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Location:

FL,

Member Since:

Mar 20, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

PR's:

  • 1 mile : 5:43 (3/2017)
  • 5K : 18:34 (12/2011)
  • 5 mile : 32:03 (5/2010)
  • 10K : 39:29 (11/2013)
  • 11K: 46:47 (July 2008)
  • Half Marathon : 1:26:47 (11/2012)
  • Marathon : 3:06:34 (02/2010)
  • 50K Trail: 4:34 (01/2012)
  • 50 Mile: 8:34:48 (4/2012)
  • 100K: 11:06 (2/2012)
  • 100 Mile: 25:13:21 (1/2019)

Marathons:

  • Marine Corps Marathon - 3:27:00, Oct 2016
  • Marine Corps Marathon - 3:28:12, Oct 2015
  • Pocatello Marathon (ID) - 3:32:25, Sept 2015
  • Chasing The Unicorn (PA) - 3:31:20, Aug 2015
  • Run for The Red (Poconos) - 3:30:40, May 2015
  • Boston - 3:24:42, Apr 2015
  • Clearwater - 3:27:04, Jan 2015
  • Clearwater - 3:16:17, Jan 2014
  • Boston  - 3:27:00, Apr 2011
  • DesNews - 3:10:57, Jul 2010
  • Gasparilla  - 3:06:34, Feb 2010
  • Space Coast - 3:11:29, Nov 2009
  • Estes Park  (7500' and up) - 3:52:19, Jun 2009
  • Boston - 3:17:22, Apr 2009
  • Niagara Falls - 3:19:21, Oct 2008
  • San Diego RnR  - 3:24:18, Jun 2008
  • Jacksonville Marathon -3:21:24, Dec 2007
  • Chicago Marathon - 3:35:08, Oct 2007
  • Disney Marathon - 3:52:34, Jan 2007

 

 

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

 

  • Sub 40:00 10K
  • 2:59 Marathon
  • 1:25 Half Marathon
  • 18:30 5K

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Maintain my health and continuously seek to improve my fitness. Maybe someday get under 3:00 for marathon. More importantly, I'd like to figure out what my maximum ability is and reach that.

I'd also like to find the right balance in life and use running to enhance and improve myself.

 

Personal:

Dad of  three (welcome Charlotte Dani on 8/10/20) awesome kids and stepdad to three almost as awesome as my own kids.

I have a brown dog named Stella, and three cats - Catty, Tortie, and Esperanza.

  (old lines that were a little out of date but couldn't quite bring myself to removing them completely:) Also, have one wonderful brown dog named Sammy and just added a grey tiger cat (Catty) whose life started out rough but now has a better home.

I've recently started another blog so I can easily add lots of pictures and so other non-FRB users can leave comments:

Forward Progress!

 Also, for 2012 I started a blog to write down each day one thing that I am grateful for

Grateful Blog

 

Love living in Florida but love to travel and see the country and rest of the world.

 

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.

Miles:This week: 42.81 Month: 139.49 Year: 1247.76
Brooks T7 Lifetime Miles: 202.78
Brooks ST5 Lifetime Miles: 403.91
GoMeb Speed3 Lifetime Miles: 483.77
Brooks Pure Flow Lifetime Miles: 160.60
Brooks Launch(lobster) Lifetime Miles: 782.98
GoMeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 468.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
93.790.000.000.000.000.000.0093.79
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
1.620.000.000.000.000.000.001.62

1.62@10:21

After missing a few days, tried a short run.  Ran around the 1.25 mile loop and added a little extra on.  Was coughing a bit still but the running seemed to help a little bit.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.260.000.000.000.000.000.002.26

2.26@10:19

A little bit farther and just slightly faster than yesterday.  Still coughing quite a bit.  Ran the 2.25 mile loop inside Westlake Village.

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No running today.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.260.000.000.000.000.000.002.26

2.26@9:49

Did a short loop near my house.  A little bit faster than last run but about the same distance.

Still coughing.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.120.000.000.000.000.000.003.12

3.12@8:51

Saturday run but not a long one.  One loop inside Westlake Village, feeling a bit better and grateful to have a run back in the 8's finally.

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4.160.000.000.000.000.000.004.16

4.16@9:22

Short, easyish run but longer than Saturday.  Feeling better now, almost back to normal.  Ran from my house to the Starkey Gap trail and then north for a little bit before turning around to go back home.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.260.000.000.000.000.000.006.26

6.26@9:14

A little farther and faster than yesterday and first distance of 10k for the month. It was the old t-shaped route but with added in pieces of the Starkey Gap Trail.  So, from my house, cross Trinity Blvd to RTJ, to Heritage Springs gate then all the way to Trinity Blvd intersection, then back towards Starkey Gap and south to the Pinellas county line, then north to cross Trinity Blvd at the trail crossing, then back to Foxwood via the ditch and Brick Oven parking lot.  Sounds more complicated than it actgually is.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.270.000.000.000.000.000.005.27

5.27@8:36

Ran in Westlake Village, doing two different shaped loops.  Am I back?  8:36 pace felt pretty good. It was 9:25 for the first mile, 8:05 for the last mile, but not each mile was faster than the last, so not quite a progression.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.030.000.000.000.000.000.005.03

5.03@8:33

Up and down the street (Lakeview Drive mostly) in Westlake Village.  Slightly faster than yesterday but not quite as far, but kind of the same distance and pace for the most part.

 

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5.050.000.000.000.000.000.005.05

5.05@8:59

Ouch!

Round two of recent running setbacks.

Ran from Westlake Village, over to the Pinellas Trail and north for a little bit and then turned around.  Just after reaching Omaha Ave got a sharp stabbing pain in my right knee.  I guess I've been having a few warning twinges.  It wasn't too bad once I slowed down and took it easy and was almost at the last mile.  Was running in the 8:30's, then was just under 9:00 finishing up mile 4, and mile 5 was 9:07.

Ok, just need to take it easy for a bit and maybe do some knee area strengthening work.

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.120.000.000.000.000.000.008.12

8.12@9:47

Was hoping for 10 to 12 mile range, thought that knee wouldn't be worse.

Almost scrubbed the run about half mile into it.  But, stopped, stretched walked a little and decided to at least run a mile out and then turn around.

So, made it to the mile, turned back and by the time I was near the house was feeling a bit better so figured I'd do some loops in Wesetlake so I'd be close to home if it got bed.

It didn't get bad, get a little bit better.  Overall pace was slower than recently, but 9:47 not so bad considering first mile was 11:58 and almost scrubbed then run.

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No run today.

Decided why not give it a rest.  Was in Hilton Head at in-laws new vacation house, did some walking and a lot of relaxing on the beach.

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Another day off from running.

Had an early morning flight from Hilton Head back to Tampa.   Will try a run tomorrow.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.380.000.000.000.000.000.003.38

3.38@9:55

One bigger loop and one very small loop inside Westlake Village.  Slowish 11:49 first mile as I warmed out and worked out some knee stiffness.  About 9:00 pace for last mile.

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6.080.000.000.000.000.000.006.08

6.08@10:10

I stayed in Trinity last night so I drove over to Longleaf for a fairly early start (for me) at 6:40.  The Thursday strider group was mostly finished with a few people still hanging out, said hi to some people I hadn't seen in quite a while.

Started my run and a little ways in saw Tom coming back from his run.  Ran out to the lake in Starkey Ranch and used the water fountains.  Started to head back and ran into Jenny.  Ended up running back to Longleaf.  I had been struggling a little bit with my pace and was probably favoring left leg too much but seemed to get that straightened out on the return trip.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.240.000.000.000.000.000.006.24

6.24@9:28

Two different sized loops inside Westlake Village.  Knee still bothering me but it gets better about half mile or so into the run.  The little rolling hills in the neighborhood (especially the uphills) seem to help.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.280.000.000.000.000.000.008.28

5.12@9:49

3.16@9:36

Pieced together 8 miles from two runs.  First run was what I could fit in between when I woke up and the time at which Jessica needed to leave to make it to Saturday morning body combat class at the Y.  5 seemed pretty low for a Saturday so got in three more (hot) miles after she got back.

Loops inside Westlake Village

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
4.430.000.000.000.000.000.004.43

4.43@9:58

One bigger loop inside Westlake Village followed by some up and down Lakeview.

Trying to make it to 100 miles for the month but it is going to be tight with overnight trip to Atlanta followed by 4 days in Puerto Rico while trying not to overstress my knee.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.160.000.000.000.000.000.008.16

8.16@9:38

This run felt pretty good, got in a decent amount of miles for a weekday.  Ran from WLV, over to the Pinellas Trail via Delaware and then north to just past the old train tunnel and then back home.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.000.000.000.006.25

6.25@9:17

Ran from my house, across Trinity Blvd and then southbound on the Starkey Gap Trail, not quite reaching Tarpon Ave.

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1.350.000.000.000.000.000.001.35

1.35@11:20

Knee acting up a notch.  Short and slower treadmill run in Marietta, GA.  Up kind of late with traveling and then unwinding.  Meeting with customer and then head back to the airport.  At the airport I decided to walk to airside "E" only to find flight had been changed back to "A".  It was about a mile from security to "E".  I took the train to "A".

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No running today.  Travel to Puerto Rico with Jessica, Charlotte-Dani, Andy, Jacob, Sophia, and Aubrey.  Made it to the airport on time, check.  Made it out of San Juan airport after filling out covid forms, check.  Two ubers to the hotel (with the second one turning out to be big enough to have fit all of us), check.  And finally check into the hotel.

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Another day off from running.  Tour by van of various sites inside San Juan and out to the Rio Grande area and the rain forest.  Unfotunately, rain forest was too rainy so no swimming in the river and couldn't walk very far on the trail before heading back.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.710.000.000.000.000.000.002.71

2.71@11:18

Finally, at least a short run.  Ran on  Isla Verde beach not far from the hotel.  Ran about as far as I could before I'd have to wade through water to get to the next section.  Run felt pretty good.

Last full day here, early flight back tomorrow morning.  Trip was a success with lots of time together, some sightseeing, restaurants with local dishes, beach time, cocunut leaf hats, fresh cocunut milk from a cocunut, and a big drink from a pineapple with a Puerto Rico flag sticking out.

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Travel day.  Return trip a success, but lost our cocunut leaf hats due to USDA regs.  Lost a bottle of hot sauce I forgot to put in checked bag, and one bottle of body spray also not in checked bag.  Could have been worse, everyone back ok.  Baby was good on the flight.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.760.000.000.000.000.000.003.76

3.76@9:27

Well, that didn't go so well.  The knee pattern the last couple of weeks was a small amount of pain for the first half mile while warming up and then feel better and feel fine after the run.

Today was opposite day.  No problems warming up or any time during the run.  Ran one lap in Foxwood, then biked a lap, then ran another lap.

Not too long after my run, knee felt horrible.  Lots of popping and crunch, hurt to sit down, hurt to stand up, walking not much fun.  Not sure what I did to it this time.

Fortunately, this is almost three weeks in the future and it has gotten a lot better.  I'm basically where I was before today.  Slowly getting better but I'm going to take some rest days, start back walking, then run/walk and then go from there.

Talking to my brother, who's had two knee surgeries.  He's since learned to give his knees time to "calm down" and has so far prevented a third knee surgery.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
93.790.000.000.000.000.000.0093.79
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