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April 26, 2019

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Member Since:

Oct 31, 2012



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

21:01, (6:46 pace) 11-19-11.
20:08, (6:29 pace) 9-1-12 (Part of a Mini-Triathlon Relay).
19:17, (6:12 pace) 11-17-12.
19:19, (6:13 pace) 11-23-13.
19:30, (6:17 pace) 1-4-14.
20:34, (6:34 pace) 9-13-14
19:49, (6:23 pace) 10-25-14
19:32, (6:17 pace) 11-22-14
19:40, (6:19 pace) 12-19-14
19:49, (6:23 pace) 1-31-16

34:42, (6:57 pace) 3-17-12.
32:11, (6:28 pace) 3-16-13.
32:32, (6:33 pace) 3-15-14. 

34:00, (6:50 pace) 3-14-15.

33:09, (6:40 pace) 3-11-17.

32:56, (6:38 pace) 3-17-18.

44:18, (7:08 pace) 4-14-12.
41:22, (6:39 pace) 12-15-12.
42:11, (6:47 pace) 4-13-13.
41:06, (6:37 pace) 12-8-13.

42:03, (6:46 pace) 3-5-16

44:35, (7:11 pace) 8-26-17
53:53, (7:14 pace) 3-24-12.
49:20, (6:37 pace) 3-1-14
1:18:16, (8:24 pace) 2-26-11.

1:04:37. (6:56 pace) 2-20-16
11 marathons:
1.  4:12:08, (9:37 pace) 1-9-11. Disney.
2.  4:18:18, (9:51 pace) 10-30-11. MCM.
3.  3:42:26, (8:29 pace) 1-14-12. Charleston.
4.  3:13:15, (7:22 pace) 10-7-12. Steamtown.
5*.  3:12:26, (7:20 pace) 1-19-14. Louisiana.
6*.  3:14:06, (7:24 pace) 4-21-14. Boston.
7*.  3:19:38, (7:37 pace) 7-19-14. U. of Okoboji.
8*.  3:16:27, (7:30 pace) 2-22-15. Mercedes-Benz
9*. 3:30:38 (8:03 pace) 5-15-16 Sugarloaf

10. 3:24:21 (7:48 pace) 11-5-16 Savannah RNR

11. 3:27:37 (7:56 pace) 5-12-18 Brookings

12. 3:46:02 (8:48 pace) 10-7-18 Towpath

* = These 5 races were run at 67.9 seconds per pound. If I want a PR, I need to weigh less than 170 pounds.

Short-Term Running Goals:

2019 GOALS:

Bring running fast back.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue running as often as I can, as far as I can, as fast as I can. Teaching my kids (by example) the rewards that come from putting in the work. Very slowly get to 50 states.


I'm married, with two sons, 12, and 13.

I started running because someone dared me to.

I ran my first race 3 days after my 40th birthday. (Disney)

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Miles:This week: 25.75 Month: 152.80 Year: 492.75
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

10 miles on Legacy Trail. Slow. 84 Degrees. I was pretty beat down for this run. Bad diet and sleep last night. This is not the best way to start the year. The only positive news from this run is that I did not give in to the urge to cut it short. Oh, and some kid caught a nice Spanish Mackerel off the Roberts Bay Bridge.

I don't have much in the way of a year end wrap up / look ahead into 2017. I mean, 2016 was a pretty bad year for me running-wise. I feel like I know what was missing. All of my runs were meaningless, untimed runs. If you want to race longer distances you need to train longer distances. Same thing goes for speed and recovery. So, if you look at what I did last year, you would think I was training to race 8-9 minute pace for 7.5 miles. I did that over and over again. How could I expect anything better on race day? So this year, I hope to train myself to run faster. Bring back the speed work, tempos, and intervals. I hate those things because the run magic never happens on the track for me. The run magic happens when I'm crossing the Dona Bay Bridge at surnrise, in a state of running induced spiritual creaminess. (Wait, what?) I just need to get back to doing the speed work that will lead to continued championship mediocrity. I also need to take recovery - sleep - diet more seriously. 46 years old will be here soon. Yeesh! On the bright side, ..... ...... ..... No where to go but up from here!

Weight: 0.00
From Michael on Sun, Jan 01, 2017 at 14:04:14 from

It's all good Tom. Once you finish a run, it's a success. Sometimes, running induced spiritual creaminess trumps speed and, over the long haul, it's never mediocre when we can delight in the little things. Like the sunrise, or the nice catch of fish. Happy New Year to you!

From Dan on Sun, Jan 01, 2017 at 17:13:12 from

Speaking as one who will hit 47 this year... I get ya. Sometimes the runs blur together, but even you realized the victory in not cutting short today. Keep looking at that bright side! Nice 10! Happy New Year

From I Just Run on Fri, Jan 06, 2017 at 14:56:18 from

Good thoughts Tom. I was just talking to my daughter about the speed and race goal mentality. I tend to lean to far in that direction and never get in "a state of running induced spiritual creaminess". 😊

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