American River 50 mile -- Mile 40 & wet

American River 50 mile -- Mile 27 with fresh jacket & shirt

Taking a quick break during Western States Safety Patrol @ Last Chance.


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I've been a runner for over 13 years, but had recently let my eating habits get out of control (again! ). I'm trying to lose weight in order to improve my marathon finish time, with the eventual goal of qualifying to run the Boston Marathon.

After my last attempt at weight loss, in 2007, which worked out really well, I was diagnosed with thyroid issues. I spent over a year trying different approaches before I finally submitted to using synthetic replacement therapy. Now I'm trying to revitalize my exercise program and loose all that weight again.

Over the years I've also been a Scuba Instructor and a Flight Instructor, as well as more permanent professions, such as Father, of three, and Software Engineer.

My all time favorite quote from Dean Karnazes book -- The Ultramarathon Man -- Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: "Wow! What a ride!"

Member Since: 1/28/2007

Fitness Minutes: 15,087

My Goals:
Reduce my weight and BF%/BMI. (Started BF 25%, BMI 30.)

Improve my marathon times with the eventual goal of qualifying to run the Boston Marathon. (I need 3hrs 30min, or about 2 minutes off my PR.)

Run 1200 miles , or more, this year, and get back to the shape I've been in previously.

My Program:
Using SP to track my calorie intake and calorie burn.

Yoga and lots of Running. I'm also trying to add in some weight training, cycling, spinning, and boot camp.

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I went to high school in the UK, just north of Birmingham. I attended university at UMIST in Manchester, UK, and later moved to the USA. I've lived in San Jose, CA for nearly 16 years and I've been training with San Jose Fit for the past 10 years. I've completed 30 marathons, thirteen 50ks and three 50 mile races.

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At points it's excruciating, but ultimately it's restorative. Not unlike electroshock therapy. -- Dean Karnazes, when asked if running the Western States 100 mile race hurts.

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  • v CRYSTAL1963
    I don't exercise. If God wanted me to bend over, he'd have put diamonds on the floor.
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    2608 days ago
    You'll do just fine on your marathon this weekend, you're a pro! Even if this isn't the BQ for you, consider it another training run toward that goal. Have fun out there. :))
    3005 days ago
    Lucky! I love the Zombie Runner site, but have never been to their store. It was actually their review of the New Balance WT/MT 100s that convinced me to buy them. I'm pretty happy with them so far!

    You know what's funny, I was an English major and worked as a proofreader and then an editor for like 4 years. I was thinking about going back to grad school so I could teach English comp. Maybe I'd better polish up my grammar first, hahaha!!!
    3015 days ago
    Oh I LOVED Born to Run! That's what got me to dust off my old Chi Running book from a few years ago and sign up for a workshop. That's hilarious that you're in the testimonials, I'm totally going to check that out when I get home. :)

    And yeah, I'm still dinking around on Spark... my fitness appears to be an ever-evolving work in progress. I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress now that you're back for a while, though!
    3016 days ago
    Do you run in Vibrams? I got a pair of sprints in January, but going from stability shoes + orthotics to VFFs, my achilles was just too tight. The NB 100s have just enough heel not to stress my achilles, and I'm hoping I can get it stretched out and start running in the VFFs more later this year.
    3017 days ago
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