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 25 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




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Miles:This week: 13.20 Month: 100.30 Year: 659.50
Switchbacksblack Lifetime Miles: 176.50
Kinvara11 Lifetime Miles: 387.30
Kinvara11(2) Lifetime Miles: 322.70
Kinvara11blue Lifetime Miles: 285.00
Rincon2 Lifetime Miles: 222.20
Spg 4ís Lifetime Miles: 66.60
Skechers Razor3 Lifetime Miles: 118.00
Rincon2(2) Lifetime Miles: 6.40
Asics Noosa14 Lifetime Miles: 11.80
Total Distance
Junk Shoes Miles: 19.20GSS 3 Miles: 12.30Trail Shoe Miles: 4.00Barefoot Miles: 1.50Hyperspeed 4 Miles: 4.70
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10 miles / 8:46 avg. From the house to LPT out and back. Clear, 40 degrees light North wind.

Junk Shoes Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Super busy with work today. Looking forward to a good old fashioned run this evening.

PM - 12.3 miles / 8:45 avg. Sun, 50 degrees. Cattle rd / bird refuge. Lots of energy expended on swatting bugs away from my pie hole. Really nice evening though. Felt energetic throughout the run.

GSS 3 Miles: 12.30
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Easy 4 mile trail run on the fire break road with the young dog at lunch under mostly cloudy skies and moderate temps.

Trail Shoe Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Playing the taper card today and not running. I'm going in to this marathon feeling much better than before TOU last Fall. Last Fall I was over-fatigued, and had a couple of little niggling pains etc. Now I feel no fatigue, and have no pains anywhere. I'm hoping the combination of having several more months of base miles under my belt, and having cut back a little on higher mileage weeks (50-60 + 1 week around 70 miles), will bring me to marathon day better prepared to go the distance without crashing. My only concern is endurance. I've run 5 long run since January (3 @ 20 and 2 @ 18), with the last one being three weeks before race day. I'm looking forward to being stronger for the next cycle of training and putting in more mileage, but for now this will have to do. Hopefully, I'll finally break the 4 hour barrier and if it's a perfect day, I can come in around 3:45-ish.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

6.2 miles / 50:31 / 8:09 avg. Evening run. Sun, temps in the high 50's. After work I drove up to "Emerald Park" which is at the top of a long hill; long enough to do 1/2 mile repeats on. I warmed up a little first,  then did 4 trips down, then up the hill. It's not a super steep hill, but steep enough, and it increases it's steepness as you approach the top. The recent cut back in miles really feels good, I felt like I could have kept running comfortably for miles at that pace, (8:09 per mile is brisk for me). After the fourth repeat, I ran 1.5 miles barefoot on the grass.

Barefoot Miles: 1.50Hyperspeed 4 Miles: 4.70
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

9.2 miles / 8:41 avg. Partly cloudy, temps in the low 60's. Nice, easy commute home after a long day at work.

Junk Shoes Miles: 9.20
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Junk Shoes Miles: 19.20GSS 3 Miles: 12.30Trail Shoe Miles: 4.00Barefoot Miles: 1.50Hyperspeed 4 Miles: 4.70
Weight: 0.00
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