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
Junk Shoes Miles: 22.60Asics DS 13 Miles: 10.50GSS 3 (2) Miles: 16.20Bandito's Miles: 20.70
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

12.5 miles. Ran from home about 9:00 AM. Overcast, 55 degrees. Clarke/Glovers loop. At 8.2 miles I found myself at the mystery field track. I got a drink of water then gently finished my 9th mile on the track and pushed hard for mile 10 netting a 6:52 for the mile. Same as last Sunday but with 5 more miles under my belt.

Avg for the run 8:23.

Junk Shoes Miles: 12.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Run home from work. Sunny, 73 degrees. 10.5 miles / 8:55 avg. Pretty much tired out today.

Asics DS 13 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10miles. 11:32 avg. Fastest mile 10:09, slowest mile 14:35.  Started at the East Kaysville wilderness park, I think the Wasatch 100 starts somewhere around here, and headed North along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Ran out 5 miles and came back with a 2:17 negative split. Awesome run! Partly cloudy skies, 85 degrees, but a pretty strong South wind kept me feeling cool. I remember running this last Summer and being all excited about it then, though I ran it a bit slower last time. Garmin shows 2500 of elevation change over the course. There were a lot of climbs. I started off just ahead of 3 mountain bikers and we leap frogged most of the way out as they passed me on the flats and downhills, then I would pass them on the uphills. I was about a quarter mile ahead of them when I turned around to head back. They must have gone out about the same distance as me because after I had come back about a half mile they passed me for the last time. I saw them when I finished, they were loaded up and just pulling out of the parking lot. What a beautiful run. The BST is mostly single track and runs along the hillside parallel to the mountains on the East side of the valley, running north and south. It dips into the various canyons, where the vegetation and trees grow thicker, providing shade and technical challenge and then climbs back out providing big views of the valley and across to the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island. Lots of wildflowers in bloom right now. At one point I was acutely aware of how fortunate I am to be healthy enough to see this place as only a runner gets to see it. The highest elevation was just under 5900 feet. About 3.7 miles into the run there is a big parking lot/bathroom/water fountain. Well placed. I passed it on the way out but stopped to refill my water bottle on the way back with 3.7 miles left to run. I felt good most of the way out. Coming back I started to notice how leaden my legs were whenever I hit a hill or even flat section. At around 8.5 miles I walked for the first time up a steep section of trail. Most of the other climbs were of the "I could probably walk this faster than I'm "running" it" variety. From what I understand, it's common for ultra runners to walk the hills in a race. Still after today's paltry 10 miles, I really wonder at folks ability to run 10 times that in a 100 mile mountain race, and how I'll ever get my body to do it.

GSS 3 (2) Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

11.4 miles / 8:30 avg. Lunch run, from work to Emerald park and back. Sun, low 60's. Ran miles 8 - 10 at HM pace (7:53, 8:05, 7:55). Good run, nice day.

Bandito's Miles: 11.40
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Took the young quadruped out for some hillbilly fun on the fire break road for lunch. Easy 6.2 miles under sunny skies and mid 70 temps. Lots of lizards today. 

GSS 3 (2) Miles: 6.20
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

AM - Commute run into work. 9.3 miles. Took my time (9:17 pace). Sun, mid 60's.


PM -  Hot, sweaty, slow run home. Started around 2 PM. Just getting miles today. No strength. 10.1 miles / 9:35 avg.

Junk Shoes Miles: 10.10Bandito's Miles: 9.30
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Junk Shoes Miles: 22.60Asics DS 13 Miles: 10.50GSS 3 (2) Miles: 16.20Bandito's Miles: 20.70
Weight: 0.00
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