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: 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
Total Distance
Mizuno Wave 12 Miles: 15.30Asics DS 13 Miles: 3.00Asics 2140 Miles: 8.50GSS 3 Miles: 14.30Trail Shoe Miles: 5.30
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10:30 AM. 8.3 miles. 80-ish degrees.  Good wind out of the South gusting to 14 mph.

Easy does it today.

Mizuno Wave 12 Miles: 8.30
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Rest day. Ran 3 with the dogs. Tried to run 2nd mile fast, got 6:45. I figure on a good day, with fresh legs, cool temps, and someone to pull me along I can get under 6:30. I think if I work at it, I should be able to break 6:00 in 2010.

Asics DS 13 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Early lunch run. 8.5 miles. Sunny, 70F,  it felt warmer.

Easy eight.

Asics 2140 Miles: 8.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

11 days in a row and today seemed like a good day to take a break from running...and so it is.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

5:04:16 AM. 14.3 miles.  Clear, 60F.

4 mile warmup followed by 3 x 2 miles with 1 mile recovery in between. Pace for 2 mile intervals were 8:22, 8:02, one mile easy, 8:27, 8:28, one mi. easy, 8:04, 8:15.  2.3 mile cooldown.


GSS 3 Miles: 14.30
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Early lunch run. 5.3 miles.  Sunny, 77F. 9:12 average pace.

The cut back in mileage this week is feeling good. The marathon is a week from tomorrow. My tentative plan is to run tomorrow, take Sunday off, run Mon. Tues. and Wednesday (maybe a short easy trail run).  Off Thursday, and maybe a two or three mile run on Friday. Total miles for next week, before the marathon, in the low 20's.  If any of my thousands of dedicated readers see some glaring flaw in my planned taper, or have any words of wisdom to impart please don't hesitate. I need all the help I can get.

Trail Shoe Miles: 5.30
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

2:00 PM. 7 miles. Sunny, 85F. LPT.

Good old fashioned fun.

Mizuno Wave 12 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Mizuno Wave 12 Miles: 15.30Asics DS 13 Miles: 3.00Asics 2140 Miles: 8.50GSS 3 Miles: 14.30Trail Shoe Miles: 5.30
Weight: 0.00
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