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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
Kinvara2 Miles: 26.30Hattori Miles: 2.00Kinvara2 The 2nd Miles: 17.30Kinvara2 The 3rd Miles: 8.00Mt101 Miles: 5.20
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10 miles / easy. had some work this morning so i drove to the shop and ran home. cooler temps and cloudy but very humid.

WT 59.5 miles


Kinvara2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

2 miles / 8:06 avg. (8:33, 7:39). from work.

WT 55.2 miles


Hattori Miles: 2.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10.3 miles / from work/rio grande-north. 3 mile warmup @9:22 avg. 6 miles @ MP (goal 8:15 per mile). 8:12, 8:12, 8:10, 8:03, 8:04, 8:03 (48:45 / 8:08 avg.). then 1.3 mile cool down (9:30 avg.). i still don't pace very well, as i went a little quicker than i had to on the tempo portion. but i'm relieved it turned out faster because it seemed too hard to maintain for a marathon. 8:40 avg. for the run.

WT 54.3 miles


Kinvara2 The 2nd Miles: 10.30
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

easy 8 before work. woop-di-doo.

WT 55.8 miles


Kinvara2 The 3rd Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

5.2 miles - ten minute pace except when i turned a corner in front of some high school xc girls. yeah, i picked up the pace a little there.

WT 57 miles


Mt101 Miles: 5.20
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

7 miles / 9:01 avg. before work. unintended progression run splits: 9:35, 9:25, 9:23, 9:16, 9:07, 8:14, 8:06.

WT 55.5 miles


Kinvara2 The 2nd Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

16.3 miles - soapstone basin - uintas. had a great over night trip. Thayne invited me to come up and camp with his family and do a long run in the morning. even though it was just one night, i love doing stuff like this. to me it's worth the effort of packing up the gear and making the drive - it gives life a little more texture. anyway, our original plan was to drive out 20 miles and run back to camp, then go back and pick up the car afterwards. however after about eight miles of driving on the soapstone basin road we realized that this run was going to be much tougher than we anticipated. plus the drive was taking a long time as driving on rocky, washboard makes for slow going. we came off the dirt road and drove a couple of miles up a highway, and parked. starting the run just over 10 miles from camp. we decided to run some out and backs along the way to add more mileage to the run, and that worked out pretty well. after seeing the terrain we would be running on, very steep. long climbs and descents, we adjusted our plan to an 18 mile run, (which was ultimately adjusted to 16 miles).  we were at about 9,500 hundred feet at the start and dropped over 1,000 feet in the first two miles, then gained back over 700 feet over the next two miles. a great way to start a run. did i mention we were in the uintas? beautiful, beautiful, mountainous meadows. we stayed at around 9,000 ft over the next three and a half miles, rolling up and down, throwing in a couple of short out and backs on suitable roads along the way. then slowly descended to 7600+ feet over the next 7.5 miles with an almost 200 ft climb in the last mile back to the campsite. 16.3 miles, 3+ hours of running at altitude with plenty of climbing and the uinta's! all around awesome run! our slowest mile was 14:45, out fastest was 9:12. ended up with an 11:32 pace over the distance, including all stops etc. didn't think about pace at all today. walked some of the steeper sections, stopped many times along the way for bladder control, rock from shoe removal etc. great relaxing longish run. thanks Thayne!

WT 58.8 miles


edit: i forgot to mention sitting in the river after the run. never tried that before, it felt super good on the legs.


Kinvara2 Miles: 16.30
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Kinvara2 Miles: 26.30Hattori Miles: 2.00Kinvara2 The 2nd Miles: 17.30Kinvara2 The 3rd Miles: 8.00Mt101 Miles: 5.20
Weight: 0.00
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