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FL,United States

Member Since:

Feb 08, 2015



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Running Accomplishments:

Certified course PR's:

Mile: 4:28.0 (Florida, Jan 2020)

5K: 15:12 (FL, Jan. 2020)

10K: 31:44 (FL, Feb. 2020)

15K: 49:03 (FL, Feb. 2020)

1/2 Marathon: 1:10:34 (FL, Feb. 2020)

Marathon: 2:26:57 (WA, July 2019)

100k (63.7 miles, trail): 9:11:00 (FL, Jan. 2019)


I started running in 2010 and have (mostly) kept it a habit ever since!  

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Miles:This week: 32.62 Month: 241.28 Year: 241.28
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20.03 miles @6:55/mi pace.  Happy new year, welcome back, yada yada.

From Tom K on Thu, Jan 12, 2023 at 12:20:36 from

Dude! This is worth more than yada yada.

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PM: 8 miles

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PM: 10+ miles, 3 fast.

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PM: 10+ miles

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PM: 5 miles

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PM: 6 miles, 2 fast, bailed on workout.

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AM: 6 miles with the WH group.

Race: Rowayton 10k (6.214 Miles) 00:34:28, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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AM: 3.72 miles easy, right into a 10k race, followed by 6.3 miles easy

Rowayton 10k

This is the first run of a series of four races.  Was a nice race, a bit hilly on the back half especially the last mile.  Right on the water although, so the first half was beautiful. This is my first race in... a long time.  Long, long time.  Definitely both miss and hate that feeling of a race.  Feels weird working that hard again.

Second place was essential right behind me until the last mile by about 10 seconds max.  Not sure what happened to him, especially since it was mostly just a hill that last mile, so it's difficult to put any distance on someone since we're all slowing down.  They have some weird, bogus scoring system to score each race and determine the overall winner of the series, but at least I won this one.  Hopefully in two weeks I can run the 15k at this pace or faster, but that will depend on the hills.

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PM: 10 miles

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PM: 10.2 miles with a workout- 0.5 mile, 3 x 1mile, 3x0.5mile



4:57, 4:58, 4:56

2:28, 2:27, 2:29

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PM: WH run with the group.  They don't know the definition of "chill" at this run, so it was annoyingly medium (useless) pace.  I got caught up in it for once.  My mistake.

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PM: 10 miles

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PM: 10 miles, 3 fast.  Minor workout, strides followed by 6x800 w/ alternating 200 & 400 recoveries.

Splits- 2:30, 2:30, 2:29, 2:31, 2:30, 2:29

A bit tired from Sunday and Tuesday, so I'm fine with it.  Also tripped and fell on a gate and was a bit bloody, was wet/windy/rainy,  and had a couple dramatic phone calls right before the workout, so I'm surprised I didn't just pack it in and go home knowing me.


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AM: 10.37 miles with FF

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AM: did a local free race... two 8.5 mile loops.  Nice route, can't really say I ran fast, but I guess I pushed for a little of it at slower than MP out of sheer boredom until a friend joined me for the last four miles.

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PM: 10.2 miles

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PM: 10.1 miles, 2 fast.

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PM: 13.2 miles, I have no idea why.  With Matt.

From jtshad on Sun, Jan 22, 2023 at 07:29:19 from

Welcome back to the FRB, good to see you again.

From Jason D on Sun, Jan 22, 2023 at 07:31:15 from

Always good to see your name pop up, Mike. I hope you are well.

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Spent the day walking EVERYWHERE.  Very tired.

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PM: 6.1 miles

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AM: 6.2 miles

Race: Ridgewood 15k (9.321 Miles) 00:54:00, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 5
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AM: So, I had a 15k today, the second race in a series of 4.  I thought it was at 10:00am, but... I was wrong.  I got there "early" at 9am and thought it was funny that the lot was packed and so many people were not only early, but gathered together outside.  Figured it was a nice day, so didn't think twice.  Went to park in the back corner, since all the other spots were taken, and started grabbing my belongings and threw my coat and sweatshirt on, hoping to stop at the restroom before I checked in for the race series.  As I step out of my car, I saw a sea of people running out of the far lot about 200 meters away.  It took me about 15-20 seconds to process that, holy cow, is there another race starting?  How unlikely that there would be two in the same location.  Maybe it's a different distance?  No.  I remember he only set up one.  Maybe it's my race?  No that starts at 10.  Is it possible the race started early?  Hmm... What time is it right now?   My watch said 9:07.  Well, that's weird... but very close to 9:00am.  He was a couple of minutes late starting the last race.  Oh.  Oh no.  This is MY race!  My race has started!  I should ask a bystander to be sure- but they are so far away.  By the time I got there and back I would waste so much time.  I am wasting time now!  Just grab your stuff and run! 

Getting ready: So I fished out the old bib from two weeks ago from the back seat- thank goodness I remembered where it was.  I threw my coat into my car, threw off my giant hoody, and grabbed my running long sleeve just in case- since it was 30 degrees outside and I was in a sleeveless warmup jersey.  Next I snagged my keychain and ripped off my car key and threw those back in the car, plopped my hat to put on, and shut/locked the door.  

So here I am- bib in my hand, hat halfway on, running jacket in my other hand with my key, and all meanwhile with a race that now started at least a couple of minutes ago.  I had no idea how much actual time had passed, but this wasn't a marathon, a couple of minutes is death when talking about placing.  I remembered I still had my trainers on and I did momentarily think about switching to my racing shoes, but I knew that would be a pain to find, put on, tie, etc. so I figured- forget it, just go.  And so I went.

The race: I have never started in last place before.  I've never had to actively catch up to EVERYONE.  This was weird, by the time I had caught the walk/runners at the end of the driveway/back of the race I thought about asking them if they were part of my race, but it was pretty evident this had to be my race at this point.  I was feeling a mix of adrenaline, anxiousness, anger, and disappointment.  By the time I caught the first group of "runners" (read as eventually walkers) I was slowing a bit wanting to just quit and go back to my car.  This race was so far from my house though that to quit and go home would have just been awful.  I would have resented myself immensely for that choice.  So I pressed on down the hill.  What a massive downhill.  My watch read 7:30/mile pace, but there is absolutely no way the GPS was working correctly.  There must be no service in that area, as by the end of the 15k, but watch had only totaled about 7.4 miles at the end.  Not even close.

I finally reached the back of the peloton as the decline increased and I just absolutely smoked by everyone.  It felt like in Mario kart where they're all running 50cc and I have some type of advantage.  I did feel bad about it, but I was determined to just see what happened at this point.  I hadn't totally committed to the race until right after the first mile where I passed a group that whispered something in regards to me I didn't even register.  At that point I had stuffed my bib in my pocket and was careening down this downhill, weaving through everyone and heard a light "clunk" of something hitting the pavement.  I looked back and saw a blob.  I had accidentally dropped my bib... about 25 meters back up a hill.

...So I had to physically stop on the downhill, run back uphill past people running down, stop, snatch it up, and return to running with it scrunched in my angry fist.  I figured if there was ever a moment I was going to quit, that would be the one.  I heard a couple of whispers from the people running next to me, but I was kind of disconnected from my own body at this point and did not take it in.  

I threw my jacket which was in a death grip in my left hand since my leaving my car to the side of the road, and committed.  I was worried.  It was cold, and all I had was a winter hat, but it wasn't a long race, so I would be taking my chances.  I weaved through everyone, and little by little the pace of the runners started to pick up, eventually I got to the front of the group and there were just three runners separated by about 50 meters each.  I passed each one with authority until I reached the front one.  I wondered if he was the leader, but judging by his body type... there was just no way.  I sat on him through an uphill and passed him at about mile 3.  Then... no one.  Maybe I was at the front already?  No way, two weeks ago was so much more competitively.  I hit the only water stop at 5k, and preceded to what I assumed was a turnaround at 4.66 which I learned was up a massively long hill.  Then I saw them- one, two, three, and four.  I was not at the front.  They were going 5:30s at the time that I saw them but all looked great, two were even having a conversation as they passed me going the other way.  Nuts.

The finish: It took another minute and a half to hit the halfway turnaround and about three total minutes to hit the spot where I saw the group of leaders.  I decided to drop the pace the next mile to see if I could catch a sight of them, but I did not see a single one.  From then on, every once in a while I would catch a glance of someone about a minute up the road, but I never reeled a single one of them in.  I resigned to just finishing the race, slowed my pace, and thought about the abysmal trip home I would have.  I rolled into the finish and explained to the director I missed the start line, but actually ran extra motioning to where my car was parked.  He said it was cool, the race is on gun time only, and the mat only catches the time when you cross over it at the end.  

After the race thoughts: I disconnected from the race at about mile 7.5-8 mentally.  I usually do that when my fitness isn't up to par, but this was just a mixture of everything.  Disappointment in myself being the foremost thought, but really just everything coming to a head and just so happening to *pop* when this race started earlier than expected.  I would like to say I am over it, but the bitterness of seeing the results and knowing what I should have ran really stings.  Certainly is my own fault, however.

Below are the gun times.  

From Tom K on Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 07:29:04 from

I know you are disappointed in this result. But this was a great read. I would definitely be one of the "runners" in quotation marks. I'm trying to put myself in their spot, feeling good about themselves, and this dude comes flying by like he has jet propulsion! Chucking his jacket, turning around on a hill to pick stuff up, and then still running fast enough to make me question why I paid to run a race! You may have not placed where you wanted, but I am sure that everyone in that race was talking about you after. "Did you see that guy? He was kind of a blur when he went by me." You may have just created some new race lingo here. Starting a race last, and then blazing by everyone should now be referred to as "Going Mario Kart." Excellent commitment to finishing the race!

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PM: 10.2 miles, 0.5 mile incendiary.

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PM: 10+ miles, 5 of them fast with a workout: 2 x 400, 2 x mile, 5 x 800.

Splits- 1:22, 1:18, 4:57, 4:57, 2:26, 2:26, 2:25, 2:24, 2:28

Still bitter about Sunday.  The guy who won Sunday bragged about being in first in the series.  That gave me some motivation today.  I'm going to try my best to change that in three weeks.

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