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Location:

Seattle,WA,

Member Since:

Nov 13, 2009

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

St George Marathon 2008 = 3:05

Boston Marathon 2009 = 3:07

Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon 2010 = 3:07 (in Five Fingers Bikilas)

1500 meters this summer = 4:36

Ran 30 miles on my 30th birthday (Feb 7 2010)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Break 3 hours in the marathon

Run a trail ultra

 Find a way to run high mileage without injuring myself. My current theory is that transitioning out of my super-cushioned shoes into more minimalist shoes or bare feet will help improve my form and make this possible.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run a 100 mile race.

Personal:

I am happily married to Jenni. We have three energetic little boys who also enjoy to run. Jenni and I are both going to try learning how to run without shoes this year.

Favorite Blogs:

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

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 11.00
FiveFingers Lifetime Miles: 118.00
New Balance 790 Lifetime Miles: 128.00
Inov 8 Roclite 295 Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
203.005.009.000.00217.00
FiveFingers Miles: 53.00New Balance 790 Miles: 124.00Barefoot Miles: 9.00Inov 8 Roclite 295 Miles: 3.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
15.000.000.000.0015.00

Well, I got a little lazy there for a while with my blogging. Let's just say that over the last two weeks I've had some great runs, and most of them in ff's.

Today I ran 15 miles at about an 8:15 average pace, and it felt great. I had a slight twinge in my left ankle and a little soreness in my right foot, but nothing really bad. And my legs felt great! One unfortunate incident was that I lost the foot pod for my iPod Nike Plus pedometer thingy. I was bombing down a dirt trail and really opened up my pace. I was dodging puddles and having a great time when my iPod told me that there was an error with the Nike Plus. I guess I kicked off the foot pod and sent it flying into the trees. I searched for a few minutes, then gave up. Oh, well, who needs technology anyway, right?

FiveFingers Miles: 15.00
Comments
From Aaron Kennard on Sat, Jan 09, 2010 at 22:39:38 from 174.51.250.151

Wow, look at that timing, we both just updated almost at the same time according to the most recent entries.

That's a solid run you did there. I was going to go out that far today, but cut it a little shorter. I guess that's a bummer to lose that foot pod, but that just gives you a good excuse to get a gps device for your birthday!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.005.000.005.00

So, not sure that this was exactly a threshold run. but it was a little faster than easy. My friend calls this type of run a Kenyan workout, not sure if that's ethnically correct or not. Here's the splits:

 

Mile 1 - 07:41.23

Mile 2 - 07:31.48

Mile 3 - 07:28.07
Mile 4 - 07:14.77
Mile 5 - 07:03.13
 

Total: 36:58.68 (07:24/mile)

Great run, and the fastest yet in the VFF's!

 

 

FiveFingers Miles: 5.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Ran the usual 5 mile lunchtime route, nice and easy to recover from going a little faster yesterday. I wore my normal shoes to give my feet a rest, but in hindsight it wasn't very fun. Just felt like I was strapping on big chunks of rubber that didn't really help much.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Another easy five in the VFFs at lunch. Just enjoyed the beautiful 50 degree weather here in Seattle and actually saw some sunshine! 

FiveFingers Miles: 5.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Another 5 miles on the waterfront, pretty casual with a little kick at the end. Felt pretty good.

FiveFingers Miles: 5.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
18.000.000.000.0018.00

So, interesting run today. It was good and bad. I started off on an 18 mile route in my five fingers. I was feeling a little sore right from the start, mostly in my ankles. I think maybe I pushed the pace a little fast this week. Anyway, I had some issues with blisters, which started to really worry me around mile 7. By mile 9 the combination of sore ankles and blisters forced me to call Jenni and have her bring me a pair of regular shoes. This allowed me to finish out the run, and even enjoy some of the later parts of it. I'm still a little sore in the ankles the day after, so I think I'll run in my regular shoes for a bit.

 Besides the minor setbacks, it was a beautiful run and fun to go far. I tested out a portion of the route I will be running on my birthday. Lots of water views. Gotta love Seattle.

FiveFingers Miles: 9.00
Comments
From Aaron Kennard on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 00:08:54 from 174.51.250.151

Bummer about the blister/ankle issues. Have you tried the injinji socks on the FF's? Maybe they will help with the blisters (maybe not). I have some, and I ran in them a couple times when it was really cold in the FF's. But if they get wet, they make the cold worse I think.

My inside ankle bone was stiff and sore today also, but I think its because I kicked it at one point and bruised it. Then I pushed a 7:30 pace the last 3 miles and I noticed a slight twinge and disregarded it...oops.

Nice job on the long run!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

5 miles in my Sauconys today. Ankle a little sore from Saturday.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

I bought some New  Balance 790's yesterday and tested them out on today's run. I think I like them a lot. You have to use decent form in them because of the lack of padding. I'm excited to try them out more.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Beautiful 58 degree day on the waterfront. The only downside is that I wore my Saucony cushioned shoes to allow my sore ankle to "rest", and I ended up with a sore knee. I have come to the conclusion that it's just about impossible to run with correct form in a super cushioned shoe. I try to maintain the form I've developed with my barefooting, but I end up reverting to poor form because of the thick heel. I bought some injinji socks today on the way home from work, so hopefully that solves my blister issues so I can get back to good form

Comments
From Aaron Kennard on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 15:33:57 from 174.51.250.151

Dang shoes! What happened to your ankle?

I've got a slight problem with my inner ankle bone from something that happened last saturday.

I hope the socks do the trick with your FF's

From Danny on Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 10:27:10 from 71.231.104.88

I tweaked my the outer part of my left ankle on last Saturday's run. My theory is that the blisters caused by my ffs caused me to change my form up and this led to a tweaked ankle. I also hope the socks help. I think they will. I agree with you that my ffs are maybe a little tight. The main problem though is that my toes are huge. They would max out the toe pockets no matter what the length of the ffs, and I feel like the length of mine is ok.

Wish me luck as I try a long run today in my New Balance 790's!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
16.000.000.000.0016.00

Approximately 16 miles this morning in my New Balance 790s. I think I'm in love! These shoes gave me the little bit of extra support I needed for my damaged ankles while still letting me run with good form. I thought they have just the right amount of cushioning. I could have run longer, but had to get back home to family obligations. I think these will be the shoes for my 30 mile run.

 

New Balance 790 Miles: 16.00
Comments
From Aaron Kennard on Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 22:59:15 from 174.51.250.151

Awesome!! I'm glad to hear they worked well for you. I think I would like running in the 790's too if they were wider. Mine just feel too tight in the toe area for my liking. Maybe if I would have got a half size bigger... I really like how thin the soles are though, and how flexible they are.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

5 easy miles during lunch. Just nice and slow to work the kinks out from my weekend long run.

New Balance 790 Miles: 5.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Awesome run home from work today. I took the long way home around the west side of Queen Anne hill. The hill was a great workout and it was good way to wind down from a stressful day.

New Balance 790 Miles: 7.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

I took the last few days off because I was sick and my kids were sick and needy. Nothing too bad, just an annoying cold with sore throat and cough. Mainly, I didn't want it to linger and turn into something that would last through my birthday run. I did do some good strength training over the last few days, so I'm not totally lame.

 Today's run was great. I ran a 10 mile out and back to work out another unknown part of my birthday route. On the way back I had lots of energy and ran really fast up the hill to our house. It was really fun. I'm still loving my 790s and feel like they are still strengthening my feet, even though they are shoes. Very excited to run 30 miles next weekend!

 


New Balance 790 Miles: 10.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

5 easy miles during lunch in my five fingers! This was the first run in a while in them, as I have been letting my ankle rest. It was still a little tender after the run, so I don't think I'll do much more in the VFFs until after this weekend. It was really refreshing to be running in them, and I realized that I really missed it. It somehow feels much more awesome to run in them.

New Balance 790 Miles: 5.00
Comments
From Aaron Kennard on Tue, Feb 02, 2010 at 12:37:37 from 174.51.250.151

Its mysterious and magical how feels so much more awesome. I hear you man.

What size of new balance 790's did you get? I'm thinking of donating mine since their a little tight on me, so if 11D fits you you may be in luck.

I'm kind of itching to get out and run. I've been cycling and really enjoying it yesterday and today, but I'm still on a high from running fast in the fives on friday and feeling fantastic. (that was totally unintentional alliteration by the way, but I'll take credit for it)

From Danny on Wed, Feb 03, 2010 at 00:04:27 from 71.231.104.88

My 790s are 9 1/2, so I don't think I can accept your donation. Do you think you'll try another pair of shoes, or stick with the fantastic five fingers for future freedom for your feet?

From Aaron Kennard on Wed, Feb 03, 2010 at 00:10:20 from 174.51.250.151

I don't know...I'm guessing I will at some point. I'm considering the NB 100's because they are $50 right now online at fleet foot. But I'm going to try them on again at the store first to make sure, I think those too area bit narrow for me. Plus I'm still hesitant because I really want a completely flat soled shoe. Really the only reason I care about shoes is for gnarly trail running, so I may just drop the cash on some VFF treks because I think those will give me plenty of sole protection.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Another beautiful day on the waterfront.

New Balance 790 Miles: 5.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Last run before the 30 miler this weekend. All systems feeling good!

New Balance 790 Miles: 5.00
Race: 30 Miles for 30 Years (30 Miles) 05:20:00, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
30.000.000.000.0030.00

This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Here are a few highlights:

The night before the run Jenni said she had to go run a last minute birthday errand. She was gone for about an hour, and came back empty handed. My mind was on my run the next day, so I didn't think much of it. Then there was a knock at the door. I opened it and stood there very confused for a few minutes. Standing on my doorstep was Aaron Kennard. This was strange because he lives in Colorado. Didn't make any sense. Turns out Jenni had arranged for him to come out and run with me for a birthday present. Aaron announced that he would run along with me for as long as he could, and if all went well, he would go the distance. What a great birthday present!

We went to sleep at a decent hour that night, and planned to get a good long night sleep, but it was not meant to be. My son Milo woke up at 5:00 am bright-eyed and ready to party. Luckily I was so wired that I was also ready to start the day. After a good breakfast of oatmeal and a packet of some wasp extract secret formula that Aaron provided me with, we headed off to start the adventure.

The start of the race was at Green Lake. (To be continued...)

New Balance 790 Miles: 30.00
Comments
From Aaron Kennard on Sat, Mar 06, 2010 at 23:56:08 from 174.51.250.151

Happy 1 monthiversary from your 30 miler! I see you've been really cranking out the miles this past month...did you throw in the towel?

From Aaron Kennard on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 23:39:11 from 174.51.250.151

So I convinced Jentry Miskin to join me for the golden gate dirty thirty in June! I am pretty stoked about that. How's your training going lately?

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.005.000.000.005.00

I've been very slacker about blogging for a long time now, but I have indeed been running. And mostly in my VFFs to boot. In fact, I'm falling in love with them all over again and considering doing my next marathon in them.

 Today's pace run was done slightly faster than my marathon pace, because it felt good: 5 miles in 32 minutes, 6:24 average pace. Ahh... I like going fast in the VFF.

FiveFingers Miles: 5.00
Comments
From Aaron Kennard on Sun, May 02, 2010 at 00:02:09 from 174.51.250.151

WELCOME BACK! I thought you might have just quit running since you already ran 30 miles, I mean, what else is there anyway right?

That's a solid pace amigo...way to go. Sounds like you're getting in some good shape. Glad you're liking the VFF's and getting your mileage up in them. What did you think of the huarache idea? Here's the link to get a kit, they are actually only 20 bucks. I bet you could kick some tail in your next marathon in those babies and even bypass the bloody arch syndrome...all for 20 BUCKS!:

http://www.invisibleshoe.com/

From Danny on Sun, May 02, 2010 at 00:22:03 from 24.19.35.209

Hmmm..interesting idea. I think I'll give it a shot.

From Aaron Kennard on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 10:09:47 from 174.51.250.151

so what's the latest, did you try the huarache's? I'm curious to hear how your training is going...your marathon is in June right?

From Danny on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 01:20:29 from 24.19.35.209

Hey hermano! The training is going awesome. I haven't tried the huarache's yet. My VFFs only rub on my really long runs, and for those I wear my injinji socks. It's a little tight, but I don't get any blisters. I was in Utah last week for Tommy's wedding, and ran an 18 mile run with about 9 of the miles on the Bonneville shoreline trail. It felt great! So yeah, I'm plowing forward to run the marathon June 26th in my VFFs. And I'm still thinking about your 50 mile run offer. Are you still on board?

From Aaron Kennard on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 01:33:27 from 174.51.250.151

Nice job on the BST, that's a super fun/hilly trail. I ran it in the snow over Christmas with jun and Scott on the blog. That's cool that the socks are working to prevent the issue.

I'm definitely still on board with the 50 miler and with getting you out here for it, that would be sweet if you could come out.

Jentry Miskin is coming out with a couple other people to do the Golden Gate 50K with me in a couple weeks, It's going to be a blast. I have no idea how I will hold up over 30 miles, I may be walking a bunch since the longest trail runs I've done is about 18 so far a couple weeks ago. Plus I stubbed my foot pretty hard on saturday and while I don't think its broken, It's still kind of sore.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Just got the new Five Fingers "Bikilas" this weekend. I haven't tested them on a run yet, but wearing them around the house they're pretty sweet. I have been out of commission for the last week with a bad cough, but other than that I'm on track for the marathon June 26. I might not meet break three hours, but I'm sure to have a good time and be wearing some sweet shoes. 

Comments
From Aaron Kennard on Sun, Jun 06, 2010 at 22:28:17 from 174.51.250.151

Nice dude...I hope those bring you 26.2 miles of non-chaffing goodness! I'm excited to hear how that goes.

I did the bolder Boulder 10K in my sprints and really enjoyed running fast in them.

Also...finally did my first 30 miler! check my blog for the report...it was so much fun!! You really need to come out and do steamboat 50 this fall with me...its going to be amazing.

But I have determined at this point that for super rocky trail running/racing, the FF's are not my top choice because the risk of injuring my toes is too great. I was very grateful to be wearing the shoes I was yesterday, because I stubbed my toes at least 30 times which would have been severely painful in the FF's.

From AZDesertmonsoon on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 00:13:38 from 67.40.233.17

good luck with the shoes. I am interested in seeing how you like them. Are you going to ease into using them or switch over cold turkey?

From Danny on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 00:45:45 from 24.19.35.209

I eased slowly into the five fingers (started with the KSOs). The race in the Bikilas went well. I ran the Seattle Rock n Roll in 3:07.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.000.000.000.0014.00

Ran for about two hours after work and ended at a Volunteer park. It was a beautiful evening. We had a picnic dinned and watched Shakespeare in the Park, a local outdoor theater production. All in all, a great evening.

New Balance 790 Miles: 14.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.004.000.008.00

Today I ran up (and down) Mt Si with my brother in law, AJ. This is a popular Seattle area hike with 3000 ft elevation gain in the 4 miles. It was quite a workout. And it was my first really rocky run in the five fingers bikilas. They worked great on the way up, and for the first two miles of the way down. Then my feet got sick of being poked by sharp rocks. 

 

FiveFingers Miles: 8.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

For labor day weekend we went to visit my Grandma in Cashmere, WA. She lives up a canyon outside of town and near some pretty sweet trails. On the way to her house Friday after work, I had Jenni drop me off on the other side of the mountains from their canyon. The plan was to run the 8 miles up over a pass into their canyon, but I added 2 miles to the route by getting lost. There was about 1500 ft of ascent and descent on this route.

 

New Balance 790 Miles: 10.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

Saturday I was hanging out with family who were all very interested in barefoot/minimalist running. Even my dad (age 62) has recently read Born to Run, studied Chi Running and is running every day in water socks! We went out and ran on a trail near my grandma's place (0.5 mile) but it was too overgrown, so we headed out onto the road where I ran barefoot for one mile. My brother Tommy used my ff's and I believe is hooked. 

Barefoot Miles: 1.00FiveFingers Miles: 1.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
25.000.000.000.0025.00

Today was truly a stellar running day. I wanted to go do some distance on trails, but decided it would be unwise to head off too far into the woods by myself. So I did 1 hour on a rolling single track that was BEAUTIFUL! Then I headed down into town and ran on the roads for two more hours where I had cell phone reception in case anything went wrong. By this point I was feeling like my feet needed liberating, so I ran back to my car and ditched the shoes. I ran for another hour barefoot on the sidewalks around town and loved every minute of it. I'm not sure exactly how many miles I did, but it was four solid hours of running, and it felt great.

Barefoot Miles: 8.00New Balance 790 Miles: 17.00
Comments
From tamy on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 03:24:52 from 68.5.238.106

How do your legs survive that kind of spontaneous distance?

From Danny on Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 16:57:17 from 24.19.35.209

tamy - actually I am a much more consistent runner than blogger. I have been putting in the miles, just not writing them down. Maybe one day...

From Nan on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 16:40:17 from 65.111.68.2

No 50 mile race report? You gotta at least get that post up.

From Danny on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 23:35:00 from 24.19.35.209

I did a write-up at: http://dancurrit.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/hello-world/

Check it out. But not now. Focus on winning a marathon first.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

My 295's came, and I was super excited to try them out. I didn't have time until about 8:30 after the kids were in bed, but I headed out for a little 3 mile jog around the neighborhood. 

Inov 8 Roclite 295 Miles: 3.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
203.005.009.000.00217.00
FiveFingers Miles: 53.00New Balance 790 Miles: 124.00Barefoot Miles: 9.00Inov 8 Roclite 295 Miles: 3.00
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