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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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Fitsole Miles: 1.50Asics White Miles: 3.50Galaxy 5 Miles: 17.00
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Sat - worked in evening, Bible Study breakfast, Awana Grand Prix, not healthy food, run/disc--one of these times I ran to Park, disced and ran home, 3m
Sun - ran lightly to homestead, just putting pace out there, played disc before, left hand can make throws as good as right, technique & relaxation > strength & stress, 2.5m
Mon - preparing for a good trip, time with B, disc with J, he was awesome, trying out new shoes, walking up and down the hill, falling and committing to walking back up, enjoying a leaf pile, not worried about daddy discing, 1.5m
Tue - 3 hr sleep, drive to 'Springs, tired & sleep
Wed - had to pull myself away from awesome theological conversation to run on nice trail N of Leah's, met a guy running the race and one who's not, ran with them and then to park, walk back, 4m

Fitsole Miles: 1.50Asics White Miles: 3.50Galaxy 5 Miles: 6.50
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Race: Briargate Turkey Trot 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:20:19, Place overall: 73, Place in age division: 6
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Pick up to the race after they had closed off one ramp so as we jog to the start the kids race has already started to go off, Phineas and I started on the second wave and ran up the hill to the 1K turn around. Phineas wanted to walk before we reach the turnaround but he ran pretty well we started to run again and then it's a great downhill finish.

Got a good warm-up in and we got to the start, Ben was a quarter mile up still doing hip swings and we waited for the start he got there on the second row. I never saw Jon at the start, he had been waiting in the porta potty line.

And we are off, the uphill start meant I started pretty conservatively, I think I was also feeling the altitude it's 6900 feet. Seems like I was being passed at the start, but it's a bit of a blur, which means I was focused on the race. Before we got to mile two I think I was passing people, there's some up and down before the turnaround and I started to cruise on the downhill, we hit the turn around and Leah said good job, to both me and Jon. I knew he was close and moments later he passed me but I was waiting for the down hill, I passed him shortly after and there were two or three people that I was running with who we're cruising on the downhill. I felt like I was pushing myself and definitely going faster. Ben ran 18th he said he ran 9:10 at the turnaround and 9 on the way back which seems crazy considering the uphill.

Now comes the fun, I was pushing myself pretty well feeling good that I had passed Jon and cruising in, top of my breathing? always know I could push more especially considering the exciting news end. There was an 11 year old girl who I couldn't quite catch oh, yeah that's where it's at. We finished, I sprinted in well, John was behind but guess what his chip time is 2 seconds faster so he's still undefeated.

Congregated together after ready for a day's Drive. Ben waited around for his cup prize, his car had a flat he needed to fix. Wonderful Thanksgiving race, all glory to the God above who has given us these bodies, this time, this life. May we be as Paul who fought the good fight, ran the good race, may we look forward to the crown of Life given to those who eagerly await the Glorious return of Christ.

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Fri - morning in Wichita, Aunt Suzan's, around Willow Bend (?) golf course, just easy miles, the course is 36 holes, ran a few of the spokes. Then did some discing in the wind, got a couple golf balls in my hands. Beautiful sunrise, I like Wichita. 3m

Sat - Texarkana pond with Ben, supposedly 3.9 miles Greg says but I could see inlets and jettys. Greg also expected "world class" runners to run faster. That was the last we saw of him, he went back to big D for his son's b-ball game. Ran on a single track mt. bike trail where there were loops and it was made for fun, not to get around the pond, 2 miles in Ben complains his hands and feet are itching, we get to the dam, which is maybe only a third of the way around, then there's a dirt road that angles away? Asked an older couple how far it was and they expressed incredulity. We found the golf course and Ben suggested we stay in the open. On one arm we ran 1/2 mile around and went only 200 yards across the jetty. Ben wanted to stay in the open because of his allergy (ragweed?). I mentally prepared myself as we looped and finally made it to a patient Carrie, about an hour total, it just seemed longer. 7.5m

Galaxy 5 Miles: 10.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Fitsole Miles: 1.50Asics White Miles: 3.50Galaxy 5 Miles: 17.00
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