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Member Since:

Mar 20, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

PR's:

  • 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)

Marathons:

  • 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.

 

Personal:

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
50.431.200.005.100.000.000.0056.73
Glycerin 8 Miles: 9.60Asics Equation Miles: 16.73Nimbus 11 Paris Miles: 9.70Brooks Launch Miles: 20.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
9.100.000.000.500.000.000.009.60

9.6 miles @ 8:08 average pace.  Back home after a weekend away in my hometown for HS reunion.  Ran by myself this morning.  Had to stop a couple of times at first as my ankles felt tight, hate it when that happens.  Once I loosened up things were a lot better.  I ran mostly in my neighborhood and past the golf course and then a little bit into Thousand Oaks neighborhood.

I did 6 strides at the end of 25 seconds each with 1 minute jogs between.

Glycerin 8 Miles: 9.60
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.660.000.000.000.000.000.008.66

8.66 miles @ 8:03

Was supposed to run with Jenny, but it was raining, so she went for the treadmill and I decided to take my chances with the rain as soon as it slowed down a little.  I waited a bit for the rain to stop which it did, started my run, got rained on off and on but at least it was nice and cool. More evenly paced today than yesterday.  It would have been nice to listen to some music but that's just asking for trouble when it is raining out.  Also, not listening to music when you really want to makes me appreciate more the next time I can.

Yesterday afternoon my legs were a bit sore.  Not sure if it was left over from the 5K or if it was just from doing the strides at the end of yesterday's run.  Anyway, much better feeling today.

Asics Equation Miles: 8.66
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
9.100.600.000.000.000.000.009.70

Great run with Jenny, rain held off, we started out a little faster than usual and then ran an even pace, did an extra out and back past the house to get over 9 for the morning.

In the evening I did the first 30 minutes of the P90x yoga dvd.  I was watching it on a portable dvd player when the battery died and figured it was a good stopping point anyway as it was pretty tough compared to my usual easy 14 minute routine.  The whole thing would have been an hour and a half.

Nimbus 11 Paris Miles: 9.70
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
8.940.000.001.500.000.000.0010.44

Ran with Jenny for about 7 miles, then did 6 X 400 with a goal of 1:26 each.

Actual: 1:26, 1:23, 1:22, 1:26, 1:24, 1:20

On the first one I thought I was going to die, but then felt better on the second one and the rest went by quicker.  Did equal time rest between the repeats.  I felt good on these afterward because I have usually only done this pace on strides, so it was a little step up in distance.

Average pace: 8:26

In the evening I did yoga from a TV show that Jenny recorded, about a half an hour, pretty good, not quite as intense as P90x but not lame either.

Brooks Launch Miles: 10.44
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
7.470.600.000.000.000.000.008.07

Ran by myself around the neighborhood.  The temperature actually felt kind of pleasant.  I needed to get back home by about 7:15 so I cut the run a little bit short.  Good idea also because I am going to do another 5K tomorrow morning. Did the last 0.6 miles just under 7:00 pace but I did not realize it until after I stopped, guess I was in a nice zone.

Average pace: 8:02

It will be interesting to see if I'll be slower (will be warmer than last weekend),  faster (maybe I'll do a better job warming up), or the same (fitness will be about the same as it was last weekend).

Asics Equation Miles: 8.07
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Race: Red Mule Runners 5K (3.11 Miles) 00:19:13, Place overall: 36, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
7.160.000.003.100.000.000.0010.26

Red Mule Runners 5K in Brooksville, FL, 1st place masters, 19:13 time.  I was hoping to cash in on some lessons I learned last week.  Last week's race was cooler temperature wise but this week's race was flatter - although the course was quite slippery.

Woke up this morning at about 5:15 and was on the road by 5:46.  The race was at a place called Lake McKethan Park just north of Brooksville.  I couldn't find an address or any official information about the park (except for an article about how the police had been cracking down on "cruising" activity in the park, and that lots of races have been held there).

As I was driving there I felt hungry so I stopped at a convenience store for a PowerBar energy bar and a bottle of Gatorade, then continued on.  I found the park ok after just one wrong turn.  Got my bib and then got ready to warm up.  I talked briefly to a guy named Ernie that had just done the DesNews marathon.  He was on a quest to do a second round of a marathon in all 50 states.

Warm up felt pretty good, did a total of just over 3 miles with about 4 good strides thrown in.  But, by the end of the warm up I was pretty hot and sweaty so decided this would be a no shirt race for me.

The course was a single lane paved road around the lake.  We would do 2 full loops and then go off road for the last 0.2 miles.  There was also an off-road section, maybe 200 feet long near the end of each loop.   When I was on my warm up I noticed about half of the course was very slippery, especially a section where there was a wet and oily strip down the center.  As usual, I was not aggressive enough in shoving my way up to the front.  The race was loaded with high school kids.  This race is pretty well know locally as a tune up race before the start of HS cross country.  Also, the starting line was wider than the road, but everyone had to be on the road by about 150 feet.  I had a tough time getting on the road and getting in front of the people that went out to fast, something that is hard to practice for during training runs.

About 0.4 miles into the race I was still only at a 7:10 pace.  The line thinned out and I was able to start picking people off.  At one mile there was someone calling out times, 6:14 for me.  My Garmin was slightly off, but in a good way, it said I was going slower than I really was. 

I got about 1 second faster per mile on each mile.  At about 2 miles, I passed the last masters runner that I knew of.  I had no idea how far ahead the lead pack was.  As I was on the final off-road portion I managed to pass one more person.  I was pleased to see the time clock was still in the low 19:xx's as I approached it.  The coach of one of the HS kids that finished about the same time as me was there and said to him "19 minutes, we can work with that, I'll get you down to 18 minutes in one month" -  that sounded good to me so I said "what about me?" he smiled and said it might take longer than a month to get me down to 18 minutes.

After the race, I even managed to get in another 3.5 miles or so for a cool down.

 

 

Lead pack - I didn't actually see these guys but it was a good picture showing the course.


Brooks Launch Miles: 10.26
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
50.431.200.005.100.000.000.0056.73
Glycerin 8 Miles: 9.60Asics Equation Miles: 16.73Nimbus 11 Paris Miles: 9.70Brooks Launch Miles: 20.70
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