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Member Since:

Mar 20, 2007



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:


  • 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)


  • 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.



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  (old lines that were a little out of date but couldn't quite bring myself to removing them completely:) Also, have one wonderful brown dog named Sammy and just added a grey tiger cat (Catty) whose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


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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 53.30 Year: 53.30
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Nimbus15 Miles: 13.93Pure Flow (green) Miles: 4.90
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6.31 mi 00:55 08:40 pace

Started out nice, then a few drops of rain and then pretty steady the rest of the way. Wish I had a hat with me. But, still a pretty good run this morning. 5:30 start at the Y, ran with Joe and also Bret most of the way.

Nimbus15 Miles: 6.31
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4.9 mi 00:41 08:24 pace

Neighborhood run.

Mostly easy paced run (although it felt a little bit hard around the 2nd or third mile for some reason). Did three quick strides at the end to try a little speed.

Pure Flow (green) Miles: 4.90
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Ok, trying to get back on track with blogging.  The more I blog, especially on this blog, the better my running seems to go.

First run of the year.

7.62 mi 01:02 08:11 pace

Simple run in the neighborhood but I didn't feel like running and thought I wouldn't enjoy it but knew I had to. Why do I always think that? Run was good. Cool humidity, slow start until I built up some momentum. 50K tomorrow here I come.

Nimbus15 Miles: 7.62
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Race: Croom Zoom 50K (31.068 Miles) 05:29:19, Place overall: 6, Place in age division: 2
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Croom Zoom 50K Trail race report

31.59 mi 05:30 10:26 pace

This was my second time running this race. Three years ago this was my first ultra marathon and first big trail race. I ran it in 2012, that year it started at 7:00 am (optional) or 6:00 am and it was the coldest day of the year. This year, it was about 70 degrees, start time 6:00 am. I had no race anxiety going into this one but had developed a non-stop runny nose two days earlier for which I had to break down and resort to sudafed (the good stuff you have to ask for behind the counter).

First mile - this one is the easiest. It is 70% on unpaved but hard surface road and mostly downhill, then turns onto a softer fire road. Of the dark miles it's the lightest one because the starting group is together, so everyone's headlamps sort of pool together. (8:52 pace)

Miles 2-7 were the mainly dark miles, going from pitch black, to the first hints of light through the trees to full light. I had one headlamp and a handheld light, hoping to make it through this section without tripping on a root or a rock. I mainly stayed behind people (miles 2 and 3 were in the 11's which included the very rooty section up tucker hill, then 4,5,and 6 were low to mid 10's). Finally, just before mile 7 point it was fully light and I decided to pull ahead of the three people I had been following in a comfort zone and was finally under 10:00 (9:55).
Miles 8-12 finish up the first big loop. The next 4 miles were in the low 9's, felt pretty good but also maybe a little worried I was exerting myself. The 12th mile was another trip back up tucker hill and a brief stop to ditch my hat and handheld light.

Miles 13-19 were all pretty good, mainly in the 9's with two miles in the 8's. Things were still going pretty good until about mile 20. I started having this feeling that one of my ankles was going to give out from under me (how am I going to finish this?, please go away unexpected ankle problem!!).

Miles 20 and 21 were in the mid 10's, those "easy" 9ish miles had disappeared and my heart rate had climbed. Mile 22 was another climb up tucker hill and a quick stop to grab a muscle milk as well as some encouragement from RD Andy Matthews who always makes me feel good by publicly announcing that I'm a Western States 100 finisher. Also some good-natured ribbing from trail running zen master Patrick Bene.
So, I finish up mile 22 someplace early on the start of the third loop. The first half of the big loop is peaceful, the runners are far and few between. My legs are aching and it's difficult to keep going. I want to quit but no I can't, it's not an option but I still want to. I calculate how long it would take me to fully walk it (too long), how about 15 minute miles, or 12 minute miles? I settle on goals of 12 minute miles doing a 3:1 run/walk strategy with adjustments for hills as needed. I pass a woman walking at a brisk and determined pace who seems to be fully enjoying the day. I'm going to do that if I have to. The new goal works and the running feels easier (but still a struggle). I count down the miles until I'm finally climbing up Tucker hill one last time and can hear people at the finish line. I come charging in, greeted by my own personal cheering squad of Jessica and her three kids who made the drive up just to see me finish.

Nice to see Clark and Cindy at the finish who had done the 25K. Saw Rob Fulton finish - he hadn't run at all for three weeks, had been battling a cold and his garmin fell apart but he still finished.

In addition to thanking Jessica for driving up and Andy Matthews for being an awesome race director and great guy I'd also like to thank the kid at the 5 mile aid station who rang the cowbell every time I ran through there. Also impressed that the woman who was running behind me during the dark miles knew which shoes I was wearing (Pearl Izumi Peak II's) and complimented them. They are pretty nice shoes, light enough to not feel weighed down but tough enough to protect from roots and rocks (thanks for recommending them to me Scott Vaughn back during the good 'ole days of Suncoast Running).

Splits: 8:52, 11:09, 11:43, 10:20, 10:34, 9:55, 9:12, 9:18, 9:07, 9:52, 11:18, 9:20, 8:43, 9:37, 9:18, 8:55, 9:37, 9:44, 10:26, 10:41, 13:38, 10:59, 11:20, 12:05, 10:17, 11:07, 11:26, 10:36, 10:39, 11:53, 0.59@12:56

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Nimbus15 Miles: 13.93Pure Flow (green) Miles: 4.90
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