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Member Since:

Jun 03, 2010



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

I started running in Feb of 2009.

First 5K- April 18th, 2009

First Marathon- Sept 19,2009 - Wright Patt Air Force Base Marathon.

PR 5K 19:36  7/04/11  Americana 5K   

PR 10K 42:25  8/06/11  Tadmor 10K (Dam run... HILLS)

PR Marathon 9/17/11 Air Force Marathon 3:14:38


Short-Term Running Goals:


Show up. 

REALLY show up.

2017 Races

Tie dye 50K - 29th

11/11 Richmond Marathon


Long-Term Running Goals:

Qualify for Boston 

Run Boston!  

No injuries and another marathon.

Did I mention avoiding injuries? 

More marathons, help others around me achieve goals.  


Married and have two daughters 15 & 21... I hope to convert at least one into a runner :)

Psalm 14:1 "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."

John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."


Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 93.10 Year: 710.63
Adidas Adizero - Adios Lifetime Miles: 333.37
Saucony Kinvara 2- Bright Lime Lifetime Miles: 744.21
Saucony Hattori Lifetime Miles: 514.86
Under Armor Speedform Lifetime Miles: 782.25
Saucony Kinvara 5 Lifetime Miles: 816.18
Newton Distance Lifetime Miles: 672.30
Innov8 220 Lifetime Miles: 637.27
Saucony Kinvara 6 - Wicked Orange Lifetime Miles: 582.87
Pearl Izumi N1V2 Flash Green Lifetime Miles: 719.03
Pearl Izumi EM N1 Cool Red Lifetime Miles: 800.36
Pearl Izumi EM N1 Neon Yellow Lifetime Miles: 670.32
Saucony Kilkenny XC5 Lifetime Miles: 185.08
Kinvara 7 Neon Yelarnge Lifetime Miles: 816.51
Adidas Duramo Cool Blue Lifetime Miles: 734.38
Pearl Izumi N1V2 Flash Green #2 Lifetime Miles: 720.23
Nike VaporMax Red/Back Lifetime Miles: 293.03
Newton Mv2 Ghost White Lifetime Miles: 387.90
Saucony Ride Blue Lifetime Miles: 261.25
Reebok Harmony Gold Lifetime Miles: 16.50
Race: Anthem Richmond Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:22:06, Place overall: 330, Place in age division: 33
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Race day came. I slept well until about 2:38 when I woke up and then struggled to get back to bed. Oh well. Got my oatmeal and two cups of coffee. Which after going 14 days with no caffeine that was heavenly. 27º at race start, which was cold. Mild wind which was nice until the bridge (more on that later). I got down to the starting area without issue and chatted with a few people as they shivered. I talked to #6. He was Ethiopian and very smooth even with how he walked. I though, this guy might be the winner. (he finished 2nd) 

Race started and the first mile is flat, but the next 5 are slightly uphill. I planned on running easy at first and conserving energy even if that meant falling a bit behind. That went as scripted. 7:40, 7:40, 7:43, 7:39, 7:30, 7:51. The next mile was all downhill and I just wanted to put forth the same effort, but make up the time. 6:59 Boom. Right on track. The next 10 miles are a series of rolling hills. Nothing killer, but enough to make you work. I wanted to save energy for mile 16, the bridge which is the biggest hill I was told. Again, just went steady just holding back a hair 7:39, 737, 744, 7:47, 7:46, 7:36, 7:43, 7:29, That was some of the prettiest parts of the marathon. James river was pretty sweet and very nice to run by, although it made it colder. Then the Bridge at 16. It wasn't that big of a hill honestly. It just seemed to last for over a mile. That combined with a headwind that was not felt at all during the twisty parts by the river made it tough. The wheels did not come off, but I struggled on the bridge. 8:12 Ugly. The next two miles we slightly up hill and I could not get myself as far down as I hoped. 7:55, 7:49. I studied the elevation chart well, but somehow I was not getting the downhills I expected for the next several miles to match the rolling uphills. They were mild, but I felt them. 7:49, 7:37, 7:59, 7:44, 7:55, 7:49, 7:52, 7:45. The last mile I was told was all downhill. Not quite, but the last .6 were a steep downhill. I was a little annoyed I couldn't push it harder. 7:37. 1:24 for the .22 (6:57) rounded out the run. 3:22:06. I am satisfied with the results. Not the killer race I wanted, but I am still happy I did not give up or into the cold/fading legs. So good enough for now, I can build off the experience. :) 

Kinvara 7 Neon Yelarnge Miles: 26.20
From I Just Run on Sat, Nov 11, 2017 at 20:24:38 from

Nice job Dan! You should be very proud of your effort! As you mentioned, this will be a springboard to much faster races! Now ... GO REST !!!

From Tom K on Sat, Nov 11, 2017 at 21:02:53 from

That's a good race! Only ONE 8+ minute mile? That's great! You had a fantastic build up to this race. After you recover, you will be able to put that to use. Well done.

From Michael on Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 04:41:22 from

Great race Dan. You executed very nicely. Well done.

From Rhett on Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 10:44:40 from

Congrats Dan. It sounds like you had a plan and you executed it well. You had a great build up to the race that will continue to pay off into future races.

From Yasir on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 09:11:16 from

Well done Dan despite the cold the wind and the hills. Please rest and check all the body parts.

From JG on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 09:31:54 from

Congratulations Dan, very steady & strong effort!

From Tom K on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 10:41:58 from

I'm curious about the 14 days with no caffeine, then coffee on race day thing. I'm glad that worked for you. But I've always stood by the nothing different on race day philosophy.

From Dan on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:17:30 from

Thanks guys. Like I said, good but not great. I am enjoying my week off running. I often start running too soon after a race and promised myself a SOLID week off.

Tom- I agree on nothing new - with the exception of caffeine. I KNOW caffeine has helped me in the past, but I also know I have it often so it is limited. I wanted to purge my body of it before racing and have it before and during the run. Next time I may actually purge an entire month. It is probably placebo effect, but who knows. It is like everyone saying the Nike Vapor fly 4% is helping them set BIG PR's. I find it hard to believe unless you normally race in dress shoes or heels.

From Rhett on Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 11:09:37 from

Dan, I hope your recovery week has been nice and relaxing.

From Yasir on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 07:32:45 from

lets get back to work now :-) I hope you feeling better.

From allie on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 08:13:01 from

i was going to ask about the caffeine as well. interesting.

nice racing. i'd say it's a good day when 8:12 is your ugliest mile. :) all of your other splits were very consistent right up through the end. hope you've enjoyed some nice downtime post-race.

From flatlander on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 01:31:35 from

Good job Dan, my brother ran Richmond this year. I got my first BQ there and two more, but gave up when they changed the course. Not sure how a circuit course can be all uphill but thatís how it feels.

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