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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.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 156.60
Asics White Lifetime Miles: 213.40
Galaxy 5 Lifetime Miles: 117.10
NB Foam Lifetime Miles: 42.60
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Asics White Miles: 21.10
Race: Runontrails Solitude (4.14 Miles) 00:45:38, Place overall: 47, Place in age division: 5
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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
Race: Runontrails Snowbird (6.5 Miles) 01:11:00
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Place doesn't matter as we all ran the wrong course. Results here. This was a broad road up to the narrow path so played well into getting into the group one should run with. But even as we hit the track 1/2 mile in I was feeling it. This course, like Snowbird in general, is steep up and down, no breaks. Got into walking up the trails pretty quickly and consistently throughout. Talked to a few people, played tag, mentioned how glorious the downhill would be. Boy was I wrong. For starters, one mile in we had all started on the long course, so by the time we hit the downhill which was an open road, we were quite off course, and the open road was nice, except it was steep. Whatever the gradient is it's too steep for me to let go and feel comfortable (perhaps owing slightly to my fitness--that's a joke) but it's just over the level of being freely descendable. Becky the skinny girl passed me halfway thru the ups and while I opened up on the downhill, I really didn't/couldn't catch too many people. Felt like we descended for at least 2 miles. Had been playing tag with 2 younger girls, but by the time we got back onto a track, a few runners realized we were off course.

I thought maybe we were close to having missed the turn, and started back telling everyone we were wrong, saw 2 runners start to trek across the long meadowed open area with no discernible track so I did the same. One guy had said we were at 4.4 miles so I knew we were off. Unlike everyone else (nearly 50 people I saw) I wasn't willing to run the long course, particularly when I could see that we were way off, I could see that we were already far below the finish and the track kept going the wrong way. So I slopped thru the meadowed hillside, got my shoes wet, but found a roadway back.  'Course by that point there was hardly the motivation to walk fast, let alone jog. I came upon a path we apparently had run up, probably did at least 1.5 miles on the detour, but by the time I got to the road near the beginning I was pretty much done. Uphill finish, which was nice, but I was in no mood, so when I saw the kids, Robo and Phin, I was walking. Nate told me I was about 1:10, got the courage to run the last 50 and was ready to out.

All in all glad for the race, as I was walking back saw Becky finish, I probably wouldn't have kept up with her, by time and comparative runners I maybe saved 8 minutes (not to mention I hardly ran as I detoured). Good, hard workout. Wasn't as sore as I expected the next day. Plantar not as tight as last time. Getting into shape. Weight 198, so almost a Clydsdale. Do Clydsdales run on trails? No, they only pull beer wagons.

By God's grace and for His glory. "Christ in us the hope of glory."

Asics White Miles: 7.50
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Race: Taylorsville Dayzz (3.107 Miles) 00:24:11, Place overall: 25, Place in age division: 7
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I know racing reveals and training conceals (and builds) but I couldn't help myself. Late onset quad soreness from downhilling Wed, but biked early to this race and got out there. Asked Teren if he'd still win the race in his 50s, he ran 17:09 last year but got down to 16 again this year. He says he's only doing half the mileage he used to do, aerobic capacity still there, but less strength. I don't know what's more impressive, him or Emily. Felt pretty sluggish on the w/u, just got out slowly, getting into the crowd, after we got to the turns on the other side of the park, felt like I already couldn't find my pacing group. Was 6:50 getting out to the canal road, felt like I was warmed up but just jogging pace.

Got into the neighborhoods and knew the dreaded back and forth for my out-of-shape-ness was going to hurt. Passed by a Clydsdale somewhere in there, passed one guy and we were behind a youngun, told him we should catch him, I did, then later the 30s guy caught back up and said we were doing 7:10 pace (?), was trying to catch Clydsdale but ended up following 30s into the park and around, sprinted past him and enjoyed finishing 3 minutes slower than I figure I'd be if I were in shape.

But I'm learning to appreciate the joys, and also realize that knowing there's work to be done gives motivation. This will be one of the harder times for me to get back into shape, need to have muscular tone and eating right. Rode my bike back before the kids woke up. Before this if I'd done this much work I probably would have lost 5 pounds. But I think since building the fence and running more I'm down 12 pounds total. 

Asics White Miles: 3.60
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Asics White Miles: 21.10
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