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Location:

Mattoon,IL,USA

Member Since:

Oct 23, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

800 - 2:03 - 1999 Mid-Con. Championships - Kansas City, MO

1500 - 4:12 - 1999 Mid-Con. Championships - Kansas City, MO

Mile(indoors) - 4:34 - 2000 NIFS track - Indianapolis, IN

5K - 16:59(split) - 1998 Mid-Con. CC Championships, Chicago, IL; 17:33 - 1995 Charger Classic, Crawfordsville, IN

8K - 26:52 - 1998 Indiana Intercollegiates - West Lafayette, IN

10K - 37:28 - 1998 - NCAA Great Lakes Regional - Terre Haute, IN

Ran in the 2002 Hood-to-Coast Relay.

Short-Term Running Goals:

Get back into shape and lower my running times (5K and 10K in particular).

Run a half marathon and possibly a marathon.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Still be running 20+ years from now.

Personal:

I ran cross country and track in high school in good old Indiana and at Valparaiso University in college. I've been married for 14 years now to my beautiful wife Kathleen. We have 3 wonderful kids, and I teach physics, astronomy, and earth science at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL.

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: 3.20 Month: 3.20 Year: 505.95
White/black/yellow Lifetime Miles: 15.00
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4.300.004.30

Around the block with my youngest and then extended school loop.

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3.300.003.30

School loop and around the block. Weather in the 40s.

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3.000.003.00

School loop. I felt good and tried pushing the pace a little more.

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4.000.904.90

Did my Walgreens-Wabash loop plus 0.4 with my youngest. I did 12x1 block strides in the middle to stretch the legs a little bit. It felt good and better than the last time I did this workout. My fitness is definitely improving with the consistency.

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4.000.004.00

I ran my usual school loop but decided to pick up the pace a little bit and time my run to see how it felt and where my fitness is at. I started off pretty easy for the first half mile to warm up and then started to push the pace for the next 2.5 miles. I ended with a time of 21:30 (7:10/mile) for the 3 miles. It felt good and certainly sustainable for a longer distance. While running I guessed my pace was around 7:00/mile, and I think it was pretty close with the slower first half mile. I then ran another mile cooldown.

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Half mile warmup with my youngest and then extended school loop. My legs felt tight and sluggish today. The new semester just started, and I hadn't gotten out for a run since Saturday. It felt good, and the weather was a little warmer.

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4.400.004.40

Half mile warmup with my youngest and then housing school loop. Legs were still a little sluggish and sore to start but loosened up by the end. It was sprinkling the entire time but not too bad. I had a kid on a bike ride up on the other side of the street trying to race me near the end of my run, so I sped up and kept pace with him. I don't think he expected that so he sped too. He eventually gave up, or he got to his house. I'm going to claim the first choice.

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4.900.004.90

I had some errands to do, so I decided to drive over to the Lincoln Prairie Grass trail and do a run while I was out. The plan was to do an out and back along the trail, but it was really cold and windy. The temp was in the 30s but it felt like 22 degrees. I was glad I wore my running tights for the first time because the wind was brutal. The wind was almost directly from the west, and I would be running out east and coming back with the wind directly in my face the entire time. I decided to do a loop around the sofball complex so that I would only be doing about 0.75 into the wind instead of the entire time once I turned around. The loop is 1.6 miles long, and I did it 3 times. The first time I turned into the wind it was so cold! My fingers were frozen by the time I got to the turnaround point. The next 2 loops weren't as bad because I had warmed up considerably by that point. My total was 4.8 miles for the 3 loops plus 0.1 to the trail and back to the car.

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Extended school loop. It was sunny and warmer today. The legs didn't want to go, but it felt good to get out.

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I ran 0.5 warmup with my youngest and then my Walgreens-Odd Fellows Loop. It was deceptively cold with a strong wind and sunny skies.

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4.400.004.40

Housing school loop on a sunny afternoon. Then I ran 0.5 with my youngest.

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I tried combining my housing school loop with the extended school loop I sometimes do for some extra miles and variety. It ended up being 4.9 miles. I then ran an extra 0.5 with my youngest. She fell down while running and after a few tears, she was ready to keep going. I though I might have to carry her the rest of the way. If it were my oldest at that age, I would almost certainly have carried her, and I would probably hear about it for the next week. Kids are so different and fun.
 

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4.800.004.80

I ran my Walgreens-Wabash loop and then 0.3 with my youngest. Legs felt tired, and the body didn't want to go today.

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4.500.004.50

We finally got some snow yesterday! It was around 4-5 inches, and it made today's run interesting. I did my Walgreens-Wabash loop again, but most of the sidewalks were covered with snow and ice. It reminded me of running at the Indiana Dunes State Park on weekends in college. We would go there on Saturday mornings as a team and run the trails and along the dunes. It was fun but hard work. Running in the snow is similar. It was a fun, refreshing run.

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I did an extended school loop. It was a bit warmer today and very slick.

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64.500.9065.40
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