Ever hit the proverbial wall? I have. I'm sitting here mending a nasty case of plantar fasciitis. And I've just read the lyrics to Lush Life. That doesn't make me feel better.
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By the 1980s my friends and acquaintances knew me as someone who frequently stuffed his face with the three C's -- cigarettes, coffee and chocolate, a diet without which I never imagined I could survive. But my 17-year smoking career came to an end in October, 1986. (Although I was down to 2-1/2 to 3 packs of Camel Lights each day, I had been smoking 4 packs of Lucky Strikes in earlier years. The biggest problem, though, was in waking up every half hour for a cigarette.) The other habits took much longer to kick and, at the beginning of 1993, I found myself 40 pounds overweight with a blood pressure that sometimes shot up as high as 185/135. Finally, by spring, I began eating better and started a regular walk routine. Encouraged by having lost 20 pounds, I started running in August, 1994 and began racing in the spring of 1996.

My best 10K pace to date is 6:18 per mile. Not bad, IMHO, considering that, in high school, I required 20 to 25 minutes to get through 2 miles!


  *Course: 1=virtually flat                A=small crowd
           2                               B=moderate crowd
           3=very hilly                    C=very crowded
           4
           5=extremely difficult

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Date Location Event Distance * Time Pace Notes
4/7/2002 Los Gatos The Great Race 4mi 3C 25:43 6:26  
3/17/2002 San Jose Mercury News 10k 1C 40:01 6:26 course PR, 4th age div.
 
10/28/2001 Santa Cruz City Five-Miler 5mi 2A 32:49 6:35 1st age div.
9/16/2001 Los Gatos Ron's Wildlife 5k 2A 19:45 6:22 course PR, 2nd div, 5th overall
9/1/2001 Pescadero Boothill 10k 10k 2A 39:02 6:18 10k PR, 2rd overall
7/22/2001 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 6mi 3C 39:29 6:35  
6/1/2001 Aptos Forest of Nisene Marks 5k 2A 20:16 6:31 1st age div.
4/1/2001 Los Gatos The Great Race 4mi 3C 25:37 6:24 PR
3/11/2001 San Jose Mercury News Press Run 10k 1C 41:02 6:36  
 
11/18/2000 Santa Cruz Turkey Trot 5k 2A 19:45 6:22 2nd age
10/29/2000 Santa Cruz City Five-Miler 4.85mi 2A 31:38 6:31 4th age div.
10/15/2000 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival 10k 1B 39:40 6:23 10k PR, 1st age div.
9/17/2000 Los Gatos Ron's Wildlife 5k 2A 19:57 6:25 course PR, 3rd div
9/2/2000 Pescadero Boothill 10k 10k 2A 40:32 6:31 course PR, 3rd overall
7/23/2000 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 6mi 3C 39:23 6:34 course PR
6/3/2000 Aptos Forest of Nisene Marks 5k 2A 19:49 6:23 course PR, 1st age div.
5/14/2000 Watsonville Mother's Day 10k 1A 40:16 6:29  
5/7/2000 Weott Ave of the Giants 10k 2A 40:24 6:30 7th overall, 1st age
4/16/2000 Half Moon Bay Coastside Blufftop 10k 1A 39:53 6:25 10k PR, 1st age, 6th overall
3/12/2000 San Jose Mercury News Press Run 10k 1C 40:12 6:28 10k PR
2/20/2000 Los Gatos The Great Race 4mi 3C 26:17 6:34 PR
 
11/20/1999 Santa Cruz Turkey Trot 5k 2A 19:42 6:21 5k PR
11/14/1999 San Jose Chevy's Fresh Mex Run 10k 1B 40:17 6:29 10k PR
10/17/1999 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival 10k 1B 41:25 6:40 PR
9/19/1999 Los Gatos Ron's Wildlife 5k 2A 20:15 6:31 prob 5k PR
9/4/1999 Pescadero Boothill 10k 10k 2A 41:46 6:43 10k PR, 2nd div.
7/25/1999 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 6mi 3C 41:01 6:50  
7/4/1999 Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k 4A 48:56 7:52 :(
6/20/1999 Half Moon Bay Coastside Blufftop 10k 1A 43:01 6:55  
6/5/1999 Aptos Forest of Nisene Marks 5k 2A 20:32 6:37 5k PR, 1st div.
5/8/1999 Pacific Grove The Human Race 10k 2A 42:49 6:53  
4/24/1999 Watsonville Apple Blossom 5k 1A 19:47 6:22 3rd overall, PR? (prob short course)
4/14/1999 Santa Cruz SCTC mile trials 1mi 1A 5:38 5:38  
3/14/1999 San Jose Mercury News 10k 1C 43:25 6:59 course PR
 
12/6/1998 Los Gatos The Fast Track 10k 1A 42:23 6:49  
11/22/1998 Santa Cruz Turkey Trot 10k 2A 43:22 6:59  
11/1/1998 San Jose Chevy's Fresh Mex Run 10k 1B 41:58 6:45 10k PR
10/18/1998 Weott Humboldt Redwoods 1/2M 2B 1:33:21 7:07  
10/7/1998 Santa Cruz SCTC mile trials 1mi 1A 5:42 5:42  
9/13/1998 Los Gatos Ron's Wildlife 5k 2A 20:31 6:37 5k PR
7/26/1998 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 6mi 3C 40:45 6:48  
7/4/1998 Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k 4A 45:18 7:18 course PR
6/20/1998 Santa Clara Fujitsu 8k 1A 34:29 6:55 8k PR
6/6/1998 Aptos Forest of Nisene Marks 5k 2A 20:43 6:41 5k PR
5/2/1998 Corralitas Apple Blossom 5k 1A 22:01 7:06  
4/26/1998 Milpitas LSI Logic Classic 10k 1A 43:56 7:05  
4/11/1998 Pescadero Artichoke 10k 2A 44:30 7:11  
3/18/1998 Santa Cruz SCTC mile trials 1mi 1A 5:54 5:54  
 
11/23/1997 Santa Cruz Turkey Trot 10k 2A 46:34 7:31  
10/25/1997 Big Sur Big Sur River Run 10k 2A 46:07 7:26  
10/15/1997 Santa Cruz SCTC mile trials 1mi 1A 6:00 6:00  
9/14/1997 Los Gatos Ron's Wildlife 10k 3B 46:48 7:33  
8/30/1997 Pescadero Boothill 10k 10k 2A 43:08 6:57 10k PR
7/27/1997 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 6mi 3C 41:56 6:59  
7/4/1997 Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k 4A 48:09 7:46 course PR
6/14/1997 Santa Clara Fujistu 8k 1A 36:00 7:16 8k PR
4/4/1997 Gilroy Run for the Diamonds 10k 3A 46:03 7:25  
1997 San Jose Mercury News 10k 1C 44:24 7:10 10k PR
1997 San Juan Bautista Mission 10 10mi 3A 76:16 7:37  
 
9/29/1996 Pacific Grove Run For the Beacon 10k 1A 45:36 7:20 10k PR
7/28/1996 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 10k 3C 49:10 8:04  
7/4/1996 Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k 4A 52:11 8:34  
6/14/1996 Santa Clara Fujistu 8k 1A 37:55 7:37 8k PR
6/2/1996 San Jose Alum Rock 10k 5A 1:01: ?  
1996 San Francisco Bay to Breakers 12k 3C 70:00 9:25  
1996 Santa Cruz Race For Knowledge 10k 2A 48:47 7:52 10k PR
1996 Saratoga Run for the Stars 8k 1A 41:27 8:19  
1996 San Jose Mercury-News 10k 1C 54:29 8:47  
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Date Location Event Distance * Time Pace Notes
4/7/2002 Los Gatos The Great Race 4mi 3C 25:43 6:26  
3/17/2002 San Jose Mercury News 10k 1C 40:01 6:26 course PR, 4th age div.
 
10/28/2001 Santa Cruz City Five-Miler 5mi 2A 32:49 6:35 1st age div.
9/16/2001 Los Gatos Ron's Wildlife 5k 2A 19:45 6:22 course PR, 2nd div, 5th overall
9/1/2001 Pescadero Boothill 10k 10k 2A 39:02 6:18 10k PR, 2rd overall
7/22/2001 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 6mi 3C 39:29 6:35  
6/1/2001 Aptos Forest of Nisene Marks 5k 2A 20:16 6:31 1st age div.
4/1/2001 Los Gatos The Great Race 4mi 3C 25:37 6:24 PR
3/11/2001 San Jose Mercury News Press Run 10k 1C 41:02 6:36  
 
11/18/2000 Santa Cruz Turkey Trot 5k 2A 19:45 6:22 2nd age
10/29/2000 Santa Cruz City Five-Miler 4.85mi 2A 31:38 6:31 4th age div.
10/15/2000 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival 10k 1B 39:40 6:23 10k PR, 1st age div.
9/17/2000 Los Gatos Ron's Wildlife 5k 2A 19:57 6:25 course PR, 3rd div
9/2/2000 Pescadero Boothill 10k 10k 2A 40:32 6:31 course PR, 3rd overall
7/23/2000 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 6mi 3C 39:23 6:34 course PR
6/3/2000 Aptos Forest of Nisene Marks 5k 2A 19:49 6:23 course PR, 1st age div.
5/14/2000 Watsonville Mother's Day 10k 1A 40:16 6:29  
5/7/2000 Weott Ave of the Giants 10k 2A 40:24 6:30 7th overall, 1st age
4/16/2000 Half Moon Bay Coastside Blufftop 10k 1A 39:53 6:25 10k PR, 1st age, 6th overall
3/12/2000 San Jose Mercury News Press Run 10k 1C 40:12 6:28 10k PR
2/20/2000 Los Gatos The Great Race 4mi 3C 26:17 6:34 PR
 
11/20/1999 Santa Cruz Turkey Trot 5k 2A 19:42 6:21 5k PR
11/14/1999 San Jose Chevy's Fresh Mex Run 10k 1B 40:17 6:29 10k PR
10/17/1999 Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival 10k 1B 41:25 6:40 PR
9/19/1999 Los Gatos Ron's Wildlife 5k 2A 20:15 6:31 prob 5k PR
9/4/1999 Pescadero Boothill 10k 10k 2A 41:46 6:43 10k PR, 2nd div.
7/25/1999 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 6mi 3C 41:01 6:50  
7/4/1999 Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k 4A 48:56 7:52 :(
6/20/1999 Half Moon Bay Coastside Blufftop 10k 1A 43:01 6:55  
6/5/1999 Aptos Forest of Nisene Marks 5k 2A 20:32 6:37 5k PR, 1st div.
5/8/1999 Pacific Grove The Human Race 10k 2A 42:49 6:53  
4/24/1999 Watsonville Apple Blossom 5k 1A 19:47 6:22 3rd overall, PR? (prob short course)
4/14/1999 Santa Cruz SCTC mile trials 1mi 1A 5:38 5:38  
3/14/1999 San Jose Mercury News 10k 1C 43:25 6:59 course PR
 
12/6/1998 Los Gatos The Fast Track 10k 1A 42:23 6:49  
11/22/1998 Santa Cruz Turkey Trot 10k 2A 43:22 6:59  
11/1/1998 San Jose Chevy's Fresh Mex Run 10k 1B 41:58 6:45 10k PR
10/18/1998 Weott Humboldt Redwoods 1/2M 2B 1:33:21 7:07  
10/7/1998 Santa Cruz SCTC mile trials 1mi 1A 5:42 5:42  
9/13/1998 Los Gatos Ron's Wildlife 5k 2A 20:31 6:37 5k PR
7/26/1998 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 6mi 3C 40:45 6:48  
7/4/1998 Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k 4A 45:18 7:18 course PR
6/20/1998 Santa Clara Fujitsu 8k 1A 34:29 6:55 8k PR
6/6/1998 Aptos Forest of Nisene Marks 5k 2A 20:43 6:41 5k PR
5/2/1998 Corralitas Apple Blossom 5k 1A 22:01 7:06  
4/26/1998 Milpitas LSI Logic Classic 10k 1A 43:56 7:05  
4/11/1998 Pescadero Artichoke 10k 2A 44:30 7:11  
3/18/1998 Santa Cruz SCTC mile trials 1mi 1A 5:54 5:54  
 
11/23/1997 Santa Cruz Turkey Trot 10k 2A 46:34 7:31  
10/25/1997 Big Sur Big Sur River Run 10k 2A 46:07 7:26  
10/15/1997 Santa Cruz SCTC mile trials 1mi 1A 6:00 6:00  
9/14/1997 Los Gatos Ron's Wildlife 10k 3B 46:48 7:33  
8/30/1997 Pescadero Boothill 10k 10k 2A 43:08 6:57 10k PR
7/27/1997 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 6mi 3C 41:56 6:59  
7/4/1997 Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k 4A 48:09 7:46 course PR
6/14/1997 Santa Clara Fujistu 8k 1A 36:00 7:16 8k PR
4/4/1997 Gilroy Run for the Diamonds 10k 3A 46:03 7:25  
1997 San Jose Mercury News 10k 1C 44:24 7:10 10k PR
1997 San Juan Bautista Mission 10 10mi 3A 76:16 7:37  
 
9/29/1996 Pacific Grove Run For the Beacon 10k 1A 45:36 7:20 10k PR
7/28/1996 Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 10k 3C 49:10 8:04  
7/4/1996 Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k 4A 52:11 8:34  
6/14/1996 Santa Clara Fujistu 8k 1A 37:55 7:37 8k PR
6/2/1996 San Jose Alum Rock 10k 5A 1:01: ?  
1996 San Francisco Bay to Breakers 12k 3C 70:00 9:25  
1996 Santa Cruz Race For Knowledge 10k 2A 48:47 7:52 10k PR
1996 Saratoga Run for the Stars 8k 1A 41:27 8:19  
1996 San Jose Mercury-News 10k 1C 54:29 8:47