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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


"I cruised down hills, churned up hills, and floated over the asphalt, existing in a world that seemed to lack the confinements of such ubiquitous rivets as time, obligation, or pain. I knew then that this was destined to be one of those serendipitous runs for which so many of 
us strive yet so rarely achieve." J. Nevels




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: 23.90 Month: 102.10 Year: 748.10
Green A5's Lifetime Miles: 149.50
MR00 Lifetime Miles: 158.70
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 584.50
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 521.60
Graynine Lifetime Miles: 434.70
Kinvara5 Lifetime Miles: 253.00
Switchbackblack2 Lifetime Miles: 88.20
Kinvara11 Lifetime Miles: 264.80
Kinvara11(2) Lifetime Miles: 153.70
Kinvara11blue Lifetime Miles: 75.70
Rincon2 Lifetime Miles: 25.00
Spg 4ís Lifetime Miles: 12.20
Total Distance
Steenbergers Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

3 miles - 15:00 avg - treadmill @ 1% incline

two solid weeks of no running - the knee has (finally) shown signs of improvement the last couple of days so i hopped on the new used treadmill and walked 3 miles. my pace ranged between 17:00 minutes per mile to a blazing 11:32 mpm and i actually ended up with exactly a 15 minute pace for the 3 miles. knee got pretty sore for awhile but feels fine afterwards. my wife and i have been walking most days but it's usually a pretty leisurly mile plus so it felt good today to sustain a little higher heart rate for 45 minutes. the goal over the next few months is to retain a mild level of fitness while rehabing the knee. got my fingers crossed for ski season - feeling optimistic at this point.

won't be logging any miles on FRB until i can manage under a 12 minute pace for the run

WT 3 miles

Steenbergers Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
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4 miles - 14:10 avg - treadmill @ 2% incline

walked the first 1.5 miles then ran a mile at between 11:04 and 10:42 pace. the knee was barking pretty loudly when i slowed back down to a walk. i want to push just enough to strengthen the knee without going over the edge. i think i accomplished that today.

WT 7 miles

Steenbergers Miles: 4.00
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5 miles - 11:12 avg. treadmill - rehab (sub 12 minute pace so i'm logging the miles)

miles 1&2 @1% incline - 14:47, 11:30

miles 3&4 @2% incline - 11:13, 9:42

mile 5 @2.5% incline - 9:50

walk 1/4 mile cooldown @3% incline

one positive from an injury is it makes me even more grateful that i can run at all. two weeks ago i seriously considered that i might not be able to run again. getting the treadmill was a good idea.

the first mile i walked most of the first half but then was able to increase the pace relatively quickly as the knee loosened up by then.  the knee soreness varied throughout the run but increasing the incline seems to help and running a little quicker seems to feel better for a short while then i have to slow down again for a bit. all in all i am very relieved that the injury isn't as bad as i thought it was. phew!

going to stick to the soft, forgiving TM for the foreseeable future. maybe mix in some road miles starting next year.

WT 12 miles

Steenbergers Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
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Steenbergers Miles: 12.00
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