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January 2021

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Location:

Venice,FL,USA

Member Since:

Oct 31, 2012

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

5k:
21:01, (6:46 pace) 11-19-11.
20:08, (6:29 pace) 9-1-12 (Part of a Mini-Triathlon Relay).
19:17, (6:12 pace) 11-17-12.
19:19, (6:13 pace) 11-23-13.
19:30, (6:17 pace) 1-4-14.
20:34, (6:34 pace) 9-13-14
19:49, (6:23 pace) 10-25-14
19:32, (6:17 pace) 11-22-14
19:40, (6:19 pace) 12-19-14
19:49, (6:23 pace) 1-31-16

8k:
34:42, (6:57 pace) 3-17-12.
32:11, (6:28 pace) 3-16-13.
32:32, (6:33 pace) 3-15-14. 

34:00, (6:50 pace) 3-14-15.

33:09, (6:40 pace) 3-11-17.

32:56, (6:38 pace) 3-17-18.

10k:
44:18, (7:08 pace) 4-14-12.
41:22, (6:39 pace) 12-15-12.
42:11, (6:47 pace) 4-13-13.
41:06, (6:37 pace) 12-8-13.

42:03, (6:46 pace) 3-5-16

44:35, (7:11 pace) 8-26-17
12k:
53:53, (7:14 pace) 3-24-12.
49:20, (6:37 pace) 3-1-14
15k:
1:18:16, (8:24 pace) 2-26-11.

1:04:37. (6:56 pace) 2-20-16

1:08:25 (7:18 pace) 2/22/20

Half Marathons:

1:37:57 (7:28 pace) 1-26-20. Fort Lauderdale - A1A 
12 Marathons:
1.  4:12:08, (9:37 pace) 1-9-11. Disney.
2.  4:18:18, (9:51 pace) 10-30-11. MCM.
3.  3:42:26, (8:29 pace) 1-14-12. Charleston.
4.  3:13:15, (7:22 pace) 10-7-12. Steamtown.
5*.  3:12:26, (7:20 pace) 1-19-14. Louisiana.
6*.  3:14:06, (7:24 pace) 4-21-14. Boston.
7*.  3:19:38, (7:37 pace) 7-19-14. U. of Okoboji.
8*.  3:16:27, (7:30 pace) 2-22-15. Mercedes-Benz
9*. 3:30:38 (8:03 pace) 5-15-16 Sugarloaf

10. 3:24:21 (7:48 pace) 11-5-16 Savannah RNR

11. 3:27:37 (7:56 pace) 5-12-18 Brookings

12. 3:46:02 (8:48 pace) 10-7-18 Towpath

* = These 5 races were run at 67.9 seconds per pound. If I want a PR, I need to weigh less than 170 pounds.

Short-Term Running Goals:

2021 GOALS:

Be consistent. 

Also, be less fat. 

Race, if possible. 

9/12/2021 - Med City Marathon

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue running as often as I can, as far as I can, as fast as I can. Teaching my kids (by example) the rewards that come from putting in the work. Very slowly get to 50 states.

Personal:

I'm married, with two sons, 14, and 15.

I started running because someone dared me to.

I ran my first race 3 days after my 40th birthday. (Disney)

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 35.50 Month: 46.25 Year: 707.80
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11.7 miles of hiking in Myakka River State Park. Beautiful Floridaness. 

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2 on the trails then 3.5 hood route. 

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1 on the trails. then I got dizzy and stopped. I have no idea. 

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7.5 miles. Hood route. 7 am start. Kind of snappy pace. Everything just clicking along. It's been so long since I've run anything longer than 5 miles, my body definitely knew when that was. I had a medley of BNL songs from the album "Stunt" stuck in my head. oh, and my heels got severely blistered on that new years day hike, so I had a lot of heel pain while running out there. 

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7.5 miles. hood route to legacy trail and back. 7:45 am start. not as early as I'd hoped. 57ish degrees. 

 

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6 on the trails. 8:30 am start. 50th birthday run. I considered doing something long, or something fast. But I realized this was likely going to be a run with a lot of introspection, so I kept it easy on the trails.

2021 is going to have a lot of anniversaries for me. For example, on 1/9, it will be 10 years since my first race, The Disney Marathon. I thought a lot about that this morning; how training for, and then finishing that race changed the direction of how I spend my free time, and then ultimately, led me to all of you. I thought about the crazy life events that led up to the race, how I ran it without a watch, the folks that run that race and try to get a picture with every character along the course, the sense of accomplishment after, the guy in the parking lot with the 50 marathons in 50 states shirt, etc.

Mostly, I had grateful thoughts this morning. Grateful for Spouse, the kids, that my parents are still around, that I still have a job, and I guess, that I can run 6 miles on beautiful trails next to a creek less than a quarter mile from my house, and even though they are slow miles, I never think about how much work this is. I only think about how lucky I am. 

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From Michael on Wed, Jan 06, 2021 at 20:04:35 from 199.71.52.120

Awesome blog Tom. Great reflection.

Happy 50th.

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5 on the trails. I ate way too much good food last night. I had a really good day yesterday.

I intentionally did not watch the news yesterday. This might start a trend for me.

After living in Florida since 1983, and having 4-6 months of every year having all of the weathermen tell me that every storm is going to be "the big one" and never once lowering the bar of overestimation and exaggeration, I think I have become numb to hyperbole. It's probably best that I shut off all of the folks screaming about the "end of democracy!" for a while. 

... And focus on knocking out the ginormous list of home improvment projects I created for 2021, while listening to some good music. 

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7 on the trails. I was thinking of DMB Drive in Drive out for most of it. 

Now for a long day of pressure washing. 

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1 mile on the trails, then 7.5 miles, hood route to legacy trail and back. all of it was pretty smooth. 

3/4 of the house is pressure washed. finish up today, and perhaps begin paint tomorrow. we shall see. 

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7.75 miles. Hood route to legacy trail over the SWOM bridge and back. 12:00 start. 8 minute Last mile. 45 degrees. I'm glad I finished pressure washing yesterday. Too stinking cold for that today. Painting is postponed until next weekend, when Sherman Williams is having a 30% off exterior paint sale.

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3 on the trails. I got out too late. Again. It's early yet, but this new years resolution of being more disciplined with my time is not going so well. 

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7:15 am start. (getting there, but not early enough yet) 5.5 miles hood route. then 2 miles on the trails. 

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7:15 am start. (again) 5.5 miles hood route. then 2 miles on the trails. pace is picking up.

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late start. but I actually ran fast today. My first not-easy run since...? Since the neighborhood parents vs. kids Christmas soccer game that was a total disaster. 

4 on the trails. A half mile into each of the 4 trail loops, I did (4) x 100+ M sprints, with jog backs on the soccer fields. So all in, that's @ a mile of grass sprints. The default position is really entrenched with easy runs. I'm going to have to force the issue with any kind speed. 

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7.5 miles. hood route to legacy trail and back. 62 degrees. 15 mph wind out of the west. After the turn around, I was flying. 

I have only missed 2 days running this year. 1 wasnew years day - I hiked 11 miles. so I can live with that. And I missed yesterday. Sometimes life gets in the way of running. Either way, it has been a pretty decent week of running. 

Big painting weekend. I hope the weather holds. 

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7.5 miles. Hood route to legacy trail and back. 

Painting works a unique set of muscles. I'm sore today. So this is the non running goal- to paint the entire exterior of the house in one holiday weekend. Friday night - tape the front of the house. Saturday - prime the front of the house, tape the back of the house. Sunday - prime the back of the house, paint the front of the house. Monday - paint the back of the house. So far, I am on schedule. 

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4 on the trails. 

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7.75 miles. hood route to legacy trail, over the SWOM bridge and back. Super hot (70ish) and humid. So much dew out that sounds are muffled. It's like we're just skipping Florida's version of winter this year. The run was surprisingly smooth. I had "Notion" by Kings of Leon and "Sell Out" by Reel Big Fish stuck in my head. Sometimes at the same time, which was annoying. 

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From Burt on Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 10:18:48 from 98.161.146.237

I've never heard of either of those songs. I assume they're songs.

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4 on the trails. just because. I've been sick. no fever, just a lot of sneezing and such. 

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4 more on the trails. Still with the non-fever head cold. 

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4 more on the trails. Slowly coming out of the head cold. 

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7.5 miles. Venetian Waterway Park west. Circus bridge to caspersen beach, then back north along intercoastal waterway to mile marker 3.75 near venice high school and back to circus bridge. 5:30 pm start. Started rough, finished strong. Nice sunset.

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2 on the trails. got dizzy. went home. 

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7.5 miles hood route to legacy trail and back. 8:30 am start. 

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7.5 miles hood route to legacy trail and back. 8:30 am start. 

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3 on the trails at 12:30. I should have eaten something this morning. 

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10.2 miles. Hood route to Legacy Trail to Colonia and back. 70+ degrees. 8:15 am start. Super foggy start. Averaged 9 minute pace both ways, but the pace was really inconsistent.

I had No Surprises by Radiohead stuck in my head for all of it. It has recently occurred to me how awful the lyrics of that song are. But it is total earworm.

In two separate locations, I saw a friend, and my old soccer coach. So that was different. Then later, I saw a dude walking down the sidewalk smoking a joint in broad daylight. Man, times have changed. But I don't think I'm ever going toget used to that. 

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From Burt on Sat, Feb 06, 2021 at 18:35:56 from 98.161.146.237

You should've yelled at the stoner, "This is MAGA country!"

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4 on the trails. 1:30 pm start. 79 deg. 77% hum. 

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4 on the trails. 75 deg. 87% hum., 81 d.p.

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New route. Pinebrook to Edmonson to Border (over I-75) to Jacaranda and north to Cielo and back. 3.6 out. 3.6 back. I think I'm going to refer to this as the "Border to Neal route", since I go by so many Neal Communities. 

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7.5 miles. 3 on the trails, then 3.5 hood route, then 1 more on the trails. 76 deg., 84% hum., 71d.p. I had a medley of Chevelle songs stuck in my head. 

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7.75 miles. Hood Route to Legacy Trail over the SWOM Bridge and back. 8:30 am start. really slow. 77 deg. 89% hum. 74 d.p. This has now turned into a weight loss blog for me, for at least a while. Last week, I weighed in at a whopping 207. There are tons of reasons / excuses, but they are all alternate words for "lack of discipline." 

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7.5 miles. Hood route to legacy trail and back. hot and humid. by the time I got home, my shirt was soaked like I was swimming. 

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From Michael on Mon, Feb 15, 2021 at 08:00:22 from 199.71.52.121

If nothing else, sweating like that drops you a few pounds. Until you re-hydrate, of course.

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7.5 miles. Hood route to Legacy Trail and back. 6:45 am start. Big breeze out of the west. Dinosaur Jr. songs in my head. https://youtu.be/NTBIAyDk_ZE

 

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From seeaprilrun on Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 18:22:26 from 23.119.252.50

Dinosaur Junior? I wonder if this is along the lines of Little baby bum and power ranger songs that I am well versed in.

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3.5 miles, hood route + 4 on the trails. Late start - 7:30 am. Cooler than yesterday with a light mist / rain. Today, I was thinking more about schedules and budgets than I was music. 

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7.5 miles. Hood Route to Legacy Trail and back. 6:30 am start. 75 deg., 96% hum., 74 d.p.

WHY IS IT SO STINKING HOT?!

ARRRGH! 

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7.5 miles. Hood route to legacy trail and back. Then down to englewood for baseball double header. Boy #2 though the might like to give baseball another try. He hasn't played since t-ball. The were mercy rule losses, both games. It was demoralizing. but my guy did better than expected, and kept positive. 

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8 miles. Venetian Waterway Park west. Circus bridge to caspersen beach, then back north along intercoastal waterway to mile marker 4.00 near venice high school and back to circus bridge. 5:20 pm start. Wind picked up a bit out there.

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7.5 miles. hood route to legacy trail and back. 6:30 am start.

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7.5 miles. hood route to legacy trail and back. 6:30 am start.

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7.5 miles. 4 on the trails, then 3.5 hood route. 8 am start. I had Led Zep's in my time of dying for most of it. (The fast part, not the slow part. It's like a 11 minute song.)

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5.5 miles Hood route, then 2 on the trails. I spent about a half mile considering the plural of "crisis"; how to spell it, and how to pronounce it. I was WAY off. 

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From Michael on Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 07:33:08 from 199.71.52.121

I try to keep just one crisis going at a time.

From Tom K on Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 08:37:23 from 47.206.60.114

That's just good policy.

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4 on the trails. late start. 9 am. 75 deg. 64% hum., 62 d.p.

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From Burt on Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 09:12:45 from 98.161.146.237

Watch out for alligators and Hulk Hogans.

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10.2 miles. Hood Route to Legacy Trail to Colonia and back. The most miles for me in a while.

But that's not the big news of the run. I saw Stephen King (and, I'm guessing his wife) out there. Right at the Dona Bay bridge, walking a dog. I knew I was going to see him again after the turn around, so I had about a mile to think of something witty to say to him - Maybe a Cujo joke about his dog; maybe Heeeeere's Stephen, maybe I'm your number one fan, something something pennywise, they're all gonna laugh at you!, get busy living or get busy dying, etc., etc., etc.

I went with "good morning."  

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From Michael on Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 10:25:35 from 199.71.52.121

Keeping it simply is sometimes the best. The others, however, were great too!

From Nora Jo on Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 11:23:47 from 68.50.212.88

Good call on the comment! Were you acknowledged in kind?

From Tom K on Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 12:54:11 from 47.201.57.215

She said good morning.

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on the trails. no celebrity sightings. 

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5.5 miles hood route. hot and misty / rainy. I'm mad at myself for taking the last couple of days off. 

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4 on the trails. 

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4 more on the trails. I was thinking of, like, 1,000 songs, all at the same time. 

https://youtu.be/driK3LHUBo8

 

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1 on the trails. About a half mile in, a guy was walking towards me, no shoes, grey sweatpants, burning incense, and either carrying an urn, or holding his coffee thermos in a way that would make anyone think he had a reverence towards it. I have no interest in seeing where this was going for the next however many laps, so I decided to take it to the hood route for the remainder of my run. So I did hood route to legacy trail to colonia and back.

I really didn't leave the house with the intention of going that far. To be honest, I've been kind of down and out lately, about many things. Running is on the list. I guess I was trying to make up the miles from last week in one run. Which is stupid, but also instinct. 

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5 on the trails. halfway through the 5th lap, I passed an old guy (I'm guessing late 70s). He saw me running and said "I wish I was younger." I said "Me Too." Then I spent a while thinking about my response and how confusing / weird it was. Then I crossed paths with the old guy again. I said "You know, when I said 'me too' I meant I wish I was younger, not you." He said "Yeah, I got that." I was going to run longer, but then I thought I might see with this guy again, and probably couldn't stop myself from further fixing a miscommunication that never happened. 

So I pulled the plug on the run. 

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5.5 miles. Hood Route. Then 2 on the trails. 

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4 on the trails at noon. 

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I know it's not running related, but there is something about when a father sees his kid get a hit in baseball that is really amazing. I can't explain it. I've had pride in my kids before for many different things. But when your kid is at bat, and gets a hit, it is something powerful.

My dad loves baseball. He played all of his youth, and into the Navy. Today he turns 80. He has been hopitalized, had a few surgeries, and we thought we were going to lose him a couple of times since I've been on the blog. In my youth, I played soccer, and my brother played baseball. They have a bond that I don't think I will get with my father because of this.

Around January 27-28 or so, my son Johnny, who hasn't played baseball since t-ball behind the YMCA, decided he wanted to give baseball a try again. He's 14. The other guys on his team and the teams he's playing against have been playing for the last 6-8 years, and probably year round travel ball. I laughed at him. In this day of kid's sports specialization, this would be a HUGE thing, to participate on a team, or even bolder, to contribute. Well, then he got to work practicing. 

Today, my brother flew in from CA to surprise my dad for his birthday, and take him to my son's baseball game. My son caght a fly, then a tricky liner, and knocked the ball into the outfield for a hit. 

My dad wept behind sunglasses.

I had two thoughts at the same time- First, this is the most awesome 80th birthday present I/we could have given this guy. And second, what did I gain by depriving this man of this feeling many years ago? If I had to do it all over again, I think I would have at least tried baseball. 

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4 on the trails. 

back to zero again. 

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7.5 miles. hood route to legacy trail and back. The come back starts again.... 

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2 miles. then emergency bathroom stop. then 5.5 miles. hood route. late start. 

If you lost your wooden leg in Boston, where would you start looking for it?

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7.5 miles. Hood route to legacy trail and back. 

So, as is tradition, I watched "The Quiet Man" yesterday. Mary Kate Danaher is nutzo! That look she gives after burning money and watching her husband almost get sucker punched by her brother, then smiling as she tells him that dinner will be ready when he gets home - bananas! I think they should make "The Quiet Man 2." In the sequel, Mary Kate Danaher goes into therapy to treat her lust for violence, and her obsession with money. Also, we can find out about the resulting property wars, since the widow Tillane would have then been married to Will Danaher, with Mr. and Mrs. Thornton's land separating their properties. Michaeleen O'Flynn would be long dead of liver failure. Finally, I imagine every clergy member depicted in the original movie would have been excommunicated by thier church for being so stinking deceitful.  

p.s. I will still be watching The Quiet Man next year, and trying to figure out what she whispers to him at the end of the movie. 

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From Burt on Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 09:53:21 from 98.161.146.237

Never heard of it. Is it based on a true story?

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1 on the trails, then 3.5 miles hood route. I had Steve Miller Band's "Take the Money and Run" stuck in my head.

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AM: 1 mile runfail on the trails.

Then I got new balance fresh foam 880s at the tent sale.

PM: 7.5 miles on legacy trail.

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From Yasir on Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 09:00:59 from 99.20.240.16

t's good to be back and see you still rolling. Thank you for helping me with my calendar Tom I had 6 months of workouts to fill in lol.

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7.5 miles. 1 pm. venice avenue and legacy trail north for 3.75 and back. sweat burned the eyes bad today. 

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From Yasir on Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 21:37:14 from 99.20.240.16

This trail is turning into a running legacy for you lol.

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4 on the trails. 3 pm start. 

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4 on the trails. 

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5:15 pm start. 7.65 miles on Venetian Waterway Park West. Start at Circus bridge. North to Michael Biehl Park (north end). Over North Bridge and back. I took a camelbak, and I'm glad. 

I got pretty beat up this weekend with a ton of baseball, and a couple hours of beach volleyball yesterday. 

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5 on the trails. foggy. 

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5.5 miles hood route. 6:45 am start. 

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From Yasir on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 21:12:49 from 99.20.240.16

I see that you went back to the hood route. consistent like always keep it Tom.

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7.5 miles. hood route. heavy down pour for miles 1-1.5. blue skies for the rest of it. 

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7.75 miles. Hood route to legacy trail, over the SWOM Bridge and back. 55 degrees? what?

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From Michael on Sat, Apr 03, 2021 at 08:52:51 from 199.71.52.121

Brrr! :)

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Happy Easter. 

I hit 2 hours of grounders, pop flies, and line drives to my son on Saturday. My left shoulder is destroyed. It hurts to do most things, like standing, sitting, lying down, and typing this.....

On Monday. This is not good. 

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5.5 miles. hood route. I wish I got out earlier. 

Hopefully, I'll be surfing later today or tomorrow.

Maybe you'll see me here:

https://www.surfline.com/surf-report/venice-jetties-north/5842041f4e65fad6a7708b15

 

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From Michael on Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 09:22:59 from 199.71.52.121

Oh, I'd LOVE to go surfing! I'll have to try that on my next visit.

From Tom K on Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 09:27:19 from 47.206.60.114

we're headed out now. very small waves today. tomorrow they are supposed to be 2-3', for the gulf coast, that is exceptional.

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4 on the trails. 

7 years ago today, I ran the Boston Marathon. That was the last time I got under 3:15. Also, that was when some super cool stranger took those pictures you see as my profile picture. A lot has changed since then. I doubt I'll get under 3:15 again. I'm about 25-30 pounds heavier. I'm teaching the kid that is touching my cheek in the picture to drive. 

On the other hand, that lady I'm kissing in the picture is still really attractive. 

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4 on the trails. I met a couple visiting from Ohio out there. Nice folks. 

last game of the little league baseball season last night. playoffs start tuesday next week. About 82 days ago, my 14 year old decided he wanted to play baseball. Last night, he pitched in a game for the first time. Just for the first inning. He actually struck a guy out. 

the thing is, I don't know whwere we go from here with baseball. Do I get him intravelteams? Do I work with him non-stop so he can try out for the JV team next year? 

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3.5 miles on venetian waterway park. 5:15 pm start. 

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4on the trails, then 3.5 hood route. 

i had this song stuck in my head.... https://youtu.be/Oy625sZAHN8

or maybe it was this one.... https://youtu.be/exp6HVNTyZw

People today have no idea of the short lived phenomenon of Bobby McFerrin in the 80's.

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From Burt on Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 13:08:35 from 98.161.146.237

Why would you have that song stuck in your head? Wait, maybe I don't want to know.

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4 on the trails. 

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4 on the trails. saw 2 snakes today on the paths. corn snake and black racer. 

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Tuesday and Wednesday North Jetty // Harvey | Venice Jetty Surf Report

my oldest flipping and my youngest falling backwards. 

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From Mark on Fri, May 07, 2021 at 11:43:52 from 24.129.132.74

Cool pictures!

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1 on the trails, then 3.5 miles hood route. After 5 consecutive days of taking at least one kid surfing, I think the streak ends today. The gulf of mexico is a lake today. It has been a really good week, though. 

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5 on the trails.

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2 on the trails. saw 3 snakes. so then, 3.5 miles hood route. 

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1 mile on the trails. Then I met and talked to the tire-dragging guy (Isaac) for a really long time. Then 5.5 miles hood route. 

He's 40 and does those 12 and 24 hour spartan-typed races. So he trains on trails, and rarely runs roads. He trains by what his garmin watch / heart rate monitor tells him to do. He also trains with headphones, adheres to dynamic stretching, watches his diet, sleep, and does extensive cross training. He uses pre, post, and during workout dietary supplements. Most importantly, he drags the tire to simulate hills (since most of his races have a lot of hills). I said why not run the bridges over the intercoastal waterway? That would be running on pavement, which is kind of a deal breaker. 

It's funny. I really enjoyed talking to this dude. But for training and goals, we couldn't be more different. Running is my therapy. I feel bad that this guy will never know what it's like to work out a problem that has been bothering you for a while on the course of the run. He feels bad that I will never reach my best performance because I don't plan and micro analyze every training run.

Just know that if you ever see me post my heart rate on a run, my blog has been hacked. 

https://fastrunningblog.com/u/tomkutt/blog-7-on-trails-8-15-am-start-It-39-s/11-16-2020.html

 

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From Eugene on Fri, May 14, 2021 at 20:00:41 from 47.223.80.141

did somebody say something?

From Tom K on Fri, May 14, 2021 at 20:28:47 from 47.201.59.235

Yes, about a g-g-g-ghost! I hope she's enjoying the afterlife.

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12.9 miles. hood route to legacy trail to Venice Avenue and back. If April can do a 50 miler as a rut buster, I can do not quite 13. 

I saw an old friend at 1.5 deep and talked to him for a minute or two. He's the guy that was part of the "push a car for a marathon" fundraiser group. 

I guess talking to tire puller heart rate hair product yesterday got me thinking that I need to get on with training for a race. I can't run for the sake of running with no race on the horizon. Med City Marathon is in 4 months, the price is right, and flights there are cheap. So here we go. Let's see if I can actually get there, and what time I can pull off. 

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10.2 miles. Hood route to legacy trail to colonia and back. Low humidity today. I had the most obscure song in my head today. Psychopomp by the tea party.

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From Nora Jo on Sun, May 16, 2021 at 09:22:39 from 68.50.212.88

Good mileage to begin the week!

From Tom K on Sun, May 16, 2021 at 11:50:31 from 47.201.59.235

Right back at ya sister! You did 14!

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3 on the trails. i never felt right, so i went home. 

4pm: 3 on legacy trail. from troll music north over roberts bay and back. 

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2 pm start. Hot breeze. we had AC repair guy eat up the morning at our house. 2 on the trails. 3.5 miles. hood route, then 2 more on the trails. I had Chris Isaac's Baby did a bad, bad thing stuck in my head for all of it. 

Also, my oldest turned 16 today. We had a big dinner celebration. So, all the people that were made during Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne are now getting their driver's licenses. 

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at the track. 2 up. (8) x 400M, 2 down. 1:34, 1:36, 1:38, 1:35, 1:35, 1:31, 1:32, 1:30. Better than expected. 

I've been thinking about signing up for a race, since that is now becoming a thing again. I didn't want to do it before seeing if I could run something faster than "easy". 

 

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From Michael on Thu, May 20, 2021 at 07:39:40 from 199.71.52.121

Happy Anniversary Tom (Thursday, right?). I think it's 27 years. Way to go.

From Tom K on Thu, May 20, 2021 at 07:46:23 from 47.206.60.114

Dude! You're awesome for remembering. Thanks.

From Jason D on Tue, May 25, 2021 at 21:13:29 from 73.161.42.48

Sign up and see what happens. People are either in ridiculous shape (see all the recent records) or terrible shape (see me, for instance).

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6 on the trails. surprisingly snappy pace. Also:

1. Today Spouse and I are married for 27 years. I always feel very lucky in this aspect of my life.

2. I signed up for MedCity Marathon in Rochester, Minnesota. I have 4 months to get back to being a decent runner. 

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4 on the trails. then 1.5 miles hood route. I spent way too much time talking to folks I haven't seen in a while today. 

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16.25 miles. Hood route to legacy trail to the circus bridge and back. Right at 10 minute miles. I never pushed it. I haven't run this far since 5/16/2020.

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8 miles. Hood route to legacy trail. then an extra 0.25 mile run to an emergency bathtroom stop, then home. 

Pm: 0.5 up. (10) x 0.15 mile hill (north bridge) sprints. Jog down hill. 0.5 cool down. I could have used a longer warm up / cool down. If you want to know if you're in shape or not, do some hill sprints. Wow. I have work to do.

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5 on the trails

PM: 3 more on legacy trail. 1.5 north from troll music over Roberts bay and back.

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1:30 pm at track. 1.5 up. (4) x 800M w/ 400M recoveries. 1.5 down. 3:25, 3:21, 3:25, 3:27.

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6 miles. middle 2 in 14:59. 2:30 pm start. 

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16.25 miles. Hood route to legacy trail to circus bridge and back. 2nd to last mile in 7:44. Hot and sunny. 3 separate equipment failures with the camelbak at miles 2, 9, and 12. clips kept popping out. Oh well. At least there were no emergency bathroom stops on this run. 

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7 miles on legacy trail. venice avenue north to 3.5 miles and back. 5 pam start. the boat ramp was packed. there was a steady stream of boats going under the dona bay bridge too. decent, but slow run. 

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2.75 on trails. 2 @ 15:11, hood route. 2.75 hood route home. 

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3.5 on the trails. kind of a run fail. Now off to get root canal work!

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6 pm At track. 2 up. (4) x 800M, W/ 400M AR, 2 down. 800s were 3:11, 3:21, 3:22, and 3:18.

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1 on the trails. 7.5 miles. hood route. 11:45 am start. 

We spent the weekend driving 7.5 hours to and 7.5 hours from and on the Florida Alabama line. My nephew was married Saturday in Florala, Alabama, on a lake that is half in Florida, half in Alabama. Anyhow, the drive was a killer. I had visions of getting a run in Sunday night when I got back, but the ride home beat me up. My 16 year old son drove the family all the way up, and half way back. He left home as an interstate driving novice. By the time we got home, he was pretty comfortable with it, and I was feeling pretty good about my patience level in the passenger seat. 

2.5 on legacy trail. from Troll Music north to Roberts Bay bridge and back. 

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6:40 am start. hood route to legacy trail bathroom and back. 0.75 up. 3 miles in 22:52. 0.25 to bathroom. 4 miles home. 

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7.5 miles. Hood route to legacy trail and back. strange run.

First, on the way out I went by the middle school - last week of school, by the way - someone posted real estate signs in front of the school that said "MASKS DON'T WORK". I  mean, last week of school, someone spent money on this, what are they trying to accomplish? totally weird. 

Then, on the way back, after the school, I see my son walking up the sidewalk.  I said "Where's your bike?" He said "It broke, so I left it at Publix." I said "Did you lock it?" He said no. So I ran 2 miles today pushing a broken bike home.

School can't end fast enough for me. 

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From Nora Jo on Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 07:14:35 from 68.50.212.88

Florida has a late end to the school year. I've been out for almost 3 weeks. I do agree that school could not end soon enough. This was quite the interesting school year. I hope that next year is not so disruptive, and political. I will most likely retire at the end of 2022. That'll make an even 30 years.

You are doing a good job pushing your speed during the start of the hot summer months.

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10:30 am At track. 2 up. (4) x 800M, W/ 400M AR, 1 down. 800s were 3:10, 3:27, 3:19, and 3:18.

very hot. 

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From Mike on Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 09:15:53 from 35.142.90.55

They locked all of our tracks up around here since last March :(

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3 on the trails. 8 am start. for some reason, the extreme heat and humidity haven't been here yet this summer, at least by local standards. that all changed this week. 87 deg., 66% hum., 74 d.p., feels like 96!

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From Mike on Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 09:16:21 from 35.142.90.55

Can I get an 'amen'!

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