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

18 miles / 8:46 avg. Started around 1:00 pm. Sun, temps low 60's. Commute run from work to home w/extensions. I felt sore and tired from the start but figured that would ultimately make for an effective workout on the legs. I ran 12 miles (mi. 3 through 14) at my goal marathon pace (GMP). My goal for the marathon is 3:45, so my pace should be around 8:34. I just figure 8:30 for easy calculation on the run. I ran a 2 mile warm up, then the tempo splits: 8:26, 8:36, 8:32, 8:17, 8:12, 8:23, 8:33, 8:30, 8:31, 8:33, 8:18, 8:15. Total time for the 12 miles, 1:41:12 / 8:26 avg. Then I death marched the final 4 miles home. I've done better than this just on random training runs, so I'm not too worried that  I could barely make 18 miles today. I don't know what to think. Just have to see what race day three weeks.

Junk Shoes Miles: 18.00
Weight: 0.00
From Lysa on Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 19:21:58 from

3 weeks already?!! You will do amazing. Im not worried one bit about that. And your body is tired. You need rest. You need sleep and non-movement. You need a vacation. Im glad you are taking one tomorrow. Although, I know that doesn't mean you wont run. HOw could you resist running in MOab?? Its beautiful! Good job James

From Andy on Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 19:47:19 from

MP runs are deceptively hard. Not to mention the fact that you raced a half marathon last week. You will do great in the marathon.

From JD on Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 20:06:49 from

Thanks Lysa. And quit calling me names!

Good points Andy. Thanks, I appreciate your input.

From Carolyn in Colorado on Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 20:27:31 from

If that pace was harder than usual for you today, it's because you've got such high mileage this week. I'm about dead from high mileage this week and I didn't run any MP miles today. In fact, I was quite slow.

From Lysa on Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 22:30:26 from

oh, sorry, I meant to say good job terminator.

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