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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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It was much cooler today. The humidity was down and there was a nice breeze. I did my housing-school loop in 29:25 (7:21/mile). Then I did a half mile cool down with my youngest. It had been a while since she ran with me, but she did great. My legs and especially my right hip were bothering me during my run. I had been running in an older pair of shoes that was actually in better shape, but I tried the newer ones. I think they were hurting my legs more.

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It was another nice day and another early evening run. I did my Walgreens-Wabash loop in 33:08 (7:22/mile). I felt great, and my legs felt fine.

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A quick 4 in the late evening while the Sun was setting. Total time was 30:45 (7:41/mile).

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I decided to get out early in the morning before the 90 degree weather hit. I did my elementary school loop plus in 30:23 (7:36/mile). I felt fine. The legs were a little tight to start, but they loosened up okay.

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I did a half mile warmup with my youngest in 6:31. Then I ran my housing school loop plus in 36:45 (7:21/mile). It was hot and humid, but my legs felt pretty good. I passed a guy running in the housing addition, and he said, "Man, you're making me look bad." I didn't think that at all. It is rare to ever see anybody out running at all around here.

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Just after I started running I remembered I wanted to get a drink before I headed out. I ran my Walgreens short loop and then returned home for a drink. I ran that part (2.5 miles) in 19:40 (7:52/mile). I then ran a couple more miles in 15:40 (7:50/mile). I'm not sure why the times were a little slower. I had been working outside in the yard for a bit and got out for a run in the late evening. It was humid but a little cooler.

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3.780.724.50

I got out in the late evening again. It was cooler with a nice breeze. I did my Walgreens-Wabash loop with a little tempo run in the middle. I wanted to try a little tempo run in the middle, so I ran out to the housing addition on this run and ran the loop around it. It gave me a nice smooth route with no traffic to contend with. I was figuring about 3/4 mile, but it was a little less. I ran it in 4:27 for a 6:11 pace per mile. It felt pretty good and sustainable. I was guessing it was around 6 minute pace, so I was a little off on my estimate. My total time for the 4.5 was 32:47 (7:17/mile).

 

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It was cooler today, and it felt nice. I got out in the early evening again and decided to run along the trail. I did my power station run with a little extra for about 5 miles in 36:59 (7:24/mile). The legs felt pretty good today.

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I did a quick three around the school. I got out a little later because I was working on dinner and didn't have time for a longer run. It was cool and humid from the rain and felt like running in Vancouver when I lived there. It was a nice run.

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It has been rainy the past few days and apparently will be rainy the rest of the week, but I was able to get out between storms. I did my Walgreens-Wabash loop in 32:25 (7:12/mile). I got some new shoes and was able to try those out today. They felt great.

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It has been more humid and hot. I wanted to try running in my old shoes to see how it felt. It has definitely been contributing to some of the little aches and pains in my legs. I did my housing school loop plus for 5 miles in 37:05 (7:25/mile). I then ran 0.5 with my youngest in 6:47.

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I did a repeat of my workout from last Thursday with the 0.72 mile loop in the housing addition as a tempo run. I had my new shoes on, and it felt really smooth. I felt a little more tired than the previous week, but my time was 4:16 for a 5:56/mile pace. It didn't feel quite as sustainable as last week, but it feels like some progress. It was hotter today, and I had just mowed the neighbor's yard and my yard before my run. By the time I finished the 4.5 miles, I was pretty tired. Total time was 31:52 (7:05/mile).

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I got out for a quick three in between thunderstorms. I didn't bother with the watch. It felt good, but the top of my right foot and the arch on my left foot have been sore the last few days.

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Once again, I got out between storms. I ran in the early afternoon. It has been cooler the last few days with the clouds but super humid. I haven't been rained on, but it feels like I have with the humidity. I was planning on going 5, but I was tired. My legs just didn't want to go. Total time was 29:41 for 7:25/mile. It didn't feel like that fast. I felt like I was dragging along by the middle and all the way to the end.

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It was another late afternoon/early evening run. The humidity was still super high. I decided to run a loop, get a drink, and then run another loop. I did the 3 mile elementary school loop in 22:21 or 7:27/mile. I was going to just do another 2.5 but ended up going farther. I ran my 3.6 mile Odd Fellows-Walgreens loop in 25:31 (7:05/mile). I really liked getting a drink in the middle of the run. I pushed the pace during the last half of the second loop to try to beat 26 minutes. Both runs felt good. I wore my new shoes for the first loop, but I think they are making my left foot hurt. Not sure why. I switched shoes for the second loop.

There was a race in town today that I seriously thought about running. After looking at the times for the 5K, I really wish I had run it. I think I could have won it even at my fitness level. The winning time was only 18:46. The 10K was a bit more competitive though.

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It was a nice evening for a run. I ran along the trail to the power station and then added a bit at the end for my extended version of the power station run. Total time was around 36:59 (7:24/mile) for the 5 miles. I picked up the pace a little bit in the middle trying to keep up with an older guy (~80 years old) on a bike. I was keeping up just fine, but I didn't want to get too close and make him think I was chasing him. It turns out I met him along the trail right at my turn around point. I don't think he ever noticed me following him, but I didn't want to scare him.

My left ankle and foot were still a little sore. They were sore all weekend long too. It loosened up pretty well by the end.

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I did a quick loop around the school to see how my ankle was feeling. It hurt and was pretty slow going. I'm not sure what is wrong, but I plan to take it easy the next few days. I came back and did some exercises at home.

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I did a half mile with all 3 kids in 7:13. Then I did another half mile with my oldest in 5:13. I finished with 2.3 in 18:23 by myself. My left foot was still hurting some.

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I walked about 1.5 miles with some jogging mixed in. My left foot is still bothering me.

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Walgreens short loop in 18:33 (7:25/mile). Left ankle and arch were still hurting.

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Three miles on elementary school loop in 22:31 (7:30/mile). Left arch was still sore and right knee was also hurting a little, but it loosened up by the end.

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I had a hard time getting out every day this week, so all my runs were when the Sun was going down. This one was the latest of all. I got out late for various reasons, but it was discouraging to have built up to some decent mileage only to have my legs hurting. My ankle/arch felt much better today. My right knee was hurting more, but it did loosen up nicely. Time was 19:31 (7:50/mile) for 2.5 miles.

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