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Member Since:

Mar 20, 2007



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:


  • 1 mile : 5:43 (3/2017)
  • 5K : 18:34 (12/2011)
  • 5 mile : 32:03 (5/2010)
  • 10K : 39:29 (11/2013)
  • 11K: 46:47 (July 2008)
  • Half Marathon : 1:26:47 (11/2012)
  • Marathon : 3:06:34 (02/2010)
  • 50K Trail: 4:34 (01/2012)
  • 50 Mile: 8:34:48 (4/2012)
  • 100K: 11:06 (2/2012)
  • 100 Mile: 29:03:39 (6/2013)


  • Marine Corps Marathon - 3:27:00, Oct 2016
  • Marine Corps Marathon - 3:28:12, Oct 2015
  • Pocatello Marathon (ID) - 3:32:25, Sept 2015
  • Chasing The Unicorn (PA) - 3:31:20, Aug 2015
  • Run for The Red (Poconos) - 3:30:40, May 2015
  • Boston - 3:24:42, Apr 2015
  • Clearwater - 3:27:04, Jan 2015
  • Clearwater - 3:16:17, Jan 2014
  • Boston  - 3:27:00, Apr 2011
  • DesNews - 3:10:57, Jul 2010
  • Gasparilla  - 3:06:34, Feb 2010
  • Space Coast - 3:11:29, Nov 2009
  • Estes Park  (7500' and up) - 3:52:19, Jun 2009
  • Boston - 3:17:22, Apr 2009
  • Niagara Falls - 3:19:21, Oct 2008
  • San Diego RnR  - 3:24:18, Jun 2008
  • Jacksonville Marathon -3:21:24, Dec 2007
  • Chicago Marathon - 3:35:08, Oct 2007
  • Disney Marathon - 3:52:34, Jan 2007





Short-Term Running Goals:


  • Sub 40:00 10K
  • 2:59 Marathon
  • 1:25 Half Marathon
  • 18:30 5K


Long-Term Running Goals:

Maintain my health and continuously seek to improve my fitness. Maybe someday get under 3:00 for marathon. More importantly, I'd like to figure out what my maximum ability is and reach that.

I'd also like to find the right balance in life and use running to enhance and improve myself.



Dad of  two awesome kids.

Also, have one wonderful brown dog named Sammy and just added a grey tiger cat whose life started out rough but now has a better home.

I've recently started another blog so I can easily add lots of pictures and so other non-FRB users can leave comments:

Forward Progress!

 Also, for 2012 I started a blog to write down each day one thing that I am grateful for

Grateful Blog


Love living in Florida but love to travel and see the country and rest of the world.


Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 18.10 Month: 164.28 Year: 1190.74
Brooks T7 Lifetime Miles: 202.78
Brooks ST5 Lifetime Miles: 403.91
GoMeb Speed3 Lifetime Miles: 483.77
Brooks Pure Flow Lifetime Miles: 160.60
Brooks Launch(lobster) Lifetime Miles: 782.98
GoMeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 468.00
Race: Boston Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:27:00, Place overall: 6759, Place in age division: 1201
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance

The conditions were perfect and the course and spectators at Boston are wonderful, but today was not PR or close to PR for me, but I still had fun and still learned some lessons along the way.

Waiting for the bus felt cold, and we somehow ended up in the longest line, waiting well over an hour.  By the time we got on the bus I kind of had to use the bathroom already but figured the wait wouldn't be so bad.  Once we got off 95 and onto 495, the traffic slowed and it started taking longer to get there.  Once we were in town, but not all the way to the starting area, a few guys on the bus got off early since they couldn't wait any longer.  Finally made it there without having an accident.  We had all been warned about not drinking too much before the bus ride, all I had was one small glass of water that morning!

Now it was just after 9:00 and it seemed like all of the sudden it was 9:30.  Had time to find a free PowerBar from the PowerBar tent, eat it and head over to the baggage bus.  Still felt cold so I kept the sweatshirt on I was wearing.  Was hoping to save the sweatshirt as I had bought it for Jenny one year when I went to Toronto.

Got to the start line finally about 10 minutes before the start of the race.  No longer cold while in the corral since it was packed with runners.  On the walk/jog to the starting area my legs didn't feel quite right but I was still hopeful that things would come together.

Trying to repeat my success from two years ago, I tried to see if I could make my first mile my slowest mile of the race, so I resisted the urge to go fast and took it easy with an 8:12 pace mile.  The plan after that was to go faster and try and get into a pace that was faster but still felt natural.

The next 8 miles ranged between 7:12 and 7:31.  I quickly warmed up, took off the hat, arm warmer and gloves.  Was able to hang onto the arm warmer and hat but had no room to stash the gloves, so I had to say good bye to them (they were the free HP Boston gloves from two years ago).

Now, I felt hot.  I've never felt hot in mid 50's weather before, and my legs were not feeling great, actually the were pretty sore.  Decided to slow down for a while and see if that helped.

I wanted to quit, but that's just non sense.  There was nothing wrong with me, just not having a great run, but I was at Boston, running the Boston Marathon.  There were timing mats to cross and people would be tracking me.  There were people who would love to run Boston but would not be able to or for that matter people who would love to run but would not be able to run.

Slowed down a little bit the next two miles, and had a slightly faster mile through mile 12, then things begin to vary more.

About 1:39 through the first half, then was feeling a bit discouraged again the next few miles until getting to the Newton Hills. 

Going up the hills I actually felt better than during the down hill portion or flat portions.  I had foam letters on my shirt spelling out my name, so there were tons of people calling out to me, which really helped.

After my first two marathons, where I was hit with some pretty bad calf cramps, I began taking extra salt for marathons.  One packet at the start and one around mile 18 - 20.  But, I had forgotten my salt today and became worried about cramping.  I had a few warning twinges in my calf starting about mile 13 and my right arm started cramping up so I had trouble lifting it.   But, the bad cramps never came. I was ok without the extra salt.

Going up heartbreak hill I suddenly felt a lot better, I felt great.  I think it was the best I felt during the whole race.

I saw my sister-in-law Nancy somewhere in mile 22, just after heartbreak.  My brother was there but I missed him.  My parents and Jenny's parents had seen me about mile 17 but I did not see them, although I did look in there direction when they called my name.

The thing I like about Boston is that the usual saying about a marathon having two halves - the first 20 miles and the last 6.2, is not true for Boston, because I was so focused on getting up and excited about Heartbreak hill, that the hard part in only about 5 miles long!!

 Next few miles were ok, took them one by one.  Saw the Citgo sign in the distance and then once past it, suddenly found some speed I had forgotten about.  Turned the corner onto Boylston, sped up some more and made it to the finish.

During the last 5 or 6 miles, and looking at the time clocks along the way I knew I could make it under 3:30 if I stayed faster than 9:00 pace, which I did, so that bit of math helped me to keep on going.

My legs were killing me on the walk to the baggage bus and then to the family meeting area.  Grabbed my phone and called to see where Jenny was.  Glad to hear that she was ok.  A little slower than planned but would be along soon.  Put clothes back on as I started to cool down finally and found place to sit.

Met up with Jenny and Jamie at the "PQ" sign and then waited for my parents and my brother who had brought along some extra shirts to keep us warm.

Well, it was quite an experience.  I never fell apart but could have done better I suppose, but great to have showed up, run it again and finish!!

Splits from Garmin: 1) 8:12, 2) 7:27, 3) 7:15, 4) 7:15, 5) 7:37, 6) 7:16, 7) 7:12, 8) 7:36, 9) 7:31, 10) 7:49, 11) 8:04, 12) 7:36, 13) 7:43, 14) 8:09, 15) 8:16, 16) 7:59, 17) 8:23, 18) 8:10, 19) 8:30, 20) 8:12, 21) 8:04, 22) 8:21, 23) 8:29, 24) 8:14, 25) 8:41, 26) 7:33, 26.22) 1:31 (6:59 pace)


Official Splits:

5k 10k 15k 20k Half 25k 30k 35k 40k
0:23:43 0:46:42 1:09:48 1:33:50 1:39:06 1:58:56 2:24:50 2:50:44 3:16:44
Finish: Start Offset Pace Proj. Time Offl. Time Overall Gender Division
  0:07:54   3:27:00 6759 5678 1201

Brooks Launch (black) Miles: 26.20
From jtshad on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 16:57:30 from

Congrats on a strong race. Not every race can be a PR and sometimes you just have one of those days. I am proud of you for being mentally strong enough to see it through, put the race in perspective and overcome the issues that were nagging you.

Well done on finishing another Boston, and finishing it strong!

From Tom on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 17:01:00 from

Good job gutting it out and still having a solid race. Boston is amazing no matter what happens during the race!

From JimF on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 20:36:54 from

Great job sticking it out and finishing a solid marathon. Sounds like you learned some things that will prepare you for future races.

From Mark on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 21:26:57 from

Thanks All!

I'll be back again and ready next time.

Almost nothing beats Boston.

From Rob Murphy on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 21:58:16 from

Hey Mark, belated congratulations of running Boston. I'll have to agree with everyone else here -and you. I've run Boston teice and never had what I considered to be a good race. Still enjoyed every minute of the experience.

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