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Why I Run

I've been running consistently now for two years. I started running on a treadmill in September, 2017, and started running primarily outdoors in May, 2017. It's grown from painful and boring to something I look forward to doing every chance I get....

Bluff Creek Trail Running

I've been enamored with this particular trail in NW Oklahoma City. It's accessible to work, not very crowded, and short enough where I can complete a loop after work and not spend my entire evening running.

This is pretty much test footage, however...

My Story on Runner's World

Runner's World, the magazine/blog for the running community, posted an article about my weight loss and running journey. They did a great job with the write-up and I'm pleased to share it with everyone.

Hopefully it can provide inspiration to people...

Training Report Updates

It's fairly evident that I'm not able to keep up with a new blog post for each and every training run I do. I had grand hopes that this would keep me honest, but in reality I just don't have the time to spend crafting witty prose and talking about...

OKC Memorial Marathon 2018 Race Report

Months of training culminated in me showing up well before the sun to stand at the starting line, corralled with thousands of other people ready to run the OKC Memorial Marathon.

Thoughts repeated in my head on a loop. "This is crazy. Can I do this...

Quail Creek 5mi Training Run

Goal

This was my second lunchtime 5-mile run, and I made sure to use my watch properly to record it. So I actually ran 5 miles instead of 6. The goal was to get a decent tempo run down and, once again, focus on running form.

Result

I wore a compression...

Lake Hefner Midweek 9mi Training Run

Goal

This midweek run had the goal of being somewhat slower-paced than normal, to help conserve energy for my long run at the end of the week. My main goal was to enjoy it, focus on running form, and go all the way around the lake instead of doing...

Quail Creek 4mi Training Run

Goal

I took both Saturday and Sunday off as rest days to recover from last week's miserable overtraining. I knew I would need extra time this week, with a long run of 18 miles planned, so I shifted my schedule a bit, too, moving my runs from Tuesday...

Lake Hefner 12mi Training Run

Goal

My long run for the week was down in mileage from previous weeks. It's a "rebuilding" week to gear up for next week's 18-mile push. So I took advantage of the "lower" mileage to try out a new piece of gear that will help me stay hydrated on future...

Quail Creek 5mi Training Run

Goal

This is the first time I would be running a 5-mile run during lunch at work, and I was still pretty tired from yesterday's midweek 8-mile run. So my goal was to survive, slow down a bit, and enjoy the run.

I didn't count on user error when it...

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