The Perils of Self Betterment

January 20, 2020

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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: 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

well, back to my original plan to run another marathon only for a pr attempt - not happening this year. luckily i can drop down to the half at huntsville in september. my hope is to keep a solid 40-50 mile per week base throughout this winter and see about a fall marathon for 2020
my body just isn’t cooperating - i may have done too much too soon. no injuries or anything just real slow to adapt to higher mileage.      

i realize i could “finish” a marathon this september, but it would be a death march at the end and i’m just not interested in doing that. 

wt- 40 miles 




Weight: 0.00
From Tom Slick on Sun, Jul 21, 2019 at 20:32:11 from

So sad to hear your option to downsize to the Half Monte, it appeared that you were doing so well in your training for the Full. Right now is a time in the training when we feel over worked and under appreciated! But in the next few remaining weeks we catch up with our almost unbearable training demands and mega mileage weeks. Are you even considering waiting a few more weeks to see if your adjusts to your training and you regain your strength and speed before we go into taper time????

From JD on Sun, Jul 21, 2019 at 21:30:09 from

thanks Tom. yeah i'll keep the faith until the deadline to downsize but knowing my body the way i do it feels like a no go. it could just be a short term phase, we'll see. as of now i struggle with six mile runs, quite demoralizing but yeah, i could bounce back. stranger things have happened!

From Tom Slick on Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 09:55:18 from

JD - Between the extra miles, elevated speed training and the trips to the gym I’m dragging my butt down the road . Yesterday’s 19.5 miler in the heat was horrible, even though I got out at about 4:am when it was only 72* 😅. I’ve got a 10k race on Wednesday so I ‘m resting Monday & Tuesday with the hopes that I will regain some spring in my tired, short, fat, old man body and win in my age 🥇division.

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