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Member Since:

Oct 23, 2007



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.


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.

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I'm just getting back into running shape and my workouts have been pretty hit and miss the past month.  My pace was around 7:00 today for the 3.4.  It felt pretty good, but I've definitely got some work to do.

From Paul Petersen on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 09:31:17

Welcome to the blog! I have to admit, I'm trying to figure out who are. My memory only goes back for 10 years.

From Daniel Allen on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 10:22:29

I was a senior at Western Boone when you were a junior at Southmont. The last race we ran together was probably the 1997 Strawberry Road race. You won and beat me by about 15-20 seconds.

From jtshad on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 10:25:51

Welcome to the blog.

From Paul Petersen on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 10:49:05

I remember. So you were Webo's #2 guy behind Keith Lively?

From Daniel Allen on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 11:30:41

More or less. Chris Grimes and Jon Stookey were in the mix there as well so I was anywhere from #2-#4.

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 15:21:06

Daniel, welcome to the blog!

From Dave Holt on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 16:50:21

I ran at Southern Utah for a short-lived track season, but that was before they were in the Mid-Con.

Welcome to the blog.

From James on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 19:38:54

Don't worry, not too many people beat Paul, especially now days! Welcome to the blog!

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I ran along the Provo River Trail again today.  I met Sasha and ran with him for about 1.5 miles.  The pace was around 7:20-7:30 for the run.  It felt pretty comfortable, but my legs were a bit tight starting out.

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Easy 3.2 today.  The legs felt better.  It's been awhile since I ran three consecutive days.  Tomorrow I'll make it four.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 11:38:52

Good work!

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I didn't get out yesterday, but today was a good run.  I ran about 1.6 along the Provo River trail to warm up and then ran a couple of 0.5 mile intervals just to see where my fitness is at.  I ran them both at around 3:00 and felt like I could have gone faster if I wanted to.  It felt good to run at a decent pace for a bit.  I then finished off with about 0.6 back to the house.

From Annie on Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 20:52:00

okay MR. DAniel, what is your last name and what high school did you go to? If you ran for VAlpo I should've seen every tue or weds for indoor meets at ISU for 4 years.... Not to mention high school. I'm going to feel dumb aren't I?

From Daniel Allen on Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 22:56:10

I posted a reply to your blog, but I guess you missed it. My last name is Allen, and I went to Webo and graduated in 1996. I was on the same team with Keith Lively (everyone seems to remember him). At Valpo, I ran several times at ISU for cross country and track. If you ever noticed some weird guy from Valpo cheering for you at meets it was probably me. I hope that jogs your memory (no pun intended).

From annie on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 09:45:56

Sorry. I did miss your reply! I totally remember Keith! I actually have a bunch of pictures of he, paul, and me on a trip to Cal. for Jr. nationals (or whatever it was called!) I ran with the webo team once during thte summer! I do remember lots of "weird" guys... but none from Valpo! I like the pun... English TEacher here... Don't judge my spelling though! What did you run?

From Daniel on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 11:01:24

If I recall correctly, that trip to California was for Jr. Olympics nationals, and it was for New Horizons track club there in Crawfordsville. I tried to cheer for you when I could. I usually ran the 800 and 1500/Mile for track.

From annie on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 12:10:52

Ah yes! thanks starman! I forgot all about the track club and ed stuffle! you should post a pic!

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I ran a little farther west on the Provo River trail today and ended up with about 4 miles total at around 7:30 pace.  The legs felt really good today.  I guess two days rest helps.  I hope to run about 4-5 miles a day for the rest of the week.

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Nice 5 mile run along the trail.  Felt really good.  About 14:45 for the first 2 miles and then 14:05 for the second 2 miles.  36:15 overall for 7:15 pace per mile.

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3 easy miles along the trail with a 4x100m strides in the middle.  It felt good.  Legs were a little stiff from yesterday though.  Pace was around 7:20.

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Can I just say that I don't like Daylight Savings Time. An arbitrary change of clocks every 6 months does nothing to change the amount of daylight. It just makes it dark when I want to run. Anyway, today was an easy 4 along the Provo River trail. I had a side ache nearly the entire run, but other than that if felt fine. I didn't get enough sleep last night or drink enough water today so that probably didn't help.  My pace was around 7:30 per mile.

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Easy 3 at 7:30 pace along the trail.

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It was even darker on the trail today.  I took a small flashlight this time though.  I felt really good today.  The legs are feeling better now, and I feel strong during the run and at the end.  It was another easy 4.5 along the trail at around 7:20 pace.

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Another 4 miles at 7:20 pace along the trail today.  That makes 4 consecutive days!  It has been a long time since I did that.  I'm trying to be more consistent and build a good base.  I'm debating over whether to run a 5k race this Saturday.  It would just be a fast training run to see where my fitness is at.

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I ran for the 5th consecutive day today, but it was short.  Yesterday as I started my run I had a pain in the front of my left ankle.  As I continued it loosened up and felt okay, but all during the day today it was sore if I walked on it much.  I decided to run a little on it tonight to see how it felt, and it was not good.  It was painful to start out, but it loosened up a little after the 2 miles.  I noticed I wasn't running smoothly and was sort of stomping my left foot a bit rather than a nice heel to toe strike like normal.  It did get better after about a mile and half, but the pain was still there.  I tried running in the grass and that felt better.  I've never not been able to run because of an injury and come to think of it I've never really had any running related injuries.  I'll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there.

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I ran this morning with Sasha and Ted on the Provo River Trail.  They were doing a half marathon, but I turned around at 2.5 for a total of 5 for the day.  The pace was around 7:20 overall.  My ankle felt better after a couple of days off and the legs felt fresh.

It was my first morning run in awhile.  I was never much of a morning runner, but it felt good to get out that early.  I was hurting about the last 1.5 though because the gas tank was empty.  I've found that to be successful in the morning at all I need to get up extra early and get some calories in before running.  I didn't have the chance to do that this morning.

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 15:19:12

We are running at 6:00 AM Thursday. Do you want to join us?

From Daniel on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 15:32:58

I would like to, but I ran yesterday, and my ankle is really hurting. It is changing my stride and now I'm starting to feel it in my calves, knees, and hips. I think I might take a few days off and then try it again.

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 15:36:16

Get on the elliptical or a bike so you will not lose fitness.

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After yesterday's run, my foot was giving me trouble all day today.  I decided to try to run.  I got about a half mile out (after stopping several times) and my ankle was really hurting so I turned around.  It started to feel a little better so I finished a loop around the block, but it was still quite painful to run on.  It seems to be altering my stride as well and my knees and hips were feeling it a little too.  I decided to take a few days off and see if I can get this under control.

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I really wanted to run today.  It has been a long time since I really had fun running and really wanted to get out and get some miles in, and I can't.  It's funny how much more appealing it is now that I can't when I went for a couple of years without doing it and was just fine.

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I got out today to test the ankle.  It had been feeling almost normal after not running for almost a week.  I ran 1.5 with a big group at 6am from Sasha's house and then turned around.  The ankle was a little sore to start out, but it loosened up nicely.  It feels pretty good right now at lunchtime.  I'll take it easy the next couple of weeks and see how it goes.  I would really like to do some races soon, but I don't want to hurt the ankle anymore.

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Just three easy miles along the trail today.  Pace was about 7:40/mile.  The ankle felt good.  I am convinced that it is my shoes and the way I was lacing them up that caused the problem.  I think it just irritated and inflamed the tendon in the front where the ankle and leg are connected.  I don't have any pain during the day if I wear sandals or dress shoes.  It is just with running shoes.  I think the tongue just hits it in the wrong spot.  That's my super scientific analysis for the day.

From jhorn on Fri, Nov 23, 2007 at 14:24:22

Your super scientific analysis is probably right on. Many runners have cut holes in different shoes so that injured areas don't become inflamed and they can still run. Makes sense if you can make it work.

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I ran 3 miles on the trail again today.  The pace was 7:40/mile again.  I felt really good today.  The ankle felt fine, and the run was nice and easy.  I enjoyed the bright Moon because I could see where I was going in the dark.  Being an astronomer, I wouldn't normally like a nice bright Moon.  It messes up your data and makes the stars hard to see, but it's nice to run with.

The extra 0.25 was running from the testing center at BYU to the science center and back.  I was taking some graded papers back to my office.

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Another 3 easy miles along the trail this morning.  It was colder this morning, but it felt great.  The pace was faster (7:25/mile), but it didn't feel like it.  It felt like the same effort or less than the 7:40 I've been running.  Legs and ankle felt fine.

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The legs felt great today, and there was no pain in my ankle.  It was the usual 3 miles along the trail.  I read my watch at 2 miles, and I think it said about 15:30 for a 7:45/mile pace.  However, I ended up with a 21:30 for the run for 7:10/mile.  That would mean I ran 6:00 for the last mile.  I think I misread my watch because the last mile was not that fast.  I didn't even think the pace was that fast!

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Three miles along the trail at 7:10/mile pace.  That's a little faster than I would like to go for easy, base miles, but it feels so comfortable.  The legs felt the best yet.  I'll take the day off tomorrow and then increase my mileage a little bit next week.  Perhaps I'll add a couple of longer runs of 4-5 miles with the usual base of 3.

From Lybi on Sat, Nov 24, 2007 at 23:00:42

Good job Daniel--you had a perfect week. I wish 7:10 felt really comfortable to me!

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I did a mid-afternoon run today for 2 reasons.  It was warmer then, and I didn't have time to pack a lunch this morning.  I came home, ran, ate, and now I'm going to head back to class.  The workout was an easy 4 along the trail.  Pace was 7:20/mile.

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I just finished 3 miles along the trail.  It was a nice day, and I felt great.  Pace was 7:23/mile.  I also did 4x100 m strides in the middle with 100 m rest in between.

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It was my favorite 3 mile workout along the trail.  I started off around 7:30 pace and hit the 2 mile around 14:45.  Then I decided to push the pace a little more the last mile and ended up with 21:10 for the 3 miles for about 7:03/mile total.

From adam on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 16:15:28

why are you only running 3 everyday? Are you just starting up again? If you can land a 6:25 for the last mile there you should be able to do 5-6 miles everyday a bit slower (8min pace no problems). This will probably benefit you more, and get you into shape faster.

From Daniel on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 22:39:28

I am just starting up, but I also had a small ankle injury a couple weeks back. I wanted to strengthen that a little bit before I started doing longer mileage. I'll probably do a 5 mile long run this week, and then increase the mileage a little more next week.

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Three miles along the trail this evening.  It was dark and cold.  Pace was around 7:30/mile.  Felt great.

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It was a cold, rainy evening here in Provo, but I got a run in.  It wasn't too bad, and I've run in much worse.  I did the usual three miles along the trail at 7:26/mile.  Tomorrow I'm going to try a longer run of 5 miles.  I haven't had any problems with the ankle in over a week, so I think it's good to go.

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First snow run of the season!  It has been awhile since I ran in the snow.  It reminded me of running on the dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park back in college.  I ran 5 miles along the trail.  The snow on the trees was beautiful.  All I needed was a camera.  Pace was around 7:50/mile.

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I had to do an evening run because I was busy with work and school all day.  I started out going west on the river trail, but the darkness and slick spots under the bridges made me turn around.  I decided to go the other way for a half mile and then do a couple of loops around the neighborhood.  It was fairly slow going, and I almost biffed it once, but it was a good run.   I felt great and the legs feel great.  I don't know the pace, but it was somewhere around 8:00/mile.

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An afternoon run of 4 miles along the trail.  It was warmer today, but there were still large patches of snow and ice on the trail.  Pace was 7:20/mile with splits of 7:45, 7:15, 7:10, 7:10.  It felt a little bit like a fartlek with the snow and ice patches.  I would run a decent pace on the dry spots and then slow down on the ice.  Overall, it was a nice run, and I felt great.

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Today was one of those days when I didn't feel like running.  I was tired, and running on the dark, cold trail didn't sound appealing.  I went out anyway and had a nice run.  The legs felt tired, but it turned out to be a nice run.  Pace was around 7:33/mile. 

From josse on Thu, Dec 06, 2007 at 00:46:38

good job on getting out there, I find that by best runs are the one I didn't want to start.

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It was a gloomy, overcast day, but I had a good run.  The trail is almost completely free of snow and ice.  Just in time for it to get covered up again tomorrow.  Pace was around 7:16/mile.  I did 6x100m strides in the middle with a 100m recovery in between.

From sarah on Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 14:35:29

Nice picture...only beautiful Kathleen. Thanks for the compliment on the kids..good run.

From Daniel on Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 14:52:14

You're right. Maybe I should put in a picture with her too. This picture was the only one I had handy at the time I uploaded it.

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Okay, so I wimped out today.  I didn't feel like running in the rain.  I don't mind the cold or running in snow at all, but I never liked running in the rain that much.  I did run from my office to the testing center just so I could say I ran a little.

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It was a 5 mile fun run in the snow today.  There was about 4-5 inches on the ground, and it was coming down pretty hard.  It was slow going (~8:08/mile), but it was fun.

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I started with a jog to Sasha's house.  Then ran out 2.5 and back 2.5 on the trail.  Ted and Sasha continued on for the (Un)eventful half-marathon.  The trail was snowy and icy, so the pace was slow.   It was somewhere around 8:20/mile.

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It was another 4 miles along the trail.  Hamstring is a little sore, but other than that the legs feel fine.  Pace was around 7:45/mile.  The extra 0.25 was from running from the science center to my car.

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I've had a sore throat for about a week now, so I decided not to run today.  Hopefully, I will feel a little better tomorrow.

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I guess I should have run yesterday when I felt okay.  I woke up feeling okay, but as the day progressed I got worse and worse.

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I feel awful!  I think I finally got what everyone else around here has been passing around.  I think I've been fighting it for a week now with the sore throat, but it didn't get me hard until now.  I'll probably take it easy for a few days and try to get over this quickly.  If it is the same thing others have had, it takes a good two weeks to get over it.  I don't want to wait that long, but we'll see.

From jtshad on Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 11:21:58

Hope you are feeling better...

From Daniel on Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 11:27:38

Thanks. I wish I was. It got worse on Sunday evening, and I've been running a fever off and on. It couldn't have happened at a worse time too. It is right in the middle of finals week. I have lots to do and no energy or desire to do anything.

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