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Member Since:

Nov 20, 2007



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

Eden 10-miler 65:47

Half Marathon 1:26:17

5K 18:01

 I rank somewhere between the competitive recreational runner and the competitive highschool runner. Here's the scale:

10 - World record holder; 9 - Olympic Athlete; 8 - National elite; 7 - Professional runner; 6 - College All-american; 5 - College runner; 4 - Local elite; 3 - Competitive runner; 2 - Recreational runner; 1 - Jogger

It's a tough scale.

Short-Term Running Goals:


  • Run for fun and health, be fit in my 40s
  • Run a strong half marathon, under 1:25, good, under 1:20, great.

Long-Term Running Goals:

  • Be a disciplined runner, to be competitive in my age category, and feel strong while racing.
  •  Somehow actually put together a full year of running: increased discipline and decreased distraction and injuries
  • Be a 17/36 guy for 5K/10K (not realistic now)
  • Be a competitive Master's runner


Spoken for, Christian, piano player, soli deo gloria, at least that's the ideal. Living for Triune God, beautiful wife, cute sons, self; hopefully in that order but Adam's nature and my own choices, not to mention worldly temptations like to play with the ideal.

Idealism, tempered by reality, with a healthy skepticism.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 3.00 Year: 156.60
Asics White Lifetime Miles: 213.40
Galaxy 5 Lifetime Miles: 117.10
NB Foam Lifetime Miles: 42.60
Race: Runontrails Solitude (4.14 Miles) 00:45:38, Place overall: 47, Place in age division: 5
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Getting out to be motivated to run. First part on switchbacks got log-jammed, but was good to start out conservative. Passed some and was getting into a rhythm. A mile before started walking on the uphills, got to a group of like runners, but made some passes on long uphill switchbacks before wide track. Asked someone how far we'd gone, 1.5m. Just pacing myself. Mostly walked uphill, then running flat and downhill, played tortoise and hare with older guy before I passed him and skinny lady. Got into a good group going downhill, had a guy from Nevada who I'd talked to at beginning pass me and motivate me on the wide road before we got into the downhill. Thought I'd catch some on the downhill, maybe 2 girls but was surprised at the group's ability to downhill. Fun to just let go.

As we neared the finish and around the loop to finish I knew I couldn't go faster, was just holding on to edge of oxygen. High weight to strength ratio--good for downhills, not up. Older guy and skinny girl both passed me and were maybe 20 seconds ahead. Overall feel great about just getting out there. 

Left Phin at start, he ran first 300 yards with me, he biked a little, glad to have the bike since rode back and forth to truck 3 times. Got a little chilly, threw a few discs at the basket, chatted with speedy Bill Cobler, waited for raffle. Could have sworn heard number called. 

Right foot a little stretched, plantar pad tight--related to general metatarsal weakness? Did some biking in the morning with P & J, and 21 ball with Preston and friend after working.


Asics White Miles: 10.00
From Zack on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 12:49:10 from

Welcome back to the blog my fine fellow friend! Well done on the race!

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