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Member Since:

Jul 16, 2014



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:


High school--Ran cross country and track but at my high school we had no coach that knew anything about distance running.  We would jog a few miles after school everyday for our workouts.

We thought that the way to get faster was to just run more miles.  We were training to be very good joggers.

I had never heard of interval training until after I was out of high school.

The only speed workouts I ever did was maybe sprinting up and down the court when playing basketball.

Best time in high school was sub 4:30 for the mile, and 1:57 for 880 yards (yes yards).


College--When trying to run cross country in college, the sudden increase in strenuous workouts and distance played its toll on me, and I severely injured my Achilles tendon.  The injury caused me to give up running. 


Masters--In 2013 in Japan I happened to attend a Masters track meet and watched a father and son pair run the 5000 meters.  The father was 103 years old and the son was 80.  It impressed me and gave me the urge to start up running again.  Japan has a very organized and active Master Track program, so In January of this year (2014) I registered as a Masters athlete (55 -59 year division).

In April 2014 I had my first track meet in Japan and ran the 1500 meters in a time of 5:16  (55 - 59 age division).

In June 2015 was able to lower my masters 1500m PB to 5:05 (55 - 59 age division).  In doing so I was able to reach All-American Status for my age division.

Short-Term Running Goals:

My short term goal is to run the 1500 meters in 5:00 or less.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run the mile in under 5:00 min.


I live and work in Japan, but spend a lot of time in Utah during the year.

Miles:This week: 16.00 Month: 16.00 Year: 1664.14
Total Distance

Did a warm up run

Did 8 x 800m @ 2:40, 200m recovery jog in between.

Did a cool down run.

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3 miles easy.

Then did 6 x 500m steep hill sprints, recovery walk down.

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It has been a long time since I have been on here.

I am nor sure how long I will stay this time.  I am having some mixed feelings about it all.

Did a warm up run

Did some 10 x 1000 m repeats this morning @3:30 pace.

Did  a cool down run with my wife.


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