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

2021 - 1064.9

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 one dog

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: 20.50 Month: 123.90 Year: 123.90
Green A5's Lifetime Miles: 149.50
MR00 Lifetime Miles: 158.70
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 600.30
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 530.60
Switchbacksblack Lifetime Miles: 176.50
Kinvara11 Lifetime Miles: 340.90
Kinvara11(2) Lifetime Miles: 257.10
Kinvara11blue Lifetime Miles: 164.40
Rincon2 Lifetime Miles: 98.10
Spg 4ís Lifetime Miles: 41.10
Total Distance
GSS 3 (2) Miles: 11.20Asics 2140 Miles: 10.20GSS 3 Miles: 8.00Mizuno Wave 12 Miles: 7.00Treadmill Shoe Miles: 4.70
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

11.2 miles / 9:07 avg. Stunningly beautiful morning. Sunshine, started at 22F and ended at 32F.

Nice and easy pace. Peaceful Sunday morning (except for the 20 minutes or so that folks were making their way to and from church). 

GSS 3 (2) Miles: 11.20
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

4.2 miles. Easy. From work. Sunny, 37F.

Asics 2140 Miles: 4.20
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

8 miles / 1:05:02 / 8:07. Bluff trail/Jensen park - North. Sunny, 40 degrees.

At 4.5 miles I started 6 x 1/4 mile .1/4 mile rest. The first one was 1:45 (7:00 pace) the others were 1:40 (6:40 pace).

Splits: 8:29, 8:22, 8:11, 8:13, 8:03, 7:48, 7:51, 8:01.

GSS 3 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

7 miles / 1:00:18 / 8:37 avg. On the Legacy Parkway Trail (LPT). Couldn't get out until 2:00 PM. Partly cloudy skies and 45 degrees. Everything easy except last mile @ 7:41.

Mizuno Wave 12 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

4.7 miles / 48:10 / 10:15 avg. Sun, sun, sun. 46F. Easy trail run with the dogs at the Kaysville Wilderness Park. Temps are supposed to get up over 60 degrees tomorrow...I'm hoping I can squeeze a run in.

Splits: 12:17, 10:18, 9:30, 9:55, +.7 @ 8:50 pace.

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 4.70
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

No run today.


1 - Too busy at work.

2- I'm "a little" under the weather.

3 - I've run seven days in a row and I need a break. (even though my mileage is very low).

4 - It's dang windy outside.

5 - I can't focus on anything because I'm too excited for Burt's marathon tomorrow.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

6 miles / 49:16 / 8:12. Finally got out today around 1:30 PM. It was mostly cloudy and 45 degrees with some wind out of the WNW. I ran on the LPT from the parking lot to the "Mystery Field" which has a 1/2 mile long track around it. I got there in 1.72 miles and kept running until I hit 2 miles then sped up and made mile 3 my "virtual race" mile ala Carolyn and Tracy. I wasn't planning on doing this but I read Carolyn's blog today about her run, and was inspired by trhe fact that not only did she run a hard mile, she ran 14 miles today! Crazy. I have a little head cold going and haven't slept well for a couple of nights in a row. Also I was wearing my old clunky 2140's. So, given those circumstances I still achieved a "current" mile PR of 6:37, as per Garmin. I don't don't know how I'll ever match Aunteem's 6:10 by the end of the year! Anyway, 3 more miles back to the parking lot for a total of 6. 

Splits: 8:46, 8:36, 6:37, 9:01, 8:28, 7:45.

Asics 2140 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
GSS 3 (2) Miles: 11.20Asics 2140 Miles: 10.20GSS 3 Miles: 8.00Mizuno Wave 12 Miles: 7.00Treadmill Shoe Miles: 4.70
Weight: 0.00
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