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 (2) Miles: 3.50Musha 2 Miles: 10.00Hyperspeed 4 Miles: 10.00Mt101 Miles: 25.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

5 miles / 8:21 avg. Got started around 10:30 AM, temps in the low 80's is feels a lot more comfortable than just a couple of weeks ago. Also, I seem to be having better recovery between runs -First 3.5 miles on the LPT then 1.5 miles barefoot on the grass.

Splits: 9:08, 8:14, 7:51, 8:19, 8:16

WT 50.4 miles

Bandito's (2) Miles: 3.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance


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Total Distance

10 miles / easy. From home - clark/fairground/glover loop. Mid to low 80's and I was soaked by the time I finished. Felt worn down. Maybe the heat and poor sleep. Or perhaps I'm 40 years older than I think I am.

WT 48.4 miles

Musha 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10 miles / easy. From work. Sunny, temps in the mid to high 70's. I tried to freshen things up a bit by running on different streets and different patterns around town. Very thirsty today. Stopped at Emerald park (mile 4) for water, then at Chevron (mile 7.5), and again with just a half mile to go at the high school track.

WT 46.4 miles

Hyperspeed 4 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Longer runs planned for the long weekend - so I'm taking it easy(er) for a couple of days.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

25 miles / 10:19 avg. LSD on the Rail Trail today. Elevation ranged from around 5,480 ft. to 6,380 ft. (compared to my usual runs at around 4,500 ft.), I left my house about 6:15 AM and made the hour drive to Wanship where there is parking and access to the rail trail, and a restroom also. My run started at 7:22 AM. I ran towards Echo Reservoir first, turning around just after 7 miles and about a 300 foot drop, then came back, climbing the 300 ft. Back at my car, I refilled the water bottle, took a big drink, grabbed some fuel, then took off the other direction heading towards Park City. I knew I need to go about 5.5 miles out before turning around to get 25 miles. The run towards PC is a steeper hill, climbing about 600 feet by the time I turned around. Shortly after turning around I suddenly felt like crud. There happened to be a picnic bench in the shade just ahead, so I sat for a couple of minutes and collected myself. I was disappointed that I wasn't going to be able to take advantage of the 5 mile drop back to my car that I had earned from climbing. Luckily after I got going again I felt a lot better. No bonk. Still, kept it pretty slow those last few miles. Thankfully heat was not a factor today. Probably about 60F when I started and mid 70's when I finished. I figure I took in about 500 calories during the run. I ate a slice of bread before I left the house and a banana on the drive up. A good long run for me.

For accountability's sake, I want to mention that I intend to get a three day total of at least 45 mile over this holiday weekend - I think that would be a record for me. If I can manage 10 miles tomorrow and Monday I'll get it. But any variation will do.

WT 50 miles


Mt101 Miles: 25.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Bandito's (2) Miles: 3.50Musha 2 Miles: 10.00Hyperspeed 4 Miles: 10.00Mt101 Miles: 25.00
Weight: 0.00
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