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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: 3.00 Year: 156.60
Asics White Lifetime Miles: 213.40
Galaxy 5 Lifetime Miles: 117.10
NB Foam Lifetime Miles: 42.60
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Twice w Jo in stroller? Once to Zogg's old house, chugging along. 3.5

Sun - bike to church, bike with Nate to Mark Twain til flat tire, then I lugged the bike trailer for the win and the workout, 10 m

Mon - found good trail up Butler canyon, one close call w Jo on road at hairpin turn b4 discovering trail, ran all the way up thru Big Cottonwood's parking lot, neighborhood across up to outroad access, down thru construction zone and clear, 45 min 3.5 m

Tues - little sleep (Manchester by the Sea--where's the redemption?); from ICS trail up to top, feeling sluggish but on the way down felt strong, 3m 

Adidas Miles: 3.50Asics White Miles: 6.50
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 18:48:58 from

Your Manchester by the Sea comment. Slightly cryptic but I know what you mean. Lots of fairly meaningful exploration of human frustration, stupidity, and weakness but, yeah, no real peace at the end. Might have to watch it again since its free right now on Amazon prime.

I don't suppose you were realistically expecting to find the kind of redemption you're talking about from Hollywood were you?

From Glory in the long run on Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 16:23:05 from

There was a "wordly" form of peace at the end. A resignation that "this is all there is" and whether or not one can overcome one can at least be resigned to live. The motto is "It is what it is" and "Live and let live."

However, this of course isn't real peace, as we'd both agree. You're right, Hollywood is notoriously poor at redemption and its portrayal, though there are some great movies portraying redemption. I'd say the Harry Potter series certainly did (though of course JK Rowling is a Christian).

I'd also say that good movies portraying redemption do well at the box office--not just "happily ever after" but actual overcoming of this world of sin and frustration. But the problem with Hollywood is it has no script to recognize sin, because sin means having to deal with a Creator, a Holy God who one has sinned against. That the world is not all there is nor all it should or could be.

In the same vein, Ben Affleck (brother of Casey) wrote the screenplay for "Live by Night" which is slightly more redemptive. It's a gangster movie with a moral soul where (*spoiler alert*) the theme is that "If this is all there is, we might as well make the most of it." And this entails a certain moral living, humanitarian ethos, and the "hope that God exists." However, since we cannot be sure of heaven, we must realize that this earth is heaven, and we must make it as heavenly as we should.

The movie has soul, a quasi-Catholic moral center without religiosity. But of course this still misses the mark since hope that is ethereal is not substantive. I can hope that I'll run a 17:30 5K but I should also be realistic. So I'd rather have real hope. God does exist, hope for heaven is real. We can certainly make this earth as heavenly as we can, but unless we deal with the very real sin problem humanity has there is no "heaven on earth." But we do have the solution, Jesus died for sin, thus showing both the gravity of sin (it deserves death) and the fulness of our deliverance from it. Jesus died that we might believe in Him and live, having eternal life.

Sorry so long, Peace

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