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[so, this is three months late, but here it is…]

My 2014 race schedule is based on a phrase that a colleague of mine uses…a lot: “Let’s take it to the next level”

Since I started running in the fall of 2011, I have deliberately and purposefully taken things slow, working at increasing distance and skill of this this thang I’ve come to greatly enjoy.  I also set the goal back then to run at least one race each month, just to keep myself accountable to a training schedule/plan and to continually challenge myself.

2013 was a very solid year for me: one 10K, eleven half marathons, two full marathons, and a 50K (my first one.)  As I was looking at goals for 2014, I thought about sticking with a consistent core of half marathons that surrounded a couple of full marathons.  There was also the pull to run more trail ultamarathons, as well as having also registered for my first multisport (South Bay Duathlon in March.)  Running ultras was an eventual given and, depending upon how South Bay went, I figured that I would incorporate at least one additional duathlon (if not a triathlon) into 2014.  Finally, in 2013, I rode Foxy’s Century and had blast…should I do it again?  On top of all that, and certainly more important, there was the aspect of looking at home commitments (my amazing wife being #1) – oh, and work too.

So many options.  So many considerations.  What to do…and not do?

At the end of the day, I decided to focus exclusively on what I really enjoy: running (after completing March’s duathlon, of course.)  I really enjoyed duathlon and can see myself doing more of them – triathlon at some point, as well.  I also really enjoyed riding Foxy’s Century as it solidified cycling as another sport for me.  All that said, training correctly for duathlon/triathlon/cycling events would involve carving out a substantial amount of time from a run-focused training plan and, realistically, would not enable me to take my running “to the next level” in 2014.

So, with all that considered, this is the schedule I’ve planned for 2014 [updated on 5/9]:

  • JAN: Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon
  • FEB: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon
  • MAR: South Bay Duathlon [International] , Inaugural Livermore Half Marathon
  • APR: Big Sur International Marathon
  • MAY: Bay to Breakers
  • JUN: Big Basin 50K Lake Chabot Trail Half Marathon
  • JUL: The San Francisco Marathon
  • AUG: Tamalpa Headlands 50K
  • SEP: Coastal 50K
  • OCT: Skyline to the Sea 50K
  • NOV: Morgan Hill Marathon, Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
  • DEC: The North Face Endurance Challenge – San Francisco 50K, Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon
  • JAN: Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon

The count: one 10K, one 12K, six five half marathons, three full marathons, four five 50Ks, and a duathlon.

So, a solid 2014 on tap and, for certain, a pretty challenging second half.  Definitely a year that will be a blast.  Of course, not all these will be run as “A” races.  Some will be preps for the following race (yeah, I’m learning that more and more); but, all will be run with the goal of taking it to the next level in 2014.  I also have one or two TBD events in my back pocket, but those are not definite enough to list… 😀



April 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

…my first clue should have been the business card.


Thanks in advance for not asking for more details… 😉

S-10 Memories

February 12, 2014 — Leave a comment


My car was at the shop today, so I drove my Father-In-Law’s pick-up to work this morning.

A lot of good conversations took place here.

Miss him.

Two Seven

January 24, 2014 — Leave a comment


Celebrating twenty-seven years of marriage today…WOW!

I DO NOT deserve such a wonderful wife and consider myself totally and completely blessed.

Love you K!

Hmmmm, how to display my 2013 training stats in an epic way….a mega INFOGRAPHIC!

This pup has taken numerous lunchtimes, a few evenings, an extended layover at DFW, and a few more evenings in hotel rooms this week.  It was great remembering and reliving some of last year as I gathered the data and worked on this project.

My numbers may pale in comparison to some, but they are mine…and that is what we all should focus on: our numbers, not other people’s.

These were hard earned, yet fun.  Mostly enjoyable, with a dash of difficult, and a hint of pain.  For certain, 2013 was a great second full year of running, with a decent intro to cycling.  Here’s to celebrating 2013 and anticipating what lies ahead in 2014.


Oxbow Lake

January 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

I may not remember everything from college, but one thing that always comes to mind when I fly are “oxbow lakes” – from a geology course I took.


Funny the things we remember…

Oh, and I also spotted this hidden Mickey too (ok, maybe it’s just the hat):


Well, my two-week vacation ends today…boohoo.

So, I decided to cap it with a trail run this morning, doing what I call the “griffin” course up in Alum Rock Park – dubbed that since I think it resembles a griffin.  [STRAVA]  (Not to be confused with the “sea monster” course.)  You’ll notice a weird line on the griffin’s wing.  I forgot to restart the watch after I stopped to take a picture of some deer…which cost me at least a mile on my tracking…and messed up my “griffin” picture!


Since this was my final run for the vacation, I took it slow and enjoyed the run and the sights:

All in all, it was a nice break from work.  I rested a bit, did some work at the house (though not as much as I’d hoped too), and ate out a lot.  As far as training for the two weeks:

  • Miles Run: 115 (56 on week one, 59 on week two)
  • Days Run: 13 of 15 total days off
  • Miles Riding: 0 (I planned to ride once, but didn’t make it (rested instead)  Since I prefer to ride early in the AM when traffic is low, I focused on running…)
  • Races: Two half marathons – Brazen New Year’s Eve (Almost) and Brazen New Years Day.  Race reports coming this week.
  • Weight: Started and ended the two weeks at the same weight!  BOOYAH!  (oh, and I had pancakes a total of 8 times – yummo!)

If you are also just going back to work, school, or just a “non-vaca” mode tomorrow…take’r slow and ease back into the busy life!

Final Post for 2013

December 31, 2013 — 2 Comments


2013 was an interesting year. A few highs, some lows, and a lot of mehs. Here’s to hoping that 2014 is a better year.

I will be posting a 2013 Training recap in the coming days. I was just looking at my stats this morning and can’t believe the year I’ve had! I’m really looking forward to what 2014 holds.

One change for 2014 is that I am taking a break from the “postaday” blog thing. As I’ve looked at the content of my 2013 posts, they’ve been, well, pretty boring.  The majority were simply my daily “Training Journal” – hardly worth posting and really only posted to satisfy my “postaday” check mark. So, for 2014, I will only post when something strikes me as “postable”, significant milestones, race/run/ride reports, monthly training stats, and other stuff.  I know that are some other blogging projects on WordPress, who knows, maybe tonight I will get motivated and join one…

Happy New Year!

Training Journal – 12/31/13:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 4-mile run
  • Comments: I did 6.2 miles @ 8:27 avg pace, avg cadence of 97, & a run time of 54:21. [Strava]

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today turned out to be a pretty good day: a nice, early morning 8-mile run, a quiet family breakfast, exchanging gifts, a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, a visit to the cemetery, and now a quiet evening of TV and surfing the net.

I also logged run number two in my new Altra 3-Sums. After ~15 miles, I’m really liking them!


I’ve been “bah humbug-y” this Christmas season, so I’m looking forward to moving on…

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Training Journal – 12/25/13:

  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 6-mile run
  • Comments: I did 8.6 miles @ 8:37 avg pace, avg cadence 96 & a run time of 1:14:16 [Strava]