The Perils of Self Betterment

November 2011

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Location:

UT,

Member Since:

Jan 17, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

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:

run

 

Personal:

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: 38.00 Year: 38.00
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: 146.00
Vapor4's Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Kinvara5 Lifetime Miles: 52.00
Total Distance
224.30
Musha 2 Miles: 5.00Kinvara2 Miles: 72.30Mt101 Miles: 37.00Hattori Miles: 25.00Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 34.00Hattori The 2nd Miles: 7.20Musha 3 Miles: 17.00Bandito's (2) Miles: 18.80Bandito's Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

5 miles / from work. I ran yesterday's ten miler at an extremely easy pace. I ran today's 5 at an even easier pace.

WT 65.8 miles

Musha 2 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(6)
Total Distance
11.00

11 miles / 8:48 avg. From work. Nice sun, cool temps. Mean driver day. 

Was chased by a little dog with tiny legs for a block or so. I really enjoy these moments, it helps me increase my pace. I rounded a corner and there were a group of junior high boys out in front of the school who saw me being chased by the yapping dog, I started flailing my arms around and mock screaming. The kids really seemed to get a kick out of it.

Splits: 9:33, 9:09, 9:01, 8:45, 9:07, 8:47, 8:44, 8:44, 8:30, 8:19, 8:20.

WT 67.8 miles

Kinvara2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(4)
Total Distance
8.00

easy 8 / from work / rio grand prkwy - sun, temps in the early forties, stiff south wind.

i've run 60 days in a row...but i probably will break the streak this saturday. i never intended for this to be a streak anyway - i just wanted to get back to running consistently...i think i've achieved that and hopefully will run everyday most of the time. but saturday is looking like a good day to take off in terms of weather poop, and busy at work, plus it's a cut back week anyway.

WT 61.7 miles

Mt101 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(4)
Total Distance
10.00

10 miles / easy. drove to the front runner station in farmington and ran south on the LPT for five miles into a very strong wind, then back. 8:49 avg.

WT 64.7 miles

 

averaged 9.16 miles per day for 61 days (559 miles). not bad for a middle aged, average joe, mid pack hack. running is definitely making aging a little more palatable to this body and mind.

Kinvara2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(4)
Total Distance
7.00

7 miles / 8:09 avg. MFT. Sun, mid thirty temps, southern breeze. 

splits: 9:41, (7:45, 7:54, 7:41, 7:40, 7:30), 8:46. (5 mile "tempo" 38:30 / 7:42 avg)

Just for this week I'm going to try something different. I've always felt that a big factor in my lack of speed is my mind. I feel like I've got a weak mind when it comes to running. So I'm going to attempt to shake my lazy brain out of its lethargy this week on each run by running 5 miles straight at under an 8:00 pace (my HMP is 7:54). So for each run this week I'll run a warm up mile, which can be any pace, then 5 miles < 8:00, which will put me at 6 miles for the run, then I have the option of stopping there, or running a cool down mile, or keeping the pace going for mile 7. This means I'll be running either 6 or 7 miles each day. I'm hoping by keeping the mileage low, my body will better handle my little daily speed test. This will just be through friday, on saturday I'll run enough to get my mileage for the week to at least 50 miles. Then next week I'll ramp up the mileage again. Anyway, should be an interesting experiment -

WT 51 miles

Hattori Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Total Distance
6.50

6.5 miles / 8:12 avg. from work/rio grand prkwy. partly cloudy, 30's.

splits: 9:16, (7:58, 7:58, 7:53, 7:50, 7:56), + .5@9:12 avg.

5 mile "tempo" / 39:35 / 7:55 avg.

WT 47.5 miles

Kinvara2 Miles: 6.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments(9)
Total Distance
7.00

7 miles / 8:05. from work to the high school track, some laps, and back. Sun, 30's.

splits: 9:03, 7:49, 7:57, 7:42, 7:43, 7:34, 8:45

5 mile "tempo" 38:45 / 7:45 avg.

WT 49.5 miles

Mt101 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Total Distance
7.00

7 miles / 8:33 avg. bluff trail / jensen park. sun, cold. 

day 4 of experiment = massive fail (with a minor win). first the 5 mile "tempo" splits: 8:16 (fail, but I can make it up), 8:40 (holy crap!), 8:54 ( FAIL), 7:58 (ahhhh...) 7:37 (partial redemption). 5 miles / 41:27 / 8:17 avg

okay, so i felt tired starting out, but i've felt that way the last couple of days. today, i took my time on the warmup mile, i was in no hurry to get to the tempo part of my run. the first mile of the tempo i could tell that i was struggling, with an 8:16 i still had a chance to go fast enough the next 4 miles and get under an 8 minute per mile average for the 5 miles. But it wasn't to be. the second tempo mile was an 8:40! it was frustrating, i couldn't seem to get my mind to push my body at all. my form was sloppy, especially my foot strike. it was interesting because i could feel the gears in my head slipping, unable to get traction, and i don't know why. neural fatigue? towards the end of the third tempo mile i was starting to feel a little better and suddenly everything was back to normal? it was like a switch went off and all of a sudden my form was right, my brain felt strong, and i could push at will again. the last two mile were 7:58, 7:37. i'm learning a lot with this experiment this week. for example, i have found that mental focus is where it's at. this is obvious to most, and i've always known it, but i'm getting a nice practical, literal example of how important focus is. i've developed a bad habit of just letting my mind drift while running, which is good for some runs, but not ALL the time. so it's taking some work to stay on task during these tempo sections. and today was definitely about building some strength in that department as i struggled to stay focused in spite of the horrendous fail, and it paid off! also today offered me a great illustration of how different my form is when running poorly as opposed to running well.

WT 45.5 miles

Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(12)
Total Distance
7.00

7 miles / 8:10 avg. Drove to the front runner station in farmington and ran on the LPT. sunny and 50F. short sleeves, no gloves.

splits: 9:25, 7:55, 7:57, 7:51, 7:45, 7:38, 8:35

5 miles "tempo" 39:08 / 7:50 avg.

WT 44.5 miles

Kinvara2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(2)
Total Distance
7.20

7.2 miles / 8:06 avg. one mile boardwalk loops at the nature preserve. overcast, 45F. Felt really loose and strong today, probably because of the low mileage, but in spite of the daily 5 mile tempo runs @ < HM pace.

splits: 9:20, 8:00, 7:35, 7:48, 7:50, 7:36, 8:35, + .2 @ 8:17.

5 miles "tempo" 38:49 / 7:46 avg.

yay the experiment is over. the main thing i've learned is that i'm a stronger runner than my mind wants me to believe i am. i'm looking forward to increasing my miles again and going into workouts with a little more confidence.

WT 41.7 miles

Hattori The 2nd Miles: 7.20
Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Total Distance
0.00

sick. it's been quite awhile so i guess i was due. it's all in the throat and i feel pretty run down, slightly achy joints. it started yesterday but doesn't feel any worse today so maybe by tomorrow i'll feel safe to run. super.

Weight: 0.00
Comments(2)
Total Distance
11.00

11 miles on the LPT - mostly cloudy, low 40's. 8:53 avg.

WT 45.7 miles

Musha 3 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Total Distance
8.20

8.2 miles / very easy pace. one mile boardwalk loops at the nature preserve. mostly sun, 47F.

WT 47.4 miles

 

Bandito's (2) Miles: 8.20
Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Total Distance
8.00

8 miles / from work. mostly sunny, temps somewhere in the 40's. 8:38 avg.

wt 48.4 miles

Kinvara2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(6)
Total Distance
5.00

5 miles / easy. rio grande prkwy. sun, 38F.

WT 46.4 miles

Hattori Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(6)
Total Distance
10.50

10.5 miles  on the LPT. late start @ 3:30 PM. mostly cloudy, temps 50+ degrees. 8:39 avg.

splits: 10:00, 8:43, 8:40, 8:39, 8:50, 8:22, 8:29, 8:21, 8:38, 8:18, (+.5@8:02 avg.)

WT 49.9 miles

Kinvara2 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Total Distance
8.00

easy 8 / from work, some on the high school track. cloudy, mid 40's.

WT 50.7 miles

Bandito's Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(2)
Total Distance
10.50

10.5 miles  on the LPT (exact same course as the day before yesterday). mostly sunny, low 30's.

2 x 3 miles @ <HMP

splits: 9:16, 9:08, (7:41, 7:39, 7:40), 9:04, (7:45, 7:53, 7:58), 8:49, .5@8:26.

The first interval went well with a 7:40 avg. for the 3 miles. i was tired by the time i to the second set with 7:52 avg - 12 seconds per mile slower than the first./ 8:17 avg. for the run.

WT 61.2 miles

Mt101 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Total Distance
12.00

12 miles / MFT/LPT mostly cloudy, 44F. felt good today after a profound rest yesterday. tried to keep the pace steady. pretty good negative split. (first 6 miles  - 8:30 per mile avg./ second 6 miles - 8:07 per mile avg). 8:18 avg for the run.

splits: 9:00, 8:30, 8:26, 8:05, 8:36, 8:25, 8:13, 8:07, 8:13, 8:07, 8:05, 7:57.

WT 54 miles

Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Total Distance
6.00

6 miles of slow at the nature preserve. NICE weather.

WT 52 miles

Musha 3 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(2)
Total Distance
10.60

10.6 miles / from work to the rio grande parkway. i would like to marry the weather. still slow and tired today.

WT 57.6 miles

Bandito's (2) Miles: 10.60
Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Total Distance
4.00

4 easy miles at the MFT (track) with wife and dogs. i woke up feeling slightly under the weather and wasn't going to run today but figured it was better to get a little fresh air and light exercise rather than do nothing at all.  so this makes three runs in a row of feeling poopy. that's a lot of poop. hope whatever it is passes soon.

now off to dinner gathering #1 of 3 this weekend. let the germ swapping begin!

happy Thanksgiving fellow blogules!

Hattori Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(2)
Total Distance
8.00

easy 8 / had a couple hours at work this morning so i ran afterwards from the shop. i was quite discouraged after yesterdays run, the worst of a three day stretch of bad runs. so it was with great relief that i covered 8 miles today and began feeling some of the old familiar strength back in my legs, i took it real easy and just enjoyed the great weather and relatively quiet roads. now i'm late to Thanksgiving gathering #2 of 3 ( #3 is sunday night). grateful for this running habit.

WT 51.1 miles

 

Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(4)
Total Distance
12.00

12 miles nice and easy on the LPT after a short work day. Got started around 12:30 pm under sunny skies, temps in the low 40's and a chilly northwest breeze. 9:02 avg.

WT 52.6 miles

Kinvara2 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(2)
Total Distance
9.00

9 mile progression run on the MFT. / 8:30 avg. sun and 40F. 

splits: 9:37, 9:17, 8:48, 8:36, 8:11, 7:54, 7:43, 7:23, 9:00

WT 61.6 miles

Hattori Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Total Distance
7.30

7.3 miles  / from work, easy pace. overcast, 42F.

WT 56.9 miles

Kinvara2 Miles: 7.30
Weight: 0.00
Comments(8)
Total Distance
11.50

11.5 miles from work to the rio grande parkway - out and back. nice weather...maybe the nicest for awhile. very easy pace today.

WT 62.4 miles

Mt101 Miles: 11.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments(10)
Total Distance
7.00

7 miles from work and about (hilly). started out overcast and the storm moved in during my run. the last mile was steady rain with a hint of snow mixed in. 8:12 avg.

splits: 9:00, 8:08, 8:09, 8:18, 7:52, 7:51, 8:09

WT 58.8 miles

Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
224.30
Musha 2 Miles: 5.00Kinvara2 Miles: 72.30Mt101 Miles: 37.00Hattori Miles: 25.00Hyperspeed 4 (2) Miles: 34.00Hattori The 2nd Miles: 7.20Musha 3 Miles: 17.00Bandito's (2) Miles: 18.80Bandito's Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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