The Perils of Self Betterment

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Member Since:

Jan 17, 2008



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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: 32.30 Month: 101.00 Year: 613.80
Green A5's Lifetime Miles: 149.50
MR00 Lifetime Miles: 158.70
Graynine Lifetime Miles: 434.70
Vapor4's Lifetime Miles: 9.00
Kinvara5 Lifetime Miles: 253.00
Switchbackblack2 Lifetime Miles: 88.20
Kinvara11 Lifetime Miles: 226.90
Kinvara11(2) Lifetime Miles: 134.50
Kinvara11blue Lifetime Miles: 33.80
Rincon2 Lifetime Miles: 6.20
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Slept late. Ran in the heat. Cattle road. Ran some on the Legacy Parkway trail.

I did try something while running today. I had very little energy for some reason and was just plodding along, my legs felt fine, my breathing was good, I just had nothing to make me go. I was frustrated at my lack of...mmmph, when it occured to me that I didn't need to accept things as they were. I told myself that I knew how to run faster, how to realign my form and move my legs quicker, so I thought why not? So for the better part of mile four I was running at a pace a couple of minutes faster than the fates wanted me to run. Then I got really tired and slowed back down. This experience was different than "pushing harder" or "picking up the pace". I've never really felt quite so inexplicably listless on a run before.  It was cool to feel so detached from my body, yet have my mind running my body, albeit only for a few moments, but it was exciting to me for some reason.


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Ran late this afternoon in the heat on the fire break road. Been struggling the last few runs. Maybe it's the heat, or the increased mileage over the last month. I know I'll come out stronger if I stick with it so no big deal.

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Ran from the house today. Couldn't sleep so I got started at 5:30 am. Felt much better today than the past several days. Made my way to the cattle rd and ran a couple of miles there. Also ran about a mile on the new legacy highway. It was an eerie feeling to be running on a highway, in the dark, with the road to myself...I felt a little like a pirate.

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Ran 6.2 slowly on the fire break road, always a good hill, strength building, pace killing course. Took the dogs. (Note to Sno - this is an area where many people bring their dogs, off leash, for recreation, not like a residential street or anything)  :-)

 My dogs magically turned into goats this morning...scapegoats that is: had to stop a couple of times at the creeks (for the dogs), had to keep my pace extra slow(for the dogs), when I got back to my car I could've and would've run more but for the...yes, you guessed---dogs. 

A good run. My focus this week has been to forego my "long run" while I try to keep my daily runs at least 6 miles. I have, until now, been peppering my week with a couple of four mile runs but want to slowly bring all that up.  

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Good run from the house to the parkway trail, out and back. I'm psyched because I can access the 14 mile long parkway trail by running just a mile from my house.

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Easy run down to and around the parkway this morning. Long sleeves and gloves (yesterday too), has me thinking about how dedicated I'll have to be when it's below freezing every morning, and the wind's blowing, the roads are icy, the bed is warm and the furnace is cranking. Holy crap this is going to be fun?

6:00 am is getting awfully dark nowadays. When's that time change thing coming.


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West and welaxation.

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