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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: 54.00Fitsole Miles: 100.00
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Some resting, but not exercising and getting the engines going in my 40s proves the day lethargic.

Tue - on 11th, 3 on 3, 3 smart players beat me playing harder and harder, got closer every time and the body gets better with stimulus, 1.5m

Thu - long run, construction, hill, overlook, downhill, S neighborhoods bordering open plot, with Jo sleeping; 45 to an hour?, then once around the block at high tempo, was more piqued than I thought I'd be, 7m;
Walk w B before ball, then called Drew for a contrasting perspective. Dropped the phone and played, on 11th w younger Asian crowd, tried to lead the team, couldn't quite get it on first try, sometimes biting off too much but overall above the line, got on a good team w Carlos--noticed that there are automatically guys I'd want on my team and not, glasses Jacob makes improbable stop shots, guarded a much quicker small guy, had to get burned a few times b4 I gave him space, won, but then the last game, 4 on 4 didn't quite win; 2m
sore waking up, walked P to school

New blue basketball shoes last few weeks

Asics White Miles: 8.00
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Race: PUN Run 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:22:47, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 3
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Certainly feels like I ran last Fri but can't remember. Discing with kids Sat morning, then rest on Sun, but walk-disced in the evening while talking to Drew on the phone. He certainly sees the idealistic perspective, but only from that lens.

Mon - At Art Dye Park, warmed up pushing Jo running down to the bathroom and beyond and around, 1m. Saw a fast girl who'd win it, felt sluggish and heavy. Not great sleep on Sat, Jo up from 1:30 to 4, also not running for days even though it's rest is a lesson I sh already know. Now more so where my body doesn't warm up very fast is when I need to be putting in the easy miles. Saw a hispanic guy (Duardo?) and we chatted about pace and who'd win. We were right. I said I'd love to run 20 minutes (idealistic) he said he wanted to to run negative mile splits starting at 7:00 pace. Good message at the start about the Pregnancy resource center, the importance of Pro-Life and how to have an eternal relationship with God through faith in Christ.

Very low key start, only about 20 people who really wanted to run. Looped around the parking lot and immediately I was about 15th. Passed Duardo and we went through the finish line (backwards) along the trail to the killer hill. I paced myself well through it and passed 4. Then along the top was just feeling it out and Duardo passed me. I tailed him as he pulled us through passing some more, there were a few up and downs which took the wind out of one's sails. Watched Duardo put some distance on me, but he was catchable when we got to the pond. As I was going around I could see the girl having already made it around (1/2 mile?) then 2 other guys who turned out to be 40s guys. Enjoyable jaunt dodging fishermen, then back.

Felt like I was maintaining pace, knew I was 5th and knew there was a runner 50 yards back from the cheers, turned out to be gray shirt girl who I passed about 1 mile in. At the water stop around mile 2 I stopped and drank and lost 20 seconds to Duardo (70 yards). I knew I could pick up the pace on the downhill but I failed to catch up or even get closer. He managed to pass a guy to take 3rd. Was surprised with my time but shouldn't be. It's probably worth 47 seconds faster, gaining a little fitness since the last race. But boy howdy, nothing comes easy. Got to push through discipline to run, perseverance to put in the miles, not to mention specified training, and finally a 40s body that feels sore after everything. 10K race in 2 weeks? Just put in the time so it won't feel like a crime.

Afterward disced the course, 3s and 4s, skipping 8-13, lost disc on 14th over path into wild thorn bushes. Feeling sore already, ready for family picnic tonight.

Life is a balance between the transcendent fact of God and His holiness and love, and the immanent reality of God in our midst, in a world shadowed and torn by sin. We have glimpses of light and salvation through the perfect Son, who perfectly balances the transcendent and immanent realities.


Asics White Miles: 5.50
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Tue - ran w/ B very slowly getting the kinks out, around the block, 1.5m, ball on 11th but no one there, just shot around some young guys who were done on 13th, probably need the rest

Wed - by Nate's getting a little more respect, was open for some 3s when I ran the court, muscly guy pointed this out, guarded well but smooth shooting tall guy made a game winner on me by just stepping back, I should know this on his tendencies, a step back guy, not a post-up guy, 1.5; going to start putting ball running as VO2 max since it takes so much on my muscles and joints to do it

Thu - discing, biked there and ran, 1.5m, felt good on 11th, played pretty well, forced some a little bit driving, gotta have the stop option if the shot's not there, dribble out, for whatever reason lost every game, played against Carlos and the better guys but still feel sh hv won some, 2m

Fri - discing, met a guy who helped w/ forehand, getting elbow in front and  engagaing hips, 1m

Sat - small hike up to see overlook of Eden at PBC

Asics White Miles: 4.00
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Mon - discing, with Jo, got rained on, 1m

Tue - ball at top of 36th, played w them before, fast guy who was good at a Spartan race w no training, lost, won, lost?, I play well when I know I'm not the fastest and just play my game, made a great full court pass to Spartan, didn't have my jumper and missed a few right hand layups, 2 hrs, 2.5m

Wed - sore, have to pick my battles, forced rest, need more callousness, youngness wouldn't hurt either ;-)

Thu - nite run to old Kmart industry, found back way into a church, 45 min 3 m; half ct off 13th W, close losses to better teams 4 on 4, then a full court where just didn't take over, 1.5m

Asics White Miles: 3.00
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Race: Huntsville 10K (6.214 Miles) 00:49:04, Place overall: 6, Place in age division: 1
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Ate too much good spaghetti nite before at PBC, tossed on a campout bet but got good length of sleep.

Cool morning, trying to warm up, felt crimped and inflexible, as I was running around back to my truck the race started, but that was a blessing in disguise as I would be forced not to run with faster runners. Made my way through the field until mile 1, then passing slower. No mile markers, but passed my last guys on the upward block before heading out to lake turnaround. Was trying to reach father/daughter 100 yards ahead, but they managed to stay away. Was just trying to run for 4 before seeing what I could do, enjoyed the fact that there were no miles to wonder about. My calves were hurting and was just holding on until I felt good. As I saw the runners coming back I realized I was in 7th. On the way back I realized I was feeling better, probably didn't realize this until we hit the neighborhoods again.

The couple ahead were getting further away, but I had 5K sloggers to pass, I feel like my last half was faster than the first. After a few turns I realized there was a 10Kr I could pass, a young thin guy who I think was 3rd at the turnaround. Took a few turns to catch him, finally did while going N. Latched onto him, slowing down, he sped up a little, then I passed him. I knew we had a few U-turns before the finish, kept my pace and pushed it in.

All in all I should be happy with this, wasn't feeling great and this will be good training for the future. 30 seconds slower/mile than my previous 5K doubled and that's not bad.

At peace, eternally and temporally.

Asics White Miles: 8.00
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Sun - pain in right ball of foot, at Labrum and had to take it easy. Threw frisbee after Sat. race. By Mon morning couldn't walk, had to rest but had to be on my feet for work.

Tue - felt better, and played with 70th group, couldn't beat the good team, came close but I need to step up and orchestrate more. They play quick games to 11. Even when I got on their team I somehow was the weak link as we lost. Made some post-up moves and 3s but the young guys lose heart after the first few games. They could run the table but they get indifferent. For the last game to 21 I was guarding young hispanic that never drives, trying to help out on left-handed multi-scorer but in the end leaving my guy open he made the game-winner. On the one hand I'd rather he do it than lose to lefty, but the entire point is to guard one's own guy! 1.5m

Foot ok. Wed played disc and ran a little w Jo around the ballpark and along canal. Getting tweaks out. 2m

Thu - more discing with Jon G, wanted to play ball but at 3rd try could only knock at 54th. Rest is good, my right knee gets tweaks, the fascia is tightened, and there was some ankle tweaks before too. Just building endurance, tempering.

Fitsole Miles: 100.00Asics White Miles: 4.00
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Sat - Went to Park city for the Northface Endurance 50 mile race finish. Hiked up to the 5 Way to see Ben. Saw a beautiful Bull Elk with a 9 cow harem, and another bull following. Going thru the forest to the ski paths. Took a pit stop. Was getting worried that I wouldn't see him, but 3/4 mile down from the 5 Way saw him walking up. Walked/jogged/talked down the meandering trail. Started about 2 and got in at 5. Last 45 minutes in the rain.

All the fam there mostly, after Ben passed Adam he threw up for the 3rd time that day. Scored some Jimmy John's sandwiches, drove down with B&K, some congestion from a rain crash, why don't people use the emergency lane?

Enjoyed the hot bath at home, slept for 3 hours, then watched Eliud beat Bekele and Kipsang and Adole (newcomer). Right foot fascia sore, took off from Sun to Mon.

Disced with Jon Sunday and Tuesday.

Asics White Miles: 11.00
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Lots of work to do at work. Down 4 people, I did a lot of receiving. Enjoyed the variety.

Discing with Jon on Sunday, Tue - hanging w family. Where do the days go as I don't run, making running a priority is hard. Ordering one's programmed world, not to mention one's private world.

Wed - 13th ward by N's, they start at 8, as I watch it seems I can't be that fast but I do alright in games. Seems like we lost a quick one, I think I made an opener but then forced it a little, then for the last one it's fuzzy but I think we won.  These guys are good athletes who can go solo,  but they don't always play smart. I can blend in, make the open shots, but I'm not yet part of the clan. 1m

Th - finally won all my games, off 13th hiding, got on with a good group, acting point guard when needed, making good plays, encouraging, hit g/w 3, missed one good left hand fast drive, made some great passes off posting, bounce passes on the run, didn't always lead to a score but motivated the team to get open. Played ag Carlos and skinny tall black/hispanic? guy who lacked motivation. 2m

Fri - took the boys to JRP, ran fr 53rd S to g/c, then back and around the pond, felt slow, needed the time to warm up, always achy now after hard ball. Was out for an hour 4.5m?

Sat - after stump burning at church went to Tosh marathon kids race at UT Cultural center, the race was an afterthought, the kids were supposed to run around the post but most cut across the grass. Phin was ahead and as he kept runnning found himself in 2nd and surprised himself. Race was only 250 meters probably. Afterwards I buckled the boys up and ran JRP N to industry loop, got off at Redwood rec, finding my way back on trail, found the track at Trax after asking for directions, then around, a little rainy, had to drive them right to Jenny's, but felt really good, like running suits me, a little sprinkling, 50 minutes, 6 miles

Asics White Miles: 10.50
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