality I'm guessing it was 7 min avg or faster. I'm ready for some REAL warmer weather. Not HOT just warm nice spring days. Green grass, flowers, veggie garden, trees blooming and leaves growing... ready for it all. 

6.6 miles tonight around the B-hills loop. Felt great. Smooth, fast and efficient. I like runs like this. No watch too so I just enjoyed running. 

Mirage Miles: 6.60Lunarfly #1 Miles: 10.20
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DC loop with the secret street at the end. Got kind of sick last night (head cold). I've been pretty good all winter and impressed with how long it's been since my last sickness. But it's going around and hitting our house. So kind of felt groggy through the run. Not as smooth as last night for sure. 36 F this morning. 

Blue Launch Miles: 12.40
Race: Lake to Lake Relay (52 Miles) 04:50:00, Place overall: 1
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Fun day with the Circle of Trust running the relay. Aaron Metler joined our team so we ran the 5 member team relay with 4 people. The race was a little longer (just over a mile) this year than last but we still wanted to break the course record of 5:05:00. Leg order went Logan, Aaron, Aaron, Clyde, Logan, Dave, Clyde, Logan, Clyde and Dave. 

So I ran legs 4 (5.2 miles), 7 (4.4 miles) and 9 (4.2 miles). Logan and Aaron both took it out hard and by the time I got the "go" at leg 4 we had a massive led and were running at around a 5:15 avg through about 17 miles. 

Leg 4 for me started at the softball fields out by Entrada and ran a long the parkway to Paradise Canyon then hit the trail down to Green Valley and ended at Tonoquint park. First mile is rolling. The next 3 are a gradual downhill and the last mile is basically flat. So a good leg. Since I was running 3 legs I really didn't want to pound this leg. Finished with a 5:25 avg for the 5.2 miles. Felt really good throughout and just tried to save something for the next legs.

Leg 7- runs from the river bridge on River road out past Stone Cliff, then up to Staihli farm and then down the fields road to the hand off point. Not a hard leg but not a EZ smoking fast one either. Gradual climb for the first 3.5 or so then around .7 downhill and .2 up or so at then very end.  Tried to stay smooth and not kill myself off but got a killer side ache the last mile or so. It seemed to make everything else hurt. 5:39 avg for the 4.4 miles.

Leg 9- This leg sucks or did suck. I was stiff and not into it while waiting for Logan to run Leg 8. That 25-30 min off just was too much or not enough. Nonetheless I wasn't feeling it. AND this is the hardest leg mile for mile than any other leg on the course. 3.6 miles of dirt roads on some big, up hills and some sandy areas. The leg rocked my world. The first mile hits the biggest climb and from memory I ran this mile in 6:24. Then the next mile is up and down on rolling hills and I ran a 6:22. The third mile is about .6 down and .4 flat. but has the sandy section. I ran it in 5:50. My watch wigged out after that so I don't have the overall avg or 4th mile time. It's flatish and at the end of the leg there's about a .4 mile climb. I'm guessing the 4th mile was around 6:10 pace and the climb was very slow. I was dead when I tagged Dave.

Nothing really impressive about my legs. But for the most part I just wanted to do this to chill with the guys and get a good solid workout in. I love relays for that reason. You just can't get anything like a relay in "workout" settings.

We ended setting a new course record at 4:50:00 and running an official 5:31 avg for the entire 52 or whatever miles. Everyone ran great to do that. This course isn't hard like a Wasatch course but it's not EZ like a Del Sol course. Very runnable and faster on the first 30 miles then it starts to climb and gets a little hairy the last few legs. With legs 8, 9 and 10 having a lot of gravel roads with big hills.

It was a fun day. I went into it with a head cold and a slight fever. Now (Sunday) I'm full blown sick. I was almost positive this would happen after a relay day. But it was worth it as long as I can get some miles in on Monday and have a good coming week.

LunaRacer Miles: 10.00
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7.1 miles this morning. Still felt pretty sick. Running with a fever isn't too fun. Started getting really dizzy about 1.3 miles into it. Symptoms seemed to mellow by the end of the run. Got a lot of little issues I need to resolve in the next two weeks. Get over this sickness. Minimize the pain the the groin as much as possible. And get rid of a new pain in my side up under the ribs. This is from a side ache I got in the relay on Saturday. Anytime I get one and continue to run hard it makes the pain last a few days. I think the continued running at pace must bruise the diaphragm or something. Anyways I need to heal it up before the Modesto Marathon in a couple weeks. 

8.6- B-hills loop this evening with a little added on on the secret street. Didn't feel too bad. Sickness had improved. Groin pain still around a 4. Side ache pain at around a 5. 

Mirage Miles: 7.10Lunarfly #2 Miles: 8.60
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6:54 avg. Did a figure 8 around the river and Little Valley. Groin pain around a 4.5 and really sore on the inner thigh on right leg. Side ache pain down to around a 2.5. I'm a project. 

4 miles tonight. Out and back over past the park to the bridge. Pounding winds made this an interesting run. When it was at my face I was like running in slow motion. When it was at my back my lazy 7:20 effort turned into 6:00 pace. But it was a nice cool down recovery run at 8 p.m after a blistering game of dodge ball with the young men. 

Ghost Miles: 4.00Blue Launch 2 Miles: 13.00
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Club run early here at the house. Pace was EZ and slow going. Good thing because I couldn't have gone much... actually any faster. 38 f when we left the house. Did the normal DC loop with the brethren and then 4 more alone after we finished. On my last mile back to the house it snowed on me. Snow in March in STG... and yesterday's high was 74 F. 

Ghost Miles: 14.10
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Big Workout

6:23 avg for the 20.3 miles. Ran the first 5 miles from here around the park and B-hills to the club TEN mile loop on the river. Then starting at the trail I picked up the effort to Tinman pace for the 10 mile loop. Then once I finished the loop I was going to head back home the way I'd come but decided to just re-loop the inner trail around the DC and head home that way via River Road. So I kept the "tempo" rolling through 13 miles instead of 10. Hit a 5:59 avg for the 13 mile tempo and it felt really good. Actually took a few miles to get going but then I ran smooth and never got close to the red line. 


5 mile warm up- 8:01, 7:16, 7:06, 7:14, 7:06

13 mile temp- 6:29, 6:03, 6:11, 6:04, 6:13, 5:54, 5:36, 5:52, 5:42, 6:03, 5:54, 5:54, 5:51

2 mile cool down- 6:36, 6:31

Basically all and more than I wanted on a pretty low key effort. Felt as pain free as I have all week. Groin and hernia pain was minimal. Hammy felt great. I did battle a slight side ache for most of the tempo and had to work on breathing to keep it at bay. And the biggest pain was my shoulder, arm, back and lat being sore from playing dodgeball with the young men on Tuesday night.

Anyways pleased with the run, and more pleased I didn't have to dig too deep to get through it. Now I've got 10 days to heal up all my little aches and pains before letting it all out at the Modesto marathon. Hoping for a nice taper:)


Blue Launch Miles: 20.30
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B-hills loop and extended on secret street and potty stop. Legs felt ok this morning. No soreness at all from yesterday. Just a little lazy and heavy. About like a Monday run. 31 F this morning. It scared me... I planted a bunch of flowers and was worried they'd all freeze and die. But the frost wasn't that bad. Happy Birthday to our little boy Myler. 3 years old today. Like all parents- I can't believe it's gone by so fast. 

Cumulus Blu 1 Miles: 8.70
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10.2 miles this morning on the DC loop. I had family here at our house and we had a early T'time to golf so just ran solo this morning. Nothing fancy just a run to keep the legs and body N'sync. 

3 miles. Didn't count this as mileage but walked 9 holes at SunRiver on the back today golfing. Played really good too. A couple eagle puts, good drives and I chipped one in from off the green to save a par on a par 3. Perfect weather at 69 F. I love this time of year.

6.6 miles tonight pushing Myler in the jogger around the B-hills loop. Shorts and a tank as the temp was now 74 F in the afternoon sun. Just laxi taxi around the loop with my boy. Luv that little guy.

Baby Jogger Miles: 6.60Ghost Miles: 6.60Cumulus Blu 1 Miles: 10.20
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B-hills loop. 46 F out this morning and felt warm by the end. Legs felt Mondayish. Groin and upper right thigh were at around a 3 this morning. I didn't stretch yesterday and should have. Need to stay on top of it this week for sure. 

7 more miles @ noon. I thought I'd waited long enough to go back out for a second run after breakfast and taking pills.... Nope. About 3 miles into the run my Omega 3 pill (fish oil) started to breakdown about halfway down my throat. This is one of the grossest things (that I've let happen multiple times) in my life. Every breath and burp tastes and smells like rotting fish. At first I fought off the gag reflex but with less than 2 miles to go I just wanted to barf... get it out! Stopped and dry heaved three times but nothing came up. Finally finished the run and could barely muster another breath- an awful, awful outing on what was going to be a super spring day run with no shirt. 76 F was the high but in the end I think the heat actually intensified my symptoms on the run. Got home and grabbed a quick drink then just laid on the ground in a puddle of my own dripping sweat while the dogs licked my face. live and learn. 

New Speedstar Miles: 7.00Cumulus Blu 1 Miles: 7.00
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B-hills loop with the Secret street at the end. Thought about doing something different today. But nothing sounded good. As I started running I just ended up doing this run again- just like both runs yesterday. Legs felt soupy. I went to April last night and she worked everything over pretty good. She does an excellent job and in the end I always feel better. But the run the day after usually isn't great. Also went to Olive Garden last night and I remembered why I really don't like that place. The day after my stomach is just jacked and you just feel all that goop and junk in your system. Time to clean it up before the weekend.  

7 miles this afternoon. A high of 78 F in my backyard today. I'm not use to running in the heat and this was a sub par run. 6:47 avg but it felt too hard. Tried a mile hard in 5:30 but it was way too hard. Tried out a new pair of Kinvaras that I'm kind of planning on wearing in the race. But I wasn't totally convinced. A little soft and the forefoot feels too big. I like more of a heel to toe slop. They weren't awful so it's between them and some old Speedstars. I'll try running in the Kinvaras again on Thursday to make a final decision. 

Lunarfly #2 Miles: 7.00
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Morning run with the guys. Pace was EZ PZ Japaneeze. Those guys are still in recovery mode from their 50 miler on Monday and I'm just trying to conserve and take it EZ before the race. And Bill runs whatever pace we tell him to:). Felt kind of flat this morning anyways. It was 52 f at 5:20 a.m. I wore some old Ohanas to test them out before the race. I'm in a race shoe dilemma. I've got 4 shoes I may wear and none of the 4 are super options.... 

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Little workout/ shoe run off...

Decided to do 3 loops around the park and school loop. Each one is 2.4 miles long. On each loop I'd wear a different pair of (marathon hopeful) shoes. I'd also do 1 mile of the loop (from the park to River Road at MP tempo). On the first lap I did a couple laps on the grass at the park to help get warmed up. 

Loop 1: Asic Speedstars- Tempo mile in 5:29. Shoes felt good for being old. I wore this same pair for the first time in the STG marathon in 2008 and have bounced them around ever since. Tempo mile felt very controlled. A little fast but there is a 1% declineish down to River Road.

Loop 2: Nike Lunaracer- Tempo mile in 5:26. These shoes also felt pretty good. Good enough for a full marathon? IDK. If so I need to wash them off because they are dirty and gross. Tempo mile was a fairly comfy effort. Basically the same as the first one.

Loop 3: Saucony Kinvara- Tempo mile in 5:16. Shoes felt pretty good and better than their first run a couple days ago. Left foot is a little tight and I still don't love how think the forefoot is. I think after these shoes have 200 miles on them I'll love them to death. Tempo was a little fast. I was finally warmed up and running with good form. Plus on the first 2 I pulled up out of tempo gear at around .92 and on this leg I held it til the watch beeped.

Happy about the leg turnover and how the body felt on the workout this morning. Not happy about the shoe results. I still didn't come out with a clear winner. Lame I know but there just isn't any great marathon shoes out on the market right now.... for my running style.

Pulse Miles: 3.40LunaRacer Miles: 2.40Kinvara Miles: 2.40
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3.4 mile run around the park and stuff early this morning before taking off to Vegas to catch the flight. Felt so so ish.

4 miles in Modesto from the Marriottt. Found mellow villa with low traffic behind our hotel and just kind of went out and back. It was raining and kind of windy. But in a long sleeve I was too hot by the end due to the humidity.

Ghost 3 Miles: 3.40Kinvara Miles: 4.00
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Up before the sun came up and out running early. Slept like crap last night. 42 F when I left the room and it felt nippy. But if temps are the same tomorrow I'll go in only race singlet. It had rained hard all night but this morning was peacful and still. A beautiful morning. No traffic at all- Californinas sleep in on Saturday. Today calls for a lot of rain later but tomorrow morning might be like today. Fingures crossed. I felt so so. Legs are pretty good but a sharp pain in the top inside thigh. Other abs and groin feel good to go.

New Speedstar Miles: 3.50
Race: Modesto Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:32:46, Place overall: 1
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 Modesto Marathon facts and ish- Lots of details so I hope I can organize the information and get everything out clearly. Flew into Stockton, Ca from Vegas on Friday. Drove the 28 miles from Stockton to Modesto Friday in a rental car and stayed there in a hotel for the weekend. It rained, had been rain and was going to rain on every forecast. 10-15 mph winds on and off with the rain. This race was on Sunday. I've never raced on Sunday before and don't want to make it a common practice but didn't feel horrible about setting this one up. I just kept thinking that Steve Young played in many great football games on Sunday so I might be able to run a good race too. But again I'd prefer to race on Saturday. Saturday in Modesto was chill. Drove the course, went to the expo and shopped at the mall. Then relaxed at the room and watched NCAA basketball the rest of the afternoon and evening. It rained cats and dogs all day and all night. Slept horrible. Woke up completely dripping in sweat over and over throughout the night (common for me). Woke up at 4:30 a.m Sunday morning to a clear, cool and perfect race day. I could run marathons the rest of my life and never have better conditions. 42 F no wind and beautiful. The sun came out from miles 7 to 17ish but never felt hot then it clouded back up through the finish and eventually started raining again later in the day. My wife brought her friend Brynn for the weekend with us so they had fun shopping and went back out on the town that evening... to Denny's.

The course- super flat and runs around 40 to 75 ft above sea level. Starts in downtown Modesto and runs in some very pretty neighborhoods for 3 miles then takes off out into the orchards and vineyards. Has one overpass that you run in both directions (mile 4 on the way out and 24 on the way back. Super green everywhere, with trees in full bloom. The course is GREAT! From a spectator stance my wife was able to drive to like 8 locations and see me and give me drinks and Gu. The course is out and back but you go out a little over 14 miles and then on the way back you don't do the little parade through the neighborhoods- it's just a direct shot down 9th street to the finish. I love the course and would go back for sure. 

The plan- I had two goals. One to win. Winner gets $500 and that would pay for the trip and then some. Second was to break 2:30 but this was on under idea conditions and running effort. I didn't know what to do until about 10 min's before the race started. Run a smart race and put yourself in position to win or just go for time and try to hang on to a win. Unless someone fast showed and really burned the course up. Then I'd just try and run out of my mind and stay with that person.

What happened? I decided to go for it and let the chips fall where they may. I wanted to get out strong on the first 3 miles through town and then settle into a groove as we headed out into the meat and potato's of the course.  The race started with the half marathon too so I thought maybe I'd get some half marathoners to pull me out for a while until they turned around. That didn't happen as I took the overall lead after 2 blocks and never looked back. So here's how the race went down.

1. 5:33- Out smooth and no one steps up so right off the bat I just take the lead.

2. 5:28- Fun part of the course winding and turning in the neighborhood. Very pretty.

3. 5:32- I feel like I'm Mario Kart buzzing through the streets. Nobody's even close now.

4. 5:32- Out of town and up over the overpass heading to the fields.

5. 5:35- Had a motorcycle escort to here then they wished me luck and turned back to town.

6. 5:43- Mik'L met me at the first of this mile with a bottle of mixed Cytomax

7. 5:40- Saw the girls again at around 7.3 and got my sun glasses from Mik'L.

8. 5:36- At just over 8 miles the girls where there with my first water and GU. (2nd because I took one 15 min's before the race started)

9. 5:42- Long straight sections of road surrounded by fruit orchards. Kind of like a tunnel. It was heavenly.

10. 5:41- Just clicking these solid miles off one after another and felt super smooth.

11. 5:38- At the later part of this mile I got more cytomax from the girls and headed into the final straightaway of the half. So the girls stayed there while I went down and back.

12. 5:43- Sun was out now and I was happy I'd gotten my glasses.

13. 5:38- Felt so in the groove. But forgot to look at the watch and see my half split.

14. 5:39- Down to the turn around and now I get to have a good look at where everyone else is.

15. 5:40- The 2nd pace guy (he finished 3rd) was about 4 min's back and the 3 place guy (finished 2nd and only 15 seconds behind me was about 7 min's back).

16. 5:42- Now I know that this race is mine to loose and lets face it. $500 is $500. Don't choke Clyde... I saw the girls again at the same prior spot and got more Cytomax.

17. 5:52- Stomach starting to rumble but I'm doing breathing drills and trying to keep things in check.

18. 5:57- Slowed down big time as the stomach starts to have sharp pains. Like a side ache but across the full belly. Also get my last water and Gu from the girls. I didn't feel like taking it but forced it down... actually gagged it down.

19. 5:51- Doing breathing drills helps and I settle down and get going better.

20. 5:50- I look at the watch at 20 and it was 1:53 something. I feel pretty good and think all you've got to do is manage 6 min pace in and you'll be close to breaking 2:30.

21. 5:59- Now I'm really excited and feel like I can really "manage this race out".

22. 6:09- Hit my first  mile over 6 min. Kind of a bummer emotionally because I had a mini goal of not having any miles over 6 min pace.....

23. 6:09- Stomach really starts up now. I hit my second 6+ min mile and still feel like I can find some magic but it's gonna have to come fast.

24. 6:20- Magic didn't come. But vomit is coming. From here on in I was fighting off a GU and Cytomax bomb. Stomach hurt so bad. Running dry heaving. Wincing. Moaning. Hit the little overpass hill and it really breaks my stride. I also get a pretty good look behind me and can't see anyone coming at all and feel that (worst case) I've got a 2 min buffer.

25. 6:26- Still feel super secure about winning but now time goals are down the tube so I just go into survival mode. I think to myself just don't lay down on the road and give up now. But I wanted to. Stomach was cramping so bad I almost had real tears.

26. 6:36- Legs felt almost fresh from this slowed pace and seemed to want to keep grinding. But the gut bomb was almost at it's climax. I see a spectator and just to pass the time I ask him how far back the next guy is. He says he can't see anyone. Just as I thought... I had a big lead and no one was close.  But the spectator either lied to me or didn't see the hometown hero Jon Olsen closing in on me like a freight train.

.2 in 1:37 or a 7:01 avg- Me thinking I'm finally done and no threat of anyone even 3-7 min's back slowly  makes the last turn (didn't even look back to see if anyone was close) down the finishing lane. I lift my victorious hand and work the crowd a little and finally break the tape.

Now for the DRAMA. I was hurting for sure when I finished and was fighting off a puke with every breath but I was ok. I crossed the line and bent down to catch my breath... looked up and saw Jon Olsen walking by me and he gave me a fist bump and said good job. What the *^&**%&*^*^ just happened. It seriously sent me into some kind of post race shock. I had no idea he was there. If the race would have been a block longer he'd have passed me. While I casually made my way to the finish he was dropping bombs and hunting me down like a predator. I was in complete disbelief of what just happened. Now 5 times as sick and shocked as I'd been only 30 seconds ago. My first thought was "it's not possible... he must have gotten a ride on a motorcycle or something and then sprinted up to the end. Oh boy. Lesson learned just finish every race like you were gunning for a PR.

Found out that this guy was the previous 2x defending hometown champ. Who also just 4 weeks ago ran the 13 fastest 100 mile race in American history at just over 13hrs.  Dude didn't want to loose on his home course and made a pro grade comeback on the second half to run a 6 min marathon PR of his own. I just wish that at like mile 25 I would have know he was gonna be even close.  *** just looked up our turn around splits (not the half but where the race turned around and at that point I was up on Jon by 8:20 and he closed the gap to 15 seconds.

Anyways we had a great trip. I'm pretty happy about the race. It's a great benchmark for the first marathon of the year and hopefully will spring board me into better races as the spring and summer play on. The organizers did a fantastic job. It's a smaller and new event but everything they did was like a big city marathon. Very professional. Paid me 5 one hundred dollar bills straight cash homey at the awards and there was no funny business.  Like I said I'd go back for sure.

New Speedstar Miles: 27.00
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Decided to go out for 3-4 and see how the legs felt. Got going and they felt great. Not to say I'm not sore or trashed but way less than the standard. Mostly my ankles and toes hurt and my entire ab section felt bruised. But ran well... for a Monday:)

Cumulus Blu 1 Miles: 6.00
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B-hills/ Secret Street/ Little Valley. 30 F this morning and I'm guessing my veggie plants and some flowers got roasted in a freezing way last night. Dang- I should have covered them. 

Run felt pretty good. minimal soreness but just took it EZ and will for a week or so even if there's no soreness. Ankles, and toes felt all better but abs and groin are fairly sore still. 

Cumulus Blu 2 Miles: 8.20
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Morning loop with the guys. Circle of Trust and Steven Abraham Lincoln Hooper Pope and Little Billy boy. 

EZ pace and felt pretty good. Overall just kind of tired. Hoping for a nap today. Weather looks to be warmer though so I'll most likely go work in the yard and garden. 

Cumulus Blu 1 Miles: 10.20
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Club run at the DC. It's been a while since club runs were active. So it's nice to get things rolling again. I felt pretty good all day and was excited to run with the guys. I did eat at El Coyote for lunch and it's amazing but I had that Mexican fiesta stomach all afternoon. We just did the normal river loop and I didn't extend it out at the end to hit an even 10. Pace was up tempo the entire time and I was surprised to see a 6:28 avg at the end. It seems weird that only 4 days ago I ran a marathon. There hasn't been any post race lag this time around. Spooky but I'll take it.

Here is the newspaper article from the Modesto paper about the marathon.


The journalist did a little home cooking when writing this one up. IMHO....

Blue Launch 2 Miles: 9.70
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DC loop in reverse of normal direction. Felt a little flat for the first time all week. I'm guessing more due to yesterday evenings harder run than from the marathon. No watch today so I'm not sure if it was really slow or not. A beautiful morning here in the STG. Got home and the scale said I was 149 lbs. Pretty low but if I could get lower on a normal basis maybe later this year I could really work to run a good race. 

Cumulus Blu 1 Miles: 10.20
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Club run from the new Washington park. Kind of a big fields loop up River Road. Then Logan and I extended up under the freeway in the Dogtown and then back to the park. I didn't check the pace but we were under 7 min all day. I'm guessing around a 6:45 avg but Logan will have to verify. 

I'm almost embarrassed to post a long run and so many miles the week of a marathon. It just looks foolish. But I've felt great all week so I just ran. I guess if I burn out or get injured then hide sight will show I should have backed off. But at this point it just feels natural. Hoping to keep the razor sharp and improving... then bust another marathon off around May/June. So between now and then maybe a half and some other stuff.

Kinvara Miles: 16.00
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DC loop. Worst run since the marathon. Just kind of had two left feet all morning. Never felt smooth. The salsa from the night before didn't help things. Just grinding it out. 

7 miles tonight around the B-hills loop and finished on the secret street. Better run than this morning but stomach wasn't doing great. Temps were just about perfect with the sun out and no winds. 66 F. 

Lunarfly #1 Miles: 7.00Cumulus Blu 2 Miles: 10.20
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Secret Street then the DC. Nice morning but a little cooler than it's been. 37 F. Looks like it'll be a super day with highs in the low 70's. Run seemed to take forever. Sometimes it's nice to have a watch just to keep your mind from wandering. I tried to keep the pace honest out there and most likely did but without a time reference I'll just think that the run seemed to take forever. 

Pushed Myler around the B-hills loop. I had to bribe him with a sippy cup full of apple juice. But that worked and he agreed to go on the run with me. Kind of slow and EZ around the loop. 

Baby Jogger Miles: 5.60Lunarfly #2 Miles: 5.60Blue Launch Miles: 12.40
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Morning run with the guys from my house. Usual loop. No watch but pace was a little faster than the last two weeks... but not much. Two weeks ago I was tapering and Logan and Dave had just ran their 50 miler. Then last week I was 2 days post marathon. So naturally we'd go a little faster today without any issues. But like I said- not much faster. Since my marathon in Modesto my right ankle feels like I rolled it. But I have no recollection of any incident. It's super stiff everyday just walking around the house. Once out running it warms up but sometimes like today it hurts most of the run. Pretty sore for sure. 

5.6 miles mid-morning. After my run Mik'L went out for her run. I came home and mixed up a protein shake and took a hot bath. Soaked in the tub for about 20 min's then got dressed again in some fresh running cloths and as soon as Mik'L got home I went back out. Felt dead. Ankle really hurt too. Kind of got that running dizzy feeling about 3 miles into it. Just plugged along but it wasn't pretty. Glad to be done for the day. 

Mirage Miles: 10.30Lunarfly #1 Miles: 5.60
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DC loop. Ankle was super sore most of the day yesterday. Iced, IB'd, and tried to rub it out. Woke up and it still hurt but felt better. I put a heat patch on it and went out for the run. Managed to get through it but felt flat throughout. If I felt above average last week coming off a marathon. This week I'm back to reality. Just trying to get through the week. 

9.6  miles tonight at the DC with the club. 6:22 avg. Just kept it smooth with no big pick up at the end. Had to stop at the restrooms in B-hills where three of us needed quick relief. Sad for me because I haven't made it through a run all week without having a blowout. The real reason I run the DC loop so much.... there's 4 toilets on the 10 mile loop. Lots of options for a man in need. 

Cumulus Blu 2 Miles: 10.20Blue Launch 2 Miles: 9.60
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DC again. Needed around 10 miles this morning to be at 80 so tomorrows 20 miler would put me at a 100. It seems Friday morning runs (after club run on Thursday and being late in the week) are the hardest run of them all. Just made it happen even though I felt kind of trashed. Got on the scale after and was a 148.5 lbs. Low and maybe my body wants to drop 4-5 lbs. I'll take that for sure. Not sure where it would drop from but if I could weigh around 147 lbs or so on any race day naturally I'd be a little faster. 

Lunarfly #1 Miles: 10.20
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Up and out running by 5:15 with Logan. Started from my house and went out and back to the new airport. Tough rolling course both directions. I felt pretty flat before the run even started and continued throughout. But still had a descent run with a 6:57 avg. Not stellar but that course is demanding. Nice to be done with the long run and home by around 7:30 a.m. Looking forward to relaxing the rest of the weekend and bringing the mileage down a little next week. 

Kinvara Miles: 20.00
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Mirage Miles: 24.00Lunarfly #1 Miles: 33.00Blue Launch Miles: 45.10LunaRacer Miles: 12.40Lunarfly #2 Miles: 21.20Ghost Miles: 24.70Blue Launch 2 Miles: 32.30Cumulus Blu 1 Miles: 52.30Baby Jogger Miles: 12.20New Speedstar Miles: 37.50Pulse Miles: 3.40Kinvara Miles: 42.40Ghost 3 Miles: 3.40Cumulus Blu 2 Miles: 28.60
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