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Member Since:

Aug 15, 2010



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Personal Bests
  • 1500m : 4:43 (May 2001)
  • 1 mile: 5:18 (August 2012) 
  • 5k: 17:39 (December 2003)
  • 8k: 30:02 (June 2003)
  • 10k: 37:21 (November 2003)
  • 15k : 59:48 (July 2012)
  • 10 miles: 62:39 (February 2002)
  • Half-Marathon (Covered Bridges): 1:23:29 (June 2002)
  • Marathon (Wineglass): 3:04:42 (Oct 2011)
  • Half Ironman (Tupper Lake): Swim 38:19, Bike 3:01:xx (with flat tyre change), Run 1:58:xx, Total time 5:44:44 (Jun 2004)

Short-Term Running Goals:

General Goals for 2013

  • Break 3 hours as Boston
  • Mile in 5:00
  • 5k in 17:30

Results and my 'A' Races for 2013 (Click for Race Report)

  • Y-10 10 Miler (February 9)
    • Goal: 63? (honestly, no idea)
    • DNS
  • Boston Marathon (April 15)
    • Goal: 2:57
    •  Time: 3:12:46
  • Springville Stampede (May 9)
    • Goal: 18:36
    • Time: 18:28
  • Chase Corporate Challenge 3.5 (June 6)
    • Goal: 20:30
    • Time: 20:30
  • Brian Moorman PUNT Foundation Blackbird 8K (June 19)
    • Goal: 30:00
    • Time: 30:03
  • Boilermaker 15k (July 14)
    • Goal 58:00
  • Mueller Mile (August)
    • Goal 5:00
  • Run into Buffalo 15k  (Sept 2)
    • Goal 57:30
  • Troy Turkey Trot 10k (Nov 28)
    • Goal 37:00

Long-Term Running Goals:

  1. Sub 3:00 Marathon
  2. 17:00 5k
  3. 1:20 Half-marathon


Originally from the small town of Galway, NY (near Saratoga), I currently live in Buffalo, NY.  I'm a community pharmacist  I  graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy with my pharmD in 2007 and my PhD in 2011. I'm married and have 2 dogs (Sadie, a lab, and Ralphie, a Eskie mix).  We enjoy anything outdoors from Backpacking and hiking to snowboarding.

my photojournal, and I will run

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Sadie's Lifetime Miles: 298.30
Ralphie's Lifetime Miles: 346.60
Race: Penguin Run (3.1 Miles) 00:20:48, Place overall: 30, Place in age division: 3
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles

I think I remember how to run.  This is the first real fitness test I've had since I "seriously" started training after my mediocre performance at the Turkey Trot.  I've been following a real training plan and have been continuing to lose weight so I was excited.  This is the fastest and biggest winter 5k in the area, and probably the biggest race between the Turkey Trot and the St. Patrick's Day run.  It gets about 600 runners and the winning time is usually sub 16.  I know the course since it's near the University and on roads I frequently run on.  The weather was nice, about 25 and sunny.  


My Goals were as follows:
sub-7min/miles-  If I don't hit this, I'm quitting running and taking up being a sloth
sub 21 minutes- My real goal, I’m aiming for this
sub 20 minutes- My super special goal.


I lined up in the front and we were off
Mile 1 in 6:25- OMG we are going fast
Mile 2 in 6:50 – This is much better, hold your place and keep going
Mile 3 in 7:02- Holy god, I’m going to puke and die.
Finish time 20:48 (6:41 min pace)

Overall 30th and 3rd in my age group!


Once we got settled after the first ¾ of a mile I held my position and picked off people up until the last ½ mile when 2 people I was running with got away from me.  The last ½ mile was a struggle and I really had to push.  Surprisingly, my age group was soft this year and I ended up with 3rd.  Other years you’d need to run sub 19 to get it. I was happy with how I ran and made big improvement in just 2 months (an equivalent 5k to my turkey trot run would have been 22:05).  I should probably do some longer speed work so I don’t continue to explode in the last 3rd of my race, but I’m not going to push it too hard too early.   


If I can keep this up, I should be running sup 18 again in no time, especially once I get to my goal weight of 160 (I’m 180 right now).  

Asics 2110 Pair 2 Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Kam on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 21:15:15 from

Sweet report, Nate. Good job on a quick 5k. Nothing like entering the puke-zone via 3 sub sevens.

From Nate on Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 13:18:43 from

Thanks Kam, it felt great to run that fast again!

From Kam on Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 13:21:03 from

Yeah, 10-15 minutes after the fact it feels great to run that fast. The last 5 minutes is just holding on...

From seeaprilrun on Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 16:52:38 from

I happened upon your race report and enjoyed it immensely. Your thoughts during the race closely mimic mine in a 5k! Great job on those sub-7s and and the continued weight loss. Just keep chipping at it and you will get to where you want to be! We share a common long term running goal--the elusive and magical sub 3 marathon!

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