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September 17, 2019

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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: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 1266.58
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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance

I did not have a solid running plan for this morning.  I woke up and the clock said 6:xx, I closed my eyes, opened them and it said 7:43.  It was already getting hot outside so I figured I would go and pick up the dogs from the kennel first and then do my run later on the treadmill.

The dogs were happy to see the family and vice versa.

I went to the Y and did 6.1 miles on the treadmill, at just slightly faster than 8:00 pace.  I was hoping I'd feel faster now that I was running at sea level, but I didn't really.  But, then again I was not running this fast at altitude so I guess I was faster, just not faster than when I left.  Anyway, it was a good run and felt good to be back home even though the vacation was great.

Here are some pictures from this past week:

Sunday - Estes Park Marathon

Here is Jenny running in with me for most of the last mile, almost done

Here, I thought I was still racing, notice the pinched cup

Monday - recovery at Winter Park, thought this might help loosen me up


Alpine slide fun!

Tuesday - rafting

I volunteered to take one of the "duckies" with the boys riding in the front, it was a blast!

Wednesday - Rocky Mountain National Park


Until today, I had never heard of, let alone seen a marmot

I think this is my new favorite picture:

Thursday - bike riding

and hanging out at the cool playground in Winter Park


Asics Gel Equation (new) Miles: 6.10
From Carolyn in Colorado on Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 23:36:06 from

It looks like you had a really fun vacation. I'm glad you enjoyed Colorado. Come again some time. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Is that a bungie trampoline you were on in one of the pictures?

From Burt on Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 00:03:50 from

Great pictures Mark. My 6 year old daughter thinks it's weird that you married someone taller than you.

Also, it's still driving me nuts that I can't think of who you remind me of in your other picture. GRRR!!!!

From Mark on Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 16:37:33 from

Carolyn, yes, a bungie trampoline, I was peer pressured into trying it, glad I did.

Burt, actually, I think I might be about 1/8" taller than Jenny but it sure looks like she is taller in some of these pictures. Also, I am using photo bucket now based on your suggestion, thanks!

From jtshad on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 17:01:12 from

Great pics, looks like you and the family had a great time...glad you got home safely as well. Back to the grind!

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