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Member Since:

Jan 17, 2008



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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: 0.00 Month: 20.00 Year: 1163.00
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: 269.00
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 396.00
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 273.00
Graynine Lifetime Miles: 129.00
Vapor4's Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Kinvara5 Lifetime Miles: 32.00
Total Distance

Mountain run.

First test to see if my body will allow me to do some ultras in the next year or two After a three day rest following some dental work, I figured it was a good time to try for something a little longer.  7:00 AM. Ran from my house to Francis Peak (radar towers @  9500+ ft) and back. Temps 70 degrees to 85 F by the time I got back. Carried 70 oz's of water in a camelback, 4 Gu's and a 5 oz flask of EFS (Product out of Salt lake City), this little flask packed 400 calories and 100 g's of carbohydrates. The fueling experiment continues. I ate gu at miles 6 and 8. At mile 10 I started on the EFS and consumed that over the next 3 miles. Then gu at miles 18 and 22. I maybe could have used more calories and or/electrolytes as I started cramping up (as usual ) around mile 22. My left ITB flared up and I ended up walking much of the last 4 miles. Very frustrating because I felt really good on the climb up and most of the way back. Just to have the whole run shot down in the last 4 miles! My water supply would have been adequate if not for the additional time it took to finish with the walking. I ran out of water around mile 24. When I got back home I felt probably the most uncomfortable I have ever felt after a run. It took like 20 minutes just to feel like I could think straight again. Anyway. I'm thinking I need to carry some solid foods with me on the extended runs?  

Home to Francis Peak / 13.53 miles / 3:04:46 / 13:38 per mile avg.

Francis Peak to home / 13.52 miles / 2:33:36 / 11:23 avg

Total run 27.05 miles / 5:38:23 / 12:30 avg.

6116 ft up / 6106 ft down.


Some notes: Very little traffic going up this morning, heavy traffic coming down (ATV's, motorcycles, etc).

The view from the top almost knocked me off my feet. Especially looking over into Morgan county. The view goes on forever with endless hazy mountain ranges in the distance into Wyoming.

Horseflies like sun. As I was coming down the canyon, I had my own personal entourage of a dozen or so flies buzzing me from all directions, for miles. Only got bit once though.

Shiny, white, dome shaped radar towers have magnetic qualities which can literally pull you up a steep mountain against your better judgment.

Mizuno Wave 12 Miles: 27.00
Weight: 0.00
From allie on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 16:08:18 from

great run. smart to experiment with different fueling strategies. maybe next time you could carry a giant can of kidney beans?

feeling recovered from the dentist?

From JD on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 16:37:09 from

Thanks Allie. You're a hoot!

I feel recovered, mostly the soft tissue that once surrounded a pair of teeth feels recovered.

From Snoqualmie on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 16:49:41 from

Bravo on a very tough run! You'll figure out the hydration/fuel system soon, and then you'll be unstoppable!

From auntieem on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 17:07:46 from

Wow! Dude, you are incredible. 27 miels! This sounds weird, but on my longer training runs for the 5K, I used Pay Day candy bars, cut up into bites. Worked good. I also carried a GU.

From Jon on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 18:21:36 from

Have you tried S-caps? More sodium might help prevent cramping.

From JD on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 18:38:41 from

Thanks Sno - I just wish I could pull out a long run every week the way you do.

Auntieem - do you use a fork to eat your candy bar? (Like George on Seinfeld - lol).

Jon - I tried S-caps on a twenty miler a couple of weeks ago. I might not have been using them correctly as I didn't notice any benefit. It could be that they were unnecessary for 20 miles. I'm going to get more and read up on the best way to use them. Do you use them, have they helped?

From jun on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 20:51:47 from

I live and die my S-Caps. I take one about 45 min to an hour into my run. Then, I take two the next hour, one the next, then two, etc. I can't remember the last time I had any real problems with cramping.

It also does sound like you need to up your calorie intake. Generally, its pretty good to ingest about 250 - 300 per hour. I tend to take about 200 - 250 and I know I need to be better at adding more. Just some thoughts.

From JD on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 21:01:37 from

Thanks for the input Jun - do you get all those calories from gu's or what?

From jun on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 21:03:24 from

I eat a gel every 45 min. Generally, no. I like to take along beef jerky (the bite size chunks are the best and easiest) and granola as well. Substance is good.

From JD on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 21:07:49 from

Substance is good. I like that. I was intuitively feeling that way today, like a burger or something might have helped a lot.

From april27 on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 09:08:54 from

I think it was also good that the weather on your side. NOt that 70-85 is cool bt it is a lot better than 90! Ewwww

I think this run should encourage you as far as doing ultras! You did really well!

From Lysa on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 09:27:53 from

Wow JD! That sounds totally intense! Nice job doing that distance even if you feel it did end badly. That is amazing. Live and Learn right? You will do better in the end next time. You are a stallion

From JD on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 11:41:20 from

Thanks April and Lysa. My report comes off sounding negative, but I actually feel really good about the run. Anytime I can get out and run for 5 1/2 hours in the mountains is a great day.

From Carolyn in Colorado on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 10:10:08 from

That's freakin' awesome, JD. I am impressed.

From JD on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:13:15 from

Thanks Carolyn - My wife happened to be out in the yard as I hobbled my way towards the house at the end of the run...she didn't seem too impressed. In fact, it's the first time I've seen true pity in her eyes as she looked at me. Lol!

From Kelli on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 18:40:33 from

HOLY CRUD!!!! Amazing run. It sounds to me that you just need a few tweaks here and there and you will KILL this mountain the next time you try it!

The S-caps have done nothing for my husband as well. I think he even borders on taking too many! What is the other stuff you were taking? Is it an electrolyte type thing?

Now, for the food. I find that Swedish Fish give me a nice little kick! Nothing beats sugar.

GREAT JOB! I hope once you hobbled home you got some good food and rest in ya!

From JD on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 21:43:42 from

Thanks Kelli. I think EFS stands for "electrolyte fueling system"? I tried it for two reasons, they are a local company, and the product squeezed in a lot of calories and carbs (and electrolytes?) for such a small, easy to carry flask.

Looks like your PF issue is heading in the right direction after todays TM run. (11mph!).

From Kelli on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 23:26:59 from

Seriously, you need to hop on a TM and give it a try. It was unreal and flippin' scary!

I like LOCAL, it means we can get a bunch of it.

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