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Member Since:

May 12, 2008



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Running Accomplishments:

I started running again in 2007 after 14 years of not running.

Mile - 4:59 (high school 1992), 5:57 (9/21/2010 ARR Open Mile)

2 mile - 11:10 (high school 1992)

5k - 21:54 (11/18/2010 Tempe Road Runners 5k)

10k - 48:29 (5/9/2009 Race for Hospice)

Unofficial 10k - 47:11 (1/27/2011 Red Mountain Park)

1/2 marathon - 1:49:00 (4/4/2009 Havasu Half)

Marathon - 4:33:09 (11/21/2009 Mesquite Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run a half marathon in under two hours.

Run a marathon in close to 4 hours.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy long enough to live through the millenium.


I am married and have six kids. 

Blog title explanation

Bloggers I've met in real life: 1MileToGo, Aaron Kennard, Andrea North, Arizona Desert Monsoon, auntieem, Bec, Ben, Benjamin, Bonnie, Camille, Cari, Collin Anderson, David Holt, DooneEight Kid Mom, Erico, Flatlander, Gary, Jake Krong, JamesW, Jose, Josse, Julieesplin, JunKelli, Kerri, KP, Kyle Dion, Lightitup, Little Bad Legs, Lybi, Marthon Dreamer, M, Mary Ann Schauerhamer, Misty, Nan, Peds Endo Doc, Rachelle, RADRhett, Riley Cook, Rossy, runningafterbabies, Sasha, Scott Hughes, Scott (Kelli's husband), Scott Wesemann, Slow Joe, Spencer Simpson, Stephen, Steve Piccolo, Susie, The Rookie, Toby, Tracy, Twinkies, TylerS, Walter

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 7.69 Month: 29.65 Year: 576.39
Mizuno Wave Inspire 7 Lifetime Miles: 802.53
Asics Gel 3030 Lifetime Miles: 204.85
Saucony Hurricane 13 Lifetime Miles: 149.22
Asics Gel DS Trainer 17 Lifetime Miles: 87.49
Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 Lifetime Miles: 800.59
Brooks Ravenna 4 Lifetime Miles: 88.83
Mizuno X10 Trail Lifetime Miles: 103.15
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 800.21
Asics Gel Kayano 21 Lifetime Miles: 3.99
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 171.15
New Balance 1260v5 Lifetime Miles: 9.19
Reebok Floatride Lifetime Miles: 8.23
Total Distance
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Miles: 7.26
Weight: 0.00
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It's Spring Break for the kids this week.  Like last year, we decided to take a mini-vacation up to Pinetop, AZ.  Well, last year we went to Heber, AZ, but you get what I mean.  I looked at the map on Google and decided on a way to go.  I had to turn left at the first road to the south, run to the end, then turn east and run as far as my heart desired.  The elevation in Pinetop where we stayed is around 7,300.  When I turned on that road it immediately starts going uphill.  Between the slight uphill, the cold, and the altitude, I thought I might die.  Luckily I didn't.  I got to the end of the road where I was supposed to turn east and I saw that it was gated.  I had no choice but to go west.  This would take me through the neighborhood.  We were renting a cabin at a country club on the south side of town.  After turning west, I started to feel a little better.  The elevation leveled out and even started going downhill a bit.  It had rained during the night and there were places on the road where I was running that it literally sounded like I was wearing spikes.  I worried that I might wake up the neighbors.  As I rounded a curve I passed this gentlemen out walking his dog.  He was all bundled up.  As he saw me coming he started to yell encouraging things at me in what I'm guessing was a German accent.  I can't remember everything he said but he said something about my muscles.  Then he told me I was very brave for wearing shorts.  I was very brave.  Very brave indeed.

I continued going and I had to look at my map on Strava to see what would be a good route.  I could see that if I made a loop around the neighborhood that it would be right around 4 miles, and that seemed perfect.  Once the loop turned back east again, I was heading uphill.  There was a garbage truck that had passed me.  It was trying to grab a garbage can that seemed just out of its range.  He tried several times to get a good grip on it, but he finally had to get out and move it.  I was able to pass him when he did and I saw another garbage can up the street that was tipped over.  I decided to be a good Samaritan and pick it up for him.  I lifted it and it felt quite empty.  I took a quick look inside and it was completely empty.  Then I realized it was a recycle bin.  So no good deed goes unpunished, I guess. 

I finished the loop and actually felt pretty good about it.  I wasn't overly frozen either.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Miles: 4.12
Weight: 0.00
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I woke up kinda early before sunrise and my phone said it was 43º out.  That's warmer than it was yesterday.  However, the longer I waited before I ran, the colder it was getting.  I've noticed that happen over the years as the sun rays start pushing the air around it cools down.  I figured I'd wait a while and it should warm up again.  But then I noticed something from behind the slits in the blinds.  Something strange.  There were hundreds, thousands of small particles floating gently towards the ground.  Were we under nuclear attack?  I drew the chord on the blinds so that I could face head on my impending doom.  I was struck with wonder and amazement.  Was this the end?  No.  Memories came back to me of pictures that I had seen from friends that live to the north of me.  It was snow.  Actual snow right outside my window!

Of course I've been in snow many times.  But I have never run in it.  I decided to wait and see if it would die down some.  Emily has been getting real sick, as she does.  So when the rest of the family wanted to antiquing, I stayed home with her.  It didn't seem like the snow was going to let up.  And if it did, it was still being blown down from the rooftops and the trees.  Perhaps I wouldn't go running today afterall.  I needed advice.  I reached out to people with experience, but they were of no use.  So when my family got back, I decided to just go for it. 

I just wore my shorts and T-shirt, as always.  It was cold, but  not terrible.  I would just do a small loop.  I'd follow the same start as yesterday, but instead of going all the way around the neighborhood, I would just go around the block.  It was about 1.7 miles.  I was worried that I might slip and fall, but I seemed pretty stable the whole way.  That first little climb felt like death was knocking again.  But I knew I survived it yesterday, so I would survive it again today.  I would look back and see my footprints in the road every now and then.  They were leaving marks for everyone else to see what kind of fool goes out in this weather.   About a quarter mile before I finished my phone rang.  It was my bishop.  He wanted to make sure Emily had a helper now that she's in Young Women's.  I told her that it was covered and made sure I explained what I was doing at the moment so that he wouldn't wonder why my breathing was so labored.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Miles: 1.69
Weight: 0.00
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I woke up this morning with a sore throat.  I wonder why.  Actually, I woke up yesterday with one, too.  We're back home now.  I got dressed for my run.  I wanted to do 4 miles, but after about one mile, I decided I wasn't feeling great, and one loop would be sufficient.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Miles: 1.45
Weight: 0.00
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Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Miles: 7.26
Weight: 0.00
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