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


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 two dogs 

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




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: 59.00 Year: 400.00
Mt101 Lifetime Miles: 507.80
Mt101 The 2nd Lifetime Miles: 542.90
Green A5's Lifetime Miles: 149.50
MR00 Lifetime Miles: 158.70
Stillnotmads (2) Lifetime Miles: 512.50
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 580.20
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 521.60
Graynine Lifetime Miles: 422.00
Vapor4's Lifetime Miles: 9.00
Kinvara5 Lifetime Miles: 239.50
Switchbacksblack Lifetime Miles: 171.50
Switchbackblack2 Lifetime Miles: 56.00
Kinvara11 Lifetime Miles: 172.90
Kinvara11(2) Lifetime Miles: 69.70
Total Distance
GSS 3 Miles: 19.50Asics DS 13 Miles: 6.00Trail Shoe Miles: 7.00Asics 2140 Miles: 13.00
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7:10 AM. Clear, 77 degrees, humidity 44%. Fairgrounds/Glovers Lane loop.

9 nice and easy. Lots of sweating.

GSS 3 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
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Spent the day dealing with sprinkler system issues. No heavy lifting, just lots of digging, sawing, glueing, 2 trips to Home Depot, exposure to heat all day, shook up my eating/drinking routine, frustration, etc. Now I'm stiff from being bent over for hours. No run.

Good times!

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Early lunch. Sun, 74 degrees. Bluff trail out and back.

Felt good at mile 6 so I did 6 x 2 mins. @ 7:30 avg with equal recovery. Then I basically bombed the last mile and a half.

GSS 3 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
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5:57 AM.  7 miles. Clear, 59 degrees. Round the hood/LPT etc.

Moving really slow this morning. Passed a smoker, inhaled 2nd hand smoke...what's that, like, 48 seconds taken off my life?

Early lunch run. 6 more. Clear, 80 degrees. One mile boardwalk loops at the nature preserve.

There was a tour group out there today, about thirty people. I ran the opposite direction they were going. The boardwalk is 6 feet wide, as I was approaching the goup on the first lap, they parted for me and I ran through the middle of the group while they cheered, gave me high five's etc. It was pretty cool!

Asics DS 13 Miles: 6.00Trail Shoe Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
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Lunchtime run. Clear, 91 degrees. Heat and hills on the fire break road.

Asics 2140 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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Well, I'm not going to run today. Gasp! I'm pretty worn out for some reason. I feel fatigued all the time lately. I'm hoping an easy week will help me get rested and get  the miles I need over the next six weeks to prepare for TOU, before the taper.

It's 100 degrees today! For lunch I'll go get me a couple of books I've been wanting to read, "Born To Run", and "Once A Runner", and some GU since I've got to do some longer runs here soon.

Good times!

Add: I also picked up a book called "Why We Run" by Bernd Heinrich. Looks pretty darned interesting.

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Nice run this morning on the pipeline trail in Millcreek canyon with Lysa (on the blog) and Scott (not on the blog). 

Good to catch up with old friends, running in a beautful place on a beautiful summer morning! 

Asics 2140 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
GSS 3 Miles: 19.50Asics DS 13 Miles: 6.00Trail Shoe Miles: 7.00Asics 2140 Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
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