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
Bandito's Miles: 16.10GSS 3 (2) Miles: 10.00Junk Shoes Miles: 12.10
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

3.1 miles at the track with wife and dogs. 10:00 AM = hot! 8:15 avg. (8:54, 8:24, 7:18).

Bandito's Miles: 3.10
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Yikes! Manana...

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Trail run. 10 miles on the BST, North from Kaysville. Run started at 11:12 AM under mostly sunny skies with temps from mid to upper 80's. A little warm. Got a nice little Mother Nature  reminder from a rattler just as I started my run. It was huge, black and yellow striped, and loud! I saw another snake, just the garden variety kind, sunning a few miles further down the trail. 

I ran this course five weeks ago in 1:55:20, an 11:32 per mile average. Today I ran the same course in 1:46:27, a 10:39 average pace. Huge difference. I just felt really good today, able to take advantage of any flat sections and stretch the legs out. I saw two other runners on the trail. One woman, just up from Fernwood park. Then about a half mile from the finish I came up on an older guy. I was a little embarrassed about passing him like some young punk. I slowed and said hello as I passed and he picked up his pace and we got down to a sub 7 minute pace at the end there. I was having trouble keeping up with him. Awesome dude. 63 years old and 6 months out of heart surgery. He's just starting to build back his mileage. It made my day to run with this guy for a few minutes. 

Around 2,400 ft. gain/drop total.

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

Staying consistent with my recent inconsistency.

Low motivation month. I used to just run THROUGH these periods. But I guess the combination of the heat and no race on the horizon leave me content to just maintain for a bit until I get it back. 

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

13 miles. 10:00 AM. Bluff trail. Lack of fitness and late morning heat (82-87F) made for a slow run.

I went to the doctor yesterday for routine checkup. Here's some stats: BMI 21.4 (within "normal range for a 46 yr. old man, also puts me in the 8th percentile for weight),  BP was 114/66, my pulse came out at 60 bpm (though, I haven't seen a doctor in decades and MAY have been a little nervous). All in all, I'm one of the rare "fit" people this doctor gets to see these days. Running is such a healthy habit!

Bandito's Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Looks like I'm an "every other day" runner this week.

Good luck to all the racing bloggers this weekend!

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

6:27 AM. Clear skies, mid 60's. From home - Clark/Glovers loop. 12.1 miles, a couple at MP, the rest at extremely easy pace.

Junk Shoes Miles: 12.10
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Bandito's Miles: 16.10GSS 3 (2) Miles: 10.00Junk Shoes Miles: 12.10
Weight: 0.00
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