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Member Since:

Jun 13, 2011



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

A bunch of Marathons -- PR - 2:48:53 (Fall 2014)

A bunch of Half Marathons -- PR - 1:19:20 (Aug. 2015 - Converted)

10k - 36:30 Unaided // 35:25 (July 2014 - Aided)

5k - 17:28 (Aug. 2015)

1mi. - 4:58 (July 2014 - Track)


Short-Term Running Goals:


5/16: G. Canyon - R2R2RGot It!! (about 13 hours)

6/22: Series 5k - 17:xx   17:47

9/28: Mill Race Marathon - 2:49:xx

11/9: Tunnel Hill 100 - Let's Finish the distance !  


Long-Term Running Goals:

R2R2R in Grand Canyon  5/18/19 

Wonderland Trail, JMT,

Marathon < 2:45

Half Marathon < 1:18

Top 10 in Bluegrass 10k

5k < 17


400m/800m competitively in track in high school.  Took 15 years off. Started running again in 2010.  Married to my beautiful wife, Tiffany, with 2 little boys, now 4 and 6.  I'm a civil engineer working for the Indiana DOT in Seymour, IN.   I live in a slightly larger town about 20 miles north - Columbus, IN.  Originally from Lexington, KY.


Favorite Blogs:

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Swimming Lifetime Miles: 6.20
Elliptical Lifetime Miles: 81.50
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Vilano Bike On Mag Trainer Lifetime Miles: 125.25
Saucony A5 - Green Lifetime Miles: 160.74
Saucony Peregrine - Black Lifetime Miles: 426.07
Saucony Kinvara 6 - White Lifetime Miles: 613.66
Hoka One Infinite Lifetime Miles: 891.17
Red Peregrine Velcro Lifetime Miles: 267.10
Red Peregrine NO Velcro Lifetime Miles: 133.30
Clifton 4 Blue 1 Lifetime Miles: 63.50
Race: Tunnel Hill 100 (Drop down to 50) (50 Miles) 08:39:06
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Race report:  2018 Tunnel Hill 100 drop down to 50M.

Spent a very cold spleepless night in the tent at the Vienna campground.  Race start at 7a couldn't come soon enough.

Lots of prerace bathroon stops.  Noticeably still feelin the right hammy tightness.  Really bundled up in the 25 degree weather.  Carrying one handheld 12oz. which turns out to be plenty, and plenty of gels and snacks stuffed in pockets.  Went out at very comfortable pace with a big crowd.  8:45-9:30 pace is the plan and seems to be the right pace.  Kept it really light and chatty for almost entire first out and back 26.4 miles.  Catch Dad and Amy going the other way at about 5 miles left and snap a picture.

Feeling good rolling into the Vienna home base with about 5 gals following close behind me.  grab some food and re-fill the handheld.  Noticeably, the enitre group of girls is in and out of the aid station much quicker.

Set back out after the stop and notice the tightness starting to show up when stopping and starting back up.  make it out through about 30 miles and really hit a rough patch.  slam a caffeine gel and walk a bit.  get it going a little bit from 32-35, and then hit another patch.  Oh boy... proceed to wlak jog for next 15 miles to get out to Tunnel and the turn around, and then sinmialr all the way back for agonizing 3 more hours.  Difficult to force a running motion as I come in to the Vienna home base again.  Give it a couple of minutes, and watch Zack Bitter come through the 76 mile going the other way, and call it a day. Tunnel Hill is nice and gives buckles for drop downs from the 100 who finish at least 50 miles.  50 miles - 8:39 moving time. 

Last attempt at 100miles.  Done and made peace with not completing 100 miles. 

Hoka Clifton 5 Miles: 50.70
Weight: 0.00
From jtshad on Sun, Nov 11, 2018 at 06:56:56 from

Sorry about the race not turning out the way you wanted. Nice job having the mental and physical fortitude to finish the 50, maybe not on your terms but you did it. Hope for a speedy recovery.

From Jon on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 20:46:30 from

100 miles are so far- no shame in not making the distance. 50 miles is still an impressive feat that only a tiny percent of people would even attempt, much less finish. Good job at pushing on even with some the tightness.

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