The Perils of Self Betterment

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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

run faster

increase mileage in the Spring 

keep running




Long-Term Running Goals:




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

6 ft tall, nation wide

"Engaging in a little suffering — however self-imposed, arbitrary and contrived — before breakfast each morning tends to demand some humility and injects some marked relief into the rest of the day, making things sharper, more inspired, more immediately aware of the powerful presence of being. And that seems really worthwhile." A. Krupicka




Miles:This week: 8.00 Month: 25.00 Year: 25.00
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: 275.00
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 420.00
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 292.00
Graynine Lifetime Miles: 138.00
Vapor4's Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Kinvara5 Lifetime Miles: 47.00
Total Distance

7:00 AM. Overcast, 75 degrees. Nice morning.  Bluff trail.

I lack experience with this consistent running/training stuff. I am a little frustrated that three or four months ago I could run twelve miles a half minute per mile average pace faster than today, AND today felt like it took a lot of effort. What's going on? I have been going easier for the last five weeks because of a sore achilles, but I've been keeping the weekly mileage around 50. Could I lose that much fitness that quickly? Is it my age? (45 yrs.). Is this normal? I know I'll never be a "fast" runner. But I was okay with that as long as I could improve/maintain. But lately it feels like I'm going backwards! Argh.

That being said, I sure do love running...

Add: In spite of my little whine fest, I should say that I felt stronger on this run than I have for a while.


Trail Shoe Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
From Adam RW on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 12:25:26 from

Great weather all around. That is how all weekends should be.

From Lysa on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 13:09:49 from

it must be something in the air. I definintly dont think you are losing your touch, I personally think running is tough bc you NEVER know how you will feel on any given day. Planning long runs is all good but you could wake up in a funk and theres nothing you can do about it but run throught the funk. Your still a rockstar in my book, good job!

From Adam RW on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 13:12:54 from

No fair putting a long entry after I've already commented... I think the cumulative mileage wrecks your legs in the short term. However, the long term pay off is completely worth it. I don't know if you notice what pace I do most of my mileage. Look back this time last year. I was racing marathons just over 6min pace but doing a lot of my training mileage well over 8min pace. Remember the high mileage is for the race a couple months down the road. Not for the training run today... Keep of the consistent work and it will pay off.

From Snoqualmie on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 13:30:05 from

Never ask a question like "What's going on?" It opens you up to all kinds of weirdos like me giving you advice: "It's the Capn Crunch! You are eating too much sugar and it is poisoning you. Insulin resistance! Switch to dates, bananas and start making your own pemican to take on runs. That will be $50 please." ;)

From JD on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 14:05:24 from

Lysa - Thanks for responding. It's true what you say about the daily funk-factor.

Adam - Yeah, sorry about that. I saw you commented after my short entry. Thanks for the perpective. I have noticed that your pace varies quite a bit. I've always admired that you, an elite runner, knows how to run his "easy" runs truly easy. Thanks for the encouragement.

Sno - Thanks for the advice. You're right on about the sugar poisoning, it's always been one of my many weaknesses, and actually I've been introducing fruit into my diet the last few weeks. I know the fruit has alot of sugar, but it satisfies the cravings and it's got to be better than Zingers, German chocolate cake, and Cap'n Crunch.

Oh yeah...ka-ching!

From Carolyn in Colorado on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 14:28:41 from

I think there's a summertime funk going on. Or maybe Snoqualmie is right and it's the sugar. I've got the same problem as you.

From auntieem on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 17:36:05 from

Yeah, probably Sno is right. But running does have plateaus, and your probably sitting on one right now! Read "Born to Run". It will inspire and kick new life into your running shoes.

From JD on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 20:00:28 from

Thanks Carolyn and Auntieem, I think it's a funky sugarcoated plateau and I'm about to slide right off it any day now!

I've been looking forward to getting "Born to Run" soon. That and "Once A Runner".

From Adam RW on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 22:11:22 from

Once A Runner and its sequel Again into Carthage are both good reads. I read them at the right times in my life though. Let me know what you think. Born to Run has to be my next book people keep recommending it to me as well.

From Snoqualmie on Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 15:09:52 from

I second the vote for reading Born To Run. I'm about half way through right now. It is "life altering."

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