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: 0.00 Month: 87.10 Year: 646.30
Switchbacksblack Lifetime Miles: 176.50
Kinvara11 Lifetime Miles: 387.30
Kinvara11(2) Lifetime Miles: 322.70
Kinvara11blue Lifetime Miles: 279.00
Rincon2 Lifetime Miles: 222.20
Spg 4ís Lifetime Miles: 59.40
Skechers Razor3 Lifetime Miles: 118.00
Rincon2(2) Lifetime Miles: 6.40
Asics Noosa14 Lifetime Miles: 11.80
Total Distance
GSS 3 Miles: 20.75Asics 2140 Miles: 24.00Asics DS 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10 AM. Sunny, 63-68 degrees, unbreezy. Fairground/Glovers Lane loop.

I'm thinking June is going to be a base maintenance/recovery month. Recovery from what, I don't know. It's not like I've trained for and run a marathon. However, this is my "rookie" year in terms of running consistently, and I want to run much faster in a couple of years or so. That's one reason I'm running just one half and one full marathon this year. If I can keep up a mileage base through next Winter I'll be that much stronger and able to run quality races in 2010. Even then, that will only be my "Sophmore" year. Hopefully by the time I turn 50 years old, I'll be a really solid, strong runner and be able to place well in my age division in small local races.

So in July, I'll start increasing my weekly mileage again and hopefully by the end of August I'll have run some 70 mile weeks before tapering for TOU.

Anyway, just blogging out loud.

GSS 3 Miles: 12.25
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Easy 8. Late. Mostly sunny and 73 degrees. From house to LPT out and back.

Legs felt a little heavy, but the energy level is high. Lower right leg still sore. The pain seems to move around. Last week it felt like a tight achilles, but now it sort of feels like shin splints. Either way it doesn't feel right. Without the pain I might have gone further today but I'm going to be extra cautious until this clears up. 

Asics 2140 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Easy..........six? Bluff trail, sunny, 70 degrees.

Leg felt good. Usually that would mean I'd run more, but the new me said "no, go easy and maybe you'll feel good tomorrow too." I'm becoming a better listener in my old age...

Asics DS 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Just biding my time here in Seattle,


Early lunch run. Overcast, light rain, 60 degrees, 79% humidity.

4 mile tempo run @ GMP.

2 miles warmup (9:29, 9:14)

Tempo mile splits (8:20, 8:28, 8:19, 8:24)

2 miles cooldown (9:08, 8:45)

Felt super.


Asics 2140 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Birds, snakes, and airplanes...

GSS 3 Miles: 8.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Early lunch. Sun, 74 degrees, light breeze. Bluff trail.

Rest tomorrow. Medium long on Sunday. More 8's next week.

Looks like I passed up last years mileage a couple of days ago. Even though 90% of last years mileage was done during the last 5 months of '08, it's still nice to see.

Asics 2140 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
GSS 3 Miles: 20.75Asics 2140 Miles: 24.00Asics DS 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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