Kerry's Running Blog

July 2008

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Location:

Cedar Hills,UT,USA

Member Since:

Apr 08, 2006

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

5K: 21:39 (2006) Half marathon: 1:33:45 (2006) Marathon 3:31:49 (2006)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Lose some weight and get back into racing shape. Run more races this year.

 Next race: St. George Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy and in good enough shape that I can more or less keep up with my youngest daughter.

Personal:

My wife Laureen got me into running. She went into the St. George Marathon Ten Year Club last year and I should go in this year. I have two daughters (15 and 21).

Favorite Blogs:

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.

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Cumulus12 Lifetime Miles: 10.65
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141.2329.300.000.00170.53
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4.801.500.000.006.30

Highland Glen loop with a run up the hill on North Cottonwood. Warm and a bit muggy this morning. I was a bit surprised this morning to hear footsteps coming up behind me as I running behind the high school (I don't think that's happened to me all year). Another runner was coming towards me at the same time from the other direction. The runner passing me was Ryan B. who didn't seem to be moving that much faster, but even as I picked up the pace, he was still putting distance on me. He then seemed to kick it into another gear because he put a couple hundred yards on me before we turned to go different directions. I still need to talk to him about joining the blog. Saw a lot of people along the path this morning. Will try to get in a few more miles this evening with the family.

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Lunchtime run around the Highland Glen loop. It was hot, but really didn't feel too bad until I was done. I have to admire the people I saw along the way that  likely have to spend the bulk of every working day in the heat. It really makes me appreciate my job (and my basement office).

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After getting back from a short family vacation (during which -- despite my best intentions -- I was unable to get out even once :), it's time to get serious again. I had planned on running the first couple of miles with Richard, but he has been having trouble with his knee and didn't show up (he got his foot caught during a cave dive and wrenched his knee trying to get it loose). I wasn't sure how far I'd go this morning, but was happy to find that my legs had some spring in them and that there was no lingering aches or pains. I ran the Highland Loop and then headed up North Cottonwood to Canyon Road and from there, a little ways up American Fork Canyon (against a fairly stiff headwind). Then it was back down along the golf course and back along the creek trail. There were quite a few people out this morning, most notably a group of about a dozen women that were coming the other way on the golf course trail. It was a great morning for a run. Average pace was 8:36 with just over a thousand feet of elevation gain and loss.

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Felt pretty good this morning (after yesterday's unplanned day off). I wanted to get some mileage in, but not push the pace too much. I wasn't entirely sure where I was going to go this morning, but seeing that the north part of the creek trail was closed because of resurfacing, made me decide on the American Fork loop. I mostly ran a steady pace unless I saw somebody up ahead that I had any chance of catching. Overall, it was a nice relaxing run (except for the climb up the temple hill). Average pace was 8:45.

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Was in a dead sleep when the alarm went off this morning and was really dragging for about fifteen minutes or so. I don't think I was fully awake until about two miles into the run, which was about the time I realized that I needed to find a bathroom. Decided that I would pass on the very disgusting bathrooms in Highland Glen park and stop at the Chevron station instead (almost five miles into the run). Although I was in a fair amount of distress by then, I arrived safely and felt much, much, better. The last three miles felt great (and not just because they were mostly downhill). My legs are feeling pretty good with no major aches or pains to speak of.

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Somewhat leisurely noon-time run, if running in the heat can ever be considered so. I took the mp3 player today for a little company, to distract me a bit, if possible. It worked, more of less, the Bach violin concertoes helped me worked out some programming issues and when La Traviata started just after the third mile, I was ready to let me mind wander a bit. I thought about the French leisure class of the 19th Century and about my father-in-law who enjoys that opera above all others. It was nice to listen to as I ran the last half mile in the shade along the creek.

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Ran the Temple Loop this morning. After the long climb to the top of Canyon Road, ran down to the mouth of American Fork Canyon and then most of the way up to Timpanogos Cave. Felt really good most of the run, but suddenly felt sick and depleted just before turning around to run down the canyon. Even running downhill with the wind at my back didn't seem to help that much. It was a struggle to get back home. Felt a lot better after I showered and had something to eat, but may be coming down with a bug. 

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An interesting run this morning. Lloyd N. called me last night and asked me if we were still running on Monday mornings. I told him we were and invited him to join us. I missed Richard last week, but apparently he came down (I waited until 5:50 and then figured that his knee must still be giving him trouble). The three of us took off heading south along the trail. Richard was actually running quite strong, but needed to walk for a bit after about a mile. We continued on to Highland Glen Park and then Lloyd and I headed northeast along the road behind Lone Peak HS. He said he'd signed up for TOU and needed to start getting serious about training. After reaching 48th West we ran north and caught the golf course trail and followed it to the mouth of American Fork Canyon. It was then that I realized that I hadn't restarted my watch after parting from Richard. We ran up the canyon a little ways to add on a mile and then ran up the big hill on Canyon Road and down to the grain silos. I felt OK for the most part, I wasn't breathing very hard and my legs were all right, but my throat was really sore. When I got home I told Laureen about it and she said that her throat was sore as well and she felt sickly. I'm not sure what we've picked up, but I'm hoping it's fairly minor. I've felt a little more tired that usual this afternoon, but the sore throat is pretty much gone. I'm hoping I can get a good seven mile workout in tomorrow.

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Ran a little different route this morning because I wanted to cover the stretch that Lloyd and I ran yesterday to see how far it was. It was almost exactly what I estimated. Had a nice, challenging uphill run along the golf course (with a stiff headwind) and then amazingly had a headwind when I turned south to run up the big hill on Canyon Road. Near the top, the wind changed direction and gave me a little push. I ran hard on the downhill section all the way back to my house. Next time I may extend the downhill section by turning south on 40th instead of going straight. I was happy to find that I didn't have any sore throat this morning or any sickness to speak of. Laureen and my youngest daughter were both feeling sickly all day yesterday. 

 We're still trying to decide what to do about the Cedar Hills 5K on Saturday. Amelia really wants to do it, but as she's not been feeling well (and hasn't really trained), we'll have to make that decision later in the week. If none of the family can run it, I'll probably just go for a longer run that morning.
 

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My left knee was very sore this morning when I got up so I decided to wait until lunchtime to run. I'm not sure what the problem was, but it didn't bother me during the run or after. The temperature was around eighty with mostly cloudy skies, but the humidity was higher than normal and I felt fairly sluggish the whole run. As I finished up I saw Patrick Felsted coming up the road just having returned from a run. I really didn't recognize him at first as he was wearing a hat and sunglasses, had grown his hair out long and had lost a lot of upper body weight. He said he'd seen me just as I was starting off and I asked him how far he's been running. I kept thinking, how come I haven't seen this guy before...a fairly serious runner (he was wearing a Salt Lake Marathon shirt) that lives in my neighborhood...it didn't make sense. I was about to ask his name, but he seemed to know me, so I kind of hesitated. It wasn't until I got back to the house that I could confirm with my wife that that's who it was (she'd recently seen him with his wife and knew that he had lost a lot of weight and had grown his hair long).

I had a related experience on Saturday when I was in Subway buying some last-minute sandwiches for a Activity Day's picnic. A guy next to me in line said "Hi Kerry!" which kind of startled me because I didn't remember ever having seen the guy before. I said hi back and he smiled and said "You don't remember me do you?" I lied and said he looked somewhat familiar, but then he laughed and said his brother-in-law put him up to it and pointed to an SUV parked just outside. It was Jason Taylor that I'd worked with at Novell for a number of years. I laughed and said that was definitely something Jason would do.

There are probably many occasions where I pass somebody in a store or on the street that I just don't recognize. People often dramatically change their appearance over just a short period of time. I have almost no chance of recognizing most people that I went to high school with. Karl Rove (President Bush's former advisor) is a good example. He was thin, looked much younger than he actually was and wore big glasses. It didn't occur to me for several years that he was the same guy until he mentioned in an interview that he graduated from Olympus High School. I'd imagine people would have the same trouble recognizing me. 

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I was feeling a bit tired and aching starting off this morning, so I decided not to do the hills today and run the Kohler's Loop instead (the uphills and downhills are mostly very gradual). After a couple of miles my legs felt pretty good so I starting picking up the pace, especially after I spotted another runner ahead of me running on the opposite side of the road. I caught and passed him without too much trouble and just kept up the same pace after turning east and heading towards the mouth of American Fork Canyon. After turning at the light I spotted a couple of runners about a half mile away. At first I couldn't tell which direction they were running, but when I determined they were going in the same direction I took off to see if I could catch them. By the time I reached the high school I had closed about half the distance, but would have to hurry to catch them before I made the turn to head home. As I was closing in they turned in the funeral home and stopped. It must have been the Warenski's that live there. I kept running hard until I reached the seven mile mark and then slowed a bit for the final mile. Felt pretty good afterwards.

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Temple Loop this morning. My left knee was really sore again when I got up, so I went downstairs to work for a little bit. After moving around and sitting for a half hour it felt fine so I headed out. Didn't feel particularly energetic, but held a decent pace through the long uphill section. Average pace was 8:45.

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Ran Lloyd's Loop this morning. I was a bit tired, but the legs felt pretty good. I left a little late to get back in time to watch the Cedar Hills 5K. 

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Met up with Richard at 5:45. Heavy overcast with a light rain falling. Richard's knee is getting better, but he's only been able to run on it once a week. The rain starting coming down a bit harder coming out of Highland Glen Park and I thought I'd cut it short and try to get out again at noon.

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Ran Lloyd's Loop this morning. Felt good after taking the day off yesterday (due to getting very little sleep Monday night) and pushed the pace, especially on the hills. Decided that I need to eat just a little something before heading out on ten milers as my blood sugar seemed to be very low by the time I finished.  

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Day off from work so I slept in a little and then hit the creek and golf course trail with Laureen. She still has a sore Achilles tendon, but it seems to be slowly getting better. It was nice to talk and be outside. Saw lots of friends and neighbors. Got back home and tore up our kitchen floor.

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Highland Glen loop.

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Ran down Provo Canyon with Paul, Tom, Scott and Kevin. It was a great morning (especially since we didn't get ticketed or arrested). Average pace 8:15. 

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Ran with Lloyd this morning.We kind of took it easy as he'd run 16 on Saturday. He kept apologizing for being slow, but I was just glad for the company. 

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Ran the Highland Glen loop and the North Cottonwood hill. Average pace 8:33. I felt really good this morning despite the fact that we got to bed a little later than usual (had to take my niece home after the Cedar Hills fireworks show). Saw a lot of other runners -- most looked like they were doing some serious training.

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Golf course loop with Laureen at noon.

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Kohler's Loop on a perfect summer morning. It was dark, quiet and not too hot. My legs, knees, ankles, feet, all felt great. No aches or pains or soreness. I may be a little slower than I was this time last year, but I think my pace will improve as get in some races and bump my mileage up a little bit more (I'm shooting for around 55 this week). 

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