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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: 15.00 Year: 15.00
NB Red Trail Lifetime Miles: 8.00
Yellow Nike Workout Lifetime Miles: 57.50
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New Balance 680 V2 Miles: 28.60Fitsole Miles: 7.10
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Tue - ball, guarded short, quick black guy. Close ward. He made some good shots, we won 2, then lost. Right hip hurt afterwards, I stretched it (overstretched?). 1.5m

Wed - Worried about hip but played ball anyway, 2700 W, good, young guys, got on Brazilian lefty's team and ran the board for a while, good mix of inside, outside guys with me as the hustle guy. Hip hurting, constant stretching. Woke up with it feeling better, need to just rest for race but I'll ball it up tonight. 2m

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thu - picked up Mark for Ball, convinced them to play 2s & 3s. Got on Steve and the Bull's team (Bob) and won two. I made a few pretty fast breaks to basket, reverse lay-up. Overall seemed like I won mostly, but Mark did make a 3 over me to win one, hip so-so. Mix of guys who are good but slightly overweight, guys who play but not well, and shooter who's all wrist, right foot forward no step shot, Polynesian dribbler/passer baller.
Fri - ran in morning, stretched and read and ibuprofen, hip felt great, felt on top of the world. 20 min run S in and out of street apt, townhomes, shakeout, 2.5m

New Balance 680 V2 Miles: 2.00
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Race: Nick Yengich 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:19:59, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Drove up w/ Dad & P. Short w/u around park and neighborhood, couldn't see any challengers except a Ute garb guy. Got plenty of stretching. Beautiful morning, no snow, not too cold.
At the start Ron said a stroller guy would win the race, he was right. Got out and it was immediately Ute in front, stroller and me. One older guy after the loop around park told Ronnie (stroller?) to show us how it's done. He pushed up and passed Ute guy, I did too at about 3/4 mile. He was about 30 yards ahead, I was trying not to push too much too soon, told myself to reel him in on the downhill to main road. Did so.
He had a better uphill pace than me, but he'd push the stroller and let it go and catch up to it. I was telling myself that I wasn't going to let a stroller beat me.
On the gap thru the concrete he slowed down and apologized, and I was right behind him down the hill. He asked how far we went and we just kept cruising. I was 12:44 a few yards after the turnaround. At that point we were a minute ahead of all else, I knew the hill on the way back would be hard. He somewhat gapped me but I was right there thru the concrete again. Saw Dad with Fezzik and he gave me a look. Half knowing/half quizzical that stroller was beating me. When we got to road leading to park I made my move and passed him. It was tough, and he didn't let up, don't know if I could have tried to gap him harder, but he had some in reserve too. He passed me before we got to neighborhood and put a gap on me.
It felt like he could hold onto the stroller going downhill for a pull, so he had 20 yards on me again. I knew the hill around park would be tough, was trying to get that last 15 yards but he was strong. Seems like he was only 5-10 yards at the right turn, I sprinted/cruised and had almost caught him by the turn to sidewalk finish. We both sprinted like crazy to the finish and he barely got me. They said the time was even, we were wearing ankle timers.
But I was consoled by the fact that he immediately started puking to the side of a garbage can. Lots of retching. He told me later that he'd eaten "turkey ...." and he'd never do that again. So I took 2nd for the 3rd (?) time but pushed him to puking.
This was a pretty hard race. Working the rest of the day my emotions were at the surface (I cried twice) and my body was shaky. So I'm glad to push myself. Woke up the next day with hip still hurting, I believe it's hip bursitis. Hip snap leading to inflammation. Rest the only recourse.
Enjoyed post race festivities. Teased Ron about his discrimination when it comes to giving out drawings, he threw me a shirt to shut me up. Got a pic w top 3 M/F and will keep the certificate for the good frame it's enclosed in. Also won a race registration to a half-marathon in March. That's awesome.
They ran out of coffee and didn't have sugar so I walked with Fezzik tied to me to get some at the church. Fez enjoyed meeting other dogs and obeyed me better than dad, who complained of his hands hurting.
Phin played on playground the entire time. He had a great race! :-)

Glory be to the One who gave me this body, entrusted me with it, and has saved my soul eternally by His grace through faith in the Son He sent.

New Balance 680 V2 Miles: 4.10
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Tue - Good ball, easy side-step layups, winners demasiodo feliz, small court 1m
Wed- ran to far side 53rd 27th down neighborhood to canal under glare of landscaping techs. Threw one disc w/ group then to Arcadia. 4m Played w/ Jordan who played one game, got on good team where I was the hustle guy, got noticed for it, 27th ward, made a few winners and tightened the defensive screws.
Thu - ran to 'stead, then back w/ Fez, tight and holding on. Worked on feet and felt stiff
Sat - w Ben and Nate 36 minutes down canal to 70th, 5 miles? little under a tempo run for me.

New Balance 680 V2 Miles: 9.00
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Post-funeral denoument. Visits, work, bad Sushi/stomach virus. Feeling weak, once ran to P's school and felt like heaving. From Tues to Sat getting sickness out. Played ball Tues at old Highland ward, saw old Andy, played only one game guarding the best young new player. Lost both games but held my own making my shots and guarding well. But my team, while good, couldn't handle the level of athletic and good and flowing that the other team presented. We only had two of three. Also I failed to guard the winning jump 3 on fastbreak. If a 3 wins it, why guard the drive? 1m

Th ball at 53rd w M, took it easy, ran the team and played great, assists, shooting 3s, midrange, a few bad passes early on but felt like my best ball in a while. Was it the new Adidas shoes? 1m
Working w/ Fitsole shoes so not having joint trouble.
Then still catching up on sleep and overcoming sickness. Taking good with the blues. Probably needed a rest, body and soul recognizing the limitations of the mind, once again pointing to the transcendence needed from the Holy Triune One who needs no rest, but shows us how we do.

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Sun - disc golf in snow, ran in old hightops, had a few birdies and a few good long putts. Found a love for the yellow Blizzard, maybe it'll make up for the yellow discmania Avenger with light that I lost. Then ran to homestead in the cold, finally feeling like myself again. 2.5m

Tue - Ran in the morning canal road, P at Labrum, then a shoot down the non-dead end road, wet snow, 3m. 3 on 3 at Highland w Mark. Guarded young son, easy games, after complaining the tall black 2yr college player guarded me, still won, then was on his team and kept winning until last game where Mark heaved an underhand 3 and his nonchalance was all she wrote.

New Balance 680 V2 Miles: 3.00
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Wed - w/ Nate from homestead canal to 53rd down to T-ville park path, then straight home, 4.5, then ball w/ M and young un's figuring out how to win, w/ coach guy, good match-ups, we had young lefty's rainbow winners (can't dribble but quick release), then last game as we're winning they switched to man and D'd it up, close loss. 2 1/2 hrs 2.5m
Thu - disc golf walk w/ P, M & A at Creekside, two times getting disc out of river, nice time, they played on hill 1m, good Candlelight service
Fri - Xmas rest, didn't want to rest but shoveled snow a few times
Sun - nite run w/ N from his house NE in neighborhoods, by old long mom's dream home, down near Erv's to JRP, then to 70th back thru Mobile home to his house, felt superb, did 3 stride pick-ups at end, knees felt a little worked but great run, 6m

New Balance 680 V2 Miles: 10.50
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Taking Age of Adilene back to Redbox, McD's, made a loop down to 47th neighborhoods, dodging cars on main road, staying out of the sloop, 4m

Fitsole Miles: 4.00
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Tue - drove around until finally found old ward on 7th W where a bunch of Polynesian, Black and Hispanic guys were playing along w about 3 of the old white big guys I used to play with. Most guys were taller than me so I waited out a game but then got in with a chico who was a good guard and the best guy on the floor. Had ball stolen on a reacharoung 1st poss. but then made 5 points the 1st game (to 11) including quick game-winning 2 from left wing. Then was guarded by a 6'6" guy, I said, "I'm not that good," and he said, "I saw the tape." We kept winning, had some hustle lay-ups and 2 easy mid-range jumpers. Felt like I was faster guy on the floor, played 9:45 to 11:30. 2m

Wed - 70th ward, played 5 games w/o winning, quick to 7 gives you seemingly 3 chances and done. Got charged by little bug on one drive (dropped shoulder and plowed me) but he apologized. Felt like we hadn't even warmed up til we finally put a close one together, playing zone 3-2, jumping on them from the beginning. Had good all-around, mid-pack as far as speed, against Brazilian guard who took over a little bit countered by our green-shirt guard hitting 4 straight 3s. We lost last game, our big guy got frustrated by wrap-up foul, quit, we had 4 guard, one heavy post. 9:20-11:45 2m

Race: Beat the New Year (3.107 Miles) 00:22:20, Place overall: 10, Place in age division: 3
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Hiked Donut falls w all fam in the afternoon. Had a few good sled rides w P including 500 yard jaunt to hitting the wall. Hands got really cold as I gave P my gloves. Went to Jazz game w/ Mark, then drove around and 4th S curve crashed my truck into snow and barrier. Probably best outcome possible, only superficial plastic body work damage. Ate a Po-boy at Buffalo Wings w superficial convo w M.

A few minutes w/u, then off we went, pack of 20 at the beginning, including 2 quick guys. Took off my w/u jacket as we went down hill, trying to find people to run with, but passing about 7 until saw Father Time ahead. Slowly caught him going down hill. Talked to him about Garek who's going to Jr. Nats. 4:28, 2:10, 43 speed workout. Went around the Xmas tree, then w/ Bill on the road at left avoinding the ice. He was all about running tangents. Passed two more on first lap, really felt it after that 2nd hill. Tried to pick it up 2nd lap. Passed quickly by a guy at beginning of 2nd lap, then passed him on the downhill, caught maybe 2 more, was 13:54 at 2m. Was not running too hard but hard enough, just at 75%? It was 10 degrees. Took my gloves off, kept it up, passed a guy on downhill in floppy hat, told him to go with me. He did. At turnaround could see 3 guys close and Bill 100 yards behind. Was passed by my guy going uphill, bided my time, pushing the last little bit. 3m mark seemed farther away from finish but sprinted in after park entrance and passed my guy. Time says 7:27 last mile, yikes. 

Was cheered on by a few slctrack guys. Walked in snow to overlook, prayed the year in. Picked up juvenile Mark and drove Juvenile Jesse home.

Hebrews 12 Life verse: ...let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin which easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Captain and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Fitsole Miles: 3.10
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New Balance 680 V2 Miles: 28.60Fitsole Miles: 7.10
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