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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.

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Sadie's Lifetime Miles: 298.30
Ralphie's Lifetime Miles: 346.60
Race: Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot (4.97 Miles) 00:32:12, Place overall: 189, Place in age division: 23
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Turkey Trot Time!

To recap last year: Time 36:24 (7:19 pace) and 720th place.  Only seriously running again for a couple months before. My ultimate goal this year was to run 31:30 but my training the last couple weeks was iffy so I softened it to 32:30

Course: It's a point to point 8k which starts in the North of the city and is a straight shot ending downtown.  It's fairly flat but has some long false flats and slight uphills during the first 3 miles which can be draining.  Once again it hi its cap of 13200 registrants.

Pre-Race/Weather:  It's chilly and about 40 out with sun.  Perfect running weather.  Since Wineglass, my running has been real sporadic and not good at all.  Plus I've been non-specifically sick for the last 2 weeks so I was even debating running.  Ashley has not feeling good and her Asthma was acting up so she bailed.  I decided to stick it out and jogged over the 1 mile to the start. I went to line up at the 6min/mile pace line and just like last year there were lots of people lined up inappropriately.  A pair next to me was hoping to break 55 minutes and I had a 6 year old  and some older ladies in front of me.  I was talking to a friend after the race and it's getting dangerous for the dozen or so rows of people behind the start.  If they want to run a race that big, it's time they go to a seeded corral for anyone looking to run under 35. 

Race:  It's off and I get settled.  The first mile feels great at 6:08, suprising myself.  I let it slow to 6:20 the next becasue I didn't think running 6:10 was going to work today.  The next mile was were it all fell apart, I knew I should have started slower.  Mile 3 and 4 were 3:39 and 6:35 and I sucking wind and ready to blow up.  During the last 2 miles the people started to catch me but I knew I had to let them go.  Finished up the last mile in 6:26 and hit my goal time coming in at 32:12.  Finish was 189 of 11899 using the gun time. Got 23 of 690 in my age group. 

I was moderately happy with my finish especially with how I've been feeling.  I really would have liked to go a little faster but it just wasn't in the stars.  Once I'm feeling up to snuff I'm getting back on the training train and ready to build mileage for summer racing.  I have some mighty goals lined up

Brooks Adrenaline Blue Miles: 6.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Jake K on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 19:48:41 from

Man, that is a HUGE turkey trot. 13,000 runners?

Big improvement over the past year... awesome job!

From Nate on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 20:40:02 from

Yeah, it's a huge race, non stop steam if people. Outside of the boilermaker it's the biggest one I run regularly.It's also the oldest continuously run race in north America, not missing a year since 1896

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