The Perils of Self Betterment

July 23, 2019

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Member Since:

Jan 17, 2008



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

yearly mileage totals (actual running miles, not crosstraining etc)

2008 - 1,317

2009 - 2,654

2010 - 2,578

2011 - 2,618

2012 - 3,083 (ran everyday this year. PR's in half and full marathons, at age 48!)

2013 - 1,177

2014 - 1,716

2015 - 1,060

2016 - 951

2017 - 786

2018 - 1,058


Short-Term Running Goals:

reacquaint myself with my long lost running freak, and then proceed to get my running freak on


Huntsville Full Monte - 9-21-2019 (first maratahon in seven years)

Long-Term Running Goals:

keep running



born in 1964. married 22 years. one wife two dogs 

6 ft tall, nation wide

“Make friends with pain and you’ll never be alone.”



Miles:This week: 4.00 Month: 122.00 Year: 709.00
Mt101 Lifetime Miles: 500.80
Mt101 The 2nd Lifetime Miles: 539.20
Green A5's Lifetime Miles: 149.50
MR00 Lifetime Miles: 158.70
Treadmillio Shoes Lifetime Miles: 570.00
Stillnotmads (2) Lifetime Miles: 500.50
Rednotevenmad2 Lifetime Miles: 230.00
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 251.00
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 154.00
Graynine Lifetime Miles: 13.00
Total Distance

AM - 9.8 miles / commute crawl into work. Clear, sunny. 34 to 39 degrees. 9:31 avg.

Supposed to be sunny, breezy, and 60 degrees for the commute home.


PM - 9.3 miles / 8:44 avg.  Usually when I run to work, then run back home in the afternoon, the run home goes really well. Not so today. It took 1.64 miles until the PF in my right ankle loosened up. It wasn't until 2.51 miles that ye ole achilles in my lower right leg settled down. My IT band on the outside of my right leg was even threatening to spaz out for a little while. I thought a mutiny was close at hand. Miles 6 and 7 went well (8:02, 8:17), but after that I was just tired out and couldn't wait to finish the run. It could be worse...I could NOT be a runner.

GSS 3 (2) Miles: 9.80Junk Shoes Miles: 9.30
Weight: 0.00
From Carolyn in Colorado on Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 11:31:17 from

Are you going to run home too?

It's funny that what seems like a slow crawl to us now was once upon a time a pretty good clip.

From JD on Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 11:38:38 from

The plan is to run home. I'm psyched!

I really like running these slower paces now. The recovery is so much quicker, and it leaves me stronger for the next run.

From allie on Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 17:45:19 from


From april27 on Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 19:32:08 from

I want 9:30 to be my slow pace!

From JD on Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 20:44:09 from

Allie - haha! Nice.

April - with a few months of consistent running, it will be.

From Carolyn in Colorado on Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 20:59:37 from

I'm glad you kept the mutiny at bay. And way to look on the bright side.

From Bonnie on Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 21:01:34 from

Some days you just have to say, "the only thing worse than doing it is not doing it" ;)

I am glad you got the geek goggles reference! I sometimes have speed goggles (and if I tell the truth, I have, long ago mind you, had beer goggles too)

From JD on Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 21:12:14 from

Thanks Carolyn - "...always on the sunny side..."

Bonnie - those darn beer goggles blinded me more times than I care to recall! :-)

From Lysa on Thu, Apr 08, 2010 at 23:28:00 from

Holy Crap James. Seriously. For Real. For the Love. What the.

It could be worse.

From Lysa on Fri, Apr 09, 2010 at 00:28:22 from

You run like a FBOP

From JD on Fri, Apr 09, 2010 at 13:56:34 from

Lysa, what's an FBOP? Just curious.

From april27 on Fri, Apr 09, 2010 at 17:04:31 from

Ya know you are right...last october felt so easy...but then winter comes and my running gets slooooow. I swear I have to start over with speed every spring!

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