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


"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: 15.70 Month: 146.00 Year: 948.80
Green A5's Lifetime Miles: 149.50
MR00 Lifetime Miles: 158.70
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 587.50
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 521.60
Graynine Lifetime Miles: 444.10
Kinvara5 Lifetime Miles: 261.80
Kinvara11 Lifetime Miles: 307.60
Kinvara11(2) Lifetime Miles: 209.20
Kinvara11blue Lifetime Miles: 115.80
Rincon2 Lifetime Miles: 37.20
Spg 4ís Lifetime Miles: 36.10
Total Distance
Asics DS 13 Miles: 8.00Bandito's Miles: 20.60Junk Shoes Miles: 10.00Mt101 Miles: 4.10
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Easy 8 / 9:01 avg. From work. Mostly cloudy, 30F wind. Little sleep the last several nights and a sour stomach from Thanksgiving celebration #1 yesterday made for a FUN run.

WT 43.2 miles

Asics DS 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Leaning towards no running today. We'll see. Yeah the weather's nasty; 30+ mph winds, freezing temps etc. I'm hoping for the lull that usually comes right before a snowfall but the weather folks are saying "blizzard", so I don't think there will be a break. If I feel up to it I may go for 3 or 4 miles on the treadmill tonight.

Just to clarify my blog headline "The Treadmill Avoidance Project (TAP)". My intention is to make any TM running I do this winter the exception rather than the rule as in previous winters. The last two winters (Nov. through March), I've averaged around 35 treadmill runs. So this winter I'm allowing myself 12 TM runs, 1/3rd of what I usually do. I have nothing against the treadmill really. I enjoy running on the TM at times, because I inevitably end up doing speedwork to stave off the boredom, so it's always rewarding. But last winter I found myself choosing the TM over outdoors several times when the weather was only slightly inclement, and I feel the need to toughen up a bit. There are a lot of  runners that run outside, everyday, no matter what, no excuses. I know myself well enough to know that's not possible for me, but I can certainly try harder. Hopefully by allowing myself a few TM runs, I will end up running on those days when I use it, rather than no running at all.

I hope you enjoyed this long winded, tedious explanation of TAP.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10 cold, frigid, slippery, slow miles. Bluff trail. Partly sunny, 17F, windchill 7F with wind out of the northwest at 9 to 12 mph. Crazy footing.

WT 41.1 miles

Bandito's Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10 miles / 8:41 avg. From home, clark/glovers lane loop. Sun, 20F.

WT 42.1 miles

Junk Shoes Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

10.6 miles / 8:33 avg. Commute run home. Sun, 27F, calm winds.

WT 47.6 miles

Bandito's Miles: 10.60
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

4.1 mile trail run on the fire break road with the young long legged one. Overcast, 29F. Ice packed and snow with some dry stretches. Rocky, hilly, slippery. 10:45 avg.

WT 42.7 miles

Mt101 Miles: 4.10
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Asics DS 13 Miles: 8.00Bandito's Miles: 20.60Junk Shoes Miles: 10.00Mt101 Miles: 4.10
Weight: 0.00
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