The Perils of Self Betterment

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Member Since:

Jan 17, 2008



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

yearly mileage totals (actual running miles, not crosstraining etc)

2008 - 1,317

2009 - 2,654

2010 - 2,578

2011 - 2,618

2012 - 3,083 (ran everyday this year. PR's in half and full marathons, at age 48!)

2013 - 1,177

2014 - 1,716

2015 - 1,060

2016 - 951

2017 - 786

2018 - 1,058

2019 - 1,211

2020 - 1010

2021 - 1064.9

Short-Term Running Goals:

reacquaint myself with my long lost running freak, and then proceed to get my running freak on

run faster

increase mileage in the Spring 

keep running




Long-Term Running Goals:




born in 1964. married 24 years. one wife one dog

6 ft tall, nation wide

"Engaging in a little suffering — however self-imposed, arbitrary and contrived — before breakfast each morning tends to demand some humility and injects some marked relief into the rest of the day, making things sharper, more inspired, more immediately aware of the powerful presence of being. And that seems really worthwhile." A. Krupicka


"I cruised down hills, churned up hills, and floated over the asphalt, existing in a world that seemed to lack the confinements of such ubiquitous rivets as time, obligation, or pain. I knew then that this was destined to be one of those serendipitous runs for which so many of 
us strive yet so rarely achieve." J. Nevels




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: 8.50 Month: 73.90 Year: 73.90
Green A5's Lifetime Miles: 149.50
MR00 Lifetime Miles: 158.70
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 596.00
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 525.60
Switchbacksblack Lifetime Miles: 176.50
Kinvara11 Lifetime Miles: 336.90
Kinvara11(2) Lifetime Miles: 248.60
Kinvara11blue Lifetime Miles: 149.90
Rincon2 Lifetime Miles: 84.40
Spg 4ís Lifetime Miles: 41.10
Total Distance
Asics DS 13 Miles: 5.00Musha 2 Miles: 23.10Bandito's Miles: 8.50Bandito's (2) Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

5 miles easy at the Mystery Field Track with the young, large dog. Sun, 21F.

WT 55 miles

Asics DS 13 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Excuses for not running today:

1) I'm not really training for anything yet. (Though maybe I should be).

2) I've had this little lingering cold for two weeks that won't go away.

3) Every fiber of my being sais "don't run today" and I'm just not inclined to fight it.


Maybe I'm not cut out to be a high mileage runner. I hit a high week of 67 miles last Thursday, but I certainly won't be repeating that again this week. It seems like my body can handle 60-70 mpw for a couple of weeks in a row but then needs a break. Perhaps it's age and my mileage buildups just need to come slower.  It could be that I'm expecting too much after just a couple of solid years of running (really, 2 1/2 years). Maybe it will take four or five years before I can handle several 70-80 mile weeks in a row. For now I'll just keep plugging away as best as I can and hope that someday all the work will allow some breakthroughs here and there. The long term plan is to reach my running prime in my early 50's (I'm 46 yrs old). I've got to be patient and do it right; stay healthy, avoid injury. I'm certainly grateful to be healthy and running today.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Still sick.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10 miles / easy. From home, clark/glovers loop. 20F

WT 35 miles.

Musha 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

8.5 miles / 8:50 avg. From work. 28 degrees and sunny.

WT 33.5 miles

Bandito's Miles: 8.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

4 miles / Trudge-a-palooza on the Bluff trail. Mostly sunny, 32F.

WT 37.5 miles

Bandito's (2) Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

13.1 miles / 1:46:44 / 8:09 avg. Overcast, 38F. Started at the nature preserve in west farmington and did the glovers/clarke loop. Nice to have a good run after a week of poop running.

Splits: 8:19, 8:12, 8:24, 8:11, 8:13, 8:02, 8:11, 8:26, 8:02, 7:59, 8:15, 7:59, 7:50, + .1 @ 7:00.

WT 40.6 miles

Musha 2 Miles: 13.10
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Asics DS 13 Miles: 5.00Musha 2 Miles: 23.10Bandito's Miles: 8.50Bandito's (2) Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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